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AT&T/Verizon lobby misunderstands arrow of time, makes impossible claim
The telecom industry lobby group that represents AT&T and Verizon has consistently claimed that net neutrality rules hurt broadband investment. Yet the same lobby group has released data showing that fiber deployment grew significantly while net neutrality rules were in effect. Even more surprising: the lobby group, USTelecom, also recently claimed that an increase in broadband network investment that happened…

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Bethesda’s attempt to fix a Fallout 76 blunder leaks angry shoppers’ PID [Updated]
Bethesda's latest video game, , launched last month with its share of uneven reviews and responses (including our own), and chief among players' complaints is that the always-online game is quite buggy. But to borrow a term that Bethesda itself used to describe the game's pre-release beta period, is facing a new "spectacular issue," albeit one that's technically outside of…

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Iranians indicted in Atlanta city government ransomware attack
The US Attorney's Office for the District of Northern Georgia announced Wednesday that a federal grand jury had returned indictments against two Iranian nationals charged with executing the March 2018 ransomware attack that paralyzed Atlanta city government services for over a week. Faramarz Shahi Savandi and Mohammed Mehdi Shah Mansouri are accused of using the Samsam ransomware to encrypt files…

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As US coal use drops to 1979 levels, EPA may ease rules on new coal plants
The Trump administration's Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) appears poised to roll back Obama-era rules that effectively prevented new coal plants from opening in the US. The rules required new coal plants to emit no more than 1,400 pounds of CO2 per megawatt-hour (MWh), a constraint that is nearly impossible for new coal generators to meet without carbon-capture technology.

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Bethesda’s attempt to fix a Fallout 76 blunder leaks angry shoppers’ PID
Bethesda's latest video game, , launched last month with its share of uneven reviews and responses (including our own), and chief among players' complaints is that the always-online game is quite buggy. But to borrow a term that Bethesda itself used to describe the game's pre-release beta period, is facing a new "spectacular issue," albeit one that's technically outside of…

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Tom Cruise finally takes a stand… on your parents’ terrible TV settings
I’m taking a quick break from filming to tell you the best way to watch Mission: Impossible Fallout (or any movie you love) at home. pic.twitter.com/oW2eTm1IUA — Tom Cruise (@TomCruise) December 4, 2018 Anyone who owns a high-definition TV has likely experienced the nagging sensation of something being not quite right when watching films.

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Bacteria engage in chemical warfare against viruses
Bacteria have plenty of ways to combat the viruses that plague them, called phages. The CRISPR-Cas system and restriction enzymes that cleave phage DNA are the best understood, but there are others. They use a variety of different mechanisms and stop phages at various stages of infection, but they all rely on biological actors: proteins and RNA.

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Facebook also let dating apps have further access to Graph API back in 2015
Further ReadingJudge slams bikini-app maker’s lawyers in legal clash with FacebookTwo hundred fifty pages of previously secret internal documents from Facebook show that the company allowed even more companies to be "whitelisted"—granting them extended access to the company’s permissive v1.0 Graph API back in 2015—than has previously been known.

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The old guard may be turning against the Russian space program
Valery Ryumin has had a long career as an engineer and cosmonaut: he was twice named a Hero of the Soviet Union, a veteran of two long stints on the Salyut-6 space station (remarkably, he spent 175 days there in 1979 and returned again in 1980 for another 180 days), and eventually a crew member of space shuttle 's mission…