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Lawsuit brings $289 million verdict against maker of Roundup weed killer
On Friday, a California jury hit Monsanto with $289 million in damages in a lawsuit brought by a patient suffering from terminal cancer, accepting the plaintiff's claims that his disease was caused by the company's popular herbicide, Roundup. The suit neatly sidestepped the complicated epidemiology of the active ingredient in the herbicide—glyphosate—and instead made the claim that the cancer was…

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In-the-wild router exploit sends unwitting users to fake banking site
Hackers have been exploiting a vulnerability in DLink modem routers to send people to a fake banking website that attempts to steal their login credentials, a security researcher said Friday. The vulnerability works against DLink DSL-2740R, DSL-2640B, DSL-2780B, DSL-2730B, and DSL-526B models that haven’t been patched in the past two years.

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Doom Eternal ushers in idTech 7, bloody new powers
its E3 tease, this sequel will follow 's lead from 1994 and bring the new series' demons and terrors of Hell to Earth. The gameplay sequence confirms that will further emphasize movement and explosive weaponry, and the most noticeable change comes from a new super shotgun that doubles as a grappling hook.

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Speedier broadband standards? Pai’s FCC says 25Mbps is fast enough
The Federal Communications Commission is proposing to maintain the US broadband standard at the current level of 25Mbps downstream and 3Mbps upstream. That's the speed standard the FCC uses each year to determine whether advanced telecommunications capabilities are "being deployed to all Americans in a reasonable and timely fashion." The FCC raised the standard from 4Mbps/1Mbps to 25Mbps/3Mbps in January…

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Researchers suggest we could tip into a hothouse Earth—here’s what that means
We tend to use "ice age" to mean a period where large ice sheets push south to what are now temperate regions. But from a geologist's perspective, even current conditions are part of an ice age, since large ice sheets exist at the poles. The term provides a contrast to what are called hothouse conditions, which the Earth has experienced…

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Fortnite devs working to segregate keyboard/mouse players
A decent part of 's meteoric success has been the capability for players on non-Sony platforms to play the game with friends regardless of what console, mobile phone, or PC everyone is using. One side effect of that system, though, is that it pits players using handheld controllers or imprecise touchscreen controls against those using the more precise aiming of…

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Microsoft nearly banned Gab over post saying Jews should be raised as livestock
The Microsoft Azure cloud computing service threatened to stop hosting Gab, a self-described "free speech social network," unless the site deleted two anti-Semitic posts made by a neo-Nazi who previously ran for a US Senate seat. Gab founder Andrew Torba yesterday posted a screenshot of Microsoft's notice, which said that Microsoft had "received a complaint of malicious activity" and that…

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The secret to Mars’ past warmth could be beneath Curiosity’s wheels
Mars is mostly a red pile of mysteries. In its youth, it was clearly a very different place, even hosting oceans and lakes of liquid water. But apart from wondering whether anything living ever made Mars its home, figuring out the Red Planet got warm enough to thaw all that water has turned out to be no small thing.

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In-vehicle wireless devices are endangering emergency first responders
In late 2016, security researcher Justin Shattuck was on assignment for an organization that was under a crippling denial-of-service attack by a large number of devices, some of which appeared to be hosted inside the network of a large European airport. As he scanned the airport’s network from the Internet—and later, with the airport operators’ permission, from inside the network—he…