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Hundreds of big-name sites hacked, converted into drive-by currency miners
A mass hacking campaign that targets a critical vulnerability in the Drupal content management system has converted more than 400 government, corporate, and university websites into cryptocurrency mining platforms that surreptitiously drain visitors' computers of electricity and computing resources, a security researcher said Monday. Sites that were hacked included those belonging to computer maker Lenovo, the University of California at…

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Customers of small ISPs could pay more if AT&T/Verizon lobby gets its way
A lobby group that represents AT&T, Verizon, and other telcos is asking the government to stop enforcing 22-year-old rules that let smaller network operators purchase access to the incumbents' networks at reasonable rates. Although the Federal Communications Commission eliminated a range of line-sharing requirements in 2005, incumbent telcos are still required to make certain copper-based network elements available via wholesale…

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The Ars Technica Mother’s Day gift guide
We won’t knock anyone who treats their mom to a brunch date, a box of chocolates, or some jewelry this Mother’s Day. But being a collection of tech-obsessed androids, we’d be remiss not to argue that the right gadget can make a more lasting and practical impact on Mom’s everyday life.

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Racing needs new fans—and paywalls and geoblocking aren’t helping
The World Endurance Championship is trying something new. As it transitions to becoming a winter series at the end of 2019, it's running a "Super Season," which got underway at Spa Francorchamps in Belgium on Saturday and finishes with the 2019 24 Hours of Le Mans. But US fans of the WEC might have had a bit of trouble watching…

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For the first time, two CubeSats have gone interplanetary
The first CubeSats launched in 2003, and in less than a decade, more than 100 had reached orbit around Earth. The aerospace industry has debated whether the 2kg to 15kg microsatellites are a fad, a toy, or a disruptive technology that will change they way we ultimately observe and study Earth and the rest of the Solar System.

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Op-ed: Ray Ozzie’s crypto proposal—a dose of technical reality
In this op-ed, a group of noted security researchers take aim at Ray Ozzie's plan to grant law enforcement access to encrypted devices—and to do so securely. The views here do not necessarily represent those of Ars Technica. In the debate over law enforcement access to encrypted devices, technical details matter.

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Microsoft continues its quest to bring machine learning to every application
SEATTLE—We've been tracking Microsoft's work to bring its machine learning platform to more developers and more applications over the last several years. What started as narrowly focused, specialized services have grown into a wider range of features that are more capable and more flexible, while also being more approachable to developers who aren't experts in the field of machine learning.

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Watch Microsoft’s opening Build keynote here
SEATTLE—It's day one of Microsoft's annual Build developer conference, and everything kicks off at 08:30am PDT/11:30am EDT with the opening keynote. We're expecting to hear a lot about machine learning/artificial intelligence, the "intelligent edge," and cloud computing from an array of speakers, including Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. The keynote is of course going to be streamed, and you'll be able…

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Liveblog: Google I/O 2018 kicks off May 8 at 1pm Eastern, 10am Pacific
Join us Tuesday, May 8 for Google's biggest show of the year, Google I/O 2018. We'll be reporting live from the show starting with our keynote live blog, which starts at 10AM Pacific, 1PM Eastern and should last about 90 minutes. This year Google I/O promises to bring the launch of the second Android P Developer Preview, which is probably…