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Waze’s crazy routing over a 32% grade road is driving residents nuts
It’s a commonstory: small towns and residents living on once-quiet streets are sometimes annoyed by the influx of traffic that Waze, traffic wayfinding apps, and ride-hailing services have wrought. But residents along Baxter Street in Los Angeles’ Echo Park neighborhood—reportedly one of the steepest streets in America (comprising two major hills)—are now banding together to try to change local traffic…

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“Open sesame”: Industrial network gear hackable with the right username
This week, two separate security alerts have revealed major holes in devices from Moxa, an industrial automation networking company. In one case, attackers could potentially send commands to a device's operating system by using them as a username in a login attempt. In another, the private key for a Web server used to manage network devices could be retrieved through…

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Facebook can’t catch a break: Medical data-sharing plan halted
Facebook has been in contact with “several major US hospitals” as part of now-cancelled plans to combine patients’ anonymized information with Facebook’s own user data as part of a research project However, according to CNBC, the plan has been “put on pause” in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica debacle. “This work has not progressed past the planning phase, and…

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PUBG creators finally decide a copycat game has gone too far, file suit
As expected, the massively popular online shooter () has been followed by a wave of imitators, particularly on smartphones. But it has been unclear if or when the game's creators would ever consider legal action against any of these copycats. In particular, a brief chest-puffing incident involving the similar, and hugely popular, came and went last year without incident.

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Dealmaster: Get a 15-inch Dell laptop with a Core i7 and 512GB SSD for $600
Greetings, Arsians! Courtesy of our friends at TechBargains, we have another round of deals to share. Today the Dealmaster has a discount on a configuration of Dell's Inspiron 15 5000 laptop with a 7th-gen Intel Core i7 chip, 8GB of RAM, and a hearty 512GB SSD for $600 with the coupon code below.

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Lawbreakers “failed to find an audience,” dev officially admits FPS defeat
, the 2017 video game that saw Cliff "cliffyb" Bleszinski (, ) come out of game-design retirement, has admitted defeat in the competitive online-shooter fray. A Thursday announcement from developer Boss Key Productions confirmed that the game will only be "supported in its current state," meaning that it will no longer receive major content updates and perhaps not even minor…

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Lumber’s lure: Thanks to physics, viable biofuel may grow in the woods
ROTORUA, New Zealand—My pitches to Ars' editors are, in contrast to my articles, short and to the point. "I'm going to New Zealand soon. They have a big forestry industry and there is a local research institute trying to turn waste wood into biofuels. I think that would make an excellent story.

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Ubisoft cracking down on hate speech, team-killing in Rainbow Six: Siege
Ubisoft is taking extra effort to rein in "toxic" behavior among the more than 25 million registered players of . In a blog post last night, the company laid out new policies and procedures for limiting hate speech and antisocial in-game behavior in the game, though many of those changes won't go into effect until later this year.

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HP uses new 6-core mobile chips to build some monster workstations
Intel's expanded range of 8th-generation Core processors announced earlier this week included a couple of mobile Xeon models, boasting all the same specs as the non-Xeon parts—6 cores/12 threads, running at up to 4.8GHz, with 12MB cache—but with the addition of a feature that's still something of a rarity: ECC memory.