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Owners of defective 2016 Google Pixels can now claim up to $500
Back in May, Google settled the defective Pixel 1 lawsuit brought against it in 2018 for $7.25 million, and now owners can file a claim at a new Pixel Settlement website. Owners of a first-generation Pixel could get up to $500 if they bought multiple defective devices, and everyone that bought an original Pixel before the cut off date is…

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What’s changing about Endangered Species Act enforcement and what it means
After two years of review and revision, the US Fish and Wildlife Service announced a set of changes to the regulations that spell out how the it will implement parts of the Endangered Species Act. The changes focus on how officials should decide whether to list a species as endangered or threatened, what kind of protections threatened species should receive,…

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Elon Musk’s Neuralink: Both an evolution and a plan for radical change
When Elon Musk first started talking about launching a brain-computer interface company, he made a number of comments that set expectations for what that idea might entail. The company, he said, was motivated by his concerns about AI ending up hostile to humans: providing humans with an interface directly into the AI's home turf might prevent hostilities from developing.

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Hacker site’s incriminating database published online by rival group
myBB. Cracked.to describes itself as a forum that provides "cracking tutorials, tools, combolists, marketplace and many more stuff!" Raidforums, meanwhile, offers forums on many of the same topics. Ars reviewed a 2.11 gigabyte file published by Raidforums and found it contained nearly 397,000 private messages, many that aired the kinds of details most hackers strenuously avoid disclosing.

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A look at LibreOffice’s new 6.3.0 “fresh” release
The open source office suite LibreOffice released its version 6.3.0 last week. This was a major release which added many new features, as well as interoperability enhancements (read: better import and export of Microsoft Office documents) and performance increases. LibreOffice 6.3.0 is a "fresh" (not long-term support) release which may be downloaded directly—or, if you're a Linux user, you might…

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Parallels Desktop 15 for Mac moves to Metal for DirectX 11 and more
Today, popular virtualization software Parallels Desktop 15 for Mac becomes available to new and current users. The flagship feature is support for DirectX in virtual Windows machines via Apple's proprietary Metal graphics API. Other additions include a handful of new macOS Catalina-related features and improvements to transitions between Mac and Windows software running on the same machine.

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Two Ebola drugs boost survival rates, according to early trial data
For the first time, preliminary clinical-trial results suggest that two experimental Ebola drugs can lower the death toll of the deadly virus, health officials announced Monday. Two other experimental drugs used in the trial were less effective and will be abandoned. Further ReadingA second Ebola case in Goma—the first prompted an international emergencyThe data comes from the PALM trial, which…

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Four rocket companies are competing for Air Force funding, and it is war
Monday marked the deadline for four US rocket companies to submit bids for Air Force contracts, encompassing all national security launches from 2022 to 2026. This is a hugely consequential and much-contested bid process that has implications for the American aerospace industry for the next decade and beyond. The Air Force is seeking two providers for about two dozen launches.

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$3 million Fortnite winner—and his parents—become latest swatting targets
Yet another armed police force has been called in on yet another unsuspecting victim, as the recently crowned world champion took a break from a livestream to deal with a swatting incident at his own front door. Kotaku reports that Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf was streaming a game late Sunday when he abruptly left his desk and abandoned the game with…