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  • How Boing Boing Handled an FBI Subpoena Over Its Tor Exit Node

    2h By Soulskill
    An anonymous reader writes: Cory Doctorow has posted an account of what happened when tech culture blog Boing Boing got a federal subpoena over the Tor exit node the site had been running for years. They received the subpoena in June, and the FBI demanded all…
  • Why Bill Gates Is Dumping Another $1 Billion Into Clean Energy

    Tue 8:00pm By Soulskill
    An anonymous reader writes: A little over a month ago, Bill Gates made headlines when he decided to double down on his investments in renewable energy. Now, he's written an article for Quartz explaining why: "I think this issue is especially important because,…
  • IBM Locking Up Lots of Cloud Computing Patents

    Tue 7:18pm By Soulskill
    dkatana writes: In an article for InformationWeek Charles Babcock notes that IBM has been hoarding patents on every aspect of cloud computing. They've secured about 1,200 in the past 18 months, including ~400 so far this year. "For those who conceive of the…
  • Using Math To Tune a Video Game's Economy

    Tue 6:36pm By Soulskill
    An anonymous reader writes: When the shipping deadline was approaching for The Witcher 3, designer Matthew Steinke knew there was a big part of the game still missing: its economy. A game's economy is one of the things that can make or break immersion — you…
  • Amazon Cuts Down On Prime Sharing

    Tue 5:54pm By Soulskill
    An anonymous reader writes: Tech Crunch reports that Amazon quietly rolled out changes to how their Prime subscriptions can be shared. The good news is that existing members aren't immediately losing their current sharing setups. It used to be that Amazon…
  • Microsoft Makes Push To Get Back Into E-Sports

    Tue 5:12pm By Soulskill
    An anonymous reader writes: In October, Microsoft will publish Halo 5: Guardians, the first game in the series to be developed exclusively for the Xbox One. Microsoft is taking the opportunity to make a big play to become part of the e-sports market. They've…
  • Dungeons & Dragons Is Getting a Film Franchise

    Tue 4:30pm By Soulskill
    New submitter IT.luddite sends word that Hasbro and Warner Bros. have announced Dungeons & Dragons will be getting its own film franchise. They already have a script, and they'll be working with production company Sweetpea Entertainment, but they haven't…
  • Giving Up Alternating Current

    Tue 3:48pm By Soulskill
    An anonymous reader writes: Yesterday we discussed Soylent, the artificial food substitute created by Rob Rhinehart and his team. As it turns out, this isn't Rhinehart's only unusual sustainability project. In a new post, he explains how he gave up on…
  • Epson Is Trying To Kill the Printer Ink Cartridge

    Tue 3:04pm By Soulskill
    An anonymous reader writes: Inkjet printer cartridges have been the bane of many small businesses and home offices for decades. It's interesting, then, that Epson is trying something new: next month, they're launching a new line of printers that come with…
  • FAA Has Approved More Than 1,000 Drone Exemptions

    Tue 2:21pm By Soulskill
    coondoggie writes: The Federal Aviation Administration today said it has issued 1,008 exemptions to businesses wanting to fly unmanned aircraft in the national airspace. Such small drones have been on the bad side of the news in the past few days: there have…
  • Hackers Exploit Adobe Flash Vulnerability In Yahoo Ads

    Tue 1:39pm By Soulskill
    vivaoporto notes a report that a group of hackers have used online ad networks to distribute malware over several of Yahoo's websites. The attack began on Tuesday, July 28, and was shut down on Monday, August 3. It was targeted at Yahoo's sports, finance,…
  • Facebook Allows Turkish Government To Set the Censorship Rules

    Tue 12:57pm By timothy
    New submitter feylikurds writes: Facebook has been blocking and banning users for posting Kurdish or anti-Turkish material. Many screenshots exists of Facebook notifying people for such. You can insult any single historical figure that you like on Facebook…
  • Cleaning Up Botnets Takes Years, May Never Be Completed

    Tue 12:16pm By timothy
    Once a botnet has taken root in a large pool of computers, truly expunging it from them may be a forlorn hope. That, writes itwbennett, is: the finding of researchers in the Netherlands who analyzed the efforts of the Conficker Working Group to stop the botnet…
  • EFF and MuckRock Need Your Help Tracking Biometric Surveillance

    Tue 11:35am By timothy
    v3rgEz writes: Police departments are increasingly tracking your face, your fingerprints, your tattoos — and even your DNA. The Electronic Frontier Foundation and MuckRock are working to uncover how local agencies are tracking you and bring some much-needed…
  • Ada Initiative Organization To End, But Its Work Will Continue

    Tue 10:59am By timothy
    An anonymous reader writes: Today the Ada Initiative announced that the nonprofit will shut down in mid-October. Founded in 2011, the Ada Initiative is a nonprofit feminist organization created to help improve open source culture and build a more inviting,…