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What happened to cause everyone's favorite webslinger to fall out of the MCU? It's all about money, of course. https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2019/08/spider-man-is-out-of-the-mcu-thanks-to-sonydisney-standoff/
Major video game retailer GameStop has announced layoffs for 120 corporate staffers, representing a 14% reduction of the company's "total associate base at our company headquarters as well as at some other offices." https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2019/08/gamestop-lays-of-120-corporate-staffers-as-stock-continues-to-tumble/
"[I]t goes into the, in my mind, ‘just because you can doesn’t mean you should’ category. We really made the helm control system, specifically on the [DDG] 51 class, just overly complex, with the touch screens under glass and all this kind of stuff" https://arstechnica.com/cars/2019/08/the-us-navy-says-no-to-touchscreens-maybe-automakers-should-too/
Badge life: The story behind DEFCON’s hackable crystal electronic badge http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2019/08/badge-life-the-story-behind-defcons-hackable-crystal-electronic-badge/ by @thepacketrat
Hmm. "I want for as many people to have access to the game as possible." https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2019/08/why-one-pc-developer-turned-down-the-security-of-epics-exclusivity-offer/
Your heatwave could be worse because of a drought somewhere else http://arstechnica.com/science/2019/08/your-heatwave-could-be-worse-because-of-a-drought-somewhere-else/ by @SJvatn
After seven roof fires, Walmart sues Tesla over solar panel flaws http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2019/08/after-seven-roof-fires-walmart-sues-tesla-over-solar-panel-flaws/ by @binarybits
Intel’s line of notebook CPUs gets more confusing with 14nm Comet Lake http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2019/08/intels-line-of-notebook-cpus-gets-more-confusing-with-14nm-comet-lake/ by @jrssnet
After announcing a plan to completely overhaul Minecraft's visual engine in 2017, the game's developers at Mojang have finally come clean: the "Super Duper Graphics Pack" is no longer coming to the hugely popular sandbox game. https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2019/08/super-duper-disappointment-minecraft-cancels-plans-for-visual-overhaul/
This week, NASA has given its ambitious Europa Clipper mission a green light to proceed into final design and then into construction of the spacecraft. The multibillion-dollar mission remains on target for a launch in 2023 or 2025, the agency said. https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/08/the-ambitious-europa-clipper-has-cleared-an-important-step-toward-flight/
Record-breaking 20 qubits entangle to make “Schrödinger’s cat” in the lab http://arstechnica.com/science/2019/08/german-physicists-build-schrodingers-cat-out-of-20-entangled-qubits/ by @JenLucPiquant
The DMCA gets abused a lot, but this is seemingly another level of abuse https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2019/08/man-sued-for-using-bogus-youtube-takedowns-to-get-address-for-swatting/
The year-long rash of supply chain attacks against open source is getting worse http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2019/08/the-year-long-rash-of-supply-chain-attacks-against-open-source-is-getting-worse/ by @dangoodin001
A recent update to the Nest app will let existing Nest users "migrate their account to Google." Be warned that doing this will break a lot of things and is irreversible. https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2019/08/nest-users-can-now-voluntarily-euthanize-their-accounts-switch-to-google/
Remembering the best shareware-era DOS games that time forgot http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2019/08/remembering-the-best-shareware-era-dos-games-that-time-forgot/ by @SamuelAxon
Guidemaster: The best gaming headsets for your console or gaming rig http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2019/08/guidemaster-the-best-gaming-headsets-for-your-console-or-gaming-rig/ by @deffjunn
Guidemaster: The best Nintendo Switch accessories you can buy in 2019 http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2019/08/guidemaster-the-best-nintendo-switch-accessories-you-can-buy-in-2019/ by @deffjunn
NASA stands a very real risk of turning the Artemis Program into a repeat of the Apollo Program—a flags-and-footprints sprint back to the Moon with no follow-through in the form of a lunar base or a sustained presence in deep space. https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/08/nasa-is-now-talking-about-the-moon-and-mars-which-seems-like-a-stretch/
This has to be the first boardgames to explicitly cite Davis v. Bandemer. @mapmakergame #GerrymanderingIsNotAGame https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2019/08/mapmaker-the-gerrymandering-game-that-puts-the-fun-in-undermining-democracy/
"We're still waiting for the day when a gaming laptop manufacturer sells a machine that comes with a sales pitch of having engineered the heck out of the unplugged-power scenario..." https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2019/08/guidemaster-navigating-the-hazy-world-of-gaming-laptops-in-2019/
GameStop lays off 120 corporate staffers as stock continues to tumble http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2019/08/gamestop-lays-of-120-corporate-staffers-as-stock-continues-to-tumble/ by @KyleOrl
GameStop lays of 120 corporate staffers as stock continues to tumble http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2019/08/gamestop-lays-of-120-corporate-staffers-as-stock-continues-to-tumble/ by @KyleOrl
Swimmer's Ear commonly shows up in people who spend a lot of time in the water. But it also shows up in almost half of Neanderthal skulls from Eurasia, according to a recent study. https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/08/neanderthals-suffered-from-a-veritable-epidemic-of-swimmers-ear/
Spider-Man is out of the MCU thanks to Sony/Disney standoff http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2019/08/spider-man-is-out-of-the-mcu-thanks-to-sonydisney-standoff/ by @JenLucPiquant
Apple TV+ will launch in November for $9.99, facing off against Disney+ at $6.99 http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2019/08/apple-tv-and-disney-will-both-launch-in-november-but-apple-will-be-pricier/ by @SamuelAxon
Facebook audit of alleged anti-conservative bias fails to pinpoint any http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2019/08/facebook-report-attempts-to-address-claims-of-anti-conservative-bias/
With Artemis, NASA at risk of repeating Apollo mistakes, scientist warns http://arstechnica.com/science/2019/08/nasa-is-now-talking-about-the-moon-and-mars-which-seems-like-a-stretch/ by @SciGuySpace
The Matrix 4 is officially happening with Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2019/08/whoa-keanu-reeves-carrie-anne-moss-sign-on-to-star-in-the-matrix-4/ by @samred
"Our partnership amplifies our potential, and Marvel's Spider-Man was a testament to this." https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2019/08/insomniac-games-acquired-by-sony-calls-out-a-special-relationship/
The Google Play Store will evidently wear white before, during, and after Labor Day https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2019/08/google-play-stores-blindingly-white-redesign-starts-rolling-out/
AT&T brings cable TV prices to online streaming with $135 monthly plan http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2019/08/att-brings-cable-tv-prices-to-online-streaming-with-135-monthly-plan/ by @jbrodkin
The death of “Works with Nest” begins now with Google account migrations http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2019/08/nest-users-can-now-voluntarily-euthanize-their-accounts-switch-to-google/ by @RonAmadeo
It couldn't be #ArsGamingWeek without looking to the forums, and twenty years ago we were all enjoying #StarCraft. Then 19 years ago, we all enjoyed... https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2019/08/the-best-ars-technica-video-games-1998-2008/
Super-Earth at a nearby star is a Mercury-like hunk of rock http://arstechnica.com/science/2019/08/super-earth-at-a-nearby-star-is-a-mercury-like-hunk-of-rock/ by @j_timmer
"I hear more and more publishers... rejecting crunch and saying, 'That's not how we operate.'" https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2019/08/bungie-says-current-destiny-2-development-is-unsustainable/
The Stadia exclusives are coming: "Orcs Must Die 3 would not be possible today without Google's support." #OMD3 https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2019/08/get-ready-to-jump-in-the-stream-for-google-stadias-exclusive-games/
Apple Card is now available to all US iPhone owners, adds new cash-back rewards http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2019/08/apple-card-is-now-available-to-all-us-iphone-owners-adds-new-cash-back-rewards/ by @SamuelAxon
"If we could reuse it once we've effectively doubled production. Once would be wonderful. Anything more would be really fantastic." https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/08/heres-why-rocket-lab-changed-its-mind-on-reusable-launch/
New Nvidia driver update cuts latency down to the bone http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2019/08/new-nvidia-driver-update-cuts-latency-down-to-the-bone/ by @KyleOrl
Man sued for using bogus YouTube takedowns to get address for swatting http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2019/08/man-sued-for-using-bogus-youtube-takedowns-to-get-address-for-swatting/ by @binarybits
States reportedly plan monopoly investigation of Google, Facebook, Amazon http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2019/08/states-reportedly-plan-monopoly-investigation-of-google-facebook-amazon/
Recently, Slashdot quietly removed one of its earliest features, which had been available since 1997: the ability to post comments as an "Anonymous Coward." And while the feature returned within five days, it returned in a largely nerfed format. https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2019/08/anonymous-anonymous-cowards-are-for-now-not-welcome-on-slashdot/
Consider this the "Ars forensic files?" How to parse through e-mail headers and spot obfuscation https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2019/08/ars-forensic-files-how-to-parse-through-e-mail-headers-and-spot-obfuscation/
Ransomware wranglers evidently listened to all those "Come and Take It" signs https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2019/08/ransomware-strike-takes-down-23-texas-local-government-agencies/
Dicey Dungeons review: Well, there goes another 100 hours of my life http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2019/08/dicey-dungeons-review-well-there-goes-another-100-hours-of-my-life/ by @aranciata
Between June 28 and August 15, health officials have counted 94 probable cases of severe lung illness in 14 states, the CDC said. The only common thread so far appears to be recent vaping by those afflicted. https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/08/vaping-linked-to-94-mysterious-cases-of-severe-lung-disease-in-14-states/
The NH Supreme Court rules "patent troll" label is just, like, your opinion, man. https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2019/08/patent-troll-sues-over-patent-troll-label-loses/
Some advisers are quietly urging the president to take his enthusiasm for commercial space and entrepreneurs a step further—by creating a cash prize for whoever lands humans on the Moon. https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/08/newt-gingrich-proposes-a-2-billion-prize-for-a-human-moon-lander/
Phew. "CenturyLink's nationwide, 37-hour outage in December 2018 disrupted 911 service for millions of Americans and prevented completion of at least 886 calls to 911, a new Federal Communications Commission report said." https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2019/08/centurylinks-37-hour-outage-blocked-911-service-for-17-million-people/
"Amazon bears the responsibility of providing its customers with accurate information" so shoppers can make informed decisions, the senators write. "Unfortunately, Amazon has failed to fulfill this responsibility." https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2019/08/senators-demand-amazon-explain-how-junk-winds-up-in-choice-listings/
Why did so many Neanderthals end up with swimmer’s ear? http://arstechnica.com/science/2019/08/neanderthals-suffered-from-a-veritable-epidemic-of-swimmers-ear/ by @KionaSmith07
 
 
 
 
 
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