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Nearly all AT&T subscribers’ call records stolen in Snowflake cloud hack

Six months of call and text records taken from AT&T workspace on cloud platform.

https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2024/07/nearly-all-att-subscribers-call-records-stolen-in-snowflake-cloud-hack/?utm_brand=arstechnica&utm_social-type=owned&utm_source=mastodon&utm_medium=social

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Much of Neanderthal genetic diversity came from modern humans

Neanderthals' low diversity means their population was even smaller than we thought.

https://arstechnica.com/science/2024/07/much-of-neanderthal-genetic-diversity-came-from-modern-humans/?utm_brand=arstechnica&utm_social-type=owned&utm_source=mastodon&utm_medium=social

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$500 aluminum version of the Analogue Pocket looks like the Game Boy’s final form

Other Pocket iterations have stuck to colorful (and cheaper) plastic.

https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2024/07/500-aluminum-version-of-the-analogue-pocket-looks-like-the-game-boys-final-form/?utm_brand=arstechnica&utm_social-type=owned&utm_source=mastodon&utm_medium=social

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New app releases for Apple Vision Pro have fallen dramatically since launch

Apple struggles to attract content from developers for its $3,500 headset.

https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2024/07/new-app-releases-for-apple-vision-pro-have-fallen-dramatically-since-launch/?utm_brand=arstechnica&utm_social-type=owned&utm_source=mastodon&utm_medium=social

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Anthony Mackie wields the shield in Captain America: Brave New World teaser

There's quite a few familiar characters from 2008's The Incredible Hulk .

https://arstechnica.com/culture/2024/07/anthony-mackie-wields-the-shield-in-captain-america-brave-new-world-teaser/?utm_brand=arstechnica&utm_social-type=owned&utm_source=mastodon&utm_medium=social

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Arduino’s Plug and Make Kit lets your hacking imagination run wild, sans solder

Daisy-chain tiny boards into weather stations, game controllers, and way more.

https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2024/07/arduinos-plug-and-make-kit-lets-your-hacking-imagination-run-wild-sans-solder/?utm_brand=arstechnica&utm_social-type=owned&utm_source=mastodon&utm_medium=social

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Partial automated driving systems don’t make driving safer, study finds

Many driver assists do increase safety, but little evidence lane keeping is one.

https://arstechnica.com/cars/2024/07/partial-automated-driving-systems-dont-make-driving-safer-study-finds/?utm_brand=arstechnica&utm_social-type=owned&utm_source=mastodon&utm_medium=social

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EU says Elon Musk’s paid “verification” deceives X users, threatens big fines

Paid checkmarks deceive users and violate Digital Services Act, EU says.

https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2024/07/eu-says-elon-musks-paid-verification-deceives-x-users-threatens-big-fines/?utm_brand=arstechnica&utm_social-type=owned&utm_source=mastodon&utm_medium=social

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Earliest known ancestors of scorpions were tiny sea beasts

A local fossil collector in Morocco found the specimen decades ago.

https://arstechnica.com/science/2024/07/earliest-known-ancestors-of-scorpions-were-tiny-sea-beasts/?utm_brand=arstechnica&utm_social-type=owned&utm_source=mastodon&utm_medium=social

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Peer review is essential for science. Unfortunately, it’s broken.

There's no incentive to fix the system, which was never designed to catch fraud anyway.

https://arstechnica.com/science/2024/07/peer-review-is-essential-for-science-unfortunately-its-broken/?utm_brand=arstechnica&utm_social-type=owned&utm_source=mastodon&utm_medium=social

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The unmatched streak of perfection with SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket is over

An investigation into the engine failure could delay SpaceX's upcoming crew launches.

https://arstechnica.com/space/2024/07/the-unmatched-streak-of-perfection-with-spacexs-falcon-9-rocket-is-over/?utm_brand=arstechnica&utm_social-type=owned&utm_source=mastodon&utm_medium=social

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Scientists built real-life “stillsuit” to recycle astronaut urine on space walks

Prototype would replace multi-layered adult diapers currently worn on space walks.

https://arstechnica.com/science/2024/07/scientists-built-real-life-stillsuit-to-recycle-astronaut-urine-on-space-walks/?utm_brand=arstechnica&utm_social-type=owned&utm_source=mastodon&utm_medium=social

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Congress apparently feels a need for “reaffirmation” of SLS rocket

Because I'm tall enough, I'm orange enough, and doggone it, Senators like me.

https://arstechnica.com/space/2024/07/congress-apparently-feels-a-need-for-reaffirmation-of-sls-rocket/?utm_brand=arstechnica&utm_social-type=owned&utm_source=mastodon&utm_medium=social

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Three betas in, iOS 18 testers still can’t try out Apple Intelligence features

Apple has said some features will be available to test "this summer."

https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2024/07/three-betas-in-ios-18-testers-still-cant-try-out-apple-intelligence-features/?utm_brand=arstechnica&utm_social-type=owned&utm_source=mastodon&utm_medium=social

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Republicans angry that ISPs receiving US grants must offer low-cost plans

Law requires grantees to offer low-cost plans. GOP calls it "rate regulation."

https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2024/07/republicans-fight-plan-to-require-low-cost-broadband-service/?utm_brand=arstechnica&utm_social-type=owned&utm_source=mastodon&utm_medium=social

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Court ordered penalties for 15 teens who created naked AI images of classmates

Teens ordered to attend classes on sex education and responsible use of AI.

https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2024/07/court-ordered-penalties-for-15-teens-who-created-naked-ai-images-of-classmates/?utm_brand=arstechnica&utm_social-type=owned&utm_source=mastodon&utm_medium=social

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Threat actors exploited Windows 0-day for more than a year before Microsoft fixed it

The goal of the exploits was to open Explorer and trick targets into running malicious code.

https://arstechnica.com/security/2024/07/threat-actors-exploited-windows-0-day-for-more-than-a-year-before-microsoft-fixed-it/?utm_brand=arstechnica&utm_social-type=owned&utm_source=mastodon&utm_medium=social

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Latest Apple Arcade additions show Apple is looking backward, not forward

Opinion: Games that were popular in 2011 or even 2022 won't move the needle for Apple.

https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2024/07/indie-hit-vampire-survivors-lands-on-apple-arcade-with-the-ads-stripped-out/?utm_brand=arstechnica&utm_social-type=owned&utm_source=mastodon&utm_medium=social

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NASA update on Starliner thruster issues: This is fine

“What we want to know is that the thrusters can perform," Starliner's pilot says.

https://arstechnica.com/space/2024/07/starliner-still-doesnt-have-a-return-date-as-nasa-tests-overheating-thrusters/?utm_brand=arstechnica&utm_social-type=owned&utm_source=mastodon&utm_medium=social

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To help with climate change, carbon capture will have to evolve

The technologies are useful tools but have yet to move us away from fossil fuels.

https://arstechnica.com/science/2024/07/to-help-with-climate-change-carbon-capture-will-have-to-evolve/?utm_brand=arstechnica&utm_social-type=owned&utm_source=mastodon&utm_medium=social

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Intuit’s AI gamble: Mass layoff of 1,800 paired with hiring spree

Intuit CEO: "Companies that aren’t prepared to take advantage of [AI] will fall behind."

https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2024/07/intuits-ai-gamble-mass-layoff-of-1800-paired-with-hiring-spree/?utm_brand=arstechnica&utm_social-type=owned&utm_source=mastodon&utm_medium=social

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Apple settles EU probe by opening up its mobile payments system

iPhone users will get more choices to make "touch-and-go" payments in the EU.

https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2024/07/apple-will-soon-allow-rival-wallets-to-replace-apple-pay-as-default-in-eu/?utm_brand=arstechnica&utm_social-type=owned&utm_source=mastodon&utm_medium=social

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Arm tweaks AMD’s FSR to bring battery-saving GPU upscaling to phones and tablets

Arm "Accuracy Super Resolution" is optimized for power use and integrated GPUs.

https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2024/07/arm-gets-into-graphics-upscaling-promises-up-to-1-5x-faster-gpu-performance/?utm_brand=arstechnica&utm_social-type=owned&utm_source=mastodon&utm_medium=social

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Can you do better than top-level AI models on these basic vision tests?

Abstract analysis that is trivial for humans often stymies GPT-4o, Gemini, and Sonnet.

https://arstechnica.com/ai/2024/07/can-you-do-better-than-top-level-ai-models-on-these-basic-vision-tests/?utm_brand=arstechnica&utm_social-type=owned&utm_source=mastodon&utm_medium=social

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Frozen mammoth skin retained its chromosome structure

Features as small as 50 nanometers preserved in a 50,000-year-old sample.

https://arstechnica.com/science/2024/07/frozen-mammoth-skin-retained-its-chromosome-structure/?utm_brand=arstechnica&utm_social-type=owned&utm_source=mastodon&utm_medium=social

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Exim vulnerability affecting 1.5 million servers lets attackers attach malicious files

Based on past attacks, It wouldn’t be surprising to see active targeting this time too.

https://arstechnica.com/security/2024/07/more-than-1-5-million-email-servers-running-exim-vulnerable-to-critical-attacks/?utm_brand=arstechnica&utm_social-type=owned&utm_source=mastodon&utm_medium=social

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Giant salamander species found in what was thought to be an icy ecosystem

Found after its kind were thought extinct, and where it was thought to be too cold.

https://arstechnica.com/science/2024/07/giant-salamander-fossils-show-early-tetrapods-survived-longer-than-expected/?utm_brand=arstechnica&utm_social-type=owned&utm_source=mastodon&utm_medium=social

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Shady company relaunches popular old tech blogs, steals writers’ identities

This doesn't just threaten writers' work—it has a corrosive effect on the web.

https://arstechnica.com/ai/2024/07/ilounge-and-the-unofficial-apple-weblog-are-back-as-unethical-ai-content-farms/?utm_brand=arstechnica&utm_social-type=owned&utm_source=mastodon&utm_medium=social

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Elon Musk calls for “criminal prosecution” of X ad boycott perpetrators

Congress accused advertisers group of colluding to tank X's revenue.

https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2024/07/elon-musk-calls-for-criminal-prosecution-of-x-ad-boycott-perpetrators/?utm_brand=arstechnica&utm_social-type=owned&utm_source=mastodon&utm_medium=social

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First “Miss AI” contest sparks ire for pushing unrealistic beauty standards

Influencer platform's controversial contest awarded prizes to three nonexistent people.

https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2024/07/first-miss-ai-contest-sparks-ire-for-pushing-unrealistic-beauty-standards/?utm_brand=arstechnica&utm_social-type=owned&utm_source=mastodon&utm_medium=social

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These African lions swam a record-breaking 1.5 km to find a mate

Brothers Jacob and Tibu braved hungry hippos and crocodiles to make the crossing.

https://arstechnica.com/science/2024/07/these-african-lions-swam-a-record-breaking-1-5-km-to-find-a-mate/?utm_brand=arstechnica&utm_social-type=owned&utm_source=mastodon&utm_medium=social

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In bid to loosen Nvidia’s grip on AI, AMD to buy Finnish startup for $665 million

The acquisition is the largest of its kind in Europe in a decade.

https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2024/07/in-bid-to-loosen-nvidias-grip-on-ai-amd-to-buy-finnish-startup-for-665-million/?utm_brand=arstechnica&utm_social-type=owned&utm_source=mastodon&utm_medium=social

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BMW, Stellantis to recall more than 700,000 cars due to airbag problems

Takata airbags and problematic sensors lead to recall across four car brands.

https://arstechnica.com/cars/2024/07/bmw-stellantis-to-recall-more-than-700000-cars-due-to-airbag-problems/?utm_brand=arstechnica&utm_social-type=owned&utm_source=mastodon&utm_medium=social

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Elon Musk defeats one Twitter severance lawsuit—but it’s not the last one

Losing plaintiffs may be able to join one of the other lawsuits against X Corp.

https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2024/07/elon-musk-defeats-one-twitter-severance-lawsuit-but-its-not-the-last-one/?utm_brand=arstechnica&utm_social-type=owned&utm_source=mastodon&utm_medium=social

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Amazon Buy Box rigging suit dismissed after users failed to show receipts

Users want Amazon held accountable for hiding cheaper items with faster delivery.

https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2024/07/amazon-buy-box-rigging-suit-dismissed-after-users-failed-to-show-receipts/?utm_brand=arstechnica&utm_social-type=owned&utm_source=mastodon&utm_medium=social

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Microsoft asks many Game Pass subscribers to pay more for less

Launch day access to first-party titles now restricted to $19.99/month "Ultimate" tier.

https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2024/07/microsoft-asks-many-game-pass-subscribers-to-pay-more-for-less/?utm_brand=arstechnica&utm_social-type=owned&utm_source=mastodon&utm_medium=social

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OpenAI board shakeup: Microsoft out, Apple backs away amid AI partnership scrutiny

Microsoft gives up non-voting observer board role; Apple rethinks a planned similar position.

https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2024/07/openai-board-shakeup-microsoft-out-apple-backs-away-amid-ai-partnership-scrutiny/?utm_brand=arstechnica&utm_social-type=owned&utm_source=mastodon&utm_medium=social

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The Galaxy Z Fold & Flip 6 are not as exciting to Samsung as Galaxy AI

Samsung's spec-bump products get coated in Galaxy AI lacquer for their showing.

https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2024/07/the-galaxy-z-fold-flip-6-are-not-as-exciting-to-samsung-as-galaxy-ai/?utm_brand=arstechnica&utm_social-type=owned&utm_source=mastodon&utm_medium=social

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Feds who forced Ukrainian investor to sell rocket company backtrack years later

"I hope you now are happy. History will judge all of you guys."

https://arstechnica.com/space/2024/07/feds-who-forced-ukrainian-investor-to-sell-rocket-company-backtrack-years-later/?utm_brand=arstechnica&utm_social-type=owned&utm_source=mastodon&utm_medium=social

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How disinformation from a Russian AI spam farm ended up on top of Google search results

A fake article about Volodymyr Zelensky’s wife buying a Bugatti with US aid was promoted by bots.

https://arstechnica.com/ai/2024/07/how-disinformation-from-a-russian-ai-spam-farm-ended-up-on-top-of-google-search-results/?utm_brand=arstechnica&utm_social-type=owned&utm_source=mastodon&utm_medium=social

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Antikythera mechanism’s calendar ring likely tracked the lunar calendar

Physicists drew on statistical techniques used to analyze gravitational waves.

https://arstechnica.com/science/2024/07/antikythera-mechanisms-calendar-ring-likely-tracked-the-lunar-calendar/?utm_brand=arstechnica&utm_social-type=owned&utm_source=mastodon&utm_medium=social

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Could AIs become conscious? Right now, we have no way to tell.

Scientists struggle to define consciousness, AI or otherwise.

https://arstechnica.com/science/2024/07/could-ais-become-conscious-right-now-we-have-no-way-to-tell/?utm_brand=arstechnica&utm_social-type=owned&utm_source=mastodon&utm_medium=social

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Europe’s first Ariane 6 flight achieved most of its goals, but ended prematurely

Ariane 6 launched into orbit, but an upper stage problem kept it from completing the demo flight.

https://arstechnica.com/space/2024/07/europes-first-ariane-6-flight-achieved-most-of-its-goals-but-ended-prematurely/?utm_brand=arstechnica&utm_social-type=owned&utm_source=mastodon&utm_medium=social

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FTC blasts drug middlemen for “inflating” costs, “squeezing” pharmacies

Pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) are key part of US's high drug costs, report finds.

https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2024/07/ftc-blasts-drug-middlemen-for-inflating-costs-squeezing-pharmacies/?utm_brand=arstechnica&utm_social-type=owned&utm_source=mastodon&utm_medium=social

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Testers unearth touchscreen UI in tvOS beta, signs point to a touchscreen HomePod

Rumors of a touchscreen HomePod stretch back to 2021.

https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2024/07/testers-unearth-touchscreen-ui-in-tvos-beta-signs-point-to-a-touchscreen-homepod/?utm_brand=arstechnica&utm_social-type=owned&utm_source=mastodon&utm_medium=social

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Well, Houston just rode out Hurricane Beryl, and let me tell you, it blew

It's pretty weird to use something I've written about in the abstract for so long.

https://arstechnica.com/science/2024/07/well-houston-just-rode-out-hurricane-beryl-and-let-me-tell-you-it-blew/?utm_brand=arstechnica&utm_social-type=owned&utm_source=mastodon&utm_medium=social

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