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Senator challenges Ajit Pai over evidence for net neutrality repeal

Ars Technica - July 20, 2017 - 9:05pm

Enlarge / Senator Edward Markey (D-Mass.). (credit: Getty Images | Bloomberg)

The evidence for repealing net neutrality rules isn't good enough, Senator Edward Markey (D-Mass.) told Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai yesterday.

Pai claims that the rules issued in 2015 are reducing investment in broadband networks, but Markey pointed out during a Senate hearing that ISPs have not reported any dramatic problems to their investors.

Markey said:

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2018 Dodge Durango Release Date, Price and Specs - Roadshow - Reviews - July 20, 2017 - 9:03pm
The new Dodge Durango SRT will hit 60 mph in 4.4 seconds with the help of a 6.4-liter Hemi V8 engine.

AlphaBay and Hansa dark web markets shut down

BBC Technology News - July 20, 2017 - 9:03pm
The AlphaBay and Hansa marketplaces were known for trade in drugs, weapons and malware.

Trump's 2020 Campaign Has Already Paid Out $600K—to Trump

Wired - July 20, 2017 - 8:59pm
This permanent campaign appears to be pretty good for Trump's bottom line.

Judge: Glassdoor reviews aren’t “political,” so feds can grab user identities

Ars Technica - July 20, 2017 - 8:50pm

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An appeals court will soon decide whether the US government can unmask anonymous users of Glassdoor—and the entire proceeding is set to happen in secret.

The 9th Circuit case was flagged yesterday by Public Citizen attorney Paul Levy, who intends to submit an amicus brief in the case. In Levy's view, the case involves "a significant free speech issue bearing on the rights of anonymous Internet users."

Federal investigators sent a subpoena asking for the identities of more than 100 anonymous users of the business-review site Glassdoor, who apparently posted reviews of a company that's under investigation for potential fraud related to its contracting practices. The government later scaled back its demand to just eight users. Prosecutors believe these eight Glassdoor users are "third-party witnesses to certain business practices relevant to [the] investigation." The name of the company under investigation is redacted from all public briefs.

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Linus Torvalds: Gadget reviewer

ZDnet News - July 20, 2017 - 8:50pm
When Linus Torvalds isn't working on Linux, he's tinkering with gadgets, and now he's reviewing them on Google+.

Did a Nintendo 64 Classic surprise just get spoiled? - CNET - News - July 20, 2017 - 8:49pm
Or is Nintendo just covering its bases legally?

Second one this month: Another code bootcamp decamps to graveyard

The Register - July 20, 2017 - 8:48pm
'Unable to find a sustainable model' complains crashed programming crash course

The Iron Yard, a four-year-old coding bootcamp based in South Carolina, USA, said on Thursday that it is shutting its doors.…

Comic-Con 2017: How to follow CNET - CNET - News - July 20, 2017 - 8:41pm
Pay attention, true believers, CNET is on the ground at Comic-Con 2017, tackling all the latest announcements and gawking at the geekiest swag in San Diego.

Sony’s legal quest to remove its leaked developer’s kit from the Web

Ars Technica - July 20, 2017 - 8:39pm


Sony appears to be using copyright law in an attempt to remove all traces of a leaked PlayStation 4 Software Development Kit (PS4 SDK) from the Web. That effort also seems to have extended in recent days to the forced removal of the mere discussion of the leak and the posting of a separate open source, homebrew SDK designed to be used on jailbroken systems.

The story began a few weeks ago, when word first hit that version 4.5 of the PS4 SDK had been leaked online by a hacker going by the handle Kromemods. These SDKs are usually provided only to authorized PS4 developers with development kits. The SDKs contain significant documentation that, once made public, can aid hackers in figuring out how to jailbreak consoles, create and install homebrew software, and enable other activities usually prohibited by the hardware maker (as we've seen in the wake of previous leaks of PlayStation 3 SDKs).

While you can still find reference to the version 4.5 SDK leak on places like Reddit and MaxConsole, threads discussing and linking to those leaked files on sites like GBATemp and PSXhax, for example, appear to have been removed after the fact. Cached versions of those pages show links (now defunct) to download those leaked files, along with a message from KromeMods to "Please spread this as much as possible since links will be taken down... We will get nowhere if everything keeps private; money isn't everything."

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The Ford GT generates 100 GB of data... per hour - Roadshow - News - July 20, 2017 - 8:37pm
It has more lines of code than the Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter jet.

Twitter's Winning the War on Harassment—So Says Twitter

Wired - July 20, 2017 - 8:29pm
Twitter has vowed to make harassment a priority, and today issued its 6-month progress report. But the company could still use more transparency in how it responds to abuse.

Firefox for iOS now wants you to browse in the dark - CNET - News - July 20, 2017 - 8:26pm
Mozilla's browser can automatically dim the screen for iPhones and iPads at night. Also new: full-screen video in the Focus browser for Android.

Get a free Geek Fuel subscription box - CNET - News - July 20, 2017 - 8:25pm
Pay only six bucks for shipping, no other strings attached! Plus: the magically erasable Rocketbook Wave writing pad for $23.99.

Are your live local channels on a streaming TV service yet? - CNET - News - July 20, 2017 - 8:23pm
The five big live TV streamers -- DirecTV Now, Hulu, PlayStation Vue, Sling TV and YouTube TV -- all offer some combination of ABC, CBS, Fox and/or NBC. Find out how they compare in your city.

UK uni warns students of phishers trying to nick their tuition fees

The Register - July 20, 2017 - 8:18pm
♪ You shall have a phishy on a little dishy when the hack comes in

Foreign students looking to experience the stochastic joys of a year at Newcastle University in England are being warned that phishers are after their cash – using an unusually well-crafted attack.…

PayPal joins Chase and Citi to expand your mobile wallet - CNET - News - July 20, 2017 - 8:15pm
PayPal's two new bank partnerships will help bring the online payment service to more stores, while making it easier for Chase and Citi customers to make online purchases.

Cops will love Ford’s F-150 Police Responder pickup - Roadshow - News - July 20, 2017 - 7:59pm
First police pursuit-rated truck gives the boys in blue a leg-up off-road and more space.

NY-DC Hyperloop tunnel? Musk tweets about vague “verbal govt approval” [Update]

Ars Technica - July 20, 2017 - 7:55pm

Enlarge (credit: The Boring Company)

Elon Musk has been talking about The Boring Company, his tunnel-digging endeavor, for months now. Today, he tweeted, “Just received verbal govt approval for The Boring Company to build an underground NY-Phil-Balt-DC Hyperloop. NY-DC in 29 mins.”

Ars has reached out to Musk directly and to The Boring Company’s media contact to get more details on the “verbal govt approval.”

Ars also contacted the US Department of Transportation, and a White House spokesperson noted, “We have had promising conversations to date, are committed to transformative infrastructure projects, and believe our greatest solutions have often come from the ingenuity and drive of the private sector.”

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Man ridicules Olive Garden’s demand letter over trademark dispute

Ars Technica - July 20, 2017 - 7:44pm

Enlarge (credit: Mike Mozart)

On Wednesday, a blogger in Southern California wrote the most epic response to a pasta-related legal demand letter that we have ever seen.

The blogger in question, Vincent "Vino" Malone, is the proprietor of, a website that chronicles a quest to eat as much Olive Garden pasta as possible (via the Never Ending Pasta Pass).

Malone documents his travails online with detailed photos, often in brief form, such as: "My mind has actually come around completely on the garlic alfredo sauce since its original launch in 2015. Perhaps the recipe has changed, or maybe my palate has been deadened by years of conspicuous consumption, but the flavor is actually fairly mild and the grated cheese adds a bit of depth to the traditionally bland alfredo."

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