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“This isn’t like shipping wine”—Defense Distributed v. Grewal has its day in court

Ars Technica - 36 min 14 sec ago

Enlarge / Defense Distributed was looking forward to this day enough that it produced a movie-like trailer. (Srsly) (credit: Defense Distributed)

AUSTIN, Texas—“I see nuances that require more thought,” US District Judge Robert Pitman told the assembled attorneys and small crowd of onlookers (new Defense Distributed Director Paloma Heindorff included). “All presentations have been of great use, and these are fascinating and important issues.”

Pitman, clearly, would not be making any rulings in Defense Distributed v. Grewal (PDF), a suit brought last summer by the 3D printed firearms company (and colleagues like the Second Amendment Foundation) against New Jersey State Attorney General Gurbir Grewal. But just as clearly, the judge appeared to recognize the fundamental and futuristic questions at play as the idea of free speech collides with the idea of digitally distributing CAD files for printing a firearm.

This case largely hinges on a newly enacted state law, SB2465, aimed at regulating “ghost guns.” Texas-based Defense Distributed believes it violates the Constitution. The company has failed twice to argue for a temporary restraining order against New Jersey. Now Judge Pitman gathered the two legal teams to consider a preliminary injunction, a wider-reaching legal maneuver that could potentially halt an array of actions.

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Sprint becomes the last major US carrier to stop selling location data - CNET

cNET.com - News - 50 min 1 sec ago
The carrier joins T-Mobile, Verizon and AT&T in ending a practice criticized as an invasion of privacy.

T-Mobile CEO, execs stay at Trump hotel while lobbying Trump administration

Ars Technica - 1 hour 1 min ago

Enlarge / Entrance to the Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC. (credit: Trump International Hotel)

T-Mobile's CEO and other executives have repeatedly stayed at President Trump's hotel in Washington, DC while lobbying the Trump administration for approval of T-Mobile's proposed acquisition of Sprint, according to a Washington Post story published today.

The Post's investigation is titled, "T-Mobile announced a merger needing Trump administration approval. The next day, 9 executives had reservations at Trump's hotel."

T-Mobile and Sprint announced their $26 billion merger on April 29 last year and are still seeking approval to merge from the US Department of Justice, Federal Communications Commission, and state regulators. T-Mobile executives have faced skepticism about the deal from federal and state regulators, according to a report by The Capitol Forum. A coalition of consumer advocacy groups has been warning regulators that the deal will harm competition, raise prices for wireless consumers, kill up to 30,000 jobs, and result in worse wireless service.

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2019 Lincoln Nautilus recalled for lax hands-off warnings - Roadshow

cNET.com - News - 1 hour 6 min ago
It's a smart idea to keep your hands on the wheel, ADAS or no.

There's gold in them thar clouds as Infor guzzles $1.5bn from Koch and Golden Gate

The Register - 1 hour 10 min ago
IPO? Maybe 2019. Perhaps 2020. Depends, OK?

Enterprise cloud botherer Infor announced today that shareholders were tipping the best part of $1.5bn into its coffers ahead of a potential IPO.…

Motorola Razr may stage a folding-screen comeback with a $1,500 price tag - CNET

cNET.com - News - 1 hour 15 min ago
It would reportedly be launched in an exclusive partnership with Verizon.

Verizon bundles Apple Music into its more expensive unlimited plans - CNET

cNET.com - News - 1 hour 20 min ago
Beyond Unlimited and Above Unlimited customers will get Apple Music as a bundled perk.

Bring the gym home with this smart fitness tech - CNET

cNET.com - News - 1 hour 23 min ago
We tested out a bunch of exercise equipment to see what works -- and doesn't work -- in today's connected homes.

Mini 60 Years Edition celebrates six decades of twee cars - Roadshow

cNET.com - News - 1 hour 29 min ago
The cars might be a little (or a lot) bigger now, but they're still pretty fun.

This guy founded Atari and Chuck E. Cheese. Now he's making Alexa games - CNET

cNET.com - News - 1 hour 32 min ago
He also used to be Steve Jobs' boss. These days, he sees huge potential in interactive, voice-activated gaming.

My favorite AirPod-alternative wireless earbuds are now just $33 - CNET

cNET.com - News - 1 hour 42 min ago
After several months of using these (and trying lots of others), I continue to enthusiastically recommend them. Plus: Don't mind wires? These sport earbuds are only $17.

Mirror review: Master home workouts with the Mirror - CNET

cNET.com - Reviews - 1 hour 44 min ago
Forget the fitness center. The Mirror makes home workouts more appealing.

Microsoft removes Forza dances amid Fortnite lawsuits

Ars Technica - 1 hour 45 min ago

Enlarge / Actor Alfonso Ribeiro shows off "The Carlton" during a Dancing with the Stars performance.

Forza Horizon 4 no longer features two dance emotes—the Carlton and the Floss—which were previously available for use by in-game avatars. The removal is listed under the "Other Improvements" section in the notes for the game's Series 5 update, which launched yesterday with a new online adventure playlist and new Mitsubishi cars for the game, among other changes.

Microsoft has not offered a public explanation for the removal, though a spokesperson told Kotaku "Forza Horizon 4 features a large portfolio of content and is continuously updated." The move comes, though, after both dances became the subject of lawsuits regarding their similar inclusion in Epic's Fortnite.

The Carlton—popularized by actor Alfonso Ribeiro on The Fresh Prince of Bel Air—and the Floss—popularized by Russell "Backpack Kid" Horning in a Saturday Night Live performance—are the apparent inspiration for two Fortnite emotes that can be purchased as part of various Battle Pass DLC packages. Lawsuits filed against Epic by those dancers accuse the Fortnite maker of illegally profiting from their copyrighted dance creations.

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Huawei’s elusive Mr Ren: We’re just a 'sesame seed' in a superpower spat

The Register - 1 hour 47 min ago
Trump, communism and 5G - a rare glimpse into the founder's past and present

Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei does not give interviews, so the two-hour audience the firm granted to US media on Monday was a landmark - and perhaps a recognition of the crisis enveloping the company. Huawei faces a rising tide of headlines about its trustworthiness as a corporate supplier.…

Video: Inside the artistic mind of Dead Space designer Glen Schofield

Ars Technica - 1 hour 52 min ago

Video directed by Sean Dacanay, edited by Paul Isackson. Click here for transcript.

Our recent visit to Dead Space designer Glen Schofield's home to discuss the challenges of developing the horror classic left us with an enormous amount of footage to sort through. Glen was very generous with his time and allowed us more than simply a peek behind the curtain—we got a full tour through the man's artistic mind and processes.

This video is perhaps not as directly game-focused as our previous one, but Glen was brimming with words of wisdom for aspiring game artists—and aspiring artists in general. He tells of his professional beginnings, dutifully toiling away in the Barbie mines at Absolute Entertainment and getting the last laugh when he was promoted over other Barbie-eschewing coworkers. He discusses the artist's eye and how immersing oneself in art alters the way one perceives the world—an engineer might look at a machine and see in their mind the way the parts mesh and the gears turn, while an artist sees the machine and thinks of how to represent it on a canvas in terms of light and shadow. Both disciplines see things that are hidden or non-obvious to everyone else, and both require a blend of talent and training.

My mother is a painter and illustrator, and I hear many of the things she told me growing up echoed in Glen's advice. Artists see the world in a way that other disciplines do not, and the best artists—artists like Schofield—are able to create compelling images that draw the viewer in and allow them to experience some of the artist's own emotions.

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Peloton Tread review: Makes running at home much more fun for rich people - CNET

cNET.com - Reviews - 2 hours 53 sec ago
I don't like running, but the Peloton Tread was surprisingly fun to use.

Qualcomm kicks off defense in FTC trial by showing its mobile chip prowess - CNET

cNET.com - News - 2 hours 2 min ago
Chip company co-founder Irwin Jacobs and its executive in charge of 4G and 5G take the stand to detail its wireless innovations.

AirPower reference appears in Apple's iPhone XS battery case listing - CNET

cNET.com - News - 2 hours 4 min ago
A mention of Apple's long-awaited wireless charging pad surfaced in the company's online store early Wednesday.

Hubble Space Telescope may hang in there through 2025 - CNET

cNET.com - News - 2 hours 5 min ago
The assessment comes after NASA tried to bring its main camera back online.

ClassPass Live review: Workouts at home step it up with this affordable subscription service - CNET

cNET.com - Reviews - 2 hours 8 min ago
It keeps you motivated when you work out at home -- and for a reasonable price.

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