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Wine 5.0 Released

Slashdot - January 21, 2020 - 11:45pm
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First Case of New Coronavirus Detected In US

Slashdot - January 21, 2020 - 11:45pm
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AR is the 'Next Big Thing', Says Apple CEO Tim Cook

Slashdot - January 21, 2020 - 11:45pm
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Glenn Greenwald Charged With Cybercrimes in Brazil

Slashdot - January 21, 2020 - 11:45pm
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Microsoft is Testing Ads in WordPad in Windows 10

Slashdot - January 21, 2020 - 11:45pm
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LastPass Is In the Midst of a Major Outage

Slashdot - January 21, 2020 - 11:45pm
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Coronavirus from China has made its way to the United States

Ars Technica - January 21, 2020 - 11:05pm

Enlarge / Travelers in China are often wearing protective masks in response to the spread of 2019nCoV (credit: Feature China / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)

On Tuesday afternoon, the US Centers for Disease Control announced that the coronavirus that's been spreading within China had made it to the United States. A patient in Washington state is the first confirmed case in the US, although indications are that the disease has already spread to other countries in Asia.

A single patient in Washington had been traveling in Wuhan, the area of China hardest hit by the newly described virus, before returning to the US last week. Shortly after their return, the patient was hospitalized with pneumonia-like symptoms. The hospital staff, based on the travel history and symptoms, suspected that the new virus, called 2019-nCoV, might be at fault, and sent samples in to the CDC for testing. Those tests confirmed the virus' identity.

While the initial cases were confined to people who had been in contact with live animals at a seafood market, suggesting that it should be possible to contain the virus. But since then, the news has gotten worse. In addition to spreading to other countries—Thailand and Japan had confirmed cases prior to the US—the virus is now confirmed to be spreading through human contact, which has helped increase the number of cases and enabled its spread to other cities within China. There have also been a number of reported fatalities, although these remain a small percentage of the confirmed infections.

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Brazil prosecutes Glenn Greenwald in “attack on press freedom”

Ars Technica - January 21, 2020 - 10:30pm

Enlarge / Glenn Greenwald speaks during a hearing at the Lower House's Human Rights Commission in Brasilia, Brazil, on June 25, 2019. (credit: Getty Images | Evaristo Sa)

Brazilian prosecutors today charged journalist Glenn Greenwald with cybercrimes related to the publication of articles based on leaked "cellphone messages that have embarrassed prosecutors and tarnished the image of an anti-corruption task force," The New York Times reported.

Greenwald, a resident of Brazil who was born in the United States, is a co-founding editor of The Intercept. The Intercept called the charges politically motivated, saying that Brazil's prosecutors are trying to criminalize a wide range of journalism. The charges stem from an Intercept series published in June 2019, which the news organization said was "based on a massive archive of previously undisclosed materials—including private chats, audio recordings, videos, photos, court proceedings, and other documentation—provided to us by an anonymous source."

The prosecution of Greenwald is "apparent retaliation for The Intercept's critical reporting on abuses committed by Justice Minister [Sérgio] Moro and several federal prosecutors," the news organization also said in a statement provided to Ars and other media.

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Every classic Half-Life game is now free on Steam

Ars Technica - January 21, 2020 - 10:15pm

Enlarge / Completely free... for now. (credit: Valve / Sam Machkovech)

As Valve gears up for the launch of its first official Half-Life game in 13 years, the developer has given fans a big freebie to tide them over while they wait for March 2020: every previous official Half-Life game for free.

On Tuesday, Valve announced that both Half-Life and Half-Life 2, and each expansion pack and episode published directly by the game maker, would be free for all Steam users for a limited time. As of press time, this offer appears to be a temporary unlock of the games until the VR-only adventure game Half-Life Alyx launches in roughly two months; the games' free availability will likely expire after HL:A launches. Click the announcement link to check out the eligible game selection (though it doesn't link to the eligible HL1 expansion packs, which you can find here).

Fans may very well want to connect the plot dots between the biggest Half-Life adventures ahead of HL:A's launch. Valve has announced that the new VR-only game is a "prequel" that takes place between the events of Half-Life 1 and Half-Life 2, while its developers have suggested in interviews that the new game is "the next part" of the series. Hence, you may want to brush up on every tidbit, should the new game contain any continuation of what was left unfinished in Half-Life 2: Episode 2. (Reminder: HL:A is not free as part of this promotion. The new game does come for free with the purchase of any part of the Valve Index VR system.)

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