‘Orange is the New Black’ hackers may have stolen 36 other shows

When the hackers who swiped Netflix's unreleased Orange is the New Black season warned that they had shows from other TV networks, they might not have been kidding around. TheDarkOverlord has reportedly provided DataBreaches.net with a "preview" of…

Microsoft Will Separate Edge Browser Updates from Windows 10 with Redstone 3

This didn’t really hit me until now, but the way you update the Edge browser is pretty clunky compared to Chrome and Firefox: it relies on Windows Update to patch itself rather than merely letting users update within the program itself. It is doubly weird because the IE successor was obviously built to combat Google and Mozilla’s browsers, yet they didn’t seem to put any thought into developing a process for the kind of rapid updates that the competition regularly receives. It seems MS has finally realized their mistake.

…there’s still one big problem with Windows 10 going head-to-head with Chrome OS. Chrome is updated frequently and seamlessly by Google; however, Microsoft’s Edge browser is only updated – aside from security updates – in new feature builds of Windows 10, which only happens twice per year. But according to internal sources, that’s all going to change in September, when the next feature update to Windows 10, codenamed Redstone 3, is released. Users will finally be able to get updates to the Edge browser via the Windows Store, which will allow Microsoft to add new features more frequently.

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Fewer Cord-Cutters Flocking to Live-TV Streaming Services Than Expected

The subscription numbers for live-TV services haven’t been that impressive, evidently. This writer presents five potential reasons as to why cord-cutters haven’t jumped over to services that are generally less expensive than pay TV and don’t require contracts or leased hardware. My thinking is that people are realizing how overrated and boring most television is and are perfectly content with Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.

Millions of Americans have canceled their cable TV subscriptions in the last decade, choosing instead to get their video entertainment over the internet. A growing number of services have popped up in recent years that offer cable-like live-TV streaming for this audience: Sling TV, DirecTV Now, PlayStation Vue, YouTube TV, with Hulu planning to launch a competitor soon, and Comcast reportedly looking to get into the fray. Yet, despite the multiple options and the large potential market of cord-cutters and cord-nevers, these platforms have yet to win over the masses.

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Gene editing could lead to a vaccine for arthritis

Right now, arthritis treatment tends to be an all-or-nothing proposition: the drugs you take affect your entire body, causing havoc with your immune system and leaving you prone to infections. But how do you narrow the treatment to just those areas…

Twitch Streamer Gets Swatted off a Plane

In a situation reminiscent of what happened to Sony Online Entertainment President John Smedley back in 2014, a Twitch streamer got pulled off a flight after someone impersonated him and claimed that he had a bomb. Paul Denino, known as “Ice_Poseidon” online, had been swatted before at home but did not expect this kind of thing to happen in public.

…police said an anonymous bomb threat was called in. Denino was escorted off of the plane by officers at Phoenix’s Sky Harbour airport after the anonymous person allegedly impersonated Denino, and said he had a bomb. Although the incident was little more than an inconvenience to the flight’s passengers, in a follow-up video posted to YouTube, Denino explained how the swatting has shaken him. “I’m considering not streaming Dreamhack [an international gaming conference] because I’m afraid,” Denino said. “If someone’s willing to do that on a fucking plane, what’s to stop them from doing it at Dreamhack?”

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ATM-Style Kiosk Pumps out Pirate Movies to USB Sticks

Kiosks spotted over in Ethiopia are giving RedBox a run for their money ( do they even have RedBox over there? ). For $1 to $3, you can get the latest movie releases simply by plugging in a USB stick. These machines are reportedly “maintained” by someone who torrents movies all day and uploads them to the device. No, you are not going to be seeing these around here any time soon.

“At the beginning of this year, All Mart (the Walmart equivalent here) brought in a new machine. It’s basically a monitor with a USB port but shaped like an ATM. It’s called SwiftMedia and there’s a guy who ‘maintains’ it,” our source explains. “Basically you go to this very big store and you approach the machine and you plug in a USB drive. The screen will turn on and it will let you browse through a massive archive of movies.” “At first I assumed these movies had their rights lifted or something because well, you know, but then I later found out that the movies I had first seen were just there on release day,” our source continues.

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Lawmaker Calls on ISPs to Protect Customers from Viruses

Some players in the Australian government would like ISPs to take a more active role in defending its customers from cyber security threats. This move would mirror the government’s own move toward blocking or diverting malicious traffic and other web threats from the inside. Is ISPs offering a sort of firewall service even necessary, seeing that customers already have plenty of ways to protect themselves? What I would be afraid of is harmless content and sites mistakenly being blocked off.

Should your ISP play a greater role in keeping you safe from malware, viruses and other web threats? One of Australia’s senior politicians seems to think so. In a column in The West Australian, Dan Tehan, Australia’s cybersecurity minister, wrote: “Just as we trust banks to hold our money, just as we trust doctors with our health, in a digital age we need to be able to trust telecommunications companies to protect our information from threats.” A companion news article in the same newspaper cited Tehan as arguing that “the onus is on telecommunications companies to develop products to stop their customers being infected with viruses.”

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Turkey Drops the Ban Hammer on Wikipedia

Early Saturday morning, Turkey’s Information and Communication Technologies Authority implemented an order under Law No. 5651, effectively banning all access to Wikipedia from within the countries borders. In case you were wondering, Law No. 5651 gives the Turkish government complete control over the country’s internet and is seen by many to be an assault on the Turkish people’s right to information. Officials state that the ban was implemented to prevent Turkish users from viewing content that promotes “terror propaganda”. The articles in question make the accusation that Ankara has collaborated with jihadists in Syria to undermine Kurdish opposition. Some are speculating that the ban is really due to disparaging updates to Turkish President Erdogan’s Wikipedia profile after a referendum was passed this month which greatly expanded the powers of his office.

This isn’t the first time Turkey has gone dark. In the last several years Turkey has blocked access to popular websites like Youtube, Facebook, WhatsApp, and Twitter. If any content is shown that is potentially damaging to the countries leadership, a ban usually follows.

Wikipedia’s Founder took to Twitter to express his concern: “Access to information is a fundamental human right. Turkish people, I will always stand with you to fight for this right.”

Consider this for a moment. In America, there is an overwhelming amount of information. So much news, that there are websites to determine if the articles from other websites are fake or not. Then we have websites to tell us whether the websites that tell us if articles are fake are fake. An interesting contrast indeed.

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