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This Mac hacker’s code is so good, corporations keep stealing it

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Patrick Wardle is known for being a Mac malware specialist — but his work has traveled farther than he realized.

A former employee of the NSA and NASA, he is also the founder of the Objective-See Foundation: a nonprofit that creates open-source security tools for macOS. The latter role means that a lot of Wardle’s software code is now freely available to download and decompile — and some of this code has apparently caught the eye of technology companies that are using it without his permission.

Wardle will lay out his case in a presentation on Thursday at the Black Hat cybersecurity conference with Tom McGuire, a cybersecurity researcher at Johns...

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Bricked Epson printers make a strong case for user repairability

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Epson 2720 printer, a model known to be impacted by the ink pad error. | Image by Jess Weatherbed / The Verge

Epson gained some scrutiny on Twitter in recent weeks after the company disabled a printer that was otherwise working fine, leading to accusations of planned obsolescence. Epson knows its printers will stop working without simple maintenance at a predictable point in the future, and it knows that it won’t be cost-effective for many owners to send their home printers in for service. So why not build them to be user serviceable in the first place?

The inciting post from @marktavern mentions that his wife was unable to use her “very expensive Epson printer” after an end-of-service error message appeared.

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This is ridiculous. Epson has been pioneering printer DRM for a long time now. Nobody should buy their products.
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'Not even Orwell could have dreamed up a country like this': Journalists forced to flee Nicaragua

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With virtually no independent journalists left inside and foreign reporters banned from entering, Nicaragua has become 'an information black hole.'



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Did The US Government Just Declare War on Crypto?

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Experts assess the implications of the Treasury Department’s sanctioning of privacy protocol Tornado Cash earlier this week.

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The DOJ is reportedly prepping an antitrust suit against Google over its ad business

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The Department of Justice is preparing a second major antitrust suit against Google, according to new reporting by Bloomberg. The DOJ could sue Google “as soon as next month,” according to the report, which details that the lawsuit will be filed in federal court in either Washington or New York.

Unlike the first major Google antitrust case the federal government initiated during the Trump administration, the new lawsuit would focus on the company’s command of the digital ad market. Bloomberg reports that DOJ antitrust lawyers are in the process of wrapping up interviews with publishers after “years of work” that will ultimate culminate in the coming lawsuit.

In 2020, the DOJ sued the tech titan over its dominance in the online search market, accusing the company of “unlawfully maintaining monopolies in the markets for general search services, search advertising, and general search text advertising in the United States.”

At the time, Google pushed back against the suit, arguing that consumers use its product because it is superior, not because they don’t have alternatives.

The Biden administration went out of its way to name a prominent Google critic, Jonathan Kanter, to lead the DOJ’s antitrust division. In a 2016 NYT op-ed, Kanter argued that Google is notorious for using an anti-competitive “playbook” to cut off the oxygen supply to its competitors.

The first Google antitrust suit was filed during Trump’s tenure, but the Biden administration inherited that framework — a rare bit of policy continuity between the Trump and Biden White House —and is still working to hold the tech giant accountable for the anti-competitive behavior that cemented its dominance over the last decade.

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Nights are getting way too hot to handle

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UK Basks In Continuing Heatwave
The sunset viewed from Saint Endellion, on July 17th, 2022, in Cornwall, England, after the Met Office issued a red alert warning for extreme heat for the first time. | Photo by Finnbarr Webster/Getty Images

Summer nights are getting increasingly dangerous thanks to climate change. By 2100, the risk of death from excessively hot nights is expected to grow six-fold compared to 2016 — even under the most optimistic predictions of future global warming, according to a new study published in the journal The Lancet Planetary Health.

Hot nights are becoming both more frequent and way more intense, the study authors found. We don’t know just how much the planet will heat up in the future, but scientists have estimates for best- and worst-case scenarios. When looking at a more middle-of-the-road forecast for future climate change, hot nights become 75.6 percent more frequent by the end of the century. The average intensity of a sweltering night...

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