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Baltimore’s bill for ransomware: Over $18 million, so far

Enlarge / Baltimore City Hall, where the ransomware battle continues. (credit: Alex Wroblewski/Getty Images) BALTIMORE—It has been a month since the City of Baltimore’s networks were brought to a standstill by ransomware. On Tuesday, Mayor Bernard “Jack” Young and his cabinet briefed press on the status of the cleanup, which the city’s director of finance …

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War Stories: How Subnautica made players love being hunted by sea creatures

Directed by Sean Dacanay, edited by Jeremy Smolik. Transcript available shortly. In the aftermath of the Sandy Hook school shooting, game designer Charlie Cleveland had a goal: he wanted to make a game that wasn’t built around guns and combat. The underwater exploration game he and the folks at Unknown Worlds Entertainment eventually built is …

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Cadillac adds 70,000 miles of new roads to Super Cruise driver assist

Enlarge (credit: Cadillac) DETROIT, Mich.—On Wednesday, Cadillac announced a rather hefty update to its Super Cruise driver assistance system. The newest version of the hands-free driving feature, which will be rolled out to customers later this year, includes a number of tweaks that expand the system’s operational domain. And the geofenced area where it will …

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World View flies its remote sensing balloon for 16 days and 5,000km

Track of the 16-day Stratollite mission from mid-May to early June. [credit: World View ] When we last heard from World View, the company was performing something of an advertising stunt by launching a KFC chicken sandwich into the stratosphere with its balloon technology. Now the Arizona-based company has taken a significant step toward developing …

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Private Insurers Are Afraid of Medicare for All. They Should Be Excited

Since presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders announced his “Medicare for All” plan in early April, the health insurance industry has uniformly opposed the policy. David Wichmann, CEO of UnitedHealth Group–which covers almost as many people as Medicare itself—remarked that Medicare for All would “surely jeopardize the relationship people have with their doctors, destabilize …

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What Trump Gains by Seeing ‘Emergencies’ All Around Him

Like U.S. presidents before him, Donald Trump has found that Congress does not always bend to his will. Unlike many predecessors, Trump has turned to an expansive definition of “emergency” to bypass the legislative branch when he wants something done. There are several U.S. laws that grant broader authority to the president in special circumstances, …

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