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“Security researcher” dumps files of German chancellor, legislators, bloggers

Enlarge / A screenshot of the Twitter account of “_0rbit” before its suspension. Over the last week of December, files with personal data of hundreds of German politicians, bloggers, and celebrities was posted via links from the account. Over the past week, someone using the Twitter handle “_0rbit” and claiming to be a “security researcher” …

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Lawsuit: Weather Channel illegally shared user location data with advertisers

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | Stockcam) The IBM-owned Weather Channel app has been transmitting its users’ precise geolocation data to advertisers and other third parties despite telling users that their location data was needed only for providing local weather data, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday by California government officials. When asking users for permission …

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Supersonic passenger jet firm raises $100 million, aims for 2019 test flights

Boom Supersonic Founded in 2014, Colorado-based Boom Supersonic says it has been making steady technical development toward the return of supersonic civilian travel. Now it has some considerable resources, as well. On Friday, the company announced that it has raised $100 million in Series B financing, bringing its total funding to more than $141 million. “This new …

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Bandersnatch: The spoiler-filled, choose-your-own-opinion review

Netflix After catching up on post-holiday news and emails, Ars staffers got together in our staff chat room to talk about Netflix’s weirdest one-off film yet: Bandersnatch, the Black Mirror “event” that launched on December 28. We’d all seen it, some alone and others in groups, and we all felt a mix of delight, confusion, …

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California Wildfire Liability May Cause PG&E To Sell Off Part of Company to Avoid Bankruptcy

The California wildfires that scorched millions of acres across the Golden State in late 2018 caused widespread devastation, with loss of human life and property damage just some of the ways that the fires touched the lives of thousands of Californians. And according to a new report by National Public Radio, Pacific Gas and Electric …

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Suggests a Return to 70% Tax Rate on the Super Wealthy to Help Fund Green New Deal

Newly seated Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says she is open to returning the top income-tax rate on the wealthiest Americans to the 70% level last seen in the 1960s and 1970s. In an excerpt of an interview with 60 Minutes scheduled to air on Sunday, Ocasio-Cortez told Anderson Cooper that the Green New Deal she has …

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U.S. Warns Americans Against Travel to China Due to Risk of Detention

The U.S. said China coercively prevents U.S. citizens, including dual U.S.-Chinese nationals, from exiting the country in an updated travel advisory. The U.S. State Department’s Jan. 3 warning follows China’s actions in recent months to prohibit visitors with U.S. passports from leaving the country for a variety of reasons. This includes effectively banning members of …

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Robert Mueller Grand Jury Gets More Time to Consider Evidence, Issue Indictments

Robert Mueller’s grand jury in Washington, D.C., has received an extension of up to six months from the head judge of the D.C. district court to consider evidence and bring indictments. The grand jury was empaneled on July 6, 2017, and would have expired on Sunday without the extension. Special Counsel Mueller, appointed by Deputy …

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