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Spouse of Ring exec among lawmakers trying to weaken Calif. privacy law

Enlarge / California State Capitol building in Sacramento. (credit: Getty Images | joe chan photography) The California legislature worked through the summer to finalize the text of the state’s landmark data privacy law before time to make amendments ran out on Friday. In the Assembly (California’s lower house), Assemblywoman Jacqui Irwin has been a key …

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It’s real and it’s spectacular: Netflix buys exclusive rights to stream Seinfeld

Enlarge / “If I lose this Netflix streaming deal, that’s it for me.” (credit: Aurich Lawson / Seinfeld) Netflix and Sony Pictures Television confirmed on Monday that they had reached a streaming-exclusivity deal for one of the most popular TV series in the world: Seinfeld. Beginning in 2021, Netflix will become the exclusive online-streaming home …

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After Sacklers shift at least $1 billion around, Purdue files for bankruptcy

Enlarge / Bottles of Purdue Pharma L.P. OxyContin medication sit on a pharmacy shelf in Provo, Utah, US, on Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016. (credit: Getty | Bloomberg) OxyContin-maker Purdue Pharma filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Sunday night amid accusations from state attorneys general that its owners—members of the mega-rich Sackler family—are lowballing opioid victims …

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Say hello to 802.11ax: Wi-Fi 6 device certification begins today

Enlarge / Wi-Fi connects the world together, but it’s still quite complicated. (credit: Aurich Lawson) Today, the Wi-Fi Alliance launched its Wi-Fi Certified 6 program, which means that the standard has been completely finalized, and device manufacturers and OEMs can begin the process of having the organization certify their products to carry the Wi-Fi 6 …

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Devs restore Modern Warfare’s mini-map after two days of beta backlash

Enlarge / How am I supposed to see around that tank like I have X-ray vision without my mini-map? After years of annualized releases, you might think the basic elements of Call of Duty—like the user interface and heads-up display—would be pretty standardized by now. But this weekend’s PS4 beta test for the new Call …

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Here’s what happened in the impact crater the day it did in the dinos

Enlarge / This is “Liftboat Myrtle,” which housed the drilling operation into Chicxulub Crater. (credit: Jackson School of Geosciences, The University of Texas at Austin) Geology is a big science. The Earth is a large enough place today, but when you stretch the fourth dimension back across many millions of years, the largeness can get …

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