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Google will pay $1.5 million for the most severe Android exploits

Enlarge (credit: New Line Cinema) Google will pay up to $1.5 million for the most severe hacks of its Pixel line of Android phones, a more than seven-fold increase over the previous top Android reward, the company said. Effective immediately, Google will pay $1 million for a “full chain remote code execution exploit with persistence …

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Google Assistant can now navigate websites, book movie tickets

Enlarge / After you press the “buy tickets” button, the Google Assistant takes over. (credit: Google) Google is constantly teaching the Google Assistant new tricks, and this week, the assistant is learning how to navigate websites and book movie tickets. Soon, after asking your phone-based Google Assistant for movie showtimes, a new “Buy tickets” button …

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SpaceX has lost its first Starship prototype—is this a big deal?

Enlarge / Here is Starship Mk 1 as revealed on September 28, 2019. (credit: Trevor Mahlmann for Ars) On Wednesday afternoon, SpaceX loaded nitrogen into a prototype version of its Starship vehicle. The exercise, at the company’s facilities near Boca Chica Beach in South Texas, represented the first significant pressurization test of the vehicle fuel …

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No, Apple isn’t opening a new manufacturing plant in Texas

Enlarge / Donald Trump speaks at Apple’s Mac Pro manufacturing facility in Austin, Texas. (credit: MANDEL NGAN / Getty) President Donald Trump toured Apple’s Mac Pro manufacturing facility in Austin, Texas, with CEO Tim Cook on Wednesday. “We’re seeing the beginning of a very powerful and important plant,” Trump said during the visit. “I want …

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Report: Sacklers using fake doctors, false marketing to sell OxyContin in China

Enlarge / Bottles of Purdue Pharma L.P. OxyContin medication sit on a pharmacy shelf in Provo, Utah, on Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016. (credit: Getty | Bloomberg) The mega-rich family behind the OxyContin-maker Purdue Pharma is back to selling its highly addictive pain killer with underhanded tactics and deceptive advertising—this time in China, via its international …

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Ubiquiti’s new “Amplifi Alien” is a mesh-capable Wi-Fi 6 router

Enlarge / We were also provided an animated version of this image, in which the Alien router bobs up and down gently while levitating. We elected not to use that one. (credit: Amplifi) Ubiquiti’s consumer brand Amplifi has launched a new Wi-Fi 6 product line called “AmpliFi Alien.” The original Amplifi products were typically sold …

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It’s the user’s fault if a Ring camera violates your privacy, Amazon says

Enlarge / Your local police might like to interest you in this product. (credit: Amazon) Amazon subsidiary Ring, which makes home surveillance equipment and cameras, has “partnerships” with more than 600 law enforcement agencies nationwide, allowing those police access to users’ footage. And while Ring says it sets terms around how and when it will …

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EverQuest lead producer and designer Brad McQuaid has passed away

Enlarge / The original promotional art for EverQuest. (credit: Daybreak Games) Brad McQuaid, the lead developer for the groundbreaking massively multiplayer online (MMO) game EverQuest, has died, according to an update from his development team. He was 51. Details about the circumstances of his death have not been shared publicly, other than a mention that …

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