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Love Baby Yoda, you must

Enlarge / Awwwww… (credit: Disney+) No matter how frequently it happens, when people online love something obsessively, when they simply must stan, it always brings out the cynics. Their cynicism, in turn, will be understood as intellectual seriousness. As maturity. To wit: This week the internet pledged its fealty to Baby Yoda—the tiny alien from …

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BBC drops an action-packed Doctor Who trailer 56 years after show first aired

The Time Lord and her faithful companions face all new adventures in series 12 of the BBC’s Doctor Who. Jodie Whittaker returns as everyone favorite kooky-yet-brilliant Time Lord in the first action-packed trailer for the upcoming 12th series of Doctor Who. And it just so happens the trailer’s debut coincides with BBC One’s airing of the …

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Private equity firm buys .org domain months after ICANN lifted price caps

Enlarge / The word DOT ORG written in vintage wooden letterpress type in a wooden type drawer. (credit: elinedesignservices / Getty) The Public Internet Registry, a subsidiary of a nonprofit called the Internet Society, has managed the .org domain since 2002. Earlier this year, ICANN asked for public comment on a new contract for the …

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Suspect can’t be compelled to reveal “64-character” password, court rules

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images) The Fifth Amendment to the US Constitution bars people from being forced to turn over personal passwords to police, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled this week. In a 4-3 ruling, justices from Pennsylvania’s highest court overturned a lower-court order that required the suspect in a child-pornography case to turn over a …

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Turn your tabletop into a real Game of Thrones with Oathbreaker game

Enlarge Welcome to Ars Cardboard, our weekend look at tabletop games! Check out our complete board gaming coverage at cardboard.arstechnica.com. Game of Thrones: Oathbreaker is the newest game to bring the popular HBO series (and the endless George R.R. Martin book series) to tabletop, this time in a social deduction format. We already have a …

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A notorious Iranian hacking crew is targeting industrial control systems

Enlarge / Artist’s impression of a malicious hacker coding up a BlueKeep-based exploit. (credit: Getty Images / Bill Hinton) Iranian hackers have carried out some of the most disruptive acts of digital sabotage of the last decade, wiping entire computer networks in waves of cyberattacks across the Middle East and occasionally even the US. But …

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Here’s what to expect for US winter weather after a cool October

Enlarge / The Kincade Fire burns north of California’s Bay Area on October 29. (credit: NASA EO) Each month, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) puts out an analysis of the previous month’s weather after the final tally. The most recent update covers an odd October for the US, where the month included …

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Google bans microtargeting and “false claims” in political ads

Enlarge / Exterior view of a Googleplex building, the corporate headquarters of Google and parent company Alphabet, May 2018. (credit: Getty Images | zphotos) The country’s largest digital advertising platform is trying to take a stand heading into the 2020 election this week, as it both limits the targeting of political ads and warns would-be …

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