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Justices debate allowing state law to be “hidden behind a pay wall”

Carl Malamud, founder of Public.Resource.Org. (credit: Kirk Walter) The courts have long held that laws can’t be copyrighted. But if the state mixes the text of the law together with supporting information, things get trickier. In Monday oral arguments, the US Supreme Court wrestled with the copyright status of Georgia’s official legal code, which includes …

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Natasha Romanoff gets the origin story she deserves in Black Widow trailer

Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) has a score to settle with her past in Marvel’s Black Widow. Fans of the MCU have been clamoring for a standalone Black Widow movie for years, but the project kept getting pushed to the back burner, since Marvel was so heavily focused on bringing the long-running Avengers story arc to …

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Google workers fired amid organization efforts file retaliation complaint

Enlarge / Google’s main headquarters. (credit: Cyrus Farivar) Four former employees who say Google fired them in retaliation for their efforts to organize co-workers are planning legal action against the company. The workers allege the tech giant violated US labor law. The employees—Laurence Berland, Paul Duke, Rebecca Rivers, and Sophie Waldman—jointly signed onto an open …

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Riot Games offers female employees $10 million in settlement

Enlarge Back in August, League of Legends maker Riot announced an out-of-court settlement to deal with a number of class-action lawsuits surrounding widespread allegations of sexual harassment, discrimination, and unequal pay at the company. A proposed settlement document filed Monday offers details of that settlement’s particulars, including a $10 million fund to compensate the company’s …

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Video: How Oddworld solved its narrative problems with mind control

Video shot by Sean Dacanay, edited by Jeremy Smolik. Click here for transcript. Some games entice you into playing them with loud marketing campaigns, sexualized cover art, or the promise of ludicrous over-the-top violence. But then there are games like Lorne Lanning’s Oddworld series—games that don’t lead with muscle- or bikini-clad heroes and defy easy …

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A big salary, luxury cars, and a new dacha—Russia’s space leader lives large

In a recent video, Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny tackled corruption at Vostochny Spaceport. [credit: YouTube screenshot ] Russia has a storied and capable space program. And following the space shuttle’s retirement in 2011, for nearly a decade, the country has safely and reliably provided a ride for US astronauts to get into space. But …

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New crypto-cracking record reached, with less help than usual from Moore’s Law

Enlarge (credit: Mike Myers) Researchers have reached a new milestone in the annals of cryptography with the factoring of the largest RSA key size ever computed and a matching computation of the largest-ever integer discrete logarithm. New records of this type occur regularly as the performance of computer hardware increases over time. The records announced …

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