Verizon refuses to admit that its “first to 5G” commercials are misleading

Enlarge (credit: Verizon) The advertising industry’s self-regulatory division has urged Verizon to stop claiming that it has America’s first 5G network, but Verizon claims that its “first to 5G” commercials are not misleading and is appealing the decision. The National Advertising Division (NAD), an investigative unit managed by the Council of Better Business Bureaus, announced …

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Sony stops selling digital game codes at physical retailers

(credit: Aurich x Getty) PlayStation 4 owners who like buying downloadable game codes directly from brick-and-mortar stores will soon be out of luck. That’s because Sony has confirmed to The Verge that it will stop selling such downloadable codes through physical retailers starting on April 1. The report confirms a Wario64 tweet from last week, …

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Dealmaster: Get Roku’s Streaming Stick+ 4K media streamer for $49

Enlarge / The Roku Streaming Stick+. (credit: Samuel Axon) Greetings, Arsians! The Dealmaster is back with another round of deals to share. Today’s list is headlined by a deal on Roku’s Streaming Stick+, which is currently down to $49 at Walmart and Amazon. While not the absolute cheapest it’s ever been, it’s the 4K media …

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EU parliament passes controversial copyright overhaul [Updated]

An EU flag at the European Parliament. (credit: European Parliament / Flickr) Update: The European Parliament approved the new European copyright directive on Tuesday by a vote of 348 to 274. Our original story on the legislation follows. On Tuesday, the European Parliament will vote on an overhaul of the EU’s copyright system. The body …

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It’s unfortunate NASA canceled the all-female EVA, but it’s the right decision

Enlarge / NASA astronaut Anne McClain needs to use a smaller spacesuit. (credit: NASA) NASA announced on Monday afternoon that it had canceled a plan to have astronauts Anne McClain and Christina Koch perform the agency’s first all-female spacewalk on Friday. The decision follows McClain’s first spacewalk outside the International Space Station, which occurred last …

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Casino Screwup Royale: A tale of “ethical hacking” gone awry

Enlarge (credit: Aurich Lawson / Getty) People who find security vulnerabilities commonly run into difficulties when reporting them to the responsible company. But it’s less common for such situations to turn into tense trade-show confrontations—and competing claims of assault and blackmail. Yet that’s what happened when executives at Atrient—a casino technology firm headquartered in West …

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