Drop Releases Lord of the Rings: Keycaps of Power

Tech accessory company Drop has released its newest collaboration, this time creating keyboards featuring two famed Lord of the Rings languages, Dwarvish and Elvish. If you’re looking to type in Quenya or in Khuzdul you’ll still have to download a font or two, but if you’re interested in the aesthetics, Drop has you…

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Source: Gizmodo – Drop Releases Lord of the Rings: Keycaps of Power

Jamie Foxx Drops Music Video for Netflix Vampire Feature Day Shift

It appears Dave Franco really wants us to know he loves playing characters with musical aspirations (see: The Afterparty). This time around he’s gotten himself on a Jamie Foxx track released for their Netflix vampire film Day Shift, with a new music video arriving today.

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Source: Gizmodo – Jamie Foxx Drops Music Video for Netflix Vampire Feature Day Shift

Fallout TV Show Set Leaks Look Really Authentic, Actually

As you may know, Bethesda’s mega-popular RPG series Fallout is headed to a TV series. This is top of mind again because new pictures from the set of the upcoming post-nuclear Amazon adaptation leaked sometime in the past 24 hours. Live-action video game adaptations are getting pretty good these days, so it shouldn’t…

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Source: Kotaku – Fallout TV Show Set Leaks Look Really Authentic, Actually

[$] Tornado Cash and collateral damage

On August 8, the US government sanctioned
the Tornado Cash
mixer for money laundering. The sanction means that no US citizen or
company can interact with Tornado Cash in any way, all assets of the
organization are to be reported so that they can be seized, and more. But
at the core of Tornado Cash is a chunk of open-source code for “smart contracts
that run in the Ethereum blockchain; that
code was “seized” as well. There
are some disturbing implications here for our communities.

Source: LWN.net – [$] Tornado Cash and collateral damage

Linking To News Doesn't Make Google Liable For Defamation, Australia Court Rules

Google cannot be held liable for defamation simply for providing hyperlinks to other webpages, Australia’s highest court ruled today. Ars Technica reports: By itself, providing a URL is not “participation in the communication of defamatory matter which happens to be at that address… In reality, a hyperlink is merely a tool which enables a person to navigate to another webpage,” the High Court of Australia ruling said. The case relates to a Google search result that linked to a 2004 article published by The Age with the title, “Underworld loses valued friend at court.” The article described Melbourne-based lawyer George Defteros, who was charged with conspiracy to murder and incitement to murder the day before it was published. The charge was withdrawn in 2005. Defteros sued Google after becoming aware that a Google search of his name produced a link to the article and a snippet. Google refused to remove the article from search results despite a request from Defteros in 2016.

A lower-court judge “found that the Underworld article conveyed a defamatory imputation, namely that the respondent had crossed the line from being a professional solicitor to being a confidant and friend of criminal elements,” today’s ruling noted. Lower courts decided that Google “published the defamatory matter because the provision of the Search Result was instrumental to the communication of the content of the Underworld article to the user, in that it lent assistance to its publication,” according to a summary of today’s ruling (PDF) provided by the High Court of Australia. Google had been ordered to pay Defteros $40,000 (about $27,710 in USD). But in reversing lower-court rulings, a 5-2 majority of the High Court found that Google did not publish the defamatory matter.
Google “did not lend assistance to The Age in communicating the defamatory matter contained in the Underworld article” because the “provision of a hyperlink in the Search Result merely facilitated access to the Underworld article and was not an act of participation in the bilateral process of communicating the contents of that article to a third party,” the summary of the ruling said. “There was no other basis for finding publication because the appellant had not participated in the writing or disseminating of the defamatory matter.” […] Today’s ruling could have been different if Google had been paid to promote The Age article. The appeal “does not present the occasion to consider whether the conclusion would be different in respect of those hyperlinks that, by agreement with a third party, are promoted by the appellant following a search request,” the ruling said. “Nor was any issue raised on this appeal about any service provided in the aggregation of news results. It suffices to say that it is arguable that the appellant and a third party might share a common intention to publish the content of a third-party webpage that, as a consequence of an agreement between the appellant and the third party, is promoted as a search result.”

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Source: Slashdot – Linking To News Doesn’t Make Google Liable For Defamation, Australia Court Rules

Intel Unveils Wall Street Canyon NUC 12 Pro Powered By Alder Lake

Intel Unveils Wall Street Canyon NUC 12 Pro Powered By Alder Lake
The NUC faithful have been waiting patiently for Alder Lake based mini-PCs. Sure, there was the NUC 12 Extreme, but Dragon Canyon (and even Serpent Canyon) is overkill for most of the things people actually want to do with a NUC. Well, wait no longer, because the 12th-gen NUCs are arriving. Codenamed “Wall Street Canyon,” the NUC 12 Pro mini-PCs

Source: Hot Hardware – Intel Unveils Wall Street Canyon NUC 12 Pro Powered By Alder Lake

Google's Investing Arms Are Pumping $1.56 Billion Into Blockchain Companies

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: Blockdata, a crypto research firm, released an updated blog post Tuesday showing who’s been the most active investors in the crypto scene from September 2021 through June 2022. Researchers noted big tech firms including the likes of Tencent, Microsoft, PayPal, Samsung, and Alphabet (Google) are putting big money into crypto companies and startups. Some of these companies, like PayPal, have been a longtime and verbal supporter of blockchain tech (thanks in part to its co-founder Peter Thiel). Still others, like Google, have been much more subdued. […] What Google chooses to invest in may help answer where the company wants to see blockchain tech go, or what it may want to incorporate into its own tech infrastructure. In the report, Alphabet, the parent company of Google, sat at the top of the pile showing it had put over $1.5 billion into crypto companies over four rounds of investment. Some of the company’s overall funds went to the likes of Dapper Labs, the company that was behind the NBA’s Top Shot and UFC Strike licensed video NFTs. The company was also behind CryptoKitties, a NFT-based game that’s seen the price of its products tank.

What makes this more complicated is there are actually two of Google’s investing arms involved in this fundraising. GV (Google’s investing arm once called Google Ventures) helped fund Dapper Labs and another crypto infrastructure company Voltage, which got $6 million in total investments at the start of 2022. CapitalG, the company’s independent private equity firm, had a hand in the $550 million raised by Fireblock, a crypto custody firm, as well as investments with digital currency venture capital company Digital Currency Group Of course, this was all before the most recent crypto crash, which has seen a multitude of once-strong crypto companies layoff thousands of workers. Though it’s not like this is the first time we’ve heard about Google’s parent company Alphabet with their big financial interest in blockchain companies. They’ve been investing in this tech since 2016, according to the Blockdata report. Previous reports showed they had put money into crypto companies like Ripple (which just like many small altcoins since the recent crypto crash, isn’t doing too hot). Google had previously made much wider investments across a wider variety of blockchain-based companies. That was then, and this is now. Blockdata analysts said this limited slate of investments is an attempt to make concentrated bets on a small set of companies, but even with executive’s stated hopes for blockchain tech, it’s hard to see all investments truly panning out.

Though it was fourth in the size of its contributions, Samsung was leading the pack in the number — and eye-twitching variety — of crypto ventures it was making it rain on over an incredible 13 rounds of investing. A total of $979.26 million went to the likes of Dank Bank, a NFT platform for trying to monetize “memes and other iconic moments in internet history.” They put more of their funds behind Yuga Labs, the creators of the Bored Ape Yacht Club NFTS. They put down their investment in March, but in April, users on the group’s official Instagram and Discord were scammed of nearly $13.7 million worth of NFTs. Still, founders said many of BAYC’s rather strange initiatives like a Bored Ape “Metaverse” are still moving full steam ahead. They also put money into Sky Mavis, the makers of the crypto-based “play-to-earn” game Axie Infinity. That investment probably didn’t do them any wonders considering its token bridge suffered one of the biggest hacks in crypto history earlier this year. The game has struggled to recover after that blow, though players had already been leaving the platform before hackers snatched away bridge funds. “Blockdata’s research shows that 81 of the top 100 public companies have made some kind of past or present crypto investment,” adds Gizmodo. “2021 showed the absolute highest amount of overall investment in blockchain companies. Funding totals have increased by a factor of 14 from 2019 to last year.”

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Source: Slashdot – Google’s Investing Arms Are Pumping .56 Billion Into Blockchain Companies

Reddit Plans to Support Useful Bot Developers Mucking About on Its Platform

Reddit, the centralized online forum, has been coasting along well-traveled roads for a long time. The jalopy’s been maintained well, but it’s never been given a true fresh coat of paint. Now, the company behind the social ranking site has plans to let certain users open up the old girl’s hood to add some aftermarket…

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Source: Gizmodo – Reddit Plans to Support Useful Bot Developers Mucking About on Its Platform

15 Music Videos Inspired by Anime

Anime has been influencing Western art since its inception—and although anime music videos are swiftly disappearing, music videos inspired by anime are not. In between nostalgia, streaming, and accessibility, anime is making moves into music videos in a big way, especially as more and more people are reveling in their…

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Source: Gizmodo – 15 Music Videos Inspired by Anime

Does It Really Help to Masturbate Before Texting Your Ex?

Sometimes, you miss your ex. Other times, you just miss the sex—or think you do. It can be enticing to reach out to someone you already know matches your vibes in the sheets, knows what you like, and generally does it for you physically, but it’s not always the best idea. The standard advice here is usually to…

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Source: LifeHacker – Does It Really Help to Masturbate Before Texting Your Ex?

Update Chrome now to patch actively exploited zero-day

It's a good time to restart or update Chrome—if your tabs love you, they'll come back.

Enlarge / It’s a good time to restart or update Chrome—if your tabs love you, they’ll come back. (credit: Getty Images)

Google announced an update on Wednesday to the Stable channel of its Chrome browser that includes a fix for an exploit that exists in the wild.

CVE-2022-2856 is a fix for “insufficient validation of untrusted input in Intents,” according to Google’s advisory. Intents are typically a way to pass data from inside Chrome to another application, such as the share button on Chrome’s address bar. As noted by the Dark Reading blog, input validation is a common weakness in code.

The exploit was reported by Ashley Shen and Christian Resell of the Google Threat Analysis Group, and that’s all the information we have for now. Details of the exploit are currently tucked behind a wall in the Chromium bugs group and are restricted to those actively working on related components and registered with Chromium. After a certain percentage of users have applied the relevant updates, those details may be revealed.

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Source: Ars Technica – Update Chrome now to patch actively exploited zero-day

iOS VPNs Have Leaked Traffic For More Than 2 Years, Researcher Claims

A security researcher says that Apple’s iOS devices don’t fully route all network traffic through VPNs as a user might expect, a potential security issue the device maker has known about for years. From a report: Michael Horowitz, a longtime computer security blogger and researcher, puts it plainly — if contentiously — in a continually updated blog post. “VPNs on iOS are broken,” he says. Any third-party VPN seems to work at first, giving the device a new IP address, DNS servers, and a tunnel for new traffic, Horowitz writes. But sessions and connections established before a VPN is activated do not terminate and, in Horowitz’s findings with advanced router logging, can still send data outside the VPN tunnel while it’s active.

In other words, you might expect a VPN client to kill existing connections before establishing a secure connection so they can be re-established inside the tunnel. But iOS VPNs can’t seem to do this, Horowitz says, a finding that is backed up by a similar report from May 2020. “Data leaves the iOS device outside of the VPN tunnel,” Horowitz writes. “This is not a classic/legacy DNS leak, it is a data leak. I confirmed this using multiple types of VPN and software from multiple VPN providers. The latest version of iOS that I tested with is 15.6.”

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Source: Slashdot – iOS VPNs Have Leaked Traffic For More Than 2 Years, Researcher Claims

29 Years Later, Mod Completely 'Voxelizes' Doom

File this one under “mods you probably thought already existed.” With Voxel Doom, you can now play the legendary 1993 first-person shooter Doom with all the monsters and items rendered in beautifully chunky, 3D voxels. While smaller-scope voxel mods have existed in the past, this one replaces just about every single…

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Source: Kotaku – 29 Years Later, Mod Completely ‘Voxelizes’ Doom