Tails 3.14 Anonymous Linux OS Adds Mitigations for the Intel MDS Vulnerabilities

Tails, the anonymous, Debian-based operating system used by ex-NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden to stay hidden online, has been updated to version 3.14, a release that adds mitigations for the latest Intel MDS security vulnerabilities.

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Anna Kendrick will star in 'Love Life' for WarnerMedia streaming


WarnerMedia is slowly developing its own content for its upcoming streaming service, as Pitch Perfect’s Anna Kendrick will star in and produce a half-hour romantic comedy series called Love Life, according to Deadline. Each season, the series will f…

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SpaceX Launches 60 Starlink Satellites On Thrice-Flown Rocket, Sticks Landing

SpaceX’s fifth Falcon 9 rocket of the year successfully launched from Cape Canaveral this evening, sending 60 internet-beaming satellites into space. Space.com reports: Following the successful launch, the rocket’s first stage gently touched down on a floating platform at sea, marking the company’s 40th booster recovery. It was the third flight for this particular booster, marking just the second time SpaceX has flown a Falcon 9 first stage more than twice. The third time was a charm for SpaceX as the Falcon 9 lifted off at 10:30 p.m. EDT (0230 GMT on May 24) from Space Launch Complex 40 at Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station here, following several delays: first a 24-hour delay due to high upper-level winds on May 15, and then a weeklong delay so SpaceX could give the onboard satellites a software software upgrade. Tucked inside the rocket’s nose cone were 60 satellites — the first batch of SpaceX’s Starlink megaconstellation, which the company hopes will help provide affordable internet coverage to the world. Each of the Starlink satellites weighs 500 lbs. (227 kg). The 60-spacecraft haul is the heaviest payload that a Falcon 9 has yet hoisted to orbit, SpaceX representatives have said. The aerospace company plans to launch nearly 12,000 of these satellites in total, “which will park themselves in low-Earth orbit and beam internet coverage to the world below,” the report says. “There will be two Starlink flocks: one constellation of 4,409 satellites and a second constellation of 7,518 satellites, according to an agreement with the FCC.”

The one caveat is that the FCC approvals require SpaceX to launch half of the planned satellites within the next six years.

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Petzval unveils its first lens for full-frame mirrorless cameras

It’s been a while since we’ve heard about Petzval lenses, but Lomography just unveiled an interesting (and much needed) model for the latest full-frame mirrorless cameras. The Petzval 55mm f/1.7 MK II Art lens works on Sony E, Nikon Z and Canon RF ca…

Source: Engadget – Petzval unveils its first lens for full-frame mirrorless cameras

Synthesizer Pioneer Bob Moog Gets His Own 'Moogseum'

harrymcc writes: In the 1960s, Bob Moog helped invent electronic music as we know it by popularizing the synthesizer. He died in 2005, but Moog synthesizers are still widely used by top musical acts. And now his life, work, and legacy are the subject of a new museum in Asheville, NC, his hometown. Over at Fast Company, Sean Captain took a look at the museum, Moog’s accomplishments, and the history of music produced with his instruments — from the classical blockbuster “Switched-On Bach” onwards.

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GitHub Launches New Sponsors Tool, Total War: THREE KINGDOMS Is Out on Linux, IBM Announces Expansion of its IBM Watson Decision Platform for Agriculture, Elisa 0.4.0 Released and NASA Deploys Astrobe

News briefs for May 23, 2019.

Source: LXer – GitHub Launches New Sponsors Tool, Total War: THREE KINGDOMS Is Out on Linux, IBM Announces Expansion of its IBM Watson Decision Platform for Agriculture, Elisa 0.4.0 Released and NASA Deploys Astrobe

SpaceX just launched a Falcon 9 loaded with Starlink internet satellites

After a pair of scrubbed launch attempts last week, SpaceX’s first rocket loaded with 60 Starlink satellites has successfully taken off from Cape Canaveral. One hour and two minutes after the 10:30 PM ET launch the satellites begin deployment, headin…

Source: Engadget – SpaceX just launched a Falcon 9 loaded with Starlink internet satellites

GitHub Launches Sponsors, Lets You Pay Your Favorite Open-Source Contributors

GitHub today launched Sponsors, a new tool that lets you give financial support to open-source developers through recurring monthly payments. Developers will be able to opt into having a “Sponsor me” button on their GitHub repositories and open-source projects will also be able to highlight their funding models, no matter whether that’s individual contributions to developers or using Patreon, Tidelift, Ko-fi or Open Collective. TechCrunch reports: The mission here, GitHub says, is to “expand the opportunities to participate in and build on open source.” That’s likely to be a bit controversial among some open-source developers who don’t want financial interests to influence what people will work on. And there may be some truth to that as this may drive open-source developers to focus on projects that are more likely to attract financial contributions over more esoteric projects that are interesting and challenging but aren’t likely to find financial backers on GitHub.

The program is only open to open-source developers. During the first year of a developer’s participation, GitHub (and by extension, its corporate overlords at Microsoft) will also match up to $5,000 in contributions. For the next 12 months, GitHub won’t charge any payment processing fees either (though it will do so after this time is over). GitHub tells me that developers will be able to set up multiple sponsorship tiers with benefits that can be set by the developer, too. In many ways, then, this isn’t all that different from sponsoring a Twitch streamer, for example, with monthly payments and special benefits depending on how much you pay.

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Source: Slashdot – GitHub Launches Sponsors, Lets You Pay Your Favorite Open-Source Contributors

Snapchat employees reportedly snooped on users with 'SnapLion' tool

A bombshell Motherboard report reveals that employees across several departments at Snapchat can view user location information, saved Snaps, phone numbers and email address through a tool known as SnapLion. It’s not clear exactly how widespread abus…

Source: Engadget – Snapchat employees reportedly snooped on users with ‘SnapLion’ tool

Senate Passes Bill Cracking Down On Robocalls

The Senate on Thursday passed a bill that aims to crack down on unwanted robocalls. “The legislation would impose stiffer fines of as much as $10,000 per call on robocallers who knowingly flout the rules on calls and would increase the statute of limitations to three years, up from one year,” reports CNN. “It also instructs the Federal Communications Commission to develop further regulations that could shield consumers from unwanted calls.” From the report: The legislation would accelerate the rollout of so-called “call authentication” technologies the industry is currently developing, which could cut down on the number of calls coming from unverified numbers. Proponents say the new industry standards — known as SHAKEN/STIR — could increase phone users’ confidence in their caller ID. The protocols are designed to authenticate callers who are using their rightful phone numbers and to eliminate calls from spammers who are using phone numbers they don’t rightfully own.

The legislation passed the Senate 97-1, with Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky casting the lone dissenting vote. The legislation must still pass the House and be signed by President Donald Trump. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer urged House lawmakers to vote on the bill immediately. The legislation’s passage follows a move by the FCC last week to clarify that phone companies may legally block unwanted robocalls and can even apply the technologies to their customers’ accounts by default. But lawmakers want the FCC to do more.

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Tiny Little GameCube Works, Is Asking To Get Its Cheeks Pinched

When Nintendo gets around to releasing a GameCube Mini—remember, all tiny console releases to this point have been mere preparation for what will be the greatest collection of 20-30 titles in video game history—I really hope it’s as small and cute as this custom-made console.

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Source: Kotaku – Tiny Little GameCube Works, Is Asking To Get Its Cheeks Pinched

Popular Twitch Streamer Tfue's Contract With FaZe Leaks As Public Dispute Rages On

Earlier this week, Turner “Tfue” Tenney, a 21-year-old Fortnite pro who is one of the most popular streamers on Twitch, sued FaZe, the esports organization to which he is currently signed. The suit says that the contract between Tenney and FaZe is “oppressive” and “illegal,” arguing that FaZe is in violation of…

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Source: Kotaku – Popular Twitch Streamer Tfue’s Contract With FaZe Leaks As Public Dispute Rages On

Deepfakes Can Now Be Made From a Single Photo

Samsung has developed a new artificial intelligence system for creating deepfakes — fabricated clips that make people appear to do or say things they never did — that only needs as little as one photo. CNET reports: The technology, of course, can be used for fun, like bringing a classic portrait to life. The Mona Lisa, whose enigmatic smile is animated in three different videos to demonstrate the new technology, exists solely as a single still image. A Samsung artificial intelligence lab in Russia developed the technology, which was detailed in a paper earlier this week. Here’s the downside: These kinds of techniques and their rapid development also create risks of misinformation, election tampering and fraud, according to Hany Farid, a Dartmouth researcher who specializes in media forensics to root out deepfakes.

The system starts with a lengthy “meta-learning stage” in which it watches lots of videos to learn how human faces move. It then applies what it’s learned to a single still or a small handful of pics to produce a reasonably realistic video clip. Unlike a true deepfake video, the results from a single or small number of images fudge when reproducing fine details. For example, a fake of Marilyn Monroe in the Samsung lab’s demo video missed the icon’s famous mole, according to Siwei Lyu, a computer science professor at the University at Albany in New York who specializes in media forensics and machine learning. It also means the synthesized videos tend to retain some semblance of whoever played the role of the digital puppet. That’s why each of the moving Mona Lisa faces looks like a slightly different person. […] The glitches in the fake videos made with Samsung’s new approach may be clear and obvious. But they’ll be cold comfort to anybody who ends up in a deepfake generated from that one smiling photo posted to Facebook.

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Source: Slashdot – Deepfakes Can Now Be Made From a Single Photo