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Bitcoin Core client, patched earlier this week, contained a second vulnerability which let attackers create new bitcoins above the 21M hard cap…

Alyssa Hertig / CoinDesk : Bitcoin Core client, patched earlier this week, contained a second vulnerability which let attackers create new bitcoins above the 21M hard cap   —  This week's major bitcoin bug was even worse than developers initially let on.  —  The bug originally rocked the bitcoin world when it was reported …

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Q&A: Amazon Prime Video India head Vijay Subramaniam on Indian content for worldwide audiences, sparking conversation, and passing on film production…

Nyay Bhushan / Hollywood Reporter : Q&A: Amazon Prime Video India head Vijay Subramaniam on Indian content for worldwide audiences, sparking conversation, and passing on film production for now   —  Led by Vijay Subramaniam, the service has been aggressively ramping up its slate with a mix of fiction and unscripted shows …

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Loot boxes face scrutiny from an international coalition of gambling authorities

The world of online gaming is changing so quickly that players, developers, publishers and regulators are all scrambling to keep up with each other. Case in point: loot boxes, randomized in-game rewards that may or may not have monetary value or be purchasable with real money, are after years of deployment only now being scrutinized globally for being what amounts to thinly veiled gambling. A suggestive new study from British researchers and a just-announced coalition of governments are the latest indicators that the loot box phenomenon and its derivatives likely won’t continue to be the wild west they’ve been for the last few years. Many factors have led games to resemble services or channels more than pieces of entertainment with a start and end. And that in turn has changed how these games are monetized. As an alternative to a $60 up-front cost or a $10/month subscription, a game may be released for free but supported with in-game purchases of various kinds, including loot boxes. Loot boxes usually contain a random reward, such as a new item for your in-game character. They can be earned by playing the game (usually a lot), but often can also be bought. Not only this, but the items have a sort of black market value and are traded among players and indeed gambled in a highly unregulated economy that reports put on the order of billions of dollars. Although gaming companies compare it to collecting baseball cards or getting a toy in a box of cereal, the reality is plainly more complex than that, and the idea has led to extreme versions where players are constantly urged to buy in-game currencies and rewards. There’s no doubt that companies like EA and Tencent have made enormous amounts of money by luring players into purchases in “free to play” games. EA response to ‘Battlefront II’ complaint is the most downvoted comment in Reddit history The report, instigated earlier this year by an Australian parliamentary committee, was conducted by David Zendle and Paul Cairns, of York St. John University

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Here are the three new iPhones which Apple will launch this week – Australian Business Traveller

Australian Business Traveller Here are the three new iPhones which Apple will launch this week Australian Business Traveller The phones may raise the iPhone average sales price, boosting revenue and profit, while expanding the total number of active Apple devices to support sales of accessories and digital services. Still, none of the phones will feature breakthrough new ... and more »

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Here are the three new iPhones which Apple will launch this week – Australian Business Traveller

Australian Business Traveller Here are the three new iPhones which Apple will launch this week Australian Business Traveller The phones may raise the iPhone average sales price, boosting revenue and profit, while expanding the total number of active Apple devices to support sales of accessories and digital services. Still, none of the phones will feature breakthrough new ... and more »

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Here are the three new iPhones which Apple will launch this week – Australian Business Traveller

Australian Business Traveller Here are the three new iPhones which Apple will launch this week Australian Business Traveller The phones may raise the iPhone average sales price, boosting revenue and profit, while expanding the total number of active Apple devices to support sales of accessories and digital services. Still, none of the phones will feature breakthrough new ... and more »

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Google releases Content Safety API, an AI-powered tool to identify online child sexual abuse material and reduce human reviewers’ exposure to the…

Paul Sawers / VentureBeat : Google releases Content Safety API, an AI-powered tool to identify online child sexual abuse material and reduce human reviewers' exposure to the content   —  Google has today announced new artificial intelligence (AI) technology designed to help identify online child sexual abuse material …

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“How can they be so good?”: The strange story of Skype

From a company powerpoint, here's an artist’s impression of the moment when Skype's idea was fostered. (Zennström on the left, next to Friis.) (credit: Malthe Sigurdsson ) This story originally ran on September 2, 2013, when Skype's partnership with Microsoft was still new and before the Redmond company closed its London office . This was also well before a number of big changes to the Internet calling program were announced. Ars Staff, who are observing Labor Day this weekend, take time to remember Skype's birth story. "I don't care about Skype!" millionaire Jaan Tallinn tells me, taking off his blue sunglasses and finding a seat at a cozy open-air restaurant in the old town of Tallinn, Estonia. "The technology is 10 years old—that's an eternity when it comes to the Internet Age. Besides, I have more important things going on now." Tallinn has five children, and he calls Skype his sixth. So why does he no longer care about his creation? Read 104 remaining paragraphs | Comments

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An overview of obstacles Alphabet is facing in its efforts to establish a presence in China in search, smartphones, autonomous cars, and more (Raymond…

Raymond Zhong / New York Times : An overview of obstacles Alphabet is facing in its efforts to establish a presence in China in search, smartphones, autonomous cars, and more   —  BEIJING — Google has faced sharp criticism, including from its own employees, for its efforts to rebuild an internet search presence in China …

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YouTube will roll out the ability to enable non-skippable ads, up to a maximum length of 20 seconds, to all creators in its Partner Program starting…

Matt Binder / Mashable : YouTube will roll out the ability to enable non-skippable ads, up to a maximum length of 20 seconds, to all creators in its Partner Program starting next week   —  You might soon be seeing less of that “skip ad” button over on YouTube.  —  In a video titled Want to earn more money from ad revenue? …

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Reddit mods have notified Reddit employees since July 2017 of an Iranian disinformation operation on the site to no response; Reddit now says it’s…

Ben Collins / NBC News : Reddit mods have notified Reddit employees since July 2017 of an Iranian disinformation operation on the site to no response; Reddit now says it's investigating   —  More than a year before the announcement from Facebook and Twitter, a group of moderators on Reddit noticed a peculiar pattern of submissions.

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Fixed flaw in the Fortnite Installer on the Galaxy Apps store and Epic’s site let any app hijack the game download process to install anything on a…

Andrew Martonik / Android Central : Fixed flaw in the Fortnite Installer on the Galaxy Apps store and Epic's site let any app hijack the game download process to install anything on a user's phone   —  The exact problem we expected to happen, happened.  —  Google has just publicly disclosed that it discovered …

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