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Microsoft is rolling out Xbox Avatars today

Xbox is rolling out its October update today, which will bring a number of new features that that have been in testing until now. First, the Xbox skills for Cortana and Alexa are now available. Using the skills, you'll be able to turn your console on...

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Caesars Palace not-so-Praetorian guards intimidate DEF CON goers, seize soldering irons

Enlarge / This sign is an invitation for a room search at some Las Vegas hotels. (credit: Getty Images ) In the wake of the mass shooting in Las Vegas in October of 2017, hotels in the city started drafting more aggressive policies regarding security. Just as Caesars Entertainment was rolling out its new security policies, the company ran head on into DEF CON—an event with privacy tightly linked to its culture. The resulting clash of worlds—especially at Caesars Palace, the hotel where much of DEF CON was held—left some attendees feeling violated, harassed, or abused, and that exploded onto Twitter this past weekend. Caesars began rolling out a new security policy in February  that mandated room searches when staff had not had access to rooms for over 24 hours. Caesars has been mostly tolerant of the idiosyncratic behavior of the DEF CON community, but it's not clear that the company prepared security staff for dealing with the sorts of things they would find in the rooms of DEF CON attendees. Soldering irons and other gear were seized, and some attendees reported being intimidated by security staff. Read 8 remaining paragraphs | Comments

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Starz launches 14 channels on YouTube TV

YouTube’s live TV streaming service is getting a big addition, starting today. Starz is rolling out its 14 channels, including Starz, Starz Encore, and Starz Encore Westerns, to the Google-owned streaming service as an add-on that costs $9 per month. The network joins YouTube TV’s other premium channel options, including Showtime, Shudder, Sundance Now, and Fox Soccer Plus. Notably, HBO is not in that list – YouTube TV chose not to take all of Time Warner Broadcasting’s channels because it wanted to offer a slimmed down, more affordable live TV service. So Time Warner chose to stop negotiating a deal for HBO, according to a report from Bloomberg. But that could be good news for Starz, as the network will now be one of the few premium cable networks to target YouTube TV’s younger, millennial viewers who often aren’t signing up for pay TV in the first place. They’re not coming to services like YouTube TV to reproduce what they’re missing from cable, but are instead discovering what’s available to stream, including via premium networks. Starz says its 14 Starz and Starz Encore channels are available as of today to YouTube TV subscribers, offering its full video-on-demand catalog of popular movies, exclusive documentaries, and Starz’ original programming. The originals include shows like “Power,” “Vida,” “Counterpart,” “Outlander,” “American Gods,” “Sweetbitter,” “Black Sails,” “Party Down,” and others. Of course, YouTube TV isn’t the only way to watch Starz’ content these days. The channel has been available over-the-top via Starz’ own app since 2016 which works across devices , and is available on-demand via other services like Hulu and Amazon Channels.

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