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T-Mobile imposes $5 monthly price hike on customers using older plans

T-Mobile raises rates $2 or $5 per line on "some of our oldest rate plans."

https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2024/05/t-mobile-imposes-5-monthly-price-hike-on-customers-using-older-plans/?utm_brand=arstechnica&utm_social-type=owned&utm_source=mastodon&utm_medium=social

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One difference with this wave of Arm PCs? All the big PC makers are actually on board

Windows RT and Windows 10-on-Arm each launched with just a handful of devices.

https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2024/05/one-difference-with-this-wave-of-arm-pcs-all-the-big-pc-makers-are-actually-on-board/?utm_brand=arstechnica&utm_social-type=owned&utm_source=mastodon&utm_medium=social

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Second dairy farm worker infected with bird flu amid cow outbreak, CDC reports

Like the first case, the farm worker in Michigan only had an eye infection.

https://arstechnica.com/science/2024/05/second-dairy-farm-worker-infected-with-bird-flu-amid-cow-outbreak-cdc-reports/?utm_brand=arstechnica&utm_social-type=owned&utm_source=mastodon&utm_medium=social

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Lizard that Hulks out shows off its superhero genes

A subspecies of reptiles in Italy is much bigger and greener than its relatives.

https://arstechnica.com/science/2024/05/lizard-that-hulks-out-shows-off-its-superhero-genes/?utm_brand=arstechnica&utm_social-type=owned&utm_source=mastodon&utm_medium=social

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Here’s what’s really going on inside an LLM’s neural network

Anthropic's conceptual mapping helps explain why LLMs behave the way they do.

https://arstechnica.com/ai/2024/05/heres-whats-really-going-on-inside-an-llms-neural-network/?utm_brand=arstechnica&utm_social-type=owned&utm_source=mastodon&utm_medium=social

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Lawmakers say Section 230 repeal will protect children—opponents predict chaos

Repeal bill is bipartisan but has opponents from across the political spectrum.

https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2024/05/lawmakers-say-section-230-repeal-will-protect-children-opponents-predict-chaos/?utm_brand=arstechnica&utm_social-type=owned&utm_source=mastodon&utm_medium=social

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Humane AI Pin founders run for the exits, one month after launch

One month after launch of its "smartphone replacement," Humane already seems doomed.

https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2024/05/humane-ai-pin-founders-run-for-the-exits-one-month-after-launch/?utm_brand=arstechnica&utm_social-type=owned&utm_source=mastodon&utm_medium=social

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Do sperm whale calls share features with speech or song?

The features that whale calls share with language are very abstract.

https://arstechnica.com/science/2024/05/do-sperm-whale-calls-share-features-with-speech-or-song/?utm_brand=arstechnica&utm_social-type=owned&utm_source=mastodon&utm_medium=social

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A week with the Chevy Blazer EV shows things to love—but also painful flaws

The decision to drop Apple CarPlay was a mistake.

https://arstechnica.com/cars/2024/05/a-week-with-the-chevy-blazer-ev-shows-things-to-love-but-also-painful-flaws/?utm_brand=arstechnica&utm_social-type=owned&utm_source=mastodon&utm_medium=social

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Investigation shows how easy it is to find escorts, oxycodone on Eventbrite

The site even promotes illegal opioid sales to folks seeking addiction support.

https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2024/05/investigation-shows-how-easy-it-is-to-find-escorts-oxycodone-on-eventbrite/?utm_brand=arstechnica&utm_social-type=owned&utm_source=mastodon&utm_medium=social

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The Motiv Argo is a new modular medium-duty electric truck

Motiv has made electric powertrains for medium-duty vehicles since 2009.

https://arstechnica.com/cars/2024/05/the-motiv-argo-is-a-new-modular-medium-duty-electric-truck/?utm_brand=arstechnica&utm_social-type=owned&utm_source=mastodon&utm_medium=social

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On self-driving, Waymo is playing chess while Tesla plays checkers

We'll know Tesla is serious about robotaxis when it starts hiring remote operators.

https://arstechnica.com/cars/2024/05/on-self-driving-waymo-is-playing-chess-while-tesla-plays-checkers/?utm_brand=arstechnica&utm_social-type=owned&utm_source=mastodon&utm_medium=social

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The first crew launch of Boeing’s Starliner capsule is on hold indefinitely

"NASA will share more details once we have a clearer path forward."

https://arstechnica.com/space/2024/05/the-first-crew-launch-of-boeings-starliner-capsule-is-on-hold-indefinitely/?utm_brand=arstechnica&utm_social-type=owned&utm_source=mastodon&utm_medium=social

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Non-invasive zaps to the spinal cord can treat paralysis—but no one knows why

The benefits may seem small, but they can make a world of difference, patients say.

https://arstechnica.com/science/2024/05/non-invasive-zaps-to-the-spinal-cord-can-treat-paralysis-but-no-one-knows-why/?utm_brand=arstechnica&utm_social-type=owned&utm_source=mastodon&utm_medium=social

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Google sends DOJ unexpected check in attempt to avoid monopoly jury trial

Google steals DOJ tactic to dodge owing damages by paying DOJ upfront.

https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2024/05/google-sends-doj-unexpected-check-in-attempt-to-avoid-monopoly-jury-trial/?utm_brand=arstechnica&utm_social-type=owned&utm_source=mastodon&utm_medium=social

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We get more useful energy out of renewables than fossil fuels

It costs less energy to get fossil fuels, but we can't use them as efficiently.

https://arstechnica.com/science/2024/05/we-get-more-useful-energy-out-of-renewables-than-fossil-fuels/?utm_brand=arstechnica&utm_social-type=owned&utm_source=mastodon&utm_medium=social

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Surviving reentry is the key goal for SpaceX’s fourth Starship test flight

Elon Musk says SpaceX aims to launch the fourth Starship test flight in about two weeks.

https://arstechnica.com/space/2024/05/surviving-reentry-is-the-key-goal-for-spacexs-fourth-starship-test-flight/?utm_brand=arstechnica&utm_social-type=owned&utm_source=mastodon&utm_medium=social

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Researchers spot cryptojacking attack that disables endpoint protections

A key component: Installing known vulnerable drivers from Avast and IOBit.

https://arstechnica.com/security/2024/05/researchers-spot-cryptojacking-attack-that-disables-endpoint-protections/?utm_brand=arstechnica&utm_social-type=owned&utm_source=mastodon&utm_medium=social

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Pricey Sonos Ace headphones move the company beyond speakers for the first time

Sonos jumps into the fray with Sony's WH-1000XM5 and Apple's AirPods Max.

https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2024/05/pricey-sonos-ace-headphones-move-the-company-beyond-speakers-for-the-first-time/?utm_brand=arstechnica&utm_social-type=owned&utm_source=mastodon&utm_medium=social

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Gordon Bell, an architect of our digital age, dies at age 89

Bell architected DEC's VAX minicomputers, championed computer history, mentored at Microsoft.

https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2024/05/gordon-bell-an-architect-of-our-digital-age-dies-at-age-89/?utm_brand=arstechnica&utm_social-type=owned&utm_source=mastodon&utm_medium=social

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Tesla shareholder group opposes Musk’s $46B pay, slams board “dysfunction”

Letter urges shareholders to reject CEO pay plan and boot two board members.

https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2024/05/tesla-shareholder-group-opposes-musks-46b-pay-slams-board-dysfunction/?utm_brand=arstechnica&utm_social-type=owned&utm_source=mastodon&utm_medium=social

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Comcast’s “StreamSaver” plan is $15/month, if you like cable bundles and ads

It's $25 or $10 cheaper than separate subs, but note the plans you're getting.

https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2024/05/comcasts-streamsaver-plan-is-15-month-if-you-like-cable-bundles-and-ads/?utm_brand=arstechnica&utm_social-type=owned&utm_source=mastodon&utm_medium=social

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Android 15 brings back Nest Audio group speaker controls

We'll likely have to wait until the end of the year for Android 15, though.

https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2024/05/android-15-brings-back-nest-audio-group-speaker-controls/?utm_brand=arstechnica&utm_social-type=owned&utm_source=mastodon&utm_medium=social

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Snapdragon Dev Kit for Windows is a next-gen mini desktop with Snapdragon X Elite

Well-specced box includes the best Snapdragon X Elite, 32GB RAM, 512GB SSD.

https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2024/05/snapdragon-dev-kit-for-windows-is-a-next-gen-mini-desktop-with-snapdragon-x-elite/?utm_brand=arstechnica&utm_social-type=owned&utm_source=mastodon&utm_medium=social

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“CSAM generated by AI is still CSAM,” DOJ says after rare arrest

Software engineer arrested, suspected of grooming teen with AI-generated CSAM.

https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2024/05/csam-generated-by-ai-is-still-csam-doj-says-after-rare-arrest/?utm_brand=arstechnica&utm_social-type=owned&utm_source=mastodon&utm_medium=social

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Hey! Listen! New Minecraft AI guide offers tips while watching you play

Microsoft demo is like chatting with GameFAQs when you don't have a friend to hang with.

https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2024/05/hey-listen-new-minecraft-ai-guide-offers-tips-while-watching-you-play/?utm_brand=arstechnica&utm_social-type=owned&utm_source=mastodon&utm_medium=social

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This EV builder has given a Land Rover Defender four electric hub motors

BEDEO and Protean have been converting commercial vans to hybrid power for some time.

https://arstechnica.com/cars/2024/05/this-ev-builder-has-given-a-land-rover-defender-four-electric-hub-motors/?utm_brand=arstechnica&utm_social-type=owned&utm_source=mastodon&utm_medium=social

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Volvo debuts its fully autonomous big rig truck powered by Aurora’s tech

Some believe autonomous trucks are the answer to a shortage of truck drivers.

https://arstechnica.com/cars/2024/05/volvo-debuts-its-fully-autonomous-big-rig-truck-powered-by-auroras-tech/?utm_brand=arstechnica&utm_social-type=owned&utm_source=mastodon&utm_medium=social

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If you can see the Big Dipper, you’ll get to see a star go nova soon

Sometime between May and September, a white dwarf is expected to go thermonuclear.

https://arstechnica.com/science/2024/05/if-you-can-see-the-big-dipper-youll-get-to-see-a-star-go-nova-soon/?utm_brand=arstechnica&utm_social-type=owned&utm_source=mastodon&utm_medium=social

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How “dark money” groups help private ISPs lobby against municipal broadband

"Social welfare" groups spread industry talking points against public broadband.

https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2024/05/how-dark-money-groups-help-private-isps-lobby-against-municipal-broadband/?utm_brand=arstechnica&utm_social-type=owned&utm_source=mastodon&utm_medium=social

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Big AI companies sign safety pledge

Promise not to deploy AIs if severe risks cannot be addressed and mitigated.

https://arstechnica.com/ai/2024/05/big-ai-companies-sign-safety-pledge/?utm_brand=arstechnica&utm_social-type=owned&utm_source=mastodon&utm_medium=social

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23-year-old man accused of running $100 million online narcotics marketplace

Incognito Market operating on the dark web allowed people to buy and sell narcotics.

https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2024/05/23-year-old-man-accused-of-running-100-million-online-narcotics-marketplace/?utm_brand=arstechnica&utm_social-type=owned&utm_source=mastodon&utm_medium=social

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Does anyone really need a 1,000 Hz gaming display?

TCL's ultra-fast 4K LCD prototype has us musing about diminishing smoothness returns.

https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2024/05/does-anyone-really-need-a-1000-hz-gaming-display/?utm_brand=arstechnica&utm_social-type=owned&utm_source=mastodon&utm_medium=social

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Single brain implant gives paralyzed man bilingual communication

Tracking syllables of words lets English and Spanish training assist each other.

https://arstechnica.com/science/2024/05/single-brain-implant-gives-paralyzed-man-bilingual-communication/?utm_brand=arstechnica&utm_social-type=owned&utm_source=mastodon&utm_medium=social

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Microsoft’s new “Recall” feature will record everything you do on your PC

Recall uses Copilot+ PC features "to take images of your active screen every few seconds."

https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2024/05/microsofts-new-recall-feature-will-record-everything-you-do-on-your-pc/?utm_brand=arstechnica&utm_social-type=owned&utm_source=mastodon&utm_medium=social

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New Arm-powered Surface Pro and Surface Laptop aim directly at Apple Silicon Macs

Microsoft's first "Copilot+ PCs" aim for the MacBook Air; neither is fanless.

https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2024/05/new-arm-powered-surface-pro-and-surface-laptop-aim-directly-at-apple-silicon-macs/?utm_brand=arstechnica&utm_social-type=owned&utm_source=mastodon&utm_medium=social

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OpenAI on the defensive after multiple PR setbacks in one week

Sexy voices, departing employees, and NDA rumors have challenged the AI company.

https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2024/05/openai-on-the-defensive-after-multiple-pr-setbacks-in-one-week/?utm_brand=arstechnica&utm_social-type=owned&utm_source=mastodon&utm_medium=social

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iOS and iPadOS 17.5.1 fix a nasty bug that resurfaced old photos

Bug was discovered by Redditors and forum users a few days ago.

https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2024/05/ios-and-ipados-17-5-1-fix-a-nasty-bug-that-resurfaced-old-photos/?utm_brand=arstechnica&utm_social-type=owned&utm_source=mastodon&utm_medium=social

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Judge: Craig Wright’s claim of inventing bitcoin rests on lies and forgeries

Wright "lied repeatedly and extensively" in response to forgery allegations.

https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2024/05/judge-craig-wrights-claim-of-inventing-bitcoin-rests-on-lies-and-forgeries/?utm_brand=arstechnica&utm_social-type=owned&utm_source=mastodon&utm_medium=social

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Unitree starts selling $16,000 humanoid robot

No one is quite sure what you're supposed to do with the robot, but you can buy one.

https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2024/05/unitree-starts-selling-16000-humanoid-robot/?utm_brand=arstechnica&utm_social-type=owned&utm_source=mastodon&utm_medium=social

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HP resurrects ’90s OmniBook branding, kills Spectre, Dragonfly

Most new HP laptops will be an OmniBook, ProBook, or EliteBook.

https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2024/05/hp-resurrects-90s-omnibook-branding-kills-spectre-dragonfly/?utm_brand=arstechnica&utm_social-type=owned&utm_source=mastodon&utm_medium=social

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M4 iPad Pro teardown finds easier-to-access battery, glimpses of Tandem OLED design

Straightforward tablet teardown is followed by a comically difficult Pencil one.

https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2024/05/m4-ipad-pro-teardown-finds-easier-to-access-battery-glimpses-of-tandem-oled-design/?utm_brand=arstechnica&utm_social-type=owned&utm_source=mastodon&utm_medium=social

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Microsoft says “Prism” translation layer does for Arm PCs what Rosetta did for Macs

Prism layer is one of several under-the-hood overhauls in Windows 11 24H2.

https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2024/05/microsoft-says-prism-translation-layer-does-for-arm-pcs-what-rosetta-did-for-macs/?utm_brand=arstechnica&utm_social-type=owned&utm_source=mastodon&utm_medium=social

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Microsoft’s “Copilot+” AI PC requirements are embarrassing for Intel and AMD

Microsoft demands an NPU capable of at least 40 trillion operations per second.

https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2024/05/microsofts-copilot-ai-pc-requirements-are-embarrassing-for-intel-and-amd/?utm_brand=arstechnica&utm_social-type=owned&utm_source=mastodon&utm_medium=social

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It’s not “Windows 12”: Microsoft keeps Windows 11 branding despite major changes

24H2 update comes with new compiler, kernel, and scheduler, among other changes.

https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2024/05/its-not-windows-12-microsoft-keeps-windows-11-branding-despite-major-changes/?utm_brand=arstechnica&utm_social-type=owned&utm_source=mastodon&utm_medium=social

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Neuralink to implant 2nd human with brain chip as 75% of threads retract in 1st

Algorithm tweaks made up for the loss, and Neuralink thinks it has fix for next patient.

https://arstechnica.com/science/2024/05/neuralink-to-implant-2nd-human-with-brain-chip-as-75-of-threads-retract-in-1st/?utm_brand=arstechnica&utm_social-type=owned&utm_source=mastodon&utm_medium=social

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BLM ends future coal mining on Powder River Basin federal lands

The move compounds pressure on coal communities to diversify their economies.

https://arstechnica.com/science/2024/05/blm-ends-future-coal-mining-on-powder-river-basin-federal-lands/?utm_brand=arstechnica&utm_social-type=owned&utm_source=mastodon&utm_medium=social

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