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Medium announces new rules to curb abusive behavior. Nicole Cozma/CNET

Blog publishing platform Medium has updated its rules to prohibit activity intended to harass other users, the latest Internet community to crack down on abusive behavior.

The social publishing site announced new rules Monday that prohibit public shaming, the posting of revenge porn, or publishing private or confidential information intended to harass other users. The new rules are intended to foster an environment where users feel comfortable expressing themselves online without fear of being intimidated by other users, the publishing platform explained in an unsigned blog post.

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Apple on Monday issued the fifth OS X 10.11 El Capitan beta to developers for testing ahead of an expected release later this fall.

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Today's El Capitan beta version comes less than one week after Apple seeded its last round of prerelease software for developer assessment, a round that included iOS 9 and watchOS 2 builds. As release notes for today's beta 5 have yet to be published, it is currently unknown what changes Apple applied to the next-generation Mac operating system. The last OS X 10.11 beta version fixed minor bugs, but noted known problems with Photos, Apple ID and Language settingsDevelopers can access the latest OS X 10.11 El Capitan build by updating through the Mac App Store or downloading from Apple's developer website.
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Millions of Americans gathered around small black and white television sets in the hot July of 1969, to watch Neil Armstrong step off the Apollo 11 spacecraft and set his left boot onto untouched moon dust. Armstrong would go down in history as the first man to ever walk on the moon.

Armstrong’s suit is now much older and in bad need of repair. So the Smithsonian launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise the half a million dollars it would take to preserve the suit and get it ready for the 50th anniversary of the moon landing in 2019.

Federal appropriations usually cover funding for the Smithsonian but don’t cover preservation projects like this one. That’s why private donations, which make up about 30 percent of funding for the Smithsonian, are key. This is the first time the Smithsonian gave the crowdfunding platform a try.

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The rise of live-streaming apps this year has proven a boon to journalists, media organizations, and everyday people who find themselves standing at the center of a news event — and those who want to watch them unfold. But their drop-everything-and-look nature can be addictive, and frequent broadcasters wind up spamming the notifications of the people who follow them. It's been my biggest complaint about Periscope, Twitter's live-streaming app, from day one. Today the company took an important step to fix it.

An update to Periscope's iOS app lets you mute users on a per-account basis. So if most of the accounts you follow Periscope only rarely, but one person Periscopes multiple times a day, you can now stop that person from sending you a push notification every time they go live. To mute someone, open their profile and tap the button next to the "following" icon. Their broadcasts will still appear in your feed when you open the app, but they will no longer interrupt you. It's an important step toward reducing the thirst of the trigger-happiest users.

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Last week, we wrote about the fact that the State of Georgia is suing Carl Malamud for posting PDFs of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, and sending them around. I've been discussing this with a number of lawyers and other experts over the weekend and have to say that I made a significant error in the original post, which I apologize for. I said that courts frequently rely on the annotations of the law, thus effectively making them a part of the law. This was wrong and it was poor reporting on my part based on incomplete understanding of the situation. Having discussed this with multiple people and checked into it further myself, I really regret the error and will be adding a link to this story as soon as it is published. I was told otherwise originally, but that's no excuse. I should have checked it out and I did not.

The situation is, admittedly, more complicated. I still believe that the State of Georgia is incorrect both legally and morally in deciding to go down this path, but it is at least slightly more nuanced than the original article suggested, so let's dig in and explore the thinking. The state of Georgia hired LexisNexis to create these annotations, and LexisNexis then assigns the copyright that it receives on those annotations over to the state of Georgia. Part of the deal between Georgia and LexisNexis is that LexisNexis does the work and the state gets the copyright, but then LexisNexis gets to host the "official" copies of the laws of the state, while selling that annotated version (in both digital and paper versions). The state argues that this arrangement is actually more beneficial to consumers, because rather than relying on taxpayer funds to do this, LexisNexis gets to recoup the costs in the form of customer fees.

The annotations include things such as the names and a brief paragraph summary of relevant caselaw concerning the specific law being annotated. So, the first question is can this be covered by copyright? Most likely the answer is yes, if a limited kind of copyright. There is some creative choice in selecting what to cover and how to cover it, though significant parts of it are factual (names of cases and whatnot). As some pointed out, LexisNexis competitor WestLaw also offers its own annotated code of the state and sells it itself, and pretty much everyone is comfortable with the copyright there.

So, what's different here? Well, for one, part of the deal with LexisNexis is that after writing the work, the company transfers the copyright to the state itself. Some have pointed to the fact that under federal copyright law the federal government cannot get copyright on works of its own creation, but that does not really apply here in two separate ways. First, there's some dispute over whether or not those same rules apply to state governments as well -- with many arguing that without it being explicit, states can copyright their own creative works. The second issue, though, is that even under federal copyright law, if a third party/contractor creates the work and then assigns the copyright to the government, then even the federal government can keep and use that copyright. And, that's clearly the situation here.

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If Bond 24 really is to be Sam Mendes’ final dance with 007 he seems to be going for absolute broke. The interiors, the exteriors, the wide shots, the tight ones—every frame of this new Spectre trailer is rich and beautiful and art directed within an inch of its ever-loving life. Ben Whishaw looks like he was born to play a young Q. Naomie Harris, even in just the tiniest serving here, is deliciously Moneypenny. Daniel Craig is of course all the James Bond he can be, and he’s joined by perhaps two of the most exciting Bond Women (we’ll leave the term “girls” out of this) ever put on screen: Monica Bellucci and Léa Seydoux, playing Lucia Sciarra and Madeline Swann, respectively. Those names! Bellucci is simply one of the most captivating women in cinema, full stop, and Seydoux has demonstrated her capacity to kick ass and emote hard in roles from Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol to Blue Is the Warmest Color. Only through the combined power of these women can the wounds of our dear, lost Vesper Lynd (played to perfection by the perfect Eva Green) finally begin to heal. And then, of course, there’s the villain. Christoph Waltz’s mustache-twisting capabilities will be put fully to the test as Franz Oberhauser, who doesn’t seem a far cry from the most enduring of Bond foes, Ernst Stavro Blofeld. Blofeld tormented James for years, first appearing in 1963’s From Russia With Love and last seen in Never Say Never Again from 1983. He was the head of SPECTRE (the Special Executive for Counter-Intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion), and in case the title of this movie didn’t tip you off, SPECTRE is pretty central to the plot this time around. Mendes looks like he’s made his best Bond yet if this trailer is any indication, and we are so ready to find out.
Pause at: 0:37. So is this, like, a supercar showdown or something? Welcome to the party at 1:01, Lea! Dave Bautista sighting at 1:04. Notes of the Casino Royale train scene at 1:57. Not normal at 2:03.
Song: “James Bond Theme”
Essential Quote: “It was me, James, the author of all your pain.”—Franz Oberhauser (Christoph Waltz)

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An anonymous reader writes: After years of plugging Google+ into all of its services, today Google announced that your Google+ profile will no longer be your identity in all its products. The company says it will take a few months for all the changes to happen, but the first product to be uncoupled will be YouTube. Bradley Horowitz, Google's vice president of streams, photos, and sharing, says the changes are a response to user feedback: "We've also heard that it doesn't make sense for your Google+ profile to be your identity in all the other Google products you use."
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Facebook plans to scale up its service to offer free basic Internet on mobile phones, an executive said, after introducing the application in 17 developing countries over the past year.

In a blog post released to mark the first year of the initiative, Facebook said it will open a portal allowing any mobile operator to offer the service under its Internet.org platform. Facebook currently partners with specific operators to launch the service in different countries.

Internet.org has brought over nine million people online over the past year, Chris Daniels, vice president of product for Internet.org, told Reuters on Monday. Facebook developed the platform with six technology partners to bring an estimated 4.5 billion unconnected people online, mainly in Latin America, Asia and Africa.

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Christie1New Jersey governor Chris Christie. The state is being sued for billions of dollars for reducing its contributions to retiree pension funds.

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Three public workers' pension funds are suing New Jersey for billions in damages, claiming the state government breached contracts when it contributed less than planned.

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No need to envy your iPhone-using friends when they fire up Fallout Shelter. Bethesda Game Studios announced via Twitter the game will launch in the Play Store on August 13. A big content update is on the way too, so there will be a lot to check out when it lands. Very excited for Android users to begin playing #FalloutShelter on August 13th. pic.twitter.com/FYXvyIzaAj — BethesdaGameStudios (@BethesdaStudios) July 24, 2015 With Fallout Shelter you’re in charge of a post-apocalyptic base and must manage numerous resources. Game maker Bethesda Game Studios is known for its popular Elder Scrolls and Fallout series for PC and gaming consoles. Our friends at Macworld were rather lukewarm in their impressions of the game, with their cheif complaints being repetitive gameplay and a slow pace. Perhaps a flood of new content will help alleviate those problems. Fortunately, you’ll get to draw your own conclusions soon.  img 5068Why this matters: A lot of the benchmark games and apps still launch first on iOS. However, this rather quick turnaround indicates that Bethesda knows that Android is just too big to ignore. It’s a pattern we’re seeing with more apps that in the past would have stayed in Cupertino’s garden. Monument Valley and iA Writer are two examples of titles of well-designed and built apps that also came over to Android.

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New Android Flaw Lets Hackers Into Your Phone With Just a Text

The best defense against any of your gadgets becoming flooded with malware has always been personal vigilance. “Hmm, this app looks sketchy and is from a third-party app store I’ve never heard of. NOPE!” But a new vulnerability, discovered by security experts at Zimperium, can attack your phone with just a text.

According to Zimperium researcher Joshua Drake via NPR, here’s how this scary bit of malicious hacking happens:

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A EUROPEAN TECHNOLOGY TRADE DEAL worth trillions of euros has been agreed between Europe, China and the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

The deal follows negotiations between the above parties and sees an accord reached on things like customs duties on items including games consoles, semiconductors and digital media.

The result is fresh work on the 1996 Information Technology Agreement, and a potential huge uptick in revenues for businesses and some savings for consumers.

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Boston May Refuse to Bid For the Olympics

In what the AP calls a “hastily called news conference” this morning, Boston mayor Marty Walsh announced that he will “refuse” to sign its host city contract unless he’s sure taxpayers won’t be paying the bill if the games go over budget.

Earlier this year, Boston won the right to be the US bid city for the 2024 summer Olympics, an honor that many in the city seemed to consider anything but. At the time, Walsh assured the city that the games would be mostly privately funded, and that, in his words, “I will never leave Boston with a large price tag of an unpaid debt.” But contention surrounding the high price of hosting has been intense in the months since—and few Bostonians, it seemed, were particularly excited about the bid.

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A new report shows that the iPhone kill switch may not be as effective as first thought. What does this mean for other smartphone kill switches?
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My iPhone 6 Plus was picked from my pocket in Barcelona in March as I walked home from dinner one evening. After speaking to local police for a few moments, I ran back to my hotel to locate the phone through Apple's Find My iPhone tool. Too late. The thieves had already turned it off.

I always protect my phones, tablets, and computers with a password, so I was not worried about the thieves cracking into my handset and rooting through my personal information. Similarly, I backed the device up regularly, so there was nothing vital on the phone that I didn't have stored elsewhere.

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Stick with the same phone, broadband or TV provider for long enough and eventually your bills will go up. It's just a matter of when and by how much. BT is the latest to announce some UK price rises, which arrive on September 20th and affect a whole host of its services. Broadband packages are going up "by no more than 6.94 percent" -- you can check your own plan here, and BT is keen to stress that some won't be changing at all. Line rental, meanwhile, is going up by a pound -- making Standard Line Rental £17.99 and Line Rental Plus £19.99 per month -- and its monthly call plans are rising 14 to 50 pence.

BT's TV packages are being bumped up too -- perhaps to offset its Champions League and Premier League splurge. The Entertainment Starter pack (20 premium channels) is rising from £5 to £5.30 per month, while Entertainment Plus (25 premium channels) climbs from £10 to £10.65. Its most expensive tier, Entertainment Max, will cost £16 rather than £15 per month. Higher bills are never welcome, but with some lead time you can at least be prepared and, if needed, weigh up the competition for a potential provider switch.

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I’ve never been a big fan of buying used games hardware. With used games you can see the state of the disc before you purchase, but with hardware, you can’t see inside and therefore are taking a bigger risk, especially if there’s a hard drive inside.

GameStop has decided to sweeten the deal when it comes to purchasing a used PS4, though. As well as advertising these systems as being “Premium Refurbished,” GameStop has decided to upgrade them with a 2TB hard drive.

Until recently you could only purchase a new PS4 with a 500GB drive, then the 1TB version was announced. If you want 2TB of space you need to upgrade yourself, or buy one of these refurbished consoles.

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The long-awaited 2016 NSX will be sold as an Acura in the United States, leaving Honda without a dedicated sports car. To remedy the situation, the Japanese car maker is reportedly developing a sub-NSX sports car that will be badged as a Honda all around the world, not just outside of the U.S.

The yet-unnamed model will take the form of a mid-engined two-seater that will be offered as both a coupe and a convertible, and its proportions will be very close to those of the NSX. A rendering published by Japanese magazine Holiday Auto provides valuable insight into what the convertible version of the model could look like.

The NSX is powered by an advanced gasoline-electric plug-in hybrid drivetrain that teams a mid-mounted twin-turbocharged V6 engine with three electric motors. The smaller model will also be a hybrid, but its drivetrain will be less powerful and a lot simpler because it will be built around a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder borrowed from the Civic Type R parts bin. The four will spin the rear wheels, while an electric motor will be tasked with zapping the front wheels when additional power and grip are needed.

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A major iPhone counterfeiting factory, which produced so many fake Apple devices that some even made their way to the U.S., has been shut down by Beijing police and led to nine arrests.

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The factory is said to have built more than 41,000 fake iPhones valued at as much as 120 million yuan, or $19 million, according to Reuters. The arrests come as part of a crackdown on intellectual property theft being undertaken by Chinese law enforcement, as the country looks to shake its reputation for being a haven for fake goods.The elaborate operation, run by a husband and wife team, was said to have six assembly lines and "hundreds" of workers. It relied on second-hand smartphone components that were repackaged as authentic iPhones, then exported and sold.The Beijing factory was actually shut down as a result of a tip from U.S. authorities, who had obtained some of the knock-off iPhones on American shores.Fake Apple Storeimage
A fake Apple Store in China. Credit: BirdAbroadiPhone counterfeiting is not new — a similarly sophisticated operation in China was broken up in 2011. But that raid led to the seizure of only 200 fake iPhone units, while the latest Beijing crackdown yielded 1,400 handsets.Apple's popularity in China has led to extremely elaborate efforts to counterfeit, including entirely fake Apple retail stores that tricked shoppers into thinking they were run by the Cupertino, Calif. company.
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