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A Firmware Issue Threatens to Make PS4 Games Unplayable

Unless something changes, an issue lurking in older PlayStations’ internal timing systems threatens to eventually make every PS4 game and all downloaded PS3 games unplayable on current hardware. Right now, it’s not a matter of if but when this problem will occur. This ticking firmware time bomb has been known in certain PlayStation preservation and hacking circles for a while. […]

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Twitch Will Act on ‘Serious’ Offenses That Happen Off-Platform

Twitch is finally coming to terms with its responsibility as a king-making microcelebrity machine, not just a service or a platform. Today, the Amazon-owned company announced a formal and public policy for investigating streamers’ serious indiscretions in real life, or on services like Discord or Twitter. Last June, dozens of women came forward with allegations of sexual misconduct against prominent […]

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Cops Take Down the ‘World’s Biggest’ Video Game Cheating Ring

This week, the Justice Department indicted a 22-year-old on charges of tampering with the water facility where he used to work. It’s a stark reminder that while the power grid gets most of the attention, it’s not the only piece of critical infrastructure that’s vulnerable to potentially devastating attacks. We also took a look at YouTube’s ongoing problems with moderating […]

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Biden Wants $10 Billion for a Climate Army. It’s Not Enough

Yesterday President Joe Biden unveiled his long-awaited American Jobs Plan, a sweeping wishlist for fixing the country’s crumbling infrastructure, revitalizing manufacturing and research, and tackling the climate crisis. The United States would make the biggest jobs investment in itself (self-care—so hot right now) since the postwar era—$2 trillion—creating millions of positions to rebuild the post-pandemic economy. Hidden deep in the […]

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