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Dell Cameron

‘Largest Botnet Ever’ Tied to Billions in Stolen Covid-19 Relief Funds

The US says a Chinese national operated the “911 S5” botnet, which included computers worldwide and was used to file hundreds of thousands of fraudulent Covid claims and distribute CSAM, among other crimes.

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Steven Brill

How Advertising Broke the World

The internet is a cesspool of misinformation, and the biggest blue-chip brands and their ad agencies are the ones funding it—by stuffing money into a Rube Goldberg machine called programmatic advertising.

The Verge

Quentyn Kennemer

Final Fantasy VII Rebirth’s first discount takes $15 off

You shouldn’t miss this rare opportunity to grab the GOTY contender. | Image: Square Enix

As legendary as Final Fantasy VII is, even its staunchest supporters have a hard time recommending newcomers to play the original PlayStation’s classic JRPG. The sharp polygonal graphics of the era don’t do the memorable story and characters justice today for many audiences, but Final Fantasy VII Remake was a refreshing first attempt at modernizing it.

Final Fantasy VII Rebirth — the...

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Adam Teicher

Animal cruelty warrants issued for Chiefs' Buggs

Two misdemeanor warrants have been filed against Chiefs defensive lineman Isaiah Buggs in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama, for cruelty to dogs in the second degree.

Fast Company

Reuters

Meta says deceptive content about Israel-Hamas war was ‘likely AI-generated’

Meta attributed the campaign to Tel Aviv-based political marketing firm STOIC.

Meta said on Wednesday it had found “likely AI-generated” content used deceptively on its Facebook and Instagram platforms, including comments praising Israel’s handling of the war in Gaza published below posts from global news organizations and U.S. lawmakers.

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Emma Roth

Chrome adds picture-in-picture web browsing for Android apps

Image: The Verge

Opening a webpage inside an app is about to get a little more pleasant — in some Android apps, at least. The Chrome M124 update adds the ability to open in-app webpages in picture-in-picture mode, letting you swap between the webpage and the app without closing your browsing session.

The feature is coming to the Android apps that use Chrome Custom Tabs, which let developers provide customized browsing experiences within their apps. If it’s available in an app you...

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Allison Johnson

Apple’s new iPad Pro ad puts the focus back on creators

The latest iPad ad is much more human-centric. | Image: Apple / YouTube

Apple is back with a new iPad ad, seemingly crafted as a chaser after the last spot left a bitter taste in some people’s mouths.

Titled “Worlds Made on iPad,” the minute-and-change video features actor Sofia Wylie on a green screen set. Then, the screen splits into three views, each with a different animated backdrop that evolves as she crawls, leaps, and floats through the stylized spaces. It’s a...

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Sean Hollister

Framework now lets you upgrade its Laptop 13 with a drop-in 120Hz screen, better webcam, and Core Ultra chip

Image: Framework

I know, I absolutely stuffed this story’s headline — but I’m just so excited to see the future of modular computing unfolding before my eyes. Framework, the company that actually delivered on the promise of an upgradable laptop, has apparently done it yet again.

Not only is it now taking preorders for yet another generation of swappable mainboards to give you Intel Core Ultra chips, but the company has also developed a $39 webcam to improve the originals’...

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Justine Calma

How AI could change EV charging

Image: Hugo Herrera / The Verge

New AI tools could give utilities real-time data to make the power grid and EV charging more reliable, a very small study by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) and startup Utilidata suggests.

The researchers are using AI to analyze EV charging behavior, hoping those insights might improve the experience for drivers and help utilities prepare for the spike in electricity demand. So far, they’ve found that EV charging...

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Greg Wyshynski

Kris Knoblauch's journey from youth hockey coach to 'saving' Oilers' season

"We dug out of a big hole and Kris was a big reason for it," Edmonton GM Ken Holland said. It's been quite a year for the former West Hartford Wolves volunteer.

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Elizabeth Merrill

How Omaha won the (really big) 1975 WCWS trophy

A tornado left bleachers in the trees, but Connie Claussen led the Maverettes to the championship in 1975.

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Bill Connelly

Texas' awesome offense, OU's four-peat quest and what to know about every team

The Women's College World Series gets started on Thursday, and here's what you need to know about every team vying for a softball championship.

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Roberto Rojas

Inside Messi's travel miles for Inter Miami and Argentina

Messi will have to endure an intense travel schedule for Inter Miami and Argentina, but just how much mileage does he have to rack up?

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Swiatek saves match point, rallies past Osaka

Iga Swiatek saved a match point and grabbed the last five games to sneak past Naomi Osaka 7-6 (1), 1-6, 7-5 in the second round of the French Open on Wednesday.

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Players praise 'overdue' Negro Leagues inclusion

Baseball players and fans alike are learning more about the Negro Leagues after the statistics for more than 2,300 players were incorporated into the MLB record book.

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Alyssa Roenigk

Douglas out of U.S. champs, ends Olympic bid

Three-time Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas has withdrawn from competition at the U.S. gymnastics championships in Fort Worth, citing an ankle injury.

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Jeff Borzello

'Let's run it back': Karaban returns to UConn

Alex Karaban is withdrawing from the NBA draft and will return to UConn for his junior season, boosting the Huskies' chances for a third straight national championship.

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Semien gets day off, ending iron man streak

Marcus Semien got a day off for the first time in more than two years Wednesday when he wasn't in the Rangers' lineup against the Diamondbacks, ending his streak of 349 games started.

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Nick Wagoner

49ers sign wide receiver Jennings through 2025

Restricted free agent receiver Jauan Jennings agreed to a two-year contract with the Niners that will keep him in San Francisco through the 2025 season.

Mashable

Samsung Galaxy Ring, Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 6 battery info revealed — could they last long on a charge?

We don't know much about the next batch of Samsung foldables, but we at least have some battery info to work with.

Per GSMArena, an FCC certification has revealed the battery capacities of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 6 and the Samsung Galaxy Ring. The Z Flip 6 will reportedly have a total combined battery capacity of 3,790mAh, which is an improvement over the Flip 5's 3,700mAh battery. No, it's not a huge upgrade, but it's an improvement nonetheless.

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