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This Year’s Best Picture Nominees Have the Lowe…

When it comes to box office grosses, the Oscars are no popularity contest. This year’s crop of best picture nominees have received critical plaudits and trunkloads of awards. But that has not, for the most part, translated into massive ticket sales. Only “Get Out” and “Dunkirk” have topped $100 million at the domestic box office […]

Insiders: Russia troll farm even zanier than…

Insiders say the U.S. indictment against the St. Petersburg troll farm only scratches the surface of the agency's zany, ambitious operations _ and glosses over just how unconvincing some of its stunts could be

Elon Musk's Hyperloop Makes Headway in DC

Elon Musk's dream of building a hyperloop that can move people between Washington, DC, and New York City in 29 minutes may be a small step closer to becoming a distant reality. A Nov. 29 permit issued by DC's Department of Transportation allows Musk's Boring Company to dig at an...

Stop Blaming Social Media For Feeling Lonely

Researchers found social media isn't causing social displacement, so critics can stop bashing it. Buzz60's Sean Dowling has more.

Amazon Is Offering Another Whole Foods Perk To…

Eligible Prime members will earn 5 percent cash back on their Whole Foods purchases when they use the Amazon Prime Rewards Visa card.

Late-Night Uber Eats Delivery Ends With Dead…

An Uber Eats driver claims he was acting in self-defense when he killed a customer during his first week on the job. Robert Bivines, 36, arrived at the Atlanta condominium of 30-year-old Ryan Thornton around 11:30pm Saturday after a $27 food order was placed at Tin Lizzy's through the...

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Netflix’s ‘Sabrina’ Series Casts ‘Lord of the…

Miranda Otto has been cast as a series regular in the upcoming Netflix series based on “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina,” Variety has learned. Otto will play Zelda Spellman, Sabrina’s sterner witch aunt. Proud and devout, Zelda believes there is no greater honor than serving the Dark Lord as a member of the Church of Night. She is […]

After School Shootings, Russian Bots Hijacked Gun…

For Russia-linked Twitter accounts and bots linked to Russian propaganda campaigns, last week's horrific school shooting in Florida was just another opportunity to sow division among Americans, security researchers say. Within an hour of the shooting, hundreds of automated Twitter accounts with suspected Russian links began sending out tweets with...

Paul Ryan Challenger Banned From Twitter Over…

Paul Nehlen is vying for Paul Ryan's Wisconsin House seat, and he won't have Twitter to help him in his quest. The man described by the Washington Post as a "fringe challenger" who lost to Ryan 16% to 84% in 2016 had his account permanently suspended in a move he...

He Saves Our Electronics From the Dump, Now Faces Prison

Eric Lundgren is known for impressive and admirable feats, with his e-waste recycling company putting 14,000 cellphones in the hands of US soldiers abroad; the 33-year-old's company handles 41 million pounds of e-waste annually. Now, he's fighting a 15-month sentence. The Washington Post explains the jargony situation, which involves...

Delayed Viewing Ratings: ‘This Is Us’-Post Super…

“This Is Us” rose to 33.43 million viewers in the Nielsen Live+7 ratings for week 19 of the 2017-2018 broadcast season, which began on Jan. 29. The episode, which aired immediately after Super Bowl LII, gained 6.45 million viewers in seven days of playback for a 24 percent gain. The episode, easily the show’s highest-rated […]

Israel successfully tests advanced missile defense system

Israel says it's successfully tested system capable of defending against ballistic missiles outside the atmosphere

Hackers used Tesla’s cloud to mine cryptocurrency

With the cryptocurrency craze still in full swing, the frequency of crypto-related crimes has exploded in recent months. Just last week, for example, a 24-year old Chicago man was arrested amid charges that he stole $2 million in Bitcoin and Litecoin from his employer. Aside from old-fashioned theft, the cryptocurrency craze has also led to a greater incidence of cryptojacking, an activity where malicious actors secretly siphon an unsuspecting user's computing resources in order to mine cryptocurrency. While most cryptojacking incidents tend to involve PCs or mobile devices, cryptojackers are seemingly set on expanding their horizons. To this point, a new security report from RedLock reveals that cryptojackers recently leveraged Tesla's public cloud for cryptocurrency mining purposes. "The hackers had infiltrated Tesla’s Kubernetes console which was not password protected," the report reads. "Within one Kubernetes pod, access credentials were exposed to Tesla’s AWS environment which contained an Amazon S3 (Amazon Simple Storage Service) bucket that had sensitive data such as telemetry." Interestingly, the report adds that the cryptojackers employed some "sophisticated evasion measures" as to keep their illicit activity from attracting any attention. Citing one quick example, the mining software used in this particular case was reportedly fine tuned as to keep CPU usage within a normal range, thereby improving the odds that no one would notice any unusual activity. Upon discovering the incident, RedLock alerted Tesla whereupon the issue was promptly fixed. In a statement on the matter provided to Engadget, Tesla explains: We maintain a bug bounty program to encourage this type of research, and we addressed this vulnerability within hours of learning about it. The impact seems to be limited to internally-used engineering test cars only, and our initial investigation found no indication that customer privacy or vehicle safety or security was compromised in any way.

Chris Cornell’s Widow Talks About the Singer’s…

In an interview with ABC’s Robin Roberts that will air in full Wednesday, Vicky Cornell, the wife of late Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell, talked about her husband’s battle with addiction before his suicide last May. Vicky, who married Cornell in 2004, repeats her belief that drugs played a role in his decision. “My husband was […]

Walton Goggins to Star in ‘LA Confidential’ P…

Walton Goggins has landed one of the lead roles in the upcoming “LA Confidential” adaptation pilot at CBS, Variety has confirmed. Goggins will play Det. Jack Vincennes.  All swagger and flash with a movie star smile, Jack knows how the system works and uses it to his best advantage, including some corrupt shakedowns on the side. […]

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You won’t be able to afford Samsung’s…

You probably don’t need 30.72TB of fast SSD data at home, but plenty of companies around the world will be excited to hear that Samsung is now ready to manufacture the industry’s largest capacity SSD ever, which also happens to be insanely fast. Announced on Tuesday, the drive targets enterprise systems, and it’s built on Samsung’s 512Gb V-NAND tech. The company says it offers the “industry-first 1TB NAND flash package, 40GB of DRAM, new controller,” and new software, which will allow it to store some 5,700 5GB movies and only fail every two million hours. The PM1643 is a dull, unassuming name for this SAS SSD, but it’s one to remember. The device doubles the capacity of the previous 15.36TB high-capacity SSD that Samsung introduced nearly two years ago. “This breakthrough was made possible by combining 32 of the new 1TB NAND flash packages, each comprised of 16 stacked layers of 512Gb V-NAND chips,” Samsung explains. “These super-dense 1TB packages allow for approximately 5,700 5-gigabyte (GB), full HD movie files to be stored within a mere 2.5-inch storage device.” The PM1643 features new tech innovations, including a “highly efficient controller architecture,” that makes room for more storage space by combining nine controllers, and Through Silicon Via (TSV) technology that interconnects 8GB DDR4 chips to create 10 4GB TSV DRAM packages. Samsung says this is the first time TSC-applied DRAM was used in an SSD. Software features, meanwhile, include metadata protection, data retention, and recovery from sudden power failures. The drive can deliver one full drive write per day over a period of five years without failure. The mean time between failures is of two million hours, Samsung says. The drive offers sequential read and write speeds of up to 2,100MB/s and 1,700MB/s, respectively, which is three times faster than a typical 2.5-inch SSD. Random read and write speeds are at 400,000 IOPS and 50,000 IOPS, or four times the performance of a regular SSD drive. The price for the 30.72TB SSD was not announced, but the 15.36TB cost more than $10,000 two years ago. Samsung plans to launch other capacities using the same technology, including 15.36TB, 7.68TB, 3.84TB, 1.92TB, 960GB and 800GB versions.

‘Black Panther’ Tops Studios’ TV Ad Spending

In this week’s edition of the Variety Movie Commercial Tracker, powered by the TV advertising attention analytics company iSpot.tv, Marvel claims the top spot in spending with “Black Panther.” Ads placed for the superhero film had an estimated media value of $8.28 million through Sunday for 1,084 national ad airings on 37 networks. (Spend figures […]

Broadway Box Office Gets a Little Love From…

The double-dip holidays of Valentine’s Day and the long Presidents’ Day weekend drove the Broadway box office up nearly 20%, with date-night biz and long-weekend tourism helping to get ticketbuyers into theaters. Couples and families turned out for the street’s big-ticket names, with the most significant boost logged at “Wicked” ($1,818,771), up a whopping half-million […]

TV Review: ‘The Joel McHale Show With Joel McHa…

To quote Joel McHale’s interview with Variety, the difference between E!’s now-defunct “The Soup,” which McHale hosted for over 10 years, and Netflix’s new “The Joel McHale Show With Joel McHale,” which debuted Sunday, is as follows: “Nothing.” “What’s going to be different about it is that Netflix has really nice studios and catering,” McHale […]

Medical implants could be a future target for…

As the technology that powers medical implants grows more and more complex, researchers warn that they could become a prime target for cybersecurity intrusions. A new paper published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology focuses on the potential risk of medical implants like pacemakers to be hacked by individuals seeking to cause trouble. The study brings some good news, but also urges caution in the design of future medical devices. At the moment, the vast majority of medical implants are "dumb," meaning that they have limited remote connectivity and cannot be accessed or altered by a would-be hacker. However, some newer implants feature remote monitoring features that allow doctors to keep an eye on a patient's wellbeing without requiring them to visit a clinic, and it's features like those which could offer a gateway for bad actors wishing to do harm. "True cybersecurity begins at the point of designing protected software from the outset, and requires the integration of multiple stakeholders, including software experts, security experts and medical advisors," Dhanunjaya R. Lakkireddy MD, of the University of Kansas Hospital, and co-author of the paper, explains. The doctor's urgency for forward-looking security features is shared by many in the medical community, as well as the patients themselves. The risks of a potentially hackable medical implant are huge. Medical devices that can have their settings tweaked remotely are obviously the most serious targets, but even implants which simply relay information could be at risk of exploits that would drain their batteries, leaving patients vulnerable. However, while the theoretical dangers are many, doctors have yet to see any widespread issues pop up in real-world scenarios. "The likelihood of an individual hacker successfully affecting a cardiovascular implantable electronic device or being able to target a specific patient is very low," Lakkireddy notes. "A more likely scenario is that of a malware or ransomware attack affecting a hospital network and inhibiting communication." Looking to the future, the paper urges researchers and medical professionals to demonstrate extreme caution in the design and implementation of medical systems that could be remotely accessed. The danger may not be serious yet, but as more and more medical implants embrace wireless diagnostic and tracking features they will almost certainly become a larger target.

‘Fire and Fury’ Author Michael Wolff to Go on…

Michael Wolff, the author of “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” plans to go on a national speaking tour. Wolff will “share new, exclusive details about his experience inside Trump’s White House that have yet to be publicly disclosed,” according to an announcement from the publicity firm handling the tour, Beachwood Entertainment Collective. […]

Distrib Films US Acquires Locarno’s Jury Prize…

Distrib Films U.S. has acquired Juliana Rojas and Marco Dutra’s “Good Manners,” the critically acclaimed Brazilian werewolf drama, for the U.S. “Good Manners” world premiered at Locarno, where it earned strong reviews and took home the Special Jury award. The movie went on to win prizes at Sitges and Gérardmer film festivals. It also played […]

PopPolitics: ‘Abacus’ Director on How a Small…

Steve James, director of the Oscar-nominated documentary “Abacus: Small Enough to Jail,” says that political ambition “clouded” the decision by prosecutors to go after a small Chinese bank in Manhattan. The movie tells the story of what happened to the Abacus bank, which was targeted by New York District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. for fraud in […]

‘Burnout Paradise Remastered’ revives the open…

Following years of rumors and speculation, EA this week finally confirmed that the open world racing game Burnout Paradise is being remastered for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. In addition to featuring all of the add-on DLC that came along with the original game, Burnout Paradise Remastered will play natively in 1080p on PS4 and Xbox One as well as in 4K at 60 frames per second on the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X. Burnout Paradise was a bit of a shock for fans of the series when it launched in 2008. Rather than consisting solely of street races and linear events, the entire map was open for players to explore, with points of interest scattered all over the map. Paradise paved the way for games like Forza Horizon and The Crew years later. The most exciting part of this announcement is that the game will come back online for a whole new generation. Up to eight players can compete in the game's races and challenges that dot the massive map, both online and off. If you've got a friend who has never explored Paradise City before, you can be their guide. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4JqCmt9hzE Sadly, there don't appear to be any plans to bring the remaster to the Switch. Nintendo fans who want to experience the open world racer that really kickstarted the genre will have to play on a competing console. But the important thing is that the remaster exists at all, and we're going to be able to play it just a few weeks from now. Burnout Paradise Remastered will be available on March 16th, 2018 for $39.99.

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‘Walking Dead’ Star Lauren Cohan Set for Lead…

“The Walking Dead” star Lauren Cohan has booked the lead role in the ABC drama pilot “Whiskey Cavalier,” Variety has confirmed. Cohan does not currently have a contract in place to return for “The Walking Dead’s” upcoming ninth season and has been in negotiations with AMC for months over her potential return to the zombie apocalypse […]

‘Narcos’ Star Boyd Holbrook to Reteam With…

“Narcos” star Boyd Holbrook is reteaming with Netflix. The actor will topline the streamer’s new, genre-bending thriller “In the Shadow of the Moon.” “Hap and Leonard” creator Jim Mickle is directing the movie from a script by Gregory Weidman and Geoff Tock. The film is expected to begin shooting later this year. “Gregory and Geoff’s script is such […]

Sun Valley Film Festival Line-Up Includes…

The Sun Valley Film Festival has released the line-up for this year’s event which runs March 14-18. The documentary “Science Fair” will open the festival and “Finding Your Feet” by director Richard Loncraine will close it. The list of films include “Beirut,” starring Jon Hamm and Rosamund Pike, as well as “Leave No Trace” directed […]