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Blizzard cancels 2022 BlizzCon amid harrassment scandal fallout

BlizzConcelled — Feb. show nixxed in favor of “supporting our teams and progressing development.” Kyle Orland – Oct 26, 2021 8:35 pm UTC Enlarge / A Warcraft-themed statue sits in front of the Blizzard employee campus. Following an online-only BlizzCon earlier this year, Blizzard announced in May that its annual, announcement-packed convention for 2022 would…

Promising-looking SETI signal turns out to be of human origin

Enlarge / Proxima Centauri, the closest star to Earth aside from the Sun. Modern human society has been making it ever more challenging for astronomers to get their job done. While we’ve designated radio-quiet areas and dark skies initiatives, tensions have been heightened recently by the launch of broadband-Internet satellites, which are present in rapidly…

Viewing website HTML code is not illegal or “hacking,” prof. tells Missouri gov.

Enlarge / Cybersecurity professor Shaji Khan of University of Missouri–St. Louis. The cybersecurity professor who helped uncover the Missouri government’s failure to protect teachers’ Social Security numbers has demanded that the state cease its investigation into him and stop making “baseless accusations” that he committed a crime. As we reported on October 14, Missouri Gov.…

Four revelations from the Facebook Papers

Aurich Lawson | Getty Images Facebook is battling its gravest crisis since the Cambridge Analytica scandal after a whistleblower accusing the company of placing “profit over safety” shed light on its inner workings through thousands of pages of leaked memos. The documents were disclosed to US regulators and provided to Congress in redacted form by…