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GOG asks you to please not abuse its expansive new 30-day refund policy

Enlarge For years now, downloadable PC gaming retailer GOG has offered a "money-back guarantee" only if a game you bought "doesn't work" on your hardware. Today, the company has removed that requirement, offering an expansive new refund policy for up to 30 days after purchase, "even if you downloaded, launched, and played [the game]." While users won't have to provide a reason for their refund request when contacting customer support, GOG says in an FAQ that it reserves the right to "refuse refunds in… individual cases." More broadly, that means the company will be "monitoring the effects of the current update to make sure no one is using this policy to hurt the developers that put their time and heart into making great games." That monitoring could end up being important, because all of GOG's games are offered without any DRM protection. That would seemingly make it trivial for a customer to purchase and download a game, create a fully functional backup, and then ask ..

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Secretive face-matching startup has customer list stolen

Enlarge / A video surveillance camera hangs from the side of a building on May 14, 2019, in San Francisco, California. Justin Sullivan | Getty Images Clearview, a secretive facial-recognition startup that claims to scrape the Internet for images to use, has itself now had data unexpectedly scraped, in a manner of speaking. Someone apparently popped into the company's system and stole its entire client list, which Clearview to date has refused to share. Clearview notified its customers about the leak today, according to The Daily Beast, which obtained a copy of the notification. The memo says an intruder accessed the list of customers, as well as the number of user accounts those customers set up and the number of searches those accounts have conducted. "Unfortunately, data breaches are part of life in the 21st century," Tor Ekeland, an attorney for Clearview, told The Daily Beast. "Our servers were never accessed. We patched the flaw and continue to work to strengthen our secur..

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Flaw in billions of Wi-Fi devices left communications open to eavesdroppng

Enlarge SAN FRANCISCO — Billions of devices—many of them already patched—are affected by a Wi-Fi vulnerability that allows nearby attackers to decrypt sensitive data sent over the air, researchers said on Wednesday at the RSA security conference. The vulnerability exists in Wi-Fi chips made by Cypress Semiconductor and Broadcom, the latter whose Wi-Fi business was acquired by Cypress in 2016. The affected devices include iPhones, iPads, Macs, Amazon Echos and Kindles, Android devices, Raspberry Pi 3s, and Wi-Fi routers from Asus and Huawei. Eset, the security company that discovered the vulnerability, said the flaw primarily affects Cyperess and Broadcoms FullMAC WLAN chips, which are used in billions of devices. Eset has named the vulnerability Kr00k, and it is tracked as CVE-2019-15126. Manufacturers have made patches available for most or all of the affected devices, but its not clear how many devices have installed the patches. Of greatest concern are vulnerable wireless routers,..

UK Politics

Republican Flips State House Seat in Kentucky Held by Democrat For 50 Years

A Kentucky businessman has won a state House of Representatives seat held by a Democrat since at least the 1960s, earning a shout-out from the president. Richard White, lumber seller and former developer of Morehead, won the 99th district in the Feb. 25 special election, garnering 4,750, or 56 percent, of the votes. He filled the seat vacated by Democrat Rocky Adkins, who resigned in December to advise the new Democrat governor, Andy Beshear. While Kentucky is a deeply Republican state with GOP supermajorities in both state House and Senate, the 99th district was represented by a Democrat at least since 1970. White said the district was blue possibly since the Civil War era, though The Epoch Times wasnt able to verify it. Even in 2016, when the district went almost 68 percent for the Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump, the state House seat still remained blue by nearly the same margin. Whites victory prompted a shout-out from the Republican National Committee Chair Ronna..

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Influential Michigan Democrat: South Carolina Debate Was A Disgrace

Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.) called on the 2020 Democratic candidates to focus their attention on other issues instead of trying to destroy one another after Tuesday nights debate in South Carolina. “It was a disgrace,” Dingell said on Wednesday. “It was a circular firing squad. Theyre forgetting about what we need to be focused on.” Even though she is a first-term member of Congress, Dingell was married to longtime Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.), who was the son of a Democratic Congressman. When Dingell died in February of last year, his wife ran for his seat and won. “Theyre contributing to the fear and hatred in this country. Im sure Russia and China were delighted at their performance,” she told Fox News. Some critics have panned the CBS moderation team for failing to get the candidates under control, but Dingell suggested she doesnt agree with that assessment. Democratic presidential candidates (L-R) former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, former South Bend, Indiana Mayor P..

UK Politics

House of Representatives Overwhelmingly Passes Antilynching Act

The House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed an anti-lynching act on Wednesday, with just 20 members voting no or not voting. The Emmett Till Antilynching Act passed 410-4. All Democrats voted yes, except for 10 who did not vote. One-hundred and eighty-eight Republicans voted yes, three voted no, and six did not vote. The lone independent, Rep. Justin Amash (I-Mich.) voted no. The bill, H.R. 35 (pdf), makes lynching a hate crime. “The crime of lynching succeeded slavery as the ultimate expression of racism in the United States following Reconstruction,” it states. “Lynching was a widely acknowledged practice in the United States until the middle of the 20th century. Lynching was a crime that occurred throughout the United States, with documented incidents in all but 4 States. At least 4,742 people, predominantly African Americans, were reported lynched in the United States between 1882 and 1968. Ninety-nine percent of all perpetrators of lynching escaped from punishment by S..

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Sanders Refuses to Accept Money From Bloomberg If He Becomes Democratic Nominee

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) wont accept money from former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, his campaign said. Advisers to Bloomberg, a billionaire who has a net worth north of $60 billion, said last month that the business mogul would support the Democratic presidential nominee if he doesnt win the nomination. But Sanderss senior adviser Jeff Weaver said the campaign wouldnt accept financial help from Bloomberg if Sanders is the one to face President Donald Trump. “Its a hard no,” Weaver told NBC after the debate on Tuesday night in South Carolina. “Bernie has said hes going to fund his presidential campaign with small-dollar contributions, and I think we can do that. I think we can raise over a billion dollars in small-dollar contributions,” Weaver added. Sanders himself said as much last week when pressed during a CNN town hall. “There is a point at which money ceases to be significant,” he said. “We will have enough money to defeat Donald Trump.” An adviser to Bloomberg..

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Unfunded Social Security, Medicare Obligations Ignored During Star-Studded Federal Budget Reform Summit

WASHINGTON—Virtually everybody who is or was somebody important in the federal budget debate since 1974 came to the Third Annual Better Budget Process Summit, hosted by the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget (CRFB) near Capitol Hill, on Feb. 25. Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) spoke, joined by his Democratic colleague on the panel, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, to talk about their historic Bipartisan Congressional Budget Reform Act, the first such legislation to pass their panel in 30 years. Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) discussed his proposal to avert government shutdowns by not letting Congress leave town at the end of the year until a new annual budget is approved. Key think tank and congressional staff leaders on budget issues also were present, most notably including Bill Dauster, former deputy staff director for then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Bill Hoagland, former senior budget appropriations aide to then-Senate Majority..

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Senators Consider Solutions to Address Growing Trend of Nationwide Injunctions

Senators from both sides of the aisle grappled with the question on how to address the practice of a single federal judge ruling beyond the scope of a particular case, in some orders known as nationwide injunctions, during a committee hearing on Tuesday. Nationwide injunctions are a fairly new concept that initially emerged in the 1960s. Scholars have not found an example of judges issuing nationwide injunctions in the first 175 years of the Republic, according to former Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The use of nationwide injunctions to block federal policies have become increasingly frequent after President Donald Trump took office in 2017. In the three years of his office, the administration has seen 55 nationwide injunctions issued against them. In contrast, an average of 1.5 such injunctions was issued per year against the administrations of Presidents Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush. Meanwhile, the administration of President Barack Obama faced about 20 nationw..

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DOJ Creates Unit Dedicated to Stripping Citizenship From Naturalized Terrorists, Other Criminals

The Department of Justice announced the creation of a new special section on Feb. 26, dedicated to stripping citizenship status from criminals who lied about their prior convictions on naturalization forms. The unit will target “terrorists, war criminals, sex offenders, and other fraudsters” who cheated their way into obtaining citizenship by concealing their criminal histories, according to a statement from the DOJ. “When a terrorist or sex offender becomes a U.S. citizen under false pretenses, it is an affront to our system—and it is especially offensive to those who fall victim to these criminals,” Assistant Attorney General Jody Hunt said in a statement. “The Denaturalization Section will further the Departments efforts to pursue those who unlawfully obtained citizenship status and ensure that they are held accountable for their fraudulent conduct.” The DOJ says the move was motivated by an anticipated increase in referrals for such cases from law enforcement agencies. The move..

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