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Can Disney’s Circle really deliver a porn-free Internet?

Enlarge / Can the Mouse keep your house safe from the sketchy parts of the Internet? (credit: Aurich Lawson / Getty) Filtering out the bits of human knowledge you don’t like and leaving all the bits you do is a deceptively difficult task; it’s one of the classic “I may not know art, but I know what I (don’t) like” ...

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Half a century after Apollo, why haven’t we been back to the Moon?

Enlarge / Since Apollo, NASA’s human spaceflight plans for deep space have been all hat and no cattle. Unlike this photo of two cattle in Johnson Space Center’s Rocket Park. (credit: NASA) The 50th anniversary of NASA’s historic landing on the Moon—this Saturday, July 20th—provokes a decidedly bittersweet feel. Certainly, this marks an appropriate moment to pause and celebrate a ...

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My browser, the spy: How extensions slurped up browsing histories from 4M users

Enlarge (credit: Aurich Lawson / Getty) When we use browsers to make medical appointments, share tax returns with accountants, or access corporate intranets, we usually trust that the pages we access will remain private. DataSpii, a newly documented privacy issue in which millions of people’s browsing histories have been collected and exposed, shows just how much about us is revealed ...

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Dealmaster: All the best Amazon Prime Day 2019 tech deals we can find

Enlarge (credit: Ars Technica) Greetings, Arsians! Your friendly neighborhood Dealmaster is back and reporting for bargain-hunting duty—and boy, is he going to need some extra coffee. That’s because today marks the start of Amazon Prime Day 2019, the increasingly misnamed sales event that sees the nation’s largest online retailer discount products beyond number to Black Friday-level prices midsummer. This year’s ...

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War Stories: Designing Dead Cells was a marriage of man and machine

Video shot by Justin Wolfson, edited by John Cappello. Click here for transcript. Is it better to build a game by hand, piece by piece, or to program a computer that can build that game for you? In the cast of MotionTwin’s Dead Cells, the answer is a little mix of both. In Ars Technica’s latest War Stories video, Motion ...

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Justice John Paul Stevens, dead at 99, promoted the Internet revolution

Former Supreme Court justice John Paul Stevens died Tuesday at the age of 99. During Stevens’ tenure on the high court, which stretched from 1975 to 2010, Stevens had a huge impact on legal issues affecting the technology sector. Tonight we’re republishing a lightly edited version of our 2010 story that originally marked his retirement from the Supreme Court. In ...

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There’s a big problem with Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency

Enlarge (credit: Getty / Aurich Lawson) Mark Zuckerberg is known for his boundless ambition. He’s had a longstanding fascination with Caesar Augustus, the Roman emperor who (in Zuckerberg’s words) “established 200 years of world peace.” So having conquered social networking, Zuckerberg has his eyes on something bigger: reshaping the global financial system. Payment services from rivals like Apple and Google essentially ...

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Buzz Aldrin is looking forward, not back—and he has a plan to bring NASA along

Enlarge / Buzz Aldrin wants NASA to go somewhere. (credit: Hubert Vestil/Getty Images) Just after Memorial Day this year, I began talking regularly with the pilot of the first spacecraft to land on the Moon. We had spoken before, but this was different—it seemed urgent. Every week or two, Buzz Aldrin would call to discuss his frustration with the state ...

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