Technology 

Netflix, Will Smith bring the blockbuster home with ‘Bright’ – CNET

As far as early film screenings go, this one’s a bit unorthodox. I’m in Hollywood to watch Netflix’s “Bright,” a buddy cop film starring Will Smith as a grizzled veteran and Joel Edgerton as his orc partner. (You read that right, a goblin cop.) The movie will be released three days before Christmas, but I get to watch it now. Rather than filing into a traditional theater, I enter a small screening room on the sixth floor of Netflix’s Hollywood offices. There are a half-dozen plush leather chairs decorated with…

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Technology 

Disney’s gobbling of Fox will shake up your streaming universe – CNET

With Disney buying Fox, are your online video options about to resemble a map of Disneyland? Disney knows its future is streaming. Even before Thursday’s tectonic deal to buy large swaths of 21st Century Fox for $52.4 billion, Disney was already laying the groundwork to move into online entertainment in a big way. It has its own streaming services for sports and for television and film on their way next year and in 2019.   After the Fox takeover is complete, Disney will have unprecedented dominion over the movies and…

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Technology 

Kodi just issued a fresh WARNING to its users, here’s what you need to know

KODI Kodi has advised users about how to protect the software and add-ons from security risks Kodi fans have been put on alert and advised about how to protect themselves from possible security risks hitting the software and add-ons. The Kodi surge continues without any sign of stopping, as users continue to ditch paid TV for the online player. Recent research suggested Kodi – which offers access to thousands of channels – is being used in more than five million UK homes. Kodi software is not illegal, but developers can…

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Technology 

Judd Apatow returns to stand-up comedy on Netflix – CNET

Time-traveling Judd Apatow watches himself perform his comedy special. He knew he could do the special because he saw himself do it before.  Mark Seliger Welcome back to your guide to finding out what’s new online. Every week, we put together a podcast that lets you know what’s been added to services like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime. The audio is about a minute or two long.  Judd Apatow is virtually a household name. If his name isn’t known, his work definitely is, with hits like “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” “Knocked…

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Science 

Engineers program tiny robots to move, think like insects

While engineers have had success building tiny, insect-like robots, programming them to behave autonomously like real insects continues to present technical challenges. Engineers have recently been experimenting with a new type of programming that mimics the way an insect’s brain works, which could soon have people wondering if that fly on the wall is actually a fly.

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Top Stories World 

Disney pays billions for Fox’s big names

The Walt Disney Co. wants Bart Simpson, the “X-Men” and the National Geographic Channel, and on Thursday confirmed that it will pay $52.4 billion to buy them and other big-name brands and programming from Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox. Disney is hoping to own as much entertainment and sports as it can, and then deliver it on television channels, in movie theaters and, most important, on its direct-to-consumer streaming video system. Consumers are watching less live television and more programming through the internet. Disney is trying to make sure that…

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Top Stories World 

Disney will pay billions for 21st Century Fox’s big names

The Walt Disney Co. wants Bart Simpson, the “X-Men” and the National Geographic Channel, and on Thursday confirmed that it will pay $52.4 billion to buy them and other big-name brands and programming from Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox. Disney is hoping to own as much entertainment and sports as it can, and then deliver it on television channels, in movie theaters and, most important, on its direct-to-consumer streaming video system. Consumers are watching less live television and more programming through the internet. Disney is trying to make sure that…

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Technology 

Brave browser offers to boost your online search privacy – CNET

The Brave browser has a new way to protect your privacy online: an option to use the DuckDuckGo search engine by default in private tabs. Private browsing, also known as incognito in Google’s Chrome browser, is a special browser mode that doesn’t leave traces of your browsing history on your computer. But Brave Software says searches with DuckDuckGo will help keep your personal behavior details from leaking out onto websites, too. “A lot of people think their searches aren’t tracked in private browsing mode. Unfortunately, that’s not true,” DuckDuckGo Chief…

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Space 

Registering C-band dishes a costly, cumbersome task for customers, SES says

WASHINGTON — If the U.S. Federal Communications Commission wants a more accurate database of C-band satellite dishes, it should make the process of registering those dishes less expensive and time-consuming, fleet operator SES said Dec. 6. In a letter recounting a Dec. 4, meeting between Luxembourg-based SES and representatives of the FCC, SES argued that its C-band customers have little incentive to register their dishes, since registration is a voluntary process that can cost over $1,000 per site. The FCC is pushing for an updated registry of C-band users to…

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Top Stories World 

How North Korea recruits its army of young hackers

SEOUL, South Korea — Teenage math whiz Ri Jong Yol was a solid candidate to join Kim Jong Un’s army of elite hackers. He had just won silver for the third year in a row at the world’s premier high school mathematics championship, the International Mathematical Olympiad, which was held in Hong Kong in 2016. But the night before he was supposed to return to North Korea with his team, the 18-year-old walked off the campus of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and defected. Students participate in…

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