Four new ‘Adventure Time’ specials are heading to HBO Max

Just one week after it secured the rights to Studio Ghibli's back catalog, WarnerMedia's HBO Max has landed another much-loved animated franchise. Starting next year, the streaming service will be the exclusive home of four new Adventure Time special…

Firefox 70 brings Enhanced Tracking Protection and longer battery life

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Enlarge / Mozilla is taking a pretty huge bite out of the current generation of tracking tools. Let the arms race continue! (credit: Mozilla)

Yesterday Mozilla released Firefox 70. The newest version of the most-popular fully open source browser expands on the Enhanced Tracking Protection we saw as an option in Firefox 69 and turns that protection on by default for all users. We already saw most of these new features in our Firefox 70 beta coverage, but since then, the features have been expanded upon and fine-tuned, and major new features have appeared or have been added in the Lockwise online password manager for users who have a Firefox cloud account.

In addition to automatically generating pseudorandom passwords for you, saving them, and automatically filling out login forms with them, Lockwise continuously scans the Internet for password and database dumps that might contain leaked copies of your credentials. Lockwise does this by comparing a hash of each of your passwords to hashes of the passwords in the dumps and leaks—so you don’t have to worry about Mozilla itself, or its employees, “knowing” your password.

We really like David Murphy of Lifehacker’s idea of setting Firefox’s homepage to about:protections. That way, the Privacy Report becomes the content of any new tab created before you actually head to a website. This makes it that much more likely you’ll actually see the information and notice everything from changes to how sites are tracking you to whether your credentials have been leaked somewhere.

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F1 Will Stream This Weekend’s Mexican Grand Prix Coverage For Free On Twitch, But Not In The U.S.

Formula One has been progressively getting with the times lately, including its own streaming service, and the apparent next step in that process is to put race coverage up on Twitch. F1 will do that for this weekend’s Mexican Grand Prix, streaming all of the coverage for free in six different countries.

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Republicans storm ultra-secure “SCIF,” some with cellphones blazing

The US House of Representatives.

Enlarge / The US House of Representatives. (credit: Wally Gobetz / Flickr)

On Wednesday, Republican lawmakers committed a major breach of security when they carried cell phones as they tried to storm a secure room where a closed-door impeachment hearing with a Defense Department official was taking place.

At least one House member, Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida, got inside the Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF) in the basement of the House of Representatives. Despite strict rules barring all electronics inside such closed-off areas, Gaetz openly tweeted: “BREAKING: I led over 30 of my colleagues into the SCIF where Adam Schiff is holding secret impeachment depositions. Still inside—more details to come.”

A picture published by The New York Times showed a man identified as a House Republican holding up his phone as if taking pictures or video as he entered the secure room. A sign on the door of the room said: “Cameras and other recording devices prohibited without proper authorization.” The room has lockers outside the doors where people are required to store electronics before entering.

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‘Law & Order’ creator Dick Wolf is getting into scripted podcasts

TV super-producer Dick Wolf is getting into the fictional podcast game. The creator of the Law and Order franchise and his company Wolf Entertainment are co-producing a scripted podcast with Endeavor Audio called Hunted.

Bethesda hopes you’ll pay $100 a year for private ‘Fallout 76′ worlds

Bethesda is betting that Fallout 76 fans are willing to pay extra for creature comforts — so much so that they'll pay more than they did for the base game. The developer has launched a Fallout 1st subscription that offers a few exclusive convenienc…

Bethesda rolls out $100/year subscription for Fallout 76 with private servers

Since this subscription service is based in the <em>Fallout</em> universe, it's radiation that has made the mascot's hand so crazy, not greed, we swear.

Enlarge / Since this subscription service is based in the Fallout universe, it’s radiation that has made the mascot’s hand so crazy, not greed, we swear. (credit: Bethesda)

As the video game Fallout 76 approaches its first anniversary this November, its makers at Bethesda have routinely promised its online playerbase a way to pay for private servers. That promised service finally got a name (and a price) on Wednesday: Fallout 1st will become available for existing Fallout 76 players on November 1 for either $99.99/year or $12.99/month.

The service’s headline feature is “private worlds,” though these don’t quite operate the same way you might expect from a paid, private-server service like Minecraft Realms. Instead of having one person pay to operate a specific, always-online server, a paying member will be able to create a private Fallout 76 instance, then invite up to seven other players (including non-subscribers) to join that instance. For that gameplay instance to persist, however, at least one of its players must be a paying Fallout 1st member; as soon as all subscribers log out, the instance will disconnect.

It’s unclear whether Fallout 1st instances will hold onto progress in the cloud. We’d like to know whether JonSub can log in, play Fallout 76 in a private instance for a while, then invite JaneSub to play, leave the instance, and come back in a few days and still see the fruits of JaneSub’s progress in that shared instance.

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The Mitsubishi Mi-Tech Is An Open Top SUV With A Turbine Generator

What are buggies going to look like in 20 years? Mitsubishi has an idea, and it’s calling the Mitsubishi Mi-Tech, an open-top SUV that has been stripped of doors and possesses a gas-powered turbine engine. All that to say: they’re going to be badass.

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Some of the best video game ideas come from a Twitter philosopher

Pippin Barr is what happens when you hand a philosopher a video game controller. He received a Ph.D in Computer Science in 2008 with a thesis titled, Video Game Values: Play as Human-Computer Interaction. He's built a tongue-in-cheek series of games…

Anti-vaccine doctor charged with gross negligence over bogus exemptions

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Enlarge / A hypodermic needle sits on a tray next to a bandage and an alcohol wipe. (credit: SELF Magazine, Heather Hazzan / Flickr)

A San Diego-based doctor who single-handedly wrote at least a third of the area’s vaccine exemptions has now been charged with gross and repeated negligence by California’s state medical board. The news was first reported by the non-profit new organization Voice of San Diego.

In the charging documents, the board accuses Dr. Tara Zandvliet of gross and repeated negligence for granting a permanent vaccine exemption for a 4-year-old girl based on irrelevant family medical information. The board also alleges Zandvliet failed to maintain adequate and accurate medical records and conducted herself in an unethical and inappropriate way that “demonstrates an unfitness to practice medicine.”

As Ars reported earlier this year, an investigation by Voice of San Diego found that Zandvliet had issued 141 of the area’s 486 medical vaccine exemptions since 2015. The second-highest number of medical exemptions by a single doctor in the area was 26. In the charging document, the board noted that Zandvliet admitted to issuing around 1,000 medical exemptions as of June 2019.

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