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Final Fantasy XVI director Naoki Yoshida talks about his work on the latest entry in Square Enix’s Final Fantasy series The thing Naoki Yoshida is most excited about in Final Fantasy XVI is the eikon battles. In speaking to The Verge, Yoshida, the game’s director, talked about how earth-shattering, knock-down, drag-out fights between some of the franchise’s most

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Frances Haugen wants to train lawyers to fight Facebook

The whistleblower behind the Facebook Papers is now working to start a nonprofit, with the hopes of helping lawyers, researchers, and investors fight back against social media companies. Frances Haugen, the whistleblower who released a trove of internal documents and data from Facebook and testified in front of lawmakers about the social network’s behavior, is now looking to start a non-profit focused on holding companies like

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TikTok: Facebook wants to connect you, we just want to entertain you

Facebook is becoming more like TikTok, pushing its Reels feature at users hungry for short-form video. But TikTok is adamant it’s nothing like Facebook. While the latter is focused on social connections, TikTok says it’s all about entertainment. As titans of the social media world, Facebook and TikTok often invite comparison. But while Facebook is currently retooling its app to be more like its new rival, TikTok says it has no plans to become more like big blue. Speaking to CNBC,

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Elon Musk still wants out of his SEC settlement and is appealing the latest ruling

Elon Musk is appealing the latest decision in his case against the SEC. Musk wants out of a 2018 consent decree he agreed to while dealing with charges of securities fraud for tweeting about taking Tesla private. Other than running Tesla, SpaceX, and — perhaps at some point if the buyout is complete — Twitter, Elon Musk is staying busy with yet another appeal in his case against the SEC. His beef with the government agency is, as it has been for the last

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Sony wants around half its games to be on PC and mobile by 2025

Sony plans for as many as half of its games releases to be on PC or mobile by 2025, with the other half being on PS5. It comes as it’s stressed the importance of expanding beyond its own console, and to develop live service games. Sony plans for roughly half of its game releases to be on PC or mobile by 2025, according to a presentation given during the company’s annual investor day. A chart shown during the presentation suggests this would be a major increase from its

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Josh Hawley wants to punish Disney by taking copyright law back to 1909 and that sucks

I can’t believe I’m taking Disney’s side on anything I have been told to blog about Senator Josh Hawley’s new copyright bill, and I do this with nothing but the greatest reluctance. Normally, I love talking about copyright! I’ll talk about copyright all day long! [Ed note: And she does.] But

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VRR monitors are becoming ubiquitous, now VESA’s certification wants to make them good

VESA has a new certification program that’s designed to help customers find better variable refresh rate (VRR) monitors. It’s called the Adaptive-Sync Display Compliance Test Specification (or Adaptive-Sync Display CTS). VESA, the computer display organization behind standards like the DisplayPort interface, has a new certification program that’s designed to help customers find better variable refresh rate monitors. Unlike its previous HDR certification program,

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Biden wants to give state and local police access to drone-tracking tech

The Biden Administration is seeking to expand the list of government agencies with the authority to track drones and use counter-drone tech. President Biden’s administration called for Congress’s help in letting more law enforcement agencies access drone tracking systems on Monday. In recent months, government use of counter-drone systems has become more controversial after a

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Microsoft reportedly wants to bring ads to free-to-play Xbox games

Microsoft is reportedly developing an advertising program for "select" companies to insert non-disruptive ads into free-to-play games. Microsoft is reportedly working on a program that will let brands showcase advertisements within free-to-play Xbox games, according to a report from Insider. Sources familiar with the situation told Insider that the ads wouldn’t disrupt gameplay

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Google says attackers worked with ISPs to deploy Hermit spyware on Android and iOS

Researchers at Google’s Threat Analysis Group say attackers are working with internet service providers to deploy the commercial-grade Hermit spyware on both Android and iOS devices. A sophisticated spyware campaign is getting the help of internet service providers (ISPs) to trick users into downloading malicious apps, according to research published by Google’s Threat Analysis Group (TAG) (via TechCrunch). This corroborates

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Apple Music’s student plan is getting more expensive in the US, UK, and Canada

Apple Music is increasing the price of its subscription for students in the US, UK, and Canada. Students in the US and Canada now have to pay $5.99 / month, while subscribers in the UK will have to pay £5.99. Apple Music has raised the subscription price of its student plan in the US, UK, and Canada, as first reported by 9to5Mac (via TechCrunch). While it’s increasing the price from $4.99 to $5.99 / month in the US and Canada, student users in the UK

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