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The American Ornithological Society has banned the naming of birds after people and, in true Year Zero style, has set about renaming the 263 species already so tainted by their association with white men.

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There's been no increase in air turbulence accidents for 30 years, according to official figures. But that didn't stop the Guardian and BBC claiming otherwise in their reporting on the Singapore Airlines incident.

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The European Space Agency has signed contracts with two European companies in a bid to get cargo back from the International Space Station (ISS) – hopefully before what is left of it is deorbited into the ocean.

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Microsoft's announcement of the new AI-powered Windows 11 Recall feature has sparked a lot of concern, with many thinking that it has created massive privacy risks and a new attack vector that threat actors can exploit to steal data.

Revealed during a Monday AI event, the feature is designed to help "recall" information you have looked at in the past, making it easily accessible via a simple search.

While it's currently only available on Copilot+ PCs running Snapdragon X ARM processors, Microsoft says they are working with Intel and AMD to create compatible CPUs.

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Security researchers reverse-engineered Apple's recent iOS 17.5.1 update and found that a recent bug that restored images deleted months or even years ago was caused by an iOS bug and not an issue with iCloud.

Despite widespread reports from users and tech outlets confirming the alarming issue, Apple remained silent about the root cause, failing to address people's valid concerns.

Today's report can now ease people's concern that Apple was indefinitely storing media users deleted a long time ago, which would have been a massive breach of privacy.

Apple fixed the bug in iOS 17.5.1, which was released on Monday.

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GitLab patched a high-severity vulnerability that unauthenticated attackers could exploit to take over user accounts in cross-site scripting (XSS) attacks.

The security flaw (tracked as CVE-2024-4835) is an XSS weakness in the VS code editor (Web IDE) that lets threat actors steal restricted information using maliciously crafted pages.

While they can exploit this vulnerability in attacks that don't require authentication, user interaction is still needed, increasing the attacks' complexity.

"Today, we are releasing versions 17.0.1, 16.11.3, and 16.10.6 for GitLab Community Edition (CE) and Enterprise Edition (EE)," GitLab said.

"These versions contain important bug and security fixes, and we strongly recommend that all GitLab installations be upgraded to one of these versions immediately."

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By: orraz
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By: orraz
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One very important argument Gun Owners for Trump cannot over-emphasize is that the president makes federal court nominations, including the Supreme Court, where vacancies are almost certain to occur over the next four-plus years. It is the U.S. Senate which confirms those nominations, and the party in majority can make that easy or difficult.

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