Australia’s horrific new encryption law likely to obliterate its tech scene

Australia‘s government signed a bill into law last week giving law enforcement agencies the right to force technology companies to reveal users’ encrypted messages. Another way of putting it: Australia‘s tech scene will soon be located on the Wayback Machine. The law was introduced as the Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) Bill 2018, but now it’s official. And there’s a lot to be concerned about, even if you don’t live or work in Australia. The new law gives Australian law enforcement agencies the power to issue cooperation notices to technology entities with the purpose of gaining access…

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How Searching star John Cho became convinced computer screen movies weren’t just gimmicks

When the horror flick Unfriended came out in 2015, it seemed more like a stunt than a legitimate movie. The entire movie took place on a computer screen, with audiences watching from a first-person point of view as a user navigated from Facebook to Spotify and back again, all while chatting on a group Skype call. The movie serves up a modern take on I Know What You Did Last Summer, as a group of friends are picked off by a righteously angry former victim. But against all odds, the movie was actually entertaining and compelling, and it was followed by more “screen movies,” as producer Timur Bekmambetov called them at the time.

But neither Unfriended nor its dour 2018 sequel could have prepared audiences for Aneesh Chaganty’s Searching,…

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Google+ will die 4 months sooner thanks to new bug affecting 52 million users

After announcing in October it would be shuttering Google+, its little-loved social media site, Google today announced that, thanks to yet another security flaw, the end would have to come much sooner than originally expected. The site will now shut down completely in April, rather than August, and access to the API network will be cut off in the next 90 days. What could have happened to make Google hit the proverbial panic button? How about a bug that affects over 50 million users? According to David Thacker, Google’s VP of product management, a November software update contained a security bug…

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New Godzilla: King of the Monsters trailer showcases humongous monster showdown

Godzilla: King of the Monsters is gearing up to be a voracious showdown between some of cinema’s most infamous monsters, and a new trailer for the film demonstrates just how those fights will shape up.

The new trailer’s focus is on the impending battle between good kaiju and bad ones. King Ghidorah, the three-headed beast; giant insect Mothra; and Rodan, another peculiar-looking flying monster, are all prepared to launch attacks on each other. Look, Gareth Edwards’ 2014 Godzilla wasn’t exactly a cinematic masterpiece, but if Godzilla: King of the Monsters is just two hours of big monsters fighting each other, which is what this trailer promises, then I’ll be happy.

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