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A divided federal appeals court is upholding a President Barack Obama-era regulation that barred e-cigarette smoking—also known as vaping—on both inbound and outbound US flights.

The US Department of Transportation officially banned electronic cigarettes on flights in March of 2016 to clear up any confusion as to whether they were also outlawed like traditional tobacco cigarettes.

The Competitive Enterprise Institute and the Consumer Advocates for Smoke-Free Alternatives sued, alleging Congress’ “no smoking” statute didn’t apply to e-cigarettes.

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The Punch Escrow releases on July 25. (credit: Inkshares)

The teleportation accident is an all-too-common trope of science fiction. The moral quandary of teleporters as “suicide boxes” and as potential human duplicators has been grist for many science fiction and speculative fiction writers, from George Langelaan’s 1957 short story “The Fly” to China Miéville’s 2010 novel Kraken (and yes, a few Star Trek episodes). But that trope has been given a fresh spin by Tal Klein in his debut novel, The Punch Escrow—fresh enough that, even before its release, the book was optioned for a film by Lionsgate.

A compelling, approachable human narrative wrapped around a classic, hard sci-fi nugget, The Punch Escrow dives into deep philosophical territory—the ethical limits of technology and what it means to be human. Cinematically paced yet filled with smart asides, Klein’s Punch pulls off the slick trick of giving readers plenty to think about in a suspenseful, entertaining package.

Watch out for those killer nanobots

Set in the year 2147, Punch is the story of Joel Byram, a self-described smart-ass who makes his futuristic currency as a sort of bot-whisperer. Byram works as an artificial intelligence “salter” who helps train AIs to master the art of human interaction through the use of jokes and language puzzles. He’s something of an AI interface hacker as a result, and he has the skills required to linguistically trick AIs into elevating his privileges and performing tasks they’d otherwise not.

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“Outlander” Season 3 will go through a transitional phase and will comprise of 13 episodes featuring time travel. Based on the bestselling books from renowned author, Diana Gabaldon, the Starz series will show time travel of the lead pairs, Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan. Check out more details! At the recently held Comic-Con, the executive […]

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OUKITEL K6000 Plus has been in the market for several months with grey and gold version. Due to its large battery, flash charge and tested quality, K6000 plus has been loved by many users. This month OUKITEL releases a new version for K6000 Plus – the Matte Black. The new version matte black design is […]

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Owing to the popularity of Bluboo S1 and taking advantage of the high search volume for the smartphone, BLUBOO is intensely preparing for their second full-screen model BLUBOO S8 that features 18:9 aspect ratio to deliver a more stunning visual experience. According to the exposed pictures, the general idea we can get is that they […]

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Project CARS 2 – the upcoming motorsport racing simulator video game developed by Slightly Mad Studios and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One – is all set to bring back the motorsport adrenaline rush. With 180 cars carefully curated from the world’s most elite brands – reflecting the […]

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Vascularized engineered human liver tissue that has self-organized into a lobule-like microstructure. (credit: Chelsea Fortin/Bhatia Lab/Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research)

Being able to grow your own new organs may be in reach—with some cellular assembly required.

With a carefully constructed clump of cells, mice grew their own functional human liver organoids in a matter of months, researchers report this week in Science Translational Medicine. The cellular organ seeds blossomed in the rodents, expanding 50-fold in that time. They appeared to form complex liver structures, tap into vasculature, and carry out the functions of a normal liver. The critical factor in getting the organoids to take root, the authors report, was having the seed cells arranged just right.

Though the organ seeds are far from any clinical application, researchers are hopeful that they’ll one day be able to engineer larger liver organs to treat patients with liver failure or damage.

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Russia is going to tighten controls on web services, on Friday, the parliament voted to prohibit web tools that could be used to surf outlawed websites.

Recently Russian authorities threatened to ban to ban Telegram because it refused to comply data protection laws.

On Friday, the Russia’s parliament voted to ban web tools that could be used by people to surf outlawed websites.

In the same day, the Duma also approved the proposed bill to oblige anyone using an online message service to identify themselves with a telephone number.

Russia is going to tighten controls on web services, for this reason, members the Duma passed the questionable bill. The bill will prohibit the use of any service from the Russian territory if they could be used to access blacklisted websites.

In case the law will be approved by the upper chamber of the Russian Parliament and by President Vladimir Putin, the Roskomnadzor will manage a list of anonymizer services and will ban them if they will be not compliant with access restrictions ordered by the Russian Government.

Privacy advocates groups fear the bill that is considered too restrictive and could open the door to a strict censorship, Government opposition groups heavily rely on such kind of technology to extend their protest abroad.

Let me close with a look at the Tor Metrics and Russia people accessing the popular anonymizing service.

Duma on outlawed websites Tor metrics

The data related to the top-10 countries by estimated number of directly-connecting clients shows that Russia is at the third place.

Country Mean daily users
United States 437521 (20.01 %)
United Arab Emirates 320743 (14.67 %)
Russia 213318 (9.76 %)
Ukraine 180847 (8.27 %)
Germany 176053 (8.05 %)
France 87925 (4.02 %)
United Kingdom 75001 (3.43 %)
Canada 41001 (1.88 %)
Netherlands 40586 (1.86 %)
Italy 37230 (1.70 %)
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A major global cyber attack has the potential to trigger $53 billion of economic losses, the equivalent to a natural disaster like 2012’s Superstorm Sandy.

Events like the massive Wannacry attack or the Ukraine power outage raise the discussion about the possible economic losses caused by a cyber attack.

According to a new report published by the Lloyd’s of London (“Counting the cost: Cyber exposure decoded”), a massive cyber attack on a global scale could cause an average of $53 billion of economic losses. a figure on par with a catastrophic natural disaster such as U.S. Superstorm Sandy in 2012, Lloyd’s of London said in a report on Monday.

“A major global cyber-attack has the potential to trigger $53 billion of economic losses, roughly the equivalent to a catastrophic natural disaster like 2012’s Superstorm Sandy, according to a scenario described in new research by Lloyd’s, the world’s specialist insurance market, and Cyence, a leading cyber risk analytics modelling firm.” states a blog post published by Lloyd’s of London.

The figure is disconcerting, experts compared it with losses caused by a natural disaster such as the Superstorm Sandy that hit the US in 2012.

“The report, co-written with risk-modeling firm Cyence, examined potential economic losses from the hypothetical hacking of a cloud service provider and cyber attacks on computer operating systems run by businesses worldwide.” reported the Reuters.

Insurers are trying to estimate the economic impact of a cyber attack and the potential exposure to cyber risks, and believe me, it is very difficult to do it due to the lack of historical data on such kind of incidents.

“This report gives a real sense of the scale of damage a cyber-attack could cause the global economy. Just like some of the worst natural catastrophes, cyber events can cause a severe impact on businesses and economies, trigger multiple claims and dramatically increase insurers’ claims costs. Underwriters need to consider cyber cover in this way and ensure that premium calculations keep pace with the cyber threat reality.” said Lloyd’s of London Chief Executive Inga Beale.

“We have provided these scenarios to help insurers gain a better understanding of their cyber risk exposures so they can improve their portfolio exposure management and risk pricing, set appropriate limits and expand into this fast-growing, innovative insurance class with confidence.”

According to Cyence, economic costs in the hypothetical cloud provider attack could reach $8 billion global cost for cases like  “WannaCry” ransomware that hit targets in more than 100 countries.

cyber attack WannaCrypt ransomware

Economic costs could include business interruptions and computer repairs.

In June, the “NotPetya” ransomware infected systems worldwide causing $850 million in economic costs.

According to the report, in the hypothetical cloud service attack, hackers delivered a malware into a cloud provider’s software that was designed to trigger system crashes among users a year later.

The malware then propagates among the provider’s customers, infecting systems in almost any industry, from financial services to healthcare

The experts estimated average economic losses caused by the disruption of the victims’ operations could range from $4.6 billion to $53 billion for massive cyber attacks.

“But actual losses could be as high as $121 billion, the report said.” continues the Reuters.

“As much as $45 billion of that sum may not be covered by cyber policies due to companies underinsuring, the report said.”

The report estimates average losses for a scenario involving a hacking of operating systems ranged from $9.7 billion to $28.7 billion.

“Lloyd’s has a 20 percent to 25 percent share of the $2.5 billion cyber insurance market,” added Beale.

 

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Enlarge / Alexandre Cazes, in an undated photo posted by his stepmother, Kathy Gauthier. (credit: Kathy Gauthier)

The stepmother of the late Alexandre Cazes told Ars that she and her husband have a hard time believing what American and European authorities have said about their son as a criminal suspect. The Department of Justice said Thursday that Cazes was behind the recently shuttered AlphaBay, the world’s largest underground drug website,

The DOJ also said that Cazes was arrested on July 5 in Thailand at his home outside Bangkok and apparently committed suicide while in a Thai jail on July 12.

In a brief French-language interview conducted over Facebook Messenger on Friday afternoon, Kathy Gauthier, of Trois-Rivières, Québec, said that Cazes was always a “good boy” who had no previous run-ins with the law.

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