Day: April 20, 2020

China Rolls Out Pilot Test of Digital Currency

China’s central bank has introduced a homegrown digital currency across four cities as part of a pilot program, marking a milestone on the path toward the first electronic payment system by a major central bank. The Wall Street Journal reports: Internal tests of the digital currency are being conducted in four large cities around China…

Google pre-pandemic: User-Agent strings are so 1990s. Time for a total makeover. Google mid-pandemic: Ah, we’ll reschedule to 2021

Web disruption delayed due to coronavirus lockdown challenges Google’s Chrome team has delayed its User-Agent Client Hints (UA-CH) makeover until at least 2021 due to the impact of the COVID-19 coronavirus on the web development ecosystem.… …read more Source:: TheRegister

Games to break the boredom of quarantine: Up to half off on Jackbox games – CNET

Save $12 on Jackbox Party Pack 2 or $10 on Party Pack 6. Drawful 2 and Quiplash are each $5 off. …read more Source:: CNet

Mazda rotary engine stars in complex hybrid patent – CNET

Rotary engines aren’t very efficient, but Mazda has long said they could still serve a purpose. …read more Source:: CNet

Mootbot Botnet Targets Fiber Routers with Dual Zero-Days

Researchers saw several IoT botnets using one of the bugs in the wild after a proof-of-concept was published in March. …read more Source:: Threatpost

Facebook Will Ban Protests That Defy Government ‘Guidance’ On Distancing

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: A Facebook spokesperson told Motherboard over the weekend that the social network would allow protest events as long as they do not fall afoul of government guidance on social distancing, but will ban ones that do. “Unless the government prohibits the event during this time, we allow…

Maze Ransomware Attack Hits Cognizant

Cognizant has confirmed that a Friday evening Maze ransomware attack has disrupted its systems. …read more Source:: Threatpost

The best 2020 iPad deals: Grab a $70 discount on the iPad Mini – CNET

Apple’s smallest tablet is on sale for $330 — that’s an all-time low price. …read more Source:: CNet

Microsoft’s Plasma Bot asks recovered COVID-19 patients to help develop a possible cure – CNET

Antibodies in plasma from healed coronavirus patients could aid in others’ recovery. …read more Source:: CNet

Will Comic Books Survive Coronavirus?

As Marvel cuts staff and publishers stop selling new titles, artists, shop owners and writers worry for the future of an industry worth billions. From a report: There are no new comic books. Steve Geppi, head of Diamond Comic Distributors, which distributes nearly every comic sold in the anglophone world (or used to), announced this…