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Sources: United Airlines hit with cyberattack from OPM hackers

Sources: United Airlines hit with cyberattack from OPM hackers

The hackers responsible for the massive data breach against the U.S. Office of Personnel Management reportedly also hit United Airlines with a cyberattack, doing so at about the same time that they targeted the US government. The hackers are also said to be responsible for the breach that took place against insurance provider Anthem, ultimately leaving them with a massive amount of data on both government workers and insured Americans alike. According to multiple sources, United Airlines spotted a breach in its computer system in May or June, and the resulting investigation found the China-based hackers were responsible.

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Five Nights at Freddy’s movie director tipped: Gil Kenan

Five Nights at Freddy’s movie director tipped: Gil Kenan

In early April, it was announced that the mild horror game Five Nights at Freddy’s will be turned into a movie by Warner Bros., which acquired the film rights earlier this year. That rights acquisition wasn’t just a move to cut off other potential studios — Warner Bros. is actively working on production plans, and we’ve already been teased by what they include. Seth Grahame-Smith, David Katzenberg, and Roy Lee have already been revealed as on-board, and now the film’s director has been leaked.

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Amazon Dash buttons launch for all Prime members

Amazon Dash buttons launch for all Prime members

In case you thought those Amazon Dash buttons would turn out to be an elaborate joke, Amazon has made them officially official: any Prime subscriber can now buy them for $5, and once the button arrives they can then use it to spend more money on whatever the related product is. So, essentially, you’ll pay money for this so that you can more easily spend money later. Or something like that. The buttons are available for a variety of products: toilet paper, laundry detergent, macaronic and cheese. The important things in life.

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Windows 10’s bundled Solitaire includes advertisements

Windows 10’s bundled Solitaire includes advertisements

Solitaire comes with Windows 10, but it's not the Solitaire you've come to know and love. The latest version of Windows includes Microsoft's Solitaire Collection bundled, and as it did in Windows 8.1, the free version will come with a side order of advertisements. If you don't like the advertisements, you don't have to put up with them -- Microsoft will let you pay a subscription fee to drop the ads and get some relatively pointless digital coins and in-game boosts.

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Netflix: BoJack renewed, Longmire inbound, and more

Netflix: BoJack renewed, Longmire inbound, and more

Netflix has detailed some big upcoming additions that (most of) its subscribers can expect. BoJack Horseman has been renewed for a third season, for example, showing that Netflix has been successful with its original animation for adults. It has a slew of other original content inbound, as well, including the long-awaited return of Longmire, which was picked up by Netflix after being canceled by its network. That series, however, will only be available to view in the US, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia.

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King’s Quest: Chapter 1 for PS3, PS4 now available

King’s Quest: Chapter 1 for PS3, PS4 now available

As promised, the first chapter of the reimagined King’s Quest game has arrived for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, offering a family friendly storyline that revolves around old King Graham and the stories he tells his young granddaughter, Gwendolyn. King Graham’s stories detail his own adventures from his younger days, and gamers get to play out those adventures, doing so in a game that “blends art, gameplay, and storytelling”. Old fans and new alike will enjoy the title, says The Odd Gentlemen’s founder Matt Korba.

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Nintendo sees surprise profit: has Splatoon, 3DS, amiibo to thank

Nintendo sees surprise profit: has Splatoon, 3DS, amiibo to thank

Nintendo detailed its latest quarterly financial details today, revealing a surprise upswing in revenue as quarterly sales increased more than 20-percent and net profit hit 8.28 billion yen (versus last year’s 9.9 billion yen loss for the same quarter). Nintendo largely has a combination of weaker yen and a sharp rise in new game sales to thank, the latter of which was led by the widespread success of Splatoon. As expected, amiibo — which gained several new figures over the past couple months — also helped the video game company.

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AT&T says throttling your data is harmless

AT&T says throttling your data is harmless

Last month AT&T was hit with a $100 million fine from the FCC due to its erstwhile data throttling plan (which hadn’t won it any favors with subscribers). The problem with the throttling was where AT&T chose to apply it: to “unlimited data” plans, which, per their name, should not be subjected to data limitations. AT&T doesn’t offer unlimited data plans any longer, and it has made it clear it doesn’t want the remaining grandfathered plans to remain. As such, the wireless carrier is now pushing back against the FCC.

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Facebook reduces ‘Happy Birthday’ to a mindless button press

Facebook reduces ‘Happy Birthday’ to a mindless button press

Facebook has allowed you to forget when most birthdays are, and it has reduced birthday wishes from phone calls and cards to posts on timelines. Now it has taken that distant and simplified well wishing to an even lower level, reducing it to — if the well-wisher wants — a single button press. That single button press will result in the most generic birthday wish one could give: a stock “Happy Birthday!” post and nothing more. It will take hardly two seconds of your time; you’ll probably forget you did it moments after pressing send.

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Lenovo Flex 3 11 Review – small, flexible, and ready for business

Lenovo Flex 3 11 Review – small, flexible, and ready for business

Lenovo has introduced a number of low-cost laptops recently, and if you're considering getting one of them, look no further than the Lenovo Flex 3 11. This small laptop starts at $299 USD, a starting price shared by the IdeaPad 100 and some other machines, but with a couple improvements: it has a touchscreen display, for example, and a higher-end design with things like brushed metal palm rests and faux metal hinge covers. Does the performance match its business-chic design, or is it more of the same? Read our review to find out!

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