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Apple To Appeal Five-Year-Long Patent Battle After $439.7 Million Loss

/. - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 2:20pm
Appel has been ordered to pay $439.7 million to the patent-holding firm VirnetX for infringing on four patented technologies that were apparently used in FaceTime and other iOS apps. According to The Verge, Apple plans to appeal the ruling -- continuing this long-running patent battle, which began back in 2012. From the report: VirnetX first filed suit against Apple in 2010, winning $368 million just two years later. It then sued again in 2012, which is the suit that's being ruled on today. Apple initially lost the suit, then filed for a mistrial. It won a new trial, lost that trial, was ordered to pay around $300 million, then lost some more and is now having that amount upped even further. That's because a judge found Apple guilty of willful infringement, bumping its payment amount from $1.20 per infringing Apple device to $1.80 per device. Those include certain iPhones, iPads, and Macs. VirnetX says the ruling is "very reasonable." Apple didn't issue a statement other than to say that it plans to appeal. While $440 million isn't a lot of money for Apple, there's principle at stake here: VirnetX is a patent troll that makes its money from licensing patents and suing other parties. The company's SEC filing states, "Our portfolio of intellectual property is the foundation of our business model."

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Kaspersky Lab Finds Flash Vulnerability Through Microsoft Word

/. - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 1:40pm
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Neowin: Kaspersky Lab, which has been under fire by the U.S. government as possibly being an agent of the Russian government and spying on U.S. computers, has found a previously unknown bug in Adobe Flash that was apparently exploited by a hacker group on October 10. Adobe issued a patch to fix the bug today. According to Kaspersky, "the exploit is delivered through a Microsoft Word document and deploys the FinSpy commercial malware." The company worked with Adobe to get a patch ready as quickly as possible, with Adobe releasing it a few hours ago. Users and agencies running the following versions of Adobe Flash will need to update immediately, as the vulnerability has been labeled as critical. The patch updates all versions of Adobe Flash to version

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eBay Launches Authentication Service To Combat Counterfeit High-End Goods

/. - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 12:20pm
Ecommerce giant eBay has launched a previously announced service designed to combat the scourge of fake goods on the platform. From a report: eBay has proven popular with fake goods' sellers for some time, with fashion accessories and jewelry featuring highly on counterfeiters' agenda. The company announced eBay Authenticate way back in January with a broad focus on giving "high-end" goods an official stamp of approval prior to sale. Ultimately designed to encourage buyers to part with cash on expensive items, it uses a network of professional authenticators who take physical receipt of a seller's products, validates them, and then photographs, lists, and ships the goods to the successful buyer. For today's launch of eBay Authenticate, the service is only available for luxury handbags from 12 brands, including Chanel, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Prada, and Valentino, though the program will be expanded to cover other luxury goods and brands from next year. "With tens-of-thousands of high-end handbags currently available, eBay is primed to boost customer confidence in selling and shopping for an amazing selection of designer merchandise," noted Laura Chambers, vice president of consumer selling at eBay. "We also believe our sellers will love this service, as it provides them with a white-glove service when selling luxury handbags."

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Heaps of “Black Panther” Trailer Screen Caps

Dark Horizons - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 11:46am

Following this morning’s debut of the second trailer for Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” film, a gallery of screen captures is now up showing off some of the stunning designs and costumes in display in the new preview.

“Black Panther” follows T’Challa who returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to take his place as King. Ryan Coogler and Joe Robert Cole co-wrote the screenplay with Coogler directing.

Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Sterling K. Brown, Florence Kasumba and Andy Serkis star in the film which opens February 16th 2018.

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Turturro To Lead “Name of the Rose” Remake

Dark Horizons - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 11:45am

Acting veterans John Turturro and Rupert Everett along with young actor Damien Hardung (“The Red Band Society”) have scored the lead roles in a new high-end TV adaptation of Umberto Eco’s period thriller novel “The Name of the Rose” for Wild Bunch TV.

Turturro will play 14th century Franciscan monk William of Baskerville who investigates a series of grisly murders in a Northern Italy Benedictine abbey. Hardung plays Benedictine novice Adso of Melk and Everett plays the antagonist Inquisitor Bernard Gui.

Veteran Italian TV helmer Giacomo Battiato will direct the eight episode English-language seried which boasts a $27 million budget and will be produced by Matteo Levi and Carlo Degli Esposti. Andrea Porporati and Nigel Williams co-wrote this adaptation with Eco supervising the screenplays before his passing.

Filming begins in January at Cinecitta Studios in Rome. The project was previously adapted for the big screen by Jean-Jacques Annaud in 1986. That notably dark and brutal film starred Sean Connery as William, Christian Slater as Adso, F. Murray Abraham as Bernard and Michael Lonsdale and Ron Perlman in supporting roles.

Source: Variety

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“The Alienist” Sets A January Premiere

Dark Horizons - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 11:44am

While Netflix’s just launched “Mindhunter” series goes back to the early days of profiling at the FBI, TNT’s upcoming high-profile series “The Alienist” winds the clock back nearly a century earlier to look at the earliest days of criminal and forensic psychology.

Based on the best-selling book by Caleb Carr, the story is set in 1896 New York during the Gilded Age and follows an unlikely trio – a psychologist (Daniel Bruhl), a newspaper reporter (Luke Evans), and a female police officer (Dakota Fanning) – in their hunt for a serial killer responsible for the gruesome murders of boy prostitutes.

Brian Geraghty, Douglas Smith, Matthew Shear and Q’orianka Kilcher co-star in the series helmed by Jakob Verbruggen (“Black Mirror”). TNT has now released the show’s full official trailer along with announcing a January 22nd premiere date.

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Jolie To Voice “The One and Only Ivan”

Dark Horizons - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 11:42am

Angelina Jolie will produce and lend her voice to Disney Pictures’ “The One and Only Ivan,” a live-action/animation hybrid film adaptation of the 2011 Newbery Medal-winning novel by Katherine Applegate.

Inspired by the true story of a captive gorilla known as Ivan, the illustrated novel follows the animal who has spent twenty-seveb years behind the glass walls of his enclosure in a shopping mall and has grown accustomed to humans watching him. He hardly ever thinks about his life in the jungle.

Instead, Ivan occupies himself with television, his friends Stella (Jolie) and Bob, and painting. But when he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from the wild, he is forced to see their home, and his art, through new eyes.

Thea Sharrock (“Me Before You”) directs from a script by Mike White (“School of Rock”) while Allison Shearmur (“Cinderella”) also produces. Jolie is about to begin filming on “Maleficent 2” also for Disney.

Source: THR

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del Toro Planning A Michael Mann Documentary

Dark Horizons - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 11:41am

Appearing at the Lumiere Film Festival this week, Cannes Film Festival director Thierry Fremaux has revealed that filmmaker Guillermo del Toro is making a documentary about filmmaker Michael Mann.

At present there’s no word if it’s a full feature, or part of an extra feature for a home video release. Fremaux presented the director’s cut of Mann’s “Heat” at the festival where he revealed the news.

It comes as a bit of a surprise as the pair, though admirers of each other’s work and seemingly friends, are artistically very dissimilar in their work’s tone and approach beyond a similar meticulous attention to detail.

There’s recently been a push to see the little seen director’s cut of Mann’s 2015 film “Blackhat” score a disc release, but so far there’s no word on if it will happen.

Source: Telerama

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EPA Says Higher Radiation Levels Pose 'No Harmful Health Effect'

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Readers share a report: In the event of a dirty bomb or a nuclear meltdown, emergency responders can safely tolerate radiation levels equivalent to thousands of chest X-rays, the Environmental Protection Agency said in new guidelines that ease off on established safety levels. The EPA's determination sets a level ten times the drinking water standard for radiation recommended under President Barack Obama. It could lead to the administration of President Donald Trump weakening radiation safety levels, watchdog groups critical of the move say. "It's really a huge amount of radiation they are saying is safe," said Daniel Hirsch, the retired director of the University of California, Santa Cruz's program on environmental and nuclear policy. "The position taken could readily unravel all radiation protection rules." The change was included as part of EPA "guidance" on messaging and communications in the event of a nuclear power plant meltdown or dirty bomb attack. The FAQ document, dated September 2017, is part of a broader planning document for nuclear emergencies, and does not carry the weight of federal standards or law.

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Google Chrome for Windows Gets Basic Antivirus Features

/. - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 11:00am
Google is rolling out a trio of important changes to Chrome for Windows users. From a report: At the heart of these changes is Chrome Cleanup. This feature detects unwanted software that might be bundled with downloads, and provides help with removing it. Google's Philippe Rivard explains that Chrome now has built-in hijack detection which should be able to detect when user settings are changes without consent. This is a setting that has already rolled out to users, and Google says that millions of users have already been protected against unwanted setting changes such as having their search engine altered. But it's the Chrome Cleanup tool that Google is particularly keen to highlight. A redesigned interface makes it easier to use and to see what unwanted software has been detected and singled out for removal.

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Leave It To the Heat to Dull Autumn's Glory

/. - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 10:17am
It's autumn. Somebody tell the trees. From a report: Ordinarily, two signals alert deciduous trees that it's time to relinquish the green hues of summer in favor of autumn's yellows, oranges and reds. First, the days begin to grow shorter. Second, the temperature begins to drop. But this year, unseasonably warm weather across most of the U.S. has tricked trees into delaying the onset of fall's color extravaganza. Temperatures in the eastern half of the country have been as much as 15 degrees above normal since mid-September, and the warmth is expected to persist through the end of October. The unfortunate result for leaf peepers is a lackluster fall. Two kinds of pigments produce the season's liveliest foliage. Carotenoid, responsible for yellows and oranges, is always present in leaves but is usually masked by chlorophyll. The initial trigger for its appearance is shorter days. Anthocyanin, responsible for reds and deep purples, is different. Not all deciduous trees have this pigment, and those that do manufacture it from scratch in the fall. The primary trigger for its appearance is lower temperatures. Without that cooling cue, the colors of maple and other species that generally ignite New England with brilliant reds this time of year are likely to fizzle.

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Millions of High-Security Crypto Keys Crippled by Newly Discovered Flaw

/. - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 9:37am
Slovak and Czech researchers have found a vulnerability that leaves government and corporate encryption cards vulnerable to hackers to impersonate key owners, inject malicious code into digitally signed software, and decrypt sensitive data, reports ArsTechnica. From the report: The weakness allows attackers to calculate the private portion of any vulnerable key using nothing more than the corresponding public portion. Hackers can then use the private key to impersonate key owners, decrypt sensitive data, sneak malicious code into digitally signed software, and bypass protections that prevent accessing or tampering with stolen PCs. The five-year-old flaw is also troubling because it's located in code that complies with two internationally recognized security certification standards that are binding on many governments, contractors, and companies around the world. The code library was developed by German chipmaker Infineon and has been generating weak keys since 2012 at the latest. The flaw is the one Estonia's government obliquely referred to last month when it warned that 750,000 digital IDs issued since 2014 were vulnerable to attack. Estonian officials said they were closing the ID card public key database to prevent abuse. On Monday, officials posted this update. Last week, Microsoft, Google, and Infineon all warned how the weakness can impair the protections built into TPM products that ironically enough are designed to give an additional measure of security to high-targeted individuals and organizations.

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Teaser: Netflix Western Event Series “Godless”

Dark Horizons - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 8:49am

The first trailer has arrived for “Godless,” the upcoming western drama series executive produced by Steven Soderbergh and completely written and directed by “Out of Sight” scribe Scott Frank.

Jeff Daniels plays notorious criminal Frank Griffin who, along with his gang of outlaws, are on a mission of revenge against his traitorous former protege Roy Goode (Jack O’Connell).

Roy seeks refuge with hardened widower Alice Fletcher (Michelle Dockery), an outcast herself, in a worn-down, isolated New Mexico mining town governed mainly by women.

When word reaches La Belle that Griffin is headed their way, the town bands together to defend against the murderous gang in a lawless western frontier.

Scoot McNairy, Sam Waterston, and Kim Coates co-star in the project which will mark Netflix’s first official original limited series (there is no second season planned). All the episodes will land on the service on November 22nd.

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“Stranger Things” S2 Clip Shows Eleven’s Escape

Dark Horizons - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 8:49am

Netflix has debuted a new clip from the second season of “Stranger Things” which features actress Millie Bobby Brown intro-ing a scene of her as Eleven as she escapes the Upside Down.

Set in 1984, a year after Will’s return, everything seems back to normal. However a darkness lurks just beneath the surface and threatens all of Hawkins, Indiana.

All nine episodes of the second season will hit the streaming service on October 27th.

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Craig Wants Bellucci Back For Next Bond?

Dark Horizons - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 8:48am

Daniel Craig reportedly wants Monica Bellucci to return in the next James Bond movie according to The List.

Bellucci had a small but key role as Lucia Sciarra in “SPECTRE,” the widow of an assassin for the sinister organisation whom Bond killed in the opening sequence.

Sentenced to death by SPECTRE, Bond saves her from execution and then somewhat forcefully seduces her. She’s last seen with Bond telling her to meet with CIA agent Felix Leiter who will put her some place safe.

At the time of filming “Spectre”, Craig was 47 and Bellucci was 51 which made her the oldest Bond girl to date, albeit one very age appropriate for Craig. Her role was only small though with then 30-year-old Lea Seydoux becoming the film’s main Bond girl.

Craig is coming back as 007 for one final outing and he is reportedly keen for Bellucci, 53, to reprise her role opposite him. A source tells The Mirror Online: “He wants Monica Bellucci back, that’s for sure.”

A source for the paper also says: “Bond needs to keep up with the times and will be looking into Elon Musk’s world, spacecrafts, planes that can fly across the earth in an hour, cars turning into submarines. That’s what we need to include now. Daniel’s stunts are going to move to a new level… He’s involved every step of the way, as he always is, and he’s bursting with enthusiasm and excitement.”

The next Bond film is reportedly aiming to begin filming sometime next year for a late 2019 release.

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“Mindhunter” S2 To Deal With Atlanta Murders

Dark Horizons - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 8:47am

Netflix’s David Fincher-produced “Mindhunter” series launched this past weekend to strong reviews and good buzz with its exploration of the early days of the FBI’s criminal profiling unit.

Jonathan Groff and Holt McCallany play a pair of FBI agents who set out to interview imprisoned serial murderers, looking to gain insight into how they think and why they did what they did in order to catch others like them.

The series has already been renewed for a second season, and Fincher tells Billboard that the next batch of episodes will tackle at least one very famous case:

“Next year we’re looking at the Atlanta child murders, so we’ll have a lot more African-American music which will be nice. The music will evolve. It’s intended to support what’s happening with the show and for the show to evolve radically between seasons.”

In the case, at least 28 African-American children, adolescents, and adults were killed in a variety of ways from 1979 to 1981. Ultimately the culprit was caught by FBI agent John E. Douglas, upon whom Groff’s character Holden Ford is based.

Fincher ran the writer’s room and helmed four of the ten episodes of the first season, but it’s unclear if he will be as involved in the second season – especially with his commitment to helm the “World War Z” sequel which films next year.

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Astronomers Strike Gravitational Gold In Colliding Neutron Stars

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For the first time, scientists have caught two neutron stars in the act of colliding, revealing that these strange smash-ups are the source of heavy elements such as gold and platinum. From a report: The discovery, announced today at a news conference and in scientific reports written by some 3,500 researchers, solves a long-standing mystery about the origin of these heavy elements -- which are found in everything from wedding rings to cellphones to nuclear weapons. It's also a dramatic demonstration of how astrophysics is being transformed by humanity's newfound ability to detect gravitational waves, ripples in the fabric of space-time that are created when massive objects spin around each other and finally collide. "It's so beautiful. It's so beautiful it makes me want to cry. It's the fulfillment of dozens, hundreds, thousands of people's efforts, but it's also the fulfillment of an idea suddenly becoming real," says Peter Saulson of Syracuse University, who has spent more than three decades working on the detection of gravitational waves. Albert Einstein predicted the existence of these ripples more than a century ago, but scientists didn't manage to detect them until 2015. Until now, they'd made only four such detections, and each time the distortions in space-time were caused by the collision of two black holes. That bizarre phenomenon, however, can't normally be seen by telescopes that look for light. Neutron stars, by contrast, spew out visible cosmic fireworks when they come together. These incredibly dense stars are as small as cities like New York and yet have more mass than our sun. Further reading: 'A New Rosetta Stone for Astronomy' (The Atlantic), and Gravitational Wave Astronomers Hit Mother Lode (Scientific American).

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“Walking Dead” Crossover Character Revealed?

Dark Horizons - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 8:46am

The third season finale of AMC’s prequel spin-off series “Fear the Walking Dead” may have revealed which character from which series will be showing up in the franchise’s first real crossover.

Earlier this month at New York Comic Con, creator Robert Kirkman revealed that one character from one of the shows would turn up on the other one next season and it’s going to be “a huge event in the world of The Walking Dead”.

While there’s still no official word regarding which character will appear on which show, the season finale srongly suggests that former “The Walking Dead” regular Abraham Ford (Michael Cudlitz), who met his fate at the end of Negan’s baseball bat Lucille, will soon appear on ‘Fear’.

Abraham revealed on the main show he spent the early days of the apocalypse surviving in a grocery store in Houston with his wife and children who were ultimately killed. In the ‘Fear’ S3 finale, several characters made references to Houston and the group is currently at the Mexican-American border heading north desperate to find a new home.

‘Fear’ the Walking Dead will return for its fourth season with new showrunners and former “The Walking Dead” showrunner Scott Gimple in place as an executive producer in 2018. “The Walking Dead” premieres its eighth season on October 22nd on AMC.


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The One “Hannibal” Death NBC Didn’t Allow

Dark Horizons - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 8:46am

When it was on the air, there was literally no other show quite like NBC’s “Hannibal” which tore the hinges off the door in terms of graphic content done with an astonishingly artistic flair.

Far more like a high-end cable drama than an NBC series, the show about Thomas Harris’ famed cannibalistic serial killer Hannibal Lecter was bloody and violent in stunning ways. It frequently skirted the line of what was technically appropriate for television, and in doing so redefined what the horror genre was capabale of on the small screen.

Kudos has to go to NBC for being supportive in lettting showrunner Bryan Fuller push the envelope every week. In a new interview with EW, Fuller has revealed that there was only one time that the network put their foot down on showing off a murder on screen in the series – back during the first season episode “Roti”.

The episode was going to see Dr. Abel Gideon (Eddie Izzard) lure tabloid blogger Freddie Lounds (Lara Jean Chorostecki) to a psychiatrist’s office wherein she would spring an elaborate death mechanism by activating a ceiling fan that attached to a wound in the victim’s abdomen – in the process the spinning fan would rip out his intestines:

“[It] essentially disembowels him by spinning the fan, all in one fell swoop. That was the only one where NBC was like, ‘I just don’t know how you’re going to do it.’ We would have pushed back if we also hadn’t been told that financially we didn’t know how we could afford to produce such a gag, because you have intestines swinging around a ceiling fan.”

Ultimately they settled on the simpler ‘Colombian necktie’ murder in which a victim’s throat was slit and their tongue pulled out through the gash. There has been talk about “Hannibal” returning at some point, but nothing official has been stated.

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