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The Wolf’s Call – UK Paperback Released Today

The UK paperback edition of The Wolf’s Call – Book One of The Raven’s Blade – is released today by Orbit.

Buy here:  Amazon.co.uk  –  Hive.co.uk  –  WaterstonesWH Smith

Other formats and US editions can be found on The Wolf’s Call book page.

Congratulations to the winners of the signed book giveaway who have already been notified. Any mailing list subscribers should check their spam folders to make sure they haven’t missed out on a prize.

In other giveaway news, ACE/Roc is running an epic fantasy giveaway for five hardcovers including the US edition of The Wolf’s Call (open to US readers only). Check it out here: https://sweeps.penguinrandomhouse.com/enter/epic-fantasy-giveaway

Categories: Fiction for Fun

Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For

Explore the searchable Fortune List – “Over the 23 years we’ve been publishing this list with our partners at Great Place to Work, we’ve found three things to be true. Inclusion has become the gold standard for employee-centric companies. The bar rises every year. And no, workplace happiness is not a myth. Read on to see what defines a Best Company—and how yours could become one. (Plus: They’ve got 91,425 jobs open now!)…”

Categories: Law and Legal

Carnegie Mellon built ‘opt-out’ system for nearby tracking devices

engadget: “It’s getting easier to control what your smart home devices share, but what about the connected devices beyond your home? Researchers at Carnegie Mellon’s CyLab think they can give you more control. They’ve developed an infrastructure and matching mobile app (for Android and iOS) that not only informs you about the data nearby Internet of Things devices are collecting, but lets you opt in or out. If you’re not comfortable that a device in the hallway is tracking your presence, you can tell it to forget you. The framework is cloud-based and lets stores, schools and other facilities contribute their data to registries…”

Categories: Law and Legal

Ring now requires two-factor sign-ins for its home security devices

engadget: “Ring is continuing its bid to improve privacy and security after facing criticism. As of today, the Amazon brand will start requiring two-factor authentication for all users when they sign into their Ring accounts. When the feature reaches you this week, you’ll always get a six-digit code sent to either your email or (less recommended) SMS in order to complete the login process. This move will seem more than a little familiar when Nest announced a similar requirement just a week earlier, but it’s still good news when it promises to raise the baseline security for Ring’s smart home devices. The company will also offer more control over data sharing. It’s immediately “pausing” the use of the majority of third-party analytics services in its apps and website while it devises more ways to opt out of that sharing in its Control Center. You should see those tighter controls in early spring. This week, you can also opt out of sharing data for targeted advertising. There’s a good chance you’ll see some ads regardless, but they won’t be aimed at you…”

Categories: Law and Legal

The Hardest Thing About Being a Judge? What Courts Say About Sentencing

Law.com: “It is just not a natural or everyday thing to do—to pass judgment on people, to send them to prison or not,” one federal appeals judge once remarked. Here’s a look at how judges across courts have described the challenge of sentencing, as Roger Stone prepares to learn his fate…”

Categories: Law and Legal

Israel Is Eager To Annex West Bank Lands, But U.S. Says To Wait For Israeli Election

The Trump Mideast plan would recognize Israeli sovereignty of settlements and lands Palestinians want for a future state, but the administration urged Israel to hold off until after Israel's election.

(Image credit: Menahem Kahana/AFP via Getty Images)

Categories: Just News

The Democratic Debate, a New Plan for Student Debt, and More News

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 02/19/2020 - 18:07
Catch up on the most important news from today in two minutes or less.
Categories: Just News

What's A 'Super-Spreading Event'? And Has It Happened With COVID-19?

At least 11 cases of the viral disease are linked to a British man's ski trip to the Alps after attending a conference in Singapore.

(Image credit: K.Y. Cheng/South China Morning Post via Getty Images)

Categories: Just News

Pop Smoke, Rising New York Rapper, Dead At 20

The young rapper, who had just released his second mixtape, Meet The Woo 2, was reportedly killed in the early morning on Wednesday.

(Image credit: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

Categories: Just News

Imagine Otherwise: Sasha Costanza-Chock on Design Justice

How can putting marginalized people at the very center of design and technology change the world for the better? Sasha Costanza-Chock discusses their book, Design Justice.

Listen to the Ideas on Fire Podcast

Categories: Tech-n-law-ogy

How to Watch Tonight's Nevada Democratic Primary Debate  

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 02/19/2020 - 16:03
Six candidates take the stage in Las Vegas tonight, including Mike Bloomberg with his DNC debate debut.
Categories: Just News

Coronavirus Update: Diamond Princess Passengers Leave Ship As Expert Slams Quarantine

A total of 621 people from the cruise ship have now been confirmed to have COVID-19 — or about 20% of the 3,011 people who had been tested for the coronavirus disease as of Wednesday.

(Image credit: Clare Hedger/via Reuters)

Categories: Just News

Hunt For New Coronavirus Treatments Includes Gene-Silencing And Monoclonal Antibodies

The new coronavirus has spurred biotech labs in universities and companies to try to find new approaches to stopping the virus — from blocking its key enzymes to interfering with its genetics.

(Image credit: Rani Levy)

Categories: Just News

The Broadband Industry Is Suing Maine Over a Web Privacy Law

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 02/19/2020 - 15:00
Groups claim the state law, scheduled to take effect in July, violates First Amendment protections and the Supremacy Clause of the constitution.
Categories: Just News

How Nevada Democrats Hope To Avoid Iowa's Tech Errors

Reporters were given a preview of a mock caucus with the actual worksheet, posters that will be in use, and the iPad calculator that will help with the caucus math.

(Image credit: Joe Buglewicz/AP)

Categories: Just News

Barr Has Considered Resigning Over Trump's Remarks

A spokeswoman says the attorney general has "no plans to resign," but the news adds to questions about the politicization of the Justice Department in this administration.

(Image credit: Susan Walsh/AP)

Categories: Just News

Physicists Take Their Closest Look Yet at an Antimatter Atom

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 02/19/2020 - 11:00
Scientists at CERN found a way to trap hydrogen’s mirror twin, antihydrogen, long enough to study it in greater detail than ever before.
Categories: Just News

The Wide-Ranging Ways In Which The Coronavirus Is Hurting Global Business

Some factories are beginning to reopen, but labor shortages continue. In a recent poll of U.S. companies by Shanghai's American Chamber of Commerce, 78% said they lack staff to resume full production.

(Image credit: Amy Cheng/NPR)

Categories: Just News

Newlywed Police Officers Cut Date Night Short To Stop Armed Robber At Restaurant

"We just looked at each other: 'Is this what's going on? Let's go,' " Elizabethtown (Ky.) Detective Chase McKeown said, describing how he and his wife acted to stop a man with a gun.

(Image credit: Louisville Metro Police Department)

Categories: Just News

Jupiter's Equator

NASA Image of the Day - Wed, 02/19/2020 - 09:57
Thick white clouds are present in this JunoCam image of Jupiter's equatorial zone.
Categories: Just News

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