Linux PC boost: 27 new Lenovo ThinkStation and ThinkPads come preloaded with Ubuntu LTS

Ubuntu-loaded ThinkPad and ThinkStation devices will be available to purchase directly from Lenovo.


Lenovo’s P920 ThinkStation is one of several Lenovo devices that will be bundled with Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

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Lenovo has expanded its Linux certification program to include 27 additional ThinkPad and ThinkStation series PCs preinstalled with Canonical’s Ubuntu LTS operating system.  

The device range includes 13 ThinkStation and ThinkPad P Series workstations as well as 14 ThinkPad T, X, X1 and L Series laptops. Previously only accessible to enterprises via a customized bid, members of the public will soon be able to buy Ubuntu devices directly from Lenovo’s website.

Most will come preinstalled with Ubuntu LTS 20.04, with the exception of the L Series, which will ship with version 18.04. Ten-year security patching will be offered by Lenovo. 

Availability begins this month and will continue rolling in phases out of the course of next year.  


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DOJ unveils Trump administration’s legislation to reform tech’s legal liability shield

  • The Department of Justice proposed new legislation Wednesday to reform a key legal liability shield for the tech industry known as Section 230.
  • The draft legislation comes after Trump introduced an executive order targeting social media.
  • The DOJ’s proposed reforms echo some legislation that has already been introduced by lawmakers.

a man wearing a suit and tie: Attorney General William Barr appears before the House Oversight Committee on Capitol Hill, in Washington, U.S., July 28, 2020.

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Attorney General William Barr appears before the House Oversight Committee on Capitol Hill, in Washington, U.S., July 28, 2020.

The Department of Justice proposed legislation Wednesday to reform a key legal liability shield for the tech industry known as Section 230.


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The draft legislation focuses on two areas of reform. First, it aims to narrow the criteria online platforms must meet to earn the liability protections granted by Section 230. Second, it would carve out the statute’s immunity for certain cases, like offenses involving child sexual abuse.

Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act

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A new lawsuit may force YouTube to own up to the mental health consequences of content moderation

For big tech platforms, one of the more urgent questions to arise during the pandemic’s early months was how the forced closure of offices would change their approach to content moderation. Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter all rely on huge numbers of third-party contract workers to police their networks, and traditionally those workers have worked side by side in big offices. When tech companies shuttered their offices, they closed down most of their content moderation facilities as well.

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Happily, they continued to pay their moderators — even those who could no longer work, because their jobs required them to use secure facilities. But with usage of social networks surging and an election on the horizon, the need for moderation had never been greater. And so Silicon Valley largely shifted moderation duties to automated systems.

The question was whether it would work — and

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ZeniMax’s ‘Orion,’ and how it will boost Microsoft’s Xbox cloud streaming

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We almost missed this one.

Microsoft shook the industry this week when it revealed its $7.5 billion acquisition of ZeniMax Media, which gives it the rights to legendary IP like The Elder Scrolls, DOOM, Fallout, and all of the talented studios known for making these epic, lasting experiences. One of the biggest criticisms of Xbox since practically forever has been the quality of its internal portfolio, which leaned incredibly heavily on Halo as its primary exclusive offering. With ZeniMax under its belt, that narrative is well and truly shattered — but there’s another vastly important aspect to this acquisition that is being overlooked.

At its 2019 E3 showcase, Bethesda revealed Orion, its patented cloud streaming SDK, which it says its easy to integrate into existing games. Bethesda claims Orion allows games to run at “max settings” with minimal bandwidth usage, even if you live far

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Elon Musk says full self-driving Autopilot is coming soon


The first million-mile electric car battery may not be far away from hitting the road and it’s likely in a Tesla.


The full-self driving car is about to take a step closer to reality.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk said Tuesday that the test version of company’s Autopilot system will be released in “a month or so.” While he didn’t describe its capabilities, Musk said that once it’s out, “you’ll see what it’s like. It’s amazing. It’s clearly going to work.”

A number of startups and established automakers have been racing to develop self-driving technology. While it has been fielded in tests, a system that completely drives the car in all circumstances without driver input is yet to become a feature on popular cars. Tesla’s current system requires drivers to always pay attention behind the wheel and, frankly, it’s not clear how far Tesla’s next step will go.


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Bill Belichick expects Patriots to have hands full with Raiders’ TE Darren Waller, ‘Nobody does more than this guy’

Patriots coach Bill Belichick didn’t need to see Darren Waller’s 12 catch, 103-yard receiving performance Monday night to know his team had a challenge on its hands when New England hosts the Las Vegas Raiders and Waller, Sunday at 1 p.m.

“He’s really really tough.  It’s been a long time since we’ve seen a guy like this. He’s really got great receiver skills, he played receiver and always got a lot of length like a like a big receiver does, but he’s got very good quickness and blocks very competitively. He’s not afraid to mix it up,” Belichick said. “So he’s definitely more than a receiver playing tight end. He’s got all the skills that can come inside. He’s a very good inside receiver which sometimes the wideouts have trouble making that move in there.”

Waller, who played in an option system at Georgia Tech, wasn’t expected to be a

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NC State football: Wolfpack preps for unfamiliar Va. Tech

As of now, Dave Doeren and N.C. State are preparing for its Saturday game at No. 20 Virginia Tech.

With the way things are going, especially for the Hokies, those plans could come to a halt at any time.

On Monday, Virginia Tech coach Justin Fuente told the media “We will not have a full roster. I hope we’re able to play.”

So far this season, Virginia Tech has had two games rescheduled (including one against the Wolfpack) due to the coronavirus pandemic and has yet to play in a game.

The Hokies’ game against N.C. State, originally scheduled for Sept. 12, was postponed after the Wolfpack shut down sports for a week because of a coronavirus cluster within its athletics department.

The Hokies were then supposed to open their season this past weekend against Virginia, but those plans got nixed — this time because of coronavirus cases at

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Tesla Battery Day: What we could see from Elon Musk

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Things are stirring at Tesla.


As we approach Tesla’s Battery Day, scheduled for Sept. 22, we’ve already heard a lot about what could make an appearance at CEO Elon Musk’s next big event. While we probably won’t learn much about Tesla cars specifically, there could be news on breakthrough technology for the batteries that power them — or perhaps the company’s intentions to expand further into the energy-storage business.

With just a couple weeks to go, we decided to round everything up to put what we could see or hear about at the event in one place. We’re updating this as we hear more.

A Tesla ‘Biscuit Tin?’

On Wednesday, photos of a potential new battery cell Tesla plans to build itself showed up on the internet. Simon Moores, managing director of Benchmark Mineral, a price reporting agency for the lithium-ion battery industry, dubbed it the “Biscuit Tin,” because

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What Georgia Tech players said after the Central Florida game

“I just ran a little option route on the first touchdown. There was nobody in the zone. Or if it is was man, I was going to go right in there. Since it was zone, I just looked for an open space to get in and (Jeff Sims) threw it me. Luckily, I caught it and scored. The run touchdown, I had some great blocks. Shout out to (tight end Jack) Coco. I did the rest from there. Great blocks downfield from the receivers, too.”

Safety Juanyeh Thomas

On his interception:

“I was just doing my job in coverage. Props to our d-lineman who got the hands on the ball to make it go up and then I had the back and I just came through and scooped it up.”

On responding to the loss:

“We’re just going to get back to work tomorrow. Honestly, we haven’t been here before,

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Stocks Hit Six-Week Low as Tech Slide Accelerates: Markets Wrap

(Bloomberg) — Technology shares pushed U.S. stocks to a six-week low as investors searched for new catalysts to give direction to global markets. The dollar strengthened and Treasuries were little changed.

The S&P 500 fell for a third day after fluctuating between gains and losses ahead of a so-called “quadruple witching” on Friday, a quarterly event that typically fuels trading and sometimes volatility as large derivatives positions roll over. Losses accelerated after the benchmark index fell below its 50-day moving average. The Nasdaq 100 also closed below that technical threshold. Oracle Corp. edged lower after the U.S. said it will ban some transactions over TikTok, and it would be shut down unless a deal is concluded by Nov. 12. Apple Inc. and Microsoft Corp. weighted on the Nasdaq Composite.

“Investors are facing a conflict between this incredibly high level of uncertainty but also a fear of missing out, fear the

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