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Authors, Publishers Condemn the ‘National Emergency Library’ As ‘Piracy’

An anonymous reader quotes a report from NPR: Last week, when the Internet Archive announced its “National Emergency Library,” expanding access to more than a million digitized works, the group explained the move as a goodwill gesture in the time of coronavirus. With so many brick-and-mortar libraries forced to close their doors, in other words, the group was opening up ... Read More »

Dutch Museum Says Van Gogh Painting Stolen In Overnight Raid

The Singer Laren museum in Laren, east of Amsterdam, says thieves have made off with a prize Vincent van Gogh painting while the institution was closed to the public. artnet News reports: The break-in at the museum happened in the early hours of Monday morning, at around 3:15 a.m. The thieves smashed a large glass door at the front of ... Read More »

Valve Will Delay Some Steam Auto-Updates To Preserve Bandwidth

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Valve announced today that it won’t automatically update games in customers’ libraries as regularly as before to help preserve bandwidth during the novel coronavirus pandemic. Starting this week, Valve says Steam will only immediately auto-update games you’ve played in the last three days. Otherwise, Valve says Steam will be spreading out ... Read More »

FDA Issues Limited Emergency Use For Two Drugs Used To Treat Malaria

knorthern knight shares a report from CNN: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an emergency use authorization for chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine to treat patients hospitalized with COVID-19. […] Do the drugs work? In its statement, HHS said: “Anecdotal reports suggest that these drugs may offer some benefit in the treatment of hospitalized COVID-19 patients. The safety profile ... Read More »