The lawsuit that could change Uber forever has a trial date

A California judge set a trial date for the class action lawsuit challenging the way Uber classifies its drivers as independent contractors. Judge Edward M. Chen ruled that the trial will start June 20th, 2016, and will last five weeks. The case, O’Connor v. Uber, gained some steam in March 2015 when Chen denied Uber’s motion for summary motion and in September when he certified the case as a class action.

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Author: Andrew J . Hawkins

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Black Ops 3 Nuketown Map is UK Exclusive at Retailer GAME

[Update]As noted by Eurogamer, since the publication of this story Activision has altered its official Black Ops 3 website to reflect that the Nuketown map is a pre-order exclusive at GAME.

The website now states “Players who pre-ordered or pre-purchased through participating retailers prior to the announcement of Nuketown will receive the map.”

Previously it read: “All players who pre-order or pre-purchase Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC will receive the Nuketown Bonus map for Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 multiplayer, including players who pre-ordered or pre-purchased prior to the announcement of Nuketown.”[Update ends]

General pre-orders on Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 in the UK will not include access to the Nuketown multiplayer map, as was previously indicated. Instead, only those that have put money down at high-street retailer GAME will have access to it.

Thus far, Activision has not highlighted this exclusivity and, instead, indicated the content would be available for simply pre-ordering, regardless of where. The support page on the game’s official website, for example, makes no mention of GAME-exclusivity in the UK. It simply states “all retail pre-order copies of Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 will include an in-box code to download Nuketown.”

Deals website UKVGDeals notes that, although retailer exclusivity is mentioned in a trailer for the map, it is in very small print at the end.

“GAME-exclusive for Nuketown content applies to physical or boxed copies of Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Standard Edition on PS4, Xbox One, and PC only, while stocks last,” the smallprint reads. It also notes that the exclusivity ends in “Spring 2016.”

Generally, publishers announce retailer exclusivity deals more prominently in marketing material, and tend to detail it in press releases. The retailer exclusivity for Nuketown, however, has been more ambiguous.

For those who have already pre-ordered ahead of its release on November 6, there may still be enough time to cancel and pre-order again, but at the risk of not receiving the game on launch day.

GAME also has Black Ops 3 priced at £49.99, which is little higher than other online competitors such as Amazon (£42.00) and ShopTo (£37.86). In-store prices for new releases at GAME are usually around £54.99.

Nuketown was first seen in the original Black Ops from 2010 and then again in Black Ops 2, where it was known as Nuketown 2025. The map also appeared in Black Ops Declassified as Nukehouse.

Although the new Nuketown is available as an Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC as a preorder bonus, it’s possible it will be released for everyone later as DLC.

Black Ops 3 launches on November 6 across all platforms.

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Author: Tamoor Hussain

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A prominent ad-blocker-blocker served malware to Economist readers

One of the web’s most prominent ad-blocking tools has been serving malware to Economist readers. In a message to subscribers, The Economist warned that anyone who visited the site between 11:52PM and 12:15AM GMT on Halloween night may have been exposed to malware. The malware was served as a result of a breach at Pagefair, a tool used to circumvent ad blockers.

The Economist was one of roughly 500 publishers affected by the breach, and Pagefair estimates 2.3 percent of users on the sites were affected. The malware itself was a modified version of the otherwise legitimate Nanocore remote-access tool, and Nanocore has since undone any resulting infections by disabling the offending account.

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Check Out New Trailer for Tarantino's The Hateful Eight

Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming The Hateful Eight has gathered together an impressive cast, and is set to hit cinemas in December. Now a new trailer has been released, that reveals more of this snowbound western tale. Check it out below:

The film stars Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Dern, Tim Roth, and Michael Madsen. It tells the story of eight strangers who take shelter in a Wyoming stagecoach stopover during a heavy blizzard. As well as being shot in the rarely used 70mm film format, it also marks the first western in 40 years to be scored by legendary composer Ennio Morricone.

In an interview with Vulure in August, Tarantino spoke about what has drawn him to make another western, following 2012’s Django Unchained. “There’s no real film genre that better reflects the values and the problems of a given decade than the westerns made during that specific decade,” he said. “I’m not trying to make Hateful Eight contemporary in any way, shape, or form. I’m just trying to tell my story. [But] it just happens to be timely right now. We’re not trying to make it timely. It IS timely.”

The film can be seen in cinemas from December 25 in 70mm prints, before expanding to digital theaters on January 8, 2016.

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Author: Dan Auty

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New trailers: The Hateful Eight, Chi-Raq, Star Wars, and more

I finally saw The Martian over the weekend and really loved it. It’s just a two-hour thrill ride where every obstacle is solved by science, which is really fun to watch (for more, you should read our review). The person I saw it with has a background in physics and was telling me later on how impressed she was with its scientific accuracy. In many ways, the movie feels like the perfect companion to Gravity, another movie about a character lost in space: where Gravity ignores science and focuses entirely on character, The Martian ignores character and focused entirely on science. You can consider either a negative, but both make it work to create a really thrilling experience.

But enough about movies that are already out — you’re here to…

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Author: Jacob Kastrenakes

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Brand New Star Wars: The Force Awakens Footage Revealed in International Trailer

The Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer that was revealed two weeks ago was supposed to be the final one before the film hits cinemas in December. But that has proved not to be the case–a new international trailer has been released, featuring quite a bit of previously unseen footage. Check it out here:

The new trailer includes fresh looks at stars John Boyega and Daisy Ridley, the villainous Kylo Ren, new voiceovers, plus Chewbacca blowing something up.

This follows hot-on-the-heels of new character posters, which were released earlier this week. Still absent is any sign of Luke Skywaker–last month director JJ Abrams confirmed that it was “no accident” that Mark Hamill has so far been missing from all promotional material.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens on December 18, 2015. The film also stars Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Max von Sydow, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fisher.

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Author: Dan Auty

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