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Surgeons practice on 3D-printed models for kids' operations

(7 minutes ago)
Surgeons at Boston Children's Hospital started using 3D-printed copies of patients' affected body parts to prepare for procedures last year. Now, that move has helped save the lives of four children aged two months to 16 years old who suffered from...

Former Mt. Gox CEO arrested in Japan over missing bitcoin

(25 minutes ago)
It's been months since Tokyo police revealed their belief that the Mt. Gox bitcoin heist was an inside job, and tonight they arrested its former CEO, Mark Karpeles. Some 650,000 bitcoin still remain unaccounted for since the exchange shut down in 201...

JAXA Successfully Tests Its D-SEND Low-Noise Supersonic Aircraft

(49 minutes ago)
AmiMoJo writes: JAXA, the Japanese space agency, has successfully tested its low sonic boom demonstration aircraft D-SEND#2. The unmanned aircraft is floated up to 30,000m by balloon and released, falling back to earth and breaking the sound barrier in the process. The sonic boom created is measured on the ground. The project aims to halve the noise created by sonic booms, paving the way for future supersonic aircraft. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Lyft forgoes global expansion in favor of U.S. market domination (Heather Somerville/Mercury News)

(One hour ago)
Heather Somerville / Mercury News:Lyft forgoes global expansion in favor of U.S. market domination  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Lyft has walked back years of promises about a global expansion, and instead the car-booking company is doubling down on the U.S. market, hoping to beat its biggest foe here at home.

Kim Dotcom no longer involved with Mega, plans to create open-source, non-profit competitor (Owen Williams/The Next Web)

(2 hours ago)
Owen Williams / The Next Web:Kim Dotcom no longer involved with Mega, plans to create open-source, non-profit competitor  —  Kim Dotcom: 'I don't think your data is safe on Mega anymore'  —  In a Q&A session with Slashdot users this week, Kim Dotcom, the infamous former millionaire at the center of a US court case against Megaupload …

Trevor O'Brien, the Product Lead Running All Twitter Apps, Is Departing (Kurt Wagner/Re/code)

(3 hours ago)
Kurt Wagner / Re/code:Trevor O'Brien, the Product Lead Running All Twitter Apps, Is Departing  —  Another key product exec is leaving Twitter.  —  Trevor O'Brien, who joined Twitter a year and a half ago from YouTube and oversees product for Twitter's iOS and Android apps, is departing the company, according to multiple sources.

Former Mt. Gox CEO arrested in Japan over missing bitcoin

(3 hours ago)
It's been months since Tokyo police revealed their belief that the Mt. Gox bitcoin heist was an inside job, and tonight they arrested its former CEO, Mark Karpeles. Some 650,000 bitcoin still remain unaccounted for since the exchange shut down in 2...

In Korea, Smartphones Use Multipath TCP To Reach 1 Gbps

(3 hours ago)
An anonymous reader writes: Korean users are among the most bandwidth-hungry smartphone users. During the MPTCP WG meeting at IETF'93, SungHoon Seo announced that KT had deployed since mid June a commercial service that allows smartphone users to reach 1 Gbps. This is not yet 5G, but the first large scale commercial deployment of Multipath TCP by a mobile operator to combine fast LTE and fast WiFi to reach up to 1 Gbps. This service is offered on the Samsung Galaxy S6 whose Linux kernel includes the open-source Multipath TCP implementation and SOCKSv5 proxies managed by the network operator. Several thousands of users are already actively using this optional service. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Japanese Police Arrest Mark Karpelès of Collapsed Bitcoin Exchange Mt. Gox (Takashi Mochizuki/Wall Street Journal)

(4 hours ago)
Takashi Mochizuki / Wall Street Journal:Japanese Police Arrest Mark Karpelès of Collapsed Bitcoin Exchange Mt. Gox  —  Official says police allege he manipulated the company's computer system to inflate its assets  —  TOKYO—Japanese police on Saturday arrested Mark Karpelès, the head of collapsed bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox …

Anonymous Obama administration sources say US will retaliate against China for OPM hack and is weighing options that include breaching the Great Firewall (David E. Sanger/New York Times)

(4 hours ago)
David E. Sanger / New York Times:Anonymous Obama administration sources say US will retaliate against China for OPM hack and is weighing options that include breaching the Great Firewall  —  U.S. Decides to Retaliate Against China's Hacking  —  The Obama administration has determined that it must retaliate against China …

US reportedly planning to scare off China's hackers, somehow

(4 hours ago)
So how will the US government respond to a recent spate of attacks by hackers, including one that extracted an unprecedented amount of data on government employees from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM)? The LA Times and New York Times sugge...

Former CEO of collapsed Mt.Gox bitcoin exchange arrested in Japan: reports

(4 hours ago)
TOKYO (Reuters) - Mark Karpeles, the former head of defunct bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox, was arrested on Saturday in connection with the disappearance of hundreds of millions of dollars worth of the virtual currency, Japanese media reports said.

US reportedly planning to scare off China's hackers, somehow

(4 hours ago)
So how will the US government respond to a recent spate of attacks by hackers, including one that extracted an unprecedented amount of data on government employees from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM)? The LA Times and New York Times suggest...

Frontback announces they will not shut down, after signing an agreement with a new partner (Biz Carson/Business Insider)

(5 hours ago)
Biz Carson / Business Insider:Frontback announces they will not shut down, after signing an agreement with a new partner  —  Frontback, the once-hot startup that rejected a $40 million Twitter acquisition, is back from the dead  —  The selfie app Frontback has found a new partner and narrowly avoided shutting down.

FDA tells hospitals to ditch IV pumps that can be hacked remotely

(5 hours ago)
The Food and Drug Administration "strongly encourages" hospitals to stop using Hospira's Symbiq Infusion System, because it's vulnerable to cyberattacks that would allow a third party to remotely control dosages delivered via the computerized pumps. ...

You can delete Samsung's phone bloatware in China

(5 hours ago)
Samsung isn't waiting around for the verdict of a Chinese lawsuit over bloatware to take action. The company will offer patches in August that let local Android phone owners delete unwanted pre-installed apps on both the Galaxy Note 3, the example ci...

Microsoft Said to Invest About $100 Million in Startup Uber (Dina Bass/Bloomberg Business)

(6 hours ago)
Dina Bass / Bloomberg Business:Microsoft Said to Invest About $100 Million in Startup Uber  —  Microsoft Corp. has agreed to invest about $100 million in Uber Technologies Inc. at a valuation of approximately $50 billion, a person with knowledge of the matter said.  —  The deal was finalized earlier on Friday …

GasBuddy Has a New Privacy Policy (Spoiler: Not As Customer Friendly)

(6 hours ago)
An anonymous reader writes: GasBuddy has been a popular iOS and Android app for the last 5 years used to find the cheapest place to get gas. According to the Google Play store, there are over 10 million installs (in additions to the installs from Apple and Amazon's appstores). Now that they have a large enough number of users, GasBuddy has updated their privacy policy to allow them to collect more information. Some highlights of the privacy policy changes include: only 10 days for new terms to take effect (previously users were given 30 days to review the changes); collection of "signal strength related to Wifi or Bluetooth functionality, temperature, battery level, and similar technical data"; and [a warning that the company] will not honor a web browser's "do not track" setting. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Dropbox Arrives On Roku With An App For Viewing Your Personal Photos And Movies (Sarah Perez/TechCrunch)

(6 hours ago)
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:Dropbox Arrives On Roku With An App For Viewing Your Personal Photos And Movies  —  Dropbox has launched on the Roku, with an app that allows you to view the photos and videos you have stored in your account directly on your TV by way of Roku's streaming media player.

FDA tells hospitals to ditch IV pumps that can be hacked remotely

(6 hours ago)
The Food and Drug Administration "strongly encourages" hospitals to stop using Hospira's Symbiq Infusion System, because it's vulnerable to cyberattacks that would allow a third party to remotely control dosages delivered via the computerized pumps...

88,000 Nvidia Shield tablets recalled due to heat risk (Ian Paul/Greenbot)

(7 hours ago)
Ian Paul / Greenbot:88,000 Nvidia Shield tablets recalled due to heat risk  —  Put that slate down, Nvidia Shield Tablet users.  No, seriously—put it down.  It's being recalled.  —  Nvidia announced on Friday that Nvidia Shield tablets sold between July 2014 and July 2015 need to be sent back to the manufacturer.

Questioning the Dispute Over Key Escrow

(7 hours ago)
Nicola Hahn writes: The topic of key escrow encryption has once again taken center stage as former Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff has spoken out against key escrow both at this year's Aspen Security Forum and in an op-ed published recently by the Washington Post. However, the debate over cryptographic back doors has a glaring blind spot. As the trove of leaks from Hacking Team highlights, most back doors are implemented using zero-day exploits. Keep in mind that the Snowden documents reveal cooperation across the tech industry, on behalf of the NSA, to make products that were "exploitable." Hence, there are people who suggest the whole discussion over key escrow includes an element of theater. Is it, among other things, a public relations gambit, in the wake of the PRISM scandal, intended to cast Silicon Valley companies as defenders of privacy? Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Facebook says Flash security woes could hurt its business

(8 hours ago)
Earlier this month, a security vulnerability in Adobe Flash compelled Google and Mozilla to temporarily block the plug-in from their browsers. Now, Facebook says the problems with Flash could hurt its bottom line.

4th Amendment Lives: Court Tells US Government Get A Warrant If It Wants Mobile Phone Location Info (Mike Masnick/Techdirt)

(8 hours ago)
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:4th Amendment Lives: Court Tells US Government Get A Warrant If It Wants Mobile Phone Location Info  —  A potentially big ruling came out of the courtroom of Judge Lucy Koh yesterday, in which she affirmed a magistrate judge's decision to tell the government to get a warrant if it wants …

White House: government cybersecurity improving, more work to do

(8 hours ago)
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. federal agencies have increased cybersecurity measures since the hacking at the Office of Personnel Management, but more work is necessary to help prevent further attacks, the results of a 30-day effort to raise standards showed on Friday.

You can delete Samsung's phone bloatware in China

(8 hours ago)
Samsung isn't waiting around for the verdict of a Chinese lawsuit over bloatware to take action. The company will offer patches in August that let local Android phone owners delete unwanted pre-installed apps on both the Galaxy Note 3, the example...

Tor Project Pilots Exit Nodes In Libraries

(8 hours ago)
An anonymous reader writes: The Tor Project has announced a new initiative to open exit relays in public libraries. "This is an idea whose time has come; libraries are our most democratic public spaces, protecting our intellectual freedom, privacy, and unfettered access to information, and Tor Project creates software that allows all people to have these rights on the internet." They point out that this is both an excellent way to educate people on the value of private internet browsing while also being a practical way to expand the Tor network. A test for this initiative is underway at the Kilton Library in Lebanon, New Hampshire, which already has a computing environment full of GNU/Linux machines. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Yahoo's latest purchase is digital fashion community Polyvore

(8 hours ago)
Marissa Mayer opened up the Yahoo warchest once again, and this time it was to buy the "leading social shopping site," Polyvore. Yahoo's purchasing the whole kit and caboodle from the sounds of it too with Mayer writing on her Tumblr page that it's a...

Yahoo buys fashion website Polyvore

(8 hours ago)
(Reuters) - Yahoo Inc said on Friday it agreed to buy fashion start-up Polyvore to help drive traffic and strengthen its mobile and social offerings.

Yahoo buys fashion website Polyvore

(8 hours ago)
(Reuters) - Yahoo Inc said on Friday it agreed to buy fashion start-up Polyvore to help drive traffic and strengthen its mobile and social offerings.

Yahoo's latest purchase is digital fashion community Polyvore

(9 hours ago)
Marissa Mayer opened up the Yahoo warchest once again, and this time it was to buy the "leading social shopping site," Polyvore. Yahoo's purchasing the whole kit and caboodle from the sounds of it too with Mayer writing on her Tumblr page that it's...

Security researcher: Globalstar GPS at risk of hackers

(9 hours ago)
As is the case with seemingly anything that connects to the internet these days, a security researcher has found that GPS devices which connect to the Globalstar satellite network are vulnerable to man-in-the-middle hacking. According to Synack Inc...

Marine Corps finally declares the F-35B ready for combat

(9 hours ago)
After years of testing and development, production setbacks and cost overruns and more than half a trillion dollars invested, the F-35B fighter jet has finally passed its biggest milestone to date: it's achieved initial operational capability (IOC)...

Kim Dotcom promises to launch an open-source competitor to Mega

(9 hours ago)
Third time's a charm. Kim Dotcom -- creator of Megaupload and Mega file-sharing sites, New Zealand politician, US fugitive -- plans to launch a third cloud-storage company when his existing non-compete clause runs out at the end of the year. Dotcom...

HBO is selling 'Game of Thrones' S5 downloads earlier than usual

(9 hours ago)
In another sign that HBO is trying to convert some of the numerous Game of Thrones pirates into paying customers, the network announced that season five will be the first one available for downloaders to own before it hits DVD and Blu-ray. It's act...
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