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Banks balance security and workflow when encrypting in the cloud

(3 days ago)
When financial institutions store data in the cloud, they use different kinds of encryption depending on security and workflow requirements, according to a new report from CipherCloud.

Mozilla CEO: Windows 10 Strips User Choice For Browsers and Other Software

(3 days ago)
puddingebola writes: Mozilla CEO Chris Beard has sent an open letter to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella complaining about the default settings in Windows 10. Users who upgrade to 10 will have their default browser automatically changed to the new Edge browser. Beard said, "We appreciate that it’s still technically possible to preserve people’s previous settings and defaults, but the design of the whole upgrade experience and the default settings APIs have been changed to make this less obvious and more difficult. It now takes more than twice the number of mouse clicks, scrolling through content and some technical sophistication for people to reassert the choices they had previously made in earlier versions of Windows. It’s confusing, hard to navigate and easy to get lost. ... We strongly urge you to reconsider your business tactic here and again respect people’s right to choice and control of their online experience by making it easier, more obvious and intuitive for people to maintain the choices they have already made through the upgrade experience. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Philae delivered crucial comet data despite its bumpy landing

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Philae had a bumpy landing on the 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko comet last November, but that didn't stop it from relaying some important data back to Earth. Papers published in the journal Science reveal how scientists, using the data collected by Phila...

Space drones will collect samples from planets and asteroids

(3 days ago)
While Curiosity's doing a great job on the red planet, there are still areas it can't go to, such as steep cliffs/hills and locations hidden by permanent shadows. That's why the engineers at NASA Kennedy Space Center's Swamp Works laboratory are deve...

Appeals court upholds Microsoft's $14.5M jury verdict against Motorola in patent royalty case (Bloomberg Business)

(3 days ago)
Bloomberg Business:Appeals court upholds Microsoft's $14.5M jury verdict against Motorola in patent royalty case  —  Microsoft Beats Google as Patent Royalty Case May Aid Consumers  —  Microsoft Corp. won an appeals court ruling that may lower the rates many electronics makers pay to license technology considered standard in smartphones and computers.

Neiman Marcus case a reminder to check your cyber coverage

(3 days ago)
In a decision that should send major corporations to double-check their cyberinsurance, a federal appeals court ruled Monday that retail customers could go ahead and file a class-action lawsuit against Neiman Marcus in the wake of last year's data breach.

Anti-Virus Firm BitDefender Admits Breach, Hacker Claims Stolen Passwords Are Unencrypted (Thomas Fox-Brewster/Forbes)

(3 days ago)
Thomas Fox-Brewster / Forbes:Anti-Virus Firm BitDefender Admits Breach, Hacker Claims Stolen Passwords Are Unencrypted  —  BitDefender, a much-respected anti-virus firm, has leaked a portion of its customers' usernames and passwords after facing an extortion attempt by a hacker, going by the name DetoxRansome.

Google Rejects French Order For 'Right To Be Forgotten'

(3 days ago)
Last month, French data protection agency CNIL ordered Google to comply with the European "right to be forgotten" order by delisting certain search results not just on the European versions of Google's search engine, but on all versions. Google has now publicly rejected that demand. CNIL has promised a response, and it's likely the case will go before local courts. Google says,This is a troubling development that risks serious chilling effects on the web. While the right to be forgotten may now be the law in Europe, it is not the law globally. Moreover, there are innumerable examples around the world where content that is declared illegal under the laws of one country, would be deemed legal in others: Thailand criminalizes some speech that is critical of its King, Turkey criminalizes some speech that is critical of Ataturk, and Russia outlaws some speech that is deemed to be "gay propaganda." If the CNIL's proposed approach were to be embraced as the standard for Internet regulation, we would find ourselves in a race to the bottom. In the end, the Internet would only be as free as the world's least free place. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Uber is betting $1 billion to expand in India

(3 days ago)
Uber has big plans for India -- specifically, $1 billion worth. The taxi-hailing company announced last night that it would make the investment to expand its ridership in India to 1 million rides per day by 2016. Currently, estimates put Uber at arou...

Why Does SQL Injection Still Exist?

(3 days ago)
After having spent the last two weeks in Asia I find myself sitting in a hotel room in Tokyo pondering something. I delivered a few talks in Singapore and in Manila and was struck by the fact that we're still talking about SQL injection as a problem.

Mozilla slams Microsoft over Windows 10's default browser switcheroo

(3 days ago)
Mozilla yesterday went public with its complaint about Windows 10 resetting the default browser, calling it "disturbing" and demanding that it "undo its aggressive move to override user choice."

Blue Moon: What Makes It So Special

(3 days ago)
There's a reason why "once in a blue moon" is a saying and the night sky on Friday will prove it.

Recon Jet smart glasses get the GoPro controller app they deserve

(3 days ago)
Recon Instruments makes tech-friendly snow and cyclist headwear with built-in GPS, displays and more. Recon's Jet glasses even have a camera on board -- but it's limited to 15-second videos. Riders, runners and powder-fiends who own either the Snow2 ...

A Robot That Can Walk and Jump On Water

(3 days ago)
Taco Cowboy writes: Researchers from Seoul University and Harvard have constructed tiny robots that can walk across the surface of standing water, and even jump into the air. The robots were designed to imitate the way pond-skimmer insects take advantage of surface tension to maneuver on top of still bodies of water. After studying the insects, the researchers found their legs started with a small amount of movement before gradually accelerating downward into a jump. The insects also sweep their legs inward during the jump to maximize the amount of time they stay in contact with the surface (abstract). "Using these principles, the researchers developed an ultra light robot made out of nickel titanium with a 2 centimeter long body inspired by origami. Its 5 centimeter long wire legs are curved at the tips like a real water strider's and coated with a material that repels water." Pictures of the robots are available here and here, as well as this animated gif. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

The FCC is already getting thousands of Net Neutrality complaints

(3 days ago)
Net Neutrality. The internet as a public utility. Hooray? The FCC is already receiving a lot of complaints from customers that are sick of data caps, slow speeds and possibly uncompetitive prices. According to the National Journal, a lot of the ire h...

Google rejects France's demand for a global 'right to be forgotten'

(3 days ago)
When French regulator CNIL told Google it must apply "right to be forgotten" requests globally last month, it gave the company 15 days to comply or face further action. That deadline came and went without a whisper from the search giant, but it's tak...

Google boasts Android for Work success

(3 days ago)
Google's enterprise program for mobile devices, Android for Work, has attracted more than 10,000 business customers and 40 partners since it launched earlier this year, according to Google. The program is designed to bring enterprise features to the Android operating system, including profile and device management, and security for data, mobile apps and Android devices.

ICYMI: Street View pollution hunt, Easier Amazon and more

(3 days ago)
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Ex-TEPCO Officials To Be Indicted Over Fukushima

(3 days ago)
AmiMoJo writes: Three former executives of Tokyo Electric Power Company will face mandatory indictment over the March 2011 nuclear accident at the Fukushima Daiichi plant. The prosecution inquest panel of randomly-selected citizens voted for the indictment on Friday, for professional negligence resulting in death and injury. "Tokyo prosecutors in January rejected the panel's judgment that the three should be charged, citing insufficient evidence. But the 11 unidentified citizens on the panel forced the indictment after a second vote, which makes an indictment mandatory. The three are former chairman Tsunehisa Katsumata, 75, and former executives Sakae Muto, 65, and Ichiro Takekuro, 69. Citizens' panels, made up of residents selected by lottery, are a rarely used but high-profile feature of Japan's legal system introduced after World War Two to curb bureaucratic overreach." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Rare blue moon comes Friday

(3 days ago)
If anything unusual happens to you Friday, you'll be right to say it was "once in a blue moon."

BMW pays i3 owners to charge their cars at non-peak times

(3 days ago)
Electric vehicles could be our salvation from traditional gas guzzlers, but mass adoption poses new challenges. If millions of homeowners start charging their cars every night, will the power grids be able to keep up? California utility company PG&E ...

Nvidia recalls Shield Android tablets over battery fire fears

(3 days ago)
Nvidia has issued a recall for the Shield Android tablet after determining that its battery "can overheat, posing a fire hazard." Although the recall is voluntary, Nvidia is asking users to back up their data and fill in the relevant online form to r...

Nvidia recalls all Shield Tablets due to battery fire hazard (Vlad Savov/The Verge)

(3 days ago)
Vlad Savov / The Verge:Nvidia recalls all Shield Tablets due to battery fire hazard  —  Nvidia promised spectacular, unprecedented gaming performance from its 8-inch Shield Tablet last year, but its pursuit of extreme performance seems to have gone a tiny bit too far.  The company is now recalling …

China mulls forcing Tencent, Alibaba to offer rivals' online payment services

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BEIJING (Reuters) - China proposed new regulations on Friday that could force Internet companies such as Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, Tencent Holdings Ltd and Baidu Inc to offer their rivals' online payment services as well as their own.

Why Micron/Intel's New Cross Point Memory Could Virtually Last Forever

(3 days ago)
Lucas123 writes: As they announced their new 3D XPoint memory this week, Micron and Intel talked a lot about its performance being 1,000X that of NAND flash, but what they talked less about was how it also has the potential to have 1,000X the endurance of today's most popular non-volatile memories. NAND flash typically can sustain from 3,000 to 10,000 erase-write cycles — more with wear-leveling and ECC. If Micron and Intel's numbers are to be believed, 3D XPoint could exceed one million write cycles. The reason for that endurance involves the material used to create the XPoint architecture, which neither company will disclose. Unlike NAND flash, cross point resistive memory does not use charge trap technology that wears silicon oxide over time or a typical resistive memory filamentary architecture, which creates a statistical variation in how the filaments form each time you program them; that can slow ReRAM's performance and make it harder to scale. Russ Meyer, Micron's director of process integration, said 3D XPoint's architecture doesn't store electrons or use filaments. "The memory element itself is simply moving between two different resistance states," which means there's virtually no wear. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Google makes it even easier to test Android apps

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For developers, allowing the public to evaluate apps before general release is paramount -- it helps weed out the bugs that could derail an otherwise successful launch. Both Apple and Google offer the capability, but TestFlight features have only bee...

Google Straps Aclima Sensors To Street View Cars To Map Air Pollution

(3 days ago)
Eloking writes: Google and a San Francisco-based Aclima have equipped Google's Street View cars with environmental sensors in order to map urban air quality. The project aims to create high resolution maps of air quality across cities by measuring carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, particulate matter, Volatile Organic Compounds, and other pollutants. “We have a profound opportunity to understand how cities live and breathe in an entirely new way by integrating Aclima’s mobile sensing platform with Google Maps and Street View cars,” said Davida Herzl, co-founder and CEO of Aclima. “With more than half of the world’s population now living in cities, environmental health is becoming increasingly important to quality of life. Today we’re announcing the success of our integration test with Google, which lays the foundation for generating high resolution maps of air quality in cities.” Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Tiny robotic insect can jump on water like a strider

(3 days ago)
Harvard's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering has a history of creating tiny, insect-inspired robots, and its latest one can stand and jump on water just like a strider. The Wyss group has teamed up with scientists from Korea's Seoul...

Ashley Madison hack aids spammers

(3 days ago)
Spammers are exploiting the Ashley Madison hack by posting links that offer stolen data but lead to booby-trapped web pages and scams.

Vodafone turns to QR codes for 'simpler' pay-as-you-go top-ups

(3 days ago)
QR codes look like they're really starting to catch on, and Vodafone's not one to turn down a reserved seat on the bandwagon. As part of a new trial, the UK carrier has teamed up with mobile payments renegade PowaTag so pay-as-you-go customers can to...

MasterCard and Samsung extend partnership in Europe for Samsung Pay (Shane McGlaun/SlashGear)

(3 days ago)
Shane McGlaun / SlashGear:MasterCard and Samsung extend partnership in Europe for Samsung Pay  —  Samsung and MasterCard have been working together on Samsung Pay for about a year now.  Last year MasterCard announced that it would provide tokenization services for Samsung Pay.  These tokenization services allow …

Cameron Tells Pornography Websites To Block Access By Children Or Face Closure

(3 days ago)
An anonymous reader writes: Prime Minister David Cameron says that if online pornographers don't voluntarily install effective age-restricted controls on their websites he'll introduce legislation that will close them down altogether. A recent Childline poll found nearly 10% of 12-13-year-olds were worried they were addicted to pornography and 18% had seen shocking or upsetting images. The minister for internet safety and security, Joanna Shields, said: “As a result of our work with industry, more than 90% of UK consumers are offered the choice to easily configure their internet service through family-friendly filters – something we take great pride in having achieved. It’s a gold standard that surpasses those of other countries. “Whilst great progress has been made, we remain acutely aware of the risks and dangers that young people face online. This is why we are committed to taking action to protect children from harmful content. Companies delivering adult content in the UK must take steps to make sure these sites are behind age verification controls.” Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Expedia beats Wall Street view, shares rise

(3 days ago)
(Reuters) - Expedia Inc on Thursday posted a second-quarter profit above analysts' expectations and announced a larger dividend as travel bookings grow, sending its shares up more than 7 percent in after-market trade.

'Endless Space 2' hopes to sate your space-faring strategy thirst

(3 days ago)
The million-selling Endless series of strategy games is expanding with the fourth entry, Endless Space 2. It takes place in the same universe as the previous releases, but at the "space colonization age of different civilizations" within it. If you s...

Japan's Sharp to exit Americas TV market after deep first quarter loss

(3 days ago)
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Sharp Corp on Friday announced it was exiting the TV business in the Americas to shore up its finances, after booking a deeper-than-expected quarterly loss on weak smartphone display sales.

'Yooka-Laylee' snags a publisher after record-breaking Kickstarter

(3 days ago)
What's the next step after fully funding your game in 40 minutes on Kickstarter? If you're the team behind Yooka-Laylee, Playtonic, you get a publisher to help with stuff like localization (translating dialogue and text for different regions), QA tes...

Uber investing $1 billion in India, targets 1 million daily rides

(3 days ago)
Uber Technologies expects to hit over 1 million trips per day in the next six to nine months in India, the largest market outside the U.S. for the ride-hailing company.

Germany Won't Prosecute NSA, But Bloggers

(3 days ago)
tmk writes: Despite plenty of evidence that the U.S. spied on German top government officials, German Federal Prosecutor General Harald Range has declined to investigate any wrongdoings of the secret services of allied nations like the NSA or the British GCHQ. But after plans of the German secret service "Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz" to gain some cyper spy capabilities like the NSA were revealed by the blog netzpolitik.org, Hange started an official investigation against the bloggers and their sources. They are now being probed for possible treason charges. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Lawmakers headed to Silicon Valley to push tech companies on diversity

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Three U.S. lawmakers are traveling to Silicon Valley to push tech companies to offer opportunities for African-Americans, an area in which most of these companies have poor track records.

Mozilla is unhappy with Microsoft over Windows 10 changes

(3 days ago)
If you're one of the millions of people who've already upgraded to Windows 10, you've probably noticed that the OS changed your default apps. Your main browser, for instance, suddenly became Microsoft Edge after the upgrade -- something Mozilla finds...
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