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WEDNESDAY, 23 MAY 2018, 05:28

Science/Tech

FBI Reportedly Overstated Encryption Threat Figures To Congress, Public

Today at 04:05 AM, via Slashdot

mi shares a report from The Washington Post (Warning: source may be paywalled; alternative source): The FBI has repeatedly provided grossly inflated statistics to Congress and the public about the extent of problems posed by encrypted cellphones, claiming investigators were locked out of nearly 7,800 devices connected to crimes last year when the correct number was much smaller, probably...

Sony In $2.3 Billion Deal For EMI, Becomes World’s Biggest Music Publisher

Today at 03:25 AM, via Slashdot

Sony said on Tuesday it would pay about $2.3 billion to gain control of EMI, becoming the world’s largest music publisher in an industry that has found new life on the back of streaming services. Reuters reports: The acquisition is the biggest strategic move yet by new CEO Kenichiro Yoshida and gives Sony a catalogue of more than 2 million songs from artists such as Kanye West, Sam Smith and...

Google Launches YouTube Music Service With Creepy AI To Predict Listening Habits

Today at 02:45 AM, via Slashdot

Audiofan writes: Will the new YouTube Music streaming service provide the soundtrack to your life? Google believes that its ability to harness the power of artificial intelligence will help the new service catch up to its rivals in the music streaming business. Google’s latest attempt to compete with Spotify and Apple Music may finally have what it takes if it doesn’t creep users out in the...

Razer Slims Down Blade, Debuts MacOS-Compatible eGPU Enclosure

Today at 02:03 AM, via Slashdot

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Today, Razer debuted big updates to its Razer Blade laptop, focusing on design and performance to usher the gaming notebook into 2018. While the new Blade still looks unmistakably “Razer,” its design has changed dramatically for the better. Razer upped the screen size from 14 inches to 15.6 inches, reducing the surrounding bezels to just...

Ubuntu’s Mark Shuttleworth Pulls No Punches on Red Hat and VMware in OpenStack Cloud

Today at 01:20 AM, via Slashdot

At OpenStack Summit in Vancouver, Canada this week, Canonical CEO and Ubuntu Linux founder Mark Shuttleworth came out firing at two of his major enterprise OpenStack competitors: Red Hat and VMware. He claimed that Canonical OpenStack is a better deal than either Red Hat or VMware’s OpenStack offerings. From a report: Shuttleworth opened quietly enough, saying, “Mission is to remove all the...

People rarely say thank you when others help them out, scientists say

Today at 01:01 AM, via The Guardian

It’s not to do with rudeness, but with tradition: we take it for granted that people will cooperate with each other

At first glance it seems a slight on the polite: recordings of more than a thousand casual conversations from around the world reveal that people hardly ever say “thank you” when others help them out.

The everyday social exchanges, which played out in eight different languages on...

European Lawmakers Asked Mark Zuckerberg Why They Shouldn’t Break Up Facebook

Today at 00:40 AM, via Slashdot

European lawmakers questioned Mark Zuckerberg in Brussels today for almost an hour and a half, asking him to address concerns about the Cambridge Analytica data leak and Facebook’s potential monopoly. German MEP Manfred Weber asked whether the Facebook CEO could name a single European alternative to his “empire,” which includes apps like WhatsApp and Instagram in addition to Facebook. “I think...

Amazon Is Banning People For Making Too Many Returns

Today at 00:00 AM, via Slashdot

Amazon — which for years has maintained the standard for free returns online — might now ban users for making too many returns. From a report:The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday documented complaints that the e-commerce giant had barred customers who had returned items. Amazon apparently failed to alert the customers that they had returned too many items before the bans. The Journal spoke with...

SpaceX Flies Satellites For Iridium, NASA In 10th Launch of 2018

Yesterday at 23:20 PM, via Slashdot

SpaceX launched a total of seven satellites for Iridium and NASA, reusing part of a previously flown rocket for its 10th mission of 2018. “Five Iridium NEXT satellites were launched as part of the company’s campaign to replace the world’s largest commercial satellite network,” reports Bloomberg. “SpaceX’s mission also includes launching twin satellites for the Gravity Recovery and Climate...

How the LAPD Uses Data to Predict Crime

Yesterday at 23:02 PM, via Wired

The Los Angeles Police Department is using “predictive policing” to prevent crime, but this innovative approach has its problems.

Creeping Lava Now Threatens Major Hawaiian Power Plant

Yesterday at 22:40 PM, via Slashdot

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: Molten lava from Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano has entered the grounds of Puna Geothermal Venture, a geothermal power plant that provides about 25 percent of the Big Island’s power. The 38 Megawatt Puna Geothermal Venture (PGV) power plant, which is located in the east rift zone of the Kilauea volcano, was shut down soon after the eruptions began on...

Computer History Museum Makes Eudora Email Client Source Code Available To the Public

Yesterday at 22:20 PM, via Slashdot

Computer History Museum (CHM), an institution which explores the history of computing and its impact on the human experience, announced on Tuesday the public release and long-term preservation of the Eudora source code, one of the early successful email clients, as part of its Center for Software History’s Historical Source Code. The release comes after a five-year negotiation with Qualcomm....

The Percentage of Open Source Code in Proprietary Apps is Rising

Yesterday at 22:00 PM, via Slashdot

Zeljka Zorz, writing for Help Net Security: The number of open source components in the codebase of proprietary applications keeps rising and with it the risk of those apps being compromised by attackers leveraging vulnerabilities in them, a recent report has shown. Compiled after examining the findings from the anonymized data of over 1,100 commercial codebases audited in 2017 by the Black...

Yelp Files New EU Complaint Against Google Over Search Dominance

Yesterday at 21:16 PM, via Slashdot

Yelp has filed a complaint with the EU’s antitrust watchdog against Google, arguing that the search company has abused its dominance in local search and pressuring Brussels to launch new charges against the tech giant, Financial Times reported Tuesday. From the report: European antitrust authorities fined Google $2.8B in June 2017 for favouring its own shopping service over rival offerings in...

Senators Demand FCC Answer For Fake Comments After Realizing Their Identities Were Stolen

Yesterday at 20:40 PM, via Slashdot

Two US senators — one Republican, one Democrat who both had their identities stolen and then used to post fake public comments on net neutrality — are calling on FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to address how as many as two million fake comments were filed under stolen names. From a report: Senators Jeff Merkley, Democrat of Oregon, and Pat Toomey, Republican of Pennsylvania, are among the estimated “two...

Capturing Humor in a Sea of Red Tape

Yesterday at 20:12 PM, via Wired

Ole Witt’s flash photographs make bureaucracy all too real—particularly India’s, dubbed one of the worst in Asia.

The Wayback Machine is Deleting Evidence of Malware Sold To Stalkers

Yesterday at 20:01 PM, via Slashdot

The Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine is a service that preserves web pages. But the site has been deleting evidence of companies selling malware to illegally spy on spouses, Motherboard reported Tuesday. From the report: The company in question is FlexiSpy, a Thailand-based firm which offers desktop and mobile malware. The spyware can intercept phone calls, remotely turn on a device’s...

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