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Privacy Advocates Complain To FTC Over WhatsApp Privacy Policy Changes

August 31, 2016 by   | Category: Around The Net
Privacy Advocates Complain To FTC Over WhatsApp Privacy Policy Changes

Privacy groups in the U.S. have filed complaints with the Federal Trade Commission that changes last week in WhatsApp’s terms and privacy policy reneges on its previous promise that user data collected would not be used or disclosed for marketing purposes. The Electronic Privacy Information Center and the Center for Digital Democracy have described the changes as an unfair and deceptive trade practice, subject to an investigation and injunction by the FTC, in their complaint Monday. WhatsApp... 

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iPhone 6 Owners File Suit Against Apple Over Unresponsive Touchscreens

August 31, 2016 by   | Category: Mobile
iPhone 6 Owners File Suit Against Apple Over Unresponsive Touchscreens

Apple Inc has been named in a lawsuit brought by owners of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones who say a design defect causes the phones’ touchscreens to become unresponsive, making them unusable. According to a proposed nationwide class-action lawsuit filed, Apple has long been aware of the defect, which often surfaces after a flickering gray bar appears atop the touchscreens, but has refused to fix it. The plaintiffs linked the problem to Apple’s decision not to use a metal “shield”... 

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AT&T Data Throttling Lawsuit Dismissed

August 31, 2016 by   | Category: Mobile
AT&T Data Throttling Lawsuit Dismissed

A federal appeals court in California has tossed out a U.S. government lawsuit that accused AT&T Inc of deception for reducing internet speeds for customers with unlimited mobile data plans once their use exceeded certain levels. The company, however, could still face a fine from the Federal Communications Commission regarding the slowdowns, also called “data throttling.” The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit said it ordered a lower court to dismiss the data-throttling... 

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Is A 200,000 Core PC In The Making?

August 31, 2016 by   | Category: Computing
Is A 200,000 Core PC In The Making?

Future Processor Princeton University researchers have developed a 25-core open source processor that can be scaled to create a monster 200,000-core PC stuffed with 8,000 64-bit chips. The chip is called Piton after the metal spikes driven by rock climbers into mountain sides, and was presented at the Hot Chips symposium on high-performance computing in Cupertino this week. “With Piton, we really sat down and rethought computer architecture to build a chip specifically for data centres and... 

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Do Parallel Worlds Exist?

August 31, 2016 by   | Category: Around The Net
Do Parallel Worlds Exist?

The hit new series “Stranger Things” is more than just the 1980s throwback we’ve all been waiting for. The show centers on a group of kids who are trying to solve a string of mysterious disappearances in their small town, but they soon realize that not all is as it seems. In fact, the kids soon realize that the spooky occurrences may actually be stemming from interactions with an alternate world. While a sinister parallel universe like the one on the show “Stranger Things”... 

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Big Blue Shows Off The Power9 Series

August 31, 2016 by   | Category: Computing
Big Blue Shows Off The Power9 Series

The ever shrinking Biggish Blue has showed off details of its new Power 9 technology at the Hot Chips conference. Power9 is a new CPU architecture based on 14nm FinFET process technology and should be out in the second half of 2017. Of course it is not headed for mainstream desktops and notebooks – it is being targeted to compete with AMD’s Opteron and Intel’s Xeon. IBM said that Power9 was developed to handle the evolution of artificial intelligence, cognitive computing, and analytics. There... 

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Russian Hacker Convicted Of Selling More Than 2M Credit Card Numbers

August 30, 2016 by   | Category: Around The Net
Russian Hacker Convicted Of Selling More Than 2M Credit Card Numbers

Jurors in a U.S. federal court have handed down a guilty verdict for a Russian hacker accused of stealing and selling more than two million credit card numbers. A jury in Seattle found Roman Valerevich Seleznev guilty of charges related to his hacking of point-of-sale systems. Seleznev was arrested in 2014 after U.S. authorities accused him of installing malicious software on point-of-sale systems in U.S. restaurants . From 2009 to 2013, Seleznev used this scheme to steal credit card data from... 

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Nutanix Goes On A Shopping Spree, Acquires Two Startups

August 30, 2016 by   | Category: Computing
Nutanix Goes On A Shopping Spree, Acquires Two Startups

High-tech computing firm Nutanix has purchased two startups to enhance its data and storage services, as the firm continues to grow its business despite a protracted delay in its initial public offering. San Jose, California-based Nutanix said on Sunday it bought PernixData, a software company that facilitates data storage, and Calm.io, a development and automation startup, both also located in California. Adding the new technologies will enable Nutanix to improve the speed of its cloud computing... 

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Privacy Shield Now Has 200 Companies On Board

August 30, 2016 by   | Category: Around The Net
Privacy Shield Now Has 200 Companies On Board

There are now 200 companies putting their support behind Privacy Shield, the framework agreement allowing businesses to process the personal information of European Union citizens on servers in the U.S. Companies must register with the International Trade Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce to be covered. It’s a self-certification process, so the ITA is only checking that the forms are filled in correctly, not that companies are necessarily complying with all 13,894 words of... 

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Is AMD Making Gains On nVidia?

August 30, 2016 by   | Category: Computing
Is AMD Making Gains On nVidia?

Number crunchers working for Jon Peddie Research (JPR), the industry’s research and consulting firm for graphics and multimedia have noted that during the second quarter AMD gained market share in the add-in board (AIB) market. But while AMD fans might be cheering, and while Nvidia fanboys work out ways they can beat them up after school, JPR says that over all the AIB market decreased. For those who came in late, AIBs using discrete GPUs are found in desktop PCs, workstations, servers, and... 

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Can Remedy Shorten Its Development Cycle?

August 30, 2016 by   | Category: Gaming
Can Remedy Shorten Its Development Cycle?

Last week, Remedy tapped Tero Virtala to be its new CEO and said he would guide the Quantum Break studio’s move to developing multiple projects simultaneously. Virtala recently spoke with GamesIndustry.biz to flesh that idea out a little more and provide other details about his vision for the company’s future. To start with, Virtala acknowledged that Remedy had intended to make a move into multiproject development for a while. “This idea has lived for such a long time, but naturally,... 

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Are Your Cousins Living On Proxima b?

August 30, 2016 by   | Category: Around The Net
Are Your Cousins Living On Proxima b?

Exoplanet hunters hit a milestone today (Aug. 24) with the discovery of the closest alien world to Earth. Located a mere 4.22 light-years away, the alien planet, dubbed Proxima Centauri b (or just Proxima b), orbits the sun’s nearest neighbor, a red dwarf star known as Proxima Centauri. What makes the discovery even more exciting is that the newfound terrestrial planet is about the size of Earth and lies in Proxima Centauri’s “habitable zone” — the range of distances where... 

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Cloud Services Company Rackspace Being Acquired By Apollo Global Management

August 29, 2016 by   | Category: Computing
Cloud Services Company Rackspace Being Acquired By Apollo Global Management

Rackspace announced  that Apollo Global Management, a U.S.-based investment manager, will acquire the company in a deal valued at $4.3 billion. “Our board, with the assistance of independent advisors, determined that this transaction, upon closing, will deliver immediate, significant and certain cash value to our stockholders,” said Graham Weston, co-founder and chairman of Rackspace, in a statement. “We are also excited that this transaction will provide Rackspace with more flexibility... 

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Dropbox Prompts Some Users To Change Passwords

August 29, 2016 by   | Category: Around The Net
Dropbox Prompts Some Users To Change Passwords

Dropbox is prompting users who signed up before mid-2012 to change their passwords if they haven’t done so already. The cloud storage service said it was asking users to change their passwords as a preventive measure, and not because there is any indication that their accounts were improperly accessed. Dropbox said its security teams learned about an old set of Dropbox user credentials, consisting of email addresses and hashed and salted passwords, which it believes were obtained in 2012 and could... 

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Facebook’s Trending Feature Goes To The Bots

August 29, 2016 by   | Category: Uncategorized
Facebook’s Trending Feature Goes To The Bots

Facebook Inc made updates to its popular “Trending” feature, which shows users the most-talked about topics of the day, to make it more automated and further eliminate the potential for human bias, the company wrote in a blog post. The update is Facebook’s latest attempt in recent months to stress its neutrality as its influence grows. The feature came under scrutiny in May after a news report alleged it suppressed conservative news, which prompted a demand from Republican members... 

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