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Oracle Identifies Its Products Affected By Heartbleed, But No Estimates On Fixes

April 18, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Oracle Identifies Its Products Affected By Heartbleed, But No Estimates On Fixes

Oracle issued a comprehensive list of its software that may or may not be impacted by the OpenSSL (secure sockets layer) vulnerability known as Heartbleed, while warning that no fixes are yet available for some likely affected products. The list includes well over 100 products that appear to be in the clear, either because they never used the version of OpenSSL reported to be vulnerable to Heartbleed, or because they don’t use OpenSSL at all. However, Oracle is still investigating whether... 

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Lavaboom Offers New Encrypted Webmail Service

April 18, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Lavaboom Offers New Encrypted Webmail Service

A new webmail service named Lavaboom promises to provide easy-to-use email encryption without ever learning its users’ private encryption keys or message contents. Lavaboom, based in Germany and founded by Felix MA1/4ller-Irion, is named after Lavabit, the now defunct encrypted email provider believed to have been used by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. Lavabit decided to shut down its operations in August in response to a U.S. government request for its SSL private key that would have... 

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Did Mercury Experience Volcanism?

April 18, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Did Mercury Experience Volcanism?

Explosive volcanic eruptions apparently shaped Mercury’s surface for billions of years — a surprising finding, given that until recently scientists had thought the phenomenon was impossible on the sun-scorched planet. This discovery could shed new light on the origins of Mercury, investigators added. On Earth, explosive volcanic eruptions can lead to catastrophic damage, such as when Mount St. Helens detonated in 1980 in the deadliest and most economically destructive volcanic event in U.S.... 

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Reddit Going After More Users, Advertisers With New Feature

April 17, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Reddit Going After More Users, Advertisers With New Feature

Reddit, a website with a retro-’90s look and space-alien mascot that tracks everything from online news to celebrity Q&As, is trying to attract even more followers, and advertising, by allowing members of its passionate community to post their own news more quickly and easily. Reddit, majority owned by Conde Nast parent Advanced Publications, last month unveiled a new feature that lets users of the nine-year-old site post live updates, allowing them to report in real time. The live updates... 

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Can Dwarf Planets Show The Patterns of Life?

April 17, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Can Dwarf Planets Show The Patterns of Life?

On March 26, researchers announced the discovery of 2012 VP133, an estimated 280-mile wide (450-kilometer) object that lies just beyond the Kuiper Belt of icy objects that swarm outside of Neptune’s orbit. The new object is nicknamed “Biden” after the vice-president of the United States, because both Joe Biden and 2012 VP133 are “VPs.” It is one of only two dwarf planets discovered beyond the Kuiper Belt, with Sedna (a decade ago) being the other one. The paper, “A... 

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Google Reveals Email Scanning Practices In Revised Terms Of Service

April 16, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Google Reveals Email Scanning Practices In Revised Terms Of Service

Google Inc updated its terms of service earlier this week, informing users that their incoming and outgoing emails are automatically analyzed by software to create targeted ads. The revisions more explicitly spell out the manner in which Google software scans users’ emails, both when messages are stored on Google’s servers and when they are in transit, a controversial practice that has been at the heart of litigation. Last month, a U.S. judge decided not to combine several lawsuits... 

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Mt. Gox Founder Refuses To Appear In U.S. Regarding Bankruptcy

April 16, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Mt. Gox Founder Refuses To Appear In U.S. Regarding Bankruptcy

Mark Karpeles, the founder of Mt. Gox, has refused to come to the United States to answer questions about the Japanese bitcoin exchange’s U.S. bankruptcy case, Mt. Gox lawyers told a federal judge on Monday. In the court filing, Mt. Gox lawyers cited a subpoena from the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, which has closely monitored virtualcurrencies like bitcoin. “Mr. Karpeles is now in the process of obtaining counsel to represent him with respect... 

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Did Astronomers Find The Recipe For Stars?

April 16, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Did Astronomers Find The Recipe For Stars?

The formation of stars determines where new planetary systems can arise as well as the structure and evolution of galaxies. Learning more about star formation could help scientists understand the remaining mysteries about the birth of galaxies, including how the supermassive black holes at their hearts apparently originated so early in the universe’s history. A dearth of data on the way matter is distributed within star-forming clouds has limited the accuracy of star formation models. Now scientists... 

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Can Lasers Find Gravitional Waves?

April 16, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Can Lasers Find Gravitional Waves?

The ripples from violent cosmic collisions can be felt far across the universe, and thanks to a new, sensitive detector expected to start collecting data next year, scientists might be able to see evidence of those gravitational waves from Earth for the first time. When two neutron stars (remnants of supernova explosions) merge or when a black hole merges with a neutron star, the reverberations of the merger can extend throughout the cosmos. Light, however, only tells us so much. To learn more about... 

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Wi-Fi Problems Plague Apple-Samsung Trial

April 15, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Wi-Fi Problems Plague Apple-Samsung Trial

There’s a new sign on the door to Courtroom 1 at the federal courthouse in San Jose, the location of the Apple v. Samsung battle that’s playing out this month: “Please turn off all cell phones.” For a trial that centers on smartphones and the technology they use, it’s more than a little ironic. The entire case might not even be taking place if the market wasn’t so big and important, but the constant need for connectivity of everyone is causing problems in the court,... 

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Did Cisco Help The Chinese Government Snoop?

April 15, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Did Cisco Help The Chinese Government Snoop?

Cisco has been accused of helping the Chinese authorities snoop on, discriminate against and violently suppress the religious group Falun Gong. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has taken Cisco to task about this, and has filed a request to submit an amicus brief in a US District Court in California. It asks the court to let the case “Doe vs Cisco Systems” go ahead, telling it that the firm has aided China’s human rights abuses. “China’s record of human rights... 

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Does Facebook Want Its Own e-Currency?

April 15, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Does Facebook Want Its Own e-Currency?

Facebook wants to create an in-house digital currency system that its members can spend and trade on its website. The Irish Times reports that the Irish central bank has been approached by the social network and is rather close to approving its request. Those aims include the creation of Facebook currency that Facebook members will be able to use to pay for things within the social network and, presumably, its associated properties. “Facebook wants to become a utility in the developing world,... 

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Federal Gov’t Wants Instagram Data From Facebook Now

April 14, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Federal Gov’t Wants Instagram Data From Facebook Now

Facebook released its second government requests report covering the second half of 2013, and it expands its scope from the first one in two ways. First, it includes requests to restrict or remove users’ content from the site, whereas the first report was limited to requests for account information. And second, the report now includes data on Instagram, the photo sharing site owned by Facebook. Facebook is not breaking out the number of Instagram requests; they’re included in the overall... 

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Did Astronomers Find An Alien Moon?

April 14, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Did Astronomers Find An Alien Moon?

For the first time ever, astronomers may have spotted a moon circling an alien planet — though they’ll probably never know for sure exactly what they’ve found. A team of scientists detected a pair of faraway objects that could be a giant Jupiter-like alien planet and a rocky exomoon flying freely through space, or a small dim star hosting a planet about 18 times more massive than Earth. The astronomers used a technique called gravitational microlensing, watching what happens a big foreground... 

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Star Survives Supernova Explosion

April 14, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Star Survives Supernova Explosion

A lucky star somehow survived the explosive death of its stellar companion, new images reveal. The explosion, known as a supernova, would have been visible from Earth several thousand years ago. While the supernova remnant (called DEM L241) has been known since the 1970s, the companion star remained invisible until NASA’s Chandra X-Ray Observatory recently examined the region. Scientists explained the hard-to-kill star’s supernova survival in a video. The surviving star’s days are... 

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