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Facebook To Implement New ID Measures For Election Ad Buyers

February 20, 2018 by   | Category: Around The Net
Facebook To Implement New ID Measures For Election Ad Buyers

Facebook Inc will begin relying on postcards sent by U.S. mail later this year to verify the identities and location of people who want to purchase U.S. election-related advertising on its site, a senior company executive said on Saturday. The postcard verification is Facebook’s latest effort to respond to criticism from lawmakers, security experts, and election integrity watchdog groups that it and other social media companies failed to detect and later responded slowly to Russia’s use of their... 

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U.S Feds Look To Strengthen Crytocurrency Rules

February 20, 2018 by   | Category: Around The Net
U.S Feds Look To Strengthen Crytocurrency Rules

Rattled by the global investment craze over bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, U.S. lawmakers are moving to consider new regulations that could impose stricter federal oversight on the emerging asset class, several top lawmakers told Reuters. Bipartisan momentum is growing in the Senate and House of Representatives for action to address the risks posed by virtual currencies to investors and the financial system, they said. Even free-market Republican conservatives, normally wary of government red... 

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Does Skype Need To Be Rewritten

February 20, 2018 by   | Category: Around The Net
Does Skype Need To Be Rewritten

Skype has a significant security flaw that Microsoft can’t fix without a major code rewrite. The flaw is in Skype’s updater process can allow an attacker to gain system-level privileges to a vulnerable computer. If exploited, can escalate a local unprivileged user to the full “system” level rights — granting them access to every corner of the operating system. Security researcher Stefan Kanthak found that the Skype update installer could be exploited with a DLL hijacking... 

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Does Amazon Plan To Develop Chips

February 20, 2018 by   | Category: Computing
Does Amazon Plan To Develop Chips

Amazon bought a home security camera outfit,  Blink last year. Analysts wondered why, but it turns out the outfit had some rather interesting energy-efficient chips. Amazon paid about $90 million to acquire the maker of Blink home security cameras late last year. But Amazon did not need to sell another camera, and it was interested in the company’s chip tech. According to Reuters, the online retailer is exploring chips exclusive to Blink that could lower production costs and lengthen the battery... 

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Did The Equifax Breach Impact More People Than Originally Estimated

February 20, 2018 by   | Category: Uncategorized
Did The Equifax Breach Impact More People Than Originally Estimated

The mega-hack on credit reporting outfit Equifax may have exposed more data than first believed, or, at least, more than the firm admitted at the time. Last year, hackers were able to compromise the credit agency’s systems and gain access to the personal information of up to 145 million Americans, as well as around 15 million Brits. They were able to steal social security numbers, driving licence numbers, addresses and dates of birth – everything required to perpetrate identity theft.... 

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Google Discontinue ‘View Images’ Feature In Searches

February 19, 2018 by   | Category: Around The Net
Google Discontinue ‘View Images’ Feature In Searches

Google has nixed its “view image” button following criticism from Getty Images. In 2016, the stock- and news-photo service complained to the European Commission that Google’s image search made it too easy for people to find and use images from Getty without proper attribution. In response and as part of a new agreement between the two companies announced last week, Google has made it harder to save pictures from the search engine by removing certain features, including a button... 

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HP Adds Apple Devices To Managed Services Offerings

February 19, 2018 by   | Category: Computing
HP Adds Apple Devices To Managed Services Offerings

As part of HP’s updated DaaS offering, known more generally under the industry term of managed mobility services (MMS), customers will be able to pair iPhones, iPads, Macs and other Apple devices with HP’s support, managed services and analytics. Apple for years pushed, without much success, to get its hardware and software into the office. But the organic adoption of its iOS devices – especially the iPhone – finally forced enterprises to take it seriously. In the past year, 82%... 

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WhatsApp Moving Forward With ‘Full Feature’ Money Transfer Service

February 19, 2018 by   | Category: Around The Net
WhatsApp Moving Forward With ‘Full Feature’ Money Transfer Service

WhatsApp plans to roll out a “full feature” inter-bank money transfer service in India, its biggest market, after a test involving a million users, National Payments Corp of India said. Friday’s statement marks the de facto official launch of WhatsApp’s new service as NPCI is the body set up by the central bank and lenders to oversee payment services. WhatsApp launched a limited service in India, where it has more than 200 million users, last week. This uses customers’ phone numbers linked... 

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GameStop Fires A C-Suite Executive

February 19, 2018 by   | Category: Gaming
GameStop Fires A C-Suite Executive

GameStop COO Tony Bartel and EVP Michael Hogan have been let go by the games retail giant. The news follows the imminent departure of former GameStop CEO Paul Raines, who is stepping down due to a recurring brain tumor, and the appointment of new CEO Mike Mauler – who has been part of the GameStop business for 16 years. Bartel is one of GameStop’s longest-serving employees, having worked in various senior roles, including president between 2010 and 2015, and COO ever since. Hogan has... 

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Is A.I. Ready For The Big Time

February 19, 2018 by   | Category: Computing
Is A.I. Ready For The Big Time

AI is set to be a massive disappointment for those who think it is going to take over the world. While there have been remarkable advances in AI, after decades of frustration there are too many things that people can do quickly that smart machines cannot. For example, natural language is beyond deep learning, sure AI machine translators are great tools, but they are leagues behind a competent human translator and will remain that way for decades. AI can’t handle new situations. Senior partner at... 

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Does S.E.T.I. Need A Name Change

February 19, 2018 by   | Category: Around The Net
Does S.E.T.I. Need A Name Change

Astrophysicist Jill Tarter is one of the world’s best-known leaders in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, or SETI. For 35 years, she served as the director of the Center for SETI Research (part of the SETI institute) and was also the project scientist for NASA’s SETI program, before its cancellation in 1993.  Despite her longtime association with that four-letter acronym, Tarter says it’s time for “SETI” to be rebranded.  At a recent meeting of the National... 

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Can Any Version Of Windows Get Hacked

February 16, 2018 by   | Category: Computing
Can Any Version Of Windows Get Hacked

Remember those leaked NSA tools?  Well, they can now hack any version of Windows, not just the old version of Microsoft’s operating system. Researcher Sean Dillon from cybersecurity firm RiskSense tweaked the source code of three nicked NSA exploits – EternalSynergy, EternalChampion and EternalRomance – to work against Windows versions dating back as far as Windows 2000. Going by the name of ‘zerosum0x0’ on GitHub and Twitter (hat tip to Betanews for that), Dillon noted... 

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Nokia And Qualcomm 5G Trials Moving In The Right Direction

February 16, 2018 by   | Category: Around The Net
Nokia And Qualcomm 5G Trials Moving In The Right Direction

Nokia and Qualcomm have completed interoperability testing in the 3.5Ghz and 28Ghz spectrum compliant with the global 3GPP 5G NR Release 15 standard using the commercially available Nokia AirScale base station and device prototypes from Qualcomm Technologies. Focusing on the commercialization of 5G technology, with New Radio as its foundation, Nokia and Qualcomm Technologies testing at Nokia’s 5G center of excellence in Oulu, Finland, will provide the basis for 5G NR field trials with operators... 

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AMD Faces Legal Issues Over Spectre and Meltdown Bugs

February 16, 2018 by   | Category: Computing
AMD Faces Legal Issues Over Spectre and Meltdown Bugs

AMD has been sued by a company because of the way it handled the Spectre and Meltdown bugs. It is not exactly because of the flaws, but because of the speed at which AMD said that it was not in trouble because its chips did not suffer from the bugs. Rosen Law Firm is a global investor rights firm, where a class action lawsuit has been kicked off on “behalf of purchasers of the securities of Advanced Micro Devices”. The lawsuit details: “Defendants during the Class Period made... 

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Dyson, Maker Of Vaccums, Investing In Electric Vehicles

February 15, 2018 by   | Category: Around The Net
Dyson, Maker Of Vaccums, Investing In Electric Vehicles

Late last year, James Dyson of Dyson vacuum cleaner maker announced that his company would be investing £2 billion to develop an electric car by 2020 and, hopefully, it doesn’t suck. Dyson on Wednesday provided a few more details including a production target date and some very general technical specs. Typically, we’d greet this kind of news with a healthy eye roll of skepticism, but the fact is that Dyson is as rich as Croesus (from ancient Greece, very rich) and loves inventing... 

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