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Android

+ - 184 Google Doubts Apple Will Approve Its New Maps Application->

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redletterdave
redletterdave writes "Even though Apple's App Store has also been friendly enough to offer alternative mapping applications to ameliorate customers upset with Apple's new default Maps app, the Cupertino, Calif.-based company may not be so friendly as to approve a Maps app submission from Google, which used to be responsible for the Maps experience in iOS until the iPhone 5. On Monday, sources at Google familiar with its mapping plans said the chances of Apple approving a dedicated Google Maps app on iOS 6 are "not optimistic." Specifically, they pointed to the lack of any mapping app in the 'Find maps for your iPhone' section of the App Store — accessible only via iPhones or iPads — that use the Google Maps APIs to call wirelessly for location, routing or point-of-interest (POI) data."
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Security

+ - 126 Coca-Cola hacked by Chinese and kept it a secret->

Submitted by colinneagle
colinneagle (2544914) writes "In 2009, the FBI told Coca-Cola executives that hackers had broken into their computer systems and spent a month "pilfering sensitive files" about Coke's "attempted $2.4 billion acquisition of China Huiyuan Juice Group," Bloomberg reported. The Chinese hackers penetrated the network when the deputy president of Coca-Cola's Pacific Group, Paul Etchells, clicked on a malicious link in a targeted email.

The subject line on the email was "Save power is save money! (from CEO)," but after Etchell clicked the link supposedly from the chief executive officer, "malware was surreptitiously loaded onto his machine." It gave "hackers full access to Etchells's computer via the Internet, according to the internal report. They installed a keystroke logger, which captured everything the executive typed. Once in control of the computer, the hackers installed various other programs, gaining access to the company's corporate network and using Etchells's machine as a staging point to store and download data taken from other computers.""

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HP

+ - 183 HP becomes a platinum member of the Linux Foundation->

Submitted by who_stole_my_kidneys
who_stole_my_kidneys (1956012) writes ""Snagging a first-class upgrade might empty out the contents of your wallet, but be glad you're not trying to buy your way to the Linux Foundation's top table. With a strategic investment of $500,000, Hewlett Packard has just become a platinum member of the body, alongside companies like Intel, Qualcomm and Samsung. In exchange for all that cash, HP gets a seat on the Foundation's board of directors and will have a say in how to advance the foundation's aims — and hopefully give Open webOS a gentle push, too.""
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Privacy

+ - 115 How To Cover Your Tracks Online ->

Submitted by
snydeq
snydeq writes "Steganography expert Peter Wayner discusses six techniques that help obscure the data and traces you leave online. 'The truth is, worrying about the trail of digital footprints and digital dustballs filled with our digital DNA is not just for raving paranoids. Sure, some leaks like the subtle variations in power consumed by our computers are only exploitable by teams of geniuses with big budgets, but many of the simpler ones are already being abused by identity thieves, blackmail artists, spammers, or worse.' What tools and techniques do you use to ensure greater privacy and better security of personal data on the Web?"
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Encryption

+ - 200 Attack Steals Crypto Key from Co-Located Virtual Machines->

Submitted by Gunkerty Jeb
Gunkerty Jeb (1950964) writes "Side-channel attacks against cryptography keys have, until now, been limited to physical machines. Researchers have long made accurate determinations about crypto keys by studying anything from variations in power consumption to measuring how long it takes for a computation to complete.

A team of researchers from the University of North Carolina, University of Wisconsin, and RSA Security has ramped up the stakes, having proved in controlled conditions that it’s possible to steal a crypto key from a virtual machine.

The implications for sensitive transactions carried out on public cloud infrastructures could be severe should an attacker land his malicious virtual machine on the same physical host as the victim. Research has already been conducted on how to map a cloud infrastructure and identify where a target virtual machine is likely to be."

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+ - 113 OLPC has success in Ethiopia - because there were no teachers involved->

Submitted by mikenz
mikenz (801235) writes "Back in April we heard that OLPC 'disappoints' in Peru, possibly because it was done in a school setting where the teachers held the kids back.
The OLPC Reading Project has had interesting success in Ethiopia, where the kids were left to figure things out for themselves instead. Neal Stephenson is tagged because the teaching software is based on the “Young Lady’s Illustrated Primer” from The Diamond Age."

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Media

+ - 125 Microsoft to replace Windows Live Messenger with Skype->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "This should not come as a surprise, but it’s just been reported by The Verge that Microsoft will soon announce that they will be discontinuing Windows Live Messenger and replacing it with the most popular VoIP software in the market, Skype."
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Data Storage

+ - 188 Intel DC S3700 server SSD features new, proprietary controller->

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crookedvulture
crookedvulture writes "For the first time in more than four years, Intel is rolling out a new SSD controller. The chip is featured in the DC S3700 solid-state drive, an enterprise-oriented offering that's 40% cheaper than the previous generation. The S3700 has 6Gbps SATA connectivity, end-to-end data protection, LBA tag validation, 256-bit AES encryption, and ECC throughout. It also includes onboard capacitors to prevent against data loss due to power failure; if problems with those capacitors are detected by the drive's self-check mechanism, it can disable the write cache. Intel's own high-endurance MLC NAND can be found in the drive, which is rated for 10 full disk writes per day for five years. Prices start at $235 for the 100GB model, and capacities are available up to 800GB. In addition to 2.5" models, there are also a couple of 1.8" ones for blade servers. The DC S3700 is sampling now, with mass production scheduled for the first quarter of 2013."
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Your Rights Online

+ - 255 MA "Right To Repair" initiative still on Tuesday ballot, may override compromise-> 1

Submitted by skids
skids (119237) writes "MA voters face a complex technical and economic question Tuesday about just how open automobile makers should be with their repair and diagnostic interfaces. A legislative compromise struck in July may not be strong enough for consumer's tastes. Proponents of the measure had joined opponents in asking voters to skip the question once the legislature, seeking to avoid legislation by ballot, struck the deal. Weeks before the election they have reversed course and are again urging voters to pass the measure. Now voters have to decide whether the differences between the ballot language and the new law are too hard on manufacturers, or essential consumer protections. At stake is a mandated standard for diagnostic channels in a significant market."
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+ - 206 Defense Research overhaul needed to prevent scientist shortage->

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Tator Tot
Tator Tot writes "Quoting C&EN News: "The Department of Defense will have to confront critical shortages of scientists and engineers if it doesn’t change how it recruits researchers and manages its science and technology enterprise, according to a report by the National Academies. The report finds that DOD scientists and engineers are not being used to their full potential, their career growth is limited, and the hiring process for new workers is slow and opaque.""
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Businesses

+ - 134 Should Hacked Companies Disclose Their Losses? ->

Submitted by derekmead
derekmead (2466858) writes "By law, US companies don’t have to say a word about hacker attacks, regardless of how much it might’ve cost their bottom line. Comment, the group of Chinese hackers suspected in the recent-reported Coke breach, also broke into the computers of the world’s largest steel company, ArcelorMittal. ArcelorMittal doesn’t know exactly how much was stolen and didn’t think it was relevant to share news of the attack with its shareholders. Same goes for Lockheed Martin who fended off a “significant and tenacious” attack last May but failed to disclose the details to investors and the Securities Exchange Commission. Dupont got hit twice by Chinese hackers in 2009 and 2010 and didn’t say a word.

Former U.S. counterintelligence chief Joel Brenner recently said that over 2,000 companies, ISPs and research centers had been hit by Chinese hackers in the past decade and few of them told their shareholders about it. This is even after the SEC has made multiple requests for companies to come clean about cyber security breaches in their quarterly or annual earnings reports. Because the potential losses, do hacked companies have a responsibility to report security breaches to investors?

There’s no easy way for the SEC to force companies to comply with their requests. In some cases, the companies don’t even know they’ve been targeted by hackers until well after the attack. Sometimes, they give passing mention to an incident with boilerplate language about a security breach or the risk of data theft. They’re not likely to admit that hackers cost them billions, though. Unless rules change, it looks like if the SEC is going to get any serious hacking disclosure at all, they’ll need the help of a few companies leading the way on the disclosures."

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+ - 270 The DIY Machine Farm ->

Submitted by pacopico
pacopico (802691) writes "There's a 30-acre plot of land in Maysville, MO where about two dozen people have gathered to build a Civilization Starter Kit. As Businessweek reports, they're working on open-source versions of bulldozers, bread ovens, saws and other tools right on up to robots and chip fabs. The project has been dubbed the Factor e Farm, and it's run by a former nuclear physicist and a bunch of volunteers. The end goal is to have people modify the tool designs until they're good enough to compete with commercial equipment."
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Medicine

+ - 172 A piezoelectric pacemaker that is powered by your heartbeat->

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MrSeb
MrSeb writes "It sounds like the theoretical impossibility of perpetual motion, but engineers at the University of Michigan have created a pacemaker that is powered by the beating of your heart — no batteries required. The technology behind this new infinite-duration pacemaker is piezoelectricity. Piezoelectricity is is literally “pressure electricity,” and it relates to certain materials that generate tiny amounts of electricity when deformed by an external force — which, in the case of the perpetual pacemaker, the vibrations in your chest as your heart pumps blood around your body. Piezoelectric devices generate very small amounts of power — on the order of tens of milliwatts — but it turns out that pacemakers require very power, too. In testing, the researchers’ energy harvester generated 10 times the required the power to keep a pacemaker firing. Currently, pacemakers are battery powered — and the battery generally need to be replaced every few years, which requires surgery. According M. Amin Karami, the lead researcher, “Many of the patients are children who live with pacemakers for many years,” he said. “You can imagine how many operations they are spared if this new technology is implemented.” This piezoelectric energy harvester is about half the size of a conventional battery, too, which is presumably a good thing."
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Earth

+ - 176 Singapore Builds First Vertical Vegetable Farm->

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kkleiner
kkleiner writes "Short on arable land? One solution would be to plan up. Singapore, a small country that imports most of its food, has now begun selling vegetables from its first vertical farm. And even while they’re more expensive the vegetables are already selling faster than they can be grown. If the farms prove sustainable – both technologically and economically – they could provide a much desired supplement to Singapore’s locally grown food and serve as a model for farming in other land-challenged areas."
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Businesses

+ - 133 Is it time to commit to ongoing payphone availability? 1

Submitted by jenningsthecat
jenningsthecat (1525947) writes "Public payphones seem headed the way of the dinosaur, as noted here on Slashdot 10 years ago, and again by the CBC earlier this year. Reasons typically cited for their demise are falling usage, (thanks to the ubiquitous cell phone), and rising maintenance costs.

But during the recent disaster in NYC caused by Hurricane Sandy public payphones proved their worth, allowing people to stay in contact in spite of the widespread loss of both cellular service and the electricity required to charge mobile devices. In light of this news, at least one Canadian news outlet is questioning the wisdom of scrapping payphones.

Should we in North America make sure that public pay phones will always be widely available? (After all, it's not as though they don't have additional value-added uses). And, should their continued existence be dependent on corporations whose primary duty is to their shareholders, rather than to the average citizen?"
IT

+ - 228 GM brings IT dev back in house - self driving Caddy in the works-> 1

Submitted by dstates
dstates (629350) writes "Want a good job in IT? Detroit of all places may be the place to be. GM is bringing IT development back in house to speed innovation. Among other initiatives, a self driving Cadillac is planned by mid decade. Ford is also actively developing driver assist technology and is betting big on voice recognition. Ann Arbor has thousands of smart cars wirelessly connected on the road. Think about all those aging baby boomers with houses in the burbs and no desire to move as their vision and reflexes decline. The smart car is a huge market. Seriously, Detroit and SE Michigan have good jobs, great universities, cheap housing and easy access to great sports and outdoors activities."
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Mars

+ - 159 NASA rover finds no methane on Mars->

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ananyo
ananyo writes "The question of methane on Mars isn’t dead yet, but NASA’s Curiosity rover has at least put a first nail in the coffin.
At a briefing on Friday, scientists on Curiosity announced that they had not detected methane with any confidence — though they left themselves some wiggle room for revision, saying that methane could be present at levels of less than 5 parts per billion.
On Earth, life is responsible for the vast majority of the planet’s atmospheric methane, which exists at levels of about 1,700 parts per billion. If methane were detected on Mars, microbes could thus be invoked as its source, though trace amounts could also be produced via comet impacts or chemical reactions underground involving rocks and hot water."

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Piracy

+ - 151 Twitter starts withholding rather than deleting copyright-infringing tweets->

Submitted by SternisheFan
SternisheFan (2529412) writes "Twitter is now withholding tweets when people complain they contain or link to copyright-infringing material, rather than deleting them. The company's legal policy manager, Jeremy Kessel, said in a tweet on Saturday that the shift offers Twitter users "more transparency" in the way the service processes copyright reports. This is because other users can now see what was removed and why, rather than just not being able to see the message. The copyright notices that Twitter receives can be seen on the Chilling Effects website, where the firm posts all such messages with personal details excised. Some call for messages to be axed because they contain a copyrighted image, while others note that certain tweets contain links to unlawful copies of games and other media on the web. Other types of censorship can also be seen on Twitter's Chilling Effects page, notably instances where certain messages had to be withheld in certain countries due to local laws regarding privacy or political freedom."
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Technology

+ - 194 Nokia "suspends" its free developer program-> 2

Submitted by jbernardo
jbernardo (1014507) writes "Nokia has put in deep freeze its free developer program, the launchpad. Now, in the Developer Programs page, one can only see a pitch for a paid "Nokia Premium Developer Program", and below, in the Nokia Developer Pro and Developer Launchpad box, there is a text merely stating that Nokia are not currently accepting new applications for Nokia Developer Launchpad and Nokia Developer Pro programs. With most (if not all) Launchpad memberships already expired, seems like Nokia no longer is interested in the developer community, which once was one of the mainstays of its domination of the smartphone market. Of course, that domination was destroyed by Elop and its "burning platforms" memo, together with the failed bet on windows phone 7, so maybe giving up on developers would also be expectable."
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Microsoft

+ - 127 Windows 8 Zero-Day Exploit Up For Sale

Submitted by
manoj.pravakar
manoj.pravakar writes "Not even ten days have passed since Microsoft has officially released Windows 8 operating system (OS), its security flaws are coming out.

The latest blow in this quarter comes from a French security firm VUPEN. The security firm claims to have cracked a hole in the recently released Windows 8. It has developed a zero-day exploit for the new OS from Microsoft. And, VUPEN is not interested to disclose the exploit to Microsoft, rather it wants to sell the code to the highest bidder.

Microsoft has not confirmed or denied VUPEN’s claim. If such an exploit exists, and Microsoft fails to patch it soon the Windows 8 sales can expect to receive a blow, especially from corporate customers."

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