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+ - 140 Remote root exploit in Kindle Touch->

Submitted by
tero
tero writes "Developers at MobileRead forums have discovered a rather strange "feature" in Kindle Touch browser. It seems the browser includes a scriptable plugin which allows websites to execute code on the device. Naturally someone has found a way to execute shell commands — and by the looks of it everything is running with root privileges.
This opens potential for "drive-by" jailbreaking — or turning the devices into a global 3G botnet.
According to the thread Amazon is working on a fix."

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Security

+ - 140 Spammers Target Dropbox Users: Another Data Breach?->

Submitted by Cludge
Cludge (981852) writes "Brian Krebs is reporting that, beginning Tuesday (July 17), European users of Dropbox were inundated with "casino" spam sent to addresses linked to the service. There are also reports that the service was intermittently off line today: "At around 3 p.m. ET, the company’s service went down in a rare outage, blocking users from logging into and accessing their files and displaying an error message on dropbox.com." Dropbox issued a statement late Tuesday that they are investigating the problem."
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Facebook

+ - 229 Washington State To Allow Voter Registration Over Facebook-> 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The Associated Press reports that the state of Washington will soon have an application available on its Facebook page that will let residents register to vote. Washington and other states already allow online registration, but this is the first time it will be allowed over Facebook. The state's co-director of elections, Shane Hamlin, said, 'In this age of social media and more people going online for services, this is a natural way to introduce people to online registration and leverage the power of friends on Facebook to get more people registered.' Facebook won't have access to the State's database, and Hamlin says Facebook won't collect any of the personal information with which it interacts."
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Businesses

+ - 246 Why junk electronics should be big business->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "We've heard before about the problem of e-waste — computers and other high-tech gadgets that are tossed into landfills or shipped off to third-world countries when they reach end-of-life. But this article makes the case that there's a huge business opportunity here, with billions of dollars going to waste in the form of metals that could be reclaimed from these old and broken devices. 'At current rates of production, $16 billion (or 320 tons) in gold and $5 billion (7500 tons) in silver are put into media tablets, smartphones, computers, and other devices annually. With growth in demand for smartphones and media tablets showing little sign of diminishing in the next few years, the flow of gold and silver from deposit to waste facilities is only likely to accelerate. ... StEP claims that, in developing nations, 50 percent of the gold in e-waste is lost due to "crude dismantling processes" and only 25 percent of the remainder is recoverable due to the rudimentary technology to hand. In contrast, 25 percent of gold is lost to electronics dismantling in developed nations, and modern facilities are able to recover 95 percent of the rest.'"
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Android

+ - 267 Apple wins mobile patent on displaying lists, documents->

Submitted by
walterbyrd
walterbyrd writes "The company yesterday was granted Patent no. 8,223,134 for "Portable electronic device, method, and graphical user interface for displaying electronic lists and documents." According to the patent's description, the technology relies upon a touch-screen display and includes both the function for displaying lists and documents, and how they look on a mobile product."
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Ubuntu

+ - 248 Richard Stallman Speaks About UEFI->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Despite weaknesses in the Linux-hostile "secure boot" mechanism, both Fedora and Ubuntu decided to facilitate it, by essentially adopting two different approaches. Richard Stallman has finally spoken out on this subject. He notes that "if the user doesn’t control the keys, then it’s a kind of shackle, and that would be true no matter what system it is.” He notes that "Microsoft demands that ARM computers sold for Windows 8 be set up so that the user cannot change the keys; in other words, turn it into restricted boot." Furthermore, he notes, "this is not a security feature. This is abuse of the users. I think it ought to be illegal.""
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Crime

+ - 177 Google to fight drug cartels, illicit networks->

Submitted by hypnosec
hypnosec (2231454) writes "Google is on a mission to help find criminals and terrorists who use the web to accomplish their notorious deeds. Google is going to make use of its extensive search capabilities in order to expose any illegal activities. The search leader has launched a campaign that will target the secrecy of drug cartels, cyber criminals, violent radicals and the likes. The search engine giant has assembled politicians, academics, law enforcement agencies, victims along with technology experts for its summit in Los Angeles dubbed Illicit Networks: Forces in Opposition. Google’s think tank division, Google Ideas, has joined forces with Interpol, Council on Foreign Relations and other such agencies in a bid to find ways to use technology against terrorists, organized crime and others. The summit is going to be benefited with the presence of Ronald Noble, Interpol's secretary general; Alejandro Poire, Mexico's interior minister; Andy Weber, assistant secretary for nuclear, chemical and biological defense programs at the US department of defense among others."
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+ - 192 Asimov's Foundation series becomming reality?->

Submitted by
northernboy
northernboy writes "Today's LA Times has an article (http://www.latimes.com/news/science/la-sci-warfare-data-20120717,0,409336.story) describing how a Wikileaks data dump from Afghanistan plus some advanced algorithms are allowing accurate predictions about the behavior of large groups of people. From the article:

"The programmers used simple code to extract dates and locations from about 77,000 incident reports that detailed everything from simple stop-and-search operations to full-fledged battles. The resulting map revealed the outlines of the country's ongoing violence: hot spots near the Pakistani border but not near the Iranian border, and extensive bloodshed along the country's main highway. They did it all in just one night.

Now one member of that group has teamed up with mathematicians and computer scientists and taken the project one major step further: They have used the WikiLeaks data to predict the future."

Considering they did not discriminate between types of skirmish, but only when and where there was violence, this seems like an amazing result. It looks like our robotic overlords will have even less trouble controlling us than I previously thought."

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+ - 211 Penny Arcade Sells Out->

Submitted by
sanosuke001
sanosuke001 writes "Penny Arcade has taken the crowdfunding idea from the other direction; try to fund an existing, and already successful, operation via their fans. With 29 days to go they have already passed their initial goal of $250,000 USD and are on their way to reaching some very interesting stretch goals including new Lookouts and Automata strips, an ad-free penny-arcade.com, revived podcast, and my personal favorite: Jerry Holkins cosplay which will be decided on by the fans.

They will be giving out some pledge goodies like t-shirts, autographed prints, digital versions of their first two books, Stream codes for Rainslick Precipice of Darkness Episode 3. For those with deep pockets: promises of twitter following, re-tweeting, an internship for a day, hang-outs with the PA crew, and even a shirt-of-the-month club, just to name a few."

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Displays

+ - 143 NC State Almost Doubles Light Efficiency For Pico Projectors->

Submitted by szquirrel
szquirrel (140575) writes "Researchers from North Carolina State University sponsored by ImageOptix Corporation have developed new a polarization conversion system that makes LED-lit projectors much more efficient. Unlike an ordinary polarizing filter, which wastes more than 50% of the light passing through it, the new system splits, aligns, and recombines the polarized beams to use 90% of the original unpolarized light. Tiny projectors could shine twice as bright or twice as long with much less cooling and the system is even small enough to embed in a smartphone or tablet."
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Transportation

+ - 161 Another Elon Musk Bet: Half Of All Cars Built In 2032 Will Be Electric->

Submitted by cartechboy
cartechboy (2660665) writes "Ears perked up when Elon Musk made another bold statement he'd be "willing to bet on. " This time: That in 20 years, half of all new cars sold would be plug-in electric cars.

Believe him? The math looks a little fuzzy, and one research analyst is willing to take Musk up on on the bet. Winner, winner, chicken dinner?"

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EU

+ - 151 Microsoft faces $7bn fine for violating EU deal->

Submitted by
vu1986
vu1986 writes "Microsoft has confessed to violating its browser choice agreement with European antitrust regulators, after they opened up a fresh investigation into the company’s behavior.

This is a big deal, not least because it means that the company could now face a fine of up to 10 percent of its annual turnover — $7 billion at last count.
http://gigaom.com/europe/microsoft-faces-7bn-fine-for-violating-eu-deal/"

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Medicine

+ - 182 The laser-powered bionic eye that gives 576-pixel grayscale vision to the blind->

Submitted by
MrSeb
MrSeb writes "After a lot of theorizing, posturing, and non-human trials, it looks like bionic eye implants are finally hitting the market — first in Europe, and hopefully soon in the US. These implants can restore sight to completely blind patients — though only if the blindness is caused by a faulty retina, as in macular degeneration (which millions of old people suffer from), diabetic retinopathy, or other degenerative eye diseases. The first of these implants, Argus II developed by Second Sight, is already available in Europe. For around $115,000, you get a 4-hour operation to install an antenna behind your eye, and a special pair of camera-equipped glasses that send signals to the antenna. The second bionic eye implant, the Bio-Retina developed by Nano Retina, is a whole lot more exciting. The Bio-Retina costs less — around the $60,000 mark — and instead of an external camera, the 576-pixel vision-restoring sensor is actually placed inside the eye, on top of the retina. The operation only takes 30 minutes and can be performed under local anesthetic. Once installed, 576 electrodes on the back of the sensor implant themselves into your optic nerve. The best bit, though, is how the the sensor is powered: The Bio-Retina system comes with a standard pair of corrective lenses that are modified so that they can fire a near-infrared laser beam through your iris to the sensor at the back of your eye. On the sensor there is a photovoltaic cell that produces up to three milliwatts — not a lot, but more than enough."
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Hardware

+ - 211 Sony's thermal sheet good as paste for CPU cooling->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Sony has demonstrated a thermal sheet that it claims matches thermal paste in terms of cooling ability while beating it on life span. The key to the sheet is a combination of silicon and carbon fibers, to produce a thermal conductive layer that’s between 0.3 and 2mm thick.

In the demonstration, the same CPU was cooled by thermal paste and the thermal sheet side-by-side, with the paste keeping the processor at a steady 53 degrees Celsius. The sheet achieved a slightly better 50 degrees Celsius. The actual CPU used in the demonstration wasn’t identified.

Sony wants to get the thermal sheet used in servers and for projection units, but I can definitely see this being an option for typical PC builds, too. It's certainly going to be less messy and probably a lot cheaper than buying a tube of thermal paste."

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Censorship

+ - 138 NSA Whistleblower Drake: You're automatically suspicious until proven otherwise->

Submitted by colinneagle
colinneagle (2544914) writes "RT had a very interesting interview with former NSA official turned whistleblower Thomas A. Drake, who said, "Security has effectively become the State religion; you don't question it. And if you question it, then your loyalty is questioned."

"Speaking truth of power is very dangerous in today's world," he added. The interviewer pointed out that investigative journalists are labeled as "terrorist helpers" for trying to reveal the truth, to which Drake said the government's take is "you go after the messenger because the last thing you want to do is deal with the message." The NSA, the government, "They object" to anyone who dares to "air dirty laundry" or show the skeletons in the closet. "Not only do they object to it, they decide to turn it into criminal activity."

Drake added, "Most people don't stand up to power because power wields a lot of power and power can do you in, or make life very difficult.""

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Security

+ - 145 Modest Proposal For Stopping Hackers: Get Them Girlfriends-> 1

Submitted by kierny
kierny (102954) writes "Hackers/crackers who get arrested are typically male and young adults--if not minors. Why is that? According to research by online psychology expert Grainne Kirwan, it's because the typical hacker "ages out" once they get a girlfriend, job, kids, and other responsibilities that make it difficult to maintain their hacking/cracking/hacktivist lifecycle. Could that finding offer a way to help keep more young hacking enthusiasts out of jail?"
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Music

+ - 174 Anti-piracy group fined for stealing music->

Submitted by zacharye
zacharye (2330148) writes "Oh, the irony. A musicians’ rights group in the Netherlands was fined this week for stealing music from a client, using it without his permission and failing to pay royalties. Music royalty collection agency Buma/Stemra approached Dutch musician Melchior Rietveldt in 2006 and asked him to create a composition that would be used in an anti-piracy advertisement, which the group said would be shown exclusively at a local film festival. One year later, Rietveldt purchased a Harry Potter DVD only to find that his piece was being used on DVDs around the world without his permission..."
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Firefox

+ - 178 Firefox OS Will Win Big With Developers - Mozilla->

Submitted by
judgecorp
judgecorp writes "Mozilla's mobile operating system Firefox OS will win overwhelming support from developers because it dropped XUL in favour of HTML5, says the head of Mozilla Europe in an interview. Firefox OS is more open than iOS and Android, and 75 percent of apps are already written in HTML5."
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China

+ - 168 China third country to be hit by 'brown tide'->

Submitted by
ananyo
ananyo writes "The species of alga that causes 'brown tides' in the United States and South Africa is also to blame for massive blooms along China’s east coast on the Bohai Sea, researchers have found. The finding could be the first step to tackling the problem.
It is the fourth consecutive year the country has been hit by the bloom (Slashdot's story on the 2010 bloom here), with the situation worsening each time the bloom returns."

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