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Submission + - Microsoft Black Tuesday Blue Screens of Death

snydeq writes: Two of Microsoft's kernel-mode driver updates — which often cause problems — are triggering a BSOD error message on some Windows systems, InfoWorld reports. 'Details at this point are sparse, but it looks like three different patches from this week's Black Tuesday crop are causing Blue Screens with a Stop 0x50 error on some systems. If you're hitting a BSOD, you can help diagnose the problem (and perhaps prod Microsoft to find a solution) by adding your voice to the Microsoft Answers Forum thread on the subject.'
Google

Submission + - Microsoft can remotely delete Windows 8 apps-> 3

tripleevenfall writes: Microsoft will be able to throw a "kill switch" to disable or even remove an app from users' Windows 8 devices, the company revealed in documentation released earlier this week for its upcoming Windows Store.

"In cases where your security is at risk, or where we're required to do so for legal reasons, you may not be able to run apps or access content that you previously acquired or purchased a license for," said Microsoft in the Windows Store terms."If the Windows Store, an app, or any content is changed or discontinued, your data could be deleted or you may not be able to retrieve data you have stored," Microsoft said.

Both Apple and Google can flip such a switch for apps distributed by the iOS App Store and Android Market, respectively.

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Submission + - US Supreme Court upholds removal of works from Pub-> 2

langelgjm writes: While much of the web is focused on the SOPA and PIPA blackout, supporters of the public domain today quietly lost a protracted struggle that began back in 2001.The Supreme Court, in a 6-2 decision, rejected the argument that Congress did not have the power to convey copyright upon works that were already in the public domain. The suit was originally filed to challenge provisions that the U.S. adopted when signing the TRIPs agreement. Justices Breyer and Alito dissented, arguing that conveyed copyright on already existing works defied the logic of copyright law. Justice Kagan recused herself. The text of the opinions is available here (PDF).
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Security

Submission + - Air Force Comments on Drone Malware-> 4

wiredmikey writes: Air Force officials have revealed more details about a malware infection that impacted systems used to manage a feet of drones or UAVs at the Creech Air Force Base in Nevada as reported last week.

According to the Air Force, the 24th Air Force (24th AF) first detected the malware – which they characterized as a “credential stealer” as opposed to a keylogger as originally reported — and notified Creech Air Force Base officials Sept. 15 that malware was found on portable hard drives approved for transferring information between systems.

The infected computers were part of the ground control system that supports remotely-piloted aircraft (RPA) operations. The malware is not designed to transmit data or video or corrupt any files, programs or data, according to the Air Force, which explained the infected computers were part of the ground control system that supports drone flight operations. The ground system is separate from the flight control system used by RPA pilots to fly the aircrafts.

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Apple

Submission + - A Day After Launch, Apple's iCloud Already Having ->

Urbndude writes: It seems that only one day after its official release, some users of Apple's iCloud are having issues connecting to their email. Apple has acknowledged the problem and is working on restoring service. The promise Apple made back in June was that it would be much more reliable then MobileMe, which suffered many outages in its almost 3 year lifespan. Does this mean that iCloud could share the same fate as its predecessor?
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Games

Submission + - Sony Could Face Developer Exodus on PSN->

donniebaseball23 writes: As the PlayStation Network outage continues, developers continue to feel the economic pinch. There's been no word from Sony on whether they'll compensate companies who produce games for PSN, but Capcom has already said it's losing potentially "millions" from the downtime. Worse yet, developers who rely on PSN revenues may jump ship if they aren't compensated, warns Dylan Cuthbert, creator of popular PSN game PixelJunk. "I have a feeling they [Sony] are thinking about doing something or they will lose developers which of course is pretty bad for them," he told IndustryGamers.
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IOS

Submission + - Apple discusses iOS privacy issues before congress->

An anonymous reader writes: Earlier today, Apple’s VP of software technology Guy L. “Bud” Tribble appeared before a congressional hearing on mobile privacy to address concerns that were first brought to the forefront following the “location tracking” controversy that emerged a few weeks ago
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Google

Submission + - Google launching music service without labels->

fysdt writes: "Google Inc is set to launch an online music locker service to allow users to store and access their songs wherever they are, similar to one launched by Amazon.com Inc in March.

And like the Amazon Cloud Drive player, Google music service is being introduced on Tuesday without any prior licensing deals with major music labels, following months of fruitless negotiations."

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Graphics

Submission + - WebGL poses new security problems->

Julie188 writes: "Researchers are warning that the WebGL standard undermines existing operating system security protections and offers up new attack surfaces. To enable rendering of demanding 3D animations, WebGL allows web sites to execute shader code directly on a system's graphics card. This can allow an attacker to exploit security vulnerabilities in the graphics card driver and even inject malicious code onto the system."
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Idle

Submission + - Stewart & Colbert plan competing D.C. rallies ->

Lev13than writes: In a direct retort to Glenn Beck's Restoring Honor rally, John Stewart and Stephen Colbert have announced competing rallies on October 30th. Stewart plans to host a “Rally To Restore Sanity” on Oct. 30 on the National Mall in D.C. for the Americans he says are too busy living normal, rational lives to attend other political demonstrations. Colbert, meantime, will shepherd his fans in a “March To Keep Fear Alive.” “Damn your reasonableness!” Colbert said. “Now is not the time to take it down a notch. Now is the time for all good men to freak out for freedom!” Stewart, meanwhile, has promised to provide attendees with signs featuring slogans such as “I Disagree With You But I'm Pretty Sure You're Not Hitler” and “I'm Afraid of Spiders.”
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Cellphones

Submission + - Windows Phone 7 Won't Launch with CDMA->

WrongSizeGlass writes: PCMag is reporting that Windows Phone 7 will initially only be available for GSM/HSPA networks — not CMDA — counting out five of the seven largest U.S. wireless carriers. According to Microsoft, the company is targeting GSM/HSPA because that technology is used by the vast majority of wireless operators globally. A CDMA version will follow, just not right away.
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Piracy

BSA's Latest Piracy Claims 'Shockingly Misleading,' Says Geist 277

An anonymous reader writes "This week the Business Software Alliance published a new study which purports to estimate the economic gain from a ten percent reduction in piracy of business software. For Canada, the BSA claims that the reduction would create over 6,000 new jobs and generate billions in GDP and tax revenue. But Michael Geist says the BSA claims are based on nothing more than the economic gains from a ten percent increase in proprietary software spending. The BSA now admits its estimate is based on the presumption that every dollar 'saved' by using unlicensed software would now be spent on proprietary software." Glyn Moody pointed out more flaws in the BSA's report.

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