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+ - Twitter moves to curb Instagram links

Submitted by Hammeh
Hammeh (2481572) writes "According to a report on Mashable, Twitter have sent out messages to some of their high profile users prompting them to share images using Twitter's own service rather than Instagram links. The news comes 2 years since Instagram pulled support for Twitter cards and has been part of the continuing battle between the two social networks. With Instagram now having overtaken Twitter in terms of users, this may be a move to try and use high profile users to show off Twitter's own image and content tools."

+ - Three owner Li Ka-shing in talks to purchase O2 UK for £10bn

Submitted by Hammeh
Hammeh (2481572) writes "Asia's richest person Li Ka-shing announced today that his firm, Hong Kong-based Hutchison Whampoa, has entered into exclusive talks to purchase O2 UK from Telefonica Spain.
This news comes weeks after it came to light that network giant British Telecom was holding talks with EE, the UK's largest mobile network, about a takeover. The merger between Three and O2 would create the UK's largest mobile network, and if both deals go ahead, shrink the market to 3 big players. This could be a major step in improving the UK's mobile infrastructure by 2017 which was previously promised by the big players.
The deal is likely to face tough scrutiny from the competition regulators as a giant may seek to increase prices, but it does pose the interesting question, how much say should they really have in a market which is ultimately priced by competition?"

+ - WireLurker: Unprecedented iOS, OS X Malware Hits Users

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Palo Alto Networks researchers have unearthed a new family of OS X and iOS malware that is able to compromise even non-jailbroken iOS devicesthrough enterprise provisioning. It's also the first malware family to infect installed iOS applications in a way typical for a traditional virus, and the first malware that automates the generation of malicious iOS applications through binary file replacement. The OS X malware's mission is to collect information about the iOS device connected to it (serial, phone, model number; device type, user's Apple ID, UDID, Wi-Fi address, disk usage information) and to infect it. The iOS malware's is to collect user data (address book contents, SMSes, iMessages, Apple ID information) and send it to a server controlled by the attackers."

+ - Charity promotes covert surveillance app for suicide prevention

Submitted by VoiceOfDoom
VoiceOfDoom (875772) writes "Major UK charity The Samaritans have launched an app titled "Samaritans Radar", in an attempt to help Twitter users identify when their friends [sic] are in crisis and in need of support. Unfortunately the privacy implications appear not to have been thought through — installing the app allows it to monitor the Twitter feeds of all of your followers, searching for particular phrases or words which might indicate they are in distress. The app then sends you an email suggesting you contact your follower to offer your help. Opportunities for misuse by online harassers are at the forefront of the concerns that have been raised, but in addition; there is strong evidence to suggest that this use of personal information is in fact illegal; being in contravention of UK Data Protection law."

+ - Pirate Bay founder Gottfrid Warg faces Danish jail time.

Submitted by Hammeh
Hammeh (2481572) writes "BBC news reports that Pirate Bay co-founder Gottfrid Warg has been found guilty of hacking into computers and illegally downloading files in Denmark. Found guilty of breaching security to access computers owned by technology giant CSC to steal police and social security files, Mr Warg faces a sentence of up to six years behind bars. Mr Warg argued that although the computer used to commit the offence was owned by him, the hacks were carried out by another individual who he declined to name."

+ - 13-year-old Finds Fungus Deadly to AIDS Patients Literally Grows on Trees->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Researchers have pinpointed the environmental source of fungal infections that have been sickening HIV/AIDS patients in Southern California for decades. It literally grows on trees. The discovery is based on the science project of a 13-year-old girl, who spent the summer gathering soil and tree samples from areas around Los Angeles hardest hit by infections of the fungus named Cryptococcus gattii ."
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+ - Solar Wind Energy's Downdraft Tower Generates Its Own Wind All Year Round->

Submitted by Zothecula
Zothecula (1870348) writes "When we think of wind power, we generally think of huge wind turbines sitting high atop towers where they can take advantage of the higher wind speeds. But Maryland-based Solar Wind Energy, Inc. is looking to turn wind power on its head with the Solar Wind Downdraft Tower, which places turbines at the base of a tower and generates its own wind to turn them."
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+ - Facebook's 30min Global Outage Could Cost the Company $600,000 ->

Submitted by DavidGilbert99
DavidGilbert99 (2607235) writes "Using some back of a cigarette packet maths, IBTimes UK estimates that as Facebook earned on average $27.7 million per day in the first three months of 2014, the 30 minutes global outage which hit the service on Thursday, could have cost it as much as $600,000 in lost revenue."
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+ - Intel To Offer Custom Xeons With Embedded FPGAs For The Data Center->

Submitted by MojoKid
MojoKid (1002251) writes "For years, we've heard rumors that Intel was building custom chips for Google or Facebook, but these deals have always been assumed to work with standard hardware. Intel might offer a different product SKU with non-standard core counts, or a specific TDP target, or a particular amount of cache — but at the end of the day, these were standard Xeon processors. Today, it looks like that's changing for the first time — Intel is going to start embedding custom FPGAs into its own CPU silicon. The new FPGA-equipped Xeons will occupy precisely the same socket and platform as the standard, non-FPGA Xeons. Nothing will change on the customer front (BIOS updates may be required), but the chips should be drop-in compatible. The company has not stated who provided its integrated FPGA design, but Altera is a safe bet. The two companies have worked together on multiple designs and Altera (which builds FPGAs) is using Intel for its manufacturing. This move should allow Intel to market highly specialized performance hardware to customers willing to pay for it. By using FPGAs to accelerate certain specific types of workloads, Intel Xeon customers can reap higher performance for critical functions without translating the majority of their code to OpenCL or bothering to update it for GPGPU."
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Comment: Screen size makes it tricky (Score 1) 76

by Hammeh (#47262499) Attached to: Amazon's Android Appstore Coming To BlackBerry
I was playing with the android version of Instagram on a BlackBerry Q10 a while back, and the application didn't quite look right on the small screen of the Q10 (iGrann looks better since it was built for BlackBerry). If BlackBerry are going to focus more on hardware keyboard devices with the majority of apps coming from android I think it is something they need to work on and consider carefully. Otherwise, this is a step in the right direction for the once big mobile company!

Comment: Stopping this would stop snooping in the UK too. (Score 3, Informative) 60

by Hammeh (#47262269) Attached to: EU High Court To Review US-EU Data Safe Harbor Agreement
It was announced this week that GCHQ don't need permission to snoop on UK citizen's activity when the services being used are located abroad as they class it as "external communication" (for the likes of Facebook, Twitter and Google). It wouldn't surprise me in the light of recent events, if the UK government back this plan, to only turn around and say, "Yes you need to keep the data in Europe, but we don't want it here." just so they can continue to *legally* spy on the people via this "external" (overseas) communication loophole.

+ - EU High Court To Decide If Facebook Can Safegaurd Europeans' Data

Submitted by jfruh
jfruh (300774) writes "Under European laws, personal data of EU citizens can't be transferred to countries that don't meet EU standards for data protection. The US doesn't meet those standards, but American companies have worked around this by using EU standards for the data of European citizens, even that data stored on servers outside of Europe. Now the EU's highest court will decide if this workaround is good enough — especially in light of revelations of the NSA's Prism data-mining program."

+ - BlackBerry announces new licensing deal with Amazon for Android Appstore.

Submitted by Hammeh
Hammeh (2481572) writes "Blackberry today announced on their blog they have reached a licensing agreement with Amazon to provide the Amazon Android Appstore to be shipped with BlackBerry OS 10.3 due to be released this fall. The Amazon Appstore will exist alongside the current BlackBerry World, bringing more than 200,000 android apps directly to BB 10.3 devices. As part of the announcement, BlackBerry also outlined they will be closing the Music and Video sections of BlackBerry world as they will be provided by the Amazon Appstore.

The question is, is it enough to save BlackBerry in the consumer market or is it too little too late?"

+ - MH370: Australia Rules Out Main Search Zone

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has finished searching the area for flight MH370 where the underwater pings were detected, and declared that it can now be discounted as the final resting place of the aircraft. An underwater search vehicle, Bluefin-21, has scoured more than 850 square kilometers of the Indian ocean west of Perth since four acoustic signals – thought to have been emitted by the missing aircraft’s black box flight recorders – were detected by a towed pinger locator in April. Australia's deputy prime minister, Warren Truss, told parliament in Canberra on Thursday that the search would move into a new phase beginning in August that could take 12 months. The pings were the best information they had available, but they still very confident that the resting place of the aircraft is in the southern Indian Ocean and along the seventh ping line, he said, referring to an arc identified by analysis of satellite communications data from UK company Inmarsat. The search area would now be extended to a 60,000 square kilometer zone along the arc. The ocean floor would be mapped to help the search."

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