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Submission + - Phil Spencer: Fewer 3rd Party Exclusive Deals in Future; 1st Party is the Focus->

on4play writes: During an interview at China Joy 2015, Microsoft's Phil Spencer revealed that Microsoft is now more focussed on developing 1st party exclusives, rather than securing 3rd party exclusive content.

You can watch the interview below:

"My strategy is more around our own first party franchises, and investing in franchises that we own, and probably fewer exclusive deals for third party content. I want to have strong third party relations, but paying for many third party exclusives isn’t our long term strategy.

This year, the fact that we’re shipping Halo 5, Gears of War, Forza 6, Fable; we can only do that and build that best line-up we’ve ever seen really on the back of franchises that we own. It’s great to have Tomb Raider as part of our line-up, but investing in first party, you’ll see more of that at Gamescom next week, is really core to our strategy."

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Submission + - âoeSoftâ Sensors Are Breaking Into Four Major Industries->

ericajmoss writes: From something as simple as a door sensor at a store to the new age of smart sensors in a rapidly emerging wearables market, the application of sensors has already permeated many parts of our everyday lives. But the future of dynamic sensor applications goes beyond just measuring your heart rate through the new Apple Watch. Read More
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Feed Techdirt: Freedom Of The Press Foundation Sues DOJ Over Its Secret Rules For Spying On Journalists->

The wonderful Freedom of the Press Foundation is now suing the US Justice Department for refusing to reveal its rules and procedures for spying on journalists. You can read the complaint here. The key issue: what rules and oversight exist for the DOJ when it comes to spying on journalists. As you may recall, a few years ago, it came out that the DOJ had been using some fairly sneaky tricks to spy on journalists, including falsely telling a court that reporter James Rosen was a "co-conspirator" in order to get access to his emails and phone records. In response to a lot of criticism, the DOJ agreed to "revise" its rules for when it snoops on journalists.

However, there was an important limitation on the "new" rules, as the NY Times noted at the time:

There is no change to how the F.B.I. may obtain reporters’ calling records via “national security letters,” which are exempt from the regular guidelines. A Justice spokesman said the device is 'subject to an extensive oversight regime.'
Extensive oversight regime, eh? The Freedom of the Press Foundation sought to find out just what kind of extensive oversight there really was -- and came up against a brick wall in the form of black redaction ink: That's from the DOJ's Inspector General report, concerning a situation where the FBI had used an NSL to access a journalist's communications inappropriately. As the Freedom of the Press Foundation notes, elsewhere in that same report, it appears that the FBI is actually ignoring recommendations of the Inspector General concerning these situations, despite the "First Amendment interests implicated." As the Foundation notes, the redactions here make the details entirely opaque, and the Inspector General's Office has made it clear that it disagreed with the redactions, saying that revealing the information behind that black ink "is important to the public's understanding of the FBI's compliance with NSL requirements." Given that the Foundation is now suing to find out those details. The lawsuit specifically requests that the DOJ reveal those documents in their entirety, which includes the "extensive regime, rules, guidelines, or infrastructure that oversees the issuance of NSLs or exigent letters to obtain records regarding a member of the media" as well as "the current procedures that FBI agents must undertake in advance of issuing a NSL or exigent letter to obtain records regarding any member of the media."

I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that the DOJ will reply, hysterically, that revealing this kind of information will put national security at risk and could reveal important law enforcement gathering techniques that will aid those out to harm us or some such crap. Perhaps they'll even toss in a request to dump the entire case for reasons of "national security." Just recognize that this is all busllshit. The request here is not for any details that are going to help any criminals get away with anything. All it is asking for is what process the FBI uses to make sure that it's not violating the First Amendment in spying on journalists. If that's something that needs to be kept secret, there can be only one reason: because the FBI is embarrassed by what it's doing in spying on journalists.

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Comment "free" != free (Score 2) 482 482

Windows "free" edition will write home about pretty much everything you do. The default settings send Microsoft ya unique device ID with everything you type, everything you say, every link you click, and every file name. The settings you can't change send less to Microsoft but still way too much. I'm not comfortable with this level of reporting. More importantly I'm not comfortable with Microsoft having the option (updates you can't disable) to ratchet that up. I'm not a frog for Microsoft's pot.

That alone is reason for me to either pay for the non-shit version or only run it on a separate computer for testing and learning the OS. It looks like a fine OS, but it's not a free OS.


Read their privacy policy here, it's a litany of ass covering that boils down to, "we'll collect all the data we can and use it any way we please but hey, we won't send you ads that creep you out".

Comment Re:Industrial network (Score 2) 76 76

Uptime, heartbeats, and operational error codes can be transferred one-way and offer very little for an attacker to use. And the executives probably don't care whether the condenser is running security patch .0034 or .0036. So I'm thinking the real problem isn't sending out plant data but an unwillingness to invest in security in general.

Submission + - New RC4 Encryption Attacks Reduces Plaintext Recovery Time->

msm1267 writes: Two Belgian security researchers from the University of Leuven have driven new nails into the coffin of the RC4 encryption algorithm. A published paper, expected to be delivered at the upcoming USENIX Security Symposium next month in Washington, D.C., describes new attacks against RC4 that allow an attacker to capture a victim’s cookie and decrypt it in a much shorter amount of time than was previously possible.

The paper “All Your Biases Belong To Us: Breaking RC4 in WPA-TKIP and TLS,” written by Mathy Vanhoef and Frank Piessens, explains the discovery of new biases in the algorithm that led to attacks breaking encryption on websites running TLS with RC4, as well as the WPA-TKIP, the Wi-Fi Protected Access Temporal Key Integrity Protocol.

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Submission + - Flirtey Cleared For Take-Off in First FAA-Approved Drone Delivery Service->

Zothecula writes: One weekend each July, 1,500 people from rural area of Wise County, Virginia descend on the local fairgrounds for a once yearly medical clinic. Here they seek attention for conditions that go untreated for the rest of the year due to lack of access to proper healthcare. In years gone by, medical supplies would be brought into the town by truck, but this year things will be working a little differently. Startup Flirtey has teamed up with NASA to conduct a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved exercise to deliver some of these items by drone. This is a good news for a startup trying to spread its wings, but even better news for rural folk who instead of waiting days for medication will have their prescriptions filled in just half an hour. And as Flirtey CEO Matt Sweeney tells Gizmag, it could be the "Kitty Hawk" moment the drone delivery industry has been longing for.
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Submission + - Why Enterprise Security Priorities Don't Address The Most Serious Threats

An anonymous reader writes: In 2015, enterprises will spend more than $71.1 billion on information security – more than they have ever spent before, according to Gartner Group figures. Yet, the incidence of major data breaches shows no signs of abating. As enterprises continue to struggle with online attacks and data leaks, many are asking one common question: What are we doing wrong? According to a survey of nearly 500 top-level security experts who have attended Black Hat USA, most enterprises are not spending their time, budget, and staffing resources on the problems that most security professionals consider to be the greatest threats.

Submission + - Google introduces open source beacon technology Eddystone

stephendavion writes: Google has introduced Eddystone, a beacon technology with cross-platform capabilities similar to Apple's iBeacon. It will support Android, iOS or any platform that supports Bluetooth low energy (BLE) beacons. Just like most beacon technologies, Eddystone will communicate with devices through BLE to provide information about a particular thing when user's device reaches in the range of Eddystone. Users can get multiple information including like details about a nearby restaurant, museum or transit info about buses etc. Google has published Github resources as well two APIs for the platform.

Submission + - FBI helps shut down piracy sites in Romania->

An anonymous reader writes: The FBI has taken a major role in the shutting down of at least two popular piracy-torrent sites in Romania, according to a report from Romania’s High Court of Cassation and Justice []. The popular torrenting domains and are now offline after a series of raids on individuals and companies, including a hosting company in Bucharest thought to have some involvement with the pirate operation.
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Submission + - SPAM: A popular Instagrammer got special access at Comic-Con - here are the results

AngeloSeverns writes:

New York street photographer Daniel Arnold was the envy of thousands of Comic-Con attendees this weekend, but chances are they didn't even know he was there

The popular instagrammer, who boasts more than 100K followers, was roped in by CBS TV Studios to be a fly on the wall over the weekend, with rarely seen access to its stars, panels, signings and happenings

Comic-Con is typically a curious place for stars. It's a never ending stream of small crowded rooms, posed pictures, and industrial-looking hallways between appearances. Their only small taste of the true Con experience is usually during signings, where the fans have lined up for hours for a chance for some face time Read more... More about Television, Comic Con, Entertainment, Tv, and Comic Con 2015
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Submission + - NSA releases open source security tool for Linux->

Earthquake Retrofit writes: NSA's systems integrity management platform — SIMP — was released to the code repository GitHub over the weekend.
NSA said it released the tool to avoid duplication after US government departments and other groups tried to replicate the product in order to meet compliance requirements set by US Defence and intelligence bodies.

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