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Submission + - Bloomberg spends $80,000 on Ubuntu Edge

nk497 writes: Canonical has found one business willing to invest $80,000 in its Ubuntu Edge smartphone — financial publisher Bloomberg. Canonical unveiled the Ubuntu Edge — which runs the open-source OS and can be connected to a monitor to serve as a fully functional PC — last month, but the device will only actually be manufactured if it raises $32 million on Indiegogo.

So far the campaign has raised $8.5 million and has two weeks left to run. Individuals can buy the smartphone-cum-PC for $780 at the moment, but Canonical is also offering business bundles of 100 handsets, including a month of support, for $80,000. Bloomberg is the first business to opt for the bundle — but it will get its money back if the project isn't fully funded.

Submission + - Brazilian Governmet will monitor Whatsapp Messages to counter recent riots 3

prxp writes: Recent riots in Brazil have taken the Brazilian Government completely by surprise, since most of its intelligence personnel have been assingned to work on the security of Fifa's Confederations Cup, according to "O Estado de São Paulo" (Google translation), one of Brazil's major newspapers. This is particularly ironic, since protesting against the way Fifa has managed Confederations Cup in Brazil accompanied with overspending by the brazilian Government is in the heart of these riots. Because of that, ABIN (the brazilian equivalent to CIA) "has assembled a last minute operation to monitor the Internet" where intelligence officials have been tasked to monitor protesters' every move "though Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and WhatsApp" in order to "antecipate intineraries and size of riots" among other intel. The legality of such action is unknown, since Brazilian laws prohibit this kind of wiretapping.
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PS3 Hacked? 296

Several readers have sent word that George Hotz (a.k.a. geohot), the hacker best known for unlocking Apple's iPhone, says he has now hacked the PlayStation 3. From his blog post: "I have read/write access to the entire system memory, and HV level access to the processor. In other words, I have hacked the PS3. The rest is just software. And reversing. I have a lot of reversing ahead of me, as I now have dumps of LV0 and LV1. I've also dumped the NAND without removing it or a modchip. 3 years, 2 months, 11 days...that's a pretty secure system. ... As far as the exploit goes, I'm not revealing it yet. The theory isn't really patchable, but they can make implementations much harder. Also, for obvious reasons I can't post dumps. I'm hoping to find the decryption keys and post them, but they may be embedded in hardware. Hopefully keys are setup like the iPhone's KBAG."

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