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Facebook Bug Exposed 6 Million Users 75

Posted by Soulskill
from the just-a-handful dept.
jamaicaplain sends this quote from the NY Times: "Facebook has inadvertently exposed six million users' phone numbers and e-mail addresses to unauthorized viewers over the last year, the company said late Friday. Facebook blamed the data leaks, which began in 2012, on a technical flaw in its huge archive of contact information collected from its 1.1 billion users worldwide. As a result of the problem, Facebook users who downloaded contact data for their list of friends obtained additional information that they were not supposed to have. Facebook's security team was alerted to the problem last week and fixed it within 24 hours. But Facebook did not publicly acknowledge the flaw until Friday afternoon, when it published a message on its blog explaining the situation."

+ - Scientists Are Cracking the Primordial Soup Mystery-> 1

Submitted by derekmead
derekmead (2466858) writes "Scientists have had a basic understanding of how life first popped up on Earth for a while. The so-called "primordial soup" was sitting around, stagnant but containing the basic building blocks of life. Then magic happened and we ended up with life. It's that "magic" that has been the sticking point for scientists, but new research from a team of scientists at the University of Leeds has started to shed light on the mystery, explaining just how objects from space might have kindled the reaction that sparked life on Earth.

It's generally accepted that space rocks played an important role in life's genesis on Earth. Meteorites bombarding the planet early in its history delivered some of the necessary materials for life but none brought life as we know it. How inanimate rocks transformed into the building blocks of life has been a mystery.

But this latest research suggests an answer. If meteorites containing phosphorus landed in the hot, acidic pools that surrounded young volcanoes on the early Earth, there could have been a reaction that produced a chemical similar one that's found in all living cells and is vital in producing the energy that makes something alive."

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+ - Twitter Adding Music->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The NY Times reports that Twitter will soon launch a new music recommendation system for users of its service. The company teased the new feature and directed queries to announcement that We Are Hunted, a company focused on music recommendation through social media, would be shutting down and joining the Twitter team. 'Recommendations based on social media interactions have become common throughout digital media for things like restaurants and shopping. Many online music services offer these features as well. Spotify, for example, can broadcast its users’ playlists through Facebook. Twitter’s advantage, in addition to its size, may lie in the devotion of its customers. "Music is one of the most tweeted topics," said Ted Cohen, a former label executive who is now a consultant to digital music companies. "Discovery is critical to the growth of music, and the new gatekeeper is recommendations from trusted sources."' Oddly, those 'trusted sources' seem to be celebrities with Twitter accounts at the moment, as the system is currently invite-only and restricted to 'influencers.'"
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+ - Curiosity Rover Sees Signs Of Vanishing Martian Atmosphere->

Submitted by alancronin
alancronin (1171375) writes "Before going incommunicado behind the Sun for a month, NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover sent Earth evidence that the Red Planet has lost much of its original atmosphere. The findings, announced by Jet Propulsion Laboratory scientists at the European Geosciences Union meeting in Vienna, bolster the idea that the Martian atmosphere was once much thicker than it is today — and come less than a month after the rover drilled its first rock and found signs that Mars was once hospitable to life. Curiosity’s Sample Analysis at Mars instrument sniffed the Martian atmosphere and counted up the isotopes of argon in the air. Isotopes are heavier and lighter versions of the same element, and when a planet starts to lose its atmosphere, the lighter isotopes in the upper layers are the first to go. So if scientists see fewer of the lighter isotopes than expected, it might mean that there was once much more air there."
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+ - Stephen Hawking Predicts End-Of-Earth Scenario->

Submitted by alancronin
alancronin (1171375) writes "Stephen Hawking, one of the world's greatest physicists and cosmologists, is once again warning his fellow humans that our extinction is on the horizon unless we figure out a way to live in space. Not known for conspiracy theories, Hawking's rationale is that the Earth is far too delicate a planet to continue to withstand the barrage of human battering. "We must continue to go into space for humanity," Hawking said today, according to the Los Angeles Times. "We won't survive another 1,000 years without escaping our fragile planet.""
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Java

+ - Researchers Identify Second New Java Bug->

Submitted by Trailrunner7
Trailrunner7 (1100399) writes "Researchers who have dug into the exploit for the new Java CVE-1012-4681 vulnerability found that there are actually two previously unknown security bugs in Java 7 and that the exploit, which has been tied to attackers in China, is using both of them to get full control of vulnerable machines.

The Java vulnerability was first disclosed publicly on Sunday and researchers have spent the last couple of days looking at the bug as well as the exploit code that's been used in some of the attacks. What they found is that there are in fact two distinct zero day vulnerabilities in the latest version of Java and that the known exploit uses them both."

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AMD

+ - AMD's Next Gen Steamroller CPU Could Deliver Where Bulldozer Fell Short-> 1

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MojoKid
MojoKid writes "Today at the Hot Chips Symposium, AMD's CTO Mark Papermaster is taking the wraps off the company's upcoming CPU core, codenamed Steamroller. Steamroller is the third iteration of AMD's Bulldozer architecture and an extremely important part for AMD. Bulldozer, which launched just over a year ago, was a disappointment. The company's second-generation Bulldozer implementation, codenamed Piledriver, offered a number of key changes and was incorporated into theTrinity APU family that debuted last spring. Steamroller is the first refresh of Bulldozer's underlying architecture and may finally deliver the sort of performance and efficiency AMD was aiming for when it built Bulldozer in the first place. Enhancements to Fetch and Decode architecture have been made, as well as increased scheduler efficiency and cache load latency, which combined could bring a claimed 15 percent performance-per-watt performance gain. AMD expects to ship Steamroller sometime in 2013 but wouldn't offer timing detail beyond that."
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GUI

+ - The Rise of Skeuomorphic User Interfaces

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The evolution of user interface design in software is a long one and has historically tracked the capabilities of computers of the time. Early computers used batch processing which is mostly unheard of today and consequently had minimal human interaction. The late 60s saw the introduction of command line interfaces which remain popular to this day, mostly with technical users. Arguably, what propelled computer use to what it is today is the introduction of the ubiquitous graphical user interface and although graphical interfaces have evolved, in principle they have remained largely unchanged. The resurgence of Apple saw the rise of skeuomorphic graphical user interfaces which are now starting to appear on Linux. Are skeuomorphic designs making technology accessible to the masses or is it simply a case of an unwillingness to innovate and move forward?"
Space

+ - Tennessee Crater Inches Toward Recognition.-> 1

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tetrahedrassface
tetrahedrassface writes "Slashdot carried the story of an-as-yet unverified impact crater in Tennessee a couple of years ago. After a few weeks of fairly hardcore sample taking, digging, obtaining some good images and manipulating them, I'm proud to report the first batch of evidence in favor of it being an impact site. The primary smoking gun is the presentation of an astrobleme , obtained from High Resolution Ornithographic Images taken in 2008. Also of note, are the melted/deformed rocks, magnetic crater dust, and the fitment of the crater rim to a circle. A rented plane and a bunch of photographs today and it's pretty obvious that it's a crater folks! Cheers!"
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Wireless Networking

+ - AT&T Cell Towers Interfering with Police Radios->

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itwbennett
itwbennett writes "AT&T has disabled GSM 850MHz service on 16 towers in Oakland, CA while it investigates reports that the cell phone towers were interfering with the city's emergency communications system. After police and firefighters complained of poor coverage, 'the city's and AT&T Wireless' engineering teams conducted joint testing and validation of the RF conditions taking place at one of their tower locations on East Ninth Street,' the city said in a statement. 'Both teams concluded that the AT&T 850MHz GSM cell site was causing significant interference to the City of Oakland's P25 System.'"
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Patents

Red Hat Settles Patent Case 76

Posted by Soulskill
from the making-it-go-away dept.
darthcamaro writes "Red Hat has settled another patent case with patent holding firm Acacia. This time the patent is US Patent #6,163,776, 'System and method for exchanging data and commands between an object oriented system and relational system.' While it's great that Red Hat has ended this particular patent threat, it's not yet clear how they've settled this case. The last time Red Hat tangled with Acacia they won in an Texas jury trial. 'Red Hat routinely addresses attempts to impede the innovative forces of open source via allegations of patent infringement,' Red Hat said in a statement. 'We can confirm that Red Hat, Inc and Software Tree LLC have settled patent litigation that was pending in federal court in the Eastern District of Texas.'"
Crime

Mom Arrested After Son Makes Dry Ice "Bombs" 571

Posted by samzenpus
from the mr.-terrorist-wizard dept.
formfeed writes "Police were called to a house in Omaha where a 14-year-old made some 'dry ice bombs' (dry ice in soda bottles). Since his mom knew about it, she is now facing felony charges for child endangment and possession of a destructive device. From the article: 'Assistant Douglas County Attorney Eric Wells said the boy admitted to making the bomb and that his mother knew he was doing so. The boy was set to appear Tuesday afternoon in juvenile court, accused of possessing a destructive device.'" She's lucky they didn't find the baking soda volcano in the basement.
Role Playing (Games)

New EVE Online Expansion Detailed 96

Posted by Soulskill
from the excel-in-space dept.
Eurogamer reports on the EVE Online Fanfest, at which developer CCP revealed details on the game's next expansion, due out in March. It will be the biggest expansion yet for EVE, and it will "introduce 'Tech 3' modular ship designs, branching epic mission arcs, further improvements to the new player experience, and exploration of uncharted space through unstable wormholes. ... The focus of the expansion will be 'true exploration,' with players using new skills and modules to travel through wormholes into all-new, unconnected space." CCP also hinted that further graphical upgrades would be coming, and a standalone first-person shooter based on EVE may be in development for a console release.
The Internet

Wikipedia Releases Offline CD 221

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the vandalize-to-your-hearts-content dept.
An anonymous reader writes "WikipediaOnDVD, with cooperation with the Wikipedia community, has released its first offline test version. The articles were selected by Wikipedians and reviewed for accuracy, vandalism, and importance. Nearly 2,000 core Wikipedia articles will be sold on compact disc to give people without a net connection access to highlights of the popular web resource. The CD can be purchased or downloaded online via their site or the torrent."

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