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+ - Microsoft Patches Kerberos Vulnerability Being Used In Attacks->

Submitted by itwbennett
itwbennett (1594911) writes "Microsoft released an out-of-band patch on Tuesday, addressing a vulnerability in Kerberos KBC, a component that handles authentication on local networks. The patch was supposed to have been released earlier this month, but Microsoft withheld it due to QA concerns. However, Redmond says the flaw is being used in attacks online, so organizations are urged to update immediately."
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+ - Nokia's N1 Android tablet is actually a Foxconn tablet-> 1

Submitted by sfcrazy
sfcrazy (1542989) writes "Nokia surprised everyone when it announced the N1 Android tablet during the Slush conference in Finland, today. There is a twist in the story though: This is not a Nokia device.

Nokia doesn’t have a device unit anymore: it sold its Devices and Services business to Microsof, in 2013. N1 is made by Chinese contract manufacturing company Foxconn, which also manufactures the iPhone and the iPad.

But Nokia’s relationship with Foxconn is different from Apple’s. You buy iDevices from Apple, not Foxconn; you call Apple for support, not Foxconn. You never deal with Foxconn.

In the case of N1, Nokia will be nowhere in the picture. Foxconn will be handling the sales, distribution and customer care for the device. Nokia is licensing the brand, the industrial design, Z Launcher software layer and IP on a running royalty basis to Foxconn."

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+ - Facebook's Flow Could Help JavaScript Programmers Spot Elusive Bugs->

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itwbennett (1594911) writes "Facebook has released as open source a debugging tool for JavaScript, called Flow. Flow is a static type checker, one that ensures that when a program is run that its variables, functions and other elements of code will adhere to their original specifications. 'Flow improves speed and efficiency so developers can be more productive while using JavaScript,' Facebook engineers said in a blog post on Tuesday."
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+ - Latest Construction Tools: 3D Glasses, Drones->

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jfruh (300774) writes "There's a lot more to building a new hospital than just unrolling a blueprint these days. This video shows some of the tools used to help people better navigate the complex infrastructure that underlies a high-tech building: designs that can be viewed with 3D glasses, and tiny drones that can fly into the worksite to check on hard-to-reach spaces."
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+ - Superbugs: 10 Long-Lived Software Bugs->

Submitted by itwbennett
itwbennett (1594911) writes "Earlier this week, Microsoft patched a 19-year-old security vulnerability that has been present in every version of its operating systems since the release of Windows 1995. As the IBM researchers who discovered the bug put it, it’s been 'sitting in plain site' while other vulnerabilities in the same library have been fixed over the years. While it may seem surprising that a critical error in such a major piece of software, used by so many people, could go unnoticed for decades, it’s actually not that uncommon, writes ITworld's Phil Johnson, who rounded up 10 more examples of software bugs that were particularly long-lived — not all of which have yet been fixed."
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+ - Facebook Testing Lithium-ion Batteries for Backup Power->

Submitted by itwbennett
itwbennett (1594911) writes "Facebook has just started testing lithium-ion batteries as the backup power source for its server racks and plans to roll them out widely next year. Lithium-ion has been too expensive until now, says Matt Corddry, Facebook's director of hardware engineering, but its use in electric cars has changed the economics. It's now more cost effective than the bulky, lead-acid batteries widely used in data centers today."
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+ - China's Smartphone Boom Times Are Over, Says Lenovo CEO->

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itwbennett (1594911) writes "Since 2010, Lenovo's smartphone business has almost solely grown on demand from Chinese consumers, with the company rising to become one of the country's top handset vendors. 'But now the China market is not hyper-growing any longer,' said Lenovo's CEO Yang Yuanqing in an earnings call earlier this month. 'It has been saturated. If you want to win you have to find new growth areas.'"
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+ - No, You Can't Seize Country TLDs, US Court Rules->

Submitted by itwbennett
itwbennett (1594911) writes "A U.S. court has quashed an attempt to seize Iran's, Syria's and North Korea's domains as part of a lawsuit against those countries' governments. The plaintiffs in the case wanted to seize the domains after they successfully sued Iran, Syria and North Korea as state sponsors of terrorism. But the court found the domains have the nature of a contractual right, and ruled that rights arising under a contract cannot be seized as part of a judgment."
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+ - Qualcomm Under Investigation On Three Continents->

Submitted by jfruh
jfruh (300774) writes "It's not a fun time to be a Qualcomm lawyer. In China, the company is under investigation for overcharging local licensees of its patents. In the U.S., the FTC began probing it in September for unfair trade practices. And last month, the European Commission opened an investigation of Qualcomm's use of rebates and financial incentives for customers."
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+ - AT&T Won't Do In-Flight Wi-Fi After All->

Submitted by jfruh
jfruh (300774) writes "In-flight Wi-Fi services tend to be expensive and disappointingly slow. So when AT&T announced a few months ago that it was planning on getting into the business, with customer airlines being able to connect to AT&T's LTE network instead of slow sattelite services, the industry shook. But now AT&T has announced that, upon further review, they're not going to bother."
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+ - German Spy Agency Seeks Millions To Monitor Social Networks->

Submitted by itwbennett
itwbennett (1594911) writes "Germany's foreign intelligence agency reportedly wants to spend €300 million (about $375 million) in the next five years on technology that would let it spy in real time on social networks outside of Germany, and decrypt and monitor encrypted Internet traffic. The agency, which already spent €6.22 million in preparation for this online surveillance push, also wants to use the money to set up an early warning system for cyber attacks, the report said. A prototype is expected to be launched next June with the aim of monitoring publicly available data on Twitter and blogs."
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