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+ - Facebook Sets Up Shop On Tor->

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itwbennett (1594911) writes "Assuming that people who use the anonymity network want to also use Facebook, the social network has made its site available on Tor, Facebook software engineer Alec Muffett said in a post on Friday. Facebook also decided to encrypt the connection between clients and its server with SSL, providing an SSL certificate for Facebook's onion address. This was done both for internal technical reasons and as a way for users to verify Facebook's ownership of the onion address. Since it is still an experiment, Facebook hopes to improve the service and said it would share lessons learned about scaling and deploying services via an onion address over time."
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+ - Beijing's Top Internet Cop: Facebook Might Be Welcome In China, If It Plays Nice->

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jfruh (300774) writes "A week after Mark Zuckerber wowed a Chinese audience by giving a speech in Mandarin, the director of China's State Internet Information Office hinted that the website might be available to Chinese users if the company plays by Chinese rules. "Foreign Internet companies entering China must at the base level accord to Chinese laws and regulations," he said. "First, you can't damage the national interests of the country. Second is you cannot hurt the benefits of Chinese consumers. If China's laws and regulations are respected, we welcome all of the world's Internet companies to enter the Chinese market." Facebook has been blocked in China since a crackdown on social networking sites in the wake of ethnic unrest in 2009."
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+ - Vulnerabilities Found In More Command-Line Tools-> 2

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itwbennett (1594911) writes "The critical Shellshock vulnerabilities found last month in the Bash Unix shell have motivated security researchers to search for similar flaws in old, but widely used, command-line utilities. Two remote command execution vulnerabilities were patched this week in the popular wget download agent and tnftp client for Unix-like systems. This comes after a remote code execution vulnerability was found last week in a library used by strings, objdump, readelf and other command-line tools."
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+ - Facebook Explains Math Behind WhatsApps' $19B Value->

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itwbennett (1594911) writes "Roughly $15.3 billion of the $19 billion Facebook paid is attributed to "goodwill," or, in business accounting parlance, what Facebook deems to be WhatsApp's potential future value, according to an SEC filing made on Tuesday. The rest of it breaks out like this, according to the filing: $2 billion for its users; $448 million for the trade name; $288 million for its technology; and $21 million for "other" items."
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+ - Why CurrentC Will Beat Out Apple Pay-> 1

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itwbennett (1594911) writes "Working closely with VISA, Apple solved many complex security issues making in-person payments safer than ever. But it's that close relationship with the credit card companies that may be Apple Pay's downfall. A competing solution called CurrentC has recently gained a lot of press as backers of the project moved to block NFC payments (Apple Pay, Google Wallet, etc.) at their retail terminals. The merchants designing or backing CurrentC reads like a greatest hits list of retail outfits and leading the way is the biggest of them all, Walmart. The retailers have joined together to create a platform that is independent of the credit card companies and their profit-robbing transaction fees. Hooking directly to your bank account rather than a credit or debit card, CurrentC will use good old ACH to transfer money from your account to the merchant's bank account at little to no cost."
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+ - German Publishers Capitulate, Let Google Post News Snippets->

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itwbennett (1594911) writes "German publishers said they are bowing to Google's market power, and will allow the search engine to show news snippets in search results free of charge — at least for the time being. The decision is a step in an ongoing legal dispute between the publishers and Google in which, predictably, publishers are trying to get compensation from the search engine for republishing parts of their content and Google isn't interested in sharing revenue. The move follows a Google decision earlier this month — and which was to go into effect today — to stop using news snippets and thumbnails for some well-known German news sites."
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+ - Microsoft, Ask.com, Oracle Latest To Be Sued Over No-Poach Deal->

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itwbennett (1594911) writes "Oracle, Microsoft and Ask.com are facing suits alleging that they conspired to restrict hiring of staff. The suits appear to refer to a memo that names a large number of companies that allegedly had special arrangements with Google to prevent poaching of staff and was filed as an exhibit on May 17, 2013 in another class action suit over hiring practices. The former employees filing lawsuits against Microsoft, Ask.com and Oracle have asked that the cases be assigned to Judge Koh as there were similarities with the case against Google, Apple and others — and it maybe doesn't hurt that Judge Koh thought the $324.5 million settlement in that case was too low."
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+ - Your Online TV Watching Can Now Be Tracked Across Devices->

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itwbennett (1594911) writes "A partnership between TV measurement company Nielsen and analytics provider Adobe, announced today, will let broadcasters see (in aggregate and anonymized) how people interact with digital video between devices — for example if you begin watching a show on Netflix on your laptop, then switch to a Roku set-top box to finish it. The information learned will help broadcasters decide what to charge advertisers, and deliver targeted ads to viewers. Broadcasters can use the new Nielsen Digital Content Ratings, as they're called, beginning early next year. Early users include ESPN, Sony Pictures Television, Turner Broadcasting and Viacom."
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+ - Dubai Police To Use Google Glass For Realtime Video, IDing Suspects->

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jfruh (300774) writes "While Google Glass has been positioned and recevied in the US as something of a geek toy, the Emirate of Dubai is putting it to work in law enforcement. The oil-rich state proposes to outfit police officers with Glass, beaming real-time video back to the station and providing help identifying suspects."
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+ - High-Tech Walkers Could Help Japan's Elderly Stay Independent->

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jfruh (300774) writes "You may have heard that Japan will deal with its aging population by relying more on robots. Osaka startup RT Works is showing what that might mean in practice: not humanoid robotic caregivers, but tech-enhanced versions of traditional tools like walkers. RT Works's walker automatically adjusts to help its user deal with hilly terrain, and can call for help if it moves outside an predefined range."
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+ - Making Best Use Of Data Center Space: Density Vs. Isolation->

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jfruh (300774) writes "The ability to cram multiple virtual servers on a single physical computer is tempting — so tempting that many shops overlook the downsides of having so many important systems subject to a single point of physical failure. But how can you isolate your servers physically but still take up less room? Matthew Mobrea takes a look at the options, including new server platforms that offer what he calls "dense isolation.""
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