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Submission + - FireEye: Many Companies Still Running XcodeGhost-Infected Apple Apps (

itwbennett writes: In September, more than 4,000 applications were found to have been modified with a counterfeit version of Xcode, dubbed XcodeGhost. On Tuesday, FireEye said in a blog post that it has detected 210 enterprises that are still using infected apps, showing that the XcodeGhost malware 'is a persistent security risk.' In addition, whomever created XcodeGhost has also developed a new version that can target iOS 9, called XcodeGhost S, FireEye wrote.

Submission + - UK High Court: Uber is Lawful (

An anonymous reader writes: The UK's High Court has been hearing a case brought against ridesharing service Uber by Transport for London, the government body in charge of public transport in London. Their claim was that Uber drivers' smartphone should be considered meters because they use GPS and data from external servers to calculate the cost of a ride. Meters are banned in private hire vehicles (and TfL's claims were backed by associations for local taxi drivers and private hire cars). The High Court has found that Uber does not run afoul of that ban. Justice Ouseley said that the technology was fundamentally different from standard taxi meters. Transport for London welcomed the decision, but transportation lobbyists are likely to continue challenging Uber in court whenever they can.

Submission + - U.K. researcher applies for permission to edit embryo genomes (

sciencehabit writes: A researcher in London has applied to the United Kingdom’s Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) for a license to edit the genes of human embryos. Several techniques developed in recent years allow researchers to easily and accurately add, delete, or modify genes in cells. This has stirred debate about using genome editing in ways that would pass the changes on to future generations. The application filed with HFEA would involve only embryos in the lab, however, not any intended to lead to a birth. Many scientists say such lab experiments are crucial to understanding more about early human development, which could lead to new approaches to help infertile couples.

Submission + - Invisibility cloak makes small objects disappear, military uses envisaged (

An anonymous reader writes: Researchers are developing an invisibility cloak which conforms to the shape of an object and hides it in visible light. The microscopic material, developed by a team of scientists at the University of California (UC) Berkeley and the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DoE) Berkeley National Laboratory, is made from an ultra-thin 80 nanometer layer of gold rectangular nanoantennae from which the light is reflected. Once perfected at macro scale, the researchers believe that the technology could be made to conceal objects such as military vehicles and aircraft.

Submission + - Private Medical Data of Over 1.5 Million People Exposed Through Amazon (

An anonymous reader writes: Police injury reports, drug tests, detailed doctor visit notes, social security numbers—all were inexplicably unveiled on a public subdomain of Amazon Web Services. Welcome to the next big data breach horrorshow. Instead of hackers, it’s old-fashioned neglect that exposed your most sensitive information.

Submission + - Spoofing driverless cars with a laser pointer and a Raspberry PI (

KindMind writes: The Register writes: Jonathan Petit, of Security Innovation, says $60 worth of laser with a bit of smarts makes cars sense phantom obstacles and hit the brakes, by interfering with the LIDAR (light-radar) sensors they use to detect and avoid objects around them. Petit says his laser pointer system could target cars from up to 100 metres away, emulating a wall or pedestrian to force vehicles to slam on brakes or swerve.

Submission + - We don't know what 99% of dark matter is, but we've got 1%!

StartsWithABang writes: When Fritz Zwicky first calculated what the mass of a galaxy cluster needed to be to keep its galaxies moving at the observed speeds and compared it with the masses due to the starlight he saw, there was a huge discrepancy. The amount of gravity in the Universe, when compared to the amount of visible matter, didn’t match. Adding up all the known sources of normal matter didn’t quite get us there, either: only one-sixth of the matter can be made of protons, neutrons and electrons. The other 83% or so must be some form of dark matter, which is yet undiscovered. Well, except for around 1% of it, which we actually know must be in the form of neutrinos.

Submission + - Scientists may have just stumbled upon a mathematical secret to how nature works (

turkeydance writes: By conducting an analysis of more than a thousand studies worldwide, researchers found a common theme in just about every ecosystem across the globe: Predators don’t increase in numbers at the same rate as their prey. In fact, the faster you add prey to an ecosystem, the slower predators’ numbers grow.

“When you double your prey, you also increase your predators, but not to the same extent,” says Ian Hatton, a biologist and the study’s lead author. “Instead they grow at a much diminished rate in comparison to prey.” This was true for large carnivores on the African savanna all the way down to the tiniest microbe-munching fish in the ocean.

Even more intriguing, the researchers noticed that the ratio of predators to prey in all of these ecosystems could be predicted by the same mathematical function — in other words, the way predator and prey numbers relate to each other is the same for different species all over the world.

Submission + - NYC Schools Chancellor: It Takes a Corporation to Raise a Girl Who Codes

theodp writes: New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina and AT&T New York president Marissa Shorenstein followed up on an AT&T press release celebrating the "graduation" of 20 participants from the Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program at AT&T with a NY Daily News op-ed on How New York City is preparing girls for our STEM-focused future. "By embedding students in tech companies around the country," Farina and Shorenstein write in their op-ed, "Girls Who Code is bringing us one step closer towards closing the gender gap in tech — and in STEM altogether." They add, "We need even more public-private STEM partnerships that provide internships and other academic activities to empower a new generation of girls."

Submission + - More debris found on Réunion in MH370 hunt (

anticerne11 writes: Investigators probing missing flight MH370 collected more debris on an Indian Ocean island on Sunday as Malaysia urged authorities in the region to be on alert for wreckage washing up on their shores.

Submission + - SPAM: Iranian president says he's always supported social media

northczarman writes:

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani praised young Iranians for using social media to support the Iran Deal during a televised speech on Sunday

His speech extolled the benefits of the deal, which will lift international sanctions against Iran in exchange for curbing the nation's ability to develop nuclear weapons. Rouhani said he was grateful for the online support

#Iran prez Rouhani: I thank Iranian youth for what they did in social media, nice graphics, ...

Abas Aslani (@abasinfo) August 2, 2015

in country which social media is filtered, @Rouhani_ir is praising youth 4 work on social media adding he is agnst limiting social media

Hannahkaviani (@Hannahkaviani) August 2, 2015

More about Twitter, Social Media, Iran, Us World, and Hassan Rouhani

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Submission + - First successful widely used symmetric cipher broken since before DES

semper_statisticum writes: A team of cryptographers has submitted an outline of an attack against a symmetric cipher, which was one of the AES candidates.This is the first public successful attack against a symmetric cipher since before DES was introduced. Although the attack is only equivalent to a 2 bit reduction in security compared to a brute force attack, it is still an impressive development.

Submission + - Illinois Supreme Court: Comcast Must Identify Anonymous Internet Commenter (

An anonymous reader writes: In 2011, an anonymous person on the internet posted a comment to the Freeport Journal Standard newspaper implying that a local political candidate was pedophile. The candidate, Bill Hadley, took offense to this, and tried to get Comcast to tell him who the commenter was. Comcast refused, so Hadley took it to the courts. The Illinois Supreme Court has now ruled (PDF) that Comcast must divulge the commenter's identity. "Illinois' opinion was based in large part on a pair of earlier, lower-court decisions in the state, which held that the anonymity of someone who makes comments in response to online news stories isn't guaranteed if their opinions are potentially defamatory, according to Don Craven, an attorney for the Illinois Press Association."

Submission + - Amazon Overhauling Customer Reviews (

An anonymous reader writes: Amazon says it's making some big changes to its product review system, one of the most heavily used on the internet and a vital part of Amazon's business. A machine-learning platform will endeavor to select helpful reviews with an emphasis on more recent ones. The average score will change as well: new reviews will be weighted higher than old reviews, as will ones from verified purchases and reviews voted up by other customers. "For example, sometimes a company will make small tweaks to a product or address some customer complaints, though this product isn't officially updated or renamed. With the new system, [Amazon] said, these small modifications should become more noticeable when shoppers are buying products." Because the review system is so important to customers, Amazon will be rolling out changes slowly, and watching for anything that breaks or gets skewed in unexpected ways.

Submission + - Windows 10 Will Be Free To Users Who Test It (

An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft has been making a big push to change its business model for Windows — likely due to the low/no cost updates you can get for competing operating systems. The company surprised everyone when it said legit copies of Windows 7 and 8 would be supplied with free upgrades, but now they're extending that even further: anyone who tests the Windows 10 Technical Preview will get a free upgrade to the full version of Windows 10 when it comes out. In a blog post, Microsoft's Gabe Aul said, "As long as you are running an Insider Preview build and connected with the MSA you used to register, you will receive the Windows 10 final release build and remain activated. Once you have successfully installed this build and activated, you will also be able to clean install on that PC from final media if you want to start over fresh."

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