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+ - Twitter moves non-US accounts to Ireland away from the NSA-> 1

Submitted by Mark Wilson
Mark Wilson (3799011) writes "Twitter has updated its privacy policy, creating a two-lane service that treats US and non-US users differently. If you live in the US, your account is controlled by San Francisco-based Twitter Inc, but if you're elsewhere in the world (anywhere else) it's handled by Twitter International Company in Dublin, Ireland. The changes also affect Periscope.

What's the significance of this? Twitter Inc is governed by US law, it is obliged to comply with NSA-driven court requests for data. Data stored in Ireland is not subject to the same obligation. Twitter is not alone in using Dublin as a base for non-US operations; Facebook is another company that has adopted the same tactic. The move could also have implications for how advertising is handled in the future."

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+ - GNU Hurd 0.6 Released->

Submitted by jrepin
jrepin (667425) writes "It has been roughly a year and a half since the last release of the GNU Hurd operating system, so it may be of interest to some readers that GNU Hurd 0.6 has been released along with GNU Mach 1.5 (the microkernel that Hurd runs on) and GNU MIG 1.5 (the Mach Interface Generator, which generates code to handle remote procedure calls). New features include procfs and random translators; cleanups and stylistic fixes, some of which came from static analysis; message dispatching improvements; integer hashing performance improvements; a split of the init server into a startup server and an init program based on System V init; and more."
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+ - Star Wars: The Force Awakens Official Teaser #2->

Submitted by SternisheFan
SternisheFan (2529412) writes "Published on Apr 16, 2015
Get your first look at the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser #2!

Lucasfilm and visionary director J.J. Abrams join forces to take you back again to a galaxy far, far away as “Star Wars” returns to the big screen with “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

Episode VII in the Star Wars Saga, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, opens in theaters December 18, 2015.

Official Site:"

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+ - Linux Getting Extensive x86 Assembly Code Refresh 1

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "A massive x86 assembly code spring cleaning has been done in a pull request that is to end up in Linux 4.1. The developers have tried testing the code on many different x86 boxes, but there's risk of regression when exposing the code to many more systems in the days and weeks ahead. That being said, the list of improvements is excellent. There are over 100 separate cleanups, restructuring changes, speedups and fixes in the x86 system call, IRQ, trap and other entry code, part of a heroic effort to deobfuscate a decade old spaghetti assembly code and its C code dependencies."

+ - New York State Spent Millions on Program for Startups That Created... 76 Jobs->

Submitted by Nerval's Lobster
Nerval's Lobster (2598977) writes "Last year, the New York state government launched Start-Up NY, a program designed to boost employment by creating tax-free zones for technology and manufacturing firms that partner with academic institutions. Things didn't go quite as planned. In theory, those tax-free zones on university campuses would give companies access to the best young talent and cutting-edge research, but only a few firms are actually taking the bait: According to a report from the state’s Department of Economic Development, the program only created 76 jobs last year, despite spending millions of dollars on advertising and other costs. If that wasn’t eyebrow-raising enough, the companies involved in the program have only invested a collective $1.7 million so far. The low numbers didn’t stop some state officials from defending the initiative. “Given the program was only up and running for basically one quarter of a year,” Andrew Kennedy, a senior economic development aide to Governor Cuomo, told Capital New York, “I think 80 jobs is a good number that we can stand behind.”"
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+ - Windows exploit that Microsoft ignored in 1997 is back in new attack->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "In 1997 Aaron Spangler discovered that a URL which began with the word 'file' (such as file:// could be used to prompt Windows OS to authenticate via SMB on a malicious authentication server, disclosing critical details such as hashed passwords, domains and user IDs. Microsoft never addressed the problem. Now researchers reveal [] that hackers can build on the original vulnerability to steal personal data, herd victim computers into botnets or completely take over a computer. The newly-dubbed 'Redirect to SMB' exploit works on a variety of applications, including popular anti-malware and general security suites, programs from Apple, Adobe and Microsoft — and works perfectly in the Windows 10 preview."
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+ - Trials using man-made DNA begin in battle against cancer, ebola, flu and HIV->

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 (797399) writes "Pioneering new treatments for flu, Ebola and cancer are being developed by scientists using man-made DNA.

Experts have worked out how to create strands of artificial DNA, each mimicking a different killer disease, and inject them into patients.

The idea is that the patients' immune systems will then be able to recognize the threats and eliminate them."

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+ - The brightest galaxy beyond our local group is really unusual

Submitted by StartsWithABang
StartsWithABang (3485481) writes "Of course the closest galaxies to us are going to be the brightest, with Andromeda, the Magellanic Clouds and the Triangulum Galaxy all visible to the naked eye. But beyond our local group? The next brightest galaxy is an oddity: 29 million light-years away, half the diameter of our Milky Way, and containing properties of both spiral and elliptical galaxies. In unparalleled views, come take a look at the sombrero galaxy, and learn what makes it so phenomenal."

+ - Transforming robot gets stuck in Fukushima nuclear reactor

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The ability to change shape hasn’t saved a robot probe from getting stuck inside a crippled Japanese nuclear reactor. Tokyo Electric Power will likely leave the probe inside the reactor housing at the Fukushima Dai-ichi complex north of Tokyo after it stopped moving. On Friday, the utility sent a robot for the first time into the primary containment vessel (PCV) of reactor No. 1 at the plant, which was heavily damaged by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in northern Japan. 'The robot got stuck at a point two-thirds of its way inside the PCV and we are investigating the cause,' a Tokyo Electric spokesman said via email. The machine became stuck on Friday after traveling to 14 of 18 planned checkpoints."

+ - Coordinated Takedown Puts End to Simda Botnet->

Submitted by msm1267
msm1267 (2804139) writes "The Simda botnet, known for spreading banking malware and dropping a backdoor on hundreds of thousands of machines worldwide, was taken down last Thursday in a collaborative effort between international law enforcement bodies and private security and technology companies.

Thirteen command and control servers in four countries were seized, putting an end to a malware family that has infected more than 90,000 computers since January of this year alone.

Simda distributed several types of malware including financial Trojans and illicit software, and has been active since the end of 2012. The keepers of Simda make frequent functionality updates and constantly enhance its capabilities to evade detection by researchers and security software, making it an attractive option for cybercriminals, who buy only access to Simda-infected machines and then install additional malicious code on the machines.

The takedown was coordinated by the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation in Singapore, the Cyber Defense Institute, the FBI, the Dutch National High Tech Crime Unit (NHTCU), Microsoft, Kaspersky Lab and Trend Micro. Not only were officials able to seize command and control servers and domains, but were also able to sinkhole Simda traffic. That traffic shows a diverse set of victims in more than 40 countries, officials said."

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+ - Watch DARPA Artificial Intelligence Search For Crime On The 'Dark Web'->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The Memex technology, named after an mechanical mnemonic dreamt up just as the Second World War was coming to a close, has already been put to use by a number of law enforcement agencies, who are looking to counter crime taking place on networks like Tor, where Hidden Services are protected by the privacy-enhancing, encrypted hosting, often for good, often for bad. In its first year, the focus at Memex has been on tracking human trafficking, but the project’s scope stretches considerably wider."
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+ - Linking The War on Terror to the War on Drugs

Submitted by Nicola Hahn
Nicola Hahn (1482985) writes "As news of the DEA’s clandestine phone record collection program emerges into public view an article published by The Atlantic highlights the links and recurring themes between the so called long war (the global war on terror) and the global war on drugs:

“Both are brutally expensive and arguably un-winnable. And in both cases, use of the word ‘war’ is a deliberate and calculated language choice. Americans are taught that a war is something an entire nation must fight, and something that requires sacrifice for the greater good. Considered in the context of government surveillance, both ‘wars’ are euphemisms for a specific kind of government rationalization.”

Indeed it’s not surprising that the word “cyberwar” has likewise been conspicuously wielded by officials in a deliberate effort to both enhance government control and channel hundreds of billions of dollars to the patronage networks of the defense industry."

+ - America's methane mystery: NASA set to investigate hotspot over the 4 corners ->

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 (797399) writes "A 'hot spot' of the largest concentration of methane seen over the United States is in the area near the Four Corners intersection of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah and covers 2,500 square miles. The hotspot predates widespread fracking in the area.

Researchers from several institutions are now in the Four Corners region of the U.S. Southwest with a suite of airborne and ground-based instruments, aiming to uncover reasons for a mysterious methane 'hot spot' detected from space.

'With all the ground-based and airborne resources that the different groups are bringing to the region, we have the unique chance to unequivocally solve the Four Corners mystery,' said Christian Frankenberg, a scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, who is heading NASA's part of the effort."

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