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+ - Popular Android Browser May Monetize Usage->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Jack Wallen in TechRepublic reports that the popular Dolphin browser for Android may be "hijacking" user input and redirecting web usage through a monetizing third-party. (http://www.techrepublic.com/article/random-dolphin-browser-for-android-hijacking/) Evidence for the redirection can be seen with certain inputs like "bestbuy" when the device is in airplane mode and disconnected from the internet, redirections going to Namespace Strategy and ultimately Commission Junction. A reddit thread (http://www.reddit.com/r/Android/comments/2gnqxn/is_dolphin_browser_redirecting_some_directly/) also describes how tools like Adaway also block the redirections when connected to the internet."
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+ - Interview with Facebook's Head of Open Source

Submitted by Czech37
Czech37 (918252) writes "Facebook may be the world's most well-known tech companies, but it's not renowned for being at the forefront of open source. In reality, they have over 200 open source projects on GitHub and they've recently partnered with Google, Dropbox, and Twitter (amongst others) to create the TODO group, an organization committed to furthering the open source cause. In an interview with Opensource.com, Facebook's James Pearce talks about the progress the company has made in rebooting their open source approach and what's on the horizon for the social media network."

+ - Matchstick And Mozilla Take On Google's Chromecast With $25 Firefox OS Dongle

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Matchstick and Mozilla today announced their open-source take on the Chromecast: a $25 Firefox OS-powered HDMI dongle. The streaming Internet and media stick will be available first through Kickstarter, in the hopes to drive down the price tag. Jack Chang, Matchstick General Manager in the US, described the device to me as “essentially an open Chromecast.” He explained that while the MSRP is $25 (Google’s Chromecast retails for $35), the Kickstarter campaign is offering a regular price of $18, and an early bird price of $12."

Google News Sci Tech: EBay follows Icahn's advice, plans PayPal spinoff in 2015 - Toronto Sun->

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+ - Chinese Regulator Claims Flaws In Apple's iOS Can Steal Users' Data ->

Submitted by itwbennett
itwbennett (1594911) writes "China has effectively cleared the iPhone 6 for sale in the country, granting the product a license, but not before a government regulator demanded Apple make some security changes in the iOS operating system to fix suspected flaws in the software. These flaws involved "three background services" that can be exploited to retrieve users' private information, China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) said in its posting."
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+ - Huntsville schools say call from NSA led to monitoring students online

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 (797399) writes "An alleged phone call from the NSA prompted public school officials in an Alabama school district to launch a surveillance program to monitor students’ online activities, administrators of the Huntsville City School District now admit.

The NSA allegedly took an interest in the Lee High School student body after Auseel Yousefi, a straight-A student, posted a series of questionable tweets about getting into fights and hitting a teacher. Yousefi claims the tweets were intended in jest, but school security officials searched the student’s car and found a weapon, which he says is a “jeweled dagger from a Renaissance fair.”

That was all the evidence school authorities needed to expel Yousefi for the semester and launch a district-wide information-gathering program aimed at discovering security threats and identifying gang members. The subsequent investigation led to a series of expulsions of students who were found posing on social media holding guns or throwing gang signs.

School administrators say the wider surveillance program was conducted at the behest of the NSA, but the security agency now denies it ever called the school."

+ - Calling Mr Orwell, rejigged executive order makes collecting data not collecting->

Submitted by sandbagger
sandbagger (654585) writes "'...it is often the case that one can be led astray by relying on the generic or commonly understood definition of a particular word.' Specifically words offering constitutional protections against unreasonable search and seizure. TechDirt looks at the redefinition of the term collection as redefined by Executive Order 12333 to allow basically every information dragnet, provided no-one looks at it. "Collection" is now defined as "collection plus action." According to this document, ot still isn't collected, even if its been gathered, packaged and sent to a "supervisory authority." No collection happens until examination. It's Schroedinger's data, neither collected nor uncollected until the "box" has been opened. This leads to the question of aging off collected data/communications: if certain (non) collections haven't been examined at the end of the 5-year storage limit, are they allowed to be retained simply because they haven't officially been collected yet? Does the timer start when the "box" is opened or when the "box" is filled?"
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+ - School district goes "all in" on Open Source with 3500 Linux laptops->

Submitted by lerchie
lerchie (3858459) writes "Charlie Reisinger, IT director of the Penn Manor School District in Pennsylvania discusses how they converted to Open Source software on both the desktop level and at an infrastructure level. The schools also give the students the freedom to tinker with the Linux laptops they are assigned, with each student having root access to their machines."
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+ - Linux Foundation Announces Major Network Functions Virtualization Project->

Submitted by Andy Updegrove
Andy Updegrove (956488) writes "The Linux Foundation this morning announced the latest addition to its family of major hosted open source initiatives: the Open Platform for NFV Project (OPNFV), Its mission is to develop and maintain a carrier-grade, integrated, open source reference platform for the telecom industry. Importantly, the thirty-eight founding members include not only cloud and service infrastructure vendors, but telecom service providers, developers and end users as well. The announcement of OPNFV highlights three of the most significant trends in IT: virtualization (the NFV part of the name refers to network function virtualization), moving software and services to the Cloud, and collaboratively developing complex open source platforms in order to accelerate deployment of new business models while enabling interoperability across a wide range of products and services. The project is also significant for reflecting a growing recognition that open source projects need to incorporate open standards planning into their work programs from the beginning, rather than as an afterthought."
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+ - Internet Census 2014 to come?

Submitted by d33tah
d33tah (2722297) writes "According to the project's website, the Internet Census 2012 researchers are crowdfunding next internet-wide research via Bitcoin.

"We are working on a vast and ground-breaking census, this time we hope to do it legally. Please help us make this happen by donating bitcoins to: 1tUCEnTyKzWrTBn1tgruSRkfahGUhxHcq"

Internet Census 2012 was a biggest complete scan of the entire internet with results being publicly available. This included traceroute information, port scanning, service and OS fingerprinting and more."

+ - Microsoft's Asimov System to Monitor Users' Machines in Real-time

Submitted by SmartAboutThings
SmartAboutThings (1951032) writes "Microsoft will monitor users in the new Windows 9 Operating System in order to determine how the new OS is used, thus decide what tweaks and changes are need to be made. During Windows 8 testing, Microsoft said that they had data showing Start Menu usage had dropped, but it seems that the tools they were using at the time weren’t as evolved as the new ‘Asimov’ monitor.

The new system is codenamed ‘Asimov’ and will provide a near real-time view of what is happening on users’ machines. Rest assured, the data is going to be obscured and aggregated, but intelligible enough to allow Microsoft to get detailed insights into user interactions with the OS.

Mary Jo Foley says that the system was originally built by the Xbox Team and now is being used by the Windows team. Users who will download the technical preview of Windows 9, which is said to get unveiled today, will become ‘power users’ who will utilize the platform in unique scenarios. This will help Microsoft identify any odd bugs ahead of the final release."

+ - People Will Do Anything For Free Wi-Fi

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An anonymous reader writes "A new Wi-Fi investigation conducted on the streets of London shows that consumers carelessly use public Wi-Fi without regard for their personal privacy. In the experiment, which involved setting up a ‘poisoned’ Wi-Fi hotspot, unsuspecting users exposed their Internet traffic, their personal data, the contents of their email, and even agreed to an outrageous clause obligating them to give up their firstborn child in exchange for Wi-Fi use."

+ - Web Magna Carta: WWW inventor calls for 'online bill of rights'

Submitted by ltorvalds11
ltorvalds11 (3774511) writes "Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web has spoken out against world governments and corporations, which he says are seeking to control the web for their own gain. He called for a revolutionary bill of rights to guaranty the web’s independence.

"If a company can control your access to the internet, if they can control which websites they go to, then they have tremendous control over your life," Berners-Lee spoke at London’s ‘Web We Want’ festival, which discussed the future of the internet and its guidelines.
"If a government can block you going to, for example, the opposition's political pages, then they can give you a blinkered view of reality to keep themselves in power."
"There have been lots of times that it has been abused, so now the Magna Carta is about saying...I want a web where I'm not spied on, where there's no censorship," Berners-Lee said at the Web We Want Festival According to his comment, the only information that should be kept off the web relates to things that were illegal before the web, and remain illegal now – such as “child pornography, fraud, telling someone how to rob a bank,” and the like."

+ - UK Conservative Party Proposes Police Vetting Of "Extremist" Posts->

Submitted by Jahta
Jahta (1141213) writes "Extremists will have to get posts on Facebook and Twitter approved in advance by the police under sweeping rules planned by the Conservatives. They will also be barred from speaking at public events if they represent a threat to “the functioning of democracy”, under the new Extremist Disruption Orders.

There are also plans to allow judges to ban people from broadcasting or protesting in certain places, as well as associating with specific people. The plans — to be brought in if the Conservatives win the election in May — are part of a wide-ranging set of rules to strengthen the Government’s counter-terrorism strategy."

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+ - Apple Fixes Shellshock in OS X

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "Apple has released the OS X Bash Update 1.0 for OS X Mavericks, Mountain Lion, and Lion, a patch that fixes the "Shellshock" bug in the Bash shell. Bash, which is the default shell for many Linux-based operating systems, has been updated two times to fix the bug, and many Linux distributions have already issued updates to their users. When installed on an OS X Mavericks system, the patch upgrades the Bash shell from version 3.2.51 to version 3.2.53. The update requires the OS X 10.9.5, 10.8.5, or 10.7.5 updates to be installed on the system first. An Apple representative told Ars Technica that OS X Yosemite, the upcoming version of OS X, will receive the patch later."

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