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Submission + - Congressman Scott Peters Speaks On Congress Banning Live Streaming (ibtimes.com)

An anonymous reader writes: California Congressman Scott Peters pushed back against new House rules package passed on Tuesday that will impose fines against representatives who live stream or take photos on the House floor. The Congressman said he was willing to pay the fine if that's what was required to provide the public with necessary access.

Submission + - Is Android set to dominate the IoT? (medium.com)

phonewebcam writes: Google quietly just launched Android Things, their Nougat-based OS for the Raspberry Pi, the Intel Edison and the NXP Pico SBCs. With Android now on 9 out of every 10 smartphones globally, is the IoT the next move for Google?

Carl Whalley, CEO OTAMate, speculates on what this could mean for the future of IoT software and hardware:

The IoT OS landscape today looks very fragmented. There is clearly no market leader and despite all the marketing buzz we hear, it's still incredibly early days. Can Google do to the IoT with Android Things what it did to mobile, where it's dominance is now very close to 90%? I believe so, and if that is to happen, this launch of Android Things is exactly how they would go about it.

Of course a java based OS which can kill processes at any time can never be used for mission critical systems, but for consumer IoT stuff — like anything in your house with a plug — the path to adding a touchscreen and an internet connection just became a heck of a lot clearer. How long before some equivalent to the $5 Raspberry Pi zero can run Android?

Submission + - Trump's Treasury pick appears to be part of a federal investigation (muckrock.com)

v3rgEz writes: Trump's transition strategy of picking some of the shadiest people on earth is still going strong. The latest: According to the FBI, his Treasury pick Steven Mnuchin is involved with an "ongoing investigation", as reported by Mike Best over at the FOIA site MuckRock. Best requested Mnuchin's FBI files, but the request was rejected under the grounds of an open investigation, likely related to Mnuchin's superbly-timed exit from Relativity Media — right before it cratered.

Submission + - Android Was 2016's Most Vulnerable Product, Oracle the (bleepingcomputer.com)

An anonymous reader writes: According to CVE Details, a website that aggregates historical data on security bugs that have received a CVE identifier, during 2016, security researchers have discovered and reported 523 security bugs in Google's Android OS, winner by far of this "award." The rest of the top 10 is made up by Debian (319 bugs), Ubuntu (278 bugs), Adobe Flash Player (266 bugs), openSUSE Leap (259 bugs), openSUSE (228 bugs), Adobe Acrobat DC (227 bugs), Adobe Acrobat Reader DC (227 bugs), Adobe Acrobat (224 bugs), and the Linux Kernel (216 bugs).

When it comes to software vendors, the company for which the largest number of new CVE numbers have been assigned was Oracle, with a whopping 798 CVEs, who edged out Google (698 bugs), Adobe (548 bugs), Microsoft (492 bugs), Novell (394), IBM (382 bugs), Cisco (353 bugs), Apple (324 bugs), Debian Project (320 bugs), and Canonical (280 bugs).

Submission + - Carrie Fisher dead at 60 (pagesix.com)

An anonymous reader writes: “Star Wars” actress Carrie Fisher died Tuesday after suffering a heart attack last week, her family said.

Submission + - Millions of Websites Vulnerable Due to Security Bug in Popular PHP Script (bleepingcomputer.com)

An anonymous reader writes: A security flaw discovered in a common PHP class allows knowledgeable attackers to execute code on a website that uses a vulnerable version of the script, which in turn can allow an attacker to take control over the underlying server. The vulnerable library is PHPMailer, a PHP script that allows developers to automate the task of sending emails using PHP code, also included with WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, and more.

The vulnerability was fixed on Christmas with the release of PHPMailer 5.2.18. Nevertheless, despite the presence of a patched version, it will take some time for the security update to propagate. Judging by past incidents, millions of sites will never be updated, leaving a large chunk of the Internet open to attacks.

Even if the security researcher who discovered the flaw didn't publish any in-depth details about his findings, someone reverse-engineered the PHPMailer patch, and published exploit code online, allowing others to automate attacks using this flaw, largely still unpatched due to the holiday season.

Submission + - Dice to sell off Slashdot (arstechnica.com) 1

Dupple writes: DHI Group—formerly known as Dice Holdings Incorporated prior to this April—announced plans this morning to sell the combination of Slashdot and SourceForge. The announcement was made as part of DHI’s 2Q15 financial results, which were mostly positive, with DHI showing an increase in revenue over the same period last year (totaling $65.8 million) and a net income of $5.7 million.

The telling quote comes under the section titled "Planned Sale of Slashdot Media," wherein the company states the following:

The Company acquired Slashdot Media in 2012 both to provide the Dice business with broader reach into Slashdot's user community base and to extend the Dice business outside North America by engaging with SourceForge's significant international technology user community. The Company, however, has not successfully leveraged the Slashdot user base to further Dice's digital recruitment business; and with the acquisition of The IT Job Board and success of Open Web, the anticipated value to the Company of the SourceForge traffic outside North America has not materialized. The Company now plans to divest the business, as it does not fit within the Company's strategic initiatives and believes the Slashdot Media business will have the opportunity to improve its financial performance under different ownership.

Submission + - Nokia Licenses Smartphone IP To LG (theregister.co.uk)

jones_supa writes: Nokia – the bit in Finland, not the bit absorbed by Microsoft – isn't making mobile phones anymore, but is still making money from them. The company will license its smartphone intellectual property to LG, the first such deal Nokia has done since selling its phone biz to Microsoft. A lot of deals like this were done in the old days. In a canned statement, Nokia said: "The Korean company is the latest of more than 60 licensees for Nokia's 2G, 3G and 4G mobile communication technologies." Importantly, this is a cash deal. LG will be paying to use the patents rather than engaging in a technology swap. Nokia isn’t prepared to be explicit on which patents are covered by the agreement, saying that the company has over 10,000 patent families – or 30,000 individual patents – and only Microsoft has the rights to use them all.

Submission + - What happens when a quantum dot looks in a mirror? (phys.org) 1

KAMRYNabf writes: The 2014 chemistry Nobel Prize recognized important microscopy research that enabled greatly improved spatial resolution. This innovation, resulting in nanometer resolution, was made possible by making the source (the emitter) of the illumination quite small and by moving it quite close to the object being imaged.

Submission + - France blocks Belgian euro coin marking Battle of Waterloo 2

hcs_$reboot writes: A COIN is threatening to inflame tensions in Europe.. Belgium hit out at France on Thursday after Paris forced it to scrap a new two-euro coin celebrating the 200th anniversary of the defeat of Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo. Belgium decided to produce a coin marking the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, where Napoleon was defeated by the British and the Prussians, featuring an image of the monument at the site. But Paris objected, saying that there would be an “unfavourable reaction in France” and that "the Battle of Waterloo has a particular resonance in the collective consciousness that goes beyond a simple military conflict".

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