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Submission + - FBI Reports US Agencies Hacked by Anonymous (

Rambo Tribble writes: Reuters is reporting that the FBI has issued a warning to several U.S. Government agencies that the Anonymous collective has hacked their systems. Included in the list of compromised agencies are the U.S. Army, Department of Energy, Department of Health and Human Services, and potentially many more agencies. The avenue of attack: Adobe Cold Fusion.

Submission + - HTML5 used for new, dynamic Transport for London website (

An anonymous reader writes: Transport for London (TfL) which oversees the smooth (sometimes) running of the entire London transport network has unveiled plans to build a new website based entirely on HTML5 so it can meet the needs of mobile commuters on any device. It will also be ditching Microsoft's Bing Maps for Google's services in the process.

Submission + - Aurora Attackers Were Looking for Google's Surveillance Database

An anonymous reader writes: When in early 2010 Google shared with the public that they had been breached in what became known as the Aurora attacks, they said that the attackers got their hands on some source code and were looking to access Gmail accounts of Tibetan activists. What they didn't make public is that the hackers have also accessed a database containing information about court-issued surveillance orders that enabled law enforcement agencies to monitor email accounts belonging to diplomats, suspected spies and terrorists. Whether this was the primary goal of the attacks as well as how much information was exfiltrated is unknown. current and former U.S. government officials interviewed by the Washington Post say that the database in question was possibly accessed in order to discover which Chinese intelligence operatives located in the U.S. were under surveillance.

Submission + - Squeezing More Power and Efficiency From Microsoft's Cloud (

1sockchuck writes: After you’ve built one of the most efficient data centers on earth, how do you make it even better? One refinement at a time, as Microsoft has found in its data center in Dublin, the primary hub that powers the company’s online services throughout Europe. Since 2009, the company has boosted server density while improving its PUE (a key measure of energy efficiency) in Dublin. It's found that it can rely entirely on fresh air to cool its servers, and has disconnected mechanical cooling systems held in reserve for hot weather. The refinements get as esoteric as switching from black cabinets to white ones, which reflect light better and can reduce the amount of overhead lighting required in the $500 million data center.
The Military

Submission + - British military drops US pistol for Austrian gun ( 1

Emma Fernandez writes: "Britain's military is changing its standard-issue pistol to the Austrian-made Glock from the US-built Browning it has used for 40 years, with troops in Afghanistan to get them first, officials said Friday.

The defence ministry said it had awarded the 9-million Pounds ($14-million, 11-million-euro) contract to Glock because the sidearms are lighter, more accurate and can carry more bullets than the Browning.

"We are determined to provide our troops with the best possible personal kit available and these new Glock 17s will give them greater firepower and accuracy on operations," defence equipment minister Philip Dunne said."


Submission + - Microsoft Concerned about 'Weak and Unusual' FTC-Google Settlement ( 1

DavidGilbert99 writes: "Google response to the conclusion of the FTC's antitrust investigation was unsurprisingly positive:

"The conclusion is clear: Google's services are good for users and good for competition."

Microsoft's negative outlook at the deal was equally unsurprising:

"The FTC's overall resolution of this matter is weak and-frankly-unusual. We are concerned that the FTC may not have obtained adequate relief even on the few subjects that Google has agreed to address.""

Submission + - Wal-Mart implicated in widespread bribery in Mexico ( 1

Darren Hiebert writes: "An excellent example of investigative journalism conducted by the New York Times has implicated Wal-Mart in extensive bribery, revealing the company as "an aggressive and creative corrupter, offering large payoffs to get what the law otherwise prohibited" in its in-depth story The Bribery Aisle: How Wal-Mart Got Its Way in Mexico."

Submission + - Apple Rejects App Tracking U.S. Drone Strikes (

HairyNevus writes: "Apple has rejected an app called Drones+ to its store three times, which tracked and reported U.S. drone strikes. Josh Begley says the reasons for not allowing his app started with being deemed “not useful or entertaining enough,” then needing to hide a Google logo, and now being deemed in violation of App Store guidelines that prohibit “excessively objectionable or crude content". However, the data in the app is taken from the British Bureau of Investigative Reporting, and is also available in The Guardian's own app. Drones+ merely focuses entirely on the drone strike aspect, sending alerts whenever a new drone strike is reported and displaying a map with pushpins of all the locations the U.S. has hit over the world. This controversy has started a petition asking Apple to allow the app."
United Kingdom

Submission + - UK finally Gets First 4G Network - EE (

judgecorp writes: "The UK has finally got its first 4G network, provided by EE, a new brand from Everything Everywhere, the company formed by the merger of T-Mobile and Orange in the UK. The network will cover 20 million people (about a third of the UK population) in 16 cities by the end of 2012, but right now only engineers are on the network. It will support phones including the expected iP{hone 5, and the Nokia Lumia 920."

Submission + - Tokyo court deals win for Samsung (

" rel="nofollow">AmiMoJo writes: "A court in Tokyo has ruled that Samsung Electronics did not infringe on a patent was related to transferring media content between devices. Tokyo District Judge Tamotsu Shoji dismissed the case filed by Apple in August, finding that Samsung was not in violation of Apple patents related to synchronising music and video data between devices and servers."

Submission + - Stardock brings the start menu back to Windows 8

eWarz writes: "One of the biggest complaints about Windows 8 is the removal of the start menu. Stardock has recently remedied this with an updated version of their Start8 software. In addition to adding a start menu, Start8 allows you to boot to desktop, remove hot corner functionality, and fix various other oddball functionality, all while still allowing you to use the Metro (okay, "Windows Style") UI."

Submission + - Biodiesel From Sewage Sludge ( 1

MTorrice writes: "Scientists have developed a way to convert lipids from sewage sludge into biodiesel. The low cost and high yield of the sludge process may make it economically feasible as a source of biofuel, the researchers say. Today, biofuel producers use lipids in vegetable oils to derive biodiesel, a mixture of fatty-acid-like molecules. Biodiesel is compatible with existing diesel engines, burns with less pollution than petroleum-derived diesel does, and comes from renewable resources. But current biodiesel feedstocks are expensive, limiting the fuel’s widespread use. The researchers from South Korea found that sewage sludge, the semisolid material left over from wastewater treatment, can yield 2,200 times more lipids than soybeans and costs 96% less to process. To turn the sludge lipids into biodiesel, the researchers heated them with methanol."

Submission + - Malaysia Stages Internet Blackout To Protest New Censorship Law (

redletterdave writes: "Malaysian netizens, opposition politicians, well-known bloggers and non-governmental organizations staged an Internet blackout Tuesday to protest and raise awareness about legislation that could threaten free expression on the Web. According to Malaysia's Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ), the second of two amendments to the Malaysian Evidence Act of 1950, also known as Section 114A, "enables law enforcement officials to swiftly hold someone accountable for publishing seditious, defamatory, or libelous content online." In addition, those accused of posting this kind of content will be "assumed to be guilty until proven innocent," which completely stands in the face of the typical logic of the traditional judicial process, which is "innocent until proven guilty." The CIJ warns that "if allegedly defamatory content is traced back to your username, electronic device, and/or Wi-Fi network, Section 114A presumes you are guilty of publishing illicit content on the Internet." The CIJ organized Tuesday's blackout, where participating sites blacked out their names and services with messages that read, "This is what the Web could look like.""

Submission + - Tethr puts disaster-zone worldwide connectivity into your backpack (

shmorhay writes: "Aaron Huslage, an experienced disaster-zone communications expert, has used the lessons learned from setting up wireless networks in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 to create an open-source communications hub packed in a waterproof Pelican box that will help first responders link to the outside world from within crisis zones. See the BBC news article at and see his application for funding at and also at ."

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