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Submission + - Small World Spotted Far Beyond Pluto (

sciencehabit writes: Astronomers have detected a small world more than twice as remote as Pluto, lying 12 billion kilometers, or 83 AU, from the sun. The new object is the first ever found whose orbit resembles that of Sedna, a far-off body that never gets close to Neptune's path. The new world is roughly 450 kilometers across, just one-fifth Pluto's diameter. Both Sedna and its small sidekick probably belong to the inner part of the Oort cloud, the frigid reservoir of long-period comets that can dazzle us when they dash toward the sun, and suggest that many other far-flung objects await discovery.

Submission + - Saturn-Like Rings Spotted Around Asteroid (

sciencehabit writes: Even before astronomers pointed their telescopes at a dim star over Chile last June, they knew it would darken for a few seconds as an asteroid passed in front of it. What they didn’t expect were two brief flickers a few seconds beforehand and afterward, suggesting that the asteroid was encircled by Saturn-like rings. The find is the first evidence for such rings around anything in our solar system other than a giant planet.

Submission + - Gameover Malware Targets Job Seekers (

itwbennett writes: A new variant of the Gameover computer Trojan is targeting job seekers and recruiters by attempting to steal log-in credentials for and accounts. Like the Zeus banking malware on which it is based, Gameover can steal log-in credentials and other sensitive information by injecting rogue Web forms into legitimate websites when accessed from infected computers. 'A computer infected with Gameover ZeuS will inject a new 'Sign In' button [into the sign-in page], but the page looks otherwise identical,' security researchers from antivirus firm F-Secure said Tuesday in a blog post.

Submission + - Xbox Live reputation reward system revealed (

An anonymous reader writes: Last July Xbox detailed their plan to introduce a reputation system that would reward people with a good reputation and punish people with a bad one, now they have finally explained each ‘reputation’ in detail.

The official xbox blog details each status of player ranks:

Submission + - Astronauts still orbiting Earth after planned 6-hour trip to space station goes

rlinke writes: On Tuesday, three astronauts expected to be safely onboard the International Space Station, meeting their new crew mates and getting to work. That, though, is not the case.

One NASA astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts are still orbiting the Earth in a Russian Soyuz spacecraft nearly 24 hours after lifting off on what was expected to be a six-hour trip.

Submission + - GNOME 3.12 released (

Sri Ramkrishna writes: Like clockwork, the next version of GNOME has been released with updated applications, bugfixes and so forth. People can look forward to faster loading time and a little more performance than before. There is a video that is also been created to highlight the release! Check it out!

Submission + - California's anti-game senator Leland Yee arrested on corruption, bribery charge (

g1nG3Rj0urNAl157 writes: Democratic California state senator Leland Yee, an outspoken critic of the video game industry, has been arrested on bribery and corruption charges. The FBI nabbed the politician this morning during a sting operation, sources have told NBC Bay Area. Yee represents District 8, which includes video game development hotbeds like San Francisco and San Mateo County. Gamers know him as the man who put forth the much-publicized violent game law that the United States Supreme Court struck down in 2011.

Submission + - Tesla's Fight With Car Dealers Could Help Decide the Next Presidential Election

Hugh Pickens DOT Com writes: Marcus Wohlsen writes that the most recent ban against Tesla selling cars directly from the company instead of through third-party dealers was enacted in New Jersey with the support of Gov. Chris Christie, a possible contender for the GOP nomination. That prompted Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, a Christie rival, to heartily defend Tesla’s direct sales model. “Customers should be allowed to buy products that fit their need," says Rubio, "especially a product that we know is safe and has consumer confidence beneath it.” Perhaps even more surprising is the love shown by Texas Gov. Rick Perry, the once and possibly future presidential hopeful whose oil-rich state bars employees in Tesla’s two showrooms from even telling potential customers how much the Model S costs. “I think it’s time for Texans to have an open conversation about this,” says Perry, "the pros and the cons. I’m gonna think the pros of allowing this to happen outweigh the cons.” The sudden GOP embrace of an electric car company once reviled as a symbol of Northern California enivro-weenies might seem ironic says Wohlsen, but the real irony is that conservative politicians ever opposed Tesla at all. "The widespread franchise rules giving car dealers virtual monopolies in their territories epitomize the government-controlled marketplace Republicans purportedly despise," writes Wohlsen adding that possible presidential contenders realize there may be political capital to be gained in supporting Tesla. But the real winner is Tesla. If the company can manage to associate its brand with all the positive qualities Rubio and Perry hope rub off on them, few politicians will want to take the risk to stand against them. Mitt Romney called Tesla Motors a “loser” company during his 2012 run for president. In 2016 running against Tesla might seem about as smart as running against Apple.

Submission + - North Korea: Men required to get Kim Jong-un haircuts (

An anonymous reader writes: BBC reports, "Men in North Korea are now required to get the same haircut as their leader Kim Jong-un ... The state-sanctioned guidelines were introduced in the capital Pyongyang about two weeks ago ...They are now being rolled out across the country — although some people have expressed reservations ... "Our leader's haircut is very particular, if you will," one source tells Radio Free Asia. ... Meanwhile, a North Korean now living in China says the look is actually unpopular at home because people think it resembles Chinese smugglers. ... It seems that haircuts have been state-approved in North Korea for some time — until now people were only allowed to choose from 18 styles for women and 10 for men. Earlier, North Korea's state TV launched a campaign against long hair, called "Let us trim our hair in accordance with the Socialist lifestyle"."

Submission + - Petition to have the FCC take control of the network from Verizon and AT&T (

c008644 writes: There is apetition over at demanding that the FCC take control of the backbone of the internet from the ISPs. The petition states that the internet in today’s day and age is more of a utility as people use it in their daily lives, yet with companies like AT&T and Verizon fighting to maintain status quo instead of improving their networks, America has fallen in terms of network speed and risen in prices. (Paraphrased)

This appears to have been just submitted as it does not have any signatures yet, but it is an interesting read.

Submission + - Security the Facebook Way (

An anonymous reader writes: Facebook threw back the curtain on its ThreatData framework which it uses to collect and correlate threat-related information from a variety of sources to protect its internal network as well as users of the social network. Facebook has built a set of feeds of malicious URLS, malware hashes and other information, which it stores in a database that has a couple of custom search capabilities. That data is then pushed through a custom processing engine to look for new threats that need immediate responses.
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Submission + - Developers Prefer Mac OS Over Linux Reveals Survey (

hypnosec writes: A new report claims that more North Americans are now gradually becoming inclined towards Mac, rather than Linux as their preferred developing platform. The study, dubbed, The North American Development Survey was carried out by Evans Data, and it claims that the Mac operating system by Apple has finally surpassed Linux in terms of popularity amongst coders. While the Mac OS can brag about having near about 7.9 percent market share, one of its key rival Linux lagged behind significantly with only a 5.6 percent stake in the market.

Submission + - Police make new arrest over phone hacking (

An anonymous reader writes: A 61-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of hacking phones, police said Wednesday, the 12th person detained over the long-running scandal.

“At approximately midday today a 61-year-old man was arrested by appointment at a London police station by officers from Operation Weeting and is currently in custody,” Scotland Yard said in a statement.

A police source said the arrested man was former News of the World news editor Greg Miskiw, who said last month that he was planning to return to Britain from his home in Florida for questioning.

Operation Weeting is the police investigation into phone hacking at the News of the World, the Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloid shut down last month over the scandal.

The man was arrested on suspicion of unlawful interception of communications and on suspicion of conspiring to intercept communications, police said.

Police began investigating phone hacking in 2006, which resulted in the jailing of the News of the World’s royal editor and a private investigator.

In January, the probe was reopened amid revelations that the practice of illegally accessing private voicemails was widespread at the paper.

Among those arrested so far are former News of the World editors Andy Coulson, who quit as Prime Minister David Cameron’s media chief in January, and Rebekah Brooks, who quit as chief executive of Murdoch’s British media empire last month.

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