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Submission + - Univision To Buy Gawker Media For $135 Million (recode.net)

An anonymous reader writes: Univision has won the auction for Gawker Media. The TV network and digital publisher has agreed to pay $135 million for the bankrupt blog network, according to a person familiar with the deal. Univision’s offer will encompass all seven of Gawker Media’s sites, including Gawker.com. Ziff Davis and Univision were the only two bidders for Gawker, which filed for bankruptcy after Hulk Hogan and Peter Thiel won a $140 million judgment in a privacy case. Ziff Davis had originally offered $90 million for Gawker Media. Here's a statement from Gawker Media owner Nick Denton: "Gawker Media Group has agreed this evening to sell our business and popular brands to Univision, one of America’s largest media companies that is rapidly assembling the leading digital media group for millennial and multicultural audiences. I am pleased that our employees are protected and will continue their work under new ownership — disentangled from the legal campaign against the company. We could not have picked an acquirer more devoted to vibrant journalism." The deal won’t be official for a bit. For starters, a U.S. bankruptcy court judge needs to sign off on the transaction. When it is final, the judgment funds will be set aside while Gawker appeals its court case; eventually the money will go to the side that wins.

Submission + - Which Programming Language Can Make You Earn More Money As a Programmer (tweakyourbiz.com)

Numan Young writes: It is common practice among programmers to choose a programming language that has the highest profitability. The whole topic of selecting a programming language based on money is debatable, and that’s why we will recommend you to read an interesting article by Michael Byrne where the author advocates on not picking a programming language based only on the salary or profitability.

Submission + - Malware That Fakes Bank Login Screens Found In Google Ads (fastcompany.com)

tedlistens writes: For years, security firms have warned of keystroke logging malware that surreptitiously steals usernames and passwords on desktop and laptop computers. In the past year, a similar threat has begun to emerge on mobile devices: So-called overlay malware that impersonates login pages from popular apps and websites as users launch the apps, enticing them to enter their credentials to banking, social networking, and other services, which are then sent on to attackers.

Such malware has even found its way onto Google's AdSense network, according to a report on Monday from Kaspersky Lab. The weapon would automatically download when users visited certain Russian news sites, without requiring users to click on the malicious advertisements. It then prompts users for administrative rights, which makes it harder for antivirus software or the user to remove it, and proceeds to steal credentials through fake login screens, and by intercepting, deleting, and sending text messages. The Kaspersky researchers call it "a gratuitous act of violence against Android users."

Submission + - NSA worried about implications of leaked toolkits (businessinsider.com)

wierd_w writes: According to business insider, the NSA is worried about the possible scope of information leaked from the agency, after a group calling themselves the "Shadow Brokers" absconded with a sizable trove of penetration tools and technical exploits, which it plans to sell on the black market.

Among the concerns, are worries that active operations may have been exposed. Business insider quotes an undisclosed source as stating the possibility of the loss of such security and stealth (eg privacy) has had chilling effects for the agency, as they attempt to determine the fullness and scope of the leak.

(Does anyone besides me feel a little tickled about the irony of the NSA complaining about chilling effects of possibly being monitored?)

Submission + - Startup Aims to Commercialize a Brain Implant to Improve Memory (ieee.org)

the_newsbeagle writes: Neuroscientist Ted Berger has achieved some remarkable feats in his work on an implanted brain prosthetic to boost memory. Working with rats, he recorded the electrical signals associated with a specific memory from one animal's brain, then inserted that signal—and thus the memory—into another animal's brain. Working with monkeys, the implanted device enhanced the animals' recall in difficult memory tasks.

Still, it's startling to learn that a startup is ready to commercialize Berger's work, and is trying to build a memory prosthetic for humans suffering from Alzheimer's, brain injuries, and stroke. The new company, named Kernel, will fund human trials and develop electrodes that can record from and stimulate more brain cells.

Comment So is Apple no longer buddies with the NSA? (Score 1) 120

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/... lol. (I laughed because privacy doesn't exist in the medium where many of our thoughts largely exist, the internet and computers in general). Nearly all of us wouldn't know if the NSA/CIA/etc... came into our computers to check on us-- from the little I know these guys have a huge amount of brain power and almost unlimited authority. And I'm sure there are a few leaps in this thought, but I'm worried that perhaps the public might conflate the FBI's inability to access that particular iPhone, you know which one, to the government in whole unable to access whatever desired information from whatever desired device/iphone/computer/IP address/Etc....

Comment Mindset- Either, or. (Score 1) 254

This is just an anecdote. When I was in my teen years, I noticed that when I focused on activities such as working out at the gym several times a week, it tended to leading a certain mental lifestyle which while I don't believe necessarily excludes a heavy reflective mindset, it sure felt that way at the time. While I don't know the true nature of the circumstances, my impoverished opinion is that hormones and adaptation were preparing me, making appropriate changes suitable to my activities or environment. When a soldier is training, a philosopher is not what is formed.

Comment Re:Was that really necessary? (Score 1) 208

I agree with the main idea of your post, which is that most people don't care about the current threats, made obvious by the fact that there is not enough uproar by the communities, and that businesses and governments seem to continue like it's business as usual. Isn't it clear that in order for there to be change, action must be taken? Many of us who care about the issues you mentioned above (we care to different degrees) indulge in complaining instead of cooperative problem solving. Is it a lack of know-how, motivation, or intelligence?

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