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Submission + - Mark Zuckerberg tapes over his webcam. (

Bruce66423 writes: If he's worried enough to do it...

So do you? I certainly do.

My favourite quote from the piece: 'FBI’s director, James Comey [said]: “I put a piece of tape over the camera because I saw somebody smarter than I am had a piece of tape over their camera.”'

Submission + - U.S. Financial Regulators See Bitcoin As Threat To Market Stability

An anonymous reader writes: The Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC), a group of powerful U.S. regulators, has warned that Bitcoin and blockchain technologies could present a threat to financial stability and has advised that market structures should adapt in preparation for a reduced importance of conventional, centralized banking. The group highlighted in its annual report that distributed ledger systems would lead to uncertainty and risks which should be closely monitored by market participants and regulatory bodies. The report explained: ‘Market participants have limited experience working with distributed ledger systems, and it is possible that operational vulnerabilities associated with such systems may not become apparent until they are deployed at scale.’

Submission + - SPAM: Boeing In Talks To Sell 100 Airplanes To Iran

tradeonetwo writes: Boeing is bargaining a deal to sell 100 passenger plane units to Iran, according to reports on Sunday, a transaction potentially worth billions that would mark the first significant entry of an American company into the Islamic nation after last year’s nuclear deal.
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Comment Re:Another "data source" (Score 1) 365

I'm pretty sure it was even more a poetic gesture than deleting my swiftkey account. As you state, my info is already out there and catalogued by every search engine. It is more a statement on how I don't want anything to do with the kings of "telemetry" than anything else.

And with the advantage that even if I am tempted to update it and add more info, I need to start from scratch and that is too much of an effort.

Comment Another "data source" (Score 3, Insightful) 365

I can just imagine how Microsoft will use this together with all the "telemetry" obtained via windows 10, swiftkey, code compiled with VS2015, skype conversations, office 360 documents, etc.

So, I did the only sensible thing, and have just deleted my linkedin profile, as I had done at the acquisition time with swiftkey. Bye bye samaritan, you will probably still get my data but will have to try harder...

Submission + - Microsoft to buy LinkedIn for $26.2 billion; ( 1

McGruber writes: CNBC is reporting that Microsoft is acquiring "professional social platform" LinkedIn for $196 per share, in an all-cash deal valued at $26.2 billion.

In a statement, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said "The LinkedIn team has grown a fantastic business centered on connecting the world's professionals. Together we can accelerate the growth of LinkedIn, as well as Microsoft Office 365 and Dynamics as we seek to empower every person and organization on the planet."

Submission + - Microsoft Buys LinkedIn for $26.2B (

WhatHump writes: Business Insider announced this morning that Microsoft is buying LinkedIn, a social networking service for business, for $26.2 billion. "Microsoft will pay $196 per share for the company. LinkedIn CEO will remain CEO of the professional social network, and will report to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. Under the terms of the acquisition, LinkedIn will maintain its “distinct brand, culture, and independence.”
Suddenly I feel very smug for being too lazy to sign up for LinkedIn.

Submission + - Symantec will acquire Blue Coat Systems for $4.65 billion (

LichtSpektren writes: According to Help Net Security, "Symantec will acquire Blue Coat for approximately $4.65 billion in cash. The transaction has been approved by the Boards of Directors of both companies and is expected to close in the third calendar quarter of 2016. Greg Clark, CEO of Blue Coat, will be appointed CEO of Symantec and join the Symantec Board upon closing of the transaction."

Submission + - Legacy Yahoo Messenger app being retired (

Irishman writes: Looks like August 5, 2016 is the last day for people clinging to the old desktop version of Yahoo Messenger. A new version is supposedly in the works but otherwise it will be the mobile app or the web version.

Submission + - Can SourceForge Win Developers' Trust Back? (

Orome1 writes: SourceForge is under new ownership and management (again!), and their plan is to return the service to its former glory. Once the preferred source code repository and distribution platform for FOSS projects, SourceForge has been blacklisted by many of its former users due to deceptive ads that looked like download buttons and questionable revenue generation schemes. In January 2016, the site was sold to web publisher BIZX and the new owners have started cleaning it up. “We removed the DevShare adware bundling immediately, moved the site to https, and we built and rolled out a feature where we partnered with Bitdefender to scan every project for malware," said Logan Abbott, one of the BIZX owners and the president of the SourceForge Media subsidiary.

Submission + - SPAM: Uber Introduces New App Features To Appease Drivers

An anonymous reader writes: Ride-hailing giant Uber has announced a series of app updates and new features aimed at keeping its drivers sweet as complaints mount around how the company treats its ‘workers’. From this month, the San Francisco-based firm will allow its drivers to stop the clock without being penalised, find cheaper gas, process payments quicker, and have greater control over trip destinations. A new rewards system has also been devised through which drivers can receive discounts for rides when they use the service as a passenger.

The current system had faced scrutiny for its treatment of drivers, when compared with ‘driver-friendly’ Lyft. Passengers will now be charged from two minutes following the arrival of the driver to better compensate driver wait times. While driving, the driver can check the Uber app for local gas stations and compare prices. The company suggested that it is looking into rolling out schemes whereby gas stations could offer discounts in exchange for in-app promotions – a system already applied in Google’s navigation app Waze.

Submission + - Mark Zuckerberg's social accounts hacked with re-used password 'dadada'

An anonymous reader writes: Mark Zuckerberg's Twitter and Pinterest accounts were hacked and defaced by Saudi Arabian hacking group OurMine on Sunday, using login details obtained from the sale of 167 million LinkedIn logins, gleaned from a data breach of unsalted passwords in 2012. Zuckerberg's password was apparently reused across accounts, and was 'dadada'.

Submission + - Lennart Poettering Admits he Doesn't Understand SELinux (

darthcamaro writes: No surprise, but Lennart Poettering, the father of (love it or hate it..) systemd prefers it over other systems that can be used to secure Linux, including Red Hat (his employer) and its SELinux.

"My recommendation is that, systemd settings are easy and are just boolean expressions that most people will easily understand, that's why I created them and that's why I think they are more useful to more people than an SELinux policy," Poettering said during a keynote at the CoreOS Fest in Berlin. "There are probably only 50 people in the world that understand SELinux policies, but I really hope there are more than 50 people that understand systemd."

Submission + - Zimmerman announces plan to auction the gun he used to kill Trayvon Martin (

An anonymous reader writes: George Zimmerman, the self-appointed neighborhood watchman who killed Trayvon Martin in 2013, continues to find new ways to maintain his title as the worst person in the U.S. This time, he’s selling the gun he used to kill Trayvon Martin.
I for one can't wait to see the spin that his defenders will put on this...

Submission + - Germany Set To End Copyright Liability For Open Wi-Fi Operators

An anonymous reader writes: People who travel to Germany are often surprised at the lack of public, open Wi-Fi networks. That’s because German law holds operators of public hotspots liable for everything their users do online, especially when these actions are against the law, and even if the operators weren’t aware of them. The law doesn’t apply to commercial operators, but does to private (think home WI-Fi’s) and small operators (e.g. wireless networks set up by public establishments like coffee bars, shops, etc.). But, there’s more than a good chance that this clause of the law will be repelled this year, and hopefully open Wi-Fi networks in Germany will mushroom as a result.

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