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Submission + - Microsoft Buys LinkedIn for $26.2B (businessinsider.sg)

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 + - Lennart Poettering Admits he Doesn't Understand SELinux (serverwatch.com)

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 (fox35orlando.com)

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 + - Wasps have injected new genes into butterflies (sciencemag.org)

sciencehabit writes: If you’re a caterpillar, you do not want to meet a parasitic wasp. The winged insect will inject you full of eggs, which will grow inside your body, develop into larvae, and hatch from your corpse. But a new study reveals that wasps have given caterpillars something beneficial during these attacks as well: pieces of viral DNA that become part of the caterpillar genome, protecting them against an entirely different lethal virus. In essence, the wasps have turned caterpillars into genetically modified organisms.

Submission + - Austerity Is just the class war (alternet.org)

An anonymous reader writes: What’s going on with the austerity is really class war. As an economic program, austerity, under recession, makes no sense. It just makes the situation worse ..

It’s not an economic policy that makes any sense as to end a serious recession. And there is a reaction to it — Greece, Spain and some in Ireland, growing elsewhere, France. But it’s a very dangerous situation, could lead to a right-wing response, very right-wing. The alternative to Syriza might be Golden Dawn, neo-Nazi party.

Submission + - Developer Exposes Indian Telco's Net Neutrality Violation, Gets Threatened

knightsirius writes: Indian broadband and cellular operator Airtel was discovered to be injecting third-party JavaScript files into web pages delivered over their wireless networks. A developer was viewing the source of his own blog and noticed the additional script when viewed on a Airtel connection. He traced the file back to Flash Networks, an Israel-based company, which specializes in "network monetization" and posted the source on GitHub. Since then, he has received a cease-and-desist from Flash Networks and the code on GitHub has been removed following a DMCA takedown notice.

Readers may remember Airtel from its previous dubious record with network neutrality.

Submission + - Bug Bounties in the Crosshairs of Wassenaar Rules

Trailrunner7 writes: Bug bounties have gone from novelty to necessity, not only for enterprises looking to take advantage of the skills of an organized pool of vulnerability hunters, but also for a slew of independent researchers who make a living contributing to various vendor and independent bounty and reward programs.

The proposed U.S. rules for the Wassenaar Arrangement pose a real challenge for all sides of that equation.

Under the rules, researchers who find a zero-day vulnerability and develop a PoC exploit triggering the issue, would have to apply for an export license in order to privately disclose their findings with the vendor in question. As a result, there will be occasions when a foreign researcher, for example, would have to share details on a zero-day with their government before the vendor in question.

“There are lots of concerns from researchers if this gets implemented,” said Kymberlee Price, senior director of operations at Bugcrowd, a private company that provides a platform for organizations wishing to start bug bounty programs. “Is it worth the effort to continue to report vulnerabilities if you have to go through a government and are likely to have to disclose details on that vulnerability? Do we want foreign governments knowing about it before it’s reported directly to the vendor so it can be patched?”

Submission + - All 11 master files (96k/24b) of the Open Well-Tempered Clavier now CC0 (kickstarter.com) 1

rDouglass writes: The Open Well-Tempered Clavier project, a crowd funded recording of J.S. Bach's 24 Preludes and Fugues (book 1), has released the 11 master tracks used to make the recording in 96k/24b audio, and they're Creative Commons Zero licensed. The pianist is Kimiko Ishizaka, and there is a very positive review about the recording in this month's Gramophone magazine. A photo of the mic positions and the microphones used is also provided. The recording engineers on this project were Anne-Marie Sylvestre, and Tobias Lehmann. The studio is the Teldex Studio, Berlin.

Go ahead, download these 3.2GB of files and have fun mixing and mastering them yourselves! This is open source music at its finest.

Submission + - Windows 10 to Force Updates on Home and Pro Users 3

BronsCon writes: It seems as though Windows 10, the long-awaited Microsoft operating system, will not allow "Home" users to determine which updates to install and will, at best, allow "Pro" users to defer installation of updates, only allowing corporate licenses the right to decide which updates to allow on their systems. With their history of bad patches, does anyone think this is actually a good idea?

Submission + - Thanks to the Montreal Protocol, we avoided severe ozone depletion (techienews.co.uk)

hypnosec writes: Concentrations of ozone depleting chemicals was at its peak in 1993, but over the years they have declined and a new research points out that the Montreal Protocol, which came into force in 1987, has played a major role in not only ensuring that use of these chemicals is reduced, but has also helped us avoid a severe ozone depletion.

Submission + - Apple pushing music labels to kill free Spotify streaming before Beats relaunch (theverge.com)

mpicpp writes: Aggressive tactics from the music giant have garnered scrutiny from the Department of Justice.

The Department of Justice is looking closely into Apple’s business practices in relation to its upcoming music streaming service, according to multiple sources. The Verge has learned that Apple has been pushing major music labels to force streaming services like Spotify to abandon their free tiers, which will dramatically reduce the competition for Apple’s upcoming offering. DOJ officials have already interviewed high-ranking music industry executives about Apple’s business habits.

Apple has been using its considerable power in the music industry to stop the music labels from renewing Spotify’s license to stream music through its free tier. Spotify currently has 60 million listeners, but only 15 million of them are paid users. Getting the music labels to kill the freemium tiers from Spotify and others could put Apple in prime position to grab a large swath of new users when it launches its own streaming service, which is widely expected to feature a considerable amount of exclusive content. "All the way up to Tim Cook, these guys are cutthroat," one music industry source said.

Submission + - Indiana University computer science grad explains why new law hurts (computerworld.com)

dcblogs writes: Indiana University (IU) Bloomington computer science grad Patrick Kozub, class of 2014, explains why the big data business he is creating with three other grads won’t be located in Indiana. "I won't go to a place and contribute economically when my interests are not protected, and my interests do not hurt anybody else," he said. "I never had issues of people not accepting me," said Kozub, who came out as gay while a high school student in Indiana. "I'm very proud of the fact that I was there and made so many wonderful friends and learned so many good things." He said he knows no one who would approve of such discrimination he believes is allowed under the state’s “religious freedom” law. Meanwhile, an Indy Big Data conference in May has lost seven sponsors, including Oracle and EMC, in response to the law. “This law is having an immediate and definite negative impact on technology in the state of Indiana,” said conference organizer Christine Van Marter.

Submission + - MS undecided on suing users of its open source .NET

ciaran2014 writes: With Microsoft proudly declaring its .NET runtime open source, a collegue and I decided to look at the licensing aspects. One part, the MIT licence, is straight forward, but there's also a patent promise. The first two-thirds of the first sentence seems to announce good news about Microsoft not suing people. Then the conditions begin. It seems Microsoft can't yet bring itself to release something as free software without retaining a patent threat to limit how those freedoms can be exercised. Overall, we found 4 Shifty Details About Microsoft's "Open Source" .NET.

Submission + - It's official: NSA spying is hurting the US tech economy (zdnet.com)

An anonymous reader writes: China is backing away from US tech brands for state purchases as NSA revelations, according to Reuters, which confirms what many US technology companies have been saying for the past year: the activities by the NSA are harming their businesses in crucial growth markets, including China.

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