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Submission + - Internet of Abandoned Things

markjhood2003 writes: In a move that may make home automation enthusiasts question the value of their investments, Google and Nest have decided to abandon the Revolv connected-home hub and its associated service, leaving the $300 device useless. "As of May 15, 2016, Revolv service will no longer be available. The Revolv app won’t open and the hub won’t work," the company said on its site.

Arlo Gilbert is one such automation enthusiast, and he describes his experience on Medium. The report has also been picked up by

Submission + - Ephemeral web links vex Supreme Court decisions

markjhood2003 writes: We all know that content on the web tends to move and disappear, making our carefully curated bookmarks more like a heap of unresolved links over time. This phenomenon is known as link rot, and now a team of researchers has found that over 70% of URLs within law journals and over 50% of URLs in Supreme Court decisions are broken. Adam Liptak in his NY Times blog also notes an amusing 404 error message that results from trying to follow a URL reference from a 2011 Supreme Court decision. The researchers' proposed solution: a consortium of thirty law libraries around the world which will allow authors and editors to store permanent caches of these ephemeral links. What are some of the tactics that Slashdotters use to preserve links in their private bookmark stores?

Submission + - Google planning on replacing cookies with AdID (usatoday.com)

markjhood2003 writes: According to a story published in USA Today, an anonymous source at Google familiar with the plan has revealed that Google is developing an anonymous identifier for advertising tracking, replacing the function of third party cookies currently used by most major advertisers. The new AdID supposedly gives consumers more privacy and control over their web browsing, but the ad industry is worried about putting more power in the hands of large technology companies. Sounds like the idea could have some promise, but at this point the proposal is not public so we will probably have to wait until Google reaches out to the industry, government and consumers to provide the details.

Submission + - Microcode updates and NSA surveillance (wallstcheatsheet.com)

markjhood2003 writes: Has your CPU's microcode been updated lately? According to Steve Blank of the Wall St. CheatSheet, "Since 2000, Intel has put out 29 microcode updates to their processors. The microcode is distributed by 1) Intel or by 2) Microsoft integrated into a BIOS or 3) as part of a Windows update. Unfortunately, the microcode update format is undocumented and the code is encrypted. This allows Intel to make sure that 3rd parties can’t make unauthorized add-ons to their chips. But it also means that no one can look inside to understand the microcode, which makes it is impossible to know whether anyone is loading a backdoor into your computer." Has the NSA secretly installed undetectable microcode backdoors into your hardware?

Submission + - Yahoo (yes, Yahoo) releases a new iOS browser

markjhood2003 writes: Fresh on the heels of Slashdot's discussion of the lack of browser choice on mobile devices comes the announcement of Yahoo's new web browser Axis. According to VentureBeat, the browser runs on iPad and iPhone as a separate standalone browser and as an extension for Chrome, Firefox, and Safari, with support for Android and Windows Phone coming soon. It actually appears to bring some innovation to mobile search, displaying results and queries on the same page for more productive navigation between the two.

Submission + - Flash Player 10.3 simplifies cookie deletion (pcmag.com)

markjhood2003 writes: Adobe has released a beta version of Flash Player 10.3 that will allow major web browsers to directly delete Flash cookies.

"The Flash Player 10.3 beta local storage settings will apply to Mozilla Firefox 4, Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 and higher, and future releases of Safari and Google Chrome...
Mozilla executives said Tuesday that the release candidate for Firefox 4 is expected sometime this week, with a final release expected later this month. "

Data Storage

Submission + - MP3Tunes to face safe harbor challenge (arstechnica.com)

markjhood2003 writes: The MP3Tunes cloud-based music storage and search engine service is facing a lawsuit from EMI. Opposition briefs are due on Wednesday and oral arguments will start in January. From the article:

"Among the key issues is the â½ÂÅ"safe harborâ½Â provision of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which protects Internet service providers like Google, Yahoo and Facebook from copyright liability if they promptly remove infringing content upon notification. Last Tuesday several influential digital rights groups filed a brief supporting the defendant in the case, MP3Tunes, urging the court to uphold the â½ÂÅ"safe harborâ½Â provision, lest online innovation be stifled.

For MP3Tunes CEO and founder Michael Robertson this case is personal. He is named as a defendant and if he loses, he could be personally be held liable for massive monetary damage."


Submission + - ABC, CBS, & NBC block Google TV (wsj.com)

markjhood2003 writes: The Wall Street Journal reports that "ABC, CBS and NBC are blocking TV programming on their websites from being viewable on Google Inc.'s new Web-TV service... Spokespeople for the three networks confirmed that they are blocking the episodes on their websites from playing on Google TV, although both ABC and NBC allow promotional clips to work using the service". Google has responded, "Google TV enables access to all the Web content you already get today on your phone and PC, but it is ultimately the content owners' choice to restrict their fans from accessing their content on the platform." Is the opening shot in the media companies' bid to end network neutrality?

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