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Submission + - Apple settles a $347M fine with Italian authorities for tax evasion

jaromil writes: Apple Italy, a subsidiary of Apple Sales International based in Ireland, has managed for years the company's sales on the Italian Peninsula. As Italian tax authorities noticed the company did not file any income tax declarations between 2008 and 2013, they opened a court case for an estimated debt of €880M. Apple Italy has now settled for a fine of €318M, while three managers involved in the tax fraud still need to face court.

Submission + - Oracle: Google Has 'Destroyed' the Market for Java

itwbennett writes: Oracle made a request late last month to broaden its case against Android. Now, claiming that 'Android has now irreversibly destroyed Java’s fundamental value proposition as a potential mobile device operating system,' Oracle on Wednesday filed a supplemental complaint in San Francisco district court that encompasses the six Android versions that have come out since Oracle originally filed its case back in 2010: Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean, Kit Kat and Lollipop.

Submission + - Attackers Seen Installing Malicious Bootstrap Images on Cisco IOS Devices

Trailrunner7 writes: Cisco is warning enterprise customers about a spike in attacks in which hackers use valid credentials on IOS devices to log in as administrators and then upload malicious ROMMON images to take control of the devices.

The ROM Monitor is the program that initializes the hardware and software on IOS devices, and an attacker who is able to install a modified, malicious image would have persistent access to the compromised device. Cisco’s security team has been contacting customers to warn them about the attacks, which are ongoing.

“Cisco PSIRT has contacted customers to describe an evolution in attacks against Cisco IOS Classic platforms. Cisco has observed a limited number of cases where attackers, after gaining administrative or physical access to a Cisco IOS device, replaced the Cisco IOS ROMMON (IOS bootstrap) with a malicious ROMMON image,” the advisory from Cisco says.

Submission + - Windows TOS violates Russian privacy laws .. (rt.com)

An anonymous reader writes: A senior Communist functionary claims that the end-user service agreement attached to the new Windows 10 OS violates the Russian law requiring the personal data of Russian citizens to be collected and processed only by specially-licensed companies.

Comment Re:This is the cost incurred for outsourcing defen (Score 1) 337

Without getting into the moral implications of such a threat by the US, this is the cost Germany et. al. pay when letting the US foot the defense bill. The US defense budget pays for a large portion of the defense of the first world. If they don't want to be beholden to the whims of the US, don't depend on the US for defense.

As if they had any choice, seen the ending of WWII :-)

Comment Yro (Score 1) 375

Google already tracks users and presents them search results compatible with their beliefs. This will be more and more about not challenging "accepted dogma" as truthful often means. cfr "accepted truth" which ceases to be "truth" as soon as FOIA documents prove that history was quite different than what was the "truth" published on newspapers or shown on TV. Google gets more and more unsound, to the point that if you base your research of factual truth on Google you risk confirmation bias.

Comment Twitter sucks in many ways. (Score 1) 467

Twitter sucks in trademark enforcement. They "actively defend usage of hashtags by insertionists". And "hashtags" can be trademarks, by insertionists. Read carefully: if someone infrange on your trademark, eg. an competitor encouraging other users to use your trademark as an hashtag in order to promote a competing business, at twitter basically they don't give a damn. Looks a lot like an extortion to me: want us to enforce your rights? only if you pay up, dear.

Comment Misleading title (Score 2) 139

Actually the summary is an invention. They were accused of stating that there was no possibility of harm, that people should have remained at home. I.e.: they released false and fatally flawed recommendations for political reasons. It was well known that the region was at risk due to historical evidence.

Submission + - Major Performance Improvement Discovered For Intel's GPU Linux Driver (phoronix.com)

An anonymous reader writes: LunarG on contract with Valve Software discovered a critical shortcoming with the open-source Intel Linux graphics driver that was handicapping the performance. A special bit wasn't being set by the Linux driver but was by the Windows driver, which when enabled is increasing the Linux performance in many games by now ~20%+, which should allow for a much more competitive showing between Intel OpenGL performance on Windows vs. Linux. However, the patch setting this bit isn't public yet as apparently it's breaking video acceleration in certain cases.

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