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Submission + - Executive order makes government data open by default

jfengel writes: Last week, President Obama issued an executive order titled "Making Open and Machine Readable the New Default for Government Information".

Government information shall be managed as an asset throughout its life cycle to promote interoperability and openness, and, wherever possible and legally permissible, to ensure that data are released to the public in ways that make the data easy to find, accessible, and usable.

It relies heavily on a paper from the CIO, "Digital Government: Building a 21st Century Platform to Better Serve the American People.", issued in February.

Submission + - Facebook Planning AutoPlay Video Ads Direct to Your Newsfeed (ibtimes.co.uk)

DavidGilbert99 writes: FAcebook is planning on embedding short 15-second ads directly into your newsfeed which will cost advertisers a cool $1 million per ad. While this sounds like it could ruin the Facebook experience, the company is planning on limiting these intrusive ads to just three per user per day.

Submission + - iOS 7 development is reportedly behind schedule (networkworld.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Apple's next iPhone release will likely be the iPhone 5S, and if history is any indication, it's going to look exactly like the iPhone 5. As a result, the appeal of the upcoming iPhone won't necessarily be hardware, but rather software. Sure, Apple will upgrade the iPhone 5's internals and may include a better camera. And sure, there are rumors that Apple's next-gen iPhone will come with a fingerprint authorization sensor, but again, the bulk of the marketing behind the iPhone 5S will most likely be software related.

All that said, all eyes will be on iOS 7 at WWDC this summer, especially now that Scott Forstall is out and Jony Ive is leading the aesthetic aspect of Apple's iOS design.

Interestingly, it's being noted that iOS 7 development is slightly behind schedule and has forced Apple to pull engineers from its OS X development team to help work on iOS


Submission + - Russia Proposes New Internet Piracy Crackdown (freezenet.ca)

Dangerous_Minds writes: Freezenet is reporting that the Russian Ministry of Culture is proposing a new law that would crack down in Internet piracy. Citing both Russian and French reports, the proposed measures would demand websites remove infringing material within 24 hours of a complaint. If there is no compliance, then the website owner could face a fine, though there are conflicting reports as to what that fine is. Reportedly, even web hosting companies could be liable for the act of infringement as well.

Submission + - The CTO of the CIA speaks about his top tech priorities (citeworld.com)

mattydread23 writes: "In a rare public appearance yesterday, Gus Hunt, the chief technology officer of the CIA, spoke about some of the top challenges he faces running tech in the ultimate lockdown environment. Among the revelations: 99.9% of the devices supported are wireline PCs as wireless simply isn't secure enough. He also talked about how CIA analysts can combine "applets" into applications then re-upload them to a central repository for others to use."

Submission + - Everyone in USA Under Virtual Surveillance (rt.com)

TrueSatan writes: While not shocking news to most reading this site...perhaps not even mildly surprising...it is nonetheless of note to find that we have confirmation of US actions against its own citizens.

  The spying on emails is in violation of the Us constitution. And under executive order 13526, section 1.7 – you can not classify information to just cover up a crime, which this is, and that was signed by President Obama. Also President Bush signed it earlier as an executive order, a very similar one. It appears that the US government is seeking to prevent the matter from coming before the Supreme Court less that body finds their actions to be unconstitutional.

Personally I'll put more reliance on email encryption than on US constitutional lawyers.


Submission + - Intel working on Linux-friendly Clover Trail Atom CPU (techreport.com)

crookedvulture writes: "Turns out Intel's Clover Trail Atom CPU will support Linux after all. Slashdot previously reported that Clover Trail is for Windows 8 only. That restriction applies only to Clover Trail models aimed at tablets, though. Intel has confirmed that another version of the chip will support both Android and Linux. The firm isn't providing specifics, but it seems Linux won't be shut out of the next-gen Atom entirely. Instead, Clover Trail looks like the victim of careful product segmentation."
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Submission + - OpenStand: Internet standards groups embrace open process (networkworld.com)

alphadogg writes: Five leading Internet standards bodies have joined together to articulate a set of guidelines for the creation of open standards that they say will foster continued innovation, competition and interoperability in the Internet industry. The IEEE, the Internet Architecture Board (IAB), the IETF, the Internet Society and the World Wide Web Consortium hammered out the language for their five basic principles for standards development over the course of the last few months. Dubbed "OpenStand," these lofty principles are envisioned as a modern paradigm for global, open standards development processes. The OpenStand principles are in sharp contrast to the more formal, government-driven efforts of rival standards bodies such as the International Telecommunication Union, which is an arm of the United Nations, and the International Organization for Standardization, a group of national standards bodies.

Submission + - Einstein proved correct again (bbc.co.uk)

Coisiche writes: Observation of a pair of white dwarfs in a tight orbit provide further supporting proof for Einstein's gravity waves. Given how well his theories have held up to tests you have to wonder how anyone could have thought that CERN's superluminal neutrinos would be anything other than experimental error.

Submission + - 3D Printed Houses Could be Closer than You Thought and so is Mars' Colonisation (techpp.com)

SmartAboutThings writes: "Can you imagine a future where we'd have huge 3D printers that would be capable of building houses for everybody? Such is the aim of ContourCrafting, a company that has created the concept of a big constructor 3D printer that would be able of building a house in less than 24 hours, all the way up from the ground until the ceiling, and even put electrical wiring. Could humanity use 3D printing to colonise Mars and the Moon?"

Submission + - OUYA, Android game console starts shipping in Marc (incgadget.com)

An anonymous reader writes: OUYA is a new game console based on Android. This game projects get funding of $8.58 million earned from more than 63 donators and will raised, remember there are 29 more days to get donators. This game console produced by Kickstarter, who introduces a new gaming device. which may change the gaming world. There are many companies who support this project, such as OnLive, Square Enix, XBMC, Vevo, Robotnicki, Namco and Plex. plans, this game consoles will be sold with prices around $99, probably become the cheapest game console in the world.

Submission + - Obama gives himself control of all communication systems in America (rt.com)

An anonymous reader writes: FTA:
US President Barack Obama quietly signed his name to an Executive Order on Friday, allowing the White House to control all private communications in the country in the name of national security.
President Obama released his latest Executive Order on Friday, July 6, a 2,205-word statement offered as the “Assignment of National Security and Emergency Preparedness Communications Functions.” And although the president chose not to commemorate the signing with much fanfare, the powers he provides to himself and the federal government under the latest order are among the most far-reaching yet of any of his executive decisions.


Submission + - MySQL Flaw Allows Attackers to Easily Connect to Server (net-security.org)

An anonymous reader writes: A simple but serious MySQL and MariaDB authentication bypass flaw has been revealed by MariaDB security coordinator Sergei Golubchik, and exploits targeting it have already been found in the wild.

An attacker who knows a correct username (usually the ubiquitous "root") can easily connect using a random password by repeating connection attempts. The probability of hitting this bug is about 1/256, and as ~300 attempts take only a fraction of second, the account password protection is as good as nonexistent.

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