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Kindle Fire Will Be Hotter Than iPad This Holiday
Posted by News Fetcher on November 10 '11 at 07:45 PM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's get-them-while-they're-hot department:
zacharye writes "Amazon's upcoming Kindle Fire could be the hottest tablet on the market this holiday season, with demand that may even surpass Apple's blockbuster slate, the iPad 2. Results from a recent survey published by electronics shopping guide Retrevo.com suggest that more consumers are interested in purchasing Amazon's upcoming tablet than Apple's tried and true iPad. As a result, the site speculates that the Kindle Fire represents Apple's first real competition in the tablet space."

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Zynga To Employees: Surrender Pre-IPO Shares Or You're Fired
Posted by News Fetcher on November 10 '11 at 05:16 PM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's no-trade-backs department:
ardmhacha writes "Zynga seem to think they were overly generous handing out stock to early employees. Fearing a 'Google Chef' situation they are leaning on some employees to hand back their unvested stock or face termination. From the article: 'Zynga's demand for the return of shares could expose the company to employment litigation—and, were the practice to catch on and spread, would erode a central pillar of Silicon Valley culture, in which start-ups with limited cash and a risk of failure dangle the possibility of stock riches in order to lure talent.'"

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Valve Announces Massive Steam Server Intrusion
Posted by News Fetcher on November 10 '11 at 04:15 PM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's save-my-game department:
SKYMTL writes "Valve has revealed that hackers have gained access to the Steam database and have pulled a variety of information. A statement from Gabe Newell reads in part: 'Dear Steam Users and Steam Forum Users, Our Steam forums were defaced on the evening of Sunday, November 6. We began investigating and found that the intrusion goes beyond the Steam forums. We learned that intruders obtained access to a Steam database in addition to the forums. This database contained information including user names, hashed and salted passwords, game purchases, email addresses, billing addresses and encrypted credit card information. We do not have evidence that encrypted credit card numbers or personally identifying information were taken by the intruders, or that the protection on credit card numbers or passwords was cracked. We are still investigating.
We don’t have evidence of credit card misuse at this time. Nonetheless you should watch your credit card activity and statements closely."


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Google Pulls the Plug On BlackBerry Gmail App
Posted by News Fetcher on November 10 '11 at 03:30 PM
By timothy from Slashdot's to-ensure-your-satisfaction department:
hypnosec writes "From later this month, Google has decided to stop providing its popular Gmail app for BlackBerry. This can be viewed as a shock for RIM as they are putting in strong efforts to prevent customer defections to handsets that run on Android and iOS. Thus, from 22nd November, BlackBerry owners will not be able to reach Gmail on their devices; only those users who already have Gmail installed will be able to access and use the Google app. On Tuesday, Google on its official apps update blog stated that the company will now be focusing on 'building a great Gmail experience in the mobile browser.'"

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Hamburg To Fine Facebook Over Facial Recognition Feature
Posted by News Fetcher on November 10 '11 at 02:45 PM
By timothy from Slashdot's kennen-wer-uns? department:
An anonymous reader writes "Johannes Caspar, data protection commissioner for the German state of Hamburg, today declared he will soon fine Facebook over its use of biometric facial recognition technology. He said 'further negotiations are pointless' because the company had ignored a deadline he set for it to remove the feature. German authorities could fine Facebook up to €300,000 ($420,000)."

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How Cell Phone Money Laundering Works
Posted by News Fetcher on November 10 '11 at 02:00 PM
By timothy from Slashdot's insert-tab-a-into-phone-b department:
Orome1 writes "In Russia, most cell phone SIM cards are prepaid. One of the major Russian operators offers a legal service that allows anyone to transfer the prepaid amount of money from a SIM card to a bank account, a credit card, another cell phone number (via a text message) or to express money transfer service Unistream. This particular service is heavily misused by cyber crooks who use it to launder money collected through ransomware campaigns, mobile malware and SMS scam campaigns. Kaspersky Lab's Denis Maslennikov takes us though the steps of each of these types of scams and shares insights into the shady economy that has sprung up due to cyber criminals' need to get their hand on the collected money without leaving a direct trail."

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Judge Rules Twitter Data Fair Game In Wikileaks Investigation
Posted by News Fetcher on November 10 '11 at 01:15 PM
By timothy from Slashdot's who-needs-anonymity-anyhow department:
Wired reports that "The Justice Department is entitled to records of the Twitter accounts used by three current and former WikiLeaks associates, a federal judge ruled Thursday, dealing a victory to prosecutors in a routine records demand that turned into a fierce court battle over online privacy and free speech. ... The Justice Department has been seeking the Twitter records under 18 USC 2703(d), a 1994 amendment to the Stored Communications Act that allows law enforcement access to non-content internet records, such as transaction information, without demonstrating the 'probable cause' needed for a full-blown search warrant."

Jacob Appelbaum, one of the three, was also detained on his re-entry to the U.S. last August (as well as on numerous other occasions) and had his email records seized as well. The others are Birgitta Jonsdottir (a member of Iceland's parliament) and Dutch businessman Rop Gonggrijp.

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China Telecom Mulls Entry Into US Telecoms Market
Posted by News Fetcher on November 10 '11 at 12:15 PM
By timothy from Slashdot's let-me-introduce-you-to-the-guys department:
hackingbear excerpts from a story at Engadget: "Instead of resting on its laurels as China's third-largest wireless provider, China Telecom is now looking to branch out into relatively uncharted waters — namely, the U.S. consumer market. ... The proposed service would provide customers with handsets that could be used in both China and the U.S., theoretically appealing to Chinese-Americans, students or businessmen who travel frequently between the two countries ... and would even consider purchasing or constructing its own network in the States,' with the 'capacity to spend 'hundreds of millions or billions' on stateside acquisitions.' At its home turf, despite being a state-owned company, China Telecom, along with China Unicom, is being investigated over alleged monopolistic practices by the Chinese government. The two companies would face penalties of up to 10 percent of their annual business revenues if they were found guilty of monopolistic practices. This is the first such investigation into China's large enterprises since the Anti-Monopoly Law came into effect in 2008."

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Failures Mark First National Test of Emergency Alert System
Posted by News Fetcher on November 10 '11 at 11:45 AM
By timothy from Slashdot's did-not-interrupt-youtube-either department:
An anonymous reader writes "The first full-scale test of the National Emergency Alert System failed on Tuesday at 2 PM. Some radio and television networks did not air any alert, while the performance of others was inconsistent. 'Some DirectTV customers reported hearing Lady Gaga's "Paparazzi" play during the test. Some Comcast subscribers saw their cable boxes turn to QVC before the alert, while Time Warner Cable customers in New York did not see any alert at all.'" If you were tuned to any American broadcaster at the time, did the alert system reach you?

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Lawyer Continues Android v. GPL Crusade
Posted by News Fetcher on November 10 '11 at 10:45 AM
By timothy from Slashdot's pound-on-the-table department:
jfruhlinger writes "Edward Naughton has been insisting for months that Android violates the GPL because Google created a new set of Linux kernel headers that it hasn't released the source code for, despite the fact that it incorporates open source code. While numerous commentators, including those who helped write the kernel headers, claimed this code isn't copyrightable, Naughton in persisting in his crusade, saying that the questions need to be resolved in court for the good of the open source movement."

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Ask Slashdot: Post-Quantum Asymmetric Key Exchange?
Posted by News Fetcher on November 10 '11 at 10:00 AM
By timothy from Slashdot's tin-can-no-string department:
First time accepted submitter LeDopore writes "Quantum computers might be coming. I'd estimate that there's a 10% chance RSA will be useless within 20 years. Whatever the odds, some of the data we send over ssh and ssl today should remain private for a century, and we simply can't guarantee secrecy anymore using the algorithms with which we have become complacent. Are there any alternatives to RSA and ECC that are trustworthy and properly implemented? Why is everyone still happy with SSH and RSA with the specter of a quantum menace lurking just around the corner?"

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With Troop Drawdown, IT Looks To Hire More Vets
Posted by News Fetcher on November 10 '11 at 09:15 AM
By timothy from Slashdot's but-what-about-the-animals? department:
Lucas123 writes "The military's a great place to learn how to kill people and break things, but many also consider it one of the best training grounds for high-tech skills. 'If you're working on a ship or a plane or tank, you've got responsibility for large, complex, extremely expensive equipment run by highly sophisticated IT platforms and software,' said Mike Brown, senior director of talent acquisition at Siemens. But, just how well do military tech skills translate to private-sector IT? Computerworld spoke to veterans to find out just what they learned during their tours of duty and how hard it was to transition to the civilian workforce."

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Teaching Programming Now Emphasizes Sharing
Posted by News Fetcher on November 10 '11 at 08:30 AM
By timothy from Slashdot's did-you-bring-enough-for-everyone-to-steal? department:
An anonymous reader writes "The NY Times explores some of the best ways to teach kids and finds that some of the new tools are encouraging the kids share their work with each other. One teacher first tried to keep the kids quiet and staring at their own monitors but found it was better to let them copy each other. He calls MIT's Scratch a 'gateway' tool. Then the article points out that programming Blender with Python is not as hard to pick up as your grandparent's programming languages — and kids today are learning them in a few months." The Wikipedia entry on Scratch is worth reading, too.

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ARM Claims PS3-Like Graphics On Upcoming Mobile GPU
Posted by News Fetcher on November 10 '11 at 07:45 AM
By timothy from Slashdot's vapor-tastes-like-raspberry-foam department:
l_bratch writes, quoting from the BBC, "'British computer chip designer ARM has unveiled its latest graphics processing unit (GPU) for mobile devices. The Mali-T658 offers up to ten times the performance of its predecessor." ARM claims that its latest GPU, which will be ready in around two years, will have graphics performance akin to the PlayStation 3. If this has acceptable power consumption for a mobile device, could we be seeing ultra-low power hardware in high-end PCs and consoles soon?"

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Programming Cells, With CellOS
Posted by News Fetcher on November 10 '11 at 07:00 AM
By timothy from Slashdot's undeclared-membrane-operations-are-fatal department:
First time accepted submitter JoeMerchant writes "An international team of synthetic biologists, led by professor of computer science Natalio Krasnogor at the University of Nottingham, hopes to revolutionize synthetic biology with what they call CellOS, a 'bottom-up approach to cellular computing, in which computational chemical processes are encapsulated within liposomes.' The bold project is aptly named AUdACiOuS."

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Shanghai Government Proposes 100 Community Hackerspaces
Posted by News Fetcher on November 10 '11 at 06:15 AM
By timothy from Slashdot's let-100-flowers-bloom department:
taweili writes "A tweet from Shanghai Morning Newspaper's Weibo account, Shanghai Government Technology committee has issued a call for proposal to build 100 community hackerspaces with government funding for equipments and community managing the spaces. Hackerspaces have been growing rapidly in China since the the first one XinCheJian was started in Shanghai last November as reported here by CNN Go. Currently there are three hackerspaces in China with XinCheJian in Shanghai, Maxpace in Beijing and Chaihuo in Shenzhen. It looks like the governments are paying attention to the trend and are getting into supporting (or 'regulating') the movement."

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Senate Set To Vote On the Repeal of Net Neutrality
Posted by News Fetcher on November 10 '11 at 05:15 AM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's on-second-thought department:
An anonymous reader writes "The United States Senate will vote sometime today on the bill that would repeal the net neutrality laws that the FCC has put into place. The bill passed the US House back in April, so it only has to be approved by the Senate before it is sent to the President's desk. President Obama says that he will veto the bill. The debate over net neutrality has largely been split on party lines, with the Democratic party mostly being for keeping net neutrality laws in place, and the GOP looking to avoid them."

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The Political Assault On Los Alamos National Laboratory
Posted by News Fetcher on November 10 '11 at 02:45 AM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's toe-the-line department:
Harperdog writes "Hugh Gusterson has a great article on the troubles at Los Alamos over the last decade. Since the late 1990s, nuclear weapons scientists at the US Department of Energy's Los Alamos National Laboratory have faced an unanticipated threat to their work, from politicians and administrators whose reforms and management policies—enacted in the name of national security and efficiency—have substantially undermined the lab's ability to function as an institution and to superintend the nuclear stockpile."

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Upcoming EU Data Law Will Make Europe Tricky For Social Networks
Posted by News Fetcher on November 10 '11 at 12:15 AM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's no-information department:
Thorfinn.au writes "EU politicians are mulling new data protection laws that could make Europe a hostile place for social networks. The EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding and the German Federal Minister for Consumer Protection, Ilse Aigner drew up proposals for the new data protection law which reads: 'EU law should require that consumers give their explicit consent before their data are used. And consumers generally should have the right to delete their data at any time, especially the data they post on the internet themselves. We both believe that companies who direct their services to European consumers should be subject to EU data protection laws. Otherwise, they should not be able to do business on our internal market. This also applies to social networks with users in the EU.'"

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IEA Warns of Irreversible Climate Change In 5 Years
Posted by News Fetcher on November 09 '11 at 09:46 PM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's it's-getting-hot-in-here department:
iONiUM writes "As a follow up to the previous slashdot story, there has been a new release by the IEA indicating that within 5 years we will have irreversible climate change. According to the IEA, 'There are few signs that the urgently needed change in direction in global energy trends is under way. Although the recovery in the world economy since 2009 has been uneven, and future economic prospects remain uncertain, global primary energy demand rebounded by a remarkable 5% in 2010, pushing CO2 emissions to a new high. Subsidies that encourage wasteful consumption of fossil fuels jumped to over $400bn (£250.7bn).'"

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