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EU Threatens Twitter And Facebook With Possible 'Hate Speech' Laws

Slashdot - Mon, 05/12/2016 - 12:30pm
An anonymous reader quotes Gizmodo: On Sunday, the European Commission warned Facebook, Twitter, Google, YouTube and Microsoft that if the companies do not address their hate speech problems, the EU will enact legislation that will force them to do so. In May, those five companies voluntarily signed a code of conduct to fight illegal hate speech on their platforms within 24 hours... But on Sunday, the European Commission revealed that the companies were not complying with this code in a satisfactory manner. "In practice the companies take longer and do not yet achieve this goal. They only reviewed 40 percent of the recorded cases in less than 24 hours," a Commission official told Reuters. The Commission's report found that YouTube responded to reports of harassment the fastest, and unsurprisingly, Twitter found itself in last place. "If Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Microsoft want to convince me and the ministers that the non-legislative approach can work, they will have to act quickly and make a strong effort in the coming months," Jourova told the Financial Times on Sunday.

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Sigfox IPO? Um, sure! 2017, 2018, whenever, we'll definitely do it

El Reg - Mon, 05/12/2016 - 12:18pm
Funding target missed, potential IPO date slips right

Internet of Things connectivity outfit Sigfox has delayed its IPO plans by a year after falling €50m short of its VC funding target.…

Team Trump snubs Big Internet oligarchs

El Reg - Mon, 05/12/2016 - 11:58am
Economic forum shuns Zuck, Google, but finds seat for IBM

Team Trump has announced the composition of the President's Strategic and Policy Forum – and there's no place for internet oligarchs like Eric Schmidt, Larry Page, Jeff Bezos or the world's fifth-richest man, Mark Zuckerberg.…

BlackBerry's final QWERTY floats past the rumour mill

El Reg - Mon, 05/12/2016 - 11:35am
What took you so long?

Hindsight is a wonderful thing, but what if BlackBerry had produced a smart, secure Android QWERTY in 2011, rather than waiting until 2017? A photo purporting to be BlackBerry’s final phone – which happens to be a smart, secure Android QWERTY expected in Q1 next year, popped up at the weekend, inviting counterfactual histories.…

LLVM's LLD Linker Gets Faster Performance (Parallelized ICF)

Phoronix - Mon, 05/12/2016 - 11:17am
As pointed out by this week's LLVM Weekly, the LLVM Linker (LLD) received a rather nice performance optimization this past week...

Citizens Advice slams 'unfair' broadband compensation scheme

El Reg - Mon, 05/12/2016 - 11:00am
Suppliers get automatic recompense, punters get nowt

Consumer rights charity Citizens Advice has slammed the UK's broadband compensation scheme which fails to pass on compensation to customers.…

Calligra 3.0 Is Ready As A Qt5 / KDE Frameworks 5 Office Suite

Phoronix - Mon, 05/12/2016 - 10:59am
It's been quite a while since last having anything to report on the KDE Calligra open-source graphics/office suite while surprisingly this morning it was pleasant to see Calligra 3.0 tagged for release...

Watch your back, Netflix: Viu on track for 10 million subs next year

El Reg - Mon, 05/12/2016 - 10:25am
iFlix, Viu flicks – they're all coming for Netflix

Analysis  Hong Kong pay TV operator PCCW Media claims it has racked up 4 million active users on its OTT video service, Viu, after just one year of activity. An uptake of this pace presents Netflix, which recently made its belated entrance into South East Asia, with an almighty mountain to climb.…

DDN claims burst buffer bashes 'past 1TB/sec bandwidth'

El Reg - Mon, 05/12/2016 - 10:06am
Japanese superdupercomputer kept fed with data by burst buffer beast

This is a we-can-pee-up-the-wall-higher-than-anyone-else story – one which we'd normally give a miss - only the numbers are past 1TB/sec – head-scratchingly high.…

US election pollsters weren't (very) wrong – statistically speaking

El Reg - Mon, 05/12/2016 - 9:28am
Media open season on prediction number crunchers

The media have spoken and they are unimpressed: the polls – this time the US presidential polls – got it woefully wrong, and therefore burn the witch! Or in the absence of witches, let's set fire to Nate Silver, who until around 2am (GMT) on November 9 was the doyen of US polling and go-to person for all US forecasts.…

What's in Hammond's box? Autumn fallout for Britain's tech SMBs

El Reg - Mon, 05/12/2016 - 8:57am
Cash to update 'antiquated network infrastructure'

The Government in its Autumn statement promised to invest £1bn on "digital infrastructure", an extra £2bn annually on UK R&D, and at least £400m on new venture capital funds through the British Business Bank, which it hopes will unlock a further £1bn in private finance for growing firms.…

BMW Traps A Car Thief By Remotely Locking His Doors

Slashdot - Mon, 05/12/2016 - 8:30am
An anonymous reader quotes CNET: Seattle police caught an alleged car thief by enlisting the help of car maker BMW to both track and then remotely lock the luckless criminal in the very car he was trying to steal... Turns out if you're inside a stolen car, it's perhaps not the best time to take a nap. "A car thief awoke from a sound slumber Sunday morning (November 27) to find he had been remotely locked inside a stolen BMW, just as Seattle police officers were bearing down on him," wrote Jonah Spangenthal-Lee [deputy director of communications for the Seattle Police Department]. The suspect found a key fob mistakenly left inside the BMW by a friend who'd borrowed the car from the owner and the alleged crime was on. But technology triumphed. When the owner, who'd just gotten married a day earlier, discovered the theft, the police contacted BMW corporate, who tracked the car to Seattle's Ravenna neighborhood. The 38-year-old inside was then booked for both auto theft and possession of methamphetamine.

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Beardy Branson's space bird spreads its wings

El Reg - Mon, 05/12/2016 - 8:28am
SpaceShipTwo passes first glide test since 2014 tragedy

For the first time in more than two years, a Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo has been unclipped from its carrier.…

Guessing valid credit card numbers in six seconds? Priceless

El Reg - Mon, 05/12/2016 - 8:02am
Brit researchers find a way to figure out VISA card numbers just by going shopping

Fraudsters can guess credit card numbers in as little as six seconds per attempt thanks to security gaps in Visa's network, academics say.…

Take that, creationists: Boffins witness birth of new species in the lab

El Reg - Mon, 05/12/2016 - 7:31am
Another nail in the coffins of the anti-evolution crowd

A common chant from the anti-evolution crowd is that you can't demonstrate speciation – the creation of new species – in action. Now a team of scientists can do just that for anyone with a few weeks to spare.…

Apple again late to another market others pioneered. Or is it?

El Reg - Mon, 05/12/2016 - 7:06am
Cupertino's ambitions to apply machine learning to transportation revealed in letter

Apple's long-rumoured interest in autonomous vehicles appears to be real.…

Elon Musk-backed OpenAI reveals Universe – a universal training ground for computers

El Reg - Mon, 05/12/2016 - 6:00am
Reinforcement learning environment hosts virtualized video games and more

Hoping to teach AI agents the common sense they need to solve arbitrary tasks without specific training, OpenAI on Monday will introduce Universe, a collection of virtualized video games, browser interfaces, and applications that serve as a training ground for code-based decision making.…

IoT camera crew Titathink tells <i>Reg</i> it'll patch GET bug in a week

El Reg - Mon, 05/12/2016 - 5:03am
Apologises for 'serious mistake' in older kit, says latest things are secure

Titathink has become the second vendor to respond to the modified firmware that exposed a variety of surveillance cameras to a malicious URL attack.…

Tech Billionaires Award Top Scientists $25 Million In 'Breakthrough' Prizes

Slashdot - Mon, 05/12/2016 - 4:39am
Tonight at NASA's Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley, Morgan Freeman emceed a glamorous, Oscars-style celebration that recognizes scientific achievements with money from tech billionaires. An anonymous reader writes: Donors for the Breakthrough Prize included Google's Sergey Brin, Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan, Alibaba founder Jack Ma and his wife Cathy Zhang, and billionaire venture capitalist Yuri Milner, according to an article in Fortune. TechCrunch has a list of the winners, which included Princeton math professor Jean Bourgain, who won a $3 million prize "for his many contributions to high-dimensional geometry, number theory, and many other theoretical contributions." Three more physics researchers -- two from Harvard, and one from U.C. Santa Barbara -- will share a $3 million prize recognizing "meaningful advances in string theory, quantum field theory, and quantum gravity." And another $1 million prize honored the leaders of three teams responsible for "collaborative research on gravitational waves and its implications for physics and astronomy," with another $2 million to be shared among the 1,012 members of their research groups. 17-year-old Deanna See from Singapore also won the $250,000 "Breakthrough Junior Challenge" prize -- and more money for her teachers and school -- for her video about antibiotic-resistant superbugs. Google has created a special page where you can read more about some of the other winners.

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Cyanogen parts ways with its founder

El Reg - Mon, 05/12/2016 - 3:02am
'Consolidation' plan will shutter one office but is hoped to unify dev team

Mobile OS outfit Cyanogen has made further sackings and parted ways with founder Steve Kondik.…

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