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Privacy Lawsuit Against Google Rests On Battery Drain Claims

Slashdot - Wed, 23/07/2014 - 9:15am
Jason Koebler writes: According to plaintiffs in a class-action lawsuit against Google, personal information about you and your browsing, email, and app-using habits that is regularly sent between apps on you Android phone is harming your battery life. As odd as it sounds, this minor yet demonstrable harm is what will allow their lawsuit to go forward. A federal judge ruled that the claim "requires a heavily and inherently fact-bound inquiry." That means there's a good chance we're about to get a look into the ins and outs of Google's advertising backbone: what information is shared with whom, and when.

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Privacy Lawsuit Against Google Rests On Battery Drain Claims

Slashdot - Wed, 23/07/2014 - 9:15am
Jason Koebler writes: According to plaintiffs in a class-action lawsuit against Google, personal information about you and your browsing, email, and app-using habits that is regularly sent between apps on you Android phone is harming your battery life. As odd as it sounds, this minor yet demonstrable harm is what will allow their lawsuit to go forward. A federal judge ruled that the claim "requires a heavily and inherently fact-bound inquiry." That means there's a good chance we're about to get a look into the ins and outs of Google's advertising backbone: what information is shared with whom, and when.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.








Privacy Lawsuit Against Google Rests On Battery Drain Claims

Slashdot - Wed, 23/07/2014 - 9:15am
Jason Koebler writes: According to plaintiffs in a class-action lawsuit against Google, personal information about you and your browsing, email, and app-using habits that is regularly sent between apps on you Android phone is harming your battery life. As odd as it sounds, this minor yet demonstrable harm is what will allow their lawsuit to go forward. A federal judge ruled that the claim "requires a heavily and inherently fact-bound inquiry." That means there's a good chance we're about to get a look into the ins and outs of Google's advertising backbone: what information is shared with whom, and when.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.








Nokia Lumia 530 arrives with Windows Phone 8.1, sub-€100 price

L'Inq - Wed, 23/07/2014 - 9:03am

Touted as the most affordable Windows Phone handset yet


HP and Microsoft prove it again: Big Business Doesn't Create Jobs

El Reg - Wed, 23/07/2014 - 9:00am
SMEs get lip service - what they need is dinner at the Club

Worstall on Wednesday  The recent news of layoffs from computing giants provides proof, once again, of an old economic saw. It's not actually big businesses that create jobs, it's the small and new ones that do.…

Development Continues For Supporting EXT4 On NVDIMMs

Phoronix - Wed, 23/07/2014 - 8:51am
The large set of 22 patches for supporting the EXT4 file-system on non-volatile DIMM memory is now up to its eighth revision...

UK government shuns Microsoft with adoption of the ODF standard

L'Inq - Wed, 23/07/2014 - 8:47am

Maude says openness is for the people


Tall, dark, but no stranger: Quantum polishes its DXi range

El Reg - Wed, 23/07/2014 - 8:39am
500TB box with self-encryption slots into existing range

Quantum has refreshed its dedupe box operating system and run up a fresh and faster hardware box.…

NO MORE ALL CAPS and other pleasures of Visual Studio 14

El Reg - Wed, 23/07/2014 - 8:20am
Unpicking a packed preview that breaks down ASP.NET

Review  Microsoft has released a second preview of the next major release of Visual Studio.…

Liberty and MPs launch high court DRIP challenge

L'Inq - Wed, 23/07/2014 - 8:16am

Civil liberties group representing Tom Watson and David Davis


Yorkshire cops fail to grasp principle behind BT Fon Wi-Fi network

El Reg - Wed, 23/07/2014 - 7:55am
'Prevent people that are passing by to hook up to your network', pleads plod

Bungling cops in Yorkshire have called upon householders to lock down their Wi-Fi after mistaking a free hotspot user for a piggybacking connection thief.…

Microsoft goes big on open source with Azure alliances

L'Inq - Wed, 23/07/2014 - 7:45am

Adds plug-ins for Packer.io and Opennebula


StubHub ticked off by trans-Atlantic fraudsters says New York DA

El Reg - Wed, 23/07/2014 - 7:42am
US, Canadian and UK authorities expected to reveal details today

eBay's ticket-selling offshoot StubHub has admitted to a breach of some users' security by a ring of fraudsters.…

PayPal post-checkout cash slurp a FEATURE not a BUG

El Reg - Wed, 23/07/2014 - 7:20am
Would you like a super-sized shipping charge with that?

An apparent flaw that lets users add any amount of money onto already processed PayPal transactions is a feature, not a bug, according to the payments giant.…

All those new '5G standards'? Here's the science they rely on

El Reg - Wed, 23/07/2014 - 7:02am
Radio professor tells us how wireless will get faster in the real world

The 5G arms race has commenced, but beneath the duelling “my 5G is faster than your 5G” demos, there's serious work going on – and whatever the future of 5G, that work will change the future of mobility one way or the other.…

Mobile app of the day: Bookatable

Thinq - Wed, 23/07/2014 - 7:00am

If you are looking for a restaurant booking app then Bookatable may appeal, and it might particularly suit if you do a lot of international travel.

Read more: http://www.itproportal.com/2014/07/23/mobile-app-of-the-day-bookatable/

Libinput 0.5 Improves Pointer Acceleration, Adds A Configuration API

Phoronix - Wed, 23/07/2014 - 6:47am
Libinput, the input library designed for use by Wayland compositors and other environments for having common input device handling on Linux, is out with a significant update...

Attackers raid SWISS BANKS with DNS and malware bombs

El Reg - Wed, 23/07/2014 - 6:40am
'Retefe' trojan uses clever spin on old attacks to grant total control of bank accounts

Attackers suspected of residing in Russia are raiding Swiss bank accounts with a multi-faceted attack that intercepts SMS tokens and changes domain name system settings, researchers have warned.…

Second galactic flip-flop pulsar surprises boffins

El Reg - Wed, 23/07/2014 - 6:23am
Radio switched off, gamma rays switched on

Video  “Where did it go?” is the kind of question astrophysicists love to answer, and work by NASA's Fermi gamma-ray space telescope has helped find out what happened to a radio pulsar that seemed to go dark in 2013.…

Oso Disaster Had Its Roots In Earlier Landslides

Slashdot - Wed, 23/07/2014 - 6:18am
vinces99 writes: The disastrous March 22 landslide that killed 43 people in the rural Washington state community of Oso involved the "remobilization" of a 2006 landslide on the same hillside, a new federally sponsored geological study concludes. The research indicates the landslide, the deadliest in U.S. history, happened in two major stages. The first stage remobilized the 2006 slide, including part of an adjacent forested slope from an ancient slide, and was made up largely or entirely of deposits from previous landslides. The first stage ultimately moved more than six-tenths of a mile across the north fork of the Stillaguamish River and caused nearly all the destruction in the Steelhead Haven neighborhood. The second stage started several minutes later and consisted of ancient landslide and glacial deposits. That material moved into the space vacated by the first stage and moved rapidly until it reached the trailing edge of the first stage, the study found. "Perhaps the most striking finding is that, while the Oso landslide was a rare geologic occurrence, it was not extraordinary," said Joseph Wartman, a University of Washington associate professor of civil and environmental engineering and a team leader for the study.

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