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Broken Beer Bottle Battle In Debate Over Merits of Android Over iPhone

Slashdot - Mon, 20/04/2015 - 4:50pm
HughPickens.com writes Lee Hutchinson writes at Ars Technica that platform loyalty is a powerful thing, as two roommates in Tulsa, Oklahoma stabbed each other with broken beer bottles in a debate over the relative merits of Android versus iPhones. Tulsa police were called to Evergreen Apartments at 1 a.m after a woman found a man covered in blood, stumbling around the parking lot and found that two roommates had been drinking and arguing over their mobile phones. The two men broke beer bottles and stabbed each other with them and one of the men smashed a bottle over the back of the other man's head. "In over 35 years as a cop, this is one of the oddest reasons I've seen for assault," says Maj. Rod Hummel. According to Channel 8 News, police had no comment when asked which phone was in fact better.

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Huawei P8: Chinese mobes have arrived and the West should tremble

El Reg - Mon, 20/04/2015 - 4:32pm
Flagship breathes down Samsung's neck

Analysis  Networking kit giant Huawei didn’t even make mobile phones four years ago, but its classy new P8 flagship shows what astonishing progress it’s made to come within striking distance of the market leaders.…

New Dark Web Market Is Selling Zero-Day Exploits

Slashdot - Mon, 20/04/2015 - 4:30pm
Sparrowvsrevolution writes Over the last month, a marketplace calling itself TheRealDeal Market has emerged on the dark web, with a focus on sales of hackers' zero-day attack methods. Like the Silk Road and its online black market successors like Agora and the recently defunct Evolution, TheRealDeal runs as a Tor hidden service and uses bitcoin to hide the identities of its buyers, sellers, and administrators. But while some other sites have sold only basic, low-level hacking tools and stolen financial details, TheRealDeal's creators say they're looking to broker premium hacker data like zero-days, source code, and hacking services, often offered on an exclusive, one-time sale basis. Currently an iCloud exploit is being offered for sale on the site with a price tag of $17,000 in bitcoin, claiming to be a new method of hacking Apple iCloud accounts. "Any account can be accessed with a malicious request from a proxy account," reads the description. "Please arrange a demonstration using my service listing to hack an account of your choice." Others include a technique to hack WordPress' multisite configuration, an exploit against Android's Webview stock browser, and an Internet Explorer attack that claims to work on Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7, available for around $8,000 in bitcoin. None of these zero days have yet been proven to be real, but an escrow system on the site using bitcoin's multisignature transaction feature is designed to prevent scammers from selling fake exploits.

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Intel's Windows Driver Now Supports OpenGL 4.4, Linux Driver Still With OpenGL 3.3

Phoronix - Mon, 20/04/2015 - 4:13pm
The Intel Windows driver is up to supporting the OpenGL 4.4 specification while the company's open-source Linux graphics driver still doesn't yet fully support OpenGL 4.0...

Whizzy-fast Microsoft Azure Premium Storage now available. With a catch, natch

El Reg - Mon, 20/04/2015 - 3:57pm
SSD based go-faster stripes 'will double write throughput'

Microsoft has announced general availability of Premium Storage for its Azure cloud computing platform.…

Elon Musk Bailed Out of $6bn Google Takeover To Save Tesla From 2013 Bankruptcy

Slashdot - Mon, 20/04/2015 - 3:46pm
An anonymous reader sends word that Elon Musk almost sold Tesla to Google in 2013 when the company was close to bankruptcy. "Elon Musk had a deal to sell his electric car company Tesla, to Google for $6bn (£4bn) when it was heading for bankruptcy with just two weeks' worth of cash left in the bank. During the first week of March 2013, Musk spoke to his friend Larry Page, chief executive of Google, about the search giant buying his car company, which at the time was suffering from falling sales amid technical problems with the few Model S luxury sedan cars it had delivered. Ashlee Vance, author of upcoming book Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX and the Quest for a Fantastic Future, claims in an extra for Bloomberg two people 'with direct knowledge of the deal' said Musk and Page agreed to the buyout and shook on a price of around $6bn. This was plus promises from Google to invest $5bn for factory expansion and to not break Tesla up or close it down."

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Hutchison Whampoa launches wholesale global MVNE venture

El Reg - Mon, 20/04/2015 - 3:28pm
Father of Three wants to sire more networks

Hutchison Whampoa, which owns the Three network in the UK, has launched a global mobile virtual network enabler (MVNE) via its mobile wholesale business unit.…

BT launches advisory service to prevent cyber attacks on connected cars

L'Inq - Mon, 20/04/2015 - 3:23pm

Assure Ethical Hacking for Vehicles will work with car makers to fix flaws before sale


Post Office denies IT blunders led to criminal charges against posties

El Reg - Mon, 20/04/2015 - 3:03pm
'Systemic problems' with Horizon system firmly denied

The Post Office has refuted a report which concluded that its Horizon IT system was responsible for accounting cockups that led to sub-postmasters being prosecuted for stealing from their tills.…

D-Link Apologizes For Router Security

Slashdot - Mon, 20/04/2015 - 3:02pm
Mark Wilson writes D-Link has issued an apology to its customers for an on-going security issue with many of its routers. A problem with the Home Network Administration Protocol (HNAP) means that it is possible to bypass authorization and run commands with escalated privileges. The list of routers affected by the issue is fairly lengthy, and D-Link has already issued one patch. But rather than fixing the problem, last week's update left routers wide open to exactly the same problem. As it stands at the moment, a firmware patch is still being produced for a total of 17 routers. In the meantime, all D-Link has to offer is an apology. While unhelpful patches have already been issued, D-Link is currently working away on replacement firmware updates. The release dates for these patches is not yet set in stone, but some are due today (20 April), some tomorrow (21 April) and the remainder on 24 April.

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DRM Graphics Updates Sent In For The Linux 4.1 Kernel

Phoronix - Mon, 20/04/2015 - 3:00pm
David Airlie has sent in the big pile of DRM subsystem updates for the Linux 4.1 kernel that includes significant work to the Radeon, Intel, and Nouveau drivers along with the DRM ARM drivers and the introduction of the new VGEM driver...

AMD: Windows 10 will launch in late July

L'Inq - Mon, 20/04/2015 - 2:56pm

Chipmaker's CEO lets slip when Microsoft's next-gen OS will be released


VMware fires Photon torpedo – a homegrown Linux for microservices

El Reg - Mon, 20/04/2015 - 2:47pm
'Lightwave' security layer to bind containers running in lightweight distro

VMware has created its very own Linux distribution, dubbed 'Project Photon', as part of an effort to create a stack for what it's calling “Cloud-Native applications”.…

Hear that sound? It's tech vendors clawing back lost dollars

El Reg - Mon, 20/04/2015 - 2:33pm
Price HIKE is coming soon, mid-single digits say sources

Tech buyers will likely need to revisit budget forecasts at month end with another price jack on commodity hardware to be pushed through by vendors in response to the relative appreciation of the dollar.…

Cloud spend increases 14.4 percent in Q4 as firms accelerate IoT development

L'Inq - Mon, 20/04/2015 - 2:32pm

The cloud is going stratospheric


More eBPF Improvements Heading To Linux 4.1

Phoronix - Mon, 20/04/2015 - 2:22pm
With the in-development Linux 4.1 kernel one of the new features is for eBPF programs to attach to Kprobes but now there's more eBPF work headed for this next major kernel version...

Comcast and TWC Will Negotiate With Officials To Save Their Merger

Slashdot - Mon, 20/04/2015 - 2:20pm
An anonymous reader writes with news about Comcast and Time Warner Cable's attempt to keep their proposed merger alive. "Comcast Corp. and Time Warner Cable Inc. are slated to sit down for the first time on Wednesday with Justice Department officials to discuss potential remedies in hopes of keeping their $45.2 billion merger on track, according to people familiar with the matter. The parties haven't met face-to-face to hash out possible concessions in the more than 14 months since the deal was announced. Staffers at both the Justice Department and the Federal Communications Commission remain concerned a combined company would wield too much power in the broadband Internet market and give it unfair competitive leverage against TV channel owners and new market entrants that offer video programming online, said people with knowledge of the review."

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Raytheon borgs Websense to create cybersecurity behemoth

El Reg - Mon, 20/04/2015 - 2:04pm
What's the new firm going to be called? Raysense? Webtheon?

Defence giant Raytheon has agreed a deal with Vista Equity Partners to form a new company combining Websense with Raytheon Cyber Products. The new joint venture (Raysense? Webtheon?) will combine Raytheon Cyber Products with Websense's TRITON line of web filtering and other enterprise security products.…

Nokia to make smartphone market comeback in 2016

L'Inq - Mon, 20/04/2015 - 1:57pm

Sources claim firm will challenge HTC and Samsung in Android space


LLDB Is Getting Into Shape For Linux 64-bit Debugging

Phoronix - Mon, 20/04/2015 - 1:54pm
From Valve's interest in the LLDB debugger to many other firms also being interested in LLVM's debugger as an alternative to GDB on Linux, LLDB is getting into very usable shape for 64-bit Linux systems...
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