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Spotify ups the ante by adding video and audio clips to its music streaming app

L'Inq - Thu, 21/05/2015 - 12:27pm

Shows and podcasts designed to further differentiate Spotify from rivals






Backpage child sex trafficking lawsuit nixed thanks to 'internet freedoms'

El Reg - Thu, 21/05/2015 - 12:23pm
Judge: Communications Decency Act trumps indecent ads

A judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought against a classified ads site used by pimps to facilitate underage prostitution, arguing that the “internet freedom” of website operators trumped the rights of three girls who were trafficked and raped.…

Ubuntu 15.10 Release Schedule Firmed Up

Phoronix - Thu, 21/05/2015 - 12:13pm
For those that haven't seen/heard yet, the Ubuntu 15.10 release schedule has now been firmed up...

The Reason For Java's Staying Power: It's Easy To Read

Slashdot - Thu, 21/05/2015 - 12:13pm
jfruh writes: Java made its public debut twenty years ago today, and despite a sometimes bumpy history that features its parent company being absorbed by Oracle, it's still widely used. Mark Reinhold, chief architect for the Oracle's Java platform group, offers one explanation for its continuing popularity: it's easy for humans to understand it at a glance. "It is pretty easy to read Java code and figure out what it means. There aren't a lot of obscure gotchas in the language ... Most of the cost of maintaining any body of code over time is in maintenance, not in initial creation."

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Imation CEO voted off board in proxy war bombshell

El Reg - Thu, 21/05/2015 - 12:03pm
Activist investor Clinton Group sets up camp at far end of boardroom table

Imation's CEO has been provisionally voted off the company's board, as shareholders supported the activist investor Clinton Group in its view of Imation's alleged leadership failures.…

FREAK-like Logjam threat risk hits SSL and weakens encryption

L'Inq - Thu, 21/05/2015 - 12:00pm

And no one wants it






Salesforce: Profit pah! We’ll be back in the red before you know it

El Reg - Thu, 21/05/2015 - 11:49am
SAP saps soon to be slapped

Software service slinger Salesforce.com banked its first operating profit in 18 quarters — yes, you read that correctly — but reassuringly confirmed it will be back in the red again in the next trading period.…

Oldest Stone Tools Predate Previous Record Holder By 700,000 Years

Slashdot - Thu, 21/05/2015 - 11:33am
derekmead writes: The oldest stone tools ever found have been discovered by scientists in Kenya who say they are 3.3m years old, making them by far the oldest such artifacts discovered. Predating the rise of humans' first ancestors in the Homo genus, the artifacts were found near Lake Turkana, Kenya. More than 100 primitive hammers, anvils and other stone tools have been found at the site. An in-depth analysis of the site, its contents, and its significance as a new benchmark in evolutionary history will be published in the May 21 issue of Nature.

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Belgian telco prepares to tear out last of nation's phone boxes

El Reg - Thu, 21/05/2015 - 11:26am
Shares in public toilet firms reportedly on the rise

Proximus, the Belgian mobile operator, is about to complete the process of removing its last 300 phone boxes. The last will be ceremonially felled on June 1 in Antwerp.…

Lenovo profits slow despite 20 percent revenue growth after Motorola buy

L'Inq - Thu, 21/05/2015 - 11:15am

Revenues boosted thanks to mobile business that made up a fifth of the total






China spending $182 BEEELLION on net construction by end of 2017

El Reg - Thu, 21/05/2015 - 11:05am
The move away from manufacturing base continues

Beijing has announced a $182bn programme of network infrastructure spending, supplementing the development of China's service sector over the next two and half years.…

It pays to fake it: Test your flash SAN with a good simulation

El Reg - Thu, 21/05/2015 - 10:53am
How to measure your storage performance

It is pretty obvious that storage systems vary. You could reply, with some justification: “No shit, Sherlock!”…

Modder runs Windows XP on an Android Wear-powered LG G Watch

L'Inq - Thu, 21/05/2015 - 10:46am

2002 Microsoft OS turned into a hand job






Post-PC era? Surely you're joking, says Lenovo as computers fly out of door

El Reg - Thu, 21/05/2015 - 10:26am
Profits down following acquisitions, though

Computers are still flying out of the door for Lenovo but Q4 profits crashed by more than a third due to a hike in operating expenses that followed several acquisitions.…

A good effort, but a bit odd: Windows 10 IoT Core on Raspberry Pi 2

El Reg - Thu, 21/05/2015 - 9:57am
The question is, does the Pi really need Windows?

First Look  Microsoft has released a preview of Windows 10 for Raspberry Pi 2, the £30 ARMv7 computer board produced by the Cambridge-based Raspberry Pi Foundation.…

NetUSB flaw is taking IoT insecurities back to the '90s

L'Inq - Thu, 21/05/2015 - 9:45am

SEC Consult discovers millions of devices at risk






Telstra Says Newly Acquired Pacnet Hacked, Customer Data Exposed

Slashdot - Thu, 21/05/2015 - 9:30am
An anonymous reader writes: Telstra’s Asian-based data center and undersea cable operator Pacnet has been hacked exposing many of the telco’s customers to a massive security breach. The company said it could not determine whether personal details of customers had been stolen, but it acknowledged the possibility. The Stack reports: "Telstra said that an unauthorized third party had been able to gain access to the Pacnet business management systems through a malicious software installed via a vulnerability on an SQL server. The hack had taken place just weeks before Telstra acquired the Asian internet service provider for $550mn on 16 April this year. The telecom company confirmed that it had not been aware of the hack when it signed the deal in December 2014."

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Choose Deutsche Telekom for all your bargain spying needs

El Reg - Thu, 21/05/2015 - 9:29am
Cable company helped NSA spy on Vienna for a decade, says Austrian MP

An Austrian newspaper has published what it claims is evidence that Deutsche Telekom spied on Vienna for German spooks for the miserly sum of just €6,500 a year.…

Raspberry Pi Model B+ sales rocket after price-cut to $25

L'Inq - Thu, 21/05/2015 - 9:13am

CEO expects to sell a million units this year






<i>King's Bounty</i> (1990): Enter the kleptomaniac dragon

El Reg - Thu, 21/05/2015 - 9:04am
Employ a mighty army, locate a symbolic staff

Antique Code Show  So as Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt stakes its claim as RPG of the millennium, I figured it’s time to look back on a turn-based fantasy questing classic of yesteryear, which definitely doesn’t feature any stuffed unicorn sex.…

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