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Bitcoin Exchange Ordered To Give IRS Years of Data On Millions of Users

Slashdot - Thu, 01/12/2016 - 8:35pm
Last month, instead of asking for data relating to specific individuals suspected of a crime, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) demanded America's largest Bitcoin service, Coinbase, to provide the identities of all of the firm's U.S. customers who made transactions over a three year period because there is a chance they are avoiding paying taxes on their bitcoin reserves. On Wednesday, a federal judge authorized a summons requiring Coinbase to provide the IRS with those records. Gizmodo reports: Covering the identities and transaction histories of millions of customers, the request is believed to be the largest single attempt to identify tax evaders using virtual currency to date. As a so-called "John Doe" summons, the document targets a particular group or class of taxpayers -- rather than individuals -- the agency has a "reasonable basis" to believe may have broken the law. According to The New York Times, the IRS argued that two cases of tax evasion involving Coinbase combined with Bitcoin's "relatively high level of anonymity" serve as that basis. "There is no allegation in this suit that Coinbase has engaged in any wrongdoing in connection with its virtual currency exchange business," said the Justice Department on Wednesday. "Rather, the IRS uses John Doe summonses to obtain information about possible violations of internal revenue laws by individuals whose identities are unknown." In a statement, Coinbase vowed to fight the summons, which the company's head counsel has previously characterized as a "every, very broad" fishing expedition.

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Soon only Ticketmaster will rip you off: Concert scalper bots face US ban

El Reg - Thu, 01/12/2016 - 8:14pm
Senate, House pass law against automated tix snatch-and-resell

The US Senate has unanimously passed a bill that will make it illegal to grab large quantities of online tickets with an automated bot.…

Europol cop took terror dossier home, flashed it to the web accidentally

El Reg - Thu, 01/12/2016 - 7:37pm
Europe's FBI sheds light on security bungle

An investigator at Europe's FBI Europol took home a USB stick packed with terror probe documents and accidentally spilled the files on the internet.…

Facebook Developing AI To Flag Offensive Live Videos

Slashdot - Thu, 01/12/2016 - 7:25pm
Facebook is working on automatically flagging offensive material in live video streams, building on a growing effort to use artificial intelligence to monitor content, said Joaquin Candela, the company's director of applied machine learning. Reuters added: The social media company has been embroiled in a number of content moderation controversies this year, from facing international outcry after removing an iconic Vietnam War photo due to nudity, to allowing the spread of fake news on its site. Facebook has historically relied mostly on users to report offensive posts, which are then checked by Facebook employees against company "community standards." Decisions on especially thorny content issues that might require policy changes are made by top executives at the company. Candela told reporters that Facebook increasingly was using artificial intelligence to find offensive material. It is "an algorithm that detects nudity, violence, or any of the things that are not according to our policies," he said.

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Cargo capsule goes AWOL, explodes on its way to Space Station

El Reg - Thu, 01/12/2016 - 7:13pm
Suspected third-stage failure in Soyuz rocket, again

A Progress capsule filled supplies for the International Space Station today blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome spaceport in Kazakhstan. Now its controllers have admitted the MS‑04/65P mission has been annihilated.…

Apple's 2016 MacBook Pro & Linux Don't Mix

Phoronix - Thu, 01/12/2016 - 7:08pm
Last month I shared that Linux tests of the 2016 MacBook Pro would be coming and now I've finally managed to complete a few, but I highly encourage you not to get the new MacBook Pro if you plan on using anything other than macOS as the experience is a wreck. This is one laptop I don't mind seeing returned!

Microsoft Says Summer's Windows 10 Upgrade Fit For Business

Slashdot - Thu, 01/12/2016 - 6:45pm
Microsoft has moved Windows 10 August update to the Current Branch for Business release track, putting the "Anniversary Update" in the queue for automatic downloads and installation on enterprise PCs. From a report on ComputerWorld: The move will also set in motion a two-month countdown clock on support for the original mid-2015 version of Windows 10. "Windows 10 1607, also known as the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, has been declared as Current Branch for Business (CBB) and is ready for deployment," Michael Niehaus, a director of product marketing, said in a post to a company blog that used similar wording to the first upgrade to the CBB. In April, Microsoft moved the November 2015 upgrade to the corporate delivery track. Microsoft issued the Anniversary Update Aug. 2, even though its numerical designation of 1607 referred to July (07) of this year (16). The upgrade will be released in January through Windows Update, Windows Update for Business and Windows Server Update Services (WSUS), Niehaus said.

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Oracle Might Be Canning Solaris

Phoronix - Thu, 01/12/2016 - 6:07pm
Oracle might be pulling the plug on the Solaris operating system, at least according to some new rumors...

UK ISPs To Start Sending 'Piracy Alerts' Soon

Slashdot - Thu, 01/12/2016 - 6:05pm
Beginning next year, internet service providers in the UK will send email notifications to subscribers whose connections have been allegedly used to download copyright infringing content. In what is an attempt to curtail piracy rates, these alerts would try to educate those who pirate about legal alternates. TorrentFreak adds: Mimicking its American counterpart, the copyright alert program will monitor the illegal file-sharing habits of UK citizens with a strong focus on repeat infringers. The piracy alerts program is part of the larger Creative Content UK (CCUK) initiative which already introduced several anti-piracy PR campaigns, targeted at the general public as well as the classroom. The plan to send out email alerts was first announced several years ago when we discussed it in detail, but it took some time to get everything ready. This week, a spokesperson from CCUK's "Get it Right From a Genuine Site" campaign informed us that it will go live in first few months of 2017. It's likely that ISPs and copyright holders needed to fine-tune their systems to get going, but the general purpose of the campaign remains the same.

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Google Rolls Out OSS-Fuzz To Help Improve Open-Source Software Safety

Phoronix - Thu, 01/12/2016 - 5:50pm
Google today is rolling out a public beta of OSS-Fuzz, their new program to provide continuous fuzzing of core open-source software code-bases...

Renewed calls for Tesla to scrap Autopilot after number of crashes

El Reg - Thu, 01/12/2016 - 5:29pm
Consumer Watchdog fears it's all in the name

US advocacy group Consumer Watchdog has renewed its demands for a recall of Tesla's Autopilot feature following a number of crashes.…

Mozilla Puts New Money To Use Fighting For 'Internet Health'

Slashdot - Thu, 01/12/2016 - 5:25pm
Stephen Shankland, writing for CNET: Mozilla is marshaling public support for political positions, like backing net neutrality, defending encryption and keeping government surveillance from getting out of hand, says Denelle Dixon-Thayer, Mozilla's chief legal and business officer. The organization is funding the efforts with revenue from Firefox searches, which has jumped since 2014 when it switched from a global deal with Google to a set of regional deals. Mozilla brought in $421 million in revenue last year largely through partnerships with Yahoo in the US, Yandex in Russia and Baidu in China, according to tax documents released alongside Mozilla's 2015 annual report on Thursday. Pushing policy work brings new challenges well beyond traditional Mozilla work competing against Google's Chrome browser and Microsoft's Internet Explorer. They include squaring off against the incoming administration of Donald Trump.

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Still too much discretion when it comes to that 'terrorism' stuff, repeats David Anderson QC

El Reg - Thu, 01/12/2016 - 4:58pm
2015 legislation review is laid before Parliament

There is still too much discretion in what the State is talking about when discussing terrorism, according to the outgoing independent reviewer of terrorism legislation.…

AngelList Acquires Product Hunt

Slashdot - Thu, 01/12/2016 - 4:45pm
Product Hunt, an online community of tech product enthusiasts, is no longer going at it alone. The three-year-old San Francisco startup said Thursday it is being acquired by AngelList, a popular crowdfunding platform for startups and angel investors. From a report on Fortune: Though Product Hunt is still a very young startup, it's not hard to see why it made the move to sell to AngelList. Product Hunt debuted three years ago, almost to the day-- founder Ryan Hoover and a friend, Nathan Bashaw, put together the original version of the website during the Thanksgiving weekend. Hoover had initially experimented with sharing apps and other tech products with a small group of friends via email newsletters. The site quickly grew in reputation among Silicon Valley insiders and tech enthusiasts everywhere as a place to share and find new or interesting apps, gadgets, and tech tools. It even had a small job board, which was Product Hunt's first source of revenue. Product Hunt also said it will continue to operate independently.

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Wearable eats wearable: Fitbit 'to buy Pebble' with a steal of a deal

El Reg - Thu, 01/12/2016 - 4:27pm
Smartwatch pioneer looks set to call it a day

Crowdfunding hero and smart bling pioneer Pebble is about to be acquired by Fitbit. The Information was first with the story, and subsequent reports suggest the price is modest: around $35 to $40m.…

Product key not accepted

Windows Genuine Disadvantage [Vista] - Thu, 01/12/2016 - 4:05pm

Report

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TTS Error:
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Spsys.log Content: 0x80070002

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Machine Certificate URL: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=43474
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Plex Media Player Now Doesn't Require a Subscription; Pass Users Get Kodi Plug-in

Slashdot - Thu, 01/12/2016 - 4:05pm
Plex and Kodi, two popular home theater apps, can get both of them together. Plex has announced its new Kodi add-on so you can include your Plex library in Kodi (provided you're a Pass user). From a report on Engadget: The new plugin includes most of the features you'd come to expect from Plex, which means it'll play back nearly any video or music format and cleverly categorize your media library. It simply lets you run the two media centers simultaneously without losing any of your customizations. It's currently only available to Plex Pass subscribers (it will be released publicly soon) and it doesn't yet work with Plex Companion remote control, but it does sport a brand new user interface (UI) that Plex says helps to "showcase some of our new thinking."

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Brit upstart releases free air traffic app for drone operators

El Reg - Thu, 01/12/2016 - 4:03pm
'Roger, drone 04957, vector 45 at 300 feet...'

British startup Altitude Angel has, in conjunction with air traffic control service NATS, launched an air-traffic-as-a-service app for drone operators.…

Amazonian Athena gifts the AWS team with the wisdom of SaaS on PaaS

El Reg - Thu, 01/12/2016 - 3:33pm
Business is Redshifting itself into analytics queries

Athena, goddess of wisdom, has bestowed her name upon Amazon's new interactive query service for S3 as the company seeks to become more than a mere infrastructure vendor.…

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin is Being Emergency Evacuated From the South Pole

Slashdot - Thu, 01/12/2016 - 3:25pm
The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced Thursday morning that it will provide a "humanitarian medical evacuation flight" from the South Pole for an "ailing" Buzz Aldrin. BusinessInsider adds: Aldrin was the second man to walk on the moon, joining Neil Armstrong in the Apollo 11 Lunar Module in July 1969. He has since become an author and advocate for crewed missions to Mars. He is 86, and no further information is available as to his condition. The NSF's statement said that an NSF plane will fly Aldrin from the Amundsen-Scott research station at the South Pole to McMurdo Station on the Antarctic coast. At that point ski-equipped LC-130 cargo planes flown by the 109th Airlift Wing of the New York Air National Guard will haul him to New Zealand "as soon as possible."

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