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Exclusive: Big mortgage investors take first step toward suing Ocwen

Reuters: Technology - Fri, 2015-01-23 20:05
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Major mortgage bond investors including BlackRock , MetLife and Pimco on Friday took a first step toward suing Ocwen Financial Corp , accusing it of having failed to properly collect payments on $82 billion of home loans, according to a person familiar with the matter and to documents seen by Reuters.
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Exclusive: USDA Secretary orders update of animal welfare research strategy

Reuters: Technology - Fri, 2015-01-23 19:54
CHICAGO (Reuters) - U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has directed agency staff to create and deliver an updated Animal Welfare Strategy plan within 60 days, according to an internal email reviewed by Reuters.






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Dot-com is dead. Long live dot-com

The Register - Fri, 2015-01-23 19:30
Reports of domain king's death greatly exaggerated

As you probably know, the internet's domain names are dominated by a single three-letter ending: "com".…

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China beefs up Great Firewall, snips off VPN access

The Register - Fri, 2015-01-23 19:15
Censorship tools get a boost as users scramble for workarounds

China's notorious "Great Firewall" is being blamed for widespread reports of virtual private network (VPN) outages in the country.…

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Google Just Made It Easier To Run Linux On Your Chromebook

Slashdot - Fri, 2015-01-23 19:15
TechCurmudgeon writes A story in PCWorld's "World beyond Windows" column outlines coming improvements in Chrome OS that will enable easily running Linux directly from a USB stick: "Have you ever installed a full desktop Linux system on your Chromebook? It isn't all [that] hard, but it is a bit more complex than it should be. New features in the latest version of Chrome OS will make dipping into an alternative operating system easier. For example, you'll be able to easily boot a full Linux system from a USB drive and use it without any additional hassle!"

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Planning to upgrade your Lumia to Windows 10? Well ... not so fast

The Register - Fri, 2015-01-23 19:10
Microsoft now says 'not every phone' will make the transition

The latest word from Microsoft is that owners of Windows Phone 8 handsets won't necessarily be able to upgrade to Windows Phone 10 after all, in an apparent retreat from what the software giant has said previously.…

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Supreme Court to review Oklahoma execution procedure

Reuters: Technology - Fri, 2015-01-23 18:57
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to review Oklahoma's controversial method of execution by lethal injection, taking up a case brought by three death row inmates who accuse the state of violating the U.S. Constitution's ban on cruel and unusual punishment.
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Senior U.S. diplomat ruffles Cuba by meeting dissidents

Reuters: Technology - Fri, 2015-01-23 18:57
HAVANA (Reuters) - A senior U.S. diplomat in Cuba for negotiations on restoring long-frozen diplomatic relations met a group of dissidents on Friday, seeking to underline Washington's concern over human rights but irritating the island's communist government.






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Ask Slashdot: Best Anti-Virus Software In 2015? Free Or Paid?

Slashdot - Fri, 2015-01-23 18:33
CryoKeen writes: I got a new laptop recently after trading in my old laptop for store credit. While I was waiting to check out, the sales guy just handed me some random antivirus software (Trend Micro) that was included with the purchase. I don't think he or I realized at the time that the CD/DVD he gave me would not work because my new laptop does not have a CD/DVD player. Anyway, it got me wondering whether I should use it or not. Would I be better off downloading something like Avast or Malwarebytes? Is there one piece of antivirus software that's significantly better than the others? Are any of the paid options worthwhile, or should I just stick to the free versions? What security software would you recommend in addition to anti-virus?

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Invitation to Netanyahu to address U.S. Congress: When bipartisan means partisan

Reuters: Technology - Fri, 2015-01-23 18:29
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner, a Republican, jolted Washington this week by inviting Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress, his office said it had been done "on behalf of the bipartisan leadership."
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The Last Batch Of Feature Proposals For Fedora 22

Linux Today - Fri, 2015-01-23 18:00

Phoronix: The proposal describes Vagrant, "Vagrant is a tool for building and distributing development environments.

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'Never Miss Another Delivery' - if You Have a TrackPIN (Video)

Slashdot - Fri, 2015-01-23 17:46
The company is called TrackPIN, as is the product. Its creator, Mark Hall, showed it off at CES. Timothy pointed his camcorder at Mark as he explained how his product would let you get package deliveries safely when you aren't home by giving the UPS or FedEx (or other) delivery person access to your garage, as well as letting in selected people like your maid, your plumber, and possibly an aquarium cleaner. Each one can have a private, one-time PIN number that will actuate your garage door opener through the (~$250) TrackPIN keypad and tell your smartphone or other net-connected device that your garage was just opened, and by whom. You might even call this, "One small step for package delivery; a giant leap forward for the Internet of Things." Except those of us who don't have garages (not to mention electric garage door openers) may want to skip today's video; the TrackPIN isn't meant for the likes of us. (Alternate Video Link)

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10 New Rosetta Images Reveal Comet 67P In All Its Glory

Slashdot - Fri, 2015-01-23 17:02
sciencehabit writes: The first scientific results from Rosetta at comet 67P have been published, and they detail a surprising diversity of features on the 4-kilometer-long duck-shaped comet. The discoveries include images from Rosetta's main science camera, OSIRIS, which reveal 67P to be a far more varied place than anyone expected. The article summarizes a trove of scientific papers that were published today about comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The best part? They're all freely available.

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The Companies That Support Linux: Planisys

Linux Today - Fri, 2015-01-23 17:00

Linux.com: By using Linux containers and Linux-based orchestration tools, Planisys is able to stay flexible amid changing hardware and networks, which in turn has helped the company to scale and stay competitive

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Someone paid $85,000 for hated GLITTER BOMB FACTORY

The Register - Fri, 2015-01-23 16:48
Viral site fetches gonzo sale price in auction

We are all in the wrong business, it seems. An Australian man has just made himself an $85,000 payout selling a site that sends out packets glitter after only a few weeks of operations.…

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Verizon About To End Construction of Its Fiber Network

Slashdot - Fri, 2015-01-23 16:24
WheezyJoe writes: If you've been holding out hope that FiOS would rescue you from your local cable monopoly, it's probably time to give up. Making good on their statements five years ago, Verizon announced this week it is nearing "the end" of its fiber construction and is reducing wireline capital expenditures while spending more on wireless. The expense of replacing old copper lines with fiber has allegedly led Verizon to stop building in new regions and to complete wiring up the areas where it had already begun. The fiber network was profitable, but nowhere near as profitable as their wireless network. So, if Verizon hasn't started in your neighborhood by now, they never will, and you'd best ignore all those ads for FiOS.

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SURPRISE! Microsoft ships next Windows 10 Preview build early

The Register - Fri, 2015-01-23 16:23
No need to wait until next week, after all

Microsoft has released the next preview build of Windows 10 to members of its Windows Insider program, slightly ahead of schedule.…

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Atlas unplugged! DARPA's unTerminator robot cuts the power cable

The Register - Fri, 2015-01-23 16:08
Google's new humanoid machine also comes with a kill-switch

Atlas, the 6ft 2in (1.88m), 345lb (156kg) humanoid machine being used in the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC), has had an extensive upgrade and is now free to roam on battery power alone, the defense research group has said.…

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WordPress Continues to Secure Users

Linux Today - Fri, 2015-01-23 16:00

eWEEK: WordPress is now beginning to disconnect self-hosted sites that have not updated the Jetpack plug-in.

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ICANN orders re-evaluation of dot-gay

The Register - Fri, 2015-01-23 15:46
But it may still not be gay enough

ICANN has ordered that the application for the dot-gay top-level domain be re-evaluated after 54 letters in support of it "inadvertently" fell through the cracks.…

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