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Snowden Reportedly In Talks To Return To US To Face Trial

Slashdot - Tue, 2015-03-03 14:20
HughPickens.com writes: The Globe and Mail reports that Edward Snowden's Russian lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena, says the fugitive former U.S. spy agency contractor is working with American and German lawyers to return home. "I won't keep it secret that he wants to return back home. And we are doing everything possible now to solve this issue. There is a group of U.S. lawyers, there is also a group of German lawyers and I'm dealing with it on the Russian side." Kucherena added that Snowden is ready to return to the States, but on the condition that he is given a guarantee of a legal and impartial trial. The lawyer said Snowden had so far only received a guarantee from the U.S. Attorney General that he will not face the death penalty. Kucherena says Snowden is able to travel outside Russia since he has a three-year Russian residency permit, but "I suspect that as soon as he leaves Russia, he will be taken to the U.S. embassy."

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Mad Max From Avalanche Studios Confirmed For Linux

Linux Today - Tue, 2015-03-03 14:00

 GamingOnLinux: You like car games right? Well the crazy and amazing looking Mad Max has been confirmed for Linux/SteamOS.

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Deutsche Telecom Calls For Google and Facebook To Be Regulated Like Telcos

Slashdot - Tue, 2015-03-03 13:38
An anonymous reader writes Tim Hoettges, the CEO of the world's third-largest telecoms company, has called for Google and Facebook to be regulated in the same way that telcos are, declaring that "There is a convergence between over-the-top web companies and classic telcos" and "We need one level regulatory environment for us all." The Deutsche Telekom chief was speaking at Monday's Mobile World Congress, and further argued for a loosening of the current regulations which telcos operate under, in order to provide the infrastructure development that governments and policy bodies are asking of them. Hoettges' imprecation comes in the light of news about the latest Google Dance — an annual change in ranking criteria which boosts some businesses and ruins others. The case for and against regulating Google-level internet entities comes down to one question: who do you trust to 'not be evil'?

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Snowden 'ready to return to US', claims lawyer

The Register - Tue, 2015-03-03 13:31
But only if he’s promised a 'legal and impartial trial'

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden is ready to return home to the US, according to his Russian lawyer.…

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Europe's digital chief wants China's help on standardising 5G

The Register - Tue, 2015-03-03 13:02
Oetti: Will need rest of world's cooperation too, though

MWC 2015 Europe’s digi Commissioner Gunther H-dot Oettinger wants China’s help in deploying 5G.…

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U.S.-led coalition launches 14 air strikes against Islamic State: task force

Reuters: Technology - Tue, 2015-03-03 12:59
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and its coalition partners staged 14 air strikes against Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq since early Monday, according to the Combined Joint Task Force leading the operations.
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Gritty 'Power Rangers' Short Is Not Fair Use

Slashdot - Tue, 2015-03-03 12:56
Bennett Haselton writes: Vimeo and Youtube are pressured to remove a dark, fan-made "Power Rangers" short film; Vimeo capitulated, while Youtube has so far left it up. I'm generally against the overreach of copyright law, but in this case, how could anyone argue the short film doesn't violate the rights of the franchise creator? And should Vimeo and Youtube clarify their policies on the unauthorized use of copyrighted characters? Read on for the rest.

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To InfiniFlash and beyond: SanDisk wheels out Big Data box

The Register - Tue, 2015-03-03 12:32
And it reckons you'll pay just $2/GB for this one

SanDisk has announced its InfiniFlash all-flash array for Big Data, a 3U box holding up to 512TB of data, 10 times more than the ION Accelerator appliance, and capable of running the same software stack – or Ceph.…

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Flaw In GoPro Update Mechanism Reveals Users' Wi-Fi Passwords

Slashdot - Tue, 2015-03-03 12:15
An anonymous reader writes A vulnerability in the update mechanism for the wireless networks operated by GoPro cameras has allowed a security researcher to easily harvest over a 1,000 login credentials (including his own). The popular rugged, wearable cameras can be controlled via an app, but in order to do so the user has to connect to the camera's Wi-Fi network. Israel-based infosec expert Ilya Chernyakov discovered the flaw when he had to access the network of a friend's camera, but the friend forgot the login credentials.

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Belgium <i>will</i> drag Facebook to court if it has to – privacy minister

The Register - Tue, 2015-03-03 12:02
Report claims social network in breach of privacy laws

Belgium’s privacy tsar says he is ready to hand the Facebook case to prosecutors if consultations with the social network over alleged EU law breaches fail.…

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Blackphone unveils a new phone and tablet running secure, encrypted Android

Linux Today - Tue, 2015-03-03 12:00

The Verge: Blackphone's secure OS is forked off of Android, which is designed to protect metadata and provide end-to-end encryption throughout.

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Supreme Court Gives Tacit Approval To Warrantless DNA Collection

Slashdot - Tue, 2015-03-03 11:33
An anonymous reader writes On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to review a case involving the conviction of a man based solely on the analysis of his "inadvertently shed" DNA. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) argues that this tacit approval of the government's practice of collecting anyone's DNA anywhere without a warrant will lead to a future in which people's DNA are "entered into and checked against DNA databases and used to conduct pervasive surveillance."

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EU: Competition Commissioner met Google chief Schmidt

The Register - Tue, 2015-03-03 11:26
That's it. We're not telling you any more...

The European Commission is remaining tight-lipped about what was said in a meeting yesterday between Google supremo Eric Schmidt and Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager.…

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Fugitive ex-U.S. spy Snowden in talks on returning home: lawyer

Reuters: Technology - Tue, 2015-03-03 11:02
MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Russian lawyer for Edward Snowden said on Tuesday the fugitive former U.S. spy agency contractor who leaked details of the government's mass surveillance programs was working with American and German lawyers to return home.
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Jolla launches Sailfish 2.0, now with added security

Linux Today - Tue, 2015-03-03 11:00

El Reg: Jolla, the smouldering platform which was born out of Nokia’s decision to go Microsoft, has announced its new version of the Sailfish OS.

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What Would Minecraft 2 Look Like Under Microsoft?

Slashdot - Tue, 2015-03-03 10:54
An anonymous reader writes "Microsoft spent billions purchasing Mojang, the studio behind the game Minecraft, and while it's unlikely to start work on a sequel anytime soon, rather than continue development of the game, it's worth considering what a Minecraft 2 will look like. After all, as a public company with revenues to justify, it doesn't seem beyond unreasonable a few years down the line, especially since a Minecraft-like game was one of the stand-out tech demos shown for the software giant's HoloLens augmented reality headset. As the author points out, Microsoft will have to tread carefully, tackling issues like whether greater graphical fidelity is actually what players will want ever — and whether to continue to support Minecraft on PlayStation."

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What Would Minecraft 2 Look Like Under Microsoft?

Slashdot - Tue, 2015-03-03 10:54
An anonymous reader writes "Microsoft spent billions purchasing Mojang, the studio behind the game Minecraft, and while it's unlikely to start work on a sequel anytime soon, rather than continue development of the game, it's worth considering what a Minecraft 2 will look like. After all, as a public company with revenues to justify, it doesn't seem beyond unreasonable a few years down the line, especially since a Minecraft-like game was one of the stand-out tech demos shown for the software giant's HoloLens augmented reality headset. As the author points out, Microsoft will have to tread carefully, tackling issues like whether greater graphical fidelity is actually what players will want ever — and whether to continue to support Minecraft on PlayStation."

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Hillary Clinton draws flak for using personal email at State Dept

The Register - Tue, 2015-03-03 10:53
No news on contact with desperate Nigerian princes

Hillary Clinton allegedly used a private email account while presiding over the State Department, potentially violating US federal record-keeping laws in the process.…

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The BBC wants to slap a POLL TAX on EVERYONE in BLIGHTY

The Register - Tue, 2015-03-03 10:28
Director-General Tony Hall lays out plan for world domination

The BBC could resurrect Margaret Thatcher's hated Poll Tax as well as turning itself into a technology giant to fend off "colonising" American media outfits, BBC director general Tony Hall has said.…

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Why We Should Stop Hiding File-Name Extensions

Slashdot - Tue, 2015-03-03 10:13
An anonymous reader writes 14 years after the Anna Kournikova virus took advantage of users' ignorance about file-name extensions in order to wreak worldwide havoc, virus writers and hackers are still taking advantage of the tendency of popular consumer operating systems to hide file-name extensions: Windows users still need to activate extension visibility manually – even though email-transmitted viruses depend most on less savvy users who will never do this. Additionally applications on even the latest versions of Apple's OSX operating system still require the user to 'opt in' to including a file-name extension during an initial save. In looking at some of the eccentricities of the modern user experience, this article argues that it might be time to admit that users need to understand, embrace and responsibly use the only plain-text, obvious indicator of what a file actually is.

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