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U talking to me? (Shuttleworth names new Ubuntu)

Linux Today - Wed, 2014-04-23 21:00

Mark Shuttleworth: The future Ubuntu developer wants to deliver app updates instantly to users everywhere; we can make that possible.

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RIP net neutrality? FCC mulls information superhighway FAST LANE

The Register - Wed, 2014-04-23 20:04
Financial fast track to replace level playing field, report claims

US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Tom Wheeler has had a major change of heart when it comes to net neutrality, it's reported.…

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Cross-border kids used as Easter iPhone MULES in China

The Register - Wed, 2014-04-23 20:03
HK schoolkids loaded up with handsets, sent back to Shenzhen

Cross-border school kids as young as 10-years-old are being used as mules to smuggle iPhones and other electronic gadgetry from Hong Kong into China where they can be sold at a premium.…

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Apple stabs Heartbleed bug in AirPort Extreme, Time Capsule gear

The Register - Wed, 2014-04-23 19:56
Don't worry, everything else is still safe ... we think

Apple has posted a security update to address instances of the Heartbleed security vulnerability in its AirPort router and file back-up gadgets.…

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WhatsApp Is Well On Its Way To A Billion Users

Slashdot - Wed, 2014-04-23 19:52
redletterdave (2493036) writes "In just two months since Facebook dropped $19 billion to buy WhatsApp, the five-year-old mobile messaging app on Tuesday announced its its active user base has grown to more than half a billion people. This is not the first time that an app has seen a major pop in users after it was acquired by Facebook: When Facebook bought Instagram in April 2012, the service boasted some 30 million users. In one month after the deal, Instagram gained 20 million new users. By July, Instagram grew to 80 million active users. WhatsApp seems to be having a similar growth spurt, gaining roughly 25 million users each month since the Facebook deal was announced."

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Apple stuns world with rare SEVEN-way split: What does that mean?

The Register - Wed, 2014-04-23 19:32
The price of a single share will drop by almost 86%

Apple surprised Wall Street on Wednesday by announcing the most aggressive stock split in its history – and just a month after Google executed its first-ever split.…

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NYPD's Twitter Campaign Backfires

Slashdot - Wed, 2014-04-23 19:03
An anonymous reader writes "A NYPD community outreach campaign designed to show images of citizens with cops turned ugly quickly when a deluge of images depicting police brutality came in. From the article: 'The responses soon turned ugly when Occupy Wall Street tweeted a photograph of cops battling protesters with the caption "changing hearts and minds one baton at a time." Other photos included an elderly man bloodied after being arrested for jaywalking.' Police Commissioner Bill Bratton says, 'I kind of welcome the attention,' of the #myNYPD project."

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Amazon loads Docker app containerization into its cloud

The Register - Wed, 2014-04-23 18:56
Virtualization's likely successor gets another boost

Although admins have been free to run Linux containerization technology Docker on top of Amazon Linux running on its rentable EC2 servers for some time, the company on Thursday announced that Docker had been integrated with Elastic Beanstalk.…

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Alaya Webdav Server 1.3.1

Freshmeat - Wed, 2014-04-23 18:27
Alaya is a primitive chrooting Web server with basic WebDAV support. It can serve HTTPS and HTTP, and can authenticate using PAM, /etc/shadow, /etc/passwd, or using its own authentication files that allow for 'native' users that only have access to alaya content. It's intended to be a simple method of sharing content over WebDAV, and though it can be configured with a config file, it's easy to configure by command-line switches alone. Alaya always chroots to ensure that malicious users can't use '..' within a URL to access unintended documents, and that users can't accidentally leave documents in places outside of the chroot. It has a 'ChHome' mode that chroots users into their home directory and serves content from there. It supports .cgi scripts out of a trusted path (so not from within the chrooted WebDAV share) and read-only shared directories that are outside of the chroot (allowing access to shared content when in ChHome mode).

Release Notes: A weird segfault on some systems involving malloc_hook was fixed be removing malloc_hook. An 'Events' framework that can run a script in response to certain connections was added. 'make install' was implemented.

Tags: WebDAV, Webserver, https, HTTP Servers

Licenses: GPL

Categories: open source

F.C.C., In Net Neutrality Turnaround, Plans To Allow Fast Lane

Slashdot - Wed, 2014-04-23 18:17
Dega704 (1454673) writes in with news of the latest FCC plan which seems to put another dagger in the heart of net neutrality. "The Federal Communications Commission will propose new rules that allow Internet service providers to offer a faster lane through which to send video and other content to consumers, as long as a content company is willing to pay for it, according to people briefed on the proposals. The proposed rules are a complete turnaround for the F.C.C. on the subject of so-called net neutrality, the principle that Internet users should have equal ability to see any content they choose, and that no content providers should be discriminated against in providing their offerings to consumers."

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Australia transport bureau says beach debris not from MH370

Reuters: Technology - Wed, 2014-04-23 18:14
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Debris picked up on a beach in Western Australia this week is unlikely to have come from the Malaysian Airlines jet that vanished nearly seven weeks ago, Australia's transport bureau said on Thursday.
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Zuck talks up mobile shift as Facebook money mill rolls on

The Register - Wed, 2014-04-23 18:08
Social network will get new CFO as Ebersman departs

Facebook once again topped analyst forecasts with the delivery of a $2.5bn revenue quarter on the strength of a 72 per cent jump in revenues.…

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Space station astronauts pop outside to replace crippled computer

The Register - Wed, 2014-04-23 18:01
Speedy space walk by snorkel-equipped spacemen followed by trash day

Two astronauts aboard the International Space Station have taken a wander over the outside of the station to replace a critical backup computer that conked out.…

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OpenOffice reaches 100 million downloads in less than two years

Linux Today - Wed, 2014-04-23 18:00

Silicon Angle: Apache Software Foundation has announced that OpenOffice has passed the milestone of 100 million downloads.

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Mobile Game Attempts To Diagnose Alzheimer's

Slashdot - Wed, 2014-04-23 17:50
the_newsbeagle writes "Currently, the best way to check if a person has a high likelihood of developing Alzheimer's is to perform a PET scan to measure the amount of amyloid plaque in his or her brain. That's an expensive procedure. But a startup called Akili Interactive says it has developed a mobile game that can identify likely Alzheimer's patients just by their gameplay and game results. The game is based on a neuroscience study which showed that multitasking is one of the first brain functions to take a hit in Alzheimer's patients. Therefore the game requires players to perform two tasks at the same time."

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Obama seeks to ease Asian allies' doubts during visit to Japan

Reuters: Technology - Wed, 2014-04-23 17:39
TOKYO (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will use a state visit to Japan on Thursday to try to reassure Tokyo and other Asian allies of his commitment to ramping up U.S. engagement in the region, despite Chinese complaints that Washington's real aim is to contain Beijing's rise.

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Apple expands buybacks by $30 billion, OKs seven-for-one stock split

Reuters: Technology - Wed, 2014-04-23 17:36
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc has approved another $30 billion in share buybacks till the end of 2015 and authorized a rarely seen seven-for-one stock split, addressing calls to share more of its cash hoard while broadening the stock's appeal to individual investors.

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Ukraine revolt shows faces, but whose are the brains?

Reuters: Technology - Wed, 2014-04-23 17:33
DONETSK/SLAVIANSK, Ukraine (Reuters) - One is a dapper former croupier and promoter of Ponzi scams run by "Russia's Bernie Madoff"; the other is a burly Soviet Navy veteran turned soap factory boss, with a shifting gaze and a glint of gold teeth.
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OpenSSL: the New Face of Technology Monoculture

Slashdot - Wed, 2014-04-23 17:30
chicksdaddy writes: "In a now-famous 2003 essay, 'Cyberinsecurity: The Cost of Monopoly,' Dr. Dan Geer argued, persuasively, that Microsoft's operating system monopoly constituted a grave risk to the security of the United States and international security, as well. It was in the interest of the U.S. government and others to break Redmond's monopoly, or at least to lessen Microsoft's ability to 'lock in' customers and limit choice. The essay cost Geer his job at the security consulting firm AtStake, which then counted Microsoft as a major customer. These days Geer is the Chief Security Officer at In-Q-Tel, the CIA's venture capital arm. But he's no less vigilant of the dangers of software monocultures. In a post at the Lawfare blog, Geer is again warning about the dangers that come from an over-reliance on common platforms and code. His concern this time isn't proprietary software managed by Redmond, however, it's common, oft-reused hardware and software packages like the OpenSSL software at the heart (pun intended) of Heartbleed. 'The critical infrastructure's monoculture question was once centered on Microsoft Windows,' he writes. 'No more. The critical infrastructure's monoculture problem, and hence its exposure to common mode risk, is now small devices and the chips which run them.'"

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Australia transport safety chief says beach debris not from MH370: ABC Radio

Reuters: Technology - Wed, 2014-04-23 17:28
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australia's transport safety chief said on Thursday he was confident that debris picked up on a Western Australian beach this week had not come from the missing Malaysian Airlines flight 370.

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