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Facebook's Biggest Bounty Yet To Hacker Who Found "Keys To the Kingdom"

Slashdot - Thu, 2014-01-23 09:38
mask.of.sanity writes "Facebook has paid out its largest bug bounty of $33,500 for a serious remote code execution vulnerability which also returned Facebook's etc/passwd. The researcher could change Facebook's use of Gmail as an OpenID provider to a URL he controlled, and then sent a request carrying malicious XML code. The Facebook response included its etc/passwd which contained essential login information such as system administrator data and user IDs. The company quickly patched the flaw and awarded him for the proof of concept remote code execution which he quietly disclosed to them."

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Facebook's Biggest Bounty Yet To Hacker Who Found "Keys To the Kingdom"

Slashdot - Thu, 2014-01-23 09:38
mask.of.sanity writes "Facebook has paid out its largest bug bounty of $33,500 for a serious remote code execution vulnerability which also returned Facebook's etc/passwd. The researcher could change Facebook's use of Gmail as an OpenID provider to a URL he controlled, and then sent a request carrying malicious XML code. The Facebook response included its etc/passwd which contained essential login information such as system administrator data and user IDs. The company quickly patched the flaw and awarded him for the proof of concept remote code execution which he quietly disclosed to them."

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Growing revenues, profits on the up: WD sails on serenely

The Register - Thu, 2014-01-23 09:31
SSD revenue uptick, buyouts delivering the goods - for now

WD’s latest quarter shows untroubled growth as the disk drive business sails serenely on, untroubled by any flash storm.…

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Thanks for suggesting eBay should flog PayPal. It's not happening, CEO tells Carl Icahn

The Register - Thu, 2014-01-23 09:02
Tat bazaar boss rejects activist investor's proposal

eBay has rejected a call from activist investor Carl Icahn to spin off its PayPal division into a separate company.…

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IBM Sells Server Business to Lenovo for $2.3 Billion

Linux Today - Thu, 2014-01-23 09:00

ServerWatch: IBM is getting out of the x86 server business.

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Lenovo To Buy IBM's Server Business For $2.3 Billion

Slashdot - Thu, 2014-01-23 08:50
itwbennett writes "Well, that was fast. Earlier this week the rumor mill was getting revved up about a potential sale of IBM's x86 server business, with Lenovo, Dell, and Fujitsu reportedly all interested in scooping it up. On Thursday, Lenovo Group announced it has agreed to buy IBM's x86 server hardware business and related maintenance services for $2.3 billion. The deal encompasses IBM's System x, BladeCenter and Flex System blade servers and switches, x86-based Flex integrated systems, NeXtScale and iDataPlex servers and associated software, blade networking and maintenance operations. IBM will retain its System z mainframes, Power Systems, Storage Systems, Power-based Flex servers, and PureApplication and PureData appliances." SlashBI has some words from an analyst about why Lenovo wants the x86 product line more than IBM does.

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El Reg preps relaunch of Cash’n’Carrion online merchandise emporium

The Register - Thu, 2014-01-23 08:41
Tell us what you think with this quick survey

Site news Early days yet, but we are relaunching Cash’n’Carrion, our online tee-shirt and merchandise store. We want you to help us stock the shop by completing this very quick survey.…

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UK.gov recruiting 400 crack CompSci experts to go into teaching

The Register - Thu, 2014-01-23 08:19
Kids need 'solid grounding in essential skills' says education secretary

The UK government is planning to use a network of 400 "master teachers" of computer science to train up other teachers and deliver a new tech curriculum in English schools.…

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Why Whistleblowers Can't Get a Fair Trial

Slashdot - Thu, 2014-01-23 08:08
phantomfive writes "'Seven whistleblowers have been prosecuted under the Obama administration,' writes Jesselyn Radack, a lawyer who advised two of them. She explains why they can't get a fair trial. In the Thomas Drake case, the administration retroactively marked documents as classified, saying, 'he knew they should have been classified.' In the Bradley Manning case, the jury wasn't allowed to see what information was leaked. The defendants, all who have been charged with espionage, have limited access to court documents. Most of these problems happen because the law was written to deal with traitorous spies, not whistleblowers."

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2014: The year of the cloudy biz bankruptcy... or maybe it isn't?

The Register - Thu, 2014-01-23 08:03
Classic channel insolvencies stay steady according to gov stats - not all doom+gloom

Once again the channel has proved to be a hardy bunch as insolvencies remained pretty much stable in 2013, despite a meltdown in some areas of tech infrastructure spending.…

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Consumer Manipulation

Schneier on Security - Thu, 2014-01-23 08:03
Tim Harford talks about consumer manipulation: Consider, first, confusion by design: Las Vegas casinos are mazes, carefully crafted to draw players to the slot machines and to keep them there. Casino designers warn against the "yellow brick road" effect of having a clear route through the casino. (One side effect: it takes paramedics a long time to find gamblers in...
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Open Source Power for Small Business in 2014

Linux Today - Thu, 2014-01-23 08:00

 SmallBusinessComputing: In 2014, open source software offers small businesses more IT capabilities and services in the cloud.

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If your telco or mobe provider hikes 'fixed' contract fees you can now ESCAPE - Ofcom

The Register - Thu, 2014-01-23 07:39
But for every quid you save, there's a pro quo lurking...

UK consumers who are locked into lengthy landline, broadband and mobile contracts have greater protection from being stung by price hikes starting from today, said communications watchdog Ofcom.…

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Toyota retains global auto crown in 2013, sees strong 2014

Reuters: Technology - Thu, 2014-01-23 07:22
TOKYO (Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp retained its rank as the world's best-selling automaker last year, beating out rivals General Motors Co and Volkswagen AG for the second year in a row as the weak yen underpinned sales overseas.
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Herschel boffins spot fat dwarf Ceres in TEARS over astro-identity crisis

The Register - Thu, 2014-01-23 07:21
Am I an asteroid? Am I a dwarf planet? JUST TELL ME, you heartless fiends!

As every chubby kid will know, it's no fun being bigger than all the other children in the playground.…

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China tries three anti-graft activists in two days

Reuters: Technology - Thu, 2014-01-23 07:13
BEIJING (Reuters) - Two Chinese activists who agitated for officials to disclose assets argued their innocence on Thursday, the second day in a series of prosecutions of anti-corruption campaigners highlighting the government's resolve to crush any challenges.
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Oracle nemesis SkySQL gins up enterprise MariaDB product

The Register - Thu, 2014-01-23 07:02
Puts database, Galera cluster, and custom manager into a $20k box

Anti-Oracle software startup SkySQL has put the finishing touches on a subscription service that wraps up the MariaDB database, Galera cluster tech, and a proprietary manager, as the company tries to get more organizations to dabble in the drop-in replacement for MySQL.…

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Ubuntu 14.04 (Trusty Tahr) Might Drop OpenJDK 7 (Java Support)

Linux Today - Thu, 2014-01-23 07:00

Softpedia: Ubuntu developers are still sifting through the packages that need to stay and through the ones that could be removed from the upcoming Ubuntu 14.04 (Trusty Tahr) distribution.

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Abe sees World War One echoes in Japan-China tensions

Reuters: Technology - Thu, 2014-01-23 06:58
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has said Japan and China should avoid repeating the past mistakes of Britain and Germany, which fought in World War One despite strong economic ties, according to his main government spokesman in Tokyo.






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Fusion-io posts another loss-making quarter but execs remain bullish

The Register - Thu, 2014-01-23 06:41
The heavy lifting's over; results are beginning to pick up

For flash fettlers Fusion-io's finances, it isn’t spring yet – but nor is it the bleak mid-winter. Revenues are starting to look as if they are on a solid footing with sequential growth and reduced losses.…

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