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Exclusive: U.S. increasing non-lethal military aid to Ukraine

Reuters: Technology - Thu, 2014-11-20 19:59
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States plans to increase non-lethal military assistance to Ukraine, including deliveries of the first Humvee vehicles, having decided for now not to provide weapons, U.S. officials said.
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Citadel Trojan snooped on password managers to snatch victims' logins

The Register - Thu, 2014-11-20 19:33
And then vanished into the night

Crooks have unsheathed a variant of the Citadel Trojan that targets password managers.…

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Customers Creating Fake Amazon Pages To Get Cheap Electronics At Walmart

Slashdot - Thu, 2014-11-20 19:20
turkeydance writes People are reportedly creating fake Amazon pages to show fake prices on electronics and other items. In the most heavily publicized cases, Walmart was reportedly duped into selling $400 PlayStation 4 consoles for under $100. From the article: "The company announced on Nov. 13 that it would price-match select online retailers, including Amazon.com. However, any Amazon member with a registered selling account can create authentic looking pages and list items 'for sale' online. Consumers need only take a screen capture of the page and show it to a cashier at checkout in order to request the price match."

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Obama says his immigration plan is lawful

Reuters: Technology - Thu, 2014-11-20 18:58
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama planned on Thursday to impose the most sweeping immigration reform in a generation, easing the threat of deportation for about 4.7 million undocumented immigrants and setting up a clash with outraged Republicans.






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Residents in western New York call snow worst in memory

Reuters: Technology - Thu, 2014-11-20 18:37
(Reuters) - Fresh snow fell on Thursday in snowbound western New York, where longtime residents described the blast of winter weather as the worst in memory.






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UNSW Has Collected an Estimated $100,000 In Piracy Fines Since 2008

Slashdot - Thu, 2014-11-20 18:36
Jagungal (36053) writes The SMH reports that The University of NSW says it has issued 238 fines — estimated to total around $100,000 - to students illicitly downloading copyright infringing material such as movies and TV shows on its Wi-Fi network since 2008. The main issues are that the University is not returning any money to the copyright holders but is instead using the money raised for campus facilities and that it is essentially enforcing a commonwealth law.

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Assange™ slumps back on Ecuador's sofa after detention appeal binned

The Register - Thu, 2014-11-20 18:28
Swedish court rules there's 'great risk' WikiLeaker will dodge prosecution

Ensconced WikiLeaker Julian Assange doesn't look to be leaving his hideout in Ecuador's London embassy anytime soon – a Swedish appeals court has rejected his request to set aside the detention order filed against him in that country.…

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Google Announces Image Recognition Advance

Slashdot - Thu, 2014-11-20 18:18
Rambo Tribble writes Using machine learning techniques, Google claims to have produced software that can better produce natural-language descriptions of images. This has ramifications for uses such as better image search and for better describing the images for the blind. As the Google people put it, "A picture may be worth a thousand words, but sometimes it's the words that are the most useful ..."

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Obama to offer immigration relief to about 4.7 million: source

Reuters: Technology - Thu, 2014-11-20 18:05
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama is slated to announce on Thursday that he will offer relief from the threat of deportation to about 4.4 million undocumented people who are parents of U.S. citizens and green card holders, according to a source briefed by the administration.






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A brilliant mind: SUSE's kernel guru speaks

Linux Today - Thu, 2014-11-20 18:00

 ITwire: The man who in every sense sits at the nerve centre of SUSE Linux has no airs about him.

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Tracking a Bitcoin Thief, Part II: Illustrating the Issue of Trust In Altcoins

Slashdot - Thu, 2014-11-20 17:59
An anonymous reader writes The team over at the BITCOMSEC (Bitcoin Community Security) project released a second part to their 'Tracking a Bitcoin Thief' series in which they disclose what happened to a once-rising alternate crypto currency project that promised to place guaranteed value of its MidasCoins by backing it with actual Gold. Dealing with the reality of user compromise, the projects founder ups and runs away with all of the communities coins; cashing them out at an exchange for Bitcoins. A sobering tale of trust issues within the alternate crypto currency community. (The first part is interesting, too.)

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Nexus 7 fandroids tell of salty taste after sucking on Google's Lollipop

The Register - Thu, 2014-11-20 17:54
Web giant looking into why version 5.0 of Android is crippling older slabs

People with Nexus 7 tablets say the latest major Android update – codenamed Lollipop – has slowed their slabs to a standstill. Google said today it is investigating the matter.…

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Supreme Court allows gay marriage to proceed in South Carolina

Reuters: Technology - Thu, 2014-11-20 17:48
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday cleared the way for South Carolina to become the 35th U.S. state where gay marriage is legal, denying a request to block same-same weddings from proceeding.
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E-vote won't happen for next Oz election

The Register - Thu, 2014-11-20 17:22
Can't be secured, can't be done

Australians won't have the chance to vote electronically any time soon, after a parliamentary committee put the idea on ice.…

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Intel Planning Thumb-Sized PCs For Next Year

Slashdot - Thu, 2014-11-20 17:17
angry tapir (1463043) writes Intel is shrinking PCs to thumb-sized "compute sticks" that will be out next year. The stick will plug into the back of a smart TV or monitor "and bring intelligence to that," said Kirk Skaugen, senior vice president and general manager of the PC Client Group at Intel, during the Intel investor conference in Santa Clara, California. They might be a bit late to the party, but since Skaugen mentioned both Chromecast and Amazon's Fire TV Stick, hopefully that means Intel has some more interesting and general-purpose plans.

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Google, Rockstar to bury zombie Nortel patent lawsuit

The Register - Thu, 2014-11-20 17:08
Ceasefire called in anti-Android skirmish

Google has reportedly laid to rest its long-running squabble with zombie patent supertroll Rockstar, although terms of the settlement were not disclosed.…

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Automotive Grade Linux Adds Industry Partners for Open Source Cars

Linux Today - Thu, 2014-11-20 17:00

 The VAR Guy: The Automotive Grade Linux project, which is sponsored by the Linux Foundation, has added partners in its effort to build an open source, Linux-based platform for cars and other automobiles.

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First Congress, now top govt watchdog digs into ICANN's internet grab

The Register - Thu, 2014-11-20 16:47
We reveal the key questions US auditors are asking over IANA takeover

It's not just US Senators digging into ICANN's takeover of the internet's control panel.…

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Amnesty International Releases Tool To Combat Government Spyware

Slashdot - Thu, 2014-11-20 16:34
New submitter Gordon_Shure_DOT_com writes Human rights charity Amnesty International has released Detekt, a tool that finds and removes known government spyware programs. Describing the free software as the first of its kind, Amnesty commissioned the tool from prominent German computer security researcher and open source advocate Claudio Guarnieri, aka 'nex'. While acknowledging that the only sure way to prevent government surveillance of huge dragnets of individuals is legislation, Marek Marczynski of Amnesty nevertheless called the tool (downloadable here) a useful countermeasure versus spooks. According to the app's instructions, it operates similarly to popular malware or virus removal suites, though systems must be disconnected from the Internet prior to it scanning.

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You'll go APE for our new Gorilla Glass 4, Corning reckons

The Register - Thu, 2014-11-20 16:07
Mythbusters team whored out to promote 'Glass Age'

Corning has unveiled the fourth iteration of its Gorilla Glass – and claims the new see-through substance is twice as damage resistant as its previous version. It's also much better at surviving drops onto hard surfaces, apparently.…

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