2nd February 2013 Archive
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'Clean up your act, or Congress may do it for you'
Protecting consumers' privacy on their mobile devices is a complicated business, and platform vendors, app developers, and advertising networks all have their part to play, according to new guidelines from the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC). In a report issued on Friday, the FTC observes that the mobile ecosystem has come a …
Policy 2 Feb 00:55
Elon Musk smiles smugly, strokes cat
The troubled rocketeers at Sea Launch have had another setback with the failure of its latest launch after just 40 seconds of flight, leading to the destruction of both the delivery vehicle and its expensive satellite payload. "We are very disappointed with the outcome of the launch and offer our sincere regrets to our …
Science 2 Feb 01:06
Links to media site attacks suspected
If you find that your Twitter password doesn't work the next time you try to login, you won't be alone. The service was busy resetting passwords and revoking cookies on Friday, following an online attack that may have leaked the account data of approximately 250,000 users. "This week, we detected unusual access patterns that …
Security 2 Feb 01:57
'FOOD!', piscine predator ponders purposefully
Scientists have discovered a way to show the neural activity that indicates the thought processes of a fish while hunting its prey. "Our work is the first to show brain activities in real time in an intact animal during that animal's natural behavior," said Koichi Kawakami of Japan's National Institute of Genetics in a …
Science 2 Feb 01:57
Open ... and Shut You don't understand the Power of the Source
It's déjà vu all over again for Microsoft, as Black Duck Software has named Redmond's TypeScript project among its 2012 Open Source Rookies of the Year - despite Microsoft spending nearly a decade trying to figure out this crazy communist software manifesto. Back in 2001, Microsoft labeled open source a "cancer," "un-American …
Operating Systems 2 Feb 08:24
Analysis Things don't get much worse than 'bad-to-neutral'
The PC business could experience not one but two seismic events on Monday. First, the world’s third biggest PC maker is expected to announce a $20bn leveraged buyout, taking it off the stock market and putting it back into private hands. Twenty-five years after Dell floated, the PC maker’s management would no longer be …
Management 2 Feb 10:02