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US tech college ITT is not pining for the fjords. It is no more. It has gone and met its maker

For-profit US-wide college ITT will shut down in the wake of a government decision to bar it from accepting federal student aid money. The technical training school said Monday that effective immediately, it will be ceasing all operations and terminating most of its staff. "The actions of and sanctions from the US Department …
Shaun Nichols, 06 Sep 2016

Dude, you got a Dell lawyer: HPE sues high-flying ex-exec after defection to EMC

HPE is suing a former senior executive who absconded to Dell with a head allegedly full of trade secrets. In a complaint [PDF] filed to the Delaware State Chancery Court, HPE alleges that KC Choi, the departed Vice President of Global Solutions Architecture, violated a 12-month non-compete agreement when he fled to EMC just …
Shaun Nichols, 06 Sep 2016
Intel Drone 100

Intel bags FAA pass to fly 100-strong drone armadas over US soil

Intel says recently passed United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations on commercial drone flights are helping it extend the public performances of its Drone 100 light show demonstration. Chipzilla has obtained a waiver from the US aviation regulator that will let it fly the massive drone show on American …
Shaun Nichols, 03 Sep 2016
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NBA's Golden State Warriors sued for 'mic snooping' mobile app

The Golden State Warriors have been sued by a bunch of fans who claim the basketball team's mobile app is eavesdropping on them. The suit [PDF], filed with the Northern California District Court this week, alleges that the Android and iOS versions of the Golden State Warriors App can track and record audio from the handset's …
Shaun Nichols, 02 Sep 2016

How much does your kid hate exams? This lad hacked his government to skip them

A teenager from Sri Lanka is in hot water after he admitted to hacking the website of the nation's president in order to get his exams cancelled. The local Daily News reports that the 17-year-old, whose name was not released, accessed the official site of President Maithripala Sirisena – – and replaced the …
Shaun Nichols, 01 Sep 2016
Kimpton Hotels

Did you stay at any of these 60 Kimpton hotels? Whelp, hackers have your card details

Hotel chain Kimpton said that 61 of its hotels and restaurants have been compromised by a malware infection targeting customer payment cards. The hospitality giant said that the infection was on the servers that had been storing and processing credit card information for the hotels and restaurants. "Findings from the …
Shaun Nichols, 01 Sep 2016

iOS abandonware purge

Apple is warning developers of a coming clean-out to rid the iOS App Store of abandoned apps. The Cupertino maker of HyperCard says that beginning next week, it will be implementing two new policies into its App Store developer terms and conditions and removing non-compliant apps. Those terms will include apps that previously …
Shaun Nichols, 01 Sep 2016

George W Bush hacker Guccifer to spend 52 months in the big house

Notorious celebrity hacker Guccifer will spend at least four years in prison on charges of identity theft and unauthorized access to computer systems. Guccifer – in real life, taxi driver Marcel Lehel Lazar, 44, of Romania – was sentenced today by US district court judge James Cacheris after hearing of Lazar's lack of remorse …
Shaun Nichols, 01 Sep 2016
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US spectrum auction falls short by, oh, you know, $66bn thanks to tightwad mobile giants

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will have to change its plans for the 600MHz radio spectrum auction for mobile broadband – after the latest stage of bidding raised just $22.4bn of an $88bn goal. "Bidding in the forward auction has concluded for Stage 1 without meeting the final stage rule and without meeting the …
Shaun Nichols, 31 Aug 2016

BT boils over, blows off Steam, accuses Valve of patent infringement

UK telecoms goliath BT is suing games developer and publisher Valve, alleging the Steam service infringes multiple patents. In a complaint [PDF] filed with the Delaware district court, BT accused Valve of ripping off four technologies it has patented related to the operation of cloud services (in this case, Steam). This is the …
Shaun Nichols, 31 Aug 2016

AT&T trash talks Google over Fiber fiasco: Leave ISP stuff to the experts

With Google deciding to cut back on its Fiber workforce and reconsidering its plan to deliver broadband service, competing ISPs are cackling with glee at the Chocolate Factory's misfortunes. In a post to the company's public policy blog, AT&T vice president of federal regulatory issues Joan Marsh took a moment to needle Google …
Shaun Nichols, 31 Aug 2016
Workers car pooling

Waze to go, Google: New dial-a-ride Uber, Lyft rival 'won't vet drivers'... What could go wrong?

Google is apparently planning to launch a ride-sharing service to compete with Uber and Lyft. The Wall Street Journal cites a single source in reporting that the Mountain View advertisement broker will expand a small pilot program launched this summer in which the Waze navigational app can be used by people to organize car …
Shaun Nichols, 31 Aug 2016
Anker USB C cables

Ankers away! USB-C cables recalled over freakin' fried phone fears

Video Peripherals builder Anker has issued a recall after researchers found that one of its USB-C cables could potentially cause serious damage to connected hardware. Researcher Nathan K found that the Anker PowerLine USB-C cables (model A8185011) used an improper method of identifying themselves, presenting as a device. This, in …
Shaun Nichols, 30 Aug 2016

Dotcom extradition stream

Mega-man Kim Dotcom will be allowed to stream his testimony in the case involving his impending extradition to the US over allegations of copyright infringement, money laundering, and racketeering. Use the live stream to find and expose US Govt misconduct & lies in my case. I'll retweet your research & videos. Let's have some …
Shaun Nichols, 30 Aug 2016

Super Cali goes ballistic, IT school is hopeless: Tech boot camp ITT frozen by edu officials

For-profit college chain ITT Technical Institute is facing further sanctions as the US government and the state of California have ordered the school to stop accepting new students. Citing ongoing financial problems with the school, the US Department of Education (DOE) has barred the school from taking any new students who …
Shaun Nichols, 30 Aug 2016

Microsoft redecoration delay rumors: THE TRUTH

Microsoft says its renovation work on the cloud email service is virtually complete although a few folks are still waiting to see the changes. Its rollout will not be delayed until 2017 as had been feared, however. This comes after word and reports spread of an error message claiming the updated service was not …
Shaun Nichols, 30 Aug 2016

FAA powers up an invisible hand, groping the skies for rule-busting biz drones

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has begun enforcement of new rules covering the commercial use of drones. The FAA says that the "Part 107" [PDF] requirements have been designed to allow businesses to fly small drones for light operations such as recording video or aerial photography. Announced in June of this …
Shaun Nichols, 29 Aug 2016
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Shock: AT&T totally not OK with FCC saying it ripped off US schools

AT&T has issued a rebuttal to the FCC's July complaint that it overcharged schools and libraries in Florida for internet service. The US telco giant said in a policy blog post that the FCC's allegations it violated of pricing rules for the federal E‑rate service program were "factually wrong." AT&T had been accused of …
Shaun Nichols, 29 Aug 2016

Apple sued over shoddy iPhone touchscreens

Apple is being sued by a class of former iPhone 6 and 6 Plus owners who accuse the company of failing to address a design problem that caused the handset's touchscreen to malfunction. A complaint [PDF] filed in the Northern California US District Court accuses Apple of violating both California state and US federal laws for …
Shaun Nichols, 29 Aug 2016

Apple is making life terrible in its factories – labor rights warriors

Pressure from Apple to lower costs is driving worsening conditions for workers at the company's manufacturing partners. This is according to watchdog group China Labor Watch, which says [PDF] that under CEO Tim Cook, the Cupertino giant has asked the companies that assemble its products to cut their own costs, and those …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Aug 2016
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Rackspace finds its $4.3bn sugar daddy

Cloud management provider Rackspace says that it will be going private in a deal that will pay shareholders $4.3bn. Investment house Apollo Global Management says it will be paying $32 per share to buy out stakeholders and run Rackspace as a private company. Rackspace stock closed yesterday (prior to the announcement) at $30. …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Aug 2016

Quake-hit Italy: Open up Wi-Fi

Rescuers in Italy are asking people in the country's earthquake ravaged areas to open their Wi-Fi networks. The branches of the Red Cross have requested that residents in the cities where a 6.2 magnitude quake hit remove the password protections on their wireless networks so rescuers can use them to communicate. More than 250 …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Aug 2016
Crypto fingers

OpenSSL 1.1.0 is out

A new release of the OpenSSL encryption library is out. Among the three dozen major changes in the OpenSSL 1.1.0 release are a new Threading API, the removal by default of the Heartbeat extension, and IPv6 support for BIO networking. Security and cryptography experts are hailing the update: The latest OpenSSL release notes …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Aug 2016
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Sprint learns that a 'rebate' includes paying people money

US wireless carrier Sprint will pay $2.3m to settle allegations it withheld rebates from customers. The state of Illinois will collect and distribute the money to 32,000 residents who signed up for Sprint's mobile services between 2003 and 2011, when the carrier was offering rebates to new customers. State Treasurer Michael …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Aug 2016

APT targets iOS flaws

An advanced persistent threat (APT) malware package has been found to be targeting iOS security flaws. Citizen Lab and Lookout report that the malware, dubbed Trident, was being sold as part of the Pegasus spyware package. The vulnerabilities themselves have been patched by Apple and are available in iOS 9.3.5. Click here for …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Aug 2016