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Chrome Dev Summit 2017

Google emits tools to make cross-platform HTML apps less tragic

Chrome Dev Summit At the Chrome Dev Summit in San Francisco, California, on Monday, Google took another stab at making HTML-based apps less of a crapshoot. In a tag-team keynote, Ben Galbraith, director of the Chrome Web Platform, and Dion Almaer, developer relations lead, revisited the nearly decade-long effort to make web development more …
Thomas Claburn, 23 Oct 2017
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Wanna exorcise Intel's secretive hidden CPU from your hardware? Meet Purism's laptops

Purism – a San Francisco, California, social purpose company that flies the flags of privacy, security and software freedom – has begun offering its GNU/Linux-based laptops with Intel's Management Engine disabled. The Intel Management Engine is a hidden coprocessor at the heart of Chipzilla's vPro technology. Part of the …
Thomas Claburn, 21 Oct 2017
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Facebook tackles race hate problem head on with programming tool

In Facebook's advertising business, a race condition might be construed as an ethnic descriptor used to prevent purchased ads from being displayed to a particular racial group. Among its software engineers, it's a programming problem that arises when multiple operations run concurrently but are executed in an unexpected order …
Thomas Claburn, 20 Oct 2017

Facebook, Google and pals may be hit with TV political ads rules

Facebook and Google, along with other online publishers, may soon be required in the US to disclose funding for paid political ads. On Thursday in Washington DC, two US senators – Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Mark Warner (D-VA) – proposed a bill called The Honest Ads Act to extend the funding disclosure requirements for political …
Thomas Claburn, 19 Oct 2017
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Survey: Tech workers are terrified they will be sacked for being too old

Almost half of tech workers in the US, like Hollywood stars, live in constant fear that age will end their careers, according to a new poll. Job website Indeed.com surveyed more than 1,000 employed tech workers and found that 43 per cent of respondents expressed concern about losing their job due to age. And 18 per cent said …
Thomas Claburn, 19 Oct 2017

Microsoft concedes to Mozilla: Redmond will point web API docs at Moz Dev Network

A few years ago, programmer and writer Bernard Meisler argued that coders write bad software because they're bad writers. "Most engineers can't write a single coherent sentence, never mind string together a paragraph," he wrote. So when software engineers write documentation, he reasoned, their incoherent API descriptions …
Thomas Claburn, 18 Oct 2017
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Programming bootcamp compiles $375,000 check after triggering New York AG's error handlers

Analysis New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman last week agreed to settle charges that New York City-based code bootcamp Flatiron School operated without a license and failed to adequately disclose information about the employment outcomes of graduates. Flatiron School has agreed to pay $375,000 in restitution to eligible …
Thomas Claburn, 18 Oct 2017
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Fancy fone folks filched fast file flinging, filing fumes: Now Essential accused of slurping wireless chip secrets

Android phone maker Essential, which needs stronger sales, also needs a legal defense. Keyssa, having developed a short-range high-speed wireless communication chip, on Monday sued the handset biz in US federal court in San Francisco, California, claiming theft of trade secrets after being snubbed as a vendor. The lawsuit …
Thomas Claburn, 17 Oct 2017

Kubernetes has won. Docker Enterprise Edition will support rival container-wrangling tech

Container darling Docker plans to make peace with its orchestration rival, Kubernetes, at its European conference this week. For the past two years or so, Docker Swarm, Kubernetes, and Mesos have been vying to provide the most compelling orchestration layer for containers. Mesos has been around longer, but the arrival of …
Thomas Claburn, 17 Oct 2017
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Google isn't saying Microsoft security sucks but Chrome for Windows has its own antivirus

In its ongoing effort to improve browser security, school Microsoft on security, and retain its search audience, Google is today rolling out several Chrome for Windows fortifications. The search biz has modded Chrome for Windows to detect when extensions switch people's Chrome settings, such as the default search engine, …
Thomas Claburn, 16 Oct 2017
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An oil industry hacker facing jail, a $20m damages bill, and claims of counter-hacking

Analysis David Kent, of Spring, Texas, USA, was sentenced to prison earlier this month for hacking Rigzone.com, a oil and gas industry website he founded and sold to employment data biz DHI Group, in an effort to build a second site, Oilpro.com, into an acquisition target. Kent is expected to report to prison in Texas for a year and a …
Thomas Claburn, 14 Oct 2017
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IT at sea makes data too easy to see: Ships are basically big floating security nightmares

Updated If there's anything worse than container security, it would appear to be container ship security. Ken Munro, a researcher for UK-based Pen Test Partners, has been exploring maritime satellite communication systems used to keep ships connected while at sea. His findings don't inspire much confidence. Munro, in a blog post today …
Thomas Claburn, 13 Oct 2017
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Google Grafeas can handle the truth: Web giant and pals emit tool to wrangle containers

Managing software applications in large organizations can be quite complicated, particularly for codebases with lots of dependencies. Add in virtualized machines, containers, clusters, multiple service providers, multiple development teams, deployment pipelines, external partners, policy requirements, and other contextual …
Thomas Claburn, 13 Oct 2017

I picked the wrong week to quit sniffing Gluon: Amazon, Microsoft hope easy AI dev tool sticks

Amazon and Microsoft on Thursday rolled out open-source software called Gluon in the stated hope of simplifying the implementation of machine learning. Gluon provides an interface, in the form of an API, for building neural networks, something that's not all that easy to do for those not steeped in the art. The software, …
Thomas Claburn, 12 Oct 2017
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Rejecting Sonos' private data slurp basically bricks bloke's boombox

In August, when wireless speaker maker Sonos decided to update its privacy policy to allow it to gather more data on its customers from their devices, it characterized the consequences of refusing to accept the change as being left out of future feature upgrades. Sonos' policy change, outlined by chief legal officer Craig …
Thomas Claburn, 11 Oct 2017
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'We think autonomous coding is a very real thing' – GitHub CEO imagines a future without programmers

At Pier 70 in San Francisco, California, on Wednesday, where ships once were built, code-hosting biz GitHub held forth on building and shipping code, and on the people who do so. Following a manic Looney Tunes-inspired cartoon intro, Chris Wanstrath, cofounder and departing chief exec, opened the keynote presentation by …
Thomas Claburn, 11 Oct 2017

Don't fear the reap... er, automation: Puppet hopes to make IT boring, says that's a good thing

The revolution will not be televised because IT automation is boring. But it will be scripted and play out unseen, because boring is the desired state for computing infrastructure. Businesses just want their systems to work, without drama or excitement. Puppet, a maker of devops software, is trying to broaden the boredom. …
Thomas Claburn, 11 Oct 2017
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Apple's iOS password prompts prime punters for phishing: Too easy now for apps to swipe secrets, dev warns

Apple, we have a problem. A bug report filed Monday through Open Radar – which mirrors bug reports developers submit to Apple's private bug tracking system – suggests that password prompts in iOS apps can be misused to steal passwords and other secrets. In a blog post today describing the issue, developer Felix Krause, founder …
Thomas Claburn, 10 Oct 2017
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Kotlin's killin' Java among Android devs

Java on Android is dying, and before long will be dominated by Kotlin, or so says a selective slice of developer data. Realm, which offers a real-time database popular among mobile application makers, has crunched the numbers from its pool or 100,000 or so active developers. The company on Tuesday published its findings, a …
Thomas Claburn, 10 Oct 2017

After selling his site for millions, founder hacked it for a second payday

"Operation Resume Hoard" was going well. Initiated around April 1, 2015, it represented David W. Kent's plan to build the membership of his oil and gas industry networking site Oilpro.com. Court documents indicate that Kent, 41, of Spring, Texas, USA, had a buyer in mind: DHI Group, the employment data biz that in 2010, when …

npm adds two-factor auth, security tokens in wake of JS typo attack

Code registry npm, home to some 550,000 Node.js packages and millions of users, on Wednesday added support for two-factor authentication (2FA) and read-only authentication tokens in an effort to shore up its defenses. Software registries, which store modules required by modern apps, have attracted the attention of malware …

Dumb bug of the week: Apple's macOS reveals your encrypted drive's password in the hint box

Video Apple on Thursday released a security patch for macOS High Sierra 10.13 to address vulnerabilities in Apple File System (APFS) volumes and its Keychain software. Matheus Mariano, a developer with Brazil-based Leet Tech, documented the APFS flaw in a blog post a week ago, and it has since been reproduced by another programmer, …
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Keybase Git gets keys, basically: Secure chat app encrypts your repos

Keybase.io, which began as a cloud key database and has since evolved into a secure messaging and collaboration service, on Wednesday added support for encrypted Git repositories. Git, a version control system widely used for managing source code, doesn't encrypt files stored in Git repositories. It can, however, be used in …

US Senate stamps the gas pedal on law to flood America's streets with self-driving cars

America-wide rules for self-driving cars inched a bit closer on Wednesday when a US Senate transportation committee agreed to bring the AV START Act before the full Senate for consideration. The American Vision for Safer Transportation through Advancement of Revolutionary Technologies (AV START) Act, due before the Senate, is …

Google backs up Firebase with a second realtime NoSQL silo

Google's twin fetish manifested itself in its Firebase platform-as-a-service offering on Tuesday through the introduction of a second realtime NoSQL database. Firebase has been growing in popularity among mobile and web developers thanks in part to the Firebase Realtime Database, which provides a way to synchronize data across …

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