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PHP flaws allowed God mode access to top smut site

A trio of hackers have gained remote code execution powers on servers used by adult entertainment outlet Pornhub, using a complex hack that revealed twin zero day flaws in PHP.
Darren Pauli, 24 Jul 2016
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US standards lab says SMS is no good for authentication

America's National Institute for Standards and Technology has advised abandonment of SMS-based two-factor authentication.

By 2040, computers will need more electricity than the world can generate

Without much fanfare, the Semiconductor Industry Association earlier this month published a somewhat-bleak assessment of the future of Moore's Law – and at the same time, called “last drinks” on its decades-old International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (ITRS).
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No, the VCR is not about to die. It died years ago. Now it's VHS/DVD combo boxes' turn

Japanese company Funai will stop making VHS devices this month, marking the end of the road for the venerable video tape standard.
Simon Sharwood, 25 Jul 2016
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Oops: bounty-hunter found Vine's source code in plain sight

A bounty-hunter has gone public with a complete howler made by Vine, the six-second-video-loop app Twitter acquired in 2012.
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Nintendo to investors: Pokémon Go won't make money come

Investors who bid up Nintendo have punished the company for pointing out the Pokémon Go app is not going to create a cash deluge.
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Eurocrats to pore over Apache, KeePass code

The Apache HTTP server and KeePass password manager are to get a free code audit, courtesy of a pilot European Commission project.
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I don't like Mondays, Pokemon, Twitter or Facebook – Sir Bob Geldof

RSA Asia Activist pop star Sir Bob Geldof hates Pokemon Go, Facebook and Twitter, has never bought anything online, and uses a Nokia 3100 which he says avoids the need for mobile security.
Darren Pauli, 25 Jul 2016
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Mobile broadband now cheaper than wired, for 95 per cent of humanity

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has released the 2016 edition of its Facts and Figures (PDF) on technology adoption, and among the many data points it contains is an odd concentration of connected “things” in countries with Fjords.
Simon Sharwood, 25 Jul 2016
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Verizon wants to replace your net gateways with 'a simple mux'

Verizon has launched the next piece of its seven-year strategy to virtualise its enterprise services, announcing a bunch of multi-vendor virtual security, WAN optimisation, and software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) services.
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Verizon tipped to buy Yahoo! for US$5bn

Markets are bracing for a Monday puzzle: why on earth does Verizon think it is worth spending US$5bn on Yahoo!?
Simon Sharwood, 25 Jul 2016

Security firms team to take down rudimentary ransomware

Two new ransomware efforts have been destroyed by meddling white hats.
Darren Pauli, 25 Jul 2016
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What's Brexit? How Tech UK tore up its plans after June 23

Leaders of many British tech firms were less than thrilled to hear that the UK had voted to leave the European Union. “I was shocked and horrified,” says Kate Craig-Wood, managing director of hosting firm Memset, who we spoke before the June 23 vote. Her comments were echoed by others.
SA Mathieson, 25 Jul 2016
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Linux 4.7 lands

Linus Torvalds has loosed version 4.7 of the Linux kernel on an impatient world.
Simon Sharwood, 25 Jul 2016
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MS warns of ..WSF file worm

Microsoft has pulled apart a current malware campaign, and is warning against e-mails with a double-dotted script file attached.

Ofcom should push for fibre – Ex BT CTO

Tomorrow Ofcom will announce its plans for strengthening Openreach’s independence from BT and creating a more competitive broadband market.
Kat Hall, 25 Jul 2016
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Crashed and alone in a remote location: When paid help is no help

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Dave Cartwright, 25 Jul 2016