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Microsoft promises 'equal access' to LinkedIn to get EC green light for acquisition

Microsoft is offering to crack open access to LinkedIn to secure European Commission approval for its $26bn purchase of the social network for suits. The software giant is reportedly offering competition regulators the continued prospect of open access to LinkedIn’s APIs as well as “allowing” OEMs to install LinkedIn on their …
Gavin Clarke, 22 Nov 2016
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LinkedIn competitor offers to drop Russians into same legal trap that caught LinkedIn

When misfortune befalls a market leader, smaller companies often exhort Register hacks to report on the wonderful alternative they offer readers seeking safe harbour from the latest SNAFU. And so it was over the weekend when, in an attempt to capitalise on LinkedIn's troubles in Russia, rival social network for businesses “ …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Nov 2016
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Facebook Fake News won it for Trump? That's a Zombie theory

Comment Facts all come with points of view Facts don't do what I want them to Talking Heads The internet is filled with things that aren’t true, the world discovered this week. Gosh. Who would have thought it? The platforms’ propagation of bogus “news” is the latest "blame anyone except us" theory to account for the election of …
Andrew Orlowski, 18 Nov 2016

Mozilla launches 'privacy edition' Firefox... that phones home

Mozilla popped out a new browser today, aimed at the privacy-aware mobile user. Somewhat ironically, it sends Mozilla user data by default: you’ll need to turn this off manually. FireFox Focus blocks ad trackers, analytics trackers and social network tracers by default, although some tracking is permitted. That can be disabled …
Andrew Orlowski, 17 Nov 2016
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Zuckerberg says just one per cent of news on Facebook is fake

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has denied that Facebook's facilitation of fake news influenced the United States presidential election result. Commentators have pondered Facebook's role in the election after it was shown to allow free circulation of untrue stories – some lurid - created solely to generate advertising revenue …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Nov 2016
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Facebook agrees to dial back 'racial affinity' ads

Facebook says it will stop allowing advertisers to set display-by-race preferences for certain types of ads. The House of Zuck said in a Friday blog post that it would not remove its "racial affinity" preference outright, but would "build tools to detect and automatically disable" the preference in ads for housing, job …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Nov 2016

Russia to block LinkedIn over data domiciling issues

Russia looks to be on the verge of blocking access to LinkedIn because it claims the site isn't complying with its law requiring Russians' personal data to be stored on Russian soil. Local newswires Interfax and Tass both report that the Tagansky District Court has upheld a complaint by Russian telecoms regulator Roskomnadzor …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Nov 2016

Facebook chokes off car insurance slurp because – get this – it has privacy concerns

Facebook has shut down efforts by a car insurance company to use posts on the social network to decide discounts – over privacy concerns. No, honestly. The "firstcarquote" service was launched by UK-based Admiral on Wednesday and is intended to offer new drivers the ability to save money on their insurance by downloading an …
Kieren McCarthy, 02 Nov 2016
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Facebook ads in race claim

A new report is questioning whether Facebook's ad platform allows advertisers to illegally target ads at people based on their race. ProPublica says it was able to purchase and run an ad on the social network for a housing listing, and then use a feature called "Racial Affinity" to exclude users in certain racial groups from …
Shaun Nichols, 28 Oct 2016

Czech, mate: Cops cuff Russian bloke accused of LinkedIn mega-hack

Vid Czech Republic police have arrested a Russian believed to be the hacker behind the massive 2012 theft of more than 100 million LinkedIn user credentials. Working in cooperation with the FBI and Interpol, Prague cops detained the man, named only as Yevgeniy N, on October 5. He now faces extradition to America to be tried on …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Oct 2016

Who killed Cyanogen?

Analysis Does European Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager's team pay close attention to the tech news? If not, perhaps they should. Last week there was barely a murmur after Cyanogen Inc scaled back its ambitions. “Throwing in the towel” may be harsh – but the Android software company said it would henceforth be trying to …
Andrew Orlowski, 19 Oct 2016
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Think virtual reality is just about games? Think again, friend

With the launch of PlayStation's VR headset, we are clearly entering a brave new world of virtual reality – everything from the low-end Google Daydream to the far-too-expensive Oculus Rift. But while interest has been focused on the gaming possibilities, an undercurrent of filmmakers has started exploring the storytelling …
Kieren McCarthy, 18 Oct 2016
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Salesforce rules out Twitter bid

Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff has ruled out making a play for Twitter. Speaking to the Financial Times, Benioff said “... we’ve walked away. It wasn’t the right fit for us.” Twitter's 2015 revenue was US$2.21 billion, a decent sum. Sadly it's still losing money at a rate of about $100m a quarter. The micro-blog also faces slow …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Oct 2016
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Open Sorcerers: Can you rid us of Emperor Zuck?

OX Summit Back in the dot com heyday, around 1999 and 2000, Linux and open source conferences were huge events: they were packed and brimming with excitement. There was optimism, new initiatives in every conceivable direction, and anything seemed possible. Move over, Grandad: everything traditional was going to be up-ended by open source …
Andrew Orlowski, 14 Oct 2016
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Markslist: Facebook touts its own tat bazaar

Facebook is looking to kill yet another reason to ever leave its walled garden with the launch of a classifieds service. The Facebook Marketplace will allow users to post item listings and then complete the sale outside of the social network. Users can post their ads for free and use the listings for either new or used items …
Shaun Nichols, 04 Oct 2016

Internet of Things security? Start with who owns the data

“Defence is only as strong as the weakest link,” said Tim Phipps of Solarflare at today’s Cambridge Wireless event on security within the Internet of Things. Today's Cambridge Wireless event was part of its Special Interest Group focusing on security and defence. In particular, on securing and defending the Internet of Things …
Gareth Corfield, 28 Sep 2016
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'Everyone' is buying Twitter

Seems everyone is interested in buying Twitter, according to rumors flying around Silicon Valley today. The whisperings have managed to push the social network's share price up 21 per cent to $22.26. Overall, the permanent loss-making San Francisco upstart's stock price is down 30 per cent over the past year. Now Salesforce …
Shaun Nichols, 23 Sep 2016

Will US border officials demand social network handles from visitors?

Updated People visiting America may be pressured or told to reveal their social network profiles to border officials, judging by a draft visa form. In June, the US government announced it was considering adding a box to the I-94W form that gives folks the option of declaring their social media handles when entering the country. Uncle …
Iain Thomson, 21 Sep 2016

Paint your wagon (with electric circuits) but leave my crotch alone

Something for the Weekend, Sir? The contents of my pants are hot. Given recent experience, I would venture to say they’re even too hot to handle. Getting too close to those hidden quarters of the scorching Dabbs family jewels could cause one to swoon in a dead faint. I know this because my smartphone told me. Well, it didn’t actually tell me. And no, I don …
Alistair Dabbs, 02 Sep 2016

Life imitates satire: Facebook touts zlib killer just like Silicon Valley's Pied Piper

Facebook engineers today emitted a bunch of open-source compression and database tools during its @Scale conference. This software is used actively at hyper-scale within the sprawling social network. The California giant wants to share some of its source code with the world and hopefully get some useful patches in return. Here …
Chris Williams, 31 Aug 2016

Facebook replaces human editors with McChicken romping, Fox News faking AI bots

On Friday, Facebook announced changes to its method of picking trending news stories to put on the front page of people's feeds. It's taking humans out of the equation and using algorithms instead – and the results were not pretty. Facebook's Trending news section is part of Mark Zuckerberg's plan to make the social network …
Iain Thomson, 29 Aug 2016

Update your iPhones, iPads right now – govt spy tools exploit vulns

Apple has pushed out an emergency security update for iPhones, iPads and iPods after super sophisticated spyware was found exploiting three iOS vulnerabilities. The iOS 9.3.5 upgrade plugs three holes that, according to researchers, are being used right now by the Pegasus surveillance kit – a powerful commercial malware …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Aug 2016

Facebook, Twitter and Google are to blame for terrorism, say MPs

A UK parliamentary committee has claimed that Facebook, Twitter and Google are responsible for terrorist attacks in the West by “consciously failing to combat the use of their sites to promote terrorism and killings.” The claim comes after a year-long inquiry into the UK's efforts into “countering extremism”. The Home Affairs …

Pinterest buys Instapaper

Mobile clipping service Instapaper has become a part of image-centric social network Pinterest. Instapaper's peeps say the two services overlapped, so it made sense to let itself be acquired. Instapaper will continue to operate. Nobody's being rude enough to discuss how much cash has changed hands, but there are hints that …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Aug 2016

Epic Games forums breached, salted passwords nabbed

Information on some 808,000 Unreal Engine and Unreal Tournament forum accounts, including email addresses, birth dates, and private messages, have been stolen from Epic Games. The games company says passwords were not compromised on the Unreal forums so account resets are not necessary. Salted passwords were breached for …
Darren Pauli, 23 Aug 2016
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This MySpace investor keeps spamming Google with lawsuits – and the ad giant just wants him to stop

Google has asked a US court to stop a former MySpace investor from repeatedly filing suit against it. The web advertising giant this week told (PDF) the US District Court for Northern California that Brad Greenspan has been burdening its lawyers and racking up its legal bills by constantly filing motions in a lawsuit that was …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Aug 2016

Adblock Plus chalk talk takes stock: Facebook's gonna block our block of their block of our block? Let's rock

The developers of the banner-busting Adblock Plus (ABP) browser plugin say they will continue efforts to shield Facebook users from the social network's sponsored content. ABP head of communications Ben Williams said that while Facebook can currently serve the ads to users running the plugin, developers are working to re-block …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Aug 2016
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Google+ subtracts live videoconf service 'Hangouts On Air'

Google has slipped a death notice for Google+ Hangouts On Air into its support stream. Hangouts On Air are multi-party videoconferences, spewed live on the internets. Like the rest of Google+, they're hardly a household name and do not boast legions of slavering fans likely to fight for their retention. Even if those fans …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Aug 2016

Adblock Plus blocks Facebook block of Adblock Plus block of Facebook block of Adblock Plus block of Facebook ads

Those hoping for a quick resolution to the cat-and-mouse game between Facebook and Adblock Plus will be disappointed to know that the back-and-forth battle shows no signs of letting up. On Tuesday, Facebook changed its desktop website so that visitors would see ads on pages even if they are running an ad-blocking plugin. It …
Shaun Nichols, 12 Aug 2016
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Families of men slain by ISIS gunman told: No, you can't sue Twitter

A lawsuit claiming Twitter provided "material support" to medieval terror bastards ISIS has been shut down by a California court. The suit was brought by the families of defense contractors Lloyd "Carl" Fields, Jr and James Damon Creach, who were both teaching newbie cops at a police training center in Jordan when they were …
Iain Thomson, 11 Aug 2016

Adblock Plus blocks Facebook's ad-blocker buster: It's a block party!

The makers of Adblock Plus (ABP) have already found a way to defeat Facebook's anti-ad-block tools. An updated filter list for ABP will disappear web ads on Facebook's desktop site – including banners the social network said it would force people to see even if they are using ad-blocking tools. Those ads are specially crafted …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Aug 2016

Facebook to forcefeed you web ads, whether you like it or not: Ad blocker? Get the Zuck out!

Facebook will circumvent browser ad-blocking tools to push web adverts onto people's screens. The new policy calls for the social network to serve up ads regardless of the presence of ad-blocking software, and in exchange give users greater control over their ad preferences to cut down on intrusive or annoying ads. The …
Shaun Nichols, 09 Aug 2016
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Hackers unleash smart Twitter phishing tool that snags two in three users

Black Hat Twitter scammers have a new weapon with the release of an effective spear phishing tool that lands a victim almost two thirds of the time, dwarfing the usual five-to-fifteen-per-cent-open-rate for spam tweets. The SNAP_R machine learning spear phishing Twitter bot is a data-driven menace unleashed at the Black Hat security …
Darren Pauli, 05 Aug 2016
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Classic Shell, Audacity downloads infected with retro MBR nuke nasty

Classic Shell and Audacity downloads were booby-trapped this week with an old-school software nasty that knackered victims' Windows PCs. Hackers were able to inject some retro-malware into the popular applications' installers hosted on fosshub.com, an official home for Classic Shell and Audacity releases among other software …
Shaun Nichols, 04 Aug 2016
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$67M in bitcoin stolen as hacking typhoon lashes Hong Kong's Bitfinex

One of the world's most popular Bitcoin exchanges Bitfinex has been torn apart with hackers making off with around US$65 million (£49 million, A$87 million) in the cryptocurrency. The Hong Kong company replaced its homepage with a statement on the hack but did not detail losses or the means by which the site was breached. It …
Team Register, 03 Aug 2016
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Apps record your heartbeat but now you worry the Census will remember your name?

Australia will conduct a census on August 9th and for the first time will retain name and address details in the data set created by the nationwide data dredge. That's got privacy advocates worried that your data could be linked to multiple other government data sets, so much so that friend of The Register Jack Skinner has …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Jul 2016
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Facebook is unstoppable

Facebook today revealed its financial figures for Q2 2016 – the three months to June 30 – and if you're an FB hater, prepare to be disappointed. Revenue: $6.4bn, up 59 per cent year on year from $4bn. Profit: $2bn, up 186 per cent from $719m. Earnings per share: 71 cents, up from 25 cents. Daily active users: 1.13 billion …
Shaun Nichols, 27 Jul 2016

Nitwit has fit over twit hit: Troll takes timeless termination terribly

Comment Twitter this week permanently banned a high-profile self-proclaimed troll, marking a possible sea-change in how the social network tackles its worst users. Baffling web celeb Milo Yiannopoulos was previously temporarily suspended from the service and earlier this year had his "verified" status revoked. Then after Yiannopoulos …
Kieren McCarthy, 21 Jul 2016
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VPN provider claims Russia seized its servers

VPN provider Private Internet Access (PIA) says its servers have been seized by the Russian government, so has quit the country in protest at its privacy laws. The company has sent an e-mail to users claiming some of its servers have been seized, even though the enforcement regime – in which all Internet traffic has to be …
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Facebook ‘glitch’ that deleted the Philando Castile shooting vid: It was the police – sources

The deadly shooting of 32-year-old Philando Castile by a cop during a routine traffic stop in Minnesota on Wednesday just got murkier. Multiple sources have told The Register that police removed video footage of Castile's death from Facebook, potentially tampering with evidence. Castile, his girlfriend Diamond Reynolds, and …
Iain Thomson, 08 Jul 2016
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Israel's security minister suckers Zucker for Facebook'ed killings

Israel's Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan has blamed Facebook founder Mark Zukerberg for the killing of Hallel Ariel and Michael Marks. The Minister told local program Meet the Press Facebook does not do enough to alert security forces to terrorist-related posts after Ariel's killer Muhammad Tarari posted to the social …
Darren Pauli, 05 Jul 2016

Martha Lane Fox: Brexit is all about MEEEEeeee!

Comment Some people think the main issue in the UK’s decision to leave the European Union was sovereignty and self-determination. Others think it was migration. Others think it was class. But you’re all wrong. The main issue in Brexit is Martha Lane Fox – and we have her word for it. Into this Broken Brexited Britain strides the niece …
Andrew Orlowski, 04 Jul 2016

Facebook crushes Belgian attempt to ban tracking of non-users

The Belgium Privacy Commission has lost its effort to force Facebook to stop tracking non-users of the website when an appeals court ruled it was outside its jurisdiction. Back in November, the social network was ordered by a Belgian court to kill tracking cookies within 48 hours for people not signed up to – or logged into – …
Kieren McCarthy, 29 Jun 2016

Visiting America? US border agents want your Twitter, Facebook URLs

The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency wants to collect links to social network accounts of people visiting the Land of the FreeTM. Under new proposals, each traveler filling out an I-94 travel form or applying for an Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) visa will be asked for "information associated …
Iain Thomson, 27 Jun 2016

LinkedIn denies WWDC stunt

LinkedIn is denying that its $25bn acquisition by Microsoft was timed to steal Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) thunder. In an employee Q&A the business-minded social network provided to a US financial watchdog, LinkedIn says that it did not purposely announce the deal during the Apple developer conference as a …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Jun 2016
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Facebook to stalk shoppers

Facebook will now follow its users around while they're out shopping so it can tell companies if anyone cares about their ads. The social network said that it will let advertisers know how many people visited a store after seeing an ad by tracking folks via their phones' locations: Historically, it has been difficult to …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Jun 2016
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Facebook suicide hotline

Facebook is rolling out suicide prevention features for all users globally. The social network says that its new feature will allow users to tag posts from their friends when they believe people might be in danger of harming themselves. The reporting user remains anonymous. The person will then receive a message from Facebook …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Jun 2016

Spam King sent down for 30 months

The self-proclaimed "Spam King," Sanford Wallace, has been given a 30-month jail sentence, a fine of hundreds of thousands of dollars, and five years' probation. The 47 year old pled guilty back in August to sending more than a half-million spam messages through Facebook in violation of a court order that prevented him from …
Kieren McCarthy, 15 Jun 2016
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US plans intervention in EU vs Facebook case caused by NSA snooping

The US government has asked the Irish High Court to hear its information in the case between a privacy activist and Facebook. Austrian activist and lawyer, Max Schrems, brought his complaint against the social network after the revelations of the NSA's PRISM surveillance program, which he, alongside Digital Rights Ireland, …

Microsoft's paid $60 per LinkedIn user – and it's a bargain, because we're mugs

Analysis How can you explain the $25.4bn price tag for Microsoft's acquisition of widely-loathed social network LinkedIn? It's easy. It's all about your personal data, of course. But the price Microsoft puts on your personal data is of particular interest here. Two years ago, Facebook splurged $18.4bn for the over-the-top IM app …
Andrew Orlowski, 13 Jun 2016