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Facebook: Who needs millennials? The cops love us more than ever!

Facebook says police and government agents' requests for users' information as well as takedown demands are increasing.
Shaun Nichols, 19 Dec 2017

Alleged Uber black ops lawyer would rather not have his Xmas holiday ruined by Waymo, ta

Former Uber attorney Craig Clark on Monday filed an emergency motion in a Miami, Florida, court to quash a subpoena directing him to testify in Waymo's trade secret lawsuit against Uber on Thursday on the other side of America in California – because he has holiday plans with his family in the Sunshine State.
Thomas Claburn, 19 Dec 2017
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Facebook helping devs keep up with TLS certificates

Facebook has expanded its year-old certificate transparency project to make it easier for developers to watch for dodgy certs.
Richard Chirgwin, 19 Dec 2017

Liberating SSH from Logjam leftovers

A recent Request for Comment at the Internet Engineering Task Force calls for SSH developers to deprecate 1,024-bit moduli.
Richard Chirgwin, 19 Dec 2017

Android trojan has miner so aggressive it can bork your battery

Kaspersky researchers have turned up a strain of malware lurking in adult content and fake virus scanners, and it can run a victim's Android mobe so hard they might suffer physical damage.
Richard Chirgwin, 19 Dec 2017
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Fridge killed my baby? Mag-field radiation from household stuff 'boosts miscarriage risk'

AnalysisA study of 913 pregnant women in the San Francisco Bay Area, California, found those exposed to high levels of magnetic field (MF) non-ionizing radiation had a 2.72x higher risk of miscarriage than those exposed to low MF levels.
Thomas Claburn, 19 Dec 2017

Hot chips crashed servers, but were still delicious

On-CallWelcome again to festive On-Call, in which we delve into the mailbag of not-quite-worthy-as-standalone contributions to keep the site busy as the world runs out of tech news before Christmas.
Simon Sharwood, 19 Dec 2017

Revealed: How Libratus bot felted poker pros – and now it has cyber-security in its sights

The blueprints for Libratus – the poker AI bot that crushed professional players in a Texas hold ’em tournament earlier this year – were published on Monday in a research paper.
Katyanna Quach, 19 Dec 2017

Your palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy – you forgot about Europe's GDPR already

CommentEurope's General Data Protection Regulation scare season is in full swing and suppliers are pretty much saying "buy our stuff or risk fines up to four per cent of your annual revenues." If you haven't done any preparation yet, is it really that bad and what should you do?
Chris Mellor, 19 Dec 2017
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2017 – the year of containers! It wasn't? Oops. Maybe next year

2017 was a big year for containers. One of the biggest container events came from the Linux Foundation, and it was – by its own admission – one of the most boring.
Danny Bradbury, 19 Dec 2017

Storage Wars: Not very long ago, a hop, skip and a jump away...

Storage wars are ongoing across the galaxy and of course every supplier claims the force is with them. Here's the latest news overheard from the wretched hive of scum and villainy otherwise known as the storage industry.
Chris Mellor, 19 Dec 2017
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Dump ur mobile provider via txt by 2019: LMFAO cu l8r

Mobile users will be able to divorce their providers by text within a single working day, thanks to new Ofcom rules announced today.
Richard Priday, 19 Dec 2017

Seagate's lightbulb moment: Make read-write heads operate independently

Seagate is increasing IO performance in disk drives by separating read-write heads into two separate sets which can operate independently and in parallel.
Chris Mellor, 19 Dec 2017
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Ey-up, mardy Rochdale council has dropped plans for ban on swearing. Thank f$ck!

The northern council of Rochdale has scrapped its plan to fine people £100 for swearing in the town.
Rebecca Hill, 19 Dec 2017

HMS Queen Elizabeth has sprung a leak and everyone's all a-tizzy

New British aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth has sprung a leak. The warship takes on around 200 litres of water per hour thanks to a faulty propeller shaft gland packing, according to reports.
Gareth Corfield, 19 Dec 2017

UK.gov needs help getting folk to splurge on full fibre and 5G

The government has opened a consultation to understand what makes investing in full fibre and 5G "attractive".
Kat Hall, 19 Dec 2017

Virgin Hyperloop pulls up the biggest chair for Branson, bags $50m, new speed record

Virgin founder Richard "Beardy" Branson has been named non-executive chairman of Virgin Hyperloop One, with the superfast tube train company having also won another $50m (£37.39m) in funding.
Richard Priday, 19 Dec 2017
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UK, US govt and pals on WannaCry culprit: It woz the Norks wot done it

UK Foreign Office Minister Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon today claimed North Korea was behind the WannaCry ransomware incident.
Kat Hall, 19 Dec 2017

France gives WhatsApp a month to get slurps in order or face fine

The French information watchdog has told WhatsApp it has a month to comply with data protection laws, or risk being fined.
Rebecca Hill, 19 Dec 2017
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Sex robot forum venue 'encrypted in a poem'

Bizarre happenings are heaping extra controversy on a conference that will discuss the pros, cons and ethical conundrums of sex with robots.
Rebecca Hill, 19 Dec 2017

TalkTalk banbans TeamTeamviewerviewer againagain

TalkTalk customers who need to use a remote desktop tool are on the warpath after the UK ISP blocked TeamViewer for the second time this year, ostensibly in an attempt to protect users from potential scammers.
Richard Priday, 19 Dec 2017

How Google's black box Knowledge Graph can kill you

CommentWhen Knowledge Graph – Google's apparently authoritative box to the side of the search results – sneezes, the world catches a factoid flu.
Andrew Orlowski, 19 Dec 2017
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Last week: Microsoft accused of covering up rape claim. This week: Microsoft backs anti-cover-up law ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

About a week after weathering a storm of negative headlines for seemingly bungling an allegation of rape against one of its workers, Microsoft has found just the tonic to restore its squeaky clean image.
Shaun Nichols, 19 Dec 2017

Facebook flashes ramped-up face-recog tech. Try not to freak out

AnalysisIn an effort to make facial recognition technology more appealing to members of its clicky commerce club, social ad network Facebook on Tuesday said it will begin notifying people when they appear in the pictures posted by other people, sometimes.
Thomas Claburn, 19 Dec 2017

US senators rail against effort to sneak through creepy mass spying bill

A bipartisan group of US senators have lambasted an effort to force permanent authorization of a controversial warrantless American spying program through Congress by attaching it to an end-of-year spending bill, calling the effort "an end-run around the Constitution."
Kieren McCarthy, 19 Dec 2017
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Autsch! Germany slaps Facebook in its abusive little face for 'limitlessly amassing data'

Germany's competition authority has accused Facebook of abusing its market dominance to "limitlessly amass every kind of data" on people.
Kieren McCarthy, 19 Dec 2017

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