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Woman starting to undress

FYI: There's now an AI app that generates convincing fake smut vids using celebs' faces

The faces of celebrities, politicians, children, or pretty much anyone, can be pasted over faces of porn stars in X-rated movies using freely available machine-learning software.
Katyanna Quach, 25 Jan 2018
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Spectre graphic

SHL just got real-mode: US lawmakers demand answers on Meltdown, Spectre handling from Intel, Microsoft and pals

Four Republican members of the US House of Representatives sent letters on Wednesday to the leaders of Amazon, AMD, Apple, ARM, Google, Intel and Microsoft seeking answers about how the embargo on the Meltdown and Spectre bugs was handled.
Thomas Claburn, 25 Jan 2018
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Trans-Pacific Partnership returns, without Trump but more 'comprehensive'

The Trans-Pacific Partnership has been successfully been defibrillated by eleven nations that decided they could still do a deal even though United States president Donald Trump pulled his nation out of the trade pact.
Richard Chirgwin, 25 Jan 2018
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Mobile point of sale gets a PCI security standard

The advent of mobile point-of-sale (MPOS) systems has been a boon for consumers and retailers of modest means, but the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council's security wonks worried that they can't adhere to the strict hardware standards that merchants' credit card merchant terminals.
Richard Chirgwin, 25 Jan 2018
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Curl of butter

libcurl has had auth leak bug since 'the first commit we recorded'

If you use libcurl, the command line tool and library for transferring data with URLs, get ready to patch. The tool has a pair of problems, one of which is an authentication leak.
Richard Chirgwin, 25 Jan 2018
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sex work

Brit escorts: Without the internet to keep us safe, we'd be totally screwed

A study into the effect of the internet on professional sex workers has shown the online world keeps them safer, happier in their job, and more able to weed out creepy customers.
Iain Thomson, 25 Jan 2018
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Microsoft whips out tool so you can measure Windows 10's data-slurping creepiness

Microsoft is laying its cards out on the table. The software giant has produced a tool that's claimed to show users how much personal information Windows 10 collects and sends back to Redmond for diagnostics.
Shaun Nichols, 25 Jan 2018
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Chronicle - Alphabet's new security company

S for Security is Google owner Alphabet's new favorite letter

Google’s parent company Alphabet has launched a security company named Chronicle.
Simon Sharwood, 25 Jan 2018
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Android Nougat

Google can't innovate anymore, exiting programmer laments

Seven years ago, Google software engineer Steve Yegge, having failed to understand the risk that a private social media rant might become public, lambasted Google for its failure to understand software platforms, with Google+ serving as his whipping boy.
Thomas Claburn, 25 Jan 2018
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ship

IT 'heroes' saved Maersk from NotPetya with ten-day reinstallation bliz

It's long been known that shipping giant Maersk suffered very badly from 2017's NotPetya malware outbreak.
Richard Chirgwin, 25 Jan 2018
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STOP! It's dangerous to upgrade to VMware 6.5 alone. Read this

At a client site recently, we had to investigate why the upgrade from VMware vSphere 6.0 to 6.5 had gone wrong in that the normally rock-solid environment was a bit ill – to say the least.
Stuart Burns, 25 Jan 2018
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Wanna design a chip that talks to silly-fast GDDR6? You'll have to talk to Rambus, too

Patent troll Semiconductor licensing giant Rambus announced this week a physical layer design for accessing GDDR6 – aka double data rate type six synchronous graphics random-access memory.
Chris Mellor, 25 Jan 2018
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Ursula le guin

RIP Ursula K Le Guin: The wizard of Earthsea

ObitBeloved dragon-tale spinning author Ursula K Le Guin has died. The novelist, probably best known for the thoughtful 1974 "anarcho-utopian" tale The Dispossessed, spent a lifetime exploring themes around revolutionary societies, individualism, anarchism and, of course, dragons. She was 88.
Jude Karabus, 25 Jan 2018
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Boxer_blow

Schrems can't throw collective sueball at Facebook but individual action OK

Max Schrems can sue Facebook in Vienna as an individual, but can’t bring a class action suit, in a ruling from the Court of Justice of the European Union without a knock-out blow for either side.
Rebecca Hill, 25 Jan 2018
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Muglia's monster Snowflake in quarter-of-a-billion-dollar funding blizzard

Data Warehouser in the cloud Snowflake has just raised $263.5m, eight months after raising $105m, making it a startup monster.
Chris Mellor, 25 Jan 2018
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Game of Thrones

New Sky thinking: Media giant makes dish-swerving move on Netflix territory

Brit broadcaster Sky has signaled the end of the satellite dish with plans to make all its channels and content available online.
Kat Hall, 25 Jan 2018

Rimini Street attempts to claw back more cash in Oracle copyright dispute

Oracle botherer Rimini Street has filed a court petition to recover another $32m from Big Red in the long-running copyright case.
Rebecca Hill, 25 Jan 2018
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Meg Whitman

WhitTVman to head mobile-first media platform

Outgoing Hewlett Packard Enterprise chief Meg Whitman is stepping out of tech and into the big chair at a "mobile-first media platform" startup.
Paul Kunert, 25 Jan 2018
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Business types meditate in green field. Photo via Shutterstock

Supermicro is, like, totally harnessing green energy sources to churn out servers, dude

Supermicro has said it will start building servers and storage boxes at a new facility that can make 600 racks per month, powered by a 3MW fuel cell system to cut greenhouse gas emissions.
Chris Mellor, 25 Jan 2018
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Github photo via Shutterstock

GitHub shrugs off drone maker DJI's crypto key DMCA takedown effort

UpdatedGitHub rejected a DMCA takedown request from Chinese drone-maker DJI after someone forked source code left in the open by a naughty DJI developer, The Register can reveal.
Gareth Corfield, 25 Jan 2018
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Laggard Cisco stumbles over, puffing: 'HyperFlex now supports Hyper-V'

Cisco has pushed a new version of its HyperFlex hyperconverged software out the door and given Microsoft a big hug by adding support for Redmond's Hyper-V virtualization software.
Simon Sharwood, 25 Jan 2018
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Who's going to gobble Microsemi? Chip flinger looks for suitors

Microsemi, flogger of military and aerospace semiconductors, is reportedly looking for buyers after it was propositioned by an unnamed company.
Kat Hall, 25 Jan 2018
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Gavin Williamson MP, pictured during his term as Defence Secretary

Non-'fiscally neutral' defence review is go, minister tells MPs

A long-rumoured review of British defence spending will not be "fiscally neutral", Secretary of State for Defence Gavin Williamson told Parliament this morning as he announced that it is going ahead.
Gareth Corfield, 25 Jan 2018
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Chad Sakac

Dell bleeds converged infrastructure unit into existing divisions

Dell has split up and distributed the Chad Sakac-led Converged Platforms and Solutions Division (CPSD) across company's existing server, storage and networking units (Infrastructure Solutions Group).
Chris Mellor, 25 Jan 2018
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Snail on a leaf... looking surprised (yes, that's possible). Photo by SHUTTERSTOCK

EU bods up GDPR ante: Threatens legislative laggards with ‘infringement procedure’

The European Commission has admitted readiness for incoming data protection rules is very varied across the bloc, with just two countries having adapted their national laws.
Rebecca Hill, 25 Jan 2018
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Intel alerted computer makers to chip flaws on Nov 29 – new claim

Intel quietly warned computer manufacturers at the end of November that its chips were insecure due to design flaws, according to an internal Chipzilla document.
Rebecca Hill, 25 Jan 2018
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No parcel drones. No robo-trucks – Teamsters driver union delivers its demands to UPS

The Teamsters labor union wants package delivery giant UPS to promise not to replace any of its drivers with drones and self-driving trucks.
Shaun Nichols, 25 Jan 2018
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Perv raided college girls' online accounts for nude snaps – by cracking their security questions

Jonathan C. Powell, who hacked into over 1,000 email accounts in search of sexually explicit images and videos of college-aged women, was jailed for six months for computer fraud, the US Department of Justice said on Thursday.
Thomas Claburn, 25 Jan 2018
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Theresa May

Here we go again... UK Prime Minister urges nerds to come up with magic crypto backdoors

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has reiterated calls for a special magic version of encryption to be developed by technologists so law enforcement can access everyone's communications on demand – and somehow engineer it so that no one else can abuse this backdoor.
Kieren McCarthy, 25 Jan 2018
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Raining money

Trebles all round! Intel celebrates record sales of insecure processors

Still dealing with the consequences of security research that demands changes in its processors, Intel on Thursday reported better-than-expected earnings in 2017's final quarter.
Thomas Claburn, 25 Jan 2018

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