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Facebook flat-out 'lies' about how many people can see its ads – lawsuit

Facebook brags it has a massive real audience, estimated to be about 2.23bn monthly users and 1.47bn daily users after culling more than 1.27bn fake accounts. However, the social networking giant's math is being challenged in a lawsuit that claims this reach is exaggerated, thereby defrauding advertisers. In other words, it …
Thomas Claburn, 17 Aug 2018
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I wish I could quit you, but cookies find a way: How to sidestep browser tracking protections

Browsers' built-in tools that crumble web cookies that track you around the internet can be bypassed or rendered ineffective by malicious websites. In a paper presented at the USENIX Security Symposium this week, a trio of researchers from KU Leuven in Belgium describe how they developed a framework to analyze the enforcement …
Thomas Claburn, 17 Aug 2018
Sam Lambert, GitHub

GitHub goes off the Rails as Microsoft closes in

Analysis GitHub invited a handful of journalists to its San Francisco headquarters to explain how the social code hosting biz is evolving from a website into a platform. The event was hosted by Sam Lambert, whose title – head of platform – removes any doubt about how things will turn out. Founded in 2008, GitHub became a platform …
Thomas Claburn, 16 Aug 2018
Road map with pin being inserted

Arm debuts CPU roadmap for the first time, sort of

Chip designer Arm for the first time in recent memory has presented a roadmap, sparsely detailed through it may be, covering future CPU plans for 5G always-on connected mobile and laptop devices. "This, I think, is the first time, certainly that I have been involved, in declaring a forward-looking roadmap in public," said Ian …
Thomas Claburn, 16 Aug 2018
Cisco logo falling off Cisco building

Cisco shift to recurring revenue gives 3.8 billion signs that it's working

Switch and comms kit biz Cisco reported $12.8bn revenue for its fiscal 2018 fourth quarter, a six per cent increase that is a bit more than than analysts expected. CEO and chairman Chuck Robbins celebrated the highest quarterly figure ever for the company, calling it a very strong finish to a great year. "Our results …
Thomas Claburn, 15 Aug 2018
Crypto algorithm selection dial

Here's a fab idea: Get crypto libs to warn devs when they screw up

Building warnings into crypto libraries that alert developers to unsafe coding practices turns out to be an effective way to improve the security of applications. At the USENIX Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security (SOUPS) 2018 this week, a group of researchers from several universities in Germany reported findings to this …
Thomas Claburn, 14 Aug 2018
A woman standing by a ladder to a cloud

Firefighters choke on Oracle's alleged smoke-and-mirrors cloud

Oracle has been sued by a pension fund that claims the database giant exaggerated its cloud business revenue. The City of Sunrise Firefighters' Pension Fund filed its lawsuit in a US district court in Silicon Valley against not just Oracle but also executives Safra Catz, Mark Hurd, Larry Ellison, Thomas Kurian, Ken Bond and …
Thomas Claburn, 13 Aug 2018
A backdoor in plain sight

The off-brand 'military-grade' x86 processors, in the library, with the root-granting 'backdoor'

Black Hat A forgotten family of x86-compatible processors still used in specialist hardware, and touted for "military-grade security features," has a backdoor that malware and rogue users can exploit to completely hijack systems. The vulnerability is hardwired into the silicon of Via Technologies' C3 processors, which hit the market in …
Thomas Claburn, 10 Aug 2018
Julia Roberts, not the programming language

Julia 0.7 arrives but let's call it 1.0: Data science code language hits milestone on birthday

Julia, the open-source programming language with a taste for science, turned 1.0 on Thursday, six years after its public debut in 2012. The occasion was presented on YouTube, live from JuliaCon 2018 in London. Created by Jeff Bezanson, Stefan Karpinski, Viral Shah, and Alan Edelman, the language was designed to excel at data …
Thomas Claburn, 10 Aug 2018
Hacker using phone

Crims hacked accounts, got phones, resold them – and the Feds reckon they've nabbed 'em

A dozen people have been indicted in America for allegedly fencing more than $1m in smartphones and other kit obtained via hacking and fraud. Geoffrey Berman, the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Angel Melendez, the Special Agent in charge of the New York Office of the US Immigration and Customs …
Intel's Navin Shenoy

Intel: Yeah, yeah, 10nm. It's on the todo list. Now, let's talk about AI...

At Intel's Data-Centric Innovation Summit today in Santa Clara, California, Chipzilla reiterated its commitment to deliver 10nm Xeon processors in 2020, to maintain its market leadership, and to adapt its silicon to AI-oriented workloads. That'll be the same 10nm that's years and years late, with manufacturing nightmares …
A burning dumpster

Microsoft's Azure Kubernetes Service mucked my cluster!

Microsoft's Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) was launched to world+dog in June, however, a few disgruntled customers say the managed container confection isn't fully baked yet. In a blog post published on Monday, Prashant Deva, creator of an app and infrastructure monitoring service called DripStat, savaged AKS, calling it "an …
Some example Nim memory management code

Imagine Python fan fiction written in C, read with a Lisp: Code lingo Nim gets cash injection

Status.im, the makers of the Status mobile Ethereum client app, has allied with the team developing the Nim programming language, promising funding to support at least two full-time developers. The arrangement follows the launch last week of a research project called Nimbus to develop a Nim-based sharding client for Ethereum, …
Shrew

Pleasant programming playground paves popular Python path

To help aspiring programmers start writing code, researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology in the US have developed a free web-based platform called Code Shrew. The site – built with Django (Python 3), PostgreSQL, the Skulpt in-browser Python interpreter and the JavaScript-based CodeMirror editor widget – relies on …
Being millennialsplained

New age discrim row: Accenture, Facebook sued by sales boss for favoring 'new blood'

In January 2016, then-54-year-old Mark Stephens was recruited by Accenture to work as a sales development manager on a project with Facebook, subject to Facebook's approval. He got the job – and then lost it due to age discrimination, or so he claims in a lawsuit filed against the two companies in Austin, Texas, on Monday. "I …
Fizz TLS 1.3 logo

Facebook cracks opens its bottle of Fizz – a carbonated TLS 1.3 lib

Looking for a TLS 1.3 library? Facebook has you covered. On Monday, the ads and data peddler plans to release Fizz, a TLS 1.3 library written in C++14, as an open source project. TLS 1.3 is the latest and greatest version of the Transport Layer Security protocol, the successor to Secure Sockets Layer or SSL, which encrypts …
Someone typing away on the ol' internet

MessageBird, Twilio tout low-code tools for DIY comms app plumbing

San Francisco's developer-oriented messaging infrastructure service Twilio aims to make creating communications apps a bit easier – with the launch of Twilio Studio, a visual application builder that just graduated from beta status. Not to be outdone, MessageBird, a competing cloud comms biz based in Amsterdam, has quietly …
a black robot

Basic bigot bait: Build big black broad bots – non-white, female 'droids get all the abuse

If you want your robot to be abused, do as The Rolling Stones suggest and paint it black. Also, make it female. Researchers from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, in the US, recently evaluated, for this research paper, the way people respond to online videos of female-presenting robots and of women. Their goal was to …
Women smelling coffee

Well, this makes scents: Kotlin code quality smells better than Java

Kotlin, which Google blessed last year as an alternative to Java for programming Android apps, has already made its way into almost 12 per cent of open source Android apps, and in so doing has elevated their code quality. So we're told by computer scientists Bruno Gois Mateus and Matias Martinez, affiliated with University of …
Steampunk alchemist holding a potion

Drink this potion, Linux kernel, and tomorrow you'll wake up with a WireGuard VPN driver

The developer of WireGuard has laid the groundwork for plugging his open-source privacy tool directly into the Linux kernel in hope of making secure communications easier to deploy and manage. Jason Donenfeld, creator of WireGuard and the founder of Edge Security, on Tuesday submitted a proposed set of patches to the Linux …
China internet

Amnesty slaps Google amid crippled censored China search claims

Google is said to be preparing to launch a censored version of its search engine in mainland China, restoring a service it launched in 2006 and discontinued in 2010 in response to an attack on its infrastructure. According to documents obtained by The Intercept, a censored version of Google Search, dubbed Dragonfly, has been …
Qualcomm building

Qualcomm demands blueprints to Intel chips used in Apple iPhones

Qualcomm, as part of its patent battle against Apple, claims Intel went back on its word by failing to produce technical documents and code covering how its latest radio frequency components are being used in Apple's 2018 iPhones. And so, the San Diego, California-based chip designer has filed a motion in its home state to …
programmer

Riddle me this: TypeScript's latest data type is literally unknown

Microsoft has rolled out version 3.0 of TypeScript, its open source extension of JavaScript that includes support for static types. For those who love TypeScript – a growing group to judge by language rankings – or hate JavaScript – which often has something to do with its lack of static typing – that's not a bad way to start …
Thomas Claburn, 31 Jul 2018
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Istio sets sail as Red Hat renovates OpenShift container ship

Red Hat is celebrating the 1.0 release of Istio, the open source microservices management project, and the arrival of version 3.10 of its OpenShift software container platform. Istio's 1.0 release received mention at Google Cloud Next last week, but the official bits are expected on Tuesday. The software serves as a management …
Thomas Claburn, 31 Jul 2018

Make Facebook, Twitter, Google et al liable for daft garbage netizens post online – US Senator

US Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) has a plan to save democracy from technology, including making social media platforms liable for what their users post. In a proposal provided to The Register, he suggests revising the safe harbor provision of the Communications Decency Act, known as Section 230. Section 230 immunizes service …
Thomas Claburn, 30 Jul 2018

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