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75 years ago, one Allied radar techie changed the course of WW2

Would you give up your comfy technical desk job to join a military raid into hostile territory? Would you jump at the chance to put your world-leading technical knowledge to use in the most extreme of circumstances, even if your own side was under orders to shoot you if you got captured?
Gareth Corfield, 21 Aug 2017

British snoops at GCHQ knew FBI was going to arrest Marcus Hutchins

Secretive electronic spy agency GCHQ was aware that accused malware author Marcus Hutchins, aka MalwareTechBlog, was due to be arrested by US authorities when he travelled to United States for the DEF CON hacker conference, according to reports.
Gareth Corfield, 21 Aug 2017
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Foxit PDF Reader is well and truly foxed up, but vendor won't patch

The Zero Day Initiative (ZDI) has gone public with a Foxit PDF Reader vulnerability without a fix, because the vendor resisted patching.
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Facebook won't change React.js license despite Apache developer pain

Facebook's decided to stick with its preferred version of the BSD license despite the Apache Foundation sin-binning it for any future projects.
Simon Sharwood, 21 Aug 2017
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Voyager antenna operator: 'I was the first human to see images from Neptune'

When Richard Stephenson drives to work, there's a chance that later that day he'll become the first human to see new details of Mars, a moon of Saturn, or the far reaches of the solar system.
Simon Sharwood, 21 Aug 2017
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Bitcoin-accepting sites leave cookie trail that crumbles anonymity

Bitcoin transactions might be anonymous, but on the Internet, its users aren't – and according to research out of Princeton University, linking the two together is trivial on the modern, much-tracked Internet.

Qualcomm moved its Snapdragon designers to its ARM server chip. We peek at the results

Hot Chips Qualcomm moved engineers from its flagship Snapdragon chips, used in millions of smartphones and tablets, to its fledgling data center processor family Centriq.
Chris Williams, 20 Aug 2017
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GitHub's CEO resigns. Again. Without scandal, after fixing messes

Chris Wanstrath plans to end his second stint as GitHub CEO by leading the search for his replacement.

Mirai copycats fired the IoT-cannon at game hosts, researchers find

The Mirai botnet that took down large chunks of the Internet in 2016 was notable for hosing targets like Krebs on Security and domain host Dyn, but research presented at a security conference last week suggests a bunch of high-profile game networks were also targeted.
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Daily Stormer booted off internet again, this time by Namecheap

White supremacist web site The Daily Stormer has been booted off the internet, again.
Simon Sharwood, 20 Aug 2017
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Google's Android 8.0 Oreo has been served

Google on Monday released Android 8.0 Oreo, the latest update to the world's most widely used operating system, as measured by internet usage.
Thomas Claburn, 21 Aug 2017
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Private sub captain changes story, now says reporter died, was 'buried at sea' – torso found

The story of a Danish inventor and a missing Swedish journalist has taken a bizarre turn, as Peter Madsen now claims he buried Kim Wall at sea.
Shaun Nichols, 22 Aug 2017
Illustration of diamond rain on Neptune

Uh oh, scientists know how those diamonds got in Uranus, and they're telling everyone!

Researchers from Stanford have shown how the frigid, high-pressure atmospheres of the planets Uranus and Neptune can create a "rain" of diamonds.
Shaun Nichols, 21 Aug 2017
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Trump upgrades Cyber Command, may sideline NSA in future

United States president Donald Trump upgraded the U.S. Cyber Command to the status of a “Unified Combatant Command”.
Simon Sharwood, 21 Aug 2017
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Hackers scam half a million from Enigma digital currency investors

Cunning hackers have successfully duped investors out of almost $500,000 after compromising the servers of the online currency platform Enigma.
Iain Thomson, 21 Aug 2017

German court reveals reason for Europe-wide patent system freeze

The German federal court has finally revealed why it ordered a halt to the ratification of the Europe-wide Unitary Patent Court.
Kieren McCarthy, 22 Aug 2017
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Science fiction great Brian Aldiss, 92, dies at his Oxford home

Obit Brian Aldiss OBE, one of the most popular and prolific science fiction writers of his generation, has passed way at his home one day after his 92nd birthday.
Iain Thomson, 21 Aug 2017

Fujitsu's Australian cloud suffers storage crash, outage

Fujitsu Australia has confirmed that its data centre in the Australian suburb of Homebush has experienced an outage.
Simon Sharwood, 21 Aug 2017
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Elon Musk among 116 AI types calling on UN to nobble robo-weapons before they go all Skynet

116 artificial intelligence and robotics experts have put their name to an Open Letter calling for the United Nations to work for a ban on autonomous weapons.
Simon Sharwood, 21 Aug 2017
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Energy firm slapped with £50k fine for making 1.5 million nuisance calls

A UK firm offering people energy-saving solutions has been fined after making almost 1.5 million unsolicited calls without checking if the numbers were registered on the UK's opt-out database.
Rebecca Hill, 21 Aug 2017

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