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Two Ukrainians charged with 2016 hack of SEC - CNET

cNET.com - News - January 16, 2019 - 1:51am
The pair allegedly hacked a corporate filing system to obtain not-yet-public earnings reports.

Spider-Man: Far From Home's trailer reveals Mysterio, Nick Fury hijacking the trip - CNET

cNET.com - News - January 16, 2019 - 1:42am
Tom Holland webslings back for Peter Parker's European vacation, with new teammates and Aunt May by his side.

The ultrasound scan you can do yourself

BBC Technology News - January 16, 2019 - 1:17am
A US company has produced an ultrasound scanner that plugs into an iPhone and costs $2,000 (£1,555).

Smartwatches: Switzerland's friend or foe?

BBC Technology News - January 16, 2019 - 1:14am
The Swiss watch industry faced a near-death experience from quartz products. Is the smartwatch a similar threat?

Eugene the world record Instagram egg: 'It's been incredible' - CNET

cNET.com - News - January 16, 2019 - 1:01am
Don't crack up, but I had an email exchange with Instagram's most-liked photo.

EDGAR Wrong: Ukrainians hacked SEC, stole docs for inside trading, says Uncle Sam

The Register - January 16, 2019 - 12:55am
Crooks banked $270,000 in just one move, it is claimed

A pair of Ukranian hackers broke into America's financial watchdog to swipe insider info for stock traders, it is claimed.…

White Castle taking Valentine's Day reservations: Plan ahead, romantics - CNET

cNET.com - News - January 16, 2019 - 12:53am
Burgers are for lovers at the fast-food chain, where reservations get you hostess seating and music.

EPA at a 30-year low for referring pollution cases for criminal prosecution

Ars Technica - January 16, 2019 - 12:41am

Enlarge / Acting Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency EPA Andrew Wheeler listens as President Donald J. Trump leads a cabinet meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House on July 18, 2018, in Washington, DC. (credit: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Polluters likely had a good year in 2018. According to numbers from advocacy group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), the number of criminal pollution cases that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) referred to the Department of Justice for potential prosecution was lower in 2018 than it had been in 30 years.

That's probably not because industry in America is becoming more environmentally conscious. PEER suggests the reason for the low number of referrals is that the EPA is only employing between 130 and 140 special agents in the agency's Criminal Investigation Division, less than the minimum 200 agents specified by the US Pollution Prevention Act of 1990.

The EPA only referred 166 cases to the Justice Department in 2018. According to numbers from the Associated Press, referrals peaked in 1998, with 592 cases referred for prosecution. Throughout the George W. Bush presidency, referrals ranged somewhere between 300 and 450. Referrals dipped during the Obama presidency to a range between 200 and just over 400. Referrals have been on a downward trend since 2012.

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If at first, second, third... fourth time you don't succeed, you're Apple: Another appeal lost in $440m net patent war

The Register - January 16, 2019 - 12:27am
Yes, it plans to appeal again

Apple has, for the fourth time now, lost an appeal against a $440m patent-infringement damages award, payable to VirnetX – and pledged to appeal the decision.…

Brave browser can now show ads, and soon you'll get 70% of the money - CNET

cNET.com - News - January 16, 2019 - 12:10am
The startup hopes its privacy-respecting system will clean up the toxic parts of today's ad tech so you can actually enjoy free websites again.

Sony A6400 touts improved autofocus and object tracking - CNET

cNET.com - News - January 16, 2019 - 12:03am
But this $900 APS-C camera is the successor to the A6300, so there's no in-body image stabilization.

New federal rules would let drones fly at night and over crowds

Ars Technica - January 16, 2019 - 12:00am

Enlarge / A drone is flown during a property inspection following Hurricane Harvey in Houston in 2017. (credit: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

The Federal Aviation Administration proposed Monday to relax rules governing commercial drone operations. Since 2016, the FAA has allowed the commercial operation of unmanned aerial vehicles weighing less than 55 pounds under certain limited circumstances. New rules proposed this week would relax two of the restrictions in the 2016 rules: drones will now be allowed to operate at night, and they'll be able to operate over people.

The agency already allows some nighttime flights, but only on a case-by-case basis. The agency says that since 2016, it has received thousands of requests for waivers for nighttime operations and granted 1,233 of those requests. The FAA says that it hasn't had any reports of accidents due to these nighttime operations. So the new FAA proposal would allow people to operate drones at night without special permission from the agency—provided the operator gets extra training and that the drone has lights that are visible from three miles away.

Current rules prohibit commercial drone operations over people who aren't directly involved in operating the vehicle. The new rules would allow drones to fly over people if the drone manufacturer certifies that doing so is safe. Specifically, manufacturers would need to demonstrate that in the event of a malfunction, the drone won't fall with more than an FAA-defined maximum of kinetic energy (either 11 or 25 foot-pounds, depending on the situation).

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China's moon lander sprouted a plant, but now it's dead - CNET

cNET.com - News - January 15, 2019 - 11:31pm
The Chang'e 4 lander's biosphere habitat hosted a short-lived cotton-growing experiment.

'It's like they took a rug and covered it up': Flight booking web app used by scores of airlines still vuln to attack – claim

The Register - January 15, 2019 - 11:26pm
Security hole can still be exploited to tamper with journeys, warn infosec bods

Exclusive A security hole in a widely used airline reservation system remains open to exploit, allowing miscreants to edit strangers' travel details online, The Register has learned. A fix to close the vulnerability was incomplete, and thus ineffective, it is claimed.…

Psychologists defend claim of “destructive aspects” to masculinity

Ars Technica - January 15, 2019 - 11:20pm

Enlarge (credit: Getty | Photofusion)

The American Psychological Association is on the defensive over its newly released clinical guidance (PDF) for treating boys and men, which links traditional masculinity ideology to a range of harms, including sexism, violence, mental health issues, suicide, and homophobia. Critics contend that the guidelines attack traditional values and innate characteristics of males.

The APA’s 10-point guidance, released last week, is intended to help practicing psychologists address the varied yet gendered experience of men and boys with whom they work. It fits into the APA’s set of other clinical guidelines for working with specific groups, including older adults, people with disabilities, and one for girls and women, which was released in 2007. The association began working on the guidance for boys and men in 2005—well before the current #MeToo era—and drew from more than four decades of research for its framing and recommendations.

That research showed that “some masculine social norms can have negative consequences for the health of boys and men,” the APA said in a statement released January 14 amid backlash. Key among these harmful norms is pressure for boys to suppress their emotions (the “common ‘boys don’t cry’ refrain”), the APA said. This has been documented to lead to “increased negative risk-taking and inappropriate aggression among men and boys, factors that can put some males at greater risk for psychological and physical health problems.” It can also make males “less willing to seek help for psychological distress.”

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Someone built a computer inside a mouse, and it's super cute - CNET

cNET.com - News - January 15, 2019 - 11:14pm
It may not be highly functional, but it is highly adorable.

Intel reported to have a new 5GHz chip that’s literally priceless

Ars Technica - January 15, 2019 - 11:07pm

Enlarge / This is a 10-core Skylake-X processor. It uses the low core count (LCC) version of the Skylake-SP die. (credit: Fritzchens Fritz / Flickr)

If the $1,979 Core i9-9980XE isn't enough processor for you, Anandtech reports that Intel will soon have an even more expensive Core i9 processor: the i9-9990XE. But you won't be able to buy it, and Intel won't even have a price for the thing.

The current i9-9980XE has 18 cores/36 threads and clock speeds between 3.0 and 4.5GHz, and it draws 165W. The new i9-9990XE has fewer cores—14 cores/28 thread, same as a 9940X—but it boasts clock speeds between 4.0 and 5.0GHz, with a monstrous power draw of 255W. It will use the existing LGA2066 socket and X299 chipset. This configuration is still a long way off the one that Intel teased in the middle of last year, when the company demonstrated an overclocked machine with 28 cores running 5GHz across all cores.

The price of this new chip is likely to sit above that of the 9980XE, but where exactly isn't clear. According to Anandtech, Intel won't be selling this chip through regular retail channels, and it won't have a regular list price. Instead, the chip company is asking system builders to bid for the chips in an online auction. The auctions will be held quarterly, with apparently only three system integrators bidding in the first.

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The best stuff you can get for under $30 - CNET

cNET.com - News - January 15, 2019 - 10:59pm
Have some spare gift cards? Just looking to treat yourself? Here are some great ideas that won't break the bank.

Apple now makes smart battery cases for the iPhone XS and XR - CNET

cNET.com - News - January 15, 2019 - 10:57pm
For a chunk of change -- and a battery bulge -- you'll get some more power.

Chinese firm scores a win in smallsat-launch competition

Ars Technica - January 15, 2019 - 10:55pm

Enlarge / Satellogic satellites being prepared for launch. (credit: Satellogic)

China’s new Long March 6 rocket has won a major commercial launch contract, with an agreement for up to six flights over two years to deploy 90 small remote sensing satellites for Argentina-based Satellogic.

The contract—which will allow Satellogic to deploy a constellation capable of imaging the entire planet at a 1-meter resolution on a weekly basis—is significant in that it comes at a time of increasing competition in the small-satellite launch market. Satellogic and the China Great Wall Industry Corporation (or CGWIC), which sells Chinese government launch services on the commercial market, did not disclose terms of the agreement.

However, the Chinese launch marketer made clear that this is an important milestone for its Long March 6 (or LM-6) rocket. "Satellogic's constellation will introduce a new era of affordable Earth observation just as the LM-6 will open new opportunities for the global space industry," Gao Ruofei, executive vice president of CGWIC, said in a statement.

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