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New Jeep Wrangler, two large SUVs tee up for LA auto show - Roadshow - News - November 21, 2017 - 10:20am
Early bets on the stars of the upcoming Los Angeles auto show include the new Jeep Wrangler, and larger SUVs from Subaru, Lexus.

Back to the Fuchsia: The next 10 years of Android

The Register - November 21, 2017 - 10:02am
Beyond world domination

Part Two In Part One we described how, after 10 years, Android was uncannily similar to Windows after 20 years.…

Apple formally asked to release Texas shooter’s iCloud data

Ars Technica - November 21, 2017 - 10:00am

Enlarge / A Texas flag flies at half mast during prayer services at the La Vernia High School Football stadium to grieve the victims killed at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs. (credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Texas authorities have recently gotten formal permission from a state judge to search the deceased Sutherland Springs shooter’s seized iPhone SE and LG candybar-style phone. In addition, the Texas Rangers have also submitted a formal request to Apple in order to access Devin Patrick Kelley’s iCloud data.

On November 7, Kelley shot and killed 26 people and wounded 20 others when he opened fire during a service at a church approximately 35 miles southeast of San Antonio.

According to court documents published for the first time by the San Antonio Express-News on Monday, Texas Rangers got a warrant approved to search the two devices on November 9. The newspaper also reported that four e-mail accounts are known to be associated with Kelley:,,, and

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Bitcoin outfit 'Tether' reveals US$31m BitBuck BitHeist

The Register - November 21, 2017 - 9:28am
Company badly forked up after promising secure 'stable digital currency equivalent'

Bitcoin outfit “Tether” has reported a US$31m BitBuck BitHeist.…

From Vega with love: Pegasus interstellar asteroid's next stop

The Register - November 21, 2017 - 9:03am
Out-of-shape ‘Oumuamua only looks like a starship, right?

It's official: the Asteroid 1I/2017 U1, aka "‘Oumuamua", which screamed through the solar system in October 2017 is an interstellar object. And a very strange one at that.*…

Patch on way 'this week' for HP printer vulns

The Register - November 21, 2017 - 8:30am
RCE? Check. Clear passwords? Check. Interfere with print jobs? Check

Sysadmins have been advised to watch for a coming HP printer firmware update that will plug a remote code execution vulnerability (among others) in its MFP-586 and the M553 printers.…

Flash, Sam, wallop: Samsung crashes ahead as top NAND chip flinger

The Register - November 21, 2017 - 8:08am
According to these here estimates, anyway

Samsung increased its market share in the NAND supply world in the third quarter of the year, analysts reckon. According to TrendForce's latest estimates, the suppliers' overall flash shipments for Q3 2017 looked like this:…

WeChat owner becomes first in Asia worth over $500B - CNET - News - November 21, 2017 - 8:00am
Tencent is the first in the region to be valued at half-a-trillion dollars, joining the likes of Apple, Facebook and Microsoft.

AT&T wants to bin 100,000 routers, replace them with white boxes

The Register - November 21, 2017 - 6:58am
Carrier tries to speed networking innovation with 'Disaggregated Network Operating System'

AT&T has launched an audacious attempt to push the networking industry towards software-defined networking and white-box hardware.…

Marvell and Cavium do the deed, vow to breed infra-monster

The Register - November 21, 2017 - 6:03am
Six billion bucks does the trick, now let's see what kind of kit they build together

The rumours were right: Marvell has formally announced it will buy Cavium, for around six billion US dollars, and plans to emerge as an “Infrastructure Solutions Powerhouse”.…

More than half of GitHub is duplicate code, researchers find

The Register - November 21, 2017 - 4:57am
Boffins beware: random samples are therefore useless for research

Given that code sharing is a big part of the GitHub mission, it should come at no surprise that the platform stores a lot of duplicated code: 70 per cent, a study has found.…

FanDuel CEO, co-founder Eccles leaves fantasy sports site - CNET - News - November 21, 2017 - 4:46am
Shake-up comes five months after failed merger with rival DraftKings.

Microsoft's memory randomization security defense is a little busted in Windows 8, 10

The Register - November 21, 2017 - 4:02am
RIP ROP? Think again

A Carnegie-Mellon CERT researcher has discovered that Microsoft broke some use-cases for its Address Space Layout Randomisation (ASLR) mechanism, designed to severely hamper hackers' attempts to exploit security bugs.…

Amazon launches Secret Region – so secret it's endorsed by the CIA

The Register - November 21, 2017 - 3:04am
The rest of us just get a 0.04% improvement in EC2 reliability, to a guaranteed 99.99%

Amazon Web Services has launched a Secret Region – which we know about because the CIA has endorsed it.…

AT&T insists it's not sweating US govt block of Time-Warner gobble

The Register - November 21, 2017 - 1:57am
'We don't care, in fact look at this letter about how little we care. Really. Please look at it'

AT&T says it is not worried about the possibility of a US government lawsuit derailing its attempts to acquire Time-Warner.…

Power ranger

BBC Technology News - November 21, 2017 - 1:57am
As the world moves towards low-carbon electric cars, how are we going to power them all?

Can't write code?

BBC Technology News - November 21, 2017 - 1:40am
After creating her own app without knowing how to programme, Tara Reed is teaching others to do the same.

TCL S305 series Roku TV (2017) review - CNET - Reviews - November 21, 2017 - 1:35am
With the TCL S305 series you're not paying extra for 4K resolution you can't see, or extras you'll never use. It's just a great streaming set for smaller rooms.

Samsung WF45M5500AZ review - CNET - Reviews - November 21, 2017 - 1:29am
Samsung's $999 WF45M5500AZ front-load washing machine cleans well -- and looks good doing it.

If you liked the Cambrian Explosion, you’ll love the Ordovician Radiation

Ars Technica - November 21, 2017 - 1:05am

Enlarge / During the Ordovician, life was literally great. Multicellular plants and animals diversified and moved into ecological niches throughout the globe. This is probably what it was like on a typical Ordovician day, hanging out with cephalopods, crinoids, and coral at the edge of a supercontinent that covered the South Pole. I think a colony of graptolites is floating in the distance. (credit: Fritz Geller-Grimm)

Over half a billion years ago, during the Cambrian geological period, life on Earth started to get a lot more interesting. Thanks to the rise in free oxygen generated mostly by photosynthesizing algae, lifeforms could draw much more energy out of the environment. That meant the rise of multicellularity and the beginnings of a world full of the macro-sized plants and animals we know and love. That moment, full of weird-ass animals like Anomalocaris, is called the Cambrian Explosion.

The Cambrian Explosion gets a lot of play because it was the first time multicellular creatures ruled the planet. What few people (other than geologists and paleontologists) realize is that there was an even crazier time for early life. It came during the Ordovician period, right after the Cambrian came to a close 485 million years ago. The Ordovician Radiation, also called the Great Ordovician Biodiversification Event (GOBE), saw a quadrupling of diversity at the genus level (that's the category one step above species). Life also started occupying new ecological niches, clinging to plants floating in the ocean's water column and burrowing deep into the seabed.

Like the Cambrian, the Ordovician was a period when all of life still existed underwater. Most of the continents had formed a supercontinent called Gondwana over the south pole, creating the largest tropical coastline in our planet's history. (There were no polar ice caps during this period.) The warm coastal waters surrounding Gondwana were perfect for new kinds of animals, like brachiopods, crinoids, ostracodes, cephalopods, corals, and bryozoans. Plus, everybody's favorite Cambrian animal, the trilobite, diversified like crazy and moved into many new habitats during this time.

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