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Forget flat and curved, Samsung's new display stretches - CNET - News - May 25, 2017 - 11:05pm
The company has developed new OLED screen technology it says could eventually be used in wearables, cars and other devices.

All the movies and TV shows hitting Amazon Prime in June 2017 - CNET - News - May 25, 2017 - 11:04pm
"Star Trek Beyond" and "Gone Baby Gone" are two of the major titles coming to Amazon Prime.

US citizens complain their names were used for FCC robo-comments

The Register - May 25, 2017 - 10:47pm
Allegedly astroturfed Americans speak out over net neutrality filings

Fourteen Americans (with the help of an advocacy group) are complaining to the FCC that their names were used without permission to file fake comments on the proposed net neutrality overhaul.…

In a throwback to the ’90s, NTFS bug lets anyone hang or crash Windows 7, 8.1

Ars Technica - May 25, 2017 - 10:45pm

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Those of you with long memories might remember one of the more amusing (or perhaps annoying) bugs of the Windows 95 and 98 era: certain specially crafted filenames could make the operating system crash. Malicious users could use this to attack other people's machines by using one of the special filenames as an image source; the browser would try to access the bad file, and Windows would promptly fall over.

It turns out that Windows 7 and 8.1 (and Windows Vista, but that's out of support anyway) have a similar kind of bug. They can be taken advantage of in the same kind of way: certain bad filenames make the system lock up or occasionally crash with a blue screen of death, and malicious webpages can embed those filenames by using them as image sources. If you visit such a page (in any browser), your PC will hang shortly after and possibly crash outright.

The Windows 9x-era bug was due to an error in the way that operating systems handled special filenames. Windows has a number of filenames that are "special" because they don't correspond to any actual file; instead, they represent hardware devices. These special filenames can be accessed from any location in the file system, even though they don't exist on-disk.

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Trump's iPhone reportedly has just one app: Twitter - CNET - News - May 25, 2017 - 10:35pm
Commentary: The US president's favorite social network is also the only third-party app on his phone, reports Axios.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Release Date, Price and Specs - CNET - Reviews - May 25, 2017 - 10:00pm
One of Samsung's most important phones -- ever -- is rumored to have two cameras on the back and a stylus with a built-in speaker.

Microsoft court victory prompts call for data-grabbing regime

The Register - May 25, 2017 - 9:52pm
Legislators mull over modernizing legal process for seizing cloud data

The Senate Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism on Wednesday held a hearing to explore the government's inability to have its cake and eat it too.…

The far-fetched but fascinating case for aliens from Trappist-1 - CNET - News - May 25, 2017 - 9:50pm
Could the system of seven Earth-size planets 40 light-years away host ETs? Some researchers argue they could some day, if they don't already.

Splunk satisfies Q1 targets, raises outlook for fiscal year

ZDnet News - May 25, 2017 - 9:40pm
Splunk said billings were $242.8 million, up 30 percent year over year.

The Trump administration wants to hack your drone - CNET - News - May 25, 2017 - 9:35pm
New proposed legislation would give the government authority to hack, control and destroy any drones that it views as a threat.

People who were impersonated by anti-net neutrality spammers blast FCC

Ars Technica - May 25, 2017 - 9:30pm

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Fourteen people who say their names and addresses were attached to anti-net neutrality comments without their permission have asked the US Federal Communications Commission to notify other victims of the impersonation and remove fraudulent comments from the net neutrality docket.

As we've previously reported, there have been hundreds of thousands of identical comments that were ostensibly submitted to the FCC by ordinary people who hate the current net neutrality rules. But the comments appear to have been submitted by spam bots and attached to names drawn from data breaches.

People who say they were impersonated sent a letter to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. In it, they wrote the following:

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Nutanix beats market expectations for Q3

ZDnet News - May 25, 2017 - 9:27pm
The company reported a record number of large deals for the quarter and revenue up 67 percent year over year.

Astroboffins spot a new type of galaxy bursting with stars

The Register - May 25, 2017 - 9:12pm
Star formation rate is a hundred times faster than our Milky Way

A team of astronomers has stumbled across a new kind of galaxy that may be the missing piece of the puzzle regarding how ancient galaxies grew to such massive sizes.…

Diesel can’t catch a break: Lawsuits over emissions hit GM, Fiat Chrysler

Ars Technica - May 25, 2017 - 9:00pm

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Two auto manufacturers are in legal crosshairs this week because of emissions from their diesel vehicles.

The US Department of Justice sued Fiat Chrysler of America (FCA) on Tuesday over 103,828 diesel Ram 1500s and Jeep Grand Cherokees. The DOJ claims that the cars contain “at least eight software-based features” to meddle with the cars’ emissions control systems.

And today, two plaintiffs have asked a judge to let them proceed with a class-action lawsuit against General Motors. They claim that 705,000 of the American carmaker’s diesel Silverado and Sierra HD trucks are giving off nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions in excess of what a consumer would expect and what the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) legally allows.

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2017 Kia Soul Turbo review - Roadshow - Reviews - May 25, 2017 - 8:58pm
A new top-trim Turbo model adds 40 ponies to the Kia Soul's previous best, but how much does that transform the compact SUV?

Apple News hires an editor-in-chief - CNET - News - May 25, 2017 - 8:46pm
Lauren Kern is leaving New York Magazine to join Apple.

BMW 8 Series rises from the grave in new concept - Roadshow - News - May 25, 2017 - 8:13pm
The German luxury carmaker promises style and performance in its new flagship coupe.

Venezuela increases internet censorship and surveillance in crisis

The Register - May 25, 2017 - 8:12pm
Latin American country going the China route

Venezuela is increasingly censoring its internet and expanding online surveillance of citizens.…

'Veep' showrunner: 7 is the perfect age to see 'Star Wars' - CNET - News - May 25, 2017 - 8:09pm
David Mandel, an avid Star Wars collector, shares why he went to great lengths to re-create the same experience he had as a kid in 1977 for his own kids.

Google Home review - CNET - Reviews - May 25, 2017 - 8:04pm
The Google Home is taking on Amazon's Alexa in the battle to control your whole home. Welcome to the future.

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