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Hey, cop! You need a warrant to stalk a phone with a Stingray – judge

The Register - November 17, 2017 - 1:28am
Knew we shouldn't have told you about that mobe-tracking gizmo

Analysis A New York judge has this month told cops that they need to get a warrant before they can use a controversial Stingray phone-tracking gadget to hunt down suspects.…

Paramount to launch VR movie theater experience - CNET - News - November 17, 2017 - 1:27am
Studio to host 3D showing of "Top Gun" next month at a virtual reality cinema.

Baidu's voice-controlled smart speaker and other news

BBC Technology News - November 17, 2017 - 1:20am
BBC Click's Nick Kwek looks at some of the best of the week's technology news stories.

If 280 characters won't do, Twitter will help you tweetstorm - CNET - News - November 17, 2017 - 1:16am
The social network is testing a tweetstorm function in its iOS and Android app. Make it rain!

Chill seekers

BBC Technology News - November 17, 2017 - 1:08am
A simple innovation is helping to cut supermarkets' refrigeration costs by 15%.

Comcast wants to get bigger, again, has begun talks with 21st Century Fox

Ars Technica - November 17, 2017 - 1:05am

(credit: Comcast)

Comcast and Verizon have each, separately, approached 21st Century Fox about buying part of the company, according to several news reports.

Comcast already owns NBCUniversal and numerous regional sports networks. Adding part of 21st Century Fox would give Comcast even more programming to pair with the nation's largest cable broadband and TV network.

21st Century Fox owns Fox Broadcasting Company as well as various cable networks, broadcast stations, and film producers and distributors. 21st Century Fox also owns 39 percent of Sky, a European broadcaster.

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Microsoft Surface Book 2 (15-inch) review - CNET - Reviews - November 17, 2017 - 1:03am
Microsoft's Surface Book 2 adds new CPUs, gamer-ready graphics and a bigger 15-inch screen option.

Kaspersky: Clumsy NSA leak snoop's PC was packed with malware

The Register - November 17, 2017 - 12:59am
Lab suspects Chinese spyware was on home computer

Kaspersky Lab, the US government's least favorite computer security outfit, has published its full technical report into claims Russian intelligence used its antivirus tools to steal NSA secrets.…

iPhone X is one of Time's 25 best inventions of 2017 (Apple Byte Extra Crunchy Podcast, Ep. 110) - CNET - News - November 17, 2017 - 12:44am
The iPhone X has its share of bugs and issues at launch, the 2018 iPad Pro will be getting a whole lot more speed, and your 10-year-old son might be able to unlock your iPhone's Face ID.

Apple releases fix for unresponsive iPhone X screens - CNET - News - November 17, 2017 - 12:41am
The iOS update comes less than two weeks after users complained theirs screens didn't recognize input in chilly temps.

US govt to use software to finger immigrants as potential crims? That's really dumb – boffins

The Register - November 17, 2017 - 12:29am
Algorithms will label innocent people terrorists, DHS warned

A group of 54 computer scientists and academic researchers on Thursday asked the US Department of Homeland Security to rethink its plan for employing software algorithms to determine whether immigrants to the country should be admitted or deported.…

Microsoft and GitHub team up to take Git virtual file system to macOS, Linux

Ars Technica - November 17, 2017 - 12:15am

Enlarge (credit: Git)

One of the more surprising stories of the past year was Microsoft's announcement that it was going to use the Git version control system for Windows development. Microsoft had to modify Git to handle the demands of Windows development but said that it wanted to get these modifications accepted upstream and integrated into the standard Git client.

That plan appears to be going well. Yesterday, the company announced that GitHub was adopting its modifications and that the two would be working together to bring suitable clients to macOS and Linux.

Microsoft wanted to move to Git because of Git's features, like its easy branching and its popularity among developers. But the transition faced three problems. Git wasn't designed for such vast numbers of developers—more than 20,000 actively working on the codebase. Also, Git wasn't designed for a codebase that was so large, either in terms of the number of files and version history for each file, or in terms of sheer size, coming in at more than 300GB. When using standard Git, working with the source repository was unacceptably slow. Common operations (such as checking which files have been modified) would take multiple minutes.

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Parity: The bug that put $169m of Ethereum on ice? Yeah, it was on the todo list for months

The Register - November 17, 2017 - 12:06am
Just didn't get round to fixing it – our bad

Alt-coin wallet software maker Parity has published a postmortem of the bug that put millions of dollars of people's Ethereum on ice – and has admitted it knew about the flaw for months. It just hadn't got round to fixing it.…

Got $10,000? KFC will sell you a creepy internet escape pod - CNET - News - November 16, 2017 - 11:55pm
If staying connected is ruffling your feathers, hatch a plan to buy this pricey pod, featuring a long-limbed Colonel Sanders.

Amazon picks up Marvel animated movies in December - CNET - News - November 16, 2017 - 11:40pm
If you wanted to watch Hulk take on Thor in the comfort of your own home, you'll be able to see that on Amazon Prime.

This Atlas robot can do CrossFit better than you - CNET - News - November 16, 2017 - 11:33pm
The latest video from Boston Dynamics, Google's former research team, shows off exactly how nimble one of its robot is. And how much I'm not.

Australian Broadcasting Corporation leaks passwords, video from AWS S3 bucket

The Register - November 16, 2017 - 11:20pm
'Advance video content' and years of backups dangled in the cloud

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) has joined the long list of organisations to leak sensitive data from a poorly secured public-facing Amazon Web Services S3 bucket.…

Honda sets pricing for 110 mpge plug-in hybrid Clarity - Roadshow - News - November 16, 2017 - 11:07pm
Honda puts its all-new Clarity Plug-in Hybrid sedan, which achieves 110 mpg equivalent, on sale just in time for Christmas.

New “Quad9” DNS service blocks malicious domains for everyone

Ars Technica - November 16, 2017 - 11:05pm

Enlarge / All you really have to do is set your DNS to (credit: GCA/ Quad9)

The Global Cyber Alliance (GCA)—an organization founded by law enforcement and research organizations to help reduce cyber-crime—has partnered with IBM and Packet Clearing House to launch a free public Domain Name Service system. That system is intended to block domains associated with botnets, phishing attacks, and other malicious Internet hosts—primarily targeted at organizations that don't run their own DNS blacklisting and whitelisting services. Called Quad9 (after the Internet Protocol address the service has obtained), the service works like any other public DNS server (such as Google's), except that it won't return name resolutions for sites that are identified via threat feeds the service aggregates daily.

"Anyone anywhere can use it," said Phil Rettinger, GCA's president and chief operating officer, in an interview with Ars. The service, he says, will be "privacy sensitive," with no logging of the addresses making DNS requests—"we will keep only [rough] geolocation data," he said, for the purposes of tracking the spread of requests associated with particular malicious domains. "We're anonymizing the data, sacrificing on the side of privacy."

Intelligence on malicious domains comes from 19 threat feeds—one of which is IBM's X-Force. Adnan Baykal, GCA's Chief Technical Advisor, told Ars that the service pulls in these threat feeds in whatever format they are published in, and it converts them into a database that is then de-duplicated. Quad9 also generates a whitelist of domains never to block; it uses a list of the top one million requested domains. During development, Quad9 used Alexa, but now that Alexa's top million sites list is no longer being maintained, Baykal said that GCA and its partners had to turn to an alternative source for the data—the Majestic Million daily top-million sites feed.

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'X-Files' returning, so Mulder and Scully share some glove - CNET - News - November 16, 2017 - 10:59pm
The truth is out there, and it'll be coming to a TV near you before the New Year's confetti has even been swept away.

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