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Heads up! If Tor VANISHES over the weekend, this is why

The Register - 2 hours 5 min ago
Developers warn of swoop plot to cripple privacy network

The Tor Project is warning that its network – used by netizens to mask their identities on the internet – may be knocked offline in the coming days.…

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If at first you don't succeed ... Fire, Fire again: Amazon mulls smartmobe sequel

The Register - 2 hours 32 min ago
Mobe software tweak released amid Fire Phone Mark II rumor

Amazon hasn't learned its lesson from the thundering belly flop of its Fire Phone, and by some accounts it's even already at work on a second version.…

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Future Smartphone Could Fall Smartly Too

Apple got a patent for a system to adjust your falling device in flight to minimize the damage upon landing. Larry Greenemeier reports.  

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Google sues Mississippi Attorney General 'for doing MPAA's dirty work'

The Register - 3 hours 15 min ago
Turns out Sony's stolen emails weren't all bad news

Google is taking legal action against the Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood, claiming he exceeded his authority in suing the search giant over piracy – and taking his cues from the Motion Picture Ass. of America.…

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Staples comes clean: Hackers swiped 1.16 MILLION bank cards

The Register - 3 hours 58 min ago
Run for the tills! Run for the tills!

Staples says malware that infected its registers in 115 stores swiped bank card numbers from 1.16 MILLION customers.…

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Super Cali's futuristic Tesla batt swap focus – even though car tech test is an expected bonus

The Register - Fri, 19/12/2014 - 23:55
Free charge or a fast battery switch – take your pick

Tesla Motors has a Christmas present for a few owners of its Model S all-electric cars, in the form of a pilot program for its new battery-swapping technology beginning in California next week.…

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Obama Says Keystone Pipeline Will Have Little Impact on U.S. Gas Prices

Scientific American - Technology - Fri, 19/12/2014 - 23:01
The President's comments come as Republican leader Mitch McConnell has said his party's first act in the new Senate would be to pass a bill fast-tracking approval of the $8 billion project

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ICANN: The TRUTH about that hacker attack on our DNS zone file database

The Register - Fri, 19/12/2014 - 22:54
But vague details raise questions about org's security

The internet's critical IANA body – which allocate IP addresses and manage global DNS – was not compromised by hackers who broke into domain-name overseer ICANN's systems, the organization has stressed.…

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Sony Pictures hack is Hollywood's 'Snowden moment' say infosec bods

The Register - Fri, 19/12/2014 - 22:43
Keys to sysadmin accounts nicked, abused, it appears

Hackers obtained system administrators' passwords to pull of the mega-hack against Sony Pictures' servers, according to reports. This will come as no surprise to IT professionals.…

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Coal Ash Is Not Hazardous Waste under U.S. Agency Rules

Scientific American - Technology - Fri, 19/12/2014 - 22:10
The new label means that states, not the EPA, will be the primary enforcer of rules regarding coal ash, a byproduct of coal-based power production containing toxic materials such as arsenic and lead

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BlackBerry CEO Chen says to expect profits ... in 2016

The Register - Fri, 19/12/2014 - 21:56
For now, revenues still spiraling toward drain

In a conference call with financial analysts on Friday, BlackBerry CEO John Chen said the firm kept costs under control and even eked out a meager profit in the third quarter of its fiscal 2015, but he couldn't hide that the ailing mobe-maker's revenues continued their steady decline.…

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T-Mobile US to refund $90m for bogus charges: Un-Carrier to Un-Crammer

The Register - Fri, 19/12/2014 - 21:38
Scram, cram scams, thank you, ma'am

T-Mobile US will pay out $90m to settle cramming allegations raised by the US Federal Trade Commission.…

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FBI fingers Norks in Sony hack, Obama asks: HOW DO YOU SOLVE A PROBLEM LIKE KOREA?

The Register - Fri, 19/12/2014 - 20:52
Blaming Kim Jong Un is like Saddam's WMDs all over again

The FBI claims to have found evidence linking North Korea with the hackers who ransacked Sony Pictures' servers and dumped gigabytes of sensitive data online.…

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The Shock of the New: <em>The Register</em> redesign update 4

The Register - Fri, 19/12/2014 - 18:58
Some changes for your delectation

Readers, thanks for all the feedback. Here's a list of tweaks we rolled out today.…

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Lawsuit sheds light on controversial heart stem cell papers

Science Magazine - Fri, 19/12/2014 - 18:45
Two researchers blame a third for fake data and altered figures
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<i>Vulture 2</i> design hero describes epic 'hobby' project

The Register - Fri, 19/12/2014 - 18:23
Chris Dodd talks spaceplane with The Engineer

It's a traditional SPB tip of the hat today to Vulture 2 spaceplane designer Chris Dodd, who's been chewing the fat with The Engineer about his involvement with the Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) project.…

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Hackney council leaked thousands of locals' data in FoI blunder

The Register - Fri, 19/12/2014 - 18:03
Names, addresses and rental accounts outted in spreadsheet snafu

Thousands of Hackney residents are fuming after their personal information was leaked by the council online in a bungled Freedom of Information request.…

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U.S. patent office floats new biotech-friendly guidelines

Science Magazine - Fri, 19/12/2014 - 17:15
Agency tries to clarify what is patentable amid murky court decisions
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What Was the Most Disappointing New Technology of 2014?

Scientific American - Technology - Fri, 19/12/2014 - 17:05
Tell us what big tech announcement or new gadget made you roll your eyes

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Apple v BBC: Fruity firm hits back over Panorama drama

The Register - Fri, 19/12/2014 - 16:56
Guess who's off Tim Cook's Christmas card list

Apple has refuted claims made by the BBC’s Panorama programme that it is not working hard enough to protect the rights of workers.…

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