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R.I.P. LADEE: Probe smashes into lunar surface at 3,600mph

The Register - 12 hours 2 min ago
Swan dive signs off successful science mission

Pics  NASA has confirmed that the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft, which has spent the last 100 days orbiting the Moon, has shuffled off its mortal coil in a spectacular swan dive into the lunar regolith between 9:30pm and 10:22pm PDT on Thursday.…

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Judge halts spread of zombie Nortel patents to Texas in Google trial

The Register - 12 hours 23 min ago
Epic Rockstar patent war to be waged in California

Google has won a victory in its battle against patent troll Rockstar, with a US District Court judge having denied Rockstar's request to try the case in the troll-friendly Eastern District of Texas, rather than in California.…

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Record labels sue Pandora over vintage song royalties

The Register - 12 hours 55 min ago
Companies want payout on recordings made before 1972

Online radio service Pandora is being sued by a group of record labels seeking payout for songs released more than four decades ago.…

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True optical zoom coming to HTC smartphone cameras

The Register - Fri, 2014-04-18 23:58
Time to ditch that heavy DSLR? Maybe in a year, year and a half

An HTC spokesman says that smartphone camera technology is advancing at such a rate that it may soon catch up to "real" cameras in one critical feature that separates pro shooters from snap shooters: optical zoom.…

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Google lets wannabe Glass Explorers ADMIRE THEMSELVES in their own mirrors

The Register - Fri, 2014-04-18 22:24
At-home trial offers fashionistas an eyeful of broken Glass

Interested in Google Glass but worried that you'll look like a dork wearing it? The Chocolate Factory is testing out a new pilot program to help ease your mind.…

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Liftoff! SpaceX Falcon 9 lifts Dragon on third resupply mission to ISS

The Register - Fri, 2014-04-18 21:51
SpaceX snaps smartly into one-second launch window

Elon Musk should be a happy camper, as it appears that his orbital delivery firm SpaceX has pulled off a successful launch of its third resupply mission to the International Space Station.…

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Leaked photos may indicate slimmer next-generation iPad

The Register - Fri, 2014-04-18 21:04
Will iPad Air evolve into iPad Helium?

Photos have surfaced that purport to show Apple's next iPad having a bonded LCD and front-panel glass display, allowing it to be even thinner than the current 7.5mm (0.29-inch) thick iPad Air – or perhaps the same thickness, but with a larger battery.…

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Reddit users discover iOS malware threat

The Register - Fri, 2014-04-18 21:03
'Unflod Baby Panda' looks to snatch Apple IDs

Users on a mobile phone hacking subreddit are being credited with the discovery of a malware infection targeting iOS users.…

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Edward Snowden on his Putin TV appearance: 'Why all the criticism?'

The Register - Fri, 2014-04-18 20:08
Denies Q&A cameo was meant to slam US, big-up Russia

Fugitive whistleblower Edward Snowden has written an op-ed column in the Guardian justifying his decision to go on live TV to question Russian President Vladimir Putin about his country's policies on mass surveillance.…

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Number crunching suggests Yahoo<i>!</i> US is worth less than nothing

The Register - Fri, 2014-04-18 19:27
China and Japan holdings worth more than entire company

It has been 18 months since former Google golden girl Marissa Mayer took over the helm at Yahoo! and outwardly things look pretty good, but the latest financial analysis shows the Purple Palace might actually be worth less than zero.…

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Ex–Apple CEO John Sculley: Ousting Steve Jobs 'was a mistake'

The Register - Fri, 2014-04-18 18:46
Twenty-nine years later, post-Pepsi exec has flat-forehead moment

Ex–Apple CEO John Sculley, who engineered Steve Jobs' removal from managing the company's Macintosh division in May 1985 – a move that eventually led Jobs to resign that September – now thinks it may not have been such a good idea.…

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Debian 6.0 to Get Long-Term Support

Newsforge - Open Source News - Fri, 2014-04-18 13:29

The Debian project has announced that the security support period for the 6.0 ("squeeze") release has been extended by nearly two years; it now runs out in February 2016. At the end, squeeze will have received a full five years of security support. "squeeze-lts is only going to support i386...

The Debian project has announced that the security support period for the 6.0 ("squeeze") release has been extended by nearly two years; it now runs out in February 2016. At the end, squeeze will have received a full five years of security support. "squeeze-lts is only going to support i386 and amd64. If you're running a different architecture you need to upgrade to Debian 7 (wheezy). Also there are going to be a few packages which will not be supported in squeeze-lts (e.g. a few web-based applications which cannot be supported for five years). There will be a tool to detect such unsupported packages."

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Spanish village called 'Kill the Jews' mulls rebranding exercise

The Register - Fri, 2014-04-18 07:01
Not exactly attractive to the Israeli tourist demographic

Residents in the Spanish village of Castrillo* Matajudíos (Castrillo Kill the Jews) will vote on Saturday on whether it's time to change the name of their small hamlet in the province of Burgos to something a little less offensive.…

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Distribution Release: Edubuntu 14.04

Newsforge - Open Source News - Fri, 2014-04-18 05:00

Edubuntu 14.04, the latest version of an official Ubuntu variant designed primarily for educational and non-profit environments, has been released.

Edubuntu 14.04, the latest version of an official Ubuntu variant designed primarily for educational and non-profit environments, has been released: "The Edubuntu development team announces today the release of Edubuntu 14.04 LTS. As the second long-term support release of the Edubuntu, this version will be supported for 5....

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Tor Network’s Ranks of Relay Servers Cut Because of Heartbleed Bug

Newsforge - Open Source News - Fri, 2014-04-18 03:40

Over a week after the revelation of a fatal flaw in the most recent versions of the OpenSSL cryptographic library—the encryption at the heart of much of the Internet’s security—a large number of systems associated with the Tor anonymizing network remain unpatched and vulnerable to attack. To protect the security of the network, the Tor Project flagged relay servers still susceptible to the Heartbleed bug for rejection,...

Over a week after the revelation of a fatal flaw in the most recent versions of the OpenSSL cryptographic library—the encryption at the heart of much of the Internet’s security—a large number of systems associated with the Tor anonymizing network remain unpatched and vulnerable to attack. To protect the security of the network, the Tor Project flagged relay servers still susceptible to the Heartbleed bug for rejection, meaning they would not be allowed to pass traffic to the core of the network.

The Heartbleed bug, which allows attackers to retrieve bits of memory from the encryption engine, still affects about 10 percent of the relays and gateways that allow users to connect to the network, which could expose the encryption keys and even the IP addresses of users.

Read more at Ars Technica

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Distribution Release: Ubuntu Kylin 14.04

Newsforge - Open Source News - Fri, 2014-04-18 02:05

Ubuntu Kylin is an official flavour of Ubuntu developed specially for users in China and, unlike other official variants, generously promoted on the Ubuntu website. What's new in version 14.04?

Ubuntu Kylin is an official flavour of Ubuntu developed specially for users in China and, unlike other official variants, generously promoted on the Ubuntu website. What's new in version 14.04? "In this final release, the Linux kernel is upgraded to 3.13 and Unity is upgraded to 7.2. Specifically...

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Netcraft adds Heartbleed sniffing to site-scanning browser tool

The Register - Fri, 2014-04-18 01:42
Checks if sites were vulnerable and what they've done about it

Internet stats clearinghouse Netcraft has released a new tool aimed at letting consumers know when the sites they visit might have been compromised by the Heartbleed encryption bug.…

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Arts and crafts store Michaels says 3 million credit cards exposed in breach

The Register - Fri, 2014-04-18 01:40
Meanwhile, Target investigators prepare for long process in nabbing hackers

As the officials investigating the Target data breach are settling in for what they believe will be a long and complex process of catching the hackers behind the heist, another US retailer is admitting that it lost millions of customer payment card details.…

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Opportunity selfie: Martian winds have given the spunky ol' rover a spring cleaning

The Register - Fri, 2014-04-18 01:21
Power levels up 70 per cent as the rover keeps on truckin'

The winds on Mars have been scouring the surface of the Opportunity rover, and NASA says the plucky little robot is now cleaner than it has been in nearly a decade.…

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AMD's 'Seattle' 64-bit ARM server chips now sampling, set to launch in late 2014

The Register - Fri, 2014-04-18 01:17
But they won't appear in SeaMicro Fabric Compute Systems anytime soon

AMD's 64-bit ARM-based server chips, code-named "Seattle", will come to market late this year – but don't expect to see them wrapped up in any SeaMicro Fabric Compute Systems at launch.…

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