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School ends entire reading programme over fears book promotes hacking

By: Tamlin Magee | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jun 11, 2014 10:13 pm

A US school has shut down a reading programme because it's scared a book on the reading list will encourage hacker culture.

 

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When Little Brother, by Boing Boing blog editor Cory Doctorow, made the One School/One Book list, Florida's Booker T Washington Public High School decided it would rather cancel the programme instead of let in an allegedly subversive book.

 

Now Doctorow has responded in a blog post, Ars Technica reports, where he suggests the school's move is political.

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Google has bought satellite company Skybox for 500 million dollars

By: Tamlin Magee | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jun 11, 2014 8:31 pm

Half a year after it sent its first satellite into space, Skybox has been bought by Google. In a statement, Google said the company's satellites will circle the earth and keep its Maps service accurate with up to date imagery. Google hopes that some day it will also be able to use Skybox's satellites to improve internet access, particularly in disaster relief areas.

 

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Google splashed 500 million dollars on the company, which was founded in California in 2009. Skybox hopes to specialize in providing commercial, high resolution satellite imagery around the world and on demand. As is typical with such deals, it's subject to the usual closing conditions.

 

Earlier this year, Skybox managed to snap some breathtaking, high definition video footage of our planet - from space.

Expedia to begin accepting bitcoin for hotel bookings

By: Tamlin Magee | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 11, 2014 8:02 pm

Travel website Expedia has announced that it will begin accepting the cryptocurrency bitcoin for bookings on its website.

 

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It's just a trial phase for now, but if the reception's positive enough Expedia plans on introducing the currency for other services. For now it is using Coinbase as the platform.

 

Bitcoin use is picking up apace and it seems that big companies are beginning to take it seriously as an alternative payment option.

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TweetDeck back online after XSS attack caused users to RT mystery code

By: Tamlin Magee | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jun 11, 2014 7:11 pm

Tweetdeck has been compromised by an XSS vulnerability, causing some users to retweet a mysterious line of code.

 

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At first, Tweetdeck said the vulnerability had been fixed but users later reported continuing attacks, such as the code retweets, leading to it being taken offline. It has since returned.

 

"We've temporarily taken TweetDeck services down to assess today's earlier security issue," the company said. "We'll update when services are back up."

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Nimble Storage builds out Adaptive Flash portfolio with latest release

By: Kalen Kimm | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: Jun 11, 2014 6:13 pm

Nimble Storage is expanding its reach into the SSD market by introducing an All-Flash Shelf and a more powerful hybrid-flash array, the CS700, to its portfolio. The combined new solution is capable of scaling up to 500,000 IOPS, 64 terabytes of flash, and a petabyte of capacity.

 

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In conjunction with the introduction of these new products, Nimble is highlighting a set of features for the intelligent handling of data they are dubbing, "Adaptive Flash". This is a combination of the Nimble CASL (Cache-Accelerated Sequential Layout) architecture and the cloud based management software, InfoSight. The CASL technology includes dynamic flash-based read caching, inline compression, and snaphots. And with InfoSight, customers can monitor and manage their Nimble systems via a cloud-based platform.

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P.F. Chang's restaurant latest to be hit by data breach

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jun 11, 2014 6:00 pm

Popular restaurant P.F. Chang's reportedly suffered a data breach and customer debit and credit card information is at risk, the restaurant chain recently confirmed. The information was stolen between March and May, however, it's uncertain how many of the restaurant's locations have been affected in the breach.

 

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Law enforcement and financial institutions have contacted P.F. Chang's and a full investigation is currently underway.

 

"P.F. Chang's takes these matters very seriously and is currently investigating the situation, working with the authorities to learn more," said Anne Deanovic, P.F. Chang's spokesperson, said in a statement. "We will provide an update as soon as we have additional information."

 

Companies are suffering data breaches, exposing customer personal information for use by cybercriminals. Much of the stolen information ends up available for sale in underground hacker forums, where criminals can purchase bulk data.

Honeywell unveils new Lyric smart thermostat to compete with Nest

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 11, 2014 5:02 pm

Honeywell is getting set to compete directly against Nest in the smart thermostat market. The new thermostat is called the Lyric and it will sell for $279. It will be able to connect via Wi-Fi and can be controlled by the user's smartphone.

 

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Honeywell plans to make Lyric a platform with other products using the same connectivity with smartphones and other devices via Wi-Fi. The Lyric thermostat can be purchased now via HVAC contractors. It will turn up in Lowes stores around the US in August.

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Bethesda shows off Doom teaser prior to July launch of game

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 11, 2014 4:33 pm

Bethesda Softworks and id Software are working on the newest Doom video game and recently released the first teaser trailer. Very little about the video game has been made available, except for the fact that the game is still being developed.

 

 

Additional details about Doom will be available during QuakeCon 2014 next month, starting on July 17. Anyone who purchased Wolfenstein will automatically receive the Doom beta video game when it's available - but no launch date has been publicly disclosed.

 

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Amazon planning local services marketplace say sources

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 11, 2014 4:10 pm

Sources who claim to be familiar with Amazon's plans have stepped forward to say that the ecommerce giant plans to rollout a marketplace for local services this year. Local services could cover a vast range of services with offerings like babysitters, handymen, and performers for birthday parties among other things.

 

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The sources claim that Amazon plans to test the demand and logistics of the service in a smaller area before it rolls the service out around the country. Amazon has taken that same small test approach with its grocery delivery service, Amazon Fresh.

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Paddles inspired by gecko feet allow man to scale vertical surfaces

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jun 11, 2014 3:00 pm

Scientists have been studying the unique properties of gecko feet that allow the small lizard-like creatures to scale vertical surfaces for a long time. A product has resulted from some of that study and the US Department of Defense has been testing it out. The product is a handheld set of paddles that allowed a tester to scale a vertical glass wall using nothing but the paddles.

 

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In the image, the tester is seen with a safety belt in place. That belt wasn't needed according to reports and was there for the safety of the climber during the test. The paddles were able to support a man weighing 218 pounds and carrying a pack weighing another 50 pounds as he climbed a 25-foot tall glass wall.

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