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  • Vizio, Destroyer of Patent Trolls

    59m By Soulskill
    An anonymous reader writes: We read about a lot of patent troll cases. Some are successful and some are not, but many such cases are decided before ever going to court. It's how the patent troll operates — they know exactly how high litigation costs are.…
  • A Guide To the 5 Cybersecurity Bills Now Before Congress

    2h By Soulskill
    blottsie writes: At press time, the House had passed two cybersecurity bills, one Senate bill had been passed out of committee and reported to the full chamber for a final vote, and a third House bill and a second Senate bill were awaiting review by the…
  • Giant Survival Ball Will Help Explorer Survive a Year On an Iceberg

    3h By Soulskill
    HughPickens.com writes: Ben Yeager reports in Outside Magazine that Italian explorer Alex Bellini plans to travel to Greenland's west coast, pick an iceberg, and live on it for a year as it melts out in the Atlantic. It's a precarious idea. Bellini will be…
  • Turning a Smartphone Display Into a Biometric Scanner

    11:36am By Soulskill
    New submitter jan_jes writes: Recent mobile phones integrate fingerprint scanners to authenticate users biometrically and replace passwords, making authentication more convenient. Researchers at Yahoo Labs have created a new technology called "Bodyprint,"…
  • Microsoft Increases Android Patent Licensing Reach

    10:29am By Soulskill
    BrianFagioli writes: Microsoft may not be winning in the mobile arena, but they're still making tons of money from those who are. Patent licensing agreements net the company billions each year from device makers like Samsung, Foxconn, and ZTE. Now, Microsoft…
  • 7.8 Earthquake Rocks Nepal, Hundreds Dead

    9:25am By Soulskill
    An anonymous reader writes: Nepal was struck by an earthquake of magnitude 7.8 today, with an epicenter 80 km east of the country's second biggest city, Pokhara. Its effects were also strongly felt in the capital, Kathmandu. Casualty reports conflict, but…
  • Tesla To Announce Battery-Based Energy Storage For Homes

    8:23am By timothy
    Okian Warrior writes: Billionaire Elon Musk will announce next week that Tesla will begin offering battery-based energy storage for residential and commercial customers. The batteries power up overnight when energy companies typically charge less for…
  • Mystery of the Coldest Spot In the CMB Solved

    5:22am By timothy
    StartsWithABang writes: The cosmic microwave background is a thing of beauty, as not only does its uniform, cold temperature reveal a hot, dense past that began with the hot Big Bang, but its fluctuations reveal a pattern of overdensities and underdensities in…
  • Pirate Bay Blockade Censors CloudFlare Customers

    2:29am By timothy
    An anonymous reader writes: The blockade of the Pirate Bay by UK ISPs is causing trouble for CloudFlare customers. Several websites have been inadvertently blocked by Sky because a Pirate Bay proxy is hosted behind the same IP-addresses. In a response,…
  • Microsoft Opens Vulnerability Bounty Program For Spartan Browser

    Fri 11:27pm By timothy
    jones_supa writes: As it did in the past when it tried to make Internet Explorer more secure, Microsoft has launched a new bug bounty program for Spartan browser, the default application of Windows 10 for surfing the information highway. A typical remote code…
  • Buggy Win 95 Code Almost Wrecked Stuxnet Campaign

    Fri 8:25pm By timothy
    mask.of.sanity writes: Super-worm Stuxnet could have blown its cover and failed its sabotage mission due to a bug that allowed it to spread to ancient Windows boxes, malware analysts say. Stuxnet was on the brink of failure thanks to buggy code allowing it to…
  • Allegation: Philly Cops Leaned Suspect Over Balcony To Obtain Password

    Fri 7:30pm By timothy
    An anonymous reader writes with this news from Ars Technica: If you want access to encrypted data on a drug dealer's digital device, you might try to break the crypto—or you might just try to break the man. According to testimony from a police corruption…
  • Patents Show Google Fi Was Envisioned Before the iPhone Was Released

    Fri 6:47pm By timothy
    smaxp writes: Contrary to reports, Google didn't become a mobile carrier with the introduction of Google Fi. Google Fi was launched to prove that a network-of-networks serves smartphone users better than a single mobile carrier's network. Patents related to…
  • Bees Prefer Nectar Laced With Neonicotinoids

    Fri 6:06pm By Soulskill
    Taco Cowboy writes: Neonicotinoids are a class of neuro-active insecticides chemically similar to nicotine. Neonicotinoids kill insects by overwhelming and short-circuiting their central nervous systems (PDF). Shell and Bayer started the development of…
  • Github DDoS Attack As Seen By Google

    Fri 5:24pm By Soulskill
    New submitter opensec writes: Last month GitHub was hit by a massive DDoS attack originating from China. On this occasion the public discovered that the NSA was not the only one with a QUANTUM-like capability. China has its own "Great Cannon" that can inject…