Monthly Archives: September 2016

New US ‘Secret’ Clearance Unit Hires Firm Linked To 2014 Hacks

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: A U.S. government bureau set up to do “secret” and “top secret” security clearance investigations has turned for help to a private company whose login credentials were used in hack attacks that

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USB-IF Publishes Audio Over USB Type-C Specifications

An anonymous reader quotes a report from AnandTech: The USB Implementers Forum this week published the USB Audio Device Class 3.0 (direct download) specification, which standardizes audio over USB Type-C interface. The new spec enables hardware makers to eliminate traditional

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Newsweek Website Attacked After Report On Trump, Cuban Embargo

After Newsweek published a report titled “How Donald Trump’s Company Violated The United States Embargo Against Cuba,” the site found itself on the receiving end of a “massive” denial-of-service attack that managed to shut down the site for several hours.

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Researchers Ask Federal Court To Unseal Years of Surveillance Records

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Two lawyers and legal researchers based at Stanford University have formally asked a federal court in San Francisco to unseal numerous records of surveillance-related cases, as a way to better understand

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Yahoo Open Sources a Deep Learning Model For Classifying Pornographic Images

New submitter OWCareers writes: Yahoo today announced its latest open-source release: a model that can figure out if images are specifically pornographic in nature. The system uses a type of artificial intelligence called deep learning, which involves training artificial neural

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Amazon Marketplace Shoppers Slam the Spam

Spammy follow-up email messages are turning off Amazon Marketplace shoppers. Shoppers who buy from Amazon’s Marketplace typically like the convenience and prices. But many are also unhappy about the barrage of emails that sellers send them after the purchase, notes

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Salesforce Pushes Regulators To Block Microsoft’s LinkedIn Deal

Salesforce is urging the European Union to take a closer look at Microsoft’s takeover of LinkedIn as EU regulators ask questions on how the software giant could use AI to exploit data from LinkedIn’s professionals. Chief Legal Officer Burke Norton

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The Smog-Sucking Tower Has Arrived in China

Jamie Fullerton, reporting for Motherboard:Daan Roosegaarde reached into the pocket of his suit jacket, pulled out a plastic bag filled with black powder, and waved it around. “This is Beijing smog,” Roosegaarde said, before gesturing to the seven-metre tall, gently

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Hack iOS 10, Get $1.5 Million

Reader Trailrunner7 writes: The stakes in the vulnerability acquisition and bug bounty game have just gone up several notches, with a well-known security startup now offering $1.5 million for a remote jailbreak in iOS 10.The payout was put on the

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Chromification Continues: Firefox May Use Chrome’s PDF and Flash Plugins

An anonymous reader writes: Mozilla announced today Project Mortar, an initiative to explore the possibility of deploying alternative technologies in Firefox to replace its internal implementations. The project’s first two goals are to test two Chrome plugins within the Firefox

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