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MH17: Twitter and Facebook spammers exploit crash

Jul 21, 2014 - 9:21 PM - by Reverend
Scammers are using the MH17 disaster in east Ukraine to spread objectionable links, online security experts have warned.

A link to a pornographic website disguised as a video of the Malaysia Airlines crash was posted on a Facebook page dedicated to one victim.

Many tweets have been posted that appeared to report the disaster, but actually included spam links.

One expert said the firms should take more responsibility for removing them.

The chief intelligence officer of anti-spam body Spamhaus, Richard Cox, said that it was common for spammers to exploit anything being discussed by a lot of people online.

"It is a fairly rapid and predictable response by the individuals behind it. They are all to make money. There is no compassion involved," he said.

Mr Cox added that the perpetrators might be using software that could detect what was being posted regularly and repost using the same hashtags.

Liam Sweeney A Facebook apparently dedicated to Liam Sweeney was set up, hosting spam.
A Facebook community page dedicated to Liam Sweeney, one of the 298 people victims, uses his name and picture.

Its sole post is a link entitled: "Video Camera Caught the moment plane MH17 Crash over Ukraine".

However, the link takes users to a pornographic website. Moreover, anyone who clicks on it is then asked to call a phone number in order to verify that they are aged 18 or older.

"Whoever it is now has your caller ID and you could get a lot of nuisance calls," said Mr Cox.

"This is all based on a somewhat tasteless video that probably doesn't exist and is presented in a completely tasteless way."

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UK anti-piracy campaign set to begin

Jul 21, 2014 - 7:11 PM - by Reverend
People in the UK who persistently pirate music and movies will soon start getting emails warning them that their actions are illegal.

The warnings are part of a larger scheme that aims to educate people about copyright and legal ways to enjoy digital content.

Starting next year, up to four warnings annually will be sent to households suspected of copyright infringement.

But if people ignore the warnings, no further action will be taken.

The warning system is the result of four years' wrangling between internet service providers (ISPs) and industry bodies representing music and movie-makers.

The original enforcement regime was outlined in the Digital Economy Act 2010 and called for persistent pirates to have their net access cut off after a series of warnings.

In addition, rights holders wanted warning letters to mention the potential penalties people would face for copyright infringement and access to a database of known illegal file-sharers.

The years of talks brokered by the government have led to the creation of the Voluntary Copyright Alert Programme (Vcap) that uses warnings via email or post.

The UK's biggest ISPs - BT, TalkTalk, Virgin and Sky - have signed up to Vcap. Many smaller ISPs are expected to join later.

In addition, the UK government has pledged to contribute 3.5m to an education campaign that will promote legal ways to listen to music and watch movies.

BBC News
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Western Digital jumps to 6TB in budget hard drives with $299 Red

Jul 21, 2014 - 7:08 PM - by Reverend
Western Digital is shipping two new 6TB hard drives as it tries to make its highest-capacity storage products affordable.

The WD Red hard drive is US$299 and the WD Green will go for $279. The WD Red is designed for enterprises with more NAS (network attached storage) and error-correction features. WD Green has more sensors and controls for lower power consumption, making it applicable to consumer desktops.

The 6TB drives are designed for use in 3.5-inch enclosures in desktops and external storage systems.

The pricing is really affordable for that class of product, said Fang Zhang, storage analyst at IHS.

The first hard drives that shipped with 4TB capacity were relatively higher in price, in terms of dollars per terabyte, Zhang said.

WDs HGST unit already ships a 6TB hard drive, the Ultrastar HE6, which is selling for $477 on Amazon. Seagates 6TB desktop hard drive is selling for $299.99 on Newegg and B&H Photo and Video.

The 6TB drives could increase the available capacity on WDs external storage products. WD is qualifying the Red product for the My Cloud, the two-bay My Cloud EX2 and the four-bay My Cloud EX4 external storage systems. The 6TB drive could also be plugged into network-attached storage systems and external storage bays that can be bought for under $10.

The 6TB drive could appeal to workstation users, gamers and enterprises, but there is generally more of a preference for cheaper, lower-capacity drives, Zhang said.

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Facebook introduces 'Save' feature

Jul 21, 2014 - 7:06 PM - by Reverend
Facebook rolled out a new feature Monday that allows users to save pages that interest them for later access.

The web and mobile archival feature, called "Facebook Save," aims to help people who don't have time to explore links, places, movies, TV shows or music immediately.

"Every day, people find all sorts of interesting items on Facebook that they don't have time to explore right away," the Facebook blog post reads. "Now you can save items that you find on Facebook to check out later when you have more time."

The feature can be accessed on any page using the "Save" button near the "Like" button. The pages will be archived into a list that is automatically organized by category, and the list can be accessed at any time on the social network's website, iOS app or Android app. Facebook will also remind users of saved items, promoting them in users' news feeds.

Facebook says the saved pages will remain completely private unless the pages are shared by users.

USA Today
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Amazon leaks Kindle Unlimited e-book subscription plan

Jul 17, 2014 - 9:41 PM - by Reverend
Amazon appears to be preparing a new subscription service that allows subscribers to download as many Kindle e-books and audio books as they like.

The firm uploaded images that indicate the available library would include more than 600,000 titles including the Hunger Games trilogy and the Harry Potter series.

The discovery was first reported by the news site GigaOm .

Amazon has now deleted the details, but they can still be accessed via Google.

Oyster Kindle Unlimited would compete with Oyster's ebook app
They state that the Kindle Unlimited service costs $9.99 (5.80) a month and includes Kindle exclusives as well as titles from mainstream publishers.

That makes it roughly the same price as Netflix's popular TV and movie streaming service,

Many of the titles displayed on the short-lived webpage overlap with those in Amazon's existing Kindle Owner's Lending Library - a collection of 500,000 e-books available to subscribers of Prime, the company's fast-shipping service.

However, Prime members can only borrow one e-book per month, and only one title at a time.

Kindle e-books can be read via Amazon's own e-readers, tablets and smartphones as well as on apps for other manufacturer's devices.

BBC News
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Microsoft to Lay Off 18,000 Employees in the Next Year

Jul 17, 2014 - 9:36 PM - by Reverend
Microsoft is eliminating 18,000 jobs over the next year as it works to integrate the Nokia handset business it acquired in April, CEO Satya Nadella announced on Thursday.

About 12,500 of the reductions are expected to come from Nokia, including professional and factory workers.

In a memo to employees, Nadella also said Microsoft will largely nix work on Android-based devices. "We plan to shift select Nokia X product designs to become Lumia products running Windows," he wrote. "This builds on our success in the affordable smartphone space and aligns with our focus on Windows Universal Apps."

In a separate email to employees, Microsoft exec - and former Nokia chief - Stephen Elop said "we expect to make this shift immediately while continuing to sell and support existing Nokia X products."

"Whereas the hardware business of phones within Nokia was an end unto itself, within Microsoft all our devices are intended to embody the finest of Microsoft's digital work and digital life experiences, while accruing value to Microsoft's overall strategy," Elop said. "Our device strategy must reflect Microsoft's strategy and must be accomplished within an appropriate financial envelope. Therefore, we plan to make some changes."

And change it will. "We are moving now to start reducing the first 13,000 positions, and the vast majority of employees whose jobs will be eliminated will be notified over the next six months," Nadella wrote. "My promise to you is that we will go through this process in the most thoughtful and transparent way possible. We will offer severance to all employees impacted by these changes, as well as job transition help in many locations, and everyone can expect to be treated with the respect they deserve for their contributions to this company."

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Facebook Starts Testing 'Buy' Button

Jul 17, 2014 - 9:33 PM - by Reverend
Facebook on Thursday confirmed that it is now testing a "Buy" button on ads and page posts.

The button, aimed at helping companies "drive sales through Facebook in News Feed and on Pages," will let you purchase products directly from a business, without leaving Facebook. At this point, Facebook is testing the new feature with just a few small and medium-sized U.S. businesses.

"We've built this feature with privacy in mind, and have taken steps to help make the payment experience safe and secure," Facebook said. "None of the credit or debit card information people share with Facebook when completing a transaction will be shared with other advertisers, and people can select whether or not they'd like to save payment information for future purchases."

Facebook isn't the only company testing out this type of feature. Twitter has been quietly testing a new "Buy now" button that apparently lets you purchase items featured in tweets without leaving the site. Re/code earlier this month spotted the button in tweets from the shopping app Fancy. The buttons could only be seen on Twitter's mobile app, and were not working when Re/code tested them out.

Meanwhile, Facebook has been busy beefing up its ad options as of late. The company last month rolled out new ad preferences, giving users more control over what products and services they see on the social network. Facebook also recently launched Premium Video ads, which automatically come to life as users scroll through their timeline, and a mobile ad placement system called Audience Network, which lets advertisers extend campaigns beyond the site and into other mobile apps.

PC Magazine
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Intel to ship Galileo Gen2 open-source computer in August for $60

Jul 15, 2014 - 8:36 PM - by Reverend
Intel's answer to the popular $25 Raspberry Pi credit-card sized PC, the Galileo Gen2, is set to be available in August for around $60.

Like the Pi, the Galileo Gen2 computer is an uncased board with all the components necessary to build a PC. Only external peripherals need to be attached. Galileo is targeted at the community of do-it-yourselfers and enthusiasts who make robots, small electronics, wearable devices and even PCs.

The Gen2 succeeds the first Galileo computer, which started shipping late last year for around $70. The new Galileo has a low-power x86 processor called Quark, while the Raspberry Pi has an ARMv7 processor.

Intel is trying to make its way into the wearables and robotics market, and is using Galileo as a way to explore opportunities for the Quark chip. The chip maker is pinning its hope on the maker community to come up with ideas.

At $60, the board is more expensive than ARM-based alternatives like Raspberry Pi and BeagleBone, which starts at $50. But with 100-megabit Ethernet and 256MB of DDR3 memory, Galileo offers more features for its price compared to the ARM options.

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