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Apple reportedly pays big bucks to buy, shut down - CNET

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The company recently bought the rights to the domain, which was previously held by an Asian social networking site.

Former HTC bigwig joins Android creator's 'stealth startup' - CNET

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Andy Rubin, the creator of Android, is said to be working on a company to challenge Apple and Google for mobile dominance.

Cloudflare Leaks Sensitive User Data Across the Web

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ShaunC writes: In a bug that's been christened "Cloudbleed," Cloudflare disclosed today that some of their products accidentally exposed private user information from a number of websites. Similar to 2014's Heartbleed, Cloudflare's problem involved a buffer overrun that allowed uninitialized memory contents to leak into normal web traffic. Tavis Ormandy, of Google's Project Zero, discovered the flaw last week. Affected sites include Uber, Fitbit, and OK Cupid, as well as unnamed services for hotel booking and password management. Cloudflare says the bug has been fixed, and Google has purged affected pages from its search index and cache. Further reading: The Register, Ars Technica

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Google issue accidentally crashed Google Wifi and OnHub devices - CNET

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A factory reset will fix the problem, the company said.

Life Expectancy Set To Hit 90 In South Korea, Study Predicts

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According to a study published in the journal The Lancet, researchers have predicted that South Korea will likely become the first country where the average life expectancy will exceed 90 years. The researchers led by public-health researcher Majid Ezzati at Imperial College London used data from the World Health Organization and a suite of 21 statistical models they developed to figure out how life expectancy will change in 35 developed countries by 2030. Nature reports: Life expectancy is expected to increase in all 35 countries, in keeping with steady progress in recent decades, the team found. But it is South Korean women who will be living longest by 2030: there is a nearly 60% chance that their life expectancy at birth will exceed 90 years by that time, the team calculates. Girls born in the country that year can expect to live, on average, to nearly 91, and boys to 84, the highest in the world for both sexes. The nation's rapid improvement in life expectancy -- the country was ranked twenty-ninth for women in 1985 -- is probably down to overall improvements in economic status and child nutrition, the study notes, among other factors. South Koreans also have relatively equal access to health care, lower blood pressure than people in Western countries and low rates of smoking among women. As for the United States, the life expectancy is "predicted to be among the lowest of these countries by 2030; 80 for men (similar to the Czech Republic) and 83 for women (similar to Mexico)."

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Caitlyn Jenner tweets of Trump's 'disaster' transgender policy - CNET

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Commentary: In a video, the Olympian turned reality star asks the president to call her.

Cadillac addresses 'a nation divided' in Oscars ad - CNET

CNET News - 6 hours 33 min ago
Commentary: As if to warm everyone up for a political Oscars show, the carmaker insists the nation can be united.

Someone just bought an oil tanker on China's eBay - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2017-02-23 23:54
You can buy anything you want on Taobao, including sea vessels... if you have $11 million to spare.

Samsung increases transparency on donations amid scandal - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2017-02-23 23:08
The company lowers the monetary threshold for financial donations requiring board approval.

Self-Driving Cars Should Be Liable For Accidents, Not the Passengers: UK Government

SlashDot - Thu, 2017-02-23 22:30
"Electric charging points at all major motorway services and petrol stations, and the occupants of a self-driving car aren't liable in the case of an accident -- those are two of the measures proposed by a new law that the UK government hopes will let us reap the rewards of improved transport technology over the next few years," reports Ars Technica. "These changes are part of the Vehicle Technology and Aviation Bill (VTAB), a draft law that is basically a shopping list of governmental desires." From the report: The first item on the bill involves automated vehicles, and how to ensure that the vehicle's owner (which may or may not be a driver) and potential accident victims are protected. The bill says that insurance companies must offer two types of protection: for when a vehicle is acting autonomously, but also if the human driver decides to takes control. Essentially, the government wants to make sure that an accident victim can always claim compensation from the insurance company, even if the car was acting autonomously. It would then be up for the insurance company to try and reclaim that money from the car maker through existing common law and product liability arrangements. In a somewhat rare display of tech savviness, there are two exemptions listed in the bill. If the vehicle owner makes unauthorized changes to the car's software, or fails to install a software update as mandated by their insurance policy, then the insurer doesn't have to pay. It isn't clear at this point which capabilities will be enough to classify a vehicle as "self-driving." The draft law asks the department for transport (DfT) to work it out, post haste, and then to determine which vehicles qualify for the new type of insurance. The planned law also outlines new governmental powers to improve the UK's electric charging infrastructure.

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Uber, Fitbit, OKCupid information exposed by wide-reaching flaw - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2017-02-23 22:12
Bug affecting 3,400 websites leaked data, including usernames, passwords and messages sent by end-users.

What tech's saying about Trump's transgender policy reversal - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2017-02-23 21:45
Tech companies strongly oppose the president rescinding policies for transgender students.

Uber Stole Trade Secrets, Waymo Alleges

PCMag News - Thu, 2017-02-23 20:40
Waymo, the Alphabet subsidiary that took over Google's self-driving car project, says its trade secrets are now in Uber's hands.

Hip-hop hurray! Netflix announces season two of 'The Get Down' - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2017-02-23 20:26
The Baz Luhrmann-produced hip-hop series will come back for a second season in April.

ZeniMax seeks permanent injunction against Oculus - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2017-02-23 20:07
Facebook's VR unit may have to pull games off its Rift headset if the injunction is approved.

Spotify launches new, original podcasts - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2017-02-23 20:03
The streaming music service is launching three new exclusive podcasts, with more expected later this year.

Study Reveals Bot-On-Bot Editing Wars Raging On Wikipedia's Pages

SlashDot - Thu, 2017-02-23 20:00
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: A new study from computer scientists has found that the online encyclopedia is a battleground where silent wars have raged for years. Since Wikipedia launched in 2001, its millions of articles have been ranged over by software robots, or simply "bots," that are built to mend errors, add links to other pages, and perform other basic housekeeping tasks. In the early days, the bots were so rare they worked in isolation. But over time, the number deployed on the encyclopedia exploded with unexpected consequences. The more the bots came into contact with one another, the more they became locked in combat, undoing each other's edits and changing the links they had added to other pages. Some conflicts only ended when one or other bot was taken out of action. The findings emerged from a study that looked at bot-on-bot conflict in the first ten years of Wikipedia's existence. The researchers at Oxford and the Alan Turing Institute in London examined the editing histories of pages in 13 different language editions and recorded when bots undid other bots' changes. While some conflicts mirrored those found in society, such as the best names to use for contested territories, others were more intriguing. Describing their research in a paper entitled Even Good Bots Fight in the journal Plos One, the scientists reveal that among the most contested articles were pages on former president of Pakistan Pervez Musharraf, the Arabic language, Niels Bohr and Arnold Schwarzenegger. One of the most intense battles played out between Xqbot and Darknessbot which fought over 3,629 different articles between 2009 and 2010. Over the period, Xqbot undid more than 2,000 edits made by Darknessbot, with Darknessbot retaliating by undoing more than 1,700 of Xqbot's changes. The two clashed over pages on all sorts of topics, from Alexander of Greece and Banqiao district in Taiwan to Aston Villa football club.

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Samsung's First 10-Nanometer Chip Has Gigabit LTE

PCMag News - Thu, 2017-02-23 19:40
The new Exynos 9 has a modem that can support gigabit LTE speeds.

A hundred eps of CNETtude: Girt by CNET podcast 100 - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2017-02-23 19:34
This week marks 100 illustrious episodes of "Simpsons" references, spontaneous bursting out into song and occasionally talking about tech.

The 'Farsighted' view of Trappist-1 and its Earth-like planets (Farsighted Podcast, Ep. 5) - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2017-02-23 19:33
The latest Farsighted show takes a look at the science and science fiction potential of the planet-rich star system that NASA and others think may be one of the best places to look for life.