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Dutch privacy regulator says Windows 10 breaks the law

The lack of clear information about what Microsoft does with the data that Windows 10 collects prevents consumers from giving their informed consent, says the Dutch Data Protection Authority (DPA). As such, the regulator says that the operating system is breaking the law.

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Bitcoin Gold, the latest Bitcoin fork, explained

posted onNovember 14, 2017
by l33tdawg

A new cryptocurrency called Bitcoin Gold is now live on the Internet. It aims to correct what its backers see as a serious flaw in the design of the original Bitcoin.

There are hundreds of cryptocurrencies on the Internet, and many of them are derived from Bitcoin in one way or another. But Bitcoin Gold—like Bitcoin Cash, another Bitcoin spinoff that was created in August—is different in two important ways.

Brazilian banks lead in artificial intelligence planning

posted onNovember 14, 2017
by l33tdawg

The number of Brazilian banks that see artificial intelligence (AI) as a strategic priority is higher than many mature markets, according to research.

About 30 percent of local institutions see AI playing an important role in their innovation plans, according to GFT Technologies' Digital Banking Expert Survey.

The new long-term Linux kernel, Linux 4.14, has arrived

posted onNovember 14, 2017
by l33tdawg

Linus Torvalds quietly released the latest Linux 4.14 kernel on Nov. 12. It won't be a quiet release, though. The Linux developers had previously announced that 4.14 would be Linux's next long-term support (LTS) version of the Linux kernel. That's important because Linux LTS version now has a six-year life span.

Bill Gates company invests $80 million in 20,000-acre smart city

posted onNovember 14, 2017
by l33tdawg

It sounds like a tale from Iron Man where Howard Stark unveils his City of the Future at the Stark Expo. Replace Stark with Bill Gates and place the City of the Future on 20,000 acres west of Phoenix, Arizona, and we have our real-life story.

It was revealed about a week ago that Gates' investment company, Belmont Partners, had purchased a 53% interest in the land for about $80 million. Today, the company revealed some of its plans for the project known as Belmont, dubbing it a "smart city."

For nearly a year, WikiLeaks was DMing with Donald Trump Jr.

posted onNovember 14, 2017
by l33tdawg

As part of its investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, Congress received a cache of Twitter direct messages between Donald Trump Jr. and WikiLeaks—at least some of those messages have now been leaked to The Atlantic.

When Ars asked Twitter whether some users' DMs had been turned over to Congressional investigators or the Office of Special Counsel, which is also investigating possible Russian government efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, Emily Horne, a Twitter spokeswoman, declined comment.

WikiLeaks: CIA impersonated Kaspersky Labs as a cover for its malware operations

posted onNovember 12, 2017
by l33tdawg

WikiLeaks, under its new Vault 8 series of released documents, has rolled out what it says is the source code to a previously noted CIA tool, called Hive, that is used to help hide espionage actions when the Agency implants malware.

Hive supposedly allows the CIA to covertly communicate with its software by making it hard or impossible to trace the malware back to the spy organization by utilizing a cover domain. Part of this, WikiLeaks said, is using fake digital certificates that impersonate other legitimate web groups, including Kaspersky Labs.

Xiaomi and OPPO Look to Replicate iPhone X's 3D Facial Recognition Feature

posted onNovember 12, 2017
by l33tdawg

There are reports that Xiaomi, Oppo, as well as Samsung, are working in conjunction with Qualcomm for the use of 3D Facial recognition on their flagship smartphones.

The iPhone X's Face ID feature has received positive reviews even though the device is still new in the market. The latest report is that Xiaomi and OPPO are fine-tuning arrangements with Qualcomm for the debut of the technology on their flagships next year.