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Google is updating its search engine technology to make websites that violate copyright law appear lower in search results. The Internet giant announced Friday that the update will roll out next week and target websites that have been flagged multiple times for copyright infringement.

Google tweaks search engine to combat piracy | TheHill

Imagine booting up your iPhone for the first time and seeing four competing offers for your business from different operators—with short or no contract duration. Or an even deeper integration where Apple bills you as a virtual operator and constantly shops for the cheapest connection—perfect for those who travel overseas frequently.

This new “Apple SIM” could legitimately disrupt the wireless industry - Quartz

Bulk access technology is indiscriminately corrosive of online privacy and impinges on the very essence of the right guaranteed by [the UN’s International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights],” Emmerson, a prominent human rights lawyer, concludes. The programmes, he said, “pose a direct and ongoing challenge to an established norm of international law.

Mass internet surveillance threatens international law, UN report claims | World news | The Guardian

We see more and more visitors log on to our fictitious network. The siren song of the little black device appears to be irresistible. Already 20 smartphones and laptops are ours. If he wanted to, Slotboom could now completely ruin the lives of the people connected: He can retrieve their passwords, steal their identity, and plunder their bank accounts. Later today, he will show me how. I have given him permission to hack me in order to demonstrate what he is capable of, though it could be done to anyone with a smartphone in search of a network, or a laptop connecting to a WiFi network. Everything, with very few exceptions, can be cracked.

Here’s Why Public Wifi is a Public Health Hazard — Matter — Medium

The worst work I did was from 2001 to 2004. And the company paid a price for bad work. I put the A-team resources on Longhorn, not on phones or browsers. All our resources were tied up on the wrong thing.

Steve Ballmer, speaking to Vanity Fair about his tenure atop Microsoft.

It’s a telling quote. A big part of Microsoft’s current predicament isn’t that they lacked the talent to do what their rivals did — it’s that the talent was directed to focus on the wrong things (or just as bad: the right things at the wrong time). 

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Mr Holcomb’s investigation revealed 30 separate undocumented vulnerabilities in the NAS devices. Many of these, if exploited, would give an attacker complete control over a device letting them plunder the data on it, or use it as a way to get at other devices on that home network and spy on what people did online. Most of the exploitable problems he found were in the web-based interface typically used to administer these devices. “I took the series of exploits I found and wrapped them into a software package that’s in essence self-replicating,” said Mr Holcomb. The worm runs on an infected system and once it has taken control uses that system’s resources to scan net addresses seeking out other vulnerable devices.

BBC News - Malicious worm seeks vulnerable home data stores

Google is testing a new search feature that allows users to video call a doctor directly from search results for illnesses or symptoms. The search results prompt users to “talk with a doctor now”, which will initiate a free video call similar to Google’s Helpouts support service but with a doctor to talk through symptoms for a remote diagnosis or advice. The trial was first spotted by the web developer Jason Houle, who lives in Springfield, Massachusetts and works for Walt Disney World, when searching for knee pain.

“Based on your search query, we think you are trying to understand a medical condition,” Google says in the advice box accompanying the ability to video call a doctor. ”Here you can find health care providers who you can visit with over video chat.”

Google said that all video calls to doctors made during the trial, which is limited to California and Massachusetts, will be free to users and covered by Google. In the US most visits to doctors must be paid for, primarily by health insurance.

“When you’re searching for basic health information – from conditions like insomnia or food poisoning – our goal is provide you with the most helpful information available. We’re trying this new feature to see if it’s useful to people,” a Google spokeswoman told the Guardian.

Talk with a doctor now: Google US trials free medical video chats | Technology | theguardian.com (via myserendipities)

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Part of Spark’s appeal is that it can process data in computer memory, as opposed to just using hard disks, much move at slower speeds. But because the amount of data that can fit in-memory is limited, the tool can process data on disks as well, and that’s what Databricks was trying to highlight as it sought to break’s Yahoo’s record on the Gray Sort, which measures the time it takes to sort 100 terabytes of data, aka 100,000 gigabytes. Yahoo did the sort in 72 minutes with a cluster of 2,100 machines using Hadoop MapReduce last year. Databricks was able to process the same amount of data in 23 minutes using Spark, using only 206 virtual machines running on Amazon’s cloud service. It also sorted a petabtye of data—about 1,000 terabytes — in less than four hours using 190 machines.

Startup Crunches 100 Terabytes of Data in a Record 23 Minutes | WIRED

The search engine giant has received nearly 145,000 requests to take down 497,000 websites in the wake of a major court ruling in Europe earlier this year, it said in a report on Friday. Google has complied with about 41 percent of those requests.

Google ‘forgets’ 170,000 websites | TheHill

We wanted to say to parents: ‘No one’s going to sell your kids’ data; nobody’s going to track your child around the Internet; no one’s going to compile a profile that is used against your child when they apply for a job 20 years later,’ ” said Jules Polonetsky, executive director of the Future Privacy Forum, which has received financing from technology companies, including some of the signatories to the privacy pledge. “We hope this is a useful way for companies that want to be trusted partners in schools to make it clear they are on the side of responsible data use.

Microsoft and Other Firms Pledge to Protect Student Data - NYTimes.com