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New Quantum head honcho thrown in at the deep end

The Register - 1 hour 4 min ago
CEO Patrick Dennis has his work cut out

Comment There's a new president and CEO at Quantum, with the board hoping for a dose of Patrick Dennis magic to fire up the company and return it to growth and profits.…

AMD investors fire sueball over chip flaw silence

The Register - 1 hour 48 min ago
CEO and CFO in crosshairs after shareholder losses

AMD stands accused of "artificially inflating" its stock price by not making public a CPU design flaw the tech world now knows as Spectre, according to a class-action lawsuit brought by investors.…

Zuckerberg's Facebook post pressures Congress to act on DACA - CNET - News - 2 hours 6 min ago
Facebook's CEO posts a call to action: "This is a basic question of whether our government works."

If you can’t beat them… Lamborghini joins the SUV set

Ars Technica - 2 hours 10 min ago

Jim Resnick

Let me pre-empt you.

"Why?" you ask. "You're Lamborghini, not Range Rover!"

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Brave browser begins million-dollar token giveaway - CNET - News - 2 hours 14 min ago
You won't get more than about $5 worth of tokens, but the browser maker hopes you'll help improve online advertising privacy.

YouTube singer Chrissy Chambers wins revenge porn case

BBC Technology News - 2 hours 19 min ago
Chrissy Chambers is awarded damages from her ex-boyfriend who posted sexual videos of her online.

All the new cars at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show - Roadshow - News - 2 hours 22 min ago
Detroit was a crazy-busy show this year. Here are the production debuts and concepts straight from the Motor City.

MacBook Air. Apple’s best product ever - CNET - News - 2 hours 23 min ago
The Air is marking its 10th anniversary and I'm celebrating the one Apple product that's never let me down.

France to lend Brexit Britain sore souvenir of Norman yoke – the Bayeux Tapestry

The Register - 2 hours 23 min ago
Prez Macron expected to agree loan when he meets PM

The French government will agree to lend the UK its most famous memento of the Norman conquest of England after Blighty leaves the EU.…

Cryptocurrency bloodbath continues as bitcoin falls below $10,000

Ars Technica - 2 hours 35 min ago

Enlarge (credit: Oliver Mallich)

Bitcoin fell below the psychologically significant level of $10,000 on Wednesday morning, marking a second day of double-digit declines for the virtual currency. One bitcoin is now worth $9,700, less than half its peak value of $19,500 achieved just last month.

Bitcoin's fall is part of a broader cryptocurrency sell-off. For the second day in a row, every major cryptocurrency has suffered double-digit declines over the previous 24 hours.

Ethereum is now worth $810, down 42 percent from its peak above $1,400 just four days ago. Litecoin has fallen to $150—down 58 percent from its peak of $360 on December 19. Bitcoin Cash, a rival version of bitcoin, was worth more than $4,000 on December 20. It's now down to $1,500, a 65 percent decline.

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The Surface Book 2 is on the way to the UK and Australia - CNET - News - 2 hours 40 min ago
Microsoft is bringing its powerful laptop, tablet hybrid to 17 new international markets and preorders start today.

Get an Apple EarPods two-pack for $17.99 shipped - CNET - News - 2 hours 47 min ago
Apple sells these for $29 apiece. I think they're especially good for jogging. Plus: What, your pillow doesn't massage your back? This one does.

Former Santander bank manager pleads guilty to computer misuse crimes

The Register - 2 hours 50 min ago
Customer details spilled to boyfriend

A former Santander bank manager has pleaded guilty to £15,000 worth of computer misuse crimes after her boyfriend talked her into giving him illicitly obtained customer information.… slammed for NHS data-sharing deal with Home Office

The Register - 2 hours 59 min ago
Flouts doctors' guidelines, doesn't properly balance public interests, MPs told

The UK health service's NHS Digital has been accused of operating to a "lower standard of confidentiality" than rest of NHS, in a heated hearing about a deal that requires patient info to be handed over for immigration enforcement.…

YouTube star wins damages in landmark 'revenge porn' case - CNET - News - 3 hours 1 min ago
Chrissy Chambers is awarded compensation in a civil case over intimate images posted online without permission.

YouTube raises subscriber, view threshold for Partner Program monetization

Ars Technica - 3 hours 20 min ago

(credit: Flickr: Rego Korosi )

After a tumultuous 2017, YouTube is making yet another change to its guidelines surrounding channel monetization and advertiser approval. In posts to its Advertiser and Creator blogs, YouTube details how it's changing the threshold for monetization through its YouTube Partner Program (YPP), from 10,000 lifetime views to 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 hours of watch time within the past 12 months. That means that small creators who already passed the previous 10,000 lifetime view milestone, but not the new goals, will be removed from the YouTube Partner Program starting February 20 and will be unable to monetize their videos in that manner,

As of yesterday, any channels that newly apply for YPP will have to pass this new threshold in order to monetize videos. On its Creators blog, YouTube explains that the new required milestones "will allow us to significantly improve our ability to identify creators who contribute positively to the community and help drive more ad revenue to them (and away from bad actors). These higher standards will also help us prevent potentially inappropriate videos from monetizing which can hurt revenue for everyone."

The company made a point of noting the types of channels that will be affected by the new rules. "Though these changes will affect a significant number of channels, 99 percent of those affected were making less than $100 per year in the last year, with 90 percent earning less than $2.50 in the last month. Any of the channels who no longer meet this threshold will be paid what they’ve already earned based on our AdSense policies."

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YouTube signs NBA's Durant, upping ante with Facebook, Twitter - CNET - News - 3 hours 30 min ago
The deal with Kevin Durant's startup marks a new push to attract sports fans eager to watch action on and off the court.

Drone hit newly erected crane during Kent site survey - report

BBC Technology News - 3 hours 34 min ago
It struck a crane that was not in place when the pilot carried out site safety check, a report says.

Another day, another Spectre/Meltdown fix slowdown: What to expect if you heart ZFS

The Register - 3 hours 39 min ago
Techie records 7-8% toll on read IOPS

The widely used ZFS file system software is slowed down in both read IOPS and throughput by fixes for the Spectre and Meltdown bugs.…

The impromptu Slack war room where ‘Net companies unite to fight Spectre-Meltdown

Ars Technica - 3 hours 44 min ago

Enlarge / The early disclosure of Meltdown and Spectre by Google and the fumbled responses by hardware vendors left cloud companies scrambling to react. So they united to fight the dumpster fire of poor communication and bad patches. (credit: US Air Force)

Meltdown and Spectre created something of a meltdown in the cloud computing world. And by translation, the flaws found in the processors at the heart of much of the world's computing infrastructure have had a direct or indirect effect on the interconnected services driving today's Internet. That is especially true for one variant of the Spectre vulnerability revealed abruptly by Google on January 3, since this particular vulnerability could allow malware running in one user's virtual machine or other "sandboxed" environment to read data from another—or, from the host server itself.

In June 2017, Intel learned of these threats from researchers who kept the information under wraps so hardware and operating system vendors could furiously work on fixes. But while places like Amazon, Google, and Microsoft were clued in early because of their "Tier 1" nature, most smaller infrastructure companies and data center operators were left in the dark until the news broke on January 3. This sent many organizations immediately scrambling: no warning of the exploits came before proof-of-concept code for exploiting them was already public.

Tory Kulick, director of operations and security at the hosting company Linode, described this as chaos. "How could something this big be disclosed like this without any proper warning? We were feeling out of the loop, like 'What did we miss? Which of the POCs [proofs of concept of the vulnerabilities] are out there now?' All that was going through my mind."

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