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UK mobile number porting creaks: Arcane system shows its age

The Register - 1 hour 17 min ago
Any, sorry, many ports in a storm...

Comment Problems with the way the UK has implemented mobile phone call routing are emerging as an architecture designed for a small volume of calls struggles under the weight of usage.…

France’s response to Trump may make it a climate science hub

Ars Technica - 1 hour 37 min ago

Enlarge (credit: US State Department)

Most world leaders reacted with horror to President Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris climate accords. French President Emmanuel Macron responded with what was largely considered a troll: a short address in which he invites scientists and entrepreneurs to move to France and "make our planet great again." But it turned out to be more than just a troll; France has put research funding on the table and has apparently been drawing lots of interest from scientists.

Macron's invitation was more than simply a troll from the start. It involved Business France, a government agency that's dedicated to promoting French businesses overseas. The organization put together a Make Our Planet Great Again website, in which it declared "France has always led fights for human rights. Today, more than ever, we are determined to lead (and win!) this battle on climate change."

If you follow the link that indicates you want to contribute to planetary greatness, it takes you to a short survey that seems to indicate France is looking for entrepreneurs, students, teachers, and researchers. (You can also apparently be an NGO or "other" and complete the survey.)

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No one still thinks iOS is invulnerable to malware, right? Well, knock it off

The Register - 1 hour 50 min ago
As platform's popularity continues to rise, so does its allure to miscreants

The comforting notion that iOS devices are immune to malicious code attacks has taken a knock following the release of a new study by mobile security firm Skycure.…

Alleged copycat video game studio threatens lawsuits over “unreal information”

Ars Technica - 1 hour 52 min ago

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A Chinese video game studio accused of making a very similar version of League of Legends has recently fired back in a statement, saying that "some media and competitors who have spread the unreal information and rumors against us, [and] we reserve the right to protect ourselves and pursue legal actions."

The company, Moonton, which makes the Magic Rush and Mobile Legends games, did not immediately respond to Ars’ request for comment.

Earlier this month, Riot Games, the maker of League of Legends, sued Moonton in federal court in Los Angeles, accusing the Chinese company of copyright and trademark infringement. The lawsuit, which was first reported by Techdirt and Dot Esports, lays out a compelling argument. Riot Games says that in 2016, it discovered Magic Rush. When that title was first released, "[it] contained a number of playable heroes or champions, each of which was a near carbon copy of one of LoL’s champions," Riot notes.

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Snapchat is more pressure than my ego can handle - CNET - News - 1 hour 56 min ago
Commentary: I've had a realization about Snapchat -- and myself -- and it’s too real for social media.

Samsung Notebook 9 (15-inch, 2017) review - CNET - Reviews - 1 hour 58 min ago
The 15-inch ultraportable is less than 2.7 pounds and can run for more than 12 hours. That and its combo of features and special apps help it stand out.

Dark net guns shipped in old printers

BBC Technology News - 2 hours 2 min ago
A study into the sale of firearms on the dark net finds "cause for concern" for police and government.

Words With Friends to be turned into a TV game show - CNET - News - 2 hours 8 min ago
The mobile word game has been consistently popular since its launch and publisher Zynga is hoping a TV show will be just as addictive.

Christoper Nolan slams Netflix's 'mindless' movie policy - CNET - News - 2 hours 9 min ago
Nolan is no fan of Netflix's policy of releasing films in theatres at the same time as they're available to stream online.

iPhone manufacturers join hands with Apple in Qualcomm spat - CNET - News - 2 hours 10 min ago
The manufacturers stopped paying Qualcomm's royalty fees earlier this year, when Apple stopped covering the cost.

Will East Texas be able to keep patent cases, despite the Supreme Court?

Ars Technica - 2 hours 13 min ago

Enlarge / The federal courthouse in Marshall, Texas. (credit: Photo by Mario Villafuerte/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

The top US patent court has been asked to consider an urgent appeal from a manufacturer of supercomputers that's desperate to escape an upcoming trial in the patent hotspot of East Texas.

The Eastern District of Texas has become known as a haven for the type of litigation shops sometimes derided as "patent trolls," but the district's strict discovery rules and tendency to favor jury trials has attracted operating companies seeking to enforce their patents, as well. In 2015, Raytheon filed a patent lawsuit in East Texas accusing Seattle-based supercomputer maker Cray Inc. of infringing four Raytheon patents related to supercomputer hardware and software.

Cray filed a motion to have the case dismissed, arguing that the venue was inappropriate. In April, US District Judge Rodney Gilstrap ruled against Cray, noting that the company sold an XC40 supercomputer to the Texas Advanced Computing Center, or TACC, which is located outside the Eastern District, in Austin.

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HMS Frigatey Mcfrigateface given her official name

The Register - 2 hours 15 min ago
It's Glasgow, before you lot get too excited

The first of the Royal Navy's new Type 26 frigates has been named HMS Glasgow, recycling the name for the fourth time in the last 100 years.…

Bitcoin swings as civil war looms

BBC Technology News - 2 hours 19 min ago
The Bitcoin community must agree how to tackle a slowdown in transaction times to avoid a schism.

Indian e-commerce site axes 85,000 sellers to fight counterfeits - CNET - News - 2 hours 47 min ago
The country's e-commerce industry is expected to be worth $100 billion by 2020, and Paytm doesn't want a counterfeit problem like Alibaba has.

Oracle's FS1 storage array fades into cloud like tears in rain

The Register - 2 hours 48 min ago
Big Red vapourises SAN tower, wants clients to do the same

+Comment Oracle is refocusing its FS1 storage array into its own public cloud away from on-premises sales.…

Yeah, WannaCry hit Windows, but what about the WannaCry of apps?

The Register - 3 hours 46 min ago
Patching done proper

WannaCrypt crippled 230,000 Windows PCs internationally, hitting unpatched Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 and computers still running Microsoft's seriously old Windows XP, though the latter wasn't responsible for its spread.…

Laptop ban: US lifts restrictions on Saudi Arabian flights

BBC Technology News - 4 hours 25 min ago
Saudi Arabian Airlines says US authorities have lifted restrictions on laptops in cabins at two airports.

Breathless F-35 pilots to get oxygen boost via algorithm tweak

The Register - 4 hours 25 min ago
'OMG zillion-dollar jet is hackable' conspiracy theories in 3, 2, 1...

The oxygen deprivation problems that choked F-35 pilots will be fixed through a software update, according to US reports – with the UK's handful of F-35B jets also in line for the fix.…

House of Lords to probe AI data slurping

The Register - 4 hours 56 min ago
Who owns all that valuable training info?

How technology giants own and use your data will be a focus for our noble and learned friends on the new House of Lords Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence. The committee yesterday announced its first public inquiry "to consider the economic, ethical and social implications of advances in artificial intelligence".…

OnePlus admits 911 emergency call glitch

BBC Technology News - 5 hours 29 min ago
Its flagship OnePlus 5 phone would restart if people tried to call the emergency services.

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