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French investigators to work directly with Facebook to monitor hate speech

Ars Technica - 1 hour 8 min ago

Enlarge / French President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech during the opening session of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris on November 12, 2018. (credit: LUDOVIC MARIN/AFP/Getty Images)

For the first time, Facebook has agreed to allow French regulators to work closely with the company as a way to monitor what actions it's taking to combat hate speech. If necessary, France could impose further regulations on the social media giant.

In a French-language speech before the Internet Governance Forum held in Paris on Monday, French President Emmanuel Macron said that the two sides would work together for six months starting in early 2019 to come up with "joint, precise, and concrete" proposals that both Menlo Park and Paris could agree with.

LIVE l Ouverture du Forum sur la Gouvernance de l'Internet. #GovTechSummit #IGF2018

— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) November 12, 2018

"There's a Californian Internet and a Chinese Internet," he explained, urging those in attendance to seek a middle-ground "European" model.

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The next version of HTTP won’t be using TCP

Ars Technica - November 12, 2018 - 11:41pm

Enlarge (credit: Andy Maguire / Flickr)

The next version of the Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP)—the network protocol that defines how browsers talk to Web servers—is going to make a major break from the versions in use today.

Today's HTTP (versions 1.0, 1.1, and 2) are all layered on top of TCP (Transmission Control Protocol). TCP, defined as part of the core set of IP (Internet Protocol) layers, provides reliable, ordered, and error-checked delivery of data over an IP network. "Reliable" means that if some data goes missing during transfer (due to a hardware failure, congestion, or a timeout), the receiving end can detect this and demand that the sending end re-send the missing data; "ordered" means that data is received in the order that it was transmitted in; "error-checked" means that any corruption during transmission can be detected.

These are all desirable properties and necessary for a protocol such as HTTP, but TCP is designed as a kind of one-size-fits-all solution, suitable for any application that needs this kind of reliability. It isn't particularly tuned for the kinds of scenarios that HTTP is used for. TCP requires a number of round trips between client and server to establish a connection, for example; using SSL over TCP requires subsequent round trips to establish the encrypted connection. A protocol purpose-built for HTTP could combine these negotiations and reduce the number of round trips, thereby improving network latency.

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Facebook explains why the social network was down - CNET - News - November 12, 2018 - 11:28pm
The tech firm said the temporary outage was caused by a "routine test."

Best Black Friday deals 2018 - CNET - News - November 12, 2018 - 11:16pm
Black Friday is Nov. 23 and that means the usual cornucopia of deals. Some are good, some are bad, these are the best.

Black Friday 2018 Google Assistant deals: $25 Google Home Mini, $99 Nest Thermostat E, $170 SimpliSafe security system and more - CNET - News - November 12, 2018 - 11:16pm
Jump-start your holiday shopping with deals on these Google-Assistant-enabled devices.

Scare Force: Pakistan military hit by Operation Shaheen malware

The Register - November 12, 2018 - 11:14pm
State-sponsored attack looks to infiltrate nuclear Air Force

The Pakistan Air Force is the apparent target of a complex new state-sponsored attack campaign.…

Alexa's Echo Buttons can trigger your smart home routines now - CNET - News - November 12, 2018 - 11:10pm
All of a sudden, these cheap Alexa accessories sound pretty darned useful.

Now you can race real-world go-karts through a VR world - Roadshow - News - November 12, 2018 - 11:07pm
You can get behind the wheel of this moving go-kart and literally drive through a video game.

Being a morning person might have some health advantages

Ars Technica - November 12, 2018 - 11:00pm

Enlarge / If you consider 10:50 a reasonable time to wake up, it may or may not say something about your breast-cancer risk. (credit: Henrique Simplicio / Flickr)

A paper presented at the National Cancer Research Institute this week has made for some flashy headlines, like this confident declaration from India’s Economic Times: “Ladies, check your alarm: Waking up early may cut breast-cancer risk.” But most headlines have been appropriately measured and wordy, like The Independent’s “Women who prefer to wake up early have lower risk of breast cancer than night owls.”

In amidst the largely cautious coverage is a truckload of confusion over the details. Some reports frame the paper’s findings as being about preference (preferring to wake up early or stay up late) while others frame them as being about behavior (actually waking up earlier, regardless of preference). Some hold questions of cause and effect at arm’s length, while others dive right in with claims about sleep habits causing cancer.

And what’s the data that was used by the National Cancer Research Institute? Health News Review, in its critique of media coverage of the research, reports that researchers examined “self-reported responses” about being a morning person, but genetic data came into the mix, too.

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UFO spotted by multiple pilots prompts investigation - CNET - News - November 12, 2018 - 10:59pm
Pilots saw bright lights "moving so fast" over Ireland Friday. They're not calling the sight aliens, but authorities are taking a closer look.

Twitter grapples with fake Elon Musk accounts promoting bitcoin scams - CNET - News - November 12, 2018 - 10:58pm
Cryptocurrency scammers are promoting tweets through ads after they hijack verified accounts.

Rewatch Marvel-ous Stan Lee movie cameos - CNET - News - November 12, 2018 - 10:49pm
From a clueless security guard to a FedEx driver looking for Tony STANK, late Marvel legend Stan Lee was always a star.

Marvel's Stan Lee dies: Remembering the godfather of geeks and my former boss - CNET - News - November 12, 2018 - 10:47pm
CNET's Bonnie Burton remembers the Generalissimo not just as the co-creator of beloved superheroes, but as an enthusiastic fan of comic book fans themselves.

Stan Lee dies at 95: Praise pours in for Marvel's biggest icon - CNET - News - November 12, 2018 - 10:45pm
Those inspired by his work offer condolences and commemoration on Twitter.

To prepare for the AI revolution, learn to be more human - CNET - News - November 12, 2018 - 10:40pm
AI will displace many workers, says tech exec and investor Kai-Fu Lee. But it's got limits.

French president Macron insists new regulations needed to protect us from Facebook

The Register - November 12, 2018 - 10:35pm
While announcing new pilot project with Facebook

French president Emmanuel Macron has insisted that new laws are needed to limit and protect online content and the internet itself.…

A 100,000-router botnet is feeding on a 5-year-old UPnP bug in Broadcom chips

Ars Technica - November 12, 2018 - 10:20pm

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A recently discovered botnet has taken control of an eye-popping 100,000 home and small-office routers made from a range of manufacturers, mainly by exploiting a critical vulnerability that has remained unaddressed on infected devices more than five years after it came to light.

Researchers from Netlab 360, who reported the mass infection late last week, have dubbed the botnet BCMUPnP_Hunter. The name is a reference to a buggy implementation of the Universal Plug and Play protocol built into Broadcom chipsets used in vulnerable devices. An advisory released in January 2013 warned that the critical flaw affected routers from a raft of manufacturers, including Broadcom, Asus, Cisco, TP-Link, Zyxel, D-Link, Netgear, and US Robotics. The finding from Netlab 360 suggests that many vulnerable devices were allowed to run without ever being patched or locked down through other means.

Last week's report documents 116 different types of devices that make up the botnet from a diverse group of manufacturers. Once under the attackers' control, the routers connect to a variety of well-known email services. This is a strong indication that the infected devices are being used to send spam or other types of malicious mail.

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Stan Lee dies at 95: A look back at his most iconic characters on screen - CNET - News - November 12, 2018 - 10:18pm
As we commemorate Stan Lee's passing, take a look back at some of Lee's most beloved characters, including famous faces that have entertained the masses on the big screen.

Uber's data report on sexual assaults to be released in 2019 - CNET - News - November 12, 2018 - 10:16pm
After ending forced arbitration that kept claims out of court, the ride-hailing company compiles a safety transparency report.

Black Friday 2018: The top Xbox One sales and bundles - CNET - News - November 12, 2018 - 10:10pm
If you're on the fence about picking up on Xbox One, it might be hard to resist a $200 bundle.

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