Microsoft releases .NET Core 1.0, complete with Red Hat Linux support

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Today at the Red Hat Summit, Microsoft announced the launch of .NET Core 1.0. Continuing the company’s embrace of other platforms, the latest version of the open source .NET runtime platform supports Windows, OS X, iOS, Android and — of course — Linux. At the summit, Red Hat said that .NET Core 1.0 will be fully supported by Red Hat Enterprise Linux. With Microsoft’s partnership with Red Hat late last year, and the company’s on-going expansion into the cross-platform cloud, Linux support is not entirely surprising. Also announced today was ASP.NET Core 1.0 and Entity Framework 1.0 for developers to… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Microsoft pays out $10,000 for forcing Windows 10 on California woman

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The owner of a California-based travel agency has received a $10,000 settlement from Microsoft after a forced Windows 10 upgrade rendered her computer unusable. Teri Goldstein found that her work computer downloaded and started to install Windows 10 without her permission, but the installation failed. The installation not only failed, Goldstein says, but also slowed down her computer, leading to days of lost business. After failing to get help from Microsoft’s customer support, she took the company to court. Somewhat surprisingly, Goldstein won her case against the software giant. But Microsoft wasn’t ready to just roll over, and opted to… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Chrome flaw makes it possible to copy DRM video streams such as Netflix

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Security researchers from Ben-Gurion University Cyber Security Research Center (CSRC) have unearthed a vulnerability in Google Chrome that can be exploited to make copies of DRM-protected video streams. The problem affects all Chromium-based browsers, and makes it possible to circumvent Widevine encryption technology Google uses to secure streams. Widevine has been used in Chrome for a while, after Google acquired it back in 2010. It has been used to prevent piracy of premium YouTube channels, and is also used to protect Amazon Prime and Netflix streams. Google was informed about the problem back in May, but is yet to issue… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Post-Brexit, an online campaign for a second UK referendum gains huge support

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The UK may not yet have introduced online voting — nor is it likely to any time soon — but it does have a website that can be used to raise petitions for debate. The House of Commons website is home to a huge number of such petitions, and any that gain 100,000 signatures will be raised in Parliament. After the UK referendum on EU membership saw the country narrowly voting in favor of Brexit (even if they didn’t know what this meant), a petition calling for a second referendum has been signed more than 3 million times. Ironically, the… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Report: YouTube and Facebook are now using automated tools to remove extremist content

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With the likes of ISIS understanding the power of social media, Facebook and other online services find themselves under increasing pressure to counter terrorist and other extremist content. A report by Reuters says that a number of online companies are using automated tools to remove videos that violate terms of use. Such tools have previously been used to prevent the spread of copyright videos online, but now it seems that they have been put to a new task. While automation can do little, if anything, to prevent the initial appearance of extremist videos, social networks can use them to stem… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Microsoft to kill off Surface 3 in December

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If you’re in the market for a Surface 3, now is the time to buy one. Microsoft says that production of the Surface 3 will come to an end in December this year, and warns that stocks are already starting to run low. It’s not yet clear whether the end of production for the cheapest Surface device signals the end of Microsoft’s Atom-based devices. But it certainly seems as though the company is keen to focus its attention on the Pro range as well as the Surface Book. Microsoft confirmed the end of Surface 3 production to ZDNet. Mary Jo… …Continue reading on BetaNews

EU-US Privacy Shield: White House promises not to spy on European data

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The replacement for data protection arrangement Safe Harbour, the EU-US Privacy Shield, has undergone final amendments. Safe Harbour has already been deemed invalid, and frantic talks have been underway to finalize its successor. Despite gaining the backing of Microsoft, EU-US Privacy Shield has faced a great deal of criticism. In the wake of the Brexit vote in the UK referendum on EU membership, the UK may be forced to comply with the rules even though it is in the process of exiting the Union. One of the most significant changes to come about — and one that will be welcomed… …Continue reading on BetaNews

There’s a fix on the way to address OnePlus 3 memory management and color calibration issues

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The OnePlus 3 is the first ‘flagship killer’ that has been available to buy without an invite. Reviews (and we’ll have one written up soon) have been overwhelmingly positive, but a couple of issues have surfaced. Some users have been disappointed to find that their handset does not take full advantage of its 6GB of RAM, while others bemoan poor color calibration of the Optic AMOLED screen. We’ve already shown you how to manually tweak memory settings, but an official update is on the way to address not only memory and color issues, but also to increase performance of the… …Continue reading on BetaNews

UK votes to leave the EU, but Google searches show people don’t understand Brexit

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It was a vote that was down to the wire much of the way, but the result of the UK referendum on membership of the European Union took many — including bookies — by surprise. 48.1 percent of voters indicated a preference to remain, while 51.9 percent said they wanted to go it alone. The fallout has been dramatic. Prime Minister David Cameron is stepping down, a second referendum on Scottish independence is now on the cards, and the financial markets have been in turmoil all day. But one of the more interesting side effects of the ‘leave’ vote is… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Germany says — yet again — that adblocking is legal

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Countless numbers of web users are completely in love with adblocking, but there are those who have tried to have it deemed illegal. Adblock Plus has been in court over this before, and today a German court has ruled, once again, that its operations are entirely legal. Publishing house Axel Springer sued Adblock Plus, saying that no company should be able to interfere with the display of ads. Axel Springer lost its case last year, but decided to appeal. Using a recent law to attack Adblock Plus’ Acceptable Ads program, Axel Springer tried to get the adblocker banned. This failed,… …Continue reading on BetaNews

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