Judge refuses to quash arrest warrant for Julian Assange

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A UK judge has refused to cancel a warrant for Julian Assange, meaning that the WikiLeaks founder still faces arrest if he leaves the Ecuadorian embassy in London where he has taken up residence. The judge said that Assange “appears to consider himself above the normal rules of law and wants justice only if it goes in his favor.” Assange skipped bail back in 2012, fearing extradition to Sweden where he faced rape charges, and further fearing being handed over to the US where he believes he faces charges of revealing state secrets. Although Sweden has since dropped charges, he… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Google is bringing AMP to Gmail, promising dynamic emails with interactive content

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Google has launched a developer preview of AMP for Email, bringing its Accelerated Mobile Pages feature to Gmail. The aim is modernize email, allowing for the creation of messages with interactive, dynamic content. In practice what this means is that emails could be updated with new information if details change, and that it will be possible to fill out forms and so on without leaving your inbox. There are already a number of big names getting involved — including Pinterest and Booking.com — and more will use the open source tool. As the name suggests, part of the point of… …Continue reading on BetaNews

The UK government reveals AI software that automatically blocks extremist content online

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Continuing its drive to take control of the internet, the UK government has unveiled a new tool that it says can block extremist content “on any platform” with astonishing accuracy. The system — as yet unnamed — was unveiled by Home Secretary Amber Rudd and cost £600,000, paid for with public funds, and has been designed to detect jihadist content. The government says that the algorithms can automatically detect “94 percent of Daesh propaganda with 99.995 percent accuracy.” Speaking to reporters in London, Rudd said that “we’re not going to rule out taking legislative action if we need to do… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Microsoft to bring Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection to Windows 7 and 8.1

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Formerly a Windows 10 exclusive, Microsoft today announced that Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) is coming to Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. That’s not to say that the older operating systems are set to gain the full benefit of ATP, however. Microsoft says that it is the Endpoint Detection & Response (EDR) functionality that will make its way to Windows 7 and 8.1 at some point this summer. This cloud-driven feature will be made available as a preview in the spring. See also: Microsoft’s aggressive Get Windows 10 (GWX) app slapped by Finnish authorities Top 5 free data recovery… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Android P will support iPhone X-style notches and feature a dramatic redesign

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The number of people running Oreo may well be very small, but there’s already talk about the next version of Android — Android P. Reports about what has been named internally as Pistachio Ice Cream promise not only a design overhaul, but also iPhone X-style notch support. The Oreo successor is due for release later this year, and a Bloomberg report shed some light on what we can expect, including tighter Google Assistant integration, support for different phone formats, and improved battery life. See also: Xiaomi deletes MIUI vs Android One Twitter poll after the voting didn’t go its way… …Continue reading on BetaNews

German court says Facebook’s privacy settings and use of personal data are illegal

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Facebook is no stranger to privacy-related controversy, and now a German court has ruled that the social networks’ use of personal data is illegal. The court in Berlin also said that Facebook’s default privacy settings violate German consumer law. The case was brought by the federation of German consumer organisations (VZBV) which said Facebook failed to provide its users with sufficient information, and also that people were automatically opted into to features. See also: Facebook is testing a ‘downvote’ option — just don’t call it a dislike button Facebook accused of violating city campaign finance law in Seattle Ahead of… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Low-cost Nokia 2 comes to the UK with two-day battery life

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Nokia is a name — for more seasoned mobile users, at least — that’s synonymous with phones that seem to last forever between charges. Now HMD Global is bringing the Nokia 2 to the UK, complete with impressive two-day battery life. Powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 212 Quad-core processor, the Nokia 2 boasts a 5-inch screen and 8GB of memory — which can be increased by up to 128GB with a MicroSD card. The phone ships with Android Nougat 7.1.1 (it’s described as being “Oreo ready” although there’s no word on when an upgrade might appear), and it will be… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Tests show how much Meltdown fixes will hit Linux system performance

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Now that the initial shock about the Spectre and Meltdown chip vulnerabilities has died down, the focus is very much on getting the problems sorted. As has been noted already, there has been concern about the impact on performance that the bug fixes will bring. Intel has been eager to downplay any suggestion of major slowdown, but the exact performance hit will vary from system to system depending on the tasks being performed. Brendan Gregg — a Netflix engineer whose work involves large scale cloud computing performance — has conducted some test into the impact patches will have on Linux… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Government websites in US, UK and Australia hacked to run secret cryptocurrency miner

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Thousands of government websites around the world have been hijacked to mine the cryptocurrency Monero. A commonly-used accessibility script was hacked to inject the Coinhive miner into official sites in the US, UK and Australia. One security researcher described it as the biggest attack of its type that he’d seen. In the UK, websites for the NHS and Information Commissioner’s Office were affected; in the US, the that of the United States Courts’ site was hit; in Australia, government sites including that of the Victorian parliament were hit by the cryptojacking code. What all of the sites had in common… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Apple videos show how to get the most from its HomePod speaker

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The launch of the Apple HomePod was delayed last year, but the iPhone-maker’s smart speaker was finally released a couple of days ago. Reviews are — generally speaking — positive, but early adopters have a few quibbles. Whether you’re thinking about jumping on the bandwagon, you already have a HomePod, or you just want to know more about them, Apple has released a series of videos that serve as a handy combination of tutorials and an introduction to its latest hardware. See also: Apple HomePod: ‘wow’ but ‘uh-oh’ Apple’s HomePod launches February 9 for $349 No HomePod for Christmas as… …Continue reading on BetaNews

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