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  1. Samsung denied new trial over Apple's 'bounce-back' patent

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    A federal judge has quashed Samsung's hopes for a new patent trial over Apple's "bounce-back" patent, a key issue in the pair's landmark trial last year.

    US District Court Judge Lucy Koh issued a ruling late Thursday denying a Samsung motion for a new trial regarding the "bounce-back," or '381 patent. Samsung filed this motion in July, according to Groklaw.

    Apple had originally accused more than 20 Samsung smartphones ...
  2. Android Open Source Project now has latest 4.3 fixes for most Nexus hardware

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    The latest Android 4.3 updates brought a slate of unfortunate software bugs to the party, especially to Google's own Nexus devices, ironically enough. Thankfully, the Mountain View crew is hard at work patching things up, as evidenced by the Nexus 7 update earlier today that resolved its multi-touch and GPS issues. Now those fixes are up on AOSP as well, not only with the aforementioned JSS15Q build for the 7-inch tablet, but also the JWR66Y for the rest of the Nexus ...
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  3. Pandora will remove 40-hour mobile listening limit on Sept 1st

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    Just months after introducing a 40 hour per month cap on free mobile listening for its online radio service, Pandora has announced that it will remove the limit starting September 1st.

    Pandora first added the limitation in March due to increased licensing costs, noting that just 4 percent of users would be affected by it. The company says it can now return to the unlimited option because of the “rapid progress of its mobile advertising”.

  4. Hacker pleads not guilty to stealing 160M credit cards

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    Dmitriy Smilianets was allegedly involved in the biggest hacking scheme ever prosecuted in the U.S., which cost Heartland, 7-Eleven, JetBlue, and others more than $300 million.

    One of the five men accused of perpetrating the largest hacking scheme ever prosecuted in the U.S., which culminated with the theft of more than 160 million credit card numbers, pleaded not guilty on Monday, according to Reuters.

    The charges levied against Dmitriy ...
  5. Z-Wave senors and devices vulnerable

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    A pair of security researchers probing the Z-Wave home-automation standard managed to unlock doors and disable sensors controlled by the technology.

    Behrang Fouladi and Sahand Ghanoun took a long hard look at Z-Wave for their presentation at last week's Black Hat hacking conference in Las Vegas. The wireless standard dominates home-automation in the US, but the pair discovered some worrying flaws.

    Not only were they able to switch off a ...
  6. First 100 Pages of Aaron Swartz’s Secret Service File Released

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    After half-a-year of delays and roadblocks, the U.S Secret Service today released the first 104 pages of agency documents about the late coder and activist Aaron Swartz, including a brief report on Swartz’s suicide less than three months before his scheduled trial.

    “On 1/11/13, Aaron Swartz was found dead in his apartment in Brooklyn, as a result of an apparent suicide,” reads a January 17, 2013 Secret Service memo. “A suppression hearing in this had ...
  7. Android bug batters Bitcoin wallets

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    Android security engineers have issued fixes that aim to address weaknesses in the mobile operating systems underlying Java Cryptography Architecture. The flaws had enabled theft from certain Android Bitcoin wallet apps.

    Google’s Android security team has issued a patch for the mobile operating system’s built-in pseudorandom number generator (PRNG), after problems with the feature led to some Bitcoin users having a small amount of money stolen.
  8. City of London bans smartphone snooping bin trial due to privacy concerns

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    THE CITY OF LONDON has banned WiFi enabled recycling bins that are being trailed in the region due to their ability to record the movements of and steal data from people passing by.

    The 12 bins, which were placed by startup Renew London, were on trial on Cheapside by St Pauls, and featured LCD screens showing adverts as they tracked the movements of over four million people as they passed via their smartphones.

    However, trials were suspended ...
  9. HP plugs password-leaking printer flaw

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    Security flaws in a range of HP printers create a way for hackers to lift administrator's passwords and other potentially sensitive information from vulnerable devices, infosec experts have warned.

    HP has released patches for the affected LaserJet Pro printers to defend against the vulnerability (CVE-2013-4807), which was discovered by Michal Sajdak of Sajdak discovered it was possible to extract plaintext versions of users' passwords via ...
  10. Paypal trials app that lets you pay with your face

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    While we're not quite scanning retinas à la Mission Impossible and Minority Report, PayPal is now testing face verification for mobile-payment transactions.

    The ecommerce company's app has a tab labeled "Local," which helps users find nearby stores and restaurants that accept mobile PayPal payments. Once customers check in to a venue online, their name and photo appear on the store's PayPal app. Shoppers can then use the app to pay for items ...
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