An Intel Atom C2000 bug is killing products from multiple manufacturers – ExtremeTech

Intel hardware is, generally speaking, extremely reliable. Every processor and chipset has some degree of bugs, but these issues rarely become critical flaws that jeopardize a product. Evidence is mounting, however, that Intel’s C2000 server platform — that’s the Avoton and Rangeley low-power server variants, all of which are based on Atom — have a […]

Bipartisan bill would force police to get warrants before using Stingray cell tracker – ExtremeTech

A rare alliance of Democratic and Republican members of the US Congress could lead to increased restrictions on how police officers can deploy so-called Stingray cell phone trackers. These devices are regularly used to investigate suspected criminals, but the nature of the system means a lot of innocent Americans are caught up in the dragnet. […]

Project Loon uses machine learning to make internet balloons ‘dance on the wind’ – ExtremeTech

The aptly named Project Loon started as a “moonshot” experiment at Google’s X division in 2011. The goal was to provide wireless internet access to remote areas with high-altitude balloons, which does indeed sound loony. It has become one of the most well-known endeavors by X, now a division of Google’s parent company Alphabet. It’s […]

Major data breach strikes Cloudflare, change your passwords immediately – ExtremeTech

For years, Cloudflare has provided a variety of services, including content delivery, DNS, and protection from DDoS attacks. Its services are widely used by many different companies and websites, though it’s also been criticized for serving as an enabler to online piracy, terrorist organizations (two of ISIS’ three forums in 2015 were guarded by Cloudflare), […]

Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee wins Turing Award, comes out against erosion of online privacy – ExtremeTech

Famed British computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee has been honored repeatedly over the years for his role inventing the World Wide Web as we know it. Now, he’s won the 2016 Turing Award, widely considered to be the Nobel Prize of computing. Just another feather in the cap of the man who brought us instantaneous worldwide communication, […]

Yahoo announces over a billion user accounts compromised in security hacks [Updated] – ExtremeTech

Update: That didn’t take long. Sources have told Bloomberg that Verizon is exploring either paying significantly less for Yahoo or walking away from the deal entirely. Verizon is reportedly seeking a way to ensure that any future legal liability or disclosures fall solely on Yahoo in the event that Verizon acquires it. Bloomberg also reports […]

Mozilla’s new logo is 20 years out of date, does nothing to address why people don’t use Firefox – ExtremeTech

Yesterday, Mozilla, the nonprofit organization behind Firefox, announced its new “brand experience” and visual guidelines. I’m not going to argue that branding doesn’t matter — after all, people love to argue that marketing doesn’t matter, yet decades of research into consumer buying habits and how people respond to advertising have shown that it absolutely does. […]

Time Warner Cable sued in New York for rampant fraud, lying to the FCC – ExtremeTech

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has filed a lawsuit (PDF) against Time Warner Cable, accusing the company of lying to both its customers and the FCC. The suit alleges that TWC “Systematically And Knowingly Failed To Deliver The Reliable And Fast Internet Access It Promised To Subscribers Across The State” (capitalization original) and […]