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Messaging app Line buys Microsoft's MixRadio music-streaming app

Microsoft says that Line gives MixRadio 'an excellent platform for expansion'


Vulnerability in embedded Web server exposes millions of routers to hacking

Attackers can take control of millions of routers by sending a specially crafted request to RomPager, an embedded Web server running on them

Amazon Web Services updates console to simplify management

The company hopes to streamline management with resource groups and Tag Editor tool

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A declining number of Linux distros might be killing distrohopping

In today's open source roundup: Distrohopping and the declining number of Linux distributions. Plus: The Register reviews Fedora 21, and Civilization: Beyond Earth launches tomorrow for Linux.

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New ransomware avoids hitting the same victim twice

A new strain of ransomware, OphionLocker, generates a unique hardware identifier for each new infected machine so that it can avoid hitting the same victim twice

Sony hit with second employee lawsuit over hack

Latest lawsuit seeks class action status and alleges company didn't do enough to protect employee data

Point-of-sale malware creators still in business with Spark, an Alina spinoff

Spark is installed by a script written in AutoIt and scrapes card data from the memory of POS terminals

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Apple's holiday push for AIDS-fighting nonprofit (RED) raised $20 million

The company donated a portion of your Black Friday and Cyber Monday purchases to The Global Fund for AIDS research.

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U.S.-Cuba breakthrough is no slam dunk for Internet

As the U.S. frees its service providers to invest, Cuba may not play ball

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Amazon promises one-hour delivery in Manhattan, more locations on the way

The super-fast shipping costs $7.99, while people willing to wait another hour won't have to pay extra

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LG readies webOS TVs with better performance, 4K content

Users will be able to watch 4K movies and TV series from Netflix and Amazon

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Microsoft kills EU browser choice screen

The screen contributed to restoring competition in the EU browser market, the European Commission said

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Cloud provider pits 6TB hard drives in real-world face off

Cloud service provider Backblaze has published data comparing the performance of two of the leading providers of high-capacity hard drives.

Microsoft and IBM keep the pressure on Amazon’s cloud

Deep-pocketed companies Microsoft and IBM are keeping the pressure on AWS with a flurry of announcements to close out the year.

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IBM pushes hard into the enterprise cloud

Company adds cloud centers in 11 new locations as competition heats up.

Human error root cause of November Microsoft Azure outage

The November 18-19 outage was caused by an update that Microsoft personnel assumed to be sound, but wasn't.

Sony cancels 'The Interview' release after threats following cyberattack

The studio said it was the victim of an 'unprecedented criminal assault'

Forensic software gets around iCloud security features

Elcomsoft's Phone Breaker can pull data from iCloud accounts with a person's knowledge

Uber envisions a safer ride in 2015

The company is looking at using new driver screening methods, which may include polygraph tests

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