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The Upload: Your tech news briefing for Monday, July 6

Surveillance firm gets hacked... Minecraft on Windows 10... Giant robots to do battle

Leak of ZeusVM malware building tool might cause botnet surge

Any wannabe botnet operator can now create their own army of ZeusVM-infected computers, researchers warn


Giant mecha robots from Japan, US will meet in epic battle

Suidobashi Heavy Industry agrees to fight MegaBots in a piloted robot brawl

Italian surveillance software maker, Hacking Team, allegedly breached

Sources said the 400GB of stolen data includes a customer list and revenue received

Bitcoin glitch expected to abate as software upgrades continue

The software clients at risk are those that use Simple Payment Verification, Bitcoin.org said

Longtime Microsoft partner Yahoo tests search with Google

Yahoo is keeping its options open and testing search with a number of partners.

Uber throws in the towel in battle with French taxi drivers

The company has suspended its UberPop service in France following attacks from taxi drivers unhappy with the service

Enough is enough with the AMD rumors

So who is thought to be acquiring AMD now? Oracle? Apple? Ford Motor Co.? Donald Trump? Nope, this week it's Microsoft's turn to be the buyer du jour. The logic behind the rumor is that Microsoft is concerned about the fiscal...

Five smartphones to look forward to

The second half of 2015 looks as exciting as the first for smartphone buyers

Ad fraud Trojan updates Flash Player so that other malware can't get in

Despite being distributed through exploit kits, the Kovter Trojan appears to be ruining their business by patching valuable flaws

Reddit moderators in revolt, Reddit on lockdown

In today's open source roundup: Reddit moderators strike back against the site's management. Plus: Voat.co slammed with traffic, asks for bitcoin donations. And Voat.co redditors discuss the new onslaught of Reddit traffic.

The Upload: Your tech news briefing for Friday, July 3

Windows 10 close to finished... Intel reshuffles leadership... Microsoft, Kyocera strike Android patent licensing deal

Cisco leaves key to all its Unified CDM systems under doormat

Cisco's Unified Communications Domain Manager software contains a privileged account with a static password that can't be deleted or changed

IT firms' cloud appetite strong as gear sales surge 25 percent

Servers are in high demand as cloud gear sales outpace those of other IT equipment

Samsung faces lawsuit in China over bloatware on phones

The Shanghai Consumer Council is demanding that Samsung make the bloatware removable

Reddit sections go dark after exit of staffer

Some moderators claim they should have been consulted

Microsoft buries hatchet with Kyocera, ending litigation

A deal between the two companies puts an end to a lawsuit over Android patents

Plex hacker demands Bitcoin ransom for return of data

The hacker is threatening to release the data if a ransom is not paid in bitcoins

Hands-on: Windows 10's latest build feels close to finished

With just a month left until Windows 10's public launch, Microsoft's next OS seems on track for completion

Supreme Court justices hold stock in tech vendors, other firms

Justices' financial disclosure forms aren't available online, Fix the Court says

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