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Google publishes Windows vulnerability despite no fix from Microsoft

Google has openly published a Windows 8.1 vulnerability that allows low-level users to gain administrator privileges. The security flaw was revealed earlier this week despite one big problem: there’s still no fix from Microsoft. As such, the elevated privileges vulnerability remains a legitimate threat to some Windows customers. Google says it gave Redmond plenty of time to address the problem before the code went public on December 29th. It’s been 90 days since the security hole was filed as part of Google’s Project Zero initiative, which is dedicated to uncovering weaknesses in software before hackers can exploit them. Microsoft was told about the issue on September 30th, but so far hasn’t managed to resolve it with a Windows software…

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23andMe expands to the UK despite US restrictions

23andMe, the genetics company, is expanding its Personal Genome Service to the UK market. Perhaps wary of the troubles that have plagued the company in the US, 23andMe notes that its services are not diagnostic in its UK press release. That doesn’t stop the company from promising to reveal risk factors and genes for sickle cell anemia, cystic fibrosis, Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease — using the same health reports that U.S. officials have suspended.

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Microsoft fixes Windows XP browser security flaw despite end of support

Microsoft is releasing a set of patches for all of its currently supported versions of Internet Explorer. The security updates follow the discovery of a vulnerability that could allow hackers to gain full user permissions over a PC, allowing them to install programs, view and delete data, and much more simply by visiting a malicious website. The major flaw was discovered last weekend, so Microsoft has moved quickly to react to this particular vulnerability outside of its normal Patch Tuesday. The security updates will be available on Windows Update at 1PM ET today.

While Microsoft may have killed off support for Windows XP last month, the company is taking the highly unusual approach of releasing a security update for its nearly…

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Sony extends PS4’s lead over Xbox One despite ‘Titanfall’ launch

Titanfall was the best-selling game for the month of March, according to NPD, but it didn’t help Microsoft take the lead in the latest console war. Today, Microsoft has announced that the Xbox One has shipped over five million units, but yesterday Sony reported selling seven million units of the PlayStation 4. That’s a sizable lead for Sony, especially considering that Sony says those consoles were actually sold to consumers, not just those sitting on retail shelves. (The PlayStation 4 is frequently sold out.)

Still, it’s important to note that neither company is losing this battle: both Sony and Microsoft’s gaming machines are doing fantastically well. The Xbox One may not be the top seller, but Microsoft says it sold 311,000 consoles…

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Reddit tests breaking news live blogs despite previous Boston bombing errors

Reddit’s community has an impressive ability to piece together scattered bits of information during major breaking news events — though it’s efforts have at times gone more than awry. But now the site is hoping to streamline its community’s reporting ability as it begins to test a live blogging tool that will eventually allow users to start posting automatically updating streams of information, much like many news outlets use. The new post type, called a Liveupdate thread, is being publicly tested in two places: it’s currently being used to provide updates on TwitchPlaysPokemon, and several days ago it was used to provide updates on the conflict in Ukraine.

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Vanished American in Iran worked for CIA despite government cover-up

Robert Levinson, a 28-year veteran of the Drug Enforcement Administration and the FBI, vanished at a resort off the coast of Iran in March 2007. In the almost seven years since the incident, the US government has maintained that he was a private citizen doing business when he disappeared. However, a sprawling AP report reveals that Levinson, now listed by the FBI as one of the longest held Americans in history, was working for the CIA when he went missing.

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‘Fast & Furious 7’ production will proceed despite Paul Walker’s death, report says

The seventh installment of the Fast & Furious series may not have been entirely derailed by star Paul Walker’s sudden death yesterday. Sources have apparently told The Hollywood Reporter that although production has been delayed, Universal executives and director James Wan met this morning to discuss how to proceed with the film while being respectful of Walker’s death. The film was set for a release date of July 11th, but TMZ has reported that Walker was supposed to film several “key scenes” this week, and that other cast members are too distraught to return to the set any time soon. The Hollywood Reporter’s sources also say that Walker and others were scheduled to shoot more scenes, though they say that a large part of the film…

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Nokia and Samsung say they can’t track powered-down phones despite NSA claims

Earlier this year, The Washington Post claimed that the National Security Agency (NSA) had developed a method nine years ago to locate cellphones when they were powered-down. The publication didn’t provide technical details on the software or hardware involved, leaving security researchers puzzled by the revelations. Seeking clarification on the technologies invoked, British privacy watchdog Privacy International conducted a survey of eight cellphone manufacturers in August to obtain details on how it would be possible to track a cellphone once it’s turned off.

Half of the firms involved in Privacy International’s research have responded, but none of the companies have provided a clear explanation for The Washington Post’s…

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Rare panda birth surprised zoo keepers despite 24/7 video surveillance

A panda was born last night at the National Zoo in Washington, DC. It marks the third birth for Mei Xiang, a 25-year-old giant panda, who picked up and began cuddling her cub immediately after it was born. Conceiving cubs in captivity has been a continued struggle — Mei Xiang’s pregnancy only came as a result of an artificial insemination back in March — and giant pandas continue to remain on the endangered species list in part because of it. As of 2004, there were only believed to be 1,600 remaining.

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HTC profit down 83 percent from last year despite flagship launch

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HTC has just announced its unaudited results for the second quarter 2013, and they’re not pretty. Despite launching a much-lauded flagship smartphone, the HTC One, the company made just NT$ 1.25 billion (roughly $ 41 million) after tax from NT$ 70.7 billion ($ 2.35 billion) revenue. In the same quarter last year, the company took in revenue of NT$ 91.04 billion ($ 3 billion) and made NT$ 7.40 billion ($ 246 million) profit.

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