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Facebook awards $800,000 to ten projects securing the internet
by Paul Hill
Facebook has announced that it has awarded $800,000 to ten projects looking to make the internet and people on Facebook more secure. Each of the winners was awarded prize money of between $60,000 and $100,000 on the sidelines of the Black Hat USA security conference in Las Vegas. It will also award a further $200,000 via the Internet Defense Prize at the USENIX Security Symposium on August 15th.
Discussing the selections and the selection process, Alex Stamos, Facebook’s Chief Security Officer, wrote:
The focus areas of the winning projects included:
Cryptography and encrypted messages Analysis of malicious activity, including hijacked Facebook accounts Online & offline safety Post-password authentication, such as behavioural biometrics Privacy for emerging markets Perceptual hash algorithms The winners of the grants were from various institutions, including Galois Inc., University College London, Social Media Exchange Association, and Cornell University. For a full list of the projects and an in-depth look at what they’re working towards, be sure to check the Facebook Research blog post.
By Usama Jawad96
Battlefield 1 gameplay trailer shows off jaw-dropping battle scenes
by Usama Jawad
Battlefield 1 caused quite some waves when Electronic Arts showed off a trailer for the game last month, alongside Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. While the latter received almost 3 million dislikes on its YouTube channel, the former soared to popularity with nearly 40 million views, 2 million likes and only 33,000 dislikes. Now, EA has shown off another gameplay trailer for Battlefield 1, which showcases some intense battle scenes.
The upcoming game uses the same game engine, Frostbite, that will also be utilized in FIFA 17. Battlefield 1 is set to take players back to World War 1, with cinematic scenes of horses, hand-to-hand combat and mustard gas being shown throughout the trailer. Battlefield Global Community Manager Dan Mitre had the following to say:
Battlefield 1 is set to launch on Xbox One, PlayStation and PC on November 21, 2016. The game is also scheduled for a public beta some time soon, but details haven't been revealed as of yet. If you are a member of EA Access on Xbox One or Origin Access on PC, you will be able to play the game before launch, and will receive a 10% discount when you purchase the game.
Source: Electronic Arts
Apple is seeking an additional $180 million from Samsung
by Steven Johns
Image via TechCrunch If you've already forgotten about the Samsung and Apple legal battle, then you might be interested to know that it's still ongoing with court cases being filed by either side. Today, however, it's about Apple looking for supplemental damages as they allege Samsung continued to violate certain payments after a court-mandated cutoff time. This comes hard on the heels of Samsung appealing Apple's recent victory, just a few weeks since Samsung agreed to pay Apple almost $550 million in what appeared to have finally been the climax in the five-year long legal battle between the two tech juggernauts.
Apple is alleging Samsung didn't abide by the court-mandated cutoff time which specified that Samsung should discontinue to produce certain products that were alleged to violate Apple's patents. This referred to five different Samsung handset models.
Florian Mueller, an expert on patents and an author at FOSSpatents, was the first to pick up on the supplemental charges and commented that "[the] amount seems high to me given that the products at issue in this case (the first litigation between the two companies) were already somewhat outdated by the time of the 2012 trial."
Where this will go is anyone's guess, but it's clear that the patent war -- or more specifically the smartphone patent war -- is far from over.
A copy of the declaration submitted by Apple's damages expert Julie Davis can be viewed below:
15-12-23 Davis Declaration ISO Apple Motion
By Ian S.
Rare albino deer bagged by 11-year-old Michigan's Gavin Dingman shoots white animal with crossbow on hunting trip with his father; story generates wide range of emotional feedback
Gavin Dingman, 11, poses with albino deer; photo via Facebook
An 11-year-old Michigan hunter last week killed a rare albino deer while on a hunting trip with his father.
This week, the story is generating a wide range of emotional feedback on Facebook.
Gavin?s father, Mick Dingman, told WZZM 13 that he and his son had spotted the white deer several times in recent the years, and that other hunters had talked about trying to bag the animal.
An admittedly nervous Gavin used a crossbow from 30 yards to harvest the 12-point trophy buck, and the news quickly spread in hunting circles.
?He kind of feels like a rock star right now,? Mick Dingman said. ?Everyone is calling, all of the hunting shows and hunting magazines.?
Sentiments being expressed on the WZZM 13 Facebook page, where the albino deer story has been shared more than 4,000 times, are somewhat mixed.
?He should have let it live. There are plenty of others out there,? reads one of hundreds of comments.
?If it?s rare, why the hell would he kill it?? reads another.
?I?m fine with hunting, just hate the ?Hey look, it?s different, let?s shoot it? ideas. Shoot it with a camera and let the unique one live,? reads yet another.
Deer-hunting in Michigan is an extremely popular pastime, so it?s not surprising that so many wrote in defense of Gavin Dingman.
?Get over it. The law says it?s legal. Back off the kid!!! Way to go kiddo!!? reads one comment.
?He paid good money for his license. He can use it for anything HE chooses, ? reads another. ?Whether it be a brown deer or an albino buck, the state of Michigan gave him permission to kill it. Leave the kid alone. He did nothing wrong. He harvested a great trophy.?
Some of the commenters criticized WZZM 13 for posting the story on Facebook, opening Gavin to criticism.
?WZZM should stick with reporting news, not trying to make an 11-year-old boy feel guilty for shooting a deer, during deer season,? reads one comment.
Albino deer and leucistic deer (not a true albino) possess genetic defects that cause the white pigmentation.
Some native cultures revere the white animals, and believe that they possess the spirits of ancestors.
This story brings to mind the killing last October of a rare albino ?spirit moose? in Nova Scotia, Canada.
Three hunters involved in that expedition were harshly criticized on social media sites, and ultimately issued a formal apology to the Mi?kmaq people.
It?s unclear whether any native groups have spoken out against Gavin Dingman?s killing of the white deer in Michigan.
The boy?s description of his big moment: ?My dad was just like, ?Take a deep breath. Are you sure you can take the shot? If you?re not 100 percent, we don?t want to injure it.? ?
The family plans to pay a taxidermist to create a full body mount of the deer.
WZZM 13 cites a report that claims that one out of 20,000 deer are born albino.
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