Vine Linux 6.3 (Malartic-Lagraviere). Vine Linux 6.3 has following features (highlights): update the software collection; update Linux kernel to 3.4.106 (latest LTS kernel 3.4.y); bundle newer software – Firefox 33.0, Thunderbird 24.0, Sylpheed 3.4.2, LibreOffice 4.3.5, OpenSSL 1.0.1; stability improvement; improvements of look and feel; newer hardware support; new user-friendly tools. Since this is not a commercial version (Vine Linux CR), non-free applications and fonts are not included on the CD/DVD. Instead of proprietary ATOX X/Wnn7/Wnn8/VJE Japanese inputs and Ricoh/Dynacomware fonts, this FTP edition contains Anthy and free TrueType fonts.

theodp (442580) writes “Nice computer industry you got there. Hate to see something bad happen to it.” That’s the gist of a letter sent by Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook, Google, Code.org, and other tech giants earlier this week asking the WA State Legislature to approve $40M in capital spending to help fund a new $110M University of Washington computer science building ($70M will be raised privately). “As representatives of companies and businesses that rely on a ready supply of high quality computer science graduates,” wrote the letter’s 23 signatories, “we believe it is critical for the State to invest in this sector in a way that ensures its vibrancy and growth. Our vision is for Washington to continue to lead the way in technology and computer science, but we must keep pace with the vast demand.” The UW Dept. of Computer Science & Engineering profusely thanked tech leaders for pressing for a new building, which UW explained “will accommodate a doubling of our enrollment.” Coincidentally, the corporate full-press came not long after the ACM Education Council Diversity Taskforce laid out plans “to get companies to press universities to use more resources to create more seats in CS classes” to address what it called “the desperate gap between the rising demand for CS education and the too-few seats available.

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Taxi biz demands IP addresses and more

Uber has subpoenaed GitHub to unmask netizens suspected of hacking its database of taxi drivers.…

Red Hat’s OpenShift Commons invites open-source programmers and users to work on its OpenShift Platform-as-a-Service cloud.

Second hypervisor-related cloud meltdown in six months

Newly discovered vulnerabilities in the open source Xen virtualization hypervisor have once again sent major public cloud companies scurrying to patch and reboot their systems before attackers can pull off a massive exploit.…

Joomla! Googlemaps Plugin Multiple Remote Security Vulnerabilities

Vuln: Oracle Java SE CVE-2014-6585 Remote Java SE Vulnerability

Oracle Java SE CVE-2014-6585 Remote Java SE Vulnerability

OpenSSL CVE-2014-3566 Man In The Middle Information Disclosure Vulnerability

Joomla! Googlemaps Plugin Multiple Remote Security Vulnerabilities

State vs federal; corporations vs public interest

Analysis  A decision by the FCC has opened up a partisan chasm by quashing US state laws that hamper the rollout of city-owned broadband.…

mpicpp writes In a reversal, Google says that porn will continue to be allowed on its Blogger site. Google said it has received a big backlash after deciding earlier in the week that bloggers will no longer be able to “publicly share images and video that are sexually explicit or show graphic nudity.” The ban was to have taken place on March 23. Instead, Google said that the company would simply double down on its crackdown of bloggers who use their sites to sell porn.In July, Google stopped porn from appearing in its online ads that appear on Blogger. And in 2013, Google decided to remove blogs from its Blogger network that contained advertisements for online porn sites. “We’ve had a ton of feedback, in particular about the introduction of a retroactive change (some people have had accounts for 10+ years), but also about the negative impact on individuals who post sexually explicit content to express their identities,” wrote Jessica Pelegio, Google’s social product support manager, in a post on Google product forums. “So rather than implement this change, we’ve decided to step up enforcement around our existing policy prohibiting commercial porn.

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Juniper and Canonical have partnered on Contrail Cloud Platform, an OpenStack-based SDN and NFV solution for carriers that is based on open standards, according to the companies.

Two more ex-Nokia factories to close next month

More Microsoft staffers will lose their jobs next month when the software giant closes two smartphone factories in China, according to reports.…

The cheapest and simplest Raspberry Pi robot you’re going to find on the market. Is it a perfect entry-level kit?

schwit1 sends news that vandalism on the outskirts of Phoenix, Arizona knocked out internet and telephone service for hours across much of the state’s northern region. ATMs, credit card functionality, and emergency services were all affected. Officers are trying to determine who cut through a pipe containing a fiber-optic cable on the outskirts of the city, leading to the outage on Wednesday, which hit northern Phoenix and large parts of the north of Arizona. … The four-inch-thick pipe, which carries a CenturyLink cable, was found sliced through in an area where it is exposed to the elements as it crosses a desert wash about a quarter of a mile from a residential area, Holmes said. Police said the investigation is in its early stages, but that the pipe may have been vandalized by thieves looking to steal metal.

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Low-power LTE-U can share spectrum with 802.11

Qualcomm says it will begin shipping new chips later this year that will help relieve mobile network congestion by routing LTE mobile broadband traffic over short-range, unlicensed radio frequency bands.…

Can a Linux company and a networking power join forces to make an open-source cloud and software defined network that’s good enough for telecommunications data-centers? Canonical and Juniper think so.

Google pulls out of Blogger smut black hole

Monday: Get rid of this filth …. By Friday: Oh my God, where have ALL the blogs gone?

Google is backing down on its threat to tug filthy porno pics and raunchy grumble vids off Blogger.…

Midokura open-sourced MidoNet in November 2014, in a bid to make it more accessible and encourage broader developer participation. In the three months since then, Midokura’s development process for MidoNet has evolved somewhat.

HughPickens.com writes: Chris Matyszczyk reports at Cnet that Verizon has posted a message to the FCC titled: FCC’s ‘Throwback Thursday’ Move Imposes 1930s Rules on the Internet” written in Morse code. The first line of the release dated February 26, 1934 in old typewriter font (PDF) reads: “Today (Feb.26) the Federal Communications Commission approved an order urged by President Obama that imposes rules on broadband Internet services that were written in the era of the steam locomotive and the telegraph.” The Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 along party lines in favor of new Internet service rules that prohibit blocking, slowing or prioritizing traffic. The rules, which have not yet been released, are opposed by cable and telephone companies that fear it will curb Internet growth and stifle payback on network investment. “It isn’t a surprise that Verizon is a touch against Thursday’s order. In 2012, it insisted that the very idea of Net neutrality squished its First and Fifth Amendment right,” writes Matyszczyk. “I wonder, though, who will be attracted by this open mockery. Might this be a sign that Verizon doesn’t think the fight is over at all?”

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