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UK snow: Freezing conditions hit evening rush hour - Commuters face travel disruption and ice, with temperatures set to hit -13C (9F) overnight.

New York Port Authority attack: Man held after Manhattan blast - A Bangladeshi man is being held after a blast wounded several people at Port Authority bus terminal.

Huntington’s breakthrough may stop disease - Scientists say it could be the biggest breakthrough in neurodegenerative diseases for 50 years.

Keith Chegwin: 'True telly legend' dies aged 60 - The veteran TV presenter has died aged 60 after a long illness, his family says.

Three children killed in Salford house fire - A man and woman are arrested on suspicion of murder after three children are killed in the blaze.

The Register

Berners-Lee, Woz, Cerf: cancel flawed net neutrality vote - Technologists publish open letter warning about "imminent threat" to internet Internet and technology luminaries, including Web creator Tim Berners-Lee, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and "Father of the internet" Vint Cerf, have called on the FCC to cancel its planned net neutrality vote this week, arguing that it is based on a "flawed and factually inaccurate understanding of Internet technology."…

New Ruski hacker clan exposed: They're called MoneyTaker, and they're gonna take your money - Subtly named group has gone largely unnoticed until now Security researchers have lifted the lid on a gang of Russian-speaking cybercrooks, dubbed MoneyTaker.…

'DJI Mavic' drone seen menacing London City airliner after takeoff - UK Airprox Board say it was 'endangering other aircraft' A "DJI Mavic type" drone was flown close to an airliner leaving London City Airport in September, a recently published UK Airprox Board report has revealed.…

UK lacks engineering and tech skillz to make government's industrial strategy work – report - Your lip service is all very well, but where are the people? A lack of skills in the engineering and technical workforce could hold up the government's industrial strategy, according to a report by the Institution of Engineering and Technology.…

Server winners and losers: HPE, Dell EMC still sitting pretty at the top, but uh-oh Lenovo - Beware the 'Others', who now make up 48% of shipments Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Dell EMC top the league tables for server revenue and sales in Q3, but face rapid growth from its global competition, according to a new Gartner report.…

New Scientist - News

Faltering carbon capture needs more investment not doubt - The world's first full-scale power plant carbon capture project has stumbled, but we can't let that risk the future of a technology we need, says Olive Heffernan

‘Scary’ spider photos on Facebook are revealing new species - When people see a big spider they often post a photo on Facebook – and those images have now revealed up to 30 new species

Light from LIGO’s neutron star smashup just got even brighter - The gravitational wave event from August still has surprises in store. Its light is three times brighter now, which may change how we think of gamma ray bursts

Record-breaking two-tonne fish is the heaviest of its kind - The record books say that the ocean sunfish is the heaviest bony fish alive, but in fact the specimen in question belongs to a different species

What do the new ‘gay genes’ tell us about sexual orientation? - Two gene variants have been found to be more common in gay men. New Scientist looks at what this tells us about the way biology shapes our sexuality

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LinkedIn Bro Poetry Pretty Much Sums Up 2017 - An anonymous reader shares an article: It starts out like this: I was homeless. I was fired yesterday. I was walking home. I took an Uber. Someone stopped me on the street. My boss told me not to take a chance on anyone over 50, but I hired him anyway. It was Elon Musk. LinkedIn has become overrun with these types of inspirational tales posted as long status updates. They're characterized by their short sentences and read like E.E. Cummings poems recited from memory by Tony Robbins. They're usually between 15 to 25 lines long, always double spaced. They start with a hook in the first couple sentences that entices the reader to click the "see more" link that's displayed on LinkedIn posts that are longer than three lines. Some refer to this type of post as "the LinkedIn haiku" others call it "broetry" and it has completely cannibalized the LinkedIn newsfeed. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

How Email Open Tracking Quietly Took Over the Web - Brian Merchant, writing for Wired: There are some 269 billion emails sent and received daily. That's roughly 35 emails for every person on the planet, every day. Over 40 percent of those emails are tracked, according to a study published last June by OMC, an "email intelligence" company that also builds anti-tracking tools. The tech is pretty simple. Tracking clients embed a line of code in the body of an email -- usually in a 1x1 pixel image, so tiny it's invisible, but also in elements like hyperlinks and custom fonts. When a recipient opens the email, the tracking client recognizes that pixel has been downloaded, as well as where and on what device. Newsletter services, marketers, and advertisers have used the technique for years, to collect data about their open rates; major tech companies like Facebook and Twitter followed suit in their ongoing quest to profile and predict our behavior online. But lately, a surprising -- and growing -- number of tracked emails are being sent not from corporations, but acquaintances. "We have been in touch with users that were tracked by their spouses, business partners, competitors," says Florian Seroussi, the founder of OMC. "It's the wild, wild west out there." According to OMC's data, a full 19 percent of all "conversational" email is now tracked. That's one in five of the emails you get from your friends. And you probably never noticed. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Net Neutrality: 'Father Of Internet' Joins Tech Leaders in Condemning Repeal Plan - More than 20 internet pioneers and leaders including the "father of the internet", Vint Cerf; the inventor of the world wide web, Tim Berners-Lee; and the Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak have urged the FCC to cancel its vote to repeal net neutrality, describing the plan as "based on a flawed and factually inaccurate" understanding of how the internet works. From a report: "The FCC's rushed and technically incorrect proposed order to repeal net neutrality protections without any replacement is an imminent threat to the internet we worked so hard to create. It should be stopped," said the technology luminaries in an open letter to lawmakers (PDF) with oversight of the Federal Communications Commission on Monday. The letter refers to the FCC's proposed Restoring Internet Freedom Order, which removes net neutrality protections introduced in 2015 to ensure that internet service providers (ISPs) such as Comcast, AT&T and Verizon would treat all web content and applications equally and not throttle, block or prioritise some content in return for payment. The FCC's vote on the proposed order is scheduled for 14 December and it is expected to be approved. "It is important to understand that the FCC's proposed order is based on a flawed and factually inaccurate understanding of Internet technology," the internet pioneers state, adding that the flaws were outlined in detail in a 43-page comment submitted by 200 tech leaders to the FCC in July. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Google Releases Tool To Help iPhone Hackers - Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai, writing for Motherboard: Google has released a powerful tool that can help security researchers hack and find bugs in iOS 11.1.2, a very recent version of the iPhone operating system. The exploit is the work of Ian Beer, one of the most prolific iOS bug hunters, and a member of Google Project Zero, which works to find bugs in all types of software, including that not made by Google. Beer released the tool Monday, which he says should work for "all devices." The proof of concept works only for those devices he tested -- iPhone 7, 6s and iPod touch 6G -- "but adding more support should be easy," he wrote. Last week, Beer caused a stir among the community of hackers who hack on the iPhone -- also traditionally known as jailbreakers -- by announcing that he was about to publish an exploit for iOS 11.1.2. Researchers reacted with excitement as they realized the tool would make jailbreaking and security research much easier. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

The Case that Bitcoin Is a Bubble - An anonymous reader shares an excerpt from the Economist: It seems that every day, Bitcoin seems to hit a new high. But the reported price can move up and down by $1,000 or so within a few hours. This might have made it a great investment for those who got in at the right price and are nimble enough to get out in time. But it doesn't make it a useful means of exchange (Editor's note: the link could be paywalled; alternative source). When the price is rising fast, those who use bitcoin will be reluctant to part with it; when the price falls, those who sell goods will be reluctant to accept it. Read more of this story at Slashdot.