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UK First European Country To Approve Lab-grown Meat, Starting With Pet Food

Slashdot - Wed, 2024-07-17 20:05
Lab-grown pet food is to hit UK shelves as Britain becomes the first country in Europe to approve cultivated meat. From a report: The Animal and Plant Health Agency and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs have approved the product from the company Meatly. It is thought there will be demand for cultivated pet food, as animal lovers face a dilemma about feeding their pets meat from slaughtered livestock. Research suggests the pet food industry has a climate impact similar to that of the Philippines, the 13th most populous country in the world. A study by the University of Winchester found that 50% of surveyed pet owners would feed their pets cultivated meat, while 32% would eat it themselves. The Meatly product is cultivated chicken. It is made by taking a small sample from a chicken egg, cultivating it with vitamins and amino acids in a lab, then growing cells in a container similar to those in which beer is fermented. The result is a pate-like paste.

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Here we go again. And again. Musk threatens to pull Twitter, SpaceX out of California

TheRegister - Wed, 2024-07-17 19:29
Over here, look at me, Donald, I'm over here, don't you want to tweet again? Woke! Antifa! Immigration! Cali!

Comment Elon Musk is threatening yet again to take his ball and go home, this time claiming he's going to move X and SpaceX from California to Texas because he's upset over a new state law designed to prevent teachers from being required to out LGBTQ students.…

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US To Issue Proposed Rules Limiting Chinese Vehicle Software in August

Slashdot - Wed, 2024-07-17 19:25
The U.S. Commerce Department plans to issue proposed rules on connected vehicles next month and expects to impose limits on some software made in China and other countries deemed adversaries, a senior official said Tuesday. From a report: "We're looking at a few components and some software - not the whole car - but it would be some of the key driver components of the vehicle that manage the software and manage the data around that car that would have to be made in an allied country," said export controls chief Alan Estevez at a forum in Colorado. In May, Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo said her department planned to issue proposed rules on Chinese-connected vehicles this autumn and had said the Biden administration could take "extreme action" and ban Chinese-connected vehicles or impose restrictions on them after the Biden administration in February launched a probe into whether Chinese vehicle imports posed national security risks.

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Anthropic teams up with venture capital firm to kickstart $100M AI startup fund

TheRegister - Wed, 2024-07-17 18:45
Recipients of six-digit investments aren’t required to use Claude

Anthropic is setting up a $100 million fund for AI startups with the help of venture capital firm Menlo Ventures.…

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Leaked Docs Show What Phones Cellebrite Can and Can't Unlock

Slashdot - Wed, 2024-07-17 18:45
Cellebrite, the well-known mobile forensics company, was unable to unlock a sizable chunk of modern iPhones available on the market as of April 2024, 404 Media reported Wednesday, citing leaked documents it obtained. From the report: Mobile forensics companies typically do not release details on what specific models their tools can or cannot penetrate, instead using vague terms in marketing materials. The documents obtained by 404 Media, which are given to customers but not published publicly, show how fluid and fast moving the success, or failure, of mobile forensic tools can be, and highlights the constant cat and mouse game between hardware and operating manufacturers like Apple and Google, and the hacking companies looking for vulnerabilities to exploit. [...] For all locked iPhones able to run 17.4 or newer, the Cellebrite document says "In Research," meaning they cannot necessarily be unlocked with Cellebrite's tools. For previous iterations of iOS 17, stretching from 17.1 to 17.3.1, Cellebrite says it does support the iPhone XR and iPhone 11 series. Specifically, the document says Cellebrite recently added support to those models for its Supersonic BF [brute force] capability, which claims to gain access to phones quickly. But for the iPhone 12 and up running those operating systems, Cellebrite says support is "Coming soon."

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Kaspersky gives US customers six months of free updates as a parting gift

TheRegister - Wed, 2024-07-17 18:20
So long, farewell, do svidaniya, goodbye

Embattled Russian infosec shop Kaspersky is giving US customers six months of security updates for free as a parting gift as Uncle Sam kicks the antivirus maker out of the American market.…

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Google Docs is Finally Adding Markdown Support

Slashdot - Wed, 2024-07-17 18:15
Google Docs is adding Markdown support, finally. The update, rolling out over the next two weeks, allows users to import, export, copy, and paste Markdown-formatted text. This move comes a decade after Google consolidated its document editing tools into Drive.

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SpaceX asks the FAA: 'Can we launch our rockets again, please?'

TheRegister - Wed, 2024-07-17 17:45
Company keen to get back on the horse before the investigation is complete

SpaceX wants to get back to launching Falcon 9 after one of the rockets experienced an upper stage malfunction last week, which forced it to ditch its satellites in a lower than planned orbit. It has requested a public safety determination from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to allow it to return to flight.…

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Britain's New Government Aims To Regulate Most Powerful AI Models

Slashdot - Wed, 2024-07-17 17:30
Britain's new Labour government has said it will explore how to effectively regulate AI models, but stopped short of proposing any specific laws. From a report: King Charles set out newly-elected Prime Minister Keir Starmer's legislative agenda in a speech on Wednesday to open the new session of parliament. It included more than 35 new bills covering everything from housing to cyber security measures. The government said it would seek to establish the appropriate legislation to place requirements on those working to develop "the most powerful artificial intelligence models."

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84% of PC Users Unwilling To Pay Extra For AI-enhanced Hardware, Survey Says

Slashdot - Wed, 2024-07-17 16:54
An anonymous reader shares a report: A recent poll on TechPowerUp revealed that an overwhelming majority of PC users are not interested in paying extra for hardware with AI capabilities. According to the survey, 84% of respondents would not spend more for AI features, while only 7% said they would, and 9% were unsure. The poll data was already contributed by over 26K responders. This indicates that despite the PC market's shift toward integrating AI, most enthusiasts remain skeptical of its value. This suggests that hardware companies should pay attention to the preferences of their core user base. Currently, enthusiasts, who no doubt represent the majority of users on TechPowerUP, show little interest in AI features.

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Light-weight solar-powered flying robots are coming

TheRegister - Wed, 2024-07-17 16:39
Don’t worry, they look like they wouldn’t hurt a fly

Researchers have developed very lightweight solar-powered flying robots in a bid to overcome the limitations of small-scale drone flyers.…

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Ransomware Continues To Pile on Costs For Critical Infrastructure Victims

Slashdot - Wed, 2024-07-17 16:10
Costs associated with ransomware attacks on critical national infrastructure (CNI) organizations skyrocketed in the past year. From a report: According to Sophos' latest figures, released today, the median ransom payments rose to $2.54 million -- a whopping 41 times last year's sum of $62,500. The mean payment for 2024 is even higher at $3.225 million, although this represents a less dramatic 6x increase. IT, tech, and telecoms were the least likely to pay mega bucks to cybercriminals with an average payment of $330,000, while lower education and federal government orgs reported the highest average payments at $6.6 million. The numbers are based only on ransomware victims that were willing to disclose the details of their blunders, so do not present the complete picture. On the topic of ransom payments, only 86 CNI organizations of the total 275 involved in the survey offered data. There's a good chance that the numbers would be skewed if 100 percent of the total CNI ransomware victims polled were entirely transparent with their figures. Costs to recover from ransomware attacks are also significantly up compared to the researchers' report last year, with some CNI sectors' costs quadrupling to a median average of $3 million per incident. While the mean cost across oil, gas, energy, and utilities dropped slightly to $3.12 million from $3.17 million last year, the energy and water sectors saw the sharpest increase in recovery costs. The new average for just these two sectors is now four times greater than the global median cross-sector average of $750k, Sophos said.

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GlobalWafers scores $400M to help build US's first 300mm wafer plants in Texas and Missouri

TheRegister - Wed, 2024-07-17 15:46
CHIPS ACT grant will help cover the Taiwanese semiconductor firm’s $4B budget

US government is granting GlobalWafers up to $400 million in CHIPS Act cash to help fund its 300mm wafer manufacturing facilities in Texas and Missouri.…

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GitLab Explores Sale

Slashdot - Wed, 2024-07-17 15:26
GitLab, a U.S. provider of cloud-based software development tools whose investors include Google parent Alphabet, is exploring a sale after attracting acquisition interest, Reuters is reporting. From the report: GitLab, which has a market value of about $8 billion, is working with investment bankers on a sale process that has attracted interest from peers, including cloud monitoring firm Datadog, the sources said. Any deal is still weeks away and no agreement is certain, the sources said, requesting anonymity because the matter is confidential.

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Ransomware continues to pile on costs for critical infrastructure victims

TheRegister - Wed, 2024-07-17 15:01
Millions more spent without any improvement in recovery times

Costs associated with ransomware attacks on critical national infrastructure (CNI) organizations skyrocketed in the past year.…

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Damaged Internet Subsea Cables Repaired in Red Sea Amid Militant Attacks on Ships

Slashdot - Wed, 2024-07-17 14:46
Repairs have finally commenced on three subsea telecommunications cables that were damaged in the Red Sea in February, even as Houthi militants escalate their attacks on ships in the area. From a report: The AAE-1 cable, a 25,000-kilometer (15,500 miles) fiber optic link between Asia and Europe, was repaired by a ship owned by E-Marine, a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi-based Emirates Telecommunications Group. The cable came online this week, a Yemeni government official said. The same ship, Niwa, remains in Yemeni waters to repair the remaining two cables, Seacom and EIG. The cables, among more than a dozen that run through the Red Sea, were severed by the anchor of a cargo ship sunk by Iran-backed Houthi militants in late February. Repairs to the cables have depended on gaining access to infrastructure in Yemen's waters, a task complicated by the country's split government and the fact the Red Sea is a conflict zone. It has taken months of negotiations involving the cable operators and the two factions that control Yemen -- the internationally-recognized government in the south and the Houthi-backed government in Sanaa -- to arrange for the repair mission.

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FOSS funding vanishes from EU's 2025 Horizon program plans

TheRegister - Wed, 2024-07-17 14:24
Elimination of most Next Generation Internet funding 'incomprehensible,' says OW2 CEO Pierre-Yves Gibello

Funding for free and open source software (FOSS) initiatives under the EU's Horizon program has mostly vanished from next year's proposal, claim advocates who are worried for the future of many ongoing projects. …

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Senators Press AT&T, Snowflake For Answers on Wide-ranging Data Breach

Slashdot - Wed, 2024-07-17 14:00
A bipartisan pair of U.S. senators pressed the leaders of AT&T and data storage company Snowflake on Tuesday for more information about the scope of a recent breach that allowed cybercriminals to steal records on "nearly all" of the phone giant's customers. From a report: "There is no reason to believe that AT&T's sensitive data will not also be auctioned and fall into the hands of criminals and foreign intelligence agencies," Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Josh Hawley (R-MO), the leaders of the Judiciary Committee's privacy subpanel, wrote Tuesday in a letter to AT&T Chief Executive Officer John Stankey. The duo also sent a missive to Snowflake CEO Sridhar Ramaswamy that said the theft of AT&T subscriber information "appears to be connected with an ongoing series of breaches" of the company's clients, including Ticketmaster, Advance Auto Parts, and Santander Bank. "Disturbingly, the Ticketmaster and AT&T breaches appears [sic] to have been easily preventable," they wrote to Ramaswamy. Blumenthal and Hawley have asked the corporate leaders to answer a series of questions about the lapses by July 29.

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What exactly did Microsoft promise CISPE in its settlement?

TheRegister - Wed, 2024-07-17 13:42
Analysts: 'At the end of the day, the settlement is nothing'

Analysis Microsoft's deal to settle an antitrust complaint taken to the European Commission by a group of cloud providers is good for Microsoft, but no so meaningful for enterprise customers, says a well respected analyst.…

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Rising ASML sales overshadowed by fears of more drastic US restrictions

TheRegister - Wed, 2024-07-17 13:13
Market immediately responds as shares in Dutch maker of crucial photolithography tech dip

Europe's tech darling ASML is forecasting increased sales following a mixed calendar Q2, but its share price is down amid talk of tighter restrictions on China exports being considered by the US government.…

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