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Yes, a weasel knocked out the Large Hadron Collider … but, no, a weasel is not a rodent

The worst part of this mistake – other than the pain caused to innocent weasels – is that it should have been avoided.

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Microsoft to begin SHA-1 crypto shutoff with Windows 10's summer upgrade

Microsoft outlined the timetable it will use to drop browser support for sites that secure traffic with SHA-1 certificates, part of an Internet-wide plan to rid the Internet of the weaker encryption.

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Where have all the MacBooks gone at Linux conferences?

The days of open source people using MacBooks and running Mac OS seem to be ending.

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Interop at 30: New technology, new missions

The Interop conference convening this week will be a far cry from the gathering of a small group of technology pioneers who sought interoperability among Internet devices 30 years ago.

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Microsoft Flow allows apps to all work together

Get notifications and sync data between apps from Microsoft or third parties.

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EMC World kicks off with cloud backup and cheaper flash arrays

EMC is kicking off its EMC World user conference with a new backup offering and a storage array priced for mid-sized enterprises.

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SmartThings security flaws revealed

Researchers developed four proof-of-concept attacks that show how an attacker could take control of SmartThings smart home devices.

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Craig Wright claims he is bitcoin inventor Satoshi Nakamoto

Australian entrepreneur Craig Wright is bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto, he has claimed on his personal blog and in media interviews.

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Microsoft's IE loses top browser spot to Google's Chrome

Internet Explorer in April lost the No. 1 spot to Google's Chrome, marking a dramatic changing of the desktop browser guard.

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Microsoft SQL Server 2016 finally gets a release date

Microsoft's SQL Server 2016 will be available for commercial use on June 1, giving companies access to a bunch of new features.

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Yammer adds external groups feature

Messaging system now lets you add people from other networks.

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New products of the week 5.2.16

Our roundup of intriguing new products from companies such as Dell and IBM.

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Qatar National Bank claims customer data released by hackers is authentic

Qatar National Bank has admitted that its systems were hacked but said that the information released online was a combination of data picked up from the attack and from other sources such as social media.

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Ransomware attack forces Michigan utility to shut down systems, phone lines, email

Lansing Board of Water & Light (BWL), a Michigan municipal utility, was hit with a new variant of ransomware and had to shut down many of its systems.

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Cybereason gains Lockheed Martin's Threat Intelligence to thwart cyberattacks

Cybereason's real time threat detection and remediation combines big data, behavioral analytics, and machine learning with top notch threat intelligence from Lockheed Martin

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New Microsoft beta lets workers build their own apps without coding

Microsoft announced Friday that it's opening up its PowerApps app creation service to the world, after a private beta period that began last year.

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iPhone 7 may immediately be followed by the iPhone 8

Apple's iPhone 7 may not have an iPhone 7s successor.

Intel ready to exit smartphone and tablet markets

Intel could be on the verge of exiting the market for smartphones and standalone tablets, wasting billions it spent trying to expand in those markets.

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