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HPE has won $3 billion in a lawsuit against Oracle

Hewlett Packard Enterprise has been awarded $3 billion in a lawsuit it brought against Oracle five years ago over a now largely forgotten Intel processor.

The two sides had been fighting over Oracle's decision to stop developing versions of its software for Intel's Itanium, a server chip that never found much success in the market.

After the jury verdict Thursday, Oracle said it planned to appeal.

It's Oracle's second big court loss in as many months. In May, a jury rejected Oracle's claim that Google infringed its copyright when it copied parts of Java into Android. Oracle was seeking nearly $9 billion in that case. It plans to appeal that outcome, too.

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Tesla's autopilot is being investigated after a fatal crash

Federal regulators are investigating Tesla's autopilot feature after a fatal crash involving a tractor trailer and one of its Model S cars.

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened the investigation aftera man was killed while driving a Model S with the self-driving mode engaged.

"This is the first known fatality in just over 130 million miles where Autopilot was activated," Tesla said in a statement Thursday. It called the incident a "tragic loss."

The car was on a divided highway when a tractor trailer apparently turned in front of it. "Neither Autopilot nor the driver noticed the white side of the tractor trailer against a brightly lit sky, so the brake was not applied," Tesla said.

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This mobile Trojan from China fills your phone with porn apps

Malware that secretly installs porn apps on your phone is infecting devices by the millions, becoming the world?s largest mobile Trojan.

The malware, called "Hummer," is a family of Trojans that imitate Android apps before striking, according to Cheetah Mobile, a maker of security and utility apps.

The company?s researchers have been tracking Hummer since 2014. It's been infecting more than 1 million devices per day, far outpacing other kinds of mobile Trojans, the company said in a post on Wednesday.

India, Indonesia, Turkey, China and Mexico are the top five countries where the Trojan has been spreading the most, but it's also hit victims in the U.S. and Europe.

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Eyefi leaves some card owners stranded, highlighting IoT hazards

Older networked flash cards from Eyefi will become the next IoT devices to effectively die in consumers? hands when the company cuts off support for older models in September.

Eyefi's cards store data like other SD cards but also include a Wi-Fi radio so users can send photos straight from a camera to their laptop or phone. When Eyefi's first card went on sale in 2007, it already had some of the qualities of what?s now called an IoT device: It was remarkably small and had no display but could connect to a local network or the Internet over the air.

The products are also tied into a cloud-based service, which they usually rely on to get configured each time they?re used. Important functions of the device don?t work without a service that has to be maintained throughout the life of the product.

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RIP Paper, the ad-free Facebook News Feed app no one used but me

I knew it was coming. The last time Facebook updated my favorite app, a little-used, under-the-radar gem called Paper, was in March. March of 2015. But the news today that Facebook has pulled Paper from the App Store still stings, because it was Facebook?s finest work.

If you never used Paper?and you certainly weren?t alone?think of the app as the most gorgeous version of your Facebook News Feed combined with all your favorite news outlets. At the top of your News Feed was a carousel where recently posted photos would cycle in and out, almost like a constantly changing version of your profile cover photo. Beneath the carousel were all the latest stories from your friends and family, but instead of scrolling down to view them, you would swipe through each story like a cascading series of cards. Photos were full-screen and had a parallax-like effect, so you could tilt your phone to view different parts of each image. The best part: The app was blissfully free of ads. No promoted posts, no brands encouraging me to buy things. Just posts from people I know, like the Facebook of old.

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DNC hacker Guccifer 2.0 denies Russian links and mocks security firms

The hacker who claims to have breached the Democratic National Committee?s networks is trying to beat back accusations that he?s linked with the Russian government.

The intrusion, which stole confidential files from the DNC, was his ?personal project,? hacker Guccifer 2.0 said in a Thursdayblog post.

Security firms and the DNC may be trying to blame the attack on Russia, but ?they can prove nothing!? Guccifer 2.0 added.

?All I hear is blah-blah-blah, unfounded theories, and somebody?s estimates,? he wrote.

Guccifer 2.0 appeared on the web just a day after the DNC revealed it had been hacked. To prove he was behind the breach, the hacker began posting the files he stole. This included opposition research on presidential candidate Donald Trump, along with donor lists and foreign policy files.

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23% off Segway miniPRO Personal Transporter, Now Shipping - Deal Alert

Forget hoverboards. The Segway miniPROis a smarter, stronger and safer personal transporter,UL 2272 Certified for the highest standards of electrical and fire safety requirements established by Underwriter Laboratories. The miniPRO has large air-filled tires suitable for almost any terrain. Its innovative knee bar makes steering easy and precise, and its powerful lithium-ion battery will take you up to 14 miles on a single charge at speeds of up to 10 miles per hour. Automatic head and tail-lights produce maximum visibility night or day, personalized from a spectrum of 16 million color variations. It comes with a full-featured app, available for iOS and Android, that lets you personalize your miniPRO, activate anti-theft features, control your miniPRO remotely, and much more. It's available to ship now, and its initial list price of $1,299 has been reduced for launch to $999. See or buy it now on Amazon.

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Scientists give quantum computing a big boost with laser beams and microwaves

One of the challenges on the way to realizing the benefits of quantum computing is finding a way to compactly assemble and then precisely control enough quantum bits to deliver on the technology?s enormous processing potential.

Researchers at Penn State University said they?ve made a big advance.

Quantum bits, or qubits, are the quantum equivalent of the bits used in traditional computing. While today?s bits typically represent data as 0s or 1s, qubits can be both 0 and 1 at the same time through a state known as superposition.

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Dell stops selling Android devices to focus on Windows

Dell has stopped selling Android devices as it steps away from slate-style tablets to focus on Windows 2-in-1 devices.

The company isn?t refreshing the Venue line of Android tablets, and will no longer offer the Android-based Wyse Cloud Connect, a thumb-size computer that can turn a display into a PC. Other Android devices were discontinued some time ago.

?The slate tablet market is over-saturated and is experiencing declining demand from consumers, so we?ve decided to discontinue the Android-based Venue tablet line,? a Dell spokesman said in an email.

Though Dell has killed its Android devices, it made interesting products with the OS. One was the Venue 8 7000 tablet, which had an OLED screen and a 3D RealSense camera. Meanwhile, 2-in-1s can serve as both tablets and laptops.

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Google Keep gets improved search, Docs gains comment notifications in round o...

Google Keep continues to make strides that move it beyond just a simple note-taking app.

The latest update improves the search experience, putting Google?s organization capabilities to work for your current and archived notes.

Now you?ll see auto-labels by touching the search bar. You can then select one of the groupings and search further through your notes and images.

#GoogleKeep organized. Search automagically created topics like books, food and quotes for @Android, iPhones and web pic.twitter.com/wccSbThYpQ

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Rumor check: Everything we think we know about the Galaxy Note 7
We round up the latest rumors on Samsung's next phone-tablet hybrid device.
Android N name revealed: It's Nougat

After months of calling the next release simply ?Android N,? Google has finally settled on a name.

The company revealed Nougat on its Snapchat channel and Twitter, which included uncovering the latest statue to grace the Google campus.

The time has arrived! #AndroidNReveal pic.twitter.com/vtbSOjQvWh

? Android (@Android) June 30, 2016

Google names its Android versions after what it calls ?sweet treats.? Though the first two releases had no corresponding name, the early 1.5 release was named ?Cupcake.? From there, each new version of Android takes on the name of some sort of sweet food, each name beginning with the next letter of the alphabet. After Cupcake came Donut, then Eclair, all the way through corporate-sponsored ?KitKat? (version 4.4), and last year?s ?Marshmallow? (6.0).

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Google Play's new 'Early Access' section offers a sneak peek at unreleased apps

Android makes it pretty easy for developers to give out early access to apps they?re still trying to perfect.

But finding them usually relies on word of mouth or stumbling across the app while perusing the Play Store. Google is going to put them up front now, with a dedicated section called Early Access Apps.

You may or may not see it quite yet. It wasn?t active on my Galaxy S7 Edge, but did appear on my Nexus 7. There?s an official help site detailing the new section, so a rollout is certainly underway.

There?s a new, dedicated section for early release apps in the Play Store.

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Time is short to stop expansion of FBI hacking, senator says

The U.S. Congress has a small window of time to stop proposed changes in federal court rules that will expand the FBI?s authority to hack into computers during criminal investigations, a senator said Thursday.

The rulechanges allowing expanded FBI searches of computers, approved by the Supreme Court in April, go into effect in December unless Congress votes against them, and getting Congress to move in a contentious election year will be difficult, said Senator Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat and acritic of the changes.

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IBM and Cisco will make Watson into a virtual workmate

Watson might schedule your meetings someday if a partnership between IBM and Cisco Systems bears the fruit they?re hoping to grow.

In the meantime, the companies hope to save employees from some of the meaningless tasks they have to carry out just to work with their colleagues.

IBM?s Verse email platform and Connections collaboration suite are a good match for Cisco products like the Spark messaging app and WebEx conferencing service, so the two vendors have found ways to integrate them, company officials say. All this will happen in the cloud. They?ll demonstrate the first examples next month at the Cisco Live conference.

The collaboration could have particular value for enterprise Apple users. Both IBM and Cisco have partnerships with Apple for enterprise applications and communications on the company's devices. Details on that aspect of the IBM-Cisco partnership will come later, they said.

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