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Oracle fixes zero-day Java flaw and over 190 other vulnerabilities

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Go ahead and update Java—or disable it if you don’t remember the last time you actually used it on the Web: Oracle’s latest patch, released Tuesday, fixes 25 vulnerabilities in the aging platform, including one that’s already being exploited in attacks.

In addition to Java, Oracle also updated a wide range of other products, fixing a total of 193 vulnerabilities, 44 stemming from third-party components.

The patched products include Oracle Database, Oracle Fusion Middleware, Oracle Hyperion, Oracle Enterprise Manager, Oracle E-Business Suite, Oracle Supply Chain Suite, Oracle PeopleSoft Enterprise, Oracle Siebel CRM, Oracle Communications Applications, Oracle Java SE, Oracle Sun Systems Products Suite, Oracle Linux and Virtualization, and Oracle MySQL.

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The Upload: Your tech news briefing for Wednesday, July 15

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Intel’s second quarter numbers likely shadowed by falling PC sales

Intel reports earnings Wednesday and it’s expected to be a lackluster quarter for the chip giant as PC sales continue to slow. Analysts expect revenue to be down 6 percent from last year, and profit is forecast to fall as well. PC shipments declined 10 percent last quarter, according to Gartner, and Intel’s results are likely to reflect that.

Hacking Team CEO insists customers’ spy tools aren’t compromised

The founder of the Italian surveillance software company that suffered a disastrous data breach last week sought to reassure clients on Tuesday, insisting that Hacking Team’s anti-terrorism tools have not been jeopardized. “If the client has followed our instructions there are no problems for security. Only a part of the source code has been stolen,” Hacking Team CEO David Vincenzetti said, adding that the hack, which resulted in the theft of 400GB of data and the publication of around 1 million company emails on the WikiLeaks website, had not compromised its most innovative products.

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Report: Malvertisers now using SSL redirects

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Advertising networks have gotten better at spotting malicious downloads embedded into advertisements, so criminals began using redirects, even chains of a dozen redirects or more, to keep their malicious ads from being detected.
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Craving machine companionship? Japan’s robot hotel is for you

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When you check into Japan’s newest hotel, a mechanized velociraptor in a bellhop cap greets you at the front desk.

“Thank you for your visitors,” it says in awkward English, as it gesticulates with its alarming claws and fangs.

If it’s too off-putting, the other clerks, a female android in a crisp white uniform and Aldebaran Robotics’ pint-sized Nao humanoid robot, are happy to check you in.

Welcome to the Henn-na Hotel near Nagasaki, where the main staff are machines. The name means “strange” in Japanese, and the facility is a bizarre combination of a no-frills business hotel and an amusement park.

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NASA spacecraft expects ‘dazzling’ data after Pluto flyby

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After a journey of nine years and 3 billion miles, the New Horizons spacecraft re-established contact with NASA and was furiously collecting data and what are expected to be “dazzling” images of the dwarf planet Pluto.
Starting at 5:50 a.m. ET on W…

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As Apple desktop use grows, IT adapts

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SANTA CLARA, CALIF. — Widespread iPhone and iPad adoption is influencing broader use of Apple products in the enterprise, namely desktops and laptops. One enterprise seeing this is University of Nevada at Reno, where academic freedom at the resear…

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HTC introduces four new budget phones to its Desire family

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In spite of all the reports of its impending doom, HTC is still making smartphones. In fact, the company is introducing four new budget Android phones to its Desire line.

The Desire 520, 526, 626, and 626s all run on a low-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 processor, a 2,000 mAh battery pack, and HTC’s rendition of Android 5.1 running Sense 7. The Desire 520 features a 4.5-inch FWVGA display and the Desire 526 features a 4.7-inch qHD screen.

The Desire 520 also features 1GB of RAM and will be sold exclusively as a pre-paid phone at Cricket Wireless, while the Desire 526 will feature 1.5GB of RAM and will be exclusive to Verizon Wireless.

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Reddit’s new CEO tries to clean up the ‘dark side’ of the site

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Once regarded as a freewheeling discussion forum, Reddit is now struggling with creating rules to curb offensive and obscene content on the site, risking alienating a number of users, some of them concerned about protecting freedom of speech on the site.

Reddit’s new CEO Steve Huffman on Tuesday called for a discussion, popularly known in Reddit parlance as an AMA for Ask Me Anything, on Thursday on the website’s content policy, but cautioned that neither he nor cofounder Alexis Ohanian had set up Reddit to be a ”bastion of free speech, but rather as a place where open and honest discussion can happen.”

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BYOD users worry employers can’t keep private data safe

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Workplace smartphone and tablet users worry a lot about their personal information remaining private from their employers – and only a relatively slim majority trusts their employer to keep that data safe, according to a Harris Poll survey released today, which was commissioned by MDM vendor MobileIron.

Just 61% of the more than 3,500 mobile workers surveyed – respondents came from the U.S., U.K., France, Germany, Spain and Japan – said that they believed their employers could keep their personal information private. About half said that they would be uncomfortable with their employer seeing personal emails, contacts and text messages.

+ ALSO ON NETWORK WORLD: Microsoft pulls back from phone business, announces 7,800 layoffs + United routes root of outage to router +

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Facebook reportedly working on ‘Moneypenny’ virtual assistant

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Facebook is reportedly working on a virtual assistant for its Messenger app.
According to a report in The Information, the world’s largest social network is working on the virtual assistant, which has been internally dubbed Moneypenny, presumably a…

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