Why the Supreme Court’s software patent ban didn’t last

Enlarge / Under the Federal Circuit appeals court, patent law swung from software patent skepticism in the 1970s to extreme permissiveness in the 1990s, then started to swing back toward skepticism with stricter Supreme Court oversight. (credit: Federal Circuit Historical Society / Aurich Lawson) Forty years ago this week, in the case of Parker v. Flook, […]

Facebook says software bug made 14mn users’ private posts public

Facebook has revealed that up to 14 million of its users had their privacy settings accidentally changed by a software bug – causing some posts that were intended to be private to be made public. The company confirmed that some 14 million users were affected by the bug between May 18 and May 22. The […]

Bitcoin Software Development – The New Era of Tokenization

Article was originally published at CoinCentral. The world’s original cryptocurrency, Bitcoin, offers users a plethora of advantages over traditional fiat currencies.  The decentralized nature of this cryptocurrency makes it ideal for storing value and transferring funds.  Bitcoin has undergone significant upgrades since it was first introduced to the world via Satoshi’s whitepaper nine years prior […]

Tesla’s Model 3 has earned Consumer Reports’ recommendation after software update promised by Elon Musk improves braking performance (TSLA)

Hollis Johnson/Business Insider The Tesla Model 3 has earned Consumer Reports‘ “Recommended Buy” rating after an over-the-air software update improved the car’s braking performance. Earlier this month, CR revealed that the Model 3 required an abysmal 152 feet to stop from 60 mph. The software update cut that distance by 19 feet.  A wireless update of […]

Emergency brakes were disabled by Uber’s self-driving software, NTSB says

Enlarge / An Uber self-driving car in San Francisco in 2017. (credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) The National Transportation Safety Board has released its preliminary report on the fatal March crash of an Uber self-driving car in Tempe, Arizona. It paints a damning picture of Uber’s self-driving technology. The report confirms that the sensors on the […]

Microsoft can’t fix “flickergate” Surface Pro 4s with software, so it’s replacing them

At first glance, it’s easy to mistake the Surface Pro 4 for the Surface Pro 3. Microsoft will replace Surface Pro 4s that are afflicted with a screen flickering issue that is caused by a hardware problem and is unfixable in firmware or software. For more than a year, there have been complaints from Surface […]

Report: Software bug led to death in Uber’s self-driving crash

Enlarge / NTSB officials inspecting the vehicle that killed Elaine Herzberg. (credit: NTSB) The fatal crash that killed pedestrian Elaine Herzberg in Tempe, Arizona, in March occurred because of a software bug in Uber’s self-driving car technology, The Information’s Amir Efrati reported on Monday. According to two anonymous sources who talked to Efrati, Uber’s sensors […]

Worried about GDPR? Just build radically private software

GUEST: On May 25, the European Union (EU) will begin enforcing the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which requires companies to behave responsibly in their collection and management of personal data. Penalties for noncompliance include fines up to four percent of global revenue, adding to the damage that data breaches can do to customer c…Read […]

Report: Chinese government is behind a decade of hacks on software companies

Enlarge / This phishing message used Google’s link-shortening service, allowing researchers to learned details about potential targets. (credit: ProtectWise) Researchers said Chinese intelligence officers are behind almost a decade’s worth of network intrusions that use advanced malware to penetrate software and gaming companies in the US, Europe, Russia, and elsewhere. The hackers have struck as […]