What’s the best way to keep Windows programs up to date?

Secunia’s recommended Personal Software Inspector is being discontinued and Laurence is looking for a replacement

Now that Flexera has announced end-of-life on Secunia Personal Software Inspector, do you have any recommendations for a replacement? Laurence

In 1999, David Lee Smith – who was later jailed – named his PC virus after a stripper called Melissa, and it swept the world, forcing some large companies to shut down their email gateways. That and some later malware successes forced Microsoft to spend two years rewriting Windows XP, and Windows XP Service Pack 2 was finally completed in 2004.

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from Technology | The Guardian http://bit.ly/2pAGhKi


Video released of Uber self-driving crash that killed woman in Arizona

New footage of the crash that killed Elaine Herzberg raises fresh questions about why the self-driving car did not stop

Video of the first self-driving car crash that killed a pedestrian showed how the autonomous Uber failed to slow down as it fatally hit a 49-year-old woman walking her bike across the street.

The newly released footage of the collision that killed Elaine Herzberg in Tempe, Arizona, on Sunday night has raised fresh questions about why the self-driving car did not stop when a human entered its path and has sparked scrutiny of regulations in the state, which has encouraged testing of the autonomous technology.

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from Technology | The Guardian http://bit.ly/2GfP5iM

Mark Zuckerberg breaks silence on Cambridge Analytica: ‘This was a breach of trust’

The Facebook CEO has acknowledged the unfolding scandal that revealed data on 50 million Americans had been harvested, pledging to investigate and audit apps

Mark Zuckerberg broke his silence on the data harvesting scandal that has enveloped Facebook this week, acknowledging in a Facebook post that the policies that allowed a political consultancy to obtain data on 50 million Americans data were “a breach of trust between Facebook and the people who share their data with us and expect us to protect it”.

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from Technology | The Guardian http://bit.ly/2GersHG

Elon Musk wins approval for new pay deal with potential $55bn bonus

  • Musk would trigger payout if he builds Tesla into $650bn company
  • Corporate governance experts query ‘staggering’ pay restructure

Elon Musk, the billionaire founder of the electric car company Tesla, has won approval for a new pay deal that could land him a $55.8bn (£40bn) bonus, smashing all compensation records.

Tesla’s shareholders voted to approve Musk’s pay deal at a meeting in Fremont, California, despite warnings from corporate governance experts who have called the package “staggering”. They have also questioned why someone whose wealth is already tied to Tesla’s fortunes needs more shares.

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from Technology | The Guardian http://bit.ly/2FYw7tG

‘Uber should be shut down’: friends of self-driving car crash victim seek justice

Loved ones are in shock over the death of Elaine Herzberg in Arizona, but questions remain as to whether Uber will be held accountable

Friends of the first known pedestrian to be killed by a self-driving car have called for Uber to be held accountable as questions mount about how the autonomous technology failed to stop the vehicle from hitting a human in its path.

Two days after an Uber SUV fatally struck the 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg in Tempe, Arizona, while traveling in autonomous mode, friends of the victim have argued that the ride-share company should face consequences and criticized government officials for encouraging car companies to test the vehicles on the state’s public roads.

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from Technology | The Guardian http://bit.ly/2ptb10j

‘A vicious circle I couldn’t break’: the software helping tackle online betting

Exclusion apps such as Gamban are taking on the 24/7, 365-days-a-year temptation of internet gambling

“I self-excluded from the major online casinos but there was always a new company I could open with and some of them don’t make it easy to self-exclude,” says Michael, a bricklayer from Glasgow, who started betting on football and greyhounds when he was 15, before developing a serious gambling addiction.

“I’d never even been to a casino but once I started playing roulette on FOBTs (fixed-odds betting terminals) in the bookies it became a serious addiction and the only way to satisfy it was to play more – mainly through online casino accounts,” he says. “I lost control, I was wasting the majority of my money every month.”

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from Technology | The Guardian http://bit.ly/2FSZ5iD

Twitter not protecting women from abuse, says Amnesty

Human rights group says trolls are winning as site has become toxic place for women

Twitter is failing to prevent online violence and abuse against women, creating a toxic environment for them, Amnesty International has claimed.

In a report published on Wednesday, the day that Twitter celebrates 12 years since the first tweet, Amnesty said the social network responded inconsistently when abuse was highlighted, even when it violated its own rules.

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from Technology | The Guardian http://bit.ly/2ubiwxA