Daily Video: Latest Mobile Phone Study Says Devices Are Safe

By eWEEK Staff  |  Posted 2014-12-12 Print this article Print

Latest mobile phone study says devices are safe; Google to shut down Google News in Spain Over new copyright fees; Qualcomm to cut 600 jobs worldwide; and more.

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Researchers at the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom have conducted a new study about potential health risks to humans from mobile phones and power lines, concluding that exposure to these magnetic field sources is not harmful.

The latest study adds to an expanding body of research on this very controversial topic. New studies periodically are announced around the world, often with conclusions that are diametrically opposed to the results of earlier studies, which only adds to the uncertainty of people who want to know if their mobile phones are harming them.

Google has decided to permanently shut down its Google News service in Spain in response to a new law that requires search engines and news aggregators such as Google to pay a fee for every text snippet they use to link to a news article.

The law, scheduled to go into effect in January, amends Spain's copyright laws to effectively make it mandatory for Spanish publications to charge Google and other online aggregators for the use of text snippets from their publications.

Qualcomm, the world's largest mobile chip maker, will cut about 600 jobs. This move is reportedly related to shifting business priorities more than ongoing issues in China and investigations into business practices in the United States and Europe.

Qualcomm has confirmed to media outlets that about 300 of the impacted jobs will come from California, while the remaining estimated 300 layoffs will occur at various Qualcomm international offices.

Recently, security firm Kaspersky Lab revealed that its products detected "an unusual sample" of the Destover malware, used by attackers against Korean targets in the DarkSeoul operation and against Sony Pictures in the most recent breach.

A copy of the malware dating back to July had been signed on Dec. 5 using a code-signing certificate compromised during the Sony breach.

The discovery of the compromised certificate is evidence that attackers were able to steal extremely sensitive information-technology credentials, including a collection of passwords and hundreds of code-signing certificates that were never revoked long after the Sony network breach was discovered.


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