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YouTube Acquires BandPage To Attract Musicians With Money-Making Tools (Josh Constine/TechCrunch)

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:YouTube Acquires BandPage To Attract Musicians With Money-Making Tools  —  YouTube wants to win the love of musicians by solving their biggest problem: how to turn popularity into cash.  So today it announced it's acquired BandPage, a startup that helps artists show off and sell concert tickets …

Security researchers spot re-used code, passwords, and obfuscation methods from Sony hack, indicating original hackers are still active (Kim Zetter/Wired)

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Kim Zetter / Wired:Security researchers spot re-used code, passwords, and obfuscation methods from Sony hack, indicating original hackers are still active  —  Evidence Suggests the Sony Hackers Are Alive and Well and Still Hacking  —  TENERIFE, Spain—The massive hack against Sony in late 2014 was sudden and loud.

uTorrent offers ad-free option for $5 a year

(9 minutes ago)
uTorrent recently opted to monetize with ads, but it turns out that pirates hate those as much as paying for content. Now, parent BitTorrent is trying something else -- offering a subscription to eliminate ads for $5 per year. That may not seem like...

OCZ Toshiba Breaks 30 Cents Per GB Barrier With New Trion 150 SSD

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MojoKid writes: OCZ's Trion 150 SSD is an update to the company's Trion 100, which was the first drive from OCZ to feature TLC NAND and all in-house, Toshiba-built technology. As its branding suggests, the new Trion 150 kicks things up a notch over the Trion 100, thanks to some cutting-edge Toshiba 15nm NAND flash memory and a tweaked firmware, that combined, offer increased performance and lower cost over its predecessor. In testing, the Trion 150 hits peak reads and writes well north of 500MB/sec like most SATA-based SSDs but the kicker is, at its higher densities, the drive weighs in at about 28 cents per GiB. This equates to street prices of $70 for a 240GB drive, $140 for 480GB and $270 for a 960GB version. It's good to see mainstream solid state storage costs continuing to come down. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Sources: Snapchat to let users subscribe to Discover publishers, ensuring content appears on Stories page, rolling out as early as May (Re/code)

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Re/code:Sources: Snapchat to let users subscribe to Discover publishers, ensuring content appears on Stories page, rolling out as early as May  —  Snapchat Wants to Let Users Subscribe to Their Favorite ‘Discover’ Publishers  —  Snapchat is working on new plans to boost traffic to the publishers that use its “Discover” platform.

Visa discloses it has 4.19M Class B shares in Square from 2011 investment; Square stock up over 6% (Chelsey Dulaney/Wall Street Journal)

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Chelsey Dulaney / Wall Street Journal:Visa discloses it has 4.19M Class B shares in Square from 2011 investment; Square stock up over 6%  —  Visa Details Stake in Payments Startup Square  —  Square shares rise as disclosure raises questions about Visa's plans for the stake  —  Square Inc. shares jumped as much as 13% Friday …

The best open-back headphones under $500

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By Brent ButterworthThis post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter, a buyer's guide to the best technology. Read the full article here.If a serious music lover who wanted to spend less than $500 were to ask us what open-back audiophile hea...

Did a Timer Error Change the Outcome of a Division I College Basketball Game?

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New submitter javakah writes: Controversy has erupted from the February 10th basketball game between Boise State and Colorado State, and speculation is that a timer may have made an incorrect assumption about the number of frames per second the game was recorded in, and ultimately lead to an erroneous result. With the game tied in overtime, Boise State had the ball out-of-bounds with 0.8 seconds left on the game clock. The ball was thrown in-bounds, the shot went in, and the game clock showed that the Boise State player got the shot off with 0.4 seconds left. However there was a problem: the game clock did not start until a fraction of a second after the in-bounds player touched the ball. Referees decided to use video replay to examine whether the player had gotten the shot off within 0.8 seconds or not. To do this, they used a timer embedded in the video replay system. This embedded timer indicated that 1.3 seconds had passed between the time that the in-bounds player touched the ball and when he got the shot off. (Read more, below.) Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Google Brain Researchers Make Significant Progress On Language Modeling

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New submitter integralclosure writes: Using neural networks, Google Brain researchers have significantly improved a computer's ability to model English (achieving extremely low perplexity score on a large dataset). Using the model they were able to generate random sentences, such as the following: 'Yuri Zhirkov was in attendance at the Stamford Bridge at the start of the second half but neither Drogba nor Malouda was able to push on through the Barcelona defence.' The sentences are generally coherent and mostly grammatically correct. Advances seem to be a replay of neural networks' dominance in the Imagenet competition. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Philae mission team says goodbye to the comet lander

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The mostly quiet Philae comet lander appears to be silent for good. German space agency DLR announced today that it would no longer attempt to send commands to the unit. "Unfortunately, the probability of Philae re-establishing contact with our team...

Kanye's Video Game is About His Mom in Heaven

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Self-proclaimed "sonic painter" Kanye West has officially entered the gaming industry, and yesterday released a trailer for his first video game, Only

Hackers of Ukrainian Utilities Probably Hit Mining and Railroad Targets, Too

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itwbennett writes: Trend Micro said Thursday that its latest technical research shows that the same malware — dubbed BlackEnergy and KillDisk — were likely used in attacks on a mining company and a railway operator that preceded the devastating power-company hacks and that those earlier attacks may have been test runs. 'The malware used in the attacks, known as Black Energy, has been linked by the security firm iSight Partners to a group nicknamed the Sandworm Team, which is suspected to be from Russia,' writes Jeremy Kirk. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

UK police arrest teenager over recent US government hacks

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UK authorities believe they've caught a teenage hacker who was part of the recent wave of attacks on US government officials. A 15-year-old boy who goes by the name "cracka" was arrested earlier this week for his part in a number of security breaches...

All your Netflix streams now come straight from Amazon

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The closure of Netflix's last data center might not be news, but who's picking up the slack on the outside might be. The firm has revealed that it's now moved its entire online business to Amazon Web Services, the retailer's cloud computing division....

Study: criminals would be able to easily avoid any mandatory backdoors by switching to one of many encryption methods developed outside US (Kim Zetter/Wired)

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Kim Zetter / Wired:Study: criminals would be able to easily avoid any mandatory backdoors by switching to one of many encryption methods developed outside US  —  Encryption Is Worldwide: Yet Another Reason Why a US Ban Makes No Sense  —  If a handful of lawmakers in the US and abroad have their way …

American Airlines teams up with Uber for door to door travel

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American Airlines has jumped into bed with Uber in order to create a service that's as "door to door" as the pair can make. The idea is that fliers who can afford not to take the airport shuttle will get a "seamless travel experience." For instance,...

Austrian Minister Calls For a Constitutional Right To Pay In Cash

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New submitter sittingnut writes: Bloomberg reports that Austrian Deputy Economy Minister Harald Mahrer has called for a constitutional right to use cash to protect their privacy. According to the report, Mahrer said, "We don't want someone to be able to track digitally what we buy, eat and drink, what books we read and what movies we watch. We will fight everywhere against rules," including caps on cash purchases. EU finance ministers at a meeting in Brussels last Friday urged the European Commission, the EU's executive arm, to "explore the need for appropriate restrictions on cash payments exceeding certain thresholds," " to crack down on "illicit cash movements." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Printer maker Lexmark wins patent case against cartridge reseller

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - A printer cartridge reseller infringed the patent rights of Lexmark International Inc when it imported back into the United States Lexmark's toner products first sold abroad, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Friday.

Visa buys a stake in rival Square

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Visa has purchased a 10 percent piece of Square, according to documents seen by the WSJ. Square is best known for its smartphone-attached readers that make it easy for merchants (and even panhandlers) to accept credit cards. The company was started a...

Skype has Valentine's Day video cards for you to send your loved one

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Animated emoji with music composed by Paul McCartney is't the only way Skype wants you to connect for Valentine's Day this year. Today, the company is announcing a new series of video message Valentine's Day cards that you can send to anyone you want...

UK police arrest teen hacker thought to be Cracka, who is allegedly behind CIA and FBI breaches (Motherboard)

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Motherboard:UK police arrest teen hacker thought to be Cracka, who is allegedly behind CIA and FBI breaches  —  Teen Allegedly Behind CIA, FBI Breaches: 'They're Trying to Ruin My Life.'  —  The months-long series of hacks and pranks by a group of alleged teenage hackers on the US government …

Pirate Bay Browser Streaming Technology Is a Security and Privacy Nightmare

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An anonymous reader writes: Last week the Pirate Bay added support for streaming video torrents inside the browser in real-time. Kickass Torrents followed the next week. The technology they used is called Torrents Time. A security researcher has discovered that this technology which is a mix of client and server side code is actually a security and user privacy disaster. Attackers can carry out XSS attacks on TPB and KAT, the app runs on Mac as root, attackers can hijack downloads and force malicious code on the user's PC, and advertisers can collect info on any user that has Torrents Time installed. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

O2 tracks and sells what customers are doing on the Tube

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If you're with O2 and regularly use the London Underground, you should know that the network is trying to track your phone and pass that information on to advertisers. If that sounds like a huge invasion of privacy, well, in some ways it is -- howeve...

I left my Nexus 7 for a younger model

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Dear Nexus 7,We need to talk. We've been together for nearly four years now and have had some good times, haven't we? I mean, you were my first tablet. I'd never met any device like you before. You were gorgeous. I'm still not sure how you managed...

Nidar: India launches 'lightest gun' weighing 250g

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Two years after India launched Nirbheek, a handgun pitched as the country's 'first gun for women', a state-run arms factory launches a similar gun which it says is lighter and cheaper.

Lego children's prosthetic wins award

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A prosthetic arm that allows children to design their own Lego accessories wins an innovation award in Paris.

Gay-themed emojis irk Indonesia

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Messaging apps should respect local values, information ministry says.

Vatican promotes Lent on Telegram

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The Vatican is using the controversial instant messaging app Telegram to promote Lent

Google defends UK tax arrangements

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Google's UK chief defends the search giant's tax arrangements in a hearing before MPs on the Commons Public Accounts Committee.

Woman, 82, denies Redford film piracy

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An 82-year-old woman accused of illegally pirating a Robert Redford film receives a £600 demand.

VIDEO: The robot that camouflages itself

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BBC Click's Nick Kwek looks at some of the best of the week's technology news.

VIDEO: The rolling, HD security camera

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How a remote controlled rolling camera could protect your home and other home security technology reviewed

Can technology help build a perfect country?

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Can technology help build a perfect country?

Google Hiring for Its Robot Cars (Hint: Not Drivers)

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SAN FRANCISCO- Alphabet Inc's self-driving project is advertising dozens of jobs on its website with a special focus on manufacturing expertise. Thirty-six jobs related to the Google X car project were listed including engineers working on motion control, displays, robotics and sensors as well as managers charged with operations, materials and marketing.

Uber Picks Up Another $200M From LetterOne To Push Into Emerging Markets (Ingrid Lunden/TechCrunch)

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:Uber Picks Up Another $200M From LetterOne To Push Into Emerging Markets  —  Along with its new branding, it looks like Uber has picked up some new funding, too.  LetterOne (L1), a fund based out of Luxembourg and headed by Russian billionaire Mikhail Fridman, is putting $200 million …

Fan mashup of 'Mario Kart' and 'Star Wars' is a gaming dream

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If you're like me, you spent your youth imagining what it'd be like if your favorite fictional universes got together -- heck, Aliens vs. Predator and Kingdom Hearts are practically kids' dreams made real. Well, some fans weren't willing to keep the...

UCL Scientists Push 1.125Tbps Through a Single Coherent Optical Receiver

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Mark.JUK writes: A team of researchers working in the Optical Networks Group at the University College London in England claim to have achieved the "greatest information rate ever recorded using a single [coherent optical] receiver", which was able to handle a record data speed of 1.125 Terabits per second (Tbps). The result, which required a 15 sub-carrier 8GBd DP-256QAM super-channel (15 channels of data) and total bandwidth of 121.5GHz, represents an increase of 12.5% relative to the previous record (1Tbps). Now they just need to test it using some long fibre optic cable because optical signals tend to become distorted when they travel over thousands of kilometers. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

NASA maps part of Pluto's complex terrain

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Pluto's surface looks pretty textured even from afar, but you may still be surprised by how complex its terrain actually is. This new color-coded geological map illustrates that complexity more clearly. It covers 1,290 miles of the dwarf planet, incl...
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