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At the Track With Formula E, the First e-Racing Series

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An anonymous reader writes Ars is running a story about the new all-electric racing car series first visit to the U.S.. "The pit lane we're standing in is unusual, and not only because it's a temporary setup placed in the shadow of American Airlines Arena (home of the NBA's Miami Heat). Garages are set up on both sides rather than being limited to one. A few things also appear to be missing. To start, a familiar smell from the usual mix of burning hydrocarbons is absent. And it's remarkably quiet. The occasional impact wrench bursts out in a mechanical staccato, generators drone here and there, but there are no V8s burbling, no V6s screaming....Welcome to Formula E, the world's first fully electric racing series. Miami is playing host to the first of two US rounds—the next being held in Long Beach, CA, on April 4—and it's the fifth race in this ePrix's inaugural season. Given we've got a bit of a thing about racing at Cars Technica, as well as an obvious interest in electric vehicles, we had to be on the ground in Miami to experience this for ourselves." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Fraudster's phoney email tricked prison into releasing him

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In the movies, a daring prison escape usually involves a carefully orchestrated plan filled with intricate tunnels, ingenious bribes and chaotic distractions. But for Neil Moore, performing a similar breakout in the real world was so much simpler. Wi...

If you want to buy an Apple Watch in-store, you'll need a reservation

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Even if you're not laying down thousands of dollars for the VIP treatment, if you're looking for an Apple Watch (and you're shopping in old-school bricks-and-mortar style), you won't be able casually dip into an Apple store and get some new tech-lade...

Exhibition lets you go hands-on with 40 years of gadgets

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Want to experience exactly how much gadgets have evolved in the last 40 years? The Interface Experience at the Bard Graduate Center in New York has more than 25 seminal devices representing different computing eras, including the graphical interface ...

No truth to talk Japan's Sharp will exit solar business: executive

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TOKYO (Reuters) - Sharp Corp will continue making solar cell products at its Sakai plant and there is no truth to speculation it will sell or exit the business, an executive at the money-losing electronics maker said on Monday.

India backs open source software for e-governance projects

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India has said it will use open source software in all e-governance projects, though it did not rule out the use of proprietary software to meet specialized requirements.

Cleopatra the tortoise gets a 3D-printed shell

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Please don't jump on Cleopatra if you meet her. She isn't a real life red-shelled Koopa Troopa -- she's just wearing a 3D-printed prosthesis. See, Cleo the tortoise suffers from pyramiding, which means her shell has thick, pyramid-like growths due to...

Europol Chief Warns About Computer Encryption

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An anonymous reader writes The law enforcement lobbying campaign against encryption continues. Today it's Europols director Rob Wainwright who is trying to make a case against encryption. "It's become perhaps the biggest problem for the police and the security service authorities in dealing with the threats from terrorism," he explained. "It's changed the very nature of counter-terrorist work from one that has been traditionally reliant on having good monitoring capability of communications to one that essentially doesn't provide that anymore." This is the same man who told the European Parliament that Europol is not going to investigate the alleged NSA hacking of the SWIFT (international bank transfer) system. The excuse he gave was not that Europol didn't know about it, because it did. Very much so. It was that there had been no formal complaint from any member state. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

How Google, Facebook And Others Pay Their H-1B Employees (Kiran Dhillon/TechCrunch)

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Kiran Dhillon / TechCrunch:How Google, Facebook And Others Pay Their H-1B Employees  —  Editor's note: Kiran Dhillon is a senior editor for FindTheBest, where she tackles big datasets to produce interesting insights.  —  Legislative debate regarding expanding the H-1B visa program is heating up in the U.S. Senate.

Australia looks at GST, company tax in planned tax overhaul

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SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey hinted on Monday at changes that could force digital companies like Apple Inc, Google Inc, Alibaba Group Holding and Uber to pay more tax on transactions that take place in Australia.

Liquid metal machines 'eat' in order to move

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Robots typically rely on batteries to get power, but they may soon have to do little more than nibble on another material to start moving. Chinese researchers have developed simple liquid metal machines (not shown here) that zip around if they "eat" ...

Chrome OS beta gets new launcher with Google Now integration and a redesigned Files app (JC Torres/SlashGear)

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JC Torres / SlashGear:Chrome OS beta gets new launcher with Google Now integration and a redesigned Files app  —  It's Chrome OS' turn for the Google Now upgrade  —  Google has been increasingly pushing its Google Now virtual assistant and its “cards” convention across its different services and apps.

Juror in gender lawsuit sympathized with Pao, sided with Kleiner

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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - To some Silicon Valley watchers, the Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers gender discrimination case became a referendum on the challenging state of women in technology. But for the lone woman in technology on the jury, an at times unfriendly workplace did not amount to gender discrimination at the powerful venture capital firm. 

Halo 5 lands on Xbox One this October 27th

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Ready for the next installment of Halo? The bad news is you still have a seven-month wait on your hands, but at least it's a concrete release date, right? Right? The news coincides with a new in-game teaser, with Master Chief et al. attempting to emo...

FCC Chairman: Net Rules Will Withstand Court Challenge

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An anonymous reader writes with this story about FCC chairman Tom Wheeler's confidence that the net neutrality rules the agency passed last month will stand up to upcoming challenges in court."Now that the FCC is the subject of several lawsuits, and its leader, Chairman Tom Wheeler, was dragged in front of Congress repeatedly to answer the same battery of inanity, it's worth checking in to see how the agency is feeling. Is it confident that its recent vote to reclassify broadband under Title II of the Telecommunications Act will hold? Yes, unsurprisingly. Recently, Wheeler gave a speech at Ohio State University, laying out his larger philosophy regarding the open Internet. His second to last paragraph is worth reading: "One final prediction: the FCC's new rules will be upheld by the courts. The DC Circuit sent the previous Open Internet Order back to us and basically said, 'You're trying to impose common carrier-like regulation without stepping up and saying, "these are common carriers.'" We have addressed that issue, which is the underlying issue in all of the debates we've had so far. That gives me great confidence going forward that we will prevail."" Read more of this story at Slashdot.

U.S. coding site undergoes denial-of-service cyber attack

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. coding site GitHub said on Sunday that it was deflecting most of the traffic from a days-long cyber attack that had caused intermittent outages for the social coding site, with the Wall Street Journal citing China as the source of the attack.

LG Chem to supply batteries for Daimler's Smart EVs

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SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's LG Chem said it had been picked by Daimler AG as the sole battery supplier for the automaker's new range of Smart electric vehicles, which will be launched in 2016.

Tim Cook speaks out in op-ed against state "religious freedom" laws that discriminate (Tim Cook/Washington Post)

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Tim Cook / Washington Post:Tim Cook speaks out in op-ed against state “religious freedom” laws that discriminate  —  Tim Cook: Pro-discrimination ‘religious freedom’ laws are dangerous  —  There's something very dangerous happening in states across the country.  A wave of legislation …

How would you change Sony's Xperia Z1?

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There's a familiar theme whenever Engadget reviews a Sony smartphone, which is that the hardware's great, but not compelling enough to make you buy one. When Sharif Sakr got his hands on the Xperia Z1, he found that the headline feature -- that 20 me...

Uber, Lyft, Instacart, and Postmates may be spending a combined $8M annually just on Craigslist ads, according to some estimates (Kevin Roose/Fusion)

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Kevin Roose / Fusion:Uber, Lyft, Instacart, and Postmates may be spending a combined $8M annually just on Craigslist ads, according to some estimates  —  Craigslist is the unsung hero of the on-demand economy  —  The stars of Silicon Valley's on-demand economy—Uber, Lyft, Postmates, and their ilk …

NASA Denies New Space Station Partnership With Russia

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schwit1 writes NASA officials today denied they were negotiating a partnership with Russia to build a space station replacement for ISS, as suggested yesterday by the head of Russia's space program. Maybe the misunderstanding comes from NASA head Charles Bolden, who is currently in Russia. Bolden probably said some nice feel-good things to the Russians, things like "We want to keep working together," and "We will support your plans for your future space station." None of this was meant as a commitment, but the Russians might have taken them more seriously than Bolden realized. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Game Boy camera gun prints when you shoot

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If you had a spare Game Boy Camera and the printer to match, what would you do with them? If you're media artist Dmitry Morozov, you'd make a one-of-a-kind firearm. His GBG-8 gun uses Nintendo's photographic peripherals and an Arduino board to shoot ...

Juror in gender lawsuit sympathized with Pao, sided with Kleiner

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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - To some Silicon Valley watchers, the Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers gender discrimination case became a referendum on the challenging state of women in technology. But for the lone woman in technology on the jury, an at times unfriendly workplace did not amount to gender discrimination at the powerful venture capital firm. 

Round-the-World Solar Plane Takes Slow Trip to China

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After a 10-day stopover in Myanmar, the Solar Impulse 2 airplane headed for China on the fifth leg of its unprecedented round-the-world flight.

Chrome OS Receives Extreme Makeover With Material Design and Google Now

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MojoKid writes Late last week, Google quietly began inviting people to opt into the beta channel for ChromeOS to help the company "shape the future" of the OS. Some betas can be riskier than others, but Google says that opting into this one is just a "little risk", one that will pay off handsomely for those who crave new features. New in this version is Chrome Launcher 2.0, which gives you quick access to a number of common features, including the apps you use most often (examples are Hangouts, Calculator, and Files). Some apps have also received a fresh coat of paint, such as the file manager. Google notes that this is just the start, so there will be more updates rolling out to the beta OS as time goes on. Other key features available in this beta include the ability to extract pass protected Zip archives, as well as a perk for travelers. ChromeOS will now automatically detect your new timezone, and then update the time and date accordingly. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Interoute eyes roll-up of European and U.S. cloud network firms

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FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Britain's Interoute, a high-capacity data network and corporate cloud services provider, is taking on new private equity investors to fund acquisitions across Europe and the United States, the company said on Monday.

Airbnb becomes official "alternative accommodations" sponsor of 2016 Rio Olympics (Jenny Barchfield/Associated Press)

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Jenny Barchfield / Associated Press:Airbnb becomes official “alternative accommodations” sponsor of 2016 Rio Olympics  —  AIRBNB BECOMES SPONSOR OF 2016 OLYMPICS IN RIO  —  RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Rio de Janeiro's hotel bed shortage was eased on Friday, as online home share startup Airbnb inked a deal to be the official …

Apple Watch Edition buyers will get the red carpet treatment

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When you're buying a $10,000 watch, you expect first-class service -- and Apple is apparently ready to deliver. Sources for 9to5Mac claim that people who buy the gold Apple Watch Edition will get to skip the queues whenever they need help. They'll be...

Nation's Biggest Nuclear Firm Makes a Play For Carbon Credit Cash

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tomhath writes with this story that make shake up the nuclear industry. "The biggest player in the beleaguered nuclear power industry wants a place alongside solar, wind and hydroelectric power collecting extra money for producing carbon-free electricity. Exelon Corp., operator of the largest fleet of U.S. nuclear plants, says it could have to close three of them if Illinois rejects the company's pitch to let it recoup more from consumers since the plants do not produce greenhouse gases. Exelon and other around-the-clock plants sometimes take losses when wind turbines produce too much electricity for the system. Under the system, electric suppliers would have to buy credits from carbon-free energy producers. Exelon says the plan would benefit nuclear plants, hydroelectric dams, and other solar and wind projects." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Apple Store revamp for Apple Watch revealed: 'magical' display tables, demo loops, sales process (Mark Gurman/9to5Mac)

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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:Apple Store revamp for Apple Watch revealed: ‘magical’ display tables, demo loops, sales process  —  While the 18-karat gold Apple Watch Edition has been receiving a lot of attention due to its premium pricing and aesthetic, Apple will sell far more of the lower-priced Apple Watch …

NSA: We Mulled Ending Phone Program Before Edward Snowden Leaks

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Mark Wilson writes Edward Snowden is heralded as both a hero and villain. A privacy vigilante and a traitor. It just depends who you ask. The revelations he made about the NSA's surveillance programs have completely changed the face of online security, and changed the way everyone looks at the internet and privacy. But just before the whistle was blown, it seems that the NSA was considering bringing its telephone data collection program to an end. Intelligence officials were, behind the scenes, questioning whether the benefits of gathering counter-terrorism information justified the colossal costs involved. Then Snowden went public and essentially forced the agency's hand. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

U.S. coding site undergoes denial of service cyber attack

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. coding site GitHub said on Sunday that it was deflecting most of the traffic from a days-long cyber attack that had caused intermittent outages for the social coding site, with the Wall Street Journal citing China as the source of the attack.

Apple Watch for Sale in Retail Stores by Reservation Only, No Walk-In Sales (Arnold Kim/MacRumors)

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Arnold Kim / MacRumors:Apple Watch for Sale in Retail Stores by Reservation Only, No Walk-In Sales  —  As the Apple Watch launch approaches, details have been leaking out about how Apple will be handling sales of their new device.  According to leaked Apple documentation, the company will not be selling the Apple Watch to walk-in customers at launch.

NSA considered scrapping its mass phone surveillance program

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The National Security Agency may present a united front when it defends against criticism of its bulk phone data collection, but it's now clear that there has been at least some doubt within the ranks. Associated Press sources have revealed that ther...

Supermario 64 Coming To a Browser Near You!

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Billly Gates writes "Since Unity has been given a liberal license and free for non commercial developers it has become popular. A computer science student Erik Roystan Ross used the tool to remake SuperMario 64 with a modern Unity 5 engine. There is a video here and if you want to play the link is here. You will need Firefox or Chrome which has HTML 5 for gamepad support if you do not want to use the keyboard. "I currently do not have any plans to develop this any further or to resolve any bugs, unless they're horrendously game-breaking and horrendously simple to fix," says Ross. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Apple Watch Edition perks: 24/7 support, private 1-hour appointments, no lines (Mark Gurman/9to5Mac)

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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:Apple Watch Edition perks: 24/7 support, private 1-hour appointments, no lines  —  After hiring a new team of fashion sales and marketing experts from Yves St. Laurent, Louis Vuitton, and Burberry, Apple has developed a unique Apple Store purchasing experience just for the 18-karat gold Apple Watch Edition …

Experts: Aim of 2 Degrees Climate Goal Insufficient

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An anonymous reader points out that a long held goal of keeping the Earth's average temperature from rising above 2 degrees Celsius might not be good enough. "A long-held benchmark for limiting global warming is 'utterly inadequate,' a leading U.N. climate scientist declared. Keeping the Earth's average temperature from rising past 2 degrees Celsius – a cap established by studies in the early 1970s – is far too loose a goal, Petra Tschakert, a professor at Penn State University and a lead author of an assessment report for the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, or IPCC, said in a commentary published in the journal Climate Change Responses. Already, with an average increase of just 0.8 degrees Celsius, she wrote, 'negative impacts' are 'widespread across the globe.' Tschakert called for lowering the warming target to 1.5 degrees Celsius." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

As DDoS attack that started on Thursday continues, Github says it has mitigated some of the impact; Baidu denies involvement (Eva Dou/Wall Street Journal)

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Eva Dou / Wall Street Journal:As DDoS attack that started on Thursday continues, Github says it has mitigated some of the impact; Baidu denies involvement  —  U.S. Coding Website GitHub Hit With Cyberattack  —  Security experts say attack is likely an attempt by China to shut down anticensorship tools

Life with the Moto 360: has Motorola's smartwatch turned a corner?

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When the Moto 360 first hit the scene, its reception was... mixed. That round display was eye-catching, but it couldn't make up for the smartwatch's all-too-short battery life and undercooked software. Times have changed, though. Motorola trotted out...

'Largest DDoS attack' in GitHub's history targets anticensorship projects

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GitHub has been hammered by a continuous DDoS attack for three days. It's the "largest DDoS attack in github.com's history." The attack is aimed at anti-censorship GreatFire and CN-NYTimes projects, but affected all of GitHub; the traffic is coming from China as attackers are reportedly using China's search engine Baidu for the purpose of "HTTP hijacking."

Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Near Launching Presidential Bid

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Rambo Tribble writes "Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina announced on Fox News Sunday that she stood a 'higher than 90 percent' chance of running as a presidential candidate in 2016. Fiorina's tenure at HP was marked by controversy over her leadership, and it is unclear what level of name recognition she enjoys. Her only previous political experience appears to be a failed U.S. Senate seat effort in 2010, as the Republican candidate challenging sitting Democrat Barbara Boxer, in California. Fiorina lost by 10%. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Android for Work review: best dual-persona solution to date with easy account removal if you change jobs, but complicated setup and confusing dashboard (Ron Amadeo/Ars Technica)

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Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica:Android for Work review: best dual-persona solution to date with easy account removal if you change jobs, but complicated setup and confusing dashboard  —  A review of Android for Work: Dual-persona support comes to Android  —  Google aims for the enterprise with separate work and home data on a single device.

GNOME 3.16 is here with reimagined notifications and visual upgrades galore

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The final version of GNOME 3.16 is here, and this is no mere bug fix release.

SeaWorld and Others Discover That a Hashtag Can Become a Bashtag

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HughPickens.com writes Alison Griswold writes that in an effort to improve its tanking image, SeaWorld launched a new advertising campaign this week to educate the public about its "leadership in the care of killer whales" and other work to protect whales in captivity and in the wild. As part of that head-on initiative, someone at SeaWorld decided to invite Twitter users to pose their questions to the company directly using the hashtag #AskSeaWorld. That was not a good idea as twitter users bashed Sea World relentlessly.. "As easy as it is to make fun of SeaWorld here, the real question is why any company still thinks hosting an open Twitter forum could be good for public relations," writes Griswold. "So maybe SeaWorld's social and PR folks just really have no idea what they're doing. Even so, you'd think they'd have learned from the corporate failures before them." Let's review some of the times this has backfired, starting with the infamous McDonald's #McDStories Twitter campaign of January 2012. Rather than prompting customers to share their heart-warming McDonald's anecdotes, the hashtag gave critics a highly visible forum to share their top McDonald's horror stories. MacDonalds pulled the campaign within two hours but they discovered that crowd-sourced campaigns are hard to control. Three years later the #McDStories hashtag is still gathering comments. "Twitter Q&As are a terrible idea.," concludes Griswold. "A well-meaning hashtag gives critics an easy way to[..]

Windows 10 Preview coming to more phones: Is yours on the list?

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If you have a Nokia Lumia smartphone, your chances of running the Windows 10 Preview are looking up: According to Microsoft's Gabe Aul, the company is set to open up Windows 10 Preview builds to a broader range of phones.

Court throws out lawsuit over storage on iPhones, iPads

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The story, "Court throws out lawsuit over storage on iPhones, iPads," which ran Thursday, reported incorrectly that the case has been thrown out. Apple requested that the case be thrown out, but the court has yet to issue a ruling.

FCC will vote next month on plan to share valuable 3.5GHz spectrum

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The U.S. Federal Communications Commission will vote April 17 on a spectrum-sharing plan for a band that could serve the military, mobile service providers and individuals.
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