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One-in-five Developers Now Works On IoT Projects

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dcblogs writes Evans Data Corp., which provides research and intelligence for the software development industry, said that of the estimated 19 million developers worldwide, 19% are now doing IoT-related work. A year ago, the first year IoT-specific data was collected, that figure was 17%. But when developers were asked whether they plan to work in IoT development over the next year, 44% of the respondents said they are planning to do so, said Michael Rasalan, director of research at Evans. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

New regulations in China require source code, audits, and backdoors from companies working with banks, alarming Western tech firms (Paul Mozur/New York Times)

(One hour ago)
Paul Mozur / New York Times:New regulations in China require source code, audits, and backdoors from companies working with banks, alarming Western tech firms  —  New Rules in China Upset Western Tech Companies  —  HONG KONG — The Chinese government has adopted new regulations requiring companies that sell computer equipment …

Silk Road dealer found a hungry market for mail order drugs

(One hour ago)
A former drug dealer has testified in court that he sold as much as US$70,000 worth of heroin each month through the Silk Road online market, which he saw as a safe, easy place to do business.

Rolling Stone archive comes to Google Play Newsstand on Friday; 3-4 stories per issue available free (Ainsley O'Connell/Fast Company)

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Ainsley O'Connell / Fast Company:Rolling Stone archive comes to Google Play Newsstand on Friday; 3-4 stories per issue available free  —  Rolling Stone Teams Up With Google Play To Monetize Its Archives  —  When Robin Williams died last year, mourning fans turned to the web—and Rolling Stone was ready for them.

Delaware wants to put your driver's license on your phone

(One hour ago)
For all the recent talk of moving to digital wallets, you can't really ditch the old-school kind yet -- you still need to carry physical copies of your driver's license and other forms of ID. If you live in Delaware, though, you may eventually have o...

France Launches Online Campaign to Deter Would-Be Jihadists

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Three weeks after deadly attacks rocked the country, authorities began an Web campaign to dissuade would-be jihadists from joining terror groups.

Oracle Service Cloud gets more social

(2 hours ago)
Oracle has released an update to its Oracle Service Cloud that adds new tools to give companies more insight about their customers.

Temporary sales ban hits SanDisk's ULLtraDIMM server SSD business

(2 hours ago)
The headline and second paragraph of the story "Temporary sales ban hits SanDisk's SSD server business," posted Jan. 13, have been corrected to more accurately characterize the SanDisk products affected by a court injunction. The affected products are its ULLtraDIMM SSDs.

Temporary sales ban hits SanDisk's ULLtraDIMM server SSD business

(2 hours ago)
The headline and second paragraph of the story "Temporary sales ban hits SanDisk's SSD server business," posted Jan. 13, have been corrected to more accurately characterize the SanDisk products affected by a court injunction. The affected products are its ULLtraDIMM SSDs.

Temporary sales ban hits SanDisk's ULLtraDIMM server SSD business

(2 hours ago)
The headline and second paragraph of the story "Temporary sales ban hits SanDisk's SSD server business," posted Jan. 13, have been corrected to more accurately characterize the SanDisk products affected by a court injunction. The affected products are its ULLtraDIMM SSDs.

Temporary sales ban hits SanDisk's ULLtraDIMM server SSD business

(2 hours ago)
The headline and second paragraph of the story "Temporary sales ban hits SanDisk's SSD server business," posted Jan. 13, have been corrected to more accurately characterize the SanDisk products affected by a court injunction. The affected products are its ULLtraDIMM SSDs.

Cyberthreat sharing must include strong privacy protections, advocates say

(2 hours ago)
U.S. lawmakers should put strict privacy controls into planned legislation to encourage companies to share cyberthreat information with government agencies and each other, some advocates said.

Temporary sales ban hits SanDisk's ULLtraDIMM server SSD business

(2 hours ago)
The headline and second paragraph of the story "Temporary sales ban hits SanDisk's SSD server business," posted Jan. 13, have been corrected to more accurately characterize the SanDisk products affected by a court injunction. The affected products are its ULLtraDIMM SSDs.

DDOS attack size up 50-fold over past decade

(2 hours ago)
The size of the largest DDOS attack was fifty times larger last year than ten years ago, according to a new survey of Internet service and hosting providers, and attacks are also increasing in numbers and in sophistication.

Microsoft OneDrive adds super-intelligent searching of document text

(2 hours ago)
Microsoft just made it easier to upload more photos and files to its OneDrive cloud service. But, perhaps more importantly, it's also now easier to find these uploads again.

Temporary sales ban hits SanDisk's ULLtraDIMM server SSD business

(2 hours ago)
The headline and second paragraph of the story "Temporary sales ban hits SanDisk's SSD server business," posted Jan. 13, have been corrected to more accurately characterize the SanDisk products affected by a court injunction. The affected products are its ULLtraDIMM SSDs.

OneDrive adds 'Albums,' will soon add automatic photo import from PC

(2 hours ago)
Microsoft has launched an Albums feature for organizing photos stored on its OneDrive cloud service, bringing it one step closer to parity with competitors Dropbox and Google.

Tesco Inks Deal For Rakuten's Kobo To Take On Blinkbox Books' Customers, Other Assets (Ingrid Lunden/TechCrunch)

(2 hours ago)
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:Tesco Inks Deal For Rakuten's Kobo To Take On Blinkbox Books' Customers, Other Assets  —  Some closure in the ongoing story of retail giant Tesco offloading its digital content effort blinkbox.  Assets from blinkbox Books — specifically customer accounts and existing e-book libraries …

Spider Spins Electrically Charged Silk

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sciencehabit writes In their quest to make ultrastrong yet ultrasmall fibers, the polymer industry may soon take a lesson from Uloborus spiders. Uloborids are cribellate spiders, meaning that instead of spinning wet, sticky webs to catch their prey, they produce a fluffy, charged, wool-like silk. A paper published online today in Biology Letters details the process for the first time. It all starts with the silk-producing cribellar gland. In contrast with other spiders, whose silk comes out of the gland intact, scientists were surprised to discover that uloborids' silk is in a liquid state when it surfaces. As the spider yanks the silk from the duct, it solidifies into nanoscale filaments. This "violent hackling" has the effect of stretching and freezing the fibers into shape. It may even be responsible for increasing their strength, because filaments on the nanoscale become stronger as they are stretched. In order to endow the fibers with an electrostatic charge, the spider pulls them over a comblike plate located on its hind legs. The technique is not unlike the so-called hackling of flax stems over a metal brush in order to soften and prepare them for thread-spinning, but in the spider's case it also gives them a charge. The electrostatic fibers are thought to attract prey to the web in the same way a towel pulled from the dryer is able to attract stray socks. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Here's what Sony's PlayStation Vue TV service is like in real life

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When Sony unveiled its PlayStation Vue streaming service, it painted a rosy picture of what you'll get: tons of channels! You'll never look at TV the same way again! But what's it like to use in the real world? You won't have to wait until the formal...

Samsung Electronics fourth-quarter profit meets guidance; outlook cautious

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SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Thursday reported its first annual earnings decline in three years, as strong chip earnings failed to make up for weakness in the South Korean giant's smartphone business.

Facebook tops Wall Street revenue target in fourth quarter

(3 hours ago)
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc's revenue grew 49 percent in the fourth quarter, as mobile advertising growth helped the world's largest Internet social network beat Wall Street's targets for earnings and sales.

Samsung's 4Q earnings drop 27 percent, beats forecast (Associated Press)

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Associated Press:Samsung's 4Q earnings drop 27 percent, beats forecast  —  SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung Electronics Co. says its quarterly earnings dropped 27 percent in the fourth quarter but its result beat forecasts.  —  The world's top smartphone maker reported Thursday that its October-December earnings …

Amazon Takes On Microsoft, Google With WorkMail For Businesses

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alphadogg writes Amazon Web Services today launched a new product to its expansive service catalog in the cloud: WorkMail is a hosted email platform for enterprises that could wind up as a replacement for Microsoft and Google messaging systems. The service is expected to cost $4 per user per month for a 50GB email inbox. It's integrated with many of AWS's other cloud services too, including its Zocalo file synchronization and sharing platform. The combination will allow IT shops to set up a hosted email platform and link it to a file sharing system. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Facebook tops Wall Street revenue target in fourth quarter

(3 hours ago)
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc's revenue grew 49 percent in the fourth quarter, as mobile advertising growth helped the world's largest Internet social network beat Wall Street's targets for earnings and sales.

Silk Road drug dealer testifies against website's alleged operator

(3 hours ago)
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York computer consultant testified on Wednesday about how a heroin addiction led him to become a prolific drug dealer on Silk Road, as prosecutors moved closer to finishing their case against the underground website's alleged operator.

Citrix to cut about 900 jobs as net profit slumps

(3 hours ago)
(Reuters) - Cloud-computing software maker Citrix Systems Inc said it would cut about 700 full-time and 200 contractor jobs as part of a restructuring to improve operational efficiency.

Qualcomm confirms loss of a 'large customer', probably Samsung

(3 hours ago)
Qualcomm's presence inside many of the world's most popular mobile devices over the last few years has kept the money coming in (creating the need for the picture shown above), but today there was some bad news. In its Q4 earnings release, the compan...

Jawbone launches marketplace for third-party devices and apps in the US (Matthias Schaefer/The Jawbone Blog)

(3 hours ago)
Matthias Schaefer / The Jawbone Blog:Jawbone launches marketplace for third-party devices and apps in the US  —  Experience the Internet of You: Introducing the Jawbone Marketplace  —  “At Jawbone, we embrace the promise of the Internet of Things.  We can only put all this together if we work with others …

Snowden Documents: CSE Tracks Millions of Downloads Daily

(3 hours ago)
Advocatus Diaboli writes Canada's electronic spy agency sifts through millions of videos and documents downloaded online every day by people around the world, as part of a sweeping bid to find extremist plots and suspects, CBC News has learned. Details of the Communications Security Establishment project dubbed 'Levitation' are revealed in a document obtained by U.S. whistleblower Edward Snowden and recently released to CBC News. Under Levitation, analysts with the electronic eavesdropping service can access information on about 10 to 15 million uploads and downloads of files from free websites each day, the document says. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Samsung Electronics fourth-quarter profit down 36 percent on year, in line with guidance

(3 hours ago)
SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Thursday that October-December profit fell 36 percent from a year earlier, confirming the firm's first annual earnings decline in three years.

China to demand secret source codes from computer firms: NYT

(3 hours ago)
(Reuters) - China will force companies which sell computer equipment to banks to hand over secret source code, undergo sensitive audits and set up research and development centers in the country, the New York Times reported on Thursday.

SpaceX shows how its heavy-lifting rocket will (hopefully) work

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SpaceX's Falcon Heavy has yet to grace a launch pad, but that isn't stopping the company from extolling the reusable rocket's virtues. Elon Musk and crew have posted an animation (below) demonstrating how a typical mission with the heavy-duty reusabl...

China accuses Alibaba of bribery and lax oversight of illegal operations on its platforms in report withheld until now to avoid disrupting the company's IPO (Lulu Yilun Chen/Bloomberg Business)

(4 hours ago)
Lulu Yilun Chen / Bloomberg Business:China accuses Alibaba of bribery and lax oversight of illegal operations on its platforms in report withheld until now to avoid disrupting the company's IPO  —  China Accuses Alibaba of Lax Oversight of Merchants  —  Don't Miss Out — … (Bloomberg) — Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. has a …

Facebook continues to rake in money from mobile as video views increase

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While Facebook made waves last year with its investment in Oculus and WhatsApp, it continues to make most of its money from just plain ol' Facebook. And, in particular, from mobile. In the last quarter of 2014, the social networking giant made $3.85 ...

Facebook video views hit 3B per day, up from 1B daily views in September 2014 (Ingrid Lunden/TechCrunch)

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:Facebook video views hit 3B per day, up from 1B daily views in September 2014  —  Facebook Now Has 3B Video Views Per Day (No Break Out Of Autoplay)  —  If it's starting to feel to you like every visit you make to Facebook these days is full of videos, you are not alone.

Facebook mobile ad revenue accounts for 69% of total ad revenue in Q4, up from 53% Q4 2013; 1.19B mobile MAUs (Garett Sloane/Adweek)

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Garett Sloane / Adweek:Facebook mobile ad revenue accounts for 69% of total ad revenue in Q4, up from 53% Q4 2013; 1.19B mobile MAUs  —  Facebook Just Shared Insane Q4 Mobile Numbers and Ad Sales  —  Its smartphone promos alone did $2.5 billion  —  Facebook's mobile sales continue to skyrocket …
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