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John Doerr testifies in Kleiner trial, suggests he wanted to keep Ellen Pao until she sued (Shalene Gupta/Fortune)

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Shalene Gupta / Fortune:John Doerr testifies in Kleiner trial, suggests he wanted to keep Ellen Pao until she sued  —  Top venture capitalist soured on employee around time she filed sex bias case  —  A top Silicon Valley venture capitalist testified Tuesday that he initially fought his partners to keep a female employee they thought wasn't up to the job.

Lost City Discovered In Honduran Rain Forest

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jones_supa writes: An expedition to Honduras has emerged from the jungle with the discovery of a previously unknown culture's lost city. The team was led to the remote, uninhabited region by long-standing rumors that it was the site of a storied "White City," also referred to in legend as the "City of the Monkey God." Archaeologists surveyed and mapped extensive plazas, earthworks, mounds, and an earthen pyramid belonging to a culture that thrived a thousand years ago, and then vanished. The team also discovered a remarkable cache of stone sculptures that had lain untouched since the city was abandoned. The objects were documented but left unexcavated. To protect the site from looters, its location is not being revealed. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

You can unlock this smartphone with the blood vessels in your eyes

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Tired of punching in numbers or swiping strange patterns to unlock your smartphone? Fingerprint and facial recognition have been tried before with varying levels of success, and now ZTE thinks it can offer something better. The company's Grand S3 sma...

Pebble Time is now the most-funded project in Kickstarter history with over $15M in pre-orders from 60K backers (Mike Murphy/Quartz)

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Mike Murphy / Quartz:Pebble Time is now the most-funded project in Kickstarter history with over $15M in pre-orders from 60K backers  —  The new Pebble smartwatch is now the most-funded project in Kickstarter history  —  In one week, Pebble's new Time smartwatch has become the most “funded” project in Kickstarter history …

The US's First Offshore Wind Farm Will Cut Local Power Prices By 40%

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merbs writes: The U.S. is finally getting its first offshore wind farm. Deepwater Wind has announced that its Block Island project has been fully financed, passed the permitting process, and will begin putting "steel in water" this summer. For local residents, that means a 40% drop in electricity rates. The company has secured $290 million in financing, with funding from the likes of Key Bank and France's Société Générale, in part on the strength of its long-term power purchase agreement with US utility National Grid. Block Island has thus surpassed the much-publicized Cape Wind project, long touted as "the nation's first offshore wind farm," but that has been stalled out for over a decade in Massachusetts, held up by a tangle of clean power foes, regulatory and financing woes, and Cape Cod homeowners afraid it'd ruin the view. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Nvidia announces Grid, a 1080p game-streaming service that launches in May (Ross Miller/The Verge)

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Ross Miller / The Verge:Nvidia announces Grid, a 1080p game-streaming service that launches in May  —  Nvidia just announced a game-streaming service, Grid, that promises to stream top-tier titles up to 1080p and 60 frames per second.  Nvidia's head Jen-Hsun Huang promises the service — which is backed …

Using NVIDIA's streaming, Android TV set-top box: the Shield

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You already know what NVIDIA's latest Shield hardware is: an Android TV-powered set-top box that uses the latest chip from NVIDIA. It streams games over the company's "Netflix for gaming" platform known as GRID; it streams games from your local PC; i...

NBCUniversal planning online comedy subscription service, expected later this year for $2.50-$3.50/month (Natalie Jarvey/Hollywood Reporter)

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Natalie Jarvey / Hollywood Reporter:NBCUniversal planning online comedy subscription service, expected later this year for $2.50-$3.50/month  —  NBCUniversal Planning Online Comedy Subscription Service  —  NBCUniversal is planning to launch a subscription video service focused on comedy later this year, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Apple now ships more smartphones than Samsung, if you ask Gartner

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When we last checked in on the battle for the top spot in the smartphone market, Apple and Samsung were neck and neck. If you ask Gartner, though, it isn't quite so evenly matched. The analyst group estimates that Apple managed to edge past Samsung i...

Nvidia announces Shield, an Android TV set-top box and game console with support for 4K video (Ben Gilbert/Engadget)

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Ben Gilbert / Engadget:Nvidia announces Shield, an Android TV set-top box and game console with support for 4K video  —  Shield: NVIDIA's gaming-focused Android TV set-top box  —  Another year, another new Shield device from NVIDIA.  What's Shield?  It's the hardware line from NVIDIA that spans a bizarre handheld game console …

Crysis 3, Doom 3 and more ported to Android, powered by NVIDIA

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"Can it play Crysis?" is the question people are still asking after all these years, despite the vast majority of game hardware now being more than capable of running Crytek's gorgeous first-person shooter. It's how NVIDIA introduced Crysis 3 this we...

Now you can access AT&T's home security service from your car (Megan Wollerton/CNET)

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Megan Wollerton / CNET:Now you can access AT&T's home security service from your car  —  AT&T's Digital Life and Drive platforms are joining forces so you can tap into your home security and automation set up straight from your car.  —  Inside the AT&T Drive Studio.  —  AT&T  —  Today at Mobile World Congress …

Shield: NVIDIA's gaming-focused Android TV set-top box

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Another year, another new Shield device from NVIDIA. What's Shield? It's the hardware line from NVIDIA that spans a bizarre handheld game console, a powerful gaming tablet, and now an Android TV-powered set-top box. NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang unveiled...

Has the Supreme Court Made Patent Reform Legislation Unnecessary?

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An anonymous reader writes: As Congress gears up again to seriously consider patent litigation abuse—starting with the introduction of H.R. 9 (the "Innovation Act") last month—opponents of reform are arguing that recent Supreme Court cases have addressed concerns. Give the decisions time to work their way through the system, they assert. A recent hearing on the subject before a U.S. House Judiciary Committee (HJC) Subcommittee shined some light on the matter. And, as HJC Chairman Bob Goodlatte, a long-time leader in Internet and intellectual property issues, put it succinctly in his opening remarks: "We've heard this before, and though I believe that the Court has taken several positive steps in the right direction, their decisions can't take the place of a clear, updated and modernized statute. In fact, many of the provisions in the Innovation Act do not necessarily lend themselves to being solved by case law, but by actual law—Congressional legislation." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Nextdoor raises $110M, at a valuation of $1.1B; begins planning how to extract data to monetize with recommendations, on-demand services (Mike Isaac/New York Times)

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Mike Isaac / New York Times:Nextdoor raises $110M, at a valuation of $1.1B; begins planning how to extract data to monetize with recommendations, on-demand services  —  Nextdoor Social Network Digs Really Deep Into Neighborhoods  —  Internet companies have been trying desperately for years to court people like Isaac Gonzales to use their services.

Complex logistics await Lippo's e-commerce push in archipelago Indonesia

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JAKARTA (Reuters) - Selling goods online may only rely on a few mouse clicks, but in Indonesia, delivering purchases to dozens of islands via creaky ports and potholed roads is the logistical challenge Lippo Group faces when its department store opens in cyberspace this month.

Uber buys a mapping company to give you better ride estimates

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Uber wouldn't be where it is without good ride estimates, and it's clearer than ever that the company knows this. The app-based transportation outfit just bought deCarta (its first ever public acquisition), a firm that specializes in mapping, navigat...

$50 'Steam Link' streams PC games anywhere within your house

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Along with a slew of new Steam Machines and VR news, Valve announced an interesting add-on for anyone interested in in-home streaming for their PC games: Steam Link. These $50 boxes (in the US, international pricing is TBD) will stream content from y...

Apple to make many security guards full-time employees (Julia Love/Mercury News)

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Julia Love / Mercury News:Apple to make many security guards full-time employees  —  CUPERTINO — Amid debate about Silicon Valley's sweeping use of contract workers, Apple will dramatically expand its in-house security team, giving the officers the same benefits as other employees.  —  After a yearlong review …

Valve's Steam Machines Will Officially Launch In November (Jason Schreier/Kotaku)

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Jason Schreier / Kotaku:Valve's Steam Machines Will Officially Launch In November  —  “Steam Machines will start at the same price point as game consoles, with higher performance,” Valve said in a press release today.  Well, OK then.  —  The much-anticipated living room PCs, which have been MIA since Valve officially announced …

Valve announces $50 Steam Link streaming box and SteamVR for November release (Wes Fenlon/PC Gamer)

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Wes Fenlon / PC Gamer:Valve announces $50 Steam Link streaming box and SteamVR for November release  —  Ahead of its SteamVR demos at GDC 2015 this week, Valve just announced a slew of new Steam-related goodies, including Source 2 and a new product called Steam Link.  —  According to a press release, “Steam Machines …

Alibaba opens first U.S. cloud center, enters hotly contested market

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HANGZHOU, China (Reuters) - Alibaba Group Holding Ltd is launching a cloud computing hub in Silicon Valley on Wednesday, the e-commerce giant's first outside of China, underscoring its global ambitions in the face of stiff and entrenched competition.

Alibaba opens first U.S. cloud center, enters hotly contested market

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HANGZHOU, China (Reuters) - Alibaba Group Holding Ltd is launching a cloud computing hub in Silicon Valley on Wednesday, the e-commerce giant's first outside of China, underscoring its global ambitions in the face of stiff and entrenched competition.

Valve announces Source 2 engine, free for developers (Philip Kollar/Polygon)

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Philip Kollar / Polygon:Valve announces Source 2 engine, free for developers  —  Valve has just revealed Source 2, a new, more powerful game engine, at Game Developers Conference 2015.  —  The Source 2 engine is a successor to the original Source engine, which debuted in June 2004 with the launch of Counter-Strike: Source.

Valve's new, free game engine is 'Source 2'

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Half-Life 2. Counterstrike: Source. Team Fortress 2. Left 4 Dead. Portal. Besides being developed by Valve, what else do those games share? They all run on the company's Source Engine that's been used since the first two released 11 years ago. Well, ...

GitLab Acquires Gitorious

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New submitter sckirklan writes with news that code repository GitLab has purchased rival service Gitorious. Gitorious users are now able to import their projects into GitLab. They must do so by the end of May, because Gitorious will shut down on June 1st.Rolf Bjaanes, Gitorious CEO, gives some background on the reasons for the acquisition: “At Gitorious we saw more and more organizations adopting GitLab. Due to decreased income from on-premises customers, running the free Gitorious.org was no longer sustainable. GitLab was solving the same problem that we were, but was solving it better.”“This acquisition will accelerate the growth of GitLab. With more than 100,000 organizations using it, it is already the most used on-premise solution for Git repository management, and bringing Gitorious into the fold will significantly increase that footprint.” says Sytse Sijbrandij, GitLab CEO. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Sony's new Project Morpheus prototype has 1920 x 1080 OLED display and 120Hz refresh rate, will launch first half of 2016 (Kyle Orland/Ars Technica)

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Kyle Orland / Ars Technica:Sony's new Project Morpheus prototype has 1920 x 1080 OLED display and 120Hz refresh rate, will launch first half of 2016  —  Sony: PS4 gets VR with Project Morpheus in early 2016  —  First major console VR headset set for release in early 2016.  —  SAN FRANCISCO—At a Game Developers …

Twitter Adds Friend-Finding And Two-Step Authentication To Its Login Service Digits (Sarah Perez/TechCrunch)

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:Twitter Adds Friend-Finding And Two-Step Authentication To Its Login Service Digits  —  Twitter's Digits, a developer-facing service launched last fall that offers a way to integrate a simpler, password-free login option into third-party mobile applications, has been expanded today with a pair …

Sony VR helmet set for 2016 launch

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Sony unveils an upgraded version of its PlayStation virtual reality helmet, which it says will go on sale in the first half of 2016.

AMD Enters Virtual Reality Fray With LiquidVR SDK At GDC

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MojoKid writes: AMD jumped into the virtual reality arena today by announcing that its new LiquidVR SDK will help developers customize VR content for AMD hardware. "The upcoming LiquidVR SDK makes a number of technologies available which help address obstacles in content, comfort and compatibility that together take the industry a major step closer to true, life-like presence across all VR games, applications, and experiences," AMD representatives said in a statement. Oculus is one of the VR companies that will be working with AMD's LiquidVR SDK, and likes what it's seen so far. "Achieving presence in a virtual world continues to be one of the most important elements to delivering amazing VR," said Brendan Iribe, CEO of Oculus. "We're excited to have AMD working with us on their part of the latency equation, introducing support for new features like asynchronous timewarp and late latching, and compatibility improvements that ensure that Oculus' users have a great experience on AMD hardware." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Over a dozen Steam Machines 'more powerful' than consoles hit this fall

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Valve continues to put console gaming in its crosshairs with news that a dozen new Steam Machines are hitting this November. Prices aren't concrete, but the company promises higher performance than game consoles starting at "the same price point." Wh...

Valve's 'Lighthouse' VR tech lets TVs and headsets work together

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We already saw the new Vive virtual reality headset that Valve and HTC are working on, but they're not stopping there. Hardware engineer Alan Yates says that it's Lighthouse room scale tracking system brings the "high resolution, high speed tracking"...

Uber buys mapping startup deCarta: Mashable

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(Reuters) - Ride service Uber is buying mapping and search startup deCarta for an unspecified amount, technology website Mashable said on Tuesday, citing an Uber representative.

U.S. watchdog chairman defends new broadband regulations

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BARCELONA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - New rules to tighten regulation of U.S. broadband providers are not too invasive and are needed to defend consumers' interests and openness on the internet, the chairman of the U.S. telecommunications industry watchdog said on Tuesday.

Italy approves plan to boost broadband networks

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ROME (Reuters) - The Italian government approved a plan on Tuesday to bring its high-speed broadband network into line with European Union targets, but it held back from forcing operators to replace their copper-wire networks with fiber-optic cable.

Rosetta Photographs Its Own Shadow On Comet 67P/C-G

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mpicpp notes an image release from the European Space Agency showing the shadow of its Rosetta probe on the comet it's currently orbiting. The probe snapped the picture from a very low flyby — only six kilometers off the surface. The image has a resolution of 11cm/pixel.The shadow is fuzzy and somewhat larger than Rosetta itself, measuring approximately 20 x 50 metres. If the Sun were a point source, the shadow would be sharp and almost exactly the same size as Rosetta (approximately 2 x 32 m). However, even at 347 million km from 67P/C-G on 14 February, the Sun appeared as a disc about 0.2 degrees across (about 2.3 times smaller than on Earth), resulting in a fuzzy “penumbra” around the spacecraft’s shadow on the surface. In this scenario and with Rosetta 6 km above the surface, the penumbra effect adds roughly 20 metres to the spacecraft’s dimensions, and which is cast onto the tilted surface of the comet. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Cybersecurity company Novetta Solutions up for sale: sources

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(Reuters) - Novetta Solutions LLC, a provider of software and IT services to the U.S. intelligence community, is exploring a sale which could value it at more than $650 million, including debt, according to people familiar with the matter.

Uber buys mapping startup deCarta: Mashable

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(Reuters) - Ride service Uber is buying mapping and search startup deCarta for an unspecified amount, technology website Mashable said on Tuesday, citing an Uber representative.

Complex logistics await Lippo's e-commerce push in archipelago Indonesia

(6 hours ago)
JAKARTA (Reuters) - Selling goods online may only rely on a few mouse clicks, but in Indonesia, delivering purchases to dozens of islands via creaky ports and potholed roads is the logistical challenge Lippo Group faces when its department store opens in cyberspace this month.

Britain's Sainsbury's joins click-and-collect shopping revolution

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LONDON (Reuters) - Sainsbury’s will offer online shoppers the option of picking up orders in store, years after the service was introduced by rivals Tesco and Asda, upping the stakes in Britain's brutally competitive grocery market.

Using the PlayStation 4's new version of Project Morpheus

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I just used Sony's newest version of the PlayStation 4 virtual reality headset, Project Morpheus. Rather, I should say that I just faced down a burly British would-be-torturer before being whisked away to a first-person gun fight in a well-appointed ...

Uber acquires mapping startup deCarta (JP Mangalindan/Mashable)

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JP Mangalindan / Mashable:Uber acquires mapping startup deCarta  —  Uber, the popular ride-sharing startup, is acquiring the mapping and search startup deCarta for an unspecified amount, Mashable has learned.  —  The deal, which closes later this week, is for DeCarta's technology and talent.

Sony sold over 20 million PlayStation 4s

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People really like the PlayStation 4. How many, though? Over 20 million. As of March 1st, Sony says that it's sold through (not shipped, sold) 20.2 million of its latest console. It's going to be hard to judge just how far Sony's ahead of chief rival...

Zero-G Cocktail Glass Lets Astronauts Drink With Dignity

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Astronauts work hard all day. Why shouldn't they have a nice drink when they get back to the safety of the space station?

Netflix strikes deal with Australia's iiNet ISP for exemption from data caps, conflicting with the company's stance on net neutrality (T.C. Sottek/The Verge)

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T.C. Sottek / The Verge:Netflix strikes deal with Australia's iiNet ISP for exemption from data caps, conflicting with the company's stance on net neutrality  —  Is Netflix's commitment to net neutrality a lie?  —  Netflix announced yesterday that it would be coming to Australia and New Zealand on March 24th …

Study: Refactoring Doesn't Improve Code Quality

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itwbennett writes: A team of researchers in Sri Lanka set out to test whether common refactoring techniques resulted in measurable improvements in software quality, both externally (e.g., Is the code more maintainable?) and internally (e.g., Number of lines of code). Here's the short version of their findings: Refactoring doesn't make code easier to analyze or change (PDF); it doesn't make code run faster; and it doesn't result in lower resource utilization. But it may make code more maintainable. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Apple exploring settlement with electric car battery maker

(7 hours ago)
(Reuters) - Apple Inc is discussing a settlement in a lawsuit brought by electric car battery maker A123 Systems, which accused the iPhone maker of poaching top engineers to build a large-scale battery division.
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