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Xbox Entertainment Studios officially closed after top execs let go earlier than expected (Cynthia Littleton/Variety)

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Cynthia Littleton / Variety:Xbox Entertainment Studios officially closed after top execs let go earlier than expected  —  Nancy Tellem, Jordan Levin Leave Xbox Entertainment Studios Amid Mass Microsoft Layoffs  —  Xbox Entertainment Studios is officially no more.  —  The last staffers of the production entity headed …

China Completes Its First Lunar Return Mission

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China's Chang'e 5-T1 mission to the moon has not only taken some beautiful pictures of the Earth from the craft's perspective (hat tip to reader Taco Cowboy) but as of Friday evening (continental U.S. time) returned a capsule to Earth. (The capsule landed in Inner Mongolia.) From the linked article: Prior to re-entering the Earths atmosphere, the unnamed probe was travelling at 11.2 kilometres per second (25,000 miles per hour), a speed that can generate temperatures of more than 1,500 degrees Celsius (2,700 degrees Fahrenheit), the news agency reported. To slow it down, scientists let the craft "bounce" off Earths atmosphere before re-entering again and landing. ... The module would have been 413,000 kilometres from Earth at its furthest point on the mission, SASTIND said at the time. The mission was launched to test technology to be used in the Change-5, Chinas fourth lunar probe, which aims to gather samples from the moons surface and will be launched around 2017, SASTIND previously said. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

J.P. Morgan found hackers through breach of corporate event website: media

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(Reuters) - J.P. Morgan Chase & Co learned about hackers who stole the bank's contact information for 76 million households and 7 million small businesses through a corporate event that it sponsors, the New York Times and Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

Foreign access to China's card clearing market next August: report

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HONG KONG (Reuters) - Chinese regulators will allow foreign firms access to the yuan-denominated credit card clearing business from August next year, Hong Kong's South China Morning Post newspaper reported on Saturday.

AT&T and Verizon are upping bandwidth on select data plans

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These days we could all use a little more mobile bandwidth, and the folks at AT&T and Verizon are giving us some. Let's break it down, shall we? If you're on an AT&T single-line plan or have two to three devices, the company is now offering 3GB of...

J.P. Morgan found hackers through breach of corporate event website: WSJ

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(Reuters) - J.P. Morgan Chase & Co learned about hackers who stole the bank's contact information for 76 million households and 7 million small businesses through a corporate event that it sponsors, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

Engadget Expand is all about you. And us. But really, you.

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Engadget Expand is our annual event that's all about you -- our fans. It's not your typical tech conference that's priced for people fortunate to have an expense account. We make the event completely FREE thanks to our generous sponsors, giving you...

Will He Ever Return? Head Of Google's Web Spam Team Matt Cutts Extends Leave Into 2015 (Danny Sullivan/Search Engine Land)

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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:Will He Ever Return?  Head Of Google's Web Spam Team Matt Cutts Extends Leave Into 2015  —  The head of Google's web spam team, Matt Cutts, says that his leave from the company has gone so well that he'll be continuing it through 2015.  —  Cutts shared the news today in a note added …

Lumera lets you post high-res snapshots on Instagram with one click

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You are done (DONE!) taking selfies with a phone like some plebeian -- you only take DSLR selfies now, even though it's a pain transferring photos using a camera without built-in WiFi. A camera attachment called Lumera wants to solve that problem by...

Boo! The House Majority PAC Is Watching You

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An anonymous reader writes I received some interesting mail this week from the House Majority PAC. First, a "voter report card" postcard telling me my voting record was "excellent" (I'm a good citizen!), but also letting me know that they "plan to update this report card after the election to see whether you voted". OK, so one of the Democratic Party's super PACs want me to vote, but it seems to be something of an attempt at intimidation. Today, I received a letter in which they really put the pressure on. Here are some excerpts: "Who you vote for is secret. But whether or not you vote is public record. Our organization monitors turnout in your neighborhood, and we are disappointed that many of your neighbors do not always exercise their right to vote." So why contact me instead of them? Voting is a civic duty, but it isn't illegal to abstain. That's my neighbors' business, not mine. It's one way of expressing dissatisfaction, isn't it? And if there are no candidates you wish to vote for, then why should you vote for someone you don't want? But Big Brother PAC has other ideas: "We will be reviewing the Camden County [NJ] official voting records after the upcoming election to determine whether you joined your neighbors who voted in 2014. If you do not vote this year, we will be interested to hear why not." The letter is signed "Joe Fox Election day Coordinator". So what happens if I don't vote? Well, at least I got a scare this Halloween. Are PACs using similar tactics in[..]

Come Out, Come Out: The Tim Cook Moment Is Here (Kara Swisher/Re/code)

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Kara Swisher / Re/code:Come Out, Come Out: The Tim Cook Moment Is Here  —  Looking back, I guess we in the media might have asked Apple CEO Tim Cook if he were gay.  —  Me especially, since I am gay.  And, like many, I had heard all the assumptions about the self-effacing exec's sexual orientation, even though he and I had never once discussed the issue.

NASA Spacecraft Images Crash Site of Retired LADEE Probe

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An anonymous reader writes In April, NASA ended the mission of its Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) mission by de-orbiting (read: crashing) it on the far side of the moon. The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has now directly imaged the crash site, showing a small crater and the spray of rocks and dust caused by the crash. "LADEE's grave lies about 0.5 miles (0.8 kilometers) from the eastern rim of the larger Sundman V crater, just 0.2 miles (0.3 km) north of the spot where mission team members predicted the spacecraft would go down based on tracking data, NASA officials said. ... The new crater is less than 10 feet (3 meters) wide. It's so small because LADEE was just the size of a washing machine, and the probe was traveling relatively slowly (3,800 mph, or 6,116 km/h) when it impacted the surface. The LROC team was able to spot LADEE's impact crater after developing a new tool that compared before-and-after images of the same lunar sites, researchers said." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

North Korea reportedly blocks Facebook and Twitter

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North Korean authorities have reportedly blocked access to Facebook and Twitter for the few people in the country with open Internet access.

HTC predicts better sales in 4th quarter after 3-year decline, 3rd straight quarterly profit (Aries Poon/Wall Street Journal)

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Aries Poon / Wall Street Journal:HTC predicts better sales in 4th quarter after 3-year decline, 3rd straight quarterly profit  —  HTC Sees Brighter Fourth-Quarter Sales  —  Smartphone Maker HTC Faces Competition From China, Apple but Expects to Stay Profitable  —  TAIPEI— HTC Corp. on Friday predicted sales …

Engadget Daily: Samsung's all-metal phone, a Wii U eulogy and more!

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A lot can happen between the time and the sun rises and sets -- especially in the future we live in. So, what's new 'round these parts? Well, Samsung debuted super thin, all-metal smartphones; our Joseph Volpe penned a eulogy for Nintendo's Wii U and...

FCC eyes new rules to protect consumers as voice networks transition to IP

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The Federal Communications Commission will consider new rules to ensure real consumer choice as the U.S. shifts from copper-based networks to IP networks, agency officials said Friday.

Startup Slack gets $120M infusion to kill email at work

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Slack, a cloud startup that's landed some big name clients for its business communications product, has raised $120 million [m] at an eye-popping $1.12 billion [b] valuation.

LG's 0.7mm Smartphone Bezel Is World's Narrowest

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SmartAboutThings (1951032) writes "LG Display has announced that it has developed a 5.3-inch Full HD LCD panel for smartphones with the world's narrowest bezel at 0.7mm. It's even thinner than a credit card, making the screen give you the impression that it 'overflows.' The company calls the construction Neo Edge technology; it uses an adhesive instead of double-sided tape to attach and seal the panel's circuit board and backlight unit. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Samsung says Microsoft deal invites 'charges of collusion': filing (Dan Levine/Reuters)

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Dan Levine / Reuters:Samsung says Microsoft deal invites ‘charges of collusion’: filing  —  (Reuters) - Samsung said its collaboration with Microsoft on Windows phones raised antitrust problems once Microsoft completed its acquisition of Nokia's handset business, according to a court filing.

Virginia Court: LEOs Can Force You To Provide Fingerprint To Unlock Your Phone

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schwit1 writes with news of a Circuit Court decision from Virginia where a judge has ruled that a criminal defendant cannot use Fifth Amendment protections to safeguard a phone that is locked using his or her fingerprint. According to Judge Steven C. Fucci, while a criminal defendant can't be compelled to hand over a passcode to police officers for the purpose of unlocking a cellular device, law enforcement officials can compel a defendant to give up a fingerprint. The Fifth Amendment states that "no person shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself," which protects memorized information like passwords and passcodes, but it does not extend to fingerprints in the eyes of the law, as speculated by Wired last year. Frucci said that "giving police a fingerprint is akin to providing a DNA or handwriting sample or an actual key, which the law permits. A passcode, though, requires the defendant to divulge knowledge, which the law protects against, according to Frucci's written opinion." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Amazon Reveals Diversity Stats: Lots of White Males

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Amazon's workforce demographics show it's not quite as monochromatic as some others in the industry, but still short on women and minorities.

Scientists can make your inner monologue audible

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When you hear someone else speak, specific neurons in your brain fire. Brian Pasley and a bunch of his colleagues discovered this at the University of California, Berkeley. And not only that, but those neurons all appeared to be tuned to specific...

Richard Branson Reacts to Virgin Galactic Crash

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Richard Branson, the billionaire founder of Virgin Galactic, sent out a message on Twitter on Friday after his company's SpaceShipTwo rocket exploded.

HP's smartwatch lacks sensors and touchscreen, has 7 day battery life; starts at $349, Nov. 7 (Michael Hsu/Wall Street Journal)

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Michael Hsu / Wall Street Journal:HP's smartwatch lacks sensors and touchscreen, has 7 day battery life; starts at $349, Nov. 7  —  Michael Bastian Creates a Smartwatch That Looks Like a Watch  —  High-tech meets high-style in the MB Chronowing from Michael Bastian and Hewlett-Packard.  —  of  —  By

Qualcomm Begins Contributing To Reverse-Engineered Freedreno Linux Driver

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An anonymous reader writes: For over two years there's been a Freedreno driver project that's been reverse-engineering Qualcomm's Adreno graphics hardware. Freedreno consists of both a user-space Gallium3D driver providing OpenGL / OpenGL ES support and a DRM/KMS kernel driver to replace Qualcomm's open-source kernel driver designed just around Android's needs. The community-based, reverse-engineering Freedreno driver project is finally paying off and gaining critical momentum with Qualcomm now contributing to the driver. QuIC through the Aurora Forum provided Adreno A4xx hardware support to the Freedreno MSM kernel driver. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

ASUS' ROG G751: a properly oversized gaming laptop

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So, you noticed that NVIDIA has trotted out its latest GPU architecture and you're wondering if you should retire your old gaming laptop for something with a little more... pep. You aren't alone. Every time NVIDIA downsizes its flagship GPUs for the...

Richard Branson Reacts to Virgin Galactic Crash

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Richard Branson, the billionaire founder of Virgin Galactic, sent out a message on Twitter on Friday after his company's SpaceShipTwo rocket exploded.

Integrated Circuit Amplifier Breaches Terahertz Barrier

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jenningsthecat writes: DARPA's Terahertz Electronics program has created "the fastest solid-state amplifier integrated circuit ever measured." The Terahertz Monolithic Integrated Circuit (TMIC), boasts a gain of 9dB — previously unheard of for a monolithic device in this frequency range. Plus, the status of "fastest" has been certified by Guinness — seriously! ('Cause you might not trust DARPA, but you gotta trust Guinness — right?). In related news, DARPA has also created a micro-machined vacuum power amplifier operating at 850 GHz, or 0.85 THz. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Physicists Identify Possible New Particle Behind Dark Matter

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sciencehabit writes: Like cops tracking the wrong person, physicists seeking to identify dark matter — the mysterious stuff whose gravity appears to bind the galaxies — may have been stalking the wrong particle. In fact, a particle with some properties opposite to those of physicists' current favorite dark matter candidate — the weakly interacting massive particle, or WIMP — would do just as good a job at explaining the stuff, a quartet of theorists says. Hypothetical strongly interacting massive particles — or SIMPs — would also better account for some astrophysical observations, they argue. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

HP teamed up with a fashion designer to make a stunning smartwatch

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As beautiful as the look of the Moto 360 is, there are people who would prefer something that's styled more like a traditional watch. For this, the MB Chronowing, created by fashion designer Michael Bastian and engineered by HP, could be the perfect...

Oracle's Larry Ellison isn't done building his legacy

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Larry Ellison may no longer be CEO of Oracle, but he's not going anywhere anytime soon. Indeed, as executive chairman and CTO, Ellison is now in a position to focus solely on creating new products and services that will cement his legacy as he enters the twilight of a legendary career in tech.

Google Flu Trends to incorporate data from CDC after greatly overestimating number of cases in the US for the 2012-13 flu season (Steve Lohr/New York Times)

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Steve Lohr / New York Times:Google Flu Trends to incorporate data from CDC after greatly overestimating number of cases in the US for the 2012-13 flu season  —  The New Thing in Google Flu Trends Is Traditional Data  —  Google is giving its Flu Trends service an overhaul — “a brand new engine,” as it announced in a blog post on Friday.

Five questions for the woman who's 3D printing edible fruit

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In the last few years 3D printing has gone from a niche within a niche, to one of the most headline-grabbing fields in tech. Consumers haven't exactly embraced the technology, but it is beginning to trickle down into the homes of more hobbyists and...

Facebook says you can be social and secure, acquires .onion address for Tor users

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The so-called darknet, which is accessible via the anonymizing Tor network, has a reputation for being home to many disreputable sites. But now the biggest social network in the world is available via Tor. Facebook announced Friday that it is available to Tor users via a .onion address--the pseudo-top-level-domain used by Tor hidden services.

Microsoft Band first impressions: clunky hardware, useful software; tile interface works well (David Pierce/The Verge)

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David Pierce / The Verge:Microsoft Band first impressions: clunky hardware, useful software; tile interface works well  —  Wearing the Microsoft Band, the next big thing in fitness tracking  —  I've been wearing it for two hours, and I'm still acutely aware that it's there.  This is the first and most unavoidable thing …

Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo Crashes

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Fallen Kell writes: Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo has crashed. "'During the test. the vehicle suffered a serious anomaly resulting in the loss of the vehicle,' the company said in a statement. "The WhiteKnightTwo carrier aircraft landed safely. Our first concern is the status of the pilots, which is unknown at this time.'"" ABC says one person is dead, and another injured. This was the craft's fourth powered test flight, and its first since January. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Sprint extends $20 lease program to Galaxy S5, Galaxy S5 Sport (Roger Cheng/CNET)

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Roger Cheng / CNET:Sprint extends $20 lease program to Galaxy S5, Galaxy S5 Sport  —  The program, where customers essentially rent a phone, was originally launched with Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.  —  Sprint is doubling down on its smartphone leasing programing.  —  Starting Friday …
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