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Pollution In China Could Be Driving Freak Weather In US

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Hugh Pickens DOT Com (2995471) writes "Jonathan Kaiman reports at The Guardian that China's air pollution could be intensifying storms over the Pacific Ocean and altering weather patterns in North America leading to more ... warm air in the mid-Pacific moving towards the north pole. 'Mid-latitude storms develop off Asia and they track across the Pacific, coming in to the west coast of the U.S.,' says Ellie Highwood, a climate physicist at the University of Reading. 'The particles in this model are affecting how strong those storms are, how dense the clouds are, and how much rainfall comes out of those storms.' Fossil fuel burning and petrochemical processing in Asia's rapidly developing economies lead to a build-up of aerosols, fine particles suspended in the air. Typically, aerosol formation is thought of as the antithesis to global warming: it cools our Earth's climate. But researchers say, too much of any one thing is never good. 'Aerosols provide seeds for cloud formation. If you provide too many seeds, then you fundamentally change cloud patterns and storm patterns,' says co-author Renyi Zhang. China's leaders are aware of the extent of the problem and will soon revise China's environmental protection law for the first time since 1989 ... 'The provisions on transparency are probably the most positive step forward,' says Alex Wang, expert in Chinese environmental law at UCLA. 'These include the requirement that key polluters disclose real-time pollution data.'" Read[..]

Megaupload's Dotcom, facing legal threat, launches political party

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AUCKLAND (Reuters) - Internet tycoon Kim Dotcom holds court while bathing in the pool of a sprawling New Zealand mansion, fist bumping and chatting with some of the 700 guests gathered to celebrate the political party he launched last month to promote Internet freedom.

8 GB iPhone 5c now available in the Netherlands, Czech Republic, Sweden, Poland, Italy, Ireland and others (Benjamin Mayo/9to5Mac)

(27 minutes ago)
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:8 GB iPhone 5c now available in the Netherlands, Czech Republic, Sweden, Poland, Italy, Ireland and others  —  After a brief period of downtime, the Apple Store around the world has now gone back up.  Aside from a bit of Mothers Day promotional advertising, there is no change to most regions.

Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charges

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An anonymous reader tips news of an incident in a Pennsylvania high school in which a student, Christian Stanfield, was being bullied on a regular basis. He used a tablet to make an audio recording of the bullies for the purpose of showing his mother how bad it was. She was shocked, and she called school officials to tell them what was going on. The officials brought in a police lieutenant — but not to deal with the bullies. Instead, the officer interrogated Stanfield and made him delete the recording. The officer then threatened to charge him with felony wiretapping. The charges were later reduced to disorderly conduct, and Stanfield was forced to testify before a magistrate, who found him guilty. Stanfield's mother said, "Christian's willingness to advocate in a non-violent manner should be championed as a turning point. If Mr. Milburn and the South Fayette school district really want to do the right thing, they would recognized that their zero-tolerance policies and overemphasis on academics and athletics have practically eliminated social and emotional functioning from school culture." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Mt. Gox faces liquidation as recovery plans scrapped

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A Japanese court-appointed administrator is now in control of Mt. Gox following an unsuccessful attempt to save the business. The Bitcoin exchange filed for bankruptcy in February after losing 850,000 Bitcoins, though it later found around a quarter...

OnePlus One will cost under £290 / €350 in UK and Europe

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It's just seven days until OnePlus launches its first Android flagship, but that hasn't stopped the company drip-feeding news about the device. Surprisingly, the outfit promises that the unit will cost under £290 in the UK, €350 in Europe and...

High-Tech Farmer Deploys Drone to Spray Crops

(One hour ago)
A Chinese farmer uses a drone to spray pesticide on his crops in Bozhou, Anhui province, on Tuesday.China's economy expanded 7.4 percent year-on-year in the first three months of the year, the government said Wednesday, marking a further slowing in the world's second-largest economy.

Telefonica, Blackstone Launch Axonix, A Mobile Ad Exchange Built On Defunct MobClix Tech (Ingrid Lunden/TechCrunch)

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:Telefonica, Blackstone Launch Axonix, A Mobile Ad Exchange Built On Defunct MobClix Tech  —  Telefonica, the Spanish carrier with operations in 24 countries and 323 million customers, is making its latest bid to expand its business beyond basic mobile and telephone services, by moving into ad tech.

Kim Dotcom will celebrate getting his fortune back on the race track

(One hour ago)
Kim Dotcom's getting his fortune back, and to celebrate, he's throwing a party. The Megaupload founder tweeted this morning that Auckland's High Court will return the cash, vehicles and property that were seized on behalf of the US back in 2012. On...

China gets first bitcoin ATM, skirting bank crackdown

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SHANGHAI (Reuters) - BTC China, one of the country's leading digital currency exchanges, has installed China's first bitcoin ATM and launched an online app allowing individuals to buy and sell bitcoins using mobile phones, skirting local banking regulations seen as increasingly hostile to so-called crypto-currencies.

Hard-disk firm warns of data breach

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French hard-disk maker LaCie warns that shoppers' credit cards details and logins may have been stolen from its store over a one-year period.

Tencent launches Candy Crush game in China

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SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Chinese tech giant Tencent Holdings Ltd will launch a Chinese version of King Digital Entertainment Plc's explosively popular "Candy Crush Saga" game in China, as the UK-based mobile games maker looks to woo new users to support flagging sales in the United States and Europe.

Sky now lets you watch or record TV directly from Twitter

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Twitter's cosy with many broadcasters that wish to connect with their audiences better, and in the UK, Sky's previously partnered with the social network for tweeting footy highlights in near real-time. Today, the two have teamed up again on Twitter...

Samsung plans to launch Tizen smartphones in Q2 and an Android Wear smartwatch later this year (Reuters)

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Reuters:Samsung plans to launch Tizen smartphones in Q2 and an Android Wear smartwatch later this year  —  Samsung executive says Galaxy S5 to outsell S4, sees second quarter rollout for Tizen phone  —  (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd's new Galaxy S5 smartphone should outsell its predecessor …

Uber still offering rides in Belgium despite court order

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Despite seized vehicles, a court order and possible €10,000 fine (per pickup!), Uber says its UberPOP ride-sharing service is "still accessible" in Brussels. In its blog, the company complained that the original lawsuit was "filed by Brussels radio...

Lenovo's banking on motion control and Flex-able laptops with latest releases

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Motion control hasn't outmoded the mouse and keyboard yet, but it is finding its way into more and more consumer products. Take Lenovo's upcoming A540 all-in-one desktop, for instance: its one of a handful of the company's products to feature Lenovo...

Google Looked Into Space Elevator, Hoverboards, and Teleportation

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An anonymous reader writes "Google has a huge research budget and an apparent willingness to take on huge projects. They've gotten themselves into autonomous cars, fiber optic internet, robotics, and Wi-Fi balloons. But that raises a question: if they're willing to commit to projects as difficult and risk as those, what projects have they explored but rejected? Several of the scientists working at Google's 'innovation lab' have spilled the beans: '[Mag-lev] systems have a stabilizing structure that keeps trains in place as they hover and move forward in only one direction. That couldn't quite translate into an open floor plan of magnets that keep a hoverboard steadily aloft and free to move in any direction. One problem, as Piponi explains, is that magnets tend to keep shifting polarities, so your hoverboard would constantly flip over as you floated around moving from a state of repulsion to attraction with the magnets. Any skateboarder could tell you what that means: Your hoverboard would suck. ... If scaling problems are what brought hoverboards down to earth, material-science issues crashed the space elevator. The team knew the cable would have to be exceptionally strong-- "at least a hundred times stronger than the strongest steel that we have," by Piponi's calculations. He found one material that could do this: carbon nanotubes. But no one has manufactured a perfectly formed carbon nanotube strand longer than a meter. And so elevators "were put in a deep freeze," as[..]

Weev Talks About Life In Prison And His Plans To Open A Hedge Fund, TRO LLC (John Biggs/TechCrunch)

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John Biggs / TechCrunch:Weev Talks About Life In Prison And His Plans To Open A Hedge Fund, TRO LLC  —  Weev, aka Andrew Auernheimer, is free.  The 29-year-old hacker, released from the Allenwood Federal Correctional Center in Pennsylvania last weekend, has spent the past few days celebrating a federal appeals court decision …

How Google's internet-balloon idea got off the ground

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On paper, the notion of balloon-provided internet sounds more than a little ridiculous, but that's just how Google X rolls. Mountain View's far-off research division has recently spilled (some of) its guts to Fast Company, detailing the process for...

Alibaba's growth accelerates, U.S. IPO filing expected next week

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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Alibaba Group Holding Ltd's revenue growth accelerated in the last quarter of 2013, a timely lift for the Chinese Internet company as it prepares to file a prospectus next week for its highly anticipated initial public offering.

Halo, Destiny music composer Martin O'Donnell fired by Bungie

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After composing some of the most memorable songs in gaming for Bungie games including most of the Halo series, Myth and Oni, Martin O'Donnell tweeted tonight that he has been terminated "without cause" by Bungie's board of directors. It's still not...

NASA catches a glimpse of Saturn birthing a new moon

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For the first and perhaps the last time ever, NASA's Cassini spacecraft, whose mission is to orbit Saturn, has captured a new moon emerge from the Jovian planet's rings. As you might know, the birth of a moon is an extremely rare event, and in...

Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

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An anonymous reader writes "Researchers from Princeton University and Northwestern University have concluded, after extensive analysis of 1,779 policy issues, that the U.S. is in fact an oligarchy and not a democracy. What this means is that, although 'Americans do enjoy many features central to democratic governance,' 'majorities of the American public actually have little influence over the policies our government adopts.' Their study (PDF), to be published in Perspectives on Politics, found that 'When the preferences of economic elites and the stands of organized interest groups are controlled for, the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy.'" Read more of this story at Slashdot.

The Rise and Fall of AIM, the Breakthrough AOL Never Wanted (Jason Abbruzzese/Mashable)

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Jason Abbruzzese / Mashable:The Rise and Fall of AIM, the Breakthrough AOL Never Wanted  —  When we think about the spectacular collapse of once untouchable Internet properties, companies like MySpace and Pets.com come to mind.  The rise and fall of AOL Instant Messenger rivals them all.

Mt. Gox gives up plan to rebuild under bankruptcy protection, files for liquidation (Wall Street Journal)

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Wall Street Journal:Mt. Gox gives up plan to rebuild under bankruptcy protection, files for liquidation  —  Mt. Gox Files for Liquidation  —  Defunct Bitcoin Exchange Gives Up On Plan to Rebuild  —  Defunct bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox has given up its plan to rebuild under bankruptcy protection and has asked …

Samsung executive says Galaxy S5 to outsell S4, sees second quarter rollout for Tizen phone

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SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd's new Galaxy S5 smartphone should outsell its predecessor and defy predictions that the South Korean titan's latest model will struggle in a tough market for high-end handsets, a top executive said.

China e-commerce giant Alibaba seen filing for US IPO next week: sources (Reuters)

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Reuters:China e-commerce giant Alibaba seen filing for US IPO next week: sources  —  An employee walks past a logo of Alibaba Group at its headquarters on the outskirts of Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, in this May 17, 2010 file photo.  —  (Reuters) - Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd …

Google Play Still Tops iOS App Store Downloads, And Now Narrowing Revenue Gap, Too (Sarah Perez/TechCrunch)

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:Google Play Still Tops iOS App Store Downloads, And Now Narrowing Revenue Gap, Too  —  Android's position as the most dominant smartphone platform worldwide is also having an impact on mobile app download growth, and now, increasing revenue.  Google's app marketplace, Google Play …

China e-commerce giant Alibaba seen filing for US IPO next week: sources

(7 hours ago)
HONG KONG (Reuters) - Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. is expected to file the prospectus for its U.S. initial public offering next week, sources said on Wednesday, moving closer to what could be the biggest-ever listing by a technology firm.

China e-commerce giant Alibaba seen filing for US IPO next week: sources

(7 hours ago)
HONG KONG (Reuters) - Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. is expected to file the prospectus for its U.S. initial public offering next week, sources said on Wednesday, moving closer to what could be the biggest-ever listing by a technology firm.

Netgear adds BitTorrent Sync to its network-attached storage drives (Janko Roettgers/Gigaom)

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Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:Netgear adds BitTorrent Sync to its network-attached storage drives  —  Now this is smart: BitTorrent Inc. has teamed up with Netgear to take its P2P-powered Dropbox competitor BitTorrent Sync to the next level.  Owners of a ReadyNAS device can now install apps for Sync directly on that device …

Your StarCraft II Potential Peaked At Age 24

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An anonymous reader writes "StarCraft II is popular among competitive gamers for having the depth necessary to reward differences in skill. A new study has found that your ability keep up with the game's frantic pace starts to decline at age 24. This is relevant to more than just StarCraft II players: 'While many high-performance athletes start to show age-related declines at a young age, those are often attributed to physical as opposed to brain aging. ... While previous lab tests have shown faster reaction times for simple individual tasks, it was never clear how much relevance those had to complex, real-world tasks such as driving. Thompson noted that Starcraft is complex and quite similar to real-life tasks such as managing 911 calls at an emergency dispatch centre, so the findings may be directly relevant. However, game performance was much easier to analyze than many real-life situations because the game generates detailed logs of every move. In a way, Thompson said, the study is a good demonstration of what kinds of insights can be gleaned from the "cool data sets" generated by our digital lives.'" Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Inside Alibaba, China's e-commerce giant with 2X Amazon's revenues, and plans for a $15B IPO (Wall Street Journal)

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Wall Street Journal:Inside Alibaba, China's e-commerce giant with 2X Amazon's revenues, and plans for a $15B IPO  —  Alibaba Flexes Muscles Before IPO  —  Chinese E-Commerce Giant Speeds Toward $15 Billion Deal  —  Jack Ma still has the spartan apartment in the Chinese city of Hangzhou where the former English teacher started Alibaba.com in 1999.

House of Cards S2 Blu-ray goes on sale June 19th for those who prefer a hard copy

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House of Cards may be most famous for leading the charge of Netflix's original streaming content, but the show's producer Media Rights Capital is ready for all avenues. Just like the first season, season two will get a release on physical discs this...

Pioneer says CarPlay firmware update for existing 2014 in-dash systems coming this summer (Jordan Kahn/9to5Mac)

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Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:Pioneer says CarPlay firmware update for existing 2014 in-dash systems coming this summer  —  Following reports yesterday that car electronics manufacturer Alpine was planning to launch aftermarket CarPlay units in the fall, Pioneer issued a press release today confirming a firmware update for existing in-dash systems.

GM reportedly working on a lower-cost Chevy Volt

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When it comes to electric vehicles, the Chevrolet Volt is as mainstream a brand as it gets. But despite GM's efforts to make the Volt a top choice among EV buyers, demand for it hasn't been what the company expected since it began production in 2010....

Marketing automation startup Act-On raises $42M, sets sights on IPO (Taylor Soper/GeekWire)

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Taylor Soper / GeekWire:Marketing automation startup Act-On raises $42M, sets sights on IPO  —  In one of the bigger tech-related fundraising rounds that the Portland area has seen over the past year, Beaverton, Ore.-based marketing automation software company Act-On today announced $42 million in new financing.

This is how Samsung thinks about design

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Samsung said it would launch a website that showed off its design chops, and it's delivering as promised. The newly launched Make it Meaningful page dives into the inspirations behind the Korean company's products, complete with an abundance of giant...

Etsy to launch its wholesale platform this summer, will take a 3.5% commission for each order (Nick Summers/The Next Web)

(10 hours ago)
Nick Summers / The Next Web:Etsy to launch its wholesale platform this summer, will take a 3.5% commission for each order  —  Etsy plans to publicly launch its wholesale program in August, and today revealed how much it'll be charging users for each order.  —  The scheme launched in beta almost a year ago and is designed …

How 'DevOps' Is Killing the Developer

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An anonymous reader writes "Python guru Jeff Knupp writes about his frustration with the so-called 'DevOps' movement, an effort to blend development jobs with operations positions. It's an artifact of startup culture, and while it might make sense when you only have a few employees and a focus on simply getting it running rather than getting it running right, Knupp feels it has no place in bigger, more established companies. He says, 'Somewhere along the way, however, we tricked ourselves into thinking that because, at any one time, a start-up developer had to take on different roles he or she should actually be all those things at once. If such people even existed, "full-stack" developers still wouldn't be used as they should. Rather than temporarily taking on a single role for a short period of time, then transitioning into the next role, they are meant to be performing all the roles, all the time. And here's what really sucks: most good developers can almost pull this off.' Knupp adds, 'The effect of all of this is to destroy the role of "developer" and replace it with a sort of "technology utility-player". Every developer I know got into programming because they actually enjoyed doing it (at one point). You do a disservice to everyone involved when you force your brightest people to take on additional roles.'" Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Why the IRS wants to be your Facebook friend

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If the fear of an audit wasn't enough to scare you into being honest on your taxes, try this on for size: the IRS might be checking out your Facebook page. The good ol' Internal Revenue Service is reportedly using robots to scope out public social...

Turkey says Twitter agrees to close some accounts, no tax deal yet (Orhan Coskun/Reuters)

(11 hours ago)
Orhan Coskun / Reuters:Turkey says Twitter agrees to close some accounts, no tax deal yet  —  (Reuters) - Twitter will close some accounts in Turkey but will not for now set up an office there as the government wants, a senior Turkish official said late on Monday after talks over a dispute which saw the government ban the site for two weeks.

New hurricane forecast maps to show flood risk from storm surge

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ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - When the Atlantic hurricane season opens June 1, national forecasters will roll out a new feature: color-coded and broadcast-ready maps to graphically show the potential for flooding from storm surges.

Daily Roundup: Amazon's first phone, Project Ara developer conference and more!

(11 hours ago)
You might say the day is never really done in consumer technology news. Your workday, however, hopefully draws to a close at some point. This is the Daily Roundup on Engadget, a quick peek back at the top headlines for the past 24 hours -- all...

Investors Send Twitter Up 11.4% Following Gnip News, Adding $2.7B To Its Market Cap (Alex Wilhelm/TechCrunch)

(11 hours ago)
Alex Wilhelm / TechCrunch:Investors Send Twitter Up 11.4% Following Gnip News, Adding $2.7B To Its Market Cap  —  Twitter had a massive day in the markets, soaring more than 11 percent following news this morning that it has acquired Gnip.  —  Gnip is a company that provides other firms with access to social media information streams.

Sony has a 4K TV for every budget (that's at least $2,099)

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Sony has nailed down the final launch details for its newest 4K Bravia TVs, and surprise -- they just might be affordable this year. The "entry-level" XBR-X850B series will start at a relatively frugal $2,099 for a 49-inch model, with prices peaking...

Here's the software that helps Edward Snowden avoid the NSA

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Edward Snowden hasn't escaped the NSA's watchful eyes purely by exploiting lax security -- he also uses the right software. We now know that he communicates with the media using Tails, a customized version of Linux that makes it easy to use Tor's...
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