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Leaked Photos Of A Motorola Pre-Production Device: This May Be The Moto X+1 (Michael Crider/Android Police)

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Michael Crider / Android Police:Leaked Photos Of A Motorola Pre-Production Device: This May Be The Moto X+1  —  We've been hearing rumors and seeing at least some evidence of a new Motorola flagship for the past few months.  The Moto X was released in August of last year, which makes it just about time for a refresh in the current yearly phone cycle.

Australian Government Moving Forward With Anti-Piracy Mandate For ISPs

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angry tapir (1463043) writes Australia is moving closer to a regime under which ISPs will be forced to block access to websites whose "dominant purpose" is to facilitate copyright violations. A secret government discussion paper (PDF) has been leaked and proposes a system of website blocking and expanded liability for ISPs when it comes to "reasonable steps that can be taken ... to discourage or reduce online copyright infringement." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Google Translate Adds Crowdsourcing Features To Improve Its Translations (Frederic Lardinois/TechCrunch)

(2 hours ago)
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:Google Translate Adds Crowdsourcing Features To Improve Its Translations  —  Over the years, Google Translate has gotten significantly better at giving its users (relatively) legible translations fo most commonly used languages.  It's still far off from being perfect, though …

​The Tesla Model S doesn't have onboard navigation in China

(4 hours ago)
Take a Tesla Model S for a spin in the US or Europe, and you'll have the help of a integrated navigation system to help you find your way. In China, you'll have to unfold a traditional, paper map. Local drivers are learning that the country's...

Judge Denise Cote concerned about e-book settlement because Apple's liability could fall from $450M to $70M if her ruling is reversed on a minor issue (Nate Raymond/Reuters)

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Nate Raymond / Reuters:Judge Denise Cote concerned about e-book settlement because Apple's liability could fall from $450M to $70M if her ruling is reversed on a minor issue  —  U.S. judge says she is troubled by Apple $450 million e-books deal  —  (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Thursday expressed concern …

Cable Companies: We're Afraid Netflix Will Demand Payment From ISPs

(4 hours ago)
Dega704 (1454673) writes While the network neutrality debate has focused primarily on whether ISPs should be able to charge companies like Netflix for faster access to consumers, cable companies are now arguing that it's really Netflix who holds the market power to charge them. This argument popped up in comments submitted to the FCC by Time Warner Cable and industry groups that represent cable companies. (National Journal writer Brendan Sasso pointed this out.) The National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA), which represents many companies including Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cablevision, Cox, and Charter wrote to the FCC: "Even if broadband providers had an incentive to degrade their customers' online experience in some circumstances, they have no practical ability to act on such an incentive. Today's Internet ecosystem is dominated by a number of "hyper-giants" with growing power over key aspects of the Internet experience—including Google in search, Netflix and Google (YouTube) in online video, Amazon and eBay in e-commerce, and Facebook in social media. If a broadband provider were to approach one of these hyper-giants and threaten to block or degrade access to its site if it refused to pay a significant fee, such a strategy almost certainly would be self-defeating, in light of the immediately hostile reaction of consumers to such conduct. Indeed, it is more likely that these large edge providers would seek to extract payment from ISPs for[..]

Apple iPhones allow extraction of deep personal data, researcher finds

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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Personal data including text messages, contact lists and photos can be extracted from iPhones through previously unpublicized techniques by Apple Inc employees, the company acknowledged this week.

Amazon's far-reaching ambitions, lack of profits, unnerve investors

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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc's message to investors has always been clear: trust in founder and CEO Jeff Bezos. But after more than a year of mostly disappointing quarterly results, that faith is being tested.

Apple Secretly Acquired "Pandora For Books" Startup BookLamp To Battle Amazon (TechCrunch)

(6 hours ago)
TechCrunch:Apple Secretly Acquired “Pandora For Books” Startup BookLamp To Battle Amazon  —  TechCrunch has learned that Apple has made another acquisition, one that it is using to boost its e-books effort “to beat Amazon at its own game.”  It has bought BookLamp, a startup based out of Boise, Idaho …

Non-IBM Power8 servers, chips to appear early next year

(6 hours ago)
The story originally headlined "Non-IBM Power8 servers, chips to appear early next year," posted on the wire Thursday, has been corrected. The headline and first sentence have been changed, a new sentence has been added to the third paragraph and the quote in the sixth paragraph has been changed.

FBI Studied How Much Drones Impact Your Privacy -- Then Marked It Secret

(6 hours ago)
v3rgEz writes When federal agencies adopt new technology, they're required by law to do Privacy Impact Assessments, which is exactly what the FBI did regarding its secretive drone program. The PIAs are created to help the public and federal government assess what they're risking through the adoption of new technology. That part is a little trickier, since the FBI is refusing to release any of the PIA on its drone project, stating it needs to be kept, er, private to protect national security. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

China's Baidu to challenge Google with its own self-driving car

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Baidu is often referred to as "China's Google," but it's not quite the same. It's true, the company is working on it's own self-driving car, but it thinks Google's no-wheel design is all wrong. According to Kai Yu, Baidu's Institute of Deep...

Microsoft revenue lifted by cloud sales to businesses

(7 hours ago)
Due to a reporting error, the story "Microsoft revenue lifted by cloud sales to businesses," posted Tuesday, provided an incorrect breakdown of Microsoft's fourth-quarter revenue.

Arrests made after international cyber-ring targets StubHub

(7 hours ago)
The second paragraph of the story, "Arrests made after international cyber-ring targets StubHub," which was posted to the wire Wednesday, incorrectly stated the number of people who have both been indicted and arrested. Six people have been indicted and three of them have been arrested, along with four others. The second paragraph has been corrected on the wire and changed to read:

Non-IBM Power8 servers, chips to appear early next year

(7 hours ago)
The story originally headlined "Non-IBM Power8 servers, chips to appear early next year," posted on the wire Thursday, has been corrected. The headline and first sentence have been changed, a new sentence has been added to the third paragraph and the quote in the sixth paragraph has been changed.

LTE network for US public safety taking it one step at a time

(7 hours ago)
The organizers of the FirstNet LTE public safety network have the frequencies and standards they need to build the system, and they know where the money's coming from. They know how to get there from here, but it won't be a quick trip.

Amazon's far-reaching ambitions, lack of profits, unnerve investors

(7 hours ago)
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc's message to investors has always been clear: trust in founder and CEO Jeff Bezos. But after more than a year of mostly disappointing quarterly results, that faith is being tested.

Engadget Daily: the battle for VR, Bose sues Beats, and more!

(7 hours ago)
Today, we explore the world of VR, watch Bose sue Beats, learn about a few tools to help you get the most out of Netflix and look at our favorite 11 laptops you can buy right now. Read on for Engadget's news highlights from the last 24 hours....

The Truth About Solar Storms

(7 hours ago)
StartsWithABang (3485481) writes On Wednesday, The Washington Post ran a story about a very large solar flare two years ago that missed Earth, but not by too much. From a scientific point of view, what is it that happens when a solar flare interacts with Earth, and what are the potential dangers to both humans and humanities infrastructure? A very good overview, complete with what you can do — as both an individual and a power company — to minimize the risk and the damage when the big one comes. Unlike asteroids, these events happen every few centuries, and in our age of electronics, would now create a legitimate disaster. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Compromise Struck On Cellphone Unlocking Bill

(7 hours ago)
NotSanguine (1917456) writes The U.S. Senate has passed a bill (S.517) today, allowing users to unlock their phones when moving to another provider. From a recent article at thehill.com: "Consumers should be able to use their existing cell phones when they move their service to a new wireless provider," [Sen. Patrick] Leahy said in a statement. "Our laws should not prohibit consumers from carrying their cell phones to a new network, and we should promote and protect competition in the wireless marketplace," he said. [Sen. Chuck] Grassley called the bipartisan compromise "an important step forward in ensuring that there is competition in the industry and in safeguarding options for consumers as they look at new cell phone contracts." "Empowering people with the freedom to use the carrier of their choice after complying with their original terms of service is the right thing to do," he said. The House in February passed a companion bill sponsored on cellphone unlocking from House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.)." Also at Ars Technica, as pointed out by reader jessepdx. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Vevo, the Giant Music Video Site, Tries to Fix Itself Before It Sells Itself (Peter Kafka/Re/code)

(8 hours ago)
Peter Kafka / Re/code:Vevo, the Giant Music Video Site, Tries to Fix Itself Before It Sells Itself  —  Music videos are huge on the Web, and Vevo is huge in music videos.  It generates six billion views a month, and is crucial to both the music industry and YouTube.  —  Now Vevo's owners want to find a new investor …

Playdate: We're livestreaming the 'Destiny' beta on Xbox One!

(8 hours ago)
Welcome, ladygeeks and gentlenerds, to the new era of gaming. The one where you get to watch, and comment, as other people livestream gameplay from next-gen consoles. Because games! They're fun!...

The Army Is 3D Printing Warheads

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Jason Koebler writes: In its latest bid to kill more people, more efficiently, and at less cost, the army is planning to print warhead components, according to the latest issue of Army Technology (PDF). "3D printing of warheads will allow us to have better design control and utilize geometries and patterns that previously could not be produced or manufactured," James Zunino, a researcher at the Armament Research, Engineering and Design Center said. "Warheads could be designed to meet specific mission requirements whether it is to improve safety to meet an Insensitive Munitions requirement, or it could have tailorable effects, better control, and be scalable to achieve desired lethality." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

High-tech headband looks to prevent drowning, bad parenting

(8 hours ago)
Some drowning incidents can be easily prevented, and a wearable device wants to keep tabs on submersion time while your kids are at the pool. The iSwimband is a Bluetooth-enabled sensor that syncs up with an iOS device to alert you when that little...

The NSA's New Partner In Spying: Saudi Arabia's Brutal State Police

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Advocatus Diaboli sends this news from The Intercept: The National Security Agency last year significantly expanded its cooperative relationship with the Saudi Ministry of Interior, one of the world's most repressive and abusive government agencies. An April 2013 top secret memo provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden details the agency's plans "to provide direct analytic and technical support" to the Saudis on "internal security" matters. The Saudi Ministry of Interior—referred to in the document as MOI— has been condemned for years as one of the most brutal human rights violators in the world. In 2013, the U.S. State Department reported that "Ministry of Interior officials sometimes subjected prisoners and detainees to torture and other physical abuse," specifically mentioning a 2011 episode in which MOI agents allegedly "poured an antiseptic cleaning liquid down [the] throat" of one human rights activist. The report also notes the MOI's use of invasive surveillance targeted at political and religious dissidents. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Russia Posts $110,000 Bounty For Cracking Tor's Privacy

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hypnosec writes: The government of Russia has announced a ~$110,000 bounty to anyone who develops technology to identify users of Tor, an anonymising network capable of encrypting user data and hiding the identity of its users. The public description (in Russian) of the project has been removed now and it only reads "cipher 'TOR' (Navy)." The ministry said it is looking for experts and researchers to "study the possibility of obtaining technical information about users and users' equipment on the Tor anonymous network." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Microsoft unleashes 'Settlers of Catan' on the web

(9 hours ago)
Microsoft has something of an extracurricular activity: When it's not releasing Office for iPad or updating Windows, it has a habit of helping other companies build websites. That's mostly because it wants to show how smoothly everything works in...

Bose sues Beats over headphone noise-cancellation patents (Andrew Chung/Reuters)

(9 hours ago)
Andrew Chung / Reuters:Bose sues Beats over headphone noise-cancellation patents  —  (Reuters) - High-end sound system and headphone maker Bose Corp is going after the newer kid on the block, Beats Electronics, with a lawsuit accusing Beats of infringing several patents related to noise-cancellation technology.

Verizon to slow down speeds for some unlimited data subscribers

(9 hours ago)
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Verizon Communication Inc's high speed wireless customers who subscribe to the company's legacy unlimited data plans might experience slower speeds starting Oct. 1, the company said on Friday.

Verizon to slow down speeds for some unlimited data subscribers

(9 hours ago)
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Verizon Communication Inc's high speed wireless customers who subscribe to the company's legacy unlimited data plans might experience slower speeds starting Oct. 1, the company said on Friday.

Bose sues Beats over headphone noise-cancellation patents

(10 hours ago)
(Reuters) - High-end sound system and headphone maker Bose Corp is going after the newer kid on the block, Beats Electronics, with a lawsuit accusing Beats of infringing several patents related to noise-cancellation technology.

Unlocking Your Cellphone Will Soon Be Legal

(10 hours ago)
You'll soon be able to take your phone from one carrier to another without any fear of breaking the law.

Google pays €27.7m tax at Irish subsidiary on €17bn revenue (Laura Slattery/The Irish Times)

(10 hours ago)
Laura Slattery / The Irish Times:Google pays €27.7m tax at Irish subsidiary on €17bn revenue  —  ‘Administrative expenses’ of €11.7bn stripped out from Google Ireland Ltd, accounts show  —  Revenue at Google's Irish subsidiary rose 10 per cent last year to €17 billion, with pretax profits climbing almost 23 per cent to €189.1 million.

Verizon to start throttling data on unlimited LTE plans

(10 hours ago)
Out of the many trappings US carriers have in common, throttling speeds for heavy data users is certainly one of them. So, accordingly, it's not surprising for Verizon to confirm reports that it will soon start slowing things down for more customers....

Arrests made after international cyber-ring targets StubHub

(10 hours ago)
The second paragraph of the story, "Arrests made after international cyber-ring targets StubHub," which was posted to the wire Wednesday, incorrectly stated the number of people who have both been indicted and arrested. Six people have been indicted and three of them have been arrested, along with four others. The second paragraph has been corrected on the wire and changed to read:

Microsoft revenue lifted by cloud sales to businesses

(10 hours ago)
Due to a reporting error, the story "Microsoft revenue lifted by cloud sales to businesses," posted Tuesday, provided an incorrect breakdown of Microsoft's fourth-quarter revenue.

Non-IBM Power8 servers, chips to appear early next year

(10 hours ago)
The story originally headlined "Non-IBM Power8 servers, chips to appear early next year," posted on the wire Thursday, has been corrected. The headline and first sentence have been changed, a new sentence has been added to the third paragraph and the quote in the sixth paragraph has been changed.

A new tool for disasters: The personal antenna

(10 hours ago)
New York start-up goTenna has created a portable antenna that could come in handy when cellular service is unavailable.

Microsoft revenue lifted by cloud sales to businesses

(10 hours ago)
Due to a reporting error, the story "Microsoft revenue lifted by cloud sales to businesses," posted Tuesday, provided an incorrect breakdown of Microsoft's fourth-quarter revenue.

Non-IBM Power8 servers, chips to appear early next year

(10 hours ago)
The story originally headlined "Non-IBM Power8 servers, chips to appear early next year," posted on the wire Thursday, has been corrected. The headline and first sentence have been changed, a new sentence has been added to the third paragraph and the quote in the sixth paragraph has been changed.

Arrests made after international cyber-ring targets StubHub

(10 hours ago)
The second paragraph of the story, "Arrests made after international cyber-ring targets StubHub," which was posted to the wire Wednesday, incorrectly stated the number of people who have both been indicted and arrested. Six people have been indicted and three of them have been arrested, along with four others. The second paragraph has been corrected on the wire and changed to read:

How to get photos from your digital camera to Instagram in 3 easy steps

(10 hours ago)
Instagram may be designed for smartphones, but you've probably noticed that the best photos have a distinctly non-camera-phone vibe to them. Savvy Instagrammers post high-quality DSLR or point-and-shoot photos instead. You can create a high-quality Instagram feed, too, with a little help from Dropbox and your iOS or Android device.

Oracle's new in-memory database option could spark unanticipated costs, expert warns

(10 hours ago)
Oracle database shops that have or are planning to download the latest version of 12c take warning: The vendor's newly launched, much-hyped in-memory processing database option is turned on by default, according to one expert.
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