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Target settles with MasterCard, will pay card issuing banks $19M for 2013 data breach; settlement with Visa still pending (Jim Young/Reuters)

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Jim Young / Reuters:Target settles with MasterCard, will pay card issuing banks $19M for 2013 data breach; settlement with Visa still pending  —  Target announces $19 million data breach settlement with MasterCard  —  (Reuters) - Target Corp said it had agreed to reimburse about $19 million to financial institutions …

IT Worker's Lawsuit Accuses Tata of Discrimination

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dcblogs writes An IT worker is accusing Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) of discriminating against American workers and favoring "South Asians" in hiring and promotion. It's backing up its complaint, in part, with numbers. The lawsuit, filed this week in federal court in San Francisco, claims that 95% of the 14,000 people Tata employs in the U.S. are South Asian or mostly Indian. It says this practice has created a "grossly disproportionate workforce." India-based Tata achieves its "discriminatory goals" in at least three ways, the lawsuit alleges. First, the company hires large numbers of H-1B workers. Over from 2011 to 2013, Tata sponsored nearly 21,000 new H-1B visas, all primarily Indian workers, according to the lawsuit's count. Second, when Tata hires locally, "such persons are still disproportionately South Asian," and, third, for the "relatively few non-South Asians workers that Tata hires," it disfavors them in placement, promotion and termination decisions. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Tribeca Film Festival puts interactive stories center stage

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Storytellers are finding new mediums, like mobile apps, virtual reality headsets and web-based products, to convey their narrative. Of course, events like Sundance and Tribeca Film Festival are the perfect place to exhibit any fresh or interesting pr...

Net neutrality row grows louder in India, Internet.org hit

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MUMBAI (Reuters) - A group of India's leading technology and Internet firms has pulled out of Internet.org, Facebook's flagship effort to get billions more online, in a growing debate over free access and internet neutrality in the country.

Free, open Internet essential, U.S. commerce secretary tells China

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SHANGHAI (Reuters) - An open and free Internet is essential in the 21st century, U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker told Chinese officials on Thursday, urging them to ensure that government functions as an enabler of entrepreneurship, rather than a barrier.

Adultery website seeks like-minded investors for coming-out party

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(Reuters) - Ashley Madison, an online dating agency for cheating spouses, is betting on Europe's "laissez faire" attitude to extramarital affairs to succeed in London where it failed in North America.

German union threatens Amazon with long fight over wages

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DUESSELDORF, Germany (Reuters) - German labor union Verdi is prepared for a long fight with U.S. online retailer Amazon.com Inc for better pay and conditions and expects more strikes this Christmas.

Meet the new leader of Debian open source project

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Neil McGovern is the new leader of the Debian open source/free software project after defeating two rival contenders in a vote held among developers that closed on Wednesday. He takes over from Lucas Nussbaum, who did not seek re-election after two years at the helm.

Tech pros' favorite tools increase IT efficiency

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Content is core to the work of Densho, an organization whose mission is to preserve the testimonies of Japanese Americans who were held in internment camps during World War II.

Go-to storage and disaster recovery products

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LEAF Commercial Capital used to wrestle with tape backups for disaster recovery. Now the equipment leasing and finance company is using a software-based service from Evolve IP for disaster recovery.

Security pros name their must-have tools

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Secure file sharing is imperative for Lawyers Without Borders, a group that works with volunteer lawyers to advance human rights law in conflict-ridden regions. The nonprofit organization, headquartered in Hartford, Conn., uses Intralinks VIA to protect confidential legal documents and court papers from unsanctioned access.

Apple Watch won't be available in-store at least until June

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If you're looking to buy an Apple Watch, don't expect to find one in an Apple store in the coming weeks. The device won't be available for in-store purchases through May, Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts said in a memo.

Apple buys around 36K acres of private forestland to be managed by The Conservation Fund and sustainably harvested for packaging (Ellen Cushing/BuzzFeed)

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Ellen Cushing / BuzzFeed:Apple buys around 36K acres of private forestland to be managed by The Conservation Fund and sustainably harvested for packaging  —  Apple Is Buying Up 36,000 Acres Of Forest To Preserve It  —  The partnership with The Conservation Fund will supply much of the company's virgin paper fiber.

Calling Out a GAO Report That Says In-Flight Wi-Fi Lets Hackers Access Avionics

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An anonymous reader writes A new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) warns that in-flight W-Fi, including wireless entertainment and internet-based cockpit communications, may allow hackers to gain remote access to avionics systems and take over navigation. At the same time, a cyber expert and pilot called the report "deceiving" and said that "To imply that because IP is used for in-flight WiFi and also on the avionics networks means that you can automatically take over the avionics network makes about as much sense as saying you can take over the jet engines because they breathe air like the passengers and there is no air gap between passengers who touch the plane and the engines which are attached to the plane." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Berlin court upholds ban on Uber ride-share service

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BERLIN (Reuters) - A Berlin court has upheld a ban on the U.S-based online taxi service Uber, which allows users to summon a ride with their smartphones, saying the company did not comply with German laws on the carriage of passengers.

Etsy opens at $31, up 93% from IPO price, valuing company at over $3.5B (Ruth Reader/VentureBeat)

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Ruth Reader / VentureBeat:Etsy opens at $31, up 93% from IPO price, valuing company at over $3.5B  —  Etsy starts trading on the Nasdaq at $31 per share — nearly double its original price  —  Etsy began trading on the Nasdaq at $31.86 a share - a big pop from the $16 a share price the company set yesterday.

Tata gives employees anniversary bonus, cuts into profits

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India's outsourcing industry needs to hire and retain staff in big numbers to keep business humming, so for the 10th anniversary of its initial public offering, Tata Consultancy Services announced a one-time "special reward" for its employees.

Baseball app GameChanger brings major league scorekeeping to little league games

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My junior year of high school was the last year I would play competitive baseball. As the season came to a close, I sat in the last row of the team bus on a return trip from a game that was played three hours away. I had the scorebook on one knee, and a piece of paper and pen on another. Page by page, diamond-filled square by diamond-filled square, I went through the book and tallied my batting average, runs batted in, errors, and a slew of other baseball stats.

Automator actions, geotags, and more advanced tricks for Photos for OS X

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Photos for OS X is here, and the transition from iPhoto and Aperture has begun. While Photos definitely resembles its predecessor iPhoto, it's also definitely a 1.0 product. Here are a few interesting tidbits that I've dug up about Photos as I've been writing my ebook about the app.

Jawbone tackles mobile payments with UP4 fitness tracker

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Most contactless payments happen with something you carry--a smartphone or a contactless credit card. But a swipeable credit card is something you carry, too, so wouldn't something you wear be much more convenient? Apple Pay is supported on the Apple Watch, and starting this summer, Jawbone's new UP4 wearable fitness tracker will support contactless payments from American Express. Just wave your wristband at a supported payment terminal, and you're done.

India's Tata Consultancy accused in U.S. lawsuit of South Asian bias

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(Reuters) - Tata Consultancy Services Ltd has been sued by a white American information technology worker who accused India's largest software services exporter of overwhelming favoritism toward workers of South Asian descent in the United States.

Car safety system monitors your body language to prevent accidents

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Many collision avoidance systems watch out for other cars or pedestrians to keep you safe. But this new one called Brains4Cars being developed by Cornell and Stanford University researchers adds a camera that monitors you (or the driver's, if it's so...

KDE Plasma 5.3 Beta Brings Lot of Improvements

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jones_supa writes: The KDE project today announced the release of KDE Plasma 5.3 beta. It brings better power management, improved Bluetooth support, improved widgets, Wayland support, new media center, and nearly 350 bugfixes. The power management improvements include settings that can be independently configured per activity, there is a new energy usage monitor available in KInfoCenter, and a battery applet identifies applications that hog power. Bluetooth applet brings added support for blocking and unblocking devices. New touchpad module has been added as well. The combined window manager and compositor KWin is now able to start a nested XWayland server, which acts as a bridge between the old X11 and the new Wayland world. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Google Sunsetting Old Version of Google Maps

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New submitter Robertgilberts writes with word that Google is dropping the old version of Maps. The new version of Google Maps came out of preview back in February 2014 and was in beta for several months before that. The only way to access the old version of Google Maps was via a special URL or if you had a very old browser that did not support the new version of Google Maps. Consolation prize: There will still be a lighter-weight version, which "drops out many of the neat Google Maps features in exchange for speed and compatibility." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

How I tried and failed to be social at Coachella

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I arrived in Palm Springs, California, with the best of intentions. I was to document -- painstakingly document -- the entire Coachella experience with all of the available mobile social tools at my disposal. I would Meerkat and Periscope and Instagr...

IT worker's lawsuit accuses Tata of discrimination

(3 days ago)
An IT worker is accusing Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) of discriminating against American workers and favoring "South Asians" in hiring and promotion. It's backing up its complaint, in part, with numbers.

To-Do App Any.do 3.0 Adds Collaboration, Zoom And List Sorting Among 150 New Features (Ingrid Lunden/TechCrunch)

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:To-Do App Any.do 3.0 Adds Collaboration, Zoom And List Sorting Among 150 New Features  —  While the world is getting its first taste of what life will be like when you have a small wearable like a watch to direct you to what you should do next, one of the leaders in personal organization apps for smartphones is releasing a big update.

Cell phones proliferate in sub-Saharan Africa: texting, taking pictures and video are the most common uses, mobile money popular in Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania (Pew Research Center)

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Pew Research Center:Cell phones proliferate in sub-Saharan Africa: texting, taking pictures and video are the most common uses, mobile money popular in Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania  —  Cell Phones in Africa: Communication Lifeline  —  In a few short years, the proliferation of mobile phone networks has transformed communications in sub-Saharan Africa.

German union threatens Amazon with long fight over wages

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DUESSELDORF, Germany (Reuters) - German labor union Verdi is prepared for a long fight with U.S. online retailer Amazon.com Inc for better pay and conditions and expects more strikes this Christmas.

Seattle CEO Cuts $1 Million Salary To $70K, Raises Employee Salaries

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First time accepted submitter fluffernutter writes Dan Price started his company, Gravity Payments, out of university when he was 19. Now he is cutting his $1 million salary to $70,000 and promising to raise all his employees' salaries. Dan is quoted as saying he made the move because "I think this is just what everyone deserves."Good business practice? Silly boosterism? Enlightened self-interest? Read more of this story at Slashdot.

You can now use a phone to securely log in to Steam

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Steam's mobile apps desperately need a redesign, but they're competent enough if you just want to buy a few games and see what your friends are up to. To keep your account secure, Valve already offers two-factor authentication on desktop via "Steam G...

New search deal with Microsoft requires Yahoo to monetize just 51% of its traffic via Bing, not 100% as before (Nicholas Carlson/Business Insider)

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Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:New search deal with Microsoft requires Yahoo to monetize just 51% of its traffic via Bing, not 100% as before  —  Marissa Mayer redoes Yahoo's search deal with Microsoft, makes huge changes  —  Yahoo just renewed its search partnership with Microsoft — with huge modifications.

Spotify hires four lobbyists on issues like competition and licensing, as Justice Department, Congress weigh music streaming (Politico)

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Politico:Spotify hires four lobbyists on issues like competition and licensing, as Justice Department, Congress weigh music streaming  —  Spotify turns up volume in D.C.  —  The online streaming service hires four lobby firms on issues like competition and licensing, as it gears up to do battle with Apple.

Microsoft and Yahoo Agree to Amend Search Partnership (Yahoo)

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Yahoo:Microsoft and Yahoo Agree to Amend Search Partnership  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif. & REDMOND, Wash.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—  Today Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) and Yahoo (Nasdaq: YHOO) announced that the companies amended their search partnership to improve the search experience, create value for advertisers …

Can Online Reporting System Help Prevent Sexual Assaults On Campus?

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jyosim writes Studies have shown that as many as 90 percent of campus rapes are committed by repeat offenders. A new system is designed to help identify serial assaulters, by letting students anonymously report incidents in order to look for patterns. But some argue that having the ability to report someone with just the click of a button may not be a good thing. Andrew T. Miltenberg, a New York lawyer who represents young men accused of sexual misconduct, says though the system seems well intended, he is concerned about dangers it may pose to students who are accused. 'We're all guilty of pressing send on an angry text or email that, had we had to put it into an actual letter and proofread, we probably wouldn't have sent,' he says. Read more of this story at Slashdot.
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