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Comcast To Charge $30 For Unlimited Data Over 300GB Cap

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For some time, Comcast has been testing 300 GB monthly data caps in certain markets. An anonymous reader notes a policy change unveiled today that gives customers in those markets the ability to switch back to unlimited data for $30 extra. Previously (and currently, for customers who don't pay the extra $30), Comcast would charge $10 per 50GB above the cap. "Comcast's intent on this front has been clear for some time. Comcast lobbyist and VP David Cohen last year strongly suggested that usage caps would be arriving for all Comcast customers sooner or later. The idea of charging users a premium to avoid arbitrary usage restrictions has been a pipe dream of incumbent ISP executives for a decade." The new policy goes into effect on October 1. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

California Uber drivers can join in class-action lawsuit

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Uber drivers are not employees of the ride hailing company. Instead they are contractors responsible for their own gas, vehicle upkeep and if anything happens to the driver or car while they are searching for a passenger, it's on them. Three driver...

Mozilla Project Working on Immersive Displays (Video)

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Yes, it's 3-D, and works with the Firefox browser. But that's not all. The MozVR virtual reality system is not just for Firefox, and it can incorporate infrared and other sensors to give a more complete picture than can be derived from visible light alone. In theory, the user's (client) computer needs no special hardware beyond a decent GPU and an Oculus Rift headset. Everything else lives on a server. Is this the future of consumer displays? Even if not, the development is fun to watch, which you can start doing at mozvr.com -- and if you're serious about learning about this project you may want to read our interview transcript in addition to watching the video, because the transcript contains additional information. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Florida county sweetens bid to woo Jeff Bezos' rocket company

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - Jeff Bezos' space transportation company, Blue Origin, won another round of incentives on Tuesday to build and fly rockets near NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Mozilla Relaunches Its Thimble Online Code Editor For Teaching HTML, CSS And JavaScript (Frederic Lardinois/TechCrunch)

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Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:Mozilla Relaunches Its Thimble Online Code Editor For Teaching HTML, CSS And JavaScript  —  Back in 2012, Mozilla launched Thimble, an online code editor for teaching the basics of HTML, CSS and JavaScript.  Over time, though, things got pretty quiet around the project as other browser-based code editors …

That decked out first-run Tesla Model X will cost you $140k

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Tesla revealed its pricing scheme for its upcoming Model X electric SUV on Tuesday when it sent out online configurators to prospective buyers. The limited edition first-run, dubbed the Signature Series, will reportedly retail for $132,000. For the...

Microsoft's Telemetry Additions To Windows 7 and 8 Raise Privacy Concerns

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WheezyJoe writes: ghacks and Ars Technica are providing more detail about Windows 10's telemetry and "privacy invasion" features being backported to Windows 7 and 8. The articles list and explain some of the involved updates by number (e.g., KB3068708, KB3022345, KB3075249, and KB3080149). The Ars article says the Windows firewall can block the traffic just fine, and the service sending the telemetry can be disabled. "Additionally, most or all of the traffic appears to be contingent on participating in the CEIP in the first place. If the CEIP is disabled, it appears that little or no traffic gets sent. This may not always have been the case, however; the notes that accompany the 3080149 update say that the amount of network activity when not part of CEIP has been reduced." The ghacks article explains other ways block the unwanted traffic and uninstall the updates. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Twitter Offers Working Moms Free Breast Milk Shipping

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Twitter is now offering its employees free breast milk deliveries when they travel on business trips.

LotusFlare Gets $6 Million to Fund Quest to Bring Mobile Data to Emerging Markets (Ina Fried/Re/code)

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Ina Fried / Re/code:LotusFlare Gets $6 Million to Fund Quest to Bring Mobile Data to Emerging Markets  —  Investor Chamath Palihapitiya figures that mobile data service will eventually make its way to the developing world, both through traditional cellular networks and through other means, like drones or hot air balloons.

Google, Microsoft and Netflix team up on free video formats

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It's no secret that many tech companies hate video formats that are closed, cost money or both -- enough so that they'll drop popular standards and develop their own codecs. There hasn't been a concerted attempt to tackle this problem, however, wh...

U.S. judge gives Uber drivers class action status

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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A U.S. judge said on Tuesday Uber drivers are entitled to class action status in litigation over whether they are independent contractors or employees, part of a case that could have wide implications for the sharing economy.

Branch founder Josh Miller becomes the White House's first Director of Product after leaving Facebook (Connie Loizos/TechCrunch)

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Connie Loizos / TechCrunch:Branch founder Josh Miller becomes the White House's first Director of Product after leaving Facebook  —  Josh Miller Leaves Facebook For The White House  —  Once an entrepreneur has sold his or her company and logged the required time with the acquiring outfit, he or she typically sets …

Lack of Sleep Puts You At Higher Risk For Colds, First Experimental Study Finds

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sciencehabit writes: Moms and sleep researchers alike have stressed the importance of solid shuteye for years, especially when it comes to fighting off the common cold. Their stance is a sensible one—skimping on sleep weakens the body's natural defense system, leaving it more vulnerable to viruses. But the connection relied largely on self-reported, subjective surveys—until now (abtract). For the first time, a team of scientists reports that they have locked down the link experimentally, showing that sleep-deprived individuals are more than four times more likely to catch a cold than those who are well-rested. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Sales automation startup Apptus raises $108M Series C at a valuation of more than $1B (Natalie Gagliordi/ZDNet)

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Natalie Gagliordi / ZDNet:Sales automation startup Apptus raises $108M Series C at a valuation of more than $1B  —  Sales automation startup Apptus raises $108 million  —  Apptus is backed by Salesforce Ventures and makes a platform for configuring the quote-to-cash process.  —  Apptus, a maker of quote …

Google says it will penalize mobile pages with app install ads covering a "significant amount of content" (Frederic Lardinois/TechCrunch)

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Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:Google says it will penalize mobile pages with app install ads covering a “significant amount of content”  —  Google Will Soon Start Punishing Mobile Sites That Use Annoying App Install Ads  —  There's nothing wrong with app install ads, but too often now, you click on a mobile search result …

Sony's aqua blue PS Vita hits GameStop November 2nd

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In Japan, Sony's PlayStation Vita console has come in a host of colors for years now, but other countries haven't been so lucky. For the most part, US buyers have been limited to only black or white options, but Sony just announced that'll be chang...

DxO One review: the $600 iPhone camera offers pro-level quality, is terrific in low light, and has a non-replaceable battery that lasts around two hours (Geoffrey A. Fowler/Wall Street Journal)

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Geoffrey A. Fowler / Wall Street Journal:DxO One review: the $600 iPhone camera offers pro-level quality, is terrific in low light, and has a non-replaceable battery that lasts around two hours  —  DxO One Review: Finally, an iPhone Camera Good Enough for a Pro  —  The DxO One is a tiny attachment offering a big upgrade to your iPhone camera.

What Sony, Samsung and others have on tap for IFA 2015

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We're back in Berlin for IFA, one of the largest consumer electronics trade shows in Europe. As usual, we're here to witness what companies like Microsoft, Sony, Samsung and others have planned ahead of the holiday season. Samsung already hosted it...

Yummly Raises $15 Million At $100M Valuation For Its Recipe Recommendation And Food Delivery Business (Jonathan Shieber/TechCrunch)

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Jonathan Shieber / TechCrunch:Yummly Raises $15 Million At $100M Valuation For Its Recipe Recommendation And Food Delivery Business  —  Yummly, the online recipe recommendation and food delivery service has raised $15 million in a new round of funding led by Bauer Venture Partners that values the company at $100 million.

'Disney Infinity' finally feels like a complete game

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Nothing relies on the power of Disney's brand quite like Disney Infinity. It's the licensed game to end all licensed games, a toys-to-life platformer with all the star power of Spider-Man, Frozen, Tron, Star Wars and a dozen other Disney franchises...

Mozilla, Microsoft, Amazon, Google, and Others Form 'Alliance For Open Media'

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BrianFagioli tips news that Mozilla, Microsoft, Google, Cisco, Intel, Amazon, and Netflix are teaming up to create the Alliance for Open Media, "an open-source project that will develop next-generation media formats, codecs and technologies in the public interest." Several of these companies have been working on this problem alone: Mozilla started Daala, Google has VP9 and VP10, and Cisco just recently announced Thor. Amazon and Netflix, of course, are major suppliers of online video streaming, so they have a vested interested in royalty-free codecs. They're inviting others to join them — the more technology and patents they get on their side, the less likely they'll run into the issues that Microsoft's VC-1 and Google's VP8 struggled with. "The Alliance will operate under W3C patent rules and release code under an Apache 2.0 license. This means all Alliance participants are waiving royalties both for the codec implementation and for any patents on the codec itself." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

New SAP software aims to help companies make sense of data deluge

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TUEBINGEN (Reuters) - SAP unveiled a new product on Tuesday that promises to help businesses make sense of a deluge of real-world data from retail transactions, transport systems and social media, hoping to persuade customers to switch from rival database suppliers.SAP HANA Vora, as the database query software will be known, aims to give businesses greater insights into the vast volumes of data organizations are collecting from customer feedback, along with sensors installed in products, vehicle

SAP brings Hadoop into the Hana fold with Vora, a new in-memory analytics tool

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A new tool from SAP will allow companies to analyze distributed Hadoop data alongside corporate data using the ERP giant's Hana in-memory computing platform.

Woman who sued Uber over an alleged rape by a driver in India voluntarily withdraws the lawsuit (Dan Levine/Reuters)

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Dan Levine / Reuters:Woman who sued Uber over an alleged rape by a driver in India voluntarily withdraws the lawsuit  —  Lawsuit against Uber withdrawn over alleged India rape  —  A woman who sued Uber over an alleged rape by a driver in India has voluntarily withdrawn her lawsuit against the company, according to a court filing on Tuesday.

Instagram adds features to keep up with young, messaging users

(2 days ago)
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc's Instagram added new features on Tuesday allowing users to exchange messages in private and group conversations as the photo and video-sharing service aims to keep up with growing messaging service Snapchat.

The awful LinkedIn inbox is now a modern messaging service

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LinkedIn is undoubtably a valuable, even essential, service these days, but that doesn't meant the site is all that easy to use. If you've ever shaken your head in frustration at the mess that is the LinkedIn Inbox, we have some good news for you:...

LinkedIn Messaging Gets Long Overdue Revamp, Adding GIFs, Emojis And Stickers (Jon Russell/TechCrunch)

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Jon Russell / TechCrunch:LinkedIn Messaging Gets Long Overdue Revamp, Adding GIFs, Emojis And Stickers  —  If you're anything like me or most people I know, you almost certainly have a profile on LinkedIn but you probably never (ever ever) use its messaging service.  Well, LinkedIn hopes that by adding stickers …

Instagram adds features to keep up with young, messaging users

(2 days ago)
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc's Instagram added new features on Tuesday allowing users to exchange messages in private and group conversations as the photo and video-sharing service aims to keep up with growing messaging service Snapchat.

Bugs In Belkin Routers Allow DNS Spoofing, Credential Theft

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Trailrunner7 writes: The CERT/CC is warning users that some Belkin home routers contain a number of vulnerabilities that could allow an attacker to spoof DNS responses, intercept credentials sent in cleartext, access the web management interface, and take other actions on vulnerable routers. The vulnerabilities affect the Belkin N600 DB Wireless Dual Band N+ router, model F9K1102 v2 with firmware version 2.10.17, and potentially earlier versions of the firmware, as well. The vulnerabilities have not been patched by Belkin, the advisory from the CERT/CC says there aren't any practical workarounds for them. "DNS queries originating from the Belkin N600, such as those to resolve the names of firmware update and NTP servers, use predictable TXIDs that start at 0x0002 and increase incrementally. An attacker with the ability to spoof DNS responses can cause the router to contact incorrect or malicious hosts under the attacker's control," the advisory says. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

New Nest Thermostat Comes With Bigger Display

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Nest announced a new version of its smart thermostat on Tuesday with minimal but still welcome changes.

Observations of notable investors as they confront the seemingly ubiquitous signs of a tech bubble (Nick Bilton/Vanity Fair)

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Nick Bilton / Vanity Fair:Observations of notable investors as they confront the seemingly ubiquitous signs of a tech bubble  —  Is Silicon Valley in Another Bubble . . . and What Could Burst It?  —  With the tech industry awash in cash and 100 “unicorn” start-ups now valued at $1 billion or more, Silicon Valley can't escape the question.

Bluetooth alternative sends signals through the human body

(2 days ago)
A team of researchers from the University of California, San Diego announced Tuesday that they had developed a proof-of-concept wireless transmission system that is both more efficient and more secure than Bluetooth. It works by sending data signal...

Ask Slashdot: Can Any Wireless Tech Challenge Fiber To the Home?

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New submitter danielmorrison writes: In Holland, MI (birthplace of Slashdot) we're working toward fiber to the home. A handful of people have asked why not go wireless instead? I know my reasons (speed, privacy, and we have an existing fiber loop) but are any wireless technologies good enough that cities should consider them? If so, what technologies and what cities have had success stories? Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Windows 10 grabs 5.21% market share, passing Windows Vista and Windows 8 in just one month (Emil Protalinski/VentureBeat)

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Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:Windows 10 grabs 5.21% market share, passing Windows Vista and Windows 8 in just one month  —  The effects of a free upgrade to Windows 10 are starting to trickle in.  Available for just over a month, Windows 10 has now captured more than 5 percent market share, according to the latest figures from Net Applications.

'Star Wars Battlefront' multiplayer test starts in early October

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You won't have to wait until November to find out whether Star Wars Battlefront's large-scale online conflicts are all they're cracked up to be. EA and DICE have announced that Battlefront's multiplayer beta will launch in early October for the Pl...

Instagram adds more Direct messaging features

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A couple of years ago, Instagram launched Instagram Direct, a built-in messaging system that lets users share photos or videos with each other -- either one-on-one or in groups of up to 15 people. Now, with over 85 million monthly users, it's time...

Citi Report: Slowing Global Warming Could Save Tens of Trillions of Dollars

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Layzej writes with news carried by The Guardian about a report published by the Global Perspectives & Solutions division of Citibank (America's third-largest bank) examining the costs and benefits of a low-carbon future. The report examined two hypothetical futures: one "business as usual," and the other (the "Action" scenario) which includes an aggressive move to reduce energy use and carbon emission.From the article: "One of the most interesting findings in the report is that the investment costs for the two scenarios are almost identical. In fact, because of savings due to reduced fuel costs and increased energy efficiency, the Action scenario is actually a bit cheaper than the Inaction scenario. Coupled with the fact the total spend is similar under both action and inaction, yet the potential liabilities of inaction are enormous, it is hard to argue against a path of action."But there will be winners and losers, says the report: "The biggest loser stands to be the coal industry, where we estimate cumulative spend under our Action scenario could be $11.6 trillion less than in our Inaction scenario over the next quarter century, with renewables, wind and nuclear (as well as energy efficiency) the main beneficiaries." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Google redesigns iconic logo for the fifth time

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(Reuters) - Google Inc unveiled a redesign of its iconic logo on Tuesday, the fifth such modification since the search engine giant started in 1998, the company said in a blog post.
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