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Microsoft and Kyocera settle dispute over Android patents, agree to cross-licensing (Mary Jo Foley/ZDNet)

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Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:Microsoft and Kyocera settle dispute over Android patents, agree to cross-licensing  —  Microsoft, Kyocera settle patent suit over Android phones  —  Microsoft and Kyocera have settled a dispute over Android patents, and simultaneously entered into a patent cross-licensing arrangement about which no details are available.

Salinas's Totalplay eyes Mexico wholesale network

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MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Totalplay, the pay TV, Internet and fixed-line company owned by Mexican billionaire Ricardo Salinas, is considering participating in an upcoming tender for a $7 billion wholesale mobile network, the company's chief executive said on Thursday.

Reddit's popular 'ask me anything' feature is down after a key employee is gone (Biz Carson/Business Insider)

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Biz Carson / Business Insider:Reddit's popular ‘ask me anything’ feature is down after a key employee is gone  —  Reddit's popular Ask Me Anything (iAMA) feature is offline following a key employee's departure.  —  The iAMA and Science subreddits both were set to private today after Reddit's director of Communications, Victoria Taylor was allegedly dismissed.

Naval Research Interested In Bringing 3D Printing To Large Scale For Ships

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coondoggie writes: The Navy this month will outline what it is looking for from additive manufacturing or 3D printing technology as way to bolster what it terms "fleet readiness." The Office of Naval Research will on July 15 detail its Quality Metal Additive Manufacturing (Quality MADE) program that will aim to "develop and integrate the suite of additive manufacturing software and hardware tools required to ensure that critical metallic components can be consistently produced and rapidly qualified in a cost effective manner." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Watch Russia launch crucial Space Station cargo at 12:55AM ET

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The International Space Station has had a tough time getting supplies lately between two rocket explosions and an orbital failure, but it's going to get an important lifeline in the near future... hopefully. Russia is about to launch Progress 60, a c...

Google's Niantic Labs Sorry Over Death Camps In Smartphone Game

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New submitter LunaticTippy writes: For those unfamiliar with Ingress, the game has GPS coordinate portals that correspond to real world locations, players then use smartphones to battle for control of these portals. Many public locations with historical or artistic interest are submitted by players. It turns out some of the sites were located within concentration camps such as Dachau and Sachsenhausen. NBC reports: "In a statement to The Associated Press, Niantic Labs' founder John Hanke said the company has begun removing the offending sites from the game. He said 'we apologize that this has happened.'" Read more of this story at Slashdot.

MasterCard is testing a new way for you to pay with your face

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MasterCard announced on Thursday that it's looking to add a layer of biometric security to its credit cards and all user will need to do is simply take a selfie. The system will create a digitized map of your face, convert that map into a hash and co...

VIDEO: Robot suit lets paralysed soldier walk

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James Johnson, who was paralysed in Afghanistan, is using an exoskeleton to walk again as part of a pioneering programme.

Casio is developing a durable men's smart watch priced around $400, expected by early 2016 (Megumi Fujikawa/Wall Street Journal)

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Megumi Fujikawa / Wall Street Journal:Casio is developing a durable men's smart watch priced around $400, expected by early 2016  —  Casio Bets on a Watch That Is Smart  —  Japanese watchmaker hopes to outmaneuver Apple Watch's technological wizardry  —  Japanese watchmaker Casio Computer saw the potential of the wrist …

The Internet Is Now Officially Too Big as IP Addresses Run Out

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The Internet as we know it has officially gotten too big for its britches after the group that assigns addresses in North America ran out of numbers.

Smart Lights and Radar Could Help Keep Bicyclists Safe

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GPS maker Garmin has a new line of bike accessories that could help bicyclists stay safe at night and on busy roads.

Can New Chicago Taxes On Netflix, Apple, Spotify Withstand Legal Challenges?

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Mr D from 63 writes: Today, a new "cloud tax" takes effect in the city of Chicago, targeting online databases and streaming entertainment services. Residents who stream movies and music from companies like Netflix and Spotify will now need to pay an additional 9% tax. This also applies to Chicago businesses that pay to use databases online. Chicago expects to collect $12 million a year as a result of the new tax ruling. From the 24/7 Wall St. story: "Also worth noting is that the city’s tax ruling in both cases avoids the issue of whether there is a close-enough connection (nexus, in legalese) to require providers like Netflix or others to collect either tax. International law firm ReedSmith weighs in on this point as well: '[O]nce the Department begins to audit and assess customers located within the city, many of those customers are likely to demand that providers collect the tax going forward. As a result, many providers will likely feel the need to register to collect the taxes, despite lacking nexus, and despite having strong arguments against the Department’s expansive interpretation of its taxing ordinances.'" Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Bing Pong is a wonderful, terrible distraction from your searches

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We hope you aren't curious about Nolan Bushnell's game development history... you may find yourself sucked into a time sink. Microsoft has quietly added an option to play Pong in Bing (Bing Pong, get it?) if you search for the digital table tennis cl...

SoundCloud updates iOS app with "play related tracks" feature that creates a stream of songs (Sarah Perez/TechCrunch)

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:SoundCloud updates iOS app with “play related tracks” feature that creates a stream of songs  —  In Wake Of Apple Music, SoundCloud Update Focuses On Music Discovery, Better User Experience  —  All the buzz this week may be about the launch of Apple Music …

Google: Stop Making Apps! (A Love Letter)

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An anonymous reader writes: Seasoned Silicon Valley software executive and investor Domenic Merenda has written a love letter to Google, and it's filled with "tough" love. The main thesis is that Google, as a company, should stop making apps, and instead focus on using its enormous data assets to make meaningful connections between people and facilitate organic engagement within a rich ecosystem. Interestingly, the article cites Wikipedia's information that Google maintains over 70 apps on the Android platform alone. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Scribd found that paying publishers based on how much readers read is too expensive in genres like romance (Laura Hazard Owen/Nieman Lab)

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Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:Scribd found that paying publishers based on how much readers read is too expensive in genres like romance  —  What Scribd's growing pains mean for the future of digital content subscription models  —  Netflix earned more than $5 billion in 2014.  No wonder companies want to be …

UK Government Illegally Spied On Amnesty International

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Mark Wilson writes with this excerpt from a story at Beta News: A court has revealed that the UK intelligence agency, GCHQ, illegally spied on human rights organization Amnesty International. It is an allegation that the agency had previously denied, but an email from the Investigatory Powers Tribunal backtracked on a judgement made in June which said no such spying had taken place. The email was sent to Amnesty International yesterday, and while it conceded that the organization was indeed the subject of surveillance, no explanation has been offered. It is now clear that, for some reason, communications by Amnesty International were illegally intercepted, stored, and examined. What is not clear is when the spying happened, what data was collected and, more importantly, why it happened. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Uber will give you a free ride to jury duty in one US county

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Jury duty may be an annoying (if vital) civic responsibility, but one US county is experimenting with a ridesharing offer that could make it a little more bearable. The County Clerk in Macomb, Michigan is partnering with Uber on a 60-day trial that g...

Yelp stock closes down about 10% amid reports it has stopped pursuing a sale of company (Jacob Pramuk/CNBC)

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Jacob Pramuk / CNBC:Yelp stock closes down about 10% amid reports it has stopped pursuing a sale of company  —  Yelp skids 10% amid sale halt reports  —  Yelp shares slipped on Thursday afternoon amid reports the company's sale process had stalled.  —  Following a trading halt around 12:50 p.m. ET …

Google Hangouts and SMS Integration: A Mess, For Now

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Android Headlines reports that a bug in the Google Hangouts app is causing confusion for users who would like to send and receive SMS messages. According to the article, [S]ome users are reporting an issue that is preventing the merging of SMS messages with Hangouts. The exact nature of what is causing this error is still unknown, as Google has not divulged any concrete information. They did state though that they are working on a fix and will have it ready for release as soon as they figure out what is going on.On this front, I wish there were a good roadmap for all the overlapping and sometimes circular-seeming options for Google's various flavors of VoiP and messaging. Between Google Voice, Google Plus, Messenger (not Facebook's Messenger), Gmail, and now Google Fi, it's hard to tell quite where the there begins. After setting up a new phone through Google Fi, I find that the very pleasant full-screen text-message window I used to like with Google Voice is now one I can't figure out how to reach, and the screen directs me to use Hangouts instead. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

GAO sees room for improvement in bank cyber security exams

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(Reuters) - U.S. banking regulators must hire and train more examiners with technology expertise so they can give more useful cyber security recommendations to small and mid-sized banks, a federal watchdog agency has warned.

22 Massachusetts towns will build their own gigabit internet service

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The FCC made it clear that towns should have the freedom to build their own broadband services, and one cooperative group is determined to take advantage of that liberty. WiredWest has gained the support of 22 Massachusetts towns for a municipal broa...

Apple's iOS 8.4 kneecaps Home Sharing, music streaming now limited to Apple TV (Mikey Campbell/AppleInsider)

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Mikey Campbell / AppleInsider:Apple's iOS 8.4 kneecaps Home Sharing, music streaming now limited to Apple TV  —  While Apple introduced an array of new music features with its latest iOS 8.4 update featuring Apple Music, it also quietly nerfed content serving functionality by apparently limiting Home Sharing …

The Wirecutter's best deals: a soundbar, Bluetooth headphones and more!

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This post was created in partnership with The Wirecutter, a list of the best technology to buy. Read their continuously updated list of deals at TheWirecutter.com.You may have already seen Engadget posting reviews from our friends at The Wirecutter...

Microsoft Research Open Sources WorldWide Telescope

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kfogel writes: Microsoft Research has open sourced WorldWide Telescope, releasing it under the MIT license and donating the code to the .NET Foundation. The code is up on GitHub at github.com/WorldWideTelescope, and there are demos and more details at WorldWideTelescope.org. Go forth and explore! Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Cameron Asserts UK Gov't Will Leave No "Safe Space" For Private Communications

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An anonymous reader writes with the story from Ars Technica that UK prime minister David Cameron "has re-iterated that the UK government does not intend to "'eave a safe space — a new means of communication — for terrorists to communicate with each other.'"That statement came Monday, as a response to Conservative MP David Bellingham, "who asked [Cameron, on the floor of the House of Commons] whether he agreed that the 'time has come for companies such as Google, Facebook and Twitter to accept and understand that their current privacy policies are completely unsustainable?' To which Cameron replied: 'we must look at all the new media being produced and ensure that, in every case, we are able, in extremis and on the signature of a warrant, to get to the bottom of what is going on.'"This sounds like the UK government is declaring a blustery war on encryption, and it might not need too much war: some companies can be persuaded (or would be eager) to cooperate with the government in handing over all kinds of information. However, the bluster part may leave even the fiercest surveillance mostly show: as Ars writer Glyn Moody asks, what about circumstances "where companies can't hand over keys, or where there is no company involved, as with GnuPG, the open source implementation of the OpenPGP encryption system?"Or Tor?[..]

Berlin-based on-demand cleaning startup Helpling, backed by Rocket Internet, acquires UK-based rival Hassle.com for €32M, about $35M (Robin Wauters/Tech.eu)

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Robin Wauters / Tech.eu:Berlin-based on-demand cleaning startup Helpling, backed by Rocket Internet, acquires UK-based rival Hassle.com for €32M, about $35M  —  A clean exit: Helpling acquires Hassle.com for €32 million to dominate on-demand cleaner space  —  Rocket Internet-backed Helpling …

Prince sends takedown requests to Spotify, Rdio, and Deezer (Ingrid Lunden/TechCrunch)

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:Prince sends takedown requests to Spotify, Rdio, and Deezer  —  Prince Won't Stream 4 U (Unless You're On Tidal, Or Maybe Google Music)  —  Call it the Taylor effect: it looks like another high-profile musician is sharpening his arrows to take aim at how streaming music services pay artists.

Leak hints the next iPhone might record 4K video

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Tired of recording 'just' 1080p video on your iPhone while your friends produce clips in glorious 4K? You won't have to look on with envy for much longer, if the latest rumors are on the mark. A tipster on China's Sina Weibo has posted what appear to...

Before iPods and MP3 Players People Rocked 'Portable Stereo Headsets'

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Today everyone seems to be wearing ear buds but in the 1980s, a New Jersey town banned using headphones during some activities like crossing the street.

Apple removed Home Sharing support for music in iOS 8.4 (Chance Miller/9to5Mac)

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Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:Apple removed Home Sharing support for music in iOS 8.4  —  Apple yesterday rolled out iOS 8.4 to iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users and the big news, of course, was the addition of Apple Music and Beats 1.  It appears now, however, that Apple removed a feature still used by many from the operating system.

JXE Streams: An early, eerie look at 'We Happy Few'

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Drugs, check. Dystopia, check. An alternative 1960s English town with a terrifying history, check. We Happy Few ticks a lot of my boxes in its premise alone, plus the art direction seems spot-on and the characters already feel real. Take Uncle Jack f...

Want More Facebook Likes? Study Shows Best Times to Post

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A new study reveals the times of the week you're most likely to make a splash with your social media posts.

Play 'Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time' on your Wii U

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At long last, you can play one of the best Legend of Zelda games (often considered the best) on your Wii U. Nintendo has released a Virtual Console version of Ocarina of Time for its latest TV console on the eShop, giving you an easy way to relive Li...

Angler Exploit Kit Evasion Techniques Keep Cryptowall Thriving

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msm1267 writes: Since the Angler Exploit Kit began pushing the latest version of Cryptowall ransomware, the kit has gone to great lengths to evade detection from IDS and other security technologies. The latest tactic is an almost-daily change to URL patterns used by the kit in HTTP GET requests for the Angler landing page, requests for a Flash exploit, and requests for the Cryptowall 3.0 payload. Traffic patterns as of yesterday are almost unrecognizable compared to those of as recent as three weeks ago. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

NASA's New Horizons captures images of mysterious spots on Pluto

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As the New Horizons spacecraft preps for its inspection of Pluto on July 14th, NASA provided a status update with some interesting info. First, new color images show a series of spots along the dwarf planet's equator. The evenly-spaced spots are abou...

Apple's new design leads will report to CEO Tim Cook, and not Jony Ive (Chris O'Brien/VentureBeat)

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Chris O'Brien / VentureBeat:Apple's new design leads will report to CEO Tim Cook, and not Jony Ive  —  Apple updated its executive bios to reflect changes in its design team that were announced earlier this year.  But the updates came with an unexpected twist.  —  The bio of Jony Ive now includes his new title, Chief Design Officer.

Dubai building will be entirely 3D printed, right down to the furniture

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The uses for 3D printing are seemingly endless. We've seen the tech used by doctors, to build cars and for construction. While parts of a building have been 3D printed before, the United Arab Emirates National Innovation Committee is working to use t...

Trump hotels examine card breach claim

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The businessman's hotel chain is investigating reports that it was the object of a long-running credit card security breach.

Prince Removes Music From All Streaming Services Except TIDAL (Philip Cosores/Radio.com)

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Philip Cosores / Radio.com:Prince Removes Music From All Streaming Services Except TIDAL  —  This week people have been paying attention to streaming services since the launch of Apple Music on Tuesday, June 30.  And it appears like one of music's biggest artists is opting out completely.

Shyp helps reverse a tech trend by hiring contractors as staff

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Tech companies like Uber may be fighting tooth and nail to keep their workers as contractors and avoid dealing with costs like insurance and taxes, but Shyp isn't having any of that. The shipping service has announced that it's treating all of its co...

Ask Slashdot: Dealing With Passwords Transmitted As Cleartext?

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An anonymous reader writes: My brother recently requested a transcript from his university and was given the option to receive the transcript electronically. When he had problems accessing the document, he called me in to help. What I found was that the transcript company had sent an e-mail with a URL (not a link) to where the document was located. What surprised me was that a second e-mail was also sent containing the password (in cleartext) to access the document. Not too long ago I had a similar experience when applying for a job online (ironically for an entry-level IT position). I was required to setup an account with a password and an associated e-mail address. While filling out the application, I paused the process to get some information I didn't have on hand and received an e-mail from the company that said I could continue the process by logging on with my account name and password, both shown in cleartext in the message. In my brother's case, it was an auto-generated password but still problematic. In my case, it showed that the company was storing my account information in cleartext to be able to e-mail it back to me. Needless to say, I e-mailed the head of their IT department explaining why this was unacceptable. My questions are: How frequently have people run into companies sending sensitive information (like passwords) in cleartext via e-mail? and What would you do if this type of situation happened to you?[..]

Yelp temporarily decides not to pursue a sale: Bloomberg

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(Reuters) - Yelp Inc , operator of consumer review website yelp.com, had temporarily decided not to pursue a sale, Bloomberg reported, citing people with knowledge of the matter.

Robot autopsy shows Pepper's head may be replaceable

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Don't worry, the gruesome image (above) of SoftBank's Pepper isn't part of Elon Musk's robot takedown plan. It's actually a teardown by Japanese website Nikkei showing exactly what makes the emotion sensing 'bot tick. The head came off the body easil...
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