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Chartbeat gets certified to measure attention, tries to move advertising away from clicks and pageviews (Mathew Ingram/Gigaom)

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Mathew Ingram / Gigaom:Chartbeat gets certified to measure attention, tries to move advertising away from clicks and pageviews  —  Web analytics firm Chartbeat says it is the first to be certified by the Media Ratings Council for a new way of measuring the actual attention of readers, as part of a move to get publishers …

3D printed skin holds promise for burn victims and others

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A 3D printer that can use a patient's own cells to print skin grafts, including hair follicles and sweat glands, has won a scientific design competition.

Google To Require As Many As 20 of Its Apps Preinstalled On Android Devices

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schwit1 writes Google is looking to exert more pressure on device OEMs that wish to continue using the Android mobile operating system. Among the new requirements for many partners: increasing the number of Google apps that must be pre-installed on the device to as many as 20, placing more Google apps on the home screen or in a prominent icon folder and making Google Search more prominent. Earlier this year, Google laid its vision to reduce fragmentation by forcing OEMs to ship new devices with more recent version of Android. Those OEMs that choose not to comply lose access to Google Mobile Services (GMS) apps like Gmail, Google Play, and YouTube. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

BlackBerry looking to release more 'unconventional' devices

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For better or worse, much has been made about the distinct shape of BlackBerry's new smartphone, the Passport. And, according to Ron Louks, president of the company's Devices division, we can expect BlackBerry to start pushing more...

Tango's new Labs initiative launches Tango Music Pix app to create photo and song slideshows (Kyle Russell/TechCrunch)

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Kyle Russell / TechCrunch:Tango's new Labs initiative launches Tango Music Pix app to create photo and song slideshows  —  Tango Music Pix Returns To The App Store For Its Official Launch  —  Earlier this year, we noticed that Tango had released a new app to the App Store called “Tango Music Pix.”

New documents show legal basis for NSA surveillance programs

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NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Documents released by the U.S. government show it views an executive order issued in 1981 as the basis of most of the National Security Agency's surveillance activities, the American Civil Liberties Union said on Monday.

Apple poaches Visa's NFC payments expert to expand Apple Pay in Europe (Buster Hein/Cult of Mac)

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Buster Hein / Cult of Mac:Apple poaches Visa's NFC payments expert to expand Apple Pay in Europe  —  Apple Pay, the new mobile payments system that unshackles iPhone users their wallets - will only be available in the U.S. when it launches next month, but Apple's is already hiring a team to expand its mobile payments into Europe.

Statistician Creates Mathematical Model To Predict the Future of Game of Thrones

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KentuckyFC writes One way of predicting the future is to study data about events in the past and build a statistical model that generates the same pattern of data. Statisticians can then use the model to generate data about the future. Now one statistician has taken this art to new heights by predicting the content of the soon-to-be published novels in the Song of Ice and Fire series by George R R Martin. The existing five novels are the basis of the hit TV series Game of Thrones. Each chapter in the existing books is told from the point of view of one of the characters. So far, 24 characters have starred in this way. The statistical approach uses the distribution of characters in chapters in the first five books to predict the distribution in the forthcoming novels. The results suggest that several characters will not appear at all and also throw light on whether one important character is dead or not, following an ambiguous story line in the existing novels. However, the model also serves to highlight the shortcomings of purely statistical approaches. For example, it does not "know" that characters who have already been killed off are unlikely to appear in future chapters. Neither does it allow for new characters that might appear. Nevertheless, this statistical approach to literature could introduce the process of mathematical modelling to more people than any textbook. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Marines Put Microsoft Kinect To Work For 3D Mapping

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colinneagle points out this article about how the Marines are using a Microsoft Kinect to build maps. A military contractor has come up with something that has the U.S. Marine Corps interested. The Augmented Reality Sand Table is currently being developed by the Army Research Laboratory and was on display at the Modern Day Marine Expo that recently took place on Marine Corps Base Quantico in Virginia. The set-up is simple: a table-sized sandbox is rigged with a Microsoft Kinect video game motion sensor and an off-the-shelf projector. Using existing software, the sensor detects features in the sand and projects a realistic topographical map that corresponds to the layout, which can change in real time as observers move the sand around in the box. The setup can also project maps from Google Earth or other mapping and GPS systems, enabling units to visualize the exact terrain they'll be covering for exercises or operations. Eventually, they hope to add visual cues to help troops shape the sandbox to match the topography of a specified map. Eventually, the designers of the sandbox hope to involve remote bases or even international partners in conducting joint training and operations exercises. Future possibilities include large-scale models that could project over a gymnasium floor for a battalion briefing, and a smartphone version that could use a pocket-sized projector to turn any patch of dirt into an operational 3-D map. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Google is bringing fullscreen ads to an app near you

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Advertisers aren't always a fan of investing in mobile. Part of that reason is that the ads you see on phones and tablets don't command the same amount of attention that ads do on desktops. Google is working on new ad units though that could lure in...

Photoshop for Chromebooks begins long-awaited beta test

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If you've been eyeing a Chromebook to replace that Windows or Mac machine, Google's OS is about to get a massive boost in productivity. Starting today, Photoshop is headed to the machines thanks to a partnership with Adobe -- if you meet certain...

Marines Put Microsoft Kinect To Work For 3D Mapping

(2 days ago)
colinneagle points out this article about how the Marines are using a Microsoft Kinect to build maps. A military contractor has come up with something that has the U.S. Marine Corps interested. The Augmented Reality Sand Table is currently being developed by the Army Research Laboratory and was on display at the Modern Day Marine Expo that recently took place on Marine Corps Base Quantico in Virginia. The set-up is simple: a table-sized sandbox is rigged with a Microsoft Kinect video game motion sensor and an off-the-shelf projector. Using existing software, the sensor detects features in the sand and projects a realistic topographical map that corresponds to the layout, which can change in real time as observers move the sand around in the box. The setup can also project maps from Google Earth or other mapping and GPS systems, enabling units to visualize the exact terrain they'll be covering for exercises or operations. Eventually, they hope to add visual cues to help troops shape the sandbox to match the topography of a specified map. Eventually, the designers of the sandbox hope to involve remote bases or even international partners in conducting joint training and operations exercises. Future possibilities include large-scale models that could project over a gymnasium floor for a battalion briefing, and a smartphone version that could use a pocket-sized projector to turn any patch of dirt into an operational 3-D map. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Facebook Will Serve Ads Across the Web

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It will offer advertisers Facebook data to help them target customers, and also track whether the ads lead to sales.

Google Capital Makes First China Investment, Backs InnoLight (Sonja Cheung/Wall Street Journal)

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Sonja Cheung / Wall Street Journal:Google Capital Makes First China Investment, Backs InnoLight … Google Capital, a growth-stage vehicle backed by U.S. Internet giant Google Inc., has made its first investment in China.  —  The firm, along with Chinese venture firm Lightspeed China Partners, co-led a Series C round totaling $38 million …

Google and Adobe announce Creative Cloud for Chromebooks, will start with streaming version of Photoshop for US-based Adobe education customers (Stephen Konig/Google Chrome Blog)

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Stephen Konig / Google Chrome Blog:Google and Adobe announce Creative Cloud for Chromebooks, will start with streaming version of Photoshop for US-based Adobe education customers  —  Adobe joins the Chromebook party, starting with Photoshop  —  [Cross-posted on the Google for Education blog]  —  Chromebooks are fast, easy to use and secure.

Humana to integrate its health application with Apple's HealthKit

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(Reuters) - Humana Inc, which manages private Medicare and individual Obamacare insurance plans, said on Monday it has integrated its consumer health application with Apple Inc's HealthKit.

In Threshold, Microsoft will introduce new methods for building, testing, and updating Windows (Mary Jo Foley/ZDNet)

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Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:In Threshold, Microsoft will introduce new methods for building, testing, and updating Windows  —  Why Microsoft's engineering changes will be the real Windows Threshold story  —  Summary: Microsoft is building, testing and updating Windows in a very different way, starting with Windows Threshold.

The European Commission Is Not About To Fine Apple; Nor Even To Accuse The Company Of Anything (Tim Worstall/Forbes)

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Tim Worstall / Forbes:The European Commission Is Not About To Fine Apple; Nor Even To Accuse The Company Of Anything  —  Several newspapers seem to have got themselves into a bit of a tizzy about an upcoming announcement from the European Commission over the tax affairs of Apple .

Circle opens its global bitcoin service to the public in 7 languages (Jeff John Roberts/Gigaom)

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Jeff John Roberts / Gigaom:Circle opens its global bitcoin service to the public in 7 languages  —  Circle, one of the giants of the bitcoin world, is finally allowing the general public to try out the service.  Its offering is tailored to the global market.  —  Circle is one of the big dogs of bitcoin …

How To Find the Right Open Source Project To Get Involved With

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An anonymous reader writes Writing on Opensource.com, Matt Micene shares his thoughts on getting started with an open source project. "I came back from OSCON this year with a new fire to contribute to an open source project. I've been involved in open source for years, but lately I've been more of an enthusiast-evangelist than a hands-on-contributor to an open source community. So, I started some thinking about what to do next. When I was involved in projects before, it was due to a clear progression from user to forum guru to contributor. It's a great path to take but what do you do if you just want to jump into something?" Matt goes on to lay out several steps to help new contributors get started. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

NXT-ID banking on smart wallet to start making profit next year

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(Reuters) - Biometric security company NXT-ID Inc expects to turn profitable next year, Chief Executive Gino Pereira said, as the company rolls out a $150 digital wallet as an alternative to new payment services such as Apple Pay.

Intel Encourages Women to Pursue Cloud Training

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Despite making up slightly more than half the U.S. population and filling slightly more than 50 percent of professional positions in the U.S., the percentage of women in technology jobs in the U.S. has been in decline. Intel sees that as a big problem with many causes, says Raejeanne Skillern, general manager of the Cloud Service Provider Business at Intel.

Apple developing iOS 8.1, 8.2, & 8.3 in shift for 2015 launches (Mark Gurman/9to5Mac)

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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:Apple developing iOS 8.1, 8.2, & 8.3 in shift for 2015 launches  —  Starting with iOS 5 in 2011, Apple has released a major new iOS version each fall and a notable follow-up update early in the following year.  For example, iOS 6 launched in September 2012 and was updated to iOS 6.1 in January …

Medical Records Worth More To Hackers Than Credit Cards

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HughPickens.com writes Reuters reports that your medical information including names, birth dates, policy numbers, diagnosis codes and billing information is worth 10 times more than your credit card number on the black market. Fraudsters use this data to create fake IDs to buy medical equipment or drugs that can be resold, or they combine a patient number with a false provider number and file made-up claims with insurers, according to experts who have investigated cyber attacks on healthcare organizations. Medical identity theft is often not immediately identified by a patient or their provider, giving criminals years to milk such credentials. That makes medical data more valuable than credit cards, which tend to be quickly canceled by banks once fraud is detected. Stolen health credentials can go for $10 each, about 10 or 20 times the value of a US credit card number says Don Jackson, director of threat intelligence at PhishLabs, a cyber crime protection company. He obtained the data by monitoring underground exchanges where hackers sell the information. Plus "healthcare providers and hospitals are just some of the easiest networks to break into," says Jeff Horne. "When I've looked at hospitals, and when I've talked to other people inside of a breach, they are using very old legacy systems — Windows systems that are 10 plus years old that have not seen a patch." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Think tank hires 'Call of Duty' game director to predict the future of war

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If you felt that Call of Duty: Black Ops II presented an eerily plausible vision of war in the years ahead, you're not alone. The Atlantic Council, a political think tank, has asked Black Ops II director Dave Anthony to contribute to an "Art of...

FireEye observes significant amount of malicious traffic leveraging Shellshock bug in Bash (FireEye Blog)

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FireEye Blog:FireEye observes significant amount of malicious traffic leveraging Shellshock bug in Bash  —  Shellshock in the Wild  —  Michael Lin, James Bennett and David Bianco  —  The exploitation of the BASH bug, now widely referred to as “Shellshock”, is in full swing.

Google Beefs Up Mobile Ad Offerings For Brands With New Formats & Tools (Ginny Marvin/Marketing Land)

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Ginny Marvin / Marketing Land:Google Beefs Up Mobile Ad Offerings For Brands With New Formats & Tools  —  As Advertising Week in New York City kicks off, Google is introducing new mobile display formats and tools that will be roll out over the coming months.  The push to make it easier for advertisers to run campaigns …

BlackBerry teases new device plans as turnaround takes shape

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TORONTO (Reuters) - Even as BlackBerry pivots to focus more on software and services, the company that gained fame for its smartphones is not giving up on its handset business, two senior executives said.

Alibaba options active in U.S. trading debut

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Chinese e-commerce heavyweight Alibaba Group Holding Ltd's options contracts were active in their first day of trading on U.S. exchanges on Monday, with bullish and bearish bets about even in the early going.

Tibco goes to private equity firm for $4.3 billion

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Just weeks after Tibco said it was looking at its long-term business options, the business intelligence software and middleware vendor disclosed Monday that it will be acquired by private equity firm Vista Equity Partners.

HP Starts Shipping 64-bit ARM Servers (Yevgeniy Sverdlik/Data Center Knowledge)

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Yevgeniy Sverdlik / Data Center Knowledge:HP Starts Shipping 64-bit ARM Servers  —  Nearly three years after HP first introduced project Moonshot and showed a prototype Redstone platform, a server based on an ARM Server-on-Chip by now-bankrupt Calxeda, the company announced on Monday general availability of two models of ARM servers in its Moonshot line.

San Francisco-based personal finance service Credit Karma raises $75M at a valuation over $1B (Lora Kolodny/Wall Street Journal)

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Lora Kolodny / Wall Street Journal:San Francisco-based personal finance service Credit Karma raises $75M at a valuation over $1B  —  Credit Karma Tops $1 Billion Valuation For Personal-Finance Tools  —  Hoping to do for personal finance what Expedia and other sites did for travel, Credit Karma Inc. has raised $75 million …

Study: An Evolutionary "Arms Race" Shaped the Human Genome

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An anonymous reader writes "An evolutionary race between rival elements within the genomes of primates drove the evolution of complex regulatory networks that orchestrate the activity of genes in every cell of our bodies, reveals new research. The race was between mobile DNA sequences known as 'retrotransposons' (jumping genes) and the genes that have evolved to control them. Scientists at the University of California Santa Cruz, identified genes in humans that make repressor proteins to shut down specific jumping genes. "We have basically the same 20,000 protein-coding genes as a frog, yet our genome is much more complicated, with more layers of gene regulation. This study helps explain how that came about," said Sofie Salama, a research associate at the UC Santa Cruz Genomics Institute who led the study." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

NFL's archaic blackout rules face government challenge

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For decades, the NFL blackout rules have been in place to encourage fans to attend games rather than watch from the comforts of home. According to Recode though, that could change this week. The FCC will reportedly axe the long-standing policy that...

Snapchat hit by weightloss spam scam

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Accounts on messaging service Snapchat have been hijacked to send spam - but the site says it was not the victim of a hack.

Windows 9 Technical Preview page briefly appears online, named 'Windows TH'

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All eyes will be on Microsoft Tuesday when the company is expected to unveil the next version of Windows complete with a revamped Start menu. But Microsoft jumped the gun and teased the next version of Windows a little early to IT pros.

Sorriest technology companies of 2014

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It's so far been another sorry, sorry year in the technology industry, with big name companies, hot startups and individuals making public mea culpas for their assorted dumb, embarrassing and other regrettable actions.
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