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Twitter declines to release full-archive search API to devs, wounds third-party clients again (Marco Arment/Marco.org)

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Marco Arment / Marco.org:Twitter declines to release full-archive search API to devs, wounds third-party clients again  —  New Twitter search API won't be available to third-party clients  —  This is just the next step in killing third-party apps.  Twitter doesn't have the guts to just end them outright …

ISS's 3-D Printer Creates Its First Object In Space

(3 days ago)
An anonymous reader writes: NASA reports that the 3-D printer now installed on the International Space Station has finally finished its first creation. After it was installed on November 17th and calibrated over the next week, ground control sent it instructions yesterday to build a faceplate for the extruder's own casing. The process was mostly a success. "[Astronaut Butch Wilmore] Wilmore removed the part from the printer and inspected it. Part adhesion on the tray was stronger than anticipated, which could mean layer bonding is different in microgravity, a question the team will investigate as future parts are printed. Wilmore installed a new print tray, and the ground team sent a command to fine-tune the printer alignment and printed a third calibration coupon. When Wilmore removes the calibration coupon, the ground team will be able to command the printer to make a second object. The ground team makes precise adjustments before every print, and the results from this first print are contributing to a better understanding about the parameters to use when 3-D printing on the space station." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Pew Research: You know the internet, but you might not 'get' it

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Given how ubiquitous smart devices are, one might think that, overall, people would have a pretty comprehensive knowledge of tech. That isn't exactly the case. According to a recent Pew Research survey, 60 percent of the representative sample knew th...

'StealthGenie' Spyware Seller Fined $500,000

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A man who advertised and sold the notorious StealthGenie mobile spyware has pleaded guilty, walking free but earning himself a $500,000 fine.

StealthGenie CEO ordered to pay $500K fine for selling spyware app, surrender source code to government (Department of Justice)

(3 days ago)
Department of Justice:StealthGenie CEO ordered to pay $500K fine for selling spyware app, surrender source code to government  —  Man Pleads Guilty for Selling “StealthGenie” Spyware App and Ordered to Pay $500,000 Fine  —  A Danish citizen today pleaded guilty in the Eastern District of Virginia and was ordered …

Uber Said Close to Raising Funding at Up to $40B Value (Serena Saitto/Bloomberg)

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Serena Saitto / Bloomberg:Uber Said Close to Raising Funding at Up to $40B Value  —  Uber Technologies Inc. is close to raising a round of financing that would value the mobile car-booking company at $35 billion to $40 billion, according to people with knowledge of the situation.  —  T. Rowe Price Group Inc …

Facebook's AI group hires Vladimir Vapnik, who pioneered statistical learning theory and co-invented the Support Vector Machine method (Facebook AI Research)

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Facebook AI Research:Facebook's AI group hires Vladimir Vapnik, who pioneered statistical learning theory and co-invented the Support Vector Machine method  —  We are delighted to announce that Vladimir Vapnik has joined Facebook AI Research.  —  Vladimir is universally known in the machine learning …

BlackBerry offers up to $550 if you ditch your iPhone for a Passport

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If the industry based its grades solely on effort, there's no doubt BlackBerry would be among the first top spots. Now, whether or not those efforts are actually effective, well, that's a completely different story. Since its notable decline, the Can...

Is LTO Tape On Its Way Out?

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storagedude writes: With LTO media sales down by 50% in the last six years, is the end near for tape? With such a large installed base, it may not be imminent, but the time is coming when vendors will find it increasingly difficult to justify continued investment in tape technology, writes Henry Newman at Enterprise Storage Forum. "If multiple vendors invest in a technology, it has a good chance of winning over the long haul," writes Newman, a long-time proponent of tape technology. "If multiple vendors have a technology they're not investing in, it will eventually lose over time. Of course, over time market requirements can change. It is these interactions that I fear that are playing out in the tape market." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Going Out App YPlan Raises $24M As It Lays Off Staff, Plans Pivot Into Long-Tail Events (TechCrunch)

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TechCrunch:Going Out App YPlan Raises $24M As It Lays Off Staff, Plans Pivot Into Long-Tail Events  —  YPlan — the app that gives people with no plans a curated selection of things to do and the ability to buy tickets to do them — has some big plans of its own.  TechCrunch has learned and confirmed …

Twitter has talked to Bieber-backed Shots: Source (Kristin Cwalinski/CNBC)

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Kristin Cwalinski / CNBC:Twitter has talked to Bieber-backed Shots: Source  —  Twitter has talked about an acquisition of Shots, the selfie app backed by singer Justin Bieber, a source close to Shots told CNBC on Tuesday.  —  Twitter's acquisition plans became the subject of hot speculation on Monday …

'StealthGenie' SpyWare Seller Fined $500,000

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A man who advertised and sold the notorious StealthGenie mobile spyware has pleaded guilty, walking free but earning himself a $500,000 fine.

The People Who Are Branding Vulnerabilities

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antdude points out a story at ZDNet about how the naming of security vulnerabilities and exploits has evolved into branding and awareness campaigns. Heartbleed set the trend early this year, having a distinct name and logo to represent a serious security problem. It seemed to work; the underlying bug got massive exposure, even in the mainstream media. This raises a new set of issues — should the response to the disclosure of a vulnerability be dependent on how catchy its name is? No, but it probably will be. Heartbleed charmed the public, and in a way, it was designed to do so. By comparison Shellshock, POODLE (aka clumsy "Poodlebleed"), Sandworm, the secretively named Rootpipe, Winshock, and other vulns seem like proverbial "red headed stepchildren" — despite the fact that each of these vulns are critical issues, some are worse than Heartbleed, and all of which needed fast responses. The next "big bug" after Heartbleed was Shellshock — real name CVE-2014-6271. Shellshock didn't have a company's pocketbook or marketing team behind it. So, despite the fact that many said Shellshock was worse than Heartbleed (rated high on severity but low on complexity, making it easy for attackers), creating a celebrity out of Shellshock faced an uphill climb. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Samsung Group says to sell 4 units to Hanwha Group for $1.7 billion

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SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Group [SAGR.UL] said on Wednesday it is selling stakes in defense firm Samsung Techwin Co Ltd and three other units for 1.9 trillion won ($1.72 billion) to Hanwha Group units.

Engadget Daily: Yoga 3 Pro, the 'day one patch,' and more!

(3 days ago)
If you bought Halo: The Master Chief Collection, then you're probably still waiting for online multiplayer to be un-broken. Welcome to the age of the "day one patch." That's not all we have on deck, though -- read on for Engadget's news highlights fr...

Netflix Sues a Former Exec - Now Yahoo's CIO - For Allegedly Collecting Kickbacks (Peter Kafka/Re/code)

(3 days ago)
Peter Kafka / Re/code:Netflix Sues a Former Exec — Now Yahoo's CIO — For Allegedly Collecting Kickbacks  —  Netflix says a former executive collected kickbacks from vendors he helped connect to the streaming video company.  —  Now Netflix is suing its former employee, who is currently Yahoo's chief information officer.

Firefox Will Soon Offer One-Click Buttons For Your Search Engines

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An anonymous reader writes: Mozilla today unveiled some of the new search features coming to Firefox. The company says the new additions are "coming soon to a Firefox near you" but didn't give a more specific timeline. The news comes less than a week after Mozilla struck a deal with Yahoo to replace Google as the default search engine in its browser for U.S. users. At the time, the company said a new search experience was coming in December, so we're betting the search revamp will come with the release of Firefox 34, which is currently in beta. In the future release, when you type a search term into the Firefox search box, you will get a list of reorganized search suggestions from the default search provider. Better yet, a new array of buttons below these suggestions will let you pick which search engine you want to send the query to. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

NASA is 3D printing objects in space

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At long last, 3D printing has conquered its final frontier: space. NASA has successfully printed its first 3D object aboard the International Space Station. It's just a tiny faceplate that identifies the printer maker (Made In Space), but it's both a...

How the World's First Computer Was Rescued From the Scrap Heap

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anavictoriasaavedra sends this quote from Wired: "Eccentric billionaires are tough to impress, so their minions must always think big when handed vague assignments. Ross Perot's staffers did just that in 2006, when their boss declared that he wanted to decorate his Plano, Texas, headquarters with relics from computing history. Aware that a few measly Apple I's and Altair 880's wouldn't be enough to satisfy a former presidential candidate, Perot's people decided to acquire a more singular prize: a big chunk of ENIAC, the "Electronic Numerical Integrator And Computer." The ENIAC was a 27-ton, 1,800-square-foot bundle of vacuum tubes and diodes that was arguably the world's first true computer. The hardware that Perot's team diligently unearthed and lovingly refurbished is now accessible to the general public for the first time, back at the same Army base where it almost rotted into oblivion. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Microsoft to pay China $140 million for 'tax evasion' (Bill Rigby/Reuters)

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Bill Rigby / Reuters:Microsoft to pay China $140 million for ‘tax evasion’  —  (Reuters) - China has levied about $140 million in back taxes from Microsoft Corp in the first major case concerning cross-border tax evasion in the country, as regulators ramp up pressure on U.S. corporations doing business there.

Facebook schedules second public Q&A with Mark Zuckerberg for Dec. 11 at 2pm PT (Roberto Baldwin/The Next Web)

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Roberto Baldwin / The Next Web:Facebook schedules second public Q&A with Mark Zuckerberg for Dec. 11 at 2pm PT  —  Facebook has scheduled another public Q&A with Mark Zuckerberg  —  Earlier this month Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg hosted a public Q&A. Attendees and those online could submit questions and the CEO …

Neither Spotify nor musicians are making much money from streaming

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Spotify may be a big name when it comes to music streaming, but the company is hardly rolling in the dough. The private company disclosed today that it took in 747 million euros (around $1.03 billion at the time) in 2013, up about 74 percent from 201...

Israel's SimilarWeb raises $15 million, eyes faster global expansion

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JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli start-up SimilarWeb said on Tuesday it raised $15 million in a funding round aimed at increasing the pace of its global expansion.

Samsung Shows 'Eye Mouse' For People With Disabilities

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Samsung today announced a project among a group of its engineers to build an input device that allows people with limited mobility to operate a computer through eye movement alone. The EYECAN+ is a rectangular box that needs to be situated roughly 60-70cm away from a user's face. Once calibrated, it will superimpose a multifunction UI and track a user's eye movements to move the cursor where they want. Samsung says they won't be commercializing this device, but they'll soon be making the design open source for any company or organization who wants to start building them. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

TuneIn brings over 100,000 radio stations to your Chromecast

(3 days ago)
Today is a great day to be a Chromecast owner. Joining Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, Sesame Street Go and others, TuneIn is now also making its mobile apps compatible with Google's budget-friendly streaming dongle. Now that TuneIn has added support fo...

Google Chrome will block all NPAPI plugins by default in January, drop support completely in September (Emil Protalinski/VentureBeat)

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Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:Google Chrome will block all NPAPI plugins by default in January, drop support completely in September  —  Google today provided an update on its plan to remove Netscape Plugin Application Programming Interface (NPAPI) from Chrome, which the company says will improve the browser's security …

The Big Picture: cooling molten metal in space

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Ever wonder what hot metal would be like if it weren't bound by containers, liquids... or even gravity? You're looking at it. The European Space Agency has developed an electromagnetic levitator that the International Space Station is using to see ho...

Microsoft Band customers get scrooged even before holidays start

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Three days after saying stock of its new Band smart wristband would be replenished throughout the coming holidays, Microsoft changed course.

HP Reports Earnings: A Miss On Revenue (Julie Bort/Business Insider)

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Julie Bort / Business Insider:HP Reports Earnings: A Miss On Revenue  —  HP just reported its fourth quarter earnings: inline with profits and a miss on revenue.  —  HP reported Q4 earnings per share of $1.06, right in line with expectations and revenue of $28.40 billion, that's a miss.

Microsoft to pay China $140 mln for 'tax evasion'

(3 days ago)
SEATTLE (Reuters) - China has levied about $140 million in back taxes from Microsoft Corp in the first major case concerning cross-border tax evasion in the country, as regulators ramp up pressure on U.S. corporations doing business there.

About 40% of World Population Online, 90% of Offliners In Developing Countries

(3 days ago)
New submitter lx76 writes: The International Telecommunications Union does research on telecommunications in society worldwide, from cellphones to internet use. Since 2009, on a yearly basis, they've released their research findings in a report called the Measuring Information Society Report. This year's report is over 200 pages long, illustrated with abundant graphs and tables (PDF). It's not a light read. But one of the interesting numbers is an index showing the divide in global connectivity. From the report: "Over the past year, the world witnessed continued growth in the uptake of ICT [Information and Communication Technology] and, by end 2014, almost 3 billion people will be using the Internet, up from 2.7 billion at end 2013..... Despite this encouraging progress, there are important digital divides that need to be addressed: 4.3 billion people are still not online, and 90 per cent of them live in the developing world." The report continues, "As this report finds, ICT performance is better in countries with higher shares of the population living in urban areas, where access to ICT infrastructure, usage and skills is more favorable. Yet it is precisely in poor and rural areas where ICTs can make a particularly significant impact." Projects like Google's Project Loon have their work cut out for them." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Sony to refund some customers after misleading PS Vita ads

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According to the Federal Trade Commission, Sony deceived consumers by falsely advertising the PlayStation Vita's "game-changing" features when the console launched in the US. And, perhaps in an effort to stay out of court, the electronics company has...

Microsoft study finds everybody wants DevOps but culture is a challenge

(3 days ago)
Everybody wants to join the DevOps movement. Everybody wants their developers and their operations people to work more closely together and take advantage of greater internal IT harmony with the result of higher agility and a faster time to market.

Google delays demise of old-style Chrome plug-ins

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Google on Monday gave traditional Google plug-ins a stay of execution and instead outlined a three-step plan that will finalize their demise in 10 months.

Dropbox's integration with Microsoft's Office apps is now live for iOS and Android devices (Ben Woods/The Next Web)

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Ben Woods / The Next Web:Dropbox's integration with Microsoft's Office apps is now live for iOS and Android devices  —  It was only earlier this month that Dropbox announced a deal with Microsoft to allow document editing capabilities from directly inside Dropbox, and today it's actually rolling out for mobile users.

3-D Printer in Space Makes First Object: A Spare Part

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The first 3-D printer to fly in space has manufactured its first useful object on the International Space Station: a replacement print head.

How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

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itwbennett writes: For too long, it looked like SSD capacity would always lag well behind hard disk drives, which were pushing into the 6TB and 8TB territory while SSDs were primarily 256GB to 512GB. That seems to be ending. In September, Samsung announced a 3.2TB SSD drive. And during an investor webcast last week, Intel announced it will begin offering 3D NAND drives in the second half of next year as part of its joint flash venture with Micron. Meanwhile, hard drive technology has hit the wall in many ways. They can't really spin the drives faster than 7,200 RPM without increasing heat and the rate of failure. All hard drives have now is the capacity argument; speed is all gone. Oh, and price. We'll have to wait and see on that. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Sound off: Show us your used and abused phones!

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That sad, broken handset is what one friend had to use while waiting for his new one to arrive. We know that you too, have felt his pain and are bound to have some similar photos floating around. Whether your phone was dropped into a pool of hydroflu...

The Regin malware threat: Real protections against a mysterious danger

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Regin, the latest malware threat, is also one of the more mysterious ones. When Symantec unveiled details of the new cyber espionage campaign last weekend, its researchers described it as a highly sophisticated threat with an unprecedented level of technical competence.

A Toolbox That Helps Keep You From Losing Tools (Video)

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Dan Mcculley, the interviewee in this video, works for Intel and claims they have "about 140" projects going on inside their fabs and factories, of which the Smart Toolbox is but one, and it's one some technicians came up with because Intel workers lose something like $35,000 worth of tools every year. This project is based on the same Galileo boards Intel has used to support some high-altitude balloon launches -- except this is an extremely simple, practical application. Open source? You bet! And Dan says the sensors and other parts are all off-the-shelf items anyone can buy. (Alternate Video Link) Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Vine now lets you know when your favorite users post clips

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If you're a Vine aficionado, you probably have a short list of people whose six-second videos you want to see right away -- you may want to marvel at a Zach King illusion or scratch your head at one of Will Sasso's lemon clips, for instance. Well, yo...
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