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Why Winners Become Cheaters

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JoeyRox writes: A new study from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem reveals a paradoxical aspect of human behavior — people who win in competitive situations are more likely to cheat in the future. In one experiment, 86 students were split up into pairs and competed in a game where cheating was impossible. The students were then rearranged into new pairs to play a second game where cheating was possible. The result? Students who won the first game were much more likely to cheat at the second game. Additional experiments indicated that cheating was also more likely if students simply recalled a memory of winning in the past. The experiments further demonstrated that subsequent cheating was more likely in situations where the outcome of previous competitions was determined by merit rather than luck. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

ISIS help desk tells jihadis how to hide from authorities

(3 days ago)
The encrypted messaging service Telegram blocked 78 ISIS channels in 2015, but new ones just keep popping up. As detailed in a report provided to The Hill, the group has evolved an expanded technical "help desk" that can provide instructions to jihad...

GamerGate target drops case against harasser that started it all

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Game developer Zoë Quinn has been through an awful lot in the 18 months since an ex-boyfriend posted details of his relationship with her online. But now she's dropping harassment charges against the man who essentially started the GamerGate fir...

LG G5 already has a touch-enabled Quick Cover

(3 days ago)
There's still over a week left before LG launches its newest flagship phone, but we know two things for certain: First, the G5 has an "Always On" display, and second, you will be able to get a Quick Cover case for it. The Korean company has announced...

Vatican uses Telegram to guide Catholics during Lent

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When Pope Francis says he sees the internet as a blessing, he's not just talking a big game. As part of a broader "Keep Lent" campaign beginning Wednesday, the Vatican is sending its daily readings of Gospel verses through a Telegram channel, @pgpomp...

Hiker with head-mounted cameras taught drones to fly through forests

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Researchers in Switzerland have developed a drone that can navigate forest trails in search of missing hikers. According to EPFL, around 1,000 people get lost in Swiss forests every year and often need to be rescued. Rather than enlisting a search pa...

Alcatel OneTouch Idol 4S packaging will double as VR goggles (Evan Blass/VentureBeat)

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Evan Blass / VentureBeat:Alcatel OneTouch Idol 4S packaging will double as VR goggles  —  EXCLUSIVE:  —  For the fifth largest cellphone brand in North America — up from 13th as recently as 2014 — Alcatel OneTouch isn't nearly the household name that competitors Huawei and ZTE have become.

Engineers Devise a Way To Harvest Wind Energy From Trees

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derekmead writes: Harvesting electrical power from vibrations or other mechanical stress is pretty easy. Turns out all it really takes is a bit of crystal or ceramic material and a couple of wires and, there you go, piezoelectricity. As stress is applied to the material, charge accumulates, which can then be shuttled away to do useful work. The classic example is an electric lighter, in which a spring-loaded hammer smacks a crystal, producing a spark. Another example is described in a new paper in the Journal of Sound and Vibration, courtesy of engineers at Ohio State's Laboratory of Sound and Vibration Research. The basic idea behind the energy harvesting platform: exploit the natural internal resonances of trees within tiny artificial forests capable of generating enough voltage to power sensors and structural monitoring systems. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Twitter's problem isn't that it stopped growing; it's that people expect it to keep growing (Farhad Manjoo/New York Times)

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Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:Twitter's problem isn't that it stopped growing; it's that people expect it to keep growing  —  Twitter, to Save Itself, Must Scale Back World-Swallowing Ambitions  —  Twitter is the world's most important social network.  —  That might sound like the ravings of an addict …

ViaSat announces Boeing partnership and ViaSat-3 satellites, capable of 1 Tbps, equal to the combined network capacity of all existing commercial satellites (Sean O'Kane/The Verge)

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Sean O'Kane / The Verge:ViaSat announces Boeing partnership and ViaSat-3 satellites, capable of 1 Tbps, equal to the combined network capacity of all existing commercial satellites  —  New 1-Terabit internet satellites will deliver high-speed internet to remote areas  —  US-based satellite company ViaSat is teaming …

'House of Cards' S4 trailer shows it has some intrigue left

(3 days ago)
While Netflix has already dropped a couple of teasers for the next season of its flagship series, the official House of Cards season four trailer gives viewers their first extended look at some new footage. Poll results suggest that most of you (56 p...

SCO vs. IBM Battle Over Linux May Finally Be Over

(3 days ago)
JG0LD writes with this news from Network World: A breach-of-contract and copyright lawsuit filed nearly 13 years ago by a successor company to business Linux vendor Caldera International against IBM may be drawing to a close at last, after a U.S. District Court judge issued an order in favor of the latter company earlier this week. Here's the decision itself (PDF). Also at The Register. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Twitter should make harassment a priority, not algorithms

(3 days ago)
The rumors were true: Twitter confirmed today that it's rolling out -- horrors! -- an algorithmic news feed. Essentially a version of its "While You Were Away feature," the new timeline lets you see the "most important tweets" you've missed. Thankful...

Google's killing off Flash-based advertising

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Google has announced that its Google Display Network and DoubleClick Digital Marketing (DCDM) platforms will begin phasing out the use of Flash ads starting June 30th. From the start of July through the end of the year, advertisers will no longer be...

Sources: Andreessen Horowitz and Founders Fund sold $148M in Lyft shares to Saudi Arabia's Prince al-Waleed bin Talal and his Kingdom Holding Co. last December (Wall Street Journal)

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Wall Street Journal:Sources: Andreessen Horowitz and Founders Fund sold $148M in Lyft shares to Saudi Arabia's Prince al-Waleed bin Talal and his Kingdom Holding Co. last December  —  Andreessen Horowitz Sells Some Lyft Shares to Prince Al-Waleed  —  Andreessen Horowitz and Founders Fund sold $148 million …

Experts: Shipping Lithium Ion Batteries on Planes Is Unsafe

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Federal transportation regulators and the country's main pilots union are warning against shipping large quantities of lithium ion batteries.

TSMC will be sole supplier of processors for next iPhones - Electronic Times

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SEOUL (Reuters) - Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd (TSMC) will be the exclusive supplier of mobile processors for Apple Inc's next iPhones, South Korea's Electronic Times reported on Thursday citing unnamed industry sources.

Facebook roasts board member's attack on 'anti-colonialism'

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Venture capitalist (and Facebook board member) Marc Andreessen is known for being outspoken on tech issues, but he's learning the hard way that he went one step too far. Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg has chastised Andreessen for claiming that India's va...

Facebook Developing Radio Wave Mesh To Connect Offline Areas

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An anonymous reader writes: As part of its wider Internet.org initiative to deliver connectivity to poor and rural communities, Facebook is actively developing a new network technology which uses millimetre wave bands to transmit data. Facebook engineer Sanjai Kohli filed two patents which outlined a 'next generation' data system, which would make use of millimetre wave technology deployed as mesh networks. Kohli's patents detailed a type of centralised, cloud-based routing system which 'dynamically adjusts route and frequency channel assignments, transmit power, modulation, coding, and symbol rate to maximize network capacity and probability of packet delivery, rather than trying to maximize the capacity of any one link.' Read more of this story at Slashdot.

SEC filing shows Amazon board approves new $5B stock buyback program (Taylor Soper/GeekWire)

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Taylor Soper / GeekWire:SEC filing shows Amazon board approves new $5B stock buyback program  —  Amazon board approves $5 billion stock buyback program … Amazon today announced that it plans to repurchase up to $5 billion in common stock.  —  The authorization on Wednesday replaces a $2 billion buyback program that Amazon's board approved in 2010.

LibreOffice 5.1 Officially Released

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prisoninmate writes: After being in development for the last three months or so, LibreOffice 5.1 comes today to a desktop environment near you with some of the most attractive features you've ever seen in an open-source office suite software product, no matter the operating system used. The release highlights of LibreOffice 5.1 include a redesigned user interface for improved ease of use, better interoperability with OOXML files, support for reading and writing files on cloud servers, enhanced support for the ODF 1.2 file format, as well as additional Spreadsheet functions and features. Yesterday, even with the previous version, I was able to successfully use a moderately complex docx template without a hitch — the kind of thing that would have been a pipe-dream not too long ago. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Mark Zuckerberg says Marc Andreessen's comments are "deeply upsetting" and do not represent thinking of Facebook or himself (Mark Zuckerberg/Facebook)

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Mark Zuckerberg / Facebook:Mark Zuckerberg says Marc Andreessen's comments are “deeply upsetting” and do not represent thinking of Facebook or himself  —  I want to respond to Marc Andreessen's comments about India yesterday.  I found the comments deeply upsetting, and they do not represent the way Facebook or I think at all.

FAA Eases Drone Restrictions Around Washington, DC

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An anonymous reader writes with a link to Robotics Trends, which reports that: After doubling the radius of the "no-drone zone" from 15 miles to 30 miles outside of Washington, D.C. in 2015, the FAA announced drones can now fly in the "outer ring" of the Special Flight Rules Area. This means drones can operate between a 15- to 30-mile radius outside of the nation's capitol. Drones that fly between the 15- to 30-mile radius still have to operate under specific conditions: drones must weigh less than 55 pounds, be registered and marked, fly under 400 feet, stay in the operator's line of sight, only fly in clear conditions, and avoid other aircraft. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Top Amazon executive to take two-year post with Italian prime minister

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ROME (Reuters) - A top executive at Amazon.com, Diego Piacentini, is taking a two-year leave of absence to lead Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's digital technology office, the company said on Wednesday.

Storyful Managing Editor Aine Kerr to join Facebook to manage journalism partnerships (Reuters)

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Reuters:Storyful Managing Editor Aine Kerr to join Facebook to manage journalism partnerships  —  Storyful editor to join Facebook to manage journalism partnerships  —  The managing editor of News Corp's social media news agency Storyful said on Wednesday she is leaving to manage journalism partnerships …

First Steps Towards Network Transparency For Wayland

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munwin99 writes: For the longest time, when bringing up Wayland a recurring question was 'what about network transparency?!' Well, Samsung's Derek Foreman has today published the set of Wayland patches for providing Wayland network transparency by pushing the Wayland protocol over TCP/IP. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Twitter isn't attracting enough new users

(3 days ago)
Twitter's had a busy fourth quarter. It's been dropping new features like Moments and today's best tweets announcement. Also it's Jack Dorsey's first full quarter as CEO. So how did it do? Well it made $710 million in total revenue a 48-percent year-...

Yahoo announces first round of layoffs as it trims 15 percent of workforce (Deborah M. Todd/Reuters)

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Deborah M. Todd / Reuters:Yahoo announces first round of layoffs as it trims 15 percent of workforce  —  Yahoo announces first round of layoffs as it trims 15 percent of workforce  —  Yahoo Inc (YHOO.O) announced Wednesday it will lay off 107 employees in the first of what is expected to be more than 1,500 job cuts.

Senate Panel Preps Legal Fight With Backpage Over Sex Ads

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Senators say Backpage failed to comply with a congressional subpoena into how it screens ads for possible sex trafficking.

AWS Terms of Service Offer a Break If Zombie Apocalypse Occurs

(3 days ago)
v3rgEz writes: Running at over 50 sections and hundreds of subsections, Amazon AWS's terms of service are somewhat exhaustive, but there's one paragraph that might catch your eye. As of yesterday's update, Amazon has added a section that nullifies restrictions on the use of their Lumberyard game platform in the event of a zombie outbreak. Pre-apocalypse, the terms of service prohibit the use of the engine to manage life-or-death situations, but being able to spin up a zombie firefight simulator at a moment's notice might come in handy. You do have to wonder, though: Does Jeff Bezos know something we don't? Lawyers typically don't approve of Easter Eggs in legal documents. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Twitter is going to 'fix' how you @

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Earlier today, Twitter announced that it would be implementing an optional algorithmic feed that would put the most "important" tweets that you missed at the top of your timeline. Now it seems there are more changes in the works. According to Twitter...

Twitter user growth stalls in fourth quarter

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(Reuters) - Twitter Inc's said average monthly active users stalled in the fourth quarter - the first flat quarter sequentially since the company listed in 2013.

Twitter reports 320M total MAUs, no change from previous quarter, meets expectations with quarterly revenue of $710M; stock down over 3% after hours (TechCrunch)

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TechCrunch:Twitter reports 320M total MAUs, no change from previous quarter, meets expectations with quarterly revenue of $710M; stock down over 3% after hours  —  Twitter's User Growth Goes Nowhere As It Meets Revenue Expectations Of $710M  —  Twitter today reported its fourth-quarter earnings …

Storyful editor to join Facebook to manage journalism partnerships

(3 days ago)
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The managing editor of News Corp's social media news agency Storyful said on Wednesday she is leaving to manage journalism partnerships at Facebook Inc , as the social network broadens its push into news.

Tesla will unveil its $35,000 Model 3 on March 31st

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Tesla has long promised a $35,000 electric car is on the way, and in today's earnings release (PDF) it announced that we'll get to see the Model 3 on March 31st, ahead of it going on sale in "late 2017." That's in addition to the currently shipping M...

Twitter user growth stalls in fourth quarter

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(Reuters) - Twitter Inc's average monthly active users stalled in the fourth quarter - the first flat quarter sequentially since the company listed in 2013.

Real Tinker Bell? Disney Parks Plan to Use Drones

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There's a new Disney star, and it's not a character, a cartoon, or a movie. It's a drone that beams light and performs acrobatics during shows.

Twitter Q4 and Fiscal Year 2015 Shareholder Letter (Twitter)

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Twitter:Twitter Q4 and Fiscal Year 2015 Shareholder Letter  —  SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA February 10, 2016 Dear Shareholders, As we announced last week, we're taking a new approach to our earnings announcements.  Starting with today's announcement of results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 31 …
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