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Ahead Of NY Subpoena Hearing, Airbnb Scrubs Thousands Of Listings From 'Bad Actor' Hosts (Ryan Lawler/TechCrunch)

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Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:Ahead Of NY Subpoena Hearing, Airbnb Scrubs Thousands Of Listings From ‘Bad Actor’ Hosts  —  In preparation for oral arguments being held in its New York subpoena case tomorrow, Airbnb is eliminating dozens of listings on its site from hosts who have been accused of being bad actors and running illegal hotel operations on the platform.

404-No-More Project Seeks To Rid the Web of '404 Not Found' Pages

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First time accepted submitter blottsie (3618811) writes "A new project proposes an do away with dead 404 errors by implementing new HTML attribute hat will help access prior versions of hyperlinked content. With any luck, that means that you'll never have to run into a dead link again. ...The new feature would come in the form of introducing the mset attribute to the <a> element which would allow users of the code to specify multiple dates and copies of content as an external resource." The mset attribute would specify a "reference candidate:" either a temporal reference (to ease finding the version cited on e.g. the wayback machine) or the url of a static copy of the linked document. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet available May 4th for $500 (Mark Hearn/9to5Google)

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Mark Hearn / 9to5Google:Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet available May 4th for $500  —  If you don't like the idea of waiting for new Nexus tablets to materialize, Sony's new Xperia Z2 is now available to pre-order from the company's web store and will go on sale on May 4th.  For $500, this waterproof slab ships with 16GB of storage …

Paul Allen's top money manager to leave post

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SEATTLE (Reuters) - The lead money manager for Microsoft Corp co-founder Paul Allen is leaving his post this week, marking the latest in a round of high-level departures at the Seattle billionaire's Vulcan Inc organization, which handles his $16 billion fortune.

Watch as an Oculus Rift takes itself apart

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If you've been following the virtual reality scene in the past year, you probably already know that the Oculus Rift raised almost $2.5 million on Kickstarter. You probably also know that its 100-degree field of view is three times that of a...

AT&T copies Google, names 100 cities where it could offer gigabit fiber (Jon Brodkin/Ars Technica)

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Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:AT&T copies Google, names 100 cities where it could offer gigabit fiber  —  Two months after Google announced that it will try to bring fiber Internet to 34 cities in nine metro areas, AT&T today said it will “expand its ultra-fast fiber network to up to 100 candidate cities and municipalities nationwide …

High Court to Hear Dispute About TV Over the Internet

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To its creators and backers, Aereo — an Internet-connected antenna the size of a penny — is an innovative way to spread the reach of television programs online. To the broadcast networks, it’s simply stealing. The Supreme Court will decide who’s right.Now available in about a dozen U.S.

The Ethical Dilemmas Today's Programmers Face

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snydeq (1272828) writes "As software takes over more of our lives, the ethical ramifications of decisions made by programmers only become greater. Unfortunately, the tech world has always been long on power and short on thinking about the long-reaching effects of this power. More troubling: While ethics courses have become a staple of physical-world engineering degrees, they remain a begrudging anomaly in computer science pedagogy. Now that our code is in refrigerators, thermostats, smoke alarms, and more, the wrong moves, a lack of foresight, or downright dubious decision-making can haunt humanity everywhere it goes. Peter Wayner offers a look at just a few of the ethical quandaries confronting developers every day. 'Consider this less of a guidebook for making your decisions and more of a starting point for the kind of ethical contemplation we should be doing as a daily part of our jobs.'" Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Oklahoma Moves To Discourage Solar and Wind Power

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Hugh Pickens DOT Com (2995471) writes "Paul Monies reports at NewsOK that Oklahoma's legislature has passed a bill that allows regulated utilities to apply to the Oklahoma Corporation Commission to charge a higher base rate to customers who generate solar and wind energy and send their excess power back into the grid reversing a 1977 law that forbade utilities to charge extra to solar users. 'Renewable energy fed back into the grid is ultimately doing utility companies a service,' says John Aziz. 'Solar generates in the daytime, when demand for electricity is highest, thereby alleviating pressure during peak demand.' The state's major electric utilities backed the bill but couldn't provide figures on how much customers already using distributed generation are getting subsidized by other customers. Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. and Public Service Co. of Oklahoma have about 1.3 million electric customers in the state. They have about 500 customers using distributed generation. Kathleen O'Shea, OG&E spokeswoman, said few distributed generation customers want to sever their ties to the grid. 'If there's something wrong with their panel or it's really cloudy, they need our electricity, and it's going to be there for them,' O'Shea said. 'We just want to make sure they're paying their fair amount of that maintenance cost.' The prospect of widespread adoption of rooftop solar worries many utilities. A report last year by the industry's research group, the Edison Electric[..]

Patent owner Intellectual Ventures cleared for trial vs. investor

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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Monday ruled that patent owner Intellectual Ventures can go to trial next month against one of its investors even though IV will not be allowed to present key damages evidence to a jury, according to a court filing.

Samsung expert: Apple should get only $38.4M for infringement, not $2.2B (Shara Tibken/CNET)

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Shara Tibken / CNET:Samsung expert: Apple should get only $38.4M for infringement, not $2.2B  —  Assuming Samsung infringed Apple's five patents, Apple should receive $1.75 per device in royalties, not the $40 Apple has requested, a Samsung expert argues.  Samsung rested its case after the expert testimony.

Google Fiber Challenge: AT&T Eyes 100 Cities for Super-fast Internet

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Google Fiber could get some competition from AT&T’s own ultra-fast fiber network.On Monday, the telecommunications giant announced that it was looking to expand its AT&T U-verse with GigaPowerSM service to 100 markets.No, it’s not the catchiest name for a broadband service.

AT&T hopes to fight Google Fiber with gigabit internet in more cities

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AT&T isn't letting Google Fiber's expansion plans go unanswered. The telecom giant has announced that it's looking at bringing its GigaPower internet service to as many as 21 additional big cities and their nearby municipalities. There's some...

Poll: Big Bang a Big Question for Most Americans

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AP-GfK Poll: Most agree with scientists on smoking, fewer buy Big Bang, evolution or warming

Netflix opposes Comcast-TWC merger over 'anticompetitive' concerns (Jacob Kastrenakes/The Verge)

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Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:Netflix opposes Comcast-TWC merger over ‘anticompetitive’ concerns  —  Netflix has come out in opposition of Comcast's proposed purchase of Time Warner Cable, writing in a letter to shareholders that the merger would give the combined service provider “even more anticompetitive leverage” …

Yahoo Testing A Knowledge Graph Lookalike In Search Results (Matt McGee/Search Engine Land)

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Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:Yahoo Testing A Knowledge Graph Lookalike In Search Results  —  One of Yahoo's latest search results tests should look awfully familiar.  —  The website All Google Testing discovered a test that turns the right column of Yahoo's search results page into a dead ringer for Google's Knowledge Graph.

Nest's Learning Thermostat may be headed to Google Play

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Since you can buy pretty much nearly every Google device -- that's all the Nexus gadgets, the Google Edition phones, the Chromecast and all those Chromebooks -- on Google Play, it only makes sense that a product from Nest, the search giant's latest...

AT&T's expanded 1 Gbps fiber rollout could go head to head with Google

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U.S. broadband giant AT&T could roll out 1Gbps fiber-optic service to up to 21 new metropolitan areas, including Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Jose, California, the company said Monday.

Apple updates environmental progress, focuses on climate change, finite resources

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Just in time for Earth Day, Apple has updated its environmental site with the latest information about the many green initiatives it has put in place. Most prominently, the company has assembled a video, narrated by CEO Tim Cook, speaking about how Apple applies its overriding philosophy--striving to make better products--to its commitment to the environment.

U.S. judge dismisses case against Twitter alleging pre-IPO fraud (Jonathan Stempel/Reuters)

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Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:U.S. judge dismisses case against Twitter alleging pre-IPO fraud  —  (Reuters) - Twitter Inc has won the dismissal of an unusual lawsuit accusing the social media company of fraudulently arranging a private stock sale it never intended to complete, with a goal of stoking interest in its November 2013 initial public offering.

Experiment Suggests Monkeys Can Do Basic Math

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sciencehabit (1205606) writes "It looks like a standardized test question: Is the sum of two numbers on the left or the single number on the right larger? Rhesus macaques that have been trained to associate numerical values with symbols can get the answer right, even if they haven't passed a math class. The finding doesn't just reveal a hidden talent of the animals—it also helps show how the mammalian brain encodes the values of numbers. Previous research has shown that chimpanzees can add single-digit numbers. But scientists haven’t explained exactly how, in the human or the monkey brain, numbers are being represented or this addition is being carried out. Now, a new study helps begin to answer those questions." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

More Households Ditching Satellite and Cable TV

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Approximately 18.1 percent of all US households with a Netflix or Hulu account are considered to be “cord cutters” or Internet consumers that lack cable or satellite television, according to a report by Experian Marketing Services. This includes independent young adults who have never paid for TV services.Moreover, households where one of the residents owns a smartphone or tablet are at least 20 percent more likely to be a cord cutter. In fact, smartphones are the most commonly used device to watch downloaded or streaming video. The top mobile apps include YouTube, Netflix and CNN. Regardless of this rise in cord cutting, 94 percent of US adults will still watch some version of video content. Furthermore, one in six adults will watch at least 40 hours of TV a week, suggesting that live programming or video recordings on a DVR is still a major appeal.

Forget shots, Palcohol turns vodka into a powdered condiment

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Why sip on a nice glass of scotch when you can get tipsy on salad instead? A new product called Palcohol takes the pesky liquid out of your favorite drinks; turning them into a potent powder you can just sprinkle on your hamburger for an extra...

Tom Preston-Werner moving on to a VR startup, may fight further "false claims" in court (Tom Preston-Werner)

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Tom Preston-Werner:Tom Preston-Werner moving on to a VR startup, may fight further “false claims” in court  —  Farewell GitHub, Hello Immersive Computing  —  Today is my last day at GitHub.  Recent events have given me a lot of time to reflect on what's important to me, and I've decided …

Netflix Beats Expectations With 4M New Subscribers, Earnings Of 86 Cents Per Share (Ryan Lawler/TechCrunch)

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Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:Netflix Beats Expectations With 4M New Subscribers, Earnings Of 86 Cents Per Share  —  Netflix today released its first-quarter financial results, with the company beating analyst expectations.  For the first three months of the year, the company reported earnings of 86 cents per share on revenues of $1.27 billion.

SEC seeks data on cyber security policies at Wall Street firms

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The Securities and Exchange Commission plans to review the cyber defenses of 50 Wall Street broker-dealers and investment advisers to determine whether they are prepared for potential cyber threats.

Microsoft gets Motorola Solutions to pay for lawsuit protection for Android use

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Microsoft has extended its controversial yet successful crusade to extract licensing fees from vendors that use Google's Android and Chrome operating systems, adding Motorola Solutions to the list of vendors agreeing to patent deals.

Future tech: Americans foresee made-to-order organs, teleportation and robots

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Many Americans think the next 50 years will bring custom-ordered, made-to-order organ generation, teleportation and robots that care for the elderly and sick. But not everyone's so hopeful.

Most NYC listings on Airbnb could be illegal: Attorney General

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Two-thirds of the New York City listings on Airbnb, a popular online home rental marketplace, could be illegal, the state attorney general said on Monday in his latest move investigating the venture.

China heightens alert over illegal funds as internet finance booms

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BEIJING (Reuters) - The fast development of internet finance in China is driving an increase in cases of illegal fund raising, a situation that could worsen if regulation does not catch up, a senior official at the country's banking sector watchdog said on Monday.

Netflix will raise streaming prices for new members this quarter (Janko Roettgers/Gigaom)

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Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:Netflix will raise streaming prices for new members this quarter  —  New Netflix subscribers could soon be forced to pay a bit more for the company's streaming service: The company announced in its Q1 letter to shareholders that it intends to raise the prices for new members by $1 or $2 this quarter …

GitHub founder Tom Preston-Werner resigns after investigation finds errors of judgment but no gender-based harassment (Chris Wanstrath/GitHub)

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Chris Wanstrath / GitHub:GitHub founder Tom Preston-Werner resigns after investigation finds errors of judgment but no gender-based harassment  —  Results of the GitHub Investigation  —  Last month, a number of allegations were made against GitHub and some of its employees, including one of its co-founders, Tom Preston-Werner.

FAA Says First Drone Test Site Is Ready for a Whirl

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Drones will soon be flying over North Dakota under the watchful eye of the Federal Aviation Administration to check on soils and crops.

Netflix is going to raise prices for new customers, and come to cable DVRs

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Our latest update on how Netflix is doing has come today with its earnings report for the first quarter, and buried within the company revealed it is finally going to offer service on cable-provided DVRs. The bad news is that, at least at first, it's...

Reinventing the Axe

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Nerval's Lobster (2598977) writes "The axe has been with us for thousands of years, with its design changing very little during that time. After all, how much can you really alter a basic blade-and-handle? Well, Finnish inventor Heikki Karna has tried to change it a whole lot, with a new, oddly-shaped axe that he claims is a whole lot safer because it transfers a percentage of downward force into rotational energy, cutting down on deflections. 'The Vipukirves [as the axe is called] still has a sharpened blade at the end, but it has a projection coming off the side that shifts the center of gravity away from the middle. At the point of impact, the edge is driven into the wood and slows down, but the kinetic energy contained in the 1.9 kilogram axe head continues down and to the side (because of the odd center of gravity),' is how Geek.com describes the design. 'The rotational energy actually pushes the wood apart like a lever.' The question is, will everyone pick up on this new way of doing things?" Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Google Hangouts merges conversations and texts messages from the same sender

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Since Google tacked on SMS messages to its Hangouts app, it has been tweaking the experience to keep convos on the up and up, and this week it's making a major change. In version 2.1 of the software, text messages and Hangout conversations from the...

Gates-backed inBloom winding down after non-profit faces concerns over privacy (Tricia Duryee/GeekWire)

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Tricia Duryee / GeekWire:Gates-backed inBloom winding down after non-profit faces concerns over privacy  —  InBloom, which was backed by $100 million from The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and others, is closing up shop after parents worried that its database technology was violating their children's privacy.

Google Glass now displays your iPhone's text messages

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On the heels of last week's KitKat update, Google Glass nabbed up two more notable improvements today. First, iOS users can now have their text messages displayed on Glass, after a quick toggle of the Bluetooth settings. Here's the catch: "due to...

NYC's 19th-Century Horse Carriages Spawn Weird, Truck-Size Electric Car

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cartechboy (2660665) writes "Led by Tesla, electric cars are all the rage now. And the idea of a nine-passenger all-electric vehicle sounds good--until you learn that it maxes out at 30 mph, weighs almost four tons, and costs in the six figures. What is this monstrosity? It's the Frankenstein creation of a group of animal-rights advocates, who are proposing it as the replacement for New York City's fabled horse carriages--and who paid $450,000 to have a prototype built. Who's against it? Would you believe Liam Neeson and one of NYC's daily papers? The huge electric car--modeled after an early 1900s open touring car, complete with brass lanterns--is on display this week at the New York Auto Show, and it's certainly attracting its share of attention." Read more of this story at Slashdot.
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