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UPS Store Computer Breach Put Customer Data at Risk (Mary Schlangenstein/Bloomberg)

(2 days ago)
Mary Schlangenstein / Bloomberg:UPS Store Computer Breach Put Customer Data at Risk  —  United Parcel Service Inc. (UPS) said a breach of computer systems at UPS Store retail outlets may have exposed customers' personal and payment data at some locations this year.  —  Malware was found at 51 locations in 24 states …

Parties for Secret users get you spilling the beans in real life

(2 days ago)
Part of the allure of Secret's app is supposed to be the anonymity; you can confess your innermost thoughts without facing any accusing fingers. However, people are now using Secret as a launching pad for parties where the very point is to confide in...

Internet Invaders: What Is a Troll?

(2 days ago)
Trolls are more than just characters in fairy tales. They've been stirring up trouble in the comments section of many websites.

Scientists Baffled By Unknown Source of Ozone-Depleting Chemical

(2 days ago)
schwit1 writes: Scientists have found that, despite a complete ban since 2007, ozone-depleting chemicals are still being pumped into the atmosphere from some unknown source. "Carbon tetrachloride (CCl4), which was once used in applications such as dry cleaning and as a fire-extinguishing agent, was regulated in 1987 under the Montreal Protocol along with other chlorofluorocarbons that destroy ozone and contribute to the ozone hole over Antarctica. Parties to the Montreal Protocol reported zero new CCl4 emissions between 2007-2012. However, the new research shows worldwide emissions of CCl4 average 39 kilotons (about 43,000 U.S. tons) per year, approximately 30 percent of peak emissions prior to the international treaty going into effect. "We are not supposed to be seeing this at all," said Qing Liang, an atmospheric scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, and lead author of the study published online in the Aug. 18 issue of Geophysical Research Letters, a journal of the American Geophysical Union. "It is now apparent there are either unidentified industrial leakages, large emissions from contaminated sites, or unknown CCl4 sources." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Chain raises $9.5 million to build Bitcoin development platform (Dan Primack/Fortune)

(2 days ago)
Dan Primack / Fortune:Chain raises $9.5 million to build Bitcoin development platform  —  Chain today is launching as a startup that hopes to become the definitive development platform for Bitcoin, whether the ultimate application relates to financial services or to some other sort of decentralized service.

What if your Netflix queue was just a big, virtual room?

(2 days ago)
Sure, we know Oculus VR chief technology officer John Carmack's likes watching movies on the Rift headset from bed when he's sick, but what if you'd rather catch up on Orange is the New Black instead? A recent hackathon at Netflix produced something...

At Home with Tim O'Reilly (Videos 3 and 4 of 6)

(2 days ago)
Today's videos are parts three and four of our casual interview with Tim O'Reilly, founder of O'Reilly Media and one of the most influential open source boosters around. (You supplied the questions. He supplied the answers.) We had a lot more to say about Tim yesterday when we ran parts one and two of our video interview with him. (Today's alternate Video Links: Video 3 ~ Video 4; transcript covers both videos.) Read more of this story at Slashdot.

China's 'bullet screens' combine movies and your snarky texts

(2 days ago)
Movie theater texters here in the US are (rightfully!) viewed as the lowest of the low, but certain spots in China look far more kindly on those cinematic simpletons. Why? Because some of their hastily composed missives actually become part of the...

The Fix for Your Phone Addiction? A Fake Phone

(2 days ago)
There's a low tech way for smart phone addicts who suffer from nomophobia -- the fear of being without their mobile devices -- to cope with being away from their beloved electronics.

IDC: Tablets with cellular voice capabilities are getting traction in Asia Pacific (Natasha Lomas/TechCrunch)

(2 days ago)
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:IDC: Tablets with cellular voice capabilities are getting traction in Asia Pacific  —  Talking On Tablets On The Rise In Asia  —  The phone-sized tablet — aka the phablet — was born in Asia, so it's fitting that the region is now apparently driving a trend for talking on even larger slabs of glass and plastic.

Do Readers Absorb Less On Kindles Than On Paper? Not Necessarily

(2 days ago)
An anonymous reader writes eBooks are great and wonderful, but as The Guardian reports, they might not be as good for readers as paper books. Results from a new study show that test subjects who read a story on a Kindle had trouble recalling the proper order of the plot events. Out of 50 test subjects, half read a 28-page story on the Kindle, while half read the same story on paper. The Kindle group scored about the same on comprehension as the control group, but when they were asked to put the plot points in the proper order, the Kindle group was about twice as likely to get it wrong. So, is this bad news for ebooks? Have we reached the limits of their usefulness? Not necessarily. While there is evidence that enhanced ebooks don't enhance education, an older study from 2012 showed that students who study with an e-textbook on an ebook reader actually scored as well or higher on tests than a control group who did not. While that doesn't prove the newer research wrong, it does suggest that further study is required. What has your experience been with both recall and enjoyment when reading ebooks? Read more of this story at Slashdot.

The Big Picture: NASA's electric plane achieves vertical takeoff

(2 days ago)
While EVs like the Tesla Model S and Renovo Coupe gain steam here on the ground, engineers at NASA's Langley Research Center are taking electric propulsion technology to new heights. What you see above is the GL-10 -- AKA Greased Lightning. This...

HP Reports Earnings: A Nice Beat On Revenue, Profits Are Right In Line (Julie Bort/Business Insider)

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Julie Bort / Business Insider:HP Reports Earnings: A Nice Beat On Revenue, Profits Are Right In Line  —  Hewlett-Packard just reported its third-quarter earnings and we're sifting through them now.  —  It hit $27.6 billion in revenue, a much-needed beat, and hit 89 cents earnings per share, that's right in line.

Tor Browser Security Under Scrutiny

(2 days ago)
msm1267 writes: The keepers of Tor commissioned a study testing the defenses and viability of their Firefox-based browser as a privacy tool. The results (PDF) were a bit eye-opening since the report's recommendations don't favor Firefox as a baseline for Tor, rather Google Chrome. But Tor's handlers concede that budget constraints and Chrome's limitations on proxy support make a switch or a fork impossible. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Hewlett-Packard manages surprise quarterly revenue gain

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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Hewlett-Packard Co posted a surprise increase in quarterly revenue, as it works through an internal overhaul aimed at cutting costs and re-orienting the sprawling computing company.

Google sees over 1 million daily takedown requests for pirate links

(2 days ago)
While sites like The Pirate Bay are busy improving the experience for the torrent-loving crowd, Google's facing the task of processing an extreme amount of removal request for pirate links. According to a recent transparency report on the matter,...

Verizon Says It Has No Plans for Another App Store (Ina Fried/Re/code)

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Ina Fried / Re/code:Verizon Says It Has No Plans for Another App Store  —  Verizon threw cold water Wednesday on a report that it was in talks to set up another app store.  —  The Information reported that Verizon was talking with would-be partners about a marketplace designed to rival the Google Play storefront.

MLB hopes to ease blackouts on streaming local games

(2 days ago)
With MLB.tv, Major League Baseball's subscription-based streaming option, your local team's home games are blacked out due to TV and/or cable deals. That could change as early as next season though, as Bob Bowman, the league's head of Advanced Media,...

PernixData rakes in $35M to help companies virtualize their storage (Jonathan Vanian/Gigaom)

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Jonathan Vanian / Gigaom:PernixData rakes in $35M to help companies virtualize their storage  —  The startup's take on software-defined storage allows users to partition high-speed storage into individual clusters that virtual machines can take advantage of.  —  PernixData, a startup that aims to boost the performance …

How Michael Gregoire plans to put CA back on track

(2 days ago)
The second paragraph of the story "How Michael Gregoire plans to put CA back on track," posted Tuesday, contained an incorrect year for when Gregoire assumed the role of CEO. The correct year is 2013. That paragraph has been corrected on the wire and now reads:

YouTube music might be a win for other Google services

(2 days ago)
Due to a reporting error, the 11th paragraph of the story, "YouTube music might be a win for other Google services," posted Tuesday, incorrectly attributed an analyst quote. The quote should be attributed to Michael Inouye.

Hands on: Google Photo Sphere Camera for iOS

(2 days ago)
Google's Street View software and now-infamous bubble trucks are nifty, but old hat when it comes to virtual mapping. The newest craze: mapping nifty spots on the globe yourself. The company created its 360-degree Photo Spheres panorama option back in October 2012 for stock Android phones; since then, it's earned a place within the Google Play store and as of Tuesday, a spot on iOS. Naturally, we had to take Google's new Photo Sphere Camera app for a spin; here are some early thoughts.

Moving toward smart and secure continuous software delivery

(2 days ago)
It's no surprise that security and application development teams often find themselves locking horns. One wants applications and new features to roll out -- and swiftly -- and the other is often more concerned with keeping systems and data snug. At some organizations, as they embrace more agile development and continuous integration/delivery methods, the tension runs even higher.

Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

(2 days ago)
darthcamaro writes: Linux has clawed its way into lots of places these days. But at the LinuxCon conference in Chicago today Linus Torvalds was asked where Linux should go next. Torvalds didn't hesitate with his reply. "I still want the desktop," Torvalds said, as the audience erupted into boisterous applause. Torvalds doesn't see the desktop as being a kernel problem at this point, either, but rather one about infrastructure. While not ready to declare a "Year of the Linux Desktop" he still expects that to happen — one day. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Infineon agrees to buy Int'l Rectifier for $3 billion in cash (Reuters)

(2 days ago)
Reuters:Infineon agrees to buy Int'l Rectifier for $3 billion in cash  —  (Reuters) - Merger-shy German chipmaker Infineon has agreed to buy Silicon Valley-based International Rectifier for about $3 billion in cash, Infineon said on Wednesday, in its biggest-ever acquisition.

FBI warns healthcare companies they are targeted by hackers

(2 days ago)
BOSTON (Reuters) - The FBI has warned that healthcare industry companies are being targeted by hackers, publicizing the issue following an attack on U.S. hospital group Community Health Systems Inc that resulted in the theft of millions of patient records.

Watch two fish duke it out in 'Street Fighter' on a live internet stream

(2 days ago)
The bar has been raised for fish-controlled video games. Not content with the solo action of Fish Plays Pokemon, Andrew Hill has launched FishPlayStreetFighter, a Twitch stream that lets you watch two fish (Aquarius and Robert the Bruce) square off...

YouTube music might be a win for other Google services

(2 days ago)
Due to a reporting error, the 11th paragraph of the story, "YouTube music might be a win for other Google services," posted Tuesday, incorrectly attributed an analyst quote. The quote should be attributed to Michael Inouye.

How Michael Gregoire plans to put CA back on track

(2 days ago)
The second paragraph of the story "How Michael Gregoire plans to put CA back on track," posted Tuesday, contained an incorrect year for when Gregoire assumed the role of CEO. The correct year is 2013. That paragraph has been corrected on the wire and now reads:

Skype chat notifications will now only hit the device you're using

(2 days ago)
Chances are you have a smartphone, tablet and computer combo, so it could get pretty annoying to get pinged simultaneously on those devices when you're exchanging messages with someone. Skype and iMessage both do this, but now the Microsoft-owned...

Amazon.com Coming to Shanghai's Free-Trade Zone (Laurie Burkitt/Wall Street Journal)

(2 days ago)
Laurie Burkitt / Wall Street Journal:Amazon.com Coming to Shanghai's Free-Trade Zone  —  Move Would Allow Retailer to Sell More Merchandise From Abroad Within China  —  BEIJING— Amazon.com Inc. said it plans to set up operations in Shanghai's new free-trade zone, a major move that will allow it to sell more merchandise …

Researchers Find Security Flaws In Backscatter X-ray Scanners

(2 days ago)
An anonymous reader writes: Researchers from UC San Diego, University of Michigan, and Johns Hopkins say they've found security vulnerabilities in full-body backscatter X-ray machines deployed to U.S. airports between 2009 and 2013. In lab tests, the researchers were able to conceal firearms and plastic explosive simulants from the Rapiscan Secure 1000 scanner, plus modify the scanner software so it presents an "all-clear" image to the operator even when contraband was detected. "Frankly, we were shocked by what we found," said lead researcher J. Alex Halderman. "A clever attacker can smuggle contraband past the machines using surprisingly low-tech techniques." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Social Web tackles the #IceBucketChallenge

(2 days ago)
Let's face it -- it doesn't take much to convince us to do ridiculous things, document them and share them on the Internet.

Woman wins math's highest honor

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For the first time in history, a woman has received the highest honor in mathematics, often nicknamed the Nobel Prize of mathematics.

Satellites fighting crime from space

(2 days ago)
As technology improves, and image resolution increases to unprecedented levels, satellite-based surveillance is set to transform law enforcement.

NFL wants artists to pay to play the Super Bowl Halftime Show

(2 days ago)
Being selected to play the Super Bowl Halftime Show is a huge deal -- there's no doubt about that. But this year, the NFL is asking potential acts for the 2015 installment to fork over a share of their post-game tour profits. According to The Wall...

Hands-on with the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook: the same Samsung hardware with deep Nook integration (Terrence O'Brien/Engadget)

(2 days ago)
Terrence O'Brien / Engadget:Hands-on with the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook: the same Samsung hardware with deep Nook integration  —  Hands-on with the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook  —  The Nook tablets were seriously under appreciated.  And while Samsung certainly makes some nice devices, there's something a little sad about seeing …

How Michael Gregoire plans to put CA back on track

(2 days ago)
The second paragraph of the story "How Michael Gregoire plans to put CA back on track," posted Tuesday, contained an incorrect year for when Gregoire assumed the role of CEO. The correct year is 2013. That paragraph has been corrected on the wire and now reads:

YouTube music might be a win for other Google services

(2 days ago)
Due to a reporting error, the 11th paragraph of the story, "YouTube music might be a win for other Google services," posted Tuesday, incorrectly attributed an analyst quote. The quote should be attributed to Michael Inouye.

Parallels Desktop 10 brings Yosemite support, better Windows-Mac integration

(2 days ago)
We're all Mac users here, but every once in a while--much as we might hate to admit it--we need to run the odd Windows app. Not only will the latest version of Parallels Desktop, announced on Wednesday, continue to handle that kind of task, but it also brings a host of new features, including increased performance, better integration between guest and host OSes, and support for the forthcoming release of OS X Yosemite.

YouTube music might be a win for other Google services

(2 days ago)
Due to a reporting error, the 11th paragraph of the story, "YouTube music might be a win for other Google services," posted Tuesday, incorrectly attributed an analyst quote. The quote should be attributed to Michael Inouye.

How Michael Gregoire plans to put CA back on track

(2 days ago)
The second paragraph of the story "How Michael Gregoire plans to put CA back on track," posted Tuesday, contained an incorrect year for when Gregoire assumed the role of CEO. The correct year is 2013. That paragraph has been corrected on the wire and now reads:

R programming language gaining ground on traditional statistics packages

(2 days ago)
The R programming language is quickly gaining popular ground against the traditional statistics packages such as SPSS, SAS and MATLAB, at least according to one data statistician who teaches the language.

NFL Now is finally available on Apple TV

(2 days ago)
We knew that the National Football League's brand new online network would eventually come to the Apple TV. And now it's here. After not being a part of the NFL Now device lineup on launch day, Apple's streaming box is finally adding the video...
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