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Why analytics is eating the world

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Due to an editing error, the story "Why analytics is eating the world," which ran Monday, misstated the full name of Tibco Software. The third paragraph has been corrected and reads as follows:

USB 3.1 set to reach desktops

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The emerging USB 3.1 standard is set to reach desktops as hardware companies release motherboards with ports that can transfer data two times faster than the previous USB technology.

Facebook turns Messenger into a shopping platform and app store

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Facebook's mission of connecting the world is really about connecting everyone to Facebook, even when you're not actually using the network. At the company's annual F8 conference for app developers, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg introduced new tools that will bring the apps you use, the news articles you read, and even your clothing purchases directly into Facebook.

Ford to put brakes on speeding with new tech

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Ford has announced a new technology that will read speed limit signs and other road restrictions and automatically slow a vehicle.

Facebook extends Parse tools to the Internet of Things

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Facebook is extending its Parse developer tools to the Internet of Things, providing software and services for bringing connectivity to home appliances, fitness trackers and other objects.

U.S. jury says Motorola infringed one Intellectual Ventures patent

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Patent holding company Intellectual Ventures' second crack at holding Motorola Mobility liable for using its technology without permission partially succeeded on Wednesday after a U.S. jury in Delaware found Motorola infringed a patent on multimedia text messaging.

FTC says regrets release of documents on Google probe

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Three U.S. Federal Trade Commission members said on Wednesday they regretted the inadvertent release of part of an agency report about its probe of Google Inc as the company continues to face antitrust scrutiny from European authorities.

United Internet 2014 core profit up by a third on new customers

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FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German internet service provider United Internet said on Wednesday its 2014 core profit had risen by more than a third due to record growth of new customers both organically and through acquisitions.

Samsung's Gear VR makes its retail debut on Friday

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Starting on Friday (or March 27, if you prefer) you'll be able to stroll into one of about a hundred Best Buys and walk out with a Gear VR Innovator Edition to combine with your Galaxy Note 4. This isn't the first time Samsung and Best Buy have tied ...

FTC says regrets release of documents on Google probe

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Three U.S. Federal Trade Commission members said on Wednesday they regretted the inadvertent release of part of an agency report about its probe of Google Inc as the company continues to face antitrust scrutiny from European authorities.

United Internet 2014 core profit up by a third on new customers

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FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German internet service provider United Internet said on Wednesday its 2014 core profit had risen by more than a third due to record growth of new customers both organically and through acquisitions.

David Marcus: Messenger Platform will help Messenger users discover apps, facilitate sharing, won't produce spam (Josh Constine/TechCrunch)

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:David Marcus: Messenger Platform will help Messenger users discover apps, facilitate sharing, won't produce spam  —  Facebook Launches Messenger Platform For Content Tools And Chat With Businesses  —  Today at its F8 conference, Facebook announced its new Messenger Platform that will allow …

Sharp plans to cut employees' pay: Nikkei

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(Reuters) - Struggling Japanese electronics maker Sharp Corp may reduce pay for its managers and other workers in fiscal 2015 to lower costs, the Nikkei reported on Thursday.

First Nuclear Power Plant Planned In Jordan

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jones_supa writes Jordan has signed an agreement with Russia's state-owned nuclear power giant Rosatom, that sets the legal basis for building the kingdom's first nuclear power plant with a total capacity of 2,000 MW. The agreement is worth $10 billion and it envisages the construction of a two-unit power plant at Amra in the north of the kingdom by 2022. The deal provides for a feasibility study, site evaluation process and an environmental impact assessment. Currently Jordan imports nearly 98% of its energy from oil products and crude and is struggling to meet electricity demand, which is growing by more than 7% annually due to a rising population and industrial expansion. The kingdom hopes that eventually nuclear power could provide almost 40% of its total electricity generating capacity. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Uber sets up response teams as safety concerns rise

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(Reuters) - Ride-sharing company Uber said it has formed response teams to address safety issues across the world, amid increasing concerns about the security of its passengers and drivers.

Steven Spielberg will direct the 'Ready Player One' movie

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If you read through Ready Player One and thought its virtual gaming world deserved a first-class movie adaptation, you may just get your wish. Deadline has revealed that Steven Spielberg will direct the big screen version of Ernest Cline's novel for ...

Canadian TV regulator scolds BCE over interference allegations

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TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada's broadcast regulator scolded the country's biggest communications company BCE Inc on Wednesday after a report alleged the head of its Bell Media unit interfered with coverage of a ruling that could prove painful for Bell.

'Broken Age Act 2' drops on April 28th for PC, PS4 and Vita

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Get ready for the curtain call: The second and final act in Double Fine's Kickstarted adventure series Broken Age launches for PC in North America on April 28th (29th in Europe), IGN reports. Plus, the full game -- Acts One and Two -- will hit PlaySt...

Facebook Is Testing Continuous Autoplay for Videos (Kurt Wagner/Re/code)

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Kurt Wagner / Re/code:Facebook Is Testing Continuous Autoplay for Videos  —  Sit back, relax, and enjoy a few hours of ... Facebook videos?  —  The social network is testing a new Netflix-like video feature that automatically plays another video once the one you're currently watching ends.

Delta rocket blasts off from Florida with improved GPS satellite

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla (Reuters) - An unmanned Delta 4 rocket blasted off from Florida on Wednesday to deliver the ninth of 12 next-generation Global Positioning System satellites into orbit.

Dueling Home Automation Systems at SXSW (Video)

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Austin has a strong western heritage and more country and western music than you can shake a fiddle bow at. So when Timothy came back from SXSW with video clips from two home automation companies with different approaches to this question: "How can you work with a whole bunch of lights and thermostats and other IoT home automation pieces that all have different OSes and control APIs?" we obviously had to call the resulting video 'Dueling Home Automation Systems.' The two companies shown in this video are called WigWag and Yonomi. WigWag sells you a "Relay," which they say "is a powerful mini computer that gives you control of your home's smart devices." The minimum pre-order buy-in for WigWag seems to be a $149 WigWag Relay. Their 'products' page his page shows the Relay -- and many other gadgets and kits that could easily run your total tab up to $1000 or more. Yonomi, on the other hand, "resides on your phone and in the Cloud. No need for a hub, controller box or other additional hardware. Yonomi magically finds and enhances your existing connected devices allowing them to interact with one another in ways never before possible." Yonomi may start with a free Android app (iOS coming soon), but you still need to buy lights, speakers, thermostats, and other things that are Internet-aware, so you're not going to save much (if anything) over buying a WigWag relay and the rest of what you need to create your own, private Internet of Things. And what about good old X10 and other[..]

Uber suspends French driver accused of sexual assault

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French news daily Le Parisien reports that Uber has suspended one of its French drivers after his arrest on sexual assault charges. This follows Its UberPop service being banned (again) in Germany, the company's offices in both France and South Korea...

Top tech firms and privacy groups urge Congress to curb NSA surveillance powers ahead of key Patriot Act provisions expiring (Ellen Nakashima/Washington Post)

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Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:Top tech firms and privacy groups urge Congress to curb NSA surveillance powers ahead of key Patriot Act provisions expiring  —  Tech firms and privacy groups press for curbs on NSA surveillance powers  —  The nation's top technology firms and a coalition of privacy groups are urging Congress …

Amazon's On-Demand Services Marketplace Launches Monday (TechCrunch)

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TechCrunch:Amazon's On-Demand Services Marketplace Launches Monday  —  Amazon's Angie's List competitor called “Amazon Local Services” has been rebranded as “Amazon Home Services” ahead of a larger launch happening Monday, sources familiar with the plans tell TechCrunch.

Red Hat's revenue jumps 16 percent as demand rises for cloud software

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(Reuters) - Red Hat Inc , the world's largest commercial distributor of the Linux operating system, reported a 16 percent jump in quarterly revenue, as the company benefits from increasing adoption of open-source software and its cloud-based products.

Jury in Silicon Valley discrimination trial starts deliberations

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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Jurors began deliberating on Wednesday on a high profile lawsuit brought by a former Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers partner who alleges she suffered gender discrimination and retaliation at the storied venture firm.

RadioShack Puts Customer Data Up For Sale In Bankruptcy Auction

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itwbennett writes For years, RadioShack made a habit of collecting customers' contact information at checkout. Now, the bankrupt retailer is putting that data on the auction block. A list of RadioShack assets for sale includes more than 65 million customer names and physical addresses, and 13 million email addresses. Bloomberg reports that the asset sale may include phone numbers and information on shopping habits as well. New York's Attorney General says his office will take 'appropriate action' if the data is handed over. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

'Halo Online' is a free PC game launching only in Russia

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Halo is making a triumphant, if border-blocked, return to PC with Halo Online, a free multiplayer-only game set to launch in Russia this spring. The Russian launch is a closed beta, as Microsoft figures out the best way "to welcome new fans to the Ha...

Gen Con Threatens To Leave Indianapolis Over Religious Freedom Bill

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Grymalkin writes A controversial religious freedom bill has passed the Indianapolis Senate and is now awaiting Governor Mike Pence's signature to become law. Supporters claim that this bill will protect business owners from excessive government control while opponents argue it is just a veiled attempt to allow those same business owners to deny services to individuals because of their sexual orientation. Now, Gen Con has released a statement saying this bill will influence their decision to keep the convention in Indiana. This announcement has tourism officials worried as Gen Con brings in roughly 50,000 visitors each year, contributing $50 million to the local economy. So far Gen Con's announcement has not swayed the Governor who says he is looking forward to signing the bill into law. Gen Con currently has a contract with the Indy Convention Center through 2020. No word yet as to exactly when the convention would be moved should the bill become law. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

U.S. farm groups to press FAA for fewer drone restrictions

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - American farmers want the Federal Aviation Administration to relax proposed regulations on commercial drones so the unmanned aircraft can be used over longer distances at any time of day or night, farm group representatives said on Wednesday.

SpaceX tests the safety rockets for its manned space vehicles

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NASA's Commercial Crew Program is an initiative to get private companies to ferry personnel to-and-from the International Space Station. SpaceX is doing its very best to show that it can do the job, and has successfully tested one of the most importa...

Highlights Of The FTC Staff Report On Google & Antitrust Issues (Barry Schwartz/Marketing Land)

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Barry Schwartz / Marketing Land:Highlights Of The FTC Staff Report On Google & Antitrust Issues  —  We've dug through the report for you and pulled out parts that seem especially interesting.  Come read along!  —  The Wall Street Journal has released the 2012 FTC staff report it received investigating Google on antitrust allegations.

Scientists Create Permanently Slick Surface So Ketchup Won't Stay In Bottle

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HughPickens.com writes Much of what we buy never makes it out of the container and is instead thrown away — up to a quarter of skin lotion, 16 percent of laundry detergent and 15 percent of condiments like mustard and ketchup. Now Kenneth Chang reports at the NYT that scientists have just solved one of life's little problems — how to get that last little bit of ketchup (or glue) out of a bottle. Using a coating that makes the inside of the bottle permanently wet and slippery, glue quickly slides to the nozzle or back down to the bottom. The technology could have major environmental payoffs by reducing waste. Superhydrophobic surfaces work similar to air hockey tables. Tiny peaks and valleys on the surface create a thin layer of air between the liquid and the coating. The air decreases friction, so the liquid almost levitates above the surface, just like the hockey puck floats above the table. LiquiGlide's approach is similar, but it uses a liquid lubricant, not a gas. "What could be a solution that provides sort of universal slipperiness?" says Dr. Varanasi. "The idea we had was, Why not think about trapping a liquid in these features?" Dr. Varanasi and Mr. Smith worked out a theory to predict interactions among the surface, the lubricant and air. Essentially, the lubricant binds more strongly to the textured surface than to the liquid, and that allows the liquid to slide on a layer of lubricant instead of being pinned against the surface, and the textured[..]

Russia will resume space tourism in 2018

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Russia's Roscosmos space agency is in a bind. It makes money ferrying American astronauts to the International Space Station, but it's going to have a lot of unclaimed seats once NASA starts using capsules from Boeing and SpaceX. The solution? It's r...

Facebook Unveils Immersive 360-Degree Video for News Feeds (Cade Metz/Wired)

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Cade Metz / Wired:Facebook Unveils Immersive 360-Degree Video for News Feeds  —  Facebook is testing what it calls spherical videos, part of a new breed of online video you can “move through,” much like a 3D game.  —  Company founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg unveiled the technology on Wednesday morning …

Facebook releases Graph API v2.3 with better video management and real-time updates to Pages, Facebook SDK v4.0 for iOS and Android with native Share buttons (Harshdeep Singh/Facebook Developers)

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Harshdeep Singh / Facebook Developers:Facebook releases Graph API v2.3 with better video management and real-time updates to Pages, Facebook SDK v4.0 for iOS and Android with native Share buttons  —  Introducing an updated Graph API and improved Facebook SDKs for iOS and Android  —  Today, we're excited to announce the launch of the new …

Facebook expands messaging service features

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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc on Wednesday opened up its Messenger service for developers to create apps and for consumers to communicate directly with retailers, in the social media network's latest effort to expand its reach.

Researchers: Smartphone Use Changing Our Brain and Thumb Interaction

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Rambo Tribble writes Researchers from the University of Zurich, ETH Zurich, and University of Fribourg have found evidence that smartphone use changes the way your brain interacts with your thumbs. Using electroencephalography to study brain activity in smartphone users vs. feature-phone users, they found apparently persistent, increased activity in areas of the brain associated with the thumbs. Of course, this may well be true of other repetitive activities, like keyboard use. Reuters provide a bit more approachable coverage. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Facebook expands messaging service features

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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc on Wednesday opened up its Messenger service for developers to create apps and for consumers to communicate directly with retailers, in the social media network's latest effort to expand its reach.

Moneysupermarket founder cancels 6.4 percent stake sale

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LONDON (Reuters) - The founder of British price comparison company Moneysupermarket.com, Simon Nixon, on Wednesday scrapped a plan to sell a stake of up to 6.4 percent in the company, less than a day after announcing it.

How Facebook Messenger Is Getting Cooler

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Facebook Messenger is about to balloon into a full-service hub for chatting up businesses, creating new content and changing the way users shop online.
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