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Apple's iPad roadmap: dual-app viewing mode that may debut at WWDC, with multi-user login support and two 12-inch "iPad Pros" coming in the future (Mark Gurman/9to5Mac)

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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:Apple's iPad roadmap: dual-app viewing mode that may debut at WWDC, with multi-user login support and two 12-inch “iPad Pros” coming in the future  —  Future of iPad: Dual-app viewing mode, then J98/J99 ‘iPad Pros,’ multi-user support  —  Facing slowing growth for the first time since …

Stanford Researcher Finds Little To Love In Would-Be Hacker Marketplace

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An anonymous reader writes: What if there were an Uber for hackers? Well, there is. It's called Hacker's List, and it made the front page of the New York Times this year. Anyone can post or bid on an 'ethical' hacking project. According to new Stanford research, however, the site is a wreck. 'Most requests are unsophisticated and unlawful, very few deals are actually struck, and most completed projects appear to be criminal.' And it gets worse. 'Many users on Hacker's List are trivially identifiable,' with an email address or Facebook account. The research dataset includes thousands of individuals soliciting federal crimes. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

eBay's testing Amazon Prime-like shipping service in Germany

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Amazon Prime offers many benefits to its subscribers, starting with super-fast shipping on web purchases. Not surprisingly, retail competitor eBay must try to match this. Over in Germany, the company has started trialling a program slightly similar t...

Alibaba-backed Baozun's shares seesaw in choppy debut

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(Reuters) - Shares of China's Baozun Inc, in which Alibaba holds a nearly 20 percent stake, traded erratically in their debut on Thursday, sending the e-commerce services company's valuation seesawing.

CareFirst Admits More Than a Million Customer Accounts Were Exposed In Security Breach

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An anonymous reader writes with news, as reported by The Stack, that regional health insurer CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, has confirmed a breach which took place last summer, and may have leaked personal details of as many as 1.1 million of the company's customers: "The Washington D.C.-based firm announced yesterday that the hack had taken place in June last year. CareFirst said that the breach had been a 'sophisticated cyberattack' and that those behind the crime had accessed and potentially stolen sensitive customer data including names, dates of birth, email addresses and ID numbers. All affected members will receive letters of apology, offering two years of free credit monitoring and identity threat protection as compensation, CareFirst said in a statement posted on its website." Free credit monitoring is pretty weak sauce for anyone who actually ends up faced with identity fraud. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

TS Eliot and a tragic childhood in 'Home is Where One Starts'

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You stand on the edge of a strip of asphalt, in the middle of a breezy, weedy, Southern forest. It's nearly sunset and the day's final rays sprawl over hay rolls and a small pond across the road. Behind you, a long trailer home sits in a clearing, pi...

Apple restores iCloud after global disruption hinders services

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Apple says it has resolved a widespread iCloud issue that caused service disruptions for 40 percent of its users -- that comes out to at least 128 million people, based on a company customer count.

How unconscious bias impacts IT recruiting and hiring

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Making recruiting and hiring decisions based on a candidate's height sounds ludicrous, right? And yet, according to research from Timothy A. Judge and Daniel M. Cable, published in the June 2004 issue of Journal of Applied Psychology, there's a perception that height correlates with success. While only 15 percent of American men are taller than six feet, more than 60 percent of corporate CEOs are over six feet tall.

Razer's Firefly is an LED-enabled mousepad--seriously

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It's a well-known fact that the more lights your computer has, the better it runs. Lights on your fans. Lights on your keyboard. Lights on your mouse. Lights on your...mousepad?

Google developing Internet of Things OS called Brillo, designed to run on devices with perhaps as little as 32MB RAM (Amir Efrati/The Information)

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Amir Efrati / The Information:Google developing Internet of Things OS called Brillo, designed to run on devices with perhaps as little as 32MB RAM  —  Google Developing ‘Brillo’ Software for Internet of Things  —  Google wants its software to power any electronic device that connects to the Internet, whether or not it has a digital screen.

Microsoft overhauls Outlook.com with new interface, "Clutter" email filtering, add-ins, improved Skype integration, more; rolls out to test group today (Tom Warren/The Verge)

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Tom Warren / The Verge:Microsoft overhauls Outlook.com with new interface, “Clutter” email filtering, add-ins, improved Skype integration, more; rolls out to test group today  —  Microsoft is overhauling Outlook.com with a new look and features  —  Microsoft is migrating its Outlook.com email service …

Startup makes rhino horns - without rhinos

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After 40 million years, the Sun may be setting for one of the world's largest land animals. Three of the five surviving rhino species are critically endangered, poaching rates are off the charts, and the northern white rhino is down to a single representative.

Take Two Sues BBC Over Drama About GTA Development

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An anonymous reader writes: Take Two Interactive, the parent company of Rockstar Games, is suing the BBC for trademark infringement over its planned "making of GTA" drama, Game Changers. The 90-minute movie was created without the involvement of the studio, which rarely comments on the GTA series' development outside of organised press events. (It is expected that it will draw upon the public conflict between Sam Houser and notorious anti-gaming crank Jack Thompson, via the expose "Jacked" by David Kushner.) After direct negotiations with the BBC failed, Take Two brought suit to "ensure that [their] trademarks are not misused." The details of the suit, Rockstar's objections, and the penalties sought, are not yet known. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Wave Broadband raises $130M to expand gigabit fiber Internet network across West Coast (Taylor Soper/GeekWire)

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Taylor Soper / GeekWire:Wave Broadband raises $130M to expand gigabit fiber Internet network across West Coast … To help expand its growing fiber network, Wave Broadband today announced $130 million in additional funding.  —  The fresh cash comes through a corporate bond led by Deutsche Bank, with participation from Wells Fargo, Sun Trust, and RBC Daniels.

Google Reveals the Problem With Password Security Questions

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Google analyzed hundreds of millions of password security questions and answers and revealed how easy it is for would-be hackers to get into someone else's account.

Thousands of Gallons of Oil Sopped up From California Coast

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7,700 gallons of sticky, stinking oil sopped up so far from pipeline spill on California coast

Dawn Probe Gets Closest Look Yet at Ceres' Mysterious Spots

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NASA's Dawn probe has gotten its closest look yet at the alien lights reflecting from the dwarf planet Ceres.

Failed Launches Cast Shadow Over Russian Space Program

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Rocket failures dent Russian space prestige, threatening role in multi-billion dollar industry

Correction: Gay Marriage-Canvassers Story

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Correction: Gay Marriage-Canvassers story

Next Stop Earth: SpaceX Cargo Capsule Departs Space Station

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Next stop Earth: SpaceX cargo capsule departs space station with big load of experiments

Watch: People Admit to More Than Just Texting While Driving

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People admit to texting, emailing and using Facebook while driving.

Watch: Techbytes: Consumer Reports Releases Smartphone Rankings

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The Samsung Galaxy S5 took the top spot on the list.

Is the Word 'Mormon' Really Trademarked?

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Can the Mormon Church trademark the term "Mormon?" A legal dispute with a small business asks that question.

WhatsApp's Co-founder Is Upset About Apple's New Messaging Features

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In today???s Worldwide Developer Conference, Apple rolled out a few new features for its iMessage app, including audio and video messages, and group messaging capabilities. Not all tech junkies were happy about Apple???s innovation. ??Co-founder of WhatsApp, Jan Koum, tweeted out this message after Apple???s...

Rich, Thriving, Busy: Where Hot Or Not's Co-Founders Are Today

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Before there was Facebook, or YouTube, or Twitter, there was HOTorNOT, the website where (in the words of co-founder James Hong), ???People uploaded their picture for others to rate on a scale of 1 to 10 based on hotness.??? Hong and his partner, Jim Young, once told Newsweek that their inspired idea was born when the two U.C. Berkeley electrical engineers disagreed over the attractiveness of a passing woman. The site they launched in 2000 originally was called ???Am I Hot Or Not.??? But like ???The Facebook,??? its name quickly got pared down to its essence.

Remember Those Embarrassing Myspace Photos? Myspace Does ...

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Remember those terrible photos you posted on Myspace ten years ago? Well, Myspace does ??? and they might send you some to refresh your memory.

Is Air Travel Becoming 'for Rich People' Only?

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Rising costs of airfare may price out travelers in the future.

Photos: Nokia Through The Years

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Microsoft plans to buy Nokia's phone and devices business. Here we look back at some of the best Nokia phones.
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