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Xbox One's newest Kinect game is a comic-book styled murder mystery

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Lets say you're already burned out on Destiny and are looking for something a bit, well, different than what the Xbox One currently has on offer. That might just mean that D4 (short for Dark Dreams Don't Die), the latest game from the creator of...

Ericsson gives up on modem business, with 1,000 jobs set to go (David Meyer/Gigaom)

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David Meyer / Gigaom:Ericsson gives up on modem business, with 1,000 jobs set to go  —  Qualcomm dominates the thin modem market and now Ericsson, like Broadcom before it, is pulling out.  Around a third of the employees in that unit will be reallocated to radio network R&D.  —  Ericsson is giving …

NASA tech finds disaster survivors

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Each time your heart beats, your entire body moves -- even if you're unconscious and pinned under a pile of rubble.

Kinnevik CEO sees little risk of tech bubble ahead of Zalando, Rocket floats

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STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Painful memories of the Internet bubble bursting more than a decade ago are likely to cut the risk that tech stocks get too frothy, as newcomers Zalando and Rocket Internet prepare to make market debuts, the head of Sweden's Kinnevik said.

EU regulators agree on guidelines for 'right to be forgotten' complaints

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BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European regulators have agreed on criteria for judging appeals for the "right to be forgotten", taking into account public profiles or crime for example, when search engines such as Google turn down requests to have information deleted from search results.

Oracle's Larry Ellison Stepping Down as CEO

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Oracle said Larry Ellison, its co-founder and longtime CEO, will be stepping down, effective immediately to be replaced by Mark Hurd and Safra Catz.

CloudFlare CEO shares details on how encrypted sessions work with Keyless SSL (Sean Gallagher/Ars Technica)

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Sean Gallagher / Ars Technica:CloudFlare CEO shares details on how encrypted sessions work with Keyless SSL  —  In-depth: How CloudFlare promises SSL security—without the key  —  CloudFlare has developed a way to separate SSL from private crypto keys, making it easier for companies to use the cloud to protect their networks.

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison Steps Down

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mrspoonsi writes Oracle founder Larry Ellison is stepping down as CEO. He will be replaced by two executives. Former Oracle presidents Safra Catz and Mark Hurd will be co-CEOs. Ellison will be the Executive Chairman of Oracle's Board, and the company's CTO. Oracle's shares are off by 3% on the news. "Larry has made it very clear that he wants to keep working full time and focus his energy on product engineering, technology development and strategy," said the Oracle Board's Presiding Director, Dr. Michael Boskin. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Oracle's Ellison steps aside, co-CEOs Catz and Hurd take over

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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Oracle Corp's longstanding Chief Executive Larry Ellison stepped down on Thursday, to be replaced by co-CEOs Safra Catz and Mark Hurd, as the business software company looks to modernize and fend off fast-moving cloud-based rivals.

San Francisco drag queens meet with Facebook over name policy

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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - San Francisco drag queens and a city lawmaker met with Facebook on Wednesday demanding the site change its policy banning users from using aliases online, but said they were rebuffed.

Siemens recalls smoke detector fire alarms that can fail to sound

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Siemens Building Technologies is recalling about 9,000 smoke detector fire alarms because they can fail to sound, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said on Thursday.

Microsoft calls on U.S. FCC to approve AT&T's bid for DirecTV

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp urged the Federal Communications Commission to approve AT&T's Inc $48.5 billion bid for DirecTV, saying in a filing that the acquisition is crucial to expanding Americans' access to the internet.

Larry Ellison steps aside as Oracle CEO, former HP exec Mark Hurd promoted

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Usually the only time we talk about Oracle is in relation to its battle with Google over Java and the use of its APIs in Android, but not today. Co-founder Larry Ellison is stepping down from the post of CEO, and moving to a new post as Executive...

Do Something About Those Superbugs, President Obama Orders

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President Barack Obama issued an executive order Thursday telling his administration to hurry up and do something about drug-resistant bacteria.

Larry Ellison steps down as Oracle CEO, appointed CTO; Mark Hurd and Safra Katz now co-CEO (Bloomberg)

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Bloomberg:Larry Ellison steps down as Oracle CEO, appointed CTO; Mark Hurd and Safra Katz now co-CEO  —  Oracle's Ellison Steps Down as CEO, Replaced by Hurd and Catz  —  Oracle Corp.'s Larry Ellison stepped down as chief executive officer of the software maker he founded, making way for a new generation …

Once Vehicles Are Connected To the Internet of Things, Who Guards Your Privacy?

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Lucas123 (935744) writes Carmakers already remotely collect data from their vehicles, unbeknownst to most drivers, but once connected via in-car routers or mobile devices to the Internet, and to roadway infrastructure and other vehicles around them, that information would be accessible by the government or other undesired entities. Location data, which is routinely collected by GPS providers and makers of telematics systems, is among the most sensitive pieces of information that can be collected, according to Nate Cardozo, an attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation. "Not having knowledge that a third party is collecting that data on us and with whom they are sharing that data with is extremely troubling," Cardozo said. in-vehicle diagnostics data could also be used by government agencies to track driver behavior. Nightmare scenarios could include traffic violations being issued without law enforcement officers on the scene or federal agencies having the ability to track your every move in a car. That there could be useful data in all that personally identifiable bits made me think of Peter Wayner's "Translucent Databases." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

iOS 8 Adoption Off To A Slower Start Than iOS 7, Say Multiple Usage Trackers (Darrell Etherington/TechCrunch)

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Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:iOS 8 Adoption Off To A Slower Start Than iOS 7, Say Multiple Usage Trackers  —  The iOS 8 installation spike is high, but lower than it was for iOS 7 last year, according to numbers from a variety of mobile OS usage monitoring platforms.  Chitika, Tapjoy, Mixpanel and Appsee all show adoption numbers that …

Tech giants team up to build friendlier security tools

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If there's one overarching, fundamental truth about the internet, it's that you're never as safe as you think you are. Dropbox, Google and the Open Technology Fund get that all too well -- that's why they (along with a slew of security researchers)...

Microsoft's next version of Office includes a Clippy-like helper and a very dark theme (Tom Warren/The Verge)

(3 days ago)
Tom Warren / The Verge:Microsoft's next version of Office includes a Clippy-like helper and a very dark theme  —  Microsoft is busy preparing a “Windows Technical Preview” for later this month, but the software maker is also privately testing an “Office Technical Preview” for the next version of its popular Office suite.

New Study Projects World Population of 11B by 2100

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vinces99 (2792707) writes Using modern statistical tools, a new study led by the University of Washington and the United Nations finds that world population is likely to keep growing throughout the 21st century. The number of people on Earth is likely to reach 11 billion by 2100, the study concludes, about 2 billion higher than widely cited previous estimates. The paper published online Sept. 18 in the journal Science includes the most up-to-date numbers for future world population, and describes a new method for creating such estimates. "The consensus over the past 20 years or so was that world population, which is currently around 7 billion, would go up to 9 billion and level off or probably decline," said corresponding author Adrian Raftery, a UW professor of statistics and of sociology. ... The paper explains the most recent United Nations population data released in July. This is the first U.N. population report to use modern statistics, known as Bayesian statistics, that combines all available information to generate better predictions. Most of the anticipated growth is in Africa, where population is projected to quadruple from around 1 billion today to 4 billion by the end of the century. The main reason is that birth rates in sub-Saharan Africa have not been going down as fast as had been expected. There is an 80 percent chance that the population in Africa at the end of the century will be between 3.5 billion and 5.1 billion people. Read more of this story at[..]

After $2M In Pre-Orders, Osmo Starts Shipping Its Hardware-Based iPad Game For Kids, Rolls Out Customization Features (Sarah Perez/TechCrunch)

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:After $2M In Pre-Orders, Osmo Starts Shipping Its Hardware-Based iPad Game For Kids, Rolls Out Customization Features  —  Osmo, the gaming device from former Googlers that combines real world play and the iPad, is now shipping after receiving $2 million in pre-orders, including those from over 2,000 schools.

Institutionals to get lion's share of Alibaba spoils

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(Reuters) - Big institutional investors like Blackrock will likely get the bulk of roughly $22 billion worth of Alibaba Group Holdings shares being sold in an initial public offering set to price later on Thursday, people familiar with the situation said.

Misfit's new activity tracker is a cheaper, plastic version of its first

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This week, Misfit announced its second wearable activity tracker... or did it? It's called the Flash, and essentially, it's a clone of a product the company already makes: the Shine. Both are small tokens capable of recording steps and sleep, as well...

The 2014 Ig Nobel Prizes Will Be Awarded Tonight

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alphadogg (971356) writes At Harvard University's Sanders Theater this evening, a collection of the most off-the-wall, bizarre and lurid scientific efforts of the past year will be dubiously honored with an Ig Nobel Prize. The Ig Nobels are awarded annually by Improbable Research, an organization devoted to scientific education that publishes the Annals of Improbable Research magazine six times a year. Past honorees have included:*A study about homosexual necrophilia in ducks; Competitive analysis of breakfast cereal sogginess; The discovery that dung beetles can navigate using the Milky Way galaxy. The ceremony begins at 6 p.m. EST, and can be viewed online for free here. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Toshiba cuts 900 jobs amid PC business restructuring (Zack Whittaker/ZDNet)

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Zack Whittaker / ZDNet:Toshiba cuts 900 jobs amid PC business restructuring  —  Summary: The Japanese PC maker will leave the business-to-consumer business in order to refocus its efforts in the enterprise market.  —  Toshiba will cut 900 jobs globally as it restructures its PC business, the company announced.

Toshiba scaling down its consumer PC business (Adi Robertson/The Verge)

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Adi Robertson / The Verge:Toshiba scaling down its consumer PC business  —  Electronics company Toshiba sees less of a future in traditional PCs than it once did.  Earlier today, the company said it plans to restructure and focus on the business market, where it could count on more steady sales.

Toshiba says to cut 900 jobs in PC restructuring (Teppei Kasai/Reuters)

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Teppei Kasai / Reuters:Toshiba says to cut 900 jobs in PC restructuring  —  A visitor looks at a display of Japan's Toshiba company during the IFA Electronics show in Berlin September 4, 2014.  —  (Reuters) - Japan's Toshiba Corp (6502.T) said it would cut 900 jobs in a restructuring of its PC business that will include …

Toshiba slashes struggling PC division to focus on business (Tim Hornyak/PC World)

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Tim Hornyak / PC World:Toshiba slashes struggling PC division to focus on business  —  In another sign of the decline of the PC, Toshiba is cutting its PC workforce by about 900 people and sales bases by more than half.  —  The manufacturer said Thursday it will step up restructuring of its struggling consumer PC operations …

Toshiba Restructures PC Business (Wall Street Journal)

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Wall Street Journal:Toshiba Restructures PC Business  —  Toshiba said it would accelerate the restructuring of its PC business to focus on the business-to-business field and would withdraw from certain consumer markets.

Uber's financing program connects auto lenders and drivers who want to purchase cars (Adam Lashinsky/Fortune)

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Adam Lashinsky / Fortune:Uber's financing program connects auto lenders and drivers who want to purchase cars  —  Uber banks on world domination  —  The story line about Uber these days usually involves a fight: Uber scuffling with German regulators, who banned one of its car services nationwide …

Facebook to place posts about trending topics, posts with fresh engagement higher in News Feed (Erich Owens/Facebook)

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Erich Owens / Facebook:Facebook to place posts about trending topics, posts with fresh engagement higher in News Feed  —  News Feed FYI: Showing More Timely Stories from Friends and Pages  —  Our goal with News Feed is to show everyone the right content at the right time so they don't miss the stories that are important to them.

Microsoft lays off 2,100 as part of earlier job cut plan

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SEATTLE (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp made a second round of layoffs on Thursday, moving towards its target of cutting 18,000 staff, or about 14 percent of its workforce, as Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella tries to slim down the giant software company.

Anki Drive's robotic race cars will play nice with Android starting in October

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Ever since Anki Drive -- a toy car racing system powered by artificial intelligence and machine learning -- made a big splash at Apple's WWDC 2013 keynote, it's been iOS-only. That ends next month, however, as Anki Drive is finally coming to Android...

Aubrey Plaza will voice Grumpy Cat in Lifetime's holiday movie

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Grumpy Cat, as you probably have heard by now, is set to star in it's own motion picture. Worse yet, it's going to be a made-for-TV holiday film on Lifetime. But, before you put your plant to sabotage the production into action (I'm confident your...

Apple's "warrant canary" disappears, suggesting new Patriot Act demands (Jeff John Roberts/Gigaom)

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Jeff John Roberts / Gigaom:Apple's “warrant canary” disappears, suggesting new Patriot Act demands  —  Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request.  That language is now gone.  —  When Apple published its first Transparency Report …

Big institutions no guarantee of stability for Alibaba IPO

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - When Alibaba Group Holding Ltd begins trading on Friday the shares may not be able to avoid the kind of volatility typically seen in trading of eagerly anticipated IPOs, even as the bulk of the shares sold are expected to reside with 25 to 50 behemoth institutions.

Microsoft cuts 2,100 jobs in its latest round of layoffs

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The new, Nadella-controlled Microsoft is already around 13,000 employees lighter than it used to be, and that number is only getting bigger. To wit: The company just confirmed to ZDNet another wave of layoffs that'll see 2,100 more employees let go...

Airbnb CFO Andrew Swain has left the company - or so his email ... (Sarah Perez/TechCrunch)

(3 days ago)
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:Airbnb CFO Andrew Swain has left the company - or so his email auto-responder states, sources told TechCrunch.  We quickly tested those claims for ourselves, and sure enough, it's true.  “Email Not Received,” the subject line of Swain's auto-responder reads.  “Andrew Swain has recently left the company.

Ask Slashdot: How To Pick Up Astronomy and Physics As an Adult?

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First time accepted submitter samalex01 (1290786) writes "I'm 38, married, two young kids, and I have a nice job in the IT industry, but since I was a kid I've had this deep love and passion for astronomy and astrophysics. This love and passion though never evolved into any formal education or anything beyond just a distant fascination as I got out of high school, into college, and started going through life on more of an IT career path. So my question, now that I'm 38 is there any hope that I could start learning more about astronomy or physics to make it more than just a hobby? I don't expect to be a Carl Sagan or Neil deGrasse Tyson, but I'd love to have enough knowledge in these subjects to research and experiment to the point where I could possibly start contributing back to the field. MIT Open Courseware has some online courses for free that cover these topics, but given I can only spend maybe 10 hours a week on this would it be a pointless venture? Not to mention my mind isn't as sharp now as it was 20 years ago when I graduated high school. Thanks for any advice or suggestions." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

iOS 8 Keyboards Climb to Top of App Store Charts (Kelly Hodgkins/MacRumors)

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Kelly Hodgkins / MacRumors:iOS 8 Keyboards Climb to Top of App Store Charts  —  With yesterday's launch of iOS 8, devices running the new operating system are now able to install third-party keyboards that work on a systemwide basis.  Most of the major keyboard makers were ready for the launch, introducing iOS 8 versions …

Retro? Modern? This home-brew NES game is both

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Retro gaming projects on Kickstarter are pretty common, but here's one that's a bit different: a game cartridge that, when plugged into the original Nintendo Entertainment System, plays an 8-bit game, and when plugged into a Mac or PC (via USB) plays...

'Airbnb For Home-Cooked Meals' Startup EatWith Raises $8 Million From Greylock (Ryan Lawler/TechCrunch)

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Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:‘Airbnb For Home-Cooked Meals’ Startup EatWith Raises $8 Million From Greylock  —  Since 2007, Airbnb has opened up new opportunities for its hosts to meet new people and make money by renting out parts of their homes they weren't using.  In that same vein, a startup called EatWith wants …

Alibaba cash could fund small spending spree at Yahoo

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SAN FRANCISCO/BOSTON (Reuters) - Alibaba Group Holding Ltd’s upcoming public offering will give Yahoo Inc billions of dollars for a potential shopping spree that investors hope will jumpstart its comeback.
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