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Yahoo reaches deal with activist Starboard adding 4 people to board, including Starboard CEO (Ingrid Lunden/TechCrunch)

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:Yahoo reaches deal with activist Starboard adding 4 people to board, including Starboard CEO  —  As Yahoo continues to weigh up acquisition offers, the company has announced that it's reached a deal with activist investor Starboard, which had written one of its famous letters …

Report: Comcast In Talks To Buy DreamWorks For $3 Billion

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An anonymous reader quotes a report from USA Today: Comcast is in talks to buy DreamWorks Animation in a multi-billion-dollar deal, The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg are reporting. The cost of the deal would be more than $3 billion, according to both news organizations, citing unnamed sources. Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO of DreamWorks Animation, has been searching for a buyer for the company, which has a current market value of $2.3 billion. DreamWorks is based in Glendale, Calif., and was founded in 1994 by Katzenberg, filmmaker Steven Spielberg and movie and music executive David Geffen. The animation unit was spun off in 2004. Philadelphia-based Comcast has two primary businesses, Comcast Cable and NBCUniversal. Comcast also owns Universal Parks and Resorts. Comcast already owns an animation studio, Illumination Entertainment, known for its work on the Despicable Me and Minions movies. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

U.S. keeps China, India on intellectual property shame list

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration on Wednesday kept China, Russia and India on its annual list of countries with the worst records of preventing the theft of intellectual property and cited Switzerland for failing to curb online copyright infringements.

Akamai's revenue beat estimates on higher cloud service demand

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(Reuters) - Akamai Technologies Inc, a provider of services that speed up delivery of content over the internet, reported better-than-expected quarterly revenue and profit, helped by higher demand for its cloud security services.

Smarthome company Vivint raises $100M co-led by Peter Thiel and Solamere Capital (Matt Weinberger/Business Insider)

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Matt Weinberger / Business Insider:Smarthome company Vivint raises $100M co-led by Peter Thiel and Solamere Capital  —  Peter Thiel and Mitt Romney invested $100 million in a company that wants to be the Apple of smart homes  —  See Also  —  Vivint, a smarthome company based out of Provo, Utah, has raised its first-ever round …

Spacecraft finds bright craters on Ceres

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Ceres, the dwarf planet that lies between Jupiter and Mars, has some shiny features.

Nintendo sees smartphone games, new console pushing up FY profit

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TOKYO/OSAKA (Reuters) - Japan's Nintendo Co Ltd said on Wednesday it expects operating profit to rise 36.9 percent in the year through March 2017, as the videogame maker plans to release more smartphone games as well as its next-generation game console.

Germany to offer 1 billion euro electric-car incentives

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BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany will offer incentives for buyers of electric cars worth about 1 billion euros ($1.13 billion) to stoke consumer interest in battery cars as it struggles to meet a target of bringing 1 million of them on to its roads by the end of the decade.

German nuclear plant infected with computer viruses, operator says

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FRANKFURT (Reuters) - A nuclear power plant in Germany has been found to be infected with computer viruses, but they appear not to have posed a threat to the facility's operations because it is isolated from the Internet, the station's operator said on Tuesday.

Thai Delta Electronics puts acquisition plans on hold

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BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai electronic part maker Delta Electronics Thailand Pcl said on Wednesday it has put acquisition plans on hold to concentrate on expansion existing operations in high-growth markets in India and Slovakia.

From 2017, all new mobile phones in India will have a panic button for women's safety (Sonam Joshi/Mashable)

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Sonam Joshi / Mashable:From 2017, all new mobile phones in India will have a panic button for women's safety  —  In order to provide emergency assistance to women, all new mobile phones sold in India will need to have a panic button that enables users to make emergency calls from 2017.

A Complete Guide To The New 'Crypto Wars'

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blottsie writes: The latest debate over encryption did not begin with a court order demanding Apple help the FBI unlock a dead terrorist's iPhone. The new "Crypto Wars," chronicled in a comprehensive timeline by Eric Geller of the Daily Dot, dates back to at least 2003, with the introduction of "Patriot Act II." The battle over privacy and personal security versus crime-fighting and national security has, however, become a mainstream debate in recent months. The timeline covers a wide-range of incidents where the U.S. and other allied governments have tried to restrict citizens' access to strong encryption. The timeline ends with the director of national intelligence blaming NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden for advancing the spread of user-friendly, widely available strong encryption. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Apple upbeat on iPhone SE demand but some Asian retailers, suppliers less cheery

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HONG KONG (Reuters) - After announcing its first-ever drop in iPhone sales on Tuesday, Apple Inc sought to reassure investors by saying its latest and cheapest model was in strong demand after being launched in late March. Some retailers and suppliers in Asia aren't so sure.

A Majority Of Millennials Now Reject Capitalism, Poll Shows

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A new poll shows that a majority of young people do not support capitalism. The study was conducted by Harvard University, which polled young adults ages 18-29. It found that 51 percent of those polled rejected capitalism, that is to say, they did not support it. Only 42 percent said they support capitalism -- there was a margin of error of 2.4 percentage points. When asked what alternative system they would prefer, there wasn't a clear winner. Just 33 percent said they supported socialism. When talking about politics or economics, it can get complicated and the poll does little to shed light on what parts of capitalism young people dislike or what parts of socialism young people like. It does appear to suggest young people are frustrated with the status quo and are more focused on the flaws of free markets. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Buildings that are smarter by design

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A truly smart building is one that has taken account of how humans will use and feel about it and there is technology and design that can help that.

Dyson unveils 'quieter' £299 hairdryer

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Engineering firm Dyson reveals its first personal care product - a hairdryer that it says is less damaging to hair than a conventional machine.

Twitter shares plunge on weak earnings

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Twitter's latest earnings results have disappointed investors, coming in below expectations as the firm struggles with weak growth in users and advertising.

As iPhone sales slump, Apple bets on services from apps to music

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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc's first-ever drop in quarterly iPhone sales has spurred Chief Executive Tim Cook to turn the spotlight on prospects for its services business, but the field is rife with competition and may prove challenging for a brand based on gadgets.

As iPhone sales slump, Apple bets on services from apps to music

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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc's first-ever drop in quarterly iPhone sales has spurred Chief Executive Tim Cook to turn the spotlight on prospects for its services business, but the field is rife with competition and may prove challenging for a brand based on gadgets.

Intel CEO outlines new strategy: focus on connected things like PC and IoT, cloud, new memory business like 3D XPoint, 5G, manufacturing and fab innovation (Mark Hachman/PCWorld)

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Mark Hachman / PCWorld:Intel CEO outlines new strategy: focus on connected things like PC and IoT, cloud, new memory business like 3D XPoint, 5G, manufacturing and fab innovation  —  Intel declares independence from the PC as it lays out a broader 5-point strategy  —  The PC's just another ‘connected thing’ in this new world order.

Millions Of Waze Users Can Have Their Movements Tracked By Hackers

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An anonymous reader quotes a report from Fusion: Researchers at the University of California-Santa Barbara recently discovered a Waze vulnerability that allowed them to create thousands of "ghost drivers" that can monitor the drivers around them -- an exploit that could be used to track Waze users in real-time. Here's how the exploit works. Waze's servers communicate with phones using an SSL encrypted connection, a security precaution meant to ensure that Waze's computers are really talking to a Waze app on someone's smartphone. Zhao and his graduate students discovered they could intercept that communication by getting the phone to accept their own computer as a go-between in the connection. Once in between the phone and the Waze servers, they could reverse-engineer the Waze protocol, learning the language that the Waze app uses to talk to Waze's back-end app servers. With that knowledge in hand, the team was able to write a program that issued commands directly to Waze servers, allowing the researchers to populate the Waze system with thousands of "ghost cars" -- cars that could cause a fake traffic jam or, because Waze is a social app where drivers broadcast their locations, monitor all the drivers around them. You can read the full paper detailing the researchers' findings here. Is there a solution to not being tracked? Yes. If you're a Waze user, you can set the app to invisible mode. However, Waze turns off invisible mode every time you restart the app so beware.[..]

Apple says it received its first FBI tip via Vulnerability Equities Process on April 14; vulnerability already fixed on iOS9 and El Capitan (Joseph Menn/Reuters)

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Joseph Menn / Reuters:Apple says it received its first FBI tip via Vulnerability Equities Process on April 14; vulnerability already fixed on iOS9 and El Capitan  —  Apple says FBI gave it first vulnerability tip on April 14  —  The FBI informed Apple Inc of a vulnerability in its iPhone and Mac software on April 14 …

Comcast in Talks to Buy DreamWorks Animation for More Than $3 Billion (Wall Street Journal)

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Wall Street Journal:Comcast in Talks to Buy DreamWorks Animation for More Than $3 Billion  —  Deal would join DreamWorks with Comcast's Universal Pictures  —  Comcast Corp. is in talks to buy DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. for more than $3 billion, according to people familiar with the matter.

None of the changes Twitter made over the past year have broadened the appeal of the core service (Casey Newton/The Verge)

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Casey Newton / The Verge:None of the changes Twitter made over the past year have broadened the appeal of the core service  —  Nothing Twitter is doing is working  —  Twitter reported its first-quarter earnings today, and they came in under expectations: the company's haul of $595 million was less than the $607.8 million …

2016 Hugo Awards Shortlist Dominated By Rightwing Campaign

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Dave Knott quotes a report from The Guardian: The annual Hugo awards for the best science fiction of the year have once again been riven by controversy, as a concerted campaign by a conservative lobby has dominated the ballot. The Sad Puppies and Rabid Puppies movements, which both separately campaign against a perceived bias towards liberal and leftwing science-fiction and fantasy authors, have managed to get the majority of their preferred nominations on to the final ballot, announced today. Since 2013, the Puppies factions have posted recommendations of works to combat the Hugo tendency to reward works that leaders of the movement deem "niche, academic, overtly to the left in ideology and flavor, and ultimately lacking what might best be called visceral, gut-level, swashbuckling fun." The Rabid Puppies has been successful in getting its nominations on the shortlist again this year; out of 80 recommendations, 62 have received sufficient votes to make the ballot. At MidAmeriCon II this year, it was announced that more than 4,000 nominating ballots were cast for the 2016 Hugo awards, almost double the previous record of 2,122 ballots. This news was initially greeted with cautious optimism, but the shortlist shows that the Puppies and their supporters have redoubled their efforts to "game" the awards. The shortlist will be voted upon and the winners revealed at the forthcoming Worldcon in Kansas in August.[..]

Zero Zero's Camera Drone Could Be A Robot Command Center In The Future

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Tekla Perry writes: Zero Zero Robotics comes out of stealth today with the Hover Camera drone that uses face and body recognition to follow and photograph selected subjects. Company cofounder Meng Qiu Wang explains why he did the engineering in China (he built a team of 80 that worked two years on the project), and how this flying camera will evolve to be a navigation and control system for future home robots. According Zero Zero cofounder and CEO Meng Qiu Wang, "It has two cameras. The front viewing camera is a 13-megapixel camera that records video, but also has Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM), an algorithm that allows it to determine where it is. It also has a down-facing video camera, running an algorithm called optical flow, that looks at ground at 60 frames per second, so the Hover knows when it moves and can correct itself. These visual sensors are giving inputs and actual position and speed, meanwhile, the accelerometer and gyroscope gives relative position. All these signals are fed into the flight control algorithm, so when I throw it up in the air, it can just hover there." With a price of less than $600, it should compete well against the expensive DJI Phantom 4, which is already available on the market for $1400 and features autonomous flying and tracking features. Read more of[..]

Apple says FBI gave it first vulnerability tip on April 14

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(Reuters) - The FBI informed Apple Inc of a vulnerability in its iPhone and Mac software on April 14, the first time it had told the company about a flaw in Apple products under a controversial White House process for sharing such information, the company told Reuters on Tuesday.

As tide turns against chip industry, Samsung forges ahead of rivals

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SEOUL (Reuters) - Gloom may be settling over much of the world's semiconductor industry but Samsung Electronics Co Ltd is expected to cope better than most due to its strong technological edge, enabling it to boost market share for some key products and possibly even lift revenue.

LG Display first-quarter down 95 percent vs year ago, but beats forecast

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SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's LG Display Co Ltd said on Wednesday its first-quarter operating profit fell 95 percent from a year earlier, beating market expectations but still the weakest in four years as soft tech demand hit display panel prices.

Getty Images files EU antitrust complaint against Google for scraping pics from websites, displaying and allowing downloads of hi-res images (Olivier Laurent/TIME)

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Olivier Laurent / TIME:Getty Images files EU antitrust complaint against Google for scraping pics from websites, displaying and allowing downloads of hi-res images  —  Google Accused of Enabling Photography Piracy  —  Photography company Getty Images is accusing Google of scraping images from third party websites …

HTC Announces $100 Million Fund For Virtual Reality Startups

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An anonymous reader writes: HTC today announced the Vive X accelerator program through which the company will invest from it's newly created $100 million VR fund. The fund aims to kickstart the VR ecosystem in support of the company's Vive VR headset. Applications for the accelerator program, which will open first in Beijing, Taipei, and San Francisco, are open today. The company says their aim is to "help cultivate, and grow the global VR ecosystem by supporting startups and providing them with expertise, special access to advanced VR technology, financial investment, mentorship and unmatched go-to-market support." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

CoreOS Stackanetes uses Kubernetes to deploy OpenStack as a set of containerized apps, simplifying management of OpenStack components (Serdar Yegulalp/InfoWorld)

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Serdar Yegulalp / InfoWorld:CoreOS Stackanetes uses Kubernetes to deploy OpenStack as a set of containerized apps, simplifying management of OpenStack components  —  CoreOS Stackanetes puts OpenStack in containers for easy management  —  Stackanetes uses Kubernetes to deploy OpenStack as a set of containerized apps …

Inside 'Emojigeddon': The Fight Over The Future Of The Unicode Consortium

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An anonymous reader quotes a report on Buzzfeed: There's trouble afoot inside the Emoji Council of Elders, or, at the very least, signs of a low-simmering schism that's being referred to by some of its participants -- perhaps with less humor than one might expect -- as "Emojigeddon." A series of frustrated emails show a deepening rift between those who adhere to the organization's original mission to code old and obscure and minority languages and those who are investing time and resources toward Unicode's newer and most popular character sets: emojis. From the article: "The correspondence offers a peek behind the scenes of the peculiar and little-known organization that's unexpectedly been tasked with building what some see as the first digital universal language." What are your thoughts of emojis? Have you embraced and intertwined them into your digital language or are you unconvinced of their ability to transcribe any kind of deep understanding? Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Ex-Twitter VP Michael Sippey launches Talkshow, a public chatroom where only invited users can talk, available on iOS today (Mat Honan/BuzzFeed)

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Mat Honan / BuzzFeed:Ex-Twitter VP Michael Sippey launches Talkshow, a public chatroom where only invited users can talk, available on iOS today  —  This New Messaging App Talkshow Makes Your Texts Public (Sort Of)  —  It's more like a public Slack room.  —  Talkshow is a new messaging app where all the conversations are public.

FBI Director Suggests iPhone Hacking Method May Remain Secret

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An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: FBI Director James Comey said on Tuesday that his agency was still assessing whether a vulnerability used to unlock an iPhone linked to one of the San Bernardino killers would go through a government review to determine if it should be disclosed to Apple or the public. "We are in the midst of trying to sort that out," Comey said. "The threshold (for disclosure) is, are we aware of the vulnerability, or did we just buy a tool and don't have sufficient knowledge of the vulnerability to implicate the process?" The White House has a procedure for reviewing technology security flaws and deciding which ones should be made public. Although officials say the process leans toward disclosure, it is not set up to handle or reveal flaws that are discovered and owned by private companies, sources have told Reuters, raising questions about the effectiveness of the so-called Vulnerabilities Equities Process. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

HTC Vive teardown: Components compare favorably to Oculus Rift; 8/10 repairability score; controller design very reminiscent of the Steam Controller (iFixit)

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iFixit:HTC Vive teardown: Components compare favorably to Oculus Rift; 8/10 repairability score; controller design very reminiscent of the Steam Controller  —  HTC Vive Teardown … Teardown  —  Teardowns provide a look inside a device and should not be used as disassembly instructions.  —  Featured Guide

Amazon to bring same-day delivery to Roxbury after criticism that the predominantly black community in Boston had been excluded (Spencer Soper/Bloomberg)

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Spencer Soper / Bloomberg:Amazon to bring same-day delivery to Roxbury after criticism that the predominantly black community in Boston had been excluded  —  Amazon to Bring Same-Day Delivery to Roxbury After Outcry  —  Company responds to complaints from Senator, Boston Mayor  —  Amazon.com Inc. said it will bring same …

Node.js Version 6 Released With LTS

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dmleonard618 writes: The JavaScript runtime Node.js has reached version 6.0, and unlike version 5.0 this version will receive Long Term Support (LTS). LTS is meant to provide the release with long-term stability, reliability, performance and security. The LTS will begin in October. The current LTS release will go into maintenance mode and will only receive bug, security and documentation updates. Version 5.0 of Node.js will continue to be maintained for a few more months. The latest version features improved module loading, 96% of ECMAScript 2015 features, as well as reliability and security enhancements. "The Node.js Project has done an incredible job of bringing this version to life in the timeline that we initially proposed in September 2015," said Mikeal Rogers, community manager for the Node.js Foundation. "It's important for us to continue to deliver new versions of Node.js equipped with all the cutting-edge JavaScript features to serve the needs of developers and to continue to improve the performance and stability enterprises rely on." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Apple Has First Earnings Decline In More Than A Decade

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An anonymous reader writes: Apple has announced its first-ever decline in revenue in the past 13 years as its iPhone sales have slowed down. Apple posted quarterly revenue of $50.6 billion and quarterly net income of $10.5 billion. Last year, the company posted revenue of $58 billion and net income of $13.6 billion. The reason Apple has been so successful is because of the iPhone, which was first released in 2007. What goes up must come down -- and we're starting to see that now. The success of the iPhone is starting plateau and ultimately decrease now that consumers are finding less of a reason to upgrade to the latest and greatest smartphone. Apple CEO Tim Cook pointed to weakening currencies worldwide as one of the obstacles the company would face as iPhone sales were up less than 1 percent year-over-year last quarter. Gene Munster, managing director and senior research analyst at Piper Jaffray, told ABC News, "This has been anticipated for three months now. The reason is nothing [that] is wrong with the iPhone." Munster said this is not worrisome to Apple and that iPhone sales will likely increase by the end of the year when the next iPhone(s) is released. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Apple Music now has 13 million paying subscribers, up from 11 million in February (Benjamin Mayo/9to5Mac)

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Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:Apple Music now has 13 million paying subscribers, up from 11 million in February  —  Alongside its announcement of Apple's quarterly earnings, its first revenue decline since 2003, Apple has also announced latest numbers for Apple Music, its $9.99 per month streaming music service.
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