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Facebook Going After Hoaxes, Fake News Stories

January 22, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Facebook Going After Hoaxes, Fake News Stories

Facebook Inc said it has put measures in place  to clamp down on “hoaxes” and fake news stories that can spread rather rapidly  on its 1.35-billion member online social network. The company said it had introduced an option to allow Facebookusers to flag a story as “purposefully fake or deceitful news” to reduce the distribution of news stories reported as hoaxes. Facebook said it will not remove fake news stories from its website. Instead, the company’s algorithm,... 

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Astronomers Using The Milky Way’s Galactic Skeleton To Uncover Mysteries

January 22, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Astronomers Using The Milky Way’s Galactic Skeleton To Uncover Mysteries

Scientists are finding more evidence of a galactic “skeleton” lurking inside the appendages of the Milky Way, and studying these massive “bones” could help researchers get a better idea of what our galaxy looks like from the outside. In 2013, researchers first suggested that long, thin, dense clouds of gas may form inside the spiral arms of the Milky Way, creating a sort of galactic skeleton that traces the shape of these massive structures. At the time, only one such “bone”... 

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Technology Has Had Negative Impact On Privacy, Survey Reveals

January 21, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Technology Has Had Negative Impact On Privacy, Survey Reveals

Internet users in the U.S., France Germany and other nations are increasingly concerned about the impact technology has on privacy, and feel legal protections are insufficient. In 11 of the 12 countries surveyed as part of a report published by Microsoft, respondents said that technology’s effect on privacy was mostly negative. Most concerned were people in Japan and France, where 68 percent of the respondents thought technology has had a mostly negative impact on privacy. A majority want... 

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NSA Reportedly Hijacked And Repurposed Third-Party Malware

January 21, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
NSA Reportedly Hijacked And Repurposed Third-Party Malware

In addition to having its own bag of digital tricks, the U.S. National Security Agency reportedly hijacks and repurposes third-party malware. The NSA is using its network of servers around the world to monitor botnets made up of thousands or millions of infected computers. When needed, the agency can exploit features of those botnets to insert its own malware on the already compromised computers, through a technology codenamed Quantumbot, German news magazine Der Spiegel reported. One of the secret... 

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Microsoft Looking Into Light Beams

January 21, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Microsoft Looking Into Light Beams

Microsoft Researchers have worked out a way that means you will never have to plug in your phone again. Yunxin Liu, Zhen Qin and Chunshui Zhao from Microsoft Research’s Beijing campus have developed a new system they call AutoCharge. The researchers’ paper said that “wireless power methods have several disadvantages, preventing them from being used in our targeted usage scenarios” Electromagnetic radiation of wireless power is much higher than wireless communications (Wi-Fi... 

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U.S. And Britain Ramping Up Joint Cyber Defense Efforts

January 20, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
U.S. And Britain Ramping Up Joint Cyber Defense Efforts

The U.S. and Britain are increasing their collaboration to thwart digital threats. They are planning to launch more attacks against each other to test their defenses and scare away possible enemies. The U.S. and the U.K. have been working together to prevent cyber attacks for some time, but are going to increase the collaboration. They will combine their expertise to set up “cyber cells” on both sides of the Atlantic to increase sharing information about threats and to work out how to... 

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Alibaba Has Major Plans To Court U.S. Business In 2015

January 20, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Alibaba Has Major Plans To Court U.S. Business In 2015

China’s Alibaba Group Holding Ltd  is gearing up to capture U.S. business this year, by offering American retailers new ways to sell to China’s vast and growing middle class. Anchored by Alipay, the dominant Chinese electronic payments system that works closely with Alibaba and is controlled by its executives, the world’s largest Internet retailer is using the calling card of China’s consumers to attract U.S. partners, two sources close to the company told Reuters. Long seen... 

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Asteroids As Building Blocks Being Questioned

January 20, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Asteroids As Building Blocks Being Questioned

Asteroids have long been regarded as planetary building blocks. But they may actually be byproducts of planet formation, born when violent collisions smashed an earlier generation of objects apart, a new study suggests. Asteroid fragments that fall to Earth as meteorites often contain tiny, round pellets called chondrules that formed when molten droplets quickly cooled in space in the solar system’s early years. Chondrules are found in 92 percent of all meteorites, and are often thought to... 

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Verizon Fixes Serious Securty Flaw In My FiOS Mobile App

January 20, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Verizon Fixes Serious Securty Flaw In My FiOS Mobile App

Verizon corrected a serious vulnerability in its My FiOS mobile application that granted unfettered access to email accounts, according to a developer who found the problem. Randy Westergren, a senior software developer with XDA Developers, looked at the Android version of My FiOS, which is used for account management, email and scheduling video recordings. “Since Verizon has a good amount of my information, I thought it would be a good candidate for research,” Westergren wrote on his... 

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Google Wants To Build Military Cloud For Department Of Defense

January 19, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Google Wants To Build Military Cloud For Department Of Defense

Google is putting its considerable resources behind PriceWaterhouseCoopers’ bid to build a new cloud-based healthcare system for the military that would support its more than 9.7 million beneficiaries. PwC announced yesterday that it will team up with Google on a bid that will go to the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) for what’s been dubbed the Healthcare Management Systems Modernization Electronic Health Record contract. The DoD is looking to replace and modernize its online health... 

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Uber Forced To Shut Down In South Carolina

January 19, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Uber Forced To Shut Down In South Carolina

Ride-sharing company Uber has been forced by South Carolina regulators to discontinue operations in the state while it remains in the process of seeking permission to legally do business there. The San Francisco-based company, valued at about $40 billion in its latest fundraising, has touched a raw nerve in many parts of the United States and other countries by threatening to open up often tightly controlled and licensed taxicab markets. Uber said in a statement that the South Carolina Public Service... 

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Astronomers Discover Colossal Black Hole In Merging Galaxies

January 19, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Astronomers Discover Colossal Black Hole In Merging Galaxies

A NASA space telescope has spotted a colossal black hole chowing down on gas from a distant collision between two doomed galaxies. Views of the cosmic smashup, which the swirl of gas and dust previously hid, will likely shed light on the evolution of galaxies, scientists say. The new view of the colliding galaxies — known collectively as Arp 299 — was captured by NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR), an X-ray space telescope built to hunt black holes. The galaxies in Arp... 

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Astronomers Use Stellar Spin To Calculate Stars Birthday

January 16, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Astronomers Use Stellar Spin To Calculate Stars Birthday

Using NASA’s planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft, scientists have refined their ability to nail down the ages of individual stars by measuring the objects’ mass and how quickly they rotate. “Our goal is to construct a clock that can measure accurate and precise ages of stars from their spins,” lead author Soren Meibom, of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA), said in a statement. The new findings were presented at a press conference during the 225th winter meeting... 

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Verizon Announces Vehicle Diagnostic Service

January 15, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Verizon Announces Vehicle Diagnostic Service

Verizon unveiled a new aftermarket vehicle diagnostics and roadside assistance service that works by plugging a dongle into any car’s OBD computer port. Once connected, Verizon Vehicle service notifies the driver of any maintenance issues, as well as connecting them to roadside assistance and online mechanic advise. Speaking at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Eric Goldman, president of Verizon Telematics, said the service is suited to more than 200 million cars, and... 

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Google Offering Domain Registration For $12 A Year

January 15, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Google Offering Domain Registration For $12 A Year

Google’s domain registration service has finally become publicly available in the U.S. starting at $12 per year, which includes features like domain and email forwarding. The service, still in beta, was launched on an invite-only basis last June. It’s still not available outside of the U.S. With it, Google is offering an alternative to popular domain hosting services such as GoDaddy, Weebly or InMotion, which could lure registrants deeper into its own online services. Users can sign... 

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