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Yelp Settles FTC With FTC Over Child Privacy Violation Charges

September 19, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Yelp Settles FTC With FTC Over Child Privacy Violation Charges

Yelp has agreed to pay $450,000 to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to settle charges that the firm accepted registrations to its services from children under 13 through its apps. The FTC had earlier on Tuesday lodged a complaint against the service that connects people with local businesses, stating that it had violated a number of rules, including the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. Before 2009, users could only register through the website, where Yelp had a screening mechanism... 

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Did The Milky Way Galaxy Form From Colossal Crashes?

September 19, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Did The Milky Way Galaxy Form From Colossal Crashes?

The history of the Milky Way has a new wrinkle. Scientists used radio telescopes like the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array — a vast array of receivers in Chile — used to probe galaxies within 40 million to 600 million light-years from Earth. After observing dozens of merging galaxies, astrophysics found that many galactic collisions will create disc galaxies similar to the Milky Way, a surprising finding. Their observations of carbon monoxide in 37 colliding galaxies showed pancake-shaped... 

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Ericsson Exiting Modem Business

September 19, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Ericsson Exiting Modem Business

Ericsson, the world’s largest mobile network equipment manufacturer, is shutting down its modem business, shutting a loss-making unit with the departure of about 1,000 staff. The decision comes amid falling prices of modems, rising demands on research and development and a shrinking market as more smartphone makers buy modems and processors, which Ericsson does not make, together. The Swedish company had said it would evaluate the future of the business within 18 to 24 months of taking it on... 

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Ohio Wooing Amazon For Billion Dollar Data Center

September 18, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Ohio Wooing Amazon For Billion Dollar Data Center

State and local officials in Ohio are attempting to woo Amazon.com Inc with tax breaks and other perks to convince the No. 1 U.S. online retailer to build a $1.1 billion data center in central Ohio and create 120 jobs, according to public records. The records offer a rare look at the typically tight-lipped company’s growth plans for its popular cloud computing division, Amazon Web Services, founded in 2006. There are 10 AWS data centers, called regions within the company, around the world,... 

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Boeing, SpaceX Teaming Up To Build ‘Space Taxis’

September 18, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Boeing, SpaceX Teaming Up To Build ‘Space Taxis’

NASA will join forces with Boeing and SpaceX to build commercially owned and operated “space taxis” to transport astronauts to the International Space Station, ending U.S. dependence on Russia for rides. The U.S. space agency also considered a bid by privately owned Sierra Nevada Corp, but opted to award long-time aerospace contractor Boeing and California’s SpaceX with contracts valued at a combined $6.8 billion to develop, certify and fly their seven-person capsules. Boeing... 

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Is Adobe’s Subscription Plan Working?

September 18, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Is Adobe’s Subscription Plan Working?

Adobe has posted a 46 per cent year-on-year drop in net profits, placing its strategy of shifting customers to cloud subscriptions into doubt. For two years, the company has tried to stop punters making one-off purchases of software and move them on to Creative Cloud subscriptions. It worked well initially but it seems that the results are not that good with Adobe blaming higher operating expenses and weaker profit margins for the sharp dip in profits. Revenue from Adobe’s digital media business,... 

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Google Targeting New Mexico To Test Internet Delivery Drones

September 17, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Google Targeting New Mexico To Test Internet Delivery Drones

Google is gearing up to test Internet delivery by drone high above New Mexico, according to a government filing. The company has asked the Federal Communications Commission for permission to use two blocks of frequencies for the tests, which are scheduled to last about six months and begin in October. They will be conducted above an area of more than 1,400 square kilometers in the center of New Mexico to the east of Albuquerque. “Google recently acquired Titan Aerospace, a firm that specializes... 

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Is PayPal Taking Shots At Apple Pay?

September 17, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Is PayPal Taking Shots At Apple Pay?

Paypal has taken out some full page newspaper ads that try to lure users away from Apple Pay and back to its long-standing alternative. eBay-owned Paypal has already swiped at Apple Pay in a blog post, but it wasn’t very critical. It asked consumers a number of questions about how they might choose a payment provider, and reminded them of the things that they should consider before deciding to embrace Apple Pay. That was on 9 September, at which time the firm kicked off a marketing campaign,... 

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Can Venus Like Planets Help The Search For Alien Life?

September 17, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Can Venus Like Planets Help The Search For Alien Life?

Exoplanet hunters have just made it easier to identify alien Venuses, in the hopes that doing so will lead to the discovery of more alien Earths. A team of researchers has delineated the “Venus Zone,” the range of distances from a host star where planets are likely to resemble Earth’s similarly sized sister world, which has been rendered unlivably hot due to a runaway greenhouse effect. The new study should help scientists get a better handle on how many of the rocky planets spotted... 

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Is Quickflix Trying To Block Netflix In Australia?

September 16, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Is Quickflix Trying To Block Netflix In Australia?

Quickflix has sent an open letter to rival Netflix in which it accuses the competitor of not playing fair in the market and letting local users access US services. The open letter is signed by Quickflix CEO Stephen Langsford and addressed to Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and the internet community. Langsford asks Netflix to Australia through the front door. He accuses it of ignoring backdoor access to its services, hauling in cash and stepping on Australian rightsholders. “Netflix not only knowingly... 

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HP May Be Looking To Unload Snapfish

September 15, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
HP May Be Looking To Unload Snapfish

Hewlett-Packard Co is taking a look at putting its web-based photo sharing service Snapfish on the block, and has held discussions with multiple private equity and industry buyers, a person with knowledge of the situation said. Snapfish, which HP bought for more than $300 million in 2005 and currently sits within its printing and personal systems group, is considered non-core for the company, the person said, asking not to be named because the matter is not public. A spokesman for HP declined to... 

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Is RadioShack Headed For Bankruptcy?

September 12, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Is RadioShack Headed For Bankruptcy?

Troubled electronics retailer RadioShack Corp says filing for bankruptcy protection is an option if its cash situation worsens, after reporting its tenth straight quarterly loss. The company said it was also exploring other options, including a sale or an investment, and liquidation as the last resort. RadioShack, whose sales have been in free-fall since 2010 as it struggles to compete with internet retailers, said in a regulatory filing it was working with its lenders and landlords to restructure... 

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Has The Quasar Mystery Been Solved?

September 12, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Has The Quasar Mystery Been Solved?

Quasars are the brightest objects in the universe, and display a mysterious diversity in their appearance that has puzzled astronomers for more than two decades. Now, scientists find this mystery can be solved by looking at two simple features of quasars — how quickly matter is getting fed into the quasars and the direction from which the quasars are seen. Quasars are supermassive black holes up to billions of times the mass of the sun that live at the hearts of distant, massive galaxies. They... 

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NASA’s MAVEN Spacecraft Closing In On Mars

September 11, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
NASA’s MAVEN Spacecraft Closing In On Mars

NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution, or MAVEN, spacecraft is closing in on its 10-month journey to Mars’ orbit, from where it will study the planet’s atmosphere and shed more light on its history. The craft was launched by NASA from Cape Canaveral last November. It’s set to to enter Mars’ orbit, on schedule, Sept. 21. The interplanetary journey took MAVEN over 442 million miles. “We’re the first mission devoted to observing the upper atmosphere... 

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Can A Star Cluster Help Solve A Space Mystery?

September 11, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Can A Star Cluster Help Solve A Space Mystery?

Stunning new photos taken by a telescope in Chile show an incredible grouping of stars that may help scientists solve a stellar conundrum. The image, released today by the European Southern Observatory (ESO), shows a distant cluster of bright stars outside of the Milky Way. A related video of the globular cluster Messier 54 shows it glowing  in a small satellite galaxy of the Milky Way called the Sagittarius Dwarf Galaxy about 90,0000 light-years away, according to ESO. Messier 54′s location... 

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