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Twitter To Allow Users To Stream Music

October 21, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Twitter To Allow Users To Stream Music

Twitter Inc  will allow users to play podcasts, music and other audio clips direct from their timelines, or message feeds, by using a  new feature designed in partnership with Berlin-based audio-streaming service SoundCloud. The online messaging service introduced what it dubbed “Audio Card,” through which users can listen to a variety of content whilst browsing their timelines. For starters, Twitter has promised audio from SoundCloud’s partners, which include such diverse sources... 

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Can Red Dwaft Have Planets With Alien Life?

October 21, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Can Red Dwaft Have Planets With Alien Life?

Small, dim red dwarfs are by far the most common stars in the Milky Way, making up more than 70 percent of our galaxy’s stellar population. But are they best places to look for alien life? That question will took center stage during a debate on Oct. 16 at 7:30 p.m. EDT (2330 GMT) organized by the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA). You can watch the event live here on Space.com, courtesy of the CfA, or on the CfA’s “Observatory Nights” YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/ObsNights Two... 

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Yahoo To Lay Out Cost-cutting Efforts

October 21, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Yahoo To Lay Out Cost-cutting Efforts

Yahoo Inc is expected today  to reveal cost-cutting efforts and give details of how it is evaluating possible acquisitions as it faces mounting pressure from an activist investor, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing a person who was briefed on the plan. Yahoo is considering purchasing one or more large technology startups with some of the $5.8 billion it made from the initial public offering of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, the newspaper said. Representatives at Yahoo did not immediately respond... 

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MasterCard Testing A New Card With Fingerprint Reader

October 20, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
MasterCard Testing A New Card With Fingerprint Reader

MasterCard is trying out a contactless payment card with a built-in fingerprint reader that can authorize high-value payments without requiring the user to enter a PIN. The credit-card company showed a prototype of the card in London on Friday along with Zwipe, the Norwegian company that developed the fingerprint recognition technology. The contactless payment card has an integrated fingerprint sensor and a secure data store for the cardholder’s biometric data, which is held only on the card... 

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Amazon Expands Grocery Delivery Service

October 20, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Amazon Expands Grocery Delivery Service

Amazon.com Inc is add more territory to its online grocery delivery program to Brooklyn’s well-heeled Park Slope neighborhood, giving the No. 1 U.S. online retailer a foothold in one of the wealthiest and densest markets in the United States. The AmazonFresh program, which offers same-day or next-day delivery on more than 500,000 items including fresh and frozen groceries, will soon expand to other areas in Brooklyn. The move is part of Amazon’s slow build-out of its “Fresh”... 

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Where Should The Search For Life On Mars Start?

October 20, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Where Should The Search For Life On Mars Start?

Frigid lakes bombarded by UV radiation and boiling, acidic springs are some of the otherworldly Earth environments where scientists plan to hunt for clues to life on Mars. Funded by a new, five-year NASA grant, the researchers will tour the three ages of Mars on Earth — when Mars was cold, wet and habitable; the transition period when water disappeared; and the modern, dry period. The Mars-like environments include hot springs in California and Yellowstone National Park, permafrost on cold Arctic... 

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Facebook Doubling Reward For It’s Ad Based Bugs

October 17, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Facebook Doubling Reward For It’s Ad Based Bugs

Facebook is doubling the bounty it will pay for security vulnerabilities related to code that runs its advertising system, the company announced. A comprehensive security audit of its ads code was recently completed, but Facebook “would like to encourage additional scrutiny from whitehats to see what we may have missed,” wrote Collin Greene, a security engineer, in a blog post. “Whitehats” refers to ethical security researchers, as opposed to “blackhats” who take... 

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Astronomers Find Early Galactic Mega-City

October 17, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Astronomers Find Early Galactic Mega-City

A new photo of a huge galactic “mega city” under construction in the early universe shows star formation happening in unexpected places, scientists have found. The new image of the Spiderweb Galaxy (also known as MRC 1138-262) shows blobs of dust that are actually galaxies, captured by a European Southern Observatory telescope in Chile. The entire galaxy cluster surrounds a radio galaxy that has a supermassive black hole at its center. Here’s where the surprise came: Scientists... 

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Google Adds More Cities To Shopping Delivery Service

October 16, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Google Adds More Cities To Shopping Delivery Service

Google Inc announed that it would be expanding its same-day shopping delivery service to three additional U.S. cities and start charging customers for the service, which competes with Amazon.com Inc. The Google Express service, which was earlier only available in certain parts of California and New York City, will be expanded to Boston, Chicago, and Washington D.C., Google said in a blog. Membership for the service, which was earlier called Google Shopping Express, will cost $95 a year, or $10... 

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Will Smartphones Eventually Destroy The Tablet Market?

October 16, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Will Smartphones Eventually Destroy The Tablet Market?

Gartner is warning that tablet sales could fall to the power of the cheaper and bigger smartphones. Gartner’s Q3 and annual figures for device sales worldwide — covering smartphones and tablets as well as PCs of all sizes — shows that tablet sales in 2014 will only see 11 per cent growth over last year, compared to growth of 55 percent the year before. This works out to a projected 229 million tablets selling in 2014, or 9.5% of overall worldwide device sales, which will total 2.4 billion... 

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HP, EMC Call Off Merger Talks

October 16, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
HP, EMC Call Off Merger Talks

Hewlett-Packard Co has ended all merger discussions with EMC Corp, deciding to walk away from the deal after months of fruitless negotiations, people briefed on the matter told Reuters. The official cessation of discussions to merge two of the tech industry’s largest enterprise-oriented firms may come as a disappointment to activist investors Elliott Management, which has pushed hard for storage products maker EMC to pursue merger or spinoff opportunities. Pressure is building on EMC as rival... 

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Cisco Warns Users To Lock Down Webex To Prevent Snooping

October 15, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Cisco Warns Users To Lock Down Webex To Prevent Snooping

Cisco has warned users to lock down WebEx after a security researcher and journalist discovered many big-name companies left some online meetings open for anyone to join. Brian Krebs wrote on his blog that he found companies and organizations that failed to password protect WebEx meetings, which allowed “anyone to join daily meetings about apparently internal discussions and planning sessions.” Meeting schedules for organizations were available through WebEx’s “Event Center,”... 

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Google Launches Telemedicine Beta Feature

October 15, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Google Launches Telemedicine Beta Feature

Google is offering a temporary trial of a new feature that allows people seeking medical advice to also connect with a physician for an online consult. The feature, part of the Google+ Helpouts online collaboration video service that launched a year ago, allows healthcare workers to share expertise through live video and provide real-time advice from their computers or mobile devices. “When you’re searching for basic health information — from conditions like insomnia or food poisoning... 

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Alleged Dropbox User Names And Passwords Posted On Pastebin

October 15, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Alleged Dropbox User Names And Passwords Posted On Pastebin

Several hundred of alleged usernames and passwords for online document-sharing site Dropbox were published on Monday on Pastebin, an anonymous information-sharing website. The anonymous user, who claims to have hacked close to 7 million accounts, is calling for Bitcoin donations to fund the operation. “We will keep releasing more to the public as donations come in, show your support,” the anonymous Pastebin user said on the site. Dropbox, however, said it has not been hacked. “These... 

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Milky Way Galaxy Does Not Have As Much Dark Matter As Originally Believed

October 15, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Milky Way Galaxy Does Not Have As Much Dark Matter As Originally Believed

For years, mysterious dark matter has eluded scientists, and now, a new study shows there may be less of it to find. Using a century-old equation, scientists have found that the Milky Way galaxy holds half as much dark matter — the invisible stuff believed to make up a sizable chunk of the universe — as scientists had previously thought. By calculating the speed of stars throughout the galaxy and conducting a detailed study of the Milky Way’s outer edges, a team of astronomers in Australia... 

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