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Microsoft Announces Office 365 Video, Streaming Service For The Enterprise

November 21, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Microsoft Announces Office 365 Video, Streaming Service For The Enterprise

Microsoft unveiled Office 365 Video, a YouTube-like streaming service where enterprises and large organizations can post in-house video content for communication and training. “Office 365 Video provides organizations with a secure, company-wide destination for posting, sharing and discovering video content,” said Mark Kashman, a senior product manager with the Office 365 team, in a blog posting. Kashman touted Video as a tool for internal communications, citing the examples of new-employee... 

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eBay Re-vamping Its Local Delivery Program

November 21, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
eBay Re-vamping Its Local Delivery Program

EBay Inc is making over its local delivery program and extending more logistics options to smaller merchants that make up the bulk of the e-commerce giant’s sprawling base of marketplace sellers, according to one of its executives. More of eBay’s smaller sellers, including some with annual sales under $100,000, will allow shoppers to buy items online that can be picked up in stores, an option now used by big companies such as Best Buy Co Inc and Toys ‘R’ Us. EBay also plans... 

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Scientist Discover Largest Web Of Galaxies

November 21, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Scientist Discover Largest Web Of Galaxies

Scientists working with a telescope in Chile discovered the alignment by studying 93 quasars — objects that shine very brightly and are powered by supermassive black holes — from the early universe. The picture (an artist’s impression created using data collected by the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope) shows the quasars aligned in a web of blue against the black sea of space. Earlier studies have found that these quasars are “known to form huge groupings... 

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WhatsApp Adds End-to-End Encryption

November 20, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
WhatsApp Adds End-to-End Encryption

Stepping up efforts to keep its users messages safe from prying eyes, WhatsApp announced that it now supports end-to-end encryption for messages sent between users. The end-to-end encryption comes thanks to a collaboration between WhatsApp and Open Whisper Systems, an open-source development company focused on secure communications. Facebook-owned WhatsApp has more than 600 million users who log in monthly, making Open Whisper’s encryption deployment the largest ever in the area of end-to-end... 

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IBM Unveils Verse, New Enterprise Email Product

November 20, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
IBM Unveils Verse, New Enterprise Email Product

IBM is going up against cloud-app juggernauts Google and Microsoft with its next generation e-mail client, called Verse, designed to enrich email with social media and analysis. “We felt we could leverage analytics to build an experience that understands your priorities,” said Jeff Schick, general manager of IBM social solutions, of the app that launched as a private beta on Tuesday. “We had the opportunity to reduce clutter and create priority, and to help people be more efficient... 

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Is Dark Matter Destroying Neutron Stars?

November 20, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Is Dark Matter Destroying Neutron Stars?

The mysterious substance that makes up most of the matter in the universe may be destroying neutron stars by turning them into black holes in the center of the Milky Way, new research suggests. If astronomers successfully detect a neutron star dying at the metaphorical hands of dark matter, such a finding could yield critical insights on the elusive properties of material, scientists added. Dark matter — an invisible substance thought to make up five-sixths of all matter in the universe — is... 

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Facebook Said To Be Launching Social Network For Professionals

November 19, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Facebook Said To Be Launching Social Network For Professionals

Facebook Inc’s professional version of its social network geared towards businesses will launch in the next few months, a person familiar with the matter revealed to Reuters. The world’s No.1 Internet social network with 1.35 billion monthly users has been quietly testing a version of its website aimed at workplace collaboration. The service, dubbed Facebook at Work, allows users to exchange messages and share documents using Facebook’s scrolling news feed and other familiar features... 

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Will Scientist Get A Skeleton View Of The Universe Using Remnants Of The Big Bang?

November 19, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Will Scientist Get A Skeleton View Of The Universe Using Remnants Of The Big Bang?

Scientists may soon get a look at the universe’s skeleton by taking a close look at light left over from the Big Bang, which can be used to reveal the presence of matter like stars, galaxies, black holes and even larger structures in the otherwise empty universe. It’s a lot like an X-ray revealing bones in a body, but on a cosmic scale. X-ray machines work by shining light over an entire area and detecting how different materials react. The light passes through tissue, but is stopped... 

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Facebook Launches Privacy Basic, Put Users In Control

November 18, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Facebook Launches Privacy Basic, Put Users In Control

Facebook wants its users to manage their own privacy. The social network has launched Privacy Basics, a page set up to offer users advice and how-to tips to make sure they have the level of privacy they want for their Facebook profiles. Facebook also is giving users an early look at changes the company plans on making to its terms of service, data policy and cookies policy. Users have a week to make comments or suggestions about what’s coming. “Over the past year, we’ve introduced... 

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Can Starshade Tech Illuminate Alien Worlds?

November 18, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Can Starshade Tech Illuminate Alien Worlds?

Starshade” technology that could help astronomers find and characterize rocky, Earthlike alien worlds was put to the test earlier this year in the Nevada desert. A starshade, also dubbed an external occulter, is a precisely shaped screen that flies in far-away formation with a space telescope. The device blocks a star’s light to create a high-contrast shadow, so that only light from an orbiting exoplanet enters the telescope for detailed study. While a starshade to hunt alien planets... 

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Rocket Internet Intends To Launch At Least 10 New Start-ups In 2015

November 18, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Rocket Internet Intends To Launch At Least 10 New Start-ups In 2015

Rocket Internet the global e-commerce investor, plans to launch at least another 10 start-ups in 2015 and said it would work more closely with Facebook on advertising. Rocket Internet, whose shares have had a bumpy ride since listing last month, said its 12 most successful companies saw average growth in gross merchandise volume — a measure of sales made through online marketplaces — of 104 percent in the six months to June 30. It also announced a global agreement with Facebook, which... 

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Microsoft Rolls Out Skype For Web

November 17, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Microsoft Rolls Out Skype For Web

Microsoft announced that it is launching a beta of Skype for the Web, allowing browser-based video chats that don’t require a separate app. “We’ve made Skype available on computers, mobile phones, TVs and even games consoles,” wrote Jonathan Watson, Skype product marketing manager for Microsoft, in a blog post. “Expanding to different platforms has helped us grow to over 2 billion daily minutes (that’s over 33 million hours) of voice and video calls…. Now,... 

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AT&T Delays Fiber Optic Plans Over Net Neutrality Uncertainty

November 14, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
AT&T Delays Fiber Optic Plans Over Net Neutrality Uncertainty

AT&T plans to halt its ambitious fiber optic cable investments in 100 cities until U.S. regulators define the rules for net neutrality. “We can’t go out and invest that kind of money deploying fiber to 100 cities not knowing under what rules those investments will be governed,” AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson told investors on a conference call earlier this week. “We think it is prudent to just pause and make sure we have line of sight and understanding as to what those... 

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Twitter Exploring Creation Of Additional Mobile Apps To Drive Growth

November 14, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Twitter Exploring Creation Of Additional Mobile Apps To Drive Growth

Twitter Inc is exploring the creation of additional mobile applications beyond its core messaging service and ways of making it easier for newbies to use its service, as it competes with Facebook Inc and other social media for smartphone users. Chief Executive Dick Costolo said Twitter also planned to speed up the pace of changes to its product and to add more functions to its private messaging service. “I strongly believe private messaging virality is important to our long term growth,”... 

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Mozilla Goes Oculus Rift

November 14, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Mozilla Goes Oculus Rift

Mozilla is continuing its 10th birthday celebrations with the launch of a virtual reality (VR) website. MozVR will be a portal to sites compatible with the Oculus Rift VR helmet, accessible by a VR-enabled version of the Firefox browser. The site is designed to act as a sharing platform for VR web experiences as well as a place where developers can get hold of resources to help create their own. MozVR has been built to be a “native VR” site and navigating around from site to site is completely... 

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