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Facebooks Wants Drones In The Sky By Year End

August 3, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Facebooks Wants Drones In The Sky By Year End

At 140 feet, it has the wingspan of a Boeing 737, but doesn’t transport passengers — and it’s much lighter too, weighing in at no more than 1,000 pounds. And within the next couple months, Facebook hopes to get its drone off the ground on an inaugural test flight. Named Aquila, the aircraft is the product of more than a year’s work at the social networking giant. Its function is not to drop retail items from the clouds like Amazon’s drones, but to provide Internet access... 

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University Of Connecticut Hit By Chinese Hackers

August 3, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
University Of Connecticut Hit By Chinese Hackers

The social security numbers and credit card information of up to 6,000 University of Connecticut students, faculty and others may have been stolen by cyberhackers from China, the university said on Friday. Officials detected a potential breach of the School of Engineering’s network in March and an investigation uncovered that hackers may have gained access to it as early as September, 2013, spokesman Tom Breen said. He said 6,000 students, faculty, alumni and research partners of the school... 

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Is Google Glass 2 Coming By December?

August 3, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Is Google Glass 2 Coming By December?

A recent rumor suggests that Google is planning to release its new version of Google Glass by the end of the year. According to 9 to 5 Google It appears that Glass II has already been distributed to the company’s Glass at Work enterprise partners. The new model can fold up like a traditional pair of glasses and is more rugged for outdoor use. It still sports a small screen to the upper right of the user’s vision, rather than displaying an image in the centre of one’s view like... 

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Yahoo Acquires Fashion Website Polyvore

August 3, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Yahoo Acquires Fashion Website Polyvore

Yahoo Inc announced on Friday that it has agreed to acquire fashion start-up Polyvore to help drive traffic and strengthen its mobile and social offerings. Yahoo, which did not disclose terms of the deal, said Polyvore will accelerate its ‘Mavens’ growth strategy. The company has been focusing on four areas — mobile, video, native advertising and social — which it calls Mavens, to drive user engagement and ad sales as it battles intense competition from Google Inc and Facebook... 

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Astronomers Find Alien Auroras

July 31, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Astronomers Find Alien Auroras

Astronomers have discovered the first auroras ever seen outside the solar system — alien light shows more powerful than any other auroras ever witnessed, perhaps 1 million times brighter than any on Earth, researchers say. Auroras could soon be detected from distant exoplanets as well, investigators added. Auroras, the radiant displays of colors in the sky known on Earth as the northern or southern lights, are also seen on all of the other planets with magnetic fields in the solar system. They... 

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Uber Jumps Into Car Leasing Business

July 31, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Uber Jumps Into Car Leasing Business

Uber Technologies has rolled out its own auto leasing subsidiary in an effort to secure more drivers, injecting the fast-growing ride services company directly into the financial services sector for the first time. The move by Uber, announced as a pilot project, follows the end of its partnership with Banco Santander’s U.S. lending unit earlier this year. Uber announced the initiative but disclosed few financial details, though it said it would offer both new and used cars. Uber launched a... 

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Workhorse Wants In On The Drone Delivery Business

July 30, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Workhorse Wants In On The Drone Delivery Business

Workhorse, a truck maker based in Loveland, Ohio apparently wants in on the drone package delivery business. Workhorse isn’t as high profile as Amazon or Google, but it demonstrated an eight-rotor delivery drone designed to work with its electric trucks and use some of the same battery technology. “Our concept is, you have a package-delivery drone that rides on top of a truck as the driver goes about his day, and helps to pick off outliers on his route to help cut down on the cost of... 

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Twitter Woes Continue, User Growth Rate Slows

July 30, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Twitter Woes Continue, User Growth Rate Slows

Twitter Inc’s shares continued to drop after the microblogging company said its number of monthly average users grew at the slowest pace since it went public in 2013. “This is unacceptable and we’re not happy about it,” Jack Dorsey, who stepped in as interim chief executive on July 1, said on a call with analysts. Twitter said it had 304 million core users in the second quarter, up from 302 million in the prior quarter. Twitter’s struggles to increase its audience worries... 

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The NSA Plans To Stop Snooping Bulk Data

July 30, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
The NSA Plans To Stop Snooping Bulk Data

The National Security Agency has said that it will end its access to most bulk data collected under a controversial surveillance program in November, but keep records for litigation purposes. The office of the Director of National Intelligence said in a statement that the bulk telephony data — the subject of leaks by former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden which shocked many in the US and abroad — would be destroyed “as soon as possible” to comply with a law passed by... 

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Will E.T. Destroy Mankind?

July 30, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Will E.T. Destroy Mankind?

This week, famed physicist Stephen Hawking helped launch a major new effort to search for signs of intelligent alien life in the cosmos, even though he thinks it’s likely that such creatures would try to destroy humanity. Since at least 2010, Hawking has spoken publicly about his fears that an advanced alien civilization would have no problem wiping out the human race the way a human might wipe out a colony of ants. At the media event announcing the new project, he noted that human beings... 

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NSA To Lose Access To Bulk Phone Data In November

July 29, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
NSA To Lose Access To Bulk Phone Data In November

The U.S. National Security Agency will no longer have access to the bulk telephone records data it has collected at the end of November, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence announced . Congress voted in June to rein in the NSA’s mass collection of U.S. phone metadata, which includes information such as the timing and location of calls. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, also known as the FISA court, then gave the NSA 180 days to wind down the program. The Director... 

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In Spite Of Technical Issues Kepler Keeps Finding Planets

July 29, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
In Spite Of Technical Issues Kepler Keeps Finding Planets

NASA’s planet-hunting Kepler space telescope continues to zero in on the first “alien Earth” despite being hobbled by a malfunction more than two years ago. Last Thursday (July 23), mission scientists announced the discovery of Kepler-452b, which they and NASA officials described as the most Earth-like exoplanet yet found. Kepler-452b circles a sunlike star at about the same distance Earth orbits the sun, but the alien world is about 60 percent wider than our home planet, so it’s... 

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Cloud Services Behind Amazon’s Rising Revenue

July 27, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Cloud Services Behind Amazon’s Rising Revenue

Amazon.com Inc’s shares surged more than 20 percent last Friday, adding more than $46 billion to the company’s market value, after strong growth in the e-commerce giant’s cloud business drove a surprise quarterly profit. The company’s market capitalization soared to more than $270 billion, overtaking that of Wal-Mart Stores, the world’s biggest retailer. Revenue from Amazon’s cloud operations – Amazon Web Services (AWS) – nearly doubled in the second... 

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Is Life Possible In A Binary System?

July 27, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Is Life Possible In A Binary System?

Planets can exist in multiple-star systems. Astronomers have even observed them. Take Kepler-47c, a planet five times the mass of the Earth, in a very Earth-like orbit. The only difference is instead of one star in the center of the system, it has two. So contact your local travel agent and you can recreate that iconic film moment — just don’t forget a space suit: Kepler-47c isn’t exactly capable of supporting life, since it’s most likely a gas giant. Astronomers don’t know... 

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Astronomers Find Lopsided Ancient Galaxy

July 24, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Astronomers Find Lopsided Ancient Galaxy

The mysterious smudges central to this new image are an ancient galaxy in the throes of formation — and for the first time scientists can glimpse its off-kilter structure. In the new image, researchers were able to make out the glow of ionized carbon (shown in red) in the process of assembling into a galaxy — called BDF 3299 — around 800 million years after the Big Bang. The carbon cloud is overlaid on another picture of the galaxy’s neighborhood, where you can tell the galaxy itself... 

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