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Vevo Sees Dramatic Growth, Monthly Viewership Up Nearly 50 Percent

April 24, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Vevo Sees Dramatic Growth, Monthly Viewership Up Nearly 50 Percent

Vevo, the online music video hub that is a joint venture of two of the world’s biggest music labels, has enjoyed a nearly 50 percent spike in the number of music videos streamed each month from its platform, according to the company’s top executives. The company, which is controlled by Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment, hit a monthly average of nearly 6 billion views in December, a 46 percent rise from a year earlier, said Rio Caraeff, the chief executive officer. About... 

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Astronomers Map The Milky Way Structure In Unpresidented Detail

April 24, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Astronomers Map The Milky Way Structure In Unpresidented Detail

Astronomers are one step closer to solving a longstanding mystery — just what our Milky Way galaxy looks like. It may seem odd that a comprehensive understanding of the Milky Way’s structure has so far eluded researchers. But it’s tough to get a broad view of the galaxy from within. “We are fairly confident that the Milky Way is a spiral galaxy, but we don’t know much in detail. At the most basic level, we’d like to be able to make a map that would show in detail... 

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Espionage Hacking On The Increase, According To Verizon Study

April 23, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Espionage Hacking On The Increase, According To Verizon Study

Hacking for espionage purposes is drastically rising, with groups or national governments from Eastern Europe playing a growing role, according to one of the most comprehensive annual studies of computer intrusions. Spying intrusions traced back to any country in 2013 were blamed on residents of China and other East Asian nations 49 percent of the time, but Eastern European countries, especially Russian-speaking nations, were the suspected launching site for 21 percent of breaches, Verizon Communications... 

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What Does NASA Have Planned For Kepler Next Mission?

April 23, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
What Does NASA Have Planned For Kepler Next Mission?

NASA’s planet-hunting Kepler space telescope has just spotted Earth’s cousin. Its next big find may be Earth’s twin. On Thursday (April 17), astronomers announced the discovery of Kepler-186f, the first Earth-size alien planet ever found in its host star’s “habitable zone” — that just-right range of distances that could allow liquid water, and perhaps life, to exist on a world’s surface. While the discovery is a watershed moment, Kepler-186f still falls... 

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Most Sites Have Fixed Heartbleed Flaw, Many Remain Exposed

April 22, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Most Sites Have Fixed Heartbleed Flaw, Many Remain Exposed

The world’s top 1,000 websites have been updated to protect their servers against the “Heartbleed” vulnerability, but up to 2% of the top million remained unprotected as of last week, according to a California security firm. On Thursday, Menifee, Calif.-based Sucuri Security scanned the top 1 million websites as ranked by Alexa Internet, a subsidiary of Amazon that collects Web traffic data. Of the top 1,000 Alexa sites, all were either immune or had been patched with the newest... 

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Astronomers Using ALMA To Find Starbirths

April 22, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Astronomers Using ALMA To Find Starbirths

The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) is a telescope array in Chile that includes 66 receivers scattered across the Atacama Desert. The array is located at the European Southern Observatory and bills itself as “the largest astronomical project in existence.” ALMA is able to peer through the dust that obscures planetary systems under construction, or to look back at stars and galaxies that formed in the early days of the universe and emit their radiation in millimeter... 

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NASA To Test Laser Communications System

April 21, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
NASA To Test Laser Communications System

The SpaceX cargo spacecraft, which transport equipment needed for astronauts on the International Space Station to test optical laser communications, has big plans to test out the new concept. The SpaceX Dragon cargo craft’s scheduled launch last week was scrubbed because of a helium leak in the Falcon 9 rocket that will carry it aloft. Optical laser communications, also dubbed lasercom, is one of the emerging technologies that NASA is focused on trying out. With lasercom, data is transmitted... 

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MIT Wants To Go Nuclear On The Ocean

April 21, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
MIT Wants To Go Nuclear On The Ocean

It used to be that silly thinks were designed by arts school graduates, but now it appears that engineers are having a crack at it. MIT have come up with what they think is a brilliant idea to stick a nuclear power plant on the ocean. The cunning plan is to build a plant on a floating platform, moored in deep water several miles off the coast. They claim that it will be virtually immune to earthquakes, tsunamis and meltdowns. In deep water, tsunami waves aren’t large enough to cause significant... 

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Did Kepler Find Earth’s Twin?

April 21, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Did Kepler Find Earth’s Twin?

NASA’s planet-hunting Kepler space telescope has just spotted Earth’s cousin. Its next big find may be Earth’s twin. On Thursday (April 17), astronomers announced the discovery of Kepler-186f, the first Earth-size alien planet ever found in its host star’s “habitable zone” — that just-right range of distances that could allow liquid water, and perhaps life, to exist on a world’s surface. While the discovery is a watershed moment, Kepler-186f still falls... 

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Oracle Identifies Its Products Affected By Heartbleed, But No Estimates On Fixes

April 18, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Oracle Identifies Its Products Affected By Heartbleed, But No Estimates On Fixes

Oracle issued a comprehensive list of its software that may or may not be impacted by the OpenSSL (secure sockets layer) vulnerability known as Heartbleed, while warning that no fixes are yet available for some likely affected products. The list includes well over 100 products that appear to be in the clear, either because they never used the version of OpenSSL reported to be vulnerable to Heartbleed, or because they don’t use OpenSSL at all. However, Oracle is still investigating whether... 

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Lavaboom Offers New Encrypted Webmail Service

April 18, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Lavaboom Offers New Encrypted Webmail Service

A new webmail service named Lavaboom promises to provide easy-to-use email encryption without ever learning its users’ private encryption keys or message contents. Lavaboom, based in Germany and founded by Felix MA1/4ller-Irion, is named after Lavabit, the now defunct encrypted email provider believed to have been used by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. Lavabit decided to shut down its operations in August in response to a U.S. government request for its SSL private key that would have... 

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Did Mercury Experience Volcanism?

April 18, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Did Mercury Experience Volcanism?

Explosive volcanic eruptions apparently shaped Mercury’s surface for billions of years — a surprising finding, given that until recently scientists had thought the phenomenon was impossible on the sun-scorched planet. This discovery could shed new light on the origins of Mercury, investigators added. On Earth, explosive volcanic eruptions can lead to catastrophic damage, such as when Mount St. Helens detonated in 1980 in the deadliest and most economically destructive volcanic event in U.S.... 

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Reddit Going After More Users, Advertisers With New Feature

April 17, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Reddit Going After More Users, Advertisers With New Feature

Reddit, a website with a retro-’90s look and space-alien mascot that tracks everything from online news to celebrity Q&As, is trying to attract even more followers, and advertising, by allowing members of its passionate community to post their own news more quickly and easily. Reddit, majority owned by Conde Nast parent Advanced Publications, last month unveiled a new feature that lets users of the nine-year-old site post live updates, allowing them to report in real time. The live updates... 

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Can Dwarf Planets Show The Patterns of Life?

April 17, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Can Dwarf Planets Show The Patterns of Life?

On March 26, researchers announced the discovery of 2012 VP133, an estimated 280-mile wide (450-kilometer) object that lies just beyond the Kuiper Belt of icy objects that swarm outside of Neptune’s orbit. The new object is nicknamed “Biden” after the vice-president of the United States, because both Joe Biden and 2012 VP133 are “VPs.” It is one of only two dwarf planets discovered beyond the Kuiper Belt, with Sedna (a decade ago) being the other one. The paper, “A... 

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Google Reveals Email Scanning Practices In Revised Terms Of Service

April 16, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Google Reveals Email Scanning Practices In Revised Terms Of Service

Google Inc updated its terms of service earlier this week, informing users that their incoming and outgoing emails are automatically analyzed by software to create targeted ads. The revisions more explicitly spell out the manner in which Google software scans users’ emails, both when messages are stored on Google’s servers and when they are in transit, a controversial practice that has been at the heart of litigation. Last month, a U.S. judge decided not to combine several lawsuits... 

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