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Wi-Fi Problems Plague Apple-Samsung Trial

April 15, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Wi-Fi Problems Plague Apple-Samsung Trial

There’s a new sign on the door to Courtroom 1 at the federal courthouse in San Jose, the location of the Apple v. Samsung battle that’s playing out this month: “Please turn off all cell phones.” For a trial that centers on smartphones and the technology they use, it’s more than a little ironic. The entire case might not even be taking place if the market wasn’t so big and important, but the constant need for connectivity of everyone is causing problems in the court,... 

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Did Cisco Help The Chinese Government Snoop?

April 15, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Did Cisco Help The Chinese Government Snoop?

Cisco has been accused of helping the Chinese authorities snoop on, discriminate against and violently suppress the religious group Falun Gong. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has taken Cisco to task about this, and has filed a request to submit an amicus brief in a US District Court in California. It asks the court to let the case “Doe vs Cisco Systems” go ahead, telling it that the firm has aided China’s human rights abuses. “China’s record of human rights... 

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Does Facebook Want Its Own e-Currency?

April 15, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Does Facebook Want Its Own e-Currency?

Facebook wants to create an in-house digital currency system that its members can spend and trade on its website. The Irish Times reports that the Irish central bank has been approached by the social network and is rather close to approving its request. Those aims include the creation of Facebook currency that Facebook members will be able to use to pay for things within the social network and, presumably, its associated properties. “Facebook wants to become a utility in the developing world,... 

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Federal Gov’t Wants Instagram Data From Facebook Now

April 14, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Federal Gov’t Wants Instagram Data From Facebook Now

Facebook released its second government requests report covering the second half of 2013, and it expands its scope from the first one in two ways. First, it includes requests to restrict or remove users’ content from the site, whereas the first report was limited to requests for account information. And second, the report now includes data on Instagram, the photo sharing site owned by Facebook. Facebook is not breaking out the number of Instagram requests; they’re included in the overall... 

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Did Astronomers Find An Alien Moon?

April 14, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Did Astronomers Find An Alien Moon?

For the first time ever, astronomers may have spotted a moon circling an alien planet — though they’ll probably never know for sure exactly what they’ve found. A team of scientists detected a pair of faraway objects that could be a giant Jupiter-like alien planet and a rocky exomoon flying freely through space, or a small dim star hosting a planet about 18 times more massive than Earth. The astronomers used a technique called gravitational microlensing, watching what happens a big foreground... 

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Star Survives Supernova Explosion

April 14, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Star Survives Supernova Explosion

A lucky star somehow survived the explosive death of its stellar companion, new images reveal. The explosion, known as a supernova, would have been visible from Earth several thousand years ago. While the supernova remnant (called DEM L241) has been known since the 1970s, the companion star remained invisible until NASA’s Chandra X-Ray Observatory recently examined the region. Scientists explained the hard-to-kill star’s supernova survival in a video. The surviving star’s days are... 

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HP To Shell Out $108M In Corruption And Bribery Case

April 11, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
HP To Shell Out $108M In Corruption And Bribery Case

Hewlett-Packard will pay $108 million in penalties after subsidiaries in Russia, Poland and Mexico were found to have given out bribes to gain business, the U.S. Department of Justice said. An international subsidiary of HP has agreed to plead guilty to violating the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and admit to its role in bribing Russian officials to secure a big contract there, the U.S. Department of Justice said. The U.S. is also entering into “criminal resolutions” with HP subsidiaries... 

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Google Shows Interest In Service Robots, Invests In Savioke

April 11, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Google Shows Interest In Service Robots, Invests In Savioke

Google has put funding into robotic’s company Savioke, which plans to develop a robot that could work in places such as nursing homes and hospitals. The search engine’s funding arm, Google Ventures, invested an undisclosed sum that’s part of a $2 million seed financing package led by Morado Venture Partners, with AME Cloud Ventures and individuals also pitching in. Established in 2013, California-based Savioke is led by CEO Steve Cousins, who was in charge of the creation of the... 

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Twitter Unveils Redesign Of User Profile Pages

April 10, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Twitter Unveils Redesign Of User Profile Pages

Twitter Inc has revealed a redesign of its user profile pages, the latest in a series of steps promised by the company to bring new users to the seven-year-old service. In response to an all-time low in user growth figures during the recent quarter, Twitter Chief Executive Dick Costolo informed worried Wall Street analysts that the company would make a number of changes to freshen up the service. The redesign, while mostly cosmetic, hinted at what Costolo described in February as a willingness to... 

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The Supreme Court Declined To Hear Case Against NSA

April 9, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
The Supreme Court Declined To Hear Case Against NSA

The U.S. Supreme Court has decided not to review a lawsuit challenging the U.S. National Security Agency’s collection of U.S. phone records filed by a conservative activist, despite a lower court’s ruling that the program may be illegal. The court, without comment, denied the request by activist and former federal prosecutor Larry Klayman, along with Charles and Mary Strange, to immediately hear their case against U.S. President Barack Obama, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, NSA Director... 

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FTC Proceeding With Lawsuit Against Hotel Over Poor Data Security

April 9, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
FTC Proceeding With Lawsuit Against Hotel Over Poor Data Security

A U.S. court has ruled that the Federal Trade Commission can proceed with a lawsuit against hotel group Wyndham Worldwide Corp for allegedly failing to properly secure consumers’ personal information. Wyndham had argued that the commission did not have jurisdiction to sue over what it saw as lax security leading to data breaches, It had asked for the lawsuit to be dismissed. Judge Esther Salas, of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, disagreed and ruled that the FTC should... 

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Dark Matter Possibly Found At The Center Of The Milky Way

April 9, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Dark Matter Possibly Found At The Center Of The Milky Way

Astronomers have perhaps their best lead to date about the nature of dark matter, the strange and invisible stuff that dominates the material universe. The center of our Milky Way galaxy generates more high-energy gamma rays than can be explained by conventional sources such as supernova remnants and fast-spinning, super-dense neutron stars known as pulsars, a new study suggests. The “excess” may be produced by the annihilation of colliding dark matter particles. “This is a very... 

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Microsoft Toughens Its Stand Regarding Adware

April 8, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Microsoft Toughens Its Stand Regarding Adware

Microsoft has hardened its stance regarding classifying programs as adware and gave developers three months to conform with the new principles or risk having their programs blocked by the company’s security products. The most important change in Microsoft’s policy is that adware programs will be blocked by default starting July 1. In the past such programs were allowed to run until users chose one of the recommended actions offered by the company’s security software. Interestingly,... 

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Is Saturn’s Moon Enceladus Hiding Life?

April 8, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Is Saturn’s Moon Enceladus Hiding Life?

Astronomers are hoping that the existence of a subsurface ocean on Saturn’s icy moon Enceladus will build momentum for life-hunting missions to the outer solar system. Researchers announced their discovery of the deep watery ocean on Enceladus on Thursday (April 3) in the journal Science, confirming suspicions held by many scientists since 2005, when NASA’s Cassini spacecraft spied geysers of ice and water vapor erupting from Enceladus’ south pole. The discovery vaults Enceladus... 

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Chicago Sun-Times To Accept Bitcoins For Subscription Payments

April 7, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Chicago Sun-Times To Accept Bitcoins For Subscription Payments

The Chicago Sun-Times has agreed to accept bitcoins as payment for subscription, becoming the first major U.S. newspaper to take the digital currency. The paper’s goal is to keep evolving with changing technology, and accepting bitcoin payments is one way it is trying to stay digitally focused, Editor-in-Chief Jim Kirk said in a release. The Sun-Times has a “digital-first” strategy that led it to experiment with a bitcoin paywall for a one-day period in February. It had partnered... 

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