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Amazon Acquires Live-Streaming Game Network Twitch For Nearly $1B

August 27, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Amazon Acquires Live-Streaming Game Network Twitch For Nearly $1B

Amazon.com Inc has acquired live-streaming gamingnetwork Twitch Interactive for about $970 million in cash, reflecting Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos’ vision to transform Amazon into an Internet destination beyond its roots in retail operations. The deal, jointly announced by the two companies, is the largest deal in Amazon’s 20-year history and will help the U.S. e-commerce company vie with Apple Inc and Google Inc in the fast-growing world of online gaming, which accounts for... 

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Does Microbial Life Here Bold Well For Alien Life Discovery?

August 27, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Does Microbial Life Here Bold Well For Alien Life Discovery?

The discovery of a complex microbial ecosystem far beneath the Antarctic ice may be exciting, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that life teems on frigid worlds throughout the solar system, researcher’s caution. Scientists announced today (Aug. 20) in the journal Nature that many different types of microbes live in subglacial Lake Whillans, a body of fresh water entombed beneath 2,600 feet (800 meters) of Antarctic ice. Many of the micro-organisms in these dark depths apparently get their... 

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US Government Warns Major Businesses Hit By Backoff Malware

August 26, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
US Government Warns Major Businesses Hit By Backoff Malware

Over 1,000 major enterprise networks and small and medium businesses in the U.S. have been compromised by a recently discovered malware package named Backoff and are probably unaware of it, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has said in a cybersecurity alert. Backoff first appeared in October 2013 and is capable of scraping the memory contents of point of sales systems — industry speak for cash registers and other terminals used at store checkouts — for data swiped from credit... 

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Is Europa The Best Bet For Alien Life?

August 26, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Is Europa The Best Bet For Alien Life?

Jupiter’s moon Europa doesn’t look like a particularly inviting place for life to thrive; the icy satellite is nearly 500 million miles (800 million kilometers) from the sun, on average. But beneath its icy crust lies a liquid ocean with more water than Earth contains. This ocean is shielded from harmful radiation, making Europa one of the solar system’s best bets to host alien life. That’s one of the reasons Europa is so alluring to scientists. It has all the elements thought... 

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Amazon Developing Own Online Advertising

August 25, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Amazon Developing Own Online Advertising

Amazon Inc is planning to develop its own software for generating advertisements online, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing sources with knowledge of the matter. While the in-house platform is initially planned to replace ads supplied by Google Inc on Amazon’s own website, the new system could challenge Google and Microsoft Corp’s advertising business in the future, the newspaper cited the people as saying. Amazon’s system would resemble Google’s AdWords, and is... 

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UPS Joins The List Of Companies To Report A Data Breach

August 22, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
UPS Joins The List Of Companies To Report A Data Breach

Credit and debit card information belonging to customers made purchases at 51 UPS Store Inc. locations in 24 states this year may have been illegally accessed as the result of an intrusion into the company’s networks. In a statement on Wednesday, UPS said it was recently notified by law enforcement officials about a “broad-based malware intrusion” of its systems. A subsequent investigation by an IT security firm showed that attackers had installed previously unknown malware on... 

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Astrophysicists Discover Stars Being Eaten By Supermassive Black Hole

August 22, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Astrophysicists Discover Stars Being Eaten By Supermassive Black Hole

Astrophysicists have analyzed two decades-worth of X-ray data and discovered three events inside galactic cores that can be interpreted in only one way: stellar destruction. ANALYSIS: Supermassive Black Hole Jet Mystery Solved For any given galaxy, it is estimated that a star will be destroyed by the central supermassive black hole approximately once every 10,000 years. The vast majority of known galaxies are thought to contain at least one supermassive black hole in their cores, having a dramatic... 

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YouTube Music Might Prove Lucrative For Google

August 21, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
YouTube Music Might Prove Lucrative For Google

A beefed up version of YouTube offering exclusive content might turn out to be lucrative bait for Google to lure some of its users deeper into its digital video and music services. YouTube appears to be readying a paid premium music service that would cost US$9.99 a month, called YouTube Music Key. Roughly a dozen purported screenshots of the service were recently published online on the blog Android Police, possibly showing how it would work. The images showed exclusive content such as remixes... 

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Astronomer’s Discover New Clues In Supernovas Death?

August 21, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Astronomer’s Discover New Clues In Supernovas Death?

When a supernova suddenly appeared in the night sky earlier this year, astronomers scrambled to study the bright new object before it faded away. Now, with new forensic data gathered by NASA telescopes, scientists say they have a better idea about what caused the star explosion in the nearby Messier 82 galaxy. At 12 million light-years away, the Type Ia supernova first spotted on Jan. 21 was the closest to Earth in years. There are two primary explanations for how Type Ia supernovas are triggered:... 

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Vehicle-To-Vehicle Networks May Save Lives, Says U.S. Government

August 20, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Vehicle-To-Vehicle Networks May Save Lives, Says U.S. Government

The U.S. government wants make vehicles talk to each other over wireless networks, saying that could save more than 1,000 lives every year. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is seeking input about a possible federal standard for vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) technology, which would allow cars to automatically exchange information, such as whether they’re close to each other. The agency will accept comments from the public and industry for 60 days from when the advance notice... 

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Hackers From China Breach U.S. Hospital Patients Data

August 20, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Hackers From China Breach U.S. Hospital Patients Data

Community Health Systems Inc., one of the largest U.S. hospital groups, is reporting that it was the victim of a cyber attack from China, resulting in the theft of Social Security numbers and other personal data belonging to 4.5 million patients. Security experts said the hacking group, known as “APT 18,” may have links to the Chinese government. “APT 18″ typically targets companies in the aerospace and defense, construction andengineering, technology, financial services... 

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Astronomers Confirm Medium Size Black Holes

August 20, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Astronomers Confirm Medium Size Black Holes

Black holes do indeed come in three sizes: small, medium and extra large, a new study suggests. Astronomers have studied many black holes at either size extreme — “stellar-mass” black holes, which are a few dozen times as weighty as the sun, and supermassive black holes, which can contain millions or billions of times the mass of the sun and lurk at the heart of most, if not all, galaxies. Researchers have spotted hints of much rarer medium-size black holes, which harbor between 100... 

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Harvard Developing Self-Organizing Robots

August 19, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Harvard Developing Self-Organizing Robots

Harvard researchers have developed a process for thousands of robots to coordinate their actions so that they can complete a single task, such as arrange themselves into a star formation. The work, led by Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences’ computer science professor Radhika Nagpal, is part of an ongoing effort to investigate ways that machines can mimic biological processes, using AI (artificial intelligence) algorithms. The researchers built 1,024 small, mobile, three-legged... 

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Apple Changes Policy, Begins Storage Of User Personal Data In China

August 19, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Apple Changes Policy, Begins Storage Of User Personal Data In China

Apple Inc has started the processing of keeping the personal data of some Chinese users on servers in mainland China, marking the first time the tech giant is storing user data on Chinese soil. The storage of user data in China represents a departure from the policies of some technology companies, notably Google Inc, which has long refused to build data centers in China due to censorship and privacy concerns. Apple said the move was part of an effort to improve the speed and reliability of its... 

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Could CFC’s Help With The Search For Alien Life?

August 19, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Could CFC’s Help With The Search For Alien Life?

Chemicals once found in hairspray may serve as signs of alien life on faraway worlds, researchers say. These compounds may reveal that extraterrestrials have disastrously altered their planets, scientists added. To detect biomarkers, or signs of life, on distant worlds, scientists have often focused on molecules such as oxygen, which theoretically disappears quickly from atmospheres unless life is present to provide a constant supply of the gas. By looking at light passing through atmospheres of... 

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