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Slack Acquires Screen Hero

January 30, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Slack Acquires Screen Hero

Slack, the IRC-for-businesses company, has acquired screen-sharing collaboration startup Screenhero with an eye toward adding valuable new communications capabilities to its software. The deal, which was for an undisclosed sum of cash and stocks, sees Screenhero’s six-person team joining Slack to add screensharing, video chat and voice conferencing to the company’s core enterprise chat room service. Screenhero is designed to let big teams work together like small teams and has found... 

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Amazon Courting The Enterprise With New ‘WorkMail’ Service

January 30, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Amazon Courting The Enterprise With New ‘WorkMail’ Service

Amazon.com Inc ramped up its attempts to woo corporate clients by announcing an email and scheduling service that will compete with Microsoft Corp and Google Inc . The service, dubbed WorkMail, will launch in the second quarter and has been developed by the company’s cloud computing unit, Amazon Web Services (AWS). It highlights Amazon’s efforts to convince deep-pocketed companies, called enterprises in tech parlance, to shift more of their work to AWS. Launching an email and scheduling... 

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Astronomer Find Ancient Alien Worlds Nearly As Old As the Universe

January 30, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Astronomer Find Ancient Alien Worlds Nearly As Old As the Universe

Five rocky alien worlds that are 80 percent as old as the universe itself have been discovered, suggesting that Earth-size planets have been a feature of the Milky Way galaxy almost since its beginning. The newfound exoplanets circle Kepler-444, an 11.2-billion-year-old star about 25 percent smaller than the sun that lies 117 light-years from Earth. All of the worlds are Venus-size or smaller and are therefore rocky, though scientists know nothing else about their composition. All five alien planets... 

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DEA Has A Program That Tracks Cars Moving Across The Country

January 29, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
DEA Has A Program That Tracks Cars Moving Across The Country

A U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration program to track cars close to the U.S.-Mexican border has been gradually expanded nationwide and is regularly used by other law enforcement agencies searching for criminal suspects. The extent of the system, which is said to contain hundreds of millions of records on motorists and their journeys, was disclosed in documents obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union as part of a Freedom of Information Act request. Much of the information disclosed to the... 

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Yahoo To Spinoff Shares In Alibaba

January 29, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Yahoo To Spinoff Shares In Alibaba

Yahoo Inc plans to spin off its 15 percent stake in China’s Alibaba Group Holding Ltd , caving to demands to hand over to shareholders its prized e-commerce investment valued at roughly $40 billion. The move to spin off the Alibaba stake satisfies a persistent investor demand, but could also ratchet up pressure on Yahoo Chief Executive Marissa Mayer to make quicker progress in strengthening Yahoo’s struggling media and advertising business. “It’s not going to be easy from... 

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Can A Galactic Bubble Expose Dark Matter?

January 29, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Can A Galactic Bubble Expose Dark Matter?

Compared to other galaxies, the Milky Way is relatively peaceful. Even the center of our galaxy, where things are the most tumultuous, experiences relatively few violent events. Unlike in other galaxies, the black hole at the center of the Milky Way doesn’t ravenously suck in huge meals of gas or spit out enormous jets of radiation and light. But our galaxy wasn’t always so sleepy. In 2010, a team of scientists working at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics discovered a pair... 

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Dropbox Acquires Startup Pixelapse

January 28, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Dropbox Acquires Startup Pixelapse

Dropbox, never one to shy away from an acquisition, has purchased startup Pixelapse, which provides a GitHub-like version control service for “tens of thousands” of visual designers. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed. “Our new development efforts will be focused on bringing the same kinds of collaboration and workflow experiences that you’re used to in Pixelapse over to the core Dropbox product,” said the company’s traditional “hey we’ve been... 

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NASA Discovers Mysterious Spot On Ceres

January 28, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
NASA Discovers Mysterious Spot On Ceres

A strange, flickering white blotch found on the dwarf planet Ceres by a NASA spacecraft has scientists scratching their heads. The white spot on Ceres in a series of new photos taken on Jan. 13 by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft, which is rapidly approaching the round dwarf planet in the asteroid belt between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. But when the initial photo release on Monday (Jan. 19), the Dawn scientists gave no indication of what the white dot might be. “Yes, we can confirm that it... 

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New Internet Browser Vivaldi Launches

January 28, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
New Internet Browser Vivaldi Launches

Well known software developer Jon von Tetzchner has launched a new internet browser, offering an interface for high-volume users who “have problems fitting all their open tabs on one screen”, he said in a Reuters interview. Known as Vivaldi and available on desktop computers from Tuesday, the browser’s initial launch covers the Windows, Mac and Linux platforms. “A mobile phone and a tablet version are in the pipeline. We are working on it, but they won’t be out until... 

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Gas Stations Vulnerable To Cyberattacks

January 27, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Gas Stations Vulnerable To Cyberattacks

Over 5,000 devices used by gas stations in the U.S. to monitor their fuel tank levels can be hacked from the Internet by malicious attackers. These devices, known as automated tank gauges (ATGs), are also used to trigger alarms in case of problems with the tanks, such as fuel spills. “An attacker with access to the serial port interface of an ATG may be able to shut down the station by spoofing the reported fuel level, generating false alarms, and locking the monitoring service out of the system,”... 

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Astronomers Pinpoint Gamma-Ray Burst Outside The Milky Way

January 27, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Astronomers Pinpoint Gamma-Ray Burst Outside The Milky Way

Scientists have detected the origins of three bright gamma-ray signals from objects beyond our own Milky Way galaxy for the first time, including one signal from a strange “superbubble” of gas. The gamma-ray signals from three very different astronomical objects were detected in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) — the biggest satellite galaxy of the Milky Way — by a telescope network in Africa. They are spewing high-energy gamma-rays and are giving the Milky Way a run for its money. Two... 

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China Further Restricts Internet, Blocks VPN Access

January 26, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
China Further Restricts Internet, Blocks VPN Access

China is further tightening its grip on access to the Internet by blocking services that allow users to get around government censorship. Several foreign-based operators of virtual private network (VPN) services said Friday that access to their services in China had been disrupted as a result of the crackdown and users are facing a harder time getting to some foreign websites. Virtual private networks work by establishing an encrypted pipe between a computer or smartphone and a server in a foreign... 

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Box Riding High After Success IPO

January 26, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Box Riding High After Success IPO

Box made a splashy entrance on the New York Stock Exchange Friday, opening at $20.20 per share, or 44 percent higher than the price it had set for itself the night before. With 12.5 million shares for sale, the initial public offering raised some $175 million that Box can now use to invest in its business, and a market capitalization of $1.6 billion. By Friday afternoon, the stock — trading under the symbol “BOX” — had reached as high as $24.73 per share, or 77 percent above... 

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NASA Test New Robotic Helicopter

January 26, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
NASA Test New Robotic Helicopter

The robotic rovers navigating around Mars are limited by what their onboard cameras are capable of viewing. If they could see further ahead, they might be able totravel three times as far in a single Martian day, enabling them to better find sites to explore and gather more information, faster, than they can today. To speed up the rovers’ work, NASA is considering sending a robotic helicopter to Mars that could act as a scout for their explorations. “So why would we want to put a helicopter on... 

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Strange Signal Points To Merging Black Holes

January 26, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Strange Signal Points To Merging Black Holes

A mysterious light signal from a faraway galaxy could point to two supermassive black holes finishing up a merger in the galaxy’s core, new research reveals. Scientists saw repeating pulses from a quasar — a bright galactic core powered by at least one huge black hole — and say the light is likely being generated during the latter stages of a monster black hole collision. If this interpretation is correct, researchers could learn a great deal more about the final phases of such mergers,... 

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