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Astronomers Find Black Hole Missing Link

March 4, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Astronomers Find Black Hole Missing Link

A newfound cosmic object may be a long-sought missing link that could help flesh out the black hole family tree. The object appears to be an intermediate-mass black hole (IMBH), astronomers say. Called NGC-2276-3c, it lies in an arm of the spiral galaxy NGC-2276, about 100 million light-years from Earth. IMBHs are thought to contain the mass of a few hundred to a few hundred thousand suns. The black holes are therefore intermediate in size between stellar-mass black holes and the behemoths that lurk... 

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Astronomers Theorizes How Vulcan Planets Formed

March 3, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Astronomers Theorizes How Vulcan Planets Formed

The mystery of how blisteringly hot “Vulcan planets” form may now be one step closer to being solved, researchers say. In the past two decades or so, researchers have confirmed the existence of more than 1,800 exoplanets orbiting distant stars. These discoveries have revealed very different kinds of planets from those seen in the solar system, such as super-Earths, which are rocky worlds up to 10 times the mass of Earth. Unexpectedly, astronomers recently found a strange new class of... 

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Uber Reveals Data Breach Exposed Data On 50,000 Drivers

March 2, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Uber Reveals Data Breach Exposed Data On 50,000 Drivers

The names and license plate numbers of about 50,000 Uber drivers were exposed in a security breach last year, the company revealed on Friday. Uber found out about a possible breach of its systems in September, and a subsequent investigation revealed an unauthorized third party had accessed one of its databases four months earlier, the company said. The files accessed held the names and license plate numbers of about 50,000 current and former drivers, which Uber described as a “small percentage”... 

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Will NASA Search Alien Life On Europa?

March 2, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Will NASA Search Alien Life On Europa?

A potential NASA mission to Jupiter’s moon Europa may end up hunting for signs of life on the icy, ocean-harboring world. NASA officials have asked scientists to consider ways that a Europa mission could search for evidence of alien life in the plumes of water vapor that apparently blast into space from Europa’s south polar region. These plumes, which NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope spotted in December 2012, provide a possible way to sample Europa’s ocean of liquid water, which... 

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Bad News For Lenovo Continues As Website Is Hacked

February 27, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Bad News For Lenovo Continues As Website Is Hacked

Chinese PC and mobile phone maker Lenovo Group Ltd acknowledged that its website was hacked, its second security blemish days after the U.S. government advised consumers to remove software called “Superfish” pre-installed on its laptops. Hacking group Lizard Squad claimed credit for the attacks on microblogging service Twitter. Lenovo said attackers breached the domain name system associated with Lenovo and redirected visitors to lenovo.com to another address, while also intercepting... 

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Astronomers Discover Monster Black Hole

February 27, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Astronomers Discover Monster Black Hole

Astronomers have discovered the largest and most luminous black hole ever seen — an ancient monster with a mass about 12 billion times that of the sun — that dates back to when the universe was less than 1 billion years old. It remains a mystery how black holes could have grown so huge in such a relatively brief time after the dawn of the universe, researchers say. Supermassive black holes are thought to lurk in the hearts of most, if not all, large galaxies. The largest black holes found so... 

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Anthem Says Nearly 79M Records Were Exposed In Data Breach

February 26, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Anthem Says Nearly 79M Records Were Exposed In Data Breach

The Anthem data breach may have exposed 78.8 million records, according to deeper analysis provided in an estimate by the health insurance company, but Anthem is still investigating exactly how many records hackers captured from a database. Hackers accessed a database at Anthem that contained customer and employee records with names, birth dates, Social Security numbers, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses and member IDs, the health insurance company said on Feb. 4. Some records included employment... 

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More Lawyers, Lawsuits Descend On Lenovo Over Superfish

February 26, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
More Lawyers, Lawsuits Descend On Lenovo Over Superfish

Lenovo and adware maker Superfish were subjected to more legal action as two new lawsuits were filed in California federal courts taking the firms to task for putting consumers at risk of hacker spying and information theft. The two complaints — the second and third since the China-based computer OEM (original equipment manufacturer) admitted it had pre-loaded adware on its consumer PCs in the second half of 2014 — named both Lenovo and Superfish, and each lawsuit requested class-action... 

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IBM, ARM Team Up To Offer IoT Starter Kit

February 26, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
IBM, ARM Team Up To Offer IoT Starter Kit

ARM and IBM want Internet of Things (IoT) enthusiasts to make their own connected devices in a matter of minutes with a new development kit that they have unveiled. The ARM mbed IoT Starter Kit — Ethernet Edition will allow users to make cloud-ready Internet of Things products that could receive or transmit data for analysis or alerts. The development kit will come with ARM’s mbed OS and connect into IBM’s BlueMix cloud, which will help in the development of applications and services. The... 

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Should We Really Reach Out To E.T.?

February 26, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Should We Really Reach Out To E.T.?

Is it time to take the search for intelligent aliens to the next level? For more than half a century, scientists have been scanning the heavens for signals generated by intelligent alien life. They haven’t found anything conclusive yet, so some researchers are advocating adding an element called “active SETI” (search for extraterrestrial intelligence) — not just listening, but also beaming out transmissions of our own designed to catch aliens’ eyes. Active SETI “may... 

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Chrome Browser Now Has Early Warning Alert

February 25, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Chrome Browser Now Has Early Warning Alert

Google has added an early warning alert to Chrome that appears when users try to access a website that the search giant believes will try to trick users into downloading suspicious software. The new alert pops up in Chrome when a user aims the browser at a suspect site but before the domain is displayed. “The site ahead contains harmful programs,” the warning states. Google emphasized tricksters that “harm your browsing experience,” and cited those that silently change the... 

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Are Health Companies Tracking You?

February 25, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Are Health Companies Tracking You?

US sites which offer medical advice are tracking queries, sending the sensitive data to third party corporations, even shipping the information directly to the insurance brokers who monitor credit scores. Tim Libert, a researcher at the University of Pennsylvania, custom-built software called webXray to analyze the top 50 search results for nearly 2,000 common diseases (over 80,000 pages total). He found the results startling: a full 91 percent of the pages made what are known as third-party requests... 

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YouTube Releasing New Kids App

February 23, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
YouTube Releasing New Kids App

YouTube is rolling out a new app for children next week, called YouTube Kids, which will run on smartphones and tablets and focus on kid-appropriate content. The free app from Google Inc’s online video service will be available for download as of today, February 23rd, and will feature kid-friendly design, with big icons and minimal scrolling, according to details seen by Reuters. The app, which will be separate from the mainstream YouTube mobile app, will also feature parental controls such... 

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Star Explosions Help Solve Lithium MysteryOf The Universe

February 23, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Star Explosions Help Solve Lithium MysteryOf The Universe

An explosion on the surface of a dying star has is helping to clear up a mystery behind copious amounts of lithium seen in the universe. By studying Nova Delphini 2013 (V339 Del), astronomers were able to detect a precursor to lithium, making the first direct detection of the third lightest element whose abundance had long remained in the theoretical realm. “There have been no direct observational evidence for lithium production in novae before our result,” lead author Akito Tajitsu,... 

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Cox Communications Developing Digital In-home Health Service

February 20, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Cox Communications Developing Digital In-home Health Service

Cable TV and internet service provider Cox Communications Inc, working alongside the Cleveland Clinic medical center announced a new venture to develop in-home healthcare services, stepping into a market that is poised to grow as medical care goes digital. The joint venture in Atlanta called Vivre Health is designed to help Cox expand its reach into healthcare beyond its current services such as providing broadband for hospitals. The plan is to foster in-home monitoring and treatment, such as video... 

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