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NSA Warns Several Countries Have Ability To Shutdown U.S. Infrastructure

November 25, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
NSA Warns Several Countries Have Ability To Shutdown U.S. Infrastructure

China and “probably one or two” other countries have the ability to invade and possibly shut down computer systems of U.S. power utilities, aviation networks and financial companies, Admiral Mike Rogers, the director of the U.S. National Security Agency said. Testifying to the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee on cyber threats, Rogers said digital attackers have been able to penetrate such systems and perform “reconnaissance” missions to determine how the networks... 

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Astronomers Searching For Binary Earth-Like Planets Around Stars

November 25, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Astronomers Searching For Binary Earth-Like Planets Around Stars

Two Earth-size planets that orbit each other might exist around distant stars, researchers say. The solar system has many examples of moons orbiting planets; Jupiter and Saturn both possess more than 60 satellites. However, these moons are usually much smaller than their planets — Earth is nearly four times wider than its moon and more than 80 times its mass. Still, some moons are as large as planets. For instance, Ganymede, Jupiter’s largest moon, is larger than Mercury, and three-quarters... 

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Will The EU Push To Break Up Google?

November 24, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Will The EU Push To Break Up Google?

Members of the European Parliament are preparing a motion calling for the break-up of Google, by separating its search engine functionality from other commercial services, according to news reports. A draft resolution calling for the break-up should be finalized early next week, with a vote potentially on Thursday, according to a report from The Financial Times. While the European Parliament has no formal power to break up the company, a vote to split Google could put pressure on the European Commission,... 

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Amazon’s Zocalo Goes Mobile

November 24, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Amazon’s Zocalo Goes Mobile

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced two much-needed boosts to its fledgling Zocalo productivity platform, making the service mobile and allowing for file capacities of up to 5TB. The service, which is designed to do what Drive does for Google and what Office 365 does for software rental, has gained mobile apps for the first time as Zocalo appears on the Google Play store and Apple App Store. Amazon also mentions availability on the Kindle store, but we’re not sure about that bit. We assume... 

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Could Alien Life Flourish On A CO2 Based Alien Planet?

November 24, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Could Alien Life Flourish On A CO2 Based Alien Planet?

Alien life might flourish on an exotic kind of carbon dioxide, researchers say. This “supercritical” carbon dioxide, which has features of both liquids and gases, could be key to extraterrestrial organisms much as water is to biology on Earth. Most familiar as a greenhouse gas that traps heat, helping warm the planet, carbon dioxide is exhaled by animals and used by plants in photosynthesis. While it can exist as a solid, liquid and gas, past a critical point of combined temperature and... 

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Microsoft Announces Office 365 Video, Streaming Service For The Enterprise

November 21, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Microsoft Announces Office 365 Video, Streaming Service For The Enterprise

Microsoft unveiled Office 365 Video, a YouTube-like streaming service where enterprises and large organizations can post in-house video content for communication and training. “Office 365 Video provides organizations with a secure, company-wide destination for posting, sharing and discovering video content,” said Mark Kashman, a senior product manager with the Office 365 team, in a blog posting. Kashman touted Video as a tool for internal communications, citing the examples of new-employee... 

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eBay Re-vamping Its Local Delivery Program

November 21, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
eBay Re-vamping Its Local Delivery Program

EBay Inc is making over its local delivery program and extending more logistics options to smaller merchants that make up the bulk of the e-commerce giant’s sprawling base of marketplace sellers, according to one of its executives. More of eBay’s smaller sellers, including some with annual sales under $100,000, will allow shoppers to buy items online that can be picked up in stores, an option now used by big companies such as Best Buy Co Inc and Toys ‘R’ Us. EBay also plans... 

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Scientist Discover Largest Web Of Galaxies

November 21, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Scientist Discover Largest Web Of Galaxies

Scientists working with a telescope in Chile discovered the alignment by studying 93 quasars — objects that shine very brightly and are powered by supermassive black holes — from the early universe. The picture (an artist’s impression created using data collected by the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope) shows the quasars aligned in a web of blue against the black sea of space. Earlier studies have found that these quasars are “known to form huge groupings... 

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WhatsApp Adds End-to-End Encryption

November 20, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
WhatsApp Adds End-to-End Encryption

Stepping up efforts to keep its users messages safe from prying eyes, WhatsApp announced that it now supports end-to-end encryption for messages sent between users. The end-to-end encryption comes thanks to a collaboration between WhatsApp and Open Whisper Systems, an open-source development company focused on secure communications. Facebook-owned WhatsApp has more than 600 million users who log in monthly, making Open Whisper’s encryption deployment the largest ever in the area of end-to-end... 

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IBM Unveils Verse, New Enterprise Email Product

November 20, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
IBM Unveils Verse, New Enterprise Email Product

IBM is going up against cloud-app juggernauts Google and Microsoft with its next generation e-mail client, called Verse, designed to enrich email with social media and analysis. “We felt we could leverage analytics to build an experience that understands your priorities,” said Jeff Schick, general manager of IBM social solutions, of the app that launched as a private beta on Tuesday. “We had the opportunity to reduce clutter and create priority, and to help people be more efficient... 

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Is Dark Matter Destroying Neutron Stars?

November 20, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Is Dark Matter Destroying Neutron Stars?

The mysterious substance that makes up most of the matter in the universe may be destroying neutron stars by turning them into black holes in the center of the Milky Way, new research suggests. If astronomers successfully detect a neutron star dying at the metaphorical hands of dark matter, such a finding could yield critical insights on the elusive properties of material, scientists added. Dark matter — an invisible substance thought to make up five-sixths of all matter in the universe — is... 

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Facebook Said To Be Launching Social Network For Professionals

November 19, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Facebook Said To Be Launching Social Network For Professionals

Facebook Inc’s professional version of its social network geared towards businesses will launch in the next few months, a person familiar with the matter revealed to Reuters. The world’s No.1 Internet social network with 1.35 billion monthly users has been quietly testing a version of its website aimed at workplace collaboration. The service, dubbed Facebook at Work, allows users to exchange messages and share documents using Facebook’s scrolling news feed and other familiar features... 

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Will Scientist Get A Skeleton View Of The Universe Using Remnants Of The Big Bang?

November 19, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Will Scientist Get A Skeleton View Of The Universe Using Remnants Of The Big Bang?

Scientists may soon get a look at the universe’s skeleton by taking a close look at light left over from the Big Bang, which can be used to reveal the presence of matter like stars, galaxies, black holes and even larger structures in the otherwise empty universe. It’s a lot like an X-ray revealing bones in a body, but on a cosmic scale. X-ray machines work by shining light over an entire area and detecting how different materials react. The light passes through tissue, but is stopped... 

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Facebook Launches Privacy Basic, Put Users In Control

November 18, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Facebook Launches Privacy Basic, Put Users In Control

Facebook wants its users to manage their own privacy. The social network has launched Privacy Basics, a page set up to offer users advice and how-to tips to make sure they have the level of privacy they want for their Facebook profiles. Facebook also is giving users an early look at changes the company plans on making to its terms of service, data policy and cookies policy. Users have a week to make comments or suggestions about what’s coming. “Over the past year, we’ve introduced... 

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Can Starshade Tech Illuminate Alien Worlds?

November 18, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Can Starshade Tech Illuminate Alien Worlds?

Starshade” technology that could help astronomers find and characterize rocky, Earthlike alien worlds was put to the test earlier this year in the Nevada desert. A starshade, also dubbed an external occulter, is a precisely shaped screen that flies in far-away formation with a space telescope. The device blocks a star’s light to create a high-contrast shadow, so that only light from an orbiting exoplanet enters the telescope for detailed study. While a starshade to hunt alien planets... 

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