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Facebook Doubling Reward For It’s Ad Based Bugs

October 17, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Facebook Doubling Reward For It’s Ad Based Bugs

Facebook is doubling the bounty it will pay for security vulnerabilities related to code that runs its advertising system, the company announced. A comprehensive security audit of its ads code was recently completed, but Facebook “would like to encourage additional scrutiny from whitehats to see what we may have missed,” wrote Collin Greene, a security engineer, in a blog post. “Whitehats” refers to ethical security researchers, as opposed to “blackhats” who take... 

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Astronomers Find Early Galactic Mega-City

October 17, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Astronomers Find Early Galactic Mega-City

A new photo of a huge galactic “mega city” under construction in the early universe shows star formation happening in unexpected places, scientists have found. The new image of the Spiderweb Galaxy (also known as MRC 1138-262) shows blobs of dust that are actually galaxies, captured by a European Southern Observatory telescope in Chile. The entire galaxy cluster surrounds a radio galaxy that has a supermassive black hole at its center. Here’s where the surprise came: Scientists... 

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Google Adds More Cities To Shopping Delivery Service

October 16, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Google Adds More Cities To Shopping Delivery Service

Google Inc announed that it would be expanding its same-day shopping delivery service to three additional U.S. cities and start charging customers for the service, which competes with Amazon.com Inc. The Google Express service, which was earlier only available in certain parts of California and New York City, will be expanded to Boston, Chicago, and Washington D.C., Google said in a blog. Membership for the service, which was earlier called Google Shopping Express, will cost $95 a year, or $10... 

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Will Smartphones Eventually Destroy The Tablet Market?

October 16, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Will Smartphones Eventually Destroy The Tablet Market?

Gartner is warning that tablet sales could fall to the power of the cheaper and bigger smartphones. Gartner’s Q3 and annual figures for device sales worldwide — covering smartphones and tablets as well as PCs of all sizes — shows that tablet sales in 2014 will only see 11 per cent growth over last year, compared to growth of 55 percent the year before. This works out to a projected 229 million tablets selling in 2014, or 9.5% of overall worldwide device sales, which will total 2.4 billion... 

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HP, EMC Call Off Merger Talks

October 16, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
HP, EMC Call Off Merger Talks

Hewlett-Packard Co has ended all merger discussions with EMC Corp, deciding to walk away from the deal after months of fruitless negotiations, people briefed on the matter told Reuters. The official cessation of discussions to merge two of the tech industry’s largest enterprise-oriented firms may come as a disappointment to activist investors Elliott Management, which has pushed hard for storage products maker EMC to pursue merger or spinoff opportunities. Pressure is building on EMC as rival... 

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Cisco Warns Users To Lock Down Webex To Prevent Snooping

October 15, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Cisco Warns Users To Lock Down Webex To Prevent Snooping

Cisco has warned users to lock down WebEx after a security researcher and journalist discovered many big-name companies left some online meetings open for anyone to join. Brian Krebs wrote on his blog that he found companies and organizations that failed to password protect WebEx meetings, which allowed “anyone to join daily meetings about apparently internal discussions and planning sessions.” Meeting schedules for organizations were available through WebEx’s “Event Center,”... 

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Google Launches Telemedicine Beta Feature

October 15, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Google Launches Telemedicine Beta Feature

Google is offering a temporary trial of a new feature that allows people seeking medical advice to also connect with a physician for an online consult. The feature, part of the Google+ Helpouts online collaboration video service that launched a year ago, allows healthcare workers to share expertise through live video and provide real-time advice from their computers or mobile devices. “When you’re searching for basic health information — from conditions like insomnia or food poisoning... 

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Alleged Dropbox User Names And Passwords Posted On Pastebin

October 15, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Alleged Dropbox User Names And Passwords Posted On Pastebin

Several hundred of alleged usernames and passwords for online document-sharing site Dropbox were published on Monday on Pastebin, an anonymous information-sharing website. The anonymous user, who claims to have hacked close to 7 million accounts, is calling for Bitcoin donations to fund the operation. “We will keep releasing more to the public as donations come in, show your support,” the anonymous Pastebin user said on the site. Dropbox, however, said it has not been hacked. “These... 

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Milky Way Galaxy Does Not Have As Much Dark Matter As Originally Believed

October 15, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Milky Way Galaxy Does Not Have As Much Dark Matter As Originally Believed

For years, mysterious dark matter has eluded scientists, and now, a new study shows there may be less of it to find. Using a century-old equation, scientists have found that the Milky Way galaxy holds half as much dark matter — the invisible stuff believed to make up a sizable chunk of the universe — as scientists had previously thought. By calculating the speed of stars throughout the galaxy and conducting a detailed study of the Milky Way’s outer edges, a team of astronomers in Australia... 

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Would Finding E.T. Change Philosophical Views?

October 14, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Would Finding E.T. Change Philosophical Views?

The discovery of extraterrestrial beings — be they slimy microbes or little green men — would dramatically change the way we humans view our place in the universe. But would it shatter religion? Well, that depends on what you believe. In his new book ”Religions and Extraterrestrial Life” (Springer 2014), David Weintraub, an astronomer at Vanderbilt University, takes a close look at how different faiths would handle the revelation that we’re not alone. Some of his findings might... 

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Twitter To Allow Money Transfer Via Tweets

October 14, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Twitter To Allow Money Transfer Via Tweets

One of France’s largest banks is partnering with social network Twitter Inc. to allow its customers to transfer money via tweets. The move by Groupe BPCE, France’s second largest bank by customers, coincides with Twitter’s own foray into the world of online payments as the social network seeks new sources of revenue beyond advertising. Twitter is racing other tech giants Apple  and Facebook to get a foothold in new payment services for mobile phones or apps. They are collaborating... 

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Amazon Mulling Retail Store In New York

October 13, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Amazon Mulling Retail Store In New York

Amazon.com, the largest online retailer in the world, is exploring the possibility of opening its first brick-and-mortar store — in New York City — just in time for the holiday shopping season. The company, which is reportedly opening the store on Manhattan’s busy 34th Street, is looking to experiment with a retail store that would focus on same-day delivery in the city, as well as give customers a place for product returns, exchanges and even online order pickups, according to... 

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What Will Facebook Do With WhatsApp

October 13, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
What Will Facebook Do With WhatsApp

Facebook, which closed its acquisition of mobile messaging service WhatsApp earlier this week, has said that it has no near-term plan to make money from it. Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg, who is visiting India to participate in an event to boost Internet usage, refused to say much more, but it does indicate that the company has not worked out a cunning plan yet. Facebook’s final WhatsApp acquisition price tag has risen an additional $3 billion to roughly $22 billion because of the increased... 

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Tesla Unveils New Vehicle With ‘Auto-pilot’ Features

October 13, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Tesla Unveils New Vehicle With ‘Auto-pilot’ Features

Tesla Motors Inc made its first move toward automated driving, unveiling features that will allow its electric sedan to park itself and sense dangerous situations. The company also said it will roll out an all-wheel drive option of the Model S sedan that can go from zero to 60 miles per hour in 3.2 seconds yet doesn’t compromise the vehicle’s efficiency. The car is like having a “personal roller coaster,” Tesla CEO Elon Musk joked after making the announcement at the packed... 

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Astronomers Discover Hybrid Star

October 13, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Astronomers Discover Hybrid Star

For astronomers, it’s the equivalent of buried treasure in space: a strange hybrid star — actually, one star packed inside the shell of another, larger star. That’s apparently what happens when a dying star swallows a smaller, dead star. And for decades, this exotic cosmic rarity was only theory, a wild idea hatched by an astronomer and a now-famous physicist and an astronomer. It’s called a Thorne-Zytkow object (TZO), and its existence was first proposed in 1975 by physicist... 

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