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Facebook Debuts ‘Rooms’ App For Chats

October 24, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Facebook Debuts ‘Rooms’ App For Chats

Facebook is going old school, with a stand-alone app for discussion boards geared towards allowin users to talk about shared interests without having to use their real names. The company released Rooms on Thursday, its answer to the craze around posting and sharing anonymously. People can use any name they want and don’t need a Facebook account. The app contains rooms geared around various topics, all of which require an invite link to enter. Providing an email address is optional, for the... 

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Google Continues Artificial Intelligence Expansion, Partners With Oxford U.

October 24, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Google Continues Artificial Intelligence Expansion, Partners With Oxford U.

Google Inc is growing its artificial intelligence area, hiring more than half a dozen leading academics and experts in the field and announcing a partnership with Oxford University to “accelerate” its efforts. Google will make a “substantial contribution” to establish a research partnership with Oxford’s computer science and engineering departments, the company said on Thursday regarding its work to develop the intelligence of machines and software, often to emulate... 

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Do Exocomets Come In Different Forms?

October 24, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Do Exocomets Come In Different Forms?

Astronomers investigated Beta Pictoris, a relatively young star located about 63 light-years from the sun. At only about 20 million years of age — far younger than the 4.6-billion-year-old sun — Beta Pictoris is surrounded by a huge protoplanetary disk. A disk of gas and dust just like this one encircled the sun in its youth. For nearly 30 years, scientists have detected subtle changes in the light from Beta Pictoris that researchers thought were caused by exocomets traveling in front of the... 

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Survey Reveals Workers Using Personal Devices For Job-related Tasks

October 23, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Survey Reveals Workers Using Personal Devices For Job-related Tasks

Many workers use their personally owned smartphones and other technology devices for job tasks, but a new survey reveals a big percentage are doing so without their employer’s knowledge. Market research firm Gartner surveyed 4,300 U.S. consumers in June who work at large companies (with more than 1,000 employees) and found 40% used personally owned smartphones, tablets, laptops or desktops as a primary or supplemental business device. That 40% might not be unusual, but more surprisingly, Gartner... 

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U.S. Government Investigating Medical Device Hacking Threats

October 23, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
U.S. Government Investigating Medical Device Hacking Threats

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is looking into about two dozen cases of suspected cybersecurity flaws in medical devices and hospital equipment that officials believe could be exploited by hackers, a senior official at the agency told Reuters. The products under review by the agency’s Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team, or ICS-CERT, include an infusion pump from Hospira Inc and implantable heart devices from Medtronic Inc and St Jude Medical Inc, according... 

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Will Google’s Algorithm Change Stop Piracy?

October 22, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Will Google’s Algorithm Change Stop Piracy?

Nosey Google has updated its search engine algorithms in an attempt to restrict piracy web sites appearing high in its search rankings. The update will mean piracy sites are less likely to appear when people search for music, films and other copyrighted content. The decision to roll out the search changes was announced in a refreshed version of a How Google Fights Piracy report, which was originally published in September 2013. However, this year’s updated report features a couple of developments,... 

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Twitter To Allow Users To Stream Music

October 21, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Twitter To Allow Users To Stream Music

Twitter Inc  will allow users to play podcasts, music and other audio clips direct from their timelines, or message feeds, by using a  new feature designed in partnership with Berlin-based audio-streaming service SoundCloud. The online messaging service introduced what it dubbed “Audio Card,” through which users can listen to a variety of content whilst browsing their timelines. For starters, Twitter has promised audio from SoundCloud’s partners, which include such diverse sources... 

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Can Red Dwaft Have Planets With Alien Life?

October 21, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Can Red Dwaft Have Planets With Alien Life?

Small, dim red dwarfs are by far the most common stars in the Milky Way, making up more than 70 percent of our galaxy’s stellar population. But are they best places to look for alien life? That question will took center stage during a debate on Oct. 16 at 7:30 p.m. EDT (2330 GMT) organized by the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA). You can watch the event live here on Space.com, courtesy of the CfA, or on the CfA’s “Observatory Nights” YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/ObsNights Two... 

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Yahoo To Lay Out Cost-cutting Efforts

October 21, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Yahoo To Lay Out Cost-cutting Efforts

Yahoo Inc is expected today  to reveal cost-cutting efforts and give details of how it is evaluating possible acquisitions as it faces mounting pressure from an activist investor, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing a person who was briefed on the plan. Yahoo is considering purchasing one or more large technology startups with some of the $5.8 billion it made from the initial public offering of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, the newspaper said. Representatives at Yahoo did not immediately respond... 

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MasterCard Testing A New Card With Fingerprint Reader

October 20, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
MasterCard Testing A New Card With Fingerprint Reader

MasterCard is trying out a contactless payment card with a built-in fingerprint reader that can authorize high-value payments without requiring the user to enter a PIN. The credit-card company showed a prototype of the card in London on Friday along with Zwipe, the Norwegian company that developed the fingerprint recognition technology. The contactless payment card has an integrated fingerprint sensor and a secure data store for the cardholder’s biometric data, which is held only on the card... 

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Amazon Expands Grocery Delivery Service

October 20, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Amazon Expands Grocery Delivery Service

Amazon.com Inc is add more territory to its online grocery delivery program to Brooklyn’s well-heeled Park Slope neighborhood, giving the No. 1 U.S. online retailer a foothold in one of the wealthiest and densest markets in the United States. The AmazonFresh program, which offers same-day or next-day delivery on more than 500,000 items including fresh and frozen groceries, will soon expand to other areas in Brooklyn. The move is part of Amazon’s slow build-out of its “Fresh”... 

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Where Should The Search For Life On Mars Start?

October 20, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Where Should The Search For Life On Mars Start?

Frigid lakes bombarded by UV radiation and boiling, acidic springs are some of the otherworldly Earth environments where scientists plan to hunt for clues to life on Mars. Funded by a new, five-year NASA grant, the researchers will tour the three ages of Mars on Earth — when Mars was cold, wet and habitable; the transition period when water disappeared; and the modern, dry period. The Mars-like environments include hot springs in California and Yellowstone National Park, permafrost on cold Arctic... 

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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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