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BMW Begins Automated Driving Trials

September 30, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
BMW Begins Automated Driving Trials

German luxury carmaker BMW is partnering with Chinese internet giant Baidu to kick off highly automated driving trials in Beijing and Shanghai. BMW research vehicles capable of highly automated driving have already undergone thousands of kilometers of trials on German autobahns. The project will now be expanded to include other large cities in China, BMW said on Monday. “BMW is embarking on a further research project which will pave the way for highly automated driving in China as well,”... 

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FBI Is Concerned About Encryption On Smartphones

September 29, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
FBI Is Concerned About Encryption On Smartphones

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation expressed some concerns about moves by Apple and Google to include encryption on smartphones, the agency’s director has stated. Quick law enforcement access to the contents of smartphones could save lives in some kidnapping and terrorism cases, FBI Director James Comey said in a briefing with some reporters. Comey said he’s concerned that smartphone companies are marketing “something expressly to allow people to place themselves beyond the... 

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Astronomers Find New Molecule In Space Dust

September 29, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Astronomers Find New Molecule In Space Dust

The discovery of a strangely branched organic molecule in the depths of interstellar space has capped a decades-long search for the carbon-bearing stuff. The molecule in question — iso-propyl cyanide (i-C3H7CN) — was spotted in Sagittarius B2, a huge star-making cloud of gas and dust near the center of the Milky Way, about 27,000 light-years from the sun. The discovery suggests that some of the key ingredients for life on Earth could have originated in interstellar space. A specific molecule... 

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General Motors Hires Its First Cybersecurity Chief

September 26, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
General Motors Hires Its First Cybersecurity Chief

General Motors Co has named an engineer to serve as its first cybersecurity chief as the No. 1 U.S. automaker and its rivals are starting to focus on how to better secure their vehicles against hackers. The No. 1 U.S. automaker promoted manager Jeff Massimilla to the post as part of an eight-month review of its product design and engineering, said GM Vice President of Global Product Development Mark Reuss. “If you look at the technology…as we put semi-autonomous and autonomous systems into... 

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Jimmy Johns The Latest Chain To Fall Victim To Data Breach

September 26, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Jimmy Johns The Latest Chain To Fall Victim To Data Breach

Sandwich restaurant chain Jimmy John’s said there was a potential data breach involving customers’ credit and debit card information at 216 of its stores and franchised locations on July 30. An intruder stole log-in credentials from the company’s vendor and used the credentials to remotely access the point-of-sale systems at some corporate and franchised locations between June 16 and Sept. 5, the company said. The chain is the latest victim in a series of security breaches among retailers... 

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Scientist Solve Another Supernova Mystery

September 26, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Scientist Solve Another Supernova Mystery

A star-explosion mystery that puzzled astronomers for more than two decades has finally been solved. Researchers using data gathered by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have determined that the supernova SN 1993J — which was first observed in 1993, as its name suggests — occurred because one star nabbed hydrogen from another. “This is like a crime scene, and we finally identified the robber,” study co-author Alex Filippenko, a professor of astronomy at the University of California,... 

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Hackers Prefer Your Medical Records Over Your Credit Cards

September 26, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Hackers Prefer Your Medical Records Over Your Credit Cards

Your medical records are worth 10 times more than your credit card number on the black market. Last month, the FBI warned healthcare providers to guard against cyber attacks after one of the largest U.S. hospital operators, Community Health Systems Inc, said Chinese hackers had broken into its computer network and stolen the personal information of 4.5 million patients. Security experts say cyber criminals are increasingly targeting the $3 trillion U.S. healthcare industry, which has many companies... 

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Google Envisions High Altitude Internet-connected Balloons Circling The Earth

September 25, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Google Envisions High Altitude Internet-connected Balloons Circling The Earth

Google is hoping to launch a fleet of high-altitude balloons that will orbit the planet, providing Internet connectivity to remote areas — and it plans to do so within a year. That’s the plan that Astro Teller, head of Google’s secretive “moonshot factory” GoogleX, told an audience at MIT Technology Review’s EmTech conference in Cambridge today. The effort - known as Project Loon — should prove to be a good way to get wireless Internet access to billions... 

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Was The Recent Big Bang Discovery Just Dust?

September 25, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Was The Recent Big Bang Discovery Just Dust?

In March, a team of scientists announced that they had found evidence of primordial gravitational waves, hypothesized ripples in space-time whose existence would suggest that the universe did indeed expand many times faster than the speed of light in the first few instants after the Big Bang, as posited by the “cosmic inflation” theory. But some outside researchers quickly raised questions about the discovery, which was made using observations by the Background Imaging of Cosmic Extragalactic... 

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Lyft Car-Sharing Service Acquires Rival Hitch

September 24, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Lyft Car-Sharing Service Acquires Rival Hitch

Car-sharing service Lyft has purchased Hitch, a startup in the mobile app-enabled car-pooling business, to integrate the service with its own shared rides business that it set up last month. “Similar to Lyft, Hitch has always believed the shared rides experience is inherently social, and we’re excited that they’re joining the team to accelerate this movement together,” Lyft wrote in a blog post Monday. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Hitch co-founders Snir... 

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Adobe Scoops Aviary Software

September 24, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Adobe Scoops Aviary Software

Adobe has bought Aviary, a software company that specialises in mobile photo editing software products. The New York based company provides a software development kit (SDK) tool for mobile applications that offers developers a customisable photo editor that can be embedded into apps on iOS, Android, Windows and web applications using HTML5. Aviary, which claims to have had more than 100 million downloads to date, announced the news on its website, saying that the deal will allow it to extend its... 

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Cosmic Rays Reveal More Clues On Dark Matter

September 24, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Cosmic Rays Reveal More Clues On Dark Matter

A particle detector floating 250 miles (400 kilometers) above Earth has analyzed 41 billion cosmic-ray particles, and the data have revealed new insights into the mysterious and invisible dark matter that physicists believe makes up 27 percent of the universe. The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) detector aboard the International Space Station already gathered evidence of dark matter last year, but the new results are the most precise measurements of cosmic-ray particles yet. They include 50 percent... 

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Facebook Set To Unveil New Advertising Platform

September 24, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Facebook Set To Unveil New Advertising Platform

Facebook Inc is gearing up to introduce a new advertising platform to improve effectiveness of online ads, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people with knowledge of the matter. The product is a redesigned version of Atlas Advertiser Suite, an ad management and measurement platform that Facebook bought from Microsoft Corp last year. It is expected to help marketers target Facebook users more effectively by measuring which users have seen, interacted or acted upon ads that appear on Facebook’s... 

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NASA’s Maven Finally Reaches Mars Orbit

September 23, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
NASA’s Maven Finally Reaches Mars Orbit

After 10 months and 442 million miles, NASA’s Maven spacecraft has finally arrived at Mars and entered into its orbit. The first spacecraft dedicated to exploring Mars’ upper atmosphere, scientists hope Maven (Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution) will give them clues as to why Mars didn’t hold onto its water and become a lush planet like Earth. If all goes as planned, Maven won’t be the only spacecraft to enter into Mars’ orbit this week. Another orbiter, this one... 

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Facebook To Promote Posts Tied To Trendy Or Popular Topics

September 22, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Facebook To Promote Posts Tied To Trendy Or Popular Topics

Facebook users begin to see more posts higher in their feeds tied to popular events or topics of conversation, with less popular posts getting pushed further down. The change comes courtesy of an update to Facebook’s news feed algorithm announced Thursday, focused on giving users “more timely stories.” It affects posts both from users’ friends and from pages to which they’re connected. Facebook wants more of its users to engage on the site when they might be watching... 

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