Wired to fail - Tony Romm - POLITICO
A POLITICO investigation has found that roughly half of the nearly 300 projects RUS approved as part of the 2009 Recovery Act have not yet drawn down the full amounts they were awarded. All RUS-funded infrastructure projects were supposed to have completed construction by the end of June, but the agency has declined to say whether these rural networks have been completed. More than 40 of the projects RUS initially approved never got started at all, raising questions about how RUS screened its applicants and made its decisions in the first place.
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1 hour ago
Super Bowl Ads: CBS To Live-Stream Commercials In Media Industry First | Variety
The move represents “a significant industry admission that the manner by which viewers are watching TV — or better, ‘consuming video’ — has, effectively, migrated to a variety of screen environments beyond the confines of just the TV set,” said Tim Hanlon, a longtime student of the future of TV advertising and founder and chief executive of Vertere Group, a Chicago-based media-industry consultant. “Given that splintering of viewing behavior, why wouldn’t advertisers demand that the presenting broadcaster ensure that their expensive and heavily promoted ads are seen across every viewing environment by which the game is being watched?”
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1 hour ago
"Happy Birthday" Lawsuit: "Smoking Gun" Emerges in Bid to Free World's Most Popular Song - Hollywood Reporter
The filmmakers working on a documentary about the world's most popular song, "Happy Birthday to You," and currently suing Warner/Chappell for the right to use the song in the documentary without any license fee, filed court papers on Monday touting newly uncovered evidence that "proves conclusively that there is no copyright to the Happy Birthday lyrics."
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Official Google Blog: Everything in its right place
So in the coming months, a Google Account will be all you’ll need to share content, communicate with contacts, create a YouTube channel and more, all across Google. YouTube will be one of the first products to make this change, and you can learn more on their blog. As always, your underlying Google Account won’t be searchable or followable, unlike public Google+ profiles. And for people who already created Google+ profiles but don’t plan to use Google+ itself, we’ll offer better options for managing and removing those public profiles.
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2 days ago
Smoking Gun: MPAA Emails Reveal Plan To Run Anti-Google Smear Campaign Via Today Show And WSJ | Techdirt
Media: We want to make sure that the media is at the NAAG meeting. We propose working with MPAA (Vans), Comcast, and NewsCorp (Bill Guidera) to see about working with a PR firm to create an attack on Google (and others who are resisting AG efforts to address online piracy). This PR firm can be funded through a nonprofit dedicated to IP issues. The "live buys" should be available for the media to see, followed by a segment the next day on the Today Show (David green can help with this). After the Today Show segment, you want to have a large investor of Google (George can help us determine that) come forward and say that Google needs to change its behavior/demand reform. Next, you want NewsCorp to develop and place an editorial in the WSJ emphasizing that Google's stock will lose value in the face of a sustained attack by AGs and noting some of the possible causes of action we have developed.
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3 days ago
Fiat Chrysler recalls 1.4 million cars after Jeep hack - BBC News
Fiat Chrysler said exploiting the flaw "required unique and extensive technical knowledge, prolonged physical access to a subject vehicle and extended periods of time to write code" and added manipulating its software "constitutes criminal action".
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4 days ago
Steve Jobs Made Warner Music Sue My Startup — Startup Study Group — Medium
I asked Howie, why is it that Warner chose to sue SeeqPod? He said that they maintained a short list of companies and we were on top of that list. I then asked how we wound up on the list and at the top. This is when he mentioned that Steve Jobs had held meetings with several labels including Warner and disagreed with streaming music services like SeeqPod and that companies like ours would inhibit a deal between Apple and the labels, so they collectively decided to keep a running list of “problem” companies that need to be “addressed” by Warner. It was at this point I realized we were not in a fight with the labels but in a proxy war waged by Apple against innovative music technology companies.
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6 days ago
Google Online Security Blog: New research: Comparing how security experts and non-experts stay safe online
More broadly, our findings highlight fundamental misunderstandings about basic online security practices. Software updates, for example, are the seatbelts of online security; they make you safer, period. And yet, many non-experts not only overlook these as a best practice, but also mistakenly worry that software updates are a security risk.
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6 days ago
Apple Music is a nightmare and I’m done with it
I trusted my data to Apple and they failed. I also failed by not backing up my library before installing Apple Music. I will not make either of those mistakes again.
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6 days ago
In Silicon Valley, many want sharing salary info to be less taboo - The Washington Post
Baker shared her tweets on Friday, and in the days since they have gone viral. She's been called brave, bold, even a superhero—not only for creating the spreadsheet, but for going public on how she says Google responded. "I think it was extremely brave," said Lynn Root, an engineer at Spotify who has created a database containing public salary data for H-1B visas in the tech industry. "I don’t think I would have the guts to do that." 
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7 days ago
Microsoft releases emergency patch for all versions of Windows | ZDNet
The "critical"-rated software update lands almost a week after its scheduled Patch Tuesday where it typically issues security fixes. Microsoft said it believed the flaw was public but did not have any evidence to suggest it was being actively exploited.
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8 days ago
Frenzy Around Shopping Site Jet.com Harks Back to Dot-Com Boom - WSJ
Yet ambition is already colliding with reality at Jet, which promises members-only “club price savings on pretty much everything you buy” for a fee of $49.99 a year.

The Hoboken, N.J., company is absorbing steep losses on many orders filled as part of a trial run that began in March, largely because Jet hasn’t signed up enough partner merchants or opened enough warehouses to directly sell much of the merchandise shown on its website.
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9 days ago
Online Cheating Site AshleyMadison Hacked — Krebs on Security
Reached by KrebsOnSecurity late Sunday evening, ALM Chief Executive Noel Biderman confirmed the hack, and said the company was “working diligently and feverishly” to take down ALM’s intellectual property. Indeed, in the short span of 30 minutes between that brief interview and the publication of this story, several of the Impact Team’s Web links were no longer responding.
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9 days ago
Reddit Changes Content Rules as Steve Huffman Takes Charge - The New York Times
On Thursday, Mr. Huffman made his first moves toward that end. The company, based in San Francisco, proposed a new content policy for the site that would effectively ban spam, illegal activity and harassment, as well as the posting of “private or confidential information” and sexual content involving minors.
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10 days ago
YouTube Grew Watch Time 60 Percent Year-Over-Year | Variety
What’s more, the YouTube-owned video service also seems to be growing eyeballs, despite increased competition from Facebook. “Growth in watch time on YouTube has accelerated,” said Porat, adding that global watch time is up 60 percent year-over-year, with mobile watch time more than double from what it was a year ago.

Porat’s remarks got seconded by Google’s chief business officer Omid Kordestani, who called YouTube’s watch time growth “the fastest we’ve seen in a couple of years”. A year ago, YouTube’s watch time had accelerated by 50 percent year-over-year, according to a Google spokesperson.

Kordestani also said that the average mobile viewing session on YouTube now lasts more than 40 minutes, and added that mobile viewing alone attracts more 18-49 year-olds in the U.S. than any cable network. The number of channels than earn a six-figure income on YouTube is up 50 percent year-over-year, according to Kordestani.
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10 days ago
Drone Delivers Medicine to Rural Virginia Clinic - WSJ
Teresa Gardner, director of the pop-up clinic, said the drone was helping to get medicine to patients who often have to wait for days for their prescriptions, if they receive them at all, because of the long drive. “There are at least 30-something patients that will directly benefit from these deliveries,” she said.
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10 days ago
Symantec: Spam falls below 50% of all email for the first time since 2003 | VentureBeat | Security | by Emil Protalinski
More specifically, Symantec saw 704 billion email messages sent in June, of which 353 billion were classified as spam. At one of the peaks of the spam epidemic, in June 2009, 5.7 trillion of the 6.3 trillion messages sent were spam, according to past data from Symantec.
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10 days ago
Google Spikes 8% After Reporting Better-Than-Expected Q2 EPS Of $6.99 | TechCrunch
Today following the bell, Google reported its second-quarter financial performance, including revenue excluding traffic acquisition costs (ex-TAC) of $14.35 billion and adjusted earnings per share of $6.99. The street had expected the company to earn $6.70 per share on ex-TAC revenue of $14.27 billion.
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12 days ago
What Should Reddit Do? We Asked Kevin Rose And Other Community Founders | TechCrunch
Kevin Rose, co-founder of early link share voting community Digg, gave a thorough answer, suggesting that Reddit take a more hands-off approach, empowering community members to decide what stays or goes, but suggests the best move might be making Reddit a non-profit:
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12 days ago
Google Takes on iBeacon With Eddystone | News & Opinion | PCMag.com
Google launched two new APIs for Eddystone: The Nearby API for apps for iOS and Android makes it easier to communicate with devices and beacons in close proximity; while the the Proximity Beacon API lets developers associate semantic location (latitude/longitude) and related data stored in the cloud.
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13 days ago
Why Google Eddystone Looms as an Apple iBeacon Killer
Google rolled out this week a new Bluetooth LE (low energy) beacon technology that competes directly with Apple's industry-leading iBeacon offering and also does a lot more than iBeacon.
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13 days ago
ESPN Tightens Its Belt as Pressure on It Mounts - WSJ
When Disney struck a deal to put channels on Dish Network Corp.’s Sling TV service, it negotiated the right to terminate the deal if ESPN lost three million Nielsen households after May 2014—a threshold that has now been crossed, according to people familiar with the matter.
18 days ago
Farewell to Circa News — Circa — Medium
It’s with great disappointment that we let you know that Circa News has been put on indefinite hiatus. Producing high-quality news can be a costly endeavor and without the capital necessary to support further production we are unable to continue. Our mission was always to create a news company where factual, unbiased, and succinct information could be found. In doing so we recognized that building a revenue stream for such a mission would take some time and chose to rely on venture capital to sustain. We have now reached a point where we’re no longer able to continue news production as-is.
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5 weeks ago
Blackshades Leader Sentenced to Prison - WSJ
Alex Yucel, a 25-year-old Swedish national who had been living in Moldova, pleaded guilty in February to computer-hacking charges related to his ownership and operation of Blackshades. The site sold a software called a remote access tool, or “RAT,” which allowed cybercriminals to secretly control other people’s computers from a distance—for just $40 per license.
twig  516 
5 weeks ago
Google finally makes 'Undo Send' an official feature of Gmail on the Web | VentureBeat | Business | by Paul Sawers
Google first introduced Undo Send to Gmail way back in March 2009, so you could be forgiven for not realizing the feature was still technically an experiment. Indeed, the feature has stayed quietly in the Labs section of Gmail, where Google tests out new features, which users have to manually switch on to use.
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5 weeks ago
Lenovo unveils the Ideacenter Stick 300: a $130 PC on a stick running Windows
Lenovo’s new HDMI dongle is basically a PC in stick, and though we’ve seen this type of devices before, the Ideacenter Stick’s price might make it quite attractive. The device starts at $129 and comes with the following specs:
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5 weeks ago
Apple Music Signs Beggars Group, Merlin: Sources | Billboard
In a letter sent to Merlin members, CEO Charles Caldas writes, "I am pleased to say that Apple has made a decision to pay for all usage of Apple Music under the free trials on a per-play basis, as well as to modify a number of other terms that members had been communicating directly with Apple about. With these changes, we are happy to support the deal."
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5 weeks ago
Samsung is actively disabling Windows Update on at least some computers | VentureBeat | Security | by Emil Protalinski
As far as we can tell, the installer is made to work with computers running Windows XP and higher, and across various language settings. It’s not clear on how many Samsung computers SW Update has downloaded and activated Disable_Windowsupdate.exe (it doesn’t ship with Samsung PCs out of the box). That said, users have been complaining about this issue since at least April, so Samsung doesn’t appear to be in a rush to address it.
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5 weeks ago
Microsoft clarification kinda clears up free Windows 10 license confusion | Ars Technica
First, it says that Windows 10, both the final release and the preview releases, should only be used on "Genuine Windows devices." Installed it into a virtual machine to test? It's probably not properly licensed. Stuck it on an old Windows Vista machine you had lying around? We don't know. Probably not licensed, because Windows Vista isn't eligible for the free Windows 10 upgrade license offer. Will anyone notice or care? No.
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5 weeks ago
Windows Insiders get Windows 10 for free, Windows 7/8.1 not required
As long as you are running an Insider Preview build and connected with the MSA you used to register, you will receive the Windows 10 final release build and remain activated. Once you have successfully installed this build and activated, you will also be able to clean install on that PC from final media if you want to start over fresh.
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5 weeks ago
Taylor Swift - To Apple, Love Taylor
This is not about me. Thankfully I am on my fifth album and can support myself, my band, crew, and entire management team by playing live shows. This is about the new artist or band that has just released their first single and will not be paid for its success. This is about the young songwriter who just got his or her first cut and thought that the royalties from that would get them out of debt. This is about the producer who works tirelessly to innovate and create, just like the innovators and creators at Apple are pioneering in their field…but will not get paid for a quarter of a year’s worth of plays on his or her songs.
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5 weeks ago
Marc Maron Discusses His Podcast Interview With President Obama - NYTimes.com
Mr. Obama visited Mr. Maron’s studio in his home garage for about an hour during a visit to Los Angeles, for a podcast that will be posted on Monday. (An excerpt from the interview is here.)
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5 weeks ago
How Government Stifled Reason's Free Speech - Hit & Run : Reason.com
The subpoena demanded the records of six people who left hyperbolic comments at the website about the federal judge who oversaw the controversial conviction of Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht. Shortly after the subpoena was issued, the government issued a gag order prohibiting Reason not only from discussing the matter but even acknowledging the existence of the subpoena or the gag order itself. As a wide variety of media outlets have noted, such actions on the part of the government are not only fundamentally misguided and misdirected, they have a tangible chilling effect on free expression by commenters and publications alike.

Yesterday, after preparing an extensive legal brief, Reason asked the US Attorney's Office to join with it in asking that the gag order - now moot and clearly an unconstitutional prior restraint - be lifted. This morning, the US Attorney's Office asked the Court to vacate the order, which it did. We are free to tell the story for the first time.
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5 weeks ago
XARA exploits on Mac, iPhone, and iPad, and what you need to know! | iMore
No one needs to panic, but anyone using a Mac, iPhone, or iPad should be informed. Until Apple hardens OS X and iOS against the range of XARA exploits, the best practices for avoiding attack are the same as they've always been — don't download software from developers you don't know and trust.
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5 weeks ago
Nokia CEO says to get back into phones: Manager Magazin | Reuters
Nokia, once the world's biggest maker of mobile phones, plans to start designing and licensing handsets again once an agreement with partner Microsoft allows it to in 2016, its chief executive told Germany's Manager Magazin.

"We will look for suitable partners," Rajeev Suri said in an interview published on Thursday. "Microsoft makes mobile phones. We would simply design them and then make the brand name available to license."
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5 weeks ago
FCC Moves to Prevent Robocalls and Spam Texts - WSJ
Under the new rule, phone carriers can block robocalls and automated text messages if requested by consumers. The move clarifies the agency’s interpretation of a 1991 consumer protection law that banned telemarketers from making cold calls to consumers. Companies have skirted that ban by using automated dialing machines, prerecorded calls and text messages. The new rule makes it clear that texts are the same as phone calls, and that phone carriers may block robocalls to consumers if asked.
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5 weeks ago
This Is Twitter's Top Secret Project Lightning - BuzzFeed News
Costolo is asking about Project Lightning, a major new feature for Twitter — and a new direction for the company that will launch later this year. Project Lightning will bring event-based curated content to the Twitter platform, complete with immersive and instant-load photos and videos and the ability to embed those experiences across the Web — and even in other apps.
“It’s a brand-new way to look at tweets,” says Kevin Weil, who runs product for the company. “This is a bold change, not evolutionary.”
515 
5 weeks ago
Snapchat turns geofilter digital stickers into revenue source - LA Times
Snapchat is hoping to turn these location-centric digital stickers into its second source of revenue by enticing businesses to make their own geofilters — for a fee. On Monday, McDonald's became the first to sponsor a geofilter; customers at any U.S. location can adorn their Snapchat posts with an illustration of a double cheeseburger and an overflowing pouch of fries, among other options.
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6 weeks ago
Amazon Bans Kodi/XBMC App Over Piracy Concerns | TorrentFreak
“In reviewing your app, we determined that it can be used to facilitate the piracy or illegal download of content. Any facilitation of piracy or illegal downloads is not allowed in our program,” Amazon wrote to Kodi.

“Please do not resubmit this app or similar apps in the future,” Amazon’s support team added.

TF spoke with XBMC Foundation board member Nathan Betzen, who was surprised to hear Amazon’s decision. In recent months the project has worked hard to distance their brand from piracy, so Amazon’s accusation is a huge disappointment.
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6 weeks ago
Huge Loss For Free Speech In Europe: Human Rights Court Says Sites Liable For User Comments | Techdirt
Last year we wrote about a very dangerous case going to the European Court of Human Rights: Delfi AS v. Estonia, which threatened free expression across Europe. Today, the ruling came out and it's a disaster. In short, websites can be declared liable for things people post in comments. As we explained last year, the details of the case were absolutely crazy. The court had found that even if a website took down comments after people complained, it could still be held liable because it should have anticipated bad comments in the first place. Seriously. In this case, the website had published what everyone agrees was a "balanced" article about "a matter of public interest" but that the website publisher should have known that people would post nasty comments, and therefore, even though it automated a system to remove comments that people complained about, it was still liable for the complaints.

The European Court of Human Rights agreed to rehear the case, and we hoped for a better outcome this time around -- but those hopes have been dashed. The ruling is terrible through and through. First off, it insists that the comments on the news story were clearly "hate speech" and that, as such, "did not require any linguistic or legal analysis since the remarks were on their face manifestly unlawful." To the court, this means that it's obvious such comments should have been censored straight out. That's troubling for a whole host of reasons at the outset, and highlights the problematic views of expressive freedom in Europe. Even worse, however, the Court then notes that freedom of expression is "interfered with" by this ruling, but it doesn't seem to care -- saying that it is deemed "necessary in a democratic society."
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6 weeks ago
Microsoft Shakes Up Its Leadership And Internal Structure As Its Fiscal Year Comes To A Close | TechCrunch
Terry Myerson, formerly the head of the company’s operating system work, will pick up new responsibilities in the new structure. Specifically, Myerson will now lead a new unit called the “Windows and Devices Group” that combines Microsoft’s Windows work, and its hardware.
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6 weeks ago
'600 Million' Samsung Mobiles Vulnerable To Keyboard Cracking Attack - Forbes
A SwiftKey spokesperson said: “We’ve seen reports of a security issue related to the Samsung keyboard. We can confirm that the SwiftKey Keyboard apps available via Google GOOGL +0.15% Play or the Apple AAPL -0.15% App Store are not affected by this vulnerability. We take reports of this manner very seriously and are currently investigating further.” 

NowSecure noted this does not mean users can simply download a fresh version of SwiftKey from either of the two stores. They still require a carrier upgrade for the vulnerability to be removed.
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6 weeks ago
Arnold Schwarzenegger now gives turn-by-turn directions in Waze
Arnold Schwarzenegger now gives turn-by-turn directions in Waze
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6 weeks ago
Google shuts down new Chrome Bookmark Manager, goes back to previous version
Google shuts down new Chrome Bookmark Manager, goes back to previous version
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6 weeks ago
Hands-on with YouTube Gaming—Google built itself a Twitch Killer | Ars Technica
NEW YORK—YouTube Gaming is coming! YouTube's Twitch Killer was announced on Friday, so we stopped by the YouTube Space in Manhattan to try out a pre-release version of the service. (And we took a ton of screenshots, see below.)
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6 weeks ago
Reddit Bans Five Harassing Subreddits, Its Trolls Respond Exactly As You’d Expect | TechCrunch
Reddit Bans Five Harassing Subreddits, Its Trolls Respond Exactly As You’d Expect
from twitter
6 weeks ago
1980s computer controls GRPS heat and AC | WOODTV.com
The Commodore Amiga was new to GRPS in the early 1980s and it has been working tirelessly ever since. GRPS Maintenance Supervisor Tim Hopkins said that the computer was purchased with money from an energy bond in the 1980s. It replaced a computer that was “about the size of a refrigerator.”
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6 weeks ago
Why The OPM Breach Is Such a Security and Privacy Debacle | WIRED
It turns out the hackers, who are believed to be from China, also accessed so-called SF-86 forms, documents used for conducting background checks for worker security clearances. The forms can contain a wealth of sensitive data not only about workers seeking security clearance, but also about their friends, spouses and other family members. They can also include potentially sensitive information about the applicant’s interactions with foreign nationals—information that could be used against those nationals in their own country.
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6 weeks ago
Google is launching a 'YouTube built for gamers' to take on Twitch | The Verge
Google is now officially taking on Twitch. As rumored, the company today announced YouTube Gaming, an app and dedicated website designed to be a home for all its gaming video both live-streamed and on demand. YouTube Gaming will launch this summer starting in the US and UK.
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6 weeks ago
Twitter CEOs Dick Costolo, Jack Dorsey interview - Business Insider
n something of a surprise, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo announced on Thursday afternoon that he would be stepping down as CEO effective July 1.

In his place, Twitter founder and board member Jack Dorsey will become interim CEO.
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6 weeks ago
Apple to Unveil Tool Kit for Watch App Developers - NYTimes.com
Yet one much ballyhooed device will be absent from the conference: a new Apple TV, Apple’s set-top box for televisions. The company planned as recently as mid-May to use the event to spotlight new Apple TV hardware, along with an improved remote control and a tool kit for developers to make apps for the entertainment device. But those plans were postponed partly because the product was not ready for prime time, according to two people briefed on the product.
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7 weeks ago
These 8 characters crash Skype, and once they're in your chat history, the app can't start (Update: fixed) | VentureBeat | Security | by Emil Protalinski
Update on June 3: Skype has fixed the bug, and in under than 24 hours no less. “We are aware of a Skype issue and have rolled out updates for all impacted products,” a Skype spokesperson told VentureBeat. “More information can be found on our Skype Community Forum.”

There is no need to uninstall Skype; just head to skype.com/download and install the latest version. For Android and iOS, visit your platform’s app store, search for Skype, and hit Update. We tested sending the offending characters and they went through fine.
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8 weeks ago
Nmap Development: Sourceforge Hijacks the Nmap Sourceforge Account
We will ask Sourceforge to remove the hijacked Nmap page, but more
importantly we want to reiterate that you should only download Nmap from
our official SSL Nmap site:

https://nmap.org/download.html

If you don't trust SSL by itself (and we don't blame you), you can also
check the GPG signatures: https://nmap.org/book/install.html#inst-integrity
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8 weeks ago
WikiLeaks offers $100,000 for details of Obama’s trade deal - The Washington Post
The government-document exposing organization already published some chapters of the secret deal, but it wants the whole thing. It’s also using crowdfunding to raise the money to pay the bounty. As of around noon Tuesday, 60 people had pledged $23674.17 to reward those who leak “America’s most wanted secret.”
twig  513 
8 weeks ago
MSDN Blogs
SSH solutions are available today by a number of vendors and communities, especially in the Linux world. However,there are limited implementations customers can deploy in Windows production environments.  After reviewing these alternatives, the PowerShell team realized the best option will be for our team to adopt an industry proven solution while providing tight integration with Windows; a solution that Microsoft will deliver in Windows while working closely with subject matter experts across the planet to build it. Based on these goals, I’m pleased to announce that the PowerShell team will support and contribute to the OpenSSH community - Very excited to work with the OpenSSH community to deliver the PowerShell and Windows SSH solution!
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8 weeks ago
Untitled (http://www.techmeme.com/150603/p4#a150603p4)
RT : Sources: nearly all of Medium's sites undergoing major upheavals; employees quiet due to NDA
from twitter
8 weeks ago
Untitled (http://www.businessinsider.com/medium-budget-cuts-and-restructuring-2015-6?op=1)
RT : Sources: nearly all of Medium's sites undergoing major upheavals; employees quiet due to NDA
from twitter
8 weeks ago
Untitled (http://www.techmeme.com/150603/p7#a150603p7)
RT : Google demands movie studios comply with subpoenas in case against Mississippi AG Jim Hood
from twitter
8 weeks ago
Google demands movie studios comply with subpoenas | Reuters
RT : Google demands movie studios comply with subpoenas in case against Mississippi AG Jim Hood
from twitter
8 weeks ago
Untitled (http://www.techmeme.com/150603/p8#a150603p8)
RT : Comparison of SSD firmware reliability of different brands after using thousands for 5 years
from twitter
8 weeks ago
SSDs: A gift and a curse | laur.ie's blog
RT : Comparison of SSD firmware reliability of different brands after using thousands for 5 years
from twitter
8 weeks ago
Untitled (http://www.techmeme.com/150603/p10#a150603p10)
RT : These 8 characters crash Skype, and once they're in your chat history, the app can't start
from twitter
8 weeks ago
Untitled (http://www.techmeme.com/150603/p15#a150603p15)
RT : HomeKit documented officially by Apple, as Apple TV confirmed as gateway device ()
from twitter
8 weeks ago
New exploit leaves most Macs vulnerable to permanent backdooring | Ars Technica
"The bug can be used with a Safari or other remote vector to install an EFI rootkit without physical access," Vilaca wrote. "The only requirement is that a suspended happened [sic] in the current session. I haven’t researched but you could probably force the suspend and trigger this, all remotely. That’s pretty epic ownage ;-)."
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8 weeks ago
Apple, Feeling Heat From Spotify, to Offer Streaming Music Service - WSJ
For its new service, Apple wants people to pay $10 a month to stream songs, according to people familiar with the plans. Unlike Spotify, which has an ad-supported service as well subscription, Apple will make only a handful of songs available for free listening, these people say.
mbw  513 
8 weeks ago
Microsoft Buys To-Do List App Maker - WSJ
Microsoft Corp. has agreed to acquire 6Wunderkinder GmbH, a Berlin-based startup behind the Wunderlist to-do list app, for between $100 million and $200 million, according to a person familiar with the deal.
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8 weeks ago
Apple vulnerability could allow firmware modifications in older Macs, researcher says | PCWorld
The UEFI code is typically sealed off from users. But Vilaca wrote that he found the code is unlocked after a computer goes to sleep and reawakens, allowing it to be modified. Apple computers made before mid-2014 appear to be vulnerable.
mbw  513 
8 weeks ago
Typo to kill its iPhone keyboard for BlackBerry settlement
BlackBerry has today confirmed that it has agreed to a settlement with Typo, the creator of the BlackBerry-style keyboard case for iPhone. As part of the deal, Typo has agreed to stop selling its keyboards for devices with screen under 7.9 inches in size.

“Typo Products LLC, Typo Innovations LLC, Show Media LLC, Hallier Investments LLC, and Laurence Hallier have agreed to permanently discontinue selling anywhere in the world keyboards for smartphones and mobile devices with a screen size of less than 7.9 inches,” BlackBerry announced in its press release.
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