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Feed Roundup

Zuckerberg explains the three tiers of Facebook

from News.com - 24 April, 2014 - 08:21
With an app hierarchy, CEO Mark Zuckerberg tries to quell Wall Street's appetite for additional revenue from Facebook's latest ventures.






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NYPD's Twitter Campaign Backfires

Slashdot - 24 April, 2014 - 08:03
An anonymous reader writes "A NYPD community outreach campaign designed to show images of citizens with cops turned ugly quickly when a deluge of images depicting police brutality came in. From the article: 'The responses soon turned ugly when Occupy Wall Street tweeted a photograph of cops battling protesters with the caption "changing hearts and minds one baton at a time." Other photos included an elderly man bloodied after being arrested for jaywalking.' Police Commissioner Bill Bratton says, 'I kind of welcome the attention,' of the #myNYPD project."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.








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Amazon loads Docker app containerization into its cloud

The Register - 24 April, 2014 - 07:56
Virtualization's likely successor gets another boost

Although admins have been free to run Linux containerization technology Docker on top of Amazon Linux running on its rentable EC2 servers for some time, the company on Thursday announced that Docker had been integrated with Elastic Beanstalk.…

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Apple CEO: We're on the prowl

from News.com - 24 April, 2014 - 07:55
Tim Cook tells analysts that Apple's made 24 deals in the last 18 months, says the company wants to make acquisitions that bring along "great people and great technology and that fit culturally."






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FCC planning new Internet rules that will gut Net Neutrality. Get ready to pay more for the stuff you love online.

Boing Boing - 24 April, 2014 - 07:31


Tom Wheeler, head of the US Federal Communication Commission. (REUTERS/JASON REED)

The Wall Street Journal was first to report that The Federal Communications Commission will propose new open Internet rules this Thursday that will allow content companies to pay Internet service providers "for special access to consumers."

Under the new rules, service providers may not block or discriminate against specific websites, but they can charge certain sites or services for preferential traffic treatment if the ISPs' discrimination is "commercially reasonable."

Bye-bye, Net Neutrality, and the internet as we know it. Hello, greater connectivity gap between rich and poor in America.

For what it's worth: The FCC's current Chairman, Tom Wheeler, previously worked as a VC and lobbyist for the cable and wireless industry.

The FCC Commissioners' email addresses, to which concerned citizens might send concerned email: Tom.Wheeler@fcc.gov Mignon.Clyburn@fcc.gov Jessica.Rosenworcel@fcc.gov Ajit.Pai@fcc.gov Mike.O'Rielly@fcc.gov. The FCC's main telephone line is 1-888-225-5322. More contact information and postal mail address here.

From the New York Times: The new rules, according to the people briefed on them, will allow a company like Comcast or Verizon to negotiate separately with each content company – like Netflix, Amazon, Disney or Google – and charge different companies different amounts for priority service. That, of course, could increase costs for content companies, which would then have an incentive to pass on those costs to consumers as part of their subscription prices.

Proponents of net neutrality have feared that such a framework would empower large, wealthy companies and prevent small start-ups, which might otherwise be the next Twitter or Facebook, for example, from gaining any traction in the market.

From Mashable, confirmation: In a statement issued to Mashable, the FCC said the draft rules would propose "that broadband providers would be required to offer a baseline level of service to their subscribers, along with the ability to enter into individual negotiations with content providers." The draft, written by FCC chair Tom Wheeler and his staff, will be circulated within the FCC on Thursday, and the commissioners will vote on a final proposal on May 15.

Michael Weinberg at Public Knowledge: The FCC is inviting ISPs to pick winners and losers online. The very essence of a "commercial reasonableness" standard is discrimination. And the core of net neutrality is non discrimination. This is not net neutrality. This standard allows ISPs to impose a new price of entry for innovation on the Internet. When the Commission used a commercial reasonableness standard for wireless data roaming, it explicitly found that it may be commercially reasonable for a broadband ISP to charge an edge provider higher rates because its service is competitively threatening.






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Ada Initiative bails on GitHub, after sexism allegations

from News.com - 24 April, 2014 - 07:25
Workplace gender discrimination claims against the software hosting service have resulted in an ousted co-founder and a fizzled partnership.






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Electric car maker Tesla said to be planning new factory in California

Boing Boing - 24 April, 2014 - 07:17


The Tesla Model S.

Tesla Motors reps won't tell the Los Angeles Times, but city officials in the small California town of Lathrop told a reporter that "work is underway converting a 431,000-square-foot facility that once housed a Chrysler-Daimler distribution center into a Tesla factory." More: Is Tesla planning another electric car factory in California? [latimes.com]






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F.C.C., In Net Neutrality Turnaround, Plans To Allow Fast Lane

Slashdot - 24 April, 2014 - 07:17
Dega704 (1454673) writes in with news of the latest FCC plan which seems to put another dagger in the heart of net neutrality. "The Federal Communications Commission will propose new rules that allow Internet service providers to offer a faster lane through which to send video and other content to consumers, as long as a content company is willing to pay for it, according to people briefed on the proposals. The proposed rules are a complete turnaround for the F.C.C. on the subject of so-called net neutrality, the principle that Internet users should have equal ability to see any content they choose, and that no content providers should be discriminated against in providing their offerings to consumers."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.








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Zuckerberg pitches private sharing, says Messenger has 200M users

from News.com - 24 April, 2014 - 07:14
The Facebook chief discusses the audience of the company's in-house mobile messaging app for the first time and simultaneously signals a growing interest in less public forms of expression.






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Zuck talks up mobile shift as Facebook money mill rolls on

The Register - 24 April, 2014 - 07:08
Social network will get new CFO as Ebersman departs

Facebook once again topped analyst forecasts with the delivery of a $2.5bn revenue quarter on the strength of a 72 per cent jump in revenues.…

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Space station astronauts pop outside to replace crippled computer

The Register - 24 April, 2014 - 07:01
Speedy space walk by snorkel-equipped spacemen followed by trash day

Two astronauts aboard the International Space Station have taken a wander over the outside of the station to replace a critical backup computer that conked out.…

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Interview with James Mitchell, psychologist credited with designing CIA torture program

Boing Boing - 24 April, 2014 - 06:57


James ("Jim") Mitchell, frame grab from ABC video (4/2009). ABC News, via New York Times.

Journalist Jason Leopold tells us, Recently, I conducted a wide-ranging, two hour interview with retired Air Force psychologist James Mitchell, who is credited with being the architect of the CIA's torture program. Mitchell and his partner, Dr. Bruce Jessen, are featured prominently in the Senate Intelligence Committee's report on the CIA's detention and interrogation program. This is the first time Mitchell has spoken at length about interrogation since he was linked to the program by Jane Mayer in 2005.

Check out Jason's reports in The Guardian, which also feature audio clips of an interview with Mitchell -- who is said to have waterboarded Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. He defends torture as having been neccesary to "defend the country."

In the interview, Mitchell reveals that he is very fond of the phrase “threat matrix,” believes global warming is bogus, and believes the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, is a “shit sandwich.”

See also this related New York Times story from 2009, profiling Mitchell and his colleagues.


Detainees at Guantanamo Bay. Image: US Department of Defense.








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Apple iTunes nears 800 million mark

from News.com - 24 April, 2014 - 06:52
CEO Tim Cook touts the now "staggering" number of iTunes accounts while discussing Apple's blowout quarter.






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Apple has sold 20 million Apple TV units, CEO says

from News.com - 24 April, 2014 - 06:50
In reaffirming that Apple TV is no longer a hobby, Tim Cook says Apple generated over $1 billion in sales off media content ordered directly through the box last year.






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Mobile Game Attempts To Diagnose Alzheimer's

Slashdot - 24 April, 2014 - 06:50
the_newsbeagle writes "Currently, the best way to check if a person has a high likelihood of developing Alzheimer's is to perform a PET scan to measure the amount of amyloid plaque in his or her brain. That's an expensive procedure. But a startup called Akili Interactive says it has developed a mobile game that can identify likely Alzheimer's patients just by their gameplay and game results. The game is based on a neuroscience study which showed that multitasking is one of the first brain functions to take a hit in Alzheimer's patients. Therefore the game requires players to perform two tasks at the same time."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.








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Upgraded cochlear implant regrows animals' auditory nerves

from News.com - 24 April, 2014 - 06:45
Researchers at the University of New South Wales report they have used a cochlear implant to regrow auditory nerves and restore hearing quality in adult guinea pigs.
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OpenSSL: the New Face of Technology Monoculture

Slashdot - 24 April, 2014 - 06:30
chicksdaddy writes: "In a now-famous 2003 essay, 'Cyberinsecurity: The Cost of Monopoly,' Dr. Dan Geer argued, persuasively, that Microsoft's operating system monopoly constituted a grave risk to the security of the United States and international security, as well. It was in the interest of the U.S. government and others to break Redmond's monopoly, or at least to lessen Microsoft's ability to 'lock in' customers and limit choice. The essay cost Geer his job at the security consulting firm AtStake, which then counted Microsoft as a major customer. These days Geer is the Chief Security Officer at In-Q-Tel, the CIA's venture capital arm. But he's no less vigilant of the dangers of software monocultures. In a post at the Lawfare blog, Geer is again warning about the dangers that come from an over-reliance on common platforms and code. His concern this time isn't proprietary software managed by Redmond, however, it's common, oft-reused hardware and software packages like the OpenSSL software at the heart (pun intended) of Heartbleed. 'The critical infrastructure's monoculture question was once centered on Microsoft Windows,' he writes. 'No more. The critical infrastructure's monoculture problem, and hence its exposure to common mode risk, is now small devices and the chips which run them.'"

Read more of this story at Slashdot.








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Startup OnePlus reveals 'flagship killer' mobe with CyanogenMod on board

The Register - 24 April, 2014 - 06:27
But it's invites-only for now, and you might also need a hammer

After months of teasing, Chinese smartphone startup OnePlus has formally launched the OnePlus One, a budget Android handset with specs so enticing that some industry watchers had suspected it of being vaporware.…

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Facebook mobile sales surge, CFO to exit

from News.com - 24 April, 2014 - 06:16
The social network's blossoming smartphone business brought in 59 percent of advertising revenue during the first three months of 2014.






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Massive iceberg six times the size of Manhattan drifts away from Antarctic glacier

Boing Boing - 24 April, 2014 - 06:09


This combination of Dec. 10, 2013, left, and March 11, 2014 photos provided by NASA shows a large iceberg separating from the Pine Island Glacier and traveling across Pine Island Bay in Antarctica. (NASA)

One of the largest icebergs on the planet, about six times the size of Manhattan, has separated from an Antarctic glacier and is floating out towards open ocean. The iceberg is named B-31, and is roughly 255 square miles (660 square km). Its estimated maximum thickness is 1,600 feet (487 meters). Last Fall, it broke off from the Pine Island Glacier. Researchers have been watching it drift away since then, via satellite.

"The ice island, named B31, will likely be swept up soon in the swift currents of the Southern Ocean, though it will be hard to track visually for the next six months as Antarctica heads into winter darkness," according to scientists at NASA's Earth Observatory monitoring its progress.

From Reuters:

NASA glaciologist Kelly Brunt said on Wednesday the iceberg covers about 255 square miles (660 square km) and is up to a third of a mile (500 meters) thick. Known as B31, the iceberg separated from Antarctica's Pine Island Glacier last November, Brunt added. "It's one that's large enough that it warrants monitoring," Brunt said in a telephone interview, noting that U.S. government organizations including the National Ice Center keep an eye on dozens of icebergs at any given time.

The iceberg isn't in the way of shipping lanes at this time. One of the funny things about this news story is how each news organization selects a different geographical entity to compare the iceberg's size to. CNN, based in Atlanta, chose Atlanta; AP chose Guam (Really? Guam?), Reuters chose NYC.

NASA time-lapse video below.








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