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Alibaba Looks To Rural China To Popularize Its Mobile OS

Slashdot - Mon, 2015-04-27 18:14
itwbennett writes: E-commerce giant Alibaba Group hasn't given up on its YunOS mobile operating system, and is taking the software to China's rural markets through a series of low-cost phones, which will be built by lesser-known Chinese brands and will range from 299 yuan ($49) to 699 yuan. Slashdot readers may remember that in 2012, Google claimed it was a variant of its Android OS, sparking a clash that threatened to derail Alibaba's effort to popularize the mobile OS.

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IPhone sales, China boosts Apple; shares up modestly

Reuters: Technology - Mon, 2015-04-27 18:09
(Reuters) - Apple Inc beat Wall Street's revenue and profit forecasts on Monday on the back of surging iPhone sales, especially in China, but it gave no sales figures for its new Apple Watch.






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Republicans reach deal for budget plan, target Obamacare

Reuters: Technology - Mon, 2015-04-27 18:04
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican budget negotiators on Monday reached a compromise deal for the first joint House-Senate budget in six years, one that seeks to boost military spending while calling for deep cuts to social programs to eliminate deficits in a decade.
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Microsoft's cash-leaking Nokia phones rip off patents, face import ban

The Register - Mon, 2015-04-27 17:51
ITC judge rules in favor of angry troll

A judge with the US International Trade Commission has ruled that Microsoft's Nokia handsets violate patents held by trolling outfit "non-practicing entity" InterDigital, adding to the software giant's ongoing woes in the mobile phone arena.…

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Face-to-Facebook: Messenger chat app in video yap flap

The Register - Mon, 2015-04-27 17:33
If you live in these particular countries, of course

In brief Facebook has added video calls to its Messenger chat app, bringing in line with Apple's Facetime and Microsoft's Skype.…

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Texas Admonishes Judge For Posting Facebook Updates About Her Trials

Slashdot - Mon, 2015-04-27 17:30
An anonymous reader writes: Michelle Slaughter, a Galveston County judge, says she will appeal a public admonition from state officials that criticized her Facebook posts about cases brought before her court. From the article: "The State Commission on Judicial Conduct ordered Michelle Slaughter, a Galveston County judge, to enroll in a four-hour class on the 'proper and ethical use of social media by judges.' The panel concluded that the judge's posts cast 'reasonable doubt' on her impartiality. At the beginning of a high-profile trial last year in which a father was accused of keeping his nine-year-old son in a six-foot by eight-foot wooden box, the judge instructed jurors not to discuss the case against defendant David Wieseckel with anyone. 'Again, this is by any means of communication. So no texting, e-mailing, talking person to person or on the phone or on Facebook. Any of that is absolutely forbidden,' the judge told jurors. But Slaughter didn't take her own advice, leading to her removal from the case and a mistrial. The defendant eventual was acquitted of unlawful-restraint-of-a-child charges."

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Imagination To Release Open MIPS Design To Academia

Slashdot - Mon, 2015-04-27 17:08
DeviceGuru writes: Imagination Technologies has developed a Linux-ready academic version of its 32-bit MIPS architecture MicroAptiv processor design, and is giving it away free to universities for use in computer research and education. As the MIPSfpga name suggests, the production-quality RTL (register transfer level) design abstraction is intended to run on industry standard FPGAs. Although MIPSfpga is available as a fully visible RTL design, MIPSfpga is not fully open source, according to the announcement from Robert Owen, Manager of Imagination's University Programme. Academic users can use and modify MIPSfpga as they wish, but cannot build it into silicon. "If you modify it, you must talk to us first if you wish to patent the changes," writes Owen.

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What are good command line HTTP clients?

Linux Today - Mon, 2015-04-27 17:00

 LinuxLinks: The whole is greater than the sum of its parts is a very famous quote from Aristotle, a Greek philosopher and scientist. This quote is particularly pertinent to Linux.

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ESPN sues Verizon: People picking their own TV channels? Nope

The Register - Mon, 2015-04-27 16:48
Plan for a la carte bundle not a hit with sports network

Sports TV giant ESPN is suing Verizon for allowing its FiOS home TV subscribers to pick and choose their channels.…

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Supreme Court To Consider Data Aggregation Suit Against Spokeo

Slashdot - Mon, 2015-04-27 16:46
BUL2294 writes: Consumerist and Associated Press are reporting that the Supreme Court has taken up the case of Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins — a case where Spokeo, as a data aggregator, faces legal liability and Fair Credit Reporting Act violations for providing information on Thomas Robins, an individual who has not suffered "a specific harm" directly attributable to the inaccurate data Spokeo collected on him. From SCOTUSblog: "Robins, who filed a class-action lawsuit, claimed that Spokeo had provided flawed information about him, including that he had more education than he actually did, that he is married although he remains single, and that he was financially better off than he actually was. He said he was unemployed and looking for work, and contended that the inaccurate information would make it more difficult for him to get a job and to get credit and insurance." So, while not suffering a specific harm, the potential for harm based on inaccurate data exists. Companies such as Facebook and Google are closely watching this case, given the potential of billions of dollars of liability for selling inaccurate information on their customers and other people.

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Today, the US govt must explain why its rules on shutting down whole cell networks are a secret

The Register - Mon, 2015-04-27 16:29
Mass kill-switch policy under the microscope

The US government will be forced to explain why its cell network kill-switch plans should be kept secret today.…

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Colorado cinema massacre trial to get under way

Reuters: Technology - Mon, 2015-04-27 16:17
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (Reuters) - Colorado's long-awaited cinema massacre trial will begin on Monday with jurors asked to decide whether gunman James Holmes was insane when he killed a dozen moviegoers in 2012, or a calculating mass murderer who deserves execution.
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JavaScript Devs: Is It Still Worth Learning jQuery?

Slashdot - Mon, 2015-04-27 16:03
Nerval's Lobster writes: If you're learning JavaScript and Web development, you might be wondering whether to learn jQuery. After nearly a decade of existence, jQuery has grown into a fundamental part of JavaScript coding in Web development. But now we're at a point where many of the missing pieces (and additional features) jQuery filled in are present in browsers. So do you need to learn jQuery anymore? Some developers don't think so. The official jQuery blog, meanwhile, is pushing a separate jQuery version for modern browsers, in an attempt to keep people involved. And there are still a few key reasons to keep learning jQuery: Legacy code. If you're going to go to work at a company that already has JavaScript browser code, there's a strong possibility it has jQuery throughout its code. There's also a matter of preference: People still like jQuery and its elegance, and they're going to continue using it, even though they might not have to.

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LibreOffice 4.3.7 Open Source Office Suite Released with Over 100 Bug Fixes

Linux Today - Mon, 2015-04-27 16:00

LibreOffice 4.3.7 is the seventh maintenance release for the 4.3 branch of the popular office application

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REVEALED: The 19 firms whose complaints form EU's antitrust case against Google

The Register - Mon, 2015-04-27 15:37
It's not ONLY Microsoft

A new report says the companies whose complaints have been included in the European Union's formal antitrust charges against Google have been revealed, even though the European Commission is still keeping the official list of complainants under wraps.…

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Smart Headlights Adjust To Aid Drivers In Difficult Conditions

Slashdot - Mon, 2015-04-27 15:20
An anonymous reader writes: Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute are developing smart headlights that not only trace a car's movement around bends, but are programmable to assist a driver in a wide range of driving conditions. The research team, at the institute's Illumination and Imaging Laboratory, is looking into designing headlights which do not highlight raindrops and snowflakes in bad weather, instead passing light around the individual drops and improving visibility. Its near-future design would also be able to avoid glare even when the high beam is in use, detecting up-coming vehicles and disabling the range of light that is directed at it. They also hope to incorporate GPS data to adjust the direction of the headlights according to the lane that a driver is occupying, illuminating it more brightly compared to surrounding lanes. The technology is supported by a looped system which will constantly read, assess and react to driving conditions. The prototype also features a built-in camera to capture visual data before transferring it to a computer processor installed in the vehicle, where it can be analyzed.

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Comments considered harmful: WordPress web hijack bug revealed

The Register - Mon, 2015-04-27 15:17
Patch NOW after researcher drops zero-day on popular blog software

A frustrated Finnish security researcher has gone public with a vulnerability in WordPress that lets attackers hijack website admin accounts.…

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Scientists Use Ubuntu to Interpret Hubble Telescope Data

Linux Today - Mon, 2015-04-27 15:00

 softpedia: A new documentary about the Hubble space telescope was just released on Nova, and a Reddit user pointed out that one of the scientists was using Linux to manage the date provided by the telescope.

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Stage set for landmark U.S. Supreme Court gay marriage arguments

Reuters: Technology - Mon, 2015-04-27 14:59
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A day before the U.S. Supreme Court hears landmark arguments on whether the Constitution provides a right to same-sex marriage, activists on both sides of the contentious social issue converged on the white marble courthouse to voice their views.
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We'll buy patents for cash, says Google – just don't feed the trolls

The Register - Mon, 2015-04-27 14:59
What could possibly go wrong? Trust us – Europe doesn't – but you can trust us

Google is offering to buy patents from inventors in a race against patent trolls. The California giant wants to snatch the blueprints before they can be used in infringement lawsuits against it.…

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