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Obama seeks support for immigration plan, blasts Boehner

Reuters: Technology - Fri, 2014-11-21 19:00
LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - President Barack Obama defended his decision to bypass Congress and overhaul U.S. immigration policy on his own on Friday, saying he was forced to act because House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner would not let legislation come to a vote.






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Mozilla's 2013 Report: Revenue Up 1% To $314M; 90% From Google

Slashdot - Fri, 2014-11-21 18:46
An anonymous reader writes Mozilla has released its annual financial report for 2013, and the numbers hint as to why the organization signed a five-year deal with Yahoo, announced by the duo on November 19. Revenue increased just 1 percent, and the organization's reliance on Google stayed flat at 90 percent. The total revenue for the Mozilla Foundation and its subsidiaries in 2011 was $163 million, and it increased 90.2 percent to $311 million for 2012. Yet that growth all but disappeared last year, as the total revenue moved up less than 1 percent (0.995 percent to be more precise) to $311 million in 2013. 85 percent of Mozilla's revenue came from Google in 2011, and that figure increased to 90 percent in 2012. While the 90 percent number remained for 2013, it's still a massive proportion and shows Mozilla last year could not figure out a way to differentiate where its money comes from.

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Mozilla remembers 2013, back when it still gobbled at the Google money-trough

The Register - Fri, 2014-11-21 18:41
Firefox-maker's annual report shows costs rising, revenue flat

The Mozilla Foundation has issued its annual financial statement for calendar year 2013, and the numbers raise important questions about Mozilla's future, now that it has ended its longstanding funding relationship with Google.…

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Officials make preparations for Ferguson grand jury decision

Reuters: Technology - Fri, 2014-11-21 18:35
FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - Prosecutors made preparations to announce the eventual decision by a grand jury on whether to charge a white police officer who shot dead an unarmed black teenager and some local schools said on Friday they would close next week in anticipation of unrest.
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Obama seeks support for immigration plan, blasts Boehner

Reuters: Technology - Fri, 2014-11-21 18:33
LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - President Barack Obama defended his decision to bypass Congress and overhaul U.S. immigration policy on his own on Friday, saying he was forced to act because House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner would not let legislation come to a vote.






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Molecular Clusters That Can Retain Charge Could Revolutionize Computer Memory

Slashdot - Fri, 2014-11-21 18:11
jfruh writes:Computing devices have been gobbling up more and more memory, but storage tech has been hitting its limits, creating a bottleneck. Now researchers in Spain and Scotland have reported a breakthrough in working with metal-oxide clusters that can retain their charge. These molecules could serve as the basis for RAM and flash memory that will be leagues smaller than existing components (abstract).

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U.S., Iran discussing new ideas to break nuclear impasse: sources

Reuters: Technology - Fri, 2014-11-21 18:08
VIENNA (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif are discussing new ideas aimed at breaking the deadlock in nuclear talks between Tehran and six world powers, sources close to the talks said on Friday.






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Europe may ask Herr Google: Would you snap off your search engine?

The Register - Fri, 2014-11-21 18:02
Wenn es nicht zu viel Mühe Herr Schmidt

The European Parliament will consider pressuring, say, Google to snap off its search engine and move it away from its operations, it's reported.…

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VirtualBox 4.3.20 Released

Linux Today - Fri, 2014-11-21 18:00

Today Oracle released VirtualBox 4.3.20, a maintenance release of VirtualBox 4.3 which improves stability and fixes regressions.

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First in line to order a Nexus 6? AT&T has a BRICK for you

The Register - Fri, 2014-11-21 17:46
Black Screen of Death plagues early Google-mobe batch

Motorola has issued a recall for an early batch of its hotly anticipated new Nexus 6 smartphones that were sold through US mobile carrier AT&T, owing to a software glitch that can reportedly causes the devices to boot to a black screen.…

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The EU Has a Plan To Break Up Google

Slashdot - Fri, 2014-11-21 17:29
An anonymous reader points out a report at the Financial Times (paywalled) which says the European Parliament is preparing to call for the break-up of Google. According to the draft seen by the FT, a potential solution to ongoing anti-trust concerns with Google is "unbundling search engines from other services." The article notes, "The European parliament has no formal power to split up companies, but has increasing influence on the commission, which initiates all EU legislation. The commission has been investigating concerns over Google’s dominance of online search for five years, with critics arguing that the company’s rankings favour its own services, hitting its rivals’ profits. Unbundling cannot be excluded, said Andreas Schwab, a German MEP who is one of the motion’s backers."

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Amazon warming up 'cheapo web video' cannon to sink Netflix

The Register - Fri, 2014-11-21 17:15
Web souk will tout new online telly biz in new year, claim sources

Amazon is reportedly preparing an online video-streaming service that'll be full of ads – and undercut rivals Netflix and Hulu Plus.…

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Red Hat Pushes Forward with CentOS [VIDEO]

Linux Today - Fri, 2014-11-21 17:15

ServerWatch: At the beginning of 2014, Red Hat embraced the community CentOS Linux distribution.

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Top NSA Official Raised Alarm About Metadata Program In 2009

Slashdot - Fri, 2014-11-21 16:48
An anonymous reader sends this report from the Associated Press: "Dissenters within the National Security Agency, led by a senior agency executive, warned in 2009 that the program to secretly collect American phone records wasn't providing enough intelligence to justify the backlash it would cause if revealed, current and former intelligence officials say. The NSA took the concerns seriously, and many senior officials shared them. But after an internal debate that has not been previously reported, NSA leaders, White House officials and key lawmakers opted to continue the collection and storage of American calling records, a domestic surveillance program without parallel in the agency's recent history.

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That's all folks! US TV streaming upstart Aereo files for bankrupcy

The Register - Fri, 2014-11-21 16:19
Big Media wins again

It's the end of the line for the TV streaming biz Aereo: it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and appointed a chief restructuring officer to extract some remaining value from its assets.…

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Obama's Immigration Order To Give Tech Industry Some, Leave 'Em Wanting More

Slashdot - Fri, 2014-11-21 16:06
theodp writes: "The high-tech industry," reports the Washington Post's Nancy Scola, "will have at least two things to be happy about in President Obama's speech outlining executive actions he'll take on immigration. The president plans to grant the tech industry some, but not nearly all, of what it has been after in the immigration debate. The first is aimed at increasing the opportunity for foreign students and recent graduates from U.S. schools to work in high-tech jobs in the United States. And the second is aimed at making it easier for foreign-born entrepreneurs to set up shop in the United States. According to the White House, Obama will direct the Department of Homeland Security to help students in the so-called STEM fields — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — by proposing, per a White House fact sheet released Thursday night, to "expand and extend" the controversial Optional Practical Training program that now allows foreign-born STEM students and recent graduates remain in the United States for up to 29 months. The exact details of that expansion will be worked out by the Department of Homeland Security as it goes through a rulemaking process."

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It's 2014 and people are willing to blow $6.8m on things like Z.com

The Register - Fri, 2014-11-21 16:03
Hey, has anyone thought about selling books online? Maybe a search engine with ads?

Z.com has been sold for $6.8m (£4.3m, 800m yen) to Japanese domain biz GMO Registry, putting it in the top ten of all-time domain name sales.…

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Free Software, Free as in Beer

Linux Today - Fri, 2014-11-21 16:00

Datamation: Being available at no cost may not define free software, but it is responsible for many of its ups and downs over the years.

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Google Contributor: Ad-block killer – or proof no one will pay for news?

The Register - Fri, 2014-11-21 15:25
Sure, we can make those annoying banners go away. But it'll cost ya

Google has offered to charge people a small monthly subscription fee to read articles and gawp at photos online.…

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Turkey, U.S. play down differences on fight against Islamic State

Reuters: Technology - Fri, 2014-11-21 15:24
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey and the United States played down differences in the fight against Islamic State on Friday, but Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu made clear Ankara would keep pressing for a no-fly zone in Syria and President Bashar al-Assad's removal.






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