India's heavy launch rocket passes flight test

The Register - Fri, 2014-12-19 01:33
Short flight for GSLV Mk-III proves crew-capsule-carrying-chops

India yesterday conducted a successful test of its new GSLV Mk-III X/CARE launch vehicle.…

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Amazon's cloud business a harder sell in post-Snowden era

Reuters: Technology - Fri, 2014-12-19 01:09
SAN FRANCISCO/SEATTLE (Reuters) - This spring, Taser International Inc won a small but high-profile contract to supply body cameras to the London police. But the deal nearly collapsed over one issue: where the video footage would be stored.
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Hack hijacks electric skateboards, dumps hipsters in the gutter

The Register - Fri, 2014-12-19 01:02
Automated attacks crash riders on the fly

A hacker duo have shown how to hijack "Boosted" brand electricity-assisted skateboards.…

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FBI Confirms Open Investigation Into Gamergate

Slashdot - Fri, 2014-12-19 00:33
v3rgEz writes In a terse form letter responding to a FOIA request, the FBI has confirmed it has an open investigation into Gamergate, the loose but controversial coalition of gamers calling for ethics in gaming journalism — even as some members have harassed and sent death threats to female gaming developers and critics.

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Microsoft begins war against fake phone tech support scams

The Register - Fri, 2014-12-19 00:30
Sick callers face fingering from Redmond's revenge

Microsoft has launched its first US lawsuit against companies offering phoney phone support for its products and says it plans further operations in the UK and India to stamp out the scammers.…

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NBN Co reveals product roadmap and Telstra planning deal

The Register - Fri, 2014-12-19 00:05
Hybrid fibre-coax trials to commence in late 2015

NBN Co has updated its product roadmap and Telstra has revealed it will help the company to plan future deployments.…

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Forget Google's robot cars, now it's on to ANDROID cars

The Register - Fri, 2014-12-19 00:04
Next OS to come built into auto dashboards, sources claim

Google is planning a big push into in-car infotainment systems with an upcoming version of Android, sources claim.…

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Kiwi hacker 'menace' pops home detention tracker cuffs

The Register - Thu, 2014-12-18 22:57
Hack unit worn by on-parole crim. Blackmail said crim. Profit

Kiwicon Christchurch bus hacker William Turner has demonstrated how to trick home detention ankle monitors used in New Zealand.…

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As U.S. eases hostilities, Cuba faces new challenge

Reuters: Technology - Thu, 2014-12-18 22:37
HAVANA (Reuters) - For decades, it was Cuba's first response to criticism.

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Johnson & Johnson buys your .baby for $3m

The Register - Thu, 2014-12-18 22:28
Don't expect to see anytime soon

Johnson & Johnson has bought the right to .baby domains for $3.1m, beating Google and five other companies.…

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Dalai Lama's star waning in the West, China official says

Reuters: Technology - Thu, 2014-12-18 22:23
BEIJING (Reuters) - Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama is drawing less and less attention in the West and manages to win eyeballs only with pointless suggestions that his title will die out with him, a top Chinese official told state media.
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Satellite Captures Glowing Plants From Space

Slashdot - Thu, 2014-12-18 22:02
sciencehabit writes About 1% of the light that strikes plants is re-emitted as a faint, fluorescent glow—a measure of photosynthetic activity. Today, scientists released a map of this glow as measured by the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2, a NASA satellite launched in July with the goal of mapping the net amount of carbon in the atmosphere. The map reveals that tropical rainforests near the equator are actively sucking up carbon, while the Corn Belt in the eastern United States, near the end of its growing season, is also a sink. Higher resolution fluorescence mapping could one day be used to help assess crop yields and how they respond to drought and heat in a changing climate.

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Woz moves to Oz

The Register - Thu, 2014-12-18 22:01
Apple founder moving to Tasmania, aka 'The Apple Isle'

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has become a permanent resident of Australia.…

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Google delivers an early Christmas gift: Google Drive support for ODF

Linux Today - Thu, 2014-12-18 22:00

 ITworld: Google, in a surprise move, today announced support for ODF (Open Document Format) in its products.

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Net Neut: Verizon flips the bird to FCC on peering deal crackdown

The Register - Thu, 2014-12-18 21:36
You can't stop us creating web traffic fast-lanes, telco says

Verizon reckons the FCC's net neutrality proposals can not lawfully stop ISPs charging websites big bucks to increase streaming speeds to subscribers.…

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Microsoft drops early Chrissie pressie on Mac Office fanbois

The Register - Thu, 2014-12-18 20:58
Stocking-fillers land for Mac Outlook

Microsoft's not been kind to Office for Mac over the years: since the last major update in 2010 fanbois haven't had much to get excited about.…

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Washington tries to tackle hackers behind Sony attack

Reuters: Technology - Thu, 2014-12-18 20:25
WASHINGTON/LOS ANGELES, (Reuters) - Washington made the woes of cyberattack victim Sony Pictures its own on Thursday as the White House acknowledged that the devastating strike against the big Hollywood studio was a matter of national security that would be met by a forceful government response.

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Exclusive: Google aiming to go straight into car with next Android - sources

Reuters: Technology - Thu, 2014-12-18 20:09
SAN FRANCISCO/DETROIT (Reuters) - Google Inc is laying the groundwork for a version of Android that would be built directly into cars, sources said, allowing drivers to enjoy all the benefits of the Internet without even plugging in their smartphones.
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Red Hat CFO reaches for eject cord after Street-beating performance

The Register - Thu, 2014-12-18 19:56
Linux firm ups annual guidance yet again

Red Hat chief financial officer Charlie Peters announced on Wednesday that he's stepping down from the company, even as it reported another quarter of strong earnings that beat even its own guidance.…

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Investigation: Apple Failing To Protect Chinese Factory Workers

Slashdot - Thu, 2014-12-18 19:56
mrspoonsi writes with the findings of an investigation into working conditions at a factory that makes Apple products. Poor treatment of workers in Chinese factories which make Apple products has been discovered by an undercover BBC Panorama investigation. Filming on an iPhone 6 production line showed Apple's promises to protect workers were routinely broken. It found standards on workers' hours, ID cards, dormitories, work meetings and juvenile workers were being breached at the Pegatron factories. Apple said it strongly disagreed with the programme's conclusions. Exhausted workers were filmed falling asleep on their 12-hour shifts at the Pegatron factories on the outskirts of Shanghai. One undercover reporter, working in a factory making parts for Apple computers, had to work 18 days in a row despite repeated requests for a day off. Another reporter, whose longest shift was 16 hours, said: "Every time I got back to the dormitories, I wouldn't want to move. Even if I was hungry I wouldn't want to get up to eat. I just wanted to lie down and rest. I was unable to sleep at night because of the stress."

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