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Wannabe Rulers of the Internet hit control-alt-delete on power plan

The Register - Tue, 2015-02-03 00:57
Controversial body goes back to the drawing board with online survey

The NetMundial Initiative – ICANN and Brazil's plan to wrest the internet from the US and the NSA – is attempting a reboot by asking everyone what it should actually do.…

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Oil firm after two-day rally, but China demand outlook caps gains

Reuters: Technology - Tue, 2015-02-03 00:16
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Oil futures continued to firm on Tuesday adding to gains of more than 11 percent in the prior two sessions, but persistent worries over China's demand outlook capped prices.

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Google To Compete With Uber, Uber To Explore Autonomous Transportation

Slashdot - Tue, 2015-02-03 00:16
An anonymous reader writes: Bloomberg breaks news that Uber has a major new competitor in ridesharing: Google. According to the report, Google has informed Uber's board of directors of this development, and shown them screenshots of a ride-sharing app currently being tested by employees. Why did Google share this information with Uber? Because they've heavily invested in Uber, and Google's David Drummond, chief legal officer and senior VP of corporate development, is on Uber's board. Of course, a Google ride-sharing service would fit perfectly with their project to build and develop autonomous vehicles. This could be very bad news for Uber (not to mention other ride-sharing services) because they rely heavily on Google's mapping data. That is, unless Uber beats them to it. Uber today announced a partnership with Carnegie Mellon University to develop, among other things, "autonomy technology." A source told TechCrunch that Uber went on a hiring spree and "cleaned out" the National Robotics Engineering Center, a research organization affiliated with CMU.

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Cuba sounds warning ahead of next round of U.S. talks

Reuters: Technology - Tue, 2015-02-03 00:07
HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba warned the United States on Monday that it wants American diplomats to scale back aid for Cuban dissidents before the two countries can reopen embassies in each other's capitals.
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U.S.-India nuclear 'breakthrough' could be finalised within year

Reuters: Technology - Tue, 2015-02-03 00:04
NEW DELHI/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A "breakthrough understanding" to open India's nuclear power sector to U.S. firms reached during President Barack Obama's visit to New Delhi last month could be finalised this year, Indian officials say.

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Tintri smooching VMware’s VVOLs, vIO and vROPs

The Register - Tue, 2015-02-03 00:03
Storage contender giving Virtzilla love bytes

Tintri loves its hybrid arrays working with VMware and is enthusiastically supporing VMware’s latest vSphere version 6 announcements.…

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Samsung gets KINKY with new Galaxy in 50 SHADES OF GREY

The Register - Mon, 2015-02-02 22:56
One picture emerges of something to be launched before Mobile World Congress

Samsung has let it be known it'll reveal whatever's depicted below in Barcelona on March 1st, the eve of 2015's Mobile World Congress.…

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Science's Biggest Failure: Everything About Diet and Fitness

Slashdot - Mon, 2015-02-02 22:22 writes: Scott Adams (of Dilbert fame) writes on his blog that science's biggest failure of all time is "everything about diet and fitness." He says, "I used to think fatty food made you fat. Now it seems the opposite is true. Eating lots of peanuts, avocados, and cheese, for example, probably decreases your appetite and keeps you thin. I used to think vitamins had been thoroughly studied for their health trade-offs. They haven't. The reason you take one multivitamin pill a day is marketing, not science. I used to think the U.S. food pyramid was good science. In the past it was not, and I assume it is not now. I used to think drinking one glass of alcohol a day is good for health, but now I think that idea is probably just a correlation found in studies." According to Adams, the direct problem of science is that it has been collectively steering an entire generation toward obesity, diabetes, and coronary problems. But the indirect problem might be worse: It is hard to trust science because people have become accustomed to learning that they've been steered wrong. "I think science has earned its lack of credibility with the public. If you kick me in the balls for 20-years, how do you expect me to close my eyes and trust you?"

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Linux 3.19 rc7

Linux Today - Mon, 2015-02-02 22:00

Linus Torvalds: Everything seems to be fairly calm and normal, so this is likely to be the last rc unless something unexpected suddenly comes up.

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Target carders turn their attention to parking lots

The Register - Mon, 2015-02-02 21:56
Third car park company popped since December

The hackers behind the flaying of retail chain Target have turned their attention to parking lots, popping three since December, according to reports.…

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Bankruptcy could see RadioShack close doors for good – report

The Register - Mon, 2015-02-02 20:58
Penny-priced stock to be delisted from NYSE

Struggling electronics retailer RadioShack may not emerge from bankruptcy intact after all, sources claim.…

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Google's latest secret project: GOOBER – the robot 'Uber-slayer'

The Register - Mon, 2015-02-02 20:33
It couldn't happen to a nicer company, if rumor is true

Google may be working on an Uber-like service using autonomous vehicles, reports Bloomberg.…

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Big Telecoms Strangling Municipal Broadband, FCC Intervention May Provide Relief

Slashdot - Mon, 2015-02-02 20:25
MojoKid writes: With limited choice and often dismal upstream speeds, it's no wonder many people are excited to hear that newcomers like Google Fiber are expanding super-fast gigabit internet across the country. But some Americans also have access to other high-speed fiber internet options that compete with the big guys like Comcast and Time Warner Cable: municipal internet. In the case of the small town of Wilson, NC, town officials first approached Time Warner Cable and Embarq, requesting faster Internet access for their residents and businesses. Both companies, likely not seeing a need to "waste" resources on a town of just 47,000 residents, rebuffed their demands. So what did Wilson do? It spent $28 million dollars to build its own high-speed Internet network, Greenlight, for its residents, offering faster speeds and lower prices than what the big guys could offer. And wouldn't you know it; that finally got the big telecoms to respond. However, the response wasn't to build-out infrastructure in Wilson or compete on price; it was to try and kill municipal broadband efforts altogether in NC, citing unfair competition. NC's governor at the time, Bev Perdue, had the opportunity to veto the House bill that was introduced, but instead allowed it to become law. However, a new report indicates that the FCC is prepared to side with these smaller towns that ran into roadblocks deploying and maintaining their own high-speed Internet networks. The two towns in question include aforementioned Wilson, and Chattanooga, TN. Action by the FCC would effectively strike down the laws — like those that strangle Greenlight in Wilson — which prevent cities from undercutting established players on price. The FCC is also expected to propose regulating internet service as a utility later this week.

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Obama's budget packs HUGE tax breaks for poor widdle tech giants

The Register - Mon, 2015-02-02 20:13
Only the little people pay taxes – you don't get rich cutting checks to the IRS

President Obama's budget for 2016 includes a whopping tax break that US tech giants have been demanding – because it will let them bring trillions of dollars held in offshore accounts to America without running up huge bills.…

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Egypt court sentences 183 Muslim Brotherhood supporters to death

Reuters: Technology - Mon, 2015-02-02 20:08
CAIRO (Reuters) - An Egyptian court sentenced 183 supporters of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood to death on Monday on charges of killing police officers, part of a sustained crackdown by authorities on Islamists.

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