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Google: Stop Making Apps! (A Love Letter)

Slashdot - Thu, 2015-07-02 18:19
An anonymous reader writes: Seasoned Silicon Valley software executive and investor Domenic Merenda has written a love letter to Google, and it's filled with "tough" love. The main thesis is that Google, as a company, should stop making apps, and instead focus on using its enormous data assets to make meaningful connections between people and facilitate organic engagement within a rich ecosystem. Interestingly, the article cites Wikipedia's information that Google maintains over 70 apps on the Android platform alone.

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Digital Transformation Office CEO's record reveals project wobbles

The Register - Thu, 2015-07-02 18:14
Little sign of turnaround at the Ministry of Justice on Peter Shetler's watch

Australia's Department of Communications on Thursday announced the appointment of Paul Shetler as Chief Executive Officer for the Digital Transformation Office (DTO), communications minister Malcolm Turnbull's effort to digitise government services. But an examination of his recent work suggests that one of the major projects he oversaw went backwards on his watch.…

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Rick Perry tells Republicans to work harder for black votes

Reuters: Technology - Thu, 2015-07-02 18:04
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Presidential contender Rick Perry urged his fellow Republicans on Thursday to work harder to win black votes, saying decades of failed Democratic economic policies had given the party a fresh opportunity to appeal to African-Americans.
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Thousands evacuated after freight train derails, catches fire, in Tennessee

Reuters: Technology - Thu, 2015-07-02 18:01
(Reuters) - A freight train carrying flammable and toxic gas derailed in eastern Tennessee, igniting a fire in one car and spreading noxious fumes that forced the evacuation of more than 5,000 people and the hospitalization of 25, officials said.

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Tickr – An RSS Feed Ticker for The Linux Desktop

Linux Today - Thu, 2015-07-02 18:00

MakeTechEasier: Remember RSS? You know, the short headlines and sentences of a few words each. Every major news site and blog has a feed. You can still get news the old fashioned way, only in a much nicer format.

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Heinz completes Kraft purchase, Buffett joins board

Reuters: Technology - Thu, 2015-07-02 17:57
(Reuters) - H.J. Heinz Co on Thursday completed its purchase of Kraft Foods Group Inc, creating the third largest food and beverage company in North America and fifth largest worldwide.
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UK Government Illegally Spied On Amnesty International

Slashdot - Thu, 2015-07-02 17:34
Mark Wilson writes with this excerpt from a story at Beta News: A court has revealed that the UK intelligence agency, GCHQ, illegally spied on human rights organization Amnesty International. It is an allegation that the agency had previously denied, but an email from the Investigatory Powers Tribunal backtracked on a judgement made in June which said no such spying had taken place. The email was sent to Amnesty International yesterday, and while it conceded that the organization was indeed the subject of surveillance, no explanation has been offered. It is now clear that, for some reason, communications by Amnesty International were illegally intercepted, stored, and examined. What is not clear is when the spying happened, what data was collected and, more importantly, why it happened.

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The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 4.4.4

Linux Today - Thu, 2015-07-02 17:00

The LibreOffice community is growing

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Google Hangouts and SMS Integration: A Mess, For Now

Slashdot - Thu, 2015-07-02 16:50
Android Headlines reports that a bug in the Google Hangouts app is causing confusion for users who would like to send and receive SMS messages. According to the article, [S]ome users are reporting an issue that is preventing the merging of SMS messages with Hangouts. The exact nature of what is causing this error is still unknown, as Google has not divulged any concrete information. They did state though that they are working on a fix and will have it ready for release as soon as they figure out what is going on. On this front, I wish there were a good roadmap for all the overlapping and sometimes circular-seeming options for Google's various flavors of VoiP and messaging. Between Google Voice, Google Plus, Messenger (not Facebook's Messenger), Gmail, and now Google Fi, it's hard to tell quite where the there begins. After setting up a new phone through Google Fi, I find that the very pleasant full-screen text-message window I used to like with Google Voice is now one I can't figure out how to reach, and the screen directs me to use Hangouts instead.

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A looksee into storage upstart Hedvig's garage

The Register - Thu, 2015-07-02 16:28
Quick dip under a distributed storage platform's covers

+Comment Hedvig decloaked from stealth recently, saying it’s producing converged block, file and object storage for enterprises with Facebook/Amazon-level scale, costs and efficiencies.…

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Senior Islamic State leader killed in U.S.-led coalition strike

Reuters: Technology - Thu, 2015-07-02 16:18
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military said on Thursday a coalition airstrike in Syria killed a senior Islamic State leader who helped fundraise, secure arms and transport fighters for the militant group.
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Microsoft: Stop using Microsoft Silverlight. (Everyone else has)

The Register - Thu, 2015-07-02 16:09
Says websites should switch to HTML5-based playback as netizens snub plugins

Microsoft is encouraging companies that use its Silverlight media format on their web pages to dump the tech in favor of newer, HTML5-based media playback systems.…

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Microsoft Research Open Sources WorldWide Telescope

Slashdot - Thu, 2015-07-02 16:04
kfogel writes: Microsoft Research has open sourced WorldWide Telescope, releasing it under the MIT license and donating the code to the .NET Foundation. The code is up on GitHub at, and there are demos and more details at Go forth and explore!

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Uncle Sam poised to OK AT&T DirecTV gobble

The Register - Thu, 2015-07-02 16:01
FCC, DoJ both said to be nearing approval on mega-merger

AT&T's $48.5bn acquisition of DirecTV looks to be heading toward approval by the US government.…

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Open Source History: What We've Learned So Far

Linux Today - Thu, 2015-07-02 16:00

 The VAR Guy: The history of open source is long and storied, and fascinating enough to be a book. Which is what The VAR Guy contributing editor Christopher Tozzi is doing.

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U.N. says Burundi election was not free, fair or credible

Reuters: Technology - Thu, 2015-07-02 15:57
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Burundi's parliamentary election was not free, fair, transparent or credible and violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms were committed, the United Nations said on Thursday.
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Hold my vodka, comrade – I got this: Russians to blast supplies to the ISS

The Register - Thu, 2015-07-02 15:27
Step aside, Musk, we've got this covered (fingers crossed)

Astronauts on the International Space Station will cross their fingers and toes that Friday's resupply mission doesn't suffer a similar fate to the last three attempts.…

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Cameron Asserts UK Gov't Will Leave No "Safe Space" For Private Communications

Slashdot - Thu, 2015-07-02 15:20
An anonymous reader writes with the story from Ars Technica that UK prime minister David Cameron "has re-iterated that the UK government does not intend to "'eave a safe space — a new means of communication — for terrorists to communicate with each other.'" That statement came Monday, as a response to Conservative MP David Bellingham, "who asked [Cameron, on the floor of the House of Commons] whether he agreed that the 'time has come for companies such as Google, Facebook and Twitter to accept and understand that their current privacy policies are completely unsustainable?' To which Cameron replied: 'we must look at all the new media being produced and ensure that, in every case, we are able, in extremis and on the signature of a warrant, to get to the bottom of what is going on.'" This sounds like the UK government is declaring a blustery war on encryption, and it might not need too much war: some companies can be persuaded (or would be eager) to cooperate with the government in handing over all kinds of information. However, the bluster part may leave even the fiercest surveillance mostly show: as Ars writer Glyn Moody asks, what about circumstances "where companies can't hand over keys, or where there is no company involved, as with GnuPG, the open source implementation of the OpenPGP encryption system?" Or Tor?

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YouTube for Android now supports 60 FPS video

Linux Today - Thu, 2015-07-02 15:00

 ITworld: Google is going to make a lot of Android users happy with its recent update to the YouTube app.

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Intel 80386 queen Renée James quits as chipmaker's president

The Register - Thu, 2015-07-02 14:44
Will assume role of CEO of another company in January

Intel president Renée James is leaving the silicon giant to become chief exec of another firm as part of a set of leadership changes announced by Intel CEO Brian Krzanich on Thursday.…

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