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  • Tox, a Skype Replacement Built On 'Privacy First'

    1 September 2014, 6:59 pm by: Soulskill

    An anonymous reader writes: Rumors of back door access to Skype have plagued the communication software for the better part of a decade. Even if it's not true, Skype is owned by Microsoft, which is beholden to data requests from law enforcement. Because of…
  • Net Neutrality Campaign To Show What the Web Would Be Like With a "Slow Lane"

    1 September 2014, 6:04 pm by: samzenpus

    blottsie writes In a move out of the anti-SOPA campaign playbook, Fight for the Future and other net neutrality activist groups have set up the Battle for the Net coalition, which plans to launch an "Internet slowdown day" later this month. No actual traffic…
  • New Computer Model Predicts Impact of Yellowstone Volcano Eruption

    1 September 2014, 5:15 pm by: samzenpus

    An anonymous reader writes Scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) have used a program named Ash 3D to predict the impact of a Yellowstone volcano eruption, and found that cities within 300 miles from Yellowstone National Park may get covered by up…
  • Raspberry Pi Gets a Brand New Browser

    1 September 2014, 4:22 pm by: samzenpus

    sfcrazy writes The Raspberry Pi team has announced a new browser for Raspberry Pi. They had worked with Collabora to create an HTML5-capable, modern browser for Pi users. While announcing the new browser, Eben Upton said, "Eight months and a lot of hard work…
  • Power Grids: The Huge Battery Market You Never Knew Existed

    1 September 2014, 3:30 pm by: samzenpus

    ashshy writes Unlike the obvious battery needs for smartphones or electric cars, many consumers are unaware of the exploding need for enormous battery banks as modern power grids are bringing a whole new set of requirements. From the article: "'Our electricity…
  • Radioactive Wild Boars Still Roaming the Forests of Germany

    1 September 2014, 2:36 pm by: samzenpus

    An anonymous reader writes 28 years after the Chernobyl accident, tests have found that more than one in three Saxony boars give off such high levels of radiation that they are unfit for consumption. In 2009 almost €425,000 ($555,000) was paid out to hunters…
  • New Nigerian ID Card Includes Prepay MasterCard Wallet

    1 September 2014, 1:47 pm by: samzenpus

    First time accepted submitter Adam Oxford writes Nigeria's National Identity Management System — which aims to bring together citizen information databases as diverse as driving licenses and tax returns — was introduced last week and includes a prepay…
  • Reported iCloud Hack Leaks Hundreds of Private Celebrity Photos

    1 September 2014, 12:55 pm by: samzenpus

    swinferno writes with news about the leak of hundreds of private celebrity photos over the weekend. Hundreds of revealing pictures of female celebrities were leaked overnight after being stolen from their private collections. Hunger Games actress Jennifer…
  • Study: Antarctic Sea-Level Rising Faster Than Global Rate

    1 September 2014, 12:00 pm by: samzenpus

    An anonymous reader writes with this bit of good news for everyone who is waiting for their homes to one day be on the beach. Melting ice is fuelling sea-level rise around the coast of Antarctica, a new report in Nature Geoscience finds. Near-shore waters went…
  • Deputy Who Fatally Struck Cyclist While Answering Email Will Face No Charges

    1 September 2014, 11:10 am by: samzenpus

    Frosty P writes The LA County District Attorney's Office declined to press charges against a sheriff's deputy who was apparently distracted by his mobile digital computer when he fatally struck cyclist and former Napster COO Milton Olin Jr. in Calabasas last…
  • China Gives Microsoft 20 Days To Respond To Competition Probe

    1 September 2014, 10:12 am by: samzenpus

    An anonymous reader writes "China has given Microsoft three weeks to explain "compatibility issues" in Windows and Office that could violate Chinese competition laws. The State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) questioned Microsoft Vice President…
  • Saturn's F Ring Is Now Three Times As Wide As During the Voyager Flybys

    1 September 2014, 9:13 am by: samzenpus

    KentuckyFC writes In 1980 and 1981, Voyager 1 and 2 flew past Saturn providing unprecedented images of its magnificent ring system. At that time, its most distant discrete ring, the F ring, was about 200 kilometres wide. But puzzlingly, images sent back by…
  • The Passenger Pigeon: A Century of Extinction

    1 September 2014, 8:13 am by: samzenpus

    An anonymous reader writes On September 1, 1914, Martha, the last passenger pigeon was found dead in her aviary at the Cincinnati Zoo. When the first European settlers arrived in North America at least one of every four birds on the continent was a passenger…
  • Hacker Disrupts New Zealand Election Campaign

    1 September 2014, 5:10 am by: samzenpus

    An anonymous reader writes New Zealand is facing its weirdest election ever with a hacker calling himself "Rawshark" progressively dumping emails hacked from a controversial blogger. This weekend, revelations forced the resignation of one Government minister…
  • Apple Said To Team With Visa, MasterCard On iPhone Wallet

    1 September 2014, 2:04 am by: samzenpus

    An anonymous reader writes with news about a possible partnership between Apple and major credit card companies. Apple plans to turn its next iPhone into a mobile wallet through a partnership with major payment networks, banks and retailers, according a person…
  • Grand Ayatollah Says High Speed Internet Is "Against Moral Standards"

    31 August 2014, 11:08 pm by: samzenpus

    An anonymous reader writes A Grand Ayatollah in Iran has determined that access to high-speed and 3G Internet is "against Sharia" and "against moral standards." However, Iran's President, Hassan Rouhani, plans to renew licenses and expand the country’s 3G…
  • XKCD Author's Unpublished Book Remains a Best-Seller For 5 Months

    31 August 2014, 7:59 pm by: samzenpus

    destinyland writes Tuesday is the official release date for the newest book from the geeky cartoonist behind XKCD — yet it's already become one of Amazon's best-selling books. Thanks to a hefty pre-order discount, one blogger notes that it's appeared on…
  • Yahoo Stops New Development On YUI

    31 August 2014, 6:52 pm by: samzenpus

    First time accepted submitter dnebin writes Yahoo announced that they will cease new development on their javascript framework YUI, bowing to industry trends towards Node.js, Angular, and others. The announcement reads in part: "The consequence of this…
  • The Apache Software Foundation Now Accepting BitCoin For Donations

    31 August 2014, 5:46 pm by: samzenpus

    rbowen writes The Apache Software Foundation is the latest not-for-profit organization to accept bitcoin donations, as pointed out by a user on the Bitcoin subreddit. The organization is well known for their catalog of open-source software, including the…
  • DNA Reveals History of Vanished "Paleo-Eskimos"

    31 August 2014, 4:34 pm by: samzenpus

    An anonymous reader writes The earliest people in the North American Arctic remained isolated from others in the region for over 4,000 years before vanishing around 700 years ago, new analysis shows. The study also reveals that today's Inuit and Native…
  • Feds Want Nuclear Waste Train, But Don't Know Where It Would Go

    31 August 2014, 3:20 pm by: samzenpus

    mdsolar writes with news of a plan to move radioactive waste from nuclear plants. The U.S. government is looking for trains to haul radioactive waste from nuclear power plants to disposal sites. Too bad those trains have nowhere to go. Putting the cart before…
  • Ukraine Asks Zuckerberg to Discipline Kremlin Facebook Bots

    31 August 2014, 2:12 pm by: samzenpus

    mi writes "Ukrainian media is reporting (link in Ukrainian), that Facebook is getting increasingly heavy-handed blocking Ukrainian bloggers. The likely explanation for the observed phenomenon is that Facebook's Ukrainian office is located in Russia and is…
  • Update: Raspberry Pi-Compatible Development Board Cancelled

    31 August 2014, 1:00 pm by: samzenpus

    An anonymous reader writes "Anyone who might have been interested in the miniature Raspberry Pi compatible board mentioned here a month ago should know the board has been cancelled due to problems sourcing the Broadcom SoC. Given the less than welcoming…
  • Feynman Lectures Released Free Online

    31 August 2014, 11:48 am by: samzenpus

    Anna Merikin writes In 1964, Richard Feynman delivered a series of seven hour-long lectures at Cornell University which were recorded by the BBC, and in 2009 (with a little help from Bill Gates), were released to the public. The three-volume set may be the…
  • Microsoft Shutting Down MSN Messenger After 15 Years of Service

    31 August 2014, 10:40 am by: samzenpus

    New submitter airfuz writes Microsoft took a bold move announcing that users have to move away from the old version of Internet Explorer to the new version 11. And now not long after that, Microsoft announced that they are shutting down the 15-year-old MSN…

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