31 March 2013

Google Shopping Express

Google launching same-day delivery service for online shoppers ...
By MICHAEL LIEDTKE
Internet search leader Google is taking another step beyond information retrieval into grocery delivery. The new service, called Google Shopping Express... ... It's a problem that Amazon.com and eBay, which operate the largest e-commerce sites, already have been trying to solve by offering same-day service in some U.S. markets. Wal-Mart Stores, the world's largest retailer, also offers same-day delivery in five markets. A mix of national, regional and neighborhood merchants are enlisting in Google ...


Calling all SF Bay Area residents - Google Commerce . . . If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area (in the city of San Francisco, and the Peninsula from San Mateo to San Jose) and would like to help test this new initiative, please sign up here. We’re still working out our long-term pricing plan but early testers will get six months of free, unlimited same-day delivery. The pilot will expand as we work out the kinks, so please stay tuned. ...
googlecommerce.blogspot.com/.../calling-all-sf-bay-area-resid...
Businessweek
In a breezeway, a map carved in stone tiles divides the earth into two categories: countries whereSamsung conducts business, indicated by blue lights; and countries where Samsung will conduct business, indicated by red. The map is mostly blue. In the ...


Ramos X10 Mini Pad is a $200 iPad mini-sized Android tablet
Liliputing
Chinese device maker Ramos is offering a new tablet with a 7.85 inch, 1024 x 768 pixel display. It's about the same size and shape as an iPad mini, but the Ramos X10 Mini Pad ships with Android4.1 Jelly Bean. Ramos X10 Mini Pad. The tablet has an ...

BlackBerry posts surprise profit, but subscriber base down
Yahoo! News (blog)
The Canadian smartphone maker's shares were up nearly 2 percent in early trading, but had jumped of more than 10 percent immediately after the results came out. Some investors focused on a decline in the company's subscriber base, a possible threat to...

Yahoo! News (blog)

Smartphone, tablet shipments could hit a billion worldwide this year
NBCNews.com
But in emerging markets (China and India, for instance), those numbers are even more impressive: The smartphone market grew by nearly 70 percent, and tablet shipments more than doubled over the previous year. As a general indicator of how fast things ...

Super-cheap Disgo 8400G is a 3G Android tablet
TechRadar UK
It packs a decent set of features including a 7.9-inch 1024 x 768 display, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 512MB of RAM, 2MP rear camera, 0.3MP front camera, 4GB of internal storage, microSD slot and runs Android 4.1.3 Jelly Bean. ... As well as allowing ...

TechRadar UK

Did Google And LG Silently (And Subtly) Update The Nexus 4's Design?
Android Police
According to the guys over at German site MobiFlip, Google and LG may have pulled a fast one on us by very subtly updating the Nexus 4's design. ... Cameron is a self-made geek, Androidenthusiast, horror movie fanatic, and musician. When he's not ...

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Nokia Lumia 920 smartphone comparison review
PC Advisor
We compare Samsung's Galaxy S4 Android phone with the best of Windows Phone 8, the Nokia Lumia 920. Here's our Samsung Galaxy S4 ... With a 5in screen and measuring 69.8 x 136.6mm the Galaxy S4 is a pretty big smartphone. It is wafer thin at 7.9mm ...

App Deals Of The Day: Android, iPhone, iPad, Windows Phone
Lifehacker Australia
Fynch for Twitter free on Android, Download pro now free on iOS, Metro Tasks discounted on iPad, Chronos Calendar now just 99c on Windows Phone, plus lots more. Deals end without warning, so be quick! This is a hand-picked list of apps that we think ...

Has Apple beaten Samsung to the punch with patent filing for smartphone with ...
Phandroid.com
Back at CES, Samsung showcased their YOUM flexible AMOLED display technology. One concept they showed off featured a Note-like smartphone with a display that wrapped around to the edges of the device. Of their flexible phone prototypes, it appeared ...

Phandroid.com

Microsoft and BlackBerry Duel for a Bronze
Wired
No matter how either Microsoft or BlackBerry spins their latest mobile efforts, for now at least, there is no catching Apple at the high end or the many flavors of Android racking up sales up and down the mobile phone price curve. ... Microsoft's ...

Wired

Amazon Moves Toward Kindle Social Network with Goodreads
Wall Street Journal (blog)
A not-so-obvious benefit, one person familiar with the situation said, is that Amazon will no longer need to keep working on a social service it had been laboring on to create a more connected experience on the Kindle. Goodreads and its community of ...

Microsoft signals push to smaller, lower-priced Windows tablets
Computerworld
The previous Windows 8 certification rule -- which also applied to Windows RT -- required a minimum 1366 x 768 resolution, and thus a 16:9 aspect ratio. The lower resolution would allow for Windows 8 and Windows RT tablets similar to Apple's smaller ...

Google Street View captures startling images of tsunami-wrecked Japanese ...
New York Daily News
On Google's Lat Long blog, Mayor Baba writes that the town has only been able to make “cursory” repairs during the past two years. He's hoping that the new images will help future generations understand the effects of the earthquake, tsunami and ...

New York Daily News


Microsoft aims high with the Surface's corporate ambitions
PCWorld
Speaking at the company's annual CIO summit this week, Panay said that Microsoft is "right on the cusp" of bolstering the Surface lineup's business chops after admittedly targeting consumers out of the gate. Though he didn't provide many specifics, ...

Amazon's Tax Dispute May Be Destined for the Supreme Court
Wall Street Journal
Back in 2007, New York eyed Amazon sales taxes as an untapped source of revenue. The U.S. Supreme Court in the early 1990s ruled that a state can compel a company to fork over sales taxes, but only if the company has a physical presence in the state.

Google Nexus 7, Take Two: What To Expect
InformationWeek
Fierce competition from Amazon, Apple and Samsung -- not to mention newer competitors such as Acer and HP -- will force Google to maintain the Nexus 7's aggressive pricing. But can it make significant upgrades while keeping the device's $199 entry point?

Could Google tilt a close election?
Washington Post
Epstein, who had a public spat with Google last year, offers no evidence of actual evil acts by the company. ... “Providing relevant answers has been the cornerstone of Google's approach to search from the very beginning,” the company said in a statement.

Apple's Long-Rumored Game Controller May Soon See The Light Of ...
By Chris Velazco
I've long believed that touchscreens leave a certain something to be desired when it comes to playing games, and if a new (and very curious) report holds true, Apple may feel the same way. According to PocketGamer.biz's Jon Jordan, Apple ...

Music Executive: 'iRadio is Coming', Apple Pushing for Summer ...
By Jordan Golson
Negotiations between Apple and record companies regarding Apple's rumored 'iRadio' music service are progressing, The Verge reports as...
MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors...

Workplace Advice from Google's Go-To Guy - Business Insider
By Max Nisen
This is coming from the youngest-tenured and best-rated professor at Wharton. According to Google's "people analytics" head Prasad Setty, he's the person the company turns to Grant when "we are thinking about big problems we are trying to ...
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30 March 2013

Facebook Phone Rumors Return Ahead of April 4 Android Event

'Facebook Phone' Rumors Return Ahead of April 4 Android Event
PC Magazine
Facebook on Thursday sent out invites for an April 4 event that encouraged members of the press to "come see our new home on Android." The announcement naturally stirred up rumors about the elusive "Facebook Phone." According to TechCrunch, the ...

Small termites create huge 'fairy circles' in the Namib Desert
Los Angeles Times
Humans could learn a thing or two from lowly sand termites about managing the Earth's natural resources. A study published in Friday's edition of the journal Science gives these small creatures credit for creating mysterious “fairy circles” in the Namib Desert ...

How to Load Games on the Razer Edge
PC Magazine
The Razer Edge Pro is a full-blown Windows 8 PC tablet so you'll probably want to load games you already own on to the system. There are many ways to get games for the tablet, ranging from the dead simple to methods that seem to be a few short steps ...

Which of These Apple Patents Will Ever See the Light of Day?
Wired
The iPhone of tomorrow will be shaped like an ovoid, and it will have a wraparound screen and 3-D gesture recognition so you never again mar its stunning display with your grimy fingerprints. It also will work seamlessly with smartpens, heads-up displays...

Wired

Here's the 'Very Anonymous' Building Facebook Demanded From a Starchitect
Wired
Gehry's Experience Music Project and Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame in Seattle, Washington. View all ...

Wired

Rare TV appearance for Turin Shroud, Christianity's famous relic
CNN
(CNN) -- What may be the most famous religious relic of them all, the Turin Shroud, will make a rare appearance on Easter Saturday -- on Italians' TV screens. One of Benedict XVI's last acts as pope, according to Vatican Radio, was to authorize the broadcast ...

Refreshed 2014 Scion tC unveiled
SlashGear
Scion has officially unveiled its new refreshed 2014 tC at the New York international Auto Show. The refreshing of the tC is a big deal for Scion because the vehicle is its most popular model. According to Scion, 40% of all Scions ever sold are tC models.

SlashGear

According to overly obvious study, we are addicted to the Facebook mobile app
Digital Trends
Enhancing the Facebook experience across all mobile device types has become a major focus for a while now, and despite the platform's past lackluster efforts to try and create an engaging mobile experience, a detailed study reveals that a lot of users check ...

Digital Trends

Google Shopping Express goes public in limited areas
SlashGear
Earlier this month we talked about Google testing a new same-day shipping service for different types of goods to compete with Amazon Prime. At the time, we didn't know when the service would launch outside of the internal testing that was being conducted...

SlashGear

Egyptian divers arrested for cutting underwater Internet cables, that's not how ...
Digital Trends
Language barriers exist across the globe, and it seems three Egyptian criminals have given a whole new meaning to the term Internet “phishing.” Three divers were arrested Wednesday after coastguards found the men attempting to cut underwater Internet ...

Digital Trends

New Windows 8 specs could open door for 7-inch tablets
CNET
The Windows 8 display specifications now allow for a minimum resolution of 1,024x768, a change from the previous 1,366x768. Lance Whitney. by Lance Whitney. March 29, 2013 5:44 AM PDT Follow @lancewhit. (Credit: Sarah Tew/CNET). Microsoft's move ...

Subaru's first hybrid, based on the XV Crosstrek, gives greenies a warm, fuzzy ...
Digital Trends
The company known for making cars that hippies love to buy debuted its first hybrid, based on the XV Crosstrek, at the 2013 New York Auto Show on Thursday. It was painted a bright shade of green. If it wasn't green, you'd be hard pressed to tell that the 2014 ...

Digital Trends

Expedition 35 crew successfully docks to the International Space Station
SlashGear
Just a week or so after Expedition 34 left the International Space Station, a new set of crew members have joined the three already on board. Expedition 35 successfully docked to the International Space Station last night at 10:28 pm ET carrying one American ...

SlashGear

Robot Ants Mimic a Real Colony
Discovery News
To find food, ants follow scent trails, which communicate information via a chemical signal. But it's an open question how ants find the most efficient routes in the first place, in order to lay down that trail. A swarm of robot ants might have the answer. A team of ...

Google Glass Will Be Made in the USA by Foxconn
TIME
Google co-founder Sergey Brin wears Google Glass before the Diane von Furstenberg spring/summer 2013 collection show during New York Fashion Week on Sept. 9, 2012. Email · Print; Share. Facebook · Twitter · Tumblr · LinkedIn · StumbleUpon · Reddit ...

TIME

My PAX East 2013 Tabletop Game Highlight Reel
Wired (blog)
I have been to a lot of very large conventions in the gaming industry and I'd compare PAX East to the GenCon of the video game market. Although to a tabletop geek like myself, the board gaming, miniature gaming, and role-playing was well represented.

Saturn's Rings and Moons are Solar System Antiques
Space.com
The dazzling rings of Saturn and its moons are likely more than 4 billion years old — the cosmic remnants of the solar system's birth, scientists say. The finding comes after a new study of observations from NASA's Cassini spacecraft orbiting Saturn, which ...

Americans Want Preparedness For Extreme Weather And Rising Seas, Stanford ...
Nature World News
(Photo : Reuters) Hurricane Sandy battered the U.S. east coast in October 2012, causing $70 billion in damage and more than 100 deaths. An overwhelming majority of Americas want to make preparations in order to minimize the damage that's likely to be...

Nature World News

Scientists use bacteria to convert carbon dioxide into industrial products
Science Recorder
To combat the effects of global warming, scientists are using genetic engineering techniques to transform dangerous carbon dioxide into useful chemicals that can be utilized to manufacture industrial products. Led by Dr. Michael W. Adams of the University of ...

Science Recorder

Nimble Quest Would Make One Hell of a Final Fantasy Game
Kotaku
Back in January, Square Enix released Final Fantasy: All the Bravest, a game about getting as many Final Fantasy character sprites on the screen at one time while finding creative new ways for players to pay for things. It wasn't a very good game.

Robotic jellyfish could conduct underwater surveillance for the Navy
Science Recorder
Regardless of the power source, the jellyfish have to operate on their own for months at a time in the ocean. Robotic jellyfish could conduct underwater surveillance for the Navy. Photo credit: Amanda Loman, Virginia Tech. Science Recorder | James Fluere ...

Science Recorder

Apple's iPhone 5 Could Be Out in Q2 2013 with iOS 7 Onboard
Eagle's Rant
A respected financial analyst expects that the unofficially named iPhone 5S would be out in the market by the second quarter of 2013. According to Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster, the iPhone 5S may replace the iPhone 5 as Apple's flagship handset as early as ...

Eagle's Rant

Couple Arrested for Smuggling 13 Percent of a Tortoise Species
Nature World News
Recently, Thailand authorities arrested a couple who was trying to smuggle 54 ploughshare tortoises and 21 radiated tortoises. However, it isn't the total number of tortoises that were snuggled that's making news. It is the fact that the 54 ploughshare tortoises ...

Nature World News

Sprint, Softbank agree to ditch Huawei over spy concerns
BGR
Sprint (S) and Japanese carrier Softbank (SFTBY) have confirmed to U.S. lawmakers they won't use equipment from Huawei following their upcoming merger, Bloomberg reported. Softbank announced plans last October to pay more than $20 billion to acquire ...

Ouya and MakerBot team up to let you 3D print Ouya cases
Geek
The launch of the Ouya console has been confirmed as June 4, with the only way to get one earlier than that being dependent on whether you backed the original Kickstarter or not. At $99, it is a tempting proposition for gamers who want to indulge in some ...

Geek

Real-time bus, subway times come to Google Maps
NBCNews.com
The new real-time departures of the New York subway, as shown in a Web browser. Riders of public transportation in New York and Salt Lake City are the first to get real-time departure info in Google Maps. Washington, D.C. residents will also get a bit of new ...

5 Best Steve Jobs Videos for Inspiration and Advice
Investorplace.com
Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) didn't just have a whiz-bang CEO in Steve Jobs, it also had a very wise and philosophical man who knew about much more than computers. Recently I've seen a number of Steve Jobs videos making the rounds as investors talk about ...

Hawken dev details the challenges of virtual reality
Shacknews
After it was revealed that Doom 3: BFG Edition would not be shipping with the Oculus Rift when it goes to retail, another game had to step forward to be the poster child for the VR goggles. Adhesive Games accepted the challenge with its upcoming free-to-play ...

Shacknews

Former Diablo 3 Director Not Happy With The Auction Houses He Created
GamerFront
Former game director Jay Wilson thought that adding auction houses to Diablo III would help things out. He assumed that they'd reduce fraud from gold farmers, that only a small percentage of players would actually end up using the system in the first place,...

GamerFront

Playable 'Destiny' races revealed, Tiger Man not included
Examiner.com
Bungie art director Chris Garret and lead writer Joseph Staten hosted a Game Developers Conference panel their upcoming sci-fi shooter, Destiny, Thursday.

Crytek intends to purchase Darksiders from THQ auction
Attack of the Fanboy
Crytek may be looking to scoop up the Darksiders franchise at auction in April. Crytek's CEO David Adams recently confirmed that the company intends to bid on the franchise, and believes that Darksiders “belongs at home with its creators”. The financial ...

Attack of the Fanboy

Google vows not to sue over certain patents for open source
CNET
To start, the online giant today said it has identified 10 patents related to MapReduce, which allows users to analyze large data sets. It won't sue over those patents unless first attacked....

Lawsuit: Older Fords can suddenly speed up
USA TODAY
A multistate lawsuit filed Thursday says 2002-10 Ford Motor vehicles contain a "design defect" in the electronic control of the gas pedals, making them susceptible to sudden, unintended acceleration. The lawsuit filed on behalf of Ford owners in 14 states is ...

Ford Offering $50K for App That Best Measures Fuel Efficiency
PC Magazine
Developers, start your engines — Ford Motor Company is calling for mobile and Web applications that help drivers easily access personal fuel-economy performance data. At this week's 2013 New York Auto Show, the company announced the Personalized ...

Apple to slash iPad Mini shipments, claims report
CNET
iPad Mini shipments to retailers will reportedly be cut to as few as 10 million for the second quarter, according to DigiTimes. Lance Whitney. by Lance Whitney. March 28, 2013 7:42 AM PDT Follow @lancewhit. Apple's iPad Mini. Apple's iPad Mini.

Anonymous Helper Faces Lengthy Prison Term
Infopackets
Black Creek, Wisconsin, resident Eric J. Rosol faces a lengthy prison term if convicted of helping 'hacktivist' group Anonymous disable Koch Industries websites two years ago. Charles and David Koch run a massive oil and manufacturing conglomerate that ...

California creationist Bets $10000 on biblical book of Genesis
TopNews Arab Emirates
biblical-book As per recent reports, it has been revealed that a California creationist Joseph Mastropaolo has been betting his $10,000 on the biblical book of Genesis. Mastropaolo is of the belief that Genesis is an account of the universe's origins. He is not ...

TopNews Arab Emirates

Gmail's nimble compose window pops out for all
CNET
After five months of testing, the email provider is making the pop-out composition box the default way to pen new messages. Pop-out messages are the ...

Humongous extinct bird egg up for auction. Where did it come from?
Christian Science Monitor
Larger than a rugby ball and several hundred years old, a giant, partly fossilized egg laid by an extinct bird is set to be auctioned by Christie's. The auction house expects the egg to fetch up to $45,000. Skip to next paragraph. In Pictures: Unusual birds ...

Christian Science Monitor

FBI to pursue 'greater' 'real-time' Gmail snooping powers
Daily News & Analysis
The FBI has said that it has made gaining more powers to wiretap all forms of Internet conversation and cloud storage a "top priority" this year, according to a report. Despite the pervasiveness of law enforcement surveillance of digital communication, the FBI ...

Biological transistor enables computing within living cells
ScienceBlog.com (blog)
When Charles Babbage prototyped the first computing machine in the 19th century, he imagined using mechanical gears and latches to control information. ENIAC, the first modern computer developed in the 1940s, used vacuum tubes and electricity. Today ...

ScienceBlog.com (blog)

Automakers unwrap hybrids to meet tough fuel standard
The Detroit News
Andy Palmer, Nissan executive vice president, unveils the 2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid. “This is part of our electrification strategy,” he says. (Stan Honda / Getty Images). New York — Automakers are embracing hybrids as they face increasingly tough ...

Tumblr Reaches 100 Million Blogs
NBC Bay Area
David Karp, founder of Tumblr participates in the Social Media Rockstar Panel at The GRAMMY Museum on January 29, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. advertisement. Click Here! After six years in existence, Tumblr reached the 100-million blog mark this...

NBC Bay Area

'Journey' sweeps Game Developers Choice Awards
IBNLive
San Francisco: Journey arrived on top at the Game Developers Choice Awards. The artsy video game developed by thatgamecompany swept the 13th annual ceremony Wednesday with six wins, including game of the year and the innovation award. Journey ...

IBNLive

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29 March 2013

DDoS Spam Feud Backfires - CyberBunker vs Spamhaus

DDoS Spam Feud Backfires
Stophaus.com campaign and anarchic, allegedly pro-spam Dutch hosting provider have apparently been disrupted via ongoing DDoS attacks. ...see also 
http://www.spamhaus.org/rokso/

Apple envisions future iPhone with wrap-around display
CNET
A newly-published Apple patent application describes a future smartphone with a transparent body and a flexible wrap-around display. Lance Whitney. by Lance Whitney. March 28, 2013 6:23 AM PDT Follow @lancewhit. The iPhone of the future?

Boffins probe into moons - and associated rings - 'beyond snow line'
Register
Saturn's rings have been knocking around the galaxy since around the time our Solar System was born, NASA's Cassini spacecraft has shown. Though not in ring form the whole time, obviously. Extreme brightness dichotomy on the surface of Saturn moon ...


Wal-Mart steps up its online game with help from stores | Reuters:Wal-Mart has been testing the shipping of online orders from a small number of its physical stores for about two years. In 2013, the company plans to expand this program from about 25 stores currently to a total of roughly 50 stores. This is an effort to compete with Amazon's successful Prime subscription service, which provides free two-day shipping in the United States for $79 a year. . . .

Fox News
LONDON – It's a foot long, nearly nine inches in diameter, and would once have made a really, really, big omelet. A London auction house is hoping buyers will be scrambling to take a crack at this natural wonder, a massive fossilized egg laid long ago on the ...


Journey, an Indie Video Game, Wins Top Prizes
New York Times (blog)
SAN FRANCISCO — Journey, a downloadable video game made by the independent studio thatgamecompany for the PlayStation 3, took home 6 of the 11 Game Developers Choice Awards, including game of the year, handed out here on Wednesday night ...

Mars could be hit by a comet next year
SlashGear
A few years ago Jupiter was hit by several chunks of the comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 after the comet broke apart. The massive gravity of Jupiter ripped that comet into pieces and those chunks collided with the planet. Since Jupiter has such a thick atmosphere, ...

SlashGear

New Space Station Crew to Launch and Dock Today in Cosmic First
Space.com
Three men are poised to make history today when they blast off on a rocket ride today (March 28) that will reach the International Space faster than any astronauts to fly there before. NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy and Russian cosmonauts Alexander Misurkin ...


China Worries Arise in Sprint Deal
Wall Street Journal
The U.S. government is seeking oversight of network-equipment purchases as a condition for approving Softbank Corp.'s $20 billion acquisition of U.S. phone carrier Sprint Nextel Corp., a move that appears to be aimed at keeping out Chinese suppliers like ...

Three divers arrested for attempting to cut submarine Internet cable
TechSpot
Three scuba divers have been arrested for attempting to cut an underwater Internet cable according to Egyptian military spokesperson Ahmed Mohammed Ali. The suspects were trying to sabotage the line from a fishing boat roughly 820 yards from Alexandria ...

TechSpot

Sea hares' sticky defence uncovered
BBC News
The sea hare, a soft-bodied marine creature, uses a sticky secretion to fool hungry predators, say scientists. The slow-moving animals are known for defending themselves by squirting an off-putting mixture of purple ink and a white substance called opaline.

BBC News

How to use an external keyboard with your iPad
Macworld (blog)
You may be able to ditch your heavy laptop and take along your iPad instead, if you use an external keyboard for long typing sessions. In this video, I show you how to use a keyboard with your iPad and we take a look at some keyboards made especially for ...


Google Glass to roll off Foxconn's US factory line in weeks
ZDNet
Summary: Google Glass Explorer Edition: "Designed by Google in California. Assembled by Foxconn in the US". Liam Tung. By Liam Tung | March 28, 2013 -- 11:39 GMT (04:39 PDT). Follow @liamT. The first run of Google's Glass networked specs will be ...

Plague of locusts in Madagascar
BBC News
A severe plague of locusts has infested about half of Madagascar, threatening crops and raising concerns about food shortages, a UN agency says. The UN's Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) said billions of the plant-devouring insects could cause...

BBC News

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) TV will Feature 4K UHDTV: Rumors
US Market Buzz
When the much awaited Apple Inc.(NASDAQ:AAPL) TV arrives in the market; it is expected to feature a 4K Ultra HDTV panel. Now, according to a new rumor by DigiTimes, the display will feature 3840 X 2160 pixels of resolution. DigiTimes claims that Apple ...


Angry Birds nest at Kennedy Space Center
Orlando Sentinel
The Eggsteroids Slingshot is one of the interactive features at the Angry Birds Space Encounter at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Dewayne Bevil on Attractions Theme Park Ranger. 9:24 a.m. EDT, March 28, 2013. Now it can be said: The Kennedy ...


New York Auto Show: Porsche celebrates 50 years of 911 with a special sports car
ConsumerReports.org
For passenger cars, maximum engine speeds don't get much higher than 9,000 rpm. Yet that was the number that keep ringing in my ears after the press conference where Porsche took the wraps off of the latest-and-greatest 911 to date: The 2013 911 GT3.


Google opens trial for same-day delivery service in San Francisco
The Verge
Confirming rumors that it was to launch its own delivery service to rival Amazon, Google has begun testing its new "Shopping Express" service in the San Francisco Bay Area. Partnering with Target, Walgreens, Staples, American Eagle, and Toys"R"Us, ...

Wisconsin man indicted over Anonymous attack on Kochs
Salon
A Wisconsin man has been arrested in relation to a cyberattack claimed by Anonymous against the Koch Industries website during protests over labor rights in the state's capital in 2011. As Matt Pearce reported for the Los Angeles Times, “Officials said Eric J.

Salon

Two-Headed Bull Shark Confirmed Rarest in the World
TIME
Imagine Jaws through the eyes of director Guillermo del Toro, and maybe you get something like this: a two-headed shark that'd be right at home in something like “Pan's Labyrinth 2: The Ocean Blue.” (MORE: Seven Hang-Ups in the Language of Gay Rights) ...

TIME


Google Maps Starts Including Real-Time Subway Departure Data
Wall Street Journal
When the Metropolitan Transportation Authority released real-time arrival information for seven city subway lines late last year, officials said they hoped that independent developers would rush to use the data and build apps of their own. Almost four months in ...


Gmail App For iPhone And iPad Gets New Update
Macgasm
Yesterday, Google updated the Gmail app for iPhone and iPad, bringing it to version 2.1. There are no major changes in the update, but a few improvements have been made to the app that makes e-mailing easier and more efficient. With the update, you can ...


Study says adults text and drive more than teens
MyFox Tampa Bay
Teens normally get the bad rap for being top offenders when it comes to texting and driving, but a new study done by AT&T might surprise you. Researchers found that adults actually take the title of most likely to text while driving. AT&T surveyed more than ...


Car Makers Try to Tackle Inaccuracies Measuring MPG
Wall Street Journal
Auto makers are road testing new ways to promote their fuel efficiency, in part out of frustration with the imprecision of federal mileage estimates. Ford Motor Co. global marketing chief Jim Farley on Wednesday said the auto maker will pay up to $50,000 in ...


2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive: Up Close
Cars.com News (blog)
The Mercedes-Benz B-Class may look familiar to world travelers, but the all-electric B-Class Electric Drive version is new. The four-door hatchback is not a particularly large car, with overall exterior and interior dimensions similar to Ford's C-Max Hybrid and ...


Federal Appeals Court Ruling on Lawsuit Against EPA is a Partial Loss For ...
Dallas Observer (blog)
The ongoing legal war of many fronts among Dallas-based Luminant, the state of Texas, the EPA and environmentalists is mostly a war of incremental victories.This week, EPA arose victorious. Next month or year? Anybody's guess. Just know that this time, ...


IBM Fires Back at Oracle After Server Attacks
Wall Street Journal
Oracle CEO Larry Ellison minced few words in calling out IBM on Tuesday, proclaiming that his company's new chips and the servers that use them are both much faster and much cheaper than Big Blue's. IBM didn't take the bait that day, but now has a few ...

Dundee researchers find pesticide mix stops bees learning
BBC News
Researchers at the University of Dundee have found that a combination of pesticides commonly used by farmers can interfere with bees' brains. The team discovered links between the use of neonicotinoid pesticides, and another type of pesticide ...

BBC News

Facebook Gets Thumbs-Up To Build Second Menlo Park Campus, Designed By ...
Fast Company
The 433,555-square-foot building will connect to the existing offices by underground tunnel. Cue privacy jokes. About This Series. Our annual guide to the state of innovation in our economy, featuring the businesses whose innovations are having the greatest ...

Fast Company

WWF finds rare 'Sumatran rhino footprint' in Borneo
BBC News
Footprints thought to be from the critically endangered Sumatran rhino have been found in Indonesia, a conservation group says. The team from WWF-Indonesia made the discovery in February while monitoring orangutans in West Kutai, East Kalimantan ...

BBC News

Grand Theft Auto 5 New Screenshots Revealed
Gaming Illustrated
The images show off the setting of Rockstar's upcoming game along with vehicles, weapons and hobbies players will be able to do in GTA 5. Players will be able to explore the highs and lows of Los Santos in GTA 5. Skydiving and scuba diving are featured in ...

Tumblr reaches 100 million blogs landmark
Moneycontrol.com
Slowly and silently, Tumblr has reached the hundred million blog mark this week. The site is home to 44.6 billion posts within these hundred million blogs, the ticker on Tumblr's about page has revealed. The site was founded in 2007 and grew slowly for the ...

Moneycontrol.com

New kind of supernova discovered
Indian Express
Astronomers have discovered 25 examples of a new type of fainter and less energetic supernova. The team of astronomers from Carnegie Institution reported the discovery of a new type of supernova called Type Iax. Previously, supernovae were divided into ...


MakerBot, Ouya Team Up for 3D-Printed Console Cases
PC Magazine
The Ouya game console, set to begin shipping to early backers tomorrow, comes in a sturdy black and white. But gamers looking for something a little punchier can now build their own 3D console case. Ouya today announced a partnership with 3D printer ...


Guacamelee! offers a new flavor of Metroidvania adventure (preview)
San Jose Mercury News (blog)
Being an indie developer, DrinkBox Studios has the freedom to make unusual choices. After finishing Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack, the team got together and tossed out ideas. This horizontal leadership structure brought out some interesting ...

James Cameron Donates Sub to Oceanographic Institution
ABC News
Share. 0. A year after his record-setting deep-sea dive, filmmaker James Cameron is donating his single-person, deep-sea submersible -- the Deepsea Challenger -- to Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). On March 26, 2012, Cameron completed a ...

ABC News

Google+ Adds Support for Animated GIF Profile Photos
PC Magazine
Members of Google's social network can now use animated GIFs as their profile photos. Google software engineer Matt Steiner announced the update on his profile page Wednesday, noting that GIFs will animate on desktop and mobile devices, just "like ...

Shuffling Through Seven Sexes
Scientist (blog)
Researchers show that random rearrangement of DNA determines which of seven possible mating types the offspring of a single-celled microbe will be. When ...

Scientist (blog)

Too much carbon dioxide in the atmosphere? Turn it into fuel!
Yahoo! News Canada (blog)
Extremophiles that normally live near hydrothermal vents can produce fuel from carbon dioxideA lot of effort is being put into carbon sequestration these days — removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and storing it away where it won't contribute to ...

Yahoo! News Canada (blog)

Silicon Valley city offers free Wi-Fi via smart meters
CNET
Santa Clara is the first U.S. city to take high-tech advantage of the conversion from electric meters to smart meters to give free outdoor Wi-Fi to all of its residents. Leave it to a city in ...

Who, What, Why: What is 'ungoogleable'?
BBC News
The word "ungoogleable" has been removed from a list of new Swedish words after a trademark spat. But it raises the question of what can and can't be found with a search engine. Today Google appears to be the font of all data. The idea that something can't...

BBC News

Why we shouldn't fear Google Keep
USA TODAY (blog)
It should have been a celebration. Last week, Google unveiled its latest entry in its perpetually fickle app suite: a note-taking service called Google Keep. A simple, yet attractive app with a Holo theme, Keep instantly syncs between its Web and mobile versions ...

Microsoft calling next-gen Office 'Gemini,' may debut Windows-8-style Word ...
VentureBeat
While “Blue,” the code-name for the next release for Windows and several other Microsoft products, has been getting a lot of play lately, the new generation of Office has been labeled as “Gemini.” ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley writes today that Gemini encapsulates ...

VentureBeat

Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain revealed at GDC, video shows Snake ...
Neoseeker
Surprise twist, Metal Gear Solid V has been confirmed as both the previous rumored Phantom Pain and Ground Zeroes. At the Konami GDC conference this morning, Kojima officially unveils Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain with an... interesting ...

Neoseeker


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28 March 2013

House Judiciary Committee making CFAA worse

Dysfunctional Washington still doesn't get it--

Experts Scratching Their Heads At House Judiciary's Awful CFAA Reform Proposal
Techdirt

On Monday, we broke the news of the House Judiciary Committee circulating a terrible bill that would make the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) much worse, rather than better. It would expand definitions and make it even easier for the Justice Department to go after people for harmless activity. In fact, even the part we originally thought might fix one of the worst parts of the CFAA actually makes it worse. . . various experts on the CFAA are scratching their heads about why the House Judiciary Committee is even bothering with this draft bill. As Orin Kerr notes, this seems to be a basic rehash of the DOJ's attempt 2 years ago to expand the CFAA. He suggests (and we agree) that the Judiciary Committee stop taking DOJ language from 2011 and start dealing in the present, and deal with the very real problems with the CFAA, and not just with a DOJ who wants more power....
The internet around the world has been slowed down in what security experts are describing as the biggest cyber-attack in history. A row between a spam-fighting group and hosting firm has sparked retaliation attacks flooding core infrastructure. It is having an ...

BBC News

Steve Jobs returns as manga hero in Japanese biography
The Guardian
A "doe-eyed" young Steve Jobs makes his debut as a manga hero in a new biography out in Japan in this week. The first instalment of award-winning author Mari Yamazaki's manga biography of Jobs – based on Walter Isaacson's bestselling life of the late ...

The Guardian

GDC: Facebook Insists Gaming Is Growing
InformationWeek
Facebook's gaming revenue may have disappointed in recent quarters, but the company says more people are playing and paying than ever before. Facebook's ...

Create Your Own Magazine With Flipboard 2.0
PC Magazine
Social news magazine Flipboard this week introduced Version 2.0, which includes more content, faster navigation, and the ability for users to create their own magazines. Users can grab articles, photos, audio, and videos, and with a few taps of the finger, ...

T-Mobile iPhone; Microsoft Talks Windows Blue; Sweden Ditches 'Ungoogleable'
PC Magazine
T-Mobile was the talk of the tech world yesterday after launching its 4G LTE network in several markets and announcing that it will finally start selling the Apple iPhone beginning April 12. Qualifying T-Mobile customers can buy the iPhone 5 nationwide for ...


Apple says judge erred in cutting Samsung damages
CNET
The iPhone maker faults a judge's decision to remove part of the original $1.05 billion in damages charged to Samsung in last year's court battle. Apple is trying to show ...

Facebook testing targeted ads in News Feed
USA TODAY
Social network Facebook is testing targeted advertisements on user News Feeds as part of a broader plan to rake in additional revenue. The ads are part of Facebook Exchange, a system businesses can use to deliver ads to users based on their browsing ...


Google's Trademark Tussle With the Swedish Language Council
Wall Street Journal (blog)
It is one of the slighter legal tussles Google has got into in Europe, but the search company's contact with the Swedish Language Council has hit headlines. The Swedish Language Council Språkrådet has removed a word from its lexicon after a legal ...

Wall Street Journal (blog)

The 17-Year-Old That Yahoo Paid $30 Million Was Renting His Startup's Core ...
San Francisco Chronicle
Yahoo's weird-looking Summly acquisition is looking weirder by the minute. Yahoo made big news this week when it bought Summly, a startup with a 17-year-old CEO named Nick D'Aloisio, for $30 million. The acquisition was led by Yahoo HR boss Jackie ...


'Greedy Hedge Funds' Won't Stop MetroPCS Merger: T-Mobile CEO
Bloomberg
T-Mobile USA CEO John Legere introduced new pricing plans along with some vocal jabs. True to T-Mobile USA's new “uncarrier” branding, John Legere is not your average telecom chief executive officer. For one, he tends to do away with niceties.

Bloomberg

A Slimmer Keyboard for the iPad
New York Times (blog)
It's easier to type on a tablet with a keyboard, but it's so much easier to carry a tablet without a keyboard. The accessory manufacturer Belkin has sought a compromise with its new Ultimate Keyboard Case, which it calls the thinnest iPad keyboard available.

Battlefield 4 announced, launching this fall
SlashGear
It seems like only yesterday when Battlefield 3 was announced and launched, but Electronic Arts has announced that the next installment in the series, Battlefield 4, will be launching this fall. The game will be coming to Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, ...

SlashGear

New Google Chrome Spell Checker Monitors Everything You Type, While FBI ...
Forbes
I'm the first to admit that I am a big fan of Google's Chrome browser. Generally it's the best browser, except for font rendering on Windows, which is awful, but that's another story. This story is about an interesting new feature released yesterday as part of a ...

Amazon Now Lets You Look Up IMDB Information While Watching A TV Show ...
Business Insider
Amazon announced today that its X-Ray feature for movies on Kindle Fire devices will now work with several popular TV shows. X-Ray is a neat feature first introduced on the Kindle Fire HD last year that lets you get information from IMDB about actors in a ...

Business Insider


Forget the invisibility cloak: Boffins invent INVISIBILITY FISHNETS
Register
Boffins have developed the thinnest invisibility fabric ever made, just 0.15mm thick, great for carrying around Harry Potter-style. Harry Potter in his invisibility cloak. Unfortunately the miracle "fishnet" copper-polycarbonate textile doesn't work in the visible ...

How T-Mobile New Plans Compares To The Competition
Huffington Post
NEW YORK (AP) — T-Mobile USA has revamped its pricing plans, the latest move in an industry that's still experimenting feverishly with various ways of luring customers and getting current ones to pay as much as possible. Here's how T-Mobile's gambit ...

Record Arctic Sea Ice Loss Linked to Extreme Weather: Why Spring has Not Yet ...
Science World Report
(Photo : U.S. Geological Survey/Flickr) Record Arctic sea ice losses may be affecting the jet stream and causing harsher winters, according to scientists. Punxsutawney Phil may have predicted an early spring, but snowstorms are still plaguing the United ...

Science World Report

'Rushing fireball' microorganism could create biofuels from carbon dioxide
Science Recorder
This particular microorganism consumes carbohydrates in the super-heated ocean waters located close to geothermal vents. 'Rushing fireball' microorganism could create biofuels from carbon dioxide. Photo credit: Flickr/freefotouk. Science Recorder | James...

Science Recorder

Seven-Gendered Organisms Reproduce Gender Randomly
Counsel & Heal
The Tetrahymena thermophila is an organism that has seven different genders. The discovery was made over half a century ago, but it was not until recently that scientists discovered how the gender of their progenies was determined. After analyzing the ...

55 Percent of US Rivers and Streams in Poor Condition: EPA
Science World Report
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released the results of the first comprehensive survey that assessed the health of stream and rivers across the country stating 55 percent of the Nation's River and Stream Miles are in poor ...

Science World Report

New Type of Supernova Discovered
Nature World News
(Photo : Christine Pulliam (CfA)) This artist's conception shows the suspected progenitor of a new kind of supernova called Type Iax. Material from a hot, blue helium star at right is funneling toward a carbon/oxygen white dwarf star at left, which is embedded in ...

Nature World News

Why The Internet Is Freaking Out Over A Nine-Year-Old's Kickstarter
Uproxx
Kickstarter controversies come in two forms: A Kickstarter that crashes and burns with no rewards given, and a Kickstarter that ticks somebody off for some reason, so they throw a screaming hissy fit about it. This week, the Internet is breaking out the torches ...

Hands-on with MiiPC, the $99 kid-safe Android PC (video)
Engadget
It was only two days ago that ZeroDesktop launched MiiPC, a $99 kid-safe Android PC, and the Kickstarter campaign's already surpassed its $50,000 goal. To jog your memory, MiiPC is an attractive 4.7 x 4.7 x 3.1-inch desktop computer running Android 4.2 ...

Android Only 'Humble Mobile Bundle' (Video)
Mobile Magazine
It's fun playing games but it's even better when you do it for charity. The Humble Bundle has just made available an Android mobile-only “Humble Mobile Bundle”. This is the first time ever that the bundle is strictly Android games. The new bundle includes the ...


Oracle Unveils 'World's Fastest Chip' in Bid to Save Sun Biz
Businessweek
A bit more than a decade ago, the release of a new Sparc chip from Sun Microsystems would inspire heavy breathing from the computing elite. Because dot-coms, Wall Street firms, and telecommunications companies relied so heavily on Sun's servers, a new ...

Fisherman catches two-headed baby shark
WOOD-TV
FLORIDA KEYS, Fla. (NBCNC) - There is a first-of-its-kind catch off the Florida Keys after a fisherman working off the coast caught a pregnant bull shark on the end of his line. A two-headed bull shark fetus was removed from its mother, and the fisherman ...


All-new Jeep Cherokee vs. 2014 Range Rover Sport
Product Reviews
Both Chrysler and Land Rover have been teasing us with one or two images of their all-new Jeep Cherokee and the 2014 Range Rover Sport just to get out juices going. However, almost hours ahead of the New York Auto Show both companies have treated...

Product Reviews

US seeks land conservation to adapt to climate change
USA TODAY
How to protect plants and animals from climate change? That's the goal behind a new climate adaptation strategy released by the Obama administration. polarbears. A sow polar bear rests with her cubs on the pack ice in the Beaufort Sea in northern Alaska.

North Korea Scraps 3G Data To Tourists
Fast Company
Last night, the rogue state closed the communication line that permits workers from both Koreas to travel to and from the Kaesong joint industrial zone situated in the North. North Korea also announced that it is targeting U.S. military bases in Hawaii, Guam, and the North American mainland....

Fast Company

CheapAir.com adds voice search to mobile apps
Mobile Entertainment
Airfare shopping engine CheapAir.com quotes figures from Tealeaf's Digital Consumer report, which says 15 per cent of consumers search the mobile web for travel services and 13 per cent use apps for the same purpose. With that in mind, the company has ...

Google+ supports posting animated GIF profile picture
Los Angeles Times
While other social networks seem to be ignoring the resurgence of the popular GIF animated image format, Google+ seems to be embracing it wholeheartedly. On Monday, Google's social network gave users the ability to use GIFs as their profile picture.

One on One: Nolan Bushnell, Video Game Legend and Steve Jobs's Boss
New York Times (blog)
There are a lot of highlights to Nolan Bushnell's career – he was a founder of Atari, the pioneering video game company, as well as of the Chuck E. Cheese's Pizza Time Theater chain – but one of the more glorious footnotes is that he was one of Steven P.

New York Times (blog)

Ford prepares for Mustang's 50th birthday
NBCNews.com (blog)
It may be a year away, but Ford Motor Co. is saddling up to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the original “pony car,” the Mustang. It's getting plenty of help, with 50 companies planning to join the celebration by producing products to commemorate the ...

Fish Out Of Water! is the next mobile addiction from Fruit Ninja's developers
VentureBeat
Luke Muscat got the idea for Fruit Ninja from watching late-night infomercials peddling cut-through-anything knives. Now the chief creative officer for developer Halfbrick is turning his love of surfing and everyone's intrinsic desire to skip stones across water ...

VentureBeat

Apple 4K TV 2013 – 2014 projected release window
Product Reviews
It seems as though we have been hearing about a possible Apple HDTV for an age now, as the rumors just won't go away. We cannot say if this will ever happen considering the Apple TV was just a hobby at first but surely its success will help pursued the ...

Product Reviews

Iceland sees unusual seismic activity at Hekla volcano
AFP
REYKJAVIK — Iceland on Tuesday reported unusual seismic activity at Mount Hekla, one of its most active volcanos, and raised its alert level but said no eruption was imminent. The Icelandic Met Office said it had raised its aviation warning level a notch...

AFP

Apple sneaks up on Samsung as device shipments soar in Q4
CRN - UK
Apple has significantly closed the gap on market leader Samsung in the "smart connected device" market in 2012's fourth quarter, according to IDC stats. For the three months to 31 December, the popularity of iPad Minis and iPhone 5 smartphones sent...

CRN - UK

AMD shows off 'world's fastest graphics card' at GDC
TechRadar UK
Delays due to technical issues be damned: AMD had a bevy of graphics cards to unveil tonight and it wasn't going to let some set-up snags get in the way. After an initial hold up, AMD's GDC 2013 press conference got off to an impressive start, though the ...

Apple delivers fix for Apple ID breach
The Droid Guy
Apple has been beleaguered by security issues since the launch of its iPhone 5. The company has still not been able to deliver a satisfactory fix for the password breach issue where users can get past the password lock page using a combination of the power ...

Facebook ads threaded comments and replies to Facebook Pages
Examiner.com
Just yesterday Facebook started rolling out a threaded commenting system ...


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