23 June 2013

Glenn Greenwald asks the Question that Obama fears

Glenn Greenwald asks the question no one in the Obama administration wants asked, much less answered:

On the Espionage Act charges against Edward Snowden | Glenn Greenwald | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk: "Who is actually bringing 'injury to America': those who are secretly building a massive surveillance system or those who inform citizens that it's being done?"(read more at link supra)


Sony Releasing Fix for Bricked PS3 Consoles Thursday
PC Magazine
Good news and bad news for PlayStation 3 owners. We'll start with the bad: If your system was the unfortunate victim of the less-than-ideal firmware update Sony released this past Tuesday, then you have a bit of time to wait before you're going to be able to ...

Meet one of NASA's newest astronauts now (before she heads to Mars)
Fox News
Ever dreamed of being an astronaut? It wouldn't hurt, but you don't even have to be a rocket scientist to make that dream come true. Just ask Jessica Meir. NASA just announced its new 2013 Astronaut Candidate Class, selecting eight candidates from the ...

Lenovo Expands Windows 8 Device Lineup
CRN
With interest growing around hybrid and touchscreen devices, Lenovo is expanding its range of Windows 8 touch-enabled tablets and laptops. Lenovo Thursday unveiled the Miix tablet. Running on Windows 8, the Miix comes with an Intel Atom dual-core ...

Could Climate Change Worsen Southeast Asia's Forest Fires?
Wall Street Journal (blog)
Southeast Asia could have to brace for more forest fires and clouds of smoke if climate change takes hold, a World Bank expert suggests. As temperatures climb, some parts of Southeast Asia will likely flood with rising sea levels while others face drought and ...

Google-Waze Deal Under FTC Antitrust Review
Mashable
Google's acquisition of the popular social traffic app Waze is under review by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which wants to make sure the deal doesn't go against U.S. antitrust regulations. Google confirmed the FTC antitrust review on Sunday, ...

Christie's Will Auction The Original Apple Computer From 1977 And It's Expected ...
San Francisco Chronicle
Christie's auction house will start accepting bids on the Apple 1, the original Apple computer made by the company's co-founders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak in 1977, on June 24. The auction is online only and Christie's says it expects the final bid to be ...

Halo No Longer A Trilogy, Now A 'Saga'
Forbes
Last week, before Microsoft pulled a 180 on their DRM and internet policies, I remarked that because the Xbox One was in a rather rough spot, it was going to have to rely on Halo as a system seller now more than ever. The playing field has been leveled a bit ...

Get ready to howl: Supermoon to rise this weekend
USA TODAY
Skies over the Desert Southwest and the lower Ohio Valley into the mid-Atlantic and southern New England will offer the clearest views of the supermoon. full moon new york. A full moon rises behind the Empire State Building in New York in April 2012.

Moon, Earth Rendezvous in Close Encounter of a Lunar Kind
Bloomberg
The moon, in movie parlance, is ready for its close-up this weekend as its orbit brings the satellite nearer to Earth than at any time this year, making it bigger and brighter than normal on the celestial screen. The moon and Earth will be about 221,824 miles ...

Too much #hashtag! Time to wise up about the pound sign
NBCNews.com (blog)
We're officially in the era of too many hashtags. Nearly three-quarters of social media users stick them in posts, according to a March 2013 study from RadiumOne. But quickly scan Twitter, Instagram, Google+, Tumblr — and now Facebook — and even that ...

Oracle set for major Microsoft, Salesforce, Netsuite partnerships
Register
Oracle is embarking on a spree of partnerships to assure the success of its much-ballyhooed 12c database among cloud companies. The red giant's chief, Larry Ellison, announced during Oracle's disappointing fourth quarter earnings call yesterday that ...

Groom's regrets on his $11m wedding
New Zealand Herald
Napster co-founder and former Facebook president Sean Parker and his wife Alexandra Lenas. Photo / AP. It should have been the best day of his life - but the internet mogul who spent a reported US$9million ($11.6million) on his wedding continues to have ...

Facebook Security Bug Exposed Personal Account Information, Emails And ...
TechCrunch
A Facebook security bug exposed users' personal contact information (email or phone number) to other users who were connected to them; the bug has affected 6 million accounts. “When people upload their contact lists or address books to Facebook, we try ...

Google Makes Google News In Germany Opt-In Only To Avoid Paying Fees ...
TechCrunch
Google News in Germany will soon change. Starting August 1, it will only index sources that have decided to explicitly opt-in to being shown on the search giant's news-aggregation service. Google News remains an opt-out service in the other 60 countries ...

Ruins of hidden Maya city, Chactun, discovered in Mexico
Los Angeles Times
Deep in the jungles of Mexico, scientists have discovered a Maya city, complete with signs of pyramids, remnants of palace buildings and ball courts. This hidden archeological gem, named ChactĂșn (which means “red stone” or “great stone”) was described by ...

Rumor: Google may help you get rid of your junk with its new service
Ars Technica
. . . the search giant is preparing to launch a new service, integrated into Google Plus, that will help you get rid of your stuff. It’s called Google Mine, and it will purportedly help users share their actual, tangible belongings with friends and keep track of what those friends are sharing, too. ...

How Samsung can save Windows 8 tablets
PCWorld
Windows 8 tablets aren't in good shape: Microsoft's OS gets plenty of hate for its desktop functionality, and many people aren't willing to pay premium prices for the ability to run Office—and not much else—on what amounts to be keyboard-less PCs. Indeed ...

Tiny Tiny RSS
PC Magazine
Gives full control over look and feel of RSS reader. New features like daily digests. Can create multiple users. Android app available. Cons Really slow. Setup and maintenance is intensive and can be intimidating. Updates aren't automatic. No iOS app.

Batteries on the Head of a Pin
Wall Street Journal
People take batteries for granted, but they shouldn't. All kinds of technological advances hinge on developing smaller and more powerful mobile energy sources. Researchers at Harvard University and the University of Illinois are reporting just such a creation, ...

Fake AV and ransomware: Coming soon to an Android device near you
PCWorld
A message on your smartphone or tablet warning that your device is infected with malware is cause for concern. If you've never installed the type of antimalware app that would produce that type of warning in the first place, it should be an even bigger red flag.

Nissan Unveils $100/Month EV Battery Replacement Program
PC Magazine
The Nissan Leaf hit the electric vehicle scene three years ago, providing an alternative to gasoline-powered cars with its lithium-ion rechargeable battery pack. But like any other device, constant use over time tends to zap all the juice. In response, the ...

HTC's 2012 Was So Bad That Execs Had Their Pay Cut In Half
Business Insider
In 2011, top HTC executives earned a combined NT$1.36 billion (about $50 million), according to its annual report released in Taiwan on Friday and cited by Dou. In 2012, they were paid NT$660.5 million (about $22 million) including salary, retirement pay, ...

Beaming Internet to the Boondocks, Via Balloon
WLRN
This is SCIENCE FRIDAY, I'm Ira Flatow. If you have a smartphone, you might take the Internet for granted, right? It's always there. But around the world, some four and a half billion people still are not connected. Google, being in the Internet business, has a ...

Instagram's new video service might train us all to be artists
Washington Post
Instagram announced this week that it would add a mobile video component to its photo-sharing service. Some industry watchers noted that the new app's 15-second limit is also a typical advertisement length, and wondered whether the whole plot was just a ...

Tesla unveils battery-swapping tech for fast car charging
Register
Even as Tesla Motors labors to build out its North American network of "Supercharger" recharging stations, the electric carmaker has unveiled an additional system that promises to get its vehicles juiced up and ready to run in less time than it takes to fill a ...

Vegetables Respond to a Daily Clock, Even After Harvest
Boise State Public Radio
You open the door of your fridge and the light goes on, right? What if the light in your fridge could stay on and be programmed to help your veggies taste better or be more nutritious? Why? Well, it turns out that that ...

World wide amateur radio Field Day (VIDEO)
Broken Arrow Ledger
UP AND AWAY — Members of the Broken Arrow Amateur Radio Club erect a 60 foot support tower that will accommodate a directional antenna. Part of the annual World Wide Field Day for ham radio operators, the club will contact other radio enthusiasts ...

NASA Hops on BepiColombo Mission with Europe and Japan to Explore Mercury
Latinos Post
NASA Mariner 10 orthographic photomosaic of the southern hemisphere of Mercury. This mosaic is composed of images from the second encounter, covering the equator to the south pole. (Photo : NASA). NASA announced that it will be participating in the ...

Twitter Search: Website Will Target You With Geolocated Ads
Design & Trend
Twitter is developing geographically-promoted tweets to assist retailers in targeting costumers ...

Virgin Mobile USA to carry iPhone 5 for $550
Computerworld
Computerworld - Virgin Mobile USA will begin selling the iPhone 5 next Friday, June 28. A 16 GB version will cost $549.99. For $35 a month, as part Virgin's Beyond Talk plan, the pre-paid carrier will provide unlimited 3G and 4G LTE data, and unlimited ...

Apple's long-lived MacBook Air goes on and on
Chicago Daily Herald
When it comes to consumer electronics, the discussion usually revolves around faster, sleeker, smaller, cheaper. In an increasingly mobile world, though, the most important characteristic may be longer — as in, how long the battery lasts between charges.

Trade-In your iPhone 4, 4S for Free iPhone 5 at Best Buy for Next Nine Days
USFinancePost
Trade-In your iPhone 4 4S for Free iPhone 5 at Best Buy Best Buy presented an offer that lasted just for a day on the 1st of June: to exchange your iPhone 4 or even iPhone 4s for a new and shining iPhone 5. This deal was so booming, that the vendors ...

Suborbital rocket sends experiments — and ashes — into space and back
NBCNews.com
. . . suborbital sounding rocket launched seven space-technology experiments — plus some unusual commercial payloads — from New Mexico's Spaceport America on Friday. The 20-foot-tall ...

Obama takes heat over 'transparent' FISA court
USA TODAY
The critics are having a field day with President Obama's comment this week that the court that oversees the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act is "transparent." The FISA court conducts its business in secret (though some documents have been leaked in ...

Google could face court action after more personal data from Street View cars ...
Metro
Google faces possible court action from the UK's information watchdog after further personal data was found to have been collected by its Street View cars. The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has demanded the internet search giant destroy four discs ...

Windows Phone 8 variant of HTC One coming soon?
Unwired View
Almost everyone is praising HTC's One for being an excellent Android smartphone, and that's mainly because the Taiwanese company has managed to find a near flawless combination of design, specs, and software capabilities. So it should come as no ...

NOAA Satellite Vegetation Images Show Just How Green Earth Is [Viral Video]
Social News Daily
How green is our planet? An NOAA video is going viral for showing the planet's vegetation via satellite images to give the viewer an idea of just how green Earth is. The video is the result of a collaboration between NASA and NOAA, who teamed up to map all ...

New York City launches free phone-charge kiosks
Toronto Star
No sooner did New York City and AT&T start installing free solar-powered mobile charging kiosks than the first Brooklynite pulled up a lawn chair to sunbathe and power up at the same time. Then singer-songwriter Chris Conly tweeted his relief: ...

Hubble Space Telescope Captures a Pair of Galaxies
TopNews United States
The Hubble Space Telescope has captured pictures of two interacting galaxies. The pair of galaxies is known as Arp 142. The galaxies are exchanging material from each other, changing their original structure. The researchers said that in some cases two ...

Pirate Bay founder sentenced to 2 years for hacking
Times of India
STOCKHOLM: A co-founder of file-sharing website Pirate Bay was sentenced to two years in jail on Thursday for hacking into computers at a company that manages data for Swedish authorities and making illegal online money transfers, a court said.


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