11 July 2014

Access to Google services in China returns

Not much internet freedom in China --

Access to Google services within China returns | Reuters: "Users in China were able to access online services for Google Inc on Thursday, after more than a month of severe disruption that almost completely blocked people from using features such as its search, maps and e-mail functions. The Google disruption began in the run-up to the 25th anniversary of the government's bloody crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators around Beijing's Tiananmen Square. China maintains tight control over the Internet, nipping in the bud any signs of dissent or challenges to the ruling Communist Party's leadership...."

Google Cloud Platform Blog: Welcome Microsoft, RedHat, IBM, Docker and more to the Kubernetes community: "Kubernetes is an open source manager for Docker containers, based on Google’s years of experience using containers at Internet scale. Today, Microsoft, RedHat, IBM, Docker, Mesosphere, CoreOS and SaltStack are joining the Kubernetes community and will actively contribute to the project. Each company brings unique strengths, and together we will ensure that Kubernetes is a strong and open container management framework for any application and in any environment - whether in a private, public or hybrid cloud. Our shared goal is to allow a broad range of developers to take advantage of container technologies. Kubernetes was built from the ground up as a lean, extensible and portable framework for managing Docker workloads. It lets customers manage their applications the way that Google manages hyper-scale applications like Search and Gmail. Containers offer tremendous advantages for developers. Predictable deployments and simple scalability are possible because Docker packages all of a workload’s dependencies with the application. This allows for ultimate portability; you can avoid vendor lock-in and run containers in the cloud of your choice. It is just as important that the management framework has the same properties of portability and scalability, and that is what the community will bring to Kubernetes...."

Aereo Lays Out New Survival Strategy in Letter to Judge - Hollywood Reporter: "... Aereo reports that it is proceeding to file the necessary statements of account and royalty fees, and asserts that the Supreme Court's decision has overruled the 2nd Circuit decision in Ivi, which concerned a predecessor digital TV transmitter that once attempted to gain legitimacy through the paying of compulsory license fees. Even if the judge doesn't accept the argument, Aereo says there are still issues to be addressed about the "scope" of any preliminary injunction...."

Google Chrome Blog: Mirror Your Android Screen to the TV with Chromecast"Chromecast makes it easy for you to enjoy your favorite entertainment on the biggest screen in the house. Starting today, you can mirror your Android phone and tablet to the TV so you can see your favorite apps, photos or anything else, exactly as you see it on your mobile device—only bigger. To start mirroring, simply select “Cast Screen” from the navigation drawer in the Chromecast app and select your Chromecast device.  On Nexus devices, this feature is also available through the quick settings menu. Now, anything on your Android device will appear on the TV. You can share photos stored on your phone with a group of friends, or scope out the scenery for your next family vacation together on the big screen using Google Earth...."

Cast your Android screen from the Chromecast App -  Current Devices "Nexus 4 Nexus 5 Nexus 7 (2013) Nexus 10 Samsung Galaxy S4 Samsung Galaxy S4 (Google Play Edition) Samsung Galaxy S5 Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Samsung Galaxy Note 10 HTC One M7 HTC One M7 (Google Play Edition) LG G3 LG G2 LG G Pro 2 Support for additional devices coming soon"


Amazon allowed kids to spend millions on in-app purchases, FTC says
PCWorld
This week, Politico reported that Apple has complained to the FTC that Google allows the same kinds of in-app purchases in its mobile app store.

Google executive's November death on Santa Cruz yacht turns torrid with prostitute's arrest
San Jose Mercury News
The victim: Forrest Timothy Hayes, a 51-year-old who was on the Google team ... In Facebook posts and pictures on a page that disappeared around noon ... Google andApple representatives declined to discuss Hayes' tenure or ...

Google's Venture Capital Arm Adds $100 Million European Fund
Bloomberg
Google provides funds to the ventures arm, which makes strategic ... Facebook Inc. this year agreed to spend $19 billion for messaging startup ...

Apple Secures EU Trademark for Store Layouts
Wall Street Journal
Apple Inc. has secured an EU court ruling to register the layout of its shops--like its new flagship store opened in Madrid, Spain, last month--as a ...

Microsoft CEO backs Xbox in employee memo
USA TODAY
Microsoft chief Satya Nadella says the company will "continue to grow and innovate" with their Xbox video game brand, brushing off speculation that ...

Yahoo plan for Alibaba cash draws attention
MarketWatch
SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — Yahoo Inc. will kick off the tech earnings ... “We will be listening closely for how Yahoo thinks about using its Alibaba ...

Microsoft Enhances Azure, Office 365
InformationWeek
Microsoft sets the tone for its Worldwide Partner Conference with new Office 365 plans, ...Microsoft announced a raft of enhancements Wednesday to its cloud ... with those ofAmazon and other cloud competitors, and how well Microsoft ... I'm sure Apple will come up with something better for their users.

Apple's CarPlay to dominate infotainment systems, will be in 24M cars by 2019
Computerworld
Computerworld - In just five years, Apple's CarPlay API for iPhone integration ... Earlier this year, Google announced it would start an Open Automotive ...

Amazon Web Services Launches New Capabilities for Mobile Developers
MarketWatch
Amazon Cognito is a new service that provides simple user identity and data ... unauthenticated guests and then sign in with Amazon, Facebook, or Google. ... send notifications to Apple iOS, Google Android, and Kindle Fire devices.

Apple Plans All-Glass iPhone In Radical Design Shift
Forbes
It has long been an industry joke that the ultimate Apple Apple design would simply be a piece of glass. Well such teasing may not be far off the mark ...

Apple brings iTunes Extras to Apple TV, HD Extras to Macs today & iOS 8 in fall | 9to5Mac
By Jordan Kahn
While we'll have to wait for iTunes Extras to arrive on iOS with the release of iOS 8 this fall, the Apple TV OS 6.2 update rolled out late last month to ...

Satya Nadella Says Changes Are Coming to Microsoft - NYTimes.com
By By NICK WINGFIELD
An essay sent to Microsoft employees by the company's chief executive appears to ... Satya Nadella's essay, sent by email to Microsoft employees, said the company would " ...
Bits

FTC: Amazon Billed Parents Millions for Kids' Unauthorized App Buys - Gizmodo
By Kate Knibbs
The Federal Trade Commission has filed a lawsuit against Amazon demanding ... Earlier this year, Apple settled a similar complaint for $32.5 million.
Gizmodo

Facebook Is Studying Your Mom, Your Makeout Buddy, and Your 9/11 Conspiracy Theories ...
By Dana Liebelson
Facebook users and privacy advocates erupted in anger recently after New ... Although it's unlikely Facebook users have heard about most of these studies .... in with Facebook, Twitter, Google, Yahoo, Disqus, or OpenID to comment.
Culture | Mother Jones

RUMOR: Apple Put In A Gigantic Order For The iPhone 6 - Business Insider
By Jay Yarow
Taiwan's “Business Weekly” is reporting that Apple told suppliers to make 68 million ... Login With Facebook Login With Twitter Login With Google.
Business Insider

Regulators sue Amazon on billing practices for in-app purchases | SiliconBeat
By Michelle Quinn
The FTC settled with Apple in January on the same issue. ... opportunity to point regulators to an article about Google's own practices, as I wrote about ...

Google Maps goes to Angkor Wat, Cambodia - AMERICAblog
By John Aravosis
Google takes you on a journey to the historic temple of Angkor Wat in Cambodia. How cool is that?
AMERICAblog News

Space Probe Might Lack Nitrogen to Push It Home - NYTimes.com: ".... On Wednesday, the team tried firings with different permutations of tanks, valves and thrusters. None worked, leading the engineers to suspect that the problem was not mechanical, but empty tanks. The nitrogen is used to squeeze the fuel, hydrazine, to the thrusters. “Without that, you don’t have a rocket,” Mr. Cowing said. There is a small chance that ISEE-3 is on course to slam into the moon on Aug. 10. A communication session on Friday will help determine its path. If it misses the moon, it will again wander in a looping orbit around the sun. “I’m going to wave to it as it goes by,” said Robert W. Farquhar, who was the spacecraft’s project scientist when ISEE-3 launched and who came up with the idea of sending it to visit a comet. Even though they might not be able to capture the spacecraft, Mr. Cowing said they were devising an alternative in which ISEE-3 would collect scientific data and send it back to Earth. “There’s a Plan B,” he said. “We’re going to listen to the spacecraft as long as it talks.”"

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