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Bitcoin exec to spend two years behind bars for Silk Road transactions
Charlie Shrem, former Bitcoin Foundation board member and CEO of the now-defunct exchange BitInstant, has been sentenced to two years in prison for helping Silk Road users anonymously swap cash for digital currency. Silk Road, as you know, was the on...
12/21/2014 5:02:00 AM
US asks China to help rein in N Korea
Obama administration seeks China's help in blocking North Korea's ability to launch cyberattacks, the New York Times reports.
12/21/2014 4:54:00 AM
North Korea denies hacking Sony
SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North Korea has said U.S. accusations that it was involved in a cyberattack on Sony Pictures were "groundless slander," and that it wanted a joint investigation into the incident with the United States.
12/21/2014 4:33:37 AM
Cyberattack On German Steel Factory Causes 'Massive Damage'
An anonymous reader writes: In a rare case of an online security breach causing real-world destruction, a German steel factory has been severely damaged after its networks were compromised. "The attack used spear phishing and sophisticated social engineering techniques to gain access to the factory's office networks, from which access to production networks was gained. ... After the system was compromised, individual components or even entire systems started to fail frequently. Due to these failures, one of the plant's blast furnaces could not be shut down in a controlled manner, which resulted in 'massive damage to plant,' the BSI said, describing the technical skills of the attacker as 'very advanced.'" The full report (PDF) is available in German. Read more of this story at Slashdot.
12/21/2014 4:20:00 AM
Death to QR codes! Quikkly raises $1M
The London-based startup hopes to “make the real world clickable” through what it calls an action tag, a spin on traditional QR codes.
12/21/2014 4:00:10 AM
UAE urges: no more oil output increases
United Arab Emirates oil minister calls on producers not to raise their oil output as this would quickly stabilize prices.
12/21/2014 3:59:00 AM
World’s First Smart Snowboard Changes Music According To Your Actions
Ever wanted a soundtrack to your life? For a couple of minutes at a time, Signal Snowboards creates that experience with a smart snowboard that varies your music depending on the tricks you perform on your way down the mountain. The sign on the door says “School For Gifted Hackers”. Inside [Matt Davis] helped interface audio with an accelerometer – something he regularly does with all manner of hacked devices. At first the prototype was an iPhone mimicking the motions of a snowboarder the way fighter pilots describe dogfights with their hands. The audio engine that pulls those mostions to …read more
12/21/2014 3:01:28 AM
NASA 'Emails' a Socket Wrench To the ISS
HughPickens.com writes: "Sarah LeTrent reports at CNN that NASA just emailed the design of a socket wrench to astronauts so that they could print it out in the orbit. The ratcheting socket wrench was the first "uplink tool" printed in space, according to Grant Lowery, marketing and communications manager for Made In Space, which built the printer in partnership with NASA. The tool was designed on the ground, emailed to the space station and then manufactured where it took four hours to print out the finished product. The space agency hopes to one day use the technology to make parts for broken equipment in space and long-term missions would benefit greatly from onboard manufacturing capabilities. "I remember when the tip broke off a tool during a mission," recalls NASA astronaut TJ Creamer, who flew aboard the space station during Expedit
12/21/2014 1:16:00 AM
Dish Network's latest squabble turns off Fox News, Business channels
Stop us if you've heard this one before: Dish Network is without a couple of channels tonight because it couldn't reach a deal with major media company. After Turner and CBS, this time it's Fox. The dispute between the two is only affecting the Fox N...
12/21/2014 12:55:00 AM
Is This Power Supply Bigger Than A Bread Box? No, It Is One.
[newtonn2] must have had food on his mind when he was deciding to embark on a power supply project. The enclosure is quite different…. it is a
! Even so, flipped up on end we must say it looks pretty cool. [newtonn2’s] previous power supply had crapped out and he needed a replacement supply ASAP, it was a
or death situation for this electronics enthusiast. Similar to a lot of DIY bench power supplies, this one would also be based on an ATX computer power supply. These are good high-current supplies that output voltage in several convenient …read more
12/21/2014 12:01:55 AM
5 trends to watch for in 3D printing in 2015
We’ve already witnessed everything from skull and facial implants to low-cost prosthetics to replacement windpipes, but I expect the year ahead will be filled with fresh ideas for medical miracles, not to mention weapons.
12/21/2014 12:00:59 AM
6 inspiring mantras to help you master work-life balance
As CEO of eight different companies, it’s become a conscious decision for me to maintain a positive work-life balance. Over the last 20 years of entrepreneurship, I’ve learned that the key to maintaining this balance is managing my time efficiently; to help myself and my fellow entrepreneurs achieve this, I created Taskworld, an online task management program See also: 4 tips to lift employee morale during the busy holiday season To further help balance work and my personal life, I abide by the following six mantras, which I encourage everyone to follow. These simple tips have helped me stay productive while still enjoying life to the fullest Read more...More about Job Search Series, Business, Jobs, Mashable Careers, and Work Life Balance
12/20/2014 11:30:29 PM
Judge says police can create fake Instagram accounts to see photos
Many would argue that cops cross the line when they impersonate people on social networks to catch suspects, but that doesn't mean that fake accounts are always off the table. In a recent opinion, New Jersey district judge William Martini contends th...
12/20/2014 11:29:00 PM
Orkut, we hardly knew ye: 10 tech products we lost in 2014
Every year, the tech industry brings us unexpected surprises and long-predicted changes, and among those ups and downs are usually a few endings to some of our favorite technology products. This year was no different, with some of the biggest names in tech shuttering products and services beloved by many, and even a few successful upstarts deciding to call it a career and close up shop. See also: 9 Nearly Worthless Gadgets You're Hanging Onto for Dear Life Perhaps the biggest ending of the year, and maybe even the decade, was Microsoft's decision to end support for Windows XP. The move effectively left millions of users around the planet wondering whether they should fend for themselves, find an alternative or surrender and begin using Windows 8.1. Read more...More about Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Apps, and Gaming
12/20/2014 10:47:39 PM
Seattle Police Held Hackathon To Redact Footage From Body Cameras
An anonymous reader writes: Hackathons are common these days, but you don't often hear about events hosted by law enforcement. That's what the Seattle Police Department did on Friday, with the solitary goal of finding a good way to redact the video streams taken by police body cameras and dash cameras. Seven different teams demonstrated solutions, but in the end, none thought automation could realistically handle the task in the near future. "The Washington State public records act requires that almost all video filmed by any government agency – including police – be disclosed upon request. The only real exception is for video which is part of an open case currently under investigation. However, various parts of the state code include other restrictions – the identity of minors cannot be disclosed. Requests from victims
12/20/2014 10:05:00 PM
Aussie comedian brilliantly parodies 'Humans of New York'
"Humans of New York" took the world by storm for showcasing captivating stories about, well, the humans of New York But not everyone who wants to be on the popular blog gets their wish See also: The Human Behind 'Humans of New York' Enter Australian comedian and TV personality Hamish Blake who, on a recent trip to New York City, was forced to take matters into his own hands when he couldn't grab the attention of the official HONY photographer. F this BS. I've been waiting on this street corner for about 6 hours now trying to get photographed by the @humansofny guy and I've got NOTHING. I'm giving this 10 more minutes and if he still hasn't shown, I'm taking matters into my own hands.... A photo posted by Hamish Blake (@hamishblakeshotz) on
12/20/2014 10:00:26 PM
The most asked question of 2014: Are we in a bubble?
We have rebounded from the dark days of 2008 and 2009. SVB’s loan portfolio has tripled from $4 billion in 2009 to $12 billion this year. But from my vantage point, I see more rainbows and unicorns than bubbles.
12/20/2014 10:00:01 PM
Woman, 37, charged with murder of eight children in Cairns suburb
A 37-year-old woman has been charged with murder for allegedly stabbing and killing eight children in a house in the Cairns suburb of Manoora on Friday, local time. The woman, who was not identified by police in a statement released Sunday afternoon, was charged with eight counts of murder See also: Eight children stabbed to death in Cairns suburb D/Insp Asnicar: Post mortoms are still being conducted, around 100 statements have been taken#Manoora — QPS Media Unit (@QPSmedia) December 20, 2014 She is the mother of seven of the eight children, who range in age from 18 months and 15 years old. She is an aunt to one of the children. She was arrested Saturday. Read more...More about Us World, Cairns, and Australia
12/20/2014 9:27:14 PM
The future of VR, how the NFL uses the Surface Pro 2 and other stories you might've missed this week
It's been a busy week, folks: We spoke with Seahawks quarterback Russel Wilson about how the NFL uses the Surface Pro 2, interviewed RuPaul about "gaymers," learned that North Korea was the source of the Sony Pictures hack, and more. So sit back, rel...
12/20/2014 9:26:00 PM
Electronic Glove Detects Sign Language
A team of Cornell students recently built a prototype electronic glove that can detect sign language and speak the characters out loud. The glove is designed to work with a variety of hand sizes, but currently only fits on the right hand. The glove uses several different sensors to detect hand motion and position. Perhaps the most obvious are the flex sensors that cover each finger. These sensors can detect how each finger is bent by changing the resistance according to the degree of the bend. The glove also contains an MPU-6050 3-axis accelerometer and gyroscope. This sensor can detect …read more
12/20/2014 9:01:53 PM
Hundreds of police brutality protesters disrupt holiday mall shoppers
Hundreds of protesters gathered at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota on Saturday, forcing parts of the building to close and ignoring the mall's warnings that the protest could result in arrests. At the height of holiday shopping season, similar demonstrations were planned at malls across the country Saturday, including Philadelphia's King of Prussia Mall and shopping centers in Cleveland, Atlanta and Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The events are part of the protests that have swept the nation in response to a spate of police killings of unarmed black males. See also: Public defenders rally behind 'Black Lives Matter' movement Read more...More about Holiday Shopping, Mall Of America, Us World, Us, and Black Lives Matter
12/20/2014 8:28:02 PM
Why Y Combinator’s Paul Graham loves ‘weird’ ideas and ‘energetic’ people
Over the years, as Graham has spent time with innumerable founders, he's come to an important conclusion: If you want to be part of the next big thing, you can't be stuck in your old ways.
12/20/2014 8:03:17 PM
Why Retailers Must (But Won’t) Succeed In Introducing Mobile Payment Systems
In the digital age, it’s critical for retailers to collect and manage customer data. This information is the key to providing personalization for any kind of shopping experience, as it allows retailers to understand customer preferences and analyze shopping histories. Smartphone payment systems like Apple Pay are an important method of obtaining this data since they allow data… Read More
12/20/2014 8:00:14 PM
Ask Slashdot: Is an Open Source .NET Up To the Job?
Rob Y. writes: The discussion on Slashdot about Microsoft's move to open source .NET core has centered on: 1. whether this means Microsoft is no longer the enemy of the open source movement 2. if not, then does it mean Microsoft has so lost in the web server arena that it's resorting to desperate moves. 3. or nah — it's standard Microsoft operating procedure. Embrace, extend, extinguish. What I'd like to ask is whether anybody that's not currently a .NET fan actually wants to use it? Open source or not. What is the competition? Java? PHP? Ruby? Node.js? All of the above? Anything but Microsoft? Because as an OSS advocate, I see only one serious reason to even consider using it — standardization. Any of those competing platforms could be as good or better, but the problem is: how to get a job in this industry when there are so
12/20/2014 7:02:00 PM
The US wants China's help blocking North Korean hackers
Apparently, the US is willing to recruit any ally it can get in its digital battles -- including countries that are frequently its adversaries. Sources for both the Associated Press and the New York Times claim that American officials have asked Chin...
12/20/2014 6:57:00 PM
Santa’s Autonomous Helping Hands Let the Jolly ol’ Fellow Kick Back this Season
For those skeptical about the feasibility of Santa’s annual delivery schedule, here’s an autonomous piece of the puzzle that will bewilder even the most hard-hearted of non-believers. The folks over at the Center of Excellence Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC) in Germany have whipped together a fantastic demo featuring Santa’s extra pair of helping hands. In the two-and-a-half minute video, the robot executes a suite of impressive autonomous stocking-stuffing maneuvers: from recognizing the open hole in the stocking, to grasping specific candies from the cluster of goodies available. On the hardware-side, the arms appear to be a KUKA-variant, while on the …read more
12/20/2014 6:01:25 PM
Study: Red Light Cameras Don't Improve Safety
An anonymous reader writes: Ars Technica summaries a study by the Chicago Tribune (paywalled) that found red light cameras do not improve driver safety. "[W]hile right angle crash incidents have been reduced, rear-end crashes that resulted in injuries went up 22 percent." Chicago officials recently claimed that the cameras led to a 47% reduction "T-bone" injury crashes, using that statistic as evidence that the program is worthwhile. But the study's authors, who "accounted for declining accident rates in recent years as well as other confounding factors, found cameras reduced right-angle crashes that caused injuries by just 15 percent." They also noted that the city chose to install many cameras at intersections where crashes were rare to begin with. Chicago has raised roughly $500 million from red light camera tickets since 2002. "[O]ffi
12/20/2014 6:01:00 PM
Five lessons team Zula learned from launching a tech event as a young startup
Startups have a multitude of marketing channels available to them. Websites, landing pages, email messages, social media, and more are used daily to create demand, generate leads and position the business as a contender in their field. So what happens if you take all those and add one more marketing channel by launching your own tech conference?
12/20/2014 6:00:49 PM
The Sony Hackers Just Pranked The FBI
The hacker group who broke into the computer network of Sony Pictures and managed to halt the release of 'The Interview' have issued a new message, this time mocking the FBI. The Daily Beast reports that Guardians of Peace published a new message on Pastebin on Saturday. Here's that message in its entirety: By GOP The result of investigation by FBI is so excellent that you might have seen what we were doing with your own eyes. We congratulate you success. FBI is the BEST in the world. You will find the gift for FBI at the following address.
Enjoy! The link in the message leads to a Japanese prank video which repeats the phrase "You are an idiot" to the tune of throbbing house music. It seems that Guardians of Peace are mocking the FBI's
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12/20/2014 5:14:00 PM
North Korea denies hacking Sony, U.S. stands by its assertion
SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North Korea said on Saturday U.S. accusations that it was involved in a cyberattack on Sony Pictures were "groundless slander," and that it wanted a joint investigation into the incident with the United States.
12/20/2014 5:11:24 PM
How NASA Opens Planetary Mission Data
As the U.S. National Aeronautic and Space Administration tests new rockets for its manned space program, planetary scientists are already working with reams of data to determine what the next generation of astronauts may encounter. For the past 25 years, NASA has been working to make the data it collects from all of its planetary missions open to the public and the research community. Read More
12/20/2014 5:00:08 PM
Behind the Scenes With the Star Trek Fan Reboot
SternisheFan writes: The original Starship Enterprise was on a 5-year mission, but the original series was canceled after the third year. A continuation of Star Trek:TOS is being created by a dedicated cast and crew intent on keeping true to the spirit of Gene Roddenberry's television show. From recreating the original sets with incredible accuracy and attention to details, staying faithful to original storylines has been a true labor of love for all involved. Here are a series of videos showing the progress being made on recreating the iconic series. (And if you missed it last time, here's the first episode they produced.) Read more of this story at Slashdot.
12/20/2014 5:00:00 PM
Google+ can automatically 'enhance' your mobile video recordings
Google's no stranger to tweaking your photos automagically, and now it's extending that expertise to video. By using Google+ and its auto-backup system for your media, Mountain View says it can adjust the lighting, color, stability and, soon enough, ...
12/20/2014 4:58:00 PM
5 deep learning startups to follow in 2015
Deep learning talent is still in limited quantity, so don't be surprised if some of these startups get swept up before the end of next year.
12/20/2014 4:33:14 PM
New York Mayor: 2 NYPD officers assassinated 'execution style'
UPDATED 10:50 p.m. ET
The two officers killed in Brooklyn Saturday were assassinated "execution style" by 28-year-old Ismaaiyl Brinsley, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner William Bratton said during an evening press conference at Woodhull Hospital, where the injured officers were taken after the shooting "Today two of New York's finest were shot and killed with no warning, no provocation. They were quite simply assassinated, targeted for their uniform," Bratton said. Officers, possibly hundreds, standing at attention as the body's of two fallen officers are escorted from hospital pic.twitter.com/e9QVQwry8l — Dan Bowens (@danbowensfox5) December 21, 2014 Read more... More about New York, New York City, Crime, Protests, and Nypd
12/20/2014 4:30:26 PM
Cuba: We'll stick with Communism
Cuban president Raúl Castro thanked President Obama for“ a new chapter” but reaffirmed that restored relations did not mean the end of Communism.
12/20/2014 4:15:00 PM
The Internet Of Things Is Not A Shiny New Toy
The Internet of Things is the latest, greatest new buzzword du jour and every major technology company, industrial manufacturer, big retailer and health industry player has declared the IoT to be the next big thing. Each of these industries sees a way of taking advantage of tiny low-power intelligent devices or sensors and they’ve baked the IoT into their future product strategies. Read More
12/20/2014 4:00:43 PM
Google Sues Mississippi Attorney General For Conspiring With Movie Industry
ideonexus writes: Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood has called for a "time out" in his perpetual fight with Google in response to the company filing a lawsuit against him for conspiring with the movie industry to persecute the search giant. Leaked Sony Pictures Entertainment emails and documents obtained under FOIA requests this week have exposed how the Motion Picture Association of America was colluding with and lobbying state prosecutors to go after Google, even going so far as to "assigned a team of lawyers to prepare draft subpoenas and legal briefs for the attorneys general" to make it easier for them to persecute the company. Here's the full complaint (PDF). Read more of this story at Slashdot.
12/20/2014 3:56:00 PM
New Ray Rice footage shows handcuffed couple kissing after elevator punch
A surveillance video that surfaced Friday reveals more footage of the night Ray Rice knocked his now-wife Janay Palmer unconscious in an Atlantic City casino elevator. In the video, Rice and a tearful Palmer are seen kissing after both were put in handcuffs and arrested The nearly 45 minutes of casino security footage, obtained by ABC News, shows the events immediately following the elevator assault See also: Ray Rice story becomes soap opera after NFL's Black Friday news dump ABC released two minutes of the video (see below), which begins with hotel employees warning Rice to stay away from Palmer, his then-fiancée. A visibly shaken Palmer is then seen crying, as casino staffers give her first aid, while Rice is kept at a distance. ABC reported that the footage shows Palmer physically pushing Rice immediately following the assault
12/20/2014 3:41:42 PM
Apple releases new public OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 beta (build 14C81h)
Readers report Apple has started rolling out a new public beta release of its 10.10.2 OS X Yosemite beta (build 14C81h). Developers received the third build of 10.10.2 earlier this month (build 14C81f). Today’s beta release follows beta 3, which was released earlier this month. Not much seems to have changed between the two builds, but Apple […]
12/20/2014 3:26:35 PM
Hands On With The Blackberry Classic
It’s been a long time coming: Blackberry’s return to its roots. Rather than chasing the pack, Blackberry has brought back exactly what its fans have been wanting in a package that is usable, fun, and solid. But can it save the company? I’m a fan of the $450 Classic and will post a full review on Monday but until then I’ve prepared a brief hands on. I’ve found… Read More
12/20/2014 3:16:20 PM
The 16 Best Selfies From 2014
The end of December is near and as we look back on the last 12 months, it felt fitting to roundup our favorite selfies of 2014. BuzzFeed completed a list of 25 selfies and from there, we chose some of the best from their picks and added some of our own. You can see their full roster of front-facing camera shots here. From Ellen and pals at the Oscars to the guy who survived a plane crash, these are some of the best, most hilarious, and popular selfies of 2014.
This guy who tried to take a selfie as a train was passing by. We thought it was a hoax at first, but it ended up being real.
Read that story here.
Ellen took a selfie with her famous friends at the Oscars.
This guy survived a plane crash, then took a selfie while floating in the ocean.
Read the full story here. See the rest of the story at Business Insi
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12/20/2014 3:07:31 PM
First Ever Parts Emailed to Space
The shocking thing is not that this happened. The shocking thing is how normal it seems. An astronaut inside a space station needed a ratcheting socket wrench. Someone else on Earth drew it up on a computer then e-mailed the astronaut. The astronaut clicked a button and then the tool was squirted out of a nozzle. Then he picked up and used the tool for the job he needed done. No big deal. The story itself is almost uneventful – of course we can do these things now. Sure, it happens to be the first time in mankind’s history we …read more
12/20/2014 3:01:02 PM
Tech sector needs more diversity
Silicon Valley has a diversity problem, and Hank Williams has put himself on a crusade to address it.
12/20/2014 3:00:00 PM
U.S. Asks China to Help Rein In Korean Hackers
As part of its response to the cyberattack on Sony Pictures, the Obama administration has asked China to assist in blocking North Korea’s ability to launch such attacks.
New York Times
12/20/2014 2:52:15 PM
New Record Set For Deepest Dwelling Fish
mpicpp tips news that oceanographers have discovered a creature that sets the record for the most deeply dwelling fish on Earth. It was found in the Mariana Trench, some 8,145 meters below the surface. The 30-day voyage took place from the Schmidt Ocean Institute's research vessel, Falkor, and is the most comprehensive survey of world's deepest place ever undertaken. The Hadal Ecosystem Studies (Hades) team deployed unmanned landers more than 90 times to depths that ranged between 5,000m and 10,600m. They studied both steep walls of the undersea canyon. ... Dr. Jamieson said: "We think it is a snailfish, but it's so weird-looking; it's up in the air in terms of what it is. "It is unbelievably fragile, and when it swims, it looks like it has wet tissue paper floating behind it. And it has a weird snout — it looks like a cartoon dog s
12/20/2014 2:51:00 PM
How To Get A Few More Days Out Of An Opened Bottle Of Wine
to finish the bottle just so it won't go bad. These three devices will help you keep your wine 'fresh' for a few days longer. Thanks to Town & Country Magazine.
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12/20/2014 2:49:00 PM
Centaurs, Soviets, and Seltzer Seas: Mariner 2’s Venusian Adventure (1962)
Hydrogen is the most common kind of normal matter in the universe. Perhaps the universe is trying to tell us something, for the most common chemical element makes an excellent energetic rocket fuel. That does not mean, however, that it is easy to manage. Odorless and colorless hydrogen gas becomes liquid, and thus dense enough […] The post Centaurs, Soviets, and Seltzer Seas: Mariner 2’s Venusian Adventure (1962) appeared first on WIRED.
12/20/2014 2:47:20 PM
Microsoft Plans A Virtual Reality Headset For Xbox One To Compete With The Oculus Rift (MSFT)
We've known for some time now that Microsoft has been at least exploring virtual reality. But it looks like Microsoft has moved forward and has actually created an Xbox One virtual reality headset like the Oculus Rift.
I think the technology is really interesting, and it’s definitely something we’ve been playing with for quite a while," Xbox head Phil Spencer told IGN in March.
Microsoft has even given the mysterious Xbox One VR headset to some game developers,
according to VRFocus
"The developer kit is currently ‘circulating’ a group of developers working on the console," VRFocus reports. "
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12/20/2014 2:43:27 PM
Evernote now adds context to your memos on Android and Windows
Evernote's bringing Context, one of its more interesting announcements during its fourth conference in October, to Android and Windows. This feature, which was first made available to iOS and Mac users in November, pulls content (based on what you're...
12/20/2014 2:41:00 PM
Reddit to Award Lottery Fund to 950,000 Lucky Users
Flush with $50 million in capital, the social media site finds a novel way to give back
12/20/2014 2:37:09 PM
Happy holidays! Facebook packages up highlights of your year in pictures
Instead of weaving together a video of pictures users put up on Facebook the way the social networking company did last year, for this holiday season, Facebook is automatically aggregating images and text you can scroll through.
12/20/2014 2:30:38 PM
North Korea Warns U.S. Not to Take Sony Action
Warning of “serious consequences” if the United States retaliates against it, North Korea on Saturday proposed a joint investigation with Washington to prove that it was not behind the cyberattack on Sony Pictures.
New York Times
12/20/2014 2:22:21 PM
Workers new competition: Robots
Although fears that technology will displace jobs are at least as old as the Luddites, there are signs that this time may really be different.
12/20/2014 2:21:00 PM
Uber Responds After Singer Nikki Williams Accuses Her Driver Of Trying To ‘Grab And Kiss’ Her
Nikki Williams, a singer-songwriter based in South Africa, tweeted early Saturday morning that her Uber driver “tried to grab and kiss on me in my own driveway.”
Just reported my Uber driver for sexual Harrassment. He tried to grab & kiss on me in my own driveway. Fought him off and ran inside. #WTF — Nikki Williams (@nikkiwilliams) December 20, 2014
Williams says she fought off her driver and reported the incident to Uber.
The ridesharing company was swift to respond, deactivating the driver and providing the following statement
Uber has zero tolerance for this behavior, and we apologize to Ms. Williams for this terrible experience. We immediately deact
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12/20/2014 2:19:27 PM
Data science handbook: 3 tips for becoming a data scientist
DJ Patil, Michelangelo D'Agostino, and Clare Corthell share advice on how to develop as a data scientist.
12/20/2014 2:08:46 PM
This Really Does Look Like A Bubble
In December 15 years ago the dotcom crash was a few weeks away. Veterans of that fiasco may notice some familiar warning signs this festive season.
Bankers and lawyers are being priced out of office space in downtown San Francisco; all of the space in eight tower blocks being built has been taken by technology firms.
In 2013 around a fifth of graduates from America's leading MBA schools joined tech firms, almost double the share that struck Faustian pacts with investment banks.
Janet Yellen, the head of the Federal Reserve, has warned that social-media firms are overvalued--and has been largely ignored, just as her predecessor Alan
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12/20/2014 2:04:00 PM
Researchers 'Averaged' The Faces Of 400 CEOs — And The Results Say A Lot About Race In Business
What happens when you combine the faces of 400 CEOs?
A startling picture of just how similar, and pale, our modern leaders are.
SumoCoupon, the money-saving coupon company,
used the face-manipulation software
to "average" the faces of 400 executives in 10 different industries, from nonprofits to entertainment to transportation. They also averaged the age and income of CEOs in each industry.
Some of the results are to be expected (e.g., startup CEOs are about 15 years younger than the rest), while others are more surprising (female leaders in politics seem to have shorter hair than the other women). See the images below.
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12/20/2014 2:03:00 PM
These Sub-$200 Headphones Are Petite And Powerful, But Also Imperfect
V-Moda’s “XS” headphones promise all kinds of interesting contradictions: Diminutive in size but big on sound; thin and sleek, but also extremely durable and collapsible for easy traveling. After putting two different-colored models to the test (we tried matte black and white silver), the XS over-the-year headphones live up to most of those expectations, but fall short in a few areas. First, let’s talk about the design. At first, I was really worried about wearing these headphones. They’re called “XS” because they truly are “extra small” — I thought they’d be unstable on my head and make me look goofy (well, goofier than I already look). But I was pleasantly surprised to see that they weren’t as small as I anticipated, and that they fit quite well over my ears. V-Moda says it built the XS model to remove the unattractive gap between
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12/20/2014 2:00:54 PM
How Mobile And Social Feeds Government’s Appetite For Innovation
Editor’s note: Anne Altman is the general manager of IBM U.S. Federal and Government Industries. Applications that simply deliver information can be useful, but government agencies are now pushing user engagement to new heights. With 173 million people in the U.S. owning smartphones, citizens are continuously equipped with an Internet connection, GPS functionality and a digital… Read More
12/20/2014 2:00:42 PM
Need to crop or add zoom to a video after the fact? Try Video Zoom
Video Zoom (US$1.99) is a just released app that will let you take an existing video and crop it, or add a smooth zoom. The app also lets you record a new video from within the app. Give the app access to your camera roll, and you will see thumbnail...
12/20/2014 2:00:00 PM
50 percent of mobile photographers use the cloud as a hub for backup and storage
It seems like only yesterday — but it’s actually been a few years — since the concept of the cloud picked up steam with the general public. Once an unfamiliar…
12/20/2014 1:57:27 PM
North Korea Denies Responsibility for Sony Attack, Warns Against Retaliation
jones_supa writes: A North Korean official said that the secretive regime wants to mount a joint investigation with the United States to identify who was behind the cyber attack against Sony Pictures. An unnamed spokesman of the North Korean foreign ministry was quoted by the country's state news agency, KCNA, describing U.S. claims they were behind the hack as "slander." "As the United States is spreading groundless allegations and slandering us, we propose a joint investigation with it into this incident," the official said, according to Agence France-Presse. Both the FBI and President Barack Obama have said evidence was uncovered linking the hack to to North Korea, but some experts have questioned the evidence tying the attack to Pyongyang. Meanwhile, reader hessian notes that 2600: The Hacker Quarterly has offered to let the hacker co
12/20/2014 1:49:00 PM
Uber apologizes after South African singer accuses driver of sexual harassment
Uber's bad PR streak continues. Nikki Williams, a South African singer-songwriter, tweeted on Saturday that she had reported an Uber driver for sexual harassment after he allegedly tried to "grab and kiss" Williams in her driveway. See also: Uber is on a rocky route to international expansion Just reported my Uber driver for sexual Harrassment. He tried to grab & kiss on me in my own driveway. Fought him off and ran inside#WTF — Nikki Williams (@nikkiwilliams) December 20, 2014 Uber said it has since deactivated the driver, and apologized for the incident “Uber has zero tolerance for this behavior, and we apologize to Ms. Williams for this terrible experience. We immediately deactivated the driver, and have begun an investigation,” Kaitlin Durkosh, a spokesperson for Uber, told
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12/20/2014 1:40:32 PM
Here's Where People Are Using Apple Pay The Most (AAPL)
We're now getting a better picture of where iPhone users are taking advantage of Apple Pay. Between its launch on Oct. 16 to the end of November, Apple Pay has already grown to represent 1.7% of mobile payments. Google Wallet made up 4% of all mobile payments over the same period. The top three retailers for Apple Pay were Whole Foods, Walgreens, and McDonalds, according to research firm ITG. Panera and Subway rounded out the top five Apple Pay retailers. ITG says Whole Foods accounted for 20% of all Apple Pay transactions in November, and 28% of all dollars spent. Walgreens accounted for 19% of all transactions and 11% of spend, and McDonald's made up 11% of transactions and 3% of dollars spent. The dominant force in mobile payments right now is PayPal. The eBay subsidiary had a 78% market share last month. Apple Pay will continue growi
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12/20/2014 1:30:22 PM
Sony reportedly hires the crisis specialist who inspired 'Scandal'
Sony Pictures Entertainment's not-so-secret weapon against North Korea and bad press? Olivia Pope. Well, sort of. Following a swelling PR nightmare in light of an extensive attack by anonymous hackers, which prompted Sony to cancel the theatrical release of its film
, the company has hired crisis specialist Judy Smith — the woman whose career inspired Kerry Washington's character on hit ABC drama
See also: A complete recap of 'The Interview,' the movie Sony may never show you TMZ broke the news of Smith's involvement with Sony, reporting that she has already begun "quietly advising Sony Pictures chief Amy Pascal."
The Hollywood Reporter
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12/20/2014 1:30:08 PM
11 Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week
From the Sony hack coverage to Instagram being valued at $35 billion, here are the top stories from 12/13-12/19. 1. Sony was hacked. Sony cancels the theatrical release of The Interview after threats from hackers. The FBI blames North Korea for the hack. Obama says Sony made a mistake in canceling the release of The Interview (and calls James Franco, James Flacco). Sony’s CEO responds… Read More
12/20/2014 1:25:52 PM
'The Interview' Twitter and Facebook accounts have been scrubbed
are disappearing quickly. The film's Facebook page and official tweets have quietly been deleted as of Saturday morning, days after Sony was pressured to cancel its theatrical release following violent threats from an anonymous group of hackers that the FBI now believes to be connected to North Korea See also: Sony ends 'The Interview' and hands hackers a terrifying new script
's Facebook page (see a cached version, below) had nearly 400,000 followers prior to being deleted. The Twitter account for the comedy, which stars Seth Rogen and James Franco, still exists; but its 1,800-plus tweets have been deleted Read more...More about Facebook, Twitter, Entertainment, Film, and Sony Hack
12/20/2014 1:02:36 PM
Multitasking on Google Lollipop: A closer look at how Material Design improves productivity
Despite the common refrain that multi-tasking means not doing anything well, it’s a critical function of mobile app performance. Users expect to be able to jump quickly between tasks, and…
12/20/2014 1:00:03 PM
'Frozen' in time: Arrendelle on ice
Disney's animated hit "Frozen" is still breaking records, but in a cooler way.
12/20/2014 1:00:00 PM
Facebook’s highlights of 2014 generates a beautiful post of your memories
Last year, Facebook did a “year in review” video for each user which was a quick overview of your year in photos and status’ on the social network. This year,…
12/20/2014 12:48:45 PM
North Korea On Sony Hack: It Wasn’t Us
Here is the latest twist in the ongoing Sony hacking story: after the FBI alleged that North Korea was indeed behind the attack on Sony, North Korea today categorically denied having anything to do with it. According to a BBC report, North Korea’s foreign ministry went as far threatening “grave consequences” and demanding a joint investigation into the allegations. North… Read More
12/20/2014 12:46:17 PM
What Happens To Society When Robots Replace Workers?
Paul Fernhout writes: An article in the Harvard Business Review by William H. Davidow and Michael S. Malone suggests: "The "Second Economy" (the term used by economist Brian Arthur to describe the portion of the economy where computers transact business only with other computers) is upon us. It is, quite simply, the virtual economy, and one of its main byproducts is the replacement of workers with intelligent machines powered by sophisticated code. ... This is why we will soon be looking at hordes of citizens of zero economic value. Figuring out how to deal with the impacts of this development will be the greatest challenge facing free market economies in this century. ... Ultimately, we need a new, individualized, cultural, approach to the meaning of work and the purpose of life. Otherwise, people will find a solution — human being
12/20/2014 12:45:00 PM
Here's what astronauts aboard Orion will see during re-entry
Most of us will never be astronauts -- sorry to break it to ya -- but we can at least pretend to be aboard the Orion capsule with this video (below the fold), courtesy of NASA. Orion's camera captured 10 minutes of footage from the time it started bl...
12/20/2014 12:31:00 PM
Woman hilariously haunts Tinder by pretending to be a ghost
Grace Spelman is a girl living in an immaterial world. And she just wants to be loved. The 22-year-old actress and comedian began her journey into the terrifying world of online dating world by proposing an even more terrifying — and hilarious — idea to her followers on Twitter on Dec. 14. Spelman decided she would join Tinder as an actual, bonafide ghost. See also: 24 People Who Shouldn't Be Allowed on Tinder I'm going to redownload Tinder and try to convince every boy that I am a ghost — grace (@gspels) December 14, 2014 "I tweeted the idea as a joke first. Then, during finals week, I put the plan into action and it became a form of procrastination," said Spelman to
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12/20/2014 12:30:46 PM