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Meet the One, OnePlus' $299 Nexus killer (Richard Lai/Engadget)

TechMeme - 5 hours 47 min ago

Richard Lai / Engadget:
Meet the One, OnePlus' $299 Nexus killer  —  Rarely do we see a tech startup spending five months actively hyping up an unborn product; and when we do, most of them end up being vaporware.  Luckily, that's not the case with OnePlus.  Today, the Shenzhen-based company has finally unveiled …

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WRT54G Successor Falls Flat On Promises

Slashdot - 8 hours 25 min ago
New submitter JImbob0i0 writes: "Back in January, Linksys/Belkin made a big deal about their new router, the WRT1900AC, which they claimed was a successor to the venerable WRT54G, and how they were working with OpenWRT. They released it this week, but their promises have fallen far short. You need to apply patches (which don't apply cleanly) and compile yourself in order to get it to work... so long as you don't need wireless support. There has not been much response from Linksys on the mailing list to criticism of the improperly formatted patch dump and poor reviews as a result."

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WSJ Poised to Hire Quartz's Mims as Tech Columnist, After Manjoo Departure to Times (Kara Swisher/Re/code)

TechMeme - 8 hours 42 min ago

Kara Swisher / Re/code:
WSJ Poised to Hire Quartz's Mims as Tech Columnist, After Manjoo Departure to Times  —  The Wall Street Journal is close to hiring Quartz tech and science editor Christopher Mims as its newest tech columnist, said several sources.  If completed, Mims will replace its last new tech columnist Farhad Manjoo …

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PSA: Sprint Is Planning To Make All Its Devices From February 11, 2015 Onward Domestically Unlockable (Ryan Whitwam/Android Police)

TechMeme - 8 hours 47 min ago

Ryan Whitwam / Android Police:
PSA: Sprint Is Planning To Make All Its Devices From February 11, 2015 Onward Domestically Unlockable  —  The US mobile market is weird in that almost all the phones floating around here are locked to one carrier or another.  You can usually request an unlock code from the carrier …

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David Einhorn warns of "second tech bubble in 15 years", shorts undisclosed tech stocks (Alex Wilhelm/TechCrunch)

TechMeme - 9 hours 23 min ago

Alex Wilhelm / TechCrunch:
David Einhorn warns of “second tech bubble in 15 years”, shorts undisclosed tech stocks  —  David Einhorn Just Cried Bubble And Let Slip The Shorts Of War  —  David Einhorn, a hedge fund manager worth north of a billion dollars, isn't bullish on technology stocks.

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Pure Storage Raises $225 Million at a $3 Billion Valuation (Arik Hesseldahl/Re/code)

TechMeme - 9 hours 58 min ago

Arik Hesseldahl / Re/code:
Pure Storage Raises $225 Million at a $3 Billion Valuation  —  Pure Storage, the company shaking up the enterprise storage market with a data storage array based solely on flash memory has raised $225 million late stage round of venture capital funding at pre-money valuation of more than $3 billion.

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Google's Project Ara Could Bring PC-Like Hardware Ecosystem To Phones

Slashdot - 10 hours 29 min ago
An anonymous reader writes "Now that Google's modular phone effort, Project Ara, looks a bit less like vaporware, people are starting to figure out its implications for the future of cellphones. One fascinating possibility is that it could transform the cellphone purchasing process into something resembling desktop computer purchasing. Enthusiasts could search out the individual parts they like the best and assemble them into cellphone Voltron. People who just want a decent phone with no hassle could look at pre-built offerings — and not just from Apple, Samsung, and the like. It could open up a whole new group of phone 'manufacturers.' Of course, this comes with drawbacks, too — if you think fragmentation is bad now, imagine trying to support thousands of different hardware combinations."

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Microsoft ready to test new Office 'Mix' interactive presentation application (Mary Jo Foley/ZDNet)

TechMeme - 10 hours 37 min ago

Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft ready to test new Office ‘Mix’ interactive presentation application  —  Summary: Microsoft is signing up testers for a soon-to-be-released preview of ‘Office Mix,’ which is a new, interactive presentation application.  —  Microsoft is starting to test its new “Office Mix” …

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AOL Mail locks down email servers to deal with spam tsunami (Iain Thomson/The Register)

TechMeme - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 11:20pm

Iain Thomson / The Register:
AOL Mail locks down email servers to deal with spam tsunami  —  Security problems like it's 1995  —  If you've been getting a lot of spam from AOL emails recently it's not because you've fallen into a time rift and it's the nineties all over again - the company has confirmed that it has been under an intensive spoofing attack.

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BioWare Announces Dragon Age Inquisition</em> For October 7th

Slashdot - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 11:14pm
An anonymous reader writes "Today BioWare announced a new game in its popular Dragon Age RPG series titled Inquisition. The game will follow the story of an Inquisitor trying to rally the world against the magic-laden forces spewing from rifts opening to another place. The game's creative director, Mike Laidlaw, says players will be able to watch the world descend into chaos, and then deal with the burdens of power as they rally forces in opposition. BioWare is also taking the opportunity to fix all of the things they broke in Dragon Age 2: 'Top-down tactical view is back. Playable races are back. The game seems to have more of an emphasis on challenge thanks to non-regenerative health.' The game will launch on October 7th for the PC, PS3/4, and Xbox 360/One."

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YouTube channel comes to Roku models launched after July 2011 for US, UK, Canada, Ireland (Greg Kumparak/TechCrunch)

TechMeme - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 10:35pm

Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
YouTube channel comes to Roku models launched after July 2011 for US, UK, Canada, Ireland  —  Roku FINALLY Releases A YouTube Channel For Most Of Its Streaming Boxes  —  After what has been seriously way too long, Roku has just launched an official YouTube channel for most of its lil' streaming boxes.

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Justices Skeptical of Aereo's Business (Adam Liptak/New York Times)

TechMeme - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 10:30pm

Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Justices Skeptical of Aereo's Business  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court signaled on Tuesday that it was struggling with two conflicting impulses in considering a request from television broadcasters to shut down Aereo, an Internet start-up they say threatens the economic viability of their businesses.

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How Silk Road Bounced Back From Its Multimillion-Dollar Hack

Slashdot - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 10:16pm
Daniel_Stuckey writes: "Silk Road, the online marketplace notable for selling drugs and attempting to operate over Tor, was shut down last October. Its successor, Silk Road 2.0 survived for a few months before suffering a security breach. In total, an estimated $2.7 million worth of Bitcoin belonging to users and staff of the site was stolen. Some in the Silk Road community suspected that the hack might have involved staff members of the site itself, echoing scams on other sites. Project Black Flag closed down after its owner scampered with all of their customers' Bitcoin, and after that users of Sheep Marketplace had their funds stolen, in an incident that has never been conclusively proven as an inside job or otherwise. Many site owners would probably have given up at this point, and perhaps attempted to join another site, or start up a new one under a different alias. Why would you bother to pay back millions of dollars when you could just disappear into the digital ether? But Silk Road appears to be trying to rebuild, and to repay users' lost Bitcoins."

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New York Attorney General: Airbnb and Uber should cooperate with regulators, like Yelp (Eric T. Schneiderman/New York Times)

TechMeme - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 9:50pm

Eric T. Schneiderman / New York Times:
New York Attorney General: Airbnb and Uber should cooperate with regulators, like Yelp  —  Taming the Digital Wild West  —  THE Internet has grown up.  It is no longer just about providing information but about fundamental changes in the way we go about our daily lives.

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OpenSSL code beyond repair, claims creator of "LibreSSL" fork (Jon Brodkin/Ars Technica)

TechMeme - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 9:15pm

Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
OpenSSL code beyond repair, claims creator of “LibreSSL” fork  —  OpenBSD founder Theo de Raadt has created a fork of OpenSSL, the widely used open source cryptographic software library that contained the notorious Heartbleed security vulnerability.  —  OpenSSL has suffered from a lack …

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EXCLUSIVE: LEAKED LG G3 SCREENS SHOW FRESH UI, CONFIRM 'CONCIERGE' SERVICE, AND MORE (Andy Boxall/Digital Trends)

TechMeme - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 8:40pm

Andy Boxall / Digital Trends:
EXCLUSIVE: LEAKED LG G3 SCREENS SHOW FRESH UI, CONFIRM ‘CONCIERGE’ SERVICE, AND MORE  —  A new, modern UI for LG's upcoming G3 has been revealed in three new screenshots, obtained by Digital Trends from a trusted industry source.  The screens show flatter and brighter icons …

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How Apple's Billion Dollar Sapphire Bet Will Pay Off

Slashdot - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 8:12pm
alphadogg writes: "Apple is making a billion dollar bet on sapphire as a strategic material for mobile devices such as the iPhone, iPad and perhaps an iWatch. Exactly what the company plans to do with the scratch-resistant crystal – and when – is still the subject of debate. Apple is creating its own supply chain devoted to producing and finishing synthetic sapphire crystal in unprecedented quantities. The new Mesa, Arizona plant, in a partnership with sapphire furnace maker GT Advanced Technologies, will make Apple one of the world's largest sapphire producers when it reaches full capacity, probably in late 2014. By doing so, Apple is assured of a very large amount of sapphire and insulates itself from the ups and downs of sapphire material pricing in the global market."

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After Cyberbullying Scandal, Anonymous Social App Yik Yak Raises $1.5 Million (Sarah Perez/TechCrunch)

TechMeme - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 8:05pm

Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
After Cyberbullying Scandal, Anonymous Social App Yik Yak Raises $1.5 Million  —  Anonymous social networking apps are having a moment.  Following the notable funding rounds for apps like Secret ($8.6 million) and Whisper ($21 million!), newcomer Yik Yak is today announcing a small amount of outside investment, too.

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At trial, Samsung accuses Apple of infringing two patents with iOS FaceTime and Photos apps (Josh Lowensohn/The Verge)

TechMeme - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 7:55pm

Josh Lowensohn / The Verge:
At trial, Samsung accuses Apple of infringing two patents with iOS FaceTime and Photos apps  —  Samsung hopes to make FaceTime a headache for Apple  —  After weeks of playing defense against five Apple patents, Samsung this week went after Apple with two of its own patents …

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The US Public's Erratic Acceptance of Science

Slashdot - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 7:30pm
An anonymous reader writes "The U.S. general population is often the butt of jokes with regard to their understanding of science. A survey by the Associated Press now shows just how arbitrary and erratic the public's dissent can be. 'The good news is that more than 80 percent of those surveyed are strongly confident that smoking causes cancer; only four percent doubt it. Roughly 70 percent accepted that we have a genome and that mental illness is seated in the brain; about 20 percent were uncertain on these subjects, and the doubters were few. But things go downhill from there. Only about half of the people accepted that vaccines are safe and effective, with 15 percent doubting. And that's one of the controversial topics where the public did well. As for humanity's role in climate change, 33 percent accepted, 28 percent were unsure, and 37 percent fell in the doubter category. For a 4.5-billion-year-old Earth and a 13.8-billion-year-old Big Bang, acceptance was below 30 percent. Fully half of the public doubted the Big Bang (PDF).'"

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