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UK pirates will merely receive warnings from next year (Tom Ivan/CVG)

TechMeme - 5 hours 26 min ago

Tom Ivan / CVG:
UK pirates will merely receive warnings from next year  —  Harsher penalty plans abandoned; no sanctions for ignoring new alerts system  —  UK households that repeatedly pirate music and movies online are to receive warning letters beginning in 2015.  —  The voluntary copyright alert programme …

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Oso Disaster Had Its Roots In Earlier Landslides

Slashdot - 7 hours 58 min ago
vinces99 writes: The disastrous March 22 landslide that killed 43 people in the rural Washington state community of Oso involved the "remobilization" of a 2006 landslide on the same hillside, a new federally sponsored geological study concludes. The research indicates the landslide, the deadliest in U.S. history, happened in two major stages. The first stage remobilized the 2006 slide, including part of an adjacent forested slope from an ancient slide, and was made up largely or entirely of deposits from previous landslides. The first stage ultimately moved more than six-tenths of a mile across the north fork of the Stillaguamish River and caused nearly all the destruction in the Steelhead Haven neighborhood. The second stage started several minutes later and consisted of ancient landslide and glacial deposits. That material moved into the space vacated by the first stage and moved rapidly until it reached the trailing edge of the first stage, the study found. "Perhaps the most striking finding is that, while the Oso landslide was a rare geologic occurrence, it was not extraordinary," said Joseph Wartman, a University of Washington associate professor of civil and environmental engineering and a team leader for the study.

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Data Point: It Looks Like 30 Is the Ceiling for How Many Apps People Use (Brian R. Fitzgerald/Wall Street Journal)

TechMeme - 8 hours 21 min ago

Brian R. Fitzgerald / Wall Street Journal:
Data Point: It Looks Like 30 Is the Ceiling for How Many Apps People Use  —  Younger people spend more time on apps and use more of them each month, though there seems to be a ceiling to how many people ultimately will use.  —  People in the U.S. aged 18-24 spend on average about 37 hours …

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Apple Campus 2 permits show $25M tunnel, $171M underground theater (Nathan Donato-Weinstein/bizjournals)

TechMeme - 8 hours 45 min ago

Nathan Donato-Weinstein / bizjournals:
Apple Campus 2 permits show $25M tunnel, $171M underground theater  —  Eight months after Apple Inc. received final approval from the city of Cupertino to build Apple Campus 2, construction on the Mac maker's new campus is generating the kind of interest usually reserved for a new iPhone launch.

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Microsoft to merge three versions of Windows into one converged OS for all screen sizes (Julie Bort/Business Insider)

TechMeme - 9 hours 1 min ago

Julie Bort / Business Insider:
Microsoft to merge three versions of Windows into one converged OS for all screen sizes  —  Satya Nadella Just Made The Single Best (And Most Obvious) Decision For Microsoft Windows  —  Satya Nadella just confirmed that the company was going to merge all of its major versions of Windows into one huge Windows platform.

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Facebook now lets app developers target their ads to specific smartphone and tablet models (Nick Summers/The Next Web)

TechMeme - 9 hours 15 min ago

Nick Summers / The Next Web:
Facebook now lets app developers target their ads to specific smartphone and tablet models  —  Facebook is giving advertisers and developers the ability to target ads at specific smartphones and tablets.  The new parameters will allow them to specify not only a specific mobile OS …

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Sunrise Raises $6 Million From Balderton And Others To Build The Perfect Calendar (Romain Dillet/TechCrunch)

TechMeme - 9 hours 51 min ago

Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:
Sunrise Raises $6 Million From Balderton And Others To Build The Perfect Calendar  —  A year and a half after launching its first calendar app, Sunrise is raising a $6 million Series A round from Balderton Capital and existing investors — Bernard Liautaud is joining the board.

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UK Cabinet Office Adopts ODF As Exclusive Standard For Sharable Documents

Slashdot - 9 hours 59 min ago
Andy Updegrove writes: "The U.K. Cabinet Office accomplished today what the Commonwealth of Massachusetts set out (unsuccessfully) to achieve ten years ago: it formally required compliance with the Open Document Format (ODF) by software to be purchased in the future across all government bodies. Compliance with any of the existing versions of OOXML, the competing document format championed by Microsoft, is neither required nor relevant. The announcement was made today by The Minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude. Henceforth, ODF compliance will be required for documents intended to be shared or subject to collaboration. PDF/A or HTML compliance will be required for viewable government documents. The decision follows a long process that invited, and received, very extensive public input – over 500 comments in all."

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Google’s John Hanke

Wired - Top Stories - 10 hours 4 min ago
Elsa Jenna Alternate reality games existed before the iPhone, using email, fake ads, and even faxes to send players on clue hunts. But thanks to the smartphone, games now include geospatial triggers and social media integration, allowing players to seamlessly interact with one another and the world around them. Even Google has gotten involved, through […]






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DJ Dan Deacon on Music Apps

Wired - Top Stories - 10 hours 4 min ago
Maciek Jasik “There's no show without an audience,” says Dan Deacon, an electronic musician known for finding new ways to include his fans in his performances. A few years ago he created an app that responds to inaudible ultrasonic tones; when he plays those notes over the sound system, phones in the crowd light up […]






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Four Smartphone Films That Are Actually Good

Wired - Top Stories - 10 hours 4 min ago
Elsa Jenna While you were using your iPhone to record your cat riding a Roomba, Hollywood types (and would-be Hollywood types) have used smartphones to create everything from heart-wrenching shorts to feature-length thrillers. There are a zillion smartphone films on the web; here are the ones you should watch right now. Goldilocks In 2010, Michael […]






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U.K. Cabinet Office Adopts ODF as Exclusive Standard for Sharable Documents (Andy Updegrove/The Standards Blog)

TechMeme - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 11:50pm

Andy Updegrove / The Standards Blog:
U.K. Cabinet Office Adopts ODF as Exclusive Standard for Sharable Documents  —  The U.K. Cabinet Office accomplished today what the Commonwealth of Massachusetts set out (unsuccessfully) to achieve ten years ago: it formally required compliance with the Open Document Format (ODF) …

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Check Out the 2,000-Pound Monster WIRED’s Unleashing on Comic-Con

Wired - Top Stories - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 11:40pm
Last year, WIRED's giant robot mech took Comic-Con International by storm. This year, the effects wizards at the Stan Winston School set out to top their previous creation, crafting a nearly 14-foot tall, 2,000 pound creature to amaze the crowd this week in San Diego. Here's a behind-the-scenes look at the building of this mind-blowing creation.






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Google Play App Updated to 4.9.13 With Material Design App Pages (Brandon Chester/AnandTech)

TechMeme - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 11:15pm

Brandon Chester / AnandTech:
Google Play App Updated to 4.9.13 With Material Design App Pages  —  Google has begun the rollout of an update to the Google Play application on Android.  At first glance the update doesn't seem to have any big changes.  The sliding menu is the same, and the Play Store home page is the same as it has been for a while.

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Electronic Arts earnings surge 51% (BBC)

TechMeme - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 10:40pm

BBC:
Electronic Arts earnings surge 51%  —  US video game publisher Electronic Arts (EA) has reported a 51% jump in profit for the April-to-June quarter, boosted by strong sales of titles like Titanfall and FIFA 2014.  —  Net profit rose to $335m (£196m) for the period, up from $222m a year ago,

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Apple Acquired 29 Companies Since Beginning of Fiscal 2014, Including Five Since April (Juli Clover/MacRumors)

TechMeme - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 10:35pm

Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple Acquired 29 Companies Since Beginning of Fiscal 2014, Including Five Since April  —  During today's third quarter earnings call, Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed that Apple has purchased a total of 29 companies over the course of the last nine months, including five new companies after the end of the March quarter.

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Amazon Fire phone: Dynamic Perspective disappointing, Firefly inconsistent, one carrier a drawback, and new features often frustrating (Walt Mossberg/Re/code)

TechMeme - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 10:30pm

Walt Mossberg / Re/code:
Amazon Fire phone: Dynamic Perspective disappointing, Firefly inconsistent, one carrier a drawback, and new features often frustrating  —  Can the Amazon Fire Phone Take on iPhone and Samsung?  —  Ever since Amazon.com got into the hardware business with the first Kindle monochrome e-reader in 2007 …

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Microsoft mum on Xbox One sales; notes 1.1M 'Xbox consoles' shipped in past 3 months (Taylor Soper/GeekWire)

TechMeme - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 10:25pm

Taylor Soper / GeekWire:
Microsoft mum on Xbox One sales; notes 1.1M ‘Xbox consoles’ shipped in past 3 months  —  Microsoft hasn't reported Xbox One sales statistics for quite some time, and that didn't change with today's quarterly earnings report.  The company noted that it sold 1.1 million Xbox consoles …

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Deaf Advocacy Groups To Verizon: Don't Kill Net Neutrality On Our Behalf

Slashdot - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 10:24pm
Dega704 sends this quote from Ars: No company has lobbied more fiercely against network neutrality than Verizon, which filed the lawsuit that overturned the FCC's rules prohibiting ISPs from blocking and discriminating against Web content. But the absence of net neutrality rules isn't just good for Verizon—it's also good for the blind, deaf, and disabled, Verizon claims. That's what Verizon lobbyists said in talks with congressional staffers, according to a Mother Jones report last month. "Three Hill sources tell Mother Jones that Verizon lobbyists have cited the needs of blind, deaf, and disabled people to try to convince congressional staffers and their bosses to get on board with the fast lane idea," the report said. With "fast lanes," Web services—including those designed for the blind, deaf, and disabled—could be prioritized in exchange for payment. Now, advocacy groups for deaf people have filed comments with the FCC saying they don't agree with Verizon's position."

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Mozilla Proposes prefer HTTP Header To Bring Parental Control To Web (Arpit Kumar/BrowserNative)

TechMeme - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 10:15pm

Arpit Kumar / BrowserNative:
Mozilla Proposes prefer HTTP Header To Bring Parental Control To Web  —  Mozilla today announced a new mechanism to make web browsing more family-friendly.  In association with Microsoft and few other organizations, Mozilla has proposed a new HTTP Header, prefer: safe, to be send with each web request …

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