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Ooyala, recently acquired by Telstra, buys UK based video ad tech company Videoplaza (Kelly Liyakasa/AdExchanger)

TechMeme - 33 min 20 sec ago

Kelly Liyakasa / AdExchanger:
Ooyala, recently acquired by Telstra, buys UK based video ad tech company Videoplaza  —  Telstra Subsidiary Ooyala Agrees To Acquire Video SSP Videoplaza  —  The turf war for programmatic video technologies wages on.  —  Video distribution and analytics platform Ooyala …

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Australian Physicists Build Reversible Tractor Beam

Slashdot - 1 hour 40 min ago
An anonymous reader writes: Physicists at Australian National University have developed a tiny tractor beam that improves in several ways upon previous attempts. First, it operates on scales which, while still tiny, are higher than in earlier experiments. The beam can move particles up to 200 microns in diameter, and it can do so over a distance of 20 cm. "Unlike previous techniques, which used photon momentum to impart motion, the ANU tractor beam relies on the energy of the laser heating up the particles and the air around them (abstract). The ANU team demonstrated the effect on gold-coated hollow glass particles. The particles are trapped in the dark center of the beam. Energy from the laser hits the particle and travels across its surface, where it is absorbed creating hotspots on the surface. Air particles colliding with the hotspots heat up and shoot away from the surface, which causes the particle to recoil, in the opposite direction. To manipulate the particle, the team move the position of the hotspot by carefully controlling the polarization of the laser beam."

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Doctor Who To Teach Kids To Code

Slashdot - 2 hours 55 min ago
DCFC writes: The BBC is releasing a game to help 8- to 11-year-old kids get into coding. Based on Doctor Who, it alternates between a standard platform game and programming puzzles that introduce the ideas of sequence, loops, if..then, variables and a touch of event-driven programming. Kids will get to program a Dalek to make him more powerful. (Apparently the BBC thinks upgrading psychopathic, racist death machines is a good idea!)

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AlphaPoint Raises $1.35 Million to Build Intel for Bitcoin (Pete Rizzo/CoinDesk)

TechMeme - 3 hours 18 min ago

Pete Rizzo / CoinDesk:
AlphaPoint Raises $1.35 Million to Build Intel for Bitcoin  —  AlphaPoint has raised $1.35m in new funding to expand its line of digital currency exchange solutions while bringing its products to new international markets.  —  The funding round included VC firms Ben Franklin Technology Partners …

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Tim Cook, in his own words, on why the iPad has a bright future (Dan Frommer/Quartz)

TechMeme - 3 hours 43 min ago

Dan Frommer / Quartz:
Tim Cook, in his own words, on why the iPad has a bright future  —  Apple's iPad business was the lone drag in its otherwise strong earnings report today. iPad sales last quarter dropped 13% from the previous year, to 12.3 million, their third straight quarter of decline.

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Apple clarifies Spotlight Search data and location sharing, says information shared is minimal (Rene Ritchie/iMore)

TechMeme - 3 hours 58 min ago

Rene Ritchie / iMore:
Apple clarifies Spotlight Search data and location sharing, says information shared is minimal  —  Yosemite, iOS 8, Spotlight, and Privacy: What you need to know  —  A story made the rounds earlier today calling into question the new Spotlight Suggestions feature in OS X Yosemite and iOS 8.

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Security Company Tries To Hide Flaws By Threatening Infringement Suit

Slashdot - 4 hours 53 min ago
An anonymous reader writes: An RFID-based access control system called IClass is used across the globe to provide physical access controls. This system relies on cryptography to secure communications between a tag and a reader. Since 2010, several academic papers have been released which expose the cryptographic insecurity of the IClass system. Based on these papers, Martin Holst Swende implemented the IClass ciphers in a software library, which he released under the GNU General Public License. The library is useful to experiment with and determine the security level of an access control system (that you own or have explicit consent to study). However, last Friday, Swende received an email from INSIDE Secure, which notified him of (potential) intellectual property infringement, warning him off distributing the library under threat of "infringement action." Interestingly, it seems this is not the first time HID Global has exerted legal pressure to suppress information.

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OpenStack vendor Mirantis raises $100M in series B, aims for 2016 IPO (Barb Darrow/Gigaom)

TechMeme - 5 hours 8 min ago

Barb Darrow / Gigaom:
OpenStack vendor Mirantis raises $100M in series B, aims for 2016 IPO  —  Mirantis hopes massive $100M round will pave the road to IPO-ville  —  Mirantis' goal: Keep building its OpenStack customer base and boost consistency to prep for an IPO as early as 2016.

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A Look At Orion's Launch Abort System

Slashdot - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 11:40pm
An anonymous reader writes: With the construction of Orion, NASA's new manned spacecraft, comes the creation of a new Launch Abort System — the part of the vehicle that will get future astronauts back to Earth safely if there's a problem at launch. The Planetary Society's Jason Davis describes it: "When Orion reaches the apex of its abort flight, it is allowed to make its 180-degree flip. The capsule of astronauts, who have already realized they will not go to space today, experience a brief moment of weightlessness before the capsule starts falling back to Earth, heat shield down. The jettison motor fires, pulling the LAS away from Orion. ... Orion, meanwhile, sheds its Forward Bay Cover, a ring at the top of the capsule protecting the parachutes. Two drogue chutes deploy, stabilizing the wobbling capsule. The drogues pull out Orion's three main chutes, no doubt eliciting a sigh of relief from the spacecraft's occupants."

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New Dr. Who Game Teaches Kids to Code

Wired - Top Stories - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 11:00pm

The Doctor Who is facing a new challenge: teaching your nine-year-old how to code. No, it may not be as daunting as a Cybermen invasion. But for you kid, it could be as fun as it is educational. On Wednesday, the BBC will launch a game called “The Doctor and the Dalek.” Designed by Dr. […]

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Braintree founder Bryan Johnson announces $100M OS Fund to spur founders with audacious ideas (Bryan Johnson/Medium)

TechMeme - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 11:00pm

Bryan Johnson / Medium:
Braintree founder Bryan Johnson announces $100M OS Fund to spur founders with audacious ideas  —  Change the World  —  A challenge worthy of the greatest hearts and minds of our generation  —  Today I am announcing the OS Fund—$100 million of my personal capital dedicated to investing …

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32 Cities Want To Challenge Big Telecom, Build Their Own Gigabit Networks

Slashdot - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 10:26pm
Jason Koebler writes: More than two dozen cities in 19 states announced today that they're sick of big telecom skipping them over for internet infrastructure upgrades and would like to build gigabit fiber networks themselves and help other cities follow their lead. The Next Century Cities coalition, which includes a couple cities that already have gigabit fiber internet for their residents, was devised to help communities who want to build their own broadband networks navigate logistical and legal challenges to doing so.

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Mac Mini 2014 teardown: CPU and RAM soldered to logic board, impeding user repairs or upgrades (iFixit)

TechMeme - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 10:15pm

iFixit:
Mac Mini 2014 teardown: CPU and RAM soldered to logic board, impeding user repairs or upgrades  —  Mac Mini Late 2014 Teardown  —  This guide has been found to be exceptionally cool by the iFixit staff.  —  It's been two years since the Mac Mini's last appearance on iFixit's teardown table …

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As Online Viewing Soars, Internet TV Will Soon Be the Only TV

Wired - Top Stories - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 10:00pm

More people are watching TV online than ever—a lot more. Viewers may not be cutting the cable cord altogether, but growth in the number who want to watch TV over a different set of pipes is surging, according to a new report from Adobe. If anyone was still wondering why HBO and CBS plan to […]

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Apple Pay's speed, security, and timing will help push mobile payments into the mainstream (Sharon Profis/CNET)

TechMeme - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 9:45pm

Sharon Profis / CNET:
Apple Pay's speed, security, and timing will help push mobile payments into the mainstream  —  Can a phone replace your wallet?  I went shopping to find out.  —  CNET editor Sharon Profis takes Apple Pay, Google Wallet and PayPal for a test drive and compares the options.

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Obama signs "BuySecure" initiative to speed EMV adoption in the US (Megan Geuss/Ars Technica)

TechMeme - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 9:40pm

Megan Geuss / Ars Technica:
Obama signs “BuySecure” initiative to speed EMV adoption in the US  —  A chip card and the inside of a card's chip.  —  Explain That Stuff  —  On Friday, President Obama signed an executive order to speed the adoption of EMV-standard cards in the US.  The transition to EMV …

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Yahoo In Talks To Buy Video Ad Platform BrightRoll For Around $700M (TechCrunch)

TechMeme - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 9:00pm

TechCrunch:
Yahoo In Talks To Buy Video Ad Platform BrightRoll For Around $700M  —  Yahoo has been building up its video and video advertising content, and we have heard that it may make another key acquisition in the area to further raise its game.  The company is in talks to acquire BrightRoll …

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Rumor: Lenovo In Talks To Buy BlackBerry

Slashdot - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 8:31pm
BarbaraHudson writes: The CBC, the Financial Post, and The Toronto Sun are all reporting a possible sale of BlackBerry to Lenovo. From the Sun: "BlackBerry shares rose more than 3% on Monday after a news website said Chinese computer maker Lenovo Group might offer to buy the Canadian technology company. Rumors of a Lenovo bid for BlackBerry have swirled many times over the last two years. Senior Lenovo executives at different times have indicated an interest in BlackBerry as a means to strengthen their own handset business. The speculation reached a crescendo in the fall of 2013, when BlackBerry was exploring strategic alternatives. Sources familiar with the situation however, told Reuters last year that the Canadian government had strongly hinted to BlackBerry that any sale to Lenovo would not win the necessary regulatory approvals due to security concerns. Analysts also have said any sale to Lenovo would face regulatory obstacles, but they have suggested that a sale of just BlackBerry's handset business and not its core network infrastructure might just pass muster with regulators."

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uberX, Lyft approved to pick up and drop off passengers at SFO (Taylor Soper/GeekWire)

TechMeme - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 8:25pm

Taylor Soper / GeekWire:
uberX, Lyft approved to pick up and drop off passengers at SFO  —  San Francisco International Airport is now allowing the three major on-demand transportation startups to pick up and drop off passengers on its property.  Less than a week after Sidecar gained approval from SFO officials …

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Which Android Devices Sacrifice Battery-Life For Performance?

Slashdot - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 7:50pm
MojoKid writes: A couple of weeks ago, Futuremark began handing out copies of PCMark for Android to members of the press, in an effort to get its leaderboards filled while the finishing touches were being put on the app. That might give you pause in that the results, generated today, are not going to be entirely accurate when the final version comes out, but that's not the case. Futuremark has encouraged publication of results generated with the benchmark. What makes PCMark for Android useful benchmark is that it not only tests for performance, but also for battery-life and performance combined. As such, you can easily figure out which devices sacrifice battery-life for performance and which ones have a good blend of both. The HTC One M8 really stands out, thanks to its nearly balanced performance/battery-life ratio. A result like that might make you think that neither value could be that great, but that's not the case at all. In fact, the battery-life rating on that phone places far beyond some of the other models, only falling short to the OnePlus One. And speaking of that phone, it becomes obvious with PCMark why it's so hyped-up of late; it not only delivers solid performance, it boasts great battery-life as well.

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