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With its own livestreaming technology and popularity with big Twitch users, Google doesn't need to own Twitch (Peter Bright/Ars Technica)

TechMeme - 51 min 46 sec ago

Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
With its own livestreaming technology and popularity with big Twitch users, Google doesn't need to own Twitch  —  Google doesn't need Twitch for game streaming  —  When it comes to the game and e-sports streaming scene, Twitch is the 800-pound gorilla.  But when it comes to online video as a whole …

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Three Pathways Into the 1980s

Wired - Top Stories - 2 hours 52 min ago
In the 1966-1967 period, NASA began serious planning for its post-Apollo future. Alas, Apollo was widely seen as a means of demonstrating U.S. technological might on the world stage, not as a first small step beyond Earth. Our society’s rapid abandonment of the moon causes me to question whether we have every truly qualified as […]






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Apple Said To Team With Visa, MasterCard On iPhone Wallet

Slashdot - 3 hours 23 min ago
An anonymous reader writes with news about a possible partnership between Apple and major credit card companies. Apple plans to turn its next iPhone into a mobile wallet through a partnership with major payment networks, banks and retailers, according a person familiar with the situation. The agreement includes Visa, MasterCard, and American Express and will be unveiled on Sept. 9 along with the next iPhone, said the person, who asked not to be identified because the talks are private. The new iPhone will make mobile payment easier by including a near-field communication chip for the first time, the person said. That advancement along with Touch ID, a fingerprint recognition reader that debuted on the most recent iPhone, will allow consumers to securely pay for items in a store with the touch of a finger.

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Digitally controlled infrastructure is increasingly vulnerable to electromagnetic weapons (William A. Radasky/IEEE Spectrum)

TechMeme - 3 hours 31 min ago

William A. Radasky / IEEE Spectrum:
Digitally controlled infrastructure is increasingly vulnerable to electromagnetic weapons  —  Electromagnetic Warfare Is Here  —  A briefcase-size radio weapon could wreak havoc in our networked world.  In the 2001 action movie Ocean's Eleven, criminals use an electromagnetic weapon to black out a portion of Las Vegas.

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In E-Sports, Video Gamers Draw Real Crowds and Big Money (Nick Wingfield/New York Times)

TechMeme - 5 hours 6 min ago

Nick Wingfield / New York Times:
In E-Sports, Video Gamers Draw Real Crowds and Big Money  —  A video game tournament in Seattle in July.  Pro gaming, called e-sports, is becoming a lucrative worldwide spectator sport.  —  Credit: Stuart Isett for The New York Times  —  SEATTLE — A bewitching creature — half woman …

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Grand Ayatollah Says High Speed Internet Is "Against Moral Standards"

Slashdot - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 11:08pm
An anonymous reader writes A Grand Ayatollah in Iran has determined that access to high-speed and 3G Internet is "against Sharia" and "against moral standards." However, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani, plans to renew licenses and expand the country’s 3G cellular phone network. A radical MP associated with the conservative Resistance Front, warned: “If the minister continues to go ahead with increasing bandwidth and Internet speed, then we will push for his impeachment and removal from the cabinet.” “We will vigorously prevent all attempts by the [communication] minister to expand 3G technology, and if our warnings are not heeded, then the necessary course of action will be taken,” he added.

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Uber and Lyft are becoming indistinguishable commodities to riders and drivers both (Farhad Manjoo/New York Times)

TechMeme - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 10:50pm

Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:
Uber and Lyft are becoming indistinguishable commodities to riders and drivers both  —  Uber and Lyft Have Become Indistinguishable Commodities  —  If you need a ride, pull out your phone and load up the Lyft app.  Or try Uber.  Really, it doesn't matter which you pick.

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How Lyft evolved from Zimride and pioneered the peer-to-peer ride-sharing model (Ryan Lawler/TechCrunch)

TechMeme - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 10:35pm

Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
How Lyft evolved from Zimride and pioneered the peer-to-peer ride-sharing model  —  Lyft-Off: Zimride's Long Road To Overnight Success  —  When John Zimmer and Logan Green launched a new ride-sharing service called Lyft in the spring of 2012, they instantly knew they had a hit on their hands.

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AT&T sues Cox, says the cable provider's DVRs, set-top boxes, and modems infringe on patents (Joe Mullin/Ars Technica)

TechMeme - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 9:10pm

Joe Mullin / Ars Technica:
AT&T sues Cox, says the cable provider's DVRs, set-top boxes, and modems infringe on patents  —  It's made-for-TV patent war, as AT&T sues Cox  —  The majority of patent lawsuits today are brought by “patent trolls” that do nothing but sue—but suits between actual competitors do still happen.

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XKCD Author's Unpublished Book Remains a Best-Seller For 5 Months

Slashdot - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 7:59pm
destinyland writes Tuesday is the official release date for the newest book from the geeky cartoonist behind XKCD — yet it's already become one of Amazon's best-selling books. Thanks to a hefty pre-order discount, one blogger notes that it's appeared on Amazon's list of hardcover best-sellers since the book was first announced in March, and this weekend it remains in the top 10. Randall Munroe recently announced personal appearances beginning this week throughout the U.S. (including Cambridge, New York, Seattle, and the San Francisco Bay Area) — as well as a Google Hangout on Friday, September 12. Just two weeks ago he was also awarded the Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story — and now many of his appearances are already sold out.

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The Man Behind the Most Iconic Portraits of Skaters, Punks, and Rappers

Wired - Top Stories - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 7:09pm
In 1986, photographer Glen E. Friedman made a photo of Ice-T, his ball cap turned to the side, leaning on a chainlink fence in Hollywood. This was long before Ice-T was a big name, a TV star, a mogul married to CoCo Austin. The photo captures an innocence and vulnerability that’s now long gone. You […]






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Yahoo Stops New Development On YUI

Slashdot - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 6:52pm
First time accepted submitter dnebin writes Yahoo announced that they will cease new development on their javascript framework YUI, bowing to industry trends towards Node.js, Angular, and others. The announcement reads in part: "The consequence of this evolution in web technologies is that large JavaScript libraries, such as YUI, have been receiving less attention from the community. Many developers today look at large JavaScript libraries as walled gardens they don't want to be locked into. As a result, the number of YUI issues and pull requests we've received in the past couple of years has slowly reduced to a trickle. Most core YUI modules do not have active maintainers, relying instead on a slow stream of occasional patches from external contributors. Few reviewers still have the time to ensure that the patches submitted are reviewed quickly and thoroughly."

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Veteran Tech Journalist Anand Shimpi Headed to Apple (John Paczkowski/Re/code)

TechMeme - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 6:05pm

John Paczkowski / Re/code:
Veteran Tech Journalist Anand Shimpi Headed to Apple  —  Anand Lal Shimpi, the editor and publisher of the well-regarded AnandTech site, is going to work at Apple.  —  An Apple rep confirmed that the company was hiring Shimpi, but wouldn't provide any other details.

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The Apache Software Foundation Now Accepting BitCoin For Donations

Slashdot - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 5:46pm
rbowen writes The Apache Software Foundation is the latest not-for-profit organization to accept bitcoin donations, as pointed out by a user on the Bitcoin subreddit. The organization is well known for their catalog of open-source software, including the ubiquitous Apache web server, Hadoop, Tomcat, Cassandra, and about 150 other projects. Users in the community have been eager to support their efforts using digital currency for quite a while. The Foundation accepts donations in many different forms: Amazon, PayPal, and they'll even accept donated cars. On their contribution page the Apache Software Foundation has published a bitcoin address and QR code.

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More Intense Fissure Eruption Started in Iceland

Wired - Top Stories - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 4:51pm
[HTML1] After the opening salvo (at least of the eruptions that aren’t under half a kilometer of ice) on Thursday night, the activity in the Holuhraun lava field between  Barðarbunga and Askja sprang back to life this morning (see video above and picture below). The new fissure eruption is typically for what you expect in a Hawaiian-style […]






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DNA Reveals History of Vanished "Paleo-Eskimos"

Slashdot - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 4:34pm
An anonymous reader writes The earliest people in the North American Arctic remained isolated from others in the region for over 4,000 years before vanishing around 700 years ago, new analysis shows. The study also reveals that today's Inuit and Native Americans of the Arctic are genetically distinct from the region's first settlers. "A single founding population settled, and endured the harsh environmental conditions of the Arctic, for almost 5,000 years — during which time the culture and lifestyle changed enough to be represented as distinct cultural units," explained Dr Maanasa Raghavan, first author of the new paper.

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Apple has also reached a deal with Visa and MasterCard for its mobile wallet (Matt Townsend/Bloomberg)

TechMeme - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 4:15pm

Matt Townsend / Bloomberg:
Apple has also reached a deal with Visa and MasterCard for its mobile wallet  —  Apple Said to Team With Visa, MasterCard on IPhone Wallet  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) plans to turn its next iPhone into a mobile wallet through a partnership with major payment networks, banks and retailers, according a person familiar with the situation.

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FCC's new CTO Scott Jordan, who will have an impact on policy, is a net neutrality expert (Nancy Scola/Washington Post)

TechMeme - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 3:20pm

Nancy Scola / Washington Post:
FCC's new CTO Scott Jordan, who will have an impact on policy, is a net neutrality expert  —  The FCC's next CTO is a net neutrality expert  —  The Federal Communications Commission has announced that it has named a new chief technology officer: Scott Jordan, a professor of computer science at the University of California at Irvine.

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Feds Want Nuclear Waste Train, But Don't Know Where It Would Go

Slashdot - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 3:20pm
mdsolar writes with news of a plan to move radioactive waste from nuclear plants. The U.S. government is looking for trains to haul radioactive waste from nuclear power plants to disposal sites. Too bad those trains have nowhere to go. Putting the cart before the horse, the U.S. Department of Energy recently asked companies for ideas on how the government should get the rail cars needed to haul 150-ton casks filled with used, radioactive nuclear fuel. They won't be moving anytime soon. The latest government plans call for having an interim test storage site in 2021 and a long-term geologic depository in 2048. No one knows where those sites will be, but the Obama administration is already thinking about contracts to develop, test and certify the necessary rail equipment.

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Ukraine Asks Zuckerberg to Discipline Kremlin Facebook Bots

Slashdot - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 2:12pm
mi writes "Ukrainian media is reporting (link in Ukrainian), that Facebook is getting increasingly heavy-handed blocking Ukrainian bloggers. The likely explanation for the observed phenomenon is that Facebook's Ukrainian office is located in Russia and is headed by a Russian citizen (Catherine Skorobogatov). For example, a post calling on Russian mothers to not let their sons go to war was blocked "Due to multiple complaints". Fed up, Ukrainian users are writing directly to Zukerberg to ask him to replace Catherine with someone, who would not be quite as swayed by the "complaints" generated by Russian bots.

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