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French Nuclear Industry In Turmoil As Manufacturer Buckles

Slashdot - 2 hours 13 min ago
mdsolar writes with bad news for France and its nuclear industry. "France's nuclear industry is in turmoil after the country's main reactor manufacturer, Areva, reported a loss for 2014 of 4.8 billion euros ($5.3 billion) — more than its entire market value. The government of France, the world's most nuclear dependent country, has a 29% stake in Areva, which is among the biggest global nuclear technology companies. The loss puts its future — and that of France as a leader in nuclear technology — at risk. Energy and Environment Minister Segolene Royal said Wednesday she asked Areva and utility giant Electricite de France to work together on finding solutions, amid reports of a possible merger or other link-up. The government said in a statement that it's working closely with Areva to restructure and secure financing, and would 'take its responsibility as a shareholder' in future decisions about its direction. Areva reported Wednesday 1 billion euros in losses on three major nuclear projects in Finland and France, among other hits. Areva has lost money for years, in part linked to delays on those projects and to a global pullback from nuclear energy since the 2011 Fukushima accident."

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Glympse for Autos released, lets drivers share location information from a connected vehicle (Frederic Lardinois/TechCrunch)

TechMeme - 3 hours 24 min ago

Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Glympse for Autos released, lets drivers share location information from a connected vehicle  —  Glympse Launches A New App To Help Drivers Share Their Locations  —  Glympse was one of the earliest smartphone-based location services, but the company's focus on utility kept it out of the hype cycle.

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FTC Targets Group That Made Billions of Robocalls

Slashdot - 3 hours 54 min ago
coondoggie writes Given the amount of time the FTC and others have put into curing the robocall problem, it is disheartening to hear that a group of companies for almost a year have been making billions of illegal robocalls. The Federal Trade Commission and 10 state attorneys general today said they have settled charges against a Florida-based cruise line company and seven other companies that averaged 12 million to 15 million illegal sales calls a day between October 2011 through July 2012, according to the joint complaint filed by the FTC and the states.

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NASA Ames Reproduces the Building Blocks of Life In Laboratory

Slashdot - 4 hours 50 min ago
hypnosec writes "Scientists at NASA's Ames Research Center have reproduced non-biologically the three basic components of life found in both DNA and RNA — uracil, cytosine, and thymine. For their experiment scientists deposited an ice sample containing pyrimidine — a ring-shaped molecule made up of carbon and nitrogen — on a cold substrate in a chamber with space-like conditions such as very high vacuum, extremely low temperatures, and irradiated the sample with high-energy ultraviolet photons from a hydrogen lamp. Researchers discovered that such an arrangement produces these essential ingredients of life. "We have demonstrated for the first time that we can make uracil, cytosine, and thymine, all three components of RNA and DNA, non-biologically in a laboratory under conditions found in space," said Michel Nuevo, research scientist at NASA's Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California. "We are showing that these laboratory processes, which simulate conditions in outer space, can make several fundamental building blocks used by living organisms on Earth."

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Imgur launches iPhone app to make browsing addicting images easy (Jacob Kastrenakes/The Verge)

TechMeme - 5 hours 14 min ago

Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Imgur launches iPhone app to make browsing addicting images easy  —  Imgur is ready to take mobile seriously.  The popular image sharing site is launching a new iPhone app on Thursday that reimagines the experience of browsing through its massive collection of photos, GIFs, and other images.

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The Runcible circular Firefox OS smartphone resembles a pocket watch, limits notifications (Samantha Murphy Kelly/Mashable)

TechMeme - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 11:40pm

Samantha Murphy Kelly / Mashable:
The Runcible circular Firefox OS smartphone resembles a pocket watch, limits notifications  —  Runcible circular phone is a quirky and delightful pocket watch  —  BARCELONA — Just when we thought smartphones were losing creativity, a small circular device the size of a pocket watch …

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Reports of Apple Pay fraud are due to a loophole in banks' verification procedures, not a breach of Apple's encryption (Micah Singleton/The Verge)

TechMeme - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 11:15pm

Micah Singleton / The Verge:
Reports of Apple Pay fraud are due to a loophole in banks' verification procedures, not a breach of Apple's encryption  —  Does Apple Pay really have a fraud problem?  —  The fraud is happening through the banks, not through Apple Pay  —  Apple Pay is being used for fraudulent activities …

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Sources: Production of Apple's 12.9-inch iPad delayed until September (Bloomberg Business)

TechMeme - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 10:40pm

Bloomberg Business:
Sources: Production of Apple's 12.9-inch iPad delayed until September  —  Apple to Delay Larger iPad Production  —  Don't Miss Out —  (Bloomberg) — Apple Inc., which has seen stagnating iPad sales, will delay the start of manufacturing for a larger-screened version of the tablet, people with knowledge of the matter said.

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Nvidia teases its next video card, the GeForce GTX Titan X, with 12GB VRAM, 8B transistors at GDC (Marco Chiappetta/HotHardware.com News)

TechMeme - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 10:10pm

Marco Chiappetta / HotHardware.com News:
Nvidia teases its next video card, the GeForce GTX Titan X, with 12GB VRAM, 8B transistors at GDC  —  NVIDIA Announces Flagship GeForce GTX Titan X 12GB GPU At GDC 2015  —  During one of EPIC's “State Of Unreal Engine” briefing session out at the Game Developer's Conference …

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Would You Need a License To Drive a Self-Driving Car?

Slashdot - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 9:55pm
agent elevator writes Not as strange a question as it seems, writes Mark Harris at IEEE Spectrum : "Self-driving cars promise a future where you can watch television, sip cocktails, or snooze all the way home. But what happens when something goes wrong? Today's drivers have not been taught how to cope with runaway acceleration, unexpected braking, or a car that wants to steer into a wall." The California DMV is considering something that would be similar to requirements for robocar test-driver training." Hallie Siegel points out this article arguing that we need to be careful about how many rules we make for self-driving cars before they become common. Governments and lawmakers across the world are debating how to best regulate autonomous cars, both for testing, and for operation. Robocar expert Brad Templeton argues that that there is a danger that regulations might be drafted long before the shape of the first commercial deployments of the technology take place.

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How to Succeed in Venture Capital the John Doerr Way

Wired - Top Stories - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 9:53pm

Famed investor John Doerr’s testimony in a high-profile bias trial offered a glimpse into the tension between venture capital's gender problem and its faith in meritocracy.

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Europe considers new proposals to create tiered internet service (James Vincent/The Verge)

TechMeme - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 9:25pm

James Vincent / The Verge:
Europe considers new proposals to create tiered internet service  —  Leaked plans let telecoms offer commercial deals for faster internet  —  Just one week after the American government voted to enforce net neutrality, the European Union is considering plans plans allowing the opposite …

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HTC Vive hands-on: display is unimpressive and subpixels are detectable, but tracking has no noticeable inaccuracies or latency (Vlad Savov/The Verge)

TechMeme - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 9:20pm

Vlad Savov / The Verge:
HTC Vive hands-on: display is unimpressive and subpixels are detectable, but tracking has no noticeable inaccuracies or latency  —  I wore the Vive VR headset and didn't want to take it off  —  HTC's Very Immersive Visual Experience is more impressive for its motion tracking than its display technology

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Docker grabs SocketPlane and its experts to create open networking APIs (Toby Wolpe/ZDNet)

TechMeme - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 8:35pm

Toby Wolpe / ZDNet:
Docker grabs SocketPlane and its experts to create open networking APIs  —  Summary:Behind the acquisition of tiny Palo Alto startup SocketPlane by Docker lies the goal of giving multi-container apps network portability through standard interfaces.  —  Container company Docker …

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Etsy Lost Its Soul, But That Doesn’t Matter to Its IPO

Wired - Top Stories - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 8:14pm

Etsy is now a ticker symbol on the NASDAQ stock exchange. And that's telling.

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Massive Exoplanet Evolved In Extreme 4-Star System

Slashdot - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 7:53pm
astroengine writes "For only the second time, an exoplanet living with an expansive family of four stars has been revealed. The exoplanet, which is a huge gaseous world 10 times the mass of Jupiter, was previously known to occupy a 3-star system, but a fourth star (a red dwarf) has now been found, revealing quadruple star systems possessing planets are more common than we thought. "About four percent of solar-type stars are in quadruple systems, which is up from previous estimates because observational techniques are steadily improving," said co-author Andrei Tokovinin of the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile. The whole 4-star family is collectively known as 30 Ari, located some 136 light-years from Earth — in our interstellar backyard. The exoplanet orbits the primary star of the system once every 335 days. The primary star has a new-found binary partner (which the exoplanet does not orbit) and this pair are locked in an orbital dance with a secondary binary, separated by a distance of 1,670 astronomical unit (AU), where 1 AU is the average distance between the Earth and sun.

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Twitter In Talks With Live Streaming App Periscope (TechCrunch)

TechMeme - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 7:50pm

TechCrunch:
Twitter In Talks With Live Streaming App Periscope  —  If you looked at this week's sudden Meerkat phenomenon and thought “hey, Twitter should buy this,” then you're on the right track.  According to sources we've spoken with, Twitter has been in talks to purchase live streaming app Periscope …

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Mercedes’ Bonkers Self-Driving Concept Is Roaming SF

Wired - Top Stories - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 7:30pm

The most likely explanation for the jaunt around the Bay Area is that Mercedes-Benz is filming some sort of promotional video about, or at least including, the F015.

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Microsoft launches Xbox One SDK to let any developer build apps for its console (Tom Warren/The Verge)

TechMeme - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 7:15pm

Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft launches Xbox One SDK to let any developer build apps for its console  —  Microsoft is finally letting developers build apps for the Xbox One.  While the software maker has had a private SDK since the console's launch, that will start to go a lot more public today.

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White House Threatens Veto Over EPA "Secret Science" Bills

Slashdot - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 7:09pm
sciencehabit writes The U.S. House of Representatives could vote as early as this week to approve two controversial, Republican-backed bills that would change how the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) uses science and scientific advice to inform its policies. Many Democrats, scientific organizations, and environmental groups are pushing back, calling the bills thinly veiled attempts to weaken future regulations and favor industry. White House advisers announced that they will recommend that President Barack Obama veto the bills if they reach his desk in their current form.

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