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NSA-Reform Bill Fails In US Senate

Slashdot - 4 hours 29 min ago
New submitter Steven King writes with a link to The Daily Dot's report that the U.S. Senate has rejected a controversial bill, thus "all but guaranteeing that key provisions of the USA Patriot Act will expire"; had it passed, the bill would have allowed continued use of some mass data-collection practices, but with the addition of stronger oversight. From the article: The Senate failed to reach agreement on passage of the USA Freedom Act, a bill to reauthorize and reform Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act, which the government has used to conduct bulk surveillance of Americans' phone records. The House of Representatives passed the bill last week by an overwhelming bipartisan majority, but Senate Democrats, who unified behind the bill, did not get enough Republican votes to assure passage. The linked piece also mentions that the EFF shifted its position on this bill, after a panel of Federal judges ruled that the Feds at the NSA had overstepped their bounds in collecting a seemingly unlimited trove of metadata relating to American citizen's phone calls.

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Senate blocks USA Freedom Act and extensions to key provisions of Patriot Act, will reconvene May 31, just hours before expiration (Erin Kelly/USA Today)

TechMeme - 5 hours 3 min ago

Erin Kelly / USA Today:
Senate blocks USA Freedom Act and extensions to key provisions of Patriot Act, will reconvene May 31, just hours before expiration  —  Senate blocks extension of Patriot Act provisions  —  WASHINGTON - Three key sections of the Patriot Act are set to expire on June 1 unless the Senate resolves …

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Paypal's One Touch payment service now works with e-commerce platform Bigcommerce and in native mobile apps without Paypal's app installed (Sarah Perez/TechCrunch)

TechMeme - 6 hours 23 min ago

Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Paypal's One Touch payment service now works with e-commerce platform Bigcommerce and in native mobile apps without Paypal's app installed  —  PayPal's Instant Checkout “One Touch” Now Works With Bigcommerce, No Longer Requires PayPal's App  —  PayPal's instant checkout service called OneTouch …

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25 Years Today - Windows 3.0

Slashdot - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 11:10pm
An anonymous reader writes: Windows 3.0 was launched on 22 May 1990 — I know, 'coz I was there as a SDE on the team. I still have, um, several of the shrink-wrapped boxes of the product — with either 3.5 inch and 5.25 floppies rattling around inside them — complete with their distinctive 'I witnessed the event' sticker! It was a big deal for me, and I still consider Win 3 as *the* most significant Windows' release, and I wonder what other Slashdotters think, looking back on Win 3?

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Fontinalis Partners, co-founded by Ford executive chairman William Clay Ford Jr., invests in Lyft's Series E (Johana Bhuiyan/BuzzFeed)

TechMeme - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 10:40pm

Johana Bhuiyan / BuzzFeed:
Fontinalis Partners, co-founded by Ford executive chairman William Clay Ford Jr., invests in Lyft's Series E  —  Executive Chairman Of Ford Invests In Lyft  —  Fontinalis Partners, a firm co-founded by William Clay Ford Jr., is participating in Lyft's Series E funding.  —  Noam Galai / Getty Images

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Leaked app shows Microsoft testing Office Now personal assistant, expected to come to iOS, Windows, and Android (Brad Sams/Neowin)

TechMeme - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 9:50pm

Brad Sams / Neowin:
Leaked app shows Microsoft testing Office Now personal assistant, expected to come to iOS, Windows, and Android  —  Office Now: Microsoft's Office personal assistant coming to iOS, Android and Windows  —  Three months ago, during a Reddit AMA, Bill Gates said that he was working …

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Florida Agency Classifies Uber Driver As Employee, Says He Is Eligible For Unemployment (Johana Bhuiyan/BuzzFeed)

TechMeme - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 8:55pm

Johana Bhuiyan / BuzzFeed:
Florida Agency Classifies Uber Driver As Employee, Says He Is Eligible For Unemployment  —  The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity says former Uber driver Darrin McGillis was an employee of the company — not an independent contractor.  —  BuzzFeed News

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Epic's VR Demo Scene For the GTX 980 Now Runs On Morpheus PS4 Headset At 60 FPS

Slashdot - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 8:44pm
An anonymous reader writes: Originally created as a Unreal Engine 4 demo scene to push the limits of VR-capable graphics on the Oculus Rift 'Crescent Bay' prototype VR headset, Showdown is now running flawlessly at 60 FPS on Morpheus, Sony's PS4 VR headset. The demo was previously only able to run at Oculus' 90 FPS target VR framerate on the Nvidia GTX 980, a GPU which costs nearly $200 more than the PS4 itself. To the delight of UE4 developers, the performance improvement comes from general optimizations to UE4 on PS4, rather than specific optimizations to Showdown.

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Food delivery startup Munchery closing $85M funding round led by SherpaVentures and Menlo Ventures that would value it at $300M (Douglas MacMillan/Wall Street Journal)

TechMeme - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 8:00pm

Douglas MacMillan / Wall Street Journal:
Food delivery startup Munchery closing $85M funding round led by SherpaVentures and Menlo Ventures that would value it at $300M  —  Munchery Valued at About $300 Million Amid Food Fight  —  Munchery is the latest food-delivery startup to raise cash from hungry venture capitalists.

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California Votes To Ban Microbeads

Slashdot - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 7:55pm
New submitter Kristine Lofgren writes: The California Assembly just passed a vote to ban toxic microbeads, the tiny flecks found in toothpastes and exfoliants. Microbeads cause a range of problems, from clogging waterways to getting stuck in gums. The ban would be the strictest of its kind in the nation. As the article notes, the California Senate would need to pass a bill as well, for this ban to take effect, and if that happens, the resulting prohibition will come into place in 2020. From the article: Last year, Illinois became the first state in the U.S. to pass a ban on the usage of microbeads in cosmetics, approving a law that will go into effect in 2018, and earlier this year two congressmen introduced a bipartisan bill to outlaw the use of microbeads nationwide. And for exceptionally good reason; the beads, which serve as exfoliants and colorants are a massive source of water pollution, with scientists estimating that 471 million plastic microbeads are released into San Francisco Bay alone every single day.

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Microsoft is working on a cross-device cloud clipboard called OneClip (Mary Jo Foley/ZDNet)

TechMeme - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 7:30pm

Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft is working on a cross-device cloud clipboard called OneClip  —  More new Microsoft productivity apps: OneClip, Revolve  —  Summary:Microsoft looks to be readying two more new productivity apps: A cloud clipboard called OneClip, and a Windows Phone version of its Revolve calendar-contact manager mash-up.

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Gadget Lab Podcast: Spotify Sings a New Tune

Wired - Top Stories - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 7:21pm

This week, the hosts go deep on the changes at Spotify.

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WSJ Crowdsources Investigation of Hillary Clinton Emails

Slashdot - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 7:10pm
PvtVoid writes: The Wall Street Journal now has a page up that encourages readers to sift through and tag Hillary Clinton's emails on Benghazi. Users can click on suggested tags such as "Heated", "Personal", "Boring", or "Interesting", or supply their own tags. What could possibly go wrong? I'm tagging this story "election2016."

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Open Platforms, Open Networks: The New IP

ReadWriteWeb - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 6:55pm

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Protons Collide At 13 TeV For the First Time At the LHC

Slashdot - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 6:30pm
An anonymous reader writes to let everyone know the LHC has now smashed protons together at 13 TeV, the highest energy level yet achieved. They've posted the first images captured from the collisions, and explained the testing process as well. Jorg Wenninger of the LHC Operations team says, "When we start to bring the beams into collision at a new energy, they often miss each other. The beams are tiny – only about 20 microns in diameter at 6.5 TeV; more than 10 times smaller than at 450 GeV. So we have to scan around – adjusting the orbit of each beam until collision rates provided by the experiments tell us that they are colliding properly." Spokesperson Tiziano Camporesi adds, "The collisions at 13 TeV will allow us to further test all improvements that have been made to the trigger and reconstruction systems, and check the synchronisation of all the components of our detector."

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Amazon sends out invites to Etsy sellers for new "Handmade" marketplace (Greg Bensinger/Wall Street Journal)

TechMeme - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 6:25pm

Greg Bensinger / Wall Street Journal:
Amazon sends out invites to Etsy sellers for new “Handmade” marketplace  —  Amazon Targets Etsy With ‘Handmade’ Marketplace  —  E-commerce giant sends invite to Etsy sellers touting handcrafted-goods marketplace  —  Having vanquished scores of brick-and-mortar retailers, Amazon.com Inc. has a new target: Etsy Inc.

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How Cities: Skylines Beat SimCity At Its Own Game

Slashdot - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 5:49pm
An anonymous reader writes: Maxis, the studio behind SimCity, was shuttered earlier this year. Fortunately, another studio has taken up its mantle. The small team at Colossal Order has already won acclaim for city-builder game Cities: Skylines (and sold millions), earning a great reputation with the modding community by avoiding all the mistakes the last SimCity release made, such as enforced online/multiplayer. A new behind the scenes feature looks at how the game came about — it was not a response to SimCity, surprisingly — as well as what's next from the studio. "We are planning to start another game project sometime soon," says Colossal CEO Mariina Hallikainen. "We definitely want to focus on old-school simulator games and definitely PC. PC, Mac and Linux, those are our 'thing.' But I think we're maybe going to do something a little bit different."

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Pebble Time shipments begin on May 27, and all orders from Kickstarter will ship by mid-June despite rumored financial woes (Ben Lovejoy/9to5Mac)

TechMeme - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 5:10pm

Ben Lovejoy / 9to5Mac:
Pebble Time shipments begin on May 27, and all orders from Kickstarter will ship by mid-June despite rumored financial woes  —  Pebble Time shipments beginning on 27th May despite rumored financial woes [Update: Pebble response]  —  Pebble has updated its Kickstarter page …

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'Prisonized' Neighborhoods Make Recidivism More Likely

Slashdot - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 5:10pm
sciencehabit writes: One of the most important questions relating to incarceration and rehabilitation is how to discourage recidivism. After a prison stint, about half of convicts wind up back in the slammer within three years. But sociologist David Kirk noticed a pattern: convicts who moved away from their old neighborhood when released from prison had a much smaller recidivism rate. Kirk found that the concentration of former prisoners in a neighborhood had a dramatic effect on the likelihood of committing another offense (abstract). "So if an ex-con’s average chance of returning to prison after just 1 year was 22%—as it was in 2006—an additional new parolee in the neighborhood boosted that chance to nearly 25%. The numbers climb for each new parolee added. In some of the most affected neighborhoods—where five of every thousand residents were recent parolees—nearly 35% were back behind bars within a year of getting out." The rates stayed consistent even when controlling for chronic poverty and other neighborhood characteristics.

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