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Facebook Will Use Facebook Data to Sell Ads on Sites That Aren't Facebook (Peter Kafka/Re/code)

TechMeme - 1 hour 9 min ago

Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Facebook Will Use Facebook Data to Sell Ads on Sites That Aren't Facebook  —  Investors and analysts spent years clamoring for Facebook to start up an ad network, and earlier this year it obliged them.  —  And now Facebook is rolling out another one.  —  Caveat — this isn't an ad network in a formal sense.

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EU Gives Google Privacy Policy Suggestions About Data Protection

Slashdot - 3 hours 16 min ago
itwbennett writes In a letter to Google (PDF) that was published Thursday, the Article 29 Working Party, an umbrella group for European data protection authorities, said Google's privacy policy, in addition to being clear and unambiguous, should also include an exhaustive list of the types of personal data processed. But if all that information is overwhelming to users, Google should personalize the privacy policy to show users only the data processing it is performing on their data.

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Samsung Gear VR hands-on: a solid virtual reality experience, but lack of lateral head tracking noticeable (Kyle Orland/Ars Technica)

TechMeme - 3 hours 29 min ago

Kyle Orland / Ars Technica:
Samsung Gear VR hands-on: a solid virtual reality experience, but lack of lateral head tracking noticeable  —  Hands-on: Gear VR is better than smartphone VR has a right to be  —  Over the last few years, I've tried a number of virtual reality “solutions” that involve popping a smartphone …

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Oracle launches upgraded cloud platform with database and Java available as a service (Jonathan Vanian/Gigaom)

TechMeme - Sun, 09/28/2014 - 11:45pm

Jonathan Vanian / Gigaom:
Oracle launches upgraded cloud platform with database and Java available as a service  —  Oracle detailed on Sunday evening its upgraded cloud suite that includes the ability for customers to use its flagship database in the cloud as well as on-premise.  Executive chairman and CTO Larry Ellison talked …

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Piracy Police Chief Calls For State Interference To Stop Internet "Anarchy"

Slashdot - Sun, 09/28/2014 - 11:06pm
An anonymous reader writes The City of London Police's Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) is determined to continue its anti-piracy efforts in the years to come. However, the unit's head, Andy Fyfe, also believes that the government may have to tighten the rules on the Internet to stop people from breaking the law. PIPCU's chief believes the public has to be protected from criminals, including pirate site operators who take advantage of their trust. If that doesn't happen, then the Internet may descend into anarchy, he says, suggesting that the government may have to intervene to prevent this. The Police chief believes tighter rules may be needed to prevent people from breaking the law in the future. This could mean not everyone is allowed to launch a website, but that a license would be required, for example.

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Facebook Relaunches Atlas Ad Platform With Cross-Device Targeting And Offline Sales Tracking (Anthony Ha/TechCrunch)

TechMeme - Sun, 09/28/2014 - 10:15pm

Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Facebook Relaunches Atlas Ad Platform With Cross-Device Targeting And Offline Sales Tracking  —  As Advertising Week kicks off in New York City, Facebook is announcing a new version of its Atlas ad platform, which it says represents the next step in tracking ad effectiveness across devices.

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How case makers prepare for iPhone launches, often risking thousands on unconfirmed specs (Erika Adams/Racked National)

TechMeme - Sun, 09/28/2014 - 9:40pm

Erika Adams / Racked National:
How case makers prepare for iPhone launches, often risking thousands on unconfirmed specs  —  By The Numbers: The Big Money, High-Stakes iPhone Case Race  —  Apple's newest phones sold 10 million units last weekend—strange reports of bending aside, they're breaking records left and right.

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Kano Ships 18,000 Learn-To-Code Computer Kits

Slashdot - Sun, 09/28/2014 - 8:35pm
drkim writes Kano Computing is a startup that plays in the learn-to-code space by adding a step-by-step, hand-holding layer atop the Raspberry Pi to make learning about computational thinking child's play. Kano has now shipped all the hardware kits in its first batch of crowdfunded orders and pre-orders. That's around 18,000 kits in all, co-founder Alex Klein confirmed to TechCrunch. The lion's share of the first batch of Kano kits — almost 13,000 kits — were ordered via its Kickstarter campaign last year, with a further 5,000 pre-orders taken via its website. The kits cost $99 (plus shipping) to crowdfunder backers, or around $160 (plus shipping) if pre-ordered on the Kano website. The company plans to focus on selling mainly via its own web channel from here on in, according to Alex.

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FCC To Rule On "Paid Prioritization" Deals By Internet Service Providers

Slashdot - Sun, 09/28/2014 - 7:20pm
An anonymous reader writes "After a record 3.7 million public comments on net neutrality, the FCC is deciding if the company that supplies your internet access should be allowed to make deals with online services to move their content faster. The FCC's chairman Tom Wheeler says financial arrangements between providers and content sites might be OK if the agreement is "commercially reasonable" and companies say publicly how they prioritize traffic. Many disagree, saying this sets up an internet for the highest bidder. "If Comcast and Time Warner – who already have a virtual monopoly on Internet service – have the ability to manage and manipulate Internet speeds and access to benefit their own bottom line, they will be able to filter content and alter the user experience," said Barbara Ann Luttrell, 26, of Atlanta, in a recent submission to the FCC."

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Instagram reportedly blocked in China amid Hong Kong protests (Ryan Vlastelica/Reuters)

TechMeme - Sun, 09/28/2014 - 6:45pm

Ryan Vlastelica / Reuters:
Instagram reportedly blocked in China amid Hong Kong protests  —  (Reuters) - Instagram, the popular photo-sharing service owned by Facebook Inc (FB.O), has been blocked in China, according to numerous reports, including from Hong Kong-based reporters with the New York Times.

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Android Auto developer docs show off more UI, detail 3rd-party apps (Ron Amadeo/Ars Technica)

TechMeme - Sun, 09/28/2014 - 6:30pm

Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica:
Android Auto developer docs show off more UI, detail 3rd-party apps  —  An example of a generic interface that Google designs.  Developers can customize the colors and icons.  —  7 more images in gallery  —  Google just released a set of Android Auto developer documents to developer.android.com …

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World's Smallest 3G Module Will Connect Everything To the Internet

Slashdot - Sun, 09/28/2014 - 6:10pm
jfruh writes The U-blox SARA-U260 chip module is only 16 by 26 millimeters — and it's just been certified to work with AT&T's 3G network. While consumers want 4G speeds for their browsing needs, 3G is plenty fast for the innumerable automated systems that will be necessary for the Internet of Things to work. From the article: "The U-blox SARA-U260 module, which measures 16 by 26 millimeters, can handle voice calls. But it's not designed for really small phones for tiny hands. Instead, it's meant to carry the small amounts of data that machines are sending to each other over the 'Internet of things,' where geographic coverage -- 3G's strong suit -- matters more than top speed. That means things like electric meters, fitness watches and in-car devices that insurance companies use to monitor policyholders' driving."

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AT&T Promotion Doubles Some Mobile Share Value Data Plans (From 30GB Up To 100GB) From Now Until October 31st (Michael Crider/Android Police)

TechMeme - Sun, 09/28/2014 - 5:25pm

Michael Crider / Android Police:
AT&T Promotion Doubles Some Mobile Share Value Data Plans (From 30GB Up To 100GB) From Now Until October 31st  —  Are you and your family so-called “data hounds,” who need much, much more mobile data per month than the average user?  Then for God's sake, avoid the limited plans on AT&T and Verizon …

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At CIA Starbucks, Even the Baristas Are Covert

Slashdot - Sun, 09/28/2014 - 4:59pm
An anonymous reader writes with this interesting story about what it's like to work at “Store Number 1,” the CIA's Starbucks. The new supervisor thought his idea was innocent enough. He wanted the baristas to write the names of customers on their cups to speed up lines and ease confusion, just like other Starbucks do around the world. But these aren't just any customers. They are regulars at the CIA Starbucks. "They could use the alias 'Polly-O string cheese' for all I care," said a food services supervisor at the Central Intelligence Agency, asking that his identity remain unpublished for security reasons. "But giving any name at all was making people — you know, the undercover agents — feel very uncomfortable. It just didn't work for this location."

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Japan's SoftBank reportedly in talks to acquire DreamWorks Animation in a deal valued at $3.4B (Kim Masters/Hollywood Reporter)

TechMeme - Sun, 09/28/2014 - 4:20pm

Kim Masters / Hollywood Reporter:
Japan's SoftBank reportedly in talks to acquire DreamWorks Animation in a deal valued at $3.4B  —  Source: DreamWorks Animation in Sale Talks With Japan's SoftBank (Exclusive)  —  The company, which has seen up-and-down box office numbers of late, would be valued at $3.4 billion, a source tells THR

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Sony to shut down Playstation Home virtual social hub in March 2015, after six years (Nathan Grayson/Kotaku)

TechMeme - Sun, 09/28/2014 - 4:00pm

Nathan Grayson / Kotaku:
Sony to shut down Playstation Home virtual social hub in March 2015, after six years  —  PlayStation Home Finally Closing Down  —  Goodnight, sweet prince.  You were... you, um... well at least you tried.  —  PlayStation Home, Sony's long-running (though never exactly beloved) …

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Exxon and Russian Operation Discovers Oil Field Larger Than the Gulf of Mexico

Slashdot - Sun, 09/28/2014 - 3:51pm
An anonymous reader writes The state-run OAO Rosneft has discovered a vast pool of crude in the Kara Sea region of the Arctic Ocean, arguably bigger than the Gulf of Mexico. From the article: "The discovery sharpens the dispute between Russia and the U.S. over President Vladimir Putin’s actions in Ukraine. The well was drilled before the Oct. 10 deadline Exxon was granted by the U.S. government under sanctions barring American companies from working in Russia’s Arctic offshore. Rosneft and Exxon won’t be able to do more drilling, putting the exploration and development of the area on hold despite the find announced today."

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Innocuous LGBT sites are often blocked on Wi-Fi provided by businesses like Gogo (Casey Johnston/Ars Technica)

TechMeme - Sun, 09/28/2014 - 3:25pm

Casey Johnston / Ars Technica:
Innocuous LGBT sites are often blocked on Wi-Fi provided by businesses like Gogo  —  In 2014, who decides to ban a gay website from in-flight Wi-Fi?  —  If you were gay and a recent passenger on American Airlines, you might have used in-flight Wi-Fi provided by Gogo just like any other customer.

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Mystery Gamer Makes Millions Moving Markets In Japan

Slashdot - Sun, 09/28/2014 - 2:43pm
HughPickens.com writes Jason Clenfield writes in Businessweek that tax returns show that a former video game champion and pachinko gambler who goes by the name CIS traded 1.7 trillion yen ($15 Billion) worth of Japanese equities in 2013 — about half of 1 percent of the value of all the share transactions done by individuals on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. The 35-year-old day trader whose name means death in classical Japanese says he made 6 billion yen ($54 Million), after taxes, betting on Japanese stocks last year. The nickname is a holdover from his gaming days, when he used to crush foes in virtual wrestling rings and online fantasy worlds. "Games taught me to think fast and stay calm." CIS says he barely got his degree in mechanical engineering, having devoted most of college to the fantasy role-playing game Ultima Online. Holed up in his bedroom, he spent days on end roaming the game's virtual universe, stockpiling weapons, treasure and food. He calls this an early exercise in building and protecting assets. Wicked keyboard skills were a must. He memorized more than 100 key-stroke shortcuts — control-A to guzzle a healing potion or shift-S to draw a sword, for example — and he could dance between them without taking his eyes off the screen. "Some people can do it, some can't," he says with a shrug. But the game taught a bigger lesson: when to cut and run. "I was a pretty confident player, but just like in the real world, the more opponents you have, the worse your chances are," he says. "You lose nothing by running." That's how he now plays the stock market. CIS says he bets wrong four out of 10 times. The trick is to sell the losers fast while letting the winners ride. "Self-control is so important. You have to conserve your assets. That's what insulates you from the downturns and gives you the ammunition to make money."

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