Technology

Inside the failure of Google+, a very expensive attempt to unseat Facebook (Seth Fiegerman/Mashable)

TechMeme - Sun, 08/02/2015 - 10:50am

Seth Fiegerman / Mashable:
Inside the failure of Google+, a very expensive attempt to unseat Facebook  —  Create a social network or risk everything.  —  That was the original pitch for Google's Facebook rival, Google+, a refrain hammered over and over by the social network's chief architect, Vic Gundotra, in meetings with the company's top brass.

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Hitchhiking Robot's Cross-Country Trip Ends In Philadelphia

Slashdot - Sun, 08/02/2015 - 10:28am
An anonymous reader writes: A hitchhiking robot that successfully traveled across Canada in 26 days last year and parts of Europe, has met its demise in Philly. Created as a "social experiment," hitchBOT started its journey in the U.S. in Marblehead, Massachusetts, on July 17 with its thumb raised up and tape wrapped around its head that read "San Francisco or bust." After about two weeks in the U.S., someone in Philadelphia damaged the robot beyond repair. "Sadly, sadly it's come to an end," said Frauke Zeller, one of its co-creators. The Independent reports: "The robot was designed to be a talking travel companion and could toss out factoids and carry limited conversation. A GPS in the robot tracked its location, and a camera randomly snapped photos about every 20 minutes to document its travels."

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New Telemetry Suggests Shot-Down Drone Was Higher Than Alleged

Slashdot - Sun, 08/02/2015 - 9:30am
AmiMoJo writes: The pilot of the drone shot down Sunday evening over a Kentucky property has now come forward with video seemingly showing that the drone wasn't nearly as close as the property owner made it out to be. The data also shows that it was well over 200 feet above the ground before the fatal shots fired. The shooter, meanwhile, continues to maintain that the drone flew 20 feet over a neighbour's house before ascending to "60 to 80 [feet] above me."

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India's Snapdeal, an Amazon Competitor, Raises $500 Million From Alibaba, Foxconn and SoftBank (Jason Del Rey/Re/code)

TechMeme - Sun, 08/02/2015 - 9:10am

Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
India's Snapdeal, an Amazon Competitor, Raises $500 Million From Alibaba, Foxconn and SoftBank  —  Alibaba finally has its ally in India, perhaps the world's hottest e-commerce market.  —  The Chinese e-commerce giant has invested in Snapdeal, an India-based e-commerce startup …

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Death Toll at 4 In NYC Legionnaire's Outbreak

Slashdot - Sun, 08/02/2015 - 8:33am
Reuters reports that four people have died of Legionnaire's Disease in an outbreak in the Bronx, and 65 more have exhibited symptoms of the disease. The Bronx was also home to the most recent flare-up of the disease, in December of last year. Says the article, In response to the outbreak, the city's health department has inspected 22 buildings in the Bronx, 17 of which have cooling towers. Five buildings, including the historic Opera House Hotel, Lincoln Medical Center and the Concourse Plaza mall and movie complex, tested positive for Legionella. Disinfection efforts are ongoing or have already been completed at all five sites. ... The people who died from the disease were older adults with underlying medical problems, according to a city press release. The department said the city's drinking water supply, fountains and pools have not been affected.

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Security experts welcome US Commerce Department's decision to rewrite initial US Wassenaar proposal regarding regulation of cyberweapons (Michael Mimoso/Threatpost)

TechMeme - Sun, 08/02/2015 - 8:10am

Michael Mimoso / Threatpost:
Security experts welcome US Commerce Department's decision to rewrite initial US Wassenaar proposal regarding regulation of cyberweapons  —  Unusual Re-Do of US Wassenaar Rules Applauded  —  In spite of self-congratulatory pats on the back from several corners of the security world …

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I’m Quitting Social Media to Learn What I Actually Like

Wired - Top Stories - Sun, 08/02/2015 - 7:00am

I'm taking my annual August social media sabbatical, and here's why you should join me.

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Here Is Your WIRED Star Wars Challenge for Day 91

Wired - Top Stories - Sun, 08/02/2015 - 7:00am

Today's assignment is some 'Star Wars' required reading.

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New attack on Tor can deanonymize hidden services with surprising accuracy (Dan Goodin/Ars Technica)

TechMeme - Sun, 08/02/2015 - 5:05am

Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
New attack on Tor can deanonymize hidden services with surprising accuracy  —  Deanonymization requires luck but nonetheless shows limits of Tor privacy.  —  Computer scientists have devised an attack on the Tor privacy network that in certain cases allows them to deanonymize hidden service websites with 88 percent accuracy.

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