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In China, subscriptions accounted for 13% of the online video industry's 2015 revenue, up from 5.6% a year earlier (Li Yuan/Wall Street Journal)

TechMeme - Sun, 06/26/2016 - 12:00pm

Li Yuan / Wall Street Journal:
In China, subscriptions accounted for 13% of the online video industry's 2015 revenue, up from 5.6% a year earlier  —  More users become paying subscribers; ‘Lost Tomb’ is a boon for Baidu's iQIYI  —  Online video in China is starting to look more like Netflix and less like YouTube, as more users agree to pay for subscriptions.

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IRS Gets Hacked Again, Forced To Scrap Their Entire PIN System

Slashdot - Sun, 06/26/2016 - 11:33am
The IRS has abandoned a system of PIN numbers used when filing tax returns online after they detected "automated attacks taking place at an increasing frequency," adding that only "a small number" of taxpayers were affected. An anonymous reader quotes the highlights from Engadget: The IRS chose not to kill the tool back in February, since most commercial tax software products use it... If you'll recall, identity thieves used malware to steal taxpayers' info from other websites, which was then used to generate 100,000 PINs, back in February... This time, the IRS detected "automated attacks taking place at an increasing frequency" thanks to the additional defenses it added after that initial hack... the agency determined that it would be safer to give up on a verification method that's scheduled for the chopping block anyway.

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After Death, Hundreds of Genes Spring Back to Life

Slashdot - Sun, 06/26/2016 - 10:33am
Two surprising studies reveal new information about what genes do after death. Slashdot reader gurps_npc writes: You think your body stops after death, but up to two days later certain genes may turn on and start doing stuff for another two days before they give up the ghost. We are all zombies for up to four days after death. Gizmodo reports that in fact "hundreds" of genes apparently spring back to life. "[P]revious work on human cadavers demonstrated that some genes remain active after death, but we had no idea as to the extent of this strange phenomenon."

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Sources: Intel weighs sale of cyber security business created from its $7.7B McAfee acquisition in 2010 (Financial Times)

TechMeme - Sun, 06/26/2016 - 9:40am

Financial Times:
Sources: Intel weighs sale of cyber security business created from its $7.7B McAfee acquisition in 2010  —  Intel is looking at options for Intel Security, including potentially selling the antivirus software maker formerly known as McAfee which it bought for $7.7bn almost six years ago.

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Axiom Plans A New Private-Sector Outpost in Space

Slashdot - Sun, 06/26/2016 - 9:31am
A seed-funded company named Axiom wants to build a private-sector outpost in orbit by launching a new module for the International Space Station, according to an article on Space News. Once on the station, Axiom Space would use it for commercial purposes, ranging from research to tourism. [Former space station manager] Suffredini said that it would also be available for use by NASA when the company is not using it, helping the process of transitioning research done on the International Space Station to future private stations. Research hardware elsewhere in the station could eventually be moved to this module to allow its continued use after the station's retirement. Slashdot reader MarkWhittington shares an article from Blasting News: In the meantime, Nanoracks, a company that is already handling some of the logistics for the ISS, is proposing a commercial airlock for the ISS. The development of commercial space stations, as well as commercial spacecraft such as the SpaceX Dragon and the Boeing Starliner, constitutes NASA's long-term strategy of handing off low-Earth orbit to the private sector while it concentrates on deep space exploration.

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Star Trek Actor's Death Inspires Class Action Against Car Manufacturer

Slashdot - Sun, 06/26/2016 - 7:30am
Anton Yelchin, who played Chekov in the new Star Trek movies, was killed Sunday when his own vehicle rolled backwards. Now Slashdot reader ripvlan writes: It has recently emerged that his vehicle was a Jeep. As discussed on Slashdot previously consumers are having a hard time knowing if the vehicle is in "Park." A new class action lawsuit is gaining momentum... Also Maserati has a similar system and can join the class action. In fact, Maserati "is recalling about 13,000 sedans that have the same sort of gear shifter that was used in the Jeep that killed Yelchin," according to CNN Money, and Chrysler Fiat had in fact already filed a recall notice with federal regulators in April for Yelchin's band of Jeep, "but owners had only received a warning and not an official recall notice at the time of Yelchin's death". The lawsuit claims Chrysler "fraudulently concealed and failed to remedy a gear shifter design defect affecting 811,000 vehicles and linked to driverless rollaway incidents," including 2014-2015 Jeep Grand Cherokees, 2012-2014 Chrysler 300s, and 2012-2014 Dodge Chargers.

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So Hey You Should Stop Using Texts for Two-Factor Authentication

Wired - Top Stories - Sun, 06/26/2016 - 7:00am
A string of recent SMS hacks means security-conscious users should switch to a more secure login system. The post So Hey You Should Stop Using Texts for Two-Factor Authentication appeared first on WIRED.
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This $15K Electric Motorcycle Made Me Love Riding in NYC

Wired - Top Stories - Sun, 06/26/2016 - 7:00am
Alta Motors’ electric RedShift SM may be the ultimate commuter bike. The post This $15K Electric Motorcycle Made Me Love Riding in NYC appeared first on WIRED.
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An MIT Algorithm Predicts the Future by Watching TV

Wired - Top Stories - Sun, 06/26/2016 - 5:39am
Using neural networks and shows like “The Office” and “Big Bang Theory,” CSAIL’s system was able to predict how actors were about to greet each other. The post An MIT Algorithm Predicts the Future by Watching TV appeared first on WIRED.
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LA’s New Skyslide Is in Good, Heart-Attack-Inducing Company

Wired - Top Stories - Sun, 06/26/2016 - 5:30am
Cubes slide out from buildings, windows tilt out. Heart attacks are waiting to happen on top of today's towers. The post LA's New Skyslide Is in Good, Heart-Attack-Inducing Company appeared first on WIRED.
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