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Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi closing funding round topping $1B led by All-Stars Investment, valuing the company at $45B (Dave Smith/Business Insider)

TechMeme - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 12:40pm

Dave Smith / Business Insider:
Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi closing funding round topping $1B led by All-Stars Investment, valuing the company at $45B  —  The ‘Apple Of China’ Raises Over $1 Billion, Valuation Skyrockets To More Than $45 Billion  —  Xiaomi has reportedly raised more than $1 billion in its latest round of funding …

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BlackBerry building BlackBerry Enterprise Service into Boeing Black device, an Android phone which will self-destruct when tampered with (Alastair Sharp/Reuters)

TechMeme - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 12:10pm

Alastair Sharp / Reuters:
BlackBerry building BlackBerry Enterprise Service into Boeing Black device, an Android phone which will self-destruct when tampered with  —  BlackBerry works with Boeing on phone that self-destructs  —  (Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd is working with Boeing Co on Boeing's high-security Android-based smartphone …

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Birds Fled Area Before Tornadoes Appeared

Slashdot - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 11:40am
SternisheFan sends a report from scientists who were tracking a group of birds — golden-winged warblers — in the Appalachian mountains. Just a few days after the birds completed their seasonal migration, they did something odd — they picked up and moved again. Shortly thereafter, a series of storms swept through that area of the U.S., which led to a destructive tornado outbreak (abstract). After the storm had blown over, the team recaptured five of the warblers and removed the geolocators. These are tiny devices weighing about half a gram, which measure light levels. Based on the timing and length of the days they record, these gadgets allow scientists to calculate and track the approximate location of migratory birds. In this case, all five indicated that the birds had taken unprecedented evasive action, beginning one to two days ahead of the storm's arrival. "The warblers in our study flew at least 1,500km (932 miles) in total," Dr. Streby said. They escaped just south of the tornadoes' path — and then went straight home again. By 2 May, all five were back in their nesting area."

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Sony Entertainment CEO blames theaters for cancellation of The Interview, still wants to release the film (Frank Pallotta/CNNMoney.com)

TechMeme - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 11:25am

Frank Pallotta / CNNMoney.com:
Sony Entertainment CEO blames theaters for cancellation of The Interview, still wants to release the film  —  Sony exec fires back at President Obama  —  Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton, denying that the studio had “caved” by scrapping next week's opening of “The Interview,” …

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Former BitInstant CEO Charlie Shrem gets two years in prison for Silk Road money laundering (Patricia Hurtado/Bloomberg)

TechMeme - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 11:05am

Patricia Hurtado / Bloomberg:
Former BitInstant CEO Charlie Shrem gets two years in prison for Silk Road money laundering  —  Bitcoin Promoter Gets 2 Years for Silk Road Money Laundering  —  Charlie Shrem, the former Bitcoin Foundation Inc. executive who pleaded guilty to charges tied to the illicit online bazaar …

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Massive Volcanic Eruptions Accompanied Dinosaur Extinction

Slashdot - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 10:35am
schwit1 writes: A careful updating of the geological timeline has shown that massive volcanic eruptions aligned with the extinction event that wiped out the non-avian dinosaurs 66 million years ago (abstract). "A primeval volcanic range in western India known as the Deccan Traps, which were once three times larger than France, began its main phase of eruptions roughly 250,000 years before the Cretaceous-Paleogene, or K-Pg, extinction event, the researchers report in the journal Science. For the next 750,000 years, the volcanoes unleashed more than 1.1 million cubic kilometers (264,000 cubic miles) of lava. The main phase of eruptions comprised about 80-90 percent of the total volume of the Deccan Traps' lava flow and followed a substantially weaker first phase that began about 1 million years earlier. The results support the idea that the Deccan Traps played a role in the K-Pg extinction, and challenge the dominant theory that a meteorite impact near present-day Chicxulub, Mexico, was the sole cause of the extinction. The researchers suggest that the Deccan Traps eruptions and the Chicxulub impact need to be considered together when studying and modeling the K-Pg extinction event."

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The Beatles, Bob Dylan and the 50-Year Copyright Itch

Slashdot - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 9:33am
HughPickens.com writes: Victoria Shannon reports in the NY Times that fifty years ago was a good year for music, with the Beatles appearing on Billboard's charts for the first time, the Rolling Stones releasing their first album, the Supremes with five No. 1 hits, and Simon and Garfunkel releasing their debut album. The 50-year milestone is significant, because music published within the first half-century of its recording gets another 20 years of copyright protection under changes in European law. So every year since 2012, studios go through their tape vaults to find unpublished music to get it on the market before the deadline. The first year, Motown released a series of albums packed with outtakes by some of its major acts, and Sony released a limited-edition collection of 1962 outtakes by Bob Dylan, with the surprisingly frank title, "The Copyright Extension Collection, Vol. I." In 2013, Sony released a second Dylan set, devoted to previously unreleased 1963 recordings. Similar recordings by the Beatles and the Beach Boys followed. This year, Sony is releasing a limited-edition nine-LP set of 1964 recordings by Dylan, including a 46-second try at "Mr. Tambourine Man," which he would not complete until 1965. The Beach Boys released two copyright-extension sets of outtakes last week. And while there's no official word on a Beatles release, last year around this time, "The Beatles Bootleg Recordings 1963" turned up unannounced on iTunes.

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Cisco elevates patent battle against Arista with ITC complaint (Rachel King/ZDNet)

TechMeme - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 9:25am

Rachel King / ZDNet:
Cisco elevates patent battle against Arista with ITC complaint  —  Summary:Cisco's lawsuit concerns 12 features covered by 14 patents - all of which are embedded within current products.  —  The brewing legal war between Cisco and Arista gained momentum amid a battle of the blog posts on Friday.

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North Korea denies Sony hack, proposes joint inquiry with US, warns of "grave consequences" if Washington refuses (BBC)

TechMeme - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 9:20am

BBC:
North Korea denies Sony hack, proposes joint inquiry with US, warns of “grave consequences” if Washington refuses  —  North Korea seeks join probe with US on Sony hack  —  North Korea has offered to hold a joint inquiry with the United States into a cyber-attack on Sony Pictures …

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Chrome Security Team Considers Marking All HTTP Pages As 'Non-Secure' (Mike Masnick/Techdirt)

TechMeme - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 9:05am

Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Chrome Security Team Considers Marking All HTTP Pages As ‘Non-Secure’  —  Back in August, we noted that Google had started adjusting its search algorithm to give a slight boost to sites that are encrypted.  That is, all else equal, sites that use HTTPS will get a slight ranking boost.

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65,000 Complaints Later, Microsoft Files Suit Against Tech Support Scammers

Slashdot - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 8:23am
MojoKid (1002251) writes Tech support scammers have been around for a long time and are familiar to most Slashdot readers. But last month, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it had issued lawsuits against several culprits responsible for tech support scams. Now Microsoft has announced that it too is going after tech support scammers. According to the company, more than 65,000 complaints have been made about tech support scams since May of this year alone. Bogus technicians, pretending to represent Microsoft, call the house offering fake tech support and trick people into paying hundreds of dollars to solve a non-existent issue. If successful in their ruse, the scammer then gains access to a person's computer, which lets them steal personal and financial information and even install malware. I managed to keep one of these guys on the phone for about 20 minutes while I stumbled through his directions, over and over, "rebooting," pretending to be using Windows, etc; the next one caught on my quickly. Have they called you? If so, how did the call go?

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Dystopian Fiction’s Popularity Is a Warning Sign for the Future

Wired - Top Stories - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 7:00am

In the latest episode of Geek's Guide to the Galaxy, writer Naomi Klein discusses dystopian fiction and her new capitalism-vs.-the-climate nonfiction book This Changes Everything.

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While You Were Offline: 30,000 People Buy Bull Poop, George R.R. Martin Freaks Out Over The Interview

Wired - Top Stories - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 7:00am

From the reactions to Sony pulling The Interview to the end of the beloved Serial, a lot happened on the Internet last week. Catch up here.

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Tor Network May Be Attacked, Says Project Leader

Slashdot - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 5:31am
Earthquake Retrofit writes The Register is reporting that the Tor Project has warned that its network – used to mask peoples' identities on the internet – may be knocked offline in the coming days. In a Tor blog post, project leader Roger 'arma' Dingledine said an unnamed group may seize Tor's directory authority servers before the end of next week. These servers distribute the official lists of relays in the network, which are the systems that route users' traffic around the world to obfuscate their internet connections' public IP addresses.

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