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Four States Sue To Stop Internet Transition

Slashdot - Thu, 09/29/2016 - 5:30pm
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Hill: Republican attorneys general in four states are filing a lawsuit to block the transfer of internet domain systems oversight from the U.S. to an international governing body. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt and Nevada Attorney General Paul Laxalt filed a lawsuit on Wednesday night to stop the White House's proposed transition of Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) functions. The state officials cite constitutional concerns in their suit against the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, U.S. government and the Department of Commerce. "The Obama Administration's decision violates the Property Clause of the U.S. Constitution by giving away government property without congressional authorization, the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution by chilling speech, and the Administrative Procedure Act by acting beyond statutory authority," a statement released by Paxton's office reads. The attorneys generals claim that the U.S. government is ceding government property, pointing to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) review that "concluded that the transition does not involve a transfer of U.S. government property requiring Congressional approval." Paxton also echoed Texas Sen. Ted Cruz's warnings that the transition could harm free speech on the internet by giving Russia, China and Iran a voice on the international governing body that would oversee internet domain systems. "Trusting authoritarian regimes to ensure the continued freedom of the internet is lunacy," Paxton said. "The president does not have the authority to simply give away America's pioneering role in ensuring that the internet remains a place where free expression can flourish."

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NASA’s Gecko-Inspired Robots Can Climb Pretty Much Anything

Wired - Top Stories - Thu, 09/29/2016 - 5:05pm
Space exploration is hard, but these robots are ready to climb pretty much anything. The post NASA’s Gecko-Inspired Robots Can Climb Pretty Much Anything appeared first on WIRED.
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Google Delays Release of Android Wear 2.0 To 2017

Slashdot - Thu, 09/29/2016 - 4:50pm
Google announced today the next generation of its smartwatch platform -- Android Wear 2.0 -- won't be seeing the light of day this year. The company says that it will release the final version of Android Wear 2.0 in early 2017. From a TechCrunch report: While Google never talked about a final release date for Wear 2.0, its original schedule called for about 30 weeks of alpha and beta testing, which would have put the release date somewhere around the middle of December. Google, however, now says that it has gotten "tons of great feedback from the developer community about Android Wear 2.0" and that it is "committed to improve and iterate based on them to ensure a great user experience." Because of this, the plan is to continue the preview program into early 2017 at which time the first watches will receive the new version.CNET reported recently that three of the top Android Wear smartwatches maker -- LG, Huawei and Motorola -- had confirmed that they won't be releasing new smartwatches until next year, at least.

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The Court Case That Will Decide Obama’s Climate Legacy

Wired - Top Stories - Thu, 09/29/2016 - 4:43pm
Seven hours of legal argument on states' right to allow carbon pollution may determine the fate of the centerpiece of US efforts to limit climate change. The post The Court Case That Will Decide Obama’s Climate Legacy appeared first on WIRED.
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Stock app Robinhood launches Robinhood Gold, a $10/month set of features including ability to buy on credit, make instant deposits, more (Josh Constine/TechCrunch)

TechMeme - Thu, 09/29/2016 - 4:20pm

Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Stock app Robinhood launches Robinhood Gold, a $10/month set of features including ability to buy on credit, make instant deposits, more  —  Robinhood says it will never charge commissions to trade stocks, but the $66 million-funded startup is finally ramping up monetization with the launch of “Robinhood Gold” premium features.

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Researcher Find D-Link DWR-932 Router Is 'Chock Full of Holes'

Slashdot - Thu, 09/29/2016 - 4:10pm
Reader JustAnotherOldGuy writes: Security researcher Pierre Kim has unearthed a bucketload of vulnerabilities in the LTE router/portable wireless hotspot D-Link DWR-932. Kim found the latest available firmware has these vulnerabilities: Two backdoor accounts with easy-to-guess passwords that can be used to bypass the HTTP authentication used to manage the router-A default, hardcoded Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) PIN, as well as a weak WPS PIN generation algorithm- Multiple vulnerabilities in the HTTP daemon- Hardcoded remote Firmware Over The Air credentials- Lowered security in Universal Plug and Play, and more."At best, the vulnerabilities are due to incompetence; at worst, it is a deliberate act of security sabotage from the vendor," says Kim, and advises users to stop using the device until adequate fixes are provided.

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Your Car Is Watching You—and Wants to Sell You Stuff

Wired - Top Stories - Thu, 09/29/2016 - 4:00pm
Automakers just need to figure out how to handle an amazingly thick stream of car data. The post Your Car Is Watching You—and Wants to Sell You Stuff appeared first on WIRED.
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AOL's Innovative Card-Based Email Service, Alto, Comes To iOS And Android

Slashdot - Thu, 09/29/2016 - 3:30pm
Remember AOL? The company best known for its email service? Three years ago, it released a Pinterest-like platform for desktop email called Alto. Today AOL announced the release of Alto for iOS and Android -- nearly a year after it began beta testing it. FastCompany writes: The app's design is based on the idea that email has shifted from a communication tool to more of a transactional system -- today's inboxes are filled with receipts, order confirmations, and reservations, rather than personal messages. To combat this flood of data, Alto automatically sorts email into stacks, such as "travel," "photos," "files," "shopping," and "personal."

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FCC votes to expand emergency text alerts from 90 to 360 characters, add support for embedded photos and links (Jessica Conditt/Engadget)

TechMeme - Thu, 09/29/2016 - 3:05pm

Jessica Conditt / Engadget:
FCC votes to expand emergency text alerts from 90 to 360 characters, add support for embedded photos and links  —  The FCC has voted to strengthen the Wireless Emergency Alerts system, which sends warnings about missing children, natural disasters and other dangerous events directly to citizens' cell phones.

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Raspberry Pi Foundation Unveils New LXDE-Based Desktop For Raspbian Called PIXEL

Slashdot - Thu, 09/29/2016 - 2:50pm
Raspberry Pi Foundation's Simon Long has unveiled a new desktop environment for the Debian-based Raspbian GNU/Linux operating system for Raspberry Pi devices. From a Softpedia report (submitted by an anonymous reader):Until today, Raspbian shipped with the well-known and lightweight LXDE desktop environment, which looks pretty much the same as on any other Linux-based distribution out there that is built around LXDE (Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment). But Simon Long, a UX engineer working for Raspberry Pi Foundation, was hired to make it better, transform it into something that's more appealing to users. So after two years of work, he managed to create a whole new desktop environment for Raspbian, the flagship operating system for Raspberry Pi single-board computers developed and distributed by Raspberry Pi Foundation. Called PIXEL, the new Raspbian desktop offers a more eye-candy design with the panel on top (not on the bottom like on a default LXDE setup), new icons, new Applications Menu, and new theme. "It's actually surprisingly easy to hack about with the LXDE desktop once you get your head around what all the bits do, and since then I've been slowly chipping away at the bits that I felt would most benefit from tweaking," reveals Simon Long. "Stuff has slowly been becoming more and more like my original concept for the desktop; with the latest changes, I think the desktop has reached the point where it's a complete product in its own right and should have its own name."

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Google combines all of its cloud services under the 'Google Cloud' brand (Frederic Lardinois/TechCrunch)

TechMeme - Thu, 09/29/2016 - 2:30pm

Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google combines all of its cloud services under the ‘Google Cloud’ brand  —  Google for Work, Google's Cloud Platform and the rest of the company's cloud-based services are getting a new name.  They have now been combined under the “Google Cloud” moniker.  Google's Diane Greene made the announcement …

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Cable TV Companies Could Lose Nearly $1 Billion in the Next Year From People Ditching Their Subscriptions

Slashdot - Thu, 09/29/2016 - 2:10pm
Nathan McAlone, writing for BusinessInsider: Cable TV companies could lose nearly $1 billion to people cutting the cord over the next year, according to a new study by management consulting firm cg42. The firm estimates that 800,000 cable customers will ditch their subscriptions in the next 12 months. Cg42 expects each customer to be an average loss of $1,248 annually, and losses to approach $1 billion over the year. Cg42 also found that the average cord-cutter saves $104 per month by canceling. Some in the industry have argued that cutting the cord doesn't actually save you money if you subscribe to a bunch of streaming services like Netflix, HBO, and so on. But that point of view neglects the reality that many cable subscribers pay for those streaming services already.

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Android Wear 2.0 delayed until early 2017, new dev preview adds Play Store on watches, more (Abner Li/9to5Google)

TechMeme - Thu, 09/29/2016 - 1:55pm

Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Android Wear 2.0 delayed until early 2017, new dev preview adds Play Store on watches, more  —  Announced at I/O with a focus on messaging, customization and fitness, Android Wear 2.0 has been delayed from this fall to early 2017.  Google is using the time to improve the operating system …

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Report: Qualcomm is in talks to acquire NXP Semiconductors in deal likely to be worth over $30B (Akin Oyedele/Business Insider)

TechMeme - Thu, 09/29/2016 - 1:45pm

Akin Oyedele / Business Insider:
Report: Qualcomm is in talks to acquire NXP Semiconductors in deal likely to be worth over $30B  —  Qualcomm is in talks to buy NXP Semiconductors, according to Eyk Henning, Dana Mattioli and Dana Cimilluca at The Wall Street Journal.  —  Qualcomm is worth $95 billion, while NXP has a market cap of $32 billion.

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An Eruption at Rinjani in Indonesia Traps Hundreds of Tourists

Wired - Top Stories - Thu, 09/29/2016 - 1:25pm
An unexpectedly powerful explosion from Barujari at Rinjani prompted evacuations of over 1,000 tourists, with some still possibly in danger. The post An Eruption at Rinjani in Indonesia Traps Hundreds of Tourists appeared first on WIRED.
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