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Tracking the 20 most popular web sites since 1996: only AOL, Yahoo, and Google have been #1 (Philip Bump/Washington Post)

TechMeme - Sun, 12/21/2014 - 12:25pm

Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Tracking the 20 most popular web sites since 1996: only AOL, Yahoo, and Google have been #1  —  From Lycos to Ask Jeeves to Facebook: Tracking the 20 most popular web sites every year since 1996  —  Our goal is not to confuse or alarm you, but we must, as agents of the news media, speak the truth.

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US Seeks China's Help Against North Korean Cyberattacks

Slashdot - Sun, 12/21/2014 - 11:41am
An anonymous reader writes The United States has declined an offer by North Korea for a joint investigation into the hacking of Sony Pictures and asked China to help block cyber attacks. "We have discussed this issue with the Chinese to share information, express our concerns about this attack, and to ask for their cooperation," a senior administration official said. "In our cybersecurity discussions, both China and the United States have expressed the view that conducting destructive attacks in cyberspace is outside the norms of appropriate cyber behavior." China has so far seemed less than sympathetic: "Any civilized world will oppose hacker attacks or terror threats. But a movie like The Interview, which makes fun of the leader of an enemy of the U.S., is nothing to be proud of for Hollywood and U.S. society," said an editorial in The Global Times, a tabloid sister paper to China's official The People's Daily. "No matter how the U.S. society looks at North Korea and Kim Jong Un, Kim is still the leader of the country. The vicious mocking of Kim is only a result of senseless cultural arrogance."

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Dish Pulls Fox News, Fox Business Network As Talks Break Down

Slashdot - Sun, 12/21/2014 - 10:36am
An anonymous reader writes Fox News and Fox Business were pulled by Dish Network over the weekend, as both continue to argue over a fee agreement. From the article: "Dish said in a statement early Sunday morning that 21st Century Fox had blocked access to the two networks after Dish balked when rates for other networks owned by the media conglomerate were made a part of the negotiations. Tim Carry, executive vice president of distribution at Fox News Channel, countered in a statement that "Dish prematurely ceased distribution of Fox News in an attempt to intimidate and sway our negotiations. It is unfortunate that the millions of Fox News viewers on Dish were used as pawns by their provider. Hopefully they will vote with their hard earned money and seek another one of our other valued distributors immediately."

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Lyft says drivers can make $35/hour, but reporter who drove Lyft for a week earned $10.50/hour (Timothy B. Lee/Vox)

TechMeme - Sun, 12/21/2014 - 10:25am

Timothy B. Lee / Vox:
Lyft says drivers can make $35/hour, but reporter who drove Lyft for a week earned $10.50/hour  —  Lyft says its drivers can make $35 an hour.  I spent a week driving to see if that's true.  —  My first day as a Lyft driver wasn't going well.  After dropping off a passenger in Arlington …

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Can Rep. John Culberson Save NASA's Space Exploration Program?

Slashdot - Sun, 12/21/2014 - 9:30am
MarkWhittington writes The Houston Chronicle's Eric Berger has published the seventh in his series of articles about the American space program and what ails it. The piece focuses on Rep. John Culberson, R-Texas, who has two fascinating aspects. The first is that he is taking over the House Appropriations subcommittee that oversees NASA funding. The second is that he has a keen appreciation for the benefits of space exploration for its own sake and not just for his Houston area district. Culberson wants to save NASA and the space program from his fellow politicians and return it to its true glory. He favors sending American astronauts back to the moon and a robotic space probe to Jupiter's moon Europa. He would like to enact budget reforms that take funding decisions away from the Office of Management and Budget and gives them solely to Congress. He favors a steady increase in NASA funding to pay for a proper program of space exploration. To say the least, he has his work cut out for him.

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After demand from Russian regulator, Facebook blocks a page calling for protest in support of opposition activist Alexei Navalny (Michael Birnbaum/Washington Post)

TechMeme - Sun, 12/21/2014 - 9:20am

Michael Birnbaum / Washington Post:
After demand from Russian regulator, Facebook blocks a page calling for protest in support of opposition activist Alexei Navalny  —  Facebook blocks Russian page supporting Navalny, Putin's biggest critic  —  MOSCOW — In a sign of new limits on Facebook's ability to serve as a platform …

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Google+ Will Make Your Videos Look Better

Slashdot - Sun, 12/21/2014 - 8:25am
ErnieKey writes: A new Google+ feature for uploaded videos has been released that automatically enhances lighting, color, and stability. Soon, it'll also enhance speech in videos. "As more and more people now also take videos with their smartphones, it makes sense for Google to bring some of the technologies it has developed for photos (and YouTube) to these private videos, as well. Google has long offered a similar feature for YouTube users, so there is likely some overlap between the two systems here. While YouTube offers the option to 'auto-fix' videos, though, it doesn't automatically prompt its users to do this for them. YouTube also offers a number of manual tools for changing contrast, saturation and color temperature that Google+ doesn’t currently offer."

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Verizon to FCC: You can't stop Netflix-like interconnection payments (Jon Brodkin/Ars Technica)

TechMeme - Sun, 12/21/2014 - 8:10am

Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Verizon to FCC: You can't stop Netflix-like interconnection payments  —  Verizon told the Federal Communications Commission yesterday that it has no right to regulate paid interconnection deals like the ones Netflix struck with Verizon and other Internet providers.

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Cyberattack On German Steel Factory Causes 'Massive Damage'

Slashdot - Sun, 12/21/2014 - 5:20am
An anonymous reader writes: In a rare case of an online security breach causing real-world destruction, a German steel factory has been severely damaged after its networks were compromised. "The attack used spear phishing and sophisticated social engineering techniques to gain access to the factory's office networks, from which access to production networks was gained. ... After the system was compromised, individual components or even entire systems started to fail frequently. Due to these failures, one of the plant's blast furnaces could not be shut down in a controlled manner, which resulted in 'massive damage to plant,' the BSI said, describing the technical skills of the attacker as 'very advanced.'" The full report (PDF) is available in German.

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Over half the chips Intel will sell to public clouds in 2015 will have custom designs (Quentin Hardy/New York Times)

TechMeme - Sun, 12/21/2014 - 5:15am

Quentin Hardy / New York Times:
Over half the chips Intel will sell to public clouds in 2015 will have custom designs  —  Intel Betting on (Customized) Commodity Chips for Cloud Computing  —  Cheap, mass-produced semiconductors have transformed our world, with smartphones, laptops, sensors and tablets, all connected to big cloud computing systems.

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Centaurs, Soviets, and Seltzer Seas: Mariner 2’s Venusian Adventure (1962)

Wired - Top Stories - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 3:47pm

Hydrogen is the most common kind of normal matter in the universe. Perhaps the universe is trying to tell us something, for the most common chemical element makes an excellent energetic rocket fuel. That does not mean, however, that it is easy to manage. Odorless and colorless hydrogen gas becomes liquid, and thus dense enough […]

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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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