Tuesday, June 30, 2015

MIT's 'Enigma' system uses bitcoin tricks to share encrypted data

By Engadget:

The MIT Media Lab and two bitcoin experts have unveiled a prototype encryption system that lets you share it with a third party (or be computed with), without anyone else decrypting it. It means untrusted computers could still be tasked with dealing ...

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Rocket Internet And Kinnevik Add $167M More To GFG, Roll In 2 Brazilian Fashion Portals

By TechCrunch:

Screenshot 2015-07-01 13.47.44 Rocket Internet’s Global Fashion Group (GFG), an umbrella group that houses the German company’s fashion-focused e-commerce services, is making a double announcement today after it secured €150 million ($167 million) in fresh funding and made two acquisitions in Brazil. Read More




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Drones deliver abortion pills to women in Poland

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Drones have been used to deliver abortion drugs to women in Poland in a protest against Poland's pregnancy termination laws.

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Court Rules NSA Bulk Data Collection Can Resume

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nsa-red The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court ruled late Monday that the NSA may temporarily resume its bulk data collection of Americans’ phone records.
The ruling revives the NSA program that was halted earlier this month when a certain provision of the Patriot Act expired June 1. The government had sought to reinstate the section by passing the U.S.A. Freedom Act on June 2, which… Read More




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NSA can restart bulk data collection, says surveillance court

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The ongoing saga around the NSA's bulk data collection program is getting even more confusing. A U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court ruled yesterday that the program can temporarily resume, refuting a Second Circuit court decision from May d...

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This could be the first airplane on Mars

By CNET:

Take a peek at the possible future of flight on Mars with the Prandtl-m, a prototype aircraft scheduled for testing on Earth.

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Baidu To Invest $3.2 Billion Developing Online-To-Offline Services In China

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baidu China’s Baidu, the company best known for its dominant search engine, said today that it will invest more than $3 million in its offline-to-online businesses over the next three years. Read More




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Amazon brings one-hour Prime deliveries to London

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When it comes to new services, Amazon is a predictable beast: it'll launch something in the US first and then bring it over to the UK once it's ironed out all of the creases. That's exactly what's happening with Prime Now, the company's one-hour deli...

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Two tweets, AU$80,000: Newspaper pays for defamation on Twitter

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Typing 140 characters has come at a heavy price for an Australian newspaper after it was ordered to pay AU$80,000 for defaming one of the country's highest ranking politicians in two short tweets.

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With New Budgeting Tools, AWS Makes It Easier For Developers To Manage Costs

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aws_logo Amazon today announced two new tools that make it easier for developers to control their expenses on its AWS cloud computing platform. Read More




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The 1998 'Battlezone' remake is getting remastered

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The trends of remaking and remastering classic games just kicked into overdrive. Rebellion (best known for its Sniper Elite games) has revealed that it's developing not just a virtual reality version of the original Battlezone, but a refresh of the 1...

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iOS 8.4 update brings Apple Music, Beats 1 radio

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Apple's streaming music service arrives Tuesday, and reports on the next iPhone point to Force Touch screens. Also, Facebook adds Snapchat-like photo tools to the main app.

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What's My Address?

By Tech Stuff:

The URL is a handy way to navigate to a specific web page. But where did it come from? How does it work and why are they almost always in English?

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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Pay with a flick of the wrist with new bPay wristband, key fob and sticker

By CNET:

Three new wearable devices from UK bank Barclaycard can be used at any contactless till, and you don't even need to be a Barclaycard customer.

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Hawk-eyed police seize drone flown over Wimbledon

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If you own a drone and want to take it for a quick test flight, heed our advice: don't fly anywhere near large sporting venues. Police arrested a pilot for filming Premier League football matches in March, and now a drone has been seized for swooping...

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Redfin’s Irrational Moment

By TechCrunch:

Screen Shot 2015-06-28 at 5.52.01 PM Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman recalls a tense board meeting when his company discussed eliminating its customer commission refund in the latest Greymatter video from Greylock Partners.
Typically in real estate transactions, the seller of a home pays a commission of 5% which is split between the seller’s agent and the buyer’s agent. Traditional brokerages keep all of their commission. Read More




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Apple Music will play on Sonos speakers by the end of the year

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When Apple Music showed up, one of the biggest questions was whether or not it would get at least the same level of third-party hardware support as Beats. Will you have to chuck your Sonos speakers in favor of some Apple-blessed streaming audio gear?...

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iOS 8.4, Beats 1 to launch with Apple Music on June 30, says Apple exec

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New version of Apple's mobile operating system and Beats 1 radio station to debut Tuesday morning, says former Beats CEO and current Apple exec.

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Facebook’s Snapchatty New Photo Uploader Lets You Overlay Text And More

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Facebook Photo Stickers And Text Face it. Your photos aren’t all that interesting. But Facebook’s going to help you jazz them up with its shiny new photo uploader, which just began testing on iOS. It lets you add overlaid text in any color, instantly preview filters that you swipe across your photos, or paste Facebook’s stickers on top. Facebook offered more standard filters before and had tested photo… Read More




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