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10/20/2014
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Predawn meteor showers predicted
10/20/2014
If you wake up early enough on Tuesday, you might see some shooting stars.




Apple Pay's speed, security, and timing will help push mobile payments into the mainstream (Sharon Profis/CNET)
10/20/2014

Sharon Profis /

CNET:
Apple Pay's speed, security, and timing will help push mobile payments into the mainstream  —  Can a phone replace your wallet?  I went shopping to find out.  —  CNET editor Sharon Profis takes Apple Pay, Google Wallet and PayPal for a test drive and compares the options.





Obama signs "BuySecure" initiative to speed EMV adoption in the US (Megan Geuss/Ars Technica)
10/20/2014

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Ars Technica:
Obama signs “BuySecure” initiative to speed EMV adoption in the US  —  A chip card and the inside of a card's chip.  —  Explain That Stuff  —  On Friday, President Obama signed an executive order to speed the adoption of EMV-standard cards in the US.  The transition to EMV …





As Apple Pay Arrives, Witnessing the Next Step in Money. Maybe. - New York Times
10/20/2014

As Apple Pay Arrives, Witnessing the Next Step in Money. Maybe.

New York Times
Hugo Roque of Glendale, Calif., uses Apple Pay on his phone at a Disney Store, which accepts the service nationwide. Credit Jordan Strauss/Invision for Disney Store, via Associated Press. Continue reading the main story. Continue reading the main story.
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Microsoft May Unveil Fitness Band in Time for Holidays - Tom's Guide
10/20/2014
Tom's Guide
It may seem that all the most anticipated products of the year have already been announced, but 2014 is far from over. Microsoft is reportedly working on a fitness wearable that will be announced in the coming weeks and could be available for sale this ...

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Feds allege AIDS research fraud
10/20/2014
If government prosecutors are right, a former top researcher at Iowa State University is guilty of brazen scientific fraud-actions which a criminal complaint says have cost taxpayers nearly $15 million.




An escapee's survival story
10/20/2014
Merieme, who escaped from slavery in Mauritania and arrived in America in 1999, lives a simple but joyful life in Ohio.




UPDATE 1-New Microsoft CEO pay tops $80 mln with big stock awards - Reuters
10/20/2014

UPDATE 1-New Microsoft CEO pay tops $80 mln with big stock awards

Reuters
(Adds details on stock awards). By Bill Rigby. SEATTLE Oct 20 (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp's new Chief Executive Satya Nadella has become one the technology industry's biggest earners, with a total compensation package worth $84.3 million this year, ...
Microsoft goes after Google and Amazon with hybrid cloud push Computerworld
Microsoft's Nadella gets $84M pay package SFGate
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Suspects sought in pumpkin melee
10/20/2014
The police department in Keene, New Hampshire, is setting up a task force to identify and prosecute people who caused a long-running disturbance Saturday and Sunday at the city's annual Pumpkin Festival, the Keene city government said in Monday a press release.




Spotlight Suggestions Sends Minimum Amount of Data to Apple, Exact Location and IP Addresses Not Collected
10/20/2014
Following the release of OS X Yosemite with new Spotlight Suggestions, some users noted that Apple's Spotlight privacy policy began offering a warning letting users know that search terms were being uploaded to Apple's servers, with some of the info being forwarded to Microsoft's Bing search engine.

The search terms were being shared with Apple in order to enable Spotlight's new capabilities, which include searching sources like the Mac App Store, Wikipedia, and the web.

When you use Spotlight, your search queries, the Spotlight Suggestions you select, and related usage data will be sent to Apple. Search results found on your Mac will not be sent. If you have Location Services on your Mac turned on, when you make a search query to Spotlight the location of your Mac at that time will be sent to Apple. Searches for common words and phrases will be forwarded from Apple to Microsoft's Bing search engine.
While Apple noted directly within Yosemite's Spotlight preferences that the search terms were collected only to improve Spotlight Searches and directed users to turn off Spotlight Suggestions and Bing Web searches in System Preferences if they didn't want their data uploaded, the issue still received quite a bit of attention over the course of the weekend, with one developer even uploading a Python script to prevent Apple from collecting data.

Apple has now given a statement on Spotlight Suggestions to iMore, stating that the company is "absolutely committed" to protecting user privacy and that Spotlight Suggestions minimizes the information that's sent to Apple.
"We are absolutely committed to protecting our users' privacy and have built privacy right into our products," Apple told iMore. "For Spotlight Suggestions we minimize the amount of information sent to Apple. Apple doesn't retain IP addresses from users' devices. Spotlight blurs the location on the device so it never sends an exact location to Apple. Spotlight doesn't use a persistent identifier, so a user's search history can't be created by Apple or anyone else. Apple devices only use a temporary anonymous session ID for a 15-minute period before the ID is discarded.

"We also worked closely with Microsoft to protect our users' privacy. Apple forwards only commonly searched terms and only city-level location information to Bing. Microsoft does not store search queries or receive users' IP addresses.

"You can also easily opt out of Spotlight Suggestions, Bing or Location Services for Spotlight."
As Apple says in the statement that it gave to iMore, users that are concerned about their data being uploaded to Apple's servers can easily disable the new features by going to System Preferences --> Spotlight and unchecking both the boxes for "Spotlight Suggestions" and "Bing Web Searches."

Along with offering users its privacy policy directly in the System Preferences app under "About Spotlight Suggestions & Privacy," Apple has also updated its iOS 8 Privacy website to make it clear that limited user data is collected and that the data the company does acquire is obscured by an anonymous identifier.

Introduced with iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, Spotlight Suggestions allow Apple's Spotlight feature to give users search suggestions from sources like Wikipedia, the iTunes Store, and Maps. For example, it's now possible to search for an app in the Mac App Store using Spotlight, or look for a specific term on Wikipedia without needing to access Safari or another web browser.


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Sources: Yahoo In Talks To Buy Video Ad Platform BrightRoll For Around $700M (TechCrunch)
10/20/2014

TechCrunch:
Sources: Yahoo In Talks To Buy Video Ad Platform BrightRoll For Around $700M  —  Yahoo has been building up its video and video advertising content, and we have heard that it may make another key acquisition in the area to further raise its game.  The company is in talks to acquire BrightRoll …





GOP gov.: Obamacare here to stay
10/20/2014
A repeal of President Barack Obama's signature health care law is "not gonna happen" even if the GOP takes the Senate, Ohio Gov. John Kasich said.




Monica Lewinsky's emotional plea
10/20/2014
Monica Lewinsky told an audience in Philadelphia on Monday that her new mission in life was to end cyberbullying. Her speech -- and her goal -- come as the former White House intern's steps into the public eye after years of trying to live privately.




Ebola hysteria: An epic overreaction
10/20/2014
The threat of Ebola is very real in West Africa, but the paranoia about it in the U.S. is unreal.




How to send and receive SMS text messages in OS X Yosemite
10/20/2014
With today's release of iOS 8.1, Apple finally activated SMS text forwarding from iPhone to OS X Yosemite, allowing users to send, read and reply to messages directly from their Mac.




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Toyota recalls 247000 vehicles over air bags - MarketWatch
10/20/2014

Toyota recalls 247000 vehicles over air bags

MarketWatch
Toyota Motor Corp. 7203, -0.08% TM, +3.21% recalled 247,000 vehicles that have an air bag that can rupture and send shrapnel into the passenger compartment, an expansion of an earlier recall that affected other models using the safety device built by ...
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Photos: Infamous serial killers
10/20/2014




Korean Royals Fan Will Melt Your World Series Heart
10/20/2014
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MLB's title tilt is full of magic and mojo, and it hasn't even started yet, but SungWoo Lee may already be the World Series' most popular man

Lee's not a player for the Royals or Giants though. He's a fan — a die-hard fan from South Korea who is making an epic journey to see the team he loves on baseball's biggest stage

See also: Giants vs. Royals: A World Series That Defies All Logic

Lee's been a Royals fan for years, despite never having been to Kansas City before this summer. When he visited in August, he was celebrated by hometown Royals fans, written up in the New York Times and threw out the ceremonial first pitch before a game against the Oakland A's Read more...

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uberX, Lyft approved to pick up and drop off passengers at SFO (Taylor Soper/GeekWire)
10/20/2014

Taylor Soper /

GeekWire:
uberX, Lyft approved to pick up and drop off passengers at SFO  —  San Francisco International Airport is now allowing the three major on-demand transportation startups to pick up and drop off passengers on its property.  Less than a week after Sidecar gained approval from SFO officials …





Sorry, theater actors: now robots can play leading roles
10/20/2014
We've seen robots star in plays before, but the one in a new production of Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis doesn't take on a bit role or even a supporting one: it's the show's lead actor. While we feel bad for struggling theater performers who can...




When you meet a stranger, look at his shoes.
10/20/2014
The Rise Of Men's British-Made Shoes
The most famous Northampton technique is the 'Goodyear welted' shoe. Invented in 1869 by Charles Goodyear, Jr., the Goodyear welted process is the footwear equivalent of the off-side rule: until somebody sits you down and talks you through it, it's quite hard to understand.

The process involves approximately 75 components and 200 separate operations. On average, the whole process, from start to finish, takes eight weeks to complete. The main benefit of footwear that is made using Goodyear welted construction is that it can be resoled repeatedly, giving the shoe a longer lifespan.




Suspect in Va. abduction charged in DC area rape
10/20/2014

Police block the road leading to the scene of a death investigation in connection with the disappearance of University of Virginia student Hanna Graham in Albermarle County, Va., Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. Searchers found human remains on Saturday that could be those of a University of Virginia sophomore who has been missing since Sept. 13, police said. Further forensic tests are needed to confirm whether the remains are those of Hannah Graham, Charlottesville Police Chief Tim Longo told a news conference. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

The suspect in the disappearance of a University of Virginia student was charged Monday with abducting and raping a woman in suburban Washington, D.C., in 2005.






"We have to consolidate our fight"-Freetown Mayor
10/20/2014
Freetown Mayor in Sierra Leone calls for people to spend more time at home as the nation battles Ebola. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.










More yoga, less pizza: How tech startups are getting workers to care about their health
10/20/2014

Employees who make a conscious decision to stay healthy may find it’s a heck of a lot harder if their employers aren’t on the same page. At the same time, companies complain that no one takes advantage of health and wellness initiatives. However, a handful of startups are making the case that most employers are just ill […]












Dr. Nancy Snyderman's Ebola credibility issues
10/20/2014

In this Sept. 1, 2011 photo released by NBC, NBC News' chief medical editor Dr. Nancy Snyderman appears on the "Today" show in New York. Snyderman who has been at NBC since 2006, covered the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and worked briefly with Ashoka Mukpo, the cameraman who caught the virus and is now being treated in Nebraska. Snyderman and her crew voluntarily agreed to quarantine themselves for 21 days, the longest known incubation period for the disease. They have shown no symptoms. New Jersey health officials ruled that her quarantine should be mandatory after Snyderman and her crew were spotted getting takeout food from a New Jersey restaurant. (AP Photo/NBC, Peter Kramer)

NEW YORK (AP) — The quarantine against possible Ebola exposure ends this week for Dr. Nancy Snyderman, but the troubles clearly aren't over for NBC News' chief medical editor.






CDC Updates Its Ebola Guidelines for Health Care Workers
10/20/2014
To better protect health care workers from Ebola, officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new guidelines about wearing personal protective equipment.




Smartsheet, the project management tool cloaked as a spreadseet, adds visualization
10/20/2014

Smartsheet, whose namesake online project management app uses a spreadsheet interface, has developed a visualization tool to let its customers graph and map workgroups in their organizations for better planning and supervision.

The new Account Map tool does an enterprise-wide analysis of data collected in a company’s Smartsheet domain and generates a visual representation of the people working on the different projects, including employees, partners, contractors, vendors and customers.

“It gives you a quick, visual way of seeing the landscape of who is doing what across the enterprise,” said Brent Frei [cq], chairman and co-founder of Smartsheet.

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Microsoft launches Azure cloud in a box (Mary Jo Foley/ZDNet)
10/20/2014

Mary Jo Foley /

ZDNet:
Microsoft launches Azure cloud in a box  —  Summary: In partnership with Dell, Microsoft is launching its Azure cloud in a box offering, codenamed ‘San Diego.’  —  Microsoft is teaming with Dell to create an Azure cloud in a box offering for customers who want to run their own, on-premises datacenters.





App Store Downloads Top 85 Billion, Revenue Up 36 Percent Year-Over-Year (Sarah Perez/TechCrunch)
10/20/2014

Sarah Perez /

TechCrunch:
App Store Downloads Top 85 Billion, Revenue Up 36 Percent Year-Over-Year  —  Apple CEO Tim Cook announced today during the company's FY Q4 2014 earnings call that Apple's cumulative App Store downloads have now topped 85 billion up from 60 billion around a year ago.





Forget Mighty Mouse... forget Mickey Mouse... meet Music Mouse! [Review]
10/20/2014
Sometimes a device that does a single job just doesn’t cut the mustard. See those speakers cluttering up valued space on your desk? Be gone foul cones; your services are required no more! Are we foregoing music? Not a bit of it! We are switching to a wireless mouse with an integrated Bluetooth speaker! At least we are if it turns out to be any good... Things don’t get off to a great start. The Seenda IBT-C04 Music Mouse looks reasonable enough, if slightly retro; but in the hand it's big and angular. There is a slight nod to ergonomics… [Continue Reading]




Mirantis Scores $100M To Continue Quest To Be Enterprise OpenStack Leader
10/20/2014
 Mirantis jumped on the OpenStack bandwagon a few years ago when most companies had never heard of it, and it has ridden the wave as the project has grown increasingly popular with each passing year. Today, the company announced $100M in Series B funding to continue its quest to be the leader in enterprise OpenStack, a chunk of change that should help it keep marching forward. It’s… Read More




Police: Indiana suspect hints at more killings
10/20/2014
GARY, Ind. (AP) — Police investigating the slayings of seven women whose bodies were found in northwest Indiana over the weekend said Monday they believe it is the work of a serial killer, and that the suspect has indicated there could be more victims going back 20 years.




‘World of Warcraft’ Movie Coming to BlizzCon 2014!
10/20/2014
Earlier this month, Moon director Duncan Jones tweeted out this, in response to another tweet about the lack of World of Warcraft updates: @WMF_Official Well, if you look at the calendar, you HAVE to think there would be SOMETHING in the next month… ;) — Duncan Jones (@ManMadeMoon) October 7, 2014 Then a few days later, […]




Judge scolds lawyer with baby in court
10/20/2014
An Atlanta judge reportedly reprimanded an immigration attorney for bringing her 4-week-old to court for a hearing -- a hearing she asked the judge to reschedule because she was on her six-week maternity leave. What appears to be a lack of compassion by the judge in question is troubling but sadly not surprising, many women say.




Vice President Biden Touts Plan to Improve NYC's 'Third-World' Airports
10/20/2014
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NEW YORK — Vice President Joe Biden, who infamously dubbed New York City's outdated LaGuardia Airport "a third-world country," joined Gov. Andrew Cuomo at a news conference Monday to discuss plans to improve the region's airports.

Biden, the White House's loudest voice on the need to update the nation's crumbling infrastructure, was gently teased by Cuomo, who announced a design competition to modernize John F. Kennedy and LaGuardia airports as well as two lesser-known suburban airports.

See also: The Best Airline Seat That $21,000 Can Buy

Cuomo offered a mock quiz about who said, "If I took you and blindfolded you and took you to LaGuardia Airport in New York, you must think, 'I must be in some third-world country,'" asking if it was Texas Gov. Rick Perry, comedian Jay Leno, celebrity developer Donald Trump or "None of the above." Read more...

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Indiana police charge suspect who may have killed for decades
10/20/2014

Darren Deon Vann is seen in an undated picture from the Lake County Sheriff's Office in Indiana

By Mary Wisniewski HAMMOND Ind. (Reuters) - A convicted sex offender suspected of murdering at least seven women and leaving the bodies in abandoned houses in northwest Indiana may be a serial killer who has killed others in the state as far back as 20 years ago, local police said on Monday. Darren Vann, 43, of Gary, Indiana, was charged in Lake County with one of the seven murders, according to online court records. He was being held in custody, said John Doughty, police chief of the neighboring city of Hammond. ...






Square Testing New Payroll Product as Ambition Grows (Jason Del Rey/Re/code)
10/20/2014

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Re/code:
Square Testing New Payroll Product as Ambition Grows  —  Square is running a pilot test for a new payroll product as the company continues to expand its offerings to complement its main payments business.  —  The new payroll product, spotted by a tipster, is designed to handle employee payments …





iPhone 6 demand continues to outstrip supply, may not see balance before 2015
10/20/2014
Apple CEO Tim Cook said on Monday that supply and demand for the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are "not on the same planet" and may not reach a balance until next year.




Apple CEO Tim Cook: iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Demand 'Far Outstripping' Supply
10/20/2014
Apple CEO Tim Cook commented on the balance between supply and demand for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus during today's earnings call, stating that demand is far outstripping supply despite a satisfactory production ramp-up. Cook noted that available data makes it unclear as to when supply will catch up with demand, and that the company was "not close" to having a balance between supply and demand at the end of Q4 2014.


Supplies for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have remained tight since the launch of both devices last month, as new iPhone 6 orders still show a shipping estimate of 7-10 business days while the iPhone 6 Plus is still showing a shipping delay of 3-4 weeks. It is worth noting that the iPhone 6 has been mostly available at Apple's own stores and other retail locations, while the iPhone 6 Plus has a constrained supply in-store.

According to a report by The Wall Street Journal, Apple delayed plans to mass produce the larger 12.9-inch iPad in order to shift its resources towards the iPhone 6 Plus as it has remained unsatisfied with the production output from its suppliers for its larger iPhone. A report from earlier this month also stated that the company is shifting its production balance towards the iPhone 6 Plus which may gradually improve its supplies of the larger phone.


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Apple wants all iOS apps to use 64-bit code starting in February
10/20/2014
Apple may have only introduced 64-bit computing to iPhones and iPads a little over a year ago, but it's already preparing for the day when legacy 32-bit code is gone for good. The Cupertino crew is now telling developers that their iOS apps must...




Swipe right if you’d like to pay for this ‘romantic’ match on Tinder
10/20/2014

Tinder, the fun, flirty, and free dating app, is introducing a paid service next month. Tinder co-founder and chief executive Sean Rad said that the company will launch a premium service in early November that gives users more capabilities, he said on stage at the Forbes Under 30 event in Philadelphia today. Tinder, which launched […]












And The TechCrunch Disrupt Europe Finalists Are Crate, Disease Diagnostic Group, Oscult And PhotoMath
10/20/2014
 Over 1,500 people have walked through door at this year’s TechCrunch Disrupt Europe conference in London. We had everyone from Elvis impersonators to people dressed up as chickens participate, as one does at a tech conference.Highlights included watching our boss Tim Armstrong chat with Josh Constine about the high growth future of Aol, and what he learned after the mistake of firing… Read More




Sandtable
10/20/2014
ARES is a new tabletop wargame technology by the US Army. STTC briefing. Article. A modern take on one of the oldest forms of simulation: drawing stuff in the ground with a stick. Gary Gygax had a sandtable in his basement when creating D&D in the 70s, here's some recent pics of it.




Apple Mac market share at its highest since 1995; sales up 46% in emerging markets (Larry Dignan/ZDNet)
10/20/2014

Larry Dignan /

ZDNet:
Apple Mac market share at its highest since 1995; sales up 46% in emerging markets  —  Apple's Mac surges on back-to-school, emerging markets  —  Summary: The larger question is whether Apple can keep the Mac momentum going.  The short answer is that Apple can probably keep the good times rolling …





Vaccines Do Not Increase Risk of Multiple Sclerosis
10/20/2014
Getting a vaccination does not increase people's risk of developing multiple sclerosis, as some anti-vaccination groups have suggested, a new study finds.




Prep Your Yard for the Winter Months with Help from This Graphic
10/20/2014

The harsh cold of winter can do a number on your yards if you don't take the proper precautions. This handy graphic has tips for preparing your lawn, trees, shrubs, and garden, so everything comes back bright and healthy next spring.

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In Oakland, A Sign of Some Very High Times
10/20/2014
 How bad is the commercial real estate crunch in San Francisco and Silicon Valley?Uh, bad?So bad that that prices per square foot are roughly where they were around the first dot-com boom.So bad that Uber decided to go in, buy its own piece of land and build its own headquarters from scratch.So bad that Doug Shorenstein, part of the storied multi-generational family of San Francisco… Read More




Tim Cook: Apple Pay is a ‘killer’ feature that will sell phones
10/20/2014

Cook and the other executives on the call didn't say much about Apple Pay, until an analyst asked about Apple's motivations for doing it.









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