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Creator of Silk Road website faces sentencing for drug scheme
05/29/2015

An illustration photo shows a Bitcoin (virtual currency) paper wallet with QR codes and a coin are seen at La Maison du Bitcoin in Paris

By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - The accused mastermind behind the underground website Silk Road will be sentenced on Friday for orchestrating a scheme that enabled more than $200 million of anonymous online drug sales using the digital currency bitcoin. Ross Ulbricht, 31, faces up to life in prison after a federal jury in Manhattan found him guilty in February of charges including conspiracy to commit drug trafficking, money laundering and computer hacking. Prosecutors are seeking a sentence "substantially above" the 20-year mandatory minimum that U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest must impose on Ulbricht, who admitted to creating Silk Road but denied wrongdoing.






Google acquires mobile app performance startup Pulse.io
05/29/2015

Before Google I/O, there was Google + Pulse.io.









Spelling bee ends tied for second straight year
05/29/2015
The National Spelling Bee got co-champions when the list of words ran out. FULL STORY | PHOTOS




Here’s what mobile brings to enthusiast communities and influencer marketing
05/29/2015

A panel at Viglink's The Enthusiast Channel Summit finds that, when you're really into something or someone, mobile puts time and space on your side.









How many partners have you been with? Can you remember everyone?
05/29/2015
Tell us how many people you've slept with. Our calculator will tell you if that's a lot. Slate features a sex history calculator. Input your age, gender (male or female) and number of sex partners since 18 and compare results with other participants.




Man says he knows where Natalee Holloway is
05/29/2015
Jurriën de Jong says he kept silent for years because of his own crimes -- and out of fear. FULL STORY




SRC Makes Move Into Commercial Server Space with Saturn 1
05/29/2015
The vendor, which has sold systems to defense agencies, claims its FPGA architecture offers a 100-times performance boost over Intel-based servers.




This smart fabric from Google can change the music and turn off the lights
05/29/2015

Wander around the halls of Google’s I/O conference and eventually you’ll bump into a large table covered with a blue cloth. But being I/O, this is no ordinary cloth. It’s a smart fabric developed by Google’s advanced technology group that could one day control your smartphone or the lights in your home.

Called Project Jaquard, it’s an experiment that involves weaving electronics into fabric to create the equivalent of a touch screen inside the material. The surface feels like a patch of corduroy, but stroking your fingers up and down or sideways controls nearby electronics.

Google had set up a few demo stations on the table where people could interact with the cloth. One patch allowed you to manipulate a 3D image on a nearby display, while another changed the song on a phone, and yet another controlled the lights overhead.

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Path sells to South Korean Internet company Daum Kakao
05/29/2015
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South Korean messaging company Daum Kakao has acquired social networking apps Path and Path Talk for an undisclosed amount. Path announced the deal Thursday evening

"We have reached a tipping point on our journey and for Path to truly grow we need more resources and a larger local team that deeply understands Southeast Asian markets," Path CEO Dave Morin said in a statement

See also: Facebook search now includes restaurant reviews

Daum Kakao will continue to update the apps, which Morin claimed had more than 10 million monthly active users.

"Nearly everything you have come to love about Path and Path Talk will remain as is," he added Read more...

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Lenovo seeks to be hip 10 years after ThinkPad buy
05/29/2015

Can a Chinese PC vendor learn to be cool?

On Thursday, Lenovo, a maker of business laptops, tried to answer that question. It brought out dance club music, a Chinese movie actress, and a retired NBA player at a company event that hailed Lenovo’s new logo.

“Users need cooler, more innovative devices,” said its CEO Yang Yuanqing, while speaking at the Beijing event. “The devices need to be more capable, fashionable, and they need to have personality.”

At a time when tech companies are all targeting young consumers, Lenovo is hoping it can hang around with the cool kids. The vendor is more focused on consumers than ever, in its bid to rise to the heights of Apple and Samsung, and lead in the tech market.

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First manned flight for Flike personal tricopter
05/29/2015

The Flike concept demonstrator in a controlled flight in Hungary

Despite always generating plenty of interest, getting a personal flight vehicle off the ground can be a huge undertaking – just ask Malloy Aeronautics, which has been forced to scale its Hoverbike down, selling a one-third-scale drone to raise funds to continue development of the larger, manned Hoverbike. But a Hungarian team is looking onwards and upwards after having achieved the first manned flight of its Flike tricopter concept demonstrator.

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Daum Kakao to Buy Path's Social Media Services - Wall Street Journal
05/29/2015

Daum Kakao to Buy Path's Social Media Services

Wall Street Journal
SEOUL— Daum Kakao Corp. 035720 9.71 % , maker of South Korea's popular chat app KakaoTalk, said Friday that it would buy the social media services of San Francisco-based Path Inc., marking Daum Kakao's boldest move to expand beyond a home ...
Path sells its social-networking app to Duam Kakao CNET
Daum Kakao buys Path assets for Indonesia growth, stock soars Reuters
Path sells to South Korean Internet company Daum Kakao Mashable
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Oh no: MIT's Cheetah robot can jump over hurdles while running
05/29/2015
MIT's scientists spent years making the Cheetah robot a more efficient runner. Now that's done, its creators probably thought it was time to give it a major upgrade: the metal quadruped can now autonomously jump over hurdles like a trained horse. Yes...




EarthRoamer reveals its largest off-road expedition vehicle yet
05/29/2015

The EarthRoamer XV-HD starts at a cool $950K

“That’s cool, but you’re never going to sell one.” It’s a sentiment that EarthRoamer, builder of some of the world's toughest off-road expedition vehicles, has heard many times over the 12 years it's been rolling product out. But it has sold them, 150 of them, in fact. The company is so confident that it will keep selling them that it is now working on an even larger, more expensive 4x4 motorhome. We previously took a look at the basic specs of the all-new

XV-HD expedition vehicle, and after traveling to Overland Expo, we have a few more details about this beastly build, including its near-seven figure price tag.

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Mob burns teen girl alive
05/28/2015
A large crowd stands by as a teenage girl -- beaten and bloodied -- writhes on the ground, her body engulfed in flames.




National Spelling Bee ends in tie for 2nd year in a row
05/28/2015

Dev Jaiswal, 13, of Jackson, Miss. reacts as he correctly spelled "bouclé" during the semifinals of the 2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee, Thursday, May 28, 2015, in Oxon Hill, Md. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — They couldn't be rattled. They couldn't be denied. Gokul Venkatachalam and Vanya Shivashankar had worked too hard and come close too many times not to win the Scripps National Spelling Bee.






Defense in Freddie Gray case seeks to move trial from Baltimore
05/28/2015

A girl writes on the sidewalk near North Ave and Pennsylvania Ave in Baltimore, Maryland(Reuters) - Defense attorneys for six police officers facing criminal charges in the Freddie Gray case are seeking to have the trial moved from Baltimore, saying their clients cannot get a fair trial there, the Baltimore Sun reported on Thursday. The lawyers filed an 85-page document on Wednesday in Baltimore Circuit Court asking for a change of venue, arguing that a "presumption of prejudice" exists in the city, the newspaper said. Gray, a 25-year-old black man, was arrested April 12 and suffered a spinal injury in police custody.






Pearl Harbor memorial closed after accident
05/28/2015
The USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, will be closed to visitors until at least June 4 after a dock to the memorial that sits atop the sunken battleship was damaged in an accident Wednesday, the National Park Service says.




'Friday' actor and comedian dies
05/28/2015
Actor and comedian Reynaldo Rey died Thursday of complications from a stroke, his manager said.




Microsoft SQL Server 2016 Public Preview Boosts Database Security
05/28/2015
On-premises or in a cloud-hosted virtual machine, organizations can now take an early version of the company's next database for a spin.




Apple details workaround for iOS Messages bug, permanent fix coming soon
05/28/2015
Apple on Thursday posted a support document detailing workarounds for a recently discovered bug that crashes the iOS Messages app when a specific text string is received.




Cyber-Security Is a Top Priority in Corporate Boardrooms
05/28/2015
A new survey from NYSE Governance Services and Veracode on current IT security attitudes and trends finds that boards are taking cyber-security very seriously.




Google Packs Offline Functionality Into Maps, YouTube
05/28/2015
Google Maps now work without connectivity, and that includes turn-by-turn directions. YouTube videos can be viewed for 48 hours without being connected.




Google Play services 7.5 includes Smart Lock for Passwords, App Invites beta, Google Cast, Remote Display API, Google Fit, more (Reto Meier/Android Developers Blog)
05/28/2015

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Google Play services 7.5 includes Smart Lock for Passwords, App Invites beta, Google Cast, Remote Display API, Google Fit, more  —  A Closer Look at Google Play services 7.5  —  At Google I/O, we announced the rollout of Google Play services 7.5 that deliver new capabilities and optimizations to devices across the Android ecosystem.





Software problem "pauses" LightSail mission
05/28/2015

The LightSail satellite is locked up due to a software glitch

The LightSail solar sail mission has been "paused" due to a software glitch related to a design flaw in the avionics software, which has frozen the onboard computer in a fashion all too familiar to terrestrial technology users.

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Google Photos: One smart photo organizer, with lots of polish
05/28/2015
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It's finally happened: Google's excellent photos service is now fully separate from Google+ and is a standalone app in its own right. And it's really impressive.

The basics: Google announced a Google Photos app for Android, iOS and the web. Formerly a Google+ service, it's been upgraded with a bunch of new features, the most notable being all users get unlimited free storage for photos and videos. That is, photos up to 16 megapixels and videos up to 1080p resolution. Exceed that and you have to start paying (though Google gives 15GB free).

See also: Watch the 2-hour Google I/O keynote in under 2 minutes Read more...

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NBA's most valuable toddler steals show
05/28/2015
Most valuable toddler steals the show. CNN's Jeanne Moos reports on the thin line between adorable and annoying.




Google Photos ditches Google+ to avoid the creepy factor
05/28/2015

If there’s one word that summarizes why Google’s new photo service works separately from Google+, it’s “privacy.”

The company wanted Photos to be a “private, sacred, secure place for all of [its users’] memories, without agenda,” Bradley Horowitz, Google’s vice president of streams and photos, said during a press conference at Google I/O Thursday.

That’s not aligned with the current mission for Google+, which has gone from a social network aimed at taking on Facebook to what Horowitz calls a home for “people who want to connect together around their interests and passions.”

Google Photos offers free, unlimited photo and video storage in Google’s cloud, along with tools that organize the media and make them easier to share.

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Netflix, HBO Streaming Video Traffic Increases As BitTorrent Declines (Sarah Perez/TechCrunch)
05/28/2015

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Netflix, HBO Streaming Video Traffic Increases As BitTorrent Declines  —  A new report released today shows the continued domination Netflix has on North American Internet traffic patterns.  According to broadband networking company Sandvine, which periodically releases its findings on web usage …





HueRay combines handlebar grips and side lights
05/28/2015

Each HueRay grip kicks out 90 lumens

There are already bicycle "running lights" that plug into the ends of the handlebars, providing side visibility when cycling at night. HueRay takes that same idea but makes it sturdier and more self-contained, with silicone bar grips that incorporate their own high-intensity LEDs.

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Path Sells Its Social Networking App To Daum Kakao
05/28/2015
 The company behind the Path social networking app might be looking for a new name. That’s because Dave Morin and crew have sold their social networking app of the same name to Korean messaging heavyweight Daum Kakao. Read More




AMD A10-7870K APU is affordable and powerful Windows 10-ready processor
05/28/2015
It seems like Intel gets all the attention in the PC hardware world lately. True, Intel makes some damn good processors, but so does AMD. Quite frankly, if you are looking for a great value and impressive game performance, AMD has some wonderful offerings. Today, the company announces the A10-7870K APU. Not only is it a very powerful processor with a clock speed up to 4.1Ghz, but it is extremely affordable. Seriously, this value is incredible. Will this APU be powering your next build? "The latest iteration of the popular and powerful AMD A-Series APU family provides premium performance and… [Continue Reading]




Google's Now on Tap makes Android M smartphones so much smarter
05/28/2015
In no particular order, Google's invading our living rooms, our extremities, our skies, and — curiously — our Android phones. No, really! By announcing Google Now on Tap during today's I/O keynote, the company's going all-in on the idea that a Google...




Apple acquires Metaio with a view to augmented reality
05/28/2015

Apple has taken a big step into augmented reality by acquiring Metaio, a German company whose technology has been used by Macy’s, BMW and furniture retailer Ikea.

Augmented reality systems add information to a user’s view of the world to help them do things like work, shop or drive. Whereas virtual reality makes it look like you’re in a different place, AR allows you to be more informed about your actual surroundings.

BMW has demonstrated glasses that display navigation data and other travel information, and link up with cameras on the outside of a car, to let a driver see “through” the vehicle for tasks like parking. A startup called Augment offers software for iOS and Android that lets users visualize 3D renderings within the space in front of them, for jobs like designing store displays.

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Path and Path Talk acquired by Daum Kakao; services to continue (Dave Morin/Path Blog)
05/28/2015

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Path and Path Talk acquired by Daum Kakao; services to continue  —  A New Chapter for Path  —  In 2010 a small team of us set out to build a company focused on quality products that bring you a source of happiness, meaning, and connection.  Five years later, Path continues to follow …





This foldable drone origamis itself and dissolves when done
05/28/2015
MIT recently unveiled -- or rather, unfurled -- an unusual drone specimen. The tiny robot weighs a third of a gram and is just 1.7 cm long. It starts its existence as a flat, paper or polystyrene wafer. When activated with a small heat source, the dr...




Man charged with selling fake discount coupons on Silk Road
05/28/2015

A Louisiana man has been accused of creating counterfeit coupons and selling them on the Silk Road underground websites, potentially defrauding businesses of more than US$1 million, the Justice Department said Thursday.

Prosecutors said Beau Wattigney, 30, of New Orleans, created coupons that look like print-at-home coupons from manufacturers, including fake logos. The coupons offered vast discounts on the retail price of some items.

He offered one of the coupons, for a $50 Visa gift card, for 1 cent, prosecutors said.

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Forget about credit cards and cash, Google is making payments Hands Free
05/28/2015

Google is testing out a way for you to pay for items at a store without pulling out your phone or wallet. Called Hands Free Payments, the tool looks like it uses phone proximity to make payments, possibly through Blue-tooth. All it requires is that a person download an app to their phone. When they go to pay at a […]









iPhone sales surge in Q1 on strong China, emerging market performance
05/28/2015
Echoing findings from IDC earlier this month, market research firm Gartner this week estimated global iPhone sales hit 60.2 million units for the first quarter of 2015, in large part thanks to a surge in China.




Kung Fury
05/28/2015
If you love kung fu and hate Nazis, then today is your lucky day. Kung Fury has been released on Youtube. (Previously, Previously)




Severe Storms Dump Rain, Flood City Streets in Oklahoma
05/28/2015
Heavy rains cause severe flooding in parts of southwestern Oklahoma. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).








Best Running Apps
05/28/2015
Live Science tested out popular apps for runners. Here are our picks.




Former House Speaker Hastert indicted on federal charges
05/28/2015
Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert is indicted on federal charges, including for lying to the FBI, relating to an alleged effort to hide $3.5 million in payments to a person to conceal past misconduct. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.




8 Super Handy Things I Just Learned About Google Photos
05/28/2015
 Google just launched a free, unlimited photo storage service. They’re calling it — wait for it — Google Photos.I met with Google shortly after the announcement, and they mentioned all sorts of neat tricks they didn’t get around to discussing in the keynote. Read More




LifeImage pulls in $17.5M for medical imaging network
05/28/2015

Access to medical imagery (or lack of access), is a costly problem in the health care system. It often leads to unnecessary, duplicative procedures when a provider encounters a patient from another care network. In the absence of images, new images are taken. Some say this problem alone costs the health system $30 billion each year. […]









Android Pay will support 13 financial institutions at launch in the U.S.
05/28/2015

Google reveals its banking partnerships for its recently announced mobile payment platform, Android Pay.









CDC investigating error that caused live anthrax shipments
05/28/2015

In this May 11, 2003, file photo, Microbiologist Ruth Bryan works with BG nerve agent simulant in Class III Glove Box in the Life Sciences Test Facility at Dugway Proving Ground, Utah. The specialized airtight enclosure is also used for hands-on work with anthrax and other deadly agents. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it is investigating what the Pentagon called an inadvertent shipment of live anthrax spores to government and commercial laboratories in as many as nine states, as well as one overseas, that expected to receive dead spores. (AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Army's top general said Thursday that human error probably was not a factor in the Army's mistaken shipment of live anthrax samples from a chemical weapons testing site that was opened more than 70 years ago in a desolate stretch of desert in Utah.






Google wants to break Facebook’s stranglehold on photos
05/28/2015

Google doesn't want you to upload your photos to Facebook first.









iPhones can be Google VR viewers, too
05/28/2015
As we walked out of today's Google I/O keynote, we -- and all other keynote attendees -- were handed the second-generation version of Cardboard, Google's low-tech effort at a VR headset. As was announced at the keynote itself, the new Cardboard is de...




Feds to overhaul program that delivers broadband to the poor
05/28/2015
While 95 percent of American households earning six figures annually have access to broadband internet, just 48 percent of homes making under $25,000 enjoy the same benefit. Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission announced plans to reduce th...

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