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Young Chinese couple sells 2 newborns to buy in-game items

hypnosec (2231454) writes | 2 minutes ago

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hypnosec (2231454) writes "With several controversies arising about in-app purchases, a Chinese couple has done the most unthinkable by selling their sons to buy in-app items. An unmarried couple, A Hui and A Mei, severely addicted to online games were accused of selling their sons and were arrested. In an interview to the Guangdong TV, they revealed that they chose to sell their sons to child traffickers to be relieved of the financial burden of supporting their children. A Hui said A Mei is fond of playing online games and likes to buy game items. As he could not give up his in-app purchases, he was not able to support his first son and they sold him to Fujian-based child traffickers. When the wife A Mei bore another son, they felt they would not be able to support their second child too. As they were both more interested in buying in-app items, they again sold him to the traffickers."
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How deep does the multiverse go?

StartsWithABang (3485481) writes | 3 hours ago

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StartsWithABang (3485481) writes "Our observable Universe is a pretty impressive entity: extending 46 billion light-years in all directions, filled with hundreds of billions of galaxies and having been around for nearly 14 billion years since the Big Bang. But what lies beyond it? Sure, there's probably more Universe just like ours that's unobservable, but what about the multiverse? Finally, a treatment that delineates the difference between the ideas that are thrown around and explains what's accepted as valid, what's treated as speculative, and what's completely unrelated to anything that could conceivably ever be observed from within our Universe."

Garth Brooks to bypass iTunes , release new album on his own site directly

bricko (1052210) writes | 4 hours ago

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bricko (1052210) writes "The other big news is that Garth’s entire catalog will be available for downloading starting on Monday at his website, www.garthbrooks.com. Garth had previously been one of the few remaining holdouts, refusing to allow his songs on iTunes, amazon, or other services.

Now he’s going do it himself and cut out the middle man. I don’t know why more artists don’t do it this way."

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LG planning paper thin, rollable TV - Delhi Daily News

feedfeeder (1749978) writes | 4 hours ago

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ABC News

LG planning paper thin, rollable TV
Delhi Daily News
Electronics giant LG has introduced the world's first working 18-inch TV that can be rolled into a tube for transportation and plans to bring the 60-inch version by 2017 which will be paper thin. The 18-inch TV's flexible screen utilizes OLED technology - that...
LG Unveils 18-Inch Rollable TV, 60-Inch Version in 2017Upstart Magazine
Future TVs Will Be Paper Thin and Rollable, LG Sayskvor

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Supermoon 2014: First Of Three Bright, Summer Full Moons Visible Tonight - Inter

feedfeeder (1749978) writes | 5 hours ago

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International Business Times

Supermoon 2014: First Of Three Bright, Summer Full Moons Visible Tonight
International Business Times
Saturday's full moon will be a supermoon and sky gazers can expect two more before the summer ends. While not quite a blood moon, a supermoon is quite the viewing event. The supermoon of June 2013 captured everyone's attention and people from...
Get Ready for This Weekend's SupermoonABC News (blog)
Supermoon season: first of three massive moons can be seen tonightThe Independent
Super Moon(s) and Space LaunchPhilly.com
Thegardenisland.com-WANE-NPR (blog)
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New Microsoft CEO Vows To Shake Up Corporate Culture

jfruh (300774) writes | yesterday

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jfruh (300774) writes "New Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said that he and his leadership team are taking "important steps to visibly change our culture" and that "nothing is off the table" on that score. While much of his declaration consists of vague and positive-sounding phrases ("crease the fluidity of information and ideas by taking actions to flatten the organization and develop leaner business processes"), he outlined his main goals for the shift: reduce time it takes to get things done by having fewer people involved in each decision; quantify outcomes for products and use that data to predict future trends; and increasing investment for employee training and development."
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Take a Picture just by thinking about it, using Google Glass with MindRDR App.

rtoz (2530056) writes | 8 hours ago

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rtoz (2530056) writes "A London based company "This Place" is launching a new app "MindRDR" for providing one more way for controlling Google Glass. It will allow the users to control the Google Glass by their thoughts.

This MindRDR application bridges the Neurosky EEG biosensor and Google Glass. It allows users to take photos and share them on Twitter and Facebook by simply using brainwaves alone.

"This Place" has put the code of this app on GitHub for others to use it and expand on it."

Finnish National Digital TV Broadcaster Starts Sending Bitcoin Blockchain

Joel Lehtonen (3743763) writes | 9 hours ago

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Joel Lehtonen (3743763) writes "Finnish national digital TV broadcaster Digita co-operates with startup company Koodilehto to start transmission of Bitcoin blockchain and transactions in Terrestrial Digital TV (DVB-T) signal that covers almost the entire Finnish population of 5 million people. The pilot broadcasting starts in September the 1st and lasts two months. The broadcast can be received by a computer with any DVB-T adapter like this $20 dongle. Commercial production phase is planned to begin later this year."

NSA Admits Retaining Snowden Emails, no FOIA for US press

AHuxley (892839) writes | 10 hours ago

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AHuxley (892839) writes "The http://thedesk.matthewkeys.net... reports on a FOIA request covering "... all e-mails sent by Edward Snowden"
Remember how Snowden should have raised his concerns with his superiors within the NSA?
Remember how no such communication could be found?
Remember how one such communication was released but did not seem to be raising direct concerns?
Well some record of e-mail communications seems to exist but they are exempt from public disclosure under the federal Freedom of Information Act."

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Chinese Hackers Infiltrate Firms Using Malware-Laden Handheld Scanners

wiredmikey (1824622) writes | 2 days ago

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wiredmikey (1824622) writes "China-based threat actors are using sophisticated malware installed on handheld scanners to target shipping and logistics organizations from all over the world. According to security firm TrapX, the attack begins at a Chinese company that provides hardware and software for handheld scanners used by shipping and logistics firms worldwide to inventory the items they're handling. The Chinese manufacturer installs the malware on the Windows XP operating systems embedded in the devices.

Experts determined that the threat group targets servers storing corporate financial data, customer data and other sensitive information. A second payload downloaded by the malware then establishes a sophisticated C&C on the company's finance servers, enabling the attackers to exfiltrate the information they're after. The malware used by the Zombie Zero attackers is highly sophisticated and polymorphic, the researchers said. In one attack they observed, 16 of the 48 scanners used by the victim were infected, and the malware managed to penetrate the targeted organization's defenses and gain access to servers on the corporate network.

Interestingly, the C&C is located at the Lanxiang Vocational School, an educational institution said to be involved in the Operation Aurora attacks against Google, and which is physically located only one block away from the scanner manufacturer, TrapX said."

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In New Zealand The Right To Silence And Presumption Of Innocence Are In Danger

cold fjord (826450) writes | 13 hours ago

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cold fjord (826450) writes "The New Zealand Herald reports, "Fundamental pillars of the criminal justice system may be eroded whichever party wins the election this year, as both National's and Labour's proposals would look into changing the right to silence or the presumption of innocence in rape cases. Both major parties claim the current system is not upholding justice for victims, and are looking at changes that would effectively make it easier for prosecutors to obtain convictions. National wants to explore allowing a judge or jury to see an accused's refusal to give evidence in a negative light, while Labour wants to shift the burden of proof of consent from the alleged victim to the accused.""
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Mars (One) Needs Payloads

mbone (558574) writes | yesterday

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mbone (558574) writes "Mars One has announced that their first, unmanned, lander, targeted for 2018, needs payloads. Along with their 4 experiments, and a University experiment, they have two payloads for hire :

Mars One offers two payload opportunities for paying mission contributors. Proposals can take the form of scientific experiments, technology demonstrations, marketing and publicity campaigns, or any other suggested payload. “Previously, the only payloads that have landed on Mars are those which NASA has selected,” said Bas Lansdorp, “We want to open up the opportunity to the entire world to participate in our mission to Mars by sending a certain payload to the surface of Mars.”

The formal Request for Proposals for all of this is out now as well."
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White House responds to petition to allow Tesla Motors to sell directly to consu

devloop (983641) writes | yesterday

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devloop (983641) writes "White House posts an official response to this petition, already with nearly 140,000 votes in favor, to allow direct sales to consumers in all 50 states. "We believe in the goal of improving consumer choice for American families, including more vehicles that provide savings at the pump for consumers. However, we understand that pre-empting current state laws on direct-to-consumer auto sales would require an act of Congress.""
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O3b launches four more satellites to bring internet to 'Other 3 billion'

Anonymous Coward writes | yesterday

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An anonymous reader writes "O3b Networks is aiming to provide internet access through satellite, to the "other three billion" people in under-served equatorial regions (Africa, the Pacific, South America). O3b launched four more satellites today, to add to the four they already have in orbit. This is a very international effort; a Russian Soyuz rocket went up from South America, carrying satellites built in France. There's a video of the rocket and payloads coming together and a video of the rocket launch. There's also an academic paper describing using the O3b system from the Cook Islands in the Pacific, giving an idea of what it does and those all-important ping times."
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Rocket Scientist Designs 'Flare' Pot That Cooks Food 40% Faster

Anonymous Coward writes | yesterday

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An anonymous reader writes "Oxford University engineering professor Dr Thomas Povey just invented a new cooking pot that heats food 40% faster. The pot is made from cast aluminum, and it features fins that direct flames across the bottom and up the sides, capturing energy that would otherwise be wasted. The pot is set to hit the market next month in the UK."
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Chinese State Media Declares iPhone A Threat To National Security

MojoKid (1002251) writes | yesterday

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MojoKid (1002251) writes "When NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden came forth last year with US government spying secrets, it didn't take long to realize that some of the information revealed could bring on serious repercussions — not just for the US government, but also for US-based companies. The latest to feel the hit? None other than Apple, and in a region the company has been working hard to increase market share: China. China, via state media, has today declared that Apple's iPhone is a threat to national security — all because of its thorough tracking capabilities. It has the ability to keep track of user locations, and to the country, this could potentially reveal "state secrets" somehow. It's being noted that the iPhone will continue to track the user to some extent even if the overall feature is disabled. China's iPhone ousting comes hot on the heels of Russia's industry and trade deeming AMD and Intel processors to be untrustworthy. The nation will instead be building its own ARM-based "Baikal" processor."
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