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jfruh (300774) writes "The moment most of us have expected has arrived: Sony has been hit with a lawsuit over the huge hack it suffered. Specifically, former employees are suing over the release of personal data, arguing that the company had an obligation to improve its security." Link to Original Source top
Eric Schmidt: To Avoid NSA Spying, Keep Your Data In Google's Services
jfruh (300774) writes "Solid-state drives give an immense performance boost to computers that use them, and memory prices are dropping to the point where they can compete with traditional hard drives on price. And yet worries persist that solid-state memory simply isn't a durable or reliable as hard disks. But a recent long-term test might put those worries to bed, showing that high-quality SSDs on the market today have lifetimes that can be measured in decades, or even centuries." Link to Original Source top
Bluetooth Gains Direct Internet Access, Security Enhancements
jfruh (300774) writes "With Microsoft aiming to make more money from cloud services and software subscriptions, some have speculated that Windows itself might be given away for free with the aim of locking users into Microsoft's ecosystem. But company COO Kevin Turner says that, while Windows 10 pricing hasn't been decided yet, it definitely won't be a "loss leader"." Link to Original Source top
EU May Not Unify Its Data Protection Rules After All
jfruh (300774) writes "In 2012, Microsoft invested $300 million in Barnes & Noble's Nook division. This week, Microsoft agreed to sell its interest back to B&N so that the struggling bookstore could try to spin the division off as a separate business or sell it. The sale price was so low that Microsoft essentially lost nearly $190,000 every day on the botched attempt to gain access to the e-reader ecosystem." Link to Original Source top
Will An Intel Chip Make Google Glass Relevant Again?
jfruh (300774) writes "Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town is a subdivision taking shape southwest of Tokyo. Built buy Panasonic, it aims to eventually produce zero CO2, but in the short term will reduce CO2 emissions by 70 percent compared to 1990 levels, as well as reducing water use by 30 percent. The town features lots and lots of solar panels, and, as you might expect, lots and lots of Panasonic appliances and gadgets." Link to Original Source top
jfruh (300774) writes "Big companies like Google may need to fill seats with high-skilled workers, but smaller companies — which often fit the profile of the hip workplaces people dream of — still have the luxury of picking and choosing. That's why applicants' social skills and "cultural fit" are so important, which may shatter your dreams of tech as a clique-free meritocracy." top
US, EU Officials Seize Domains To Fight Counterfeiters
jfruh (300774) writes "Driverless vehicles are coming. The question is: what form will they take? Uber's management has suggested that, rather than owning our own private autonomous, cars, we'll all be glad to pay Uber by the trip for a private ride in one. But an Italian consultant working on experimental driverless vehicles in Europe thinks that the future will lie with automated buses, because diverless cars, 'may be able to go and park themselves out of harm’s way, they may be able to do more trips per day, but they will still need a 10 ft wide lane to move a flow of 3600 persons per hour... their advantages completely fade away in an urban street, where the frequent obstacles and interruptions will make robots provide a performance that will be equal, or worse than, that of a human driver, at least in terms of capacity and density.'" Link to Original Source top
Was Microsoft Just Forced To Pay $136M In Back Taxes To China?
jfruh (300774) writes "Slack is a chat service that is taking agile workplaces by storm. But you need to think of it like email and other company-controlled communications mediums: not private. Slack is offering an upcoming paid Plus plan that will give employers wide-ranging access to their employee chats." Link to Original Source top
jfruh (300774) writes "Fifty years ago, Gordon Moore observed that the number of transistors engineers were managing to squeeze onto a chip was doubling every two years. Four years later, Moore co-founded Intel, a company that elevated this observation into a law and put it at the heart of its business. But now, with chip engineering reaching the point where components are measured in terms of individual molecules, Moore's Law may have reached it's limits — with dire results for Intel." Link to Original Source top
Molecular Clusters That Can Retain Charge Could Revolutionize Computer Memory
jfruh (300774) writes "When Jeff Bezos bought the Washington Post, people wondered how the tech heavyweight would approach the business of running a traditional print outlet, and how Amazon would fit into the picture. Well, here's a first tiny step: Kindle Fire owners will now be getting a free six month subscription to the Post's slick new Web app, whether they ask for it or not." Link to Original Source