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Band Releases Album As Linux Kernel Module

Slashdot - 1 hour 1 min ago
netbuzz (955038) writes "A band called netcat is generating buzz in software circles by releasing its debut album as a Linux kernel module (among other more typical formats.) 'Are you ever listening to an album, and thinking "man, this sounds good, but I wish it crossed from user-space to kernel-space more often!" We got you covered,' the band says on its Facebook page. 'Our album is now fully playable as a loadable Linux kernel module.'"

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Apple's Cook: It means more to get it right than to be first

CNET NEWS - 1 hour 51 min ago
Apple's CEO takes a veiled dig at Samsung as he tells investors to be patient for new products.

Brazil lays down the law with Internet 'Bill of Rights'

CNET NEWS - 1 hour 52 min ago
Leading the charge on net neutrality, President Dilma Rousseff signs into law a bill that protects online privacy and promotes an open Internet.

Uber launches in Beijing, eyes more growth overseas (Q&A)

CNET NEWS - 2 hours 8 min ago
As the 4-year-old on-demand car service opens for business in its 100th city, its head of global expansion talks to CNET about what it’s been like to go international.

WhatsApp Is Well On Its Way To A Billion Users

Slashdot - 2 hours 17 min ago
redletterdave (2493036) writes "In just two months since Facebook dropped $19 billion to buy WhatsApp, the five-year-old mobile messaging app on Tuesday announced its its active user base has grown to more than half a billion people. This is not the first time that an app has seen a major pop in users after it was acquired by Facebook: When Facebook bought Instagram in April 2012, the service boasted some 30 million users. In one month after the deal, Instagram gained 20 million new users. By July, Instagram grew to 80 million active users. WhatsApp seems to be having a similar growth spurt, gaining roughly 25 million users each month since the Facebook deal was announced."

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Apple tops estimates, announces 7-for-1 stock split

CNET NEWS - 2 hours 31 min ago
The electronics maker surprised analysts with a better-than-anticipated quarter, sending shares up sharply in after-hours trading.

Twitter hit by massive wave of malicious messages

CNET NEWS - 2 hours 41 min ago
Messages sent by hundreds of accounts testify to dramatic weight loss and link to same suspicious site pedaling diet pills.

Zuckerberg explains the three tiers of Facebook

CNET NEWS - 2 hours 47 min ago
With an app hierarchy, CEO Mark Zuckerberg tries to quell Wall Street's appetite for additional revenue from Facebook's latest ventures.

NYPD's Twitter Campaign Backfires

Slashdot - 3 hours 6 min ago
An anonymous reader writes "A NYPD community outreach campaign designed to show images of citizens with cops turned ugly quickly when a deluge of images depicting police brutality came in. From the article: 'The responses soon turned ugly when Occupy Wall Street tweeted a photograph of cops battling protesters with the caption "changing hearts and minds one baton at a time." Other photos included an elderly man bloodied after being arrested for jaywalking.' Police Commissioner Bill Bratton says, 'I kind of welcome the attention,' of the #myNYPD project."

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Apple CEO: We're on the prowl

CNET NEWS - 3 hours 13 min ago
Tim Cook tells analysts that Apple's made 24 deals in the last 18 months, says the company wants to make acquisitions that bring along "great people and great technology and that fit culturally."

In just one year, Zynga has lost nearly half of its daily active users

Arstechnica - 3 hours 28 min ago
It's been a rough year for Zynga, which has relegated founder Mark Pincus to being chairman of the board. Fortune Live Media

Zynga needs some good news, and fast: in its Tuesday quarterly earnings filling, the company reported that its daily active users rose from 27 million in the last quarter of 2013 to 28 million this quarter. But when compared to the first quarter of 2013, Zynga had 53 million daily active users—which means the company has lost about half of its most active players in a year.

Just months after Zynga spent $527 million on NaturalMotion, maker of Clumsy Ninja, the embattled social gaming firm also announced that it ended its first quarter by losing over $61 million. At this time last year, the company had profited $4.1 million during the first three months of 2013.

Still, the company's chief executive tried to play the loss down.

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DistroWatch - 3 hours 33 min ago

Suit claims Muslims put on no-fly list for refusing to become informants

Arstechnica - 3 hours 38 min ago

Four American Muslim men claim the Federal Bureau of Investigation placed them on a no-fly watchlist to try to coerce them into serving as government informants even though none of them were a threat to aviation security, according to a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday.

The suit claims that the Federal Bureau of Investigation has wielded the threat of placement on the no-fly list as tool to try to coerce the four Muslim Americans, who have no criminal records, into serving as confidential informants. The government was either attempting to intimidate them into becoming informants or to retaliating against them for declining its requests, the suit said.

The complaint accuses US Attorney General Eric Holder, FBI Director James Comey, and various other high-ranking government officials of creating an atmosphere in which innocent Muslims are targeted and forbidden from flying unless they are willing to serve as government spies against members of their own communities.

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Ada Initiative bails on GitHub, after sexism allegations

CNET NEWS - 3 hours 43 min ago
Workplace gender discrimination claims against the software hosting service have resulted in an ousted co-founder and a fizzled partnership.

F.C.C., In Net Neutrality Turnaround, Plans To Allow Fast Lane

Slashdot - 3 hours 52 min ago
Dega704 (1454673) writes in with news of the latest FCC plan which seems to put another dagger in the heart of net neutrality. "The Federal Communications Commission will propose new rules that allow Internet service providers to offer a faster lane through which to send video and other content to consumers, as long as a content company is willing to pay for it, according to people briefed on the proposals. The proposed rules are a complete turnaround for the F.C.C. on the subject of so-called net neutrality, the principle that Internet users should have equal ability to see any content they choose, and that no content providers should be discriminated against in providing their offerings to consumers."

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Zuckerberg pitches private sharing, says Messenger has 200M users

CNET NEWS - 3 hours 54 min ago
The Facebook chief discusses the audience of the company's in-house mobile messaging app for the first time and simultaneously signals a growing interest in less public forms of expression.

Mystery attack drops avalanche of malicious messages on Twitter

Arstechnica - 4 hours 13 min ago
Note the "via weheartit.com" tag in the bottom right of the malicious tweet.

Twitter has been hit by an avalanche of malicious tweets that are being sent by thousands of compromised user accounts. The ongoing attack, which was about two hours old and showed no signs of abating as this post was about to go live, appeared to be linked to security breaches affecting third-party sites and apps.

Early on, every single one of the tweets viewed by Ars contained the tag "via weheartit.com," prompting speculation the compromised Twitter accounts were linked to the social network by that name, which hosts services for image sharing and promotion. Later on, however, tweets that were part of the same campaign carried tags showing they were transmitted by apps such as the Twitter for iPhone, making it unclear exactly what was the source of the non-stop torrent.

In an e-mail, We Heart It President Dave Williams wrote: "We are definitely seeing some malicious activity which we have now blocked and are investigating further. Unfortunately I don't have any other information I can share at this point." We Heart It representatives later took to Twitter to say sign-in and sharing over Twitter had been temporarily disabled.

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Apple iTunes nears 800 million mark

CNET NEWS - 4 hours 16 min ago
CEO Tim Cook touts the now "staggering" number of iTunes accounts while discussing Apple's blowout quarter.

Apple has sold 20 million Apple TV units, CEO says

CNET NEWS - 4 hours 18 min ago
In reaffirming that Apple TV is no longer a hobby, Tim Cook says Apple generated over $1 billion in sales off media content ordered directly through the box last year.

Mobile Game Attempts To Diagnose Alzheimer's

Slashdot - 4 hours 19 min ago
the_newsbeagle writes "Currently, the best way to check if a person has a high likelihood of developing Alzheimer's is to perform a PET scan to measure the amount of amyloid plaque in his or her brain. That's an expensive procedure. But a startup called Akili Interactive says it has developed a mobile game that can identify likely Alzheimer's patients just by their gameplay and game results. The game is based on a neuroscience study which showed that multitasking is one of the first brain functions to take a hit in Alzheimer's patients. Therefore the game requires players to perform two tasks at the same time."

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