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Earth's trees number 'three trillion'
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There are just over three trillion trees on Earth, according to a new assessment. The figure is eight times as big as the previous best estimate, which counted perhaps 400 billion at most. It has been produced by Thomas Crowther from Yale University ...
3 Trillion: Study Finds Many, Many More Trees Than Previously EstimatedNBCNews.com
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Tree Counter Is Astonished By How Many Trees There AreNPR
New York Times-Christian Science Monitor-Washington Post
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Feed Google News Sci Tech: Verizon has a new logo, and it's really basic - Fortune->


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Verizon has a new logo, and it's really basic
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It's following in Google's footsteps, apparently. A day after Google broke the Internet by unveiling its new logo, Verizon trumpeted its own rebranding. The mobile phone carrier showed off the new logo on Twitter, writing, “Our look is evolving along ...
Verizon just unveiled a new logoThe Verge
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Netflix Open Sources Sleepy Puppy XSS Hunter

msm1267 writes: Netflix has released a tool it calls Sleepy Puppy. The tool injects cross-site scripting payloads into a target app that may not be vulnerable, but could be stored in a database and tracks the payload if it's reflected to a secondary application that makes use of the data in the same field. "We were looking for a way to provide coverage on applications that come from different origins or may not be publicly accessible," said co-developer Scott Behrens, a senior application security engineer at Netflix. "We also wanted to observe where stored data gets reflected back, and how data that may be stored publicly could also be reflected in a large number of internal applications." Sleepy Puppy is available on Netflix's Github repository and is one of a slew of security tools its engineers have released to open source.

Feed Techdirt: China Forces Developers Of Great Wall Circumvention Tools To Delete Their Software->

Danny O'Brien, over at the EFF's Deeplinks blog, has the story of how it appears China is pressuring the developers of tools for circumventing the Great Firewall of China to shut down their repositories and no longer offer the code. Two separate, non-commercial, developers of circumvention tools have quietly gone dark recently:

The maintainer of GoAgent, one of China's more popular censorship circumvention tools emptied out the project's main source code repositories on Tuesday. Phus Lu, the developer, renamed the repository’s description to “Everything that has a beginning has an end”. Phus Lu’s Twitter account's historywas also deleted, except for a single tweet that linked to a Chinese translation of Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s “Live Not By Lies”. That essay was originally published in 1974 on the day of the Russian dissident’s arrest for treason.

We can guess what caused Phus Lu to erase over four years’ work on an extremely popular program from the brief comments of another Chinese anti-censorship programmer, Clowwindy. Clowwindy was the chief developer of ShadowSocks, another tool that circumvented the Great Firewall of China by creating an encrypted tunnel between a simple server and a portable client. Clowwindy also deleted his or her Github repositories last week. In a comment on the now empty Github archive Clowwindy wrote in English:

Two days ago the police came to me and wanted me to stop working on this. Today they asked me to delete all the code from Github. I have no choice but to obey.

The author deleted that comment too shortly afterwards.

As you may recall, back in March, China launched a massive DDoS attack on Github, targeting another tool for getting around the Great Firewall, called Greatfire. It seems equally notable that in the last week, there was another big DDoS attempt on Github.

While it may not be surprising at all that China is looking to stop tools that allow people to get past the censorship wall that the Chinese government itself has created, it still is worrisome:

Chinese law has long forbidden the selling of telecommunication services that bypass the Great Firewall of China, as well as the creation or distribution of “harmful information”. Until recently, however, the authorities have not targeted the authors of non-commercial circumvention software, nor its users. Human Rights in China, a Chinese rights advocacy and research organization, told EFF that, based on its preliminary review, VPNs and circumvention software is not specifically prohibited under Chinese law. While the state interferes with people's ability to use such software, it has not outlawed the software itself.

In November, Phus Lu wrote a public declaration to clarify this point. In the statement, he stated that he has received no money to develop GoAgent, provided no circumvention service, nor asserted any political view.

As O'Brien notes, this is a reminder that code is speech -- and government intimidation to shut down code is a form of repressing speech. Though, as with many attempts to censor, it seems like this is more for show than actual impact:

It’s also as ultimately futile: while the Chinese authorities have chosen to target and disrupt two centralised stores of code, thousand of forked copies of the same software exist—both on other accounts on Github and in private copies around the Net. ShadowSocks and GoAgent represent hours of creative work for their authors, but the principle behind them is reproducible by many other coders. The Great Firewall may be growing more sophisticated in detecting and blocking new circumvention systems, but even as it does so, so new code blossoms.

Meanwhile the intimidation of programmers remains a violation of the human rights of the coder—and a blow to the rights of everyone who relies on their creativity to exercise their own rights.


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Amazon expands one click buying program, makes Dash button free
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The e-commerce giant is adding incentives for consumers to start using its one click button for ordering toilet paper and laundry detergent. Amazon is announcing the expansion of its Dash Buttons this morning, with new incentives and a number of new...
Amazon's Ordering Buttons Get Prime PlacementWall Street Journal (blog)
Amazon reimburses you for Dash Buttons after your first purchaseEngadget
Amazon adds 11 brands to Dash buttons, makes your first button basically freeOregonLive.com
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YouTube Gaming Video Maker Settles With FTC After Pay-For-Coverage Complaint
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Feed Google News Sci Tech: The itty-bitty Asus Vivo Stick is a cheaper, better Windows 10 pocket PC - PCWorld->


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The itty-bitty Asus Vivo Stick is a cheaper, better Windows 10 pocket PC
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Although the market is still young, Asus appears to have announced the world's smallest Windows 10 computer at the IFA show here in Berlin. The Asus Vivo Stick appears to be what Asus previously called the “Pen Stick,” a prototype that it showed off at ...
VivoStick Is A Cheap Windows 10 Stick PC By AsusUbergizmo
Asus announces VivoStick, a USB-sized PC Stick running Windows 10 for only $129Neowin
IFA 2015: Asus launches VivoStick, a Windows 10 mini PC priced at $129Firstpost
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NASA taps hoverboard company Arx Pax to build space 'tractor beam'
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File photo - The Small Satellite Orbital Deployer (SSOD), in the grasp of the Kibo laboratory robotic arm, is photographed by an Expedition 38 crew member on the International Space Station as it deploys a set of NanoRacks CubeSats in this Feb. 11 ...
NASA is teaming up with this startup to develop hover engines for spaceFortune
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'Three trillion trees on Earth'
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There are just over three trillion trees on Earth, according to a new assessment. The figure is eight times as big as the previous best estimate, which counted perhaps four hundred billion at most. It has been produced by Thomas Crowther from Yale ...
Earth has 3 trillion trees but they're falling at alarming rateReuters
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World Has Many More Trees Than Previously Thought, New Report SaysWall Street Journal
Gawker-Christian Science Monitor-New York Times
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Feed Google News Sci Tech: Tesla Model X Crossover 'Signature' Series Starts At $132000 With 240-Mile Range - Forbes->


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Tesla Model X Crossover 'Signature' Series Starts At $132000 With 240-Mile Range
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I was both an editor and reporter at CNET/CBS Interactive, a contributing technology reporter for the New York Times, and a reporter and editor at the Asian Wall Street Journal Weekly -- the latter in Japan, where I lived for ten years. I have covered ...
5 Reasons Tesla Motors, Inc.'s Model S Sales Haven't PeakedFox Business
Tesla Signature series Model X priced at $132000 to $144000Reuters
Tesla's Model X 'Signature' will set you back $132000MarketWatch
New Zealand Herald-Christian Science Monitor
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