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Submission + - NIST Ytterbium Atomic Clocks Set Record for Stability (

bryanandaimee writes: An optical lattice clock like the one discussed earlier on slashdot has broken the stability record. Comparing two OLC's using trapped atoms of Ytterbium, the stability of the clocks was measured to 2 parts per quintillion (10^18). While the previously reported OLC used strontium, these clocks, built by another group, use Ytterbium. Interestingly, while the stability of the clocks is now the best in the world, the accuracy has yet to be measured.

Submission + - Proof of sweeping domestic phone surveillance by the NSA (

Trashcan Romeo writes: The Guardian has obtained a court order from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA) requiring Verizon on an "ongoing, daily basis" to provide the National Security Agency (NSA) , for all domestic and international calls, the numbers of both parties, location data, call duration, time of day, and other unique identifiers.

Submission + - Another Story on the State of Microsoft - Microsoft to Reorganize (

puddingebola writes: This story from Forbes touches on Steve Ballmer's announcement that Microsoft will reorganize. From the article, "Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer appears to be planning a major reorganization. His apparent objective is to help the company move toward becoming a “devices and services company,” as presented in the company’s annual shareholder letter last October." What follows is an analysis of the current state of Microsoft's current ventures: shrinking PC sales, Nokia management calling for a change of course, Office 360 lagging, a $1 Billion investment in Nook, the losses on Xbox. Once again, if Microsoft starts to lose the revenue of Windows and Office, how long does the boat float? And what of the suggestion, on the verge of another update in the Xbox console, that Microsoft should sell the Xbox division?

Submission + - Google's Marissa Mayer becomes Yahoo CEO (

D H NG writes: Marissa Mayer, Google's employee #20 and Vice President of Local, was appointed CEO of Yahoo. She was Google's public face for years, famously being responsible for the look and feel of Google’s most popular products: the famously unadorned white search homepage, Gmail, Google News and Google Images. Mayer resigned from Google Monday afternoon and will begin her new job on Tuesday.

Submission + - Office 2013: A Cloudy Future ( 1

benfrog writes: "Ars Technica has published an in-depth review of Office 2013, the largely cloud-based (plans don't include physical copies, rely on cloud-based storage, and the like) next version of Microsoft's venerable Swiss-army knife. Many changes are included in this version that largely caters to touch-screen interfaces. Ars also includes first looks at Excel 2013, Word 2013, and Outlook 2013."

Submission + - Take a tour inside the Large Hadron Collider (

derekmead writes: Tomorrow, the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) is set to announce some of the most highly-anticipated findings in recent memory: evidence of the existence of the Higgs boson. As we prepare to rightfully laud the researchers who pored over mountains of data to pull out the smallest meaningful blips imaginable, it’s also important that we acknowledge the stunning tech that helped make it all happen. And thus we have the Large Hadron Collider, the $9 billion, 17-mile-diameter particle accelerator that sprawls over the Swiss-French border. It’s the most powerful atom smasher on Earth, and was built largely with the intent of finding the Higgs, which would complete the Standard Model and help explain how matter itself exists in the first place.

Submission + - RIM CEO denies company is 'in a death spiral' (

zacharye writes: 5,000 layoffs? Delays of major products? Quarterly losses totaling more than $500 million? “‘Tis but a scratch,” says RIM CEO Thorsten Heins. reports that Heins gave his company a much-needed pep talk on a Canadian Broadcasting Corporation interview on Tuesday morning, and said that “there’s nothing wrong with the company as it exists right now” and that “this company is not ignoring the world out there, nor is it in a death spiral.”...

"No, no, I don't mind being called the smartest man in the world. I just wish it wasn't this one." -- Adrian Veidt/Ozymandias, WATCHMEN