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+ - Xen Project discloses serious vulnerability that impacts virtualized servers->

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alphadogg (971356) writes "The Xen Project has revealed the details of a serious vulnerability in the Xen hypervisor that could put the security of many virtualized servers at risk. The security vulnerability, which is being tracked as CVE-2014-7188 and was privately disclosed to major cloud providers in advance, forced at least Amazon Web Services and Rackspace to reboot some of their customers’ virtualized servers over the past week."
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+ - Jimmy Kimmel is McAfee's Most Dangerous Cyber Celebrity of 2014->

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alphadogg (971356) writes "Late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel doesn't fit the profile of McAfee's usual Most Dangerous Cyber Celebrity, most often in recent years a female celebrity whose online images can frequently lure Web surfers to sites rife with spyware, viruses and other malware. But indeed, the comedian has somehow become the most dangerous celebrity to search for online, with one in five searches on Kimmel's name potentially landing you on an infected site, according to McAfee's latest research."
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+ - Cisco pumping another $1B into cloud computing->

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alphadogg (971356) writes "Cisco on Monday said it is expanding on its Intercloud multi-cloud service provider initiative with another $1 billion investment, designed to lead to more products, data centers and partners. Announced six months ago, Intercloud is a global interconnection of public, private and hybrid clouds. Cisco launched Intercloud with an initial $1 billion dollar investment, and hails it and its Application Centric Infrastructure product line as the foundational elements of the Internet of Everything."
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+ - FAA clears movie and TV drones for takeoff->

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alphadogg (971356) writes "The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration is taking its first major step toward opening up the skies for commercial drone use, allowing six TV and movie production companies to use drones to shoot video. Commercial flight of drones has been effectively banned by the FAA as it grapples with how to integrate drone traffic into controlled airspace while not compromising the safety of existing air traffic. But as the months have passed, it has come under increasing pressure from U.S. companies to make a ruling."
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+ - Networking pioneer Bob Metcalfe hails Ethernet-as-a-Service effort->

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alphadogg (971356) writes "The Metro Ethernet Forum this week announced intentions to define parameters for Ethernet network-as-a-service (NaaS), an effort Ethernet inventor Robert Metcalfe hailed as “a new network paradigm.” The so-called Third Network initiative builds on the Forum’s Carrier Ethernet 2.0 specifications for service expansion, application oriented class-of-service, interconnect attributes and manageability. For businesseses, Third Network should result in faster, more reliable global Ethernet service delivery with connectivity that does not violate service-level agreements with carriers."
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+ - Apple yanks iOS 8 update-> 1

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alphadogg (971356) writes "Within hours of releasing an iOS 8 update to address assorted bugs in the new iPhone and iPad operating system Apple has been forced to pull the patch, which itself was causing iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users grief. Reports filled Apple support forums that the iOS 8 update was cutting off users' cell service and making Touch ID inoperable. The Wall Street Journal http://blogs.wsj.com/personal-... received this statement from Apple: "We have received reports of an issue with the iOS 8.0.1 update. We are actively investigating these reports and will provide information as quickly as we can. In the meantime we have pulled back the iOS 8.0.1 update.""
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+ - Lotus creator Ray Ozzie is back -- with Talko->

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alphadogg (971356) writes "Ray Ozzie, the man who created Lotus Notes and later went on to become Microsoft's chief software architect after selling the company his collaboration company called Groove, is back with a startup called Talko that on Tuesday introduced its first product — an iPhone app designed to encourage people to start using their cellphones again for voice conversations. The app mixes text and voice messaging, voice calling, image sharing and more, and is designed for delivering more meaningful group conversations."
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+ - Microsoft Delve, Office Graph must transcend Office 365 to be revolutionary->

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alphadogg (971356) writes "The release of Delve, the first application to use Microsoft’s Office Graph machine learning engine, will be remembered years from now as either the genesis of a revolutionary technology or as a fireworks-style launch that dazzled everyone only for a brief moment. Whatever the future holds for Delve and the Office Graph, the stakes are sky high for Microsoft, its rivals and its current and prospective customers. So it’s important to pay attention to how Microsoft further develops the technology, how customers adopt it, how competitors respond to it and how enthusiastically—or timidly—partners choose to support it, if at all."
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+ - IEEE standards group wants to bring order to Internet of Things->

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alphadogg (971356) writes "The IEEE is embarking on an ambitious effort to build a overarching architecture for the Internet of Things, spanning a multitude of industries and technologies. IEEE P2413, which the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers officially started work on in July, would form a framework for interoperability among connected devices and related applications in home automation, industrial systems, telematics and all other sectors that are expected to use IoT in the coming years. While leaving room for differences across those industries, the standard would allow for sharing of data across IoT systems, according to Oleg Logvinov, chair of the IEEE P2413 Working Group."
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+ - 2014 Ig Nobels: Bacon-stuffed noses, polar bear costumes & the dog doo scien->

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alphadogg (971356) writes "UPDATE: The wacky annual science award winners were revealed tonight at Harvard University and they included an experiment in curing serious nosebleeds with salted pork, research determining whether reindeer behaved differently around humans in polar bear costumes and a discovery about dogs arranging their hindquarters based on the Earth’s magnetic fields."
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+ - The 2014 Ig Nobel Prizes will be awarded tonight->

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alphadogg (971356) writes "At Harvard University’s Sanders Theater this evening, a collection of the most off-the-wall, bizarre and lurid scientific efforts of the past year will be dubiously honored with an Ig Nobel Prize. The Ig Nobels are awarded annually by Improbable Research, an organization devoted to scientific education that publishes the Annals of Improbable Research magazine six times a year. Past honorees have included:*A study about homosexual necrophilia in ducks; Competitive analysis of breakfast cereal sogginess; The discovery that dung beetles can navigate using the Milky Way galaxy. The ceremony begins at 6 p.m. EST, and can be viewed online for free here.http://www.improbable.com/ig/2014/"
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+ - Researchers' new app outs iPhone and Android phone energy hogs->

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alphadogg (971356) writes "Researchers from the United States and Sweden have launched free iOS and Android smartphone/tablet software that singles out which apps take the biggest toll on your device batteries and also illustrates fragmentation of Apple and Android mobile OSes. The NODES research group at the University of Helsinki's Department of Computer Science has joined forced with the University of California at Berkeley to deliver the Carat app and has published live stats http://carat.cs.berkeley.edu/s... based on some 2 terabytes of data extracted from Carat, which has been downloaded by about 750,000 users who employ more than 300,000 apps."
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+ - Harvard's CompSci intro course boasts record-breaking enrollment->

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alphadogg (971356) writes "Harvard College's CS50, the school's Introduction to Computer Science course for undergrads, has attracted about 1 in 8 students this fall — a new record for the school and yet another sign of just how hot this field is becoming for the job-hungry. Overall, 818 undergrads (or 12% of the student body) signed up for the challenging course http://docs.registrar.fas.harv... this semester, and nearly 900 students are registered when factoring in graduate and cross-registered students. Topics included in the syllabus include Linux, cryptography, HTML and JavaScript. David Malan, a Harvard CompSci grad, teaches the course."
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+ - Stanford researchers develop ant-sized radio->

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alphadogg (971356) writes "Engineers at Stanford University have developed a tiny radio that's about as big as an ant and that's cheap and small enough that it could help realize the "Internet of things" — the world of everyday objects that send and receive data via the Internet. The radio is built on a piece of silicon that measures just a few millimeters on each side. Several tens of them can fit on the top of a U.S. penny and the radio itself is expected to cost only a few pennies to manufacture in mass quantities. Part of the secret to the radio's size is its lack of a battery. Its power requirements are sufficiently frugal that it can harvest the energy it needs from nearby radio fields, such as those from a reader device when it's brought nearby."
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+ - LA TV stations free up airwaves for wireless broadband->

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alphadogg (971356) writes "An effort to free up some of the airwaves used by TV broadcasts and make them available for wireless broadband took a big step forward this week in the U.S. Two TV stations in Los Angeles, KLCS and KCET, have agreed to share a single frequency to deliver their programming, http://www.kcet.org/about/pres... freeing up a channel that can be auctioned off to wireless carriers next year. The change, which the Federal Communications Commission calls “repackaging,” is possible because digital TV broadcasts don’t need the full 6MHz of broadcast spectrum that was used for analog TV."
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