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Submission + - shutting down -- Thanks, Facebook. (

waimate writes:, a popular BAAS (back-end as a service), has fallen prey to Facebook. Declared by Fast Company as one of the top 50 most innovative companies of 2013, committed users shuddered when it was purchased by Facebook soon after. Today the other shoe finally dropped, when Facebook announced they are shutting the service down, leaving thousands of users scrambling for a viable replacement. It calls into question to what extent developers can trust *AAS providers, while at the same time creating an opportunity for a vendor to deploy a compatible service. Many other service provision offerings exist, but none quite the same as Parse. Thanks for nothing, Facebook.

Comment Just will close down by itself (Score 1) 316

Boring content, censorship, lameness of most users and evil hackers will make people abandon internet for something more interesting. I think internet will be left just to professional users, exactly how it started at the beginning...Look for example to what happened to second life, with big companies opening a virtual office there, and analysts forecasting a huge amount of people using SL every day. How many are left today ?!? After all, this happened years before to CB and ham radio, it will happen again and again.

Submission + - U.S. Army tests nine-language translation device to support African operations (

An anonymous reader writes: The U.S. Army is developing a hand-held translation device designed to support military communications in Africa, where several French accents and dialects are spoken. The SQ.410 Translation System, is a two-way translator developed by DARPA contractor VoxTec. The software is programmed with nine languages and does not require an internet connection or mobile network.

Submission + - How Many Scientists Does It Take to Write a Paper?

An anonymous reader writes: The Wall Street Journal takes a look at the current spike in number of contributors noted in scientific journals. The problem is highlighted by a recent physics paper which credits 5,154 researchers. The journal reports: "In fact, there has been a notable spike since 2009 in the number of technical reports whose author counts exceeded 1,000 people, according to the Thomson Reuters Web of Science, which analyzed citation data. In the ever-expanding universe of credit where credit is apparently due, the practice has become so widespread that some scientists now joke that they measure their collaborators in bulk—by the 'kilo-author.'"

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