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+ - HP Buys Cloud Provider, Gets Marten Mickos To Head Its Cloud Division->

Submitted by jfruh
jfruh (300774) writes "In 2010, HP tried to buy its way into the analytics game by shelling out billions for Autonomy, a deal that was a famous disaster. But that isn't stopping the company from making big buys: it will be buying Eucalyptus, a cloud provider headed by ex MySQL AB CEO Marten Mickos, and bringing Mickos in to head the new HP Cloud division."
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+ - Verizon To Roll Out Mobile TV Service In 2015->

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jfruh (300774) writes "Remember when Intel was going to be the next big TV provider, but then realized that was hard and sold the business to Verizon? Well, Verizon is announcing what it's doing with it: a "mobile TV service" that will bring the big four broadcast networks plus "custom channels" to subscribers. Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam was light on details, but said that the service wouldn't compete traditional pay TV offerings like Verizon's own FiOS, which probably means that it will be restricted to mobile devices only."
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+ - German Court: Google Must Stop Ignoring Customer E-mails->

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jfruh (300774) writes "If you send an email to support-de@google.com, Google's German support address, you'll receive an automatic reply informing you that Google will not respond to or even read your message, due to the large number of emails received at that address. Now a German court has ruled that this is an unacceptable response, based on a German law saying that companies must provide a means for customers to communicate with them."
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+ - Top EU Court: Libraries Can Digitize Books Without Publishers' Permission->

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jfruh (300774) writes "The top European court has ruled that libraries have the right to digitize the contents of the books in their collections, even if the copyright holders on those books don't want them to. There's a catch, though: those digitized versions can only be accessed on dedicated terminals in the library itself. If library patrons want to print the book out or download it to a thumb drive, they will need to pay the publisher."
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+ - How can programmers move up professionally?->

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itwbennett (1594911) writes "Climb the ladder; make more money. Sounds good, right? But if you're a developer, you've first got to choose your ladder. In a recent blog post, Eric Bloom, an IT leadership development consultant and former CIO, tackles the question of developer career advancement. His advice sends readers down one of two (very broad) possible paths: 1) get deeply technical or 2) use your tech cred to open doors, but start pivoting into management. Are those really the only two options available to developers who want to advance in their careers?"
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+ - Chinese Man Sues State-Owned Cell Phone Company For Blocking Google

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jfruh (300774) writes "China is notorious for censoring the Internet for its citizens, and access in the country became particularly spotty last year as the government tried to block any commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the Tiannamen Square massacre. But now one Chinese man is striking back through the courts. A 26-year-old legal practitioner is suing his cell phone company, the government-owned China Unicom, and demanding a refund for periods in which he was unable to access Gmail or Google's Hong Kong search page."

+ - How China's E-waste Capital Is Trying to Clean Itself Up->

Submitted by itwbennett
itwbennett (1594911) writes "If you want to see where your old electronics go to die, take a trip to Guiyu. For two decades, PCs, phones and other electronics have been shipped to this town on the southeast coast of China, where locals in thousands of small workshops pull them apart with buzz saws and pliers to extract the valuable components inside. But things may finally be changing. A sign posted by a small stream in the town declares that Guiyu will crack down on any 'acid cleaning, and burning activities.' And residents said it's rare now to see 'board burning' in the town itself, with that and other dangerous activities having been moved to an industrial park to the north."
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+ - Home Depot Confirms Breach Of Its Payment Systems->

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itwbennett (1594911) writes "Home Depot said Monday that its payment systems had been breached, potentially affecting any customers who shopped at its stores in the U.S. and Canada since April. There's no evidence yet that debit card PIN numbers had been compromised, the company said, though it is still figuring out the scope and scale of the attacks."
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+ - Microsoft Takes Down Slideshow-Building Tool After Getty Images Lawsuit->

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jfruh (300774) writes "Slideshows are an increasingly popular (and, for publishers, lucrative) web content genre. So why not automate their production? Microsoft had a beta tool that was part of Bing Image Search that did just that, but took it down in the face of a lawsuit from Getty Images. It turns out that, unlike a human web content producer, Bing couldn't distinguish between images publishers have the rights to use and images they didn't."
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+ - Just Five Gangs in Nigeria Are Behind Most Craigslist Buyer Scams->

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itwbennett (1594911) writes "Five Nigerian criminal gangs are behind most scams targeting sellers on Craigslist, and they've taken new measures to make their swindles appear legitimate, according to a study by George Mason University researchers Damon McCoy and Jackie Jones. In a new innovation, they're using professional check-writing equipment plus U.S.-based accomplices to not raise suspicions among their victims. McCoy and Jones will present their paper on Sept. 24 at the IEEE eCrime Research Summit in Birmingham, Alabama."
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+ - What Are the Most Confounding Features of Various Programming Languages?->

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itwbennett (1594911) writes "Every programming language has its own unique quirks, such as weird syntax, unusual functionality or non-standard implementations, things that can cause developers new to the language, or even seasoned pros, to scratch their heads in wonder (or throw their hands up in despair). ITworld's Phil Johnson has rounded up some of the WTFiest — from the + operator in JavaScript to the trigraphs in C and C++ and indentation level in Python. What programming language oddities cause you the most grief?"
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+ - Salesforce.com: Business Apps For Wearables Are The Next Big Thing->

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jfruh (300774) writes "Does the idea of a smartwatch with "Clock In" and "Clock Out" buttons fill you with techo-efficiency glee or Orwellian panopticon dread? Either way, if you believe Salesforce.com, business apps for wearable devices like smartwatches and Google Glass are going to be a very important part of those ecosystems in the immediate future. Of course, Salesforce is investing resources in that area, so you'd expect them to say that."
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+ - White House Names Google's Megan Smith As CTO->

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itwbennett (1594911) writes "The White House has named long-time Google executive Megan Smith as the government's new CTO, in charge of improving technology and the use of data across agencies. Smith most recently served as vice president at Google's tech lab, Google[x]. She previously served as CEO of PlanetOut, helped design early smartphone technologies at General Magic and worked on multimedia products at Apple Japan in Tokyo. She holds bachelor's and master's degrees in mechanical engineering from MIT, and just might be, as noted in a previous Slashdot post, the first US CTO worthy of the title. Also on Thursday, the White House named Alexander Macgillivray, a former general counsel and head of public policy at Twitter, as deputy U.S. CTO."
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+ - The Forensic Tool That Grabs Nude Selfies From iCloud Accounts->

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itwbennett (1594911) writes "There's a seedy trade in compromising photos stored in Apple iCloud accounts, and it is in part aided by a software program that cleanly collects the data. The software tool they're using is Moscow-based Elcomsoft's Phone Password Breaker (EPPB), one of many forensic tools the company develops for law enforcement and other clients. Elcomsoft CEO Vladimir Katalov said via email on Wednesday that there are legitimate uses for his company's software and that it doesn't exploit flaws in Apple services, but at the same time, Elcomsoft doesn’t restrict who it sells EPPB to and over time the software has been sold and then leaked to underground websites, like Anon-IB where some of the nude celebrity photos are believed to have first been circulated."
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