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+ - Facebook Explains Math Behind WhatsApps' $19B Value->

Submitted by itwbennett
itwbennett (1594911) writes "Roughly $15.3 billion of the $19 billion Facebook paid is attributed to "goodwill," or, in business accounting parlance, what Facebook deems to be WhatsApp's potential future value, according to an SEC filing made on Tuesday. The rest of it breaks out like this, according to the filing: $2 billion for its users; $448 million for the trade name; $288 million for its technology; and $21 million for "other" items."
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+ - Why CurrentC Will Beat Out Apple Pay-> 1

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itwbennett (1594911) writes "Working closely with VISA, Apple solved many complex security issues making in-person payments safer than ever. But it's that close relationship with the credit card companies that may be Apple Pay's downfall. A competing solution called CurrentC has recently gained a lot of press as backers of the project moved to block NFC payments (Apple Pay, Google Wallet, etc.) at their retail terminals. The merchants designing or backing CurrentC reads like a greatest hits list of retail outfits and leading the way is the biggest of them all, Walmart. The retailers have joined together to create a platform that is independent of the credit card companies and their profit-robbing transaction fees. Hooking directly to your bank account rather than a credit or debit card, CurrentC will use good old ACH to transfer money from your account to the merchant's bank account at little to no cost."
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+ - German Publishers Capitulate, Let Google Post News Snippets->

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itwbennett (1594911) writes "German publishers said they are bowing to Google's market power, and will allow the search engine to show news snippets in search results free of charge — at least for the time being. The decision is a step in an ongoing legal dispute between the publishers and Google in which, predictably, publishers are trying to get compensation from the search engine for republishing parts of their content and Google isn't interested in sharing revenue. The move follows a Google decision earlier this month — and which was to go into effect today — to stop using news snippets and thumbnails for some well-known German news sites."
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+ - Microsoft, Ask.com, Oracle Latest To Be Sued Over No-Poach Deal->

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itwbennett (1594911) writes "Oracle, Microsoft and Ask.com are facing suits alleging that they conspired to restrict hiring of staff. The suits appear to refer to a memo that names a large number of companies that allegedly had special arrangements with Google to prevent poaching of staff and was filed as an exhibit on May 17, 2013 in another class action suit over hiring practices. The former employees filing lawsuits against Microsoft, Ask.com and Oracle have asked that the cases be assigned to Judge Koh as there were similarities with the case against Google, Apple and others — and it maybe doesn't hurt that Judge Koh thought the $324.5 million settlement in that case was too low."
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+ - Your Online TV Watching Can Now Be Tracked Across Devices->

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itwbennett (1594911) writes "A partnership between TV measurement company Nielsen and analytics provider Adobe, announced today, will let broadcasters see (in aggregate and anonymized) how people interact with digital video between devices — for example if you begin watching a show on Netflix on your laptop, then switch to a Roku set-top box to finish it. The information learned will help broadcasters decide what to charge advertisers, and deliver targeted ads to viewers. Broadcasters can use the new Nielsen Digital Content Ratings, as they're called, beginning early next year. Early users include ESPN, Sony Pictures Television, Turner Broadcasting and Viacom."
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+ - Dubai Police To Use Google Glass For Realtime Video, IDing Suspects->

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jfruh (300774) writes "While Google Glass has been positioned and recevied in the US as something of a geek toy, the Emirate of Dubai is putting it to work in law enforcement. The oil-rich state proposes to outfit police officers with Glass, beaming real-time video back to the station and providing help identifying suspects."
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+ - High-Tech Walkers Could Help Japan's Elderly Stay Independent->

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jfruh (300774) writes "You may have heard that Japan will deal with its aging population by relying more on robots. Osaka startup RT Works is showing what that might mean in practice: not humanoid robotic caregivers, but tech-enhanced versions of traditional tools like walkers. RT Works's walker automatically adjusts to help its user deal with hilly terrain, and can call for help if it moves outside an predefined range."
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+ - Making Best Use Of Data Center Space: Density Vs. Isolation->

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jfruh (300774) writes "The ability to cram multiple virtual servers on a single physical computer is tempting — so tempting that many shops overlook the downsides of having so many important systems subject to a single point of physical failure. But how can you isolate your servers physically but still take up less room? Matthew Mobrea takes a look at the options, including new server platforms that offer what he calls "dense isolation.""
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+ - What Are the Best Programs Written By a Single Person?->

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itwbennett (1594911) writes "While programming is generally considered a solitary task, most developers still work as part of team, dividing up coding responsibilities for a single piece of software and generally helping each other out during the process. But sometimes a lone genius coder creates something so impressive that other developers take note. ITworld's Phil Johnson rounded up 8 software programs written by one person that the developer community has deemed to be particularly impressive pieces of code. Making the list: Fabrice Bellard’s JSLinux, Richard Stallman’s GNU Emacs, and Chris Sawyer’s RollerCoaster Tycoon among notable others."
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+ - Startup Promises 500 Mbps Wireless Broadband By Mid-2015->

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jfruh (300774) writes "Despite the availability of LTE, wireless data has never replaced cable, copper, or fiber as the main pipe bringing wireless data into our home. That may change next year: Mimosa Networks, a California-based startup, is building wireless networks using commodity Wi-Fi chips running a modified protocol to provide 500 Mbps data to whole neighborhoods."
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+ - Tech Workers Oppose Settlement They Reached in Silicon Valley Hiring Case->

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itwbennett (1594911) writes "Tech workers have asked an appeals court not to approve a $324.5 million settlement in Silicon Valley's controversial employee hiring case, according to a document filed Tuesday. This move by the plaintiffs puts them in alignment with an earlier decision by Judge Lucy Koh of the federal district court in San Jose to throw out the settlement on the grounds that it wouldn't pay the workers enough. Attorneys for the defendants — Apple, Google, Adobe and Intel — subsequently appealed Koh's decision."
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