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Submission + - NYC Schools Chancellor: It Takes a Corporation to Raise a Girl Who Codes

theodp writes: New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina and AT&T New York president Marissa Shorenstein followed up on an AT&T press release celebrating the "graduation" of 20 participants from the Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program at AT&T with a NY Daily News op-ed on How New York City is preparing girls for our STEM-focused future. "By embedding students in tech companies around the country," Farina and Shorenstein write in their op-ed, "Girls Who Code is bringing us one step closer towards closing the gender gap in tech — and in STEM altogether." They add, "We need even more public-private STEM partnerships that provide internships and other academic activities to empower a new generation of girls."
Google

Google Facing Fine of Up To $1.4 Billion In India Over Rigged Search Results 152

An anonymous reader writes: The Competition Commission of India has opened an investigation into Google to decide whether the company unfairly prioritized search results to its own services. Google could face a fine of up to $1.4 billion — 10% of its net income in 2014. A number of other internet companies, including Facebook and FlipKart, responded to queries from the CCI by confirming that Google does this. "The CCI's report accuses Google of displaying its own content and services more prominently in search results than other sources that have higher hit rates. It also states that sponsored links shown in search results are dependent on the amount of advertising funds Google receives from its clients. Ecommerce portal Flipkart noted that it found search results to have a direct correlation with the amount of money it spent on advertising with Google." The company has faced similar antitrust concerns in the EU and the U.S

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Buying a Car That's Safe From Hackers?->

An anonymous reader writes: I'm in the market for a new car, and I've been going through the typical safety checklist: airbag coverage, crash test results, collision mitigation system, etc. Unfortunately, it seems 2015 is the year we really have to add a new one to the list: hackability. Over the past several weeks we've seen security researchers remotely cut brakes, shut down a Tesla's computer, unlock a bunch of cars, intercept Onstar, and take over a Jeep from 10 miles away.

So, how do we go about buying a car with secure systems? An obvious answer would be to buy a car with limited or archaic computer control systems — but doing so probably comes with the trade-off of losing other modern safety technology. Is there a way to properly evaluate whether one car's systems are more secure than another's? Most safety standards are the result of strict regulation — is it time for the government to roll out legislation that will enforce safety standards for car computers as well?

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Comment Both devices value form over function (Score 4, Interesting) 77

Let's see if losing the sd slot and removable battery is as big a sales failure as it was for the S6 and S6 edge.

My impression is that only Samsung fanbois will buy these. Everybody else who prefers style over function will buy an idevice, as always.

Government

Tel Aviv Has Become a "Beta City" For New Technology 86

dkatana writes: Hila Oren, founder and CEO of Tel Aviv Global, part of the city government, writes an an Op-Ed for "Cities of the Future" where she details how, based on citizen participation and unpredictability, Tel Aviv has become one of the smartest cities on the planet. She mentions the "DigiTel" program for residents, who use a personalized account with the city to receive special offers, sign up for city services and programs, and report any issues. Being a small city with less than 1/2 million residents, Tel Aviv has become a "beta tester" for new technologies, fueled by their big startup community.
The Military

Russian Missile Parts Found At MH17 Crash Site 249

An anonymous reader sends this report from the BBC: Fragments of a suspected Russian missile system have been found at the Flight MH17 crash site in Ukraine, investigators in the Netherlands say. They say the parts, possibly from a Buk surface-to-air system, are "of particular interest" and could help show who was behind the crash. But they say they have not proved their "causal connection" with the crash. ... Ukraine and many Western countries have accused pro-Russian rebels of shooting down the plane, saying they could have used a Buk missile system supplied by Russia. Russia and the rebels deny any responsibility and say the Ukrainian military was to blame.
Open Source

Kali Linux 2.0 Released 109

An anonymous reader writes: Kali Linux 2.0 has been released, together which an assortment of interesting new features. Most importantly, Kali is now a rolling distribution, using Debian Testing as their upstream source. (Download page.) There are also huge changes to the UI, including a fully fledged, custom GNOME 3 environment, as well as support for myriad other Desktop Environments. The maintainers describe the release this way: "If Kali 1.0 was focused on building a solid infrastructure then Kali 2.0 is focused on overhauling the user experience and maintaining updated packages and tool repositories." I'm enjoying 2.0 so far. What are your thoughts and comments?
Biotech

Scotland To Ban GM Crops 361

An anonymous reader writes: Scotland's rural affairs minister has announced the country will ban the growing of genetically modified crops. He said, "I am concerned that allowing GM crops to be grown in Scotland would damage our clean and green brand, thereby gambling with the future of our £14 billion food and drink sector." Many Scottish farmers disapprove of the ban, pointing out that competing farms in nearby England face no such restriction. "The hope was to have open discussion and allow science to show the pros and cons for all of us to understand either the potential benefits or potential downsides. What we have now is that our competitors will get any benefits and we have to try and compete. It is rather naïve."

Submission + - SPAM: Iranian president says he's always supported social media

northczarman writes:

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani praised young Iranians for using social media to support the Iran Deal during a televised speech on Sunday

His speech extolled the benefits of the deal, which will lift international sanctions against Iran in exchange for curbing the nation's ability to develop nuclear weapons. Rouhani said he was grateful for the online support

#Iran prez Rouhani: I thank Iranian youth for what they did in social media, nice graphics, ...

Abas Aslani (@abasinfo) August 2, 2015

in country which social media is filtered, @Rouhani_ir is praising youth 4 work on social media adding he is agnst limiting social media

Hannahkaviani (@Hannahkaviani) August 2, 2015 Read more...

More about Twitter, Social Media, Iran, Us World, and Hassan Rouhani


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Google

Google Rejects French Order For 'Right To Be Forgotten' 330

Last month, French data protection agency CNIL ordered Google to comply with the European "right to be forgotten" order by delisting certain search results not just on the European versions of Google's search engine, but on all versions. Google has now publicly rejected that demand. CNIL has promised a response, and it's likely the case will go before local courts. Google says, This is a troubling development that risks serious chilling effects on the web. While the right to be forgotten may now be the law in Europe, it is not the law globally. Moreover, there are innumerable examples around the world where content that is declared illegal under the laws of one country, would be deemed legal in others: Thailand criminalizes some speech that is critical of its King, Turkey criminalizes some speech that is critical of Ataturk, and Russia outlaws some speech that is deemed to be "gay propaganda." If the CNIL's proposed approach were to be embraced as the standard for Internet regulation, we would find ourselves in a race to the bottom. In the end, the Internet would only be as free as the world's least free place.
Microsoft

Windows 10 App For Xbox One Could Render Steam Machines Useless 170

SlappingOysters writes: The release of Windows 10 has brought with it the Xbox app -- a portal through which you can stream anything happening on your Xbox One to your Surface or desktop. Finder is reporting that the love will go the other way, too, with a PC app coming to the Xbox One allowing you to stream your desktop to your console. But where does this leave the coming Steam Machines? This analysis shows how such an app could undermine the Steam Machines' market position.

Submission + - The Windows Start menu saga, from 1993 to today.->

antdude writes: This Ars Technica article says "One of Windows 10's biggest 'new'" features has a pedigree that spans two decades.

One of the first Windows 10 features we learned about was the return of the Start menu, which is sort of funny, since the concept of the Start menu is over two decades old. Microsoft tried to replace it with the Start screen in Windows 8, and you only have to look at the adoption numbers to see how most consumers and businesses felt about it.

The Start menu has changed a lot over the years, but there are a handful of common elements that have made it all the way from Windows 95 to Windows 10. We fired up some virtual machines and traveled back in time to before there was a Start menu to track its evolution from the mid '90s to now.

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Debian

Debian Drops SPARC Platform Support 152

jones_supa writes: SPARC isn't exactly a highly-used architecture anymore, so the Debian operating system is dropping support for the platform, according to Joerg Jaspert last week in the "debian-sparc" mailing list. He noted that this does not block a later comeback as "sparc64." Following that announcement, a new post today tells us that SPARC support was just removed from the unstable, experimental and jessie-updates channels.

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