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+ - Scary Video Highlights Danger of Damaged Lithium Ion Batteries->

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itwbennett (1594911) writes "As part of its work testing electronic components, the Japanese National Institute for Technology and Evaluation (NITE) tested batteries about the size of those used in cellphones. They were struck with a hammer then left on a work bench, unconnected from any apparatus. Later — the period of time is unclear from the edited footage — one of the batteries ruptures with a bang, flying across the laboratory. A second clip shows a similar battery erupting in a shower of sparks."
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+ - US Military Unaware of Chinese Attacks Against Transport Contractors->

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itwbennett (1594911) writes "The Senate Armed Service Committee released on Wednesday an unclassified version of a report (PDF) commissioned last year to investigate cyberattacks against contractors for the U.S. Transportation Command (TRANSCOM). The report alleges that the Chinese military successfully stole emails, documents, login credentials and more from contractors, but few of those incidents were ever reported to TRANSCOM. During a one-year period starting in June 2012, TRANSCOM contractors endured more than 50 intrusions, 20 of which were successful in planting malware. TRANSCOM learned of only two of the incidents. The FBI, however, was aware of 10 of the attacks."
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+ - Ex-Nokia Staffers At Microsoft Brace For Wave Of Layoffs->

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jfruh (300774) writes "As Microsoft's planned mass layoffs — which were announced months ago though no details as to exactly who will be laid off were clear at the time — kick into high gear, it is looking more and more like former Nokia staffers will be feeling the brunt of the purge. Rumor is that Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella never thought the Nokia merger was a good idea inthe first place, and may be looking to get out of the handset business Microsoft so recently got into."
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+ - Inside Shenzen's Grey-Market iPhone Mall->

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jfruh (300774) writes "Despite being largely manufactured in China, iPhones are still too expensive for most Chinese to afford — new ones, anyway. That's why thousands come to a bustling marketplace in Shenzen that specializes in older grey-market iPhones. Many of them are damaged phones that have been refurbished by enterprising merchants."
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+ - Use of Forced Labor 'Systemic' in Malaysian IT Manufacturing->

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itwbennett (1594911) writes "The use of forced labor is so prevalent in the Malaysian electronics manufacturing industry that there is hardly a major brand name that isn't touched by the illegal practice, according to a report funded by the U.S. Department of Labor and undertaken by Verité, a nonprofit organization focused on labor issues. The two-year study surveyed more than 500 migrant workers at around 200 companies in Malaysia's IT manufacturing sector and found one in three were working under conditions of forced labor."
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+ - College Students: Want To Earn More? Take A COBOL Class->

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jfruh (300774) writes "With a lot of debate over the value of a college education, here's a data point students can use: at one Texas college, students who took an elective COBOL class earned on average $10,000 more a year upon graduation than classmates who hadn't. COBOL, dropped from many curricula years ago as an outdated language, is tenaciously holding on in the industry, as many universities are belatedly starting to realize."
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+ - FCC Gets Record Number of Net Neutrality Comments. What Now?->

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itwbennett (1594911) writes "The deadline for the public to comment on the FCC's proposed net neutrality rules passed Monday with more than 3 million comments filed, a record number for an FCC proceeding — and by far eclipsing the 1.4 million complaints the FCC received over Janet Jackson's wardrobe malfunction. The agency will now focus on reading and analyzing comments, said agency spokeswoman Kim Hart. Employees from across the FCC will be called on to read comments and technology tools will also be used to analyze comments, she said. But the record-breaking number of comments may slow the process and there's no set timeline for the FCC to act on net neutrality rules, Hart said."
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+ - Facebook Leads Coalition To Make Open Source Easier For Corporations To Use->

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jfruh (300774) writes "Open source code are used by just about every large organization in existence, but sometimes it's difficult to sync up the ad hoc nature of open source project management with the needs of large companies. Now Facebook is spearheading a group called TODO, with sign-on from other industry giants, to help make open source easier to manage. TODO will help identify actively maintained open source projects that are ready for prime-time use, and also exhange best practices among members."
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+ - The Weird Cell Phones Of 2004->

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jfruh (300774) writes "2014 may be the golden age of smartphones, as handset companies have a handle on what people want and are selling it to them by the million. Ten years ago, though, the landscape was weirder and more interesting, with a host of Asian handset manufacturers trying to one up each other on new and sometimes bizarre features. Offerings ranged from the ahead-of-their-times (TV on your phone ... via a satellite connection) to the laughable (a phone you could hold against your forehead to take your temperature)."
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+ - HP Pleads Guilty To Bribing Russian Officials->

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jfruh (300774) writes "Hewlett-Packard has admitted in a U.S. court that its Russian subsidiary paid millions in bribes to Russian officials in order to win a contract. The scheme involves selling HP products to a reseller and then buying them back, with money shuffled through various shell corporations and proceeds spent on 'luxury automobiles, expensive jewelry, clothing, furniture and various other items' by Russian officials. Ironically, the contract HP was going for was with the Russian federal prosecutor's office."
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+ - Matrox Returns With Graphic Card That Can Drive Six 4K Displays->

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jfruh (300774) writes "If you were a gamer in the '90s, you remember the time when owning a Matrox Millennium card meant you were hardcore. Since then, the company has retreated into specialized niches, supporting high-end applications on desktops and owning only a tiny market share, but it's making a bold bid for a comback: a passively cooled AMD-based graphics card that can support up to six 4K displays simultaneously."
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+ - HP Buys Cloud Provider, Gets Marten Mickos To Head Its Cloud Division->

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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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