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+ - Google's Project Loon Can Now Launch Up To 20 Balloons Per Day, Fly 10x Longer

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An anonymous reader writes "Google today shared an update from Project Loon, the company’s initiative to bring high-speed Internet access to remote areas of the world via hot air balloons. Google says it now has the ability to launch up to 20 of these balloons per day. This is in part possible because the company has improved its autofill equipment to a point where it can fill a balloon in under five minutes. This is a major achievement, given that Google says filling a Project Loon balloon with enough air so that it is ready for flight is the equivalent of inflating 7,000 party balloons."

+ - Brick & mortar retail stores in India refuse to sell Android One phones

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oyenamit (2474702) writes "Online shopping in India is still in its infancy but is growing tremendously to reach the mostly untapped market of 1.2 billion people. Invariably, the conflict between pure online retailers like Amazon and Flipkart and brick and mortar stores was bound to emerge. Unfortunately for Google's Android One, it has been on the receiving end of this friction. Leading brick and mortar retailers in India have refused to sell Android One handsets ever since the US company chose to launch its products exclusively online.

The three Android One makers in India — Micromax, Karbonn and Spice — launched their handsets exclusively online in mid-September. When sales did not meet their expectations, they decided to release their products via the brick and mortar store channel. However, smaller retailer and mom-n-pop shops have decided to show their displeasure at having being left out of the launch by deciding not to stock Android One."

+ - Critical XSS Flaws Patched in WordPress and Popular Plug-in->

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itwbennett (1594911) writes "The WordPress development team on Thursday released critical security updates that address an XSS vulnerability in the comment boxes of WordPress posts and pages. An attacker could exploit this flaw to create comments with malicious JavaScript code embedded in them that would get executed by the browsers of users seeing those comments. 'In the most obvious scenario the attacker leaves a comment containing the JavaScript and some links in order to put the comment in the moderation queue,' said Jouko Pynnonen, the security researcher who found the flaw."
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+ - How about paid, open-source style development...

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enbody (472304) writes "A year-old startup, Assembly, is built on the premise of creating products using open-source style development, but structured in a way that you get paid for your contributions. Open-source development is well-known in the Slashdot community, as are a variety of ways to earn a living around open-source, such as support. What is new here is being paid as part of the development, and not just for coding — your contribution might be as project manager or sales. A nice description with video showed up today on the Verge. Of course, the devil is in the details, but they have products so someone in Slashdot land may be interested. (Bias warning: I know one of these guys.)"

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Motorola Asks AT&T to Return Bad Batch of Nexus 6 Phones
PC Magazine
As first reported by Droid Life, the software glitch makes the Nexus 6 inoperable. AT&T customers who got the buggy smartphones are being met with a black screen and the inability to connect when turning on their devices. Motorola confirmed to Re/code that...
Uh-oh, Moto: AT&T is sending back early Nexus 6 units over a bugEngadget
AT&T Nexus 6 plagued with major software bug, according to reportPCWorld

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+ - Another hint for Kryptos

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rastos1 (601318) writes "Four years ago Jim Sanborn, the sculptor who created the wavy metal pane called Kryptos that sits in front of the CIA in Langley revealed a clue for breaking the last remaining part of the encrypted message on Kryptos. The clue was: BERLIN.

But the puzzle resisted all all decryption efforts and is still unsolved.

To honor the 25th anniversary of the Wall’s demise and the artist’s 69th birthday this year, Sanborn has decided to reveal a new clue to help solve his iconic and enigmatic artwork. It’s only the second hint he’s released since the sculpture was unveiled in 1990 and may finally help unlock the fourth and final section of the encrypted sculpture, which frustrated sleuths have been struggling to crack for more than two decades. The next word in the sequence is: “clock”."

+ - Mozilla's 2013 Report: Revenue Up Just 1% to $314M, Again 90% Came From Google

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An anonymous reader writes "Mozilla has released its annual financial report for 2013, and the numbers hint as to why the organization signed a five-year deal with Yahoo, announced by the duo on November 19. Revenue increased just 1 percent, and the organization’s reliance on Google stayed flat at 90 percent. The total revenue for the Mozilla Foundation and its subsidiaries in 2011 was $163 million, and it increased 90.2 percent to $311 million for 2012. Yet that growth all but disappeared last year, as the total revenue moved up less than 1 percent (0.995 percent to be more precise) to $311 million in 2013. 85 percent of Mozilla’s revenue came from Google in 2011, and that figure increased to 90 percent in 2012. While the 90 percent number remained for 2013, it’s still a massive proportion and shows Mozilla last year could not figure out a way to differentiate where its money comes from."

Google News Sci Tech: Uh-oh, Moto: AT&T is sending back early Nexus 6 units over a bug - Engadget->

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Uh-oh, Moto: AT&T is sending back early Nexus 6 units over a bug
If you're an AT&T customer eager to get your hands on the over-sized Nexus 6, get ready to wait a bit. AT&T stores are apparently returning the first crop of Nexus 6 units to Motorola over a software bug, Droid Life reports. And it'll likely be a while until their...
Yes, the Nexus 6 is a great phone, but I'm buying a Moto X 2014Gigaom
AT&T Nexus 6 Bug Prompts Smartphone Returns to MotorolaTech Times
First in line to order a Nexus 6? AT&T has a BRICK for youRegister
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+ - Best practices for starting and running a software shop

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An anonymous reader writes "I'm a systems architect (and a former Unix sysadmin) with many years of experience on the infrastructure side of things. I have a masters in CS but not enough practical exposure to professional software development. I'd like to start my own software product line and I'd like to avoid outsourcing as much as I can. I'm seeking advice on what you think are the best practices for running a software shop and/or good blogs/books on the subject.

To be clear, I am not asking about what are the best programming practices or the merits of agile vs waterfall. Rather I am asking more about how to best run the shop as a whole. For example, how important is it to have coding standards and how much standardization is necessary for a small business? What are the pros and cons of allowing different tools and/or languages? What should the ratio of senior programmers to intermediate and junior programmers be and how should they work with each other so that nobody is bored and everyone learns something?

Thanks for your help."

+ - Aterlo Networks wants to put a Netflix cache in your router->

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An anonymous reader writes "Tech startup Aterlo Networks is offering a service that lets residential Internet subscribers with low usage caps or slow speeds watch Netflix in High Definition. The service works by running software on a home router, predicting what shows will be watched next, and downloading them to a USB drive plugged into the router in the middle of the night. After that, the shows are served from the home router to any device watching Netflix in the home. The company is doing a gradual rollout of the service, and has a signup page for invitations here."
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+ - Group Sets Out to 3D Print a 42 Story Tall Model of Earth in 10.5 Million Pieces->

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An anonymous reader writes "The Great Globe project is an educational program which has set out to 3D print a 42 story tall 1:100,000 scale model of the Earth. The model will be printed in 10.5 million different pieces by school children around the world in an effort to education them about geography, history, and other subjects. The project aims for completion within 3 years."
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+ - Coal Plants Get New Lease on Life with Natural Gas

Submitted by (3830033) writes "Christina Nunez reports in National Geographic that in the past four years, at least 29 coal-fired plants in 10 states have switched to natural gas or biomass while another 54 units, mostly in the US Northeast and Midwest, are slated to be converted over the next nine years. By switching to natural gas, plant operators can take advantage of a relatively cheap and plentiful US supply. The change can also help them meet proposed federal rules to limit heat-trapping carbon dioxide emissions from power plants, given that electricity generation from natural gas emits about half as much carbon as electricity from coal does.

But not everyone is happy with the conversions. The Dunkirk plant in western New York, slated for conversion to natural gas, is the focus of a lawsuit by environmental groups that say the $150 million repowering will force the state's energy consumers to pay for an unnecessary facility. "What we're concerned about is that the Dunkirk proceeding is setting a really, really bad precedent where we're going to keep these old, outdated, polluting plants on life support for political reasons," says Christopher Amato. Dunkirk's operator, NRG, wanted to mothball the plant in 2012, saying it was not economical to run. The utility, National Grid, said shutting it down could make local power supplies less reliable, a problem that could be fixed by boosting transmission capacity—at a lower cost than repowering Dunkirk. Meanwhile the citizens of Dunkirk are happy the plant is staying open. “We couldn’t let it happen. We would lose our tax base, we would lose our jobs, we would lose our future,” said State Sen. Catharine M. Young. “This agreement saves us. It gives us a foundation on which to build our economy. It gives us hope. This is our community’s Christmas miracle!”"

+ - The Man Who Made Tetris

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rossgneumann (3901661) writes "Life gets pretty chill after creating 'Tetris' and escaping the KGB. A quick web search for "Alexey Pajitnov" brings up pages of articles and interviews that fixate only on his seminal creation—a work that remains, far and away, the best selling video game of all time. But clearly, there's more to the man than just Tetris. Meeting Pajitnov himself led me to wonder about, well, everything else. What was the Tetris-less life of Alexey Pajitnov?"

+ - The Nintendo DS turns 10->

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An anonymous reader writes "The Nintendo DS has reached a remarkable milestone: it's turned 10 years old. A new retrospective on one of Nintendo's greatest ever smash hits points out that it's now old enough to become a Pokemon trainer, and looks back at some of the greatest (and possibly overlooked) titles on the platform which has sold 154 million copies in a decade."
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+ - fake Price Comparison fools Walmart->

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turkeydance (1266624) writes "People are reportedly creating fake Amazon pages to show fake prices on electronics and other items. In the most heavily publicized cases, Walmart was reportedly duped into selling $400 PlayStation 4 consoles for under $100.

Here's how this scam has played out: The perpetrators create fake Amazon pages and show these fake listings to Walmart cashiers (and ultimately to store managers) in an attempt to con them into matching the phantom prices."

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