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Submission + - Blue Shield Discloses 18,000 Doctors' Social Security Numbers (

itwbennett writes: The Social Security numbers of roughly 18,000 California physicians and health-care providers were inadvertently made public after a slip-up at health insurance provider Blue Shield of California, the organization said Monday. The numbers were included in monthly filings on medical providers that Blue Shield is required to make to the state's Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC). The provider rosters for February, March and April 2013 included the data and were available under the state's public records law.

Submission + - Is Google Holding Back Its Android Smartwatch To Give Partners A Head Start? (

jfruh writes: The Moto 360 is one of the most anticipated of the next generation of Android-based smartwatches — so eagerly awaited that the announcement that it wouldn't be released until later this year was met with boos at Google's I/O conference. Blogger Matthew Mombrea wonders if Motorola Mobility, still under Google's control pending its sale to Lenovo, is deliberately delaying the 360's rollout, in order to give a chance to faithful Google partners LG and Samsung to establish their own offerings in the market.

Submission + - Samsung Gives Up On The Content Business (

jfruh writes: Not content to merely be spectacularly successful at selling Android phones, Samsung wants to be taken as seriously as competitors like Apple, Google, and Amazon. Part of that plan was to get into the business of selling content — but that agenda has been a total flop, and now the company is pulling back. Samsung had already shuttered its ebooks service, and is now shutting down its video and music services as well.

Submission + - IBM Tries To Forecast and Control Beijing's Air Pollution (

itwbennett writes: Using supercomputers to predict and study pollution patterns is nothing new. And already, China's government agencies, and the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, publicly report real-time pollution levels to residents. But IBM is hoping to design a better system tailored for Beijing that can predict air quality levels three days in advance, and even pinpoint the exact sources of the pollution down to the street level, said Jin Dong, an IBM Research director involved in the project.

Submission + - Employees Staying Away From Internal Corporate Social Networks (

jfruh writes: As social networks proliferated in the early '10s, so did the idea of a corporate social network — a Facebook-like community on an intranet where employees could interact. Unfortunately, corporate users are staying away in droves, perceiving the systems as one more in-box they'd have to take care of and getting their social-networking fix from Facebook and the like.

Submission + - Facebook Adapts To Indian Market With Ads That Call You Back (

jfruh writes: In much of the developing world, millions of people use low-cost featurephones to access the internet — and for phone calls, those phones use the "caller pays" method, where receiving calls are free. To adapt to this maket, Facebook is launching ads in India that call users back after they click on them to indicate their interest.

Submission + - FTC: T-Mobile Made Millions From Unwanted SMS Features (

jfruh writes: The FTC has filed a complaint against T-Mobile for its complicity and profit in assessing millions of dollars for SMS services that customers never asked for. The SMS services offered "flirting tips, horoscope information and celebrity gossip" for $10 a month, and in some cases the charges kept coming for years after customers requested they be removed.

Submission + - Google's 'Cookie Choices' Lets Europeans Know How They're Being Tracked (

itwbennett writes: Google has launched a new site,, to help visitors of European sites learn more about the digital breadcrumbs they leave behind through cookies. The site, which includes code that publishers can use to incorporate notifications into their own sites and apps, is meant to address European laws that require that digital publishers give visitors to their sites and apps information about their use of cookies and other data. The notifications could take the form of pop-up alerts or a bar at the top of the screen, ostensibly to give details like the visitor's browsing history or profile information.

Submission + - What (not) to wear on an IT job interview: 6 real-life examples

Esther Schindler writes: For a lot of slashdot denizens, the fashion choice for a job interview is, "What's clean?"

But still: Some of us give more thought to it than that. We know that how we dress conveys something, even if it's "proof that I'm a techie who is above such things." And — among women more than men, I think — some of us care about that image. And want to look pretty. (I do.)

So, in this article, with the help of a few brave volunteers, we examine how that dress or suit really comes across to the people who might ask, "When can you start?" You see six real-world people in real-world outfits, and hear what our esteemed judges think is the best choice for that IT job interview. Plus, you can vote on the outfits you think are best for each individual, and compare your opinion to those of the fashionistas and hiring managers. It's IT meets career meets fashion police – practical and, I hope, also fun.

Submission + - Don't Fear The Phone Interview (

jfruh writes: Many techies prefer to communicate by email, and many millenials find talking on the phone to be awkward and stressful. But sometimes in your job search you need to do job interviews by phone, and there are steps you can take to make them go better. Perhaps the most surprising: you should stand up when you talk and try to gesture with your hands as you would when talking in person.

Submission + - California Legalizes Bitcoin (

jfruh writes: California governor Jerry Brown has signed a law repealing Section 107 of California's Corporations Code, which prohibited companies or individuals from issuing money other than U.S. dollars. Before the law was repealed, not only bitcoin but everything from Amazon Coin to Starbucks Stars were techinically illegal, the law was generally not enforced.

Submission + - No, Bitcoin Miners Aren't Crashing The GPU Market (

jfruh writes: In the early days of bitcoin, a lot of miners used specialized GPU rigs to crunch through the math needed to create more bitcoin. As the calculations grew more difficult, many miners moved to specialized ASICS — and the rumor spread that the shift was having an impact on the overall GPU market. But the extent has been greatly exaggerated.

Submission + - Where Should You Open Source Your DNA? (

jfruh writes: GitHub has become a sort of default repository to upload and open-source information, even info that isn't code, like music or proposed legislation. A few people have even open sourced their own DNA on the platform. But if you really want information on your genetic code to be useful to scientists and researchers, there are probably better places to do it.

Submission + - Intel Putting Cameras In Tablets And PCs That Can Analyze Your Mood (

jfruh writes: Intel's RealSense 3D cameras, coming tablets and PCs in the next year or so, can do a number of interesting things, like putting a fake background behind you in a video chat or making kids' books more interactive and fun. But one creepy-sounding feature is that they can analyze your mood based on your facial expression. No word yet on how exactly your computer will react to your anger or sadness.

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