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Submission + - Google X works an older guy until he's hospitalized and then they lay him off (

Julie188 writes: When Google shows up to buy your startup and trade out your relatively worthless startup stock for Google stock, and offers you a high paying job, too, it seems like a dream come true. But for a group of ex-military guys at a startup called Project Titan, it was more like a nightmare, according to this detailed article from Business Insider. After Google buys their company, it shuts it down, gets them to move across the country to California and then sets them up working long hours outdoors in 100-degree heat. One older guy, in his mid-50s, was even hospitalized, and when he returned to work, he was essentially pushed out. Some people claimed it was bias against older workers and veterans.

Submission + - Mandriva CEO: Employee lawsuits put us out of business (

Julie188 writes: As you probably heard by now, Linux company Mandriva has finally, officially gone out of business. The CEO has opened up, telling his side of the story. He blames employee lawsuits after a layoff in 2013, the French labor laws and the courts. "Those court decisions forced the company to announce bankruptcy," he said.

Submission + - The worst things about working at Twitter (

Julie188 writes: Just because Twitter's IPO turned many of its employees into (paper) millionaires, doesn't mean they don't have gripes about working there. Employees are frustrated in a number of ways, mostly because the company grew so fast in its pre-IPO days. They complain of politics, new employees added to teams with no clear role and (if you can believe it), one even complained of "unfair" pay.

Submission + - Why The Game-Changing Product From Cisco's Super-Secret Startup Is Delayed (

Julie188 writes: Cisco's secret "spin-in" startup Insieme Networks was supposed to have emerged with bang, not a whimper, last month. But the product it is working on was neither launched nor demoed at Cisco's big customer conference last month. Business Insider is reporting that the product, a new software-defined networking box, has been delayed because of trouble with the custom silicon. Cisco will be using off-the-shelf chips the same as other SDN products.

Submission + - Apache CloudStack becomes a top-level project (

ke4qqq writes: "The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of nearly 150 Open Source projects and initiatives, today announced that Apache CloudStack has graduated from the Apache Incubator to become a Top-Level Project (TLP), signifying that the Project's community and products have been well-governed under the ASF's meritocratic process and principles."

Submission + - Dell Confirms and Details Rival Bids from Blackstone and Icahn (

DavidGilbert99 writes: "Dell has confirmed it has received "two alternative acquisition proposals" from billionaire investor Carl Icahn and the world's largest equity firm Blackstone. These bids rival the $24.4bn offer made by co-founder Michael Dell and equity firm Silver Lake last month, who want to take the company private.
Dell also confirmed details of the two offers, with both exceeding Michael Dell's original offer of $13.65 per share, with Blackstone offering $14.25 and Icahn offering $15 per share."


Submission + - Your iPhone Will Soon Detect Bad Breath (

Julie188 writes: "A tiny San Francisco startup, Adamant Technologies, is trying to give your iPhone a sense of smell and taste.. The company has created a computer chip that works with a bunch of tiny sensors to digitize these senses. The first app planned is a consumer device that plugs into an iPhone and detects bad breath. (That way, you'll always be the first, not the last, to know!)"

Submission + - Is HP right? Autonomy salesperson shares internal emails (

Julie188 writes: "You know how HP said it uncovered $5 billion worth of "improper" revenue at Autonomy? One thing HP has accused Autonomy of doing is booking software-as-a-service contracts as software licensing deals. So how might that type of accounting work? A former Autonomy salesperson fighting a legal battle with HP says she's seen it happen firsthand. She's shared internal Autonomy emails and documents that show the details of one deal."

Submission + - 'The Pill' for Men Is Closer to Reality ( 1

sciencehabit writes: There may be new hope in the search for "the Pill" for men, a male contraceptive that would be more effective than condoms and more easily reversible than a vasectomy. A compound called JQ1, which was originally developed as a cancer therapy, can also cause reversible infertility in male mice without apparent side effects for the rodents or their offspring, researchers report today. The compound isn’t ready for testing in healthy men, but it offers a promising lead in the quest for an improved male contraceptive.

Submission + - Facebook's Super Green Data Center Was Designed on a Napkin (

Julie188 writes: "Here's the actual napkin that shows the electrical design of Facebook's first super green data center, in Prineville, Ore. Facebook framed it. The story goes that Facebook data center designer, Jay Park, woke up in the middle of the night with the entire design in his head and couldn't find a piece of paper to write it on."

Submission + - More Reasons Why Windows Users Will Hate Windows 8 (

Julie188 writes: "Microsoft has a problem with Windows 8. After playing with the near final version released today, Business Insider editor Matt Rosoff decided that Microsoft must have been on drugs or something. "Unlike the iPad (and iPhone), which were immediately intuitive, Metro is not. A lot of the apps themselves are excellent, but as soon as you get out of the apps and into the "chrome" — the interface of the actual operating system — it gets weird.""

Submission + - Facebook open sources HTML5 mobile app test tool (

Julie188 writes: "Facebook is trying to make it easier for mobile app and game developers to use HTML5 instead of having to re-write each app for every device. It had earlier announced Ringmark, a tool that tests how an app does with each mobile browser. Today it released it as an open source project on GitHub.
Ringmark is trying to be like an ACID3 for mobile browsers. Maybe it can shame mobile browser makers into getting their act together."

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