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Submission + - Satya Nadella is Microsoft's Next CEO: Reports (

Nerval's Lobster writes: Microsoft’s next CEO will be Satya Nadella, if current reports prove accurate. According to Re/code, which drew its information from “numerous sources close to Microsoft,” Nadella could officially assume the role in early February. Meanwhile, anonymous sources speaking to Bloomberg suggested that co-founder Bill Gates could be forced to give up his longtime chairman role. Nadella (again, if confirmed) seems a logical choice for Microsoft. He’s been with the company for more than twenty years, eventually becoming executive vice president of its Cloud and Enterprise division. The enterprise remains a key—perhaps the key—customer segment for Microsoft, especially as its mobile and consumer efforts (excluding the Xbox) have floundered in recent years; in order to retain those business clients, Nadella and his team embarked on the creation of “Cloud OS,” the platform that powers Microsoft’s large-scale cloud services such as SkyDrive, Azure, and Office 365. Under his guidance, Microsoft’s revenue from cloud services has grown by several billion over the past few years, so he’s shown that he can expand a business. In addition, his technical background could afford him a measure of respect from Microsoft’s legions of engineers and developers. But if he’s ultimately tapped for the CEO seat, Nadella faces one of the toughest jobs in the technology industry: not only does he need to craft a plan that will allow Microsoft to grow and prosper in an integrated, holistic manner—he’ll need to do it while guiding the company through the massive internal reorganization initiated by his predecessor, Steve Ballmer.

Submission + - Pope Says the Internet is a 'Gift From God' 1

SmartAboutThings writes: You’d think that religion and science have separate ways, but there are certain points where these two intertwine. And here’s one such good example. With the occasion of the 48th World Communications Day, Pope Francis issued an official statement, calling the Internet a “gift from God” and a facilitator of communications between people of different faiths and backgrounds.

Submission + - Fixing broken links with the Internet Archive (

eggboard writes: The Internet Archive has copies of Web pages corresponding to 378 billion URLs. It's working on several efforts, some of them quite recent, to help deter or assist with link rot, when links go bad. Through an API for developers, WordPress integration, a Chrome plug-in, and a JavaScript lookup, the Archive hopes to help people find at least the most recent copy of a missing or deleted page. More ambitiously, they instantly cache any link added to Wikipedia, and want to become integrated into browsers as a fallback rather than showing a 404 page.

Submission + - Candy Crush Saga Has Trademarked the Word 'Candy' (

An anonymous reader writes:, owners of Candy Crush, have received a U.S. trademark on the use of the word "candy" in games and clothing. Forbes thinks it is overly broad. "One would think Hasbro, the maker of that venerable children's board game (which does have video game versions) Candy Land, would already have this trademark sewed up."

Submission + - Dogecoin Gains Credibility and $40m in Value After Jamaican Bobsled Fundraising ( 1

DavidGilbert99 writes: Dogecoin, the crypto-currency based on an internet meme about a Shiba Inus dog's inner thoughts, was seen as a joke by many, but after a high profile fundraising campaign by the dogecoin community no one is laughing any more. The market capitalisation of the crypto-currency soared by $40m to $65m in the space of 24 hours and — possibly more importantly — the credibility of dogecoin has been given a similar boost in the eyes of the world.

Submission + - Japanese CCTV System Identifies Criminals by the Way they Walk ( 1

DavidGilbert99 writes: A new system for identifying criminals will use gait recognition as a way of identifying individual criminals in a crowd of up to 1,000 people with 99% accuracy by measuring how they walk, together with other physical characteristics. The system will look at a person's walking style including hand movements and stride — collectively known as gait recognition — and once it has been identified, the system can see whether the footage from other CCTV cameras offers up a match.

Submission + - EU: Google should face $1bn privacy fine, not 'pocket money' amounts ( 1

DW100 writes: Despite Google being fined €900,000 by Spanish authorities and €150,000 in France for its controversial privacy policies in recent months, the EU has admitted this is mere 'pocket money' to the company. Instead, a new legal regime that would have seen Google fined $1bn for breaching data protection laws is needed to make US companies fear and respect the law in Europe.

Comment Re:My god! (Score 1) 86

No, it's not the maximum fine under UK law - that's £500K. See

The summary isn't even about it being the highest fine imposed so far by the ICO for a breach of the Data Protection Act. There was a £325K fine imposed on an NHS trust. See

Comment Re:I don't really get it. (Score 1) 213

My ISP (o2 broadband in the UK) has a particularly bad set of DNS servers that regularly seem to error. Somehow, resetting the router helps, but I think that's because it just gets forwarded to a different pair of o2's DNS servers.

As a result of this, I've switched to OpenDNS, which hasn't errored at all, so far (about 6 months). However, I'm probably going to try Google's offering because I'd prefer to get a NULL response than a search page if I hit an unresolvable URI.

Comment Re:Please note that this is C++ only (Score 1) 433

That's a separate thing entirely. Of course applications built against version "A" of the .NET framework won't run on a machine that doesn't have version "A".

OK, I could be clearer here. There may be .NET assemblies that use Interop to call unmanaged C++ assemblies that could potentially rely on some of the DLLs reference in the article.
However, assemblies that do not rely on C++ DLLs will be fine.

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