Technology

Big Brother is live-tweeting you: artists turn a lightbulb into a surveillance device

Engadget - 12 min 12 sec ago
When you hear a scandalous conversation, there's always the temptation to live tweet it for the internet's benefit -- but what if your furniture could do that for you? Conversnitch is a project by artists Brian House and Kyle McDonald which reinvents...

Flash Fashion Site SecretSales Raises £4.5M, Led By Partech

TechCrunch - 27 min 41 sec ago
Flash fashion sales site SecretSales.com, a significant UK player, has raised £4.5 million – its third round of funding – from Partech Ventures’ new Partech VI fund and French private equity firm 123Venture, as well as existing investors Pentech and Doughty Hanson. The co-founders and key managers also participated. The cash will be used on product and customer acquisition. The… Read More

Synack Raises $7.5 Million Putting Bounties On IT Security Threats

TechCrunch - 36 min 22 sec ago
 Security company Synack has a proposition for the hackers of the world. The Menlo Park, Calif.-based company is putting a bounty out on the network and data security threats a business could face and will pay the best hackers to uncover them. It’s a new approach to the omnipresent issue of how businesses can best secure their data and networks, and one that has netted the company $7.5… Read More

Taking Cues From Tinder, Match.com Launches New iPhone App

TechCrunch - 36 min 26 sec ago
 Today, Match.com is unveiling an entirely redesigned mobile experience for iPhone users, with the release of Match 3.0 for iOS. The new app takes gestural cues from the big iOS 7 overhaul, and also goes for a more flat design overall. Even the Match.com logo has been reimagined. But more than anything, the company has taken cues from other dating apps to make Match an enjoyable mobile… Read More

Intralinks Acquires Document Security Service docTrackr

TechCrunch - 1 hour 16 min ago
 Enterprise software vendor Intralinks acquired document encryption service docTrackr for $10 million in cash. Gigaom first spotted the news in an SEC filing, Intralinks confirmed in a release. docTrackr provided powerful plugins to add a security layer on top of Gmail or Box. For example, you could send a PDF file using docTrackr to encrypt the file on your computer and then track it. You could… Read More

Lost Andy Warhol artworks discovered on Amiga floppies from the '80s

Engadget - 1 hour 37 min ago
Rediscovered artwork like a napkin Picasso or unearthed Matisse can be identified on sight, but pieces crafted in the digital age by pop-artist extraordinaire Andy Warhol and encoded in an outdated format are far more difficult to ascertain. In fact,...

Exetech seeks your cash to improve its clunky smartphone-in-a-watch

Engadget - 1 hour 39 min ago
When we got our hands on Exetech's XS-3, we were intrigued by the idea of cramming a smartphone into a watch, but dismayed at the execution. After all, this was a device that was in no way waterproof, had a 420mAh battery pressing directly onto your...

Ousted VK.com CEO Durov Posts On Facebook, Seeks Pro-Civil Rights Home For New Venture

TechCrunch - 1 hour 44 min ago
 This has to be one of more captivating startup pitches of the year. Pavel Durov, the founder of popular Russian social network VKontakte.com, was fired this week from his role as CEO amid claims that the government leaned on him to censor political content on the site. Now, in a Facebook post (pointedly not on VK.com...), Durov has spoken up again. Read More

Australian Law Enforcement Pushes Against Encryption, Advocates Data Retention

Slashdot - 2 hours 8 min ago
angry tapir (1463043) writes "Australia is in the middle of a parliamentary inquiry examining telecommunications interception laws. Law enforcement organisations are using this to resurrect the idea of a scheme for mandatory data retention by telcos and ISPs. In addition, an Australian law enforcement body is pushing for rules that would force telcos help with decryption of communications."

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Australian Law Enforcement Pushes Against Encryption, Advocates Data Retention

Slashdot - 2 hours 8 min ago
angry tapir (1463043) writes "Australia is in the middle of a parliamentary inquiry examining telecommunications interception laws. Law enforcement organisations are using this to resurrect the idea of a scheme for mandatory data retention by telcos and ISPs. In addition, an Australian law enforcement body is pushing for rules that would force telcos help with decryption of communications."

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Rumoured Microsoft Surface Mini Tablet Crops Up In Amazon Listings

TechCrunch - 2 hours 17 min ago
 Here's the latest heavy hint that Microsoft is getting ready to launch a smaller Surface tablet: an over-eager consumer electronics vendor has posted two listings on Amazon which suggest an 8-inch Surface Mini is arriving in the not too distant future. Read More

France is plotting to take Uber's car-tracking tech and hand it over to taxis

Engadget - 2 hours 27 min ago
While taxi services like Uber may be flat-out unwelcome in Belgium, neighboring France is still trying to figure out how to manage them. Under pressure from traditional cab drivers in the country, a new law was introduced that required the likes of...

Sony's streamer lets you watch one show (House of Cards) in 4K for £350

Engadget - 3 hours 55 min ago
If you spent a fortune on the first Sony Bravia UltraHD TVs, it may have hurt to find out that Netflix was only streaming 4K using a format (H.265) that doesn't work on those sets. Sony has now righted that wrong with the FMP-X5 4K media streamer,...

Uber, SnapCar And Others May Not Be Able To Use Geolocation In France

TechCrunch - 4 hours 23 min ago
 Thomas Thévenoud had an impossible job — he was the member of the Assemblée Nationale in charge of finding an agreement between urban transportation startups and taxi unions in France. He just announced his report to those companies, and it will become a law in the coming weeks. But some of the 30 points are highly controversial. For example, Uber, Chauffeur-Privé, LeCab and others… Read More

Hacker-turned-FBI informant may have orchestrated foreign cyberattacks

Engadget - 4 hours 25 min ago
The hacker subplot in House of Cards' second season might have felt out of place, but from the sounds of a recent New York Times report, Frank Underwood's methods for putting captured hackers to work might not be too far-fetched. After being busted...

NASA Chief Tells the Critics of Exploration Plan: "Get Over It"

Slashdot - 4 hours 32 min ago
mknewman (557587) writes "For years, critics have been taking shots at NASA's plans to corral a near-Earth asteroid before moving on to Mars — and now NASA's chief has a message for those critics: 'Get over it, to be blunt.' NASA Administrator Charles Bolden defended the space agency's 20-year timeline for sending astronauts to the Red Planet on Tuesday, during the opening session of this year's Humans 2 Mars Summit at George Washington University in the nation's capital."

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NASA Chief Tells the Critics of Exploration Plan: "Get Over It"

Slashdot - 4 hours 32 min ago
mknewman (557587) writes "For years, critics have been taking shots at NASA's plans to corral a near-Earth asteroid before moving on to Mars — and now NASA's chief has a message for those critics: 'Get over it, to be blunt.' NASA Administrator Charles Bolden defended the space agency's 20-year timeline for sending astronauts to the Red Planet on Tuesday, during the opening session of this year's Humans 2 Mars Summit at George Washington University in the nation's capital."

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NASA Chief Tells the Critics of Exploration Plan: "Get Over It"

Slashdot - 4 hours 32 min ago
mknewman (557587) writes "For years, critics have been taking shots at NASA's plans to corral a near-Earth asteroid before moving on to Mars — and now NASA's chief has a message for those critics: 'Get over it, to be blunt.' NASA Administrator Charles Bolden defended the space agency's 20-year timeline for sending astronauts to the Red Planet on Tuesday, during the opening session of this year's Humans 2 Mars Summit at George Washington University in the nation's capital."

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NASA Chief Tells the Critics of Exploration Plan: "Get Over It"

Slashdot - 4 hours 32 min ago
mknewman (557587) writes "For years, critics have been taking shots at NASA's plans to corral a near-Earth asteroid before moving on to Mars — and now NASA's chief has a message for those critics: 'Get over it, to be blunt.' NASA Administrator Charles Bolden defended the space agency's 20-year timeline for sending astronauts to the Red Planet on Tuesday, during the opening session of this year's Humans 2 Mars Summit at George Washington University in the nation's capital."

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Made it: Mark Zuckerberg joins Madame Tussauds

Engadget - 5 hours 45 min ago
A net worth of $27 billion. Doesn't wear socks. [Image: Mashable/Kurt Wagner]...