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Dutch Court Says Government Can Receive Bulk Data from NSA

Slashdot - 55 min 43 sec ago
jfruh (300774) writes Dutch law makes it illegal for the Dutch intelligence services to conduct mass data interception programs. But, according to a court in the Hague, it's perfectly all right for the Dutch government to request that data from the U.S.'s National Security Agency, and doing so doesn't violate any treaties or international law.

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IBM Watson's new job: reintroducing soldiers to civilian life

Engadget - 59 min 43 sec ago
Watson supercomputer has a new and very important job, one that's a lot different from beating Jeopardy champions or whipping up BBQ sauce recipes: helping vets return to normal life. IBM has recently formed a partnership with the USAA (the financial...

Samsung Might Have Found A Shortcut To Mobile Virtual Reality Through Oculus VR

TechCrunch - 1 hour 4 min ago
 If you’re interested in virtual reality, then a new report from CNET that maintains Samsung is working directly with Facebook-owned Oculus on a headset that uses mobile devices to generate VR environments and experiences should get you excited. We’ve heard before that Samsung was working on its own VR headset, but this is further evidence that they might have a helping hand from… Read More

Intigua Raises $10M Series B Round For Its IT Management Automation Service

TechCrunch - 1 hour 26 min ago
 Intigua, a company that specializes in giving enterprises an easier way to manage their IT operations in private and public clouds, today announced that it has raised a $10 million Series B round led by Intel Capital. Existing investors Bessemer Venture Partners and Cedar Fund also participated in this round. In total, the company has now raised $21 million. The company says it will use this… Read More

IFTTT's recipe-powered automation now works with Square mobile payments

Engadget - 1 hour 26 min ago
Consumers have been automating apps with IFTTT (If This Then That) for awhile by, say, backing up Instagram photos to Dropbox whenever they snap a photo. Now, businesses will be able to take advantage of IFTTT directly from the Square mobile payment...

FCC Reminds ISPs That They Can Be Fined For Lacking Transparency

Slashdot - 1 hour 37 min ago
An anonymous reader writes The FCC issued a notice on Wednesday reminding ISPs that, according to the still-intact transparency rule of the 2010 Open Internet Order, they are required to be transparent about their services. "The FCC's transparency rule requires that consumers get the information they need to make informed choices about the broadband services they purchase." Applicable scenarios include "poorly worded service offers or inaccurate counts of data against a data cap...[as well as] blocking or slowing certain types of traffic without explaining that to the customer." The transparency rule gives the FCC the power to fine ISPs for non-compliance.

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FCC Reminds ISPs That They Can Be Fined For Lacking Transparency

Slashdot - 1 hour 37 min ago
An anonymous reader writes The FCC issued a notice on Wednesday reminding ISPs that, according to the still-intact transparency rule of the 2010 Open Internet Order, they are required to be transparent about their services. "The FCC's transparency rule requires that consumers get the information they need to make informed choices about the broadband services they purchase." Applicable scenarios include "poorly worded service offers or inaccurate counts of data against a data cap...[as well as] blocking or slowing certain types of traffic without explaining that to the customer." The transparency rule gives the FCC the power to fine ISPs for non-compliance.

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Disrupt Alum Trello Takes In $10.3M For Its Visual To-Do Lists

TechCrunch - 1 hour 55 min ago
 Disrupt alum Trello has pulled in a $10.3 million funding round. The startup launched its visual project management system back in September 2011, on TC’s startup battlefield stage. Read More

Want to fly a drone? Don't do it here

Engadget - 1 hour 58 min ago
It may sound blindingly obvious to avoid flying a UAV around America's foremost military academy. But not all drone no-fly zones are as obvious as West Point, which is why Mapbox has just issued an interactive US map showing where all of them are....

Internet Explorer Vulnerabilities Increase 100%

Slashdot - 2 hours 20 min ago
An anonymous reader writes Bromium Labs analyzed public vulnerabilities and exploits from the first six months of 2014. The research determined that Internet Explorer vulnerabilities have increased more than 100 percent since 2013, surpassing Java and Flash vulnerabilities. Web browsers have always been a favorite avenue of attack, but we are now seeing that hackers are not only getting better at attacking Internet Explorer, they are doing it more frequently.

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These smart shoes vibrate to point you in the right direction

Engadget - 2 hours 39 min ago
One of the best uses for wearable technology is to help you get around without being hunched over your smartphone. Google Glass and smartwatches do this, but you're still staring at a screen instead of enjoying the scenery. That's all set to change...

Prototype NASA robot will burrow through sheets of alien ice

Engadget - 3 hours 20 min ago
When it came to life on Mars, NASA might have struck out, but it's got a good feeling about Europa. The agency is working on a probe designed to scan its vast oceans for signs of alien life, but there's a problem, namely the thick layer of ice that...

Essence Group Holdings Raises $71 Million For Population Health Management Services

TechCrunch - 3 hours 27 min ago
 Essence Group Holdings Corp., the parent company of health management services provider Lumeris, has raised $71 million in a round of financing announced today. In all, the company has raised some $141 million as it seeks to sell services to health care organizations still struggling with the regulatory shifts wrought by the Affordable Care Act. Chiefly, the government has forced insurance… Read More

ZTE's latest fitness tracker looks just like a FuelBand

Engadget - 4 hours 14 min ago
Why yes, here's yet another fitness band from China! Just two days after Xiaomi's $13 Mi Band, ZTE will no doubt have a hard time getting attention for its awkwardly named Grand Band. The company's second smart wearable device reminds us of the Nike+...

Ebola Outbreak Continues To Expand

Slashdot - 4 hours 50 min ago
symbolset writes in with the latest about an ebola outbreak spreading across West Africa. The World Health Organization (WHO) continues to monitor the evolution of the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea. The current epidemic trend of EVD outbreak in Sierra Leone and Liberia remains serious, with 67 new cases and 19 deaths reported July 15-17, 2014. These include suspect, probable, and laboratory-confirmed cases. The EVD outbreak in Guinea continues to show a declining trend, with no new cases reported during this period. Critical analyses and review of the current outbreak response is being undertaken to inform the process of developing prioritized national operational plans. Effective implementation of the prioritized plans will be vital in reversing the current trend of EVD outbreak, especially in Liberia and Sierra Leone.

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Google banks on its own tech to protect Chrome users from another Heartbleed

Engadget - 4 hours 51 min ago
Last month Google said that it was tired of mashed-together bug fixes for OpenSSL and decided to create its own fork called BoringSSL. It has now implemented that variant in the latest Chromium build, the open-source software that eventually arrives...

QBlinks Is A Multi-Use Remote Control And Notification Center For Your iPhone

TechCrunch - 5 hours 26 min ago
 Qblinks wants to be the Swiss Army knife of iPhone remote controllers. The Bluetooth LE device, which is currently seeking $35,000 on Kickstarter, can be used to alert you to notifications from different apps on your smartphone; as a camera remote shutter; to activate Siri; play music; and help you find missing phones by prompting it to ring even when it is in silent mode. Qblinks even has… Read More

Pilot one of the robots from 'Pacific Rim' with Oculus Rift at Comic-Con

Engadget - 5 hours 51 min ago
We're not sure how many of the new Oculus Rift VR kits have shipped out to developers already, but it looks like a healthy amount are in San Diego right now. That's where Comic-Con is happening this week and, following the X-Men VR demo we already...

Now TV arrives on the PlayStation 4 today, Xbox One in the coming weeks

Engadget - 6 hours 47 min ago
A couple of months back, Sky revealed that it was working to bring Now TV to Sony and Microsoft's latest consoles. Today, it finally started that rollout with the PlayStation 4, ensuring Sony fans have all of their bases covered in the process....