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A16Z Leads $58M Round In UK’s TransferWise To Ramp Up Its P2P Transfer Business

TechCrunch - Sun, 01/25/2015 - 6:43pm
 TransferWise, the fast-growing UK-based P2P money transfer startup that has reportedly been in talks with Facebook for remittance services, has raised now raised a large round of funding led by one of the social network’s earliest backers. Andreessen Horowitz is heading up a $58 million round of investment in TransferWise, a Series C round with participation also from previous backers… Read More

More Than 200,000 Photographers Have Participated In EyeEm’s “Missions” For Brands

TechCrunch - Sun, 01/25/2015 - 6:23pm
 Whenever a new social network or online community springs up, it seems pretty inevitable that brands will eventually try to build a presence there. Naturally, this can cause lots of handwringing and eye-rolling — that’s why emphatically ad-free social networks like Ello attract a lot of interest, but also seem rather quixotic. So I was glad to get an update on what EyeEm is doing… Read More

Attanasio optimistic Milwaukee Brewers will rebound in 2015

Milwaukee Brewers principal owner Mark Attanasio was pleased with how slugger Ryan Braun handled the 2014 season after Braun's suspension in 2013 and Attanasio took some of the blame for his team's late-season fade in 2014. That being said, Attanasio was optimistic about the upcoming 2015 season in his remarks to fans and the media Sunday at the Brewers annual On Deck fan fest at the Wisconsin Center in downtown Milwaukee. The event gives fans a chance to meet players and hear from the team's management…

Catchy SOTU remix turns Obama into Commander-in-Beats

Mashable - Sun, 01/25/2015 - 6:02pm

The President is dropping unemployment rates — and beats.

The Gregory Brothers hilariously remixed President Barack Obama's 2015 State of the Union Address to an auto-tuned, techno beat.

Clearly this proves that the 2016 Presidential election debate should be a rap battle.

Courageous dog helps cat from the deadly clutches of a fast-food cup

Uzo Aduba delivers tearful tribute to 'OITNB' cast in SAG Awards speech

You can't look away from this Ed Sheeran chin puppet named Ed Sheerchin

Johnny Depp and Gwyneth Paltrow reveal juicy tidbits in 'Never Have I Ever' game Read more...

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SpaceX, US Air Force Settle Spy Sat Dispute

Slashdot - Sun, 01/25/2015 - 5:47pm
hypnosec writes The US Air Force and private space flight company SpaceX have settled their dispute involving the military's expendable rocket program, thereby paving the way for SpaceX to join the spy satellite launch program known as Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV). The settlement opens doors for SpaceX to compete with United Launch Alliance (ULA) for launch of spy satellites. ULA is a joint Boeing-Lockheed venture – the only private player to have received clearance for launching black ops satellites.

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Drilling activity continues to slow down in Eagle Ford, Permian Basin

Crude oil prices managed to stay above $45 per barrel last week, but drilling activity continues to slow down in both the Eagle Ford Shale-producing region just south of San Antonio and the Permian Basin in West Texas. Data released Jan. 23 from the Baker Hughes Rig Count shows slight decreases in activity in both Texas and the United States. The Baker Hughes Rig Count, a weekly service of Houston-based Baker Hughes Inc. (NYSE: BHI), is a barometer of oil exploration and drilling activity. Got…

$3.8B worth of illegal bets expected for Super Bowl

The American Gaming Association reported that Americans will place $3.8 billion in illegal bets on the Super Bowl this year – way more than the nearly $100 million in legal bets placed on the game each year. This is the first year the AGA, which obviously wants people to bet in establishments where sports betting is legal, has made such an estimate. Only four states in the U.S. allow sports betting: Nevada, Oregon, Montana and Delaware. The majority of sports gambling happens in Las Vegas. The…

Lotem thermoflex mid narrow laser diodes

PrintPlanet.com - Sun, 01/25/2015 - 5:06pm
I am selling my laser diode 100 $

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America's 12-week maternity policy has nothing to do with families

Mashable - Sun, 01/25/2015 - 5:05pm

Seconds after my daughter was born a nurse placed her tiny pulsing body on my chest. The sight captivated me, and as she lay there I thought of nothing else but the marvel of her new life.

In the days that followed, the complicated and busy world came into view again, and I began to hear the inevitable ticking of time. In 12 weeks, I would somehow have to find the courage to ignore the hormones that primed my body and mind for complete devotion. I would have to leave this helpless being, my first child, and return to work.

I’d taken for granted that 12 weeks of leave is a standard benchmark, thanks to the Family and Medical Leave Act, which requires companies of a certain size to give employees that much unpaid leave in the event of childbirth or adoption. But I couldn’t explain how we arrived at that number. Surely it must be based on the recommendations of child development experts, or reflect the difficulty of caring for a three-month-old baby, or even take into consideration the physical recovery after childbirth. Read more...

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At Home Group reportedly buying shuttered J.C. Penney stores

One Plano company's loss is another Plano company's gain in a tale of two retailers. J.C. Penney Co. Inc. (NYSE: JCP) announced this month plans to shutter 40 U.S. stores, laying off 2,250 employees nationwide. The closures, which represent about 4 percent of Penney's total stores, will happen on or before April 4. But the end of these locations for Penney, could be a beginning for At Home Group Inc., which reportedly contacted J.C. Penney within hours of the closure announcement to inquire about…

McDonald's faces discrimination lawsuit

McDonald's Corp. is facing a discrimination and civil rights lawsuit filed by 10 former workers, who claim that a Virginia franchisee fired them because of their race. The suit was filed last week in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia, and alleges that McDonald's franchisee Michael Simon fired or cause the employees to quit because of racial harassment. They also allege that McDonald's could have stopped the harassment, but didn't. In the lawsuit, the plaintiffs alleged…

Investors Want Proof You’re High Fantasy

TechCrunch - Sun, 01/25/2015 - 5:00pm
 Recently, TechCrunch published a post presenting differing investment theories of those in venture capital, unicorns vs. dragons. In the article, an investor legitimately claimed that a unicorn is a good analog for a good investment but dragons are even better. I had flashbacks of all the fantastical terms that investors use to describe good investment opportunities; it’s clear that… Read More

Concrete pours getting underway for arena project (Video)

The concrete is coming. Lots of it. Beginning Friday night, crews will pour 14,000 cubic yards of concrete for the "mat slabs" of what will be the new entertainment and sports center in downtown Sacramento. Slideshow: Pouring concrete Friday night's pour was the first of eight mat slab pours, totaling 2,100 cubic yards. Other mat slab pours will continue through late February. In addition to concrete, the slab pour includes 1,500 tons of reinforcing rebar, and all the slab pours will total about…

DirectX 12 Lies Dormant Within Microsoft's Recent Windows 10 Update

Slashdot - Sun, 01/25/2015 - 4:48pm
MojoKid writes After last Wednesday's Windows 10 event, early adopters and IT types were probably anxious for Microsoft to release the next preview build. Fortunately, it didn't take long as it came out on Friday, and it's safe to say that it introduced even more than many were anticipating (but still no Spartan browser). However, in case you missed it, DirectX 12 is actually enabled in this Windows 10 release, though unfortunately we'll need to wait for graphics drivers and apps that support it, to take advantage of DX 12 features and performance enhancements.

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DirectX 12 Lies Dormant Within Microsoft's Recent Windows 10 Update

Slashdot - Sun, 01/25/2015 - 4:48pm
MojoKid writes After last Wednesday's Windows 10 event, early adopters and IT types were probably anxious for Microsoft to release the next preview build. Fortunately, it didn't take long as it came out on Friday, and it's safe to say that it introduced even more than many were anticipating (but still no Spartan browser). However, in case you missed it, DirectX 12 is actually enabled in this Windows 10 release, though unfortunately we'll need to wait for graphics drivers and apps that support it, to take advantage of DX 12 features and performance enhancements.

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DirectX 12 Lies Dormant Within Microsoft's Recent Windows 10 Update

Slashdot - Sun, 01/25/2015 - 4:48pm
MojoKid writes After last Wednesday's Windows 10 event, early adopters and IT types were probably anxious for Microsoft to release the next preview build. Fortunately, it didn't take long as it came out on Friday, and it's safe to say that it introduced even more than many were anticipating (but still no Spartan browser). However, in case you missed it, DirectX 12 is actually enabled in this Windows 10 release, though unfortunately we'll need to wait for graphics drivers and apps that support it, to take advantage of DX 12 features and performance enhancements.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.








DirectX 12 Lies Dormant Within Microsoft's Recent Windows 10 Update

Slashdot - Sun, 01/25/2015 - 4:48pm
MojoKid writes After last Wednesday's Windows 10 event, early adopters and IT types were probably anxious for Microsoft to release the next preview build. Fortunately, it didn't take long as it came out on Friday, and it's safe to say that it introduced even more than many were anticipating (but still no Spartan browser). However, in case you missed it, DirectX 12 is actually enabled in this Windows 10 release, though unfortunately we'll need to wait for graphics drivers and apps that support it, to take advantage of DX 12 features and performance enhancements.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.








DirectX 12 Lies Dormant Within Microsoft's Recent Windows 10 Update

Slashdot - Sun, 01/25/2015 - 4:48pm
MojoKid writes After last Wednesday's Windows 10 event, early adopters and IT types were probably anxious for Microsoft to release the next preview build. Fortunately, it didn't take long as it came out on Friday, and it's safe to say that it introduced even more than many were anticipating (but still no Spartan browser). However, in case you missed it, DirectX 12 is actually enabled in this Windows 10 release, though unfortunately we'll need to wait for graphics drivers and apps that support it, to take advantage of DX 12 features and performance enhancements.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.