60,000 Accounts Deleted from Social Media Sites in China

Some of China’s most popular social media sites deleted more than 60,000 accounts in the last 24 hours because they did not conform to the strict new regulations due to be put in place on Sunday.

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Xen security issue prompts Amazon, Rackspace cloud reboots

Cloud vendors impacted by these security issues tread a tricky path. They have to address the vulnerability as fast as possible before the details of the flaw are made public, which can lead to a bit of a fire drill. In this case, more information about the flaw will be disclosed March 10.


If you were offline between, say, 7pm and 10pm Eastern last night, boy, things must have seemed real weird when you logged back onto Twitter.

Proposed Chinese security law could mean tough rules for tech companies

Reuters reported on Friday that a newly proposed Chinese counterterrorism law calls for technology companies to turn over encryption keys to the Chinese government, allow for ways to bypass security mechanisms in their products, require companies to store user data and maintain servers in China, and remove any content that the country deems supportive of terrorists.

Kobalt Tunes Into $60M Led By Google Ventures For Its Music Rights Collection Platform

This is where Kobalt comes in: the company is basically a big-data music analytics play. It has built a platform and music tagging system that reaches across services like YouTube, Spotify, Soundcloud and thousands more to track when songs are played, using that data to figure out how much a particular artist or label is owed as a result. It provides the data on a dashboard along with other analytics, and then makes regular payouts to those rights holders based on those numbers. (We’ve covered the kind of data that Kobalt collects before — it has been very revealing of the shift to streaming services versus downloads .)

How to Block Posts About the Insanity-Inducing Dress from the Internet

Short of completely unplugging, you can never get away from rumors and spoilers completely, but it's possible to at least restrict your web content to a manageable level. Over the coming weeks an abundance of iPad 3 news will be pouring in, so if you're looking to cut it away, the above tips will help. Do you have ways to avoid annoying rumors or spoilers? Share them in the comments.

Twenty20 Emerges From Beta with a New Stock Photo View

An alternative kind of agency, which uses personal mobile photos from a range of enthusiasts and professionals, today launched out of beta promising to lend a more natural and less overtly slick look to marketing, advertising and editorial content.

Uber Security Breach Exposes 50,000 Drivers

Last year Uber suffered a security breach. Now it’s saying that the name and driver’s license number of up to 50,000 drivers could be in the hands of a third party.

Adam Savage's Overlook Hotel Maze Model

Watch our in-depth discussion of this maze build here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NRAqx... Over the span of a month, Adam designed and built an accurate replica of the hedge maze architectural model from Stanley Kubrick's The Shining. The maze model, as seen in The Overlook Hotel, is only seen briefly, but reference screenshots from throughout the film allowed Adam to painstakingly recreate it. The project ended up as one of Adam's more labor-intensive builds in recent memory! Shot and edited by Joey Fameli Watch the follow-up discussion, with more photos, here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NRAqx... Photo gallery of the build here: http://www.tested.com/art/makers/4970...

With A $60M Revenue Run Rate, ClassPass May Be The Next Uber

TechCrunch has secured financial information about ClassPass , the TechStars-backed startup that offers unlimited access to various fitness classes for a flat monthly fee. As it stands now, our sources report that ClassPass is tracking to a $60 million revenue run rate for 2015, a run rate that has doubled in the past three months.

Net Neutrality Wins: What Now?

Take bad boy Fred Upton, for instance. Upton— who holds personal investments in AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon —has introduced legislation that prohibit things like paid prioritization but also eliminate the agency's authority to regulate internet service providers. This is a dangerous thing for these net neutrality rules, again, because in the 2011 Verizon lawsuit that killed the FCC's old net neutrality rules, a judge ruled that the agency overstepped its authority. "A legislative answer to the net neutrality question will finally put to rest years of litigation and uncertainty," Upton said recently.

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Ericsson Is Suing to Block Sales of iPhones in the U.S.

Ericsson has announced that it's filing seven new lawsuits in a U.S. court against Apple for infringing its patents—and it's asking the U.S. International Trade Commission to block iPhones from sale, too.

Virtual Creatures Come Alive in a Box | MIT Technology Review

A projector inside the lid of Holus beams four images of the same object onto the walls of the prism, which are reflected to form a single 3-D image that users can control with a smartphone connected via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. A tablet computer or laptop attached to the box runs an app that feeds images to the projector, and adjusts what you see based on input from the controller. At this year’s International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, H+ used Holus to let visitors play a multiplayer dice game controlled with an iPod Touch.

Net neutrality’s next chapter: How experts saw today’s milestone and next steps

Finally, if you’re wondering how far the FCC could have gone, beyond the dreaded rate regulation that the cable industry so feared, Jon Brodkin over at Ars Technica brings it up. The agency could have demanded that the ISPs unbundle their services (something that would have never happened given our country’s regard for private investment). That would have been far more disruptive than the FCC’s actions on municipal broadband today or its vote to regulate broadband as a transport service under Title II. From his story:

Here are the renderings of Google's futuristic new headquarters

Google just revealed a wild proposal for remaking its main office space in Mountain View, California — rather than simply build more modern office buildings, Google is seeking to build some giant glass "canopies" with insides that can be rebuilt and repurposed easily depending on what the company needs. It's incredibly ambitious, and the company already admitted that some of the technology it needs to pull this vision off doesn't exist yet. And even if this does come to pass the way Google wants, the first of these buildings won't exist for another five years.

Apple Opens Up 'iWork for iCloud' to Everyone, No Apple Device Required

... Software is Apple's weakest area, especially professional software —which seems unacceptable for a technology company worth over $700 billion… Hire more developers and designers: a few more dedicated JDI, enhancement and bug hunting teams would do Apple software wonders. It's important to pay attention to what _is_ actually happening. Apple has progressively been opening up public betas of its various offerings. This will improve the bug hunting process without hiring additional developers. The development tools are constantly being updated and improved upon, and this directly benefits Apple's own developers, not just third-parties. More cooks in the kitchen (ie. paid employees) isn't always the solution. In fact, I would go as far as to say that Apple is becoming too big for their own good, a problem that we know all too well can have a negative effect on companies. It's up to Tim and Co. to manage this properly and not become another Microsoft. A year and a half ago, Pages was updated to version 5.0 and it dropped ONE much-needed feature for our team.

Google reverses porn ban on Blogger after backlash

“This week, we announced a change to Blogger’s porn policy,” wrote Jessica Pelegio , social product support manager at Google, in a post in a product forum. “We’ve had a ton of feedback, in particular about the introduction of a retroactive change (some people have had accounts for 10+ years), but also about the negative impact on individuals who post sexually explicit content to express their identities. So rather than implement this change, we’ve decided to step up enforcement around our existing policy prohibiting commercial porn.”

Tesla’s gigafactory will make batteries in 2016 for Model S & X

But getting the battery factory built out enough to produce batteries by next year shows the extremely fast pace at which Tesla is now moving. Because the battery factory is a new facility, and Tesla has limited experience being a battery manufacturer, Tesla needs to be able to produce batteries significantly before its Model 3 launch in 2017 — it needs to test them, and make sure they’re operating correctly. So using them in earlier models, and not first in the Model 3, makes sense.

A Field Guide to the Internet Infrastructure That Hides in Plain Sight | WIRED

The field guide shows just that. It includes an illustrated taxonomy of manholes, including those of Time Warner Cable and Level 3 Communications, a fiber optic provider who signed a near half-billion dollar contract with the Department of Defense in 2012. It decodes the colorful symbols you’ll often find spray-painted on city streets, providing capsule blurbs on the companies they denote. It identifies other random bits of hardware, from the cameras deployed by the MTA to the “Distributed Antenna Systems” used to blanket the city’s urban canyons in cell coverage. And it includes a handy list of infrastructural landmarks, including 60 Hudson, the former Western Union headquarters, where New York City links up to the internet at large. The art deco “carrier hotel,” as they’re called, is currently home to upwards of 70 million feet of cable. (Below: an excellent short documentary on the site, created by Ben Mendelsohn and Alex Cholas-Wood.)

Paris beats New York to become Airbnb's top spot globally with 40,000 active listings

“As the home of Airbnb’s biggest community, Paris is the perfect place for this year’s Airbnb Open,” Chesky said in a statement. “Our tight-knit community of Parisians is incredible, and we’ve grown from just 4,000 listings in Paris in 2012 to over 40,000 today.”

When Drones Aren’t Enough, Amazon Envisions Trucks with 3D Printers

Amazon has put an ever-greater premium on shipping speed in recent years. It is building a huge network of warehouses close to urban centers, is developing its own shipping network and has bike messengers bringing New Yorkers goods in as little as an hour. A spokeswoman declined to comment on the patent applications.

CIA’s secret Amazon cloud ready to roll

Wolfe also said the new cloud would be rolled out across 17 different intelligence agencies (news to me), and that the agency would have Cloudera’s enterprise data hub, running on the AWS service within months, according to the story.

Iran hacked an American casino, U.S. intel director says

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German Consumer Group Warns Facebook Over Data Protection

FRANKFURT—Germany’s main consumer protection organization said Thursday it sent a warning to Facebook demanding that the social media giant change its terms of service or face a lawsuit over data protection and other issues.

Three big questions before the Apple Watch event

We saw glanceable notifications from an iPhone. That’s nice, but as I said last week, those are simply “table stakes” for this market . So is the time, of course. Favoriting a picture on your iPhone pushes the image to your Apple Watch. I’m not too jazzed about that; most people would rather see or show that picture on the larger screen of the iPhone they’re going to have with them. Tapping out little doodles or showing my heartbeat on someone else’s Apple Watch isn’t a market mover, either. I can’t help but think there’s more functionality we haven’t heard about yet.

Maybe I’m just a dumb millennial, but I’m going to keep using Venmo

Venmo, a mobile payment app popular among college students and recent grads, has security holes “ you could drive a truck through ,” according to an article posted on Slate this week. The report was largely based on one man’s story about how a grifter was able to steal $2850 from his account before he was ultimately reimbursed.

Can ARM processors move the mobile network into the cloud?

But the mobile industry is starting to look for alternatives to this constant chasing of capacity and it’s looking squarely at the data center. If we could move all of that processing into the cloud, we could have a much more flexible network that moves baseband resources from cell to cell as demand dictates. What’s more, instead of using highly specialized baseband processors in equally specialized base stations, you could use off-the-shelf processors and servers and run all of the functions of the network as software.

Whaa? Now there's a second bright light on dwarf planet Ceres - CNET

As Dawn gets closer, the images sent back of Ceres become more clear and, frankly, more weird. The above image with the two bright spots was taken from about 29,000 miles from the surface of the dwarf planet. Dawn will continue its approach until March 6, when it will enter orbit around Ceres to get better views for a period of 16 months.

Happy net neutrality day! Here are some llamas and a dress

Where were you the day the internet was freed from ISP tyranny? Apparently, you were either watching two llamas on the lam or tweeting that a clearly black and blue dress was actually gold and white. When two escaped camelids sent a Phoenix sheriff's posse on a Benny Hill chase, it spawned a million GIFs and seemed a perfect capper to a momentous day. But then, someone posted a picture of a dress on Tumblr that, due to a trick of light, appeared to be either black and blue or gold and white. Before you could say " rods and cones " the story went insane, with over 20 million views on Buzzfeed . So while some may wring their hands about the dumbing down of the internet, we say, enjoy it! Here are some of the best tweets, GIFs and Vines below -- you can always get serious later. (By the way, the dress is blue and black .)

How IBM analyzes Twitter for enterprise devs

Capturing public conversations around the world in real time, Twitter could be a valuable source of intelligence for the business world, so IBM is creating new ways to derive potentially valuable information from this massive, sprawling data set.

LG Watch Urbane LTE Preview - CNET

"The LG Watch Urbane LTE is an example of the kind of innovation that's possible when you're the industry leader in LTE technology," LG President and CEO Juno Cho said in a press release. That type of statement suggests that the Watch Urbane is full of features aiming at breaking away from the smartwatch pack...and Android Wear, too. You could even see this as an indication that major smartwatch players-to-be might be getting frustrated with the limitations of Android Wear's current platform...or, its level playing-field sameness from watch to watch.

Lenovo's Superfish screwup highlights biggest problem in software - CNET

Preloaded software isn't going to go away, no matter how loudly consumers and security experts howl. In addition to padding their bottom lines by bundling Windows with third-party software such as Adobe Reader, McAfee's antivirus software and the Bing Toolbar, manufacturers are convinced the software benefits consumers. Lenovo's Hortensius pointed to a system update tool his company adds to each new machine that updates drivers, small pieces of software that tell hardware components like printers how to interact with the computer. "We try to improve the user experience with every piece of software we load," Hortensius said.

VLC returns to iOS and launches on Windows Phone, Windows RT, and Android TV

All of those releases come with a number of new features, too. They're now able to detect videos that are shot in portrait and properly rotate them. The Android app is getting a visual update to better match Google's Material Design guidelines, and the OS X app is now supposed to conform better with Yosemite's new style. Resuming playback where you left off is coming from mobile to the desktop, and VLC says that it's improving support for playback of UltraHD formats like H.265.

Huawei posts ads for unannounced Android Wear watch at Barcelona Airport

While it's not super surprising that Huawei is getting in on the Android Wear game, it's a little odd to see it revealed before any official announcement at a place where thousands of journalists will be coming through in the next couple of days. We'll be liveblogging Huawei's press conference on Sunday, March 1 at 1:30 p.m. CET (that's 7:30 a.m. ET) where we can expect to learn the official story behind the Huawei watch

Why GDC 2015 will be a glimpse into PC gaming's future

No less important however is the announcement of glNext , the successor to open-source graphics API OpenGL. While not as popular as DirectX on Windows systems, OpenGL is what powers gaming on Linux and Macs. We know nothing about glNext yet, but personally I'm hoping it's more compatible with DirectX 12—if only so porting games from Windows to Linux is easier. With Valve (a known Windows detractor) officially sponsoring the glNext announcement panel, it seems likely this would be true. For Steam Machines to take off, you'd certainly think glNext would need to be competitive with DX12's capabilities.

Why Your Brain Thinks That Blue Dress Looks White

I was already in bed and I had to get out of bed to comment on this article and this is how much I hate this freaking dress and how much this has effected me. This is something you would see VSauce cover and I’m sure they will and it’s telling that Neitz made the comment about how he will be working on this for a very long time instead of curing blindness. I know many people will think he’s joking but I’m sure he’s pretty serious. This whole thing is very telling about how we are interpreting our world and what information our brains our processing.

Verizon brings small cells indoors using these cute little dots

There’s no word from Verizon on when and if it plans to install Dots in other buildings, but it definitely seems to have gotten small cell religion in the last year . The technology allows it to surgically insert capacity into its networks without building new towers or acquiring new spectrum. The end result for consumers is more LTE capacity and speeds in high-trafficked areas where you’d usually expect to find congested networks. In addition to San Francisco, it’s installing outdoor small cells in New York City, Chicago and Phoenix.

9 essential Apple Message tips

Your iPhone telephone number is linked to your Apple ID when you sign in to FaceTime or iMessage on an iPhone. Messages lets you control which numbers, emails and Apple IDs to use with iMessages. You can also set your Send From account.

Amazon Echo beta SDK coming for developers, content providers | ZDNet

Summary: The cloud and retail giant is preparing to expand its voice-activated assistant's capabilities with the launch of a beta software development kit to help outsiders to build apps.

Boostcase For iPhone 6 Review: Modular Power Helps Save Face

The iPhone 6 charging cases are arriving, and Boostcase has returned with its modular design, offering additional battery life when you want it, and a slim protective shell when you don’t. It’s a clever take on the usual static bulky mass, and it does what it promises to, extending your device’s battery life by a non-trivial amount for those times when you need your smartphone to outlast a normal day’s worth of use.

Facebook reaching out to users who might be suicidal

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It Can Be Done--How To Get To The Top With A Clean Conscience

Transitioning from mid-level management to the C-suite means that you have to put up new boundaries with colleagues. Selective communication and understanding when it’s appropriate to discuss sensitive matters is crucial. But you still need to be honest, particularly about issues that affect your team or the wider staff. You might not be able to give your team the whole story, but you can manage fears and avoid rumors. And for those decisions that are just hard or unpopular, honesty will ensure you come out the other end a respected leader.

Net neutrality’s next chapter: How experts saw today’s milestone and next steps

Finally, if you’re wondering how far the FCC could have gone, beyond the dreaded rate regulation that the cable industry so feared, Jon Brodkin over at Ars Technica brings it up. The agency could have demanded that the ISPs unbundle their services (something that would have never happened given our country’s regard for private investment). That would have been far more disruptive than the FCC’s actions on municipal broadband today or its vote to regulate broadband as a transport service under Title II. From his story:

Photos: Google Lifts Curtain on New Headquarters

Google unveiled an audacious plan to redevelop its headquarters campus on Friday, proposing to convert a hodge-podge of non-descript office buildings into an enclave of signature tent-shaped glass-and-metal structures.

Google Paid $25 Million for the .app Domain

When you’re sitting on a giant pile of ad dollars you can pretty much buy whatever you want. Today Google is buying the .app top domain.

Harrison Ford to reprise role as Deckard in 'Blade Runner' sequel - CNET

The original Rick Deckard returns in a sequel to Ridley Scott's sci-fi classic. Scott will executive produce while "Prisoners" director Denis Villeneuve has been tapped to helm the new film.

IBM brings location awareness to MobileFirst apps

The new capabilities, included in an upcoming MobileFirst update, could give app users more information about their location and let enterprises more granularly tailor their apps to user needs, said Mike Gilfix, vice president of IBM's MobileFirst platform.

Amazon’s Twitch Site Bets on Poker

Twitch draws 100 million users each month to watch others play online games such as “Minecraft” and “League of Legends.” Now, it has begun broadcasting online poker players, including several sponsored professionals. As with videogames, poker players on Twitch field questions from viewers and talk through their strategy in real time.

Uber admits database breach putting driver data at risk | ZDNet

Uber said it is notifying impacted drivers now, but insisted it hasn't seen the compromised data actually misused yet.

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