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SpaceX Lands Launches Load to ISS, Successfully Tests Falcon 9 Over Water

Slashdot - 16 hours 32 min ago
mosb1000 (710161) writes "SpaceX is reporting that they've successfully landed the first stage of their CRS3 Falcon 9 rocket over the Atlantic Ocean today. This is potentially a huge milestone for low-cost space flight." In another win for the company, as the L.A. Times reports, SpaceX also has launched a re-supply mission to the ISS.

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SpaceX Lands Launches Load to ISS, Successfully Tests Falcon 9 Over Water

Slashdot - 16 hours 32 min ago
mosb1000 (710161) writes "SpaceX is reporting that they've successfully landed the first stage of their CRS3 Falcon 9 rocket over the Atlantic Ocean today. This is potentially a huge milestone for low-cost space flight." In another win for the company, as the L.A. Times reports, SpaceX also has launched a re-supply mission to the ISS.

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SpaceX Lands Launches Load to ISS, Successfully Tests Falcon 9 Over Water

Slashdot - 16 hours 32 min ago
mosb1000 (710161) writes "SpaceX is reporting that they've successfully landed the first stage of their CRS3 Falcon 9 rocket over the Atlantic Ocean today. This is potentially a huge milestone for low-cost space flight." In another win for the company, as the L.A. Times reports, SpaceX also has launched a re-supply mission to the ISS.

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5 features an Amazon phone might offer

Associated Press Top Technology Stories - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 21:45
NEW YORK (AP) -- A report this week in The Wall Street Journal that Amazon is planning to release a smartphone has prompted industry analysts and technology blogs to muse about what the device might offer....
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Nike Is Said To Be Killing Off The FuelBand

TechCrunch - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 21:33
 Bad news, Fuel fans: Nike is purportedly killing off their wearable hardware efforts, including the FuelBand. Just a few days ago, folks started whispering about shakeup in Fuelband land after the following post popped up on Secret: Now, sure enough, CNET says they’ve got a person-in-the-know confirming that the majority of the 70-person FuelBand team has been let go. It’s a pity,… Read More
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Bookies Predict the Future of Tech

Slashdot - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 20:52
First time accepted submitter machineghost (622031) writes "It's one thing to make predictions about the future of tech; that happens all the time on Slashdot. But it's quite a different thing to put money on the line to back up those predictions, which is exactly what this British bookie has done. Think you know whether Google Glass will beat the iPhone, or whether we'll be ready to go to Mars and back by 2020? Now's your chance to capitalize on those predictions!" Or you could, y'know, invest money in at least some of them, and thereby increase their chances of succeeding.

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Counterforce Protests Tech Using Tech

TechCrunch - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 20:18
Rising income inequality is quickly becoming the most prevalent issue of our century, "the defining challenge of our time," according to President Obama. Nowhere is this more acute than in San Francisco, where rents growing at 3 times the national average are squeezing out the lower and middle classes in favor of tech workers who can pay astronomical housing prices. Read More
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White House Declines To Deport Bieber, Pivots To Immigration Reform In Its Official Response

TechCrunch - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 19:50
 TechCrunch squinted slightly when the White House petition to deport the Canadian Justin Bieber passed the 100,000-signature mark, the minimum threshold to warrant an official response. Read More
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Minerva CEO Details His High-Tech Plan To Disrupt Universities

Slashdot - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 19:32
waderoush (1271548) writes "In April 2012, former Snapfish CEO Ben Nelson provoked both praise and skepticism by announcing that he'd raised $25 million from venture firm Benchmark to start the Minerva Project, a new kind of university where students will live together but all class seminars will take place over a Google Hangouts-style video conferencing system. Two years later, there are answers – or the beginnings of answers – to many of the questions observers have raised about the project, on everything from the way the seminars will be organized to how much tuition the San Francisco-based university will charge and how it's gaining accreditation. And in an interview published today, Nelson share more details about how Minerva plans to use technology to improve teaching quality. 'If a student wants football and Greek life and not doing any work for class, they have every single Ivy League university to choose from,' Nelson says. 'That is not what we provide. Similarly, there are faculty who want to do research and get in front of a lecture hall and regurgitate the same lecture they've been giving for 20 years. We have a different model,' based on extensive faculty review of video recordings of the seminars, to make sure students are picking up key concepts. Last month Minerva admitted 45 students to its founding class, and in September it expects to welcome 19 of them to its Nob Hill residence hall."

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214 Technologies Is Crowdfunding A Smart Doorbell Called Chui

TechCrunch - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 19:00
 "What the heck is a smart doorbell?" That's what my friends asked me any time I mentioned that I'd be meeting with Nezare Chafni and Shaun Moore, co-founders of 214 Technologies. They've developed a product called Chui, which they describe as "the world's most intelligent doorbell." Read More
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Peoria Mayor Sends Police To Track Down Twitter Parodist

Slashdot - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 18:51
New submitter rotorbudd (1242864) writes with an article at Reason about Jim Ardis, mayor of Peoria, Illinois, who ordered police to track down whoever was responsible for a parody Twitter account mocking him."Guess the good Mayor has never heard of the Streisand Effect. 'The original Twitter account had a total of 50 followers. The new account has over 200.'"

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California Utility May Replace IT Workers with H-1B Workers

Slashdot - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 18:09
dcblogs writes: "Southern California Edison is preparing to offshore IT jobs, the second major U.S. utility in the last year to do so. It will be cutting its staff, but it hasn't said by how much. The utility is using at least two offshore outsourcing firms, according to government records. SCE's management culture may be particularly primed for firing its IT workers. Following a workplace shooting in SCE's IT offices in 2011, the utility conducted an independent audit of its organizational and management culture. One observation in this report, which was completed a year later, was that 'employees perceive managers to be more concerned about how they 'look' from above, and less concerned about how they are viewed by their subordinates. This fosters an unhealthy culture and climate by sending a message to employees that it is more important to focus on how things look from the top than how they actually are down below.'"

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Ask A VC: Next World Capital’s Ben Fu On Engineer Recruiting Challenges

TechCrunch - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 18:00
In this week’s episode of Ask A VC, we hosted Next World Capital’s Ben Fu in the studio to talk about big data, recruiting and more. Fu, who has backed Datameer, Datastax, and Good Data among others, talked about the talent crunch, and the challenges founders face when recruiting engineers, especially in the enterprise world. Check out the video above for more! Read More
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How Nest and FitBit Might Spy On You For Cash

Slashdot - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 17:22
Nerval's Lobster writes: "Forbes offers up a comforting little story about how Nest and FitBit are planning on turning user data in a multi-billion-dollar business. 'Smart-thermostat maker Nest Labs (which is being acquired by Google for $3.2 billion) has quietly built a side business managing the energy consumption of a slice of its customers on behalf of electric companies,' reads the article. 'In wearables, health tracker Fitbit is selling companies the tracking bracelets and analytics services to better manage their health care budgets, and its rival Jawbone may be preparing to do the same.' As many a wit has said over the years: If you're not paying, you're the product. But if Forbes is right, wearable-electronics companies may have discovered a sweeter deal: paying customers on one side, and companies paying for those customers' data on the other. Will most consumers actually care, though?"

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US newspaper industry revenue fell 2.6 pct in 2013

Associated Press Top Technology Stories - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 16:53
NEW YORK (AP) -- U.S. newspaper industry revenue fell last year, as increases in circulation revenue weren't high enough to make up for shrinking demand for print advertising, an industry trade group said Friday....
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CrunchWeek: Airbnb’s $500M Funding, Twitter Gobbles Up Gnip, Instagram’s Swapped Username Scandal

TechCrunch - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 16:44
 It’s Friday, the sun is shining, the birds are chirping, a holiday weekend is ahead, and we’ve got a brand new episode of CrunchWeek for you to watch. What more could you wish for? In today’s show, Leena Rao, Ryan Lawler and I huddled around the big white table to talk about the confirmation that Airbnb has closed on $500 million in a massive new funding round, Twitter’s… Read More
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Raise Now: VC Funding For Startups At Highest Point In More Than A Decade

TechCrunch - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 16:43
 There is a reason it feels like everyone and anyone is raising money at the moment to build a company: They are. According to two studies, capital raised from venture capitalists by growing, private companies is at its highest point since 2001. Read More
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Americans Uncomfortable With Possibility of Ubiquitous Drones, Designer Babies

Slashdot - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 16:35
alphadogg writes: "Americans are optimistic about scientific inventions on the horizon, though are cautious about future uses of DNA, robots, drones and always-on implants, according to the latest Pew Research Center survey on future technology (PDF). Asked about the likelihood of certain advances 50 years from now, survey respondents were most sure that lab-grown custom organs for transplant will happen (81%). Only 19% expect humans will be able to control the weather by then. When asked how they felt about possible near-term advances, 65% thought robot caregivers for the elderly is a bad idea, 63% didn't want to see personal drones in U.S. airspace, and 66% thought parents altering the DNA of prospective children was a bad idea."

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Americans Uncomfortable With Possibility of Ubiquitous Drones, Designer Babies

Slashdot - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 16:35
alphadogg writes: "Americans are optimistic about scientific inventions on the horizon, though are cautious about future uses of DNA, robots, drones and always-on implants, according to the latest Pew Research Center survey on future technology (PDF). Asked about the likelihood of certain advances 50 years from now, survey respondents were most sure that lab-grown custom organs for transplant will happen (81%). Only 19% expect humans will be able to control the weather by then. When asked how they felt about possible near-term advances, 65% thought robot caregivers for the elderly is a bad idea, 63% didn't want to see personal drones in U.S. airspace, and 66% thought parents altering the DNA of prospective children was a bad idea."

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Americans Uncomfortable With Possibility of Ubiquitous Drones, Designer Babies

Slashdot - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 16:35
alphadogg writes: "Americans are optimistic about scientific inventions on the horizon, though are cautious about future uses of DNA, robots, drones and always-on implants, according to the latest Pew Research Center survey on future technology (PDF). Asked about the likelihood of certain advances 50 years from now, survey respondents were most sure that lab-grown custom organs for transplant will happen (81%). Only 19% expect humans will be able to control the weather by then. When asked how they felt about possible near-term advances, 65% thought robot caregivers for the elderly is a bad idea, 63% didn't want to see personal drones in U.S. airspace, and 66% thought parents altering the DNA of prospective children was a bad idea."

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