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BMW's new i8 is the first production car with laser headlights

Computerworld News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 15:10
This fall, the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid will become the first production vehicle to incorporate a new laser light technology into headlights. Audi is also experimenting with the technology.
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Apple wants more than $2B from Samsung in patent fight

Computerworld News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 15:03
Samsung should pay more than US$2 billion for repeated infringement of Apple patents in more than 37 million smartphones sold in the U.S., a Silicon Valley jury was told Tuesday as a trial between the two companies got underway after more than two years of preparation.
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Ex-Microsoft employee pleads guilty to trade secret theft

Computerworld News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 14:45
Former Microsoft employee Alex Kibkalo, who two weeks ago was charged with stealing -- then leaking -- company secrets, pleaded guilty on Monday in a Seattle federal court.
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OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights

Slashdot - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 14:37
PortWineBoy writes: "The Beeb is reporting that OkCupid is prompting Mozilla Firefox users to switch browsers over Brendan Eich's support of Prop 8 in California in 2008. Users are met with a message stating that OKCupid would prefer no one access their site with Mozilla software. Eich is the new CEO of Mozilla."

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Tickets Are Now Available For The Disrupt NY 14 Hackathon

TechCrunch - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 14:35
The Disrupt NY Hackathon is a month away and the first round of tickets are available here. It’s free to register and attend our 24 hour hackathon. Designers and developers are both welcome. It’s a grand time. Space is very limited and the tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. More tickets will be released in coming weeks. As the show draws closer, the APIs and… Read More
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Apple Said To Be Looking To Bring Display Chip Design Mostly In-House

TechCrunch - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 14:30
Apple is looking to acquire a 55 percent stake in a joint venture between Sharp and Taiwanese company Powerchip formed to develop chips for use in smartphone displays, according to a new report by Japan’s Nikkei business newspaper. The stake Apple is after is currently owned by Renesas Electronics, and the division is called Renesas SP Drivers. It consists of around 240 Japan-based… Read More
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Q&A: Dissecting Google's unorthodox stock split

Associated Press Top Technology Stories - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 14:19
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Google is poised to split its stock using an unusual method aimed at keeping co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin in control of the Internet's most powerful company....
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Much Of Intel’s $740M Cloudera Investment Likely Went To Existing Shareholders

TechCrunch - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 13:59
Yesterday's blockbuster news that Intel had invested $740 million in Hadoop-focused Cloudera was a surprise. The market hadn't expected Intel's investment to be so large. The deal was so large that industry watchers like TechCrunch and VC Experts ticked through Cloudera's seventh amended and restated certificate of incorporation, and tried to square the firm's Series F Preferred Stock with the… Read More
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The Connected Home's Battle of the Bulbs

Slashdot - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 13:52
redletterdave writes: "The current leader in smart lights is Philips Hue Wi-Fi-enabled bulbs. But the competition just heated up last week, with both LG and Samsung unveiling new smart bulbs. Not that Philips is sitting idly by—the boss of intelligent bulbs also unveiled two new products: the Hue Lux LED bulb, a cheaper, stripped-down version of its pricey original, and the Philips Hue Tap, an add-on that lets you trigger lights by touch. But which company will win the battle to illuminate the connected home?"

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Correlated Magnetics Research Brings MaxField Polymagnets To A Wall Near You

TechCrunch - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 13:43
We first told you about Correlated Magnetics Research's programmable magnets last year. The company's patented technology allows them to flexibly control the magnetic field shape of the magnets they create. In essence, the company can program the north/south polarity of the magnets as though they are "printing" it on them. It allows for many different configurations and has many industrial… Read More
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Google Bus Protests Get Colorful Ahead Of Hearing On City Shuttle Program

TechCrunch - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 13:38
Oh San Francisco. Just a month after Google agreed to give $6.8 million to support free rides for low-income youth on the city’s public transit system, activists are out again in force. They staged a protest ahead of a city vote on whether a pilot program to manage tech commuter shuttles is exempt from environmental review. Activists blocked a bus at 24th and Valencia, this time with bouncy… Read More
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Spritz Launches SDK To Bring Its Speed-Reading Technology To Websites And Apps

TechCrunch - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 13:03
It was only a month ago that a small startup out of Massachusetts called Spritz released a demo of its technology that purports to help people read text twice as fast as normal. In the weeks since then, the video has gone viral, and more than 10 million people have asked the same question: “When can I use this myself?” Since Spritz is a proprietary technology, not an app on its own,… Read More
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Subversion Project Migrates To Git

Slashdot - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 13:02
New submitter gitficionado (3600283) writes "The Apache Subversion project has begun migrating its source code from the ASF Subversion repo to git. Last week, the Subversion PMC (project management committee) voted to migrate, and the migration has already begun. Although there was strong opposition to the move from the older and more conservative SVN devs, and reportedly a lot of grumbling and ranting when the vote was tallied, a member of the PMC (who asked to remain anonymous) told the author that 'this [migration] will finally let us get rid of the current broken design to a decentralized source control model [and we'll get] merge and rename done right after all this time.'" Source for the new git backend.

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TaskRabbit For Business Service Portal Quietly Disappears

TechCrunch - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 12:41
TaskRabbit for Business, the errands marketplace’s business-focused web portal announced at the beginning of last year, has quietly disappeared. Links to this particular service, which was aimed at companies looking for temp workers, have been instead redirecting users to the main TaskRabbit sign-up form instead. However, TaskRabbit claims that the business offering was not shut down,… Read More
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April Fools’ 2014: The Round-Up Of The Best

TechCrunch - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 12:40
It’s that time of year again, friends. The day when “up” becomes “down”, lies become truth, dogs become people, and when the Internet becomes a liiiittle bit unbearable for a day or so. It’s April Fools’ Day! Yay. As is something of a tradition around these parts, we’re keeping a big running list of the best (/worst?) of today’s gags from… Read More
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Last-minute lazybones dump Windows XP

Network World - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 12:37
Windows XP and Windows 8 returned to their traditional pattern in March, with the soon-to-be-retired XP losing the most user share since December while Windows 8 gained ground.
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Hacked passwords can enable remote unlocking, tracking of Tesla cars

Network World - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 12:31
Tesla Motors accounts are protected only by simple passwords, making it easy for hackers to potentially track and unlock cars, according to a security researcher.
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Hacked passwords can enable remote unlocking, tracking of Tesla cars

Computerworld News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 12:31
Tesla Motors accounts are protected only by simple passwords, making it easy for hackers to potentially track and unlock cars, according to a security researcher.
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Google Said To Be Bringing Background Blur, Third-Party Filters And More To Android Camera App

TechCrunch - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 12:23
Google is working on a new and improved camera app for Android-powered smartphones, according to a new report by Engadget. The company plans to overhaul the user interface, but also add new features like the ability to selectively defocus the background on portrait shots, as well as better Panorama and Photo Sphere capture. The update will reportedly come via a standalone update to just the app… Read More
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Last-minute lazybones dump Windows XP

Computerworld News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 12:22
Windows XP and Windows 8 returned to their traditional pattern in March, with the soon-to-be-retired XP losing the most user share since December while Windows 8 gained ground.
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