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Smart thermostats are taking over Las Vegas, and that's a good thing
Swatch Automates Movement Assembly, Pushing Watchmaking Into The Third Quarter Of The 20th Century

Two Copywrongs Don't Make A Right, But We Still Need A Way To Combat False Takedown Notices

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We've noted plenty of examples of completely bogus takedowns due to copyright claims -- including some pretty serious ones. Over at TorrentFreak, they're asking if such bogus takedowns should be punished in some manner, and they suggest a three strikes system, in which after the third strike, parties are not...
Two Copywrongs Don't Make A Right, But We Still Need A Way To Combat False Takedown Notices

Robots 'explain their actions'

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Software that will allow robots and humans to 'talk' to each other could benefit industries which rely on automated systems....
Robots 'explain their actions'
Facebook Says Blocking Viral 'Reasons My Son Is Crying' Tumblr Was a 'Mistake'

The Personal Analytics of My Life

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One day I’m sure everyone will routinely collect all sorts of data about themselves. But because I’ve been interested in data for a very long time, I started doing this long ago. I actually assumed lots of other people were doing it too, but apparently they were not. And so...
The Personal Analytics of My Life

The Personal Analytics of My Life

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One day I’m sure everyone will routinely collect all sorts of data about themselves. But because I’ve been interested in data for a very long time, I started doing this long ago. I actually assumed lots of other people were doing it too, but apparently they were not. And so...
The Personal Analytics of My Life
Scroogle May Have Been a Victim of Hackers, Not Google

How can we help humans be more than robotic babysitters?

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“It turns out [boredom is] a much bigger problem in any system where a human is effectively babysitting the automation.” — Mary “Missy” Cummings, associate professor of aeronautics and astronautics at MIT Cummings and researchers in MIT’s Humans and Automation Lab are investigating how people interact with automated systems, and...
How can we help humans be more than robotic babysitters?

Microsoft: Everything Moves Faster in the Cloud

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Microsoft revealed a bit more about its container system for data centers, giving us some pause about it as a symbol of the cloud itself. These boxes represent the future of cloud-based infrastructures for both shared and dedicated networks. Microsoft, Amazon, HP and a number of other vendors use these...
Microsoft: Everything Moves Faster in the Cloud

Smart Homes Get Smarter as Utilities Join In

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The move toward smart homes that are intensively networked and microprocessor-controlled got a small but important push in the U.K. last week. British Gas, one of the country's biggest gas suppliers, announced a partnership with AlertMe, a startup that specializes in remote home monitoring and energy management. AlertMe and its competitors...
Smart Homes Get Smarter as Utilities Join In

Google Starts Reporting False DMCA Takedown Requests

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Ever since Google started publishing a transparency report for the DMCA requests it receives, the number of notices being sent have shot through the roof. During the past month copyright holders asked Google to remove 12,045,130 webpages from its search. Unfortunately, however, not all of these requests are legitimate. In...
Google Starts Reporting False DMCA Takedown Requests

Dell software aims to automate mobile device management

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To handle the explosion of mobile devices in the enterprise, Dell this week unveiled plans for a server designed to automate a wide range of mobile management jobs for mid-range business customers. The Dell KACE K3000 Mobile Management Appliance combines the new software with a rack-mounted Dell server. The...
Dell software aims to automate mobile device management
Ticketmaster leaves ReCAPTCHA behind, will verify users with advertising instead

Verizon Galaxy Nexus Android update appears imminent

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After waiting a few months, Verizon customers who own a Galaxy Nexus LTE smartphone should soon see their phones get updated to from Android 4.0.2 to 4.0.4. The international version of the Galaxy Nexus has enjoyed the newer software for nearly two months as it was pushed out by Google...
Verizon Galaxy Nexus Android update appears imminent

Inside view on ads review

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This is the first in a series of posts that will provide greater transparency about how we make our ads safer by detecting and removing scam ads. -Ed. A few weeks ago, we posted here about our efforts in fighting bad ads, and we shared a video with the basics...
Inside view on ads review
Curiosity lands successfully, kicks off new era in Mars exploration

Nearly 60K Low-Quality Apps Booted From Google Play Store In February, Points To Increased Spam-Fighting

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Google has stepped up its efforts to remove spammy or otherwise non-compliant applications from its mobile application marketplace, Google Play, in recent weeks. App deletions hit a record high in February, with 60,000 apps removed during the course of the month – the largest round of app deletions to date....
Nearly 60K Low-Quality Apps Booted From Google Play Store In February, Points To Increased Spam-Fighting

Facebook adds app ratings and negative feedback metrics to insights tool

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Facebook introduced app ratings and negative feedback metrics to the app insights tool today as a way to help developers gain a better understanding of how users respond to their apps. Detailed on developer blog post, these new metrics allow developers to go beyond monitoring growth trends and gain. Facebook...
Facebook adds app ratings and negative feedback metrics to insights tool

What should Twitter do when people exploit an emergency?

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The Boston bombings, like so many public emergencies, saw heroes who risked their lives. But the tragedy also produced jerks like the person who created @_bostonmarathon, a fake Twitter account claiming to raise money for victims. Here’s a screenshot (via CBS): The episode is the latest example of how Twitter...
What should Twitter do when people exploit an emergency?

With phone calls from real people, is devops finally getting its day in the sun?

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One company with a feature-rich online dashboard for IT administrators is distinguishing itself further by offering to have its employees call its clients’ IT people when issues arise, rather than just send emails or texts, and thereby show devops people some much-needed respect. Panorama9 on Wednesday made public its Perfect Pager feature, which...
With phone calls from real people, is devops finally getting its day in the sun?

The web giants are rising above humans and their petty rules, and that worries me

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I read a great Tumblr post today. No idea who wrote it, but it’s an expression of extreme annoyance with Google, PayPal and other online behemoths that have grown way beyond the “startup” stage but that still don’t provide proper, human customer support because it’s hard to scale at low...
The web giants are rising above humans and their petty rules, and that worries me
Watchers, carers, and administrators: the smart homes of tomorrow

Facebook turns to its army of users to report phishing attacks using new public email address

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Nearing a billion users, Facebook has become a dedicated target for phishers and scammers, which use numerous techniques to try and get members to part with their personal information. As of today, if you feel you are the target of such an attack, you will be able to send an...
Facebook turns to its army of users to report phishing attacks using new public email address

Google Responsible For Other Peoples' Lies, Deems Australian Court

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Google is now legally responsible for every crazy thing on the Internet–at least, in Australia. A The Supreme Court of Victoria fined Google $200,000 for not removing defamatory rumors linking music promoter, Milorad Trkulja, to organized crime. The court reasoned that Google is a “publisher” because it displays content and links...
Google Responsible For Other Peoples' Lies, Deems Australian Court

Facebook explains how 20% text overlay policy for ads is enforced

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Since Facebook changed its policy to limit text overlay in News Feed ads to no more than 20 percent of an image’s area, many advertisers have been scratching their heads over why some seemingly compliant ads are being rejected and why other text-heavy ads make it through. We spoke to...
Facebook explains how 20% text overlay policy for ads is enforced

Study Shows Censorship On Sina Weibo Is A 'Sophisticated' And Very Speedy Operation

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Known as the Twitter of China, Sina Weibo is also infamous in the West for the number of high profile users who have had tweets censored, including Kai-fu Lee. The former head of Google China, who was once booted off Sina and Tencent Weibo for three days, recently made a...
Study Shows Censorship On Sina Weibo Is A 'Sophisticated' And Very Speedy Operation
How Nextdoor Can Help You Be A Better Citizen
This Week In Bots: Do Let This Robotic Valet Fetch Your Car, Won't You?

TalkTalk hit with £750,000 'silent call' fine

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Ofcom investigation reveals that during a two-month period TalkTalk exceeded the 'silent calls' limit by a substantial amount and failed to keep adequate records of callsTelecoms giant TalkTalk has been fined £750,000 for making an excessive number of abandoned and silent calls to potential customers.Silent calls are caused by automated...
TalkTalk hit with £750,000 'silent call' fine
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