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Wednesday
Jul232014

Out in the Open: Ex-Googlers Building Cloud Software That’s Almost Impossible to Take Down

[Link] : WIRED Cockroaches are some of the most resilient creatures on earth. They can live for 45 minutes without air and over a month without food. Cutting their heads off won’t even kill…
Monday
Jul212014

A Robot With a Little Humanity

[NyTimes] : "At almost a foot tall, the Jibo robot wirelessly connects to the Internet, and has a moveable LCD screen that in demonstrations displays an expressive orb, but not a human face. As a graduate student"

Monday
Jul212014

With Poncho, Custom Weather Alerts That Say When to Pack an Umbrella

[NyTimes] : "Poncho can give tailored information about weather, traffic and train delays and other details like the daily pollen count. Every morning when I wake up, there’s a peppy text message waiting"

Monday
Jul212014

A Tough Corporate Job Asks One Question: Can You Hack It?

[NyTimes] : "SAN FRANCISCO — Pity the poor chief information security officer.The profession barely existed a generation ago. But to combat the growing threat of online breaches, companies and governments"

Sunday
Jul202014

Using Maps vs. GPS

[NyTimes] : "Continue reading the main story CALL me a fossil, but when I take a road trip I like to get around by using printed maps. I’ve been licensed to drive for 20 years, and every car I’ve"

Sunday
Jul202014

In a Subprime Bubble for Used Cars, Borrowers Pay Sky-High Rates

[NyTimes] : "Rodney Durham stopped working in 1991, declared bankruptcy and lives on Social Security. Nonetheless, Wells Fargo lent him $15,197 to buy a used Mitsubishi sedan. “I am not sure how I got the"

Saturday
Jul192014

How Instagram Feeds Work: Celery and RabbitMQ

[Link] : Instagram is one of the poster children for social media site successes. Founded in 2010, the photo sharing site now supports upwards of 90 million active photo-sharing users. As with every social…
Saturday
Jul192014

Next Gold Rush: Legal Marijuana Feeds Entrepreneurs’ Dreams

[NyTimes] : "DENVER — Like the glint of gold or rumors of oil in ages past, the advent of legal, recreational marijuana is beginning to reshape economies in Colorado and Washington State. Marijuana is"

Saturday
Jul192014

Rebooting ISEE-3: Space for All

[NyTimes] : "Continue reading the main story"

Saturday
Jul192014

The $300,000 Drug

[NyTimes] : "Continue reading the main story Continue reading the main story Kalydeco is truly a wonder drug.Developed by Vertex Pharmaceuticals, it is the first drug"

Friday
Jul182014

Own your own data

[Link] : Cellphone metadata has been in the news quite a bit lately, but the National Security Agency isn’t the only organization that collects information about people’s online behavior. Newly…
Thursday
Jul172014

Consumers Appear Uncertain About Connected Cars

[NyTimes] : "Earlier this year, Apple announced CarPlay, a system that uses Siri for voice control and a new iOS-like interface to the car’s touch screen. Fabrice Coffrini/Agence France-Presse —"

Thursday
Jul172014

Baring All on ‘Dating Naked’ and ‘Skin Wars’

[NyTimes] : "In case you missed the news that traditional courtship is dead, naked people on VH1 stand ready to enlighten you. And in case you thought that television networks had evolved beyond trying to attract"

Wednesday
Jul162014

FBI warns driverless cars could be used as 'lethal weapons'

[Link] : Self-driving cars are being worked on by Google and other technology companies. Photograph: Handout/Reuters Google’s driverless car may remain a prototype, but the FBI believes the…
Wednesday
Jul162014

Apple Joins With IBM on Business Software

[NyTimes] : "CUPERTINO, Calif. — Apple is moving up to business class. And its seatmate will be IBM.In a deal that could deepen Apple’s sales to corporations and strengthen IBM’s position in"

Wednesday
Jul162014

Amazon's Cloud Is One of the Fastest-Growing Software Businesses in History

[Link] : Five billion dollars. That’s how much Amazon.com (AMZN) will rake in from its cloud computing business this year, according to a new estimate from Pacific Crest Securities. If true,…
Tuesday
Jul152014

It Is Idiotic To Hand Out Your Twitter Password To Prove Passwords Are Dead

[Link] : Over at the Wall Street Journal, columnist Christopher Mims wrote a piece about two-factor authentication and how awesome it is. The idea of a code being sent to your phone to log you into a site…
Tuesday
Jul152014

Ingress, a Mobile Game From Google

[NyTimes] : "Many of the best video games create distinctive places for their players to visit: Rapture, the cratered libertarian society on the bottom of the ocean, from BioShock; Liberty City and Los Santos,"

Tuesday
Jul152014

Estimating Financial Risk with Apache Spark

[Link] : Learn how Spark facilitates the calculation of computationally-intensive statistics such as VaR via the Monte Carlo method. Under reasonable circumstances, how much money can you expect to lose? The…
Monday
Jul142014

Secure server firm Protonet crowdfunds $1M in just an hour and a half

[Link] : Looks like there’s a new record for the fastest crowdfunding of $1 million, and it ain’t for a movie this time – it’s for a server company that’s trying to wean…