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Wednesday
Feb112015

Worried about smart TVs listening in? Welcome to the smart home

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Tuesday
Feb102015

Flipboard finally brings its social news reader to the web

[Link] : When Flipboard launched in 2010, news aggregation was still in its infancy. Google Reader was still the go-to RSS client for millions around the world and Twitter was only beginning to assume its…
Tuesday
Feb102015

Consumer Protection Agency Seeks Limits on Payday Lenders

[NyTimes] : "In the world of consumer finance, they are chameleons: payday lenders that alter their practices and shift their products ever so slightly to work around state laws aimed at stamping out short-term"

Tuesday
Feb102015

Samsung's SmartTV privacy policy sounds like an Orwellian nightmare

[Link] : It's been nearly 70 years since George Orwell's dystopian novel 1984 was published, but some of its premonitions are starting to sound straight out of 2015. Take this passage in Samsung's…
Sunday
Feb082015

Stream of Foreign Wealth Flows to Elite New York Real Estate

[NyTimes] : "On the 74th floor of the Time Warner Center, Condominium 74B was purchased in 2010 for $15.65 million by a secretive entity called 25CC ST74B L.L.C. It traces to the family of Vitaly Malkin, a former"

Sunday
Feb082015

Can We Reverse-Engineer the Environment?

[NyTimes] : "Across the top of the map, above the Arctic’s Mer Glaciale, there floats a banner inscribed with a legend that in translation reads “New Discovery of Many Nations in New France in the"

Saturday
Feb072015

In Delicate Dance With Gravity, Downhill Racers Are Soothed by Cacophony

[NyTimes] : "BEAVER CREEK, Colo. — In an Alpine downhill race, there is no more lonely and solitary position than standing over a pair of skis hurtling down the mountain at 80 miles an hour.The"

Saturday
Feb072015

The Pro Dumpster Diver Who’s Making Thousands Off America’s Biggest Retailers

[Link] : Peter Yang Matt Malone doesn’t mind being called a professional dumpster diver. He tells me this a little after 2 am on the morning of July 7 as we cruise the trash receptacles behind the…
Saturday
Feb072015

The Observation Deck » SmartDataCenter and the merits of being opinionated

[Link] : Recently, Randy Bias of EMC (formerly of CloudScaling) wrote an excellent piece on Why “Vanilla OpenStack” doesn’t exist and never will. If you haven’t read it and you are…
Saturday
Feb072015

Phishers Pounce on Anthem Breach

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Saturday
Feb072015

Citing Tax Fraud Spike, TurboTax Suspends State E-Filings

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Friday
Feb062015

Worst-Case Distributed Systems Design

[Link] : 03 Feb 2015 Designing distributed systems that handle worst-case scenarios gracefully can—perhaps surprisingly—improve average-case behavior as well. When designing CAP…
Friday
Feb062015

Why Google Glass Broke

[NyTimes] : "This is a story that involves lots of public intrigue, a futuristic wearable technology, a secret laboratory, fashion models, sky divers and an interoffice love triangle that ended a"

Friday
Feb062015

Experts Suspect Lax Security Left Anthem Vulnerable to Hackers

[NyTimes] : "The cyberattack on Anthem, one of the nation’s largest health insurers, points to the vulnerability of health care companies, which security specialists say are behind other industries in"

Wednesday
Feb042015

At Last, a Universal Remote That Just Might Work

[Link] : Neeo is a bid to do the universal remote right. Neeo Neeo is a bid to do the universal remote right. Neeo Its creators say it combines the best of touchscreen and tactile interfaces. Neeo Its…
Tuesday
Feb032015

New York Attorney General Targets Supplements at Major Retailers

[NyTimes] : "The New York State attorney general’s office accused four major retailers on Monday of selling fraudulent and potentially dangerous herbal supplements and demanded that they remove the"

Monday
Feb022015

The owner of Helvetica and Times New Roman just bought some emoji

[Link] : Monotype just bought Swyft Media. Or, a company you probably haven't heard of just bought a company you probably haven't heard of. Monotype, for the uninitiated, is a company that helped…
Sunday
Feb012015

Never trust a corporation to do a library’s job

[Link] : When this launched, there were dozens of confused comments from people wondering what old videogames has to do with Internet history.In my mind, this stems from mistaken perception issues of the…
Sunday
Feb012015

$3 Tip on a $4 Cup of Coffee? Gratuities Grow, Automatically

[NyTimes] : "The flat white coffee drink was $4. A suggested tip was $3.The cashier at Café Grumpy, a New York City coffeehouse, swiped the credit card, then whirled the screen of her iPad sales device"

Sunday
Feb012015

The Secret Life of Passwords

[NyTimes] : "Howard Lutnick, the chief executive of Cantor Fitzgerald, one of the world’s largest financial-services firms, still cries when he talks about it. Not long after the planes struck the twin"