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Visa buys a stake in rival Square

Engadget - 33 min 9 sec ago
Visa has purchased a 10 percent piece of Square, according to documents seen by the WSJ. Square is best known for its smartphone-attached readers that make it easy for merchants (and even panhandlers) to accept credit cards. The company was started a...

Skype has Valentine's Day video cards for you to send your loved one

Engadget - 43 min 9 sec ago
Animated emoji with music composed by Paul McCartney is't the only way Skype wants you to connect for Valentine's Day this year. Today, the company is announcing a new series of video message Valentine's Day cards that you can send to anyone you want...

O2 tracks and sells what customers are doing on the Tube

Engadget - 54 min 9 sec ago
If you're with O2 and regularly use the London Underground, you should know that the network is trying to track your phone and pass that information on to advertisers. If that sounds like a huge invasion of privacy, well, in some ways it is -- howeve...

Pirate Bay Browser Streaming Technology Is a Security and Privacy Nightmare

SlashDot - 59 min 9 sec ago
An anonymous reader writes: Last week the Pirate Bay added support for streaming video torrents inside the browser in real-time. Kickass Torrents followed the next week. The technology they used is called Torrents Time. A security researcher has discovered that this technology which is a mix of client and server side code is actually a security and user privacy disaster. Attackers can carry out XSS attacks on TPB and KAT, the app runs on Mac as root, attackers can hijack downloads and force malicious code on the user's PC, and advertisers can collect info on any user that has Torrents Time installed.

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I left my Nexus 7 for a younger model

Engadget - 1 hour 4 min ago
Dear Nexus 7, We need to talk. We've been together for nearly four years now and have had some good times, haven't we? I mean, you were my first tablet. I'd never met any device like you before. You were gorgeous. I'm still not sure how you managed...

Fan mashup of 'Mario Kart' and 'Star Wars' is a gaming dream

Engadget - 1 hour 26 min ago
If you're like me, you spent your youth imagining what it'd be like if your favorite fictional universes got together -- heck, Aliens vs. Predator and Kingdom Hearts are practically kids' dreams made real. Well, some fans weren't willing to keep the...

UCL Scientists Push 1.125Tbps Through a Single Coherent Optical Receiver

SlashDot - 1 hour 39 min ago
Mark.JUK writes: A team of researchers working in the Optical Networks Group at the University College London in England claim to have achieved the "greatest information rate ever recorded using a single [coherent optical] receiver", which was able to handle a record data speed of 1.125 Terabits per second (Tbps). The result, which required a 15 sub-carrier 8GBd DP-256QAM super-channel (15 channels of data) and total bandwidth of 121.5GHz, represents an increase of 12.5% relative to the previous record (1Tbps). Now they just need to test it using some long fibre optic cable because optical signals tend to become distorted when they travel over thousands of kilometers.

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Popular fitness app Runkeeper to be acquired by Asics - CNET

CNET News - 1 hour 43 min ago
Runkeeper is the latest fitness app to be bought by a shoe company.

NASA maps part of Pluto's complex terrain

Engadget - 1 hour 44 min ago
Pluto's surface looks pretty textured even from afar, but you may still be surprised by how complex its terrain actually is. This new color-coded geological map illustrates that complexity more clearly. It covers 1,290 miles of the dwarf planet, incl...

Romancing a pigeon: The weird, wonderful world of dating sims - CNET

CNET News - 2 hours 4 min ago
Failing to find a spark in the arms of a boring old human? This Valentine's Day, maybe it's time to give insects, dinos, aliens and printers a try.

Date a grasshopper or a T. rex with crazy dating sim games (pictures) - CNET

CNET News - 2 hours 4 min ago
In the weird and wonderful world of dating simulator games, you don't have to restrict yourself to falling in love with fellow humans. Try an insect or a ...

Patients Unsure about Value of Cutting-Edge Gene Editing Technology

Scientifc America - 2 hours 4 min ago
Some affected groups are still weighing the potential benefits and threats of deploying such interventions for medical care  

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ICYMI: Ripples in Spacetime, brain jolts to learn and more

Engadget - 2 hours 4 min ago
Today on In Case You Missed It: Researchers at the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory confirmed Einstein's theory that ripples in the fabric of spacetime do, in fact, exist. They spotted the gravitational waves made when two black...

Indonesia Moves To Ban Same-Sex Emojis On Messaging Apps

SlashDot - 2 hours 17 min ago
An anonymous reader writes: The Indonesian government has this week demanded that instant messaging apps available in the country remove all same-sex emoticons from their platforms, or face heavy sanctions. While homosexuality is not illegal in the country, it remains a controversial issue in the Muslim-dominated country. Now in the latest effort to crackdown on gay rights, Indonesian authorities want to ban emojis, stickers and emoticons which depict same-sex couples, the rainbow flag, and any symbol that symbolises the lesbian, bay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. Apps that have been targeted by the demands include the popular Asian messaging app LINE, Whatsapp, Facebook and Twitter. The Indonesian Communication and Information Ministry added that a particular concern was that children would find the bright coloured stickers appealing.

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Duh: Online Dating Is Popular in the U.S.

PCMag News - 2 hours 24 min ago
Fifteen percent of adults have used an online dating site or mobile app, up from 11 percent in early 2013.

'Need for Speed' hits PC in March with steering wheel support

Engadget - 2 hours 35 min ago
When the latest Need for Speed drifted onto consoles, racers noticed that a few features were missing. No manual transmission option? No racing wheel support? Admittedly, the game isn't a sim racer like Gran Turismo or Forza Motorsport, but both of t...

Pwn2Own 2016 Won't Attack Firefox (Because It's Too Easy)

SlashDot - 2 hours 56 min ago
darthcamaro writes: For the last decade, the Pwn2own hacking competition has pitted the world's best hackers against web browsers to try and find zero-day vulnerabilities in a live event. The contest, which is sponsored by HPE and TrendMicro this year, is offering over half a million dollars in prize money, but for the first time, not a penny of that will directed to Mozilla Firefox. While Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome and Apple Safari are targets, Firefox isn't because it's apparently too easy and not keeping up with modern security: "'We wanted to focus on the browsers that have made serious security improvements in the last year,' Brian Gorenc, manager of Vulnerability Research at HPE said."

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Google ramps up recruiting for its self-driving car project

Engadget - 3 hours 2 min ago
How do you know what a company is planning to achieve a year or two down the road? Look at who they're hiring right now. It was that idea that led Reuters to Google's recruitment website and spot that the search engine needs engineers for its self-dr...

Microsoft's wacky AI app matches you with a dog breed

Engadget - 3 hours 40 min ago
Artificial intelligence (AI) is getting pretty good at image recognition, but before it starts hunting down Sarah Connor, Microsoft's Garage team is having fun with it. Last time, the group released an app that (poorly) guessed your age, and the late...

Channel 5's Demand 5 becomes My5

Engadget - 3 hours 44 min ago
Another day, another rebranded streaming service. Following ITV and Channel 4, the folks at Channel 5 have decided to throw out the name Demand 5 and introduce a new service called My5 in the UK. You can find it on the web or through the accompanying...