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Amazon -- that's right, Amazon -- posts big profit - CNET

CNET News - 33 min 52 sec ago
The largest e-retailer usually reports slim profit as it invests in its next new thing. This time was different.

Manufacturing Jobs On Decline Around the World

SlashDot - 38 min 23 sec ago
Reader Koreantoast writes: The New York Times posted an interesting thought piece (paywalled, this link could help) on the changing nature of manufacturing globally and the impact it has on modern politics and economic development. Although manufacturing productivity has jumped tremendously over the last several decades, the overall global pool of manufacturing jobs is shrinking as automation and new industrial technologies has increased the production and supply of manufactured goods with fewer people at a rate faster than global demand can absorb. The analogy is the agricultural revolution of the last several centuries where greater amounts of food are being produced by fewer and fewer farmers, displacing many of them. How will industrialized nations manage the growing number of displaced, blue collar labor? Bigger impact globally is that the shrinking pool of manufacturing jobs globally is closing the traditional route of export-oriented manufacturing economy that many nations, particularly in East Asia, were able to use to lift their nations out of poverty. What happens to those nations that missed the boat?"The likelihood that we will get a manufacturing recovery is close to nil," Professor Stiglitz said. "We are more likely to have a smaller share of a shrinking pie."

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Google taps ex-Motorola exec for new hardware group - CNET

CNET News - 46 min 7 sec ago
From now on, everything from Google's Nexus smartphones to its not-yet-released new incarnation of Google Glass will be run by former Motorola President Rick Osterloh.

Bernie Sanders' Second Life Headquarters Besieged by Trump-Supporting Swastikas

SlashDot - 1 hour 13 min ago
Wagner James Au, writing for Motherboard (edited and condensed):As Donald Trump continues to ride roughshod over much of the United States, there are multiple reports that Trumps' virtual fans are riding roughshod on Bernie Sanders' unofficial headquarters in Second Life as well. Sanders' spot is in the sim (Second Life region) of Caspoli, with a Bernie 2016 banner that can be seen from satellite. It's a Roman-themed hangout space in a peaceful meadow, where Bernie supporters often gather to share news of their favorite candidate. But lately, the place has been besieged by pro-Trump griefers. [...] During a Bernie rally in Second Life, Sanders support group member Macaria Wind goes on, Trump-supporting demons flew around Bernie's rally, endlessly typing "TRUMP! TRUMP! TRUMP!" into text chat.

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Google predicts the future: Go big on artificial intelligence - CNET

CNET News - 1 hour 33 min ago
In his first-ever letter to shareholders, Google CEO Sundar Pichai says the next wave of computing is all about machine learning. And a computer that can beat you at a 2,500-year-old board game.

Forza 6 PC release date, system requirements revealed - CNET

CNET News - 1 hour 46 min ago
The first ever Forza game for PC is coming out soon in beta; won't have Vsync, wheel support, or in-game frame rate counter at launch.

Twitter's Biz Stone opens Jelly, hopes it will spread - CNET

CNET News - 1 hour 47 min ago
The Twitter co-founder officially launches his on-again-off-again search engine project, which directs users' questions to other users who might have an answer.

Almost Two-Thirds of Software Companies Contributing To Open Source, Says Survey

SlashDot - 1 hour 48 min ago
Reader alphadogg writes: Open source's march toward preeminence in business software continued over the past year, according to a survey released by open source management provider Black Duck Software and venture capital firm North Bridge. Roughly two-thirds of respondents to the survey -- which was administered online and drew 1,300 respondents -- said that their companies encouraged developers to contribute to open-source projects, and a similar proportion said that they were actively engaged in doing so already. That's a 5% increase from the previous year's survey.

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Almost Two-Third of Software Companies Contributing To Open Source, Says Survey

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Reader alphadogg writes: Open source's march toward preeminence in business software continued over the past year, according to a survey released by open source management provider Black Duck Software and venture capital firm North Bridge. Roughly two-thirds of respondents to the survey -- which was administered online and drew 1,300 respondents -- said that their companies encouraged developers to contribute to open-source projects, and a similar proportion said that they were actively engaged in doing so already. That's a 5% increase from the previous year's survey.

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Billionaire investor Carl Icahn sells off Apple shares - CNET

CNET News - 1 hour 54 min ago
The activist investor says China is to blame.

Is Kung Fu Panda worth $3.8 billion? (The 3:59, Ep. 36) - CNET

CNET News - 1 hour 58 min ago
On the latest 3:59 podcast, we chat about Comcast's big purchase of DreamWorks Animation, Facebook's earnings, and hair dryers.

Drake's 'Views' to exclusively roll out on Apple Music, iTunes - CNET

CNET News - 2 hours 45 sec ago
The Canadian rapper's latest album will only be available to stream on Apple Music.

Unity CEO: Maybe 2016 isn't really the 'year of VR' - CNET

CNET News - 2 hours 10 min ago
No one's created the killer app for virtual reality yet, says John Riccitiello at Samsung's developer conference.

No Man's Sky dev talks lore and the limited edition's comic - CNET

CNET News - 2 hours 11 min ago
Sean Murray and company discuss the game's approach to having a story.

Google CEO Predicts AI-Fueled Future

SlashDot - 2 hours 28 min ago
Google CEO Sundar Pichai says the next big evolution for technology is AI. "Looking to the future, the next big step will be for the very concept of the 'device' to fade away," Pichai wrote in Google's annual founders' letter. USA Today writes: His vision: Over time, computers, whatever shape they take, a mobile device in your hand or a mini computer on your wrist, "will be an intelligent assistant helping you through your day." This marks the first time anyone other than founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin have penned the annual letter outlining Google's mission. "For us, technology is not about the devices or the products we build. Those aren't the end-goals," Pichai wrote in the letter posted Thursday. "Technology is a democratizing force, empowering people through information. Google is an information company. It was when it was founded, and it is today."

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5GB Uncharted 4 day-one patch required for key features - CNET

CNET News - 2 hours 36 min ago
You'll need to patch before you can play multiplayer, use photo mode, see Drake's journal, and more.

Office 365 Flaw Allowed Anyone To Log In To Almost Any Business Account

SlashDot - 3 hours 8 min ago
Reader msm1267 writes: A severe vulnerability in the way Microsoft Office 365 handles federated identities via SAML put an attacker in a position to have access to any account and data, including emails and files stored in the cloud-based service. Microsoft pushed through a mitigation to the service on Jan. 5, seven hours after being notified by researchers Yiannis Kakavas and Klemen Bratec. "The attack surface was quite big (Outlook Online, OneDrive, Skype for Business, OneNote -- depending on what the company has paid for in terms of licensing)," Kakavas and Bratec told Threatpost via email. "And a malicious user exploiting this vulnerability could have gained access to very sensitive private and company information (emails, internal documents etc. )." Office 365 users who had configured domains as federated were affected. The list includes British Airways, Microsoft, Vodafone, Verizon and many others, as mentioned in a report published late Wednesday.

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Microsoft buys DNA to store digital data - CNET

CNET News - 3 hours 11 min ago
The software giant is experimenting with laboratory-made DNA to cope with the growing amount of data being created.

Adam Savage rubs shoulders with future scientists at the White House - CNET

CNET News - 3 hours 29 min ago
The "MythBusters" co-host shows off his favorite projects and chats with the kids behind them at the White House Science Fair.

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