China's Business-Unfriendly Cybersecurity Stance


China’s parliament earlier this month passed a law aimed at addressing the country’s concerns about hacking and terrorism, which has spiked concerns among foreign businesses and human rights advocates. One interpretation of the new law is that it only codifies China’s existing cybersecurity practices. However, 46 global business groups across a variety of industries didn’t see it that way. They outlined potential problems in a letter sent to Chinese Premier Li Keqiang this summer, when the measure was pending.

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Scout, NASA's new asteroid-tracking system, just passed an important test

An asteroid that passed within 310,000 miles of Earth Sunday night was discovered a few days ago by NASA’s new computer program, Scout.

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Instagram Blows Past Competition to 500M Mark


Instagram on Tuesday said it had passed a milestone, with its community having grown to more than 500 million members — more than 300 million of them using the site on a daily basis. The Instagram community has become more global, with more than 80 percent of Instagrammers living outside the United States. Instagram’s user base has more than doubled in two years, surging past rival photo-sharing site Snapchat. Its growth spurt comes at a time when Twitter growth appears to be stagnating as it struggles for profitability.

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Congress Passes Budget Bill With Controversial Cybersecurity Provision


Congress on Friday passed an omnibus budget bill that included the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, or CISA. The Senate earlier this year passed CISA, which many conservative and liberal politicians, high-tech firms, and privacy and civil liberty advocates oppose. The latest version includes amendments that will allow corporations to freely share customers’ information with the government. “This is the worst version of CISA yet,” said Mark Jaycox, legislative analyst at the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

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Europe's New Net Neutrality Law Draws Jeers


The European Parliament on Tuesday passed Net neutrality legislation to a chorus of boos from Net neutrality proponents. The European Union has found consensus on the common principles of Net neutrality — no blocking, no throttling and no prepaid prioritization — said Günther H. Oettinger, commissioner for the digital economy and society. All traffic has to be treated equally on the Internet. However, the rules have three major loopholes, Net neutrality supporters said.

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Microsoft's retail store chain flounders in stark contrast to busy Apple Stores

Article Image Nearly six years have passed since Microsoft began opening retail outlets patterned after Apple’s blockbuster retail locations. However, the now 116 Microsoft Stores are still a pale imitation to Apple’s own retail network of 460 locations, often featuring more employees than customers as the firm’s products have failed to excite and attract buyers.

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Senate passes USA Freedom Act, restores some NSA surveillance powers

The U.S. Senate on Tuesday passed the U.S.A. Freedom Act, a bill which restores certain surveillance powers to the National Security Agency while curtailing some of its greater excesses.



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House overwhelmingly passes USA Freedom Act to curtail NSA data collection

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The House of Representatives passed a law reforming some of the NSA’s bulk data collection practices, but critics charge that the changes don’t go nearly far enough.

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Ellen Pao Airs Kleiner Perkins' Dirty Laundry


Ellen Pao on Monday testified in a San Franciso courtroom that she was passed up for promotions and sexually harassed by a partner during her employment at prestigious venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers. Responding to questions from her attorney, Therese Lawless, Pao said that after she broke off a relationship with former Kleiner Perkins partner Ajit Nazre, he made it difficult for her to do her job by withholding information, cutting her off email threads, and omitting her from meeting lists.

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'Care traffic control' could be the future of medicine

Imagine it’s a beautiful spring day. Winter has finally passed, and you’re out for a long walk. You decide to try that new Italian place up the street. As you look over the menu, you receive a text message from your doctor. This can’t be good. She congratulates you on the healthy exercise, but warns you about adding too many carbs to your meal. She notes that your blood pressure is not looking good over the last week and suggests a slight uptick in medication.

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Universal's Steve Jobs biopic adds Perla Haney-Jardine as Lisa Jobs

After Hollywood superstar Natalie Portman allegedly passed on the role, director Danny Boyle has reportedly settled on relatively unknown actress Perla Haney-Jardine to play Steve Jobs’s once-estranged daughter Lisa in the upcoming film biopic about the mercurial former Apple CEO.



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Ellison Hands One Rein to Catz, the Other to Hurd


Larry Ellison, founder and CEO of Oracle since 1977, has passed the torch to not one but two successors: copresidents Mark Hurd and Safra Catz. Ellison will remain part of the executive cadre in the position of CTO. He also will serve as chairman of the board. The announcement, which came late Thursday, prompted equal parts reflection and speculation. Ellison is credited with helping to usher in computing and enterprise software’s golden age. He was one of corporate America’s most colorful CEOs, entertaining legions with his various exploits.

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California Senate passes cellphone 'kill switch' bill, awaits governor's approval

The California state Senate on Monday passed a bill crafted to protect against smartphone theft by requiring manufacturers turn on a “kill switch” when a device is first activated, something Apple currently employs in iOS as an opt-in feature.



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Red Hat's Inktank Buy Bears 1st Fruit


Scarcely two months have passed since Red Hat announced its plans to acquire open source storage company Inktank, but already the union has produced results: Inktank Ceph Enterprise 1.2, which made its debut on Wednesday. Ceph is a scalable, open source, software-defined storage system that runs on commodity hardware, and the Inktank Enterprise version is designed to deliver object and block storage software to enterprises deploying public or private clouds.

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