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What does beating a dead horse look like? Look no further than the <i>US TV giants vs Aereo</i>

The Register - 3 hours 29 min ago
Streaming startup barred from showing live TV streams

Embattled TV biz Aereo was dealt a stunning blow on Thursday when a US judge barred the service from streaming live television over the internet.…

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Samsung gets virtual with tiny S5 upgrade and goggle grab

The Register - 3 hours 59 min ago
VR headset rumoured to come down chimney with Santa

A small upgrade to the Samsung Galaxy S5 has popped up on Samsung's dutch web site? The phone is identical in all regards to the S5, save in the fact that it uses a Qualcomm CPU running at 2.5 Ghz. The original S5 runs at 2.7Ghz.…

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Would you blow $5.6m to own a dot-word? Meet a bloke who did just that

The Register - 4 hours 27 min ago
And just WTF is the point of .spot, Amazon?

A further $13m was spent yesterday on auctions for the ownership rights to three new soul-sapping dot-word domains: .spot, .salon and .realty.…

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Moscow, Beijing poised to sign deal on joint cyber security ops

The Register - 4 hours 58 min ago
Russian, Chinese security projects on the horizon

Moscow and Beijing will next month sign a deal to commence joint information security projects and operations, and to increase cooperation in the space, according to a popular Russian newspaper with ties to President Vladimir Putin.…

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Jeff Bezos rolls up another $437m, lights Amazon's cigar with it

The Register - 5 hours 32 min ago
Another lossmaking quarter despite sales of over $20bn

It's not black magic that Amazon works on its financial results each quarter but red magic – because however massive a haul of cash the company pulls in, it just can't seem to turn a profit. Odd, that.…

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Facebook, IBM, court future Chinese elite

The Register - 5 hours 57 min ago
Zuckerberg and Rometty join advisory baord of top business school

Beijing's Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management has signed up two tech titans to its advisory board: Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and IBM President and CEO Ginni Rometty.…

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Whisper. Explain this 'questionable' behavior – senior US senator

The Register - 6 hours 29 min ago
Jay Rockefeller demands briefing with not-so-anonymous app maker

US Senator Jay Rockefeller has sent a terse letter [PDF] to the CEO of "anonymous" messaging app Whisper about its privacy policies.…

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HEY! GET A ROOM, yells Facebook as it discovers IRC, slaps it in an app

The Register - 7 hours 7 min ago
Party like it's 1999

Facebook has revealed its solution for allowing people to anonymously gossip with one another online: internet chat rooms.…

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Satya Nadella wanted cloud, mobile first – Microsoft gives him Windows, Office first

The Register - 8 hours 8 min ago
New areas show growth, but still only 13% of the profit pie

Microsoft reported revenues and earnings that topped analysts' estimates for the first quarter of its fiscal 2015, buoyed by strong growth in cloud and mobility. But its solid-looking numbers belied ongoing softness in its traditional core markets.…

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American Voices: Report: UNC Inflated Grades, Created Fake Classes For Over 3,100 Students

The Onion - Thu, 23/10/2014 - 22:35
An investigation at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill found that over the past two decades, the school created fake classes with “shadow curriculums” and no attendance requirements for more than 3,100 students, half of whom were ...

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Hello, Ello. Still no ads and no features to sell. What do? Bag $5.5m

The Register - Thu, 23/10/2014 - 22:23
Did you LOL at Ello? Now see who's laughing ... all the way to the bank

Hipster-chic anti-Facebook wannabe Ello is today $5.5m richer, apparently – and hopes to silence critics of its no-ads manifesto with a renewed vow to never sell adverts nor user data.…

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Apple: We're still GREAT pals with GT and we'd LOVE to team up again

The Register - Thu, 23/10/2014 - 21:44
But give us back our $439m

Apple hasn't given up on scratch-resistant sapphire glass for future products and it might even continue to work with GT Advanced Technologies on the material despite its past difficulties with the company, according to documents released on Thursday.…

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American Voices: Tinder Offering Premium Paid Service To Help Users Find Better Matches

The Onion - Thu, 23/10/2014 - 20:59
The CEO of Tinder said the smartphone dating app will soon launch a paid premium service charging customers a fee for “more matchmaking powers,” including the ability to expand their search to other cities.

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Adobe spies on readers: EVERY DRM page turn leaked to base over SSL

The Register - Thu, 23/10/2014 - 20:57
Spot the difference from last time

Adobe has tweaked its Digital Editions 4 desktop ebook reader to now encrypt the data it secretly sends back to headquarters – data that details a user's reading habits.…

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Infographic: What Privileges Do Student-Athletes Receive?

The Onion - Thu, 23/10/2014 - 20:35
This week’s revelation that the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill inflated grades for thousands of athletes has shed light on the advantages that many college sports stars are given over other students.

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Report: Slamming Boss Against Wall, Shouting ‘Cash! I Need More Cash!’ Still Leading Tactic For Securing Raise

The Onion - Thu, 23/10/2014 - 20:20
WASHINGTON—Calling it the most effective method for reaching one’s full earning potential, a report issued Thursday by the Employee Benefit Research Institute found that violently slamming one’s supervisor against a wall and shouting, ...

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The Black Hole in Interstellar Looks Amazingly Realistic

Scientific American - Space and Physics - Thu, 23/10/2014 - 20:16
Wired has a fun piece about physicist and black-hole guru Kip Thorne's work on the film Interstellar, which comes out November 7. We've known the premise of the film for a long time: Earth is a...

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France to draft blacklist banning alleged piracy websites – what could POSSIBLY go wrong?

The Register - Thu, 23/10/2014 - 19:53
La censure! Le bord mince de la cale de fromage, mes amis!

France looks set to increase funding and power for its controversial piracy-battling Hadopi agency.…

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Jets Amazed By Percy Harvin’s Willingness To Fight In Huddle

The Onion - Thu, 23/10/2014 - 19:40
NEW YORK—Citing the 26-year-old’s relentless attitude and utter refusal to ever give in, New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan told reporters Thursday that the team has been amazed by newly acquired wide receiver Percy Harvin’s willingness t...

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Report: Advertisers Threatening To Pull Money Now The Only Remaining Way To Effect Any Change

The Onion - Thu, 23/10/2014 - 19:36
WASHINGTON—Confirming that civic engagement, democratic elections, and other large-scale efforts had effectively ceased to have any influence, a report published Thursday from the Pew Research Center determined that advertisers threatening to pull o...

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