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National Science Foundation Awards $20 Million For Cloud Computing Experiments

Slashdot - 16 hours 49 min ago
aarondubrow writes The National Science Foundation today announced two $10 million projects to create cloud computing testbeds — to be called "Chameleon" and "CloudLab" — that will enable the academic research community to experiment with novel cloud architectures and pursue new, architecturally-enabled applications of cloud computing. While most of the original concepts for cloud computing came from the academic research community, as clouds grew in popularity, industry drove much of the design of their architecture. Today's awards complement industry's efforts and enable academic researchers to advance cloud computing architectures that can support a new generation of innovative applications, including real-time and safety-critical applications like those used in medical devices, power grids, and transportation systems.

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Meedoc, The Video Conferencing App For You And Your Doctor, Raises $1.5M Seed Round

TechCrunch - 16 hours 55 min ago
 Why can’t you Skype your doctor? That was the question Mikko Kiiskilä asked before co-founding Meedoc, an app and service that lets patients connect with their doctor online via the medium of video. Read More

Bing Maps spices up more than 100 cities with 3D and Streetside views

Engadget - 17 hours 2 min ago
Bing Maps just got much, much better if you're tired of looking at plain old satellite pictures. Microsoft has just added either 3D maps, Streetside views or both to more than 100 cities, many of which you'll definitely recognize. You can now see...

This year's 'Call of Duty' is coming to everything but the Wii U

Engadget - 18 hours 21 min ago
If you were looking forward to playing Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare on the Wii U this fall, well, we have some bad news. It turns out that publisher Activision has made the decision that Nintendo's latest console won't see the futuristic shooter at...

Manipulating moths in the name of search, rescue and science

Engadget - 18 hours 58 min ago
In case you needed any more proof that we live in the future, just know that we're slowly inching toward the advent of remote-controlled, sensor-laden moths. (Moths, for the record, are constantly being tinkered with.) As it turns out, the rationale...

China Pulls Plug On Genetically Modified Rice and Corn

Slashdot - 19 hours 32 min ago
sciencehabit writes China's Ministry of Agriculture has decided not to renew biosafety certificates that allowed research groups to grow genetically modified (GM) rice and corn. The permits, to grow two varieties of GM rice and one transgenic corn strain, expired on 17 August. The reasoning behind the move is not clear, and it has raised questions about the future of related research in China.

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Walmart is now selling the iPhone 5C for less than a dollar

Engadget - 19 hours 56 min ago
While Apple hasn't formally announced the iPhone 6 yet, there's few surer signs of an impending new model than a fire-sale to clear out existing stock. How's $0.97 sound for an iPhone 5c in that case? For the next 90 days then, Walmart has your...

McDonald's plans to release global mobile ordering app, digital music program

Engadget - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 11:28pm
McDonald's is taking on a new strategy to get us to eat more of its artery cloggers -- one that involves ramping up its digital efforts. Golden Arches has just hired its first ever U.S. vice president of digital (former Ticketmaster exec Julia Vander...

Uber API Terms Bar Developers From Working With Competing Services

TechCrunch - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 10:44pm
 So a quick side note that wasn’t really mentioned in the coverage around Uber’s big API announcement this morning: The on-demand transportation company will keep developers who are interested in using its API from integrating with other ground transportation services as well. Read More

Facebook is doling out bounties to folks who find Oculus bugs

Engadget - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 10:31pm
Facebook has a storied history of shelling out bounties to whomever manages to unearth bugs in its systems, and according to The Verge now it's willing to pay out cash to folks to find who do the same for Oculus VR's code. Interested? You'll stand to...

How Argonne National Lab Will Make Electric Cars Cheaper

Slashdot - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 10:09pm
ashshy writes Argonne National Lab is leading the charge on next-generation battery research. In an interview with The Motley Fool, Argonne spokesman Jeff Chamberlain explains how new lithium ion chemistries will drive down the cost of electric cars over the next few years. "The advent of lithium ion has truly enabled transportation uses," Chamberlain said. "Because if you remember your freshman chemistry, you think of the periodic table -- lithium is in the upper left-hand corner of the periodic table. Only hydrogen and helium are lighter on an atomic basis."

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Startup Marketing And How Emotion Drives Customer Action

TechCrunch - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 10:00pm
 Put down the calculator and ignore the data for a second. Contrary to popular belief, startup marketing is not all about quantitative metrics and growth hacking. It’s time to start mapping out what creates a connection between you and your customer. Specifically, I am talking about driving customer actions by leveraging human emotion through the art of storytelling. Read More

Robin Williams tribute characters found in World of Warcraft data

Engadget - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 9:54pm
The passing of actor Robin Williams affected fans from all walks of life, but gamers made a special claim to his legacy. Williams was a game enthusiast and a known fan of games like Portal, The Legend of Zelda and World of Warcraft. Now, the creators...

12 Questions With The CEO Of Thumbtack, Google Capital’s New $100 Million Bet

TechCrunch - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 9:49pm
 In terms of Silicon Valley hype, Thumbtack has flown a bit under the radar since it was founded five years ago in 2009. But with the announcement today that it’s landed a whopping $100 million investment led by Google Capital, Thumbtack’s days of relative tech press anonymity are almost certainly over. For the uninitiated, Thumbtack is an online marketplace that helps connect all… Read More

UPS says malware attack compromised customer info at 51 of its stores

Engadget - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 8:56pm
Have you done any business with UPS recently? You'd better check out the company's website: some of its stores may have leaked your personal data. After receiving a security advisory from the US Government, the company discovered that 51 UPS Stores...

Sony Doesn’t Know Why The PS4 Is Doing Well

TechCrunch - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 8:32pm
 Earlier this month, Sony announced that it has already sold 10 million units of its PlayStation 4 game console since its launch last November, a record-setting figure for the company’s hardware. In an interview with Eurogamer published yesterday, SCE Worldwide Studios President Shuhei Yoshida admitted that the company doesn’t really know why its console is doing so well in… Read More

Twitter shows how its bots keep your timeline spam-free

Engadget - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 8:31pm
Have you noticed that you're getting a lot less spam on Twitter these days? You may have to thank a bot for that. Twitter has just shed light on BotMaker, a recently developed system that (as the name suggests) lets the social network create...

Suits Optional As New Digital Team Moves Into The West Wing

TechCrunch - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 8:06pm
 Mikey Dickerson, the engineer credited with saving the botched rollout of HealthCare.gov, moved into the White House earlier this month to lead the new U.S. Digital Service (USDS). But just because he’s working a few steps from the Oval Office, Dickerson said he won’t be changing his style. “People are putting up with me walking around [Executive Office Building] and the… Read More

These beautiful objects symbolize human contact using cold, hidden machinery

Engadget - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 8:03pm
Ask anyone who's tried maintaining a long-distance relationship: it's hard, and video chats, text messages and phone calls don't always satisfy our emotional needs. A lot of human relations are indirect, subtle actions of body language or behavior...

Study: Seals Infected Early Americans With Tuberculosis

Slashdot - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 7:56pm
mdsolar writes that a study suggests that tuberculosis first appeared in the New World less than 6,000 years ago and it was brought here by seals. After a remarkable analysis of bacterial DNA from 1,000-year-old mummies, scientists have proposed a new hypothesis for how tuberculosis arose and spread around the world. The disease originated less than 6,000 years ago in Africa, they say, and took a surprising route to reach the New World: it was carried across the Atlantic by seals. The new study, published Wednesday in the journal Nature, has already provoked strong reactions from other scientists. "This is a landmark paper that challenges our previous ideas about the origins of tuberculosis," said Terry Brown, a professor of biomolecular archaeology at the University of Manchester. "At the moment, I'm still in the astonished stage over this."

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