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11 TechCrunch Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week

TechCrunch - 16 min 38 sec ago
As we reflect on the week, we give you the 11 best stories from 9/13-9/19. 1.  It was announced that Larry Ellison, CEO of Oracle since he founded the company in 1977, has relinquished his CEO title. He is to be replaced by a co-CEO structure consisting of Mark Hurd and Safra Catz. 2. Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has gone public, opening trading on the New York Stock Exchange at… Read More

Don’t Let iOS 8’s Accidental Selfie Feature Ruin Your Life

TechCrunch - 41 min 41 sec ago
 Who has already sent an accidental selfie in iOS 8’s Messages app? I did. This one: Not great. I’m late to the game when it comes to iOS 8. Many of my fellow tech journalists weaseled their way onto the beta version of the operating system, but out of laziness, or perhaps a feigned belief that I can stay away from punditry of any kind, I normally wait to get the new version… Read More

The Videogame History Museum has found a home in Frisco, Texas

Engadget - 54 min 10 sec ago
Making a pilgrimage to the Videogame History Museum has been tough so far; most of its collection is in storage, and what little you do see has been going on cross-country tours. Pretty soon, though, it will have a permanent public display. A Frisco,...

Mark Zuckerberg Throws Pal Joe Green Under the Tech Immigration Bus

Slashdot - 1 hour 13 min ago
theodp (442580) writes "A month after he argued that Executive Action by President Obama on tech immigration was needed lest his billionaire bosses at Mark Zuckerberg's FWD.us PAC have to hire 'just sort of OK' U.S. workers, Re/code reports that Joe Green — Zuckerberg's close friend and college roommate — has been pushed out of his role as President of FWD.us for failing to Git-R-Done on an issue critical to the tech community. "Today, we wanted to share an important change with you," begins 'Leadership Change', the announcement from the FWD.us Board that Todd Schulte is the new Green. So what sold FWD.us on Schulte? "His [Schulte's] prior experience as Chief-of-Staff at Priorities USA, the Super PAC supporting President Obama's re-election," assured Zuckerberg in a letter to FWD.us contributors, "will ensure FWD.us continues its momentum for reform." Facebook, reported the Washington Post in 2013, became legally "dependent" on H-1B visas and subject to stricter regulations shortly before Zuckerberg launched FWD.us with Green at the helm."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.








Colin Farrell Lands Leading Role in 'True Detective,' Report Says

Mashable - 1 hour 21 min ago

Actor Colin Farrell has confirmed that he's landed one of the leading roles in the second season of hit HBO drama True Detective, according to a report

In an interview with Ireland's Sunday World, Farrell said, "I’m doing the second series. I’m so excited.”

See also: 'True Detective' Season 2: Twitter Predicts the Cast

"I know it will be eight episodes, and take around four or five months to shoot," Farrell said, according to the Irish Mirror. The actor added that he isn't aware of many details, but knows the season will be shot in and around Los Angeles.

HBO has not yet confirmed Farrell's role, and has heavily guarded the casting and plot details surrounding True Detective's second season. HBO did not immediately respond to Mashable's request for comment. Read more...

More about Entertainment, Hbo, Tv, Watercooler, and True Detective

18 Witty Signs and Costumes From the People's Climate March

Mashable - 1 hour 41 min ago

When thousands of people worldwide gathering to call for action against global warming, you're going to get some interesting characters.

From puns and word play to ornate costumes, protesters made their voices heard at the People's Climate March on Sunday.

See also: Live Updates: Climate Protests Draw Thousands in New York and Worldwide

We've gathered a handful of shining examples, below, and will continue to update this list as the event continues Read more...

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Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?

Slashdot - 2 hours 20 min ago
kyjellyfish writes I've been using iOS 8 for several days and aside from a few gimmicks and add-ons that attempt to achieve parity with Android, my experience has been overwhelmingly unsatisfactory. My chief complaint is that the vast majority of my apps are slow to boot and noticeably sluggish in operation. I want to point out that all of these apps have been "upgraded" specifically for iOS 8 compatibility. Previous operating system upgrades have been relatively seamless, so I'm asking whether other slashdotters have experienced this degraded performance.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.








Scotland's Leader: Voters 'Tricked' in Independence Referendum

Mashable - 2 hours 31 min ago

LONDON — The debate over Scotland's future fizzled amid a bitter war of words Sunday, with Scottish leader Alex Salmond claiming his countrymen were "tricked" into rejecting independence in a referendum, and Britain's three main political parties bickering over how to take political reform forward.

Salmond, Scotland's outgoing independence leader, accused politicians in London of reneging on their promises to hand more power to Scots in a rare cross-party pact that he said played a crucial role in swinging the votes in favor of union in Thursday's vote.

See also: Scuffles in Scotland After Vote Against Independence Read more...

More about Scotland, Us World, World, Scotland Independence, and Indyref

An Early Investor Offers Some Lessons From Alibaba’s Evolution

TechCrunch - 3 hours 1 min ago
 A co-founder of GGV Capital, one of Alibaba’s earliest investors, reflects on the lessons other companies can take from how the e-commerce giant grew in China and how Yahoo’s investment in the company can still be a model for Western companies looking to enter the Chinese market. Read More

200+ Job Openings at Amazon, Pandora, Tory Burch and More

Mashable - 3 hours 7 min ago

Are you on the job hunt? The Mashable Job Board is the ideal place to search for your next big move. More than 3,000 employers in tech and digital have posted on our board, and they're looking to fill positions from Mashable's community.

Each week, we highlight 10 recently posted openings. Check out some of this week's newest listings, below, and be sure to read our Job Search Series for valuable career tips.

Position: Software Development Engineer
Company: Amazon
Location: Seattle, Washington

Amazon Local is looking for exceptional, motivated software engineers to break ground on innovative product features for our customer-facing website, merchant tools, and applications for mobile devices. You will drive projects end-to-end, collaborate on product definition with business teams, architect and implement the technical solution, and measure its success. You will work with senior management and play a key role in ensuring Amazon continues to reinvent itself. Read more...

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Sound off! Is the end of the portable MP3 player nigh?

Engadget - 3 hours 8 min ago
It's no secret the number of iPods that Apple has sold has significantly decreased over the last few years. As our smartphones have become more powerful and the types of tasks they're capable of have grown, there's been less of a need for having a...

Seth Rogen and James Franco Strip Down for Jimmy Fallon's Birthday Surprise

Mashable - 3 hours 13 min ago

It has to be pretty difficult to come up with decent gift for someone like Jimmy Fallon, who just turned 40 on Friday. For the wildly successful host of The Tonight Show, you have to think outside the box.

The nearly naked duo of Seth Rogen and James Franco definitely fit the bill

See also: Happy 40th Birthday, Jimmy Fallon: A GIFtrospective

Clearly shocked by his gift, Fallon cracked up, as a police-hat-wearing Franco gyrated while shouting "You're under arrest!"

Rogen quickly said they were not the real surprise, at which point Stevie Wonder came on stage, singing "Happy Birthday."

Take note: This is how you celebrate 40 years. Read more...

More about Entertainment, Jimmy Fallon, The Tonight Show, Tv, and Video

Afghanistan Gets New President After Power-Sharing Deal, But Vote Total Kept Hidden

Mashable - 3 hours 28 min ago

KABUL, Afghanistan — Ending months of vote-related tension, Afghanistan's election commission named a new president on Sunday, only hours after the two leading candidates signed a power-sharing deal that names one of them as the country's new chief executive.

The commission named Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai as the winner and next president, and noted that Abdullah Abdullah will be the next chief executive. But it pointedly did not release final vote totals amid suggestions that doing so could inflame tensions.

See also: Afghans Protest Alleged Election Fraud in Kabul

The deal brings to a close an election season that began in April, when millions of Afghans first went to the polls despite threats from Taliban militants, and ended when the two leading candidates signed a national unity government agreement and embraced in a hug. Read more...

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Wired Profiles John Brooks, the Programmer Behind Ricochet

Slashdot - 3 hours 33 min ago
wabrandsma writes with this excerpt from Wired: John Brooks, who is just 22 and a self-taught coder who dropped out of school at 13, was always concerned about privacy and civil liberties. Four years ago he began work on a program for encrypted instant messaging that uses Tor hidden services for the protected transmission of communications. The program, which he dubbed Ricochet, began as a hobby. But by the time he finished, he had a full-fledged desktop client that was easy to use, offered anonymity and encryption, and even resolved the issue of metadata—the "to" and "from" headers and IP addresses spy agencies use to identify and track communications—long before the public was aware that the NSA was routinely collecting metadata in bulk for its spy programs. The only problem Brooks had with the program was that few people were interested in using it. Although he'd made Ricochet's code open source, Brooks never had it formally audited for security and did nothing to promote it, so few people even knew about it. Then the Snowden leaks happened and metadata made headlines. Brooks realized he already had a solution that resolved a problem everyone else was suddenly scrambling to fix. Though ordinary encrypted email and instant messaging protect the contents of communications, metadata allows authorities to map relationships between communicants and subpoena service providers for subscriber information that can help unmask whistleblowers, journalists's sources and others.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.








Wired Profiles John Brooks, the Programmer Behind Richochet

Slashdot - 3 hours 33 min ago
wabrandsma writes with this excerpt from Wired: John Brooks, who is just 22 and a self-taught coder who dropped out of school at 13, was always concerned about privacy and civil liberties. Four years ago he began work on a program for encrypted instant messaging that uses Tor hidden services for the protected transmission of communications. The program, which he dubbed Ricochet, began as a hobby. But by the time he finished, he had a full-fledged desktop client that was easy to use, offered anonymity and encryption, and even resolved the issue of metadata—the "to" and "from" headers and IP addresses spy agencies use to identify and track communications—long before the public was aware that the NSA was routinely collecting metadata in bulk for its spy programs. The only problem Brooks had with the program was that few people were interested in using it. Although he'd made Ricochet's code open source, Brooks never had it formally audited for security and did nothing to promote it, so few people even knew about it. Then the Snowden leaks happened and metadata made headlines. Brooks realized he already had a solution that resolved a problem everyone else was suddenly scrambling to fix. Though ordinary encrypted email and instant messaging protect the contents of communications, metadata allows authorities to map relationships between communicants and subpoena service providers for subscriber information that can help unmask whistleblowers, journalists's sources and others.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.








SpaceX Launches Supplies to ISS, Including Its First 3D Printer

Slashdot - 4 hours 37 min ago
A "flawless" launch early Sunday from Cape Canaveral has sent a load of supplies on its way to the International Space Station aboard a Falcon 9-lofted SpaceX Dragon capsule. Food, care packages and provisions for NASA's astronauts make up more than a third of the cargo onboard Dragon. But the spacecraft also has experiments and equipment that will eventually help scientists complete 255 research projects in total, according to NASA. In Dragon's trunk, there's an instrument dubbed RapidScat, which will be installed outside the space station to measure the speed and direction of ocean winds on Earth. Among the commercially funded experiments onboard Dragon is a materials-science test from the sports company Cobra Puma Golf designed to build a stronger golf club. Dragon is also hauling the first space-grade 3D printer, built by Made in Space, which will test whether the on-the-spot manufacturing technology is viable without gravity.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.








SpaceX Launches Supplies to ISS, Including Its First 3D Printer

Slashdot - 4 hours 37 min ago
A "flawless" launch early Sunday from Cape Canaveral has sent a load of supplies on its way to the International Space Station aboard a Falcon 9-lofted SpaceX Dragon capsule. Food, care packages and provisions for NASA's astronauts make up more than a third of the cargo onboard Dragon. But the spacecraft also has experiments and equipment that will eventually help scientists complete 255 research projects in total, according to NASA. In Dragon's trunk, there's an instrument dubbed RapidScat, which will be installed outside the space station to measure the speed and direction of ocean winds on Earth. Among the commercially funded experiments onboard Dragon is a materials-science test from the sports company Cobra Puma Golf designed to build a stronger golf club. Dragon is also hauling the first space-grade 3D printer, built by Made in Space, which will test whether the on-the-spot manufacturing technology is viable without gravity.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.








SpaceX Launches Supplies to ISS, Including Its First 3D Printer

Slashdot - 4 hours 37 min ago
A "flawless" launch early Sunday from Cape Canaveral has sent a load of supplies on its way to the International Space Station aboard a Falcon 9-lofted SpaceX Dragon capsule. Food, care packages and provisions for NASA's astronauts make up more than a third of the cargo onboard Dragon. But the spacecraft also has experiments and equipment that will eventually help scientists complete 255 research projects in total, according to NASA. In Dragon's trunk, there's an instrument dubbed RapidScat, which will be installed outside the space station to measure the speed and direction of ocean winds on Earth. Among the commercially funded experiments onboard Dragon is a materials-science test from the sports company Cobra Puma Golf designed to build a stronger golf club. Dragon is also hauling the first space-grade 3D printer, built by Made in Space, which will test whether the on-the-spot manufacturing technology is viable without gravity.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.








From paper to pixels: the arrival of the e-reader

Engadget - 5 hours 8 min ago
Ray Bradbury, the author of Fahrenheit 451, once said: "Nothing a computer can do can compare to a book." For some, the pleasure of flipping through a paperback may never change, but pragmatism is starting to take hold. More people than ever are...

10 Important Historical Moments Told Through Text Message

Mashable - 5 hours 37 min ago

As philosopher George Santayana once famously said, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."

Luckily, we have text message conversations to help us remember

See also: The 10 Different Types of Texters

If you're struggling to recall some of history's most important and influential moments, look no further than these imagined conversations, covering world history from the Cretaceous period right up through the 20th century

Santayana would be super proud. Read more...

More about Mobile, Lists, Text Messages, Texting, and Humor