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The 10 Countries Most Affected by Hunger

Mashable - 24 min 3 sec ago

Time is dwindling to meet the Millennium Development Goals, the United Nations' blueprint to tackle an array of large-scale global problems by a target date of 2015. One of those goals, eradicating extreme poverty and hunger, has seen progress, but there's still work to be done.

According to the International Food Policy Research Institute's 2014 Global Hunger Index (GHI), released last week, hunger in developing countries has decreased by 39% since 1990. However, the global state of hunger remains in the "serious" category — the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) estimates that 805 million people continue to go hungry around the world. Read more...

More about Social Good, Hunger, Millennium Development Goals, Us World, and World

Yardarm will tell police dispatchers when and where officers have fired their gun

Engadget - 28 min 3 sec ago
With the exception of maybe old Andy Taylor, most police officers in the United States carry a firearm as part of their standard equipment. Wouldn't it be nice to know when those sidearms are drawn, and why? A Silicon Valley startup called Yardarm...

Secretive Funding Fuels Ongoing Net Neutrality Astroturfing Controversy

Slashdot - 33 min 3 sec ago
alphadogg writes: The contentious debate about net neutrality in the U.S. has sparked controversy over a lack of funding transparency for advocacy groups and think tanks, which critics say subverts the political process. News stories from a handful of publications in recent months have accused some think tanks and advocacy groups of "astroturfing" — quietly shilling for large broadband carriers. In a handful of cases, those criticisms appear to have some merit, although the term is so overused by people looking to discredit political opponents that it has nearly lost its original meaning. An IDG News Service investigation found that major groups opposing U.S. Federal Communications Commission reclassification and regulation of broadband as a public utility tend to be less transparent about their funding than the other side. Still, some big-name advocates of strong net neutrality rules also have limited transparency mechanisms in place.

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Social Media Jobs: The Culinary Institute of America, Moon Tide Media, WellPoint

All Facebook - 36 min 33 sec ago

This week, The Culinary Institute of America is hiring a social media manager, while Moon Tide Media needs a content marketing account executive. WellPoint is seeking an online social media manager, and Lionbridge is on the hunt for a social media Internet assessor. Get the scoop on these openings below, and find additional social media jobs on Mediabistro.

Find more great social media jobs on our job board. Looking to hire? Tap into our network of talented AllFacebook pros and post a risk-free job listing. For real-time openings and employment news, follow @MBJobPost.

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Roku Plans to Go Public, Report Says

Mashable - 45 min 6 sec ago

Roku is planning to go public, and raise as much as $150 million, according to a report.

The TV streaming service has been in talks with Bank of America, Merrill Lynch and Citigroup about the move, according to Marketwatch. The report didn't outline what sort of valuation Roku would have, or when the IPO would take place

See also: HBO, ESPN and CBS: Why the Sudden Influx of Online Subscription Services?

Founded in 2008, Roku reported last month that it sold 10 million of its set-top boxes to date. In comparison, Apple has sold at least 20 million Apple TVs

So far, Roku has secured $140 million in funding Read more...

More about Roku, Ipos, and Business

You Can Now Build Oculus Rift Projects In The Free Version Of Unity

TechCrunch - 47 min 50 sec ago
 Hey, you! Yeah, you! The one with the awesome idea for something that needs to be built in virtual reality! Remember a few weeks back, when Oculus mentioned that their development tools would soon work with the free version of the Unity game engine, rather than just the $1,500 Pro Version? It’s done. Read More

Should Every Doctor Returning From West Africa Be Quarantined?

Mashable - 48 min 18 sec ago

As word spread Thursday night that a New York doctor who recently treated Ebola patients in West Africa was now infected with the disease, many began to wonder why he hadn't been quarantined immediately upon his return to a densely populated city of 8 million people.

Those concerns only grew as it was revealed that the doctor, 32-year-old Craig Spencer, rode the subway, visited a public park, ate at a restaurant and went bowling in New York over the two days before he began showing symptoms.

See also: Everywhere the NYC Ebola Patient Went During His 'Self-Isolation'

Many others had the same thought.

More about Us World, Us, and Ebola

First Look At 3D Camera App 3DAround

TechCrunch - 1 hour 3 min ago
 What if you could shoot those cool 360-degree, swivel-around photos you see on ecommerce sites or in The Matrix with just your smartphone? Then you’d be using the 3DAround camera app that launches next month from Dacuda, which gave TechCrunch an early peek. Simply hit record, revolve your camera phone or tablet around an object, and 3DAround stitches together all the photos into a 3D… Read More

Gillmor Gang LIVE 10.24.14

TechCrunch - 1 hour 6 min ago
 Gillmor Gang – John Borthwick, Robert Scoble, Dan Farber, John Taschek, Keith Teare and Steve Gillmor. Live recording session today at 1pm PT/4pm ET. Live FriendFeed chat during the show broadcast Our Gillmor Gang Facebook page Our sister show G3 on Facebook Read More

AT&T locks your new iPad's SIM so you can't switch carriers without a new one

Engadget - 1 hour 8 min ago
Apple's iPad Air 2 and Mini 3 launched with a very, very pleasant surprise: If you splurged on an LTE model, you could choose whether you wanted to jump on Sprint's, T-Mobile's or AT&T's networks (along with EE's if you're in the UK), with nary a SIM...

A Low Cost, Open Source Geiger Counter (Video)

Slashdot - 1 hour 15 min ago
Sawaiz Syed's LinkedIn page says he's a "Hardware Developer at GSU [Georgia State University], Department of Physics." That's a great workplace for someone who designs low cost radiation detectors that can be air-dropped into an area where there has been a nuclear accident (or a nuclear attack; or a nuclear terrorist act) and read remotely by a flying drone or a robot ground vehicle. This isn't Sawaiz's only project; it's just the one Timothy asked him about most at the recent Maker Faire Atlanta. (Alternate Video Link)

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SearchCap: Google Rolls Out Pirate Update, Bing Adds MCC, Video Games In Knowledge Graph

Search Engine Land - 1 hour 15 min ago
Below is what happened in search today, as reported on Search Engine Land and from other places across the web. From Search Engine Land: Reports: Google Pirate Update Has Rolled Out This Week Last week, we reported that Google will be pushing out an update to the Google Pirate Update in the...

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Google Introduces USB Encryption Device

Social Times - 1 hour 16 min ago

Privacy has become paramount in the minds of users, as well as tech companies. Last year, Google chairman Eric Schmidt noted that encryption was the only real way to keep user data out of the hands of governments. With the release of a Google USB security key, that’s a possibility.

Google already uses two-factor authentication to protect its users. However, that system isn’t without its problems, so Google has decided to add an additional layer of encryption to the process by replacing a text message and input code with a USB device. It checks for an authentic connection to Google services, and encrypts the communication, rendering it essentially unphishable, according to TechCrunch.

This key doesn’t encrypt your Internet connection, make you invisible or anything else particularly revolutionary. It does, however, speak to Google’s larger strategy. Since Edward Snowden leaked data on the PRISM program, tech companies have been working to earn back user trust. Google has been doing this by pushing back against government secrecy.

In addition to this, companies have started to realize that security and privacy are marketable features. Google has even considered adding a security ranking to its search results to safeguard users from blundering into unsafe websites and services.

The desire of the government to both keep its activity secret and to abuse the tools provided by digital technology runs contrary to the aims of social networks. The networks realize that giving in to government demands could turn users away, so they’re taking legal actions to protect themselves.

To wit, adding a USB key to the two-step authentication process is a relatively simple step Google can take that could win points from fans. Likewise, it could stymy attempts to gain access to a user’s Google account — government investigators included. Another small piece added to the security and privacy puzzle.

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PSA: Don’t Open Random PowerPoint Presentations From Strangers Right Now (Or Ever, Really)

TechCrunch - 1 hour 38 min ago
 Heads up! In what feels like a throwback to the late 90s/early 2000’s, Microsoft has discovered one helluva bug in Microsoft Office. Executed properly, the bug could be exploited to take over your entire system running just about any version of Windows. You can find Microsoft’s full disclosure on the bug here, but here’s the bulk of what you should know: This bug is being… Read More

8 Apps to Help You Get More Done in Less Time

Mashable - 1 hour 40 min ago

We've all heard of the illusory work/life balance that books, blogs and the busiest of professionals tell us is attainable — but actually achieving it doesn't feel so simple. It all seems like a classic catch-22: In order to achieve a manageable work/life balance, you have to find time in your already packed schedule to read up on how to achieve it — but you probably don't have the time to dedicate to researching in the first place, because you're too slammed with workLe sigh.

See also: 7 Daily Tasks You Can Put on Autopilot

Fret no longer — we've done the research for you; we've rounded up eight apps that will help with anything from managing administrative tasks, making shipping a non-pain and even streamlining your social media reporting. So take a deep breath and know you're one step closer to getting the most out of each and every day, with more time to dedicate to what matters most to you Read more...

More about Apps, Productivity, Tech, Apps Software, and Supported

Google Rolls Out An Invite System For Its New Email App, Inbox By Gmail

TechCrunch - 1 hour 45 min ago
 Good news, you don’t have to scour eBay for an invite to Google’s new email application, Inbox. You just have to know someone who got in. Today, Google announced by way of its “Inbox by Gmail” Twitter account that each Inbox user will now receive 3 invites they can hand out to friends. Hilariously, the invite button emoji is a golden ticket. If you aren’t seeing… Read More

Here's a Weird Song About Shia LaBeouf Being a Cannibal

Mashable - 1 hour 45 min ago

In real life, Shia LaBeouf is not a cannibal. However, in Rob Cantor's song entitled "Shia LaBeouf," he is.

The song, performed by Cantor himself, the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles, the West Los Angeles Children’s Choir and the Argus Quartet, puts the listener in a horrific scenario in which they are being pursued by a murderous, human-eating LaBeouf. It's something we didn't know we were afraid of until we saw it.

See also: 5 Taylor Swift Songs That Are Actually About Sandwiches

Between an extremely talented chorus of singers, interpretive dancers wearing 3D Shia heads and lyrics like "He's following you about 30 feet back, he gets down on all fours and breaks into a sprint," the piece is bizarrely well-executed. In an email, Cantor told Mashable that the inspiration for the song came from a friend of his who was dramatically and repeatedly whispering "Shia LaBeouf" one day Read more...

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The Nexus 9 wasn't designed to be an iPad killer

Engadget - 1 hour 46 min ago
The Nexus 9 wasn't designed to be an iPad killer; it was designed to inspire Google's Android partners to create one instead. Though you'd be forgiven for thinking otherwise: It was announced one day before the iPad Air 2 and mini 3, comes with a...

Google exec sets a new record for highest-altitude jump (video)

Engadget - 1 hour 48 min ago
Move over Felix Baumgartner (pictured above) -- just two years after the daredevil's record setting 128,000 foot Red Bull Stratos space jump, Google VP Alan Eustace has topped it. The New York Times reports Eustace rode a balloon 135,908 feet above...

Computer Scientist Parachutes From 135,908 Feet, Breaking Record

Slashdot - 2 hours 2 min ago
An anonymous reader writes: The NY Times reports that Alan Eustace, a computer scientist and senior VP at Google, has successfully broken the record for highest freefall jump, set by Felix Baumgartner in 2012. "For a little over two hours, the balloon ascended at speeds up to 1,600 feet per minute to an altitude of 135,908 feet, more than 25 miles. Mr. Eustace dangled underneath in a specially designed spacesuit with an elaborate life-support system. He returned to earth just 15 minutes after starting his fall. ... Mr. Eustace cut himself loose from the balloon with the aid of a small explosive device and plummeted toward the earth at a speeds that peaked at more than 800 miles per hour, setting off a small sonic boom heard by observers on the ground. ... His technical team had designed a carbon-fiber attachment that kept him from becoming entangled in the main parachute before it opened. About four-and-a-half minutes into his flight, he opened the main parachute and glided to a landing 70 miles from the launch site."

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