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And, since then, almost every Internet service I use has started bringing their stuff out of the US. Not saying that makes us "hack-proof" (not least from our own intelligence agencies) but businesses can't do business with other governments or even large corporations if this kind of thing is suspected to be going on.

Every week or so, another large company tells me that they've pulled all their EU users and their data to their Ireland datacentre so that only the US people's data can be "collected" by the US authorities and otherwise the NSA are just the same as any other foreign hostile entity trying to get into their systems.

DropBox was the latest one I got an email from. The government and education services already do everything in-EU anyway because of a lovely thing called the Data Protection Act (which the US really needs to start adopting its own version of), and now even people's photo-sharing sites are doing the same because they just don't want this kind of stuff reflecting on them because they happen to do business in the US too.

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Kent in southeast England was hit by a 4.2 magnitude earthquake early Friday morning, with tremors felt across the region.

Residents in Canterbury, Margate and Whitstable felt rumblings as the minor quake rippled out from the epicentre 5 km south of Ramsgate.

The British Geological Survey, who normally tweet "weekdays 9 - 5," posted updates on the quake location and put it into context early on.

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True to form, Uber isn't being shy about its work developing self-driving cars. In February, the company announced its plans to create autonomous vehicles, and now, one of its research cars has been seen cruising the streets of Pittsburgh. The vehicle — spotted by the Pittsburgh Business Times — has the words "Uber Advanced Technologies Center" splashed across one side, and what looks to be a box of electronic components on the roof.

The Pittsburgh Business Times notes that the device at the very top of the car was rotating, suggesting that it's a LIDAR sensor being used to map the immediate surroundings. The device has an identical profile to LIDAR components deployed in Google's self-driving vehicles but looks completely different to the equipment seen on the so-called Apple car.

"This vehicle is part of our early research efforts."

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Another sign that former Google head of business Nikesh Arora is poised to take over the top spot at SoftBank: he will replace current chief executive officer Masayoshi Son as chairman of Yahoo Japan’s board of directors.

SoftBank currently holds a 43 percent stake in Yahoo Japan. Son will remain on the board of directors, with Arora taking over as the chairman.

His ascendancy at SoftBank may mean the company will make more investments in the U.S. beyond its majority stake in Sprint, which it bought in 2013 has yet to see pay off.

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NASA's "Nasty 1" isn't like other stars. Bigger than our Sun but barely older than humanity itself, this unusual celestial body sits just about 3,000 light years away from Earth. And while it's certainly similar to other Wolf-Rayet stars, which are identifiable by their lack of an outer hydrogen-rich sheath and exposed superheated helium core, those have never been observed in the Milky Way with an accretion disc like Nasty's. (See that thing above? That's an accretion disc.)

Astronomers believe that this disc is the result of an exceedingly rare occurrence wherein two Wolf-Rayets form within the same solar system and one star's hydrogen fuel is siphoned off by its smaller companion. "We were excited to see this disk-like structure because it may be evidence for a Wolf-Rayet star forming from a binary interaction," study leader Jon Mauerhan of UC Berkeley said in a statement. "There are very few examples in the galaxy of this process in action because this phase is short-lived, perhaps lasting only a hundred thousand years, while the timescale over which a resulting disk is visible could be only ten thousand years or less."

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Google I/O is around the corner and The Information is reporting that Google is developing an OS for low-power devices connected on the Internet of Things. Codenamed “Brillo,” we may be seeing a reveal of this platform, which would be launched under the Android brand at Google I/O next weekend. The connected OS would be based on the existing Android OS and would signal Google’s entry into the connected devices marketplace in a significant way.

According to the report, this OS would be primarily aimed at low-power devices that function on as little as 64 or 32MB of RAM. This certainly includes a wide range of connected gizmos including light bulbs, door locks, and pretty much any small smart home function that we can expect to see take off in the next few years.

Related: Microsoft sets its sights on the Internet of Things with lightweight Windows 10 preview

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You may have noticed some news around these weird sounding devices that measure “arousal”. They don’t. But they do measure changes in penile shape, and as such, can give users a rough estimate – in a non-invasive way – of how much blood is flowing into the penis during erection.

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How does a penile plethysmograph work?

Depends on the design. The volumetric plethysmograph consists of a glass tube with a known volume. It has a large opening at one end and a small opening at the other. The large opening goes over the penis, along with an inflatable rubber cuff to seal everything up. As the erection grows, it pressurizes the air in the tube, and the change in pressure tells you (indirectly) how much blood has flowed into the penis. These devices are sensitive to small changes in penile volume, but they’re kind of impractical and cumbersome.

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Apple on Thursday updated its Apple Store app for iOS with more comprehensive Touch ID support and a new two-factor authentication feature for securing users' Apple ID accounts.

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Apple Store version 3.3 is now protected by a two-step authentication process, an added layer of security that requires app users to enter both a password and verification code before making a purchase.

To take advantage of the security feature, Apple ID account holders must have enabled two-step verification through the My Apple ID webpage. The option can be found under in the "Edit your Apple ID" menu under "Password and Security." Once activated, users will be asked to enter the password associated with their Apple ID, as well as a four-digit verification code sent by the system to a trusted device.

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nasty1.jpgAn artist's rendering of "Nasty 1," the name for an oddly behaving star that was not actually named after a rapper who didn't take a lot of time to think up a good stage name. NASA/ESA/G. Bacon

The founders of the famed Star Registry may have had the best intentions, but letting just anyone name a star always seemed like a bad idea to me. There's just so much potential for mischief -- and I should know because if I had the chance to name a star, there would be a shimmering place in the sky called "GassyNixon666" before you could say, "Grow up."

It turns that not even super-smart astronomers can pass up such a tantalizing naming opportunity. They've made some new discoveries about a strange star nicknamed "Nasty 1," according to the official Hubble Space Telescope website.

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Big-time Twitter investor Chris Sacca has a few suggestions for how the struggling company can turn things around — and it doesn’t sound like he’ll be pulling any punches.

Sacca, who founded Lowercase Capital and owned the largest outside position in Twitter when the company went public in 2013, penned a blog post Thursday that first gushed about his love for the company, and then ended with a warning that he’s about to start making a few suggestions for the team.

“I write all this because I am soon going to post a few things that I personally hope the Twitter team will accomplish,” he wrote, noting how a recent conversation with CNBC’s Jim Cramer, a well-known Twitter critic, changed his mind. “I want to make clear that my feedback comes from a place of loyalty and persistent gratitude. I love Twitter.”

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The ICANN leader who kicked off the Internet organization’s move away from U.S. government control will leave his post early, possibly before the transition is finished.

Fadi Chehadé, who became president and CEO of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers in September 2012, will step down in March 2016, ICANN announced on Thursday. He is leaving for a new career in the private sector, outside of the domain name industry, the group said. Chehadé’s term was to have lasted until June 2017.

Chehadé’s biggest job at the helm of ICANN, which coordinates the Internet’s DNS (Domain Name System) and Internet Protocol addresses, has been to shepherd its transition away from U.S. control. ICANN operates under a contract from the U.S. National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), which is scheduled to expire in September.

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One thing to realise is that in China, the Party has many factions (or cliques), and these sort of "opinion" articles are often the way they squabble.

A general from one faction will publish an article advocating some extreme position, then an academic from another faction will put a rebuttal in another paper stating a countervailing, but equally extreme, position. Then often the CCPPD will issue a directive banning the discussion of the topic altogether.

From the outside, it's easy to imagine that the Party is a united entity, and any topics discussed in "Party sources" are authoritative, and reflect Government policy. This is very far from the truth. In fact, watching these sorts of articles (and the response from the CCPPD) is exactly how those of us who are "China Observers" measure which faction is in the ascendancy.

The PLA is a hotbed of far-left thinking, and the opinion pieces of the PLA Daily often adhere to that viewpoint. The opinion pieces are often extreme, and present a worldview that is overly-militaristic, self-serving, and paranoid. So they can't be taken literally.

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The Marvel Comics Home Screen

Just in case you weren’t satisfied with Marvel in every movie theater, news feed, and piece of merchandise on the planet, this design puts classic comics from the superhero behemoth right on your home screen.

This look is designed for both Themer and Zooper widgets. To get this design in Themer, download the .zip file here. Then follow these steps:

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Science is getting more and more complicated as we learn more and it becomes nearly impossible for any single human being to understand, let alone perform, all of the experiments necessary to push the boundaries of knowledge out a little further. It seems that the field of particle physics is quite accustomed to publishing papers with "kiloauthors" without a problem, but the practice may be extending to other fields now as well. (Just imagine how long the copyright should last... lifetimes of the authors plus 70 years.) After you've finished checking out those links, take a look at our Daily Deals for cool gadgets and other awesome stuff.
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Traditionally, companies have at least two main technical teams. There are the programmers, who code the software that the company sells, or that its employees use internally. And then there are the information technology operations staff, who handle everything from installing network gear to maintaining the servers that run those programmers’ code. The two teams only communicate when it’s time for the operations team to install a new version of the programmers’ software, or when things go wrong.

That’s the way it was at Munder Capital Management when J. Wolfgang Goerlich joined the Midwestern financial services company in 2005.

As a security specialist, Goerlich served as sort of a go-between for the developers, operations, and legal compliance staff, making sure everyone was building and maintaining technology safely while following all relevant laws. In 2011, Goerlich was promoted to the role of information systems and security manager and tasked with combining the development and operations teams into a single unified team, tearing down the walls that separated them.

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An anonymous reader writes: Sen. Rand Paul held up a vote on the Fast Track Authority for an eleven hour dissertation on the flaws of: the Patriot Act, the replacement the USA Freedom Act, bulk data collection including credit card purchases, the DEA and IRS's use of NSA intel. for "parallel construction", warrant-less GPS bugs on vehicles, as well as the important distinction of a general warrant versus a specific one. "There is a general veil of suspicion that is placed on every American now. Every American is somehow said to be under suspicion because we are collecting the records of every American," Paul said. The questions is what did the "filibuster" really accomplish? The speeches caused a delay in Senate business but it's unclear what larger effect, if any, that will have.
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Google has a new catchphrase: “Micro-moments.” It’s the chosen term for the search results and ads that strike users when they’re pondering a purchase, and Google’s pitch to advertisers with money to spend on mobile.

Sridhar Ramaswamy, the executive who oversees Google’s gargantuan ads business and nascent commerce one, deployed the phrase frequently this morning during his keynote address at the ad:tech San Francisco conference. He was there to introduce Google’s latest ad product, shopping ads within YouTube.

But he also spent considerable time addressing mobile, beginning his talk with the recent news that mobile searches on Google now outpace desktop ones.

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Mosby2Marilyn Mosby, Baltimore State attorney, speaks at a press conference, on May 1 in Baltimore.

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2015-05-21 22:19:33 UTC

A Grand Jury in Baltimore, Maryland indicted all six police officers allegedly involved in the killing of Freddie Gray, a black man who died in police custody there in April.

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In our reality, the Transformers franchise has wreaked havoc on Hollywood for the better part of a decade, and it shows no signs of stopping. But imagine, if you will, a universe where every movie you know takes place in the same world... all until the Transformers come to ruin everyone's lives.

In this Funny or Die short, it's clear that the Autobots and Decepticons have been warring for generations. Of course, you knew that already. (Thanks, Beast Wars.) But you didn't know that, in this reality, the Titanic didn't sink. It got thrown ashore:

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