Report: 75 million records compromised so far in 2014

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More than 75 million records have been compromised this year in approximately 568 breaches, according to the most recent breach report by the Identity Theft Resource Center.

Last year at this time, only 439 breaches had been reported, representing a 29.4 percent increase. The breach count was last updated on September 23 and includes Home Depot’s incident, which affected at least 56 million records. The nonprofit group counts Social Security Numbers, driver’s license numbers, medical records, or payment card information as a record.

http://www.scmagazine.com/568-breaches-compromiseed-75-million-records/article/374282/

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Netpulse, a digital platform for the fitness industry, has raised $18.6 million

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Netpulse, a digital platform for the fitness industry, has raised $18.6 million in a new round of funding led byNokia Growth Partners with participation from August CapitalJavelin Venture PartnersDFJ Frontier and Docomo Capital.

Netpulse provides a digital engagement platform that integrates new fitness technology with club management systems to help fitness clubs engage with and measure results of members.

Founded in 2009 and headquartered in San Francisco, Netpulse provides technology for thousands of clubs in over 30 countries and has raised nearly $40 million to date.

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Remind, an ed-tech startup based in San Francisco, has raised $40 million

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Remind, an ed-tech startup based in San Francisco, has raised $40 million in a Series C round led by existing investor Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers with participation from Social + Capital Partnership and First Round.

Remind has created a mobile platform to facilitate communication between teachers, parents and students, and currently sees about a million teachers and over 17 million students using its services.

Founded in 2011, Remind has raised $59 million to date and plans to use the latest cash to grow its team and expand into Western Europe.

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Credit Karma, a consumer credit startup based in San Francisco, has raised $75 million

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Credit Karma, a consumer credit startup based in San Francisco, has raised $75 million in growth funding from previous investors Google CapitalTiger Global Management, and Susquehanna Growth Equity at a valuation of over $1 billion.

Credit Karma provides free credit scores and helps users search for financial products like credit cards, loans and mortgages.

Founded in 2007, Credit Karma has raised $193 million to date and will use the latest financing to back further growth and product innovation

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Cisco pumping $1 billion more into Intercloud

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Cisco on Monday said it is expanding on its Intercloud multi-cloud service provider initiative with another $1 billion investment, designed to lead to more products, data centers and partners.

Announced six months ago, Intercloud is a global interconnection of public, private and hybrid clouds. Cisco launched Intercloud with an initial $1 billion dollar investment, and hails it and its Application Centric Infrastructure product line as the foundational elements of the Internet of Everything.

http://www.networkworld.com/article/2688819/cloud-computing/cisco-pumping-1-billion-more-into-intercloud.html?source=NWWNLE_nlt_cloud_security_2014-09-30#tk.rss_cloudcomputing

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DHS Changed Regulation That May Have Stopped Machete Murder

http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/brittany-m-hughes/dhs-changed-regulation-may-have-stopped-machete-murder

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Syrian Ambassador Warns Against ‘Dividing Terrorists into Good Terrorists and Bad Terrorists’

http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/penny-starr/syrian-ambassador-warns-against-dividing-terrorists-good-terrorists-and-bad

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Secret Service Director: ‘It Will Never Happen Again’ as Iraq War Vet made it to the WH Green Room near the Presidential Quarters before being apprehended

http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/susan-jones/issa-secret-service-must-show-clear-path-forward-regain-public-trust

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Find what you Love, and Let it Kill You…

Check out @jnridlinghafer’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/jnridlinghafer/status/509792990177402882

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Nanotechnology: nonlinear magneto-plasmonics

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The surface of a metal seems smooth, but a closer look—much closer, at the atomic level—will show that the same surface resembles the surface of a beehive. Most of this surface busyness of a metal comes from its own free electrons, reacting to electromagnetic charges and other stimuli to such a degree that they behave like a plasma, which is why the study of the phenomenon is called “plasmonics.” Scientists are working to manipulate and harness these atomic-level surface interactions, paving the way for the development of a whole new range of high-tech devices and applications.

Read more below:
http://tgtechno.com/nanotechnologyzone/index.php/news/research-news/2865-conceived-at-william-mary-nonlinear-magneto-plasmonics

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20 Signs of a Gifted Child

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“Is my child gifted?” Parents often wonder at one point or another whether their child is gifted. Here we’ve rounded up some basics to help you identify signs of giftedness in your child.
What Does “Gifted” Mean?

The term “giftedness” is used by different schools, organizations, and cultures in different ways, with some using the term strictly to indicate people with well-above average intelligence as measured by IQ scores, and others embracing a broader range of criteria. The National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) offers the following definition:

“Gifted individuals are those who demonstrate outstanding levels of aptitude (defined as an exceptional ability to reason and learn) or competence (documented performance or achievement in top 10 percent or rarer) in one or more domains. Domains include any structured area of activity with its own symbol system (e.g., mathematics, music, language) and/or set of sensorimotor skills (e.g., painting, dance, sports).”

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http://moms.popsugar.com/Signs-Giftedness-27331796?utm_source=com_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=com_newsletter_v1_09282014&em_recid=&utm_content=placement_1_image

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Abused Mother Hides Baby Girl in toilet from deadly bullets as she took her last breath

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Jessica Arrendale performed the ultimate act of selflessness earlier this month when she shielded her infant from bullets before taking her own last breath. According to People, the 37-year-old mother’s fate unfolded when 30-year-old Antoine Davis, Arrendale’s boyfriend and the father of her child, became drunk and abusive, striking her several times with a baseball bat after Arrendale tried to defend herself with it.

Eventually, Arrendale took shelter in the bathroom, trying to protect her 6-month-old daughter, Cobie, from her father, a Marine and Iraq War veteran. Davis broke the door down and opened fire with an assault rifle. Arrendale shielded her daughter from the bullets, sliding the baby into the toilet and laying on top of it before dying from a shot to the head. Davis then went on to shoot and kill himself.

Cobie survived for 13 hours until authorities found her. She is currently being treated at an Atlanta hospital for head injuries she is believed to have suffered from Davis’s swinging bat. The sole reason the child survived was because her mother shielded her from bullets as well as kept her out of sight from Davis. Arrendale is also survived by her 15-year-old daughter, Naomi Turner, who lives with Arrendale’s moth

http://moms.popsugar.com/Jessica-Arrendale-Hides-Baby-Girl-Toilet-35780912?utm_source=com_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=com_newsletter_v5_09262014&em_recid=&utm_content=placement_1_image

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Muscle Car Madness – Auction & Car Show

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http://huismanauction.com/index.php?ap=1&pid=38778

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Holder Resigns & Al Sharpton Says He’s Helping Pick The Next Attorney General… Scary if True!

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Al Sharpton said his civil rights organization, the National Action Network, is “engaged in immediate conversations” with the White House as they work to name a successor to Attorney General Eric Holder, who is set to announce his resignation Thursday afternoon.

“We are engaged in immediate conversations with the White House on deliberations over a successor whom we hope will continue in the general direction of Attorney General Holder,” Sharpton said in a statement.

Sharpton praised Holder, the first African-American attorney general, as the “best” one in history when it comes to civil rights.

“The resignation of Attorney General Eric Holder is met with both pride and disappointment by the Civil Rights community,” he said. “We are proud that he has been the best Attorney General on Civil Rights in U.S. history and disappointed because he leaves at a critical time when we need his continued diligence most.”

http://www.businessinsider.com/al-sharpton-says-hes-helping-pick-the-next-attorney-general-2014-9

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Police: Beheading suspect may have tried converting employees to Islam

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An incredibly gruesome and disturbing story is developing in Moore, Oklahoma today, as a man beheaded a factory worker and attempted to kill another before the COO shot him. Reports claim he had recently been fired but was also a recent convert to Islam

http://www.koco.com/news/medical-examiner-ids-woman-killed-in-moore-warehouse-attack/28262688

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Nanotechnology: Self-organized indium arsenide quantum dots for solar cells

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Kouichi Yamaguchi is internationally recognized for his pioneering research on the fabrication and applications of ‘semiconducting quantum dots’ (QDs). “We exploit the ‘self-organization’ of semiconducting nanocrystals by the ‘Stranski-Krasnov (SK) mode of crystal growth for producing ordered, highly dense, and highly uniform quantum dots,” explains Yamaguchi. “Our ‘bottom-up’ approach yields much better results than the conventional photolithographic or ‘top-down’ methods widely used for the fabrication of nano-structures.”

http://tgtechno.com/nanotechnologyzone/index.php/news/research-news/2857-nanotechnology-for-real-world-applications-self-organized-indium-arsenide-quantum-dots-for-solar-cells

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Hackers exploit ‘Shellshock’ bug with worms in early attacks | Reuters

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(Reuters) – Hackers have begun exploiting the newly identified “Shellshock” computer bug, using fast-moving worm viruses to scan for vulnerable systems and then infect them, researchers warned on Thursday.

“Shellshock” is the first major Internet threat to emerge since the discovery in April of “Heartbleed,” which affected encryption software used in about two-thirds of all web servers, along with hundreds of technology products.

The latest bug has been compared to “Heartbleed” partly because the software at the heart of the “Shellshock” bug, known as Bash, is also widely used in web servers and other types of computer equipment.

According to security experts, “Shellshock” is unlikely to affect as many systems as “Heartbleed” because not all computers running Bash can be exploited. Still, they said the new bug has the potential to wreak more havoc because it enables hackers to gain complete control of an infected machine, which lets them destroy data, shut down networks or launch attacks on websites.

The “Heartbleed” bug only allowed hackers to steal data.

The industry is rushing to determine which systems can be remotely compromised by hackers, but there are currently no estimates on the number of vulnerable systems.

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OpenStack Summit Paris France November 2014

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Help Send Our American Troops Care Packages!

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There are only 5 Days left in September, but don’t worry there is still time to send a care package to our brave warriors this month!

Your care package will provide the feeling of home for a Soldier, Airman, Sailor or Marine while they are so far away from their family and loved ones. All you have to do is decide how many troops you would like to support.

There are still over 28,970 men and women serving in Afghanistan. Show them your support by sending them a care package with your personal note of thanks and remind them they are not forgotten. Donate today to send a care package to the troops right now!
http://carepackages.moveamericaforward.org/

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“Lone Survivor” Navy Seal Marcus Luttrell’s FB Post Re: Dating his Daughter

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” Yea if FB is around when it’s time for her to start dating I’m gonna make him contact every father of a daughter on here, MMA fighter, boxer, police officer, fire fighter and let’s not forget the toughest of all Prison guards. to get their blessing. Oh… in person by the way. Then he will have to do the same thing w/ all my teammates while they show him the team armory. Paint the house, mend some fence, cut the lawn, rope a tornado,bottle up a hurricane, and put out a Forrest fire w/ a squirt gun etc… He gets that done then I’ll let him have my cell number so they can face time while I hold the phone. Thinking about having a chastity belt made w/ a SEAL trident engraved on it and reads “Ask father for key.” He’s the 6’5 250lbs tattooed maniac that’s chained to the wall. w/ the bad temper and foaming from the mouth that’s sleeps under the tarp in the back yard w/ the fire ants and snakes. Nothing to difficult. Look forward to seeing the first candidate in about 16 years I’ll be waiting.”

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This Is What It Looks Like When an F-15 Strikes an Oil Refinery in Syria as Part of Effort to ‘Defeat’ Islamic State | Video

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9HZa0bdSf44

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AWS’ reboot highlights how cloud needs patching best practices

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Amazon Web Services move to start rebooting instances starting Friday, ending September 30, over a security fix highlights how the cloud is maturing and also how best practices remain a work in progress

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http://www.zdnet.com/aws-reboot-highlights-how-cloud-needs-patching-best-practices-7000034049/?s_cid=e540&ttag=e540&ftag=TRE5369823

Commentary By Jarrett Neil Ridlinghafer
“What these headlines fail to explain is that THERE ALREADY ARE BEST PRACTICES in place, apparently Amazon feels they can do anything they want and get away with it…. Shameful! Their Cloud Executive should be fired… IMHO”

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RadioShack expands same-day mobile repair service

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By Jacqueline Renfrow

RadioShack (NYSE:RSH) has announced it will launch its same-day mobile repair service, Fix It Here, in 32 Miami-Fort Lauderdale, Florida, area stores. The retailer plans to roll out the program, already available in 500 locations, to 700 nationwide stores by 2015.

Now customers with tablets and smartphones visiting a participating RadioShack can resolve common issues such as cracked screens, broken buttons and damaged charging ports by simply having them repaired.

Fix It Here offers same-day repairs, typically in less than two hours, for popular smartphone and tablet models. Repairs start at $39.99 and include a 90-day warranty.

“At RadioShack, we recognize it’s frustrating for consumers to be without their mobile device, even for a few hours,” said Paul Rutenis, chief merchandising officer at RadioShack. “As a trusted national brand, we wanted to be the first to provide on-the-floor, same-day repairs to customers no matter where they purchased their device. We’re thrilled to now have 32 stores in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale area where customers can access the expertise and service of one of our skilled technicians.”

The flailing company has been trying to change its image and update stores to attract a more modern customer. In spring, the retailer opened two new concept stores to join the other 25 that have opened since the company began converting older units in July 2013. In addition, RadioShack recently signed a contract with Defense Mobile, making the retailer the exclusive distributor ofDefense’s new nationwide 4G LTE mobile services.

RadioShack is still rolling out new programs and formats, even in the wake of 10 consecutive quarterly net losses, which portent a filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, a potential sale, or a third-party investment aimed at alleviating the company’s ills. And just last week, CFO John Feray resigned from the company after less than a year.

For more:
-See this RadioShack press release

Related stories:
RadioShack seeks funding; makes turnaround effort
RadioShack defends its balance sheet, discourages implications that it’s for sale
Staples and RadioShack pull Amazon lockers from stores
Survey: Sears, RadioShack, Dollar General and Dillard’s are the worst 

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USPS to expand food delivery service to other retailers besides Amazon

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By Jacqueline Renfrow

The U.S. Postal Service announced that it wants to expand its grocery delivery services for Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) and possibly other retailers. The agency is seeking approval to test the plan beginning Oct. 24 in multiple metropolitan areas, reported the Wall Street Journal.

USPS has already begun a 60-day trial with Amazon, due to end in mid-October. The agency delivers groceries for Amazon customers early in the morning, before the USPS trucks are being used for mail.

USPS has been partnering with Amazon since November 2013, when the agency began delivering packages on Sundays for the e-commerce giant.

A filing with the Postal Regulatory Commission said the expanded test could bring in more than $10 million in revenue a year. The filing also said it was hoping for an expansion across metropolitan U.S. areas.

The project is an aggressive move by the USPS to compete in the package delivery market. The Postal Service said it wants to offer delivery during other hours and for more food retailers.

The move may also help Amazon speed up the expansion of its AmazonFresh service, which is currently available in San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego and Seattle.

For more:
-See this Wall Street Journal article

Related stories:
Amazon launches wearable technology store
Amazon launches Prime Pantry
New Amazon Fire takes aim at Apple
Amazon’s Vine.com relaunches as online grocer with a twist
Amazon to stream HBO

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Arris has announced that it is working with Comcast to integrate the open-source software stack into cable modems

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Arris has announced that it is working with Comcast to integrate the open-source software stack into cable modems. Article

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Sol Trujillo, Telstra’s former CEO, is seeking to raise as much as $9.6 billion to fund a bid for a controlling stake in Telecom Italia

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Sol Trujillo, Telstra’s former CEO, is seeking to raise as much as $9.6 billion to fund a bid for a controlling stake in Telecom Italia (TI), Bloomberg reports, citing people familiar with the matter. Article

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AAG submarine cable to go back into service Oct. 3 following cable break

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By Sean Buckley 

Vietnam’s incumbent telco Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications Group (VNPT) has announced that the Asia-America Gateway (AAG) submarine cable will be back up and running on Oct. 3 following a cable cut that occurred earlier this month.

The severed cable reduced service provider Internet connectivity between Vietnam, Hong Kong and the U.S. by about 40 percent.

This is the third time that the 20,000-kilometer long submarine communications cable system, which connects Southeast Asia with the mainland of the United States through Guam and Hawaii across the Pacific Ocean, had been damaged. A similar break took place on July 16.

Nguyen Van Khoa, general director of FPT Telecom, a large Vietnam-based Internet service provider, said the cable breaks are due to what he says are below-standard technical design of the cable system, reports Vietnam Breaking news citing a story in the Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper.

“Two years ago, part of the AAG that connects bordering areas between Malaysia and Singapore repeatedly broke, since it goes through overlapping maritime areas between the two countries,” Khoa told Tuoi Tre in an interview.

For more:
– Vietnam Breaking news has this article

Related articles:
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ASC International, Alcatel-Lucent to build submarine cable linking Western Australia to Asia
Pacnet employs NEC for EAC submarine cable upgrade
Telcos pursue $700 million Europe-India cable

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Hurricane Electric enhances West Coast reach with new San Francisco PoP

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By Sean Buckley 

Hurricane Electric is deepening its presence in the San Francisco Bay Area by establishing a new point of presence (PoP) at Digital Realty’s 365 Main facility.

By establishing this new PoP, Hurricane Electric will be able to address new opportunities with middle market and Fortune 1000 companies that are looking for new Internet connectivity services.

Similar to other new PoPs it launched, the 365 Main facility will support Hurricane Electric’s mix of 100GE (100 gigabit Ethernet), 10GE (10 gigabit Ethernet), GigE (1 gigabit Ethernet) and 100BaseT network connections.

In addition, Digital 365 Main customers will be able to get access to what the service provider says is improved congestion management infrastructure capabilities for the delivery of both IPv4 and IPv6 access services. They will also be able to exchange traffic with Hurricane Electric’s broad global network.

“The addition of a second PoP at Digital 365 Main represents both a strategic network expansion for Hurricane Electric, and also an opportunity for customers and networks in the San Francisco Bay Area,” said Mike Leber, president of Hurricane Electric, in a release.

Following the addition of a PoP at Telx’s SFR1 data center, the 365 Main facility is the second network expansion Hurricane Electric made this year.

San Francisco’s Bay Area is just one of several regions where Hurricane Electric is expanding its network capabilities. The service provider has launched similar initiatives in Charlotte, N.C.,Boston and New York City.

For more:
– see the release

Related articles:
Hurricane Electric continues buildout craze with new Charlotte PoP
Hurricane Electric establishes PoP at Boston’s One Summer Street facility
Hurricane Electric’s PoP spree continues with 5th addition in NYC
Hurricane Electric establishes new PoP in Copenhagen
Hurricane Electric adds PoPs in Milano and Vienna

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DirecTV shareholders sign off on AT&T buyout by big margin

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By Daniel Frankel 

DirecTV (NASDAQ: DTV) shareholders are more than okay with the proposed buyout of the company by AT&T (NYSE: T).

The satellite operator said Thursday that shareholders overwhelmingly approved the merger, with 99 percent voting in favor on a base representing 77 percent of all outstanding company shares.

AT&T announced the proposed $49 billion buyout in May. The deal is still subject to regulatory approval by the Federal Communications Commission, and attorneys general from more than 20 states are studying the competitive impact of the merger before signing off.

AT&T has outlined its goals for the merger–it hopes to not only expand the scale of its U-verse video service, which currently has only around 6 million subscribers, but also program video content for its larger tally of 100 million wireless users.

Pending regulatory approval, the deal is projected to close in the first half of 2015.

For more:
– read this Wall Street Journal story (sub. req.)
– read this DirecTV announcement

Related links:
AT&T, DirecTV deal faces protest from Netflix, former wireless partners
AT&T plans to bundle DirecTV video with satellite-delivered wireless broadband for rural customers
AT&T promises FCC cheaper cable, more rural broadband, net neutrality compliance

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Comcast set to ‘decommission’ SVOD service Streampix

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By Daniel Frankel 

Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA) has quietly revealed that it plans to pull the plug on Streampix, the subscription video on demand service it launched in May 2012 to compete with Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX).

In the 337-page document it filed with the Federal Communications Commission Tuesday to assail critics of its proposed merger with Time Warner Cable, Comcast revealed that it’s “decommissioning” the service (hat tip to DSL Reports).

Noted in the FCC filing: “Though Comcast sought to create excitement around Streampix by offering the online version through a unique online site and app, and offered Streampix to a small number of Xfinity broadband-only customers in one region, these attracted minimal interest: both the site and the app are being decommissioned, and the standalone offer was discontinued. Going forward, Streampix will simply be part of the Xfinity TV app and website like other VOD offerings.”

As DSL Reports added, news that Comcast is giving up on Streampix probably won’t come as a surprise to regular users, who have noticed a steady decline in content and upkeep for the service.

The MSO sold Streampix to subscribers for $4.99 a month, making it free to those who paid for upper-tier services. The Streampix library primarily featured programs produced by Comcast’s NBCUniversal subsidiary, although the service had deals in place with Disney, Sony, Warner Bros. and CBS, among others.

For more:
– read this Comcast regulatory filing (PDF)
– read this DSL Reports story

Related links:
Comcast says merger foes guided by self-interest, not consumer benefit
Comcast adds CBS programming to Xfinity Streampix
Comcast to launch X1 next generation video service in ‘major market’

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Leading Linux vendors mitigate ‘bash’ security nightmare

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By Scott M. Fulton, III 

Just days after folks took the White House to task for failing to lock the front entrance of the building and letting an intruder walk right in, an almost comically severe bug was found in one of the processes commonly used in Linux and Unix for remote script execution. Details of the bug were kept silent from the press until Wednesday.

Even then, the blog to which the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security directed admins for details–Red Hat’s security blog–was unavailable Thursday morning.

The bug affects bash, a simple processor of command-line instructions in batch format. It’s my policy with respect to reporting vulnerabilities to refrain from revealing enough information for any individual to immediately conduct an exploit.

That said, the exploit is, unfortunately, ridiculously simple–so much so, that it’s difficult to notexplain. There are ways to pair multiple commands and statements on the same line. In this vulnerability, which theoretically can impact any version of Unix or systems inspired by it, there’s one command which leaves open the front door for any other command paired on the same line with it to be executed as though it had the highest privilege level available.

The very first batch command “worms” involving networked CP/M, which were demonstrated at computer conferences during the early 1980s as a joke, involved processing a command that forwarded a file that could be executed remotely by that computer’s same version of the command line.  It wasn’t so much malicious as a kind of trick, and early hackers actually thought it was cool to sit back and watch it happen.

On Wednesday, security engineer Robert Graham–who had diligently kept the secret details to himself until the embargo had lifted–reported that essentially the same trick could be used to “wormify,” if you will, the Bash bug. Without precisely explaining how it’s done, Graham said that CGI scripts for Web servers could be vulnerable. The obvious implication there is that an unchecked paired Bash command could trigger the execution of a Web server script, perhaps with the same unlimited privilege.

Put another way, all the security the world has ever had has left the front door of the kingdom ajar for the last quarter-century, and that fact was only discovered by an innocent bystander.

Sadly, advice given by a security engineer Wednesday night on how to test systems for vulnerability consisted of the exploit itself. Anyone parsing the test with the naked eye could immediately see how the exploit is carried out.

However, operating system vendors did work diligently to incorporate patches developed throughout the Linux community, who also kept the existence of the bug out of sight from public sources until Wednesday. US-CERT, which officially broke radio silence, has published immediate patches for four leading Linux distributions: CentOS, Debian, Red Hat and Ubuntu.

In deference to the need for major vulnerabilities to have their own PR representatives, the Bash bug has been dubbed “Shellshock.” Inevitably it will be referred to in TV news broadcasts by that name.

Related Articles:
Firefox security fix points to deep flaws in chain of trust
Intel hopes aynchronous OpenSSL will thwart future Heartbleed

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Could Twitter redefine ‘relevance?’ A talk with Salesforce’s Kyle Lacy

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By Scott M. Fulton, III

It’s not a rumor: In recent days, Twitter officials have discussed the possibility of shifting its streaming model from a simple timeline-based feed to one based more on perceived relevance. In such a system, what Twitter determines you care about more, gets bubbled toward the top of the feed.

A private service has every right to change its publishing model. But what are the repercussions such a change would have on software and services that use Twitter and other social media to ascertain the topics, brands and people who are most important to you? How would marketing tools dependent upon Twitter adjust?

Salesforce is the producer of two of the most prominent of these tools: Radian6, which samples customer sentiment from Twitter and other services; and Buddy Media, which helps marketers build campaigns based upon social trends. In a lengthy interview withFierceEnterpriseCommunications during the company’s Connections 2014 conference in Indianapolis, I asked Salesforce Research Director Kyle Lacy whether his team could find themselves second-guessing how their key data source redefines relevance on their behalf. (It’s worth noting here that McDonald’s, a Salesforce customer, was the subject of a key product demo during the conference’s Day 1 keynote.)

Kyle Lacy, Director, Global Content Marketing and Research, Salesforce: I think something as simple as a timeline feed is about content relevance. No matter what content is being shared or when or why it’s being shared, it’s just a matter of how we map it from Twitter.

Even if the timeline changes, you’re still delivering content to people when they want it, and surely that’s what this entire conversation is about to begin with… Whether they’re going to feed the timeline differently, I don’t think that it disrupts anything that we’re doing with regards to listening, because it’s about people using the platform.

Scott Fulton III, FierceEnterpriseCommunications: So if I’m one of these McDonald’s customers, and I happen to tweet I’ve had a particularly good Egg McMuffin today, and somebody on a hypothetical, more relevant, platform says, “Scott hasn’t really talked about eggs or muffins very much, at least compared to something like the dynamics of data centers. So maybe we can float something else to the top of the list.” That’s not going to change the way a Twitter marketing platform is going to assimilate relevance?

KL: No, because I think it’s more about the time that it’s happening. When we’re talking about real-time experiences, when you tweet that you love an Egg McMuffin, the act of kindness is tweeting back to you saying, “Thank you for that.” If you say, “I hate an Egg McMuffin”–which I don’t think anybody in the world does–it then responds to you from a customer service standpoint as well. Listening and engagement.

SF3: There’s a good argument to be made that a marketer wanting to look in on an individual could get a better clue as to what’s relevant to that individual from looking at your platform, than just looking at a straight Twitter feed.

KL: When we’re talking about the [ExactTarget] Marketing Cloud, it’s about all channels. It’s about taking all data points, and if somebody’s putting a Facebook post, or they’re tweeting, or they’re sending an email, or they’re opening an email, or they’re getting a push notification… You’ve heard us talk about predictive intelligence, which is taking a bunch of past information and delivering a customized, automated, predictive experience. It’s really about how we manage that process. And it’s all channels, all together from sales, services and marketing across the entire lifecycle of the customer, more than it is just one platform.

SF3: Predictive intelligence: How deep are we going to go here? Is there a way for an algorithm to take a look at the geolocation of a person at particular points in time, and say, when this guy’s driving to work, he’s willing to take an exit here if it makes him stop over at Starbuck’s. And maybe that’s something Starbucks would want to know. Is that a feasibility?

KL: I think it’s more about when they’re walking into Starbucks, or they’re around Starbucks. I can’t speak to the transportation grid, or what’s going to happen after that. But I think it’s really about, how are you delivering a seamless experience in-store?

SF3: You’ve clued into where I was headed with that, which shows that you have some predictive intelligence yourself. When push notifications come to shove, you’re driving a car, you don’t want to be notified of everything on the side of the road. There are a whole lot of law enforcement people who would rather you not be distracted by your phone when you’re trying to pay attention to what’s happening in the intersection.

KL: That’s the same reason you don’t put QR codes on billboards.

SF3: There’s a lot to be said, then, to limiting this to foot traffic.

KL: I don’t think “limiting” is the right word. I think safety is important when you’re talking about any type of communication in transportation. So I don’t think it’s a limiting factor. I think it’s the idea that you are delivering a message to somebody where they’re at, when they want it.

More with Salesforce’s Kyle Lacy down the road a short ways, if you will, inFierceEnterpriseCommunications.

For more:
– read this post about Twitter on the blog Digiphile

Related Articles:
The rise of Chief Analytics Officers [FierceBigData]
Retail CMS undercutting the customer experience [FierceContentManagement]

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Yet another reason why FATCA is utterly retarded

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“Sovereign Man”
notes from the field…

September 25, 2014
Sovereign Valley Farm, Chile

For the last four years we’ve been railing against the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act as one of the dumbest, most arrogant laws ever passed in the history of the world.

FATCA, as it’s known, was signed into law in 2010 in an effort to ‘clamp down’ on tax evasion. That’s the official story.

There’s no shortage of statistics out there which say there’s anywhere from $21 to $32 TRILLION ‘hidden in offshore accounts.’

I always retain a healthy skepticism of these numbers.

I mean, that’s 30% of the entire WORLD GDP. It’s more than TEN TIMES the amount that Google, Apple, and all the big tech companies are hoarding in cash (also overseas).

It’s more than SEVEN TIMES the size of the US Federal Reserve’s balance sheet. And it’s TWO THOUSAND TIMES the current M2 money supply of US dollars.

These estimates are seriously unrealistic, and I’m throwing the bullshit flag.

Regardless, FATCA was passed, and the claim was there would be no more tax evasion as a result due to the two main provisions in the law.

The first provision requires all US taxpayers to make yet another disclosure to the IRS via form 8938 of certain foreign financial assets and foreign financial accounts they may be holding overseas.

Nevermind that US taxpayers already make these disclosures in other forms (FBAR, 1040 Schedule B, etc.) So this is really just a waste of time and resources.

But the really insidious part of FATCA is the second provision. It requires EVERY single bank on the planet to enter into an information-sharing agreement with the IRS.

So even some bank in rural Bangladesh that’s never seen a foreigner before has to jump into bed with the IRS and agree to share information.

(Bear in mind– this is a one-way street. The IRS is RECEIVING information from banks, but not sharing any itself. Nice.)

What’s more, banks which don’t sign up effectively get blackballed from the US banking system via a 30% tax levied on all funds that non-compliant banks route through New York.

The really absurd part is that every bank in the world is supposed to simultaneously keep track of whether or not every other bank in the world is compliant. Non-compliant banks are supposed to be shunned by the rest of the community like bad little boys and girls in time out.

This is so adolescent and puerile; the US government is drawing dividing lines and putting banks into little cliques to see who will be the teacher’s pet.

Ever since the law got passed, foreign banks have been rightfully freaking out. What the US government is asking is borderline impossible.

And at this point, now that most of the provisions have kicked in, no one has any idea what they’re supposed to be doing, and what they’re supposed to be reporting to whom. It’s a total disaster.

Enter the scam artists.

Some very clever identity thieves have figured out that this is a goldmine. They’re ringing up banks all over the world pretending to be IRS agents and soliciting blanket information on account holders.

Foreign banks are intimidated enough by even the mention of those three letters that many of them are coughing information.

The IRS has just admitted as much, sending out an urgent fraud alert that “scam artists posing as the IRS have fraudulently solicited financial institutions seeking account holder identity and financial account information.”

Oops.

Needless to say, none of this would have happened if FATCA hadn’t been passed.

These people have spent so much time, energy, and resources to combat tax evasion. They’ve created a new enemy– a faceless rich man hiding $21 to $32 trillion offshore. To me this is as mythical and absurd as men in caves who hate us for our freedom.

All that said, if they had just spent a tiny fraction of that energy on overhauling the tax system, none of these steps would even be necessary.

Their only tactics are to whine, complain, make up statistics, and intimidate people. Now, with the latest tax issue due jour being corporate inversions, they’ve taken to circumventing the law altogether and issuing royal decrees.

It’s a far cry from actually trying to govern responsibly and intelligently.

Estonia is awash with cash with minimal debt. Yet they have some of the lowest, friendliest taxes in the world. They attract businesses. And, go figure, there’s no problem with evasion. They don’t have to waste a penny chasing down Estonian tax evaders.

There are other examples all over the world. As a sad testament, even Russia has a low 20% corporate tax and a flat 13% individual tax rate.

There’s a simple rule here: governments can choose to be smart, or they can choose to be scary. The Land of the Free has very clearly decided on its path. And the consequences are piling higher by the day.

Until tomorrow,

Simon Black

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Nordstrom’s rush to Canada

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Nordstrom (NYSE:JWN) opened its first Canadian store as the retailer entertains big plans to expand there, in spite of other U.S. chains’ struggles to connect with shoppers north of the border.

The 113-year-old chain held the grand opening of a 140,000-sq.-ft. store in Calgary, Alberta, on Sept. 19. The location, in Chinook Centre, is the first of six announced Nordstrom stores planned to open in the next three years. Three additional stores are planned for Ottawa, Vancouver and Toronto.

There has been a rush by U.S. retailers to expand into Canada with mixed success. Target’s market entry there last year with 100 stores has been a disaster. The unit lost $1.36 billion in pre-tax earnings after opening 130 stores. Former CEO Gregg Steinhafel stepped down and the board subsequently fired the president of Canadian operations, Tony Fisher, after the branch finished its first year with a four-quarter operating loss of $329 million.

What makes Nordstrom management think they can succeed where other U.S. chains have failed?

“We are certainly mindful of the competition here,” Pete Nordstrom, president of merchandising for Nordstrom, told Women’s Wear Daily. “We’re not looking to create some kind of Canadian Nordstrom. We want to operate the best Nordstrom we can… We are coming in with all guns blazing, to give them the best Nordstrom offer we can.”  

Conquering distribution, inventory and pricing—issues that have plagued Target— will be key.

“If we are going to compete, we’ve got to have a really good distribution of vendors,” Nordstrom toldWWD. “That’s the stuff we are working on right now.

Calgary will serve as a learning lab of sorts as the retailer works out operational issues. Its next Canadian store is slated to open in Ottawa’s Rideau Centre on March 6, 2015.

For more:
-See this Nordstrom press release
-See this Women’s Wear Daily story (subscription)

Related stories:
Nordstrom adds MMS to mobile arsenal
Macy’s, Nordstrom pilot 7-ft. ‘digital storefront’ inside mall
Nordstrom to invest a bigger spend on mobile execution in 2014
Macy’s turns to YouTube to grab millennials
Sephora realizes 150 percent growth in mobile
Nordstrom halts Rack expansion into Canada until 2017

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Amazon allows shoppers to add Wish List products from Twitter

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By Jacqueline Renfrow 

Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) has introduced #AmazonWishList, which allows shoppers to add items directly to their Amazon Wish List without leaving their Twitter page.

Customers can now respond to any Tweet that contains an Amazon product link from artists, experts, brands or friends with #AmazonWishList to immediately add the product to a Wish List, reported MediaPost.

Once a customer tweets, Amazon wil respond with a reply tweet from @MyAmazon, or an email from Amazon when the item is successfully added to the Wish List. The message will also be relayed if the item is out of stock.

Just in time for the holiday seasons, this product will help consumers get the gifts they really want, cutting down the number of returns. Consumers added 50 items to Amazon Wish Lists every second last year.

Using the service requires customers to connect their Twitter and Amazon accounts.

The newest product builds on #AmazonCart. Back in May, Amazon launched a similar feature to let customers add items to their shopping carts without ever leaving Twitter. This trend, to turn Twitter into a retail platform, could mean big money for retailers, as Twitter was ranked the best social media platform for connecting with customers.

For more:
-See this MediaPost article

Related stories:
Amazon launches wearable technology store
Amazon launches Prime Pantry
New Amazon Fire takes aim at Apple
Amazon’s Vine.com relaunches as online grocer with a twist
Amazon to stream HBO

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Facebook fans spend 50% more on groceries

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By Jacqueline Renfrow

Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) fans of retailers spend almost 50 percent more than non-Facebook fans over time, according to new data revealed by Collective Bias, a shopper social media company.

Results of the study proved that Facebook fans directly affect the bottom line of grocery stores in a positive manner. The YetiData study, Social Engagement and its Impact on a Buyer’s Purchases, examined the purchasing habits of a large regional grocery chain’s more than 600,000 loyalty card members before and after they became Facebook fans.

Results revealed that Facebook fans who posted 10 or more times on a grocer’s Facebook page spent more than $1,000, or 95 percent more annually than a typical customer. These same customers visited the store 40 more times than a typical customer, for 2.5 times more visits.

Looking at items purchased, fans bought 125 more items, 35 percent more than a typical customer.

“We’ve intuitively known that an omnichannel marketing strategy is the most effective way to increase sales,” said Bill Sussman, CEO of Collective Bias. “This study was conducted to help marketers solve measurability challenges when it comes to social’s role in driving sales. Identifying the link between a strong social program and bottom-line revenue helps clients better allocate their future marketing budgets.”

Other key findings show a direct relationship between the length of time a customer is a Facebook fan and the average amount he or she spends each week at the grocery. In addition, while a majority of Facebook fans were female, male fans visited the store 7 percent more than female fans.

Retailers are just beginning to see the value of social media as companies learn to leverage platforms such as Facebook. Macy’s (NYSE:M) was one of the first retailers to experiment with Facebook’s  auto-play video ads on mobile. And social shopping site Soldsie recently entered into a partnership with Facebook that provides retailers with a platform used to transform the social community into a revenue-generating channel.

For more:
-See this Collective Bias press release

Related stories:
5% of US shoppers buy on social media
Saks uses social media to nab shoppers
Social media leads to a surge in coupon searches
Amazon’s Vine.com relaunches as online grocer with a twist
Soldsie CEO Chris Bennett: Why all shopping should be a social

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The contempt of Congress case against Attorney General Eric H. Holder goes forward…

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The contempt of Congress case against Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. — the first sitting Cabinet member ever to face such a congressional rebuke…

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Single Mother with five children Starts Over After Flood Destroys Their Home. | Help a Neighbor

Please Help Your Neighbor in Need!

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Jennifer Larson and her five children’s home flooded, causing excessive damage, and the family lost nearly everything. Please pay it forward by helping them rebuild their future!

Please follow link to help!
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“Walking alongside an Angel” Brittany Guarino Walks the 500 MILE Camino de Santiago, through the Pyrenees Mountains of France for Autism Awareness

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Brittany Guarino began her pilgrimage the day she turned three.

St. John Pied de Port is a quaint little village set in the foothills of the Pyrenees on the French side of the border with Spain. Translated literally as “St. John at the foot of the mountain pass,” the village offers daily train service running up from the city of Bayonne in southwestern France. It’s also the starting point for Camino Frances, the most popular option for traveling the Camino de Santiago – and it is where Michael Guarino, from Brooksville Florida, and his daughter Brittany set off on a 500-mile journey along the Camino.

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‘Bigger than Heartbleed’ Shellshock flaw leaves OS X, Linux, more open to attack then ever!

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Well, this isn’t good. Akamai security researcher Stephane Chazelas has discovered a devastating flaw in the Unix Bash shell, leaving Linux machines, OS X machines, routers, older IoT devices, and more vulnerable to attack. “Shellshock,” as it’s been dubbed, allows attackers to run code on your machine after exploiting the flaw, but the true danger here lies in just how old Shell Shock is—this vulnerability has apparently been lurking in the Bash shell for years. Read More 

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Did the Russians kill General Patton? Bill O’Reilly explores the fascinating evidence – Glenn Beck

http://www.glennbeck.com/2014/09/25/did-the-russians-kill-general-patton-bill-oreilly-explores-the-fascinating-evidence/

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Bionym secures $14 million Series A investment, aims to become ‘the de facto platform for persistent, trusted identity’

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Toronto-based Bionym has had a vision for you to completely remove keys and passwords. The company focussed in on the emerging wearable space and developed a wristband called Nymi Band that uses your unique heartbeat for authentication and acts as your universal passcode.

Bionym has received over 10,000 pre-orders for Nymi — which costs $79 (CDN) — and has an estimated ship date scheduled for the fall.

To boost its presence and “establish Nymi as the de facto platform for persistent, trusted identity,” Bionym announced its successfully closed $14 million Series A round led by Ignition Partners and Relay Ventures, and also Export Development Canada (EDC), MasterCard, and Salesforce Ventures.

Bionym currently has about 40 employees and will use the funds to expand the team and also “build strategic partnerships across a variety of industries.”

“This is a significant milestone for Bionym,” said Karl Martin, CEO and founder of Bionym. “We’re establishing the Nymi as the de facto platform for persistent, trusted identity, and this round of financing is providing us with the resources needed to bring the platform to market. We continue to grow our world-class team, solving hard problems around persistent authentication, seamless and trusted interactions, and hyper-personalization of experiences. We’re at the forefront of a revolution in identity-based interactions with devices and services, and our momentum continues to grow with the support of our investors and strategic partners.”

http://www.betakit.com/bionym-secures-14-million-series-a-investment-aims-to-become-the-de-facto-platform-for-persistent-trusted-identity/

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Breach at Goodwill Vendor Lasted 18 Months!

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C&K Systems Inc., a third-party payment vendor blamed for a credit and debit card breach at more than 330 Goodwill locations nationwide, disclosed this week that the intrusion lasted more than 18 months and has impacted at least two other organizations.

cksystemsOn July 21, 2014, this site broke the news that multiple banks were reporting indications that Goodwill Industries had suffered an apparent breach that led to the theft of customer credit and debit card data. Goodwill later confirmed that the breach impacted a portion of its stores, but blamed the incident on an unnamed “third-party vendor.”

Last week, KrebsOnSecurity obtained some internal talking points apparently sent by Goodwill to prepare its member organizations to respond to any calls from the news media about the incident. Those talking points identified the breached third-party vendor as C&K Systems, a retail point-of-sale operator based in Murrells Inlet, S.C.

In response to inquiries from this reporter, C&K released a statement acknowledging that it was informed on July 30 by “an independent security analyst” that its “hosted managed services environment may have experienced unauthorized access.” The company says it then hired an independent cyber investigative team and alerted law enforcement about the incident.

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Huawei makes three-year, $4B bet on wireline broadband R&D

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By Sean Buckley

Huawei sees great potential in the wireline broadband market, so much so that it announced that it will invest $4 billion in conducting new research and development in the area through 2017.

The Shenzhen-based vendor said during the Ultra-Broadband Forum in London that its investment will focus on products that will provide an “improved service experience for end-users.”  

Under the three-year plan, Huawei plans to continue to expand R&D around software defined networking (SDN), ultra-broadband technologies such as vectoring and NG-PON and optical networking technologies.

Although Huawei has become well known as a major wireless network infrastructure provider, Ryan Ding, president of Huawei Products and Solutions, said the company “recognizes Fixed Broadband as a key direction for strategic investment and will continue to increase the scale of investment in related technologies, core products and solutions.”

What’s driving its investment plans are the emerging advent of 4K video and building a robust wireline-based backhaul network to handle mobile network operators’ ongoing deployments of 4G LTE and future 5G services.

These investments also come at a time when Huawei’s key competitors are gaining momentum in broadband infrastructure, particularly in emerging areas such as VDSL2 and vectoring. During the second quarter, Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) took the lead in the VDSL port race over its two top vendor competitors, Huawei  and Adtran, according to a Dell’Oro report.

For more:
– see the release
– Reuters has this article

Related articles:
Leveraging its telecom expertise, Huawei looks to grow its enterprise opportunity to $10B annually by 2017
Huawei: Despite security issues, we’re making progress in U.S. enterprise sales
Huawei predicts 100B connections by 2025, producing 175 zettabytes of data per year
Alcatel-Lucent held Q2 lead over Adtran, Huawei in VDSL race, says Dell’Oro

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Liberals panic over defeat of Al Franken

Politico has a report today on how Elizabeth Warren and her liberal allies – including the Progressive Change Campaign Committee – are scrambling to funnel money to Al Franken in order to save his seat.

MSNBC’s Ed Schultz calls the Progress Change Campaign Committee the “leading” progressive organization in the country, and according to Politico, the group is trying to build a “firewall” around Al Franken since he is a key ideological ally to Elizabeth Warren.

The group has already raised over $1 million and plans to funnel $163,000 immediately to Al Franken and two other liberal Democrat Senators.

And the news media is concerned about Al Franken’s re-election effort as well, publishing puff pieces touting how great Franken has been as a U.S. Senator

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Comcast accuses merger foes of ‘extortion’

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Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA) has filed a rebuttal totaling 337 pages to the FCC, accusing opponents of its proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC) of using their voice in the regulatory process to “extort” business advantages.

In a Tuesday blog post on Comcast’s corporate blog, company executive VP David Cohen signaled the filing’s harsh, defiant tone. That promise was delivered upon Wednesday morning, when the memo went public.

Among a range of accusations leveled against merger critics, Comcast accused Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX) of ginning up congestion on its broadband network earlier this year for the purpose of intentionally putting the spotlight on interconnection fees it wants to see regulated away by the FCC.

The Philadelphia conglomerate took Discovery Communications to task as well, accusing the programmer of seeking business concessions as a condition of not opposing the merger.

All told, Comcast said demands for carriage price concessions as a condition of not opposing the merger would have raised overall programming costs by around $5 billion over projections in the coming years, adding more than $4 a month to customers’ bills by 2019.

“The significance of this extortion lies in not just the sheer audacity of some of the demands, but also the fact that each of the entities making the ‘ask’ has all but conceded that if its individual business interests are met, then it has no concern whatsoever about the state of the industry, supposed market power going forward, or harm to consumers, competitors or new entrants,” Comcast said in the filing.

For his part, media analyst Craig Moffett doesn’t believe the FCC needs Comcast to tell it which dissenting voices have credibility. “Regulators are a sophisticated audience,” he toldThe New York Times. “They can assess the merits of the various arguments without having to be coached on what incentives might be behind why someone did or didn’t say what they did.”

Of course, those subject to Comcast’s assault Wednesday fired back with statements. Netflix, for example, released the following: “It is not extortion to demand that Comcast provide its own customers the broadband speeds they’ve paid for so they can enjoy Netflix. It is extortion when Comcast fails to provide its own customers the broadband speed they’ve paid for unless Netflix also pays a ransom.

“Netflix grudgingly paid to improve performance for our mutual customers, a precedent that remains damaging for consumers (who ultimately pay higher costs) and for other innovative businesses (that can be held over the barrel by Comcast to do the same) If the merger were to proceed, this one company, Comcast, would have control over high speed residential internet in a majority of American homes and that is clearly not ‘great’ for consumers.”

For more:
– read this Comcast FCC filing (PDF)
– read this New York Times story (sub. req.)
– read this Wall Street Journal story (sub. req.)

Related links:
When Cohen attacks: Comcast exec lays into merger critics at commentary deadline
Comcast-TWC input period ends: 64K comments received, 65 groups urge rejection
Comcast’s Cohen to regulators: ‘Don’t make us the next Blockbuster’

Read more about: ComcastTWCFCC

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This Marine Lost 3 Limbs Overseas. What His Town Did For Him Will Bring Tears To Your Eyes

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In 2010, while serving in Afghanistan, Marine Corporal Juan Dominguez stepped on an IED and lost his right arm and both his legs.

Several months later, he met Alexis – the woman who soon became his girlfriend and later would be his wife. When Dominguez proposed to her in 2013, the community in his hometown of Temecula, California decided to give them the wedding of their dreams.
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iOS 8 adoption nears 50 percent after one week

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According to Apple’s developer portal, iOS 8 adoption now stands at 46 percent, while 49 percent of users are still on iOS 7. The remaining 5 percent are using “earlier” versions.

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Magnetic field opens and closes nanovesicles to deliver drugs to specific parts of the body

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Nanovesicles for transporting drugs to correct locations in the body – that’s the idea. On 24 September, chemists and physicists from Radboud University will publish results from a seminal intermediate step in Nature Communications: they have managed to open the vesicles in a reversible process and close them using a magnet.

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AIBN to roll out super computer

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The University of Queensland is one step closer to developing better mobile phone battery life, understanding the engineering of vaccines and creating stem cell therapies for Parkinson’s disease. The University’s Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN) has bought a $275,000 high performance parallel computer cluster that will support research stretching from the development of advanced materials for clean fuel, through to the engineering of new vaccines to develop anti-cancer drugs.

Centre for Theoretical and Computational Molecular Science Director Professor Debra Bernhardt said the new computer would focus on computational speed.

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Last year, the UK economy lost £52 billion from fraud

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Last year, the UK economy lost £52 billion from fraud and 70 per cent of companies suffered from at least one type of fraudulent activity. Yet only half of UK companies have a fraud policy in place. With cyber crime set to increase throughout 2014, this report investigates the rise in e-commerce fraud, tackling financial services and card fraud, and corruption risks in emerging markets. It also explores the importance of company anti-fraud and whistleblowing policies, and how businesses can better protect their digital assets and IP.

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When Cohen attacks: Comcast exec lays into merger critics at commentary deadline

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By Daniel Frankel 

With the FCC’s commentary period for its proposed merger with Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC) ending at midnight Wednesday, and Comcast set to release a document responding to the deal’s critics, Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA) Executive VP David L. Cohen teased the tone of the pending release in a blog post.

The general theme: harsh.

Wrote Cohen in Tuesday’s post: “In addition to noting the supportive comments by tech companies, independent programmers, diversity groups, advertisers, business organizations, community partners, academics, and state and local leaders, our reply comments will respond to the arguments made by competitors like Dish (which is able to reach almost 100% of American video homes), by large programmers like Discovery Communications (the self-proclaimed “#1 Pay-TV Programmer in the World” and a $25 billion company, that has grown by $10 billion in market capitalization in just three years), Netflix (the country’s largest subscription video provider with 36 million domestic customers and controller of a third of Internet traffic), advertising aggregating competitor Viamedia (which takes a position that contradicts the strong support of the only advertisers who have filed in the transaction docket), and the usual “big is bad” groups (whose predictions of doom and gloom for every large transaction in the cable space since the 1990s have never come to pass).”

Cohen added: “The Writers Guild of America West, an opponent of the transaction, acknowledges we are in a “Golden Age of Television.” And the investment made by companies like Comcast in broadband has allowed an explosion in innovation and new products and services. More and more competition has come into every market, and the “sky is falling” predictions of entities like Consumer’s Union, Consumer Federation of America, and Free Press haven’t been accurate in the past–and ring no more true today. We look forward to sharing our reply comments in this space tomorrow morning after they are filed with the FCC tonight.”

Comcast’s several-hundred-page response is expected to be released Wednesday.

For more:
– read this Comcast blog post

Related links:
Roberts: Comcast now has ‘that Silicon Valley vibe’
Comcast-TWC input period ends: 64K comments received, 65 groups urge rejection
Comcast’s Cohen to regulators: ‘Don’t make us the next Blockbuster’

Read more about: David L CohenComcast

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Japan aims for ubiquitous 8K HDTV in time for 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games

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By Daniel Frankel 

DENVER–The government of Japan is working with cable operators, broadcasters, TV manufacturers and a number of other constituencies with the goal of establishing ubiquitous 4K services across Japan’s TV industry by 2016, and broad 8K services in time for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Japan’s 4K to 8K roadmap. Click here for a larger view. (Source: NexTV Forum)

Setting this ambitious goal establishes perhaps the world’s first comprehensive roadmap for the broad conversion to higher resolution standards. The specs behind this map were laid out Tuesday by Satoru Wajiki, managing director of the Japan Cable Telecommunications Association, presenting the plan at a morning panel during the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo here.

Testing of regular 4K broadcasts in Japan began in early June on the SKY Perfect JSAT satellite service, with six hours a day of regular programming supplied by a consortium of 64 companies called the NexTV Forum. The platform uses 27 MHz of bandwidth, as well as HEVC/60P real-time encoding and a rather robust video bitrate of 35 Mbps.

The latter specification drew a mild smattering of consternation from the audience of U.S. cable industry engineers, but Wajiki said the bit rate will ultimately be slimmed down.

The consortium has also set up more than 50 4K viewing sites across Japan, where consumers can sample broadcast- and IP-based 4K content. NexTV Forum has also produced 15 shows in 4K to provide their tests with a modicum of programming.

“From a cable TV operator’s standpoint, 4K [Ultra HD] is rather easy to deal with, because the bitrate of 4K/60P/HEVC content, estimated to be between 20-35 Mbps, will easily fit within the maximum payload that one 256-QAM channel can carry,” noted Wajiki, in a white paper he distributed to audience.  “If we want to transmit 4K over IP, current DOCSIS 3.0 technology provides enough room for multiple streams.”

As 4K goes mainstream in 2016, Japan wants to begin simultaneous testing of 8K. But Wajiki concedes ramping up to that standard will be far greater engineering challenge.

“We have to squeeze a 100-Mbps-class transmission path for RF broadcasting over IP. We can’t deal with that big of a stream with the current generation of cable TV transmission technologies.”

Japanese public broadcaster NHK is currently leading experiments in 8K transmission–or what it calls “Super-Hi-Vision.” In May, NHK demonstrated an 8K cable transmission by using three 6 MHz channels (two 256 QAMs and one 64 QAM) to transfer one 105-Mbps 8K stream through J:Com’s 21 km HFC line.

The push by Japan’s government began in 2012, when the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications formed a study group to oversee the TV industry’s Ultra HD rollout plans. This led to the formation of the NexTV Forum.

Further driving Japan’s ultra-high resolution push are local TV manufacturers, who are anxious to entice affluent consumers–those who last upgraded their TVs early in the adoption of HD a decade ago–to buy next-generation sets.

Related links:
Broadcast TV, OTT, 4K to take center stage at IBC 2014
Samsung announces 4K content deal with Amazon
Shipments of 4K TV sets top 2.1M in Q2, setting record

Read more about: Tv ManufacturersOlympic Games

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SCTE taps Liberty Global’s Nair to chair 2015 Cable-Tec Expo

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By Daniel Frankel 

DENVER–The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers has selected Liberty Global EVP and CTO Balan Nair to chair the 2015 Cable-Tec Expo, set for Oct. 13-16 of next year in New Orleans.

Nair (Source: Liberty Global)

Tony Werner, executive VP and chief technology officer for Comcast, is chairing this year’s Expo, which is currently taking place in Denver. Attendance will be announced later this week.

“Balan Nair and Liberty Global have been unparalleled in spearheading the internationalization of cable technology,” said Mark Dzuban, president and CEO of SCTE.  “His experiences in the global marketplace will bring a unique perspective that will help us to grow the value of SCTE Cable-Tec Expo for the cable industry in the United States and abroad.”

Added Nair: “The educational resources of SCTE and the thought leadership of SCTE Cable-Tec Expo are accelerating the advancement of cable knowledge worldwide. A key objective of the Cable-Tec Expo 2015 Program Committee will be to identify the technologies that will take cable into the future, and to create an agenda that prepares our industry to maximize the value of the changes ahead.”

Nair already has established a footprint on the SCTE in regard to international training initiatives.

Earlier this month, SCTE announced the addition of Liberty Global to its corporate alliance program, which enables operators to jointly address industry issues, develop solutions, prepare for emerging technologies and expand access to training. Liberty Global will now be able to tap the resources of the ISBE. Relatedly, the org also announced the formation of a new international training body, the International Society of Broadband Experts (ISBE). 

Since joining Liberty Global in 2007, Nair has been responsible for overseeing the company’s global network, IT, and technology operations, which span two continents and 47 million homes.

For more:
– read this SCTE press release

Related links:
Comcast’s Werner: Triple-play is not enough, we must innovate
SCTE re-elects Suddenlink’s Cordova as board chair
Liberty Global mulled Aereo investment, Nair says
SCTE launches international training arm, adds Liberty Global to corporate alliance program

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CableLabs exec: DOCSIS 3.1 certification will begin in 2Q 2015

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By Sue Marek 

DENVER–Look for interoperability testing on the cable industry’s emerging DOCSIS 3.1 platform to begin in late December, and CableLabs certification of products to start in second quarter of next year. That roadmap was outlined today by CableLabs CTO Ralph Brown during a BTR-hosted breakfast session on DOCSIS 3.1 held here at the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2014.

Brown said that CableLabs is currently wrapping up its testing plans and noted that there are many prototypes of DOCSIS 3.1 gear on the SCTE show floor, indicating that the DOCSIS 3.1 platform is progressing as planned.

Nevertheless, cable operators have mixed feelings about the new platform. Nick Segura, director of technical operations at Charter (NASDAQ: CHTR), noted that while today’s DOCSIS 3.0 is “quite amazing” he believes that the capabilities of that platform will look like “child’s play” when compared to the capabilities of DOCSIS 3.1.  But at the same time, Segura said that training is going to be critical for the success of DOCSIS 3.1, specifically training technicians on how to troubleshoot problems.

But SCTE Director of Engineering Dean Stoneback noted that his group is already working with its members to prepare them for the eventual rollout.  He noted that the association has created recommended practices for deploying DOCSIS 3.1, which include encouraging members to optimize their network before they deploy 3.1.

One of the big benefits of DOCSIS 3.1 is that it will have vector signal analyzer capabilities, noted Brady Volpe, president of The Volpe Firm, a consulting company that specializes in all generations of DOCSIS.  Specifically, he said that this capability is like having a spectrum analyzer built into your cable modem, making everything more powerful.

However, all panelists emphasized that fact that DOCSIS 3.1 is backward compatible to DOCSIS 3.0, giving cable MSOs flexibility with how they deploy the new platform.  “All DOCSIS standards are backwards compatible,” Volpe said. “If you have DOCSIS 3.1 in your plant it will operate as DOCSIS 3.0,” he added.  

Related articles:
CableLabs CEO: DOCSIS 3.1 on track to deploy at end of 2015
CableLabs Joins Averna’s DOCSIS 3.1 Protocol Analyzer Early Adopter Program
Wi-Fi a must-have, cable CTOs say, with DOCSIS 3.1, 4K among top priorities
SCTE and CableLabs set DOCSIS 3.1, Wi-Fi symposium

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[Live] Our CEO @jnridlinghafer @SynapseSynergy on @WiegerTech’s show tonight at 7pm CST to talk all about startups! wiegertech.com/live

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7 killer open source monitoring tools

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Network and system monitoring is a broad category. There are solutions that monitor for the proper operation of servers, network gear, and applications, and there are solutions that track the performance of those systems and devices, providing trending and analysis. Some tools will sound alarms and notifications when problems are detected, while others will even trigger actions to run when alarms sound. Here is a collection of open source solutions that aim to provide some or all of these capabilities.

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BREAKING NEWS: U.S. military starts bombing ISIS targets in Syria with aid of partner nations – Washington Times

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Music Maker Relief Foundation, Inc. – Preserving Southern American Blues!

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he Music Maker Relief Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit, was founded to preserve the musical traditions of the South by directly supporting the musicians who make it, ensuring their voices will not be silenced by poverty and time. Music Maker will give future generations access to their heritage through documentation and performance programs that build knowledge and appreciation of America’s musical traditions.

Since our founding in 1994, we have assisted and partnered with over 300 artists, issued over 150 CDs and reached over a million people with live performance in over 40 states and 17 countries around the globe.

Our success depends on the generous support of music lovers just like you.
Help us change lives with a music shop purchase or by making a tax-deductible donation today!

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BBC News – Alibaba shares surge in their NY stock market debut

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Popular Financial Trojan gets reworked for Corporate Espionage

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Shopping tool PoachIt receives $2M in funding

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By Jacqueline Renfrow 

PoachIt has received an additional $1.8 million in funding as the mobile coupon provider endeavors to captivate buyers abandoning online shopping carts in search of deals they never find. PoachIt’s funding now sits at $2.8 million.

PoachIt uses an intelligent shopping assistant and mobile apps to find coupon codes and track price reductions for any product, reported Tech Crunch

The latest round of funding includes new investors Robert Sillerman, media entrepreneur and founder of SFX; Roland Berger, German entrepreneur and founder and honorary chairman of Roland Berger Strategy Consultants; and Arnab Gupta, founder and executive chairman of Opera Solutions.

And as a new vote of confidence, all of PoachIt’s previous investors have returned, including Ronald Lauder, chairman at The Estee Lauder Companies; Fred Langhammer, former CEO of Este Lauder, board member at the Walt Disney Companies and chairman of global affairs at The Estee Lauder Companies; and Itzhak Fisher, founder of Pereg Ventures and executive VP of global business development for The Nielsen Company.

PoachIt initially began as a Web application before it migrated to mobile. Today the mobile business is growing faster than its desktop counterpart and both platforms combined have 175,000 users.

“I shop online all the time…and I was searching for a bag for [my wife] online and what I did when I found a couple that I liked was bookmark them to see if the price ever changed,” Gidi Fisher, PoachIt’s founder, told Tech Crunch. “But what I found was pretty fascinating. The items were going on sale, but not necessarily at the end of the season. Prices were always changing.”

Fisher found that online pricing was constantly changing and he wanted to build a way to help consumers take advantage of those fluctuations. In essence, allow shoppers to “poach” items just as the price drops. The program then goes one step further and combines the price finder with coupon codes. The end result, according to Fisher, is fewer shopping cart abandonments.

PoachIt tracks more than a half a million products, and users are alerted to price changes via emails, which have an open rate of 64 percent and a click-through rate of 17 percent.

A recent survey by SmartFocus showed that using mobile phones and tablets to search for bargains is becoming a norm for consumers. However, despite the rising interest in online shopping, digital currently accounts for only 6 percent of all retail sales.

For more:
-See this Tech Crunch article

Related stories:
Survey says shoppers want more personal, but less personalization
Mother’s Day spending to top $18B, most will shop online
Digital influences $1 trillion in retail sales
U.S. retail sales hit $4.53 trillion in 2013, e-commerce jumps 17 percent
Mobile payments, in-store tracking among key trends to watch

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Obama: Ebola outbreak ‘spiraling out of control’

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President Obama announced Tuesday a major increase in the U.S. response to the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa, including the deployment of 3,000 American troops to build treatment centers.

“It’s spiraling out of control, it’s getting worse, it’s spreading faster and exponentially,” Mr. Obama said of the epidemic while touring the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention in Atlanta. “The world is looking to us, the United States. It’s a responsibility that we embrace.”

Since March, the Ebola outbreak has claimed more than 2,400 lives in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and other African nations, according to the World Health Organization. Thousands of others are infected with the virus.

Mr. Obama said the countries in West Africa desperately need more treatment beds, health-care workers and supplies to combat the spread of the disease.

“Hospitals, clinics and the few treatment centers that do exist have been completely overrun,” he said. “Patients are being turned away. People are literally dying in the streets.”

Mr. Obama said the crisis is a national-security threat to the U.S. because “we could be looking at hundreds of thousands” of dead if the epidemic gets worse, which could lead to governments and societies collapsing.

“It’s a potential threat to global security if these countries break down, if their economies break down, if people panic,” he said.

By Dave Boyer 

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FCC gets record haul of comments on net neutrality. Now what?

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The U.S. Federal Communications Commission’s deadline for the public to comment on the agency’s proposed net neutrality rules passed Monday with more than 3 million comments filed, by far a record number for an FCC proceeding.

The 3 million comments, as of midday Monday, eclipsed the 1.4 million complaints the FCC received related to singer Janet Jackson’s so-called “wardrobe malfunction” on live television during the 2004 Super Bowl.

Many of the net neutrality comments called for the agency to pass strong net neutrality rules prohibiting broadband providers from selectively blocking or slowing Internet traffic or charging Web content providers for priority access to broadband customers.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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60% of shoppers increasingly shopping online

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By Jacqueline Renfrow 

More than 60 percent of shoppers are shopping more online, especially women and millennials, according to a new SmartFocus survey. The trend is most prevalent among women, with 71 percent trending toward online shopping.

The survey shows a significant age-related gap in digital shopping preferences. Nearly half of all millennials spend more time shopping online than in stores, while only 27 percent of Baby Boomers prefer to shop online.

“The U.S. shopper survey shows that consumers are becoming more sophisticated about digital shopping,” said Rob Mullen, SmartFocus CEO and retail marketing expert. “Using mobile phones and tablets to find bargains is becoming the norm rather than the exception.”

Despite the rising interest in online shopping, digital currently accounts for only 6 percent of all sales.

There is also a difference in gender preference. Women are more likely than men to buy products on a smartphone or receive offers from brands via mobile or digital. However, about half of men and women in the United States didn’t mind sharing personal data with brands.

“In today’s digital world, it’s about reaching out to shoppers with their preferred technology—their mobile phone—and offering them relevant deals,” Mullen said. “The survey reinforces that fact that shoppers know the value of their personal data—and are willing to trade some of that for access to discounted offers.”

Millennials were most open to sharing data, about 75 percent, in exchange for offers and discounts.

As many as 70 percent of consumers said they preferred to browse in-store and buy online due to prices.

However, the lure of brick-and-mortar is still strong: Another recent survey revealed that teenagers prefer shopping in malls, and 13- to 17-year-olds spend 71 percent of their earnings each month at brick-and-mortar shopping locations,

For more:
-See this SmartFocus press release

Related stories
Survey says shoppers want more personal, but less personalization
Mother’s Day spending to top $18B, most will shop online
Digital influences $1 trillion in retail sales
U.S. retail sales hit $4.53 trillion in 2013, e-commerce jumps 17 percent
Mobile payments, in-store tracking among key trends to watch

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Amazon launches Login and Pay in Europe

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By Jacqueline Renfrow

Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) launched its Login and Pay system in the U.K. and Germany. The payment tool, which helps streamline the checkout process, was launched in the United States last October.

Login and Pay helps Amazon shoppers to make purchases from non-Amazon sites by allowing them to use their Amazon account information to complete a transaction, reported Women’s Wear Daily. This eliminates the need for shoppers to register and enter their personal information every time they buy something from a different online retailer. The service is optimized to work across desktops, tablets and smartphones.

Retailers who are partners in the Login and Pay system in the United States include AllSaints, Guess, Giorgio Armani and Gogo. In the U.K., retailers include AllSaints, SecretSales.com, Moss Bros., Printed.com, Overclockers UK, FulhamBrassOnline and Paddock Spares. Engelhorn, Babyartikel, Moebelisten, Klimaworld and Hirschel-Cosmetic use the payment platform throughout Germany.

“In the States, some retailers have seen as much as three times growth on new accounts since introducing Login and Pay,” Annemarie Jung, Amazon’s director of external payments, Europe, toldWomen’s Wear Daily. As many as 60 percent of customers registered on participating retailers’ websites. 

AllSaints reported that since using Login and Pay, their checkout times have been reduced by about one minute and 10 seconds. And within one month of adoption, 24 percent of online purchases were made using this payment process. In addition, conversion rates increased by 34 percent in the United States and average online orders in the U.K. were 15 percent higher.

Amazon’s announcement comes on the heels of Apple’s (NASDAQ:APPL) launch of their new mobile wallet. Apple Pay, now available on the iPhone 6, is another platform, like Login and Pay and eBay’s (NASDAQ:EBAY) PayPal, that endeavors to streamline the payment process for shoppers.

For more:
-See this Women’s Wear Daily article (subscription)

Related stories:
Amazon launches wearable technology store
Amazon launches Prime Pantry
New Amazon Fire takes aim at Apple
Amazon’s Vine.com relaunches as online grocer with a twist
Amazon to stream HBO

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Chief executive loans Sears $400M

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By Jacqueline Renfrow

Eddy Lampert, Sears’ (NASDAQ:SHLD) chief executive, is loaning Sears Holdings $400 million from his hedge fund.

The secured short-term loan will be funded using Lampert’s real estate as collateral, reported theChicago Tribune. Half of the loan was filed on Monday with the Securities and Exchange Commission and the other half will be filed at the end of the month.

The regulatory filing stated that the loan is from entities affiliated with Lampert’s ESL Investments, reported the Associated Press. The loan will be due at the end of this year, though the maturity date can be extended to Feb. 28 as long as there is no default.

Lampert is Sears’ biggest stockholder. He led the charge to combine Sears and Kmart in 2005 after bringing Kmart out of bankruptcy. However, the company has still seen several financial setbacks and recently reported its 30th consecutive quarterly loss.

The loan is to be used for general purposes and comes less than a week after the company’s credit status was approaching a default. Fitch Ratings cited mounting losses, continued revenue declines and worrisome cash burn as reasons for the downgrade—meaning Sears might not make it beyond 2016.

As part of a turnaround effort, Sears announced in spring that it would close 80 stores this fiscal year. The retailer has closed approximately 500 stores since 2005.

For more:
-See this Chicago Tribune article
-See this Associated Press article

Related stories:
Sears continues downward spiral, closing 80 more stores
Sears Canada to cut 1,600 jobs as it outsources, restructures
Sears files to spin off Lands’ End business
Sears denies rumors of Canadian unit sale

Read more about: LampertsLamperts ESL Investments

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The Crowdfunded Matter and Form 3D Scanner is Here! – 3D Printing Industry

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At only $579, the Matter and Form scanner is one of the more affordable home turntable 3D laser scanners. But don’t let that affordability fool you, it’s a pretty powerful little machine that can capture details as small as 0.43mm and has a capture size of 0.25mm.

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It was designed to be simple to use, lightweight, portable and Matter and Form claim that it can even export files ready to be 3D printed on practically any 3D printer. It has adjustable detail levels, so you can completely capture a smaller object on the lowest resolution setting in as little as seven minutes, with larger items being scanned at the highest resolution coming in at about 45 minutes.

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Local Motors 3D Prints a Car Live at IMTS – 3D Printing Industry

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As the 3D printed car project developed this summer, ORNL and Cincinnati also added a heated print bed capable of lowering about 1 meter, to add some Z-axis height to the machine.  The result was the BAAM, a reverse acronym that transformed what the crew referred to as the Big Ass Additive Manufacturing machine to the Big Area Additive Manufacturing printer.

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In exchange for Department of Energy dollars and a giant CNC machine, ORNL offered its know-how to the Ohio-based machine manufacturer, which was given the ability to license ORNL’s R&D to sell the BAAM, a machine with a work envelope of up to 3.3 ft x 8 ft. x 20 ft. (.8 m x 2.5 m x 6 m), “accelerations exceeding 2.0G and head positioning speeds of up to 10,000 in./min“, and a price tag of $1 million.  So, though the Strati car itself is open-source, like the rest of Local Motors’ vehicles, the machine needed to print it may not be.

By Michael Molitch

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Nanotechnology: Critical Endeavor in Cancer – Nanowires

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Nanowires can detect the presence of altered genes associated with cancer and may help researchers pinpoint the exact location of those changes…

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Future of Human Evolution Today?

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According to life history theory, natural selection shapes the length of an organism’s life and the timing of key events to produce the most surviving offspring. In the “fundamental life history trade-off,” organisms must choose between spending their time producing as many offspring as possible or rearing those offspring to make them as successful as possible, according to Last.

And as brain sizes increases, organisms require more energy and longer rearing time to reach their full potential.

Based on these ideas, three major shifts in primate history have occurred toward longer lives and delayed reproduction: between prosimians and monkeys, monkeys and apes, and apes and humans…

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Sintratec to Launch €3990 SLS Machine – 3D Printing Industry

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It’s exciting to see desktop 3D printers proliferate in waves, corresponding with the patents that expire with each technology.  The FFF/FDM 3D printers that exploded with the expiration of Stratasys patents are responsible for the existence of this website and the subsequent boom in the technology, spurred by media attention and the resulting investment that attention brought.  At the beginning of this year, desktop stereolithography and DLP machines began to hit the scene at lower and lower prices, including the FSL3D Pegasus and the MakeX M-One.  Over the course of the past few weeks, after SLS patents expired earlier in the summer, (more) affordable laser sintering printers have started coming to market, including machines from Norge and Sharebot.   The latest low-cost laser sintering printer comes from Sintratec and its creators believe they’ve got the price down to €3990.

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sintratec 3D printed swiss army knife laser sintering

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Swiss start-up Sintratec is made up of three electrical engineers who have been working on their desktop laser sintering printer for the past two years.  Now, the company’s founders – Joscha Zeltner, Christian von Burg, Dominik Solenicki – have decided that their printer is just about ready for the public.  Available as a ready-to-assemble kit, The Sintratec machine has a build volume of 130x130x130 mm (about 5 x 5 x 5 inches) and is capable of sintering layers as thin as 40 microns and as thick as 150 microns at speeds of up to 70 mm/s.  The whole machine, itself, stands at 500x500x300 mm (20 x 20 x 12 inches).  Right now, Sintratec is working with black nylon power to make strong, high resolution strength, but they’ve printed with wax, too.  It sounds as though the laser they’re using necessitates darker colored materials.

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sintratec 3D printed wrench laser sintering

The exact specs of the technology being used – what type of laser and wattage, etc. – hasn’t been made known, yet.  They plan to release those details in the coming weeks as they polish the third generation of their prototype machine.  After that, they’ll go to Indiegogo next month, where they hope to sell at least 60 kits, in order to get the Indiegogo price of the machine down to €3990.  With that low of a price, I don’t see how they won’t be able to pull it off, especially when looking at the quality of the prints. Check out the Swiss Army tool they printed below:

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“I have not failed…”

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“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
― Thomas A. Edison

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Ceramics don’t have to be brittle

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Imagine a balloon that could float without using any lighter-than-air gas. Instead, it could simply have all of its air sucked out while maintaining its filled shape. Such a vacuum balloon, which could help ease the world’s current shortage of helium, can only be made if a new material existed that was strong enough to sustain the pressure generated by forcing out all that air while still being lightweight and flexible.

Caltech materials scientist Julia Greer and her colleagues are on the path to developing such a material and many others that possess unheard-of combinations of properties. For example, they might create a material that is thermally insulating but also extremely lightweight, or one that is simultaneously strong, lightweight, and nonbreakable—properties that are generally thought to be mutually exclusive.

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This sequence shows how the Greer Lab’s three-dimensional, ceramic nanolattices can recover after being compressed by more than 50 percent. Clockwise, from left to right, an alumina nanolattice before compression, during compression, fully compressed, and recovered following compression. Credit: Lucas Meza/Caltech

Greer’s team has developed a method for constructing new structural materials by taking advantage of the unusual properties that solids can have at the nanometer scale, where features are measured in billionths of meters. In a paper published in the September 12 issue of the journal Science, the Caltech researchers explain how they used the method to produce a ceramic (e.g., a piece of chalk or a brick) that contains about 99.9 percent air yet is incredibly strong, and that can recover its original shape after being smashed by more than 50 percent.

“Ceramics have always been thought to be heavy and brittle,” says Greer, a professor of materials science and mechanics in the Division of Engineering and Applied Science at Caltech. “We’re showing that in fact, they don’t have to be either. This very clearly demonstrates that if you use the concept of the nanoscale to create structures and then use those nanostructures like LEGO to construct larger materials, you can obtain nearly any set of properties you want. You can create materials by design.”

The researchers use a direct laser writing method called two-photon lithography to “write” a three-dimensional pattern in a polymer by allowing a laser beam to crosslink and harden the polymer wherever it is focused. The parts of the polymer that were exposed to the laser remain intact while the rest is dissolved away, revealing a three-dimensional scaffold. That structure can then be coated with a thin layer of just about any kind of material—a metal, an alloy, a glass, a semiconductor, etc. Then the researchers use another method to etch out the polymer from within the structure, leaving a hollow architecture.

The applications of this technique are practically limitless, Greer says. Since pretty much any material can be deposited on the scaffolds, the method could be particularly useful for applications in optics, energy efficiency, and biomedicine. For example, it could be used to reproduce complex structures such as bone, producing a scaffold out of biocompatible materials on which cells could proliferate.

In the latest work, Greer and her students used the technique to produce what they call three-dimensional nanolattices that are formed by a repeating nanoscale pattern. After the patterning step, they coated the polymer scaffold with a ceramic called alumina (i.e., aluminum oxide), producing hollow-tube alumina structures with walls ranging in thickness from 5 to 60 nanometers and tubes from 450 to 1,380 nanometers in diameter.

Greer’s team next wanted to test the mechanical properties of the various nanolattices they created. Using two different devices for poking and prodding materials on the nanoscale, they squished, stretched, and otherwise tried to deform the samples to see how they held up.

They found that the alumina structures with a wall thickness of 50 nanometers and a tube diameter of about 1 micron shattered when compressed. That was not surprising given that ceramics, especially those that are porous, are brittle. However, compressing lattices with a lower ratio of wall thickness to tube diameter—where the wall thickness was only 10 nanometers—produced a very different result.

“You deform it, and all of a sudden, it springs back,” Greer says. “In some cases, we were able to deform these samples by as much as 85 percent, and they could still recover.”

To understand why, consider that most brittle materials such as ceramics, silicon, and glass shatter because they are filled with flaws—imperfections such as small voids and inclusions. The more perfect the material, the less likely you are to find a weak spot where it will fail. Therefore, the researchers hypothesize, when you reduce these structures down to the point where individual walls are only 10 nanometers thick, both the number of flaws and the size of any flaws are kept to a minimum, making the whole structure much less likely to fail.

“One of the benefits of using nanolattices is that you significantly improve the quality of the material because you’re using such small dimensions,” Greer says. “It’s basically as close to an ideal material as you can get, and you get the added benefit of needing only a very small amount of material in making them.”

The Greer lab is now aggressively pursuing various ways of scaling up the production of these so-called meta-materials.

The lead author on the paper, “Strong, Lightweight and Recoverable Three-Dimensional Ceramic Nanolattices,” is Lucas R. Meza, a graduate student in Greer’s lab. Satyajit Das, who was a visiting student researcher at Caltech, is also a coauthor. The work was supported by funding from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the Institute for Collaborative Biotechnologies. Greer is also on the board of directors of the Kavli Nanoscience Institute at Caltech.

Source: By Kimm Fesenmaier, California Institute of Technology (CALTECH)

http://tgtechno.com/nanotechnologyzone/index.php/news/research-news/2671-ceramics-don-t-have-to-be-brittle

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Nanoparticles increase thermal resistance of polymers

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Nanoparticles increase thermal resistance of polymers

Iranian researchers from Kashan University employed nanotechnology to increase thermal and flame resistant of polymers. Results of the research have applications in car manufacturing industries, home appliances, and aerospace industries. Among other advantages of the research, mention can be made of the reduction in environmental pollution due to the use of nanoparticles.

ABS copolymer is known as very commonly used polymer in various industries due to its cheap price and very well mechanical properties. Ease of reactivity and high chemical resistance are among the most important characteristics of this copolymer. However, relatively low thermal resistance and flammability are considered as the most important problems of this copolymer for industrial applications. Application of nanoparticles and their appropriate distribution in the matrix of the organic polymer to obtain desirable thermal resistance are among the objectives of the researchers in this study.

Copper sulfide nanoparticles, whose surface was modified with the organophilic compound of thioglycolic acid, have been used in the polymeric bed in this research. These nanoparticles protect the polymer against heat, flame and oxygen infiltration like a block. They also reduce the rate of degradation and vaporization of the polymer against heat. In addition, the replacement of copper sulfide nanoparticles with organic halogenized components results in the reduction in environmental pollution.

According to the researchers, the unique distribution of nanoparticles in the polymeric bed with a flower-like structure is among the specific characteristics of this research. Even if polymers synthesized through this method do not resist against flame, they definitely decrease the rate of its extension and they provide more time for rescuing people and putting off the fire.

Results of the research have been published in Journal of Industrial and Engineering Chemistry, vol. 20, issue 5, 2014, pp. 3709-3713.

Source: Iran Nanotechnology Initiative Council

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The 10 Rules You Need to Communicate Effectively | TIME

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Frank Luntz has “engineered some of the most potent political and corporate campaigns of the last decade.” His wordsmithing helped Republican Rudy Giuliani get elected twice in New York — a city where Democrats outnumber Republicans 5-to-1.

Luntz and his polling firm have learned a great deal about language by conducting nearly 1500 surveys and focus groups for a wide range of products and politicians.

The key takeaway from his book is actually part of the title:

It’s not what you say, it’s what people hear.

In Words That Work: It’s Not What You Say, It’s What People Hear Luntz breaks down the ten main lessons he’s learned from years of crafting political messages; lessons we can all learn from:

1) Simplicity: Use Small Words

“Avoid words that might force someone to reach for the dictionary… because most Americans won’t. They’ll just placidly let your real meaning sail over their heads or, even worse, misunderstand you. You can argue all you want about the dumbing down of America, but unless you speak the language of your intended audience, you won’t be heard by the people you want to reach.”

2) Brevity: Use Short Sentences

“Be as brief as possible… The most memorable political language is rarely longer than a sentence. “I Like Ike” was hardly a reason to vote for the man, but the simplicity of the slogan matched the candidate and the campaign.”

3) Credibility Is As Important As Philosophy

“People have to believe it to buy it. As Lincoln once said, you can’t fool all of the people all of the time. If your words lack sincerity, if they contradict accepted facts, circumstances, or perceptions, they will lack impact… The words you use become you — and you become the words you use.”

4) Consistency Matters

“Too many politicians insist on new talking points on a daily basis, and companies are running too many different ad executions. By the time we begin to recognize and remember a particular message, it has already been changed… “The breakfast of champions” tagline for Wheaties was first launched back in 1935 and is still going today. Hallmark’s “When you care enough to send the very best” debuted in 1934, and “Say it with flowers” for FTD dates all the way back to 1917.”

5) Novelty: Offer Something New

“In plain English, words that work often involve a new definition of an old idea… What matters most is that the message brings a sense of discovery, a sort of “Wow, I never thought about it that way.”

6) Sound and Texture Matter

“The sounds and texture of the language should be just as memorable as the words themselves. A string of words that have the same first letter, the same sound, or the same syllabic cadence is more memorable than a random collection of sounds.”

7) Speak Aspirationally

“Messages need to say what people want to hear… The key to successful aspirational language for products or politics is to personalize and humanize the message to trigger an emotional remembrance.”

8) Visualize

“Paint a vivid picture. From M&M’s “Melts in your mouth not in your hand” to Morton Salt’s “When it rains, it pours,” to NBC’s “Must See TV,” the slogans we remember for a lifetime almost always have a strong visual component, something we can see and almost feel.”

9) Ask a Question

“Is it live, or is it Memorex?” “Where do you want to go today?” (Microsoft) “Can you hear me now?” (Verizon Wireless)… “Got Milk?” may be the most memorable print ad campaign of the past decade. The creator realized, whether intentionally or not, that it’s sometimes not what you say but what you ask that really matters.”

10) Provide Context and Explain Relevance

“You have to give people the “why” of a message before you tell them the “therefore” and the “so that.”… if it doesn’t matter to the intended audience, it won’t be heard. With so many messages and so many communication vehicles competing for our attention, the target audience must see individual, personal meaning and value in your words.”

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Truce Is Strengthening, Ukraine President Says – NYTimes.com

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Thank God, My Prayers and many others in other countries are with everyone there in the Baltic that another Bosnia does not flare up!

PEACE!

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Explore. Dream. Discover.

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“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

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Fear…

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“The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.” – Mark Twain

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6SensorLabs, a food testing startup based in San Francisco, has raised $4 million

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6SensorLabs, a food testing startup based in San Francisco, has raised $4 million in seed funding led by Upfront Ventures with participation from SoftTech VC, Lemnos LabsMitch KaporSK Ventures, and Xandex Investments.

6SensorLabs is building an affordable device that allows users to check foods for allergens and view the results on a mobile app.

Founded last year by two MIT grads, 6SensorLabs will use the new funding to build out its mobile app and launch the first version of the device geared toward gluten detection for users with Celiac Disease or other sensitivities to gluten

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Keas, a corporate wellness platform based in San Francisco, has raised $7 million

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Keas, a corporate wellness platform based in San Francisco, has raised $7 million in fresh funding from previous backers Atlantic Ventures and Ignition Partners according to an SEC filing.

Keas is an employee health management platform that incorporates data from health apps and provides a social community to encourage employee wellness. Founded in 2008 by the original Google Health chief,

Keas counts companies such as Wix, Target and Pandora as customers and will use the new funding to expand its reach

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Ifbyphone, a voice-based marketing startup headquartered in Chicago, has raised $30 million

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Ifbyphone, a voice-based marketing startup headquartered in Chicago, has raised $30 million in a Series E round led by NewSpring Capital with participation from return backers Apex Venture PartnersSSM PartnersOrigin Ventures, River City Capital Fundsi2A Illinois Accelerator Fund and Spring Mill Venture Partners.

Ifbyphone provides tools for marketers and salespeople to track, prioritize, and route incoming calls to improve customer experience.

Founded in 2005, Ifbyphone has raised $60 million to date and will use the latest cash to further develop its Voice360 platform and help fund the acquisition of competitor Mongoose Metrics

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Cheers To My Haters

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Synapse Synergy Group, Inc. is on the move…. over 24 Patents in Ten Months and still Kicking Ass!

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Ideas Do Change the World!

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“No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.” – Robin Williams (Film: Dead Poets Society)

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Microsoft, Dell EMM updates take aim at crowded market

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With new features on the way, Dell and Microsoft will vie for more EMM customers this fall. What will it take to bring them on board?

In the flourishing EMM market, new entrants must offer something substantial to enterprise customers or their products will get lost in the noise. Vendor heavyweights like Microsoft and Dell are no exception.

Microsoft and Dell have learned that name recognition will only get them so far as they fight for a share of the ever growing market.

To that end, Dell will introduce Dell Business Phone, an application for Apple iOS and Google Android devices for secure voice and texting as the latest version of its enterprise mobility management (EMM) tool. Included is Office 365 integration within email and Box for content collaboration within the Dell Mobile Workspace.

Vonage will provide the voice over IP technology for the Dell Business Phone, where end users can have a separate line on their smartphone solely for business use, no matter if the phone is corporate or employee-owned.

Dell EMM hasn’t seen significant adoption since its release earlier this year. The company said it’s currently “peaking close to four digits” for total EMM customers.

By comparison, VMware’s AirWatch claimed an EMM customer base of around 13,000.

Dell has the advantage of name recognition amongst hardware customers and the latest EMM release appears to target mid-market customers, who know Dell and may be willing to give its software a chance.

The additions should give Dell an opportunity to show off a broader software portfolio that could appeal to non-Dell hardware customers, said Maribel Lopez, analyst with Lopez Research in San Francisco.

Dell touted its new EMM features as being cloud-specific, including all of the Dell Mobile Workspace features like Box and Office 365 integrations and Dell Business Phone. That should also attract small and medium-sized customers who may be more likely to use the cloud than on-premises hardware due to cost, Lopez added.

“It’s a modular cloud and its multiple entities managed by one company,” she said.
Dell seeks its EMM “voice”

For Dell’s part, adding the voice feature through its Vonage partnership could attract customers in that mid-market range who aren’t locked into long-term contracts, Lopez said.

The opportunity may be there for customers looking to transition from one voice product to another, or if they’d like to have a more overarching, integrated portfolio around all things mobile, she added.

This concept alleviates the need for multiple phone numbers, said William Ho, principal analyst for 566 Ventures LLC, a consulting company based in Reston, Va.

“It’s about multiple identities on the phone,” Ho said.

The key, however, is how Dell and Vonage sell the product through its channels, Ho said.

With BYOD, Dell’s service may make it easier for companies to manage expenses for corporate calls, since they can all take place within the Dell Business Phone application. Questions about overages related to those calls could then be resolved if they’re happening solely within the app.

“This is a potential value add that nobody else is really thinking about right now,” Lopez said.

Dell’s new EMM iteration is currently being tested internally and will be available to customers in October. Four different prepackaged plans for Dell Business Phone with Vonage Business Solutions will start at $19.99 per month for up to 1,000 minutes and unlimited texting and no activation fee. A Windows Phone version is expected at a later date.
Microsoft challenges similar to Dell

Microsoft is also trying to gain a footing in the EMM market. The company combines products such as Windows Intune, Azure Active Directory Premium and Azure Rights Management Services.

http://searchconsumerization.techtarget.com/news/2240230467/Microsoft-Dell-EMM-updates-take-aim-at-crowded-market?

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34 Inspirational Wayne Dyer Quotes | Addicted 2 Success

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“Upon awakening, let the words Thank You flow from your lips, for this will remind you to begin your day with gratitude and compassion.” – Wayne Dyer

“Love is co-operation rather than competition.” – Wayne Dyer

“Doing what you love is the cornerstone of having abundance in your life.” – Wayne Dyer

Wayne Dyer is a highly respected motivational speaker, psychology and author who has inspired millions around the world over the last few decades.

Dr Wayne W Dyer’s words have echoed through social media channels and stereo systems for many years now and your self development library would almost be incomplete without a classic Wayne Dyer book on the shelf.

I have his “Change Your Thoughts” book and it played a pinnacle part in my success growing up.

If you haven’t already, make sure you watch, read and listen to Wayne Dyer’s material, and you won’t be let down.

Enjoy the following 34 Wayne Dyer Quotes and don’t forget to share them with your friends fans and followers.

http://addicted2success.com/quotes/34-wayne-dyer-quotes-that-will-inspire-success-in-you/

“What amazes me about everything I read by these motivational speakers on success, is that it’s all common-sense things I’ve known my entire life and was taught as a child, putting it all in practice on a daily basis is what’s difficult… ” – Jarrett Neil Ridlinghafer

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28 Inspirational Gary Vaynerchuk Quotes To Live By | Addicted 2 Success

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11 Inventions That Are So Absurd They Might Actually Be Genius

  1. This swingball-inspired hairdryer

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An Absolutely Gorgeous Purple Snail of Australia, Awe Inspiring!

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Motherhood: All love begins and ends there. – Robert Browning

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Motherhood: All love begins and ends there. –
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13 Critically Important Lessons from Over 50 Growth Hackers – Growth Hacking Asia

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I’ve had the incredible privilege of interviewing over 50 of the most-gifted growth hackers working today. People like Neil Patel, the co-founder of KISSmetrics; Ivan Kirigin, who helped Dropbox grow 12x; Elliot Shmukler, who helped LinkedIn grow from 20m-200m users; and of course, Josh Elman, who led growth at Twitter during its period of massive expansion. After spending countless hours conversing with the geniuses of growth, here are 13 things I’ve learned:

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What 46 Intelligent, Insightful & Truly Amazing People Taught Me About Success | Addicted 2 Success

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29) “I would tell myself to embrace learning as the gateway to your possibilities. Mindfully pursue all forms of learning – both formal and informal – as a life-long journey and document your insights along the way. Take time to reflect on your life’s vision and purpose and pivot and reinvent yourself as needed to realize your aspirations.” – Sophie Vlessing, Senior VP of Strategy and Innovation at Kaplan

30) “Base your life on integrity, character and accountability. Your destiny is what YOU make it. Live each day with courage. Take pride in your work. Always finish what you start. Do what has to be done. Be tough when you have to, but be fair. When you make a promise, keep it. Remember that some things aren’t for sale. Learn from your mistakes. When you’re wrong, admit it and move on.” – Frank Shankwitz, Founder of the Make-A-Wish Foundation and RippleEffect.org

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NASA Keeps Pushing the Boundaries of 3D Printing — Successfully if the Latest Test is Anything to Go By

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NASA just released video of a rocket being test fired that was constructed from some of the most complex 3D printed parts ever used. The rocket is being tested for their new heavy payload manned vehicle Space Launch System being developed to replace the now defunct Space Shuttle Program.

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rocket parts 3d printing NASA

NASA seems to really be on a 3D printing bender lately. While any company can potentially benefit from the lower costs, fast turn around and development of previously impossible complex parts involved with 3D printing and rapid prototyping, for NASA it’s actually vital to their survival. But businesses are driven by profit and financed with private funds. Because NASA has no profit motive and is financed entirely by the US government, they are under an incredible strain to produce an ever-increasing number of technological advancements for an ever decreasing amount of money.

NASA budgetThe general public tends to believe that as a government agency NASA has all of the money it could ever need to develop new rockets, in fact in a poll from 1997 many Americans incorrectly guessed that NASA required about 20% of the entire US budget. The reality is far more depressing, at the time NASA’s budget was only about 1% of the total US budget. Sadly, as of this year it’s fallen to a staggering low of 0.48%. NASA has been heavily exploring additive manufacturing because it really have no other options. Being able to reduce the costs involved with space flight is simply good for their budget.

When they decided to end the aging Space Shuttle program, the need for a replacement was obvious. However in a post recession world they needed to develop a program that would be considerably more cost-effective, and have a longer shelf life. While the Space Launch System (SLS) is controversial because it is more expensive to develop than other options, it is being designed to be highly adaptable to multiple types of missions. The SLS could be used for docking with the International Space Station all the way to facilitating a manned mission to Mars. An engine that powerful isn’t going to be cheap to develop, but laying a solid foundation that allows for future enhancement not simply replacement is necessary. Especially if the depressing trend of hemorrhaging federal funding continues.

NASA says that the 3D printed fuel injection system contained in the rocket that NASA just test fired at Alabama’s er is one of the most complex rocket engine parts ever designed. It was printed using a Selective Laser Melting (SLM) process that uses an extremely powerful laser to liquefy a very fine metal powder into highly complex and durable parts. The process has been used selectively by the automotive and aerospace industries for a few years now, however it has only recently been used for a new line of advanced rocket engines. According to the engineers who are developing the rocket’s injector had NASA attempted to manufacture it using traditional methods it would have required 163 separate parts, however the 3D printing process required the production of only two components. Not only is that going to drastically reduce the cost of development, but less individual parts reduces the chances of catastrophic failure.

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For the development of the injectors, NASA teamed up with two industrial 3D printing companies; Valencia, California’s Solid Concepts and Direct Manufacturing out of Austin, Texas, each producing a single prototype. The injectors are similar in design to the RS-25 engines on the original Space Shuttle that will need to be used for the first few SLS launches. It’s going to take four of the massive RS-25’s to get the SLS into low Earth orbit. Replacing an engine that large and complex isn’t going to be easy.

“One of our goals is to collaborate with a variety of companies and establish standards for this new manufacturing process,” Marshall’s propulsion engineer Jason Turpin explained. “We are working with industry to learn how to take advantage of additive manufacturing in every stage of space hardware construction from design to operations in space. We are applying everything we learn about making rocket engine components to the Space Launch System and other space hardware.”

rocket testfire 3d printing

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The test engines containing the 3D printed injectors were test fired for five seconds, each producing 20,000 pounds of thrust and reaching almost 6,000 degrees fahrenheit. Or really, really hot for our European readers. Here is a video of the rocket’s test fire

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nyveRd36FR8

When it comes to 3D printing, NASA is not messing around. Not only are they testing the feasibility of 3D printing their rocket engines, but they’re currently testing other less essential, but still vital components.

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NASA has always been a forward thinking organisation, not only in terms of technology, science and space exploration, but in terms of maintaining the safe and secure development of their various missions when their budgets are often treated as political footballs. Exploring 3D printing isn’t just about NASA using new technology that’s available to them, it is also pretty clearly about securing a future where NASA can do what it’s always done, launch big awesome machines into space, only now on a tighter budget.

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Largest Data Breach ever all of Home Depot’s 2,200 stores in the U.S. Involving credit and debit card data

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Home Depot breach could be largest

It looks like Home Depot may have earned the dubious distinction of being responsible for the biggest compromise ever involving credit and debit card data.

Security blogger Brian Krebs, who first reported the data breach Tuesday, updated his report today with new information gathered from the cyber underground.

According to Krebs, the data strongly suggests that a breach occurred at nearly all of Home Depot’s 2,200 stores in the U.S. Involving credit and debit card data. 

Krebs based his conclusion on a review of stolen credit and debit card data posted on an online store that sells such information. The site lists each card, along with the city, state and ZIP code of the card owner, as well as the store code where the data was stolen.

The data allows crooks that want to buy stolen card data to focus on credit and debit cards that are local to the area in which they operate, Krebs noted.

Crooks can create spoofed cards with the stolen data and use those cards to make fraudulent purchases from retail locations where the card is normally used. The tactic allows thieves to use stolen cards for a longer time without being detected by financial institutions. The same tactic was used with data stolen from Target last year.

“This information is extremely valuable to the crooks who are purchasing the stolen cards, for one simple reason: Banks will often block in-store card transactions on purchases that occur outside of the legitimate cardholder’s geographic region (particularly in the wake of a major breach),” Krebs wrote.

Krebs said he obtained a list of compromised cards that four banks have traced back to transactions at Home Depot. He then compared that list with a list of more than 3,000 stolen cards currently available for sale on the online store.

The cards that Krebs looked at were obtained from a total of 1,822 ZIP code areas around the country. Only 10 of those ZIP codes did not correspond to Home Depot store locations, he said.

Krebs noted than the card data he reviewed represents only a tiny fraction of the cards that are available for sale through the online store. But it is enough to suggest that those behind the breach have obtained card data from nearly every Home Depot location, he said.

“The banks I spoke with in reporting this story say the data they’re looking at suggests that the breach probably started in late April or early May. To put that in perspective, the Target breach impacted just shy of 1,800 stores, lasted for approximately three weeks, and resulted in the theft of roughly 40 million debit and credit card numbers.

“If a breach at Home Depot is confirmed, and if this analysis is correct, this breach could be much, much bigger than Target,” Krebs wrote.

Home Depot itself has so far not confirmed a data breach and has only said that it is investigating reports of “unusual activity” involving credit and debit cards used at its stores. It did not respond immediately to a request for comment on Krebs’ latest disclosures.

However, in a statement earlier Wednesday, the home improvement giant reassured customers that they would not be liable for any fraudulent charges on their cards if a breach occurred. “The financial institution that issued your card or Home Depot are responsible for those charges should we confirm a breach,” the company said. “If we confirm a breach, we will offer free identity protection services, including credit monitoring, to any potentially impacted customers.”

Several companies have reported data breaches in recent days, including grocery chain Supervalu, UPS Stores Inc. and Dairy Queen.

The breaches have highlighted escalating concerns over a point of sale (PoS) system malware tool dubbed “Backoff” that was used in the massive data heists at Target and others like Neiman Marcus and P.F. Chang’s.

According to federal law enforcement authorities, Backoff has infected PoS systems at around 1,000 retailers. Security firm Kaspersky Labs, which conducted its own research of the malware, believes the number could be much higher.

Since news of the potential breach went public Home Depot’s shares have fallen by over 3% from $93.11 at 11.00 ET Tuesday to $90.34 at 2.00 ET today. It is unclear though if that drop is the direct result of the breach news or other factors.

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Hootsuite launches social platform, raises $35 million

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By Tequia Burt 

Hootsuite is having a busy day. The company announced that it has acquired marketing services company BrightKit and has already integrated its technology to develop a new social marketing gamification platform. On top of that, The Wall Street Journal reported the Hootsuite has also snagged a $35 million investment.

Hootsuite wasted no time in launching a platform built from BrightKit’s technology. The platform, dubbed Hootsuite Campaigns, lets marketers create more than 13 types of different social contests, sweepstakes and galleries that are measurable across embeddable microsites, Facebook and mobile devices. It is integrated with Hootsuite’s central dashboard, so businesses can monitor campaigns, engage with customers and build lists from a single location.

“Organizations are looking for new and exciting ways to engage their audience,” said Ryan Holmes, CEO of Hootsuite, in a statement. “Hootsuite Campaigns extends our social marketing capabilities, allowing businesses to reach new audiences through engaging contests, sweepstakes and galleries, all managed from their Hootsuite dashboard.”

While financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed, the company took the opportunity to tout recent accomplishments, including passing the 10 million-plus users mark in more than 175 countries and landing multiple new enterprise customers across a range of industries. Hootsuite also now has more than 600 employees, which is massive growth considering it only had 250 two years ago.

All these moves must be impressing investors because the company landed $35 million from Fidelity Investments, according to the Journal. The financing gives Hootsuite an implied value of close to $800 million, up from about $725 million previously, the Journal said. The infusion of cash gets the company closer to its ultimate goal of going public, an anonymous source told the Journal.

“We’re seeing explosive growth across all regions,” Holmes said. “Our teams are focused on rolling out a number of new product offerings, have plans to open operations in Latin America, and will hire an additional 100-plus roles by the end of 2014.”

For more:
-See this and this Hootsuite blog post
-See this WSJ article

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Sprinklr to acquire Branderati, its third acquisition in six months

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By Tequia Burt

Sprinklr announced that it has acquired social services provider Branderati, which helps brands, agencies and publishers develop networks of influential advocates on Facebook, Twitter and other social channels. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“While many brands are experiencing less than 10 percent reach across their social platforms, with direct access to their advocate influencers, our clients have experienced as high as 68.5 percent social sharing engagement,” said Mark Curtis, CEO of Branderati, in a statement. “By integrating Branderati’s technology into the Sprinklr social relationship platform, we’re making advocacy a core part of the social stack and giving brands the power to organically recruit brand ambassadors and create scalable influencer programs.”

This is the company’s third acquisition in less than a year. Last month, it announced it would acquire TBG Digital, which helps enterprise brands buy Facebook and Twitter advertising. Earlier this year, Sprinklr acquired Dachis Group, which helps marketers organize and analyze the conversations surrounding their brand on social media, as well as identify important influencers.

These deals provide a peek into the rapid consolidation of marketing platforms in the industry as advertisers seek solutions that integrate disparate systems.

Sprinklr said the acquisition provides it with the ability to continue to build out a fully integrated, enterprise paid, owned and earned media solution. With Dachis, the company boosted its analytics capabilities, while TBG digital enabled it to add a social advertising component. With Branderati, Sprinklr integrates a tool to boost customer advocacy.

“With 92 percent of consumers now trusting recommendations from friends and family more than any form of advertising, advocacy now must take a more central role—not only in marketing but in the overall business strategy,” said Ragy Thomas, CEO of Sprinklr. “Branderati has unlocked the key to sustained brand advocacy at scale and having their technology and know-how on board will mean big things for our clients.”

For more:
-See this Sprinklr press release

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Salesforce ExactTarget revamps Journey Builder to help marketers track across channels, devices
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Sprinklr boosts social services with acquisition of Dachis Group

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LinkedIn boosts data privacy, security with three new tools

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LinkedIn announced it is introducing three tools to help boost its members’ data privacy and security.

“All of these changes are part of our commitment to put our members first,” said Madhu Gupta, head of security, privacy and customer service products at LinkedIn, in a blog post. “With these updates, we hope you can feel confident about who owns your content and data on LinkedIn: you.”

B2B marketers should be glad that LinkedIn, the best social network for reaching business professionals, is focused on reassuring its members of their data privacy and security. Marketers and advertisers, as well as the platforms they use like LinkedIn, have taken a beating in public opinion since the PRISM scandal.

The first new feature is one designed to let members know which computers or devices are logged into LinkedIn. On the settings page, users will find an option that displays a complete list of devices that they are logged on to. Members can manage and log off directly from this area.

Next, LinkedIn has given its members the ability to easily export all of their LinkedIn data. With just one click, users can see all the data LinkedIn has stored on your account, including your updates, activity, IP records and searches. “Your data on LinkedIn is yours and you should be able to access it,” Gupta said.

Finally, LinkedIn has added more information to the emails it sends when there are security related changes to a member’s account, such as a password change. “The added information gives you more insight into when and where the account change took place, including the date and time and details on the device the device the changes were made on, such as the browser it was running, the Operating System (OS), IP address and approximate physical location,” Gupta said.

The company said the tools are now being rolled out globally.

For more:
-See this LinkedIn blog post

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Since the last email, CrunchBase captured more than 37 rounds and $374 million in fundings… and the data keeps rolling in.

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Narrative, a San Francisco based startup, has raised $8 million

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Narrative, a Swedish camera startup, has raised $8 million in new funding led by Khosla Ventures with participation from existing investors True Ventures and Passion Capital.

Narrative provides a lightweight Narrative Clip camera designed to capture photos at set intervals so that users can record a sequence of photos to later search through and share.

Narrative previously raised over $550,000 on Kickstarter in 2012 and will use the latest venture funding to expand its team and open headquarters in San Francisco

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MetricStream, a provider of corporate compliance tools, has raised $60 million

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MetricStream, a provider of corporate governance and compliance tools headquartered in Palo Alto, has raised a $60 million Series D round led by Sageview Capital with participation from existing investors Goldman Sachs and Kaiser Permanente Ventures.

MetricStream helps companies ensure employee compliance with all regulations, providing software to handle audit, document, risk, and issue management issues.

Founded in 1999, MetricStream is now valued between $400 and $500 million and will use the cash to compete with other vendors in the governance, risk and compliance business

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DataStax, a database management company based in Austin, TX, has raised $106 million

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DataStax, a database management company based in Austin, TX, has raised $106 million in a Series E funding led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers with participation from ClearBridgeCross CreekWasatchPremjiInvest and Comcast Ventures along with previous backers Lightspeed Venture Partners and Scale Venture Partners.

DataStax is the commercial face of the open source Apache Cassandra database, offering enterprise support services and additional features on top of the free project for a fee.

Launched in 2010, DataStax has raised over $190 million to date and will use the latest round to continue expanding its teams and prepare for an IPO in the coming year

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Three-year study reveals U.S. offshore wind potential very promising

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By Barbara Vergetis Lundin 

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Electric power generated by wind resources has become an increasingly important part of the U.S. energy mix, with the majority of current production on land despite significant and accessible wind resources offshore, as well as significant technological developments for offshore wind production. In 2011, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) commissioned five organizations to coordinate and lead a study into the prospects of offshore wind energy production along coastal regions in the United States. The three-year “National Offshore Wind Energy Grid Interconnection Study” (NOWEGIS) has concluded — with promising results.

The NOWEGIS team — consisting of experts from Duke Energy, ABB, AWS Truepower, DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), and the University of Pittsburgh – Swanson School of Engineering — helped determine the expected staging of offshore wind development in each of the coastal regions, developed expected wind generation production profiles, assessed the applicability of integration study methods to offshore wind production and a variety of offshore wind collection and delivery technologies, and considered regulatory issues that may influence the selection of technologies or the implementation of systems.

They found that the United States has sufficient offshore wind energy resources to consider having at least 54 GW of offshore wind. While the study focused on the ability to integrate up to 54 GW of offshore wind into the U.S. grid by 2030, it found that resources are available for significantly larger amounts. The study estimates that the 54 GW of offshore wind could reduce national annual electricity production costs by approximately $7.68 billion, which corresponds to approximately $41/MWh of offshore wind added to the grid — a savings that can help justify the high initial investment costs.

Further, the research found that technologies exist for the interconnection of large amounts of wind energy to the grid, including technologies for both high-voltage AC and high-voltage DC systems that can be used to bring offshore wind generated electricity to the onshore grid, as well as some technologies that may also help alleviate congestion in the onshore system.

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– see the report 

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World’s Most Amazing Restaurants With a View

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Cuz’s Fish Shack, Barbados

The fish “cutter” sandwich is a Bajan obsession, and this decades-old clapboard hut on Carlisle Bay is the place to get hooked. Cuz’s kids now run the show, but the recipe is the same: pan-fried blue marlin, lettuce, tomato, pickles, fiery Scotch bonnet sauce, and cheddar cheese or a fried egg on a pillowy roll. Needham’s Point, Hastings; no phone$

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Coolest Floating Restaurants

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Coolest Floating Restaurants: La Piscina, Italy

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La Piscina, Italy

Venice’s central waterways are clogged with gondolas transporting tourists and honeymooners.

But stroll about 15 minutes from St. Mark’s Square, and you’ll come upon La Piscina, a restaurant complete with a dining area floating on the Giudecca Canal.

It’s just removed enough to provide a quiet, intimate setting for a meal. Savor the traditional Mediterranean and Venetian dishes, such as spaghetti vongole, wild boar, and ravioli with lagoon fish and asparagus

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Outages on Facebook, LinkedIn, PayPal, and other sites might point to BGP failures… Or NOT

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Users of eBay, PayPal, Facebook, Tumblr, LinkedIn, and the Apple iTunes Store, Mac App Store, and App Store vented their frustrations on social media when issues plagued the sites this week, mostly on September 3, 2014.
eBay and PayPal

eBay and its subsidiary PayPal experienced a protracted and somewhat puzzling outage on September 3, 2014. eBay users in the US, the UK, and India reported that they were unable to sign in to their accounts; they were informed that their password was incorrect, or found out that their account did not exist. Similar error messages were offered up at PayPal. Affected seller accounts with active listings were unable to sell items, and attempts by prospective buyers to view their items resulted in being redirected to search results for similar items.

Although some users reported no issues signing in to their accounts, others (mostly in the UK) were unable to access the website at all. The outage lasted approximately six hours.

This outage comes on the heels of another major outage on August 12, 2014, which was the 10th outage eBay has experienced this year. eBay suffered an attack in May 2014 in which email addresses, encrypted passwords, physical mailing addresses, and other personal information (excluding financial information) was compromised. The website was defaced temporarily.
Facebook

Facebook experienced an outage of approximately 15 minutes on September 3, 2014. Representatives from Facebook stated: “Earlier today we encountered an error while making an infrastructure configuration change that briefly made it difficult for people to access Facebook. We immediately discovered the issue and fixed it, and everyone should now be able to connect.”
Tumblr

In response to Facebook’s outage, the statement from the staff of Tumblr stated: “We thought Facebook’s outage today was pretty cool, so we wanted to have one too. They did 15 minutes, and we topped them with a full 20.”

According to the Tumblr staff, the culprit is: “Our primary data center’s connection to the internet was interrupted during routine maintenance, leaving Tumblr and all blogs briefly inaccessible. The issue was corrected, and our engineering team will be thoroughly reviewing these procedures.”
LinkedIn

Bloomberg reports that LinkedIn on September 3, 2014 faced unspecified issues with its website that “Our team is working hard to resolve.” This follows a protracted issue that left LinkedIn unavailable between August 15 and August 18, 2014, in several countries, on several ISPs, with difficult to pinpoint consistency in failures.
Apple iTunes Store, Mac App Store, and App Store

From approximately 5:30 PM to 11:00 PM on September 2, 2014, some users on the iTunes Store were unable to make purchases. Reports on Twitter indicate that some users of the Mac App Store were also unable to make purchases and were given the error message “This item is temporarily unavailable.” Issues were reported around the world. On September 4, 2014 some users were unable to access the App Store between approximately 3:30 and 6:45 PM, according to Apple’s system status page.
Conclusions

The official explanations from these companies about the failures being a result of botched “routine maintenance” sounds like a standard, non-technical catchall excuse to be trotted out in the event anything goes wrong.

The seemingly likely technical culprit behind these outages — considering the timeframe in which they happened, and the inconsistent results obtained from users throughout the world — is that at some level, a failure of Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) is to blame. BGP was widely attributed to outages that occurred on August 12, 2014 with the overflow of entries in the BGP table.

As a cursory overview, on a great deal of (slightly aged) networking hardware, the default size of the BGP table (i.e., the directions that tell routers what route to take) is 512,000 entries. Depending on the hardware presently deployed, the fix for this issue as it occurs can range from applying a patch and restarting a critical piece of networking hardware to buying new hardware and swapping it out. Due to the differences in hardware and system configurations on systems around the world, not all systems will fail simultaneously. However, unlike other issues such as IPv4 depletion, this issue has not been publicized enough that a great deal of preemptive measures have been taken to correct this issue.

I am not saying with absolute certainty that BGP is the culprit in these outages, but the pattern of multiple, independent partial failures in these cases, and the recurring nature of this type of failure in the past several weeks has a number of fingers pointing toward this conclusion.

By James Sanders

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Meet the shadowy tech brokers that deliver your data to the NSA

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Meet the shadowy tech brokers that deliver your data to the NSA

These so-called “trusted third-parties” may be the most important tech companies you’ve never heard of. ZDNet reveals how these companies work as middlemen or “brokers” of customer data between ISPs and phone companies, and the U.S. government.

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Apple’s iWatch meets payments: Disney’s MagicBand concept at scale

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Apple’s iWatch meets payments: Disney’s MagicBand concept at scale

Should Apple’s iWatch double as a payment system it could make checkouts at brick-and-mortar retailers easier. The wearable payment concept has already been proven to work by Disney’s MagicBand.

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Coriant settles optical patent dispute with Cheetah

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By Sean Buckley 

Coriant has resolved a patent dispute related to a Tellabs lawsuit with intellectual property owner Cheetah Omni that was pending in the Eastern District of Texas.

The dispute, which was filed against Coriant’s predecessor company Tellabs, involved U.S. Patents 6,940,647 and 6,856,459.

Cheetah sued Tellabs and five other vendors in July 2011 alleging that each defendant infringed certain patents.

Following two years of litigation, Coriant/Tellabs prevailed on its motion for summary judgment of non-infringement as to the ‘647 and ‘459 Patents, which Cheetah asserted against certain reconfigurable optical add drop multiplexer (ROADM) technologies within the 7100 series product line in February. When the summary judgment was entered, the court awarded Coriant/Tellabs $160,000 in costs.

However, Cheetah appealed the court’s decisions. Under a new settlement agreement that resolves the litigation, including the pending appeal, Coriant will be able to license Cheetah’s entire optical communication patent portfolio. Cheetah will also pay Coriant an unspecified amount. Other terms of the settlement were not revealed and were deemed confidential.  

Marlin Equity Partners acquired Tellabs in December 2013. Later in January 2014, the Tellabs packet optical portfolio was merged under the Coriant brand, while the Tellabs access product portfolio was established as an independent business.

Patent disputes between vendors and service providers have risen in recent years. AT&T (NYSE: Trecently sued Cox Communications, claiming the cable operator infringed upon a number of its patents related to everything from digital video recorders to IP voice service to broadband.

For more:
– see the release

Related articles:
Juniper, Coriant jointly achieve long-haul DWDM, router interoperability
Marlin to merge Tellabs, Coriant operations, separate access division
Sycamore rebrands as Coriant America

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Women in Wireline 2014: Female Leaders shaping telecom services, innovation, and policy

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Welcome to our fifth annual Women in Wireline feature, where FierceTelecom’s editors recognize important women executives in the wireline segment of the telecom industry. Since 2010, FierceTelecom has been honoring top women executives in the wireline segment of the telecom industry (take a look at our 2013 list, 2012 list, 2011 list and 2010 list.)

We profile women executives who are shaping the telecom industry with new services, driving innovation, and shaping telecom policy.

For much of its 100-plus year history, the telecom industry has been traditionally a male-dominated field, but there’s an increasing presence of women in high-level executive roles at the large telcos, vendors, and industry forums.

And it seems this trend is speeding up. Take Frontier Communications: Led by Maggie Wilderotter, a 2010 Women in Wireline honoree, four of the company’s top executives are women.

A similar trend is taking place at AT&T, where the service provider named public sector IT veteran Kay Kapoor as president of AT&T Government Solutions in 2013.

But the change isn’t isolated to carriers like AT&T (NYSE: T), Verizon (NYSE: VZ) and CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL)–we also list executives at top vendors, independent telcos, and even cable operators advancing into the business sector, such as Alcatel-Lucent, Ciena, and Comcast Business.

As we have noted in previous years, all of our honorees come from a diversity of backgrounds.

For example, Monika Mauer, who serves as Alcatel-Lucent’s COO and transformation leader for its Fixed Networks Division, taught physics and chemistry for three years as a high school teacher in Germany before beginning her 29-plus year tenure at the Paris, France-based vendor.

If you feel there are other women in the wireline industry segment who deserve to be recognized for their talents and industry influence, please let us know. –Sean

P.S. Also, I’d encourage you to take a look at my colleague Sue Marek’s top women in wireless feature.

By Sean Buckley

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Say hello to the next financial crisis courtesy of the dumbest new bill of the week: H.R. 5148

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Say hello to the next financial crisis

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September 5, 2014 
Santiago, Chile  

Say hello to the next financial crisis, brought to you courtesy of the dumbest new bill of the week: H.R. 5148: Access to Affordable Mortgages Act

Ordinarily whenever an individual wants to borrow money for a mortgage, the bank conducts due diligence… both on the borrower as well as the property.

It’s in the banks’ interest (as well as the banks’ depositors) to ensure that the property is at least worth as much as the amount being borrowed. Duh.

Congress doesn’t agree. Apparently when banks conduct property appraisals, that seems to unfairly discriminate against some segment of the population trying to buy crap properties.

And we certainly can’t have that going on in the Land of the Free.

So with HR 5148, Congress aims to exempt certain ‘higher-risk mortgages’ from property appraisal requirements.

Curiously, this legislation reverses several provisions in the 1968 ‘Truth in Lending Act’.

It’s as if Congress is now anti- Truth in Lending and pro- whatever the hell gets the money on the street.

And of course, all of this comes at a time when mortgage rates are still near their all-time lows.

You can borrow money to buy a home today at just 4%. That’s less than half the long-term average of 8.5%, and a fraction of the 16%+ people were stuck paying 30 years ago.

Isn’t paying 4% affordable enough? Nope. Not according to Congress.

So now they’re trying to engineer yet another financial crisis byencouraging banks and other lenders to exercise minimal due diligence on their mortgage portfolio.

This comes at a pivotal time. US banks are only now just barely starting to recapitalize after the early days of the financial crisis.

They’ve unloaded their toxic assets to the US government and Federal Reserve.

They’ve borrowed money at essentially 0% from the Fed and loaned it to the Treasury Department at interest (the mother of all scams).

After six years of these freebies and taxpayer-funded bailouts, bank balance sheets are only now starting to clear up.

So what does Congress do? They propose a new law to screw up bank balance sheets all over again.

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Walmart, Amazon, eBay top customer survey

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By Jacqueline Renfrow

Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN), Walmart (NYSE:WMT) and eBay (NASDAQ:EBAY) are among the top ranked online retailers in the eighth annual survey by Prosper Insight & Analytics. The survey qualified shoppers by age, income level and gender.

“These top retailers are still very much top of mind, but over the past year or so, consumers have grown more comfortable with online shopping in general,” Pam Goodfellow, principal analyst with Prosper told the National Retail Federation. As a result, shoppers are more inclined to try new online retailers than they have been in the past.

In a continuing trend, Amazon clocked in at No. 1 in the survey. More than 56 percent of respondents listed the company as their favorite. The online retailer has gone the extra mile to implement new programs to keep customers satisfied, including the recently expanded same-day delivery service to seven new cities with more than 1 million available items. The company also expanded Sunday delivery to 15 new cities in spring.

“Amazon.com has become almost a de facto search engine for a lot of consumers,” Goodfellow said, meaning many other big retailers will have to up their competitive edge to stay on task.

Walmart.com claimed the No. 2 spot, with 12.7 percent of the vote, followed by eBay at No. 3 with 6.3 percent of the vote. Kohl’s followed closely behind at No. 4 with 6.2 percent, and Best Buy wasn’t far afield either at No. 5 with 6.1 percent.

Zulily.com made the list for the first time at No. 21. Other newcomers include EddieBauer.com, No. 34; JCrew.com, No. 36; and Wayfair.com, No. 43.

Nine usual placeholders on the list who didn’t make it this year include retailers such as Coldwater Creek, Aeropostale and The Children’s Place—companies that have all seen a decline in sales in the most recent quarters.

The results of the survey varied by age group. Among millennials, Target edged out eBay for third place, and for Baby Boomers, Kohl’s ranked third.

In terms of income, Amazon captured the greatest share of consumer support with 58.9 percent of their customers averaging more than $50,000 a year.

And while men and women shopped almost equally at Amazon, 54.6 percent of females versus 43.5 percent males preferred Walmart, and 56.5 percent of males versus 43.5 percent of females preferred eBay.

For more:
-See this National Retail Federation article

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Amazon launches wearable technology store
Amazon launches Prime Pantry
New Amazon Fire takes aim at Apple
Amazon’s Vine.com relaunches as online grocer with a twist
Live app testing pits Amazon against Apple

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Only 5% of US shoppers buy on social media

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By Jacqueline Renfrow 

Only 5 percent of U.S. shoppers have ever made a purchase on a social media site, but 20 percent said they would consider it, according to a DigitasLBi study conducted online by Harris Poll.

Social commerce sales in the United States are expected to reach $14 billion by 2015. With this in mind, social media sites such as Twitter, Instagram and Facebook are ramping up their commerce capabilities. Twitter has been rumored to be testing e-commerce in its mobile settings and Facebook users spotted a “Buy Now” button on some brand pages.

“Our study reveals tremendous untapped potential for growth in social commerce, especially among younger consumers,” said Tony Weisman, CEO, DigitasLBi North America. “The 5 percent of Americans who have made a purchase on a social media site equates to around $14 billion in online retail revenue. If we can reach 20 percent, that figure scales to $56 billion. To activate that potential, brands and social networks need to provide social shopping experiences that meet the needs of consumers, including security around financial data, privacy, and a seamless buying process.”

What is holding consumers back? Of those surveyed, 42 percent said they would more likely shop on social media if they knew their credit card information was secure. Another 38 percent of consumers wanted to know that their purchases wouldn’t be shared; 33 percent wanted the purchase price to be under $25; 26 percent wanted to complete their transaction without leaving the social network; 24 percent wanted the ability to save payment information within the site.

It seems trust issues over financial security, though still a major concern, have lessened since 2012 when 55 percent of consumers were not comfortable using their credit card information on a social network.

The study reveals consumers ages 18 to 34 are three times more likely than consumers 35 or older to make a purchase on a social media platform. And 9 percent of those who have purchased on social media have a child under the age of 18.

These numbers all amount to one last important finding: 85 percent of consumers would rather make purchases using an online retailer than via social media, meaning the new e-commerce initiatives underway at Twitter, Facebook and Instagram will still need some serious leveraging.

For more:
See this DigitasLBi press release 

Related stories:
Social media leads to a surge in coupon searches
Amazon launches wearable technology store
Amazon launches Prime Pantry
New Amazon Fire takes aim at Apple
Amazon’s Vine.com relaunches as online grocer with a twist

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