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Amazon doesn’t eat its own DNS dogfood

Amazon.com uses domain name systems (DNS) from competitors instead of its own Amazon Web Services’ DNS named Route 53, according to a DNS tracking service.

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For tech companies, using your own products and services is called “eating your own dog food,” or some call it “drinking your own champagne.” Amazon does not do that, at least for its DNS.

The issue was recently raised on Twitter and was discussed on AWS forums more than a year ago. An AWS spokesperson declined to comment publicly on the issue.

According to a search on the website Kloth.net, which provides DNS lookups, Amazon.com uses Dyn and UltraDNS to host Amazon.com, two name-brand DNS services. Route 53 is Amazon Web Service’s DNS that is used frequently to connect incoming traffic to websites hosted on AWS.

Last year users in an AWS forum questioned why Amazon.com does not us Route 53. An AWS employee initially said he could not discuss the details of the internal network configurations within AWS. When the questioner asked if Route 53 is a viable platform and what deficiencies or lack of important features have caused Amazon to not use Route 53, an AWS employee provided a slightly more detailed response.

“This is a totally fair question and concern,” the AWS employee Ben@AWS wrote. “We believe Route 53 compares well against other leading DNS providers in terms of scalability, responsiveness, and fault tolerance.” At the time, he said Amazon was migrating DNS zones to Route 53 and said some Amazon services currently did use Route 53, including Elastic Beanstalk and Alexa.com (which is an Amazon company). He added that there are customers with comparable DNS load to Amazon.com that use Route 53, but he did not name them.

There could be a legitimate reason for Amazon not to use Route 53 though. One Twitter user came to AWS’s defense: “Always a good idea to separate your DNS from your infrastructure,” user Tim Nash wrote, noting that if Route 53 had an outage, it could bring down AWS and Amazon.com, potentially preventing the ecommerce site from working and preventing AWS from alerting customers of the downtime. So perhaps spreading DNS workloads out across multiple providers is a good idea. But, Kloth.net does not show Amazon using Route 53 at all.

Shawn Campbell, a DNS expert and systems administrator for Canadian tech reseller Scalar Decisions said he was surprised to learn that Amazon.com doesn’t use Route 53. He said UltraDNS is a leader in the DNS market and he described Route 53 as a competing, up-and-coming platform compared to other more established offerings. He said typically Route 53 is a good option for customers who have many other services hosted in AWS, so he questions how much Amazon.com is using AWS overall.

On the AWS Case Studies page there is only one mention of Amazon.com using AWS, which is the example of how Amazon.com migrated the tape backup of its Oracle databases to AWS Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3). While that’s not an exhaustive list, it is the only public example AWS cites of Amazon using its own cloud service.

By Brandon Butler

Tubes: A Journey to the Center of the Internet

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Okay, I admit that I’m a geek and have read numerous books on the history of IT and the Internet. Katie Hafner’s, Where Wizards Stay up Late, The Origins of the Internet, is a particular favorite of mine.

Along these lines, I just finished a book called, Tubes. A Journey to the Center of the Internet, by Andrew Blum, a Wired Magazine correspondent. Now Tubes does provide a bit of Internet history around the Arpanet project, BBN, the Interface Message Processor (IMP), and the original Internet node at UCLA but it takes the story in a different direction. Tubes goes on to look at the physical stuff like routers, cables, buildings, spinning disk drives, etc. – where they are, how they got there, who built them, and who manages them.

I can certainly relate to this book. Way back when during the Internet boom, I worked at a fly-by-night telecom startup named GiantLoop Network where I gained a bit knowledge about Internet pipes. Yup, I toured 111 8th Ave. in NYC (a massive telecom hotel now owned by Google) and Brooklyn’s MetroTech Center. My company also had relationships with a cast of Internet characters like AboveNet, ConEd Communications, Enron, Global Crossing, and Metromedia Fiber Network (MFN).

In this role, I got to talk the Internet talk for a while back in 2000, but Tubes helped fill in the blanks about all the stuff I didn’t know or hadn’t kept up with. For others who haven’t touched the bowels of the Internet, Tubes acts as a tour guide on major pieces of Internet infrastructure with commentary on how these pieces co-exist.

I won’t give away details, but here are a few tidbits I learned (or re-learned, I’m getting old) from this book:

Blum does a good job of describing how massive Internet connectivity came together during the boom of the 1990s. Remember Metropolitan Area Exchange (MAE) East, MAE-West, and the Palo Alto Internet Exchange (PAIX)? The book provides a good description of their development (In recounting the story of PAIX, Blum refers to Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) as: “one of Silicon Valley’s oldest and most venerable computer companies.” Yes, PAIX was a valley-based institution, but as Blum has probably heard dozens of times since his book’s publication, Digital belonged to Ken Olsen and his fellow New England Yankees in places like Maynard, MA).
Blum set off to visit some of the biggest Internet exchanges, specifically in Frankfurt and Amsterdam. In this chapter, he does a good job at not only describing the technology aspects of each but also how these exchanges fit into their city’s geography, history, and culture. Later in the book, Blum takes the reader through a similar stroll through the telecom hotels in lower Manhattan, dragging the reader through subway conduits, telecommunications history, wire pulling in the streets of Manhattan, and into the fiber optic/Internet present. Finally, Blum follows the path of undersea fiber to places like Porthcurno (Cornwall England), Lisbon, and the U.S. Atlantic coast. He also describe the people and processes involved in picking these routes, deploying the fiber, and then connecting them to continental networks by the sea.
The book concludes with visits to massive data centers in areas like The Dalles (Google) and Prineville (Facebook) Oregon. In this chapter, Blum also meets with Microsoft executives and digs into how and why certain data center locations are chosen. Blum goes from tour guide to editorial contributor here, describing his Orwellian experience with the PR/legal-centric Google data center folks and a contrasting episode with surprisingly transparent Facebook personnel.

No, this isn’t a text book with deep technical descriptions. Rather it reads like a picaresque novel of one man’s journey for knowledge. Kind of an amalgamation of Homer’s Odyssey and a BGP routing table. Blum keeps asking questions, recounting history, and uncovering facts. As he gains knowledge, he brings the reader along for the ride.

I play in part of a rock n’ roll cover band here in Massachusetts with a few of my buddies from town. A few years ago, I learned that some of the ancient monitors we include in our sound system were actually used at Woodstock. I have no idea if this is true but it’s a great story and it gave me an emotional connection to the history of rock. My guess is that through his journey and book publication, Blum established a similar bond with the Internet infrastructure. This sense of joy and empathy comes shining through in Tubes, making it a fun read for geeks like me who never run out of questions to ask.

By Jon Oltsik

Company to demonstrate ‘Active Shooter Detection System’ in Massachusetts school

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Company to demonstrate ‘Active Shooter Detection System’ in Massachusetts school

DARPA-inspired technology that promises to detect gunshots in a school, alert authorities and help first responders locate the shooter will be demonstrated this afternoon for civilian officials and members of law enforcement gathered in Methuen, Mass.

That the name of the school where this will happen, reportedly the first in the nation to be so equipped, isn’t being made public says a lot about the plague this technology is designed to address.

From a story on Boston.com:

Mayor Stephen Zanni, Schools Superintendent Judith Scannell, Police Chief Joseph Solomon and Congresswoman Nikki Tsongas are among those who were expected to be on hand, along with police chiefs and police officers from across the northeast.  The demonstration will simulate an active shooter in a school building and show how police would respond using the new technology.

The ‘‘Guardian Active Shooter Detection System’’ is triggered by the sounds of gunfire, sending an alert to police within seconds. Then, using smoke alarm-sized sensors installed throughout the school’s classrooms and hallways, it can transmit audio recordings in real time, so that emergency responders can track the shooter and monitor other developments before, during and after the person enters the building.

The company touting this technology, Shooter Detection Systems of Rowley, Mass., claims it produces “close to zero false alerts.” How close to zero that proves to be will likely be important.

The company has a six-minute marketing video that is predictably alarmist.

Will such a system actually help?

Methuen Police Chief Solomon seems convinced, having earlier told CNN: “What we always find is that seconds count … I want to go right to the target, because if I can stop or mitigate the target, I can stop the carnage.”

Call me skeptical. “Seconds count” sounds an awful lot like “if it saves just one life,” which gets used too often to defend public-safety and zero-tolerance practices that are more about appearing to do something than actually doing something.

However, it wasn’t that long ago that I would have dismissed technology like this out of hand, as I did the ever-more-common school lockdown procedures. Not anymore.

By Paul McNamara

Intel doubles capacity of its data center SSD | Network World

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Intel doubles capacity of its data center SSD | Network World

Intel today announced upgrades to its Solid-State Drive DC S3500 Series of products that now offer up to 1.6TB of capacity, double what the previous generation had.

Intel also announced it has boosted the capacity of its M.2 form factor flash expansion card so that it can be used as a mass storage device and not simply a client boot drive.

The new S3500 M.2 expansion card comes in 80GB, 120GB and 340GB models.

“We do have customers asking for higher capacity on drives and we were able to accommodate it,” said David Ackerson, an Intel data center product line manager.

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Intel’s S3500 2.5-in. form factor SSD now comes in capacities of up to 1.6TB.
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Intel added to the M.2 card the same features that it had previously only offered in larger form factor SSDs, such as hardware-based AES 256-bit encryption and power loss protection.

“In addition to [acting as a boot drive], we expect M.2 will appeal to traditional server manufacturers that plan to offer smaller form factor servers. The S3500 M.2 provides data center performance in a small, sleek form factor to meet the needs of boot and traditional server applications,” Ackerson said.

The M.2 card could also be used as mass storage for digital signage, ATMs and other types of customer-facing devices such as digital slot machines, Ackerson added.

The M.2 flash card has a sequential read/write performance of up to 500MBps and 460MBps, respectively and a random performance of 67,000 read I/Os per second (IOPS) and 8,300 write IOPS.

“Basically, you’re getting all the performance of the 2.5-in. drive in a new form factor,” Ackerson said. The S3500 SSD also comes in a 1.8-in. form factor.

The new 2.5-in. S3500 SSD models have a top performance of 75,000 read IOPS and 18,500 write IOPS.

Up to 19% of Intel’s M.2 flash card is overprovisioned to increase write speeds; up to 10% of the new 2.5-in. SSD is used for the same purpose. The flash drives also have from 256MB to 1GB of DRAM depending on their overall flash capacity.

Intel’s latest S3500 2.5-in form factor SSD comes in two new capacities, 1.2TB and 1.6TB. Previously, the drive was available with up to 800GB of capacity.

The S3500 series SSDs can sustain up to three full drive writes per day — 880TB in writes over a lifetime. They have a 2-million hours mean time between failures rating, according to Intel. Both the 2.5-in. and the M.2 S3500 SSDs come with five-year warranties.

Intel also upgraded its NAND flash controller with additional I/O paths to address the higher density products.

Intel has set its recommended customer pricing for the 2.5-in. S3500 SSD at $1,099 for the 1.2TB version and $1,444 for the 1.6TB drive. The M.2 card will sell for $99 for 80GB, $124 for 120GB and $314 for 340GB.

This story, “Intel doubles capacity of its data center SSD” was originally published by Computerworld.

By Lucas Mearian

Microsoft’s Bing predicted midterm election with 95% accuracy

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Microsoft’s Bing predicted midterm election with 95% accuracy

We think of Microsoft’s Bing as a search engine, but there is a lot more to it than that. For example, I’ve found its translation service to be very good, more accurate than Google’s, especially with Asian languages. The translations aren’t perfect but they give me a better idea of what is being said than Google Translate.

Well, Bing has another hidden gem: Bing Predicts. Using a secret analytics tool Microsoft isn’t about to disclose, it has been used to predict NFL games and was nearly flawless in its predictions for the World Cup this past summer.

Now that the dust has settled from the elections, Bing Predict has won out again with a 95% accuracy rate in calling the House, Senate, and Governor’s races. It got 34 out of 35 Senate races correct, 419 out of 435 House seats correct, and 33 out of 36 Governor’s races correct. That’s a better prediction rate than even Nate Silver’s lauded FiveThirtyEight blog.

If you are one of the few with a Windows Phone that has Cortana, the digital assistant is powered by Bing Predict, so you can ask questions to Cortana and she might have an answer for you.

Now, here’s a real challenge. It predicts “Duck Dynasty” teen star Sadie Robertson will win this season’s “Dancing With The Stars,” which would go completely against all the momentum for former “Fresh Prince of Bel Air” star Alfonso Ribero, the favorite to win. It also predicts the Indianapolis Colts have a 67% chance of beating my beloved New England Patriots this Sunday, to which I say phooey.

By Andy Patrizio

WireLurker malware threatens to destroy a key Apple advantage

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WireLurker malware threatens to destroy a key Apple advantage.

Deserved or not, Apple’s Macintosh and iOS operating systems have long enjoyed a reputation as being largely immune to the kind of virus and other malware problems that have plagued Windows—and to a lesser extant Android—over the years.

Looked at objectively, that reputation has some basis in fact, especially on the tightly controlled iOS side, and also benefits from Apple being a far less lucrative target for criminals than Windows. With iOS’s worldwide popularity and Macintosh’s rising market share, however, the security pressure on Apple has never been higher.

So while the new WireLurker malware does not yet appear to have attacked Apple users outside of China, its very existence could threaten that extremely valuable reputation. Apart from any actual damage WireLurker or other malware might to do Apple systems, the more immediate danger is that significant numbers of Apple users might lose confidence in the relative security of their devices.

That’s already starting to happen, as media outlets sound the alarm and try to put the threat in perspective. Competitors and their supporters, meanwhile, are only too happy to try to pop Apple’s veneer of security.

That’s why it’s so essential that Apple come up with a credible, proactive response to WireLurker before it makes a dent in security for users of non-jailbroken phones who haven’t visited the compromised app story in China.

WireLurker is far from the first threat to Apple security, of course (see Apple’s iWorm fix still leaves major hole). But so far the threats haven’t been significant enough to change perceptions or behavior.

If that changes and Apple was to lose the perception of increased security, it wouldn’t kill the company. After all, ongoing security issues didn’t kill Windows or Android. But it would remove a key competitive advantage that helps burnish the Apple brand and allows it to be successful even when competitors offer similar features first or at lower prices.

Will WireLurker change behavior?

I’ve long worried that the world is waiting for the first widespread mobile security breach. I honestly don’t think that WireLurker will turn out to be that incident. But that’s not really the question.

The issue is whether WireLurker will turn out be the moment when Apple users no longer feel invulnerable to malware and start seriously worrying about the kind of anti-virus and other anti-malware countermeasures that users of other platforms take for granted.

For example, every corporate Windows PC I’ve ever used had anti-virus and other security software installed. Macs? Not so much. Even the conservative Fortune 500 companies I’ve worked for don’t routinely equip Macs, much less iPhones and iPads, with anti-malware solutions. And I’m pretty confident that’s the case for most people reading this as well. Having to add that hassle, expense, and performance overhead to Macs—and to iOS—would be a real drag.

I’m hoping it’s not necessary just because of WireLurker. But I’m resigned to the likelihood that no matter what Apple does now, something will make it happen sooner rather than later. At that point, all we’ll be able to say about Apple’s long, charmed run on the security front is, “it was nice while it lasted.”

By Fredric Paul

Pi, translated: The evolution of Raspberry Pi

 

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Pi, translated: The evolution of Raspberry Pi | Network World.

A brief history of Pi

The Raspberry Pi has been the object of a great deal of nerdy affection since its initial release in 2012. A mousetrap-sized, self-contained single-board computer, the Pi is designed to serve as both an educational tool and a handy option for hobbyists – who have turned it into, well,pretty much anything you can think of. Here’s a look back through the brief but illustrious history of the Pi.

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How the FCC “THINKS” it can justify regulating U.S. internet

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Throwing his full weight behind net neutrality, President Obama released a statement yesterday supporting the regulation of an open internet. The President’s statement didn’t have the same impact of Last Week Tonight’s John Oliver’s net neutrality rant, which ultimately broke the Federal Communications Commission’s website. But the President was heard and will bring the net neutrality discussion back to regulating an open internet.

See also: Obama’s net neutrality proclamation won’t help solve the problem

Comparing worldwide internet speeds with those in the U.S. and South Korea, home to a government-regulated internet, bolsters the President’s argument. Beginning in 1981, advanced telecommunications became a pillar in the Korean government’s educational and economic plans. Charged with modernizing telecommunications, the Korean Telecommunications Authority replaced the slow-moving South Korean Post and Telecom Ministry’s bureaucracy. South Korea made the information superhighway the core of an urgent economic restructuring, turning smoke-stack industries into an information technology economy that would compete with the rest of Asia. The results of South Korea’s choices of policy and competition are clear.

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Understanding the background of net neutrality, which is often described as tearfully boring, isn’t the exclusive domain of policy analysts and regulators. Here’s the short form version, explaining the tall poles holding up the tent of net neutrality.

When Congress passed the Telecommunications Act of 1996, it deregulated telecommunications and created a virtuous cycle of innovations. The act failed at providing much choice for residential internet access. Susan Crawford, a visiting professor at Harvard Law School, said in a recent interview with NPR:

“for at least 77% of the country, your only choice for a high-capacity, high-speed Internet connection is your local cable monopoly.”

In 2010, when ISPs started to exercise their choke-hold to demand payments to create a fast lane for content providers like Netflix, the FCC issued its Open Internet Order that created net neutrality rules, which prohibited Internet service providers from blocking content and prioritizing certain kinds of traffic.

Verizon challenged the order and won on appeal before the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia in January of this year. The court didn’t stop at striking down the FCC’s Open Internet Order, but clarified how the FCC could regulate an open internet under two provisions of the act.

Now, this gets a little wonky. The court interpreted Section 706 of the act to give the FCC the authority to “encourage the deployment on a reasonable and timely basis of advanced telecommunications capability to all Americans…Contrary to Verizon’s arguments, we believe the Commission has reasonably interpreted section 706(b) to empower it to take steps to accelerate broadband deployment if and when it determines that such deployment is not ‘reasonable and timely.'”

This can be compared to telephone universal service, promoting telephone service for all Americans. However, the decline in American leadership in broadband isn’t encouraging about the FCC’s ability to encourage unregulated ISPs to build out broadband comparable to what can be found elsewhere across the globe.

The President recommends an alternative to the weak authority of Section 706, regulating the internet using Title II of the act. It’s analogous to the way electric utilities are regulated. Electricity, an essential service in everyone’s’ lives, delivered through utilities that hold monopoly positions are regulated because consumers don’t have an alternative if the utility raises prices unreasonably. Electric utilities are managed to produce a fixed return on investment. If a utility wants to raise prices to cover the increased cost of improved services, the utility’s plan and ROI consistency must win regulatory approval.

Verizon and other internet access providers have a monopoly in 77% of the U.S., according to Crawford. Therefore, the FCC could choose to regulate internet access providers. The justification is that, without price competition or regulation, the internet access providers can increase prices without investing in improved service. The cost of internet access to consumers in the U.S. proves that the act failed to spark a virtuous cycle of internet innovation.

The Open Technology Institute’s October policy paper reports that internet access costs American consumers 25% more than their European counterparts for equivalent services. It also points out what could be possible. South Korea’s KDDI delivers 1 Gbps for just $30 per month, and Google delivers the same capacity in selected U.S. markets for $70 per month, a price that was considered shockingly low in the U.S. when Google introduced it.

The President can’t order the FCC to act, though. It gets its funding and oversight from Congress, and any new open internet rules must be voted on by its board of five commissioners, consisting of three Democrats and two Republicans. But the decline in the country’s internet ranking and its high cost to consumers, an urgent issue, warrants the President bringing regulation to the forefront in the discussion.

By Steven Max Patterson

 

Commentary by Jarrett Neil Ridlinghafer Follows:

Just because South Korea which is NOT AMERICA (Thank God) has the fastest Internet….THAT’s This guys Argument for Justifiying the Federal Government Takeover of the Internet? Let’s look at just how GREAT they Feds are at managing ANYTHING:

1. The US Postal Service, 100 Million A Month in the Negative and No Sign of it EVER making money or even breaking even…..

2. The Congressional Bank….CLosed due to so many bounced Personal Checks by Congressmen and women it went Bankrupt

3. Fanny Mae – Billions in Debt and Bailed out yet still in debt….

4. The Senate (Controlled By the Democrat Party)- NO BUDGET SUBMITTED (Much less passed) In 4 Years

5. The Supposed Housing Crisis and Supposed “Bank Bailout Crisis” both staged by the feds…like they believe they really faked the US Citizens out as they all lined their own pockets and repaid Political Debts with our hard-earned money

6. The VA where just last month a retired marine blew his brains out in front of his local VA Hospital because they refused to give him Pain Killers he required to stay sane…..

These are the people we want controlling the Internet which, with Nanotechnology, robotics, Cloud and Smarthome technology will have access to EVERYTHING AND EVERYONE?

 

FORGET IT!!! KEEP THE FREE ENTERPRISE AND BUSINESSES IN CHARGE AND LET THE FCC REGULATE MONOPOLISTIC BEHAVIOR PROPERLY! Rework the Monopoly laws with common-sense rules and then maybe we wouldn’t even be having this argument today!

U.S. sets sights on 300 Petaflop supercomputer

WASHINGTON — U.S. officials Friday announced plans to spend $325 million on two new supercomputers, one of which may eventually be built to support 300 petaflops, faster than any supercomputer running today.

The U.S. Department of Energy, the major funder of supercomputers used for scientific research, wants to have the two systems – each with a base speed of 150 petaflops – possibly running by 2017. Going beyond the base speed to reach 300 petaflops will take additional government approvals.

If the world stands still, the U.S. may conceivably regain the lead in supercomputing speed from China with these new systems. But how adequate this planned investment will look three years from now is a question.

The DOE also announced another $100 million in “extreme” supercomputing research spending.

The funding was announced at a press conference at the U.S. Capitol attended by lawmakers from both parties. But the lawmakers weren’t reading from the same script as U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz when it came to assessing the U.S.’s place in the supercomputing world.

Moniz said the awards for the two systems, which will be built at the DOE’s Oak Ridge and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories, “will ensure the United States retains global leadership in supercomputing.”

But Rep. Chuck Fleischmann (R-Tenn.) put U.S. leadership in the past tense. “Supercomputing is one of those things that we can step up and lead the world again,” he said. The Oak Ridge lab is located in his state.

And Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.), whose state is home to the Argonne National Laboratory, said the U.S. lead “is being challenged by other countries,” and pointed out that the U.S. has dropped from having 291 supercomputers in the Top500 list to 233.

“Our technology lead is not assured,” said Rep. Bill Foster (D-Ill.), who lamented the movement of computer chip manufacturing to overseas locales.

In an interview, Foster said he believes there is good bipartisan support for supercomputing research, but the research may face a problem if GOP budget proposals in the House slash science funding by double-digit percentages.

It’s “going to be very hard to defend supercomputing budgets if you’re facing that sort of cut across all of science,” Foster said.

The U.S. leads the world in supercomputing in terms of the dominance of its vendors, research capability and, as Lipinski pointed out, in the overall number of systems in the top 500, but not in speed.

China has the top-ranked system, the Tianhe-2, at about 34 petaflops, and Japan and Europe have major investments underway in this area. (A petaflop is 1,000 teraflops, or 1 quadrillion floating-point operations per second. An exascale system is 1,000 petaflops.)

the Titan, despite using the same amount of power.

The new system to be built  at the Lawrence Livermore in California will known as Sierra.

These systems will use IBM Power CPUs and Nvidia’s Volta GPU, the name of the chip still in development.

Bill Dally, chief scientist at Nvidia, said in an interview that the GPUs will provide 90% of the compute capability on the new DOE machines. The improvement in power efficiency involved getting rid of overhead, including logic operations not directly involved with computation. Nvidia also looked at the data movement and focused on architectures to improve efficiency, such as colocating processes and minimizing the distance in which the data has to move.

Dally said chip efficiency will have to improve by a factor of 10 to get to exascale performance levels, but he believes that’s possible with this architecture. “We have enough things on our target list,” he said, referring to possible changes in the chip design.

The DOE announcement was made on the eve of next week’s supercomputing conference in New Orleans.

Moniz said supercomputing leadership is about not only the speed of the computer, but also how one matches and integrates that with the algorithms and software. And in that area, the U.S. has the deepest experience, he said, adding “we will sustain that leadership.”

By Patrick Thibodeau

This story, “U.S. sets sights on 300 petaflop supercomputer” was originally published by Computerworld.

Google’s super-secret process for finding potential employees


Early on in "The Matrix," Neo wakes up sitting in his desk chair to see a prompt on his PC monitor – "follow the white rabbit" – that ultimately leads him to the man he’d wanted to work with. Judging by a series of discussions on Hacker News, Google may be employing similar tactics.

Some programmers have reported receiving a prompt on their screen while browsing information on Python programming that invites them to Google Foobar, where they can solve difficult coding problems. No one can log into the site unless they’ve logged in before, suggesting that it’s an invite-only page. Here’s how a Hacker News userdescribed his invitation:

I was Googling some Python topic when my search results page suddenly split in the middle with some text saying something to the effect of "You speak our language, would you like to take a test?", linking to http://www.google.com/foobar/ .

I followed it and was led to a pseudo-shell, where I then found some coding problems. I can return to the page to continue working on them.

The discussion on Hacker News quickly turned to Google’s ambitions with the project. Many speculate that it’s an automated way to crowdsource potential employees through its search engine. Those who browse enough advanced information relating to the kind of programming Google is looking for might be a good fit, so why not devise a tool that reaches out to them? The coding tests can simply weed out those who might not be skilled enough, and could potentially uncover a "Good Will Hunting" kind of genius just waiting to solve a math problem on a chalk board.

Of course, some were skeptical and even annoyed at a Google tactic that appears to rely on large-scale monitoring of search results. But one Hacker News user who hinted at being a Google employee suggested that everybody relax:

Disclaimer: my opinions are my own and not representing those of my employer or co-workers. I have no direct relationship to this project and haven’t looked it up internally.

Has it occurred to any of you that we might do these things for sheer fun, because doing that is not only allowed but celebrated?

The Daily Dot has already covered this and the discussion is spreading to Reddit, so Google searches for Python information will probably spike in the next few days. Sure, you could always just find Google’s job listings the old-fashioned way, but wouldn’t it be more fun to see if your search habits make you seem smart enough for a job offer?

Big-Data Wars: Technology could tip the mid-term elections

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After John Kerry lost a very winnable election in 2004, Democrats were worried that Republicans had gained an almost insurmountable lead in both technology and data analysis.“Progressive technology infrastructure was born in 2004, when we got our teeth kicked in,” says Bryan Whitaker, COO of the NGP VAN, a privately held company that offers technology-based services to Democratic candidates.

“Back in 2004, we had no counter to the right’s consistent messaging machine. Fox News, talk radio, Drudge, etc. put out consistent, never-ending messages, and the left didn’t have a viable response to that,” he says. “As we investigated ways to catch up, one thing we realized we should focus on is figuring out how to build up better grassroots efforts.

The most persuasive way to influence someone is through person-to-person interactions, but how do you do that effectively, especially in off-year elections?”

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NFC chip implants: First Apple, now this guy

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Dangerous Things Dangerous Things’ $99 13.56MHz ISO14443A & NFC Type 2 NTAG216 RFID chipset It’s hard to steal Apple’s thunder on anything these days, but a self-professed “body modification” enthusiast might have done just that: He’s had an NFC chip implanted in his hand. Apple’s near field communications (NFC) chip in its new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones pales by comparison, no? Those phone chips lay the groundwork for the new Apple Pay mobile payments technology made available with the arrival of iOS 8.1 this week.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here…
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Xen Project discloses serious vulnerability that impacts virtualized servers | Network World

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Funny, since I’ve been telling clients this for years…

http://www.networkworld.com/article/2690613/xen-project-discloses-serious-vulnerability-that-impacts-virtualized-servers.html?

A visual history of Netscape Navigator

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This week marks the 20th anniversary of the release of Netscape Navigator, the venerable web browser that unquestionably helped popularize the World Wide Web in an immeasurable way. Developed by Jim Clark and Marc Andreesen, Netscape Navigator was a revolutionary piece of software that fundamentally changed the way the masses used and accessed the Internet.

These days, Netscape is nothing more than a memory, having been discontinued and replaced in the market by familiar names like Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Safari.

To help commemorate an incredible milestone in the history of the Internet, here is a visual history of the Netscape web browser, from its early beginnings to its untimely death at the hands of AOL.

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Mars gets close encounter with a comet

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The Red Planet will entertain an uninvited guest this weekend in the form a comet moving at 126,000 mph through its space in the universe. Scientists say the comet called Sliding Spring, will not hit the planet, nor the spacecraft currently orbiting Mars. Just to be safe though, NASA says it will alter the orbits on its spacecraft to make sure they are behind Mars when the comet flies by. All of the instruments however will be pointed at the comet and some interesting new details on comets should be gleaned from the pass. Here’s what’s out there:
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46% of consumers will holiday shop before November

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By Jacqueline Renfrow

Nearly half of consumers, 46 percent, plan to start their holiday shopping before November and one in four plans to have it all completed by Black Friday, according to the latest RetailMeNot “Shoppers Trend Report.”

The survey, conducted in partnership with The Omnibus Company, also revealed that 15 percent of shoppers pick up holiday gifts over the course of the year to spread out the cost.

“These findings reflect the shift we’ve seen over the past few years toward an extended holiday shopping season,” said Trae Bodge, senior lifestyle editor for The Real Deal by RetailMeNot. “Where Black Friday used to be the kickoff to the holiday shopping season, it’s now close to the finish line for many consumers who’ve started taking advantage of deals earlier in the season and throughout the year. However, the ‘Five Days of Savings’ (Thanksgiving to Cyber Monday) still represents a meaningful part of the holiday shopping season, both in-store and online, as we see retailers continue to deepen their discounts on RetailMeNot during this period.”

With more consumers headed to stores early, retailers are responding by opening their stores on Thanksgiving Day. In addition, brands are readying their e-commerce sites. Retailers are expecting a big increase in online sales, 86 percent in year-over-year holiday sales, according to a ChannelAdvisor multichannel e-commerce study.

One in three consumers believes stores opening on Thanksgiving Day means those who have to work on Black Friday will get to partake in great sales. And about 22 percent of those surveyed saw the turkey day openings as something fun to do with the family. Finally, one in five see Thanksgiving as a way to get even better deals than on Black Friday.

Whatever day consumers plan to shop, the discounts will have to be worthy. According to a new report from PwC and Strategy&, as many as 72 percent of consumers believe the economic environment is the same or worse than last year. Therefore, 84 percent plan to spend the same or less money than in 2013.

Bodge also predicted some trends for Black Friday this year, including the need for retailers to release strong offers throughout the “Five Days of Savings.” Another trend is staggering deals to prevent overly hectic shopping days. In addition, more retailers will offer price matching. And finally, retailers will offer incentives to join their loyalty programs.

Despite on-going deals, the three most popular shopping days will still be Black Friday, 36 percent, Cyber Monday, 32 percent, and Thanksgiving Day, 25 percent.

Costco partners with Alibaba to sell in China

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By Jacqueline Renfrow

Costco (NASDAQ:COSTCO) is entering the Chinese market for the first time through a partnership with e-commerce giant Alibaba. The Washington-based warehouse company has opened a store on T-Mall, an online marketplace run by Alibaba.

The store will sell the usual Costco products including baby goods, beauty items, dietary supplements and household products, reported Forbes. All orders will mail directly from the United States to consumers’ doorsteps over the course of five to 20 days.

T-mall offers virtual store fronts and payment portals to merchants and the warehouses abroad would help cut logistics costs and delivery time, reported Reuters.

One reason Costco chose to enter the market is China’s new desire for imported and quality food. In a time of food safety issues, the country is looking to the United States because of its healthier track record.

“Costco sees tremendous growth opportunities in China, especially in light of Chinese consumers’ increasing appetite for imported products,” Jim Murphy, Costco’s executive VP, said in a statement.

Costco’s competition will include Yhd.com, the online supermarket half owned by Walmart, and Sam’s Club plans to expand on the 10 brick-and-mortar stores it already has in China. The company also owns 19 stores in Japan and 10 each in Taiwan and Korea through majority-owned subsidiaries, reported Reuters.

The announcement came on after the company reported a net income of $697 million in the latest quarter, up from $617 million last year.

Costco joins the growing list of retailers who have signed on this year to partner with Alibaba’s T-Mall including Zara’s parent company Inditex, which a few weeks ago turned over partial control of its e-commerce site to Alibaba.

Alibaba’s presence in the United States is growing, as the company went public in the U.S. market last month at a record $68 a share.

For more:
-See this Forbes article
-See this Reuters article

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Amazon to open holiday pop-up stores

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By Jacqueline Renfrow

Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) will open retail stores in San Francisco and Sacramento as early as next week. One holiday pop-up store will be located in the Westfield San Francisco Centre in downtown San Francisco, reported GeekWire. The exact location of the Sacramento store has not yet been confirmed.

“We’re excited to open new pop-up kiosks in San Francisco and Sacramento in time for the holidays so that customers can try out our new devices,” a spokeswoman told GeekWire. “The team is moving incredibly quickly–already this year we’ve launched Fire TV, Fire phone, new Fire tablets, new Kindle e-readers, and a bunch of new features and services. While customers can already see our products online and at retailers like Best Buy and Staples, we wanted to provide another option to try out our full line-up leading into the holidays.”

Amazon had experimented with physical retail through automated vending machines for its Kindle e-readers and Kindle Fire tablets. The company has also tested the installation of lockers in other retailers’ stores.

According to the source, there is no commitment to build any other pop-ups at this time.

Last week, Amazon announced it would open a physical store in Manhattan. Unlike that store—which is rumored to serve as a pick-up location and mini-warehouse—the San Francisco and Sacramento stores will showcase Amazon brand products like the Kindle and Fire smartphone.

The timing of the physical store opening is significant as Amazon and other retailers prepare for the busiest shopping season of the year. This fall, Amazon has launched several new initiatives for the holiday season, including the introduction of #AmazonWishList, which allows shoppers to add items directly to their Amazon Wish List without leaving their Twitter page.

For more:
-See this GeekWire article

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Google expands same-day delivery, offers annual membership

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By Jacqueline Renfrow

Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) announced it would expand its Shopping Express—now called simply Express—platform to three new cities: Chicago, Boston and Washington, D.C. The same-day delivery will now be available to 7 million new customers.

Google Express offers groceries, office supplies and household goods from local retailers, including Target (NYSE: TGT), Whole Foods (NASDAQ: WFM), Costco (NASDAQ: COST), Office Depot (NYSE: ODP) and Walgreens (NYSE: WAG). While the service started in the Northern California area, in spring it rolled out in Manhattan and west Los Angeles.

“With Google Express, the company is looking to establish a direct relationship with consumers,” said Vishwa Chandra, a principal in the retail practice of A.T. Kearney, a global management consulting firm. “While initially complementary to brick-and-mortar retailers’ desire to have an omnichannel offering, they still run the risk of being disintermediated in the medium term as Google gains a better understanding of consumer needs and is able to be more directive of their purchases. At the end of the day, Google is an insights company. Google Express puts them right in the middle of customers’ shopping behavior–and how they can monetize it is based on their ability to directly influence what people spend their money on, and where they spend it.”

It seems the competition is heating up between Google and Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN), which also announced the expansion of its same-day delivery option within days of Google’s announcement last spring. Now Google has also introduced a membership program, similar to Amazon’s Prime.

Google members will receive free same-day or overnight delivery on orders over $15, first dibs on delivery windows, and shared membership with a household member.

In addition, Google announced it added 16 more merchants, national and local, over the last few months, including 1-800-Flowers, Barnes & Noble, Nine West, PetSmart, Vitamin Shoppe and Sports Authority.

Membership costs $95 a year or $10 a month. New shoppers can try the first three months of membership for free. Without membership, each order costs shoppers $4.99.

For more:
-See this Google blog

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FiberLight taps Ciena’s platforms for South Florida optical overlay build-out

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By Sean Buckley

FiberLight has employed Ciena’s 6500 converged packet optical platform and 5160 Service Aggregation switch for an optical network overbuild of its South Florida network, a move it says will enable it to better respond to higher speed requirements from its mix of business and wholesale customers.

Running from North Palm Beach to Doral, the network upgrade will affect 70 percent of FiberLight’s South Florida network.

Upon completion later this month, the upgraded core network will connect to nearly every data center in the region and will feature DWDM-based nodes and Ethernet aggregation switches at six data centers in Miami, including the NAP of the Americas, two Equinix locations, Miami Data Vault, QTS and Peak 10.

Each of the Ciena platforms will serve distinct roles in this network overlay.

The 6500 platform will enable FiberLight to deploy wavelength connectivity across data centers in the Miami region at speeds ranging from 10G through 100G.

Meanwhile, Ciena’s 5160 Service Aggregation Switch, which includes OneControl Unified Management System for faster service turn-up and end-to-end visibility, will deliver business services such as Ethernet.

“The 6500 platform is perfect for the growth of our core backbone and it offers the range of services and scalability for all of our existing as well as our new customers primarily in the data center areas of the South Florida region, which is a key point of focus for FiberLight,” said Jeff Chapman, executive vice president of engineering services for FiberLight, in an interview with FierceTelecom.

Providing traditional connectivity services is just part of this network build. Chapman said the new platforms and the overlay network build will enable it to support new service capabilities, such as bandwidth on demand and extending services to smaller businesses.

“Being with Ciena, we could focus on the core systems and where to deliver not only the most versatile platform, but also something that maximizes and improves our operational efficiency by providing such things as bandwidth on demand and local platforms of services throughout the market,” Chapman said. “One of our troubled areas was the Palm Beach area, which we have now gotten on the core network and it gives us connectivity down to the NAP of the Americas in order to get the bigger bandwidth opportunities not only from the data carriers there, but also from small and medium enterprises as well.”

For more:
– see the release

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Read more about: data center, Fiberlight

Zayo, Netflix partner on Florida Internet Exchange

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By Sue Marek

Zayo’s zColo division is teaming with Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX)  to sponsor and house FL-IX, a non-profit peering group that will serve the southeastern U.S. and Latin America. Besides Netflix and Zayo, FL-IX’s other members include Akamai, CloudFlaire and Host.Net. These members are all actively seeking peering partnerships.

Zayo’s zColo division will provide the space, power and underlying network connectivity for FL-IX while Netflix will provide the switching equipment and other technology necessary to run the exchange.

A Netflix executive said in a statement that the company is committed to the Open IX model that provides greater options for exchanging traffic. “The Miami market needs more connectivity alternatives to NAP of the Americas and we anticipate FL-IX will be well received by many major content and network providers. The FL-IX exchange should also enable emerging providers to participate in this cost effective peering community,” said Dave Temkin, director of network architecture and strategy at Netflix.

Zayo has been expanding lately. Last month the company launched Tranzact, a platform that will allow enterprise customers or resellers the ability to order bandwidth services. Customers that use the service can shop from and purchase from over 70,000 global locations and buy bandwidth services in two minutes or less. Given the diverse needs of each customer, they can also search by building, location type, data centers and cloud providers.

For more:
– see this press release

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Read more about: Netflix, FI-IX

FirstLight Fiber wraps its G4 Communications acquisition

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By Sean Buckley

FirstLight has put the finishing touches on its acquisition of all of New Hampshire-based G4 Communications’ assets, including its entire customer base and its Manchester, N.H.-based data center.

Similar to its earlier acquisitions, the G4 acquisition is about scaling FirstLight’s network reach, including data centers. By acquiring G4, FirsLight now operates five data center facilities (three facilities located in New Hampshire, one in Vermont and one in New York).

“The G4 assets, paired with FirstLight’s existing network and capabilities, strengthen our presence in New Hampshire and will translate to higher quality service and support for our customers,” said Kurt Van Wagenen, president and CEO of FirstLight, in a release. “The transaction benefits leading enterprises throughout New Hampshire, including healthcare organizations, financial institutions, government agencies and educational institutions.”

But the deal also has implications for G4’s existing customer base. By becoming part of FiberLight, G4’s existing business and carrier customers will be able to get access to more locations in other Northeast regions, including Vermont, upstate New York and even Canada.   

Besides the expanded reach, customers will be able to get access to FirstLight’s own facilities-based fiber network, meaning they can ensure a better experience since they can control the network. Before being purchased by FirstLight, G4’s customer connections were created by deploying its own routers and switches and renting local loops from the local ILEC FairPoint.

For more:
– see the release

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CenturyLink, Frontier say 10/1 Mbps is coming to rural areas

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By Sean Buckley

CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) and Frontier Communications say in a joint filing that the second phase of the FCC’s Connect America Fund (CAF-II) should support the regulator’s 10/1 proposed broadband definition in all rural areas they serve today.

“If 10/1 is the new standard then all high-cost areas lacking 10/1 service today should be eligible for support,” CenturyLink and Frontier wrote in their joint filing.

By ensuring support for 10/1 Mbps in rural areas, the FCC would be able through CAF-II to serve another 500,000 customer locations and all rural areas would be “treated equally.” The two service providers said that “ignoring high cost areas that lack 10/1 service would mean stranding these customers with substandard broadband at a time when FCC is calling for higher speeds across the nation.”

Both service providers point out that they have continually expanded the reach and speeds of their broadband networks.

CenturyLink offers 12 Mbps DSL-based broadband service to 55 percent of customers and 40 Mbps to 25 percent of its customers.

Likewise, Frontier provided broadband services to 92 percent of its legacy rural markets when it acquired Verizon’s assets in 2010, which had only 60 percent availability at that time. Today, Frontier said it can offer 6 Mbps to 83 percent of its customers, 12 Mbps to 75 percent of customers, and 20 Mbps or higher to 54 percent of its customers.

CenturyLink and Frontier accepted CAF-I funding to expand services into hard-to-reach areas.

CenturyLink initially only accepted $35 million of the $90 million CAF I funding it was eligible for in 2012 because it said that the $775 per household restriction the FCC imposed in the CAF-I rules would not work.

Frontier accepted $71.9 million in CAF-I funding, which it will use to upgrade facilities in its territory to provide broadband DSL service to an additional 92,876 households.

Although the CAF-I funding program helped both CenturyLink and Frontier expand broadband into more high-cost areas, both point out that the FCC needs to get the issues with the CAF-II program resolved so service providers can get services to more rural customers.

“The delay in CAF Phase II implementation has cost the entire nation as millions of Americans remain without broadband because the support has not been distributed,” CenturyLink and Frontier wrote in the filing.

These two carriers’ concerns about implementing the CAF-II funds have gotten support from over 40 members of Congress, which asked the FCC in September to give service providers the flexibility they need to deploy high-speed broadband connections to more hard-to-reach communities.

For more:
– see the FCC filing (.pdf)

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Read more about: FCC, FCCs Connect America Fund CAFII

Cisco Advises Users to Lockdown Webex to Prevent Snooping

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Cisco has warned customers to lock down WebEx after a security researcher and journalist found many big-name companies left some online meetings open for anyone to join.

Brian Krebs wrote on his blog that he found companies and organizations that failed to password protect WebEx meetings, which allowed “anyone to join daily meetings about apparently internal discussions and planning sessions.

”Meeting schedules for organizations were available through WebEx’s “Event Center,” he wrote.Cisco has a variety of options for WebEx that are intended to accommodate sensitive meetings and ones intended for the public.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
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Argentina: You won’t believe what law the government just passed

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October 14, 2014
Buenos Aires, Argentina

In the pantheon of utter political stupidity in our time, the competition is pretty fierce to see who ranks #1.

But I have to imagine that, even with so many rivals, Argentina’s Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner makes a pretty compelling argument to be the champion.

And though the productive class of Argentina is no stranger to being vilified by a populist government whose grasp on power rests on praising the dignity of poverty, Cristina has managed to take things to an entirely new level.

Exhibit A: Argentina’s new ‘supply law’, or Ley de Abastecimiento, due to take effect in December next year.

Under this new law, the government will have the honorable burden of defending consumers from greedy producers.

Companies are now prohibited from setting their prices too high, generating too much profit, or producing too little.

And unlike the country’s astronomically high taxes (which at least have defined numbers and penalties), the new supply law doesn’t even say what is meant by too high, too many, or too little.

It simply reinforces the government’s unchecked power to arbitrarily audit, fine, shut down, and expropriate production of private companies.

Argentina’s government has already been maintaining “voluntary” price controls on over 400 consumer products for the past year, all in the name of combating the inflation that they themselves created.

And as any high school economics student can tell you, price controls create… SHORTAGES. Duh.

Needless to say, local production of these staple consumer products has dropped as a result of price controls. And given the pitiful state of the peso, they’re too expensive to import.

And anyone who can actually get their hands on these products—sugar, cooking oil, canned fruits, cleaning products, etc. often strolls across the land borders into Paraguay and Brazil where they are sold at competitive market prices.

Argentina’s new law of clamping down supply-side control echoes Venezuela’s 2011 “Fair Price and Cost Law”, which instead of reigning in inflation has reduced the Bolivarian state to the continent’s preeminent example of failure.

Throngs of Venezuelans now line up around the block for days to buy single-ply toilet paper at a “fair” price. Argentina is not far behind.

This isn’t even about the country being “leftist” or “socialist”.

What has destroyed the country is not the high taxes or government waste (although that certainly doesn’t help). Argentina shoots itself in the foot by passing laws that call into question legal certainty and basic property rights.

All of this exacerbates unquantifiable country risk and the inability for businesses and individuals to plan ahead—in any environment.

If you think Argentina is an aberration, think again.

Just as Argentina used to be one of the richest places in the world and Buenos Aires competed with New York for the brightest and most talented minds on the planet, many Western countries are going down the same road.

They create absurd and confiscatory tax systems and regulations. They condemn companies who have a fiduciary responsibility to their shareholders – not governments – and follow THEIR OWN LAWS to legally minimize their tax obligations.

The seize, steal, kill and regulate every aspect of our private and economic lives. And they even have to resort to such comical measures as in Europe where they now count illegal activities such as spending on drugs and prostitutes as part of the GDP to maintain the illusion of economic growth.

All this uncertainty pushes people and businesses out the door. No one wants to deal with long-term stability issues when the next debt-ceiling debacle is always just around the corner, and when you have to look out for any number of three-letter agencies to reprimand you for doing business.

Argentina is a sign of things to come. Are you willing to wait for when your government decides that your profits are too high?

 
Until tomorrow,
 
Simon Black
Senior Editor, SovereignMan.com

Microsoft presents new approach to keep cloud data secure – Misco.co.uk

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Researchers at Microsoft have developed a new approach to keep critical data and applications secure in the cloud. They’re calling it “Haven,” Tech World reports.

Haven works by cordoning off data and applications in memory away from the underlying infrastructure. It employs a technique called “shielded execution,” which protects the program and associated data from the platform on which they run, including the cloud provider’s operating system, administrative software, firmware and any other software supporting the application.

Haven will also provide extra protection not offered by existing techniques. It runs on commodity operating systems and works with any legacy application, say Microsoft researchers Andrew Baumann, Marcus Peinado and Galen Hunt who presented the approach at the USENIX Symposium on Operating Systems Design and Implementation in the US state of Colorado last week.

The approach exploits two new technologies: Intel’s Software Guard Extensions (SGX), a set of CPU instructions for setting aside private areas in memory, and Microsoft’s own Drawbridge technology, an experimental virtual container that can offer secure sandboxing of applications. Using the processor as a part of the security setup has met with approval from other security professionals.

The added security will help increase cloud adoption, say the researchers, by helping enterprises feel more comfortable using the cloud for mission-essential data and applications.

Read more:
http://www.misco.co.uk/blog/news/02367/microsoft-presents-new-approach-to-keep-cloud-data-secure

Map-D, a startup headquartered in San Francisco, has raised $1.5 million

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Map-D, a data analytics visualization startup headquartered in San Francisco, has raised $1.5 million in seed funding from Google Ventures, Nvidia, and some unnamed angel investors.

Map-D has created a platform that can query, analyze and visualize billions of data points in milliseconds to support graphics-intensive maps, charts, and other big data visualizations.

Created in 2013 as a solution to visualize large amounts of Twitter data in the Middle East, Map-D will use the funding to back product development and a commercial release later this year

Checkr, a startup, has raised $9 million

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Checkr, a startup that provides background checks for potential hires, has raised $9 million in a Series A round led by Accel Partners with participation from Khosla Ventures, SV Angel, Data Collective and Google Ventures along with a handful of angel investors.

Checkr has built a platform that connects to companies’ hiring systems to automatically run background checks and deliver reports as an API in two days or less.
An August Y Combinator grad, Checkr currently runs more than 500 reports per day and will use the new cash to drive U.S. expansion

Loggly, headquartered in San Francisco, has raised $15 million

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in a Series C round led by Harmony Partners with participation from existing investors Matrix Partners, Trinity Ventures, Cisco, Data Collective and True Ventures.

Loggly helps enterprise customers isolate and solve operational problems faster by simplifying log management in the cloud.

Founded in 2009, Loggly has raised nearly $34 million to date and will use the new financing to scale and back the release of new product capabilities in the coming months.

How City Regulations May Steal One Little Girl’s Present From the Make-A-Wish Foundation

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We assume that everyone, including government officials, exercise common sense when making decisions. Maybe not.

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John Oliver Video Explains How Police Can Sadly…Legally Seize Your Property without Any Cause at Anytime

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What started off as a measure to hurt drug kingpins and their criminal empires by confiscation of their property has morphed into an often abused law enforcement tactic that harms blameless citizens.

http://dailysignal.com/2014/10/10/hilarious-john-oliver-video-explains-police-can-legally-seize-property/

Positivity breeds positivity, It’s how you ask the question

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“Preacher, preacher can I smoke while I’m praying?” Answer: no. “Preacher, preacher can I pray whilst I’m smoking?” Answer: Of course you can…

It’s HOW the question is phrased, not necessarily the question itself.

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New Broadcom Ethernet switch chip first to offer 3.2Tbps & 25GbE in every channel

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Broadcom Corp. launched a new set of Ethernet switch chips with two-and-a-half times the throughput of its Trident II chips and a deeper level of programmability for SDN cloud environments.

The new StrataXGS Tomahawk chips ratchet up the already heated competition in the network switch chip market, which barely even existed a few years ago when network hardware vendors simply used proprietary ASICs.

In recent weeks Cavium, unveiled its Xpliant switch chips, which upped the ante on both throughput and chip programmability. Meanwhile, this year Intel has reworked its x86 processors to handle virtual network loads and developed new Ethernet switch silicon.

The network switching race is centered on both speed a new level of programmability that supports automation and dynamic provisioning in cloud networks. Broadcom was the first merchant silicon provider to address both of these needs with its Trident II chips, which can now be found in many large enterprise data center network switches.

The new Tomahawk Ethernet switch chips are not meant to replace the Trident II chips. Instead they aim for the cloud with higher throughput that both matches Cavium’s Xpliant chips and far surpasses the Trident II
  
Broadcom’s new Tomahawk Ethernet chips offer super speed, switch-level packet flow analytics and dynamic policy control to enhance cloud network performance, but they’ve got plenty of competition.

The new chips deliver up to 3.2 Tbps of switching capacity and are the first to enable 25 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) connectivity at every port. Tomahawk chips can support switches with 32 ports of 100 GbE, 64 ports of 40 or 50GbE or 128 ports of 25 Gbe. Broadcom is part of a consortium of vendors developing 25 and 50 GbE technology and pushing the IEEE to consider new Ethernet standards.

“Today, if you look at top-of-rack switches based on 10 and 40 Gigabit Ethernet, we’ve maxed out front panel density on a 1U switch. You can get between 32 and 36 QSFP ports in the front panel of a 1U switch, so if we stick with 10 gigabit data planes, we are stuck,” said Bob Wheeler, principal analyst at The Linley Group. “Broadcom is enabling you to move each lane port from 10 gigabits per lane to 25 gigabits per lane, which is 2.5 times the bandwidth out of that same 1U switch.” 

http://searchsdn.techtarget.com/news/2240231774/New-Broadcom-Ethernet-switch-chip-fine-tunes-the-cloud

With Android L, Google means business…

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By focusing on two key areas — security and a wholly integrated hardware-software ecosystem — Google will elevate its Android platform into an enterprise-class contender against iOS.

http://www.infoworld.com/article/2690908/android/android-l-google-means-business.html?source=IFWNLE_nlt_mobilehdwr_2014-10-06#tk.rss_mobiletechnology

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).”

Read more below:
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.

Read more…

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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

Jarrett Neil Ridlinghafer
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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

Read more…
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

Read more about: AAGSubmarine CableVietnam Posts And Telecommunications Group VNPT

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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:
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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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Jarrett Neil Ridlinghafer
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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

Read more about: AT&TDirecTVacquisition

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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’

Read more about: Comcast

Jarrett Neil Ridlinghafer
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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

Read more about: Bash bug

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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

Jarrett Neil Ridlinghafer
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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

Read more about: NordstromCanadian Store

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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

Jarrett Neil Ridlinghafer
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Synapse Synergy Group, Inc.
“Virtual Think-Tank|Incubator|Accelerator”
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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

Read more about: Facebook

Jarrett Neil Ridlinghafer
Founder & CEO
Synapse Synergy Group, Inc.
“Virtual Think-Tank|Incubator|Accelerator”
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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 

http://www.networkworld.com/article/2687953/security0/bigger-than-heartbleed-shellshock-flaw-leaves-os-x-linux-more-open-to-attack.html?source=NWWNLE_nlt_afterdark_2014-09-25#tk.rss_all

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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.
http://www.westernjournalism.com/marine-lost-3-limbs-overseas-town-will-bring-tears-eyes/

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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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http://tgtechno.com/nanotechnologyzone/index.php/news/research-news/2827-magnetic-field-opens-and-closes-nanovesicle

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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.

http://tgtechno.com/nanotechnologyzone/index.php/news/research-news/2826-aibn-to-roll-out-super-computer

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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.

http://raconteur.net/fighting-fraud-2014?utm_source=F5%20GoSocial&utm_medium=Arrow&utm_campaign=F5%20GoSocial

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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

Read more about: liberty global

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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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By Michael Molitch

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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

http://tgtechno.com/nanotechnologyzone/index.php/news/research-news/2685-nanoparticles-increase-thermal-resistance-of-polymers

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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.”

http://time.com/3223327/the-10-rules-you-need-to-communicate-effectively/?utm_content=buffer6801f&utm_medium=social&utm_source=linkedin.com&utm_campaign=buffer

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