Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer has previously conceded that one of the Redmond, Washington, company’s big missteps was that it didn’t initially invest in building its own Internet search technology, relying instead on a vendor to provide MSN’s search results.
“I take our customer and prospective customer privacy VERY seriously. This is no small issue for us,” T-Mobile’s CEO John Legere wrote in a statement. “Obviously I am incredibly angry about this data breach and we will institute a thorough review of our relationship with Experian, but right now my top concern and first focus is assisting any and all consumers affected.”
Several iVillage message boards referred to the glitch and contained messages from irate members.
The move by the New York Department of Financial Services follows the opening of a U.S. Department of Justice investigation of Lending Club, whose chief executive, Renaud Laplanche, was forced out last week after an internal probe found the company had falsified documentation when selling a package of loans.
What’s more, Rothenberg had no experience building or running a content studio, and the early days of River Studios were marked by a series of rookie mishaps. River Studios’ first contract was a project with Birchbox, a subscription home delivery service for lifestyle goods. The studio would produce VR content for the studio’s own app and give away a VR-viewing cardboard phone holder in Birchbox boxes. Yet the team lacked competency on the new equipment, spending weeks filming only to end up with useless footage, says one person on the project. They had to ask Triggar to bail them out and complete the project. Rothenberg has a different take on this, saying that River Studios helped Triggar because it created work for the company. In general, Rothenberg wanted to work with big names over big paychecks, says one former River Studios worker: “We’d pick the sexier projects over the paying ones.”
“You can sue Equifax, try suing the SEC,” Wright said. “It should be as easy to hold someone in government as accountable as they want to hold the private sector.”
PP: It’s incredible. Saturn’s the best, but right now as we do this in 2009, Saturn is on the opposite side of the solar system from us, so it’s near the sun, it’s really far away. Plus its rings are almost edge on. It’s really cool scientifically when the rings are edge on. Cassini is returning unbelievable pictures, I just wrote about one today, in fact. But when you look at it through a telescope and you want to see these big glorious rings and you see Saturn the planet with this line across it, you’re like, dude, I got ripped off! So it’ll be months, years actually, before they’re tipped all the way open again. It’s still really cool to do that. Planets are always the best because you can see moons and little discs.
“Ping cup”? Sounds to me like beer pong, sport of kings. This kind of reminds me of how Nintendo’s Club House Games featured the card games “Asshole” and “Bullshit,” only they were renamed to “President” and “I Doubt It.”
Konami and Midway E3 Lineup [Bit Blog]
Where’s My Water? isn’t brand-new, but it’s recently gotten some updated levels and I finally gave it a shot to see what all the fuss was about. Swampy is a cute little alligator who just wants to take a shower — but his shower is broken. So your job is to get the water to his shower, but that’s easier said than done. You use your finger to dig away dirt, allowing water to flow through. As you progress through the game, things get trickier: there is moss which will absorb the water and grow bigger; poison which kills the moss but will also turn the water into poison; green goo which eats through dirt and explodes if it encounters poison. There are gates and spigots and sprays that can be triggered and moved.
That may sound like a paradox. Bitcoin is the world’s most popular digital currency, and it’s controlled by a vast collection of computers spread across the internet. But TradeFortress knows what he’s talking about. He’s the founder of inputs.io, a company that used to store bitcoins in digital wallets for people across the globe. The site was just hacked, with the bandits making off with more than a million dollars’ worth of bitcoins.
Responding to our coverage of a biological tweak that prevented highly stressed, junk food-eating mice from getting fat, Wired Science reader Wesley Hein gave me a well-deserved scolding for ignoring the context of the research:
As part of the campaign, major automakers will be contacting their employees and retirees, asking them to reach out to their members of Congress, a spokeswoman for the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers said.
“It will definitely impact my life,” said 43-year-old event planner Rimi Char, who users the app at least once a week. “I have got used to the ease and cost effectiveness of using Uber and I’ve always had positive experiences.”
Babbitt backs out: Any TV interview that irks a Cabinet secretary so much that he tears off his microphone and stomps out of the room has got to be worth watching.
Vodafone owns significant stakes in many cell-phone companies around the world, including the largest wireless carrier in the United States, Verizon Wireless.
The issue is far from cut and dried. McCain and Feingold agree that websites and e-mail communications should be exempted from strict rules, but they want the FEC to consider including messages that may be the “functional equivalent” of radio and television broadcasts such as messages transmitted over the Internet to a TV set.
Cap My iPhone? Try This Instead, AT&T [Wired Epicenter]
Would-be campers will have to qualify to participate in the camp by demonstrating their skills in several challenges, which will be held on a “Honeypot” network owned by White Hat Technologies. Honeypots are typically decoy systems that are set up specifically so that security experts can secretly observe hacker activities.
Jami—who previously built large-scale computing systems at Netflix and was part of the Yahoo team that spawned various big-data systems, such as Hadoop—says he is developing a storage layer that can merge separate learning models. A deep neural network that lets robots “see” things or grasp objects, for instance, can dovetail with another system that examines the relationship between different types of objects.
Roku began operating in 2002 and launched the first Roku product in 2008. It became known to consumers as the maker of internet-connected boxes that hooked up to TVs and streamed video from services such as Netflix. In 2014, Roku considered an IPO, but the plans were shelved as it was beginning to transition toward generating more revenue from streaming. The company spent the next few years effecting that shift. Some money managers said the diversification is one reason they are considering the offering.
The entire book is a conversation between the robots, which means it can be a lot of fun for you and your pre-schooler (or two of your kids) to each be a robot and take turns reading lines. Because each robot’s line is additive and based on his costume change, after just a few reads, even a younger child who can’t read the words can look at the pictures and participate. Bedtime for my three- and six-year-old now sounds like this:
Surviving the zombie apocalypse is all about prepared. What about the Mayan apocalypse predicted for December 21? It’s all about being prepared. Actually, surviving any kind of apocalypse or natural disaster is about being prepared.
To help you understand what the scale really means, they have a handy tool to show you how the crowd level translates into ride times. For example, on a level one day at the Magic Kingdom, Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin’s wait time is estimated to be around 10 minutes. On a level 10 day, that same ride has an estimated 38 minutes or longer wait.
Cervantes: We sat down with a clean sheet of paper and we really started redesigning the product from scratch. The single sentence answer is good engineering practices. We bring a wealth of engineering expertise and we have some of the best engineers in the world working on the Solidoodle. I’m an aerospace engineer myself and I bring a lot of that expertise. I used to design jet engine hardware and a lot of those principles and concepts are very applicable to the Solidoodle. First and foremost, I’m a hardware guy. Also, so I have the undergrad in engineering and after my time working on engines I went back and got a master’s degree in business with a focus on supply chain management. So how do we source, how do we build a supply chain to support very high volume manufacturing at affordable cost while still maintaining quality. I’m really combining my engineering background with my supply chain background to create a tightly integrated package to produce a great machine at an affordable price. Coupled with my experience in the 3D printing industry, I’ve worked for two different 3D printing companies and learned a lot there. So now I’ve decided to take a fresh look at what a 3D printer really is. Let’s work hard to eliminate the waste in the 3D printing process, make it durable, easy to use, and most of all, affordable so we can put these in the hands of as many people as possible.
The move underscores how Amazon is racing to be the top player in voice-controlled computing, after losing out in mobile to Apple and Alphabet Inc’s Google.
The largest e-commerce company said it intended to create “HQ2”, a headquarters that would be a “full equal” to its Seattle office, Chief Executive Jeff Bezos said in a statement. The company wants a metropolitan area of more than a million people with an international airport, good education and mass transit.
At Toy Fair this year, we learned at the last-minute that the Tegu Truck needed to have less than 1/8 tank of gas per fire code if we wanted to use it in our display. So, we quickly drove it back outside the Javits center and made circles around the block, revving the engine at stoplights to try to drain the fuel tank before we had to be back inside and they locked the building. It was nerve-wracking, to say the least.
Although authorities wouldn’t provide any details about the arrest, saying they didn’t want to give information that would reveal the location of the surveillance camera that spotted the suspects, it’s presumed that the arrest was the result of a citizen report.
Prior to the news from the FBI investors were celebrating a slight uptick in U.S. economic growth. Third-quarter GDP rose 2.9%, the fastest pace in two years, according to the Commerce Department.
Any of Facebook’s 24 million members can install these outside
applications on their profile pages. Users will also be able to connect
these apps to their network friends, a useful feature for apps that
rely on sharing data like photos and videos with people you trust.
That changed around 2014, when Airbnb began striking deals with officials in select cities to collect and deliver taxes from its hosts. It calls these Voluntary Collection Agreements, or VCAs. In Portland, site of the first agreement, city officials legalized home-sharing and lowered the registration fee for short-term rentals around the same time Airbnb agreed to add a 11.5 percent occupancy tax on each booking. It later negotiated similar deals in San Francisco, Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, and elsewhere. The company says it has signed more than 350 such agreements nationwide and more than 500 around the world, and has collected more than $1 billion in taxes.
So let’s just say I was prepared for Wesabe to bore me out of my skull and not much more. But as it turns out, I’m a huge fan of Wesabe.