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US may block visas for Chinese hackers attending DefCon, Black Hat
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On Saturday, an unnamed “senior administration official” told Reuters that the US government is considering using visa restrictions to keep Chinese hackers from attending DefCon and Black Hat, two major hacking conferences that take place in August in Las Vegas. The move would be “part of a broad effort to curb Chinese cyber espionage,” Reuters […]

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Lenovo Is All Geared Up To Announce Its First Windows Phone Device
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It has now been confirmed that Lenovo will indeed be announcing its first Windows Phone 8.1 device later this year. The device is obviously the result of the announcement that was made by Microsoft at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) about its partnership with Lenovo and eight other manufacturers earlier this year. The news comes […]

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Eruption Update for May 19, 2014: Hawai’i, St. Helens, Kick ‘Em Jenny, Shiveluch and Ubinas
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So, during my extended stay in grading jail, I didn’t have a chance to write about a whole pile of interesting volcano news, so today’s post is a bit of a clearinghouse on a whole bunch of volcano goodness. I’ll be back on a more normal posting schedule now that classes have finally ended here […]

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CIA: In Future, We Won’t Derail Major International Public Health Efforts. (Thanks?)
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There’s news out this week that feels almost impossible to deliver without an eyeroll: The CIA has promised that it will “never again” use an international vaccination campaign as a cover for intelligence gathering. I can’t see why not. I mean, the last attempt ended so well. (Yes, that was sarcasm.) A fuller version of […]

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Rising Sea Level Could Put East Coast Nuclear Plants At Risk
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mdsolar (1045926) writes with news that global warming may make it more difficult to use modern power sources that rely upon being near large bodies of water for cooling. From the article: “During the 1970s and 1980s, when many nuclear reactors were first built, most operators estimated that seas would rise at a slow, constant […]

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Google/YouTube Reportedly Prepping To Buy Twitch
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 Yowza. So much for Sunday being a slow news day. About an hour after AT&T officially announces their plans to buy DirecTV, word of another billion-dollar acquisition has surfaced. The story this time around: Google/YouTube reportedly want Twitch.tv, the increasingly/explosively popular service meant to let gamers watch others play games, live. The price tag? 1 […]

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How to Get a Loan Without Leaving Facebook
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Facebook is already a place where you can catch up with old friends, share music, read the latest news, and tend to a virtual farm. And starting today, it’s where people living in the developing world might finally be able to get a loan.

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New Microsoft Surface Pro models specs said to leak
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The Surface Pro is expected to get updated with new Intel processors. A Windows-related news site is claiming it has more details.

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Samsung To Update The Original GALAXY Gear To Run The Tizen OS
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Reports are now pouring in stating that the original GALAXY Gear smartwatch which started it all for Samsung, will soon be receiving a big update. The update is indeed a big one as it changes the OS that runs the wearable from Android to the Tizen OS which currently comes installed in the new Gear […]

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