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GOP Caught With Fingers in the Twitter Jar

The Republican Party and at least two outside political-spending groups reportedly used anonymous Twitter accounts to share internal polling data in the months leading up to this year's midterm elections. Tweets posted to the accounts -- one of which was named after the fictional West Wing character...

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When Microsoft Went A-Courting

FOSS fans perhaps may be excused if they've felt a bit confused over the past few days. Dizziness, headaches and vertigo also have been common. What strange new ailment is this, you might ask? Well, it's no ailment -- but that doesn't mean it's any simpler to remedy. The cause, it turns out, is none...

Microsoft Widens Skype World

Skype on Friday announced Skype for Web, a new version of its VoIP service that can be used in a browser rather than through the dedicated application. "Perhaps you're sitting at a computer that doesn't already have Skype downloaded," explained Jonathan Watson, a senior product marketing manager wit...

Nvidia Flips Grid’s Game-Streaming Switch

After close to a year of beta testing, Nvidia on Thursday officially launched its Grid on-demand game-streaming service. Due to become available on Nov. 18 in North America, Grid will be free through June 30, 2015, for users of Nvidia Shield tablets and portable devices. "We intend to build Grid int...

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Rosetta Plants 1st Human Kiss on a Comet

The European Space Agency's 1.4 billion-euros Rosetta mission on Wednesday achieved a first for humankind by successfully landing its Philae probe on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Now, the lander's fate hangs in the balance following a tense descent and the apparent failure of several key anchori...

Firefox Develops a Case of Selective Amnesia

Mozilla on Monday announced an updated version of its open source browser complete with a new Forget button aimed at protecting users' privacy. "Forget gives you an easy way to tell Firefox to clear out some of your recent activity," explained Firefox Vice President Johnathan Nightingale. "Instead o...

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YOLOTD: Could 2015 Be Linux’s Big Year?

It's no secret that the Linux community has been in a state of upheaval these last few months, thanks to a little piece of technology known as "Systemd." That the strife has been divisive hardly can be disputed. That it's been distracting us from more important matters is the case Linux Girl would l...

Are Tiny Internet Satellites Twinkling in Musk’s Eyes?

Elon Musk, CEO of both SpaceX and Tesla Motors, soon may be venturing into new territory: the Internet satellite sector. Musk reportedly is working with ex-Googler Greg Wyler, founder of WorldVu Satellites, on a $1 billion project to develop relatively small and inexpensive models that can be used t...

Phishers’ Attacks Pay Off Nicely: Report

The most successful phishing attacks manage to dupe their victims a full 45 percent of the time, according to a study released last week by Google. On average, phishing's success rate is about 14 percent, but even the most obvious scams still manage to lure 3 percent of the people targeted to a fake...

Foodini: Presto Chango, Your Dinner Is Printed

Natural Machines this week took to the stage at the Web Summit in Dublin to demonstrate Foodini, a 3D printer that can be used to create pizza, pasta, burgers and a wide range of other savory and sweet foods. Users begin by choosing the recipe they want to print, either from the Internet-connected d...

New Jawbone Fitness Trackers Stretch High and Low

Jawbone on Wednesday announced two new fitness trackers: the high-end Up3 wristband and the entry-level Up Move clip device. Using a multisensor platform, the $179.99 Up3 captures detailed information about the wearer's heart rate, sleep stages and physical activity over the course of the day. It al...

Android Hoards 84 Percent Smartphone OS Market Share

Google's Android stole share from all of its major mobile OS rivals over the past year to achieve a whopping smartphone market dominance of roughly 84 percent in the third quarter of 2014, according to a new Strategy Analytics report. Apple's iOS, which weighed in with about 12 percent, lost more th...

Microsoft Kicks Windows 8 to the Curb

Microsoft on Friday ended retail sales of Windows 8, meaning that the only way the much-maligned operating system will be available from now on is preinstalled by PC vendors. Windows 7 Home Basic, Home Premium and Ultimate are no longer available at all as of Oct. 31, either for purchase directly by...

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Are There Too Many Forks at the FOSS Table?

Halloween has come and gone here in the Northern reaches of the Linux blogosphere, but for those of us paying attention, few things could be more frightful than the bloodshed now taking place in Debian's civil war. The streets of the blogosphere are filled with smoke; conversations are getting drown...

Ghost Hunters Kinect With Spirits

Microsoft's Kinect motion controller may have been intended to keep gamers moving while in the throes of play, but some intrepid explorers have been using it for a different purpose altogether: hunting ghosts. Thanks to its skeletal-tracking and infrared-sensing capabilities, Kinect can "see" as man...

Android Creator Andy Rubin Exits the Googleplex

Andy Rubin, the creator of Google's ubiquitous Android mobile platform, has left Google, the company confirmed on Friday. "I want to wish Andy all the best with what's next," said Google CEO Larry Page. "With Android he created something truly remarkable -- with a billion plus happy users. Thank you...

Snail Mail Surveillance: Rules Are Weak – and Routinely Broken

The U.S. Postal Service didn't adequately follow its own rules last year, when it secretly recorded and shared information about some 49,000 pieces of mail to further criminal and national security investigations, according to an audit report from the USPS Office of Inspector General. Information re...

Lowe’s Gives Robotic Customer Service a Good Name

Lowe's soon will add two robots to the customer-service staff at one of its San Jose, California, stores. Called "OSHbot," the robots will assist customers at the Lowe's-owned Orchard Supply Hardware store by directing them to specific products and providing real-time information about promotions an...

Hybrid IKEA Desk Could Get You Off Your Duff

IKEA last week introduced a new desk that can be raised and lowered with the push of a button to accommodate both sitting and standing positions. Part of IKEA's Bekant line, the desk serves as a hybrid alternative to traditional desks designed purely for sitting or standing. "This desk promotes a he...

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Debian’s Civil War: Has It Really Come to This?

Well it seems no matter how loudly we here in the Linux blogosphere try to hum a happy tune or discuss cheerful FOSS matters, we just can't seem to drown out the shouts and screams coming from those standing too close to the Systemd Inferno. Stand back, people! It's dangerous! The embers, of course,...

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