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UK Proposes Life Sentences for Serious Cybercriminals

mashable - Gio, 05/06/2014 - 14:45

The UK government wants to come down harder on serious cybercriminals.

In the Queen’s Speech, her address to Parliament that lays out government agenda, Queen Elizabeth II outlined the administration’s plan for a serious computer crime bill, The Telegraph reports

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It would mete out life sentences for "cyberattacks which result in loss of life, serious illness or injury or serious damage to national security, or a significant risk thereof."

The Daily Mail reports the UK government now rates such attacks as a Tier One threat — second only to nuclear and chemical attacks or overseas invasion in terms of severity. Read more...

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Google Finally Launches Street View in Greece After Spat

mashable - Gio, 05/06/2014 - 14:38

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Google has launched its Street View map service in Greece after winning approval from the privacy authority that blocked the ground-level map application five years ago.

In 2009, Greece blocked Google Street View from acquiring new images within the country until the company provided more guarantees on privacy

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After "extensive and detailed" negotiations with the country's Data Protection Authority, which last year lifted objections made to the project years ago, Google officials said the service went live Thursday.

Google's Director in Greece Stefanos Loukakos presents to the media the Street View in Athens on Thursday, June 5, 2014. Google has launched its Street View map service in Greece after winning approval from the privacy authority that blocked the ground-level map application five years ago.

Image: Thanassis Stavrakis/Associated Press

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Who’s Faster? Flash or Quicksilver?

wired - Gio, 05/06/2014 - 14:31
Flash is the super fast superhero from DC Comics and part of the Justice League. Quicksilver is the super fast superhero from Marvel Comics and sometimes an Avenger. Comparing these two isn’t something new. Geeks have had these “vs” debates since the dawn of time when ancient nerds argued over the strength of Sampson vs. […]

14 Disney Movies Made Better Out of Context

mashable - Gio, 05/06/2014 - 14:28

Anyone who grew up on Disney movies (or raised a kid on them) knows the tropes. True love's kiss, saved by a prince, happily ever after — blah, blah, blah.

Now you can enjoy a whole new world of entertainment. By taking out the dialogue and adding punchier captions to classics like Cinderella and The Little Mermaid, the self-explanatory subreddit r/disneyoutofcontext has given new life to your favorite old Disney movies.

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Walt Disney might have frowned upon these GIFs, but then again, the movies have questionable moments on their own. Read more...

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Obama Talks Ukraine With Allies, Steers Clear of Putin

mashable - Gio, 05/06/2014 - 13:55

BRUSSELS (AP) — President Barack Obama is consulting with two of his most important European allies — Britain and France — as they navigate shifting conditions in the Ukraine crisis now that a new government is coming to power.

Obama plans to meet Thursday with British Prime Minister David Cameron in Brussels, then hop a short flight to Paris for dinner with French President Francois Hollande. He was seated in between the two as world leaders gathered first at an EU conference center for the Group of 7 summit.

See also: Obama Meets Ukraine's New 'Chocolate King' President

Topping the agenda was what to do about Russia and its actions in Ukraine. Read more...

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Boko Haram Militants Kill Hundreds in Nigeria Revenge Attack

mashable - Gio, 05/06/2014 - 13:39

The Nigerian militant group that is terrorizing the country’s north just pulled off one of its bloodiest attacks yet.

Islamic militants aligned with Boko Haram slaughtered hundreds of civilians in northern Nigeria on Monday, witnesses and government officials say, in a string of attacks that targeted at least four villages

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“We believed they came on a revenge mission,” one resident, Bulus Yashi, tells CNN. “It was a reprisal attack over the casualties Boko Haram suffered in the village in two previous attacks.”

“We are still trying to compile a toll of the dead as people on the ground are still counting the number of casualties,” Nigerian lawmaker Peter Biye said. Witnesses say at least 200 lost their lives, and its taken days to get the word out of the region as roads are dangerous and the militants have destroyed telecommunications towers in the region. Read more...

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10 Copycats Who Stirred Up Treble in Music History

mashable - Gio, 05/06/2014 - 13:30

Since the beginning of time, musicians have borrowed, paid homage or found inspiration from other compositions

It seems like each musical period picks up bits and pieces from songs and genres of the past, and why not? Shouldn't creative pieces of art such as music inspire us to create new things on our own? That's an argument that fades quickly when there's money at stake.

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Ethics and wallets aside, music blends different cultures and people. It's an ever-evolving timepiece — a noisy, dancing stamp in our history books.

Just take a look at these 10 songs (for better or worse) that would have never been heard without a little bit of borrowing. Read more...

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10 Times When Staying Quiet at Work Is Your Best Option

mashable - Gio, 05/06/2014 - 13:24

You’ve probably read before about the key phrases that greatest leaders say every day.

But great leaders are also wise when it comes to the opposite strategy: Sometimes, the smartest thing to say is nothing at all.

I’m not referring here simply to the advice your mother might have given you about keeping your mouth shut if you don’t have anything nice to say. Instead, think of the big moments when people come close to achieving goals, accomplishing great things, or even just developing good relationships and encouraging people to like them more. Sometimes, a simple slip of the tongue can set them back and destroy all they’ve worked for. Read more...

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China probes Baidu, Youku Tudou websites over violent shows: Xinhua

Reuters Internet - Gio, 05/06/2014 - 13:22
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Chinese censors are investigating 52 websites owned by firms including top search engine Baidu Inc and online video business Youku Tudou Inc over the distribution of violent and pornographic content, the official Xinhua news agency said on Thursday.
Categorie: Internet

Ukraine's Underground Army of Civilians

mashable - Gio, 05/06/2014 - 13:21

KIEV, Ukraine — Andriy picks me up in a taxi on the corner of Kiev's Maidan square, the site of the protests that overthrew former president Viktor Yanukovych earlier this year. Dressed in a dark suit, he peppers his speech with corporate lingo as he explains what we are about to see.

After driving for about 30 minutes, we pull up on a quiet side street overflowing with shrubbery. We get out and walk along a path to a large house, and a young girl in her early twenties with dreadlocked hair pulled back in a mottled Samurai knot opens the door and invites us in

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Donald Sterling Agrees to Sell Los Angeles Clippers

mashable - Gio, 05/06/2014 - 13:19

Donald Sterling has agreed to sell the Los Angeles Clippers, the Associated Press reports, confirming last Friday's reports that he will relinquish the team peacefully

According to his attorney, Maxwell Blecher, Sterling said he "has made an agreement with the NBA to resolve all their differences."

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Sterling will sell the team to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for $2 billion. He had bought the Clippers in 1981 for about $12 million

Sterling was banned from the NBA by the league's Commissioner Adam Silver after an audio recording of him making racist comments to a woman named V. Stiviano surfaced in April. He was also fined $2.5 million and forced to sell the Clippers under NBA bylaws Read more...

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Airbus imagines the future of flight

cnn tech - Gio, 05/06/2014 - 13:17
Could air passengers of the future board planes via personal transport pods?
Categorie: Internet, Tecnologia

Why Texting Is Killing You

mashable - Gio, 05/06/2014 - 13:17

How much text have you typed into various devices last week? If we're talking thousands of line — and it's likely we are — you could be causing yourself permanent hand injury

Now, Elliott Morgan uses this research to explain why he takes so long to text back. No, really, that's the reason

In the last episode, Elliott was sharing some shocking confessions from waiters


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@Everyword: The 7-Year Twitter Project Comes to an End

mashable - Gio, 05/06/2014 - 13:15

This weekend, Twitter bot @everyword is set to transmit its final tweet — the supposedly last word in the English language. It is an event seven long years in the making.

Built by New York University professor Adam Parrish, the bot has tweeted a dictionary word every 30 minutes since Nov. 30, 2007. Having reached the Zs on June 1, the account is breezing through the 26th letter at an alarming rate, causing an explosion of tongue-in cheek horror among the accounts 95,000 followers.

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When @everyword finishes tweeting every word, that will mark the beginning of the apocalypse, the end of the world as we know it.

— Jed Heersche (@DustyassJed) June 3, 2014

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14 Video Games That Changed My Life

mashable - Gio, 05/06/2014 - 12:44

I was at a friend's house when the phone rang. It was mom. She got a Nintendo. I rushed back to find Super Mario Bros. on the living room TV

Video games had arrived in our home.

A few years later, we got a PC — the IBM PS/2 I hacked to pieces in a bid to get more complex games running on its aging Intel 286 processor. Amid an explosion of diverse PC titles, Nintendo's blockbuster franchises and a little thing called the Internet, I was awash in entertainment like no generation before.

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The art of world building enthralled me, and with every software generation, the worlds got richer and more beautiful. Games were the biggest media influence on my creative life, and my pursuit of them taught me many technical skills I use today. Read more...

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Fauxsumerism: Cyber Window Shopping Is a Millennial Habit

mashable - Gio, 05/06/2014 - 12:30

Ever since there were shops, people have enjoyed window shopping. But a new phenomenon is emerging that takes the habit to the extreme.

If you save things to your Amazon wishlist without ever actually buying them, browse gadgets, clothes and offers online as a pastime or fill your shopping cart without going through with the payment, you may be a fauxsumer.

This “false consumerism”, particularly prevalent among millenials, is the process of discovering products online without purchasing anything. Shopping without having the goal of actually buying.

The rise of fauxsumerism was revealed in a recent study of 1,300 14-to-34-year olds in the US. These millenials, born between 1980 and 2000 are browsers rather than buyers. The report found they create wishlists, both to engage with brands and for fun, with no intention of actually buying. Sometimes they don’t have the money to make the purchase but save the item anyway. There is even the suggestion that these fauxsumers get the same kick out of saving an item as they would if they had bought it. Read more...

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15 Bizzare Cereal Facts That Stay Crunchy, Even in Milk

mashable - Gio, 05/06/2014 - 12:30

From eggs and bacon to pancakes and waffles, none of these morning staples stand up against the all-American champion breakfast food: sweet, crunchy cereal

Fruity, puffy, crispy, flakey — we'll eat the simple snack all with reckless abandon

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We dove into the giant bowl of cereal history to pull up 15 bit-sized facts about this crunchy breakfast staple

Image: Flickr, avrene

1. Corn Flakes were invented to discourage masturbation.

In 1894, Michigan-based physician Dr. John Harvey Kellogg invented the classic cereal while developing a dietary plan for his patients at the Black Creek Sanitarium. Kellogg believed spicy foods increased sexual desire, and prescribed his patients a diet of bland foods to curb it Read more...

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Handsome Desktop Speakers That Ooze Mid-Century Style

wired - Gio, 05/06/2014 - 12:11
Polk Audio's new Hampden Bluetooth speakers will bring retro looks and modern sound quality to any desktop.

When Is a Spoiler a Spoiler? You Tell Us

wired - Gio, 05/06/2014 - 12:11
Spoilers aren't anything truly new. As long as there have been plot twists in stories, people have had the power to ruin them for everyone else. But the way we talk—or don't talk—about entertainment has became more complicated than ever. We're running a poll to find out just what people think spoilers are these days—and when it's OK to share them.

Announcing WIRED by Design, a Live Magazine

wired - Gio, 05/06/2014 - 12:11
Today, we’re thrilled to announce a project we’ve been working on for some time: WIRED by Design, a live magazine that will bring together some of the world’s most creative minds, on September 29th-October 1st.

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