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How Can You Measure How Much Pain a Baby Feels?

Wired - March 24, 2017 - 5:00pm
The FDA is issuing a new warning on anesthesia for infants, and it poses a difficult question for doctors. What's more dangerous: pain or pain treatment? The post How Can You Measure How Much Pain a Baby Feels? appeared first on WIRED.

The RS badge might be coming to a Ford crossover near you - Roadshow - News - March 24, 2017 - 5:00pm
People like performance. People really like crossovers. We should have seen this coming.

Judge: eBay can’t be sued over seller accused of patent infringement

Ars Technica - March 24, 2017 - 4:50pm

eBay headquarters on January 22, 2014 in San Jose, California. (credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

It's game over for an Alabama man who claims his patent on "Carpenter Bee Traps" is being infringed by competing products on eBay.

Robert Blazer filed his lawsuit in 2015, saying that his US Patent No. 8,375,624 was being infringed by a variety of products being sold on eBay. Blazer believed the online sales platform should have to pay him damages for infringing his patent. A patent can be infringed when someone sells or "offers to sell" a patented invention.

At first, Blazer went through eBay's official channels for reporting infringement, filing a "Notice of Claimed Infringement," or NOCI. At that point, his patent hadn't even been issued yet and was still a pending application, so eBay told him to get back in touch if his patent was granted.

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The bid to stream NFL: Facebook, YouTube, Twitter or Amazon? - CNET - News - March 24, 2017 - 4:45pm
Twitter had a successful run with the NFL last season. Now, other tech giants are hoping for an interception.

National Noise Map Charts Americans’ Aural Misery

Wired - March 24, 2017 - 4:30pm
Work from government cartograph-ears puts transportation-related noise in perspective. The post National Noise Map Charts Americans' Aural Misery appeared first on WIRED.

Weekend Streaming: 'Buffy,' 'Angel' and 'X-Files' leaving Netflix by April - CNET - News - March 24, 2017 - 4:27pm
As March draws to a close, Netflix is getting rid of a lot of awesome, nerdy shows. Watch them while you still can!

Toyota teams up with Microsoft to bring voice recognition to cars - Roadshow - News - March 24, 2017 - 4:25pm
It's the biggest arrangement Microsoft's reached with an automaker to date.

Google takes Symantec to the woodshed for mis-issuing 30,000 HTTPS certs [updated]

Ars Technica - March 24, 2017 - 4:22pm

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In a severe rebuke of one of the biggest suppliers of HTTPS credentials, Google Chrome developers announced plans to drastically restrict transport layer security certificates sold by Symantec-owned issuers following the discovery they have allegedly mis-issued more than 30,000 certificates.

Effective immediately, Chrome plans to stop recognizing the extended validation status of all certificates issued by Symantec-owned certificate authorities, Ryan Sleevi, a software engineer on the Google Chrome team, said Thursday in an online forum. Extended validation certificates are supposed to provide enhanced assurances of a site's authenticity by showing the name of the validated domain name holder in the address bar. Under the move announced by Sleevi, Chrome will immediately stop displaying that information for a period of at least a year. In effect, the certificates will be downgraded to less-secure domain-validated certificates.

More gradually, Google plans to update Chrome to effectively nullify all currently valid certificates issued by Symantec-owned CAs. With Symantec certificates representing more than 30 percent of the Internet's valid certificates by volume in 2015, the move has the potential to prevent millions of Chrome users from being able to access large numbers of sites. What's more, Sleevi cited Firefox data that showed Symantec-issued certificates are responsible for 42 percent of all certificate validations. To minimize the chances of disruption, Chrome will stagger the mass nullification in a way that requires they be replaced over time. To do this, Chrome will gradually decrease the "maximum age" of Symantec-issued certificates over a series of releases. Chrome 59 will limit the expiration to no more than 33 months after they were issued. By Chrome 64, validity would be limited to nine months.

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'Power Rangers' is a fun ride that doesn't know which way to swerve - CNET - News - March 24, 2017 - 4:20pm
A new take on teenagers with attitude still holds some fun moments for adults with memories of the '90s show -- that's if you check your expectations at the door. Read our spoiler-free review.

Oz companies fume as Enetica outage enters its second day

The Register - March 24, 2017 - 4:17pm
Hosting service's access to .au registry suspended

Australian web service firm Enetica has provoked consternation among customers frustrated about a prolonged outage now entering its second day.…

GameStop expects the Switch to be hard to find through 2017

Ars Technica - March 24, 2017 - 4:10pm

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The successful launch of the Nintendo Switch earlier this month is already creating retail shortages and steep markups on the secondary market. Now, major retailer GameStop says it expects those kinds of shortages and nearly instant sell-through of shipments to last throughout 2017 in its more than 7,000 retail stores.

"The demand is incredibly strong for this [Switch] column," GameStop COO Tony Bartel said in an earnings call yesterday evening. "As soon as we get into our stores, it's out within hours. We anticipate that we're going to be chasing supply this entire year."

CEO Paul Raines said elsewhere in the call that the retailer's initial shipment of Switch systems sold out in two days and that "multiple replenishments since the launch... have sold out in hours." Bartel added that "there is tremendous demand for this, and we just don't know how high it is because every time we get it out in our stores it's literally gone."

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No network? No problem for Google Docs on Firefox - CNET - News - March 24, 2017 - 4:07pm
If you're ever stuck without a network connection, Google Docs, Sheets and Slides will work even without Chrome, Google confirms.

As Galaxy S8 launches, did Note 7 blowup change anything? - CNET - News - March 24, 2017 - 4:04pm
Samsung hoped its new battery safety procedures would inspire the phone industry. Good luck with that.

This robot will deliver a burrito to your door - CNET - News - March 24, 2017 - 4:03pm
Feeling peckish? DoorDash is using Starship robots to deliver food in Redwood City, California.

IDG Contributor Network: If business is great, what’s keeping you up at night? - IT industry - March 24, 2017 - 4:03pm

Recent years have elevated the profile of IT leaders who have seen their roles at executive tables grow in prominence. Never before has technology — how it’s implemented, managed and engaged — mattered more to business success. The good news for IT leaders is that their businesses are benefiting in big ways from the technology knowledge and insight they bring to business strategy. The challenging news is that their technology remit continues to grow, and fast. The more the business relies on technology, the more technology there is to manage.

Since the start of 2017, I have been talking to IT leaders about how they are balancing their expanding roles and what is keeping them up at night. Across the board, they are enjoying having more input into business strategy. However, they are also worried about staying ahead of ever-evolving technology as well as business and customer needs. Here are the concerns keeping today’s senior-most IT leaders up at night.

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2017 Bugatti Chiron Release Date, Price and Specs - Roadshow - Reviews - March 24, 2017 - 3:49pm
The $3 million, 1,500 horsepower Bugatti Chiron will do 261 mph, but this ballistic bruiser of a car is so much more than a set of numbers. confirms it won't be buying V-22 Ospreys for new aircraft carriers

The Register - March 24, 2017 - 3:11pm
Also confirms earlier operational date for HMS Queen Elizabeth

Britain is not buying V-22 Osprey aircraft to fly from its new aircraft carriers, the government has confirmed.…

Amazon has more budget phones to sell you - CNET - News - March 24, 2017 - 3:07pm
The Prime Exclusive Phones program gets two more devices: The Moto G5 Plus and the Alcatel A30.

Japan's new digital vending machines eliminate coin fumbling - CNET - News - March 24, 2017 - 3:05pm
QR codes become the payment method for snagging your favorite drink.

Google reportedly removing SMS texting from Hangouts on May 22

Ars Technica - March 24, 2017 - 3:05pm

Welcome to your new Hangout.

Google continues to shake up its messaging tools with the upcoming removal of a popular feature from Hangouts. According to an e-mail sent to GSuite administrators and subsequently posted to Reddit, Google will remove the SMS feature from Hangouts on May 22. Anyone using Hangouts as both a Google messaging app and their primary text messaging app won't be able to send SMS texts after that date.

Hangouts users will be notified of this change via an in-app message starting March 27. You'll be prompted to select a new default messaging app from your list of downloaded apps. If you don't have anything other than Hangouts, you'll be directed to the Google Play Store to download another messaging app. All of your existing SMS messages will not be affected, and they will be available in your new default messaging app.

Google Voice users will also be affected, but not as much as Hangouts-only users. The rule only applies to messages sent and received with your carrier phone number—all SMS messages sent with your Google Voice number will remain unaffected. "For SMS users using Google Voice on Hangouts on Android Google Voice users who also send carrier SMS messages will need to choose another default messaging app. Their Google Voice messages will be unaffected and will still be available in Google Hangouts," the e-mail states. "For Google Voice users on Hangouts on Android Google Voice users who do not use carrier SMS, text messaging will not be affected and no notification will be shown."

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