Facebook Fined 100,000 Euros In German Intellectual Property Dispute

Slashdot - Mon, 29/02/2016 - 8:03pm
An anonymous reader writes: A regional court in Berlin found that Facebook had not changed their terms and conditions statement to adequately address intellectual property concerns. The court fined Facebook 100,000 euros ($109,000) today, just one week after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's visit to Berlin, where he was awarded the first ever Axel Springer Award for entrepreneurship and innovation. Four years ago, in response to a complaint filed by the Federation of German Consumer Organizations (VZBV), a German court found that Facebook's terms and conditions did not address the circumstances in which users intellectual property could be used by Facebook or even licensed to third parties. The regional court in Berlin ruled today that while Facebook did change the wording of the statement on intellectual property in their terms and conditions, the message remained the same.

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Developers Can Pre-Order Microsoft’s HoloLens Today for $3,000

Wired News - Mon, 29/02/2016 - 7:29pm
The pricey holographic headset will ship to developers on March 30, and plenty of details have emerged about the HoloLens hardware. The post Developers Can Pre-Order Microsoft's HoloLens Today for $3,000 appeared first on WIRED.









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Snapchat Employee Data Leaked Following Phishing Scam

Slashdot - Mon, 29/02/2016 - 7:21pm
An anonymous reader writes: Snapchat suffered a huge data breach over the weekend after an employee fell victim to a phishing email scam which impersonated co-founder and CEO Evan Spiegel requesting payroll information. While the video messaging app's servers were unaffected and user data remained completely safe, both former and current employees were informed that some of their sensitive information had been leaked. Snapchat immediately reported the incident to the FBI and has offered affected staff two years of free identity theft insurance and monitoring. Snapchat admitted that it felt 'real remorse and embarrassment' that one of its employees had fallen for the attack, particularly as it takes privacy and security so seriously.

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Google’s Self-Driving Car Caused Its First Crash

Wired News - Mon, 29/02/2016 - 7:04pm
Google's self-driving car appears to have caused its first crash on February 14, when it changed lanes and put itself in the path of an oncoming bus. The post Google's Self-Driving Car Caused Its First Crash appeared first on WIRED.









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Scientists find way to predict activity of stem cells

Science Daily - Mon, 29/02/2016 - 7:01pm
Scientists have for the first time developed a way to predict how a specific type of stem cell will act against different diseases.
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Study finds 5x increase in hand sanitizer use when located in hospital

Science Daily - Mon, 29/02/2016 - 7:01pm
Placing alcohol-based hand sanitizers (AHS) in the middle of a hospital lobby floor in front of the visitor entrance increased visitor usage by 528 percent, according to a new study.
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Lower income Ontario seniors less likely to access newly approved drugs, study suggests

Science Daily - Mon, 29/02/2016 - 7:01pm
Wealthier seniors in Ontario were prescribed a new blood thinner for a common heart rhythm abnormality 1.5 times more often than poorer seniors when the drug was first approved by Health Canada, a new study has found.
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New method may find elusive flaws in medical implants and spacecraft

Science Daily - Mon, 29/02/2016 - 7:01pm
Medical implants and spacecraft can suddenly go dead, often for the same reason: cracks in ceramic capacitors, devices that store electric charge in electronic circuits. These cracks, at first harmless and often hidden, can start conducting electricity, depleting batteries or shorting out the electronics. Now, researchers have demonstrated a nondestructive approach for detecting cracks in ceramic capacitors before they go bad.
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Metabolic phenotyping of blood plasma allows for the detection of lung cancer

Science Daily - Mon, 29/02/2016 - 7:01pm
Metabolic phenotyping of blood plasma by proton nuclear magnetic resonance identified unique metabolic biomarkers specific to lung cancer patients and allowed for the accurate identification of a cohort of patients with early and late-stage lung cancer.
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Childhood poverty, parental abuse cost adults their health for years to come

Science Daily - Mon, 29/02/2016 - 7:01pm
Growing up in poverty or being abused by parents can lead to accumulated health problems later in life, according to new research.
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Mutated gene associated with colon cancer discovered in 18th-century Hungarian mummy

Science Daily - Mon, 29/02/2016 - 7:01pm
A new discovery suggests that a genetic predisposition to cancer preceded the advent of modernization -- and, in a bizarre twist, they discovered this evidence in an 18th-century Hungarian mummy.
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Is anti-TNF therapy safe for inflammatory bowel disease patients with prior cancer?

Science Daily - Mon, 29/02/2016 - 6:59pm
A previous history of cancer doesn't necessarily preclude treatment with antibodies against tumor necrosis factor (anti-TNF) for patients with inflammatory bowel diseases, suggests a new study.
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NASA demonstrates airborne water quality sensor

Science Daily - Mon, 29/02/2016 - 6:59pm
Monitoring the quality of freshwater supplies is a global concern, especially in thirsty California, where the San Francisco Bay-Delta Estuary and its watershed serve as a major freshwater source. Now scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, and the U.S. Geological Survey, Menlo Park and Sacramento, California, have successfully demonstrated how a NASA-developed airborne environmental monitoring instrument can be applied to help water managers monitor water quality not only in San Francisco Bay, but potentially in other inland and coastal water bodies around the world.
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Americans would pay more to support biodiversity

Science Daily - Mon, 29/02/2016 - 6:59pm
Most Americans are willing to pay more taxes each year -- in some cases, as much as $35 to $100 more -- to support biodiversity conservation in the Gulf of Mexico, according to a national survey. Respondents' willingness to help support the proposed expansion of the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary near the Texas-Louisiana border reflects growing national awareness of the Gulf's ecological importance and the threats it increasingly faces.
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Plankton feces could move plastic pollution to the ocean depths

Science Daily - Mon, 29/02/2016 - 6:59pm
Plastic waste could find its way deep into the ocean through the feces of plankton, new research shows.
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Activity monitoring devices provide reliable records of activity

Science Daily - Mon, 29/02/2016 - 6:59pm
Fitbit, the popular physical activity monitoring device, is a valid and reliable way of monitoring physical activity, finds a new study.
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NASA, partner space agencies measure forests in Gabon

Science Daily - Mon, 29/02/2016 - 6:56pm
A contingent of NASA airborne instruments and scientists on the ground, including some from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, has joined colleagues from space agencies in Gabon and Europe this month to study the dense African tropical forests in Gabon.
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NASA data used to track groundwater in Pakistan

Science Daily - Mon, 29/02/2016 - 6:53pm
Pakistan's water managers are looking to NASA satellites to help them more effectively monitor and manage that precious resource, thanks to a partnership with engineers and hydrologists at the University of Washington, Seattle.
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Chronic conditions rise in older people

Science Daily - Mon, 29/02/2016 - 6:53pm
The number of older people in England living with more than one chronic condition could have risen by 10 percent in the last decade putting increasing pressure on the NHS, new research has suggested.
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Three 'twisted' photons in three dimensions

Science Daily - Mon, 29/02/2016 - 6:53pm
Researchers have achieved a new milestone in quantum physics: they were able to entangle three particles of light in a high-dimensional quantum property related to the 'twist' of their wavefront structure.
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