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The Part Of The Internet You Don’t See Lets Machines Talk To Each Other—And Will Change The World: The “industrial Internet,” which connects things like cars and power plants and medical devices, is going to be making more and more of an impact in our day-to-day lives–and you might not even notice it happening. More here.
Our internet connections depend on vulnerable undersea cables: If you’ve been following the events in Syria over the past few days, you know the country’s Internet is now back from the dead after a 19-hour outage that the government blamed on “terrorist” sabotage—an explanation bought by approximately zero people. More here.
Why LivingSocial’s 50-million password breach is graver than you may think: No, cryptographically scrambled passwords are not hard to decode More here.
Have you read Wired magazine’s 20 anniversary issue yet? In his very first editor’s letter, Louis Rossetto wrote, “There are a lot of magazines about technology. WIRED is not one of them. WIRED is about the most powerful people on the planet today: the Digital Generation.” On this, our 20th anniversary, the time has come to reflect on this generation of leaders, thinkers, and makers. These people, their companies, and their ideas have shaped the future we live in today. Below, we’ve gathered stories for, by, and about the people who have shaped the planet’s past 20 years—and will continue driving the next. More here.
Intel banks on enterprise mobile app development again, leading $9M FeedHenry round: Intel Capital and others have put $9 million into Irish outfit FeedHenry, which provides a mobile app development and deployment platform, along with backend-as-a-service, for mostly enterprise customers. More here.
Netflix, Reed Hastings Survive Missteps to Join Silicon Valley’s Elite: On a normal weeknight, Netflix accounts for almost a third of all Internet traffic entering North American homes. That’s more than YouTube, Hulu, Amazon.com, HBO Go, iTunes, and BitTorrent combined. Traffic to Netflix usually peaks at around 10 p.m. in each time zone, at which point a chart of Internet consumption looks like a python that swallowed a cow. By midnight Pacific time, streaming volume falls off dramatically. More here.
The Right Way for a CEO to Deliver Bad News: How do you tell 400,000 people they’re terrible at their jobs? Do you hold a meeting? Send a mass e-mail? Tell only a few people and wait for your criticism to circulate, middle school-style? Or do you follow IBM (IBM) Chief Executive Officer Virginia “Ginni” Rometty’s example and record a video message, post it to your company’s internal blog, and then share it with the entire workforce? More here.
Bill Gates predicts iPad and Android users will switch to PC tablets: Users ‘frustrated’ by limitations of devices, says Microsoft co-founder, implying many will look to move to Surface products More here.
A heart to my key: IN “SKYFALL”, the latest James Bond movie, 007 is given a gun that only he can fire. It works by recognising his palm print, rendering it impotent when it falls into a baddy’s hands. Like many of Q’s more fanciful inventions, the fiction is easier to conjure up than the fact. But there is a real-life biometric system that would have served Bond just as well: cardiac-rhythm recognition. More here.
Free-for-all: Open-access scientific publishing is gaining ground. More here.
Who Made That Digital Camouflage? “I was basically designated the weird-projects officer,” says Timothy O’Neill, who worked with an Army team to improve the camouflage painted on tanks in the early 1970s. At the time, the military covered its vehicles with suitcase-size splotches of green and brown. The pattern could trick the eye at a distance, but it didn’t work well at close range. O’Neill set out to find a better solution. More here.
India is Drowning in its Own Excreta-Can Science and Engineering Come to the Rescue? More here.
Making A Business Of Delivering India’s Poorest Babies: LifeSpring was designed to provide focused maternal health interventions at a cost affordable to low-income Indians, but its model may not be able to sustain itself. More here.