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Apple's Rigid Negotiating Tactics Cost Us 'Skinny Bundles' For Apple TV, Says Report

Slashdot Updates - 7 hours 29 min ago
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Next Web: According to a new report from The Wall Street Journal, the reason we don't have actual TV channels on the Apple TV is because the company tried to strong-arm networks -- and failed. Apple's Senior Vice President Eddy Cue is said to have taken the wrong approach. In one meeting, he reportedly told TV executives that "time is on my side." Cue is also accused of bluffing executives by claiming other networks -- specifically Disney and Fox -- were already signed up. The company also refused to show off the Apple TV interface, or "sketch it on the back of a napkin," as one media executive requested. Cue also tried to strike hard bargains, says WSJ. He reportedly asked that Disney put off the royalties Apple would have to pay for several years. Those 'skinny bundles' we heard so much about were what Apple was planning to build its TV experience around, too. In 2015, a bundle consisting of Fox, ESPN and Disney content was conceptualized (and priced at $30), but no agreements were ever signed. In an effort to create more original programming, Apple is scheduled to release its 'Planet of the Apps' TV show about app developers next year.

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UK Judge Calls For An Online Court Without Lawyers To Cut Costs

Slashdot Updates - 8 hours 9 min ago
mi writes from a report via The Times: A senior judge has called for the establishment of an online court (Warning: source may be paywalled) that does not have lawyers and can deal with claims of up to 25,000 British Pound (around $32,850). The proposal is the centerpiece of a package of reforms to the civil justice system, drawn up by Lord Justice Briggs, a Court of Appeal judge. Just how exactly will this court ensure no one is, in fact, a trained professional on the internet, where no one knows who you really are, is not explained. We discussed the idea last year. Apparently, it is still alive. The judge's report says this computer court would provide "effective access to justice without having to incur the disproportionate cost of using lawyers." The Law Gazette reported earlier in June that Briggs has mused about a three-stage process -- triage, conciliation and final judgement -- in which there might be some lawyer involvement.

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North Korea Is Blackmailing Top South Korean Online Retailer For $2.66 Million

Slashdot Updates - 8 hours 49 min ago
An anonymous reader writes from a report via Softpedia: South Korea says that North Korea is behind a data breach that occurred last May, where hackers stole details about 10 million user accounts from Interpark.com, one of the country's biggest shopping portals. The hackers later tried to extort Interpark management by requesting for 3 billion won ($2.66 million / 2.39 million euros), otherwise they were going to release the data on the internet. [The hackers wanted the money transferred to their accounts as Bitcoin.] Authorities say they tracked the source of the hack to an IP in North Korea, previously used in other attacks on South Korean infrastructure. "Besides the evidence related to the IP addresses and the techniques used in the attacks, investigators also said that the emails Interpark management received, written in the Korean language, contained words and vocabulary expressions that are only used in the North," reports Softpedia.

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Twitter to play host to its first live eSports event this weekend

Gamasutra - News - 8 hours 54 min ago

Twitter jumps into the eSports livestreaming battle with a stream of this weekend's eLeague Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournament. ...

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Inbreeding has destroyed the English bulldog’s genetic diversity

New Scientist - Breaking news - 8 hours 58 min ago
Decades of extreme selection and inbreeding mean there is little genetic variation left to save the English bulldog from its many severe health problems
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Senior Gameplay Engineer: Particle City

Gamasutra - Jobs - 8 hours 59 min ago
You will develop and implement various game systems and tools for core mobile titles, and contribute to pushing the boundaries of mobile gaming in a positive direction. Together with a team of exceptional designers, artists and engineers, you will be evolving the Titanfall franchise into the next big mobile gaming experience. RESPONSIBILITIES Implement and maintain robust, flexible systems for all aspects of game development Client and server programming Profile and optimize game systems Collaborate with designers, artists and other engineers to implement and fine-tune features Contribute innovative ideas toward all aspects of game production and development   SKILLS AND ABILITIES 5+ years of recent game industry programming experience, having shipped games on IOS and Android Strong programming skills and knowledge of algorithms and data structures Strong knowledge of C#, Java or C++ Strong 3D math abilities Familiarity with Unity3D Performed multi-disciplinary client engineering within multiplayer games Self-motivated, able to absorb and understand complex systems quickly   HIGHLY DESIRED ‘EXTRAS’ Shipped titles on Unity3D Familiarity with cloud-based game server engineering and databases AI programming experience Agile development experience (Scrum, Kanban, etc.)   BENEFITS Full Health, Dental, and Vision; 401K, on-site gym and fully stocked kitchen  
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Microsoft To Lay Off Another 2,850 People In the Next 12 Months

Slashdot Updates - Thu, 07/28/2016 - 3:25pm
An anonymous reader writes from a report via Business Insider: Microsoft is planning to lay off 2,850 more employees in the next 12 months or so, according to Microsoft's full 10-K report it filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Part of the document reads: "In addition to the elimination of 1,850 positions that were announced in May 2016, approximately 2,850 roles globally will be reduced during the year as an extension of the earlier plan, and these actions are expected to be completed by the end of fiscal year 2017." Business Insider reports: "The first 1,850 layoffs mentioned here were mainly from Microsoft's struggling smartphone business, including 1,350 employees in Finland working at what was once Nokia world headquarters. These layoffs also included people in Microsoft's salesforce, which was recently reorganized and saw the departure of COO Kevin Turner. In total, Microsoft laid off 7,400 employees in its last fiscal year, which ended on June 30th, 2016. The new layoffs are a continuation of the same plan, and include the sales group as well as others. About 900 people affected by the new layoffs were already informed during the sales reorganization, according to a person familiar with Microsoft's plans."

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Samsung Beat Apple In Smartphone Shipments, Profit Surges To 2-Year High

Slashdot Updates - Thu, 07/28/2016 - 2:45pm
An anonymous reader writes: Earlier reports speculated this to be true, but now it's official: Samsung has beat Apple in smartphone shipments to lift the company to its most profitable quarter in over two years. The Hindu reports: "Riding on the strong sales of its Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge smartphones, Samsung Electronics on Thursday declared 8.14 trillion won ($7billion) year on-year operating profit -- 18 percent in the second quarter results. Touted as bad news for Apple that saw a 15 percent decline in iPhone sales in its second quarter results announced this week, Samsung saw substantial earnings improvement led by sales of its flagship products such as Galaxy S7 and S7 edge. A streamlined mid-to low-end smartphone lineup also contributed to improved profitability for the company. According to Samsung, it shipped about 90 million handsets in the April-June period with smartphones making up more than 80 per cent of the total, the Korea Herald reported. Samsung's second-quarter smartphone shipments are estimated at about 72 million units, almost doubling Apple's iPhone shipments of 40.4 million units during the same period."

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The End of Gmane?

Slashdot Updates - Thu, 07/28/2016 - 2:05pm
If any of you use mailing list archive Gmane, you would want to start looking at its alternative. Gmane developer Lars Ingebrigtsen announced Thursday that he is thinking about ending the decade-old email-to-news gateway. But first, for those unaware about Gmane, here's is what it does: It allows users to access electronic mailing lists as if they were Usenet newsgroups, and also through a variety of web interfaces. Gmane is an archive; it never expires messages (unless explicitly requested by users). Gmane also supports importing list postings made prior to a list's inclusion on the service.Ingebrigtsen said Gmane machines are under numerous DDoS attacks -- coupled with some other issues -- that have made him wonder whether it is worth the time and effort to keep Gmane ticking. He writes: I'm thinking about ending Gmane, at least as a web site. Perhaps continue running the SMTP-to-NNTP bridge? Perhaps not? I don't want to make 20-30K mailing lists start having bouncing addresses, but I could just funnel all incoming mail to /dev/null, I guess... The nice thing about a mailing list archive (with NNTP and HTTP interfaces) is that it enables software maintainers to say (whenever somebody suggests using Spiffy Collaboration Tool of the Month instead of yucky mailing lists) is "well, just read the stuff on Gmane, then". I feel like I'm letting down a generation here.As Gmane's future remains uncertain, Ingebrigtsen recommends people to have a look at Mail Archive.

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Gary Johnson: I'd Consider Pardoning Snowden, Chelsea Manning

Slashdot Updates - Thu, 07/28/2016 - 1:25pm
An anonymous reader writes from a report via Vocativ: [Vocativ reports:] "The U.S.'s most popular third-party presidential candidate says he would 'consider' pardoning the highest profile convicts of computer-related crimes in the country, including Chelsea Manning, Ross Ulbricht, and Jeremy Hammond. Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson, a former governor of New Mexico, also reiterated his possible willingness to pardon Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency analyst who gave a cache of agency documents to journalists in 2013." "Having actually served as a governor and administered the power to grant pardons and clemency, Gary Johnson is very conscious and respectful of the need for processes for using that authority," Joe Hunter, Johnson's communications director, told Vocativ in a statement. "However, he has made it clear on numerous occasions that he would 'look seriously at' pardoning Edward Snowden, based on public information that Snowden's actions did not cause actual harm to any U.S. intelligence personnel. Likewise, he has said he would look favorably on pardoning Ross Ulbricht, consistent with his broader and long-standing commitment to pardon nonviolent drug offenders, whistleblowers, and others imprisoned under unjust and ill-advised laws," Hunter said. When Vocativ asked specifically about Chelsea Manning, Jeremy Hammond, Barrett Brown, and Matthew Keys, Hunter responded: "The same goes for the other individuals you have mentioned -- and hundreds, if not thousands, like them. Gov. Johnson finds it to be an outrage that the U.S. has the highest incarceration rate in the developed world, and announced in 2012 that, as President, he would promptly commence the process of pardoning nonviolent offenders who have done no real harm to others." The Green Party candidate Jill Stein has also shared her thoughts on pardoning Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning. Not only would she pardon Snowden, but she said she would appoint him to her cabinet.

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WikiLeaks Releases Hacked Voicemails From DNC Officials

Slashdot Updates - Thu, 07/28/2016 - 12:45pm
An anonymous reader writes: Late Wednesday afternoon as the Democratic National Convention was in full swing, Julian Assange and WikiLeaks decided to follow through with an earlier statement by publishing hacked voicemails of top democratic officials. There are 29 leaked recordings, which are identified by phone number and total about 14 minutes combined. Many of the voicemails are messages of callers leaving their numbers in hopes of being called back. Others are from voters upset that the DNC was giving too much support to Sanders. The Hill reports that "One caller with an Arizona area code called to blast the DNC for putting Sanders surrogate Cornel West on the platform drafting committee. 'I'm furious for what you are doing for Bernie Sanders,' another caller says in a message. 'He's getting way too much influence. What I see is the Democratic Party bending over backwards for Bernie,' adds the caller, who threatens to leave the party if the DNC doesn't stop 'coddling' the Vermont senator."

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Get a job: Shiny Shoe is seeking an Artist

Gamasutra - News - Thu, 07/28/2016 - 12:21pm

Shiny Shoe has worked on games like Day of the Tentacle Remastered and The Banner Saga, and now the San Francisco, CA studio is looking for an experienced game artist to join the team. ...

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Google Launches Docs and Sheets Add-ons For Android

Slashdot Updates - Thu, 07/28/2016 - 12:02pm
An anonymous reader writes: Google today announced the launch of new add-ons for the Android versions of Google Docs and Google Sheets. Those services have offered integrations with third-party tools on the web, and now a similar capability is coming to Google's mobile operating system. There's now a dedicated section for add-ons for Docs and Sheets in the Google Play Store, Google Apps product manager Saurabh Gupta wrote in a blog post. Nine add-ons are available for Android as of today: AppSheet, DocuSign, EasyBib, Google Classroom, PandaDoc, ProsperWorks CRM, Scanbot, Teacher Aide, and Zoho CRM. The DocuSign add-on, for example, lets you sign or send a file in Google Docs or Sheets through DocuSign. Generally these services are meant for a work context, but it's possible that developers will build more consumer-oriented add-ons, too.

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Unity 5.4 sees a stable release, and a beta of 5.5 is in the works

Gamasutra - News - Thu, 07/28/2016 - 11:58am

Just a quick heads-up for Unity develeopers that the game engine company has today taken the "beta" tag off Unity 5.4 and made it available to devs as a stable release. ...

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Q& A: Stifled dev on building a horror game around sound

Gamasutra - News - Thu, 07/28/2016 - 11:47am

Gattai Games' Stifled plunges players into darkness, and forces them to find their way using echolocation--that is, making sounds through a microphone. ...

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Eugene Jarvis and Larry DeMar reflect on their work at Robotron: 2084 dev Vid Kidz

Gamasutra - News - Thu, 07/28/2016 - 11:32am

A fan at California Extreme captured video of veteran arcade game devs (and Defender co-creators) Eugene Jarvis and Larry DeMar delivering a postmortem of their work at Robotron: 2084 dev Vid Kidz. ...

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Why Hinkley Point is a nuclear folly of Titanic proportions

New Scientist - Breaking news - Thu, 07/28/2016 - 11:22am
French utility company EDF is going ahead with plans for a massive new nuclear reactor in the UK, but there are many reasons to doubt it will ever be finished, says Michael Le Page
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Microsoft Faces Two New Lawsuits Over Aggressive Windows 10 Upgrade Tactics

Slashdot Updates - Thu, 07/28/2016 - 11:22am
Microsoft is facing two more lawsuits over its Windows 10 upgrade tactics. The first lawsuit comes from U.S. District Court in Florida, where the company has been accused of violating "laws governing unsolicited electronic advertisements" The suit, PCWorld reports, says Microsoft's tactics are against the FTC's rules on deceptive and unfair practices. The second lawsuit was filed last month in Haifa, Israel alleging that Microsoft installed Windows 10 on users' computer without their consent. It's similar to another recent lawsuit that was filed against Microsoft in which the Redmond company had to pay a sum of $10,000. The company, however, believes that these new lawsuits won't succeed. In a statement to The Seattle Times, the company said:We believe the plaintiffs' claims are without merit and we are confident we'll be successful in court.

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Ubisoft is taking a shot at the karaoke game biz with Just Sing

Gamasutra - News - Thu, 07/28/2016 - 10:50am

Ubisoft is dipping its toes into the karaoke game business with Just Sing, a game that challenges players to sing along (or lip-sync) to known songs from artists like Queen and One Direction. ...

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Steve Meretzky gone from GSN Games

GamesIndustry.biz news - Thu, 07/28/2016 - 10:47am
Veteran developer has mixed feelings on his time with social casino studio, unsure of next steps
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