Stories for Jul. 7, 2014
In Brief

iCloud Drive, the cloud storage service announced by Apple at WWDC, looks like a Dropbox killer in its ability to share files across devices and platforms. The company had officially announced that it would work on iOS, OS X and (surprisingly) Windows, but according to a snippet discovered in the third iOS 8 beta by 9to5Mac, it looks as if you’ll be able to access your files from as well. If you were hoping web access means iCloud Drive would get some form of Android support, unfortunately, Apple will first need to change its current policy, as most browsers on Android can’t access Still, coupled with last week’s news that iCloud is getting two-factor authentication, it does look as if Apple is beefing up its web services — a historic weak point for the giant from Cupertino.

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It looks like bringing back F8 wasn’t enough for Facebook. Oculus, which was acquired by Facebook in March, will host its first developer conference Sept. 19-20 in Los Angeles. The conference, which is called Connect, will feature CEO Brendan Iribe, founder Palmer Luckey and CTO and virtual reality pioneer John Carmack as keynote speakers. The first consumer version of Oculus’ Rift virtual reality headset is expected to debut in the next year, so the conference could feature updates on the form it will take. Applications to attend open July 10.

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Facebook is constantly experimenting on its users by tweaking the newsfeed in both large and small ways, a former member of the company’s data science team confirms, and some of the social network’s defenders argue that it isn’t doing anything media companies don’t also do Read more »

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In the wake of Europe’s top court invalidating the Data Retention Directive for having insufficient privacy safeguards, the British government is set to pass emergency laws allowing the core functions to continue there. According to a Sunday report in The Guardian, all major political parties support forcing providers to store and provide law enforcement access to details of who called or emailed whom and when, as has been the case since 2009. However, Labour and the Liberal Democrats are reportedly against expanding existing powers to also take in details like which web pages people visit. This “snooper’s charter” idea has been repeatedly suggested and shot down, but the government remains keen to see it put into practice.

Stories for Jul. 6, 2014
Stories for Jul. 5, 2014

When companies successfully design for online discovery, people are delivered the information they need before they realize they need it. But as Facebook’s newsfeed experiment reminded us, the challenge is to engineer a sense of serendipity without invading users’ privacy. Jay Patani, an analyst at EC1 Capital, imagines a path forward. Read more »

There’s a lot of funding going on in security these days, but it’s hard to tell whether or not these new services are actually going to help things. It’s more important to focus on integrating proper security measures within your organization rather than relying on an outside system to do the work for you. Read more »

Stories for Jul. 4, 2014
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The British hydrogen fuel cell company Intelligent Energy (IE) has floated on the London Stock Exchange at a valuation of $1.1 billion. The firm raised $69 million in the Thursday IPO for 8.8 percent of its shares, along with $27 million from Singaporean wealth fund GIC, which now owns around 10 percent of the firm. IE will use the money to sell backup power units for cellular base stations in India, and to support the launch of its Upp personal energy generator (pictured), according to the Financial Times. Early reviews suggest one Upp hydrogen cartridge can charge a mobile device 5 times. IE, which has been developing its technology for 13 years, also plans to make fuel cells for vehicles.

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