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Facebook apologises to drag queens over real name use

Oct 02, 2014 - 10:33 AM - by Reverend
Facebook has apologised to transgender and drag queen users whose accounts were deleted for violating its policy on using "real names".

The company now calls for people to "use the authentic name they use in real life" on their Facebook profiles.

Several hundred accounts were flagged by a single user for contravening company policy last month.

Chief product officer Chris Cox acknowledged that the experience had been "painful" for those involved.

"I want to apologize to the affected community of drag queens, drag kings, transgender, and extensive community of our friends, neighbours, and members of the LGBT community for the hardship that we've put you through in dealing with your Facebook accounts over the past few weeks," he said.

Mark Snyder, a spokesman for the Transgender Law Center, told the AFP news agency that a planned street protest on Thursday in San Francisco would now become a celebration.

"It was very clear that Facebook was apologetic and wanted to find solutions so that all of us can be our authentic selves online" he said.

He added that it was not just drag queens who had legitimate reasons to use assumed names online.

Judges, social workers, teachers, entertainers and victims of abuse were all justified in using aliases, Mr Snyder said.

Facebook has previously insisted that users of the site use their "real names" in order to avoid abuse and impersonation.

However, it now says that "the spirit of our policy is that everyone on Facebook uses the authentic name they use in real life".

BBC News
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Oct 02, 2014 - 10:28 AM - by Reverend
AnyDVD works in the background to automatically and transparently enable read access of the contents of a movie DVD as soon as it's inserted into the drive.

AnyDVD HD comes with same functionality as AnyDVD, but with additional features for full HD-DVD (High Definition DVD) support, including decryption of HD-DVD movie discs.



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Windows 10 Technical Preview Download

Oct 01, 2014 - 4:20 PM - by Reverend
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EBay and PayPal to become separate companies in 2015

Sep 30, 2014 - 5:51 PM - by Reverend
EBay and PayPal have announced that they will become separate companies in 2015, to enable each to focus on their respective business operations without being hindered by the other. Shares in eBay rose in response to the news.

As part of the deal current CEO John Donahoe will step down, to be replaced by two new individuals.

Donahoe said the decision had been reached by the board of the company as it became clear that while being one single company had worked well for years, there were too many differences now.

“A thorough strategic review with our board shows that keeping eBay and PayPal together beyond 2015 clearly becomes less advantageous to each business strategically and competitively,” he said.

“The industry landscape is changing, and each business faces different competitive opportunities and challenges. We believe eBay and PayPal will continue to do so as separate, independent companies. Tremendous opportunities exist for each business.”

He said that as single companies they could pursue their own opportunities as required, without having to factor in any impact on the other business.

Dan Schulman will become the president of PayPal, effective immediately, and the designated CEO of the standalone PayPal company once the split takes place.

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'Anti-Facebook' platform Ello attracts thousands

Sep 30, 2014 - 5:49 PM - by Reverend
Social media network Ello is currently receiving up to 31,000 requests an hour from people wishing to join its platform, its founder has told the BBC.

It was initially designed to just be used by about 90 friends of its founder Paul Budnitz.

But the bike shop owner, from the US state of Vermont, opened it to others on 7 August.

It has been dubbed the "anti-Facebook" network because of a pledge to carry no adverts or sell user data.

However some experts have cautioned that it might struggle with plans to charge micro-payments for certain "features".

The site has a minimalist design and does not appear as user-friendly, at first glance, as more established networks.

Ello founder Paul Budnitz Ello founder Paul Budnitz is a bike shop owner from the US state of Vermont
It has already survived a reported Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack - a targeted flood of internet traffic - which briefly knocked it offline over the weekend.

"We're learning as we go but we have a very strong tech crew and back end," founder Paul Budnitz told the BBC.

"It's in beta and it's buggy and it does weird stuff - and it's all being fixed as quickly as we can."

BBC News
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Microsoft names next operating system 'Windows 10'

Sep 30, 2014 - 5:46 PM - by Reverend
Microsoft Corp announced its 'Windows 10' operating system on Tuesday, skipping a number, to replace the largely unpopular Windows 8 from two years ago.

The next version of Microsoft's flagship product, which still runs the vast majority of personal computers, is aimed at recapturing the lucrative business market, which generally ignored the new-look Windows 8.

Windows 10 will be "our greatest enterprise platform ever," said Terry Myerson, Microsoft's head of operating systems, at an event in San Francisco.

He said the new Windows, long known by the project name 'Threshold' internally, represented a new type of system for the company. The name represented that leap, he said.

Myerson added that his team toyed with the idea of calling the new product 'Windows One' to emphasize the unity of all the companies' products, but noted that name had already been used.

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Microsoft pips Sony to launch Xbox One in China

Sep 29, 2014 - 5:10 PM - by Reverend
Microsoft has launched the Xbox One in China - becoming the first major console maker to enter what could be a massively lucrative market.

The first consoles were sold in Shanghai, priced at 4,299 yuan ($699, £430). Sony and Nintendo are yet to launch their respective products.

In January, the Chinese government lifted a 14-year ban on consoles, made because of worries over content.

However, many popular titles, such as Call of Duty, will still be banned.

Only 10 games were available to buy on the Xbox One's release - but Microsoft has said 70 titles are in the pipeline.

Beating its rivals to the market may give Microsoft a much-needed sales boost. Its console is currently being outsold by Sony's PlayStation 4 in all major markets.

But Piers Harding-Rolls, a games analyst from IHS, told the BBC: "There's advantages and disadvantages in being first.

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The BBC's Martin Patience reports as the Xbox console goes on sale in China

"There's obviously potential. Overcoming the issues of piracy, overcoming the issues of pricing, having the right content to connect with the local audience - those are all big issues."

Sony has set up business partnerships to launch the PS4 in China, but a date has not yet been set.

Both companies will compete with a thriving black market in illegally imported consoles playing pirated versions of games.

The firms will also come up against mobile games, which are not banned in China and are extremely popular.

BBC News
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Yahoo Shuts Down Original Search Product

Sep 29, 2014 - 5:08 PM - by Reverend
Yahoo announced on Friday it is retiring the service that gave the company its name – its human-selected, hierarchical website listings.

The hierarchical directory was launched 20 years ago, in January of 1994, by Jerry Yang and David Filo, then graduate students at Stanford University, and was originally titled ‘Jerry and David’s Guide to the World Wide Web’. Later that year the service was renamed ‘Yahoo!’, an acronym of ‘Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle’.

At the time, the directory provided a useful complement to automated searches, helping to highlight websites that were genuinely useful; the two types of results were listed alongside one another in searches. The situation changed with the advent of Google, whose automated search quickly displaced human-selected directories.

For a time, Yahoo used Google’s own results to power its web search; it now relies on Bing’s technology. The company’s core products are “search, communications, digital magazines, and video”, according to Jay Rossiter, senior vice president of the Cloud Platform Group.

In the meantime, Yahoo has continued to develop the hierarchical product, called Yahoo Directory, which now lists hundreds of thousands of sites. But that will come to an end in December, Rossiter said.

“Yahoo was started nearly 20 years ago as a directory of websites that helped users explore the Internet,” he said in a blog post. “Our business has evolved and at the end of 2014 (December 31), we will retire the Yahoo Directory.”

Rossiter noted that more than 60 products and services have been shut down over the past two years under chief executive Marissa Mayer, a former Google executive.

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