Airbnb to require 14% in taxes for SanFrancisco users »

Let’s face it, the only problem authorities have with the sharing economy startups like Uber and Airbnb … is the reduction of revenue!

For Airbnb there seams to be a solution to that, or at least in San Francisco!

starting October 1, Airbnb will collect 14% in taxes from its hosts and and remit them to its hometown of San Francisco

MIT project demonstrates a system combining the use of a smartphone with a desktop computer.    more gadgets gif«   &   more tech news«
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Microsoft to launch a Mobile Keyboard For iOS, Android And Windows »

You might have came across a keyboard for your iOS or even Android device, but Microsoft is developing a product the ‘Universal Mobile Keyboard,’ that will carter to all three mobile platforms at the same time (windows, iOS, Android).

Availability : in October.

Connectivity: through Bluetooth

Abilities: it is capable of pairing with three devices and lets users quickly switch between their various devices.

WikiLeaks releases surveillance malware used by intelligence agencies to spy on journalists … »

Wikileaks continues it’s journalists awareness effort by releasing copies of a malware used to spy on them, the software produced by a german company and sold to customers all around the world those identified through the analysis of support requests and attached documents they provided to FinFisher support include Slovakia, Mongolia, Qatar State Security, South Africa, Bahrain, Pakistan, Estonia, Vietnam, Australia NSW Police, Belgium, Nigeria, Netherlands KLPD, PCS Security in Singapore, Bangladesh, Secret Services of Hungary, Italy and Bosnia & Herzegovina Intelligence.!

In a press release wikileaks says:

Today, 15 September 2014, WikiLeaks releases previously unseen copies of weaponised German surveillance malware used by intelligence agencies around the world to spy on journalists, political dissidents and others.

FinFisher (formerly part of the UK based Gamma Group International until late 2013) is a German company that produces and sells computer intrusion systems, software exploits and remote monitoring systems that are capable of intercepting communications and data from OS X, Windows and Linux computers as well as Android, iOS, BlackBerry, Symbian and Windows Mobile devices. FinFisher first came to public attention in December 2011 when WikiLeaks published documents detailing their products and business in the first SpyFiles release.

Since the first SpyFiles release, researchers published reports that identified the presence of FinFisher products in countries aroud the world and documented its use against journalists, activists and political dissidents.

Julian Assange, WikiLeaks Editor in Chief said: “FinFisher continues to operate brazenly from Germany selling weaponised surveillance malware to some of the most abusive regimes in the world. The Merkel government pretends to be concerned about privacy, but its actions speak otherwise. Why does the Merkel government continue to protect FinFisher? This full data release will help the technical community build tools to protect people from FinFisher including by tracking down its command and control centers.”

FinFisher Relay and FinSpy Proxy are the components of the FinFisher suite responsible for collecting the data acquired from the infected victims and delivering it to their controllers. It is commonly deployed by FinFisher’s customers in strategic points around the world to route the collected data through an anonymizing chain, in order to disguise the identity of its operators and the real location of the final storage, which is instead operated by the FinSpy Master.

The FBI facial recognition system  system is now fully operational!the FBI announced that development on the project is complete, and it would be rolling out new features for ongoing criminal notifications as well as a controversial facial recognition feature called the Interstate Photo System, or IPS which have a 85% success rate. IPS will serve as “an image-searching capability of photographs from mug shot photos as well as photos pulled from employment records and other sources.
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The FBI facial recognition system  system is now fully operational!the FBI announced that development on the project is complete, and it would be rolling out new features for ongoing criminal notifications as well as a controversial facial recognition feature called the Interstate Photo System, or IPS which have a 85% success rate. IPS will serve as “an image-searching capability of photographs from mug shot photos as well as photos pulled from employment records and other sources.
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The FBI facial recognition system  system is now fully operational!the FBI announced that development on the project is complete, and it would be rolling out new features for ongoing criminal notifications as well as a controversial facial recognition feature called the Interstate Photo System, or IPS which have a 85% success rate. IPS will serve as “an image-searching capability of photographs from mug shot photos as well as photos pulled from employment records and other sources.
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The FBI facial recognition system  system is now fully operational!
the FBI announced that development on the project is complete, and it would be rolling out new features for ongoing criminal notifications as well as a controversial facial recognition feature called the Interstate Photo System, or IPS which have a 85% success rate. IPS will serve as “an image-searching capability of photographs from mug shot photos as well as photos pulled from employment records and other sources.

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Microsoft buys Minecraft maker for $2.5 billion »

Microsoft  agrred to acquire Mojang AB for $2.5 billion, the Swedish video game developer founded in 2009 and most known for creating the popular game Minecraft.

Some of the points that might have led to the making of such a decision:

  1. Mojang gives Microsoft access to younger demographic.
  2. Minecraft would make Xbox a stronger brand.
  3. Microsoft can use it’s overseas cash to buy the sweedish company, thus avoiding to pay taxes on overseas cash if it was to be brought back into the US.

Mojang posted a blog on why they sold the company:

Why did you sell Minecraft?
Minecraft has grown from a simple game to a project of monumental significance. Though we’re massively proud of what Minecraft has become, it was never Notch’s intention for it to get this big.

As you might already know, Notch is the creator of Minecraft and the majority shareholder at Mojang. He’s decided that he doesn’t want the responsibility of owning a company of such global significance. Over the past few years he’s made attempts to work on smaller projects, but the pressure of owning Minecraft became too much for him to handle. The only option was to sell Mojang. He’ll continue to do cool stuff though. Don’t worry about that.

There are only a handful of potential buyers with the resources to grow Minecraft on a scale that it deserves. We’ve worked closely with Microsoft since 2012, and have been impressed by their continued dedication to our game and its development. We’re confident that Minecraft will continue to grow in an awesome way.

Minecraft means many different things to millions of people across the world, and to each and every Mojangsta. We feel that this is the best way for everyone – you guys included – to benefit.

As for why they bought minecraft, Microsoft had this to say:

The Mojang team will join Microsoft Studios, which includes the studios behind global blockbuster franchises “Halo,” “Forza,” “Fable” and more. Microsoft’s investments in cloud and mobile technologies will enable “Minecraft” players to benefit from richer and faster worlds, more powerful development tools, and more opportunities to connect across the “Minecraft” community…

Available across multiple platforms, “Minecraft” is one of the most popular video games in history, with more than 100 million downloads, on PC alone, by players since its launch in 2009. “Minecraft” is one of the top PC games of all time, the most popular online game on Xbox, and the top paid app for iOS and Android in the US. The “Minecraft” community is among the most active and passionate in the industry, with more than 2 billion hours played on Xbox 360 alone in the past two years. Minecraft fans are loyal, with nearly 90 percent of paid customers on the PC having signed in within the past 12 months.

“Gaming is a top activity spanning devices, from PCs and consoles to tablets and mobile, with billions of hours spent each year,” said Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft. “Minecraft is more than a great game franchise – it is an open world platform, driven by a vibrant community we care deeply about, and rich with new opportunities for that community and for Microsoft.”

“The ‘Minecraft’ players have taken the game and turned it into something that surpassed all of our expectations. The acquisition by Microsoft brings a new chapter to the incredible story of ‘Minecraft,’” said Carl Manneh, CEO, Mojang. “As the founders move on to start new projects, we believe the high level of creativity from the community will continue the game’s success far into the future.”

Microsoft plans to continue to make “Minecraft” available across all the platforms on which it is available today: PC, iOS, Android, Xbox and PlayStation.

“‘Minecraft’ is one of the most popular franchises of all time,” said Phil Spencer, head of Xbox. “We are going to maintain ‘Minecraft’ and its community in all the ways people love today, with a commitment to nurture and grow it long into the future.”

iPhone 6 Plus preorder sold out in less than 2h »

Apple and all the major carriers seams to have sold through their preorder stock  of the larger iPhone 6 Plus. And are all now showing longer ship times for that model.

Response to iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus has been incredible with a record number of preorders overnight,” Apple said.

Sprint,  said “response has been strong”

T-Mobile CEO John Legere said  “Demand has been huge but we are on it,”

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