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Anita Sarkeesian, Video Game Critic, Cancels Speech After Threats of Massacre – New York Times

Posted: Thursday, October 16, 2014

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Mark Driscoll resigns from Mars Hill Church – Deseret News

Posted: Thursday, October 16, 2014

Mark Driscoll, the larger-than-life megachurch pastor who has been accused of plagiarism, bullying and an unhealthy ego that alienated his most devoted followers, resigned from his Seattle church Tuesday, according to a document obtained by RNS. The divisive Seattle pastor had announced his plan to step aside for at least six weeks in August while his church investigated the charges against him. Driscoll’s resignation came shortly after the church concluded…

HBO to sell subscriptions via the Internet – CNNMoney

Posted: Thursday, October 16, 2014

  While continuing to seek subscribers from cable and satellite, HBO will start to sell its service separately via the Internet next year. “It is time to remove all barriers to those who want HBO,” the network’s chief executive Richard Plepler said Wednesday. “So, in 2015, we will launch a stand-alone, over-the-top HBO service in the United States.” This means that homes with Internet, but without cable, will be able…

Sideline Tablets Help Microsoft Squeeze Into the NFL Picture – New York Times

Posted: Thursday, October 16, 2014

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Ebola scare forces Bay Area medical facilities to step up preparedness – San Jose Mercury News

Posted: Wednesday, October 15, 2014

As a killer from a distant continent alarms our nation, Bay Area health care providers are scrambling to change their age-old routines to contain the spread of the deadly Ebola virus. Employees are posing as patients for secret safety drills at hospitals and clinics. EMS crews are stocking bleach, heavy-duty gowns and goggles on ambulances. Hospitals are waiting for deliveries of safety suits and other equipment. Bay Area preparations come…

Obama to convene meeting on government’s Ebola response – CBS News

Posted: Wednesday, October 15, 2014

President Obama is canceling his scheduled campaign travel Wednesday to convene a White House meeting of cabinet officials responsible for coordinating the government’s response to the Ebola virus, the White House announced. The president had been slated to travel Wednesday afternoon to New Jersey for an event with Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, and to Connecticut to hit the campaign trail with embattled Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy. Earlier in the day,…

Massacre threat at Utah university points to misogynist gaming underworld – Christian Science Monitor

Posted: Wednesday, October 15, 2014

A prominent feminist critic of video games pulled out of a speech she was scheduled to give at Utah State University this morning after several staff members received an anonymous e-mail terror threat yesterday morning promising “the deadliest school shooting in American history” if the event wasn’t canceled. USU officials, after consulting with local, state and federal law enforcement, determined that it was safe to allow Anita Sarkeesian to give…

HBO Go-Ing Away From Cable, Will Stand on Its Own – ABC News

Posted: Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Next year HBO is cutting the cord and selling its popular streaming video service HBO Go as a stand-alone product, as more Americans choose to watch the Web, not the TV. Viewers longing to see “Game of Thrones”, “True Detective” and “Veep” will no longer have to pay big bucks for cable and satellite contracts. Is this the end of pay-TV as we know it? “HBO and ESPN are the…

Syria-Iraq Fight Gets Name: "Inherent Resolve" – ABC News

Posted: Wednesday, October 15, 2014

It may be less punchy than previous nicknames for U.S. conflicts in the Middle East — remember Operation Desert Storm and its thunderous attacks on Saddam Hussein’s occupation army — but the Pentagon has finally named its fight against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria: Operation Inherent Resolve. The naming process, which took weeks of quiet deliberation behind closed doors at U.S. Central Command and at the Pentagon, is…

Custom-Made PS4 Laptop Will Cost You $1400 – GameSpot

Posted: Wednesday, October 15, 2014

From the enterprising modder who brought you the Xbox One “Xbook” comes a similar creation focused around Sony’s PlayStation 4. Self-taught engineer Ed Zarick this week posted a video of what he calls the “PlayBook 4,” which is essentially a PlayStation 4 laptop. The PlayBook 4 (via Eurogamer) features the PS4′s guts inside a 3D-printed and laser-cut plastic case. The screen is a 22″ Vizio 1080p LED LCD display, which…

The iPad Is Getting Boring, Because It’s a Laptop – PC Magazine

Posted: Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The iPad is a laptop. So don’t expect a huge upgrade this week. In four years, the iPad has gone from zero to a completely mature product, in a way that smartphones haven’t. When a friend of mine asked me if he should upgrade his iPad 3, my answer was, “if it’s broken.” Where mobile technology moves forward in leaps and bounds every year, desktops and laptops don’t. …

Lenovo B50-30 review: A £200 budget Windows laptop to rival Google’s … – PC Advisor

Posted: Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Lenovo’s B50-30 is a Windows 8 budget laptop costing just £200, putting it in direct competition with Google’s Chromebooks. Also see: Best budget laptops 2014. Two hundred pounds for a brand-new Windows laptop? That’s got to be an irresistible attention-grabber for anyone looking for a working laptop on a budget. We’ve been here before with netbooks, except this time there are two important differences. Also see: How to choose a budget…

Microsoft Says Windows Will Run Docker, the Next Big Thing in Cloud Computing – Wired

Posted: Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Ross Patton/WIRED The next big thing in cloud computing doesn’t work with Microsoft’s Windows operating system. But Microsoft wants to change that. As part of its ongoing effort to embrace the latest tech trends, Microsoft says it’s building a version of Windows that will offer something akin to Docker—a technology originally created for the Linux operating system that’s all the rage among the companies and engineers developing the massive online…

HBO going ‘over the top’ with Internet streaming service in 2015 – Los Angeles Times

Posted: Wednesday, October 15, 2014

HBO announced plans to offer a stand-alone streaming service directly to Internet customers beginning next year, taking a giant step toward breaking the pay-TV bundle that has been a cornerstone of the television industry for more than a quarter-century. HBO Chief Executive Richard Plepler made the announcement Wednesday at parent company Time Warner Inc.’s investor day in New York. HBO’s service is currently available only to subscribers of pay-TV packages….

R.I.P. Reader: Examining Adobe’s history of disdain towards Linux users – PCWorld

Posted: Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Linux users have recently been celebrating the arrival of an official Photoshop for Linux— yup, once Adobe’s Photoshop-streaming-via-Creative-Cloud is out of beta for Chrome, Linux users will be able to use Photoshop in an official way. But Adobe hasn’t suddenly fallen in love with Linux. In fact, whatever support they provide for Linux seems purely coincidental. Adobe has been going out of their way to kill their consumer Linux software…

Zuckerberg in Indonesia for Internet-access push – SFGate

Posted: Wednesday, October 15, 2014

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Cell phone use in school and construction zones should be illegal, lawmaker says – The Plain Dealer – cleveland.com

Posted: Wednesday, October 15, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Legislation introduced this week would ban cell phone use in school and construction zones and would make texting while driving a primary traffic offense. House Bill 637 would ban all use of cell phones and other electronic devices while in school zones during hours when children are present outside and in construction zones during hours of actual work. It would also make reading or writing a text-based message a…

Dallas Nurses Cite Sloppy Conditions In Ebola Care – Huffington Post

Posted: Wednesday, October 15, 2014

DALLAS (AP) — A Liberian Ebola patient was left in an open area of a Dallas emergency room for hours, and the nurses treating him worked for days without proper protective gear and faced constantly changing protocols, according to a statement released late Tuesday by the largest U.S. nurses’ union. Nurses were forced to use medical tape to secure openings in their flimsy garments, worried that their necks and heads…

Anita Sarkeesian Cancels Speech Over Utah State University Allowing Firearms … – Huffington Post

Posted: Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Toronto feminist Stephanie Guthrie who spoke out against the ‘Beat up Anita Sarkeesian’ video as well as the creator behind it. Stephanie poses for a portrait while being photographed in Toronto on Tuesday July 10, 2012. (Photo by Pawel Dwulit/Toronto Star via Getty Images) SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A feminist speaker has canceled a speech at Utah State University after learning the school would allow concealed firearms despite an…

Steenkamp Cousin Says Family Ruined by Pistorius – Wall Street Journal

Posted: Wednesday, October 15, 2014

PRETORIA, South Africa—Reeva Steenkamp’s cousin, sobbing as she testified Wednesday at Oscar Pistorius’s sentencing, described how the family was “ruined” when he shot Ms. Steenkamp dead on Valentine’s Day last year. Kim Martin, Ms. Steenkamp’s first cousin, a witness for the prosecution, said the slain 29-year-old model’s father, Barry, has…