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Google Exec Breaks Space Jump Record With Nearly 26-Mile Free Fall

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Alan Eustace, a senior vice president at Google, broke Felix Baumgartner’s two-year-old world record for highest altitude free-fall jump on Friday morning when he parachuted from a balloon near the top of the stratosphere, free-falling from a height of nearly 26 miles and breaking the sound barrier in the process.

The New York Times reported that Eustace, 57, ascended to the edge of space in a balloon filled with 35,000 cubic feet of helium from an airport in Roswell, New Mexico. He then cut loose using a small explosive device and plummeted towards Earth at speeds of up to 822 miles per hour. Fifteen minutes later, he landed safely on the ground. Read more…

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Microsoft Now Makes Money From Surface Line, Q1 Sales Reach Almost $1 Billion

SmartAboutThings writes Microsoft has recently published its Q1 fiscal 2015 earnings report, disclosing that it has made $4.5 billion in net income on $23.20 billion in revenue. According to the report, revenue has increased by $4.67 billion, compared to $18.53 billion from the same period last year. However, net income has decreased 14 percent compared to last year’s $5.24 billion mainly because of the $1.14 billion cost associated with the integration and restructuring expenses related to the Nokia acquisition. But what’s finally good news for the company is that the Surface gross margin was positive this quarter, which means the company finally starts making money on Surface sales. Microsoft didn’t yet reveal Surface sales, but we know that Surface revenue was $908 million this quarter, up a massive 127 percent from the $400 million this time last year. However, if we assume that the average spent amount on the purchase of this year’s Surface Pro 3 was around $1000, then we have less than 1 million units sold, which isn’t that impressive, but it’s a good start.

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Benedict Cumberbatch Trying to Walk Like Beyonce Is the Best Thing You’ll See Today

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Prepare to have your love for Benedict Cumberbatch grow ten folds

Because what is a REAL man, if not one who attempts to walk like Beyoncé on a television show?

Yes, that’s exactly what happened on an episode of The Graham Norton Show after comedian Miranda Hart began giving the panelists — Cumberbatch included — a lesson in walking, from the awkward course correction to the pop star walk. While showing off the latter of those, Hart, our new hero, prompted Cumberbatch to join in

This is what happened.

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The best. Read more…

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Sundar Pichai’s Ascension At Google Could Herald New Platform Unification

Screen Shot 2014-10-24 at 4.56.41 PM In a sweeping transfer of power, Google CEO Larry Page will bequeath operational leadership of a host of core products to his lieutenant Sundar Pichai. Pichai, a well-known Google executive, will add control of Google+, search, maps, infrastructure and ads to his portfolio, which already includes Chrome’s browser and operating system efforts, Google Apps and Android. Read More

John Constantine’s LinkedIn Profile Touts His Demonology Expertise Ahead of Premiere

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Looking to hire a demonologist with a rock background? Look no further than John Constantine.

The self-proclaimed “master of the dark arts” has taken a page from the post-college guide to employment and set up a LinkedIn page, in which he touts his, ahem, points of expertise. This, of course, is a move by NBC to publicize the Friday premiere of Constantine, based off the Hellblazer comics.

Despite his obvious skills in fighting the underworld, however, Constantine could actually use a little help from a career counselor

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A screenshot of John Constantine’s LinkedIn profile. Read more…

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Days After Shooting, Canada Proposes New Restrictions On and Offline

New submitter o_ferguson writes As Slashdot reported earlier this week, a lone shooter attacked the war memorial and parliament buildings in Ottawa, Canada on Wednesday. As many comments predicted, the national government has seized this as an opportunity to roll out considerable new regressive legislation, including measures designed to* increase data access for domestic intelligence services, institute a new form of extra-judicial detention, and, perhaps most troubling, criminalize some forms of religious and political speech online. As an example of the type of speech that could, in future, be grounds for prosecution, the article mentions that the killer’s website featured “a black ISIS flag and rejoiced that ‘disbelievers’ will be consigned to the fires of Hell for eternity.” A government MP offers the scant assurance that this legislation is not “trauma tainted,” as it was drafted well prior to this week’s instigating incidents. Needless to say, some internet observes remain, as always, highly skeptical of the manner in which events are being portrayed. (Please note that some articles may be partially paywalled unless opened in a private/incognito browser window.)

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What We Now Know About New York’s First Ebola Case

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New York City reported its first case of the deadly Ebola virus on Thursday, when a health care worker who volunteered in Guinea fell ill upon returning home in the U.S.

Dr. Craig Spencer, 32, is now in isolation at Bellevue Hospital.

Spencer had traveled to Guinea with Doctors Without Borders, before returning to New York on Oct. 17. He went about his normal life in the city, even riding the subway, taking an Uber car and going bowling in the days before symptoms emerged

On Friday, health officials in New York revealed additional details on Spencer’s activities, including a detailed account of his movement around the city on Oct. 21 and 22 Read more…

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AT&T Locks Apple SIM Cards On New iPads

As reported by MacRumors, the unlocked, carrier-switchable SIM cards built into the newest iPads aren’t necessarily so — at least if you buy them from an AT&T store. Though the card comes from Apple with the ability to support (and be switched among with software, if a change is necessary) all major carriers, “AT&T is not supporting this interchangeability and is locking the SIM included with cellular models of the iPad Air 2 and Retina iPad mini 3 after it is used with an AT&T plan. … AT&T appears to be the only participating carrier that is locking the Apple SIM to its network. T-Mobile’s John Legere has indicated that T-Mobile’s process does not lock a customer in to T-Mobile, which appears to be confirmed by Apple’s support document, and Sprint’s process also seems to leave the Apple SIM unlocked and able to be used with other carrier plans. Verizon, the fourth major carrier in the United States, did not opt to allow the Apple SIM to work with its network.” The iPad itself can still be activated and used on other networks, but only after the installation of a new SIM.

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No Switching for You! AT&T Locks the Apple SIM to Its Network

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If you use your LTE iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 3 with AT&T, you’d better be prepared to stay with the network. AT&T will lock the Apple SIM card in the device, even though the card is intended to allow users to switch networks at will.

Users began reporting the SIM lockdown as the iPads went on sale Friday, MacRumors first reported. When a user first activates the iPad on AT&T, a message will appear warning them that once they connect to the network they won’t be able to switch to another. To switch networks — even while traveling — a user will need to purchase a new Apple SIM. Read more…

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Sidecar Tests A New “Commute” Service, With Discounts When You Pay For A Week Of Morning Rides

sidecar-selection Ridesharing service SideCar invited me today to beta test a new feature called Sidecar Commute.
Here’s how it works, as explained on the tester signup page: You pay $35 for a one-week SideCar Commute Pack, then you can request a ride every morning that week, and you’ll get a $15 credit for that ride. Read More