The DAO is effectively on hold to decide whether flaws exist and how to fix them

The Decentralized Autonomous Organization is a venture capital firm, like Andreessen Horowitz or Kleiner Perkins. It chooses new ideas and businesses to invest in. But the DAO isn’t run by rich white Silicon Valley dudes. It’s run by a network of machines that operate according to the same basic principles that drive the bitcoin digital currency. If you put money into the DAO, these machines let you vote on which new ideas it should invest in. The more money you put in, the more votes you get.
By the time the deadline for investing in the DAO arrived late last month, about 10,000 people had anonymously poured more than $168 million into this new online creation. That makes it the largest crowdfunded project ever. Now, it’s time for the DAO to start accepting pitches for all those anonymous people to vote on, bringing a new kind of democracy to the iconic


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Microsoft announces major commitment to Apache Spark

This post was authored by Tiffany Wissner, Senior Director of Data Platform Marketing.
This week in San Francisco, thousands of people are at Spark Summit, to explore and understand how they leverage Apache Spark to get the most out of big data. Building on our previous investments, today we are announcing an extensive commitment for Spark to power Microsoft’s big data and analytics offerings including Cortana Intelligence Suite, Power BI, and Microsoft R Server:
Spark for Azure HDInsight General Availability, previously announced as public preview, Spark for Azure HDInsight generally available today, and introducing a fully managed Spark service from Hortonworks that has been hardened for the enterprise and made simpler for you to use. You can also rely on the industry’s highest availability service level agreement for Spark at 99.9%. You can get value out of Spark immediately with out-of-the-box integration with Jupyter, the most popular open source notebook for data


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Microsoft launches Planner app for basic project management

Microsoft has taken a big step toward helping employees stay on track with the launch of a new app called Planner.
It’s a Web-based tool for Office 365 subscribers designed to let them easily lay out plans for projects and business objectives and then share them with other people. After creating a plan, users can create and assign tasks, share files and update their colleagues on the status of key to-dos.
Planner appears to be a response to the likes of Trello and Asana — startups that have built their businesses on making it easier for other companies to improve their employees’ productivity. Microsoft has positioned Office 365 as a key part of a user’s productivity workflow, and this app is supposed to make it easier for people to stay on track and effectively collaborate with colleagues. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here


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Nest’s Time At Alphabet: A ‘Virtually Unlimited Budget’ With No Results

Ron Amadeo, reporting for Ars Technica (edited and condensed): Nest CEO Tony Fadell wasn’t officially “fired” from Nest, but it certainly feels like it. In just the last few months, Nest has had to deal with reports of an “employee exodus,” a string of public insults from Dropcam co-founder and departing Nest employee Greg Duffy, news that even Google supposedly didn’t want to work with Nest on a joint project, and fallout from the company’s decision to remotely disable Nest’s deprecated Revolv devices. […] It’s hard to argue with the decision to “transition” Fadell away from Nest. When Google bought Nest in January 2014, the expectation was that a big infusion of Google’s resources and money would supercharge Nest. Nest grew from 280 employees around the time of the Google acquisition to 1200 employees today. In Nest’s first year as “a Google company,” it used Google’s resources to acquire webcam


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RIAA to .ORG Registry: Take down ThePirateBay

We were forwarded a letter from the RIAA via our lawyers on Friday whom in turn received it from Public Interest Registry (PIR), who is the registry operator of the .ORG top level domain. The letter was sent from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) asking PIR “to reconsider whether it wants its services to continue to be criminally exploited by The Pirate Bay.”
The full text of the letter appears below.
PIR forwarded the communication to us “for review and possible action”. The only specific action that PIR requested was that we “forward the letter to the registrant for comment.”
We have done so, and TPB has responded:

Hello,

TPB is DMCA compliant and if TPB receive any DMCA complaints from
RIAA they will be investigated and removed if found to be valid. We
have not revived[sic] any DMCA complaints from RIAA at all so far this
year.

We then followed up to specifically inquire about


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Microsoft officially launches Planner, its Trello competitor

 The Microsoft Office lineup is getting a new addition today: Microsoft Planner, team collaboration software that lets you visually organize plans, assign tasks, share files, chat and more. The new app, first introduced into testing last fall, enters a competitive space which includes pro software like Atlassian’s JIRA Core, as well as other easy-to-use tools from startups like Trello… Read More


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Seven months later, Valve’s Steam Machines look dead in the water

The top of the Alienware Steam Machine is a bit reminiscent of an armored turtle.View all…
It’s been about seven months now since Valve officially got into the hardware business with its Steam Machines, a line of Linux-powered gaming console/PC hybrids paired with a unique dual touchpad Steam Controller. Today, we’re getting our first concrete glimpse of the impact that hardware has had on the wider market for gaming machines—and the numbers don’t look too good for Valve.
As part of an update on new Steam Controller functions, Valve announced that it has sold over 500,000 Steam Controllers since the early November launch. A Valve representative confirmed to Ars that this number includes the controllers that are packaged with every branded Steam Machine sold through Valve’s hardware partners.
Put it together, and you find that there have been less than half a million Steam Machines sold over a span of more than half


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