A chat with Microsoft’s CEO: why Apple and Google haven’t won yet

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Satya Nadella has been CEO of Microsoft for five months, and he’s made it clear he intends to change and re-focus the software behemoth as it navigates the next generation of technological change. To mark the closing of Microsoft’s fiscal year, Nadella released a long, detailed memo laying out his grand vision for the future of Microsoft. He talked about the importance of mobile and the cloud, the end of Microsoft’s focus on devices and services, and laid the foundation for big changes in…

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‘Gotham’ TV show will begin telling the origins of Batman this September

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Fox plans to tell the origin story of Batman through its upcoming series Gotham, and it’s just announced that the series will premiere on September 22nd at 8PM ET/PT. Though the series exists in the world of Batman — and with famous Batman villains like the Penguin on the loose — the hero himself won’t be on screen. Instead, it’ll take place when Bruce Wayne is just a child, right after the murder of his parents. The show will actually focus on a young Commissioner Gordon back when he was still a detective. That makes it sound as though the series could become an interesting new crime drama, with the larger story of Gotham’s corruption and Gordon’s assent through the police force mixed in.

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Python bumps off Java as top learning language

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Python has surpassed Java as the top language used to introduce U.S. students to programming and computer science, according to a recent survey posted by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).

Eight of the top 10 computer science departments now use Python to teach coding, as well as 27 of the top 39 schools, indicating that it is the most popular language for teaching introductory computer science courses, according to Philip Guo, a computer science researcher who compiled the survey for ACM.

The three largest, most popular online class providers — Coursera, edX and Udacity — also offer introductory programming courses in Python, Guo found.

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DataStax Enterprise 4.5 turbocharges speed and security

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Datastax Enterprise is the commercial distribution of Apache Cassandra, a column-family NoSQL database developed by Facebook and probably best known for powering Netflix. The new 4.5 release of DataStax Enterprise, announced June 30, advances DataStax’s case that NoSQL is ready for enterprise applications. It features Apache Spark integration for fast in-memory analytics, Hortonworks and Cloudera integration for easy access to Hadoop data, and new diagnostic and security tools.

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Justice Department won’t investigate CIA for spying on Senate committee

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The US Justice Department has decided against pursuing a criminal investigation of the CIA over accusations that it spied on the Senate Intelligence Committee. Earlier this year, Senator Dianne Feinstein sharply criticized the CIA for monitoring computers used by the committee as lawmakers worked to complete a classified report on the agency’s interrogation program under President George W. Bush. The report is said to be a damning look at the program and torturous interrogation methods like waterboarding. It also reportedly criticizes the CIA for misleading Bush’s administration and Congress during 9/11’s aftermath.

Feinstein said the intrusion “violated the separation of powers principles embodied in the United States Constitution.” In…

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FTC sues Amazon for letting children rack up in-app purchase bills

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A week after Amazon rejected a settlement over in-app purchases, the FTC has filed suit against Amazon for allegedly letting children run up bills without parental approval. In a complaint, it asks a court to make Amazon refund users who were billed a total of “millions of dollars” in unauthorized charges, and for the company to be banned from billing parents or other account holders without more explicit consent. “Amazon’s in-app system allowed children to incur unlimited charges on their parents’ accounts without permission,” says FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez. “Even Amazon’s own employees recognized the serious problem its process created.”

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Google, Microsoft, IBM And Others Collaborate To Make Managing Docker Containers Easier

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containers_docker It’s not often that you see this combination of backers, but today, Microsoft, Red Hat, IBM, Docker, Mesosphere, CoreOS and SaltStack all banded together to support Google’s open-source Kubernetes project for managing Docker containers. Docker containers are quickly becoming the go-to technology for building and running distributed applications. Every major cloud vendor has… Read More

Yes, potato salad belongs on Kickstarter

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The potato salad Kickstarter hit $40,000 yesterday,* and The Verge’s editor-in-chief Josh Topolsky wanted to talk about it.

“Isn’t it a gross abuse of Kickstarter? Doesn’t this run counter to what they’re trying to do?” he asked. “Is this the kind of business Kickstarter wants to run?”

This is a common reaction, but I think it’s a misunderstanding. First, there’s always been a place for jokes on Kickstarter. Second, this particular joke is especially fitting given Kickstarter’s current goals.

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