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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The new gladiators: Valve’s quest to turn e-sports into epic spectacle

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The question “what is Dota 2” will be asked more times this month than at any other point in the game’s past or future. Valve is presently hosting the marquee Dota 2 tournament of the year, The International 4 (TI4), and its incredible $10.5 million prize pool has garnered attention from corners of the world that wouldn’t traditionally care about professional gaming. Whatever else happens at the event, its significance as a flagbearer and emissary for e-sports to a mainstream audience is already assured. But Valve won’t be satisfied if you just learn about this game’s existence. It wants to recruit you into its sphere of addictively intricate gameplay.

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This Humanoid Robot Uses Walking Sticks To Climb Over Rubble

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supraped2-1404879844196 Oussama Khatib Shu-Yun Chung have brought us the SupraPed. Khatib and Chung, researchers at Stanford, are working on a system to allow bipedal robots extra stability by giving them a pair of walking sticks. Unlike us weak humans, however, the robots will bend and twist in all sorts of ways to get across chasms or over large obstacles.
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The App Store, Six Years Later

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appstore Happy birthday, iTunes App Store. Apple’s App Store turns six today, and now offers consumers over 1.2 million apps, which have been downloaded 75 billion times, according to the most recent official data shared by the company. But the business can sometimes be tough for app developers, and new numbers out this morning from two different analytics companies help prove… Read More

You can now stream SoundCloud through your Sonos speakers

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SoundCloud is the latest music service to hop on the Sonos bandwagon. You can now listen to SoundCloud’s huge library of user-uploaded music, playlists, podcasts, comedy bits, newscasts, and more with Sonos’ hi-fi audio systems. “You’ve already used SoundCloud to connect with your favorite artists: now, with a click of a button, they can send their freshest tracks and playlists direct to your home,” SoundCloud announced today.

Playback is handled with the Sonos controller app, which sadly means you can’t (yet) control the speakers throughout your house with SoundCloud’s redesigned iPhone app. Google Play Music still has a leg up on other streaming services when it comes to native Sonos integration, but we won’t complain about another…

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Can Snapchat make money without losing its cool?

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Snapchat is an unconventional company. From its faux-apologies to its reported rejection of a $3 billion acquisition offer from Facebook, the Los Angeles startup is anything but predictable. And the company has launched new products at a rapid clip: in the last year alone, Snapchat has rolled out a storytelling platform called Stories, video chat, and text messaging. It’s clearer now, perhaps more than ever, that Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel is in it for the long haul.

If Snapchat is indeed in the game to make money, and not simply to grow a massive user base and sell to the man, the company’s going to need to think about monetization. And it has. If you’ve been paying close attention, you might have already noticed Snapchat has been…

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Google, DropBox, and others team up to cut patent trolls off at the source

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Despite its high profile in the tech world, patent trolling — in which companies sue for damages over patents they don’t intend to use — has been difficult to address. Reform efforts in Congress stalled earlier this year, when Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) failed to broker an agreement that would have raised the bar for sending patent infringement warnings and increased the risks for bringing a frivolous lawsuit. In the wake of this defeat, Google, DropBox, Canon, and others are forging a truce that they hope will stop trolls from building a patent arsenal.

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Microsoft Still Not Selling Xbox

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msft-sun1 The second best false Microsoft meme is that the company will break off and sell its Xbox business. Why would it do that? It isn’t clear. It’s also not happening. At all. This morning, in a company-wide email that was also published online, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella detailed his strategy for the company. Despite the copy going through what appears to have been too many drafts… Read More

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