Nicole Richie Hosts Who What Wear And Cadillac’s 50 Most Fashionable Women of 2013

Rocking Her Maison Michel Lace Bunny Ears, Obvi

A few months ago I found myself fawning all over this outfit Nicole Richie was rocking while she was shopping in NYC. This girl just… slays sometimes. Thursday night she hosted Who What Wear and Cadillac’s 50 Most Fashionable Women of 2013 event and she looked great. She rocked a black Dilek Hanif dress with black Roberts Jeans leather skinnies, and Christian Louboutin pumps. But I’m absolutely in love with these friggen couture bunny ears, aren’t you? Peep the gallery for more! Other than the fact that I kind of wanna gift her my baby weight, I think she looks bomb.

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More study urged on concussions in young athletes

FILE – This Aug. 4, 2012 file photo shows new football helmets that were given to a group of youth football players from the Akron Parents Pee Wee Football League, in Akron, Ohio. It’s not just football. A new report says too little is known about concussion risks for young athletes, and it’s not clear whether better headgear is an answer. The panel stresses wearing proper safety equipment. But it finds little evidence that current helmet designs, face masks and other gear really prevent concussions, as ads often claim. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

FILE – This Aug. 4, 2012 file photo shows new football helmets that were given to a group of youth football players from the Akron Parents Pee Wee Football League, in Akron, Ohio. It’s not just football. A new report says too little is known about concussion risks for young athletes, and it’s not clear whether better headgear is an answer. The panel stresses wearing proper safety equipment. But it finds little evidence that current helmet designs, face masks and other gear really prevent concussions, as ads often claim. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

(AP) — It’s not just a risk in football.

No one knows how often the youngest athletes suffer concussions, and it’s not clear whether better headgear is going to be the answer.

A new report reveals big gaps in what is known about the risk of concussion in youth sports, especially for athletes who suit up before high school.

It’s time to create a national system to track sports-related concussions and start answering those questions, the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council concluded Wednesday.

Despite a decade of increasing awareness of the seriousness of concussions, the panel found that young athletes still face a “culture of resistance” to reporting the injury and staying on the sidelines until healed.

“Concussion is an injury that needs to be taken seriously. If an athlete has a torn ACL on the field, you don’t expect him to tape it up and play,” said IOM committee chairman Dr. Robert Graham, who directs the Aligning Forces for Quality national program office at George Washington University.

“We’re moving in the right direction,” Graham added.

But the panel found evidence, including testimony from a player accused by teammates of wimping out, that athletic programs’ attention to concussions varies.

Reports of sports concussions are on the rise, amid increasing scrutiny in recent years and headlines about former professional players who suffered long-term impairment after repeated blows.

New guidelines make clear that no matter the athlete’s age, anyone suspected of having a concussion needs to be taken out of play immediately and not allowed back until cleared by a medical professional.

Although millions of U.S. children and teenagers play either school or community sports, it’s not clear exactly how many suffer concussions, in part because many go undiagnosed.

But Wednesday’s report said among people 19 and younger, 250,000 reported treatment for concussions and other sports- or recreation-related brain injuries in 2009, up from 150,000 in 2001.

Rates vary by sport.

For male athletes in high school and college, concussion rates are highest for football, ice hockey, lacrosse and wrestling. For females, soccer, lacrosse and basketball head the list. Women’s ice hockey has one of the highest reported concussion rates at the college level.

College and high school sports injuries are tracked fairly well, but there’s no similar data to know how often younger children get concussions, whether on school teams or community leagues, the IOM panel said.

Could safety gear prevent kids’ concussions?

Some equipment ads make that claim. But there’s little scientific evidence that current sports helmet designs or other gear, such as face masks or headbands for soccer, really reduce the risk, the panel cautioned.

Still, it stressed that youngsters should wear helmets and other sport-appropriate safety gear, because they guard against other injuries, including skull fractures and face injuries.

“Parents deserve to know how safe their children’s safety equipment really is,” said Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., who is pushing legislation to curb false advertising and encourage improvements to sports equipment standards. “While we can’t reduce every risk, we should do everything we can to stop misleading advertising that gives parents a false sense of security.”

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APPLE sells more, Cook bullish — Smartphones: Samsung 35%, Apple 13% — HADOOP, cloud king — MOTOROLA’s open-source hardware

October 29, 2013 06:00 PDT | 09:00 EDT | 13:00 UTC

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>> APPLEFEST: Apple’s Q4 ’13 beats with $37.5B revenue, $7.5B profit and $8.26 EPS on strong iPhone sales, by TechCrunch: “That marks a year-over-year growth of 4.2 percent in revenue and 4.7 percent decline in EPS, with net profit down 8.6 percent year over year… iPhone sales grew 26 percent to hit another record number. iPad sales were relatively flat. Apple sold a total of 71 million iPads in fiscal 2013… Apple beat analyst expectations across the board for revenue, posting record Q4 numbers… Apple finished the quarter with $146.76 billion cash on hand. Apple’s gross profits fell to 37 percent, the seventh quarter in a row for such a decline.” [Blogosphere echo chamber: At least 90 tech pubs posted similar articles] TechCrunch
>>>> How Apple sold $14B more in 2013 than in 2012, but made $5B less profit VentureBeat
>>>> Future versions of OS X to be free; $900M increase in revenue deferral due to free software TechCrunch
>>>> Apple’s education sales breached $1B for first time ever in Q3, iPad share at 94% Apple Insider
>>>> Apple completed 15 ‘strategic’ acquisitions in Fiscal 2013 MacRumors
>>>> Apple’s Greater China business bounces back, accounts for 15% of Q4 revenue TechCrunch

>> BAD TO WORSE: Adobe breach impacted at least 38 million users, by Brian Krebs: “The recent data breach at Adobe that exposed user account information and prompted a flurry of password reset emails impacted at least 38 million users, the company now says. It also appears that the already massive source code leak at Adobe is broadening to include the company’s Photoshop family of graphical design products… this past weekend, posted a huge file called ‘users.tar.gz’ that appears to include more than 150 million username and hashed password pairs taken from Adobe… Adobe has offered a year’s worth of credit monitoring to customers whose encrypted credit card data was stolen in the breach… Adobe’s offering comes through Experian, one of the three major credit bureaus and a company that is still reeling from a security breach in which the company was tricked into selling consumer records directly to an online identity theft service.” Krebs on Security

>> WITH FRIENDS LIKE THESE: White House OK’d spying on allies, U.S. intelligence officials say, by Ken Dilanian, Janet Stobart: “The White House and State Department signed off on surveillance targeting phone conversations of friendly foreign leaders, current and former U.S. intelligence officials said Monday, pushing back against assertions that President Obama and his aides were unaware of the high-level eavesdropping.” LA Times
>>>> Senator Feinstein changes tune, now is ‘totally opposed’ to foreign leader surveillance Ars Technica
>>>> Brazil to insist on local Internet data storage after U.S. spying Reuters

>> OPEN-SOURCE HARDWARE: Goodbye Sticky. Hello Ara., by Paul Eremenko: “Over the last six months, our MAKEwithMOTO team took Sticky, a truck wrapped entirely in velcro and filled with rooted, hackable Motorola smartphones and high-end 3D printing equipment, across the country for a series of make-a-thons. On that trip we saw the first signs of a new, open hardware ecosystem made possible by advances in additive manufacturing and access to the powerful computational capabilities of modern smartphones. These included new devices and applications that we could never have imagined from inside our own labs. Open fuels innovation.” The Official Motorola Blog

>> PAY TO PLAY: Google has gone ‘dark’: The search giant just ended a bunch of free data, and people are freaking out, by Jim Edwards: “The move came as Google seeks to reassure users following the NSA/PRISM domestic surveillance scandal. Now, all Google search is securely encrypted, and web site owners can no longer look at Google Analytics to see exactly which words people use when searching Google to find their sites. A lot of people who conduct marketing on the web are freaking out about it: Now, they complain they’re basically flying blind. And they’re angry, because the data that has been switched off is the ‘organic’ search data, not the paid search data generated when people click on search ads… the only data Google is now providing about exactly what words generate incoming traffic is for people who pay to advertise on Google.” Business Insider

>> STAT DU JOUR: Samsung’s share grows while Apple’s declines in Q3 smartphone market, by John Ribeiro: “Samsung shipped over 88 million smartphones in the quarter, up 55 percent from the same quarter last year, to get a record 35 percent share, Strategy Analytics said Monday. Apple’s market share, however, dipped to 13.4 percent from 15.6 percent in the same quarter a year ago. The iPhone maker said Monday it shipped 33.8 million iPhones worldwide in the third quarter, up from 26.9 million in the same quarter last year.” InfoWorld
>>>> Samsung kicks off its first developers conference as it seeks an edge in software Forbes
>>>> Samsung is pulling another Amazon on Android, but this is even bigger GigaOM

>> MAY THE BETTER DOOP WIN: Microsoft makes available its Azure-based Hadoop service, by Mary Jo Foley: “Microsoft officials also are acknowledging publicly that Microsoft has dropped plans to deliver a Microsoft-Hortonworks developed implementation of Windows Server, which was known as HDInsight Server for Windows. Instead, Microsoft will be advising customers who want Hadoop on Windows Server to go with Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) for Windows. Windows Azure HDInsight is ‘100 percent Apache Hadoop’ and builds on top of HDP. HDInsight includes full compatibility with Apache Hadoop, as well as integration with Microsoft’s own business-intelligence tools, such as Excel, SQL Server and PowerBI.” ZDNet
>>>> It’s everywhere! The day Hadoop took over the cloud GigaOM

>> ALL YOUR BASE: PCs left unprotected as ZoneAlarm, Comcast’s Norton struggle with Windows 8.1, by Mark Hachman: “When I visited the Check Point website, I discovered that ‘Check Point was working hard’ to develop a Windows 8.1 version of its ZoneAlarm app… Both Intel’s McAfee division and the Symantec Norton security utilities also appear to have negotiated the Windows 8.1 transition without problems. That’s not the case for those users who downloaded the software via Comcast. A thread on the Norton forums details some of the problems: after upgrading, users are informed that Norton Internet Security isn’ty available in compatibility mode. The problem, however, appears to be tied to Comcast.” PCWorld

>> SERVER DEATH MATCH: Dell and HP are in a race to hurt Intel, by Julie Bort: “Both Dell and HP made announcements about ARM servers as part of the ARM TechCon show happening this week in Santa Clara, Calif. The idea isn’t new. Dell has been working on ARM-based servers for years…. Dell demonstrated a 64-bit ARM server running a version of the Linux operating system…. HP today also (finally) released a new version of its low-power Moonshot servers using ARM chips from Calexda.” Business Insider

>> GENUINELY ARTIFICIAL: CAPTCHA busted? AI company claims break of Internet’s favorite protection system, by John Bohannon: “A software company called Vicarious claims to have created a computer algorithm that can solve CAPTCHA with greater than 90% accuracy…. Vicarious has credibility, given the scientists working there, but its current offer of proof is little more than a press release sent out to journalists and a video.” Wired

>> Meet, a TaaS (Training-as-a-Service) startup that is clocking quick revenue growth: “Corporate training is a pain in the ass for the poor schmuck on the receiving end, as well as for those who have to get new recruits up to speed. wants to change that by providing a flexible, online software solution to help businesses train new employees.” TechCrunch

>>’s Dreamforce: What to expect InfoWorld

>> Cheapest 150Mbps broadband in big US cities costs 100% more than overseas Ars Technica

>> Coinfloor is a new UK-based Bitcoin exchange, backed by Passion Capital and Transferwise founder Taavet Hinrikus TechCrunch

>> Mirantis brings enterprise-ready OpenStack distribution to the cloud InfoWorld

>> For the Mac, like the PC, it’s all downhill from here InfoWorld

>> Power loss: Reactions to the new iWork for OS X Macworld

>> Microsoft’s Surface numbers don’t add up InfoWorld

>> Google Glass Explorer program expands with invites and new hardware GigaOM

>> Shipshape or dead weight? Google’s secret project sets sail InfoWorld

>> Motorola reveals ambitious plan to build modular smartphones The Verge

>> Jill Abramson: Politico piece was ‘shoddy,’ ‘nutty’ Poynter

>> Telegraph contributor says coding is for exceptionally dull weirdos I Programmer

>> Silicon Valley dreams of secession Salon

>> TWEET O’ THE DAY: “If the people you work with have never talked to you about your coworker with the loud annoying laugh-you are that coworker.” @mollymcnearney

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What You Need To Know About Babies, Toddlers And Screen Time

Eva Hu-Stiles virtually interacts with her grandmother. iPad assist by Elise Hu-Stiles.

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Eva Hu-Stiles virtually interacts with her grandmother. iPad assist by Elise Hu-Stiles.

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This week, we’re exploring the tech frontier through the eyes of our children. So we’re starting with the littlest ones — babies. Can certain kinds of screen time help babies learn?

To find some answers, I employed the help of my 1-year-old daughter, Eva. She’s still a wobbly walker and the sum total of her speaking skills sound like gibberish. But she has no problem activating Siri, the virtual assistant on my iPhone. Her 16-month-old friend, Lily, is even savvier with the gadgets.

“She knows how to turn the iPad on, she knows how to slide her finger across,” says her mom, Kim Trainor.

That gets to the technology tension in modern parenting: You want your kids to be technologically adept — but without giving them so much screen time that it’s not healthy for development.

“If I think about my childhood, a lot of these things didn’t exist. And obviously my parents didn’t have to think about what the exposure might do to us,” Trainor says. The tech frontier for our kids is changing so fast that the guidelines are barely keeping up with it.

Case in point: Just two years ago, when San Francisco-based nonprofit Common Sense Media surveyed families with children 8 and under, just 8 percent owned tablets like iPads. That’s now jumped five-fold — to 40 percent. And the percent of children with access to some sort of smartphones and tablets has jumped from half of those surveyed to 75 percent. (Read the full report.)

Pediatricians discourage passive screen time for children 2 and under.

Baby Lily’s mom says she follows her pediatrician’s guideline to discourage screen time until after her daughter turns 2. But the doctor behind the American Academy of Pediatrics 2011 policy guideline discouraging screen time for kids under 2 says it specifically concerns passive screen viewing. That is, plopping the baby in front of a TV or film, or having media on in the background.

“The concern for risk is that some kids who watch a lot of media actually have poor language skills, so there’s a deficit in their language development. We also have concerns about other developmental issues because they’re basically missing out on other developmentally appropriate activities,” says Dr. Ari Brown, the lead author on the American Academy of Pediatrics policy statement discouraging screen time for babies under 2.

On Monday, the pediatrics group released updated media guidelines for children and adolescents. While still discouraging screen time for children under 2, the policy recommends a balanced approach to media in the homes instead of blanket bans. We’ve laid out some of the latest thinking on screen time for babies and toddlers, below.

There’s a key difference between passive screen time and active screen time.

Research indicates that activities like Skyping or FaceTime — in which the baby communicates with a live human on the screen — can actually help babies learn.

“[Lily] watched her little message from her dad who had bought her a ball and said, ‘This is a ball.’ ” Trainor says that when Lily called her father on Skype a few days later, she associated him with the ball. “She went ‘ball, ball, ball,’ ” Trainor says.

Vanderbilt University developmental psychologist Georgene Troseth conducts some of the country’s leading research on children and screens. She says Skyping isn’t like watching TV because it’s a social interaction.

“We’re finding pretty consistently — in fact, two recent studies with actual Skype [calls] — that children do seem to learn better when there is social interaction from a person on video. So it’s kind of encouraging with FaceTime or Skype for parents and grandparents to know that [with] that interaction, the children might actually be willing to learn from a person on a screen because of the social interaction showing them what’s on the screen is connected to their lives,” Troseth says.

The research on touch-screen apps is unclear. Apps and games labeled “educational” may not necessarily help your child learn.

Touch-screens are taking over and babies seem especially great at working with them. Lily, the 16-month-old, showed me how she shuffles through photos on her mom’s phone.

Parents, meanwhile, keep hearing about “educational” apps. Troseth says be wary, for now.

“There’s nothing wrong with a toy being fun, engaging a child for an amount of time. But to promote it as being educational we really need to do research to find out, is having it be interacting, doing anything to make it easier to learn from?” she asks.

Aim for a balanced approach — for you and your baby.

Since the research on touch-screens isn’t clear yet, Brown offers some advice in the meantime.

“We still have questions. If you’re planning on using interactive media with your child, use it with your child, sit down with your child and engage with them because that’s going to be more valuable than anything,” Brown says.

It’s valuable time with her 14-month-old daughter that taught another mom — Jennifer Grover — about her own relationship with screens.

“It’s just amazing how good they are at mimicking what they see. So I’ve definitely had to learn to kind of rein in my attention to the laptop, or my attention to my phone in front of her, because whatever I’m doing that’s what she wants to be doing,” Grover says.

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SoftLayer CEO: A very Big Blue cloud is coming

One of the funny things about the cloud is that it’s often difficult to know what’s behind the curtain. Before IBM bought IaaS provider SoftLayer in June, we were hard-pressed to determine precisely what sort of IaaS Big Blue was offering. Yes, they had a virtual server configurator similar to Amazon’s, but the self-service stopped there: you’d tally up your config, submit it, and IBM would get back to you.

Then there was that fuss in July about the SEC investigating IBM to discover exactly how Big Blue was calculating the 70 percent increase in cloud revenue it reported for the first half of 2013 (although, to be fair, cloud-washing like this seems commonplace).

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IBM acquired a big hunk of cloud credibility with the $2 billion it paid for SoftLayer. According to SoftLayer CEO Lance Crosby, whom I interviewed last week, SoftLayer has 120,000 physical nodes in 13 data centers. And thanks to IBM, that footprint is poised to get a whole lot bigger. “We’re going to have massive expansion in the next 24 months,” Crosby says.

The quiet cloud company
Founded in Dallas in 2005, SoftLayer was the largest privately held IaaS provider until it became part of IBM. “We were cloud before cloud was cool,” says Crosby, offering both multitenanted and single-tenanted IaaS. And self-service has always been part of the deal, right up until the acquisition. “We were at $500 million in revenue without an outbound salesperson, so it’s all self service.”

Contrary to the approach of Amazon Web Services, Crosby always believed in giving complete visibility into the hardware infrastructure behind the cloud. “The concept of creating this fungible machine where you don’t have to worry about the underlying infrastructure — it’s nonsense,” says Crosby. “In SoftLayer, you can drill down to the server, the rack, the network board, the serial numbers … everything down to the encryption level on the drive” even in multi-tenanted systems.

That may not seem very cloudy to some. But according to Crosby, offering such transparency — and in single-tenanted systems, granular control over configuration — delivers special benefit to SoftLayer customers. He provides a detailed example:

We have a customer who is writing a big data solution for retail. They’re using SSD drives, and their developers are saying “you should be getting better performance from the drives.” The [customer’s] devops guys looked into the drives, and their drives actually had two versions of firmware: one for 1GB or less and one for over 1GB. They swapped the firmware on the drives — they pushed a button and made an API call — and performance went up 25 percent. In Amazon land, you’ve got to buy 25 percent more machine.

Crosby said he pushed his engineers from the beginning to build in this extreme level of visibility, which resulted in SoftLayer’s Infrastructure Management System (IMS), an API layer that today offers 2,200 documented methods across 180 discrete services. According to Crosby, he allowed his good friend Lanham Napier, CEO of Rackspace, to use IMS as the original framework for OpenStack, which now stands as the open source leader in cloud software platforms.

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Moniker Guitars On Building A Business Through Kickstarter

What does it take to become a Kickstarter success? First you need a great product. Then you need a plan for the future. Luckily, Austin-based Moniker Guitars had both.

We first covered Moniker back in March founders Dave Barry and Kevin Tully had already created a small guitar shop and wanted to expand into custom git-fiddles. They built a unique guitar customizer to allow buyers to add colors, designs, and logos and hundreds of sales later they’ve moved from Kickstarter darling to actual startup.

Since launch the company has sold and build 43 guitars through Kickstarter and they have built a growing and expanding manufacturing business. In fact, they’ve build “several hundred” guitars since launch including a special TC model in crazy green.

“Kickstarter has been a huge boost in growing our business,” said co-founder Tully. “In addition to providing crucial funding to make several of our product lines possible; Kickstarter has been one of the better marketing decisions we’ve made as a business; which was a little unexpected.”
The company has used crowd funding as a platform for customer acquisition and fan-base building. They were also able to build new product lines.

“It was enough to launch our line of semi-hollow body guitars,” said Tully. “However, we still need to be aggressive about getting our product out in front of people and letting them know we’re here.”

“I learned that everything is going to cost twice as much and take twice as long as I thought it would. But patience is a virtue and we’re seeing the results of our hardwork and patience and its incredibly fulfilling,” he said.

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