#AceSocialNews – Featured Update:Feb.27: Google today formally announced the existence of a status dashboard for several of its cloud infrastructure services in the Google Cloud platform.

The dashboard first showed up online last year in "experimental" mode, but now that designation has been dropped. Google does still consider it to be in beta, though.

If you’d like to have updates on issues pop up in an RSS reader, you can do that now, according to Google product manager Amir Hermelin’s blog post today announcing the dashboard.

Google has been more and more vocal in the past several months about its intent to compete hard in the cloud infrastructure market, of which Amazon Web Services is the leader. Microsoft also holds a prominent position in that business with its Azure cloud infrastructure.

Through price cuts, feature releases, and data center expansions, these companies are constantly trying to outdo one another. A solid dashboard showing the health of a slew of Google cloud services — not just the App Engine — is a crucial feature for engineers building or running applications on top of them. Indeed, Microsoft and Amazon have cloud service status pages of their own.

Check out Google’s dashboard for yourself here.



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#AceNewsDesk – Featured Post:Feb.28: I grew up with very Catholic grandparents and not so Catholic parents. When I was in elementary school, in an effort to make my grandparents happy, my parents sent me to Sunday school. There are only two memories I have of Sunday school. The first is that there was a lot of coloring, and you were given a piece of candy if you got a question about Jesus right. The second was the singing. At the end of every session, each grade would gather into the main hallway, and an old woman would sit in the middle with her guitar and make us sing songs about Jesus.

I didn’t understand anything that was happening, and I often asked my teachers for proof of the history of Jesus (artifacts, anything), so my parents promptly removed me from classes.

As I got older, my family and I started going to church less and less, and pretty soon, all I knew about being a Catholic was that Jesus rose from the dead on Easter and that his birthday is what we call, “Christmas.” As we were pulling away from God, I questioned everything spiritual more and more, year after year. Eventually, when I was nearing the end of high school and beginning college, I decided that I didn’t believe in the afterlife, heaven, hell, God, anything. I had no proof, therefore, it was not real.

I didn’t think about anything regarding religion until I watched an episode of “Long Island Medium” with Theresa Caputo. I had watched other mediums perform before like John Edward, Sylvia Browne, and James Van Praagh, but they were always positioned in front of a large audience, and everything about it seemed so staged. Theresa, on the other hand, was stopping people in grocery stores, doing private readings, going on cruises and reading groups, and walking in to someone’s home and reading a group of 10 people. She did it all. Every situation she was put in, she came out with a victory. How could you not believe her? But, I still wondered, was it a sham? Were these cameras set up? So, when she came out with her book, There’s More to Life Than This, I bought and read it. Then, my life changed forever.

I started believing again when I watched Theresa on TV, but her book really won me over. She talked about experiences that people have in their everyday lives that are signs from spirit, instances that you can’t write or verbally explain to anyone else. It was as though someone had gotten into my head and described everything I’ve never been able to tell anyone else in perfectly strung sentences. I finally felt normal.

In fact, so normal that I recently began working at a Christian college. Everyone that I work with is obviously religious, and they have been their whole lives…Unfortunately, this is where I fall short. I know hardly anything about being a Christian, and I can safely say that I’m not one. At least, not the type of Christian I’ve come in contact with. Yes, I like everyone that I work with. But, I also believe in gay marriage, the fact that homosexuality is not a sin, that swearing is a part of human nature, and being edgy is what makes you real. I love Lady Gaga! Of course, all of these things are generally not celebrated in Christian faith, and that is why I can’t be a true follower.

Theresa Caputo has stated multiple times that all too often individuals use religion to pull themselves apart from others or as an excuse to “hate” someone. When, really, we should be using religion to spread love, kindness, and compassion. They use God as a symbol of fear, instead of a symbol of understanding. Like the GOP, once Christians can wake up and modernize, then maybe I’ll jump on their bandwagon to Bethlehem. I’m not trying to say that all Christians are bad people, most of them are the most compassionate individuals I’ve ever met, but, it’s time to embrace the new world and remind ourselves that Jesus was friends with a prostitute. So, seriously, is being gay really that awful?

Granny Smith – over and out

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#AceNewsDesk – Featured Report: Feb.27: Twitter says it is boosting efforts to stop impersonation, spoofing and personal data leaks in the latest round of updates that are part of the corporation’s long term plan to deal with Internet abuse on their platform.

“We streamlined the process of reporting harassment on Twitter recently; now we’re making similar improvements around reporting other content issues including impersonation, self-harm and the sharing of private and confidential information,” said Twitter Vice-President Tina Bhatnagar in a blog post.

The process started on Thursday and “should reach all users in the coming weeks."

According to Bhatnagar, “We [Twitter] now review five times as many user reports as we did previously, and we have tripled the size of the support team focused on handling abuse reports.”

The “investment in tools and people” now allows Twitter “to handle more reports of abuse with greater efficiency,” added Bhatnagar.

“So while we review many more reports than ever before, we’ve been able to significantly reduce the average response time to a fraction of what it was, and we see this number continuing to drop.”

Bhatnagar wrote that the corporation is planning “to add several new enforcement actions for use against accounts that violate our rules."

“These new actions will not be visible to the vast majority of rule-abiding Twitter users – but they give us new options for acting against the accounts that don’t follow the rules and serve to discourage behavior that goes against our policies.”

February’s updates are a part of the company’s long term plan that was announced in December. It aimed at reducing the number of abuse and spam cases by enhancing their in-product harassment reporting and making improvements to “block."




#AceSocialNews – Facebook Feature: I follow a number of groups and a number of posts catch my eye, this is one and l just feature it for that reason:

Cait Brooke

26 February 14:18

Hello, My name is Caitlin Corrigan-Orosco. I’m 17 years old and I’ve been bullied, harassed and stalked by adult homeschooling mothers. Back in September, I co-founded the organization, EnvisionHer to support women in sustainable agriculture.
Now after my experience with Cyberbullying, I want to raise awareness of this heinous crime.
Support me to help change the world! Let’s work together to create peace!

EnvisionHerCan six women who have only known each other for five days Change the World of Sustainable Agricultu…



#AceSocialNews – Featured Report: USA:Feb.24: After opening its doors in 2010, in 2014 a private tracker known as GKS announced it would be closing for good. As is so often the case, the site was suffering legal problems.

An investigation, carried out on behalf of U.S.-based mainstream entertainment companies via local outfits SACEM, SCPP and others, showed that between January 2012 and April 2014, three million unauthorized downloads were made from the site. They included 242,000 movies, 240 concerts and 2,240 music albums.

The case concluded in the Criminal Court of La Rochelle last week. The 28-year-old former admin of the site was handed a six month suspended jail sentence and ordered to pay two million euros in damages. Major Hollywood studios were awarded the lion’s share, as follows:

Warner Bros. (470K euros), Disney (242.7K euros), 20th Century Fox (228.7K euros), Paramount Pictures (221.5K euros), Universal Pictures (172.5K euros) Columbia Pictures (158K euros) and Tristar Pictures (11k euros).

Music groups through the Society of Authors, Composers and Music Publishers (SACEM) were awarded 564,762 euros in damages, with two smaller awards of 5,000 euros each going to a pair of film distribution groups.

Interestingly the case was heard in the absence of site operator ‘Boris P’. The site was hosted in Hungary and the Czech Republic but Boris P left France for Budapest in 2013 and never returned.

In an interview with French publication NextImpact, Boris P denies that he fled to Hungary.

“The city of Budapest is so good, I ended up staying. Also with my [low] income, I better live here where a pint usually costs 1 or 2 euros,” he explains.

There were early signs, however, that all was not well with the site. Boris P said he hoped to be considered a host and enjoy the legal protections that provides (he never hid his identity) but there were issues on the financial front.

While users were donating enough to keep the site running every month, PayPal blocked his accounts several times. He denies making much money from the site, however.

“Maybe 100 to 200 euros a month, sometimes I also paid out of my pocket,” he notes.

Then, in the summer of 2014 he got word that French police were looking for him.

“They wanted me to return to France to go into police custody,” he reveals. “I did not particularly have the means to return to see my family, let alone go to the police! I offered them a Skype call but [the
police] laughed at that. Then, I received no more news – not a single call, nothing?”

Boris P says the case has taken a toll on his health.

“I have not been able to sleep for a month, I’ve lost 10 kg. I have to live on 300 euros per month, which in Hungary is fine. In fact, I absolutely do not know what to do now and for the future,” he says.

“[The fine] is so huge that whether it’s 1 or 2 million [euros] it makes no difference to me. My gross income in 2014 was 8,800 euros and in 2013, 11,546 euros,” Boris notes.

“I did a little calculation: by giving them all the gross income of my business, I would need 227 years to pay off the fine.”



#AceNewsDesk – Technology Report: Feb.24: Here’s is the latest tech news you need to know.

1. Apple is reportedly poaching battery experts from Samsung. They’re being offered better pay and greater independence.

2. T-Mobile has published a photo of the Samsung Galaxy S6. It’s Samsung’s new flagship Android phone, which is set to be fully unveiled on March 1.

3. Twitter could get a major redesign in 2015. A report says that the homepage is going to become a grid of content.

4. Google has acquired mobile payments company Softcard. That could help it compete with Apple Pay.

5. There’s a shakeup of the engineers at Google Glass. Some key staff have been moved to other projects at Google.

6. Apple is hiring a music journalist to write for iTunes. The company wants an "editorial producer" to oversee a team of freelance writers.

7. Samsung has acquired Magna Steyr’s battery business. Just a few days ago it was reported that Apple was in talks with it to produce an electric car.

8. Automated Insights has been acquired for $80 million. It’s the company that uses robots to write news articles.

9. Apple’s latest iPhone software update will include hundreds of new emoji. There are also 32 new country flags.

10. Lenovo’s CTO has apologised for Superfish. It was a piece of advertising software that left customers vulnerable to hackers.

Courtesy of BI Tech News.



#AceSocialNews – Feature: Feb.23: The ‘ Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of The Week – 02/23/15 and Hunger Games:Mockingjay Part One makes top spot second week in a row.

Information Posted: 22 Feb 2015 11:52 PM PST

hungergThis week we have four newcomers in our chart.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 is the most downloaded movie for the second week in a row.

The data for our weekly download chart is estimated by TorrentFreak, and is for informational and educational reference only. All the movies in the list are BD/DVDrips unless stated otherwise.

Ranking (last week) Movie IMDb Rating / Trailer
1 (…) The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1
2 (2) Birdman
3 (1) Big Hero 6
4 (…) Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast
5 (3) Horrible Bosses 2
6 (…) Foxcatcher
7 (6) American Sniper (DVDscr)
8 (7) Fifty Shades of Grey (CAM)
9 (…) Badlapur (DVDscr)
10 (9) Dumb And Dumber To

Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and anonymous VPN services.



#AceMediaNews – POLAND:Feb.23: The Polish film Ida, directed by Poland’s Paweł Pawlikowski, has won best foreign language film at the Oscars, defeating the Russian entry Leviathan, directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev.

It is the first Polish film to win the world’s most prestigious movie award.

The movie, set in Poland in the 1960s, is about a young woman who discovers she is Jewish just before she becomes a nun.

We make a film about silence and withdrawing from the world and the need for contemplation – and here we are, at the epicenter of world noise and attention. Fantastic – life is full of surprises,” Pawlikowski said while accepting the award.

Historical Interest:

Ida (pronounced [ˈida]) is a 2013 Polish drama film directed by Paweł Pawlikowski and written by Pawlikowski and Rebecca Lenkiewicz. Set in Poland in 1962, it is about a young woman on the verge of taking vows as a Catholic nun. Orphaned as an infant during the German occupation of World War II, she must now meet her aunt. The former Communist state prosecutor and only surviving relative tells her that her parents were Jewish.

The two women embark on a road trip into the Polish countryside to learn the fate of their family. Called a "compact masterpiece" and an "eerily beautiful road movie", the film has also been said to "penetrate the darkest, thorniest thickets of Polish history, reckoning with the crimes of Stalinism and the Holocaust."

Ida won the 2014 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.It was also selected as Best Film of 2014 by the European Film Academy and as Best Film Not in the English Language of 2014 by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA).



#AceMediaNews – USA:Feb.23: The Oscars were full of incredible moments on Sunday night. Eddie Redmayne’s face really says it all.

yes Eddie, you won!


Patricia Arquette gave the best speech of the night. Even Meryl Streep agreed.


John Travolta had an especially weird night. First he kissed Scarlett Johansson. And then he grabbed Idina Menzel’s face. Why? Some questions maybe never be answered.


The Academy left Joan Rivers out of their “In Memoriam” montage. Her absence caused an uproar on Twitter.


One more Hollywood note: There was a big rumor going around last week that Emma Watson was secretly dating Prince Harry. Sadly, it’s too good to be true.



#AceNewsDesk – Featured Twitter Report:Feb.19: Chipotle’s website has been compromised in a way that could redirect visitors or load malicious code onto their computers. The website was redirecting users on Feb. 7 around 6PM (PST) and later became unresponsive. Tripwire, that night, recommended not visiting the site until it is cleaned up.

The hackers apparently gained control of the Chipotle website domain. Technical and administrative contacts for the domain have been replaced with a message from the attacker(s).

The chain’s official Twitter account also was hacked.

The handle @chipotletweets was commandeered by someone going under the alias “TheCeltic666” who claims to be part of a group called TUGFeds. The restaurant’s Twitter account icon was switched with the image of a Nazi flag and several tweets from the individual(s) who hacked them.

In June of 2013 Chipotle had faked the hacking of their Twitter account as part of a marketing campaign. Given the content and images that appeared on their Twitter account with this compromise, this is definitely not a similar gimmick.

In this case both the website and Twitter account appeared to be back under the control of the company by 12:30AM Sunday morning.