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MIT discovers a new state of matter, a new kind of magnetism

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Researchers at MIT have discovered a new state of matter with a new kind of magnetism. This new state, called a quantum spin liquid (QSL), could lead to significant advances in data storage. QSLs also exhibit a quantum phenomenon called long-range entanglement, which could lead to new types of communications...
MIT discovers a new state of matter, a new kind of magnetism

NASA launches IRIS solar mission to research space weather

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NASA launched a solar telescope on Thursday that scientists hope will be able to unlock the secrets of how material gathers, moves and heats up as it travels through the Sun's lower atmosphere.Scientists say that better understanding of this part of the solar atmosphere, which sits below the corona,...
NASA launches IRIS solar mission to research space weather

Zipcar Leads Funding for Wheelz -- a P2P Version of Itself

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Wheelz, a college campus-based service that matches car owners with borrowers, has raised $13.7 million in Series A funding. What’s particularly interesting is the lead investor: Zipcar. Wheelz is basically a peer-to-peer version of Zipcar — one of a few such companies that have sprung up in the past couple...
Zipcar Leads Funding for Wheelz -- a P2P Version of Itself

A Telecom-Independent Internet, Tested at Occupy Wall Street, for Just $2,000

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(freenetworkfoundation.org) This is a guest post from Cole Stryker, a writer and publicist working in New York. It is an excerpt from his book, "Identity Wars: Online Anonymity, Privacy and Control," which is slated for a September release from Overlook Press. On March 27, 2012 I had the opportunity to attend...
A Telecom-Independent Internet, Tested at Occupy Wall Street, for Just $2,000

NASA will send second Mars rover in 2020, send humans in 2030s

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A rendering of the ExoMars rover, in which NASA will play a reduced role. NASA has announced plans for a second Mars rover to launch in 2020, but other sources suggest that NASA's new budget may cut joint Mars programs with Europe, according to the Associated Press. The sources...
NASA will send second Mars rover in 2020, send humans in 2030s

Nokia inks deal with Avanade to get more Lumia devices and services into large enterprises

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Smartphone and mobile services firm Nokia has struck a deal with Avanade, a business technology solutions and managed services provider that has long prided itself for its Microsoft product expertise (and was actually co-founded by the Redmond software giant over a decade ago). Under the terms of the deal, Avanade...
Nokia inks deal with Avanade to get more Lumia devices and services into large enterprises

Touchscreen Guides Are Coming to 250 More Phone Booths Across NYC

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(Photo: City 24×7) A few months ago, City 24×7 teamed up with the city of New York to create touchscreen neighborhood directories in phone booths across the city. Today, in partnership with Cisco, the company announced that it’s rolling out the high tech public communications systems to 250 more phone...
Touchscreen Guides Are Coming to 250 More Phone Booths Across NYC
Now Worth ~$275 Million, David Karp Says Kid Should Not Drop Out Of High School Like He Did

3 lessons from the Blackout Bowl

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It’s safe to say that the electrical systems supervisor is not the person that Superdome officials wanted the world’s media to be talking about the morning after the Super Bowl. For 34 dimly lit minutes, starting early in the third quarter, that person’s competence was one of the many things...
3 lessons from the Blackout Bowl

IRC service Grove is closing down on October 13

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Grove, an IRC (Internet Relay Chat) service for businesses, is closing down on October 13, according to a blog post from founder Leah Culver. The move comes almost eighteenth months after the shuttering of Culver’s previous startup, Y Combinator-backed Convore, a consumer focused chat group also based on the IRC protocol. Grove ran a...
IRC service Grove is closing down on October 13

The National Broadband Plan

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I went down to Washington, DC yesterday to participate in an event that celebrated the 25th anniversary of .com. I spoke on a panel (yes a hated panel) moderated by Kara Swisher and including Aneesh Chopra, CTO of the Federal Government, Arianna Huffington, and Ken Silva, CTO of Verisign. Kara...
The National Broadband Plan

Can Babble Unite All Of Google's Chat Channels?

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Behind the search for one brand voice to rule Google Talk, Hangout, Messenger. Fresh reports at Geek.com suggest that Google is going to move all of its many chat communications systems into a single entity which will be called Babble. It's expected that systems like Google Talk, Hangout, Messenger...
Can Babble Unite All Of Google's Chat Channels?

BBC fears Iranian cyber-attack over its Persian TV service

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Corporation suspects Iran government made sustained 2 March attack on its London HQ after spike in Persian TV audienceThe BBC fears it suffered a lengthy cyber-attack by activists in Iran just 48 hours after it revealed a huge spike in audience for its Persian TV service.The corporation's headquarters in London...
BBC fears Iranian cyber-attack over its Persian TV service

Fuel cell maker ReliOn nabs investment from Cummins

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ReliOn, a hydrogen fuel cell maker whose products are used for backup power systems, has received an investment from engine maker Cummins. The size of the investment was not disclosed, but ReliOn CEO Gary Flood said the investment would help the company with global expansion. “Cummins is committed to assist...
Fuel cell maker ReliOn nabs investment from Cummins

Backdoor in mission-critical hardware threatens power, traffic-control systems

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In the world of computer systems used to flip switches, open valves, and control other equipment inside giant electrical substations and railroad communications systems, you'd think the networking gear would be locked down tightly to prevent tampering by vandals. But for customers of Ontario, Canada-based RuggedCom, there's a good...
Backdoor in mission-critical hardware threatens power, traffic-control systems

My bid for tech liberty: how have I done so far?

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At the start of the year I made a decision to restore some of the imbalances in today's tech ecosystem. Here's how I got onAt the beginning of 2012 I made a decision: to opt for more liberty in my use of technology. I'd been watching as big companies and...
My bid for tech liberty: how have I done so far?
FCC relaxes restrictions on airline Internet access

Panasonic subsidiary at center of U.S. bribery investigation

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A subsidiary that makes in-flight entertainment and communications systems is under investigation for allegedly paying bribes to secure contracts, according to documents reviewed by the Wall Street Journal. [Read more]...
Panasonic subsidiary at center of U.S. bribery investigation

Avanade buys Azaleos

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Technology consulting firm Avanade has entered into an agreement to purchase eight-year-old Seattle technology company Azaleos. As a result of the deal, terms of which weren’t disclosed, the 200 employees at Azaleos will be offered positions at Avanade. Azaleos describes itself as a provider of remotely managed services for Microsoft...
Avanade buys Azaleos

The @facebook E-Mail Switch: Another Nudge Toward a Facebook Communications System

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For the past two years, Facebook has moved slowly but surely into new territories. The company’s expansion into e-mail and Messages clearly showed the social giant’s lofty ambitions: To upset our existing communications systems and replace them with its own. It’s been slow going (I can’t say I’ve seen any...
The @facebook E-Mail Switch: Another Nudge Toward a Facebook Communications System

New Plantronics headsets answer calls for you

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Plantronics is now shipping new business headsets for travel and desktop use, plus a wireless portable speakerphone, all shown earlier this month at the International CES. The Plantronics Voyager Legend UC headset lets you answer a call as soon as you put it on. The Voyager Legend UC succeeds...
New Plantronics headsets answer calls for you

Happiness Leads To Riches, Not The Other Way Around, Millionaire CEO Says

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The first thing you notice about Theresa Szczurek is how cheerful she is. And rightfully so. She's been a multimillionaire since she sold her first company, Radish Communications Systems, for $40 million in 1996 — a quick six years after she and her husband started it. She's now on her...
Happiness Leads To Riches, Not The Other Way Around, Millionaire CEO Says

Panasonic Draws U.S. Bribery Probe

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U.S. authorities are investigating whether a unit of Japanese electronics giant Panasonic Corp. paid bribes abroad to land business, according to company documents reviewed by The Wall Street Journal. The legal department for Panasonic Avionics Corp., a subsidiary based in Lake Forest, Calif., that makes in-flight entertainment and communications systems...
Panasonic Draws U.S. Bribery Probe
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