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Walmart testing 'Scan & Go' iPhone self-checkout app, cashiers becoming endangered species

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Reuters was tipped off to a survey that reveals Walmart, the world's largest retailer, is testing a new system that would allow customers to scan items with their iPhone then quickly pay at a self-checkout counter. The "Scan & Go" feature won't let you pay with your phone, at...
Walmart testing 'Scan & Go' iPhone self-checkout app, cashiers becoming endangered species

Meteor Shower And Explosion Causes Hundreds Of Injuries In Russia

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The incident happened at around 9am local time this morning, with the blast blowing out hundreds of windows in the Urals region, and is probably connected to the asteroid "near miss" that is scheduled for later today. A spectacular meteor shower has caused "hundreds" of injuries in central Russia,...
Meteor Shower And Explosion Causes Hundreds Of Injuries In Russia
NASA prepares astronauts for manned asteroid mission

Appeals court halts proceedings in Google Books case

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The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit today granted a stay in the long-running copyright case between the Authors Guild and Google over the search giant’s book scanning project. In its order, the New York court agreed to stay proceedings in a lower court while it reviews Judge...
Appeals court halts proceedings in Google Books case

With the encyclopedia dying, Wikipedia is slowly gaining ground in education

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After 244 years of printing encyclopedias, Encyclopaedia Britannica has decided to focus all of its attention on its digital information and kill off the creation of physical books. The only shock about that was it’s a significant milestone in how far we’ve truly come as a digital society. The fact...
With the encyclopedia dying, Wikipedia is slowly gaining ground in education

Qriously raises $3.5M for hyper-accurate 'askvertising'

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Polling platform Qriously has just grabbed itself a nice $3.5 million sack o’ change from Spark Capital and Accel Partners for its own special brand of mobile ads. Hang onto your hats: It’s called askvertising, or, as Qriously would spell that made-up word, asQvertising. (Yes, they capitalize the Q....
Qriously raises $3.5M for hyper-accurate 'askvertising'

Data Science of the Facebook World

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More than a million people have now used our Wolfram|Alpha Personal Analytics for Facebook. And as part of our latest update, in addition to collecting some anonymized statistics, we launched a Data Donor program that allows people to contribute detailed data to us for research purposes. A few weeks ago we decided...
Data Science of the Facebook World
Banks fall victim to simple trojan virus, says Symantec

NASA may get $100 million to drag an asteroid into orbit around the Moon for research purposes

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Good news: It appears that NASA may get the first chunk of money needed to kick off a project to snag an asteroid, put it in orbit around the Moon, and study it. Yes, this is precisely and exactly as cool as it sounds. According to the Christian Science Monitor,...
NASA may get $100 million to drag an asteroid into orbit around the Moon for research purposes

UPDATED: Robotics Lab Willow Garage, Maker Of PR2, Not Shutting Down, But 'Changes Are Afoot'

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A spokesman for Willow Garage said, “There are some changes afoot at Willow Garage” but the company is not planning to shut down. Willow Garage, the robotics maker that created the PR2, will likely shut down within the next few months, reports IEEE Spectrum, citing multiple sources within the company....
UPDATED: Robotics Lab Willow Garage, Maker Of PR2, Not Shutting Down, But 'Changes Are Afoot'

Schwing! Ad.ly Wants To Sell One TechCrunch Tweet For $7k

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I admit it – we’ve been skeptical of this whole Ad.ly sponsored tweet model where you literally rent out your Twitter stream for cash. It just smells a little too much like pay per post to us. But we went ahead and signed up for Ad.ly last year to see...
Schwing! Ad.ly Wants To Sell One TechCrunch Tweet For $7k

Pirate Bay 'Advert' Appears on Hacked Billboard

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The Pirate Bay is known for its technical ‘playfulness’, as was demonstrated earlier this week with a hack which led many to believe that the site had moved to the dictatorial waters of North Korea. In the same tradition some computer science students took over a prominently placed billboard at...
Pirate Bay 'Advert' Appears on Hacked Billboard

Google Changes SafeSearch Filtering Of Explicit Results

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Internet porn surfers everywhere were crying foul last week over Google's decision to change its "SafeSearch" feature to exclude adult content from searches. Anyone that uses Google to find adult images will likely notice something different when they type in their dirty little specifics: less skin, more filtering. The change...
Google Changes SafeSearch Filtering Of Explicit Results

Wolfram Alpha Pro is "Freemium" Done Right

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Wolfram Alpha isn't the "Google killer" that many hyped it up to be prior to its 2009 launch. Instead, the self-described computational knowledge engine takes a completely different approach to letting users find and analyze information. Rather than scouring the Web and ranking everybody's pages in the order it thinks...
Wolfram Alpha Pro is "Freemium" Done Right

Library of Congress to Preserve Tweets for Eternity

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Today the Library of Congress is announcing that it’s doing its part to digitally preserve each and every public tweet since the beginning of time … err Twitter. It fittingly broke the news on Twitter earlier today. As a federal cultural institution, the Library of Congress exists for research...
Library of Congress to Preserve Tweets for Eternity
North Korean Students Pretend They're Allowed to Use Google to Impress Eric Schmidt
Any.DO’s To-Do List App Hits 100,000 iOS Downloads In 24 Hours

3-D printer for manufacturing human tissue and organs

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A pair of companies have developed a bio-printer that works just like a regular 3-D printer but instead of using polymer, it uses human tissue to print out skin, blood vessels, and livers. To start with, only simple tissues, such as skin, muscle and short stretches of blood vessels, will...
3-D printer for manufacturing human tissue and organs

University of Toronto student tech shoots video in HDR in real-time (eyes-on)

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Sure, you love the HDR pictures coming from your point-and-shoot, smartphone or perhaps even your Glass. But what if you want to Hangout in HDR? An enterprising grad student from the University of Toronto named Tao Ai -- under the tutelage of Steve Mann -- has figured out how...
University of Toronto student tech shoots video in HDR in real-time (eyes-on)

Yes, you can hack a pacemaker (and other medical devices too)

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On Sunday’s episode of the Emmy award-winning show Homeland, the Vice President of the United States is assassinated by a group of terrorists that have hacked into the pacemaker controlling his heart. In an elaborate plot, they obtain the device’s unique identification number. They then are able to remotely take control and...
Yes, you can hack a pacemaker (and other medical devices too)

Vintage software, including games, find a home in archives

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The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Stanford University have partnered to save for posterity more than 15,000 software programs created in the early days of microcomputing. IDGNSThe NSRL and Stanford are cataloging vintage software titles. The 18-month project aims to make these titles, most of which...
Vintage software, including games, find a home in archives

Mail Online guides readers to a sideboob of shame | Media Monkey

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Another delectable display of Daily Mail digital double standards on its website. Purely for research purposes (ahem) Monkey was looking at Mail Online over a Wednesday lunchtime banana and noticed it was running a story about the Girl Guides supporting the anti-Page 3 girls campaign. The story even guided like-minded...
Mail Online guides readers to a sideboob of shame | Media Monkey

Letters: Risks and benefits of patient data sharing

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Ross Anderson (A breach of anonymity, 29 August) rightly points out that it is impossible to guarantee the anonymity of publicly available patient data, quoting the Royal Society report Science as an Open Enterprise in evidence. It does not follow, however, that society should eschew the use of patient data...
Letters: Risks and benefits of patient data sharing
NSA reveals its internet search tricks in the recently-declassified 'Untangling the Web'

DailyDirt: Genetic Discoveries And The Internet

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The internet, which now connects almost everything in the world, has changed every aspect of the way we live, work, and socialize. It has also changed the way we do science, particularly in facilitating the dissemination of research results, but also in enabling scientific discoveries in ways previously unheard of....
DailyDirt: Genetic Discoveries And The Internet

Kim Dotcom Claims the U.S. Government is Flush with Megaupload Users

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(Image via buzzfeed.com) Slick hot-tub dwelling playboy and Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom is currently out on bail awaiting an extradition hearing in August, much to the chagrin of the FBI. But despite the slew of piracy-loving groupies attempting to nab a piece of that sweet, sweet billionaire tail, Dotcom has...
Kim Dotcom Claims the U.S. Government is Flush with Megaupload Users
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