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Presidents--and would-be presidents--can't resist meddling with NASA

Toshiba Q2 results: profit of $722 million, whole-year forecast cut by $500 million

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Toshiba has managed to pick itself up this quarter, recording $17.8 billion in sales, making for an operating profit of $722 million over the past three months. The "social infrastructure" segments recorded a healthy profit ($518 million), while income from digital products, home appliances and electronic devices fell due...
Toshiba Q2 results: profit of $722 million, whole-year forecast cut by $500 million

These Surface-To-Air Missiles Will Be Deployed on London Rooftops

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The U.K. Ministry of Defence decided to install surface-to-air missiles on the roofs of six London housing complexes to defend the Summer Olympics against airborne threats. Neighbors protested, but a judge denied their petition, so the operation will go ahead. Exactly how much firepower are they putting up there? Here's...
These Surface-To-Air Missiles Will Be Deployed on London Rooftops

Wikipedia’s Redesign Is Coming Soon

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Wikipedia is edging closer to a redesign. Nako Komura, head of the user experience team for the Wikimedia Foundation, detailed some of these changes on the foundation’s blog and in the Wikimedia Technical Blog.The new default design will start to roll out the week of April 5 on the...
Wikipedia’s Redesign Is Coming Soon
Web Served 7: Wiki wiki wiki!

Don't You DARE Try to Name Pluto's Moons After Some Internet Nonsense

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Hi there! (NASA Photo: H. Weaver (JHU/APL), A. Stern (SwRI), and the HST Pluto Companion Search Team, Via Wikimedia Commons) Fun fact: Pluto was named in 1930 by an 11-year-old girl. In the spirit of her christening skills, Wired reports, astronomers at the SETI Institute is asking the Internet to...
Don't You DARE Try to Name Pluto's Moons After Some Internet Nonsense
Climate change may be irreversible, but we control the future trajectory

Jimmy Wales: Fox News Is Wrong, No Shake Up

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Contrary to several reports, Wikipedia’s Founder Jimmy Wales is not relinquishing his editorial control of Wikipedia and its related projects. On Friday, Fox News reported that “a shakeup is underway at the top levels of Wikipedia…Wales is no longer able to delete files, remove administrators, assign projects or edit...
Jimmy Wales: Fox News Is Wrong, No Shake Up

Google Donates $2 Million To Wikimedia Foundation

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According to a Tweet just sent from Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, Google has donated $2 million to the Wikimedia Foundation. Wales says the official announcement will be made tomorrow. The Wikimedia Foundation is a non-profit that focuses on the development of free, multilingual content to wiki-based projects. The Wikimedia...
Google Donates $2 Million To Wikimedia Foundation
Wikimedia Commons app for iOS and Android helps you contribute pictures for Wikipedia

Wikimedia Commons' new iOS and Android apps make it easier to donate photos to Wikipedia

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If you’ve ever wondered where all those images come from when perusing Wikipedia, the answer likely lies in Wikimedia Commons, a project set up by the Wikimedia Foundation to create an online repository of license-free images and other media files. Now, the Wikimedia Commons project has officially unveiled its native...
Wikimedia Commons' new iOS and Android apps make it easier to donate photos to Wikipedia
Antarctic ice sheets may have changed the planet's heartbeat

Stewart Butterfield’s Tiny Speck Gets $5 Million From VCs

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Tiny Speck, an online game company based in Vancouver has raised $5 million in Series A funding from Accel Partners and Andreessen Horowitz. Accel led this recent round of financing. Accel’s Andrew Braccia will join the board of the company started by Stewart Butterfield, co-founder of popular and ground breaking...
Stewart Butterfield’s Tiny Speck Gets $5 Million From VCs

Send a Poem by Phone With SpreadPoetry.com

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Lord Byron. (Wikimedia Commons) Hacker-at-large Brandon Diamond has made you a new toy: SpreadPoetry.com, a site that lets you phone a friend and leave them a poem. SpreadPoetry will let you send one of five poems recorded by yourself or someone else to a friend's phone number. "Wanted to express...
Send a Poem by Phone With SpreadPoetry.com

'Sonar Vision' system touted by researchers to help the blind hear what they can't see

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Scientists from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have developed a prototype system that could one day aid the congenitally blind by converting video into auditory cues. The "Sonar Vision" works in a similar way to a bat's echolocation system, but instead of chirping, uses a video camera embedded in...
'Sonar Vision' system touted by researchers to help the blind hear what they can't see
Booting Up: Buyer Beware Happy Feedback Edition

World's first cyborg says Apple, RIM will have their own Google Glass

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Steve Mann says he’s the world’s first cyborg — and that you’ll join him as one pretty soon. “It’s kind of obvious that everyone is moving along that trajectory,” Mann told The New York Times in an interview published on Tuesday. According to Mann, it won’t be long until...
World's first cyborg says Apple, RIM will have their own Google Glass

SecondMarket adds former U.S. Congressman Scott Murphy to board

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Scott Murphy, an entrepreneur, venture capitalist and former U.S. Congressman (D-NY) is joining the board of New York-based SecondMarket. The company, which arranges secondary sales of shares in privately-held companies, said in a statement Thursday that Murphy’s background in finance and public policy will be valuable to SecondMarket’s business and...
SecondMarket adds former U.S. Congressman Scott Murphy to board
Live like Craig McCaw: Telecom mogul selling posh private island for $75M

CE-Oh no he didn't!: Vodafone's Vittorio Colao says 4G is for 'technofreaks'

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Prefer the internet to be, um, fast? That puts you outside the norm, according to Vodafone CEO Vittorio Colao. Speaking to investors, he said that he'd visited an EE store to try out 4G LTE speeds for himself and "all I saw [were] technofreaks." As reported by Mobile News,...
CE-Oh no he didn't!: Vodafone's Vittorio Colao says 4G is for 'technofreaks'

Friday Fifteen -- October 12, 2012

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Welcome to the Friday Fifteen: 15 GIFs, images, videos, and links that tell the story of the week that was. This week, Gawker and Reddit went toe-to-toe and Twitter flipped out over another debate. 1.  The Great Internet War of 2012 Gawker’s Adrian Chen has been at odds with Reddit...
Friday Fifteen -- October 12, 2012
3.5 billion year old organic deposts show signs of life

Friday Fifteen -- September 7, 2012

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Welcome to the second installment of the Friday Fifteen: 15 GIFs, images, videos, and links that tell the story of the week that was. This week there were big moves from Amazon, we watched social media erupt over the DNC and the VMAs, and we saw hackers make a comeback. 1....
Friday Fifteen -- September 7, 2012

Booting Up: You Can't Use Square to Sell Guns Any More

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(Franklin D. Roosevelt Library, Public Domain Photographs, Via Wikimedia Commons) The crooner Bing Crosby might've been a total dick, but it turns out he was a pretty smart angel investor. Guess the Biebs isn't so special, after all! [New Yorker] "They became a virtual criminal flash mob, going from machine...
Booting Up: You Can't Use Square to Sell Guns Any More

Apparently Google Called Dibs On Chelsea

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Google's Chelsea office (via Wikimedia Commons, user Beyond_My_Ken) Tech companies are, once again, scouting for space. The New York Post reports that Facebook, IBM, and Amazon are all on the prowl in Flatiron, Chelsea and Meatpacking. Perhaps Facebook has decided that, access to advertisers notwithstanding, Midtown just isn’t hip enough? But the most...
Apparently Google Called Dibs On Chelsea

New Xbox exec: Former PlayStation studios chief Phil Harrison

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Phil Harrison Here’s a hire that no one would have predicted five years ago. Phil Harrison, the former head of worldwide studios for Sony’s PlayStation business, has joined Microsoft as the senior leader for the company’s Xbox and video game business in Europe, including its UK-based development studios Lionhead, Soho...
New Xbox exec: Former PlayStation studios chief Phil Harrison

Welcome to Wikidata! Now what?

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How is Wikidata different to other tools claiming to be a "free knowledge base"? That may well remain to be seenWikidata, the latest initiative of Wikimedia, operator of Wikipedia, Wiktionary and the Wikiversity, (not to be confused with Wikileaks or WikiMapia which are not affiliated) was officially launched this week....
Welcome to Wikidata! Now what?
Manning, shocked by "the bloodlust" went with WikiLeaks
Enter the Godfather: Tickets for PandoMonthly NYC with Fred Wilson on sale now!

Social Media Week Wants to Save the World

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Mother Teresa. (Wikimedia-Commons User Túrelio) Here at Betabeat, we live every week like it's social media week. But this week is also Social Media Week, the fourth such annual event and the "Super Bowl of Social Media," which takes place simultaneously in cities around the world. And on Twitter, #smwnyc....
Social Media Week Wants to Save the World
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