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Anyone who works as a freelancer these days has to be at least a bit familiar with techie things. But it isn’t just that. When I was a kid and those vaguely SF puppet shows were on the television and all the other kids wanted to be Greg Gogetem or Steve Savetheuniverse, I wanted to be the guy in a white coat and glasses called Doc or Brains. Here are some technology-related feeds I find useful and/or entertaining.

Wired Top Stories » With Updated App, Path Hints at a Mature Business Model

Thursday 8 March 23:32:00 UTC 2012

It's practically a Silicon Valley proverb: Build your user base, and the money will follow. [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » Today in APIs: “Heroku for Twilio,” Basecamp’s Non-API and 10 New APIs

Thursday 8 March 23:28:50 UTC 2012

BasecampPopular project management platform Basecamp has launched a revamped version of its service, but not a corresponding new Basecamp API. A new service wants to do for the Twilio SMS API what Heroku did for Amazon EC2. Plus: Crunchbase stats mashup, TV’s slow revolution and 10 new APIs. New Basecamp, Not New Basecamp API From a tweet by Courtney Bradford: I … [Link]

Slashdot » The Tech Behind James Cameron's Trench-Bound Submarine

Thursday 8 March 23:25:00 UTC 2012

MrSeb writes "Yesterday, James Cameron completed a five-mile-deep test dive in the Pacific Ocean, in preparation for a seven-mile (36,000ft, 11,000m) dive to Challenger Deep, in the Mariana Trench; the deepest place in the world. We don't know when the actual dive will occur, but it will probably be soon. At 36,000ft, the pressure exerted on the hull is … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Tap Joint Delivers Otherworldly Telegraphic Messages

Thursday 8 March 23:23:00 UTC 2012

An otherworldly narrative is playing out at TapJoint.com through coded messages transmitted using a virtual telegraph machine. The unknown sender tells of a city's resistance movement gearing up for a revolution on Illumination Day, an annual holiday celebrated March 9th. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Drones, Dogs and the Future of Privacy

Thursday 8 March 23:08:00 UTC 2012

Just in case you haven't seen the memo: Drones are coming to a city near you. Why now? Under a fresh mandate from Congress, the FAA will begin to relax its restrictions around the domestic use of "unmanned aerial systems," leading to greater use of drones by public agencies and, eventually, the private sector. The FAA?s primary concern is safety. … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » AMD's New Baby Says It Never Asked Intel for a Home

Thursday 8 March 23:08:00 UTC 2012

If nothing else, AMD's unexpected acquisition of swashbuckling server startup SeaMicro has reignited the chip designer's long-running rivalry with Intel. Intel says that before SeaMicro sold itself to AMD, it tried to sell itself to Intel — and that Intel turned it down. But, yes, SeaMicro says otherwise… [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Listening Music at 100 Volume [Comic]

Thursday 8 March 23:00:31 UTC 2012

[Via]Related posts:You Will Curse Us For All Eternity After Listening to This [Music Video]The Listening PirateWe are Losing our Listening [Video] [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Buffalo bushmeat linked to brucellosis in Botswana

Thursday 8 March 23:00:00 UTC 2012

Bushmeat consumption may be responsible for cases of a fever-causing pathogen infecting people in Botswana [Link]

Slashdot » Valve Switching Team Fortress 2 To Free-To-Play Increased Revenue Twelvefold

Thursday 8 March 22:44:00 UTC 2012

An anonymous reader writes "We've frequently discussed the growing trend among video game publishers to adopt a business model in which downloading and playing the game is free, but part of the gameplay is supported by microtransactions. There have been a number of success stories, such as Dungeons & Dragons Online and Lord of the Rings Online. During a … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Morgan's New-Old EV Has a 5-Speed

Thursday 8 March 22:38:26 UTC 2012

You don't need gears in an electric vehicle, but that isn't keeping the retro-loving blokes at Morgan Motor Co. from installing a five-speed in their slick Plus E roadster. [Link]

Slashdot » Drug-Free Organ Transplants From Unrelated Donors

Thursday 8 March 22:25:00 UTC 2012

ananyo writes "Researchers have for the first time managed to give patients a complete bone marrow transplant from an unrelated donor. The recipients were also able to accept kidneys from the same donors without the need for immunosuppressive drugs. Normally, such transplants would trigger graft-versus-host disease (GvHD) — an often deadly complication that occurs when immune cells from an … [Link]

Slashdot » 'Of Course We Are In a Post-PC World,' Says Ray Ozzie

Thursday 8 March 22:04:00 UTC 2012

An anonymous reader writes "Speaking at a tech conference in Seattle this week, former Microsoft Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie had some interesting things to say about the state of the computing industry. 'People argue about "are we in a post-PC world?" Why are we arguing? Of course we are in a post-PC world. That doesn't mean the PC … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » IBM’s Jeopardy champ gets Wall Street job

Thursday 8 March 22:00:09 UTC 2012

The IBM computer that beat two former champions at Jeopardy is going to work for financial giant Citigroup. It follows on from existing contracts with healthcare firms.While it may have seemed like a gimmick, there were very good reasons to develop the machine and test it on the TV game show. The “get answer, give question” format is particularly difficult … [Link]

Slashdot » Ford Tests DIY Firmware Updates

Thursday 8 March 21:26:00 UTC 2012

wiredmikey writes "This month, Ford is borrowing something from the software industry: updates. With a fleet of new cars using the sophisticated infotainment system they developed with Microsoft called SYNC, Ford has the need to update those vehicles — for both features and security reasons. But how do you update the software in thousands of cars? Traditionally, the automotive … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » IBM’s Jeopardy champ gets Wall Street job

Thursday 8 March 21:06:49 UTC 2012

The IBM computer that beat two former champions at Jeopardy is going to work for financial giant Citigroup. It follows on from existing contracts with healthcare firms.While it may have seemed like a gimmick, there were very good reasons to develop the machine and test it on the TV game show. The “get answer, give question” format is particularly difficult … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » The World’s Largest Slingshot [Video]

Thursday 8 March 21:06:45 UTC 2012

That would be just the perfect thing to play a real-life game of Angry Birds![Via]Related posts:Angry Birds Cupcakes [Pic]Angry Birds: Angry TweetsAngry Birds Are Like Your Sex Life [Comic] [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Toronto Batman is Back! [Video]

Thursday 8 March 21:06:44 UTC 2012

Toronto Batman is back, and this time, he’s out to get a smoothie and some beef jerky.Previously on [GAS]: Batman Screams At Strangers in Toronto.[Via Topless Robot]No related posts. [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » The Gentlemen’s Rant: The New iPad [Video]

Thursday 8 March 21:06:43 UTC 2012

Warning: Video contains strong language.The gentlemen’s take on Apple’s brand new iPad, which is called just that, the new iPad. Not the iPad 3, not the iPad HD, just the iPad.Thanks John!Related posts:Apple iPad Pictures, Pricing, Specifications and VideoThe iPad Nano does everything the iPad can’t!Survey Says: People Like the iPad [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Street Fighter X Tekken: The Devil Within [Epic Short Film]

Thursday 8 March 21:06:42 UTC 2012

Commissioned in support of this week’s highly anticipated Street Fighter X Tekken release, the Thousand Pounds Action Company (the team behind the popular Real Life Ultra Combos and Street Fighter: Beginnings End videos) has released a totally badass epic live action film based on the game. Titled The Devil Within, the film features incredible fight choreography and impressive cinematography and … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » SimCity to be reborn next year

Thursday 8 March 21:06:41 UTC 2012

SimCity is returning in 2013, and it looks as if it will combine the classic gameplay with some more modern gaming trends.It being nine years since the last edition, makers Maxis have opted for a reboot with the new game simply being SimCity rather than SimCity 5. Among the changes in the new game:The graphics will be 3D and it appears … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » The Most Astounding Fact About the Universe [Video]

Thursday 8 March 21:06:40 UTC 2012

Astrophysicist Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson was asked by a reader of TIME magazine, “What is the most astounding fact you can share with us about the Universe?” This is his answer.[Via]Related posts:The Astounding World of the FutureDC Universe Online is Now Free-to-Play!Han and Leia: The Worst Couple in the Universe [Video] [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Launching a LEGO Space Shuttle in Space [Video]

Thursday 8 March 21:06:39 UTC 2012

The launch took place from central Germany (easy flight clearance) and reached a max altitude of 35000m. A 1600g meteo balloon filled with helium was used alongside a GoPro Hero, Spot GPS and of course Lego Space Shuttle model 3367.We launched it on the 31st of December 2011, the equipment was recovered via GPS tracking 240 km S-E from a … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » DNS Explained [Video]

Thursday 8 March 21:06:38 UTC 2012

Learn the ins and outs of how the Domain Name System (known as DNS by the cool kids), takes a name like dnsmadeeasy.com and translates it into an IP address to find content on the web.[DNSMadeEasy]Related posts:The Importance of DNS [Video]Antimatter Explained: Something from Nothing [Video]Pyrotechnics Explained [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Microsoft Raises Red Flag Over OnLive's Windows for iPad

Thursday 8 March 20:47:00 UTC 2012

The OnLive Desktop — a tool that streams a virtual Windows desktop onto Apple iPads and Android devices — is apparently in violation of the licensing terms for Microsoft's flagship operating system. "We are actively engaged with OnLive with the hope of bringing them into a properly licensed scenario, and we are committed to seeing this issue is resolved," Joe … [Link]

Slashdot » Robot Firefighter To Throw Extinguisher Grenades

Thursday 8 March 20:44:00 UTC 2012

S810 writes "Discovery News is running an article about the U.S. Navy developing a robot capable of 'throwing extinguisher grenades.' From the article: 'SAFFiR would need finger and hand coordination to wrestle fire hoses into place or accurately throw extinguisher grenades. It similarly would need the sure-footed balance of a veteran sailor's sea legs to confidently walk the wave-tossed … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » I Speaky Good Engleesh

Thursday 8 March 20:30:19 UTC 2012

Yup, sometimes even the geeks get it wrong. Typos are ok, bad English just isn’t. We’ve got to curb this before we literally start talking gobbledegook. Brush up on your grammar with this infographic that spells out a few of the common mistakes in today’s world.As an extra exercise – this is one I learned in highschool – add punctuation … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » CloudMine Another Step Closer to Replacing Developers

Thursday 8 March 20:15:58 UTC 2012

CloudMineIt wasn’t that long ago, just late last year, that I started wondering if CloudMine was trying to replace me. Just a few months pass, and it seems my fears were not unfounded. If you’re not familiar with what the CloudMine API offers, it’s backend-as-a-service, with the core feature being easy storage and access of user – and global – data. … [Link]

Slashdot » FBI Warns Congress of Terrorist Hacking

Thursday 8 March 20:01:00 UTC 2012

An anonymous reader writes "Robert S. Mueller III, Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), yesterday warned Congress of terrorist hacking. He believes that while terrorists haven't hacked their way into the U.S. government yet, it's an imminent threat. Mueller said, 'To date, terrorists have not used the Internet to launch a full-scale cyber attack, but we cannot … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » How Long Would It Take This Fan to Stop?

Thursday 8 March 20:01:00 UTC 2012

Predicting when the blades of a ceiling fan will stop after you turn it off might seem impossible. Lucky for you, there's kinematic physics at your disposal. Dot Physics blogger Rhett Allain walks you through how to calculate your ceiling fan's stopping time. [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Microraptor's glossy black feather coat reconstructed

Thursday 8 March 20:00:00 UTC 2012

The unusual four-winged dinosaur was coated with dark iridescent feathers – not all of them used for flight, it seems [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Plant-mimicking gel could morph into any 3D shape

Thursday 8 March 20:00:00 UTC 2012

Watch a superthin gel flatten then regrow into a 3D shape driven by changes in temperature [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Don't Freak Out, But Iran Is Helping Venezuela Build Drones

Thursday 8 March 20:00:00 UTC 2012

Iran is planning to build surveillance drones for the Venezuelan military. But don't expect an invasion of the machines led by Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez quite yet. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Red Bull Capsule Ready for Record-Breaking Skydive

Thursday 8 March 20:00:00 UTC 2012

A key component in an Austrian skydiver's campaign to freefall from 120,000 feet is ready for flight. [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Akira: The Live-Action American Remake [Video]

Thursday 8 March 19:30:32 UTC 2012

Everyone is up in arms over this AKIRA remake, so we thought we’d do something about it.[patrickhwillems]Related posts:Akira Fan-Made Live Action Teaser Trailer [Video]Luigi’s Mansion Live-Action Horror Movie [Video]Star Wars remake week: Star Wars in 3 Minutes… With Action Figures! [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Amazon Adds New EC2 Instances, Brings 64-Bit to All

Thursday 8 March 19:28:00 UTC 2012

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is offering a new type of virtual server instance atop its Elastic Compute Cloud service. The new "Medium" instance isn't as powerful as the service's Large instances, but it's cheaper, and it's more powerful than the low-end Small instances. [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » 'White snake' seen on Mars

Thursday 8 March 19:19:00 UTC 2012

What looks like a smoky serpent is actually a dust devil rising nearly a kilometre above the Red Planet's surface [Link]

Slashdot » 2000x GPU Performance Needed To Reach Anatomical Graphics Limits For Gaming?

Thursday 8 March 19:19:00 UTC 2012

Vigile writes "In a talk earlier this year at DICE, Epic Games' Tim Sweeney discussed the state of computing hardware as it relates to gaming. While there is a rising sentiment in the gaming world that the current generation consoles are 'good enough' and that the next generation of consoles might be the last, Sweeney thinks that is way … [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Today on New Scientist: 8 March 2012

Thursday 8 March 19:10:00 UTC 2012

All today's stories on newscientist.com, including: fear after Fukushima to push up carbon emissions and break bad habits by forming good new ones [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Power backups to protect nuclear plants in a disaster

Thursday 8 March 19:01:00 UTC 2012

A year after Japan's megaquake, it is still unclear how best to ensure that nuclear power stations have backup power in case of disaster [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Strong Solar Storm Could Produce Auroras Over Northern U.S.

Thursday 8 March 19:00:00 UTC 2012

The most powerful solar storm in five years hit Earth on March 8, and could create northern lights far south of their usual range. [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » QWERTY effect: How typing may shape meaning of words

Thursday 8 March 18:58:01 UTC 2012

Words spelled with more letters from the right hand side of the keyboard are associated with more positive feelings than words made up of left hand keys [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Apple TV Easter Eggs: Cloud Matching for Movies, Netflix Billed to iTunes, and More

Thursday 8 March 18:41:00 UTC 2012

Apple's iCloud will back up at least some digital copies of movies that come with purchases of a DVD or Blu-ray. [Link]

Slashdot » LED's Efficiency Exceeds 100%

Thursday 8 March 18:34:00 UTC 2012

New submitter Paul Fernhout writes "Physicists from MIT claim to have demonstrated that an LED can emit more optical power than the electrical power it consumes. Researchers suggest this LED acts like a heat pump somehow (abstract). Is it true that 230% efficient LEDs seem to violate first law of thermodynamics?" Share on Google+ Read more of this story at Slashdot. [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Booba and Boba Grafetti Shirts Are Back in Stock! :)

Thursday 8 March 18:30:33 UTC 2012

Since many of you have inquired about it in the past few weeks, here’s a quick post to tell you guys that our epic Boba (and as many of you have joked, “Booba” for the lady version) Gra-fett-i shirts are now back in stock. You can order them via our awesome online store right here. Be sure to use promo code … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Booba and Boba Grafetti Shirts Are Back in Stock! :)

Thursday 8 March 18:30:33 UTC 2012

Since many of you have inquired about it in the past few weeks, here’s a quick post to tell you guys that our epic Boba (and as many of you have joked, “Booba” for the lady version) Gra-fett-i shirts are now back in stock. You can order them via our awesome online store right here. Be sure to use promo code … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Chiditarod Mushes Through the Windy City

Thursday 8 March 18:30:00 UTC 2012

It's like the Iditarod, but with shopping carts. And costumes. And beer. OK, maybe it's not like Iditarod. But it sure is fun, and for a great cause. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Startup Coursera to Deliver Cloud Course Content

Thursday 8 March 18:15:00 UTC 2012

Another pair of Stanford faculty said this week they were starting a company around Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs). According to Inside Higher Ed, engineering professors Andrew Ng and Daphne Koller have started Coursera, which includes content from Stanford, the University of Michigan and the University of California Berkeley. [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » How do you run and jump in warped space?

Thursday 8 March 17:59:05 UTC 2012

Independent Games Festival winner Antichamber knocks you off your feet as you try to navigate around space governed by physics that breaks the usual rules [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Doubts raised over UN drinking water claim

Thursday 8 March 17:58:57 UTC 2012

The UN has said the world has halved the number of people without clean drinking water, meeting a key goal early – but the claim is under fire [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Navy's Newest Robot Is a Mechanized Firefighter

Thursday 8 March 17:56:00 UTC 2012

Add another eerily life-like robot to the military's rapidly expanding android army. This one is, of all things, a mechanical firefighter. And not only can it climb ladders like its flesh-and-blood counterparts, it's designed to interact with human handlers in a kind of human/robot bucket brigade. [Link]

Slashdot » Publishers Warned On Ebook Prices

Thursday 8 March 17:52:00 UTC 2012

An anonymous reader writes "The DoJ says Simon and Schuster, Hachette, Penguin, Macmillan and HarperCollins conspired to raise the prices of ebooks. The report originates from the WSJ, but the BBC adds comments from an analyst bizarrely claiming increased prices are somehow a good thing and thinking otherwise is the result of 'confusion'. I'd like to see an explanation … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » iPhoto for iOS Abandons Google Maps in Favor of OpenStreetMap

Thursday 8 March 17:51:00 UTC 2012

Apple's newest iOS app uses OpenStreetMap, the "Wikipedia of maps," instead of Google Maps, to display your photos on a map. Apple is just the latest of several high-profile converts to the world of open source mapping. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Chrome Owned by Exploits in Hacker Contests, But Google's $1M Purse Still Safe

Thursday 8 March 17:43:00 UTC 2012

A $1 million purse that Google has offered to hackers who can produce zero-day exploits against its Chrome browser appears to be safe after the first day of its three-day Pwnium hacking contest, which yielded just one contestant and one successful zero-day attack. [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Fear after Fukushima to push up carbon emissions

Thursday 8 March 17:40:00 UTC 2012

Countries abandoning nuclear power will need to source alternatives that are more damaging for the climate [Link]

Wired Top Stories » The New iPad: How Wired Staffers' Predictions Held Up

Thursday 8 March 17:38:41 UTC 2012

As you no doubt know by now, Apple unveiled its new iPad to the world on Wednesday to much ado. So now that we know how the myriad rumors have held up to what was actually unveiled, it's time to check in on how Wired did in reading the tea leaves. Which of our staff aced the pre-release predictions? … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » A Simple Rule for Cultural Evolution

Thursday 8 March 17:38:40 UTC 2012

One evolutionary idea suggested that embryos, as they develop, resemble the forms of their ancestors — and it's completely wrong. But mathematician and Social Dimension blogger Samuel Arbesman explains how the rule does describe the evolution of human culture. [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Revealed: How China censors its social networks

Thursday 8 March 17:35:00 UTC 2012

For the first time the way in which China censors its social networks has been revealed – and it adopts a more subtle approach than you'd expect [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » The World’s Largest Slingshot [Video]

Thursday 8 March 17:30:36 UTC 2012

That would be just the perfect thing to play a real-life game of Angry Birds![Via]Related posts:Angry Birds Cupcakes [Pic]Angry Birds: Angry TweetsAngry Birds Are Like Your Sex Life [Comic] [Link]

Slashdot » IBM Optical Chip Moves Data At 1Tbps

Thursday 8 March 17:10:00 UTC 2012

snydeq writes "IBM researchers have developed a prototype optical chip that can transfer data at 1Tbps, the equivalent of downloading 500 high-definition movies, using light pulses, the company said Thursday. The chip, called Holey Optochip, is a parallel optical transceiver consisting of both a transmitter and a receiver, and is designed to handle the large amount of data created … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Kara Is Self-Aware: Heavy Rain Maker Unveils Uncanny Performance Capture

Thursday 8 March 17:05:00 UTC 2012

A new tech demo featuring sophisticated performance-capture technology made by the game developer Quantic Dream (Heavy Rain, Indigo Prophecy) was inspired by Ray Kurzweil?s book The Singularity is Near. [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Be school prom queen in 'social physics' game

Thursday 8 March 16:54:00 UTC 2012

A game that uses a complex set of rules on social interaction raises the bar on storytelling [Link]

Slashdot » Chief Replicant Dev On Building a Truly Free Android

Thursday 8 March 16:32:00 UTC 2012

angry tapir writes "While Android is open source, it won't work on a phone without software that generally isn't open source. The Replicant project is an attempt to build a version of Android that doesn't rely on binary blobs for which the source code isn't available to end users, and the software currently works on a handful of handsets. … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Toronto Batman is Back! [Video]

Thursday 8 March 16:03:31 UTC 2012

Toronto Batman is back, and this time, he’s out to get a smoothie and some beef jerky.Previously on [GAS]: Batman Screams At Strangers in Toronto.[Via Topless Robot]No related posts. [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » 'Untreatable' gonorrhoea joins the infectious bogeymen

Thursday 8 March 16:01:00 UTC 2012

Superbugs are the inevitable consequence of antibiotics. Let's stop beating ourselves up about them, says Kent Sepkowitz [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » The Gentlemen’s Rant: The New iPad [Video]

Thursday 8 March 16:00:36 UTC 2012

Warning: Video contains strong language.The gentlemen’s take on Apple’s brand new iPad, which is called just that, the new iPad. Not the iPad 3, not the iPad HD, just the iPad.Thanks John!Related posts:Apple iPad Pictures, Pricing, Specifications and VideoThe iPad Nano does everything the iPad can’t!Survey Says: People Like the iPad … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » API Driven Mobile Components with Verious

Thursday 8 March 16:00:00 UTC 2012

Mobile app development is exploding, and the opportunity for mobile developers couldn’t be better. Just like with social and cloud computing, APIs are at the heart of mobile growth, and opening up entirely new ways for developers to make money beyond just hourly project work. This opportunity is demonstrated in a new platform out of Silicon Valley called, Verious Mobile App … [Link]

Slashdot » Data Breach Flaw Found In Gnome-terminal, Xfce Terminal and Terminator

Thursday 8 March 15:50:00 UTC 2012

suso writes "A design flaw in the VTE library was published this week. The VTE library provides the terminal widget and manages the scrollback buffer in many popular terminal emulators including gnome-terminal, xfce4-terminal, terminator and guake. Due to this flaw, your scrollback buffer ends up on your /tmp filesystem over time and can be viewed by anyone who gets … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » API Billionaire Adds Author Extraction Service

Thursday 8 March 15:45:28 UTC 2012

AlchemyText extractor Alchemy has added a new, useful feature to its arsenal of text mining services available via its Alchemy API. Author Extraction allows developers programmatic access to the author information on any news or blog site, regardless of whether it’s available in a structured way. Public relations seems to be the main use case touted by the company. “Author extraction … [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » First ever measurement on atom of pure antimatter

Thursday 8 March 15:27:00 UTC 2012

The first ever spectroscopic measurement of antihydrogen is a first step towards finding whether matter and antimatter are true mirror images [Link]

Slashdot » Apple Switches (Mostly) To OpenStreetMap

Thursday 8 March 15:08:00 UTC 2012

beelsebob writes "In the recent release of iPhoto for iOS it appears that Apple has started using OpenStreetMap's data. Unfortunately, there are still some problems. Apple is currently not applying the necessary attribution to OSM; they are using an old (from April 2010) dump of the data; and they are not using the data in the U.S. Fingers crossed … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Street Fighter X Tekken: The Devil Within [Epic Short Film]

Thursday 8 March 15:00:14 UTC 2012

Commissioned in support of this week’s highly anticipated Street Fighter X Tekken release, the Thousand Pounds Action Company (the team behind the popular Real Life Ultra Combos and Street Fighter: Beginnings End videos) has released a totally badass epic live action film based on the game. Titled The Devil Within, the film features incredible fight choreography and impressive cinematography and … [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » What righteousness really means

Thursday 8 March 14:58:00 UTC 2012

Exploring the tribal world of US politics, moral psychologist Jonathan Haidt found that self-righteousness is an essential part of being human (full text available to subscribers) [Link]

Slashdot » For Windows 8 Users, Stardock Revives the Start Menu

Thursday 8 March 14:50:00 UTC 2012

jones_supa writes "By reinventing the Start Menu in Windows 8, Microsoft has caused some resistance to the new Start Screen. For those longing for the classic way of doing things, Stardock comes to rescue. The Start8 is a piece of software which replicates the functionality of the button and menu found in previous versions of Windows. Supported is starting … [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Bonobos are caring because they are led by females

Thursday 8 March 14:40:00 UTC 2012

The gentle apes travel over long distances to retrieve lost friends – behaviour which may be down to the species' female leadership [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Doubts raised that UN safe drinking water goal met

Thursday 8 March 14:38:00 UTC 2012

The UN has said the world has halved the number of people without clean drinking water, meeting a key goal early – but the claim is under fire [Link]

Slashdot » Raspberry Pi Production Delayed By Factory's Assembly Flub

Thursday 8 March 14:27:00 UTC 2012

nk497 writes "The first shipment of Raspberry Pi devices has been delayed, after the factory manufacturing the cheap educational computer used non-magnetic jacks instead of ones with integrated magnetics. The problem is already nearly fixed, but new jacks need to be sourced for subsequent shipments, so those could be delayed slightly. 'It's inevitable, isn't it — you're freewheeling along … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Report: Justice Dept. Threatens Apple, Publishers With Price-Fixing Lawsuits

Thursday 8 March 14:22:00 UTC 2012

A new report at the Wall Street Journal says that the U.S. Department of Justice has threatened Apple and five major publishers with an antitrust lawsuit, alleging the publishers and Apple colluded to fix e-book prices. [Link]

Slashdot » Rep. Darrell Issa Requests Public Comments On ACTA

Thursday 8 March 14:04:00 UTC 2012

langelgjm writes "After repeated dismissals by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, Congressman Darrell Issa has taken matters into his own hands by posting a copy of ACTA online and asking for public comments. ACTA, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, is a secretly negotiated multilateral trade treaty with the potential for profoundly affecting the Internet. 'ACTA represents as great … [Link]

Slashdot » Amateur Rocketeer Derek Deville's Qu8k Rocket Flies to 120,000+ Feet (Video)

Thursday 8 March 13:46:00 UTC 2012

Derek Deville is a rocket hobbyist. A lot of us have messed with Estes Model Rockets, which start at about $13 for a pre-assembled rocket that can go 800 feet straight up. Derek's rockets are on a whole different level. His personal rocket altitude record is closer to 33 miles, which is about 150 times as high as the … [Link]

Slashdot » Why Making Facebook Private Won't Protect You

Thursday 8 March 13:04:00 UTC 2012

itwbennett writes "Facebook's privacy settings, such as they are, don't hold up in the face of prospective employers who demand to see applicants' profiles. In an MSNBC report, Bob Sullivan found that 'in Maryland, job seekers applying to the state's Department of Corrections have been asked during interviews to log into their accounts and let an interviewer watch while … [Link]

O'Reilly News and Commentary » #Ebook Deal/Day: Sinatra: Up and Running – $6.49 (Save 50%)

Thursday 8 March 12:44:53 UTC 2012

Get "Sinatra: Up and Running" today and save 50%!This sale ends at 2:00 AM 2012-03-09 (PDT, GMT-8:00). [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Stun, Spray, Shoot! New Less-Lethal Weapon Does It All

Thursday 8 March 11:44:25 UTC 2012

From underwater stun guns to burning hot pain rays, the Pentagon has plenty of far-out ideas for a trove of futuristic less-lethal weapons. And one American inventor might have outdone the entire military. An inventor named Joel Braun came up with a mashup less-lethal that stuns, shoots, blinds and sprays its targets. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Quirky Photos Star World's Chillest Dog

Thursday 8 March 11:44:24 UTC 2012

Maddie is a sweet-tempered Coonhound from the Cobb County animal shelter in Atlanta, GA. She?s also the star of photographer Theron Humphrey?s side project, Maddie the Coonhound: A Super Serious Project About Dogs and Physics. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » WikiLeaks to Woodsy Horrors: The Must-See Films of SXSW

Thursday 8 March 11:44:23 UTC 2012

Moon Nazis, superheroines, indie videogame documentaries, chess in Brooklyn: This year's South by Southwest film festival begins Friday and brings with it more films than any one person could watch in just nine days. Here are the ones we're hottest to screen. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Birds, Poop and Roadkill: A Field Guide to Field Guides

Thursday 8 March 11:44:22 UTC 2012

There is a field guide to almost anything, and microbiologist Jonathan Eisen's enormous collection contains classic, beautiful and very strange examples including guides to birds, birders and road kill. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Microsoft Says Decaffeinated Bing Tastes as Good as Google

Thursday 8 March 11:44:21 UTC 2012

Harry Shum, who oversees research and development for Microsoft?s Bing search engine, believes his company has now matched Google?s ability to build software platforms that can harness the power of tens of thousands of servers. [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Break bad habits by forming good new ones

Thursday 8 March 11:10:00 UTC 2012

In The Power of Habit, Charles Duhigg offers a lucid exploration of why we find it so hard to change ingrained behaviour [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Middle age: A triumph of human evolution

Thursday 8 March 10:39:00 UTC 2012

Far from being over the hill, people in their fifth and sixth decades are skilled, experienced super-providers – and essential to our species's success (full text available to subscribers) [Link]

Slashdot » The Privacy Richter Scale

Thursday 8 March 10:28:00 UTC 2012

Hugh Pickens writes "Jay Cline writes that not all privacy issues are created equal and proposes a privacy Richter scale to rank the bad things that could happen to our privacy. A privacy Richter 1 or 2 event is a temporary bad turn for you or a handful of people, but nothing systemic, posing no lasting harm to individuals … [Link]

Slashdot » School District Sued By ACLU Over Student's Free Speech Rights

Thursday 8 March 8:05:00 UTC 2012

An anonymous reader writes "The ACLU is suing Minnewaska Area Schools and Pope County, according to this article in the StarTribune. At issue: school administrators and a sheriff's deputy forced a girl to hand over login information to her Facebook and email accounts, after she posted on Facebook that she 'hated' a school hall monitor who had been 'mean' … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » Swarm.fm Plays its Way to Success at Music Apps Hack Weekend

Thursday 8 March 8:00:59 UTC 2012

Spotify AppsThe Music Apps Hack Weekend held on February 25-26 at New York City’s SPiN Ping Pong Club invited developers to build music apps powered by the Spotify API. The event was organized by OMD and saw representatives from McDonalds, Mountain Dew, Doritos, State Farm and others actively engage in seeing how developers could possibly drive consumer engagement via music apps. The … [Link]

Slashdot » Server Names For a New Generation

Thursday 8 March 6:22:00 UTC 2012

itwbennett writes "Server naming is well-trod ground on Slashdot. But as new generations enter the workforce, they're relearning the fundamentals of what makes a good scheme. Can servers named after characters from The Simpsons or The Howard Stern show stand the test of time? If you name your servers after the Seven Dwarfs, can you have any doubt that … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » IBM's Holey Optochip Pumps 1 Trillion Bits per Second

Thursday 8 March 6:09:04 UTC 2012

IBM Researchers have built an optical chip that can transfer more data per second than pretty much anything else on the planet. They this transceiver the Holey Optochip — holey because they've taken a chip wafer and fired 48 holes in it so that laser light can be blasted in and out of the chip, moving data at one trillion … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » A Google-a-Day Puzzle for Mar. 8

Thursday 8 March 6:09:03 UTC 2012

Google's daily brainteaser helps hone your search skills. [Link]

Slashdot » Edward Teller: Father of the Hydrogen Bomb

Thursday 8 March 5:40:00 UTC 2012

pigrabbitbear writes "Edward Teller, the father of the hydrogen bomb, had a thing for nuclear bombs. He wanted them bigger, smaller, faster, used in ways that no one had thought of before or since, and always more of them. He suffered no fools, and though he would be more vilified than any other American scientist in the 20th century, … [Link]

Slashdot » Ask Slashdot: Who Has Been Sued By the RIAA?

Thursday 8 March 3:03:00 UTC 2012

First time accepted submitter blackfrancis75 writes "We keep hearing different figures quoting the thousands of people who've been sued by RIAA for illegally downloading online music, but I don't know anyone personally to whom it's happened. In fact it seems no-one I know knows anyone to whom it happened. Do you know anyone who was sued for 'piracy', or … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Idle Screenings Chops Hollywood Movies Into Sea of Animated GIFs

Thursday 8 March 2:57:53 UTC 2012

A new online art project called Idle Screenings chops up Hollywood blockbusters like Avatar and The Dark Knight into a sea of flickering, dreamlike images. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Tim Cook?s Leadership Opportunity: Painting the Apple Green

Thursday 8 March 2:57:42 UTC 2012

Apple CEO Tim Cook may never be able to compete with the myth of Steve Jobs, but he now has a golden opportunity to fix two things Apple's brilliant and mercurial founder got wrong: workers' rights in China and outsourcing. Should he do it, he'll place his own indelible mark on the brand, while also serving shareholders and consumers. … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » The iPad Rumor Scorecard: Who Got It Right?

Thursday 8 March 2:57:40 UTC 2012

Speculation about what the latest iPad would feature has run rampant since late last year. We revisit rumors about the new iPad to see who was right and who was wrong. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Read E-Books On Multiple Devices

Thursday 8 March 2:36:00 UTC 2012

When the ePub file format was created for e-books, it was meant to be an open standard, meaning that ePub e-books could be opened and read on any compatible device. Unfortunately, who's ever heard of a standard that's perfect in practice? Cue the evil intro music and enter DRM, the stick in the mud that's wrecking this whole open ePub … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » SimCity to be reborn next year

Thursday 8 March 2:31:35 UTC 2012

SimCity is returning in 2013, and it looks as if it will combine the classic gameplay with some more modern gaming trends.It being nine years since the last edition, makers Maxis have opted for a reboot with the new game simply being SimCity rather than SimCity 5. Among the changes in the new game:The graphics will be 3D and it appears … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » Today in APIs: Apple Maps, Facebook Clarifications and 14 New APIs

Thursday 8 March 2:28:27 UTC 2012

Google MapsAnother big user of the Google Maps API may be leaving, but this one we could have guessed. Facebook clarifies the flow of submissions to its open graph actions feature. Plus: Amazon DynamoDB expansion, Gnip on data and 14 new APIs. Apple Maps Seen in the Wild Apple may have its own mapping solution on the way. The company has used … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Apple Sneaks Out Free Tool for Deploying iPad Army

Thursday 8 March 1:55:00 UTC 2012

Apple has released a free tool that allows schools, businesses, and other operations to configure and deploy large numbers of iPads and iPhones. The tool was not mentioned when Apple unveiled its latest iPad during a press event in San Francisco on Wednesday morning, but it's now available from the company's online Mac App Store. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Getting in Touch: We Go Hands-On With the New Apple iPad

Thursday 8 March 1:36:00 UTC 2012

We touched it. We caressed every bezel. The new iPad is a model of inspired industrial design, and its specs best the previous-generation iPad 2 in a number of key areas. [Link]

Slashdot » Chrome Hacked In 5 Minutes At Pwn2Own

Thursday 8 March 1:07:00 UTC 2012

Skuto writes "After offering a total prize fund of up to $1M for a successful Chrome hack, it seems Google got what it wanted (or not!). No more than 5 minutes into the Pwn2Own cracking contest team Vupen exploited 2 Chrome bugs to demonstrate a total break of Google's browser. They will win at least 60k USD out of … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » The Most Astounding Fact About the Universe [Video]

Thursday 8 March 0:58:28 UTC 2012

Astrophysicist Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson was asked by a reader of TIME magazine, “What is the most astounding fact you can share with us about the Universe?” This is his answer.[Via]Related posts:The Astounding World of the FutureDC Universe Online is Now Free-to-Play!Han and Leia: The Worst Couple in the Universe [Video] … [Link]

Slashdot » Apple Wins Patent For "iWallet"

Thursday 8 March 0:13:00 UTC 2012

redletterdave writes "Apple won a major patent for its 'iWallet' technology, which is a digital system that uses near-field communication (NFC) technology to complete credit card transactions and manage subsidiary financial accounts directly on your iPhone. On the home screen for iWallet, users can see their entire credit card profiles, statements, messages from their banks, and even adjust preferences … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Hands-On With the New 1080p Apple TV

Thursday 8 March 0:12:00 UTC 2012

Today, Apple introduced its new 1080p Apple TV, and after the media event concluded, we got a brief chance to check out its improved user interface and some of its new features for ourselves. Overall, the new Apple TV experience is snappy and intuitive thanks to its A5 processor and new design, and largely improves on the 2010 version. … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Launching a LEGO Space Shuttle in Space [Video]

Thursday 8 March 0:00:54 UTC 2012

The launch took place from central Germany (easy flight clearance) and reached a max altitude of 35000m. A 1600g meteo balloon filled with helium was used alongside a GoPro Hero, Spot GPS and of course Lego Space Shuttle model 3367.We launched it on the 31st of December 2011, the equipment was recovered via GPS tracking 240 km S-E from a … [Link]

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