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Miami Heat Owner Sues Google to Be Less Google-able

paidContent reports that Ranaan Katz, a minority owner of the recently-crowned NBA champs Miami Heat, is suing Google because the search engine has refused to take down a photo of Katz that he isn’t particularly fond of. So what uncouth activity is Katz doing in the photograph? Nothing. Well, nothing more than what just about everybody else in the world …

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You Were Worth a Lot More to Facebook in 2007 When It Was More Private

So much of what gets said about Facebook these days revolves around what the company is worth, what Mark Zuckerberg is worth, what other Facebookers are worth; or, since the company’s hilariously bad initial public offering, the public conversation has been more focused on how much all of the aforementioned parties have lost thanks to Nasdaq, Facebook shares going belly-up, …

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Jimmy Wales Really Wants You to Start Editing Wikipedia Articles

As part of Wikipedia’s goal to reverse the decrease in input from the site’s editors and actually increase the pool of editors to 200,000 within the next three years, the world’s most popular encyclopedia has launched a new and simplified editor that the website hopes will encourage more contributions from users. The goal of the new “visual editor” lets potential …

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After a Flood of Lost Customers, Google Maps Sticks a Finger in Dike

Here’s a question everybody knows the answer to: when you start losing customers because they’re opting for cheaper or even free alternatives, what do you do? Answer: You lower your prices. That answer appears to be what Google Maps has chosen to do in light of the continued attrition of developers and businesses that have been defecting from using Google …

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Obama Endorses Apple for Cult of Personality of Staff

Writing about the Obama campaign’s new organizing app, Dashboard, there was something blindingly apparent to me: the President’s campaign staff really has a jones for all things Apple. In another sign that Apple has triumphantly branded itself as the Company of Cool, the computing devices featured on the Dashboard homepage are slightly modified devices resembling the unmistakable design of Apple’s …

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Obama’s New App Puts a Lot of Trust in Volunteers’ Scruples

Even the people living under rocks know that this is a presidential election year in the United States, meaning both candidates, President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney, have been amping up the ways to get out the vote. As it’s no longer reliable to simply put all of a campaign’s eggs in the basket of a million-dollar television ad …

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So Are These Photos of Earth or the TRON Mainframe?

If you guessed Earth, or at least some aspect of Earth, give yourself an extra latte today. These photos were taken from the International Space Station using an extended exposure (although up in space like that, who knows exactly how extended the exposure would need to be) in order to capture the intersecting light trails of both the stars and …

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Google Maps’ New Tool Helps Bosses Stay on Your Ass

If you travel a lot for your job or happen to be in the type of delivery service where you get to wear brown shorts in the warm seasons, Google’s latest mapping tool could either be a great help or a great big pain in the backside depending on how your boss should implement it. The new tool, Google Maps …

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Catch Your Favorite TED Talks for The First Time Again in HD

If you’ve been grumbling about the video quality of all those TED talks the past few years, you’re going to have to go find something new to complain about because those videos have finally been honey-basted with some hi-def eye-candy. In addition to the improved HD video quality, TED also announced today that they’ve added more legible subtitles and a …

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Bing Researchers Set Phasers for “Amaze” at IEEE Conference

After a week of conferences and presentations, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’s annual Computer Society Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition is wrapping up today. If that’s a little too advanced for your awareness, it’s the yearly conference where some of the brightest minds in the field of search and machine learning gather to present their research …

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Bing Image Search Update Makes Sure You Never Leave Unsatisfied

Yesterday when I was looking for images of Kenny Chesney on Bing Image search, I noticed that something looked a little different. For one, it seemed like my browser page was a lot fuller than I remembered it being when I searched for photoshop fodder on Bing. I also didn’t remember bigger previews of the images following my mouse cursor …

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This Asteroid Nearly Went Clobberin’ Time on Earth & Hardly Anyone Noticed

Actually, it didn’t really, but it was the sixth-closest grazing ever recorded and a helluva lot closer than Asteroid 2012 LZ1 came earlier this month. In video recorded last month by NASA’s Infrared Telescope Facility, which you can see below, the Asteroid 2012 KT42 likely wouldn’t have yielded much damage had it even been on a collision course with our …

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