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US Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Butts, Cuss Words

The Supreme Court of the United States has unanimously dismissed some fines divvied out to television broadcasters by the Federal Communications Commission due to cussing and the occasional frame or two of nudity. The court sided with the broadcasters because it said broadcasters didn’t have a way of expecting that celebrities’ unplanned utterances of cuss words on awards shows (looking …

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Time-Lapsed 3D Printer Yoda: When 900 Years Old You Reach, Look as Good You Will Not

Although George Lucas gave it his best shot at destroying the Star Wars legacy with those three bowel-baked prequels he dumped on the world, some aspects of the canon have managed to remain endearing to fans. Yoda would certainly be counted among that category. Whether it’s his inverted vernacular or his fuzzy ears or the party-ready quotability of his prophetic …

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Google Helps Save Bikya, Seneca, & More Endangered Languages

According to UNESCO, at least 43% of the estimated 6,000 languages spoken around the world are facing extinction, and that’s only including the languages they actually have data on. Many of these languages are in remote regions of the world but there are also several that, despite being spoken in very industrialized countries, are still on the verge of disappearing …

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Windows Phone 8 Users Get to Slack off With Draw Something, Words With Friends

It won’t be all work and no play for the business-friendly Windows Phone 8. A pair of Zynga’s most popular mobile games, Draw Something and Words With Friends, will be arriving later this year on the just-announced Windows mobile platform. The inclusion of the popular games accompanies the 100,000 other apps that will be landing on Windows Phone Marketplace, but …

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Remote-Controlled Robot Dogs That Won’t Pee on Your Rug

If you’re starting to feel like you’re never going to be able to get that dog of yours housebroken, there’s now hope for tomorrow – not hope for your mammalian dog, really, but help for you, the mammalian human. By way of a Japanese toy maker, you can now have a dog that literally does everything you command it to. …

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Kenny Chesney’s Gonna Deliver a YouTube Serenade Tonight

The country music megastar with the allergy to shirt sleeves, Kenny Chesney, is bringing his boot-scootin’ beach bum road show to a lucky 20,000 fans in Wildwood Beach, New Jersey, tonight but if you weren’t able to score a free ticket – yep, tickets were free to this one – fret not. Thanks to YouTube and VEVO, you can tune …

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Google “Surprised” that UK Privacy Agency Cares About Privacy

The Information Commissioner’s Office in the United Kingdom announced last week that it would be re-opening its inquiry of Google and its payload data-collecting Street View cars. In a letter sent to Google’s Global Privacy Counsel, Peter Fleischer, ICO Head of Enforcement Steve Eckersley cited recent revelations that arose from the Federal Communication Commission’s investigation of the Street View cars’ …

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America: Where Innovation Goes to Die

Plain and simple, the patent system in the United States is a nightmare. You can hardly so much as sneeze anymore without some idiot troll accusing you of infringing upon his patent for violently expiring air through all facial cavities at once. For a country where so many of the subscribers to capitalism cling to the refrain of, “free market …

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Google Street View To Go A-Rowing in the UK’s Canals

When Google Maps went offshore in order to put some Street View action on the Amazon River earlier this year, it signaled that Google was moving beyond the task collecting ground-level imagery of mere streets (despite the product’s name). At the Next Dimension conference earlier this month, Google Maps dignitaries showcased some of the advents they’ve been making with the …

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Google Maps Brings Traffic Coverage to 7 More Countries

When you next take yourself on a gnarly voyage, Google Maps maintains that it wants you to encounter as little resistance as possible, so to smooth the edges off of your trips it offers real-time coverage of traffic conditions in many places throughout the world. Today, the geo service announced that it’s expanding traffic coverage to 7 more countries across …

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Bing Tops Google, Ties Yellow Pages for Best Local Search

Bing’s local search tool recently received a 500cc injection of good, wholesome vitamin Yelp to boost the quality of search results for local businesses. The Bing Local “Powered by Yelp” combo looks to go a long way in improving local search, especially as it continues to become available for more businesses and more locations. However, according to a recent study, …

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Windows Phone Map App Gets Expanded Traffic Coverage

Last month, Bing Maps announced that it would be providing better traffic coverage for users thanks to some backend support from Nokia. Senior Product Manager of the Windows Phone Map App Scott Burton recently offered an update on the traffic data integration with Windows Phone 7, explaining that the traffic coverage has been expanded beyond just the main highways and …

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