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Senator Al Franken Blasts Google And Facebook on Privacy Senator Al Franken Blasts Google And Facebook on Privacy

Senator Al Franken, in a speech to the American Bar Association’s Antitrust Section, railed against Facebook, Google, and cell phone carriers for the massive amount of information they keep on users. “What we’re seeing is that, just like Americans’ pocketbooks …

Amazon Appstore Generates Far More Revenue Than Than Google Play Amazon Appstore Generates Far More Revenue Than Than Google Play
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Amazon’s Android Appstore generates far more revenue than Google Play, and nearly as much as the iOS App Store. A recent study found that apps that rely on in-app purchases for revenue make the most money from the iOS versions …

Doll Face Trend Encourages the Sexualization of Children?
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Dakota Rose is known to her fans as Kota Koti and she is reaching a global audience through her fashion and beauty enhancement tutorials. What makes Koti stand out is her doll-like look. Other reporters claim that she looks like …

Screeners Find 8 FT. Python: Snakes On A Plane!
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The Cambridge News out of the UK reported that Stansted Airport workers were a little freaked out last Friday when they discovered an eight-foot albino reticulated python inside of one of the packages sent through for screening. While using an …

iPhone’s True Cost: Coltan Wars, Air Emissions, & Miscarriages iPhone’s True Cost: Coltan Wars, Air Emissions, & Miscarriages
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On paper, an iPhone 4S will run you as low as $199 if you hitch up with a wireless carrier contract; picking up one free of a contract will pump that price up to at least $649.00. Excepting the monthly …

Battlefield 3 Developer Explains USAS-12 Frag Rounds
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The frag rounds in the damn USAS-12. It seemed as though every time I turned a corner I was getting shot in the face by one. It got so bad, I said to hell with it and started using one …

Groupon Q4, Full-Year 2011 Earnings Get Revision Groupon Q4, Full-Year 2011 Earnings Get Revision

Groupon announced some revisions to its recent earnings report today, including a $14.3 million reduction in Q4 revenue, which was originally reported as $506.5 million, up 194% year-over-year. Operating expenses were also increased, reducing operating income by $30 million, net …

Adding A Start Button In Windows 8? Adding A Start Button In Windows 8?
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The lack of a Start button on the consumer preview of Windows 8 left some surprised, perhaps even shocked… Maybe confused is a better descriptor. Now, thanks to a desktop app created by Stardock, you can now resurrect your Start …

Final Four Tickets: Only for the Rich and Famous
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Plan on going to the Final Four this Saturday? Plan on spending an arm and a leg. In 1964 the cost of a single ticket was $7. Fast forward to today and you’ll be spending $235 for the nosebleed section. …

Spotify Launches History of Music Timeline Spotify Launches History of Music Timeline

On the heels of Facebook’s new Timeline for fan pages feature, Spotify has launched its own ‘History of Music’ Timeline. The new Timeline dates back to 1000 AD, and facilitates a fan page destination where users can discover, listen to …

Tim Tebow Tweets Jets Love, Promises

Tim Tebow hasn’t had much time to devote to Twitter lately; between a scandalous trade to the New York Jets after the Broncos essentially dumped him for Peyton Manning and a recent lawsuit between Nike and Reebok over jerseys bearing …

RIM Insists They Are Not Abandoning Consumer Market RIM Insists They Are Not Abandoning Consumer Market

RIM has issued a statement insisting it is not exiting the consumer smartphone market, despite reports from numerous media outlets. When RIM’s earnings report for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2011 was published yesterday, it painted a bleak picture …

Master Copy of Prince of Persia Discovered

Creator Jordan Mechner has found the long lost original Apple II master copy of his classic Prince of Persia. It had been lost for ten years. The 3.5″ disks of the original game were discovered by Mechner’s father (composer for …

Minecraft Prerelease 1.2.5 Now Available
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We reported at the beginning of the month that Mojang hired on former Bukkit members to help steer the future of Minecraft. They must have been put right to work when they arrived at Mojang because we’re already on the …

inXile Entertainment Gets Help For Wasteland 2

Good news and bad news time. The good news is that inXile Entertainment, the party responsible for the sequel to Wasteland 2, has got Obsidian Entertainment on board for the game. The bad news? There is a catch. The project …

New Microbe Converts Carbon Dioxide into Fuel
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A study published today in the journal Science details how researchers at UCLA have succeeded in converting carbon dioxide into liquid fuel. Things gets a bit technical from here, so I’ll give the summary upfront: A team at the Henry …

National Cleavage Day, The Lottery, and April Fool’s

Twitter is a wonderful place for one-liners. To be funny on the site, you’ve got to be sharp and practice economy of language. You’ve only got 140 characters to make an impression. And what better way to wind-down the work …

Hasidic Students Use Facebook, Get Slapped With $100 Fine Hasidic Students Use Facebook, Get Slapped With $100 Fine

Facebook can certainly become a breeding ground for impropriety quicker than you can even spell “impropri–” but those lowbrow kicks usually don’t cost you anything. If you happen to attend an all-girl Hasidic school in a particular Brooklyn neighborhood, though, …

Google Authenticator Gets An Upgrade Google Authenticator Gets An Upgrade
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Google announced today that it has made improvements to the Google Authenticator app, which utilizes Google’s 2-step verification feature for smartphones. 2-step verification was launched for Google Apps in 2010, then to all Google users in February 2011. “We want …

Lexmark and Agricultural Department Strike a Deal Lexmark and Agricultural Department Strike a Deal
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Lexmark International is a Lexington, Kentucky-based company who serves clients all over the globe. Servicing over 170 countries, they generated over $4 billion in revenue last year. Today they announce they have landed a deal worth over $50 million with …

Cesar Chavez: Civil Rights Leader Celebrated Today

Cesar Chavez, the famed civil rights and labor leader who co-founded the National Farm Workers Association (now called United Farm Workers), is being honored this week all across the country. Schools and public offices in several states were closed today …

Mortal Kombat Comes to Vita May 1

The Vita version of the Mortal Kombat franchise is set to be released on May 1st. The game will feature some cool utilization of the touch screen features, including a Fruit Ninja-esque slasher game with human heads instead of fruit. …

New Drug May Cure Common Cold
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As we start to approach allergy season here in the United States, many people will start to acquire the common cold. When people are infected with the common cold, there is only one thought on their minds “I want this …

Google Search Takes Graphs Into The Third Dimension Google Search Takes Graphs Into The Third Dimension
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I have a confession to make – I hate math. Of course, as a writer, that shouldn’t be all that suprising. Most writers, as far as I understand, go into writing because we’re terrible at math and other practices that …