Daily Archives: September 17, 2013

Private Company to Launch Craft, Cargo to Space Station

Private industry’s ability to handle resupply missions to the International Space Station will be tested once again Wednesday when a second U.S. company launches its own rocket and spacecraft toward the ISS.  read more

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Firm That Sent 42 Million Texts Settles in Spam Case

Rentbro and its principals, Daniel Pessin and Jacob Engel, agreed to turn over all remaining assets and to repay up to $377,321. read more

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Boeing unmanned plane has fifth flight

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An experimental high-altitude unmanned plane developed by Boeing Co completed a fifth flight on Saturday and may soon fly at 60,000 feet, a top Boeing executive said Tuesday. read more

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Dot Earth Blog: How to Survive a Mass Extinction – Even One Caused by Us

Handy tips for surviving the next mass extinction — even if it’s our own doing. read more

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Microsoft Increases Quarterly Dividend

The company’s board raised the dividend to 28 cents, a 22 percent increase, and approved a new $40 billion stock buyback program. read more

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Facebook and Twitter Blocked Again in Iran After Respite

Iranian officials said a technical glitch allowed people to access social media sites that had been blocked for years in Iran. read more

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Bits Blog: Content Creators Use Piracy to Gauge Consumer Interest

Both Netflix and HBO have expressed a more forgiving stance toward online piracy Web sites. read more

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Bits Blog: Can Minecraft Be Educational? Readers Respond

Parents and even a few children responded positively to a column on Minecraft and its benefits for kids as an educational tool — albeit one they are obsessed with. read more

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Gadgetwise: With Bose, Hear What You Want and Block the Rest

Bose designed its QuietComfort 20 in-ear headphones with a control module that actively cancels unwanted noise. read more

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Gadgetwise: Justin Case Offers More Than a Play on Words

The Justin Power Case can charge an iPad and other gadgets, including iOS, Android and BlackBerry devices, at the same time. read more

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Microsoft Raises Dividend and Announces New Share Buyback

The company said it would buy back up to $40 billion of its shares and raise its quarterly dividend by 22 percent. read more

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Bits Blog: Improving the Big Data Toolkit

The next version of Hadoop, the open-source software used in Big Data analysis, will be released next month, and a fast-moving marketplace growing around the software. read more

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Bits Blog: Outburst Highlights Conundrum for Twitter

Twitter flowed with disparaging comments about the new Miss America, raising a question about its future with Wall Street: Will Twitter have to police its users more aggressively? read more

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Gadgetwise: Playing Around With a Toy Camera

Despite its cuteness, the tiny Bonzart Lit digital camera can help you make some compelling images. read more

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