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    Foxconn Offers Performance-based Pay Raise of 66 Percent

    Foxconn Offers Performance-based Pay Raise of 66 Percent
    Foxconn is the company that manufactures some of the most popular gadgets on the market including the Apple iPhone and the iPad. Over the last several months, Foxconn has seen an uptick in suicides among its workers that have led to concerns over conditions at the factory.Bloomberg reported earlier this month that one worker at the Foxconn factory described life as "meaningless" and "very ...
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    Study: Wind Farms = Bird Killers

    Study: Wind Farms = Bird Killers
    A recent study  in Klickitat County, Washington shows that active wind farms in Washington and Oregon kill more than 6,500 birds and 3,000 bats annually.  Biologist Orah Zamora works for West, Inc., an ecological field study company, monitors the Windy Flats project, one of the largest wind farms in the United States. Zamora looks for dead birds and bats that have been severed ...
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    BP Robots Place Cap Over Well Leak

    BP Robots Place Cap Over Well Leak
    After last week's disappointing endeavor with the top kill procedure, BP has placed a containment cap over the leaking well pipe on Thursday with intentions of ceasing at least 90 percent of the flow of oil into the ocean.  With the use of robot submarines, BP was able to cut the remains of the damaged riser pipe and lower the containment cap over the leaking ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +2
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    FTC Discusses 5 Percent Federal Tax on Computers, Phones, and Consoles

    FTC Discusses 5 Percent Federal Tax on Computers, Phones, and Consoles
    The U.S. government has compiled some creative ideas to "save journalism" or more aptly to save newspapers.  Among their feel-good suggestions to help preserve the free press (paper) is to institute a 5 percent tax on all consumer electronics. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has submitted a multi-faceted list of suggestions for public review and to the appropriate officials - President Obama ...
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    Simulated 520-day Mars Mission Begins in Russia

    Simulated 520-day Mars Mission Begins in Russia
    A highly anticipated 520-day simulation of a manned mission to Mars is now underway in a virtual spacecraft that is located in Moscow.As part of the monitored test, all six participants will not be able to leave the controlled environment until the project ends in November 2011.  The first 250 days will focus on a mock flight to Mars, with a ...
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    Employees at Apple's Hellish Foxconn Factory Feel Life is "Meaningless"

    Employees at Apple's Hellish Foxconn Factory Feel Life is "Meaningless"
    Ah Wei stands weary, at the point of breaking after a long 12-hour shift at Apple's Foxconn factory.  He understands all too well the sentiments of the employees that committed suicide.  Despite a 30 percent pay raise (which comes at a total cost to Apple of around $3.50 of its $200 in profit per iPad sold), he still only makes $172 USD a month, ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: -2
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    Ford Kills Mercury Brand

    Ford Kills Mercury Brand
    When General Motors and Chrysler were floundering and in desperate need of a lifeline from the American government, Ford was moving forward as a still independent company. Ford Motor Company has made some good decisions over the past few years including offloading its premium brands like Volvo, Land Rover, and Aston Martin. Ford Motor Company is continuing to trim the fat ...
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    FCC Asks Volunteers: Are Cable Providers Lying About Speeds?

    FCC Asks Volunteers: Are Cable Providers Lying About Speeds?
    The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is in the midst of trying to deploy an unprecedented plan to provide a 100 Mbps public cable option to over 100 million American homes.  It plans to finance that ambitious plan by taking spectrum away from TV broadcasters and reselling it to wireless companies for use with devices like smartphones.  Part of the profits will go to ...
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    Steve Jobs Talks About Suicides, "Stolen" iPhones, Flash at D8 Conference

    Steve Jobs Talks About Suicides, "Stolen" iPhones, Flash at D8 Conference
    Tonight at the eight annual All Things Digital conference (D8 for short) a frequent guest -- Apple CEO, co-founder and "supreme leader" (according to All Things Digital) Steve Jobs -- popped and let loose on a variety of topics during an interview with Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher (the exchange was liveblogged by Engadget).Fresh out the gates, Jobs ripped into Adobe ...
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    Microsoft Responds to Google's Security Rejection

    Microsoft Responds to Google's Security Rejection
    Yesterday we contacted Microsoft seeking comment on the news that Google was dumping Windows at its headquarters due to "security concerns" and instead offering employees a choice between only a Mac or a Linux system.  The official response we received was that there was no response -- Microsoft wasn't yet commenting on the news.This morning, Windows Team member Brandon LeBlanc did at last issue an ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    BP "Top Kill" Effort Fails to Stop Gulf Oil Leak

    BP "Top Kill" Effort Fails to Stop Gulf Oil Leak
    Saturday marked yet another failed attempt to plug the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico. BP's top kill procedure used more than 1.2 million gallons of mud to suppress oil into the well 5,000 feet below surface in hopes of sealing the well permanently with cement, but most of the mud ended up escaping out of the damaged riser.  "This scares everybody, the fact ...
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    Report: Google to Dump Windows Internally Due to Security Concerns

    Report: Google to Dump Windows Internally Due to Security Concerns
    Google is one of the most creative and powerful tech companies in the world, thus its actions are scrutinized at times.  However, it's hard not to see a bit of significance in this one -- Google is reportedly phasing out Windows due to security concerns.News of the plan broke as Google remains reeling from a major intrusion by Chinese hackers which occurred using ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +3
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    5 Best Business Travel Tips

    5 Best Business Travel Tips
    Whether traveling for business is an everyday occurrence, an occasional hindrance, or a lifelong dream, all business travelers can agree that if your job calls for travel, then being an efficient traveler is a must. We’ve got the five tips that’ll make your time en-route more productive and less stressful. #1 Know Which Airlines Offer Premium Economy Why? Because if your ...
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    Navy Weighs in on Video Games to Whip Recruits into Shape

    Navy Weighs in on Video Games to Whip Recruits into Shape
    The Navy has frequently been seen in the headlines  for advancements made from using hardware technology to get its aircraft and fighting vehicles into shape; it may now turn to software technology to get its newest recruits in motion and out onto the playing field.Navy officials are weighing in on using interactive video games like the Nintendo Wii and Dance Dance Revolution to help ...
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    NBC, Time Warner Willing to Ditch iPad for Flash

    NBC, Time Warner Willing to Ditch iPad for Flash
    Apple has had a pretty good week. They've become the most valuable tech company with their $221.1 billion market cap that beat Microsoft's $219.2 billion, and Apple shares closed down $1.17 to $244.05 while Microsoft's fell $1.06 to $25.01. What Apple CEO Steve Jobs might not be so happy about is the tough audience of some media firms he faced in Hollywood who ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: -1
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    Congress Looks to Block Anonymous Prepaid Phone Sales to Fight Terrorism

    Congress Looks to Block Anonymous Prepaid Phone Sales to Fight Terrorism
    Getting an anonymous prepaid phone may get a lot harder in the U.S.  A new bill introduced by Senators Charles Schumer (D-NY) and John Cornyn (R-TX) would require buyers of prepaid cell phones to show ID at the point of purchase, and would require phone companies to store this info for law enforcement purposes.The move comes after the revelation that the terrorism suspect ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Honda Hopes to Develop EV Battery Breakthrough with China's Help

    Honda Hopes to Develop EV Battery Breakthrough with China's Help
    While Honda is usually a  pioneer in the automotive industry with innovative devices and vehicles, the company has been a bit behind when it comes to EV production in comparison to other auto giants. Honda has posed the argument that EV vehicles are far from being successful because of a lack of any real advances in battery technology. Now, it seems as though Honda ...
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    U.S. Committed to Greenhouse Gas Cuts, China Prefers "Voluntary" Effort

    U.S. Committed to Greenhouse Gas Cuts, China Prefers "Voluntary" Effort
    While it is unknown definitively whether manmade greenhouse gases are playing a role in climate change, or exactly what that role may be, many scientists and politicians support early studies which suggest a link between carbon dioxide emissions and a global warming trend.  They want the international community to band together to make drastic cuts to the global CO budget.  The ...
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    Sony Unveils "Rolling" Screen

    Sony Unveils "Rolling" Screen
    Sony has long been working on a new generation of displays that are flexible enough to be bent and shaped around an object. The first of these flexible OLED displays to be seen from Sony surfaced in 2007. The display offered 16.7 million colors and was 0.3mm thick with a resolution of 160 x 120 and a 1,000:1 contrast ratio.Sony has now ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +2
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    IBM Patent Application Describes "Intelligent" Stop Lights That Turn Off Cars

    IBM Patent Application Describes "Intelligent" Stop Lights That Turn Off Cars
    Running red lights and failure to stop leads to untold numbers of traffic accidents around the world. Sitting at a red light with cars idling also burns fuel that really isn’t needed.IBM has filed a patent application that outlines a system that would turn the motors of a car off at a traffic light to conserve fuel. Few will take issue with green ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: -3
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