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The Hammond Organ vs. Leslie Speaker Corporate Feud History

The Hammond Organ vs. Leslie Speaker Corporate Feud History
While it has been supplanted by electronic keyboards the past three decades: the Hammond B-3 electro-mechanical organ changed popular music in the 20th Century. Its counterpart was the Leslie rotating speaker - which brought-out the sound of this instrument like no other. Yet, because the Leslie came from a rival manufacturer, what should have been a "beautiful friendship" became, instead ...... a corporate feud of the first magnitude.
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Lost in Space No More: Missing Spacecraft Found on Mars 11 Years Later

Lost in Space No More: Missing Spacecraft Found on Mars 11 Years Later
The Beagle 2 Lander, built by the United Kingdom, has been thought lost on Mars since Dec. 25, 2003, but has now been found in images from NASA.
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So Much for Anonymous: Twitter Uses Verizon ID to Track Users

So Much for Anonymous: Twitter Uses Verizon ID to Track Users
Twitter's mobile advertising arm enables its clients to use a hidden, undeletable tracking number created by Verizon to track user behavior on smartphones and tablets.
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Ties to ALEC May Be Severed, But Google Still Has Plenty of Climate Change Denier Skeletons

Ties to ALEC May Be Severed, But Google Still Has Plenty of Climate Change Denier Skeletons
While the withdrawal of Google, Yahoo, Facebook and others from ALEC’s vast pool of corporate funders was widely celebrated by climate campaigners, a recent report released by Forecast the Facts and SumOfUS shows how Google – and many others who claim to do good by climate – are still funding climate denial in politics.
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CA Gov Brown Signs Anti-Spying Ban on Rent-to-Own Computers

CA Gov Brown Signs Anti-Spying Ban on Rent-to-Own Computers
The spyware on rent-to-own computers had gotten so bad that Governor Jerry Brown has enacted legislation sponsored by the Consumer Federation of California to restrict the ways dodgy companies can gather information from renters.
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US Tops the List of Countries Asking for Ever-Increasing Twitter Account Info

US Tops the List of Countries Asking for Ever-Increasing Twitter Account Info
Over half of all requests for personal information from Twitter came from the United States, and that doesn't even include requests made under the 'national security' designation that forbids Twitter from releasing that information. And overall requests continue to increase.
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MIT's Amazing FingerReader Opens New Doors for the Vision Impaired

MIT's Amazing FingerReader Opens New Doors for the Vision Impaired
Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are developing an audio reading device to be worn on the index finger of people whose vision is impaired, giving them affordable and immediate access to printed words. The so-called FingerReader, a prototype produced by a 3-D printer, fits like a ring on the user's finger, equipped with a small camera that scans text. A synthesized voice reads words aloud, quickly translating books, restaurant menus and other needed materials for daily living, especially away from home or office.
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Rodrique Ngowi
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Big Bang Returns: Large Hadron Collider Gears Up for Second Run

Big Bang Returns: Large Hadron Collider Gears Up for Second Run
The world's largest atom smasher is gearing up for its second three-year run after 16 months of maintenance and upgrades. The Large Hadron Collider, which was used to discover a long-theorized subatomic particle, is designed to push the proton beam close to the speed of light, whizzing 11,000 times a second around a 17-mile (27-kilometer) tunnel on the Swiss-French border near Geneva. The world's top particle physics lab known by its French acronym CERN said Monday that the $10 billion collider is being improved and is on track to resume early next year at double its former energy level.
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John Heilprin
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Get Ready for a Two-Tiered Internet

Get Ready for a Two-Tiered Internet
Look back fondly, the Golden Age of the internet has passed. Without net neutrality, the slow decline into two-tiered systems and blatant commodification is inevitable.
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Fly the Unmanned Skies: FAA Approves Commercial Drone Flights Over Land

Fly the Unmanned Skies: FAA Approves Commercial Drone Flights Over Land
The Federal Aviation Administration said Tuesday it has granted the first permission for commercial drone flights over land, the latest effort by the agency to show it is loosening restrictions on commercial uses of the unmanned aircraft. The BP energy corporation and drone maker AeroVironment of Monrovia, California, have been given permission to use a Puma drone to survey pipelines, roads and equipment at Prudhoe Bay in Alaska, the agency said. The first flight took place on Sunday.
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Joan Lowy
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