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Keystone XL Pipeline Nixed By Obama Administration

According to reports out today, the Obama administration will reject TransCanada Corp. (TRP)’s Keystone XL oil pipeline. The company will be allowed to file a revised route that avoids an environmentally sensitive area in Nebraska, according to people familiar with the decision. The decision is expected to be officially announced today by the State Department. The project, which crosses six ...

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iPhone 4S is helping Apple close the gap on Android

Although Apple’s iOS has gained back losses in the most recent quarter, when it comes to smartphone operating systems, Android still owns the U.S. market. This is according to research conducted by Nielsen. According to Nielsen, Apple’s high-profile launch of the  iPhone 4S in the Fall had an enormous impact on the balance of smartphone owners who chose an Apple iPhone. ...

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Zappos.com is victim of cyber attack

Zappos.com, an online shoe store owned by Amazon.com, was the victim of a cyber attacks which resulted in the compromise of account information for 24 million customers. Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh, in a letter sent to the company’s affected customers, said names, e-mail addresses, billing and shipping addresses, phone numbers, the last four digits of their credit card numbers, and ...

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Why people put a period before replies in twitter

After a recent change at twitter, those who use the micro-blogging technology are changing their behavior by adding a period before any replies (@<twitter-name responses). Why the extra punctuation – and more importantly, why waste one more precious character? Even worse.. don’t periods go at the end of the sentence? No, it’s not some new latin language thing, like the ...

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First of NASA's Two GRAIL Spacecraft Enters Orbit Around Moon

PASADENA, Calif., Dec. 31, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The first of two NASA spacecraft to study the moon in unprecedented detail has entered lunar orbit. NASA’s Gravity Recovery And Interior Laboratory (GRAIL)-A spacecraft successfully completed its planned main engine burn at 2 p.m. PST (5 p.m. EST) today. As of 3 p.m. PST (6 p.m. EST), GRAIL-A is in a 56-mile (90-kilometer) by 5,197-mile (8,363-kilometer) orbit around ...

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Verizon misses BoA lesson, tries fee, then cancels it

On Friday, Verizon wireless announced that it will no longer be adding a $2 fee to customers that wish to pay their  bill using the pay-by-phone or on the internet. The “convenience fee” would have been waived for anyone that paid their bills by sending in the payment by mail or if a customer set up recurring payments that automatically ...

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Consumers Flex Muscles, Force Go Daddy To Reverse 'Stop Online Piracy Act' Stance

On Friday, after consumers announced they were taking their business elsewhere and dropped 21,000 domains, domain name registrar GoDaddy.com pulled its support from the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). Go Daddy announced they would take a second look at SOPA after extremely negative feedback received regarding the legislation. A boycott was threatened on Thursday with PC World reporting: “Reddit ...

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Five Innovations That Will Change Our Lives Within Five Years

ARMONK, N.Y., Dec. 19, 2011 — Today IBM (NYSE: IBM) formally unveiled the sixth annual “IBM 5 in 5” (#ibm5in5) – a list of innovations that have the potential to change the way people work, live and interact during the next five years: People power will come to life. Anything that moves or produces heat has the potential to create energy that can be captured. Walking. Jogging. Bicycling. The heat ...

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"UPDATED" Saudi Prince Invest $300 Million in Twitter

On Monday Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, along with his company Kingdom Holding Co., announced a $300 million dollar investment into microblogging website Twitter. This comes after months of negotiations and is meant to give the company a boost as they attempt to garner more advertising. At this time it is not clear how much of Twitter the Prince ...

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LightSquared Interference Confirmed Again

In a statement released yesterday, the governmental group which reviewed LightSquared’s test results, the National Executive Committee for Space-Based Positioning, Navigation, and Timing (PNT), found that “Preliminary analysis of the test findings found no significant interference with cellular phones. However, the testing did show that LightSquared signals caused harmful interference to the majority of other tested general purpose GPS receivers. ...

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Amazon Kindle Fire Review

A CNET review of the Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablet. A possible holiday gift substitute for those of us budget strapped and can’t afford an iPad. It’s only $199!!

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IT Employment Continues to Outperform Overall Labor Market

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 7, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — In November, IT employment continued its pattern of month-over-month growth and outperforming the general labor market. According to a monthly index of IT jobs developed and published by TechServe Alliance, a collaboration of IT services firms, clients, consultants and suppliers, the number of IT jobs increased by more than 7,100 rising to 4,068,400 ...

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Smart Phone & Laptop Batteries Re-Charged in 15 Minutes & Last One Week

It’s not just a dream, it may soon be reality. We’ve all been caught short… of power that is… Running around like a Neanderthal in ‘Quest for Fire’ looking for an Outlet before our phone or laptop crashed. A group of scientists at Northwestern University may have found a way to poke millions of holes in one of the layers ...

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Cause and Effect: A Brain Study of Video Gamers

European scientists have reported that playing 9 or more hours of video games per week causes changes in the brain that resemble addiction. The issue with studies like these is that the seem setup to prove the point for which they were constructed, instead of being a test of a hypothesis. In this case, they took one group of kids ...

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