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  • Congress Wants FCC To Auction TV White Spaces
    By on July 31, 2013 | Comments Off  Comments


    GovTechGuy writes “Things don’t look good for Google, Microsoft and other companies hoping to experiment with super WiFi and other technologies in unused TV channels or ‘White spaces’. Both House Republicans and Senate Commerce Chairman Jay Rockefeller are prodding the FCC to sell as much spectrum as possible at next year’s incentive auction, which may not leave much for those hoping to advance the next generation of WiFi technology.”

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  • Wiebe wins Senior Open in play-off
    By on July 31, 2013 | Comments Off  Comments

    American Mark Wiebe beats Germany’s Bernhard Langer on the fifth play-off hole to win the Senior Open at Royal Birkdale.

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  • Alonso rebuked by Ferrari president
    By on July 31, 2013 | Comments Off  Comments

    Ferrari admit that Fernando Alonso has been admonished by the company’s president, Luca Di Montezemolo.

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  • Second SFO Disaster Avoided Seconds Before Crash
    By on July 30, 2013 | Comments Off  Comments

    sabri writes “On July 25th, flight EVA28, a Boeing 777 flying from Taiwan to SFO, was on the final approach for runway 28L when they were alerted by ATC that they were only at 600ft above the ground at less than 4NM from the threshold. SFO’s tower directed the flight crew to climb immediately and declare missed approach. Assuming they were flying at 140 knots (typical approach speed of a 777), they were less than 2 minutes from the runway and at a (more…)

  • After a User Dies, Apple Warns Against Counterfeit Chargers
    By on July 26, 2013 | Comments Off  Comments

    After a Chinese woman was earlier this month evidently electrocuted while talking on her iPhone while it was plugged in to charge, Apple is warning users to avoid counterfeit chargers. From CNet: “Last week, reports surfaced in China that suggested the woman, Ma Ailun, might have been using a third-party charger designed to look like the real thing. Although third-party chargers are not uncommon, they vary widely in terms of safety and quality. Earlier (more…)

  • Psychopathic Criminals Have “Empathy Switch”
    By on July 26, 2013 | Comments Off  Comments

    dryriver writes “Psychopaths do not lack empathy, rather they can switch it on at will, according to new research. Placed in a brain scanner, psychopathic criminals watched videos of one person hurting another and were asked to empathise with the individual in pain. Only when asked to imagine how the pain receiver felt did the area of the brain related to pain light up. Scientists, reporting in Brain, say their research explains how psychopaths can (more…)

  • Scientists Discover New Clues To Regeneration: How Flatworms Regrow Heads
    By on July 26, 2013 | Comments Off  Comments

    An anonymous reader writes “Regeneration is one of the most useful skills that an organism can possess. Lizards can regrow their tails and starfish can regrow and entire part of themselves if they’re cut to pieces. Yet scientists have long wondered why some creatures possess this ability while others don’t. That’s why they decided to examine the process of regeneration, looking at the masters of this particular adaptation: flatworms.”

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  • The Path Toward Improved Biosurveillance
    By on July 25, 2013 | Comments Off  Comments

    Lasrick writes “Interesting opinion piece that explains successes and holes in the U.S. system of detecting and responding to pandemics: ‘In April 2009, following an experimental protocol, staff members at a Navy lab in San Diego tested specimens from two patients using a new diagnostic device. Both tested positive for influenza, but, oddly, neither specimen matched the influenza A subtypes that are known to infect humans. This finding raised suspicions, (more…)

  • After LinkedIn Clues, FOIA Nets New Details On NSA’s ANCHORY Program
    By on July 25, 2013 | Comments Off  Comments

    v3rgEz writes “After the ACLU’s Christopher Soghoian highlighted NSA programs listed on LinkedIn, Jason Gulledge filed a request for details about the program — and turned up lucky. The NSA released 7 pages of database descriptions of its ANCHORY program, an open-source intelligence data gathering effort. The NSA’s FOIA office said it would pony up more, but only if Gulledge could prove he was requesting the documents as part of a news gathering (more…)

  • Mozilla Unveils ‘Aggressive’ Firefox OS Schedule: Quarterly Feature Releases
    By on July 20, 2013 | Comments Off  Comments

    An anonymous reader writes “With Firefox OS version 1.0 out the door, Mozilla has decided that it’s time to unveil its strategy for new versions. The company is planning to make feature releases available to partners every quarter and push out security updates for the previous two feature releases every six weeks. ‘As far as I know, that’s the most aggressive mobile OS release strategy out there,’ Alex Keybl, Mozilla’s Manager of Release Management, (more…)