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+ - Microsoft Buys Nokia's Phone Business-> 1

Submitted by Frosty Piss
Frosty Piss (770223) writes "Microsoft is buying practically all of Nokia’s handset business as part of a $7.2 billion deal, the two companies announced today. Microsoft is paying for Nokia’s Devices and Services Business. In addition, it is paying to license Nokia’s patents and to license and use Nokia’s mapping services. Microsoft using its overseas cash reserves to fund the transaction, which is expected to close in the first quarter of 2014, subject to approval by Nokia’s shareholders and regulatory approval, according to a news release."
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+ - CryTek for Free: CryEngine 3 SDK and Editor->

Submitted by Samfer
Samfer (1944748) writes "[...] sometime this summer likely around August, we will see the appearance online of both a Crysis 2 editor and a CryEngine 3 SDK (software development kit). This not only means that people will be able to make full blown new levels for Crysis 2 but that the CryEngine 3 will also be made publicly available to the development of non-commercial projects to the community at large. To quote, “This will be a complete version of our engine, including C++ code access, our content exporters (including our LiveCreate real-time pipeline), shader code, game sample code from Crysis 2, script samples, new improved Flowgraph and a whole host of great asset examples, which will allow teams to build complete games from scratch for PC.”"
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+ - NYTimes Announces Digital Subscription Plan->

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ArtuRocks writes "FTA: "Beginning March 28, visitors to NYTimes.com will be able to read 20 articles a month without paying, a limit that company executives said was intended to draw in subscription revenue from the most loyal readers while not driving away the casual visitors who make up the vast majority of the site’s traffic. Once readers click on their 21st article, they will have the option of buying one of three digital news packages — $15 for a month of access to the Web site and a mobile phone app; $20 for Web access and an iPad app; and $35 for an all-access plan.""
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Comment: Old age is not a happier time of life? (Score 2, Informative) 143

by ArtuRocks (#20406349) Attached to: Brain Implants Relieve Alzheimer's Damage

If this works in humans, old age could be a much happier time of life.
Ummm.... huh? Two problems I have with that sentence:
1.) Granted, I'm 34, so I'm not talking from experience, but from what I gather old age is already a happier time of life.
2.) If I'm interpreting the sentence correctly, the sentence is implying that most of the time when people reach old age they get Alzheimer's. If that is true, then I need a reality check because I didn't know that.
It's funny.  Laugh.

+ - Men focus on crotches

Submitted by JavaRob
JavaRob (28971) writes "A study by the Online Journalism Review using eye tracking to improve page layouts turned up an odd result: men tend to reliably look at crotches in photos.

"Although both men and women look at the image of George Brett when directed to find out information about his sport and position, men tend to focus on private anatomy as well as the face. For the women, the face is the only place they viewed. [...]This difference doesn't just occur with images of people. Men tend to fixate more on areas of private anatomy on animals as well, as evidenced when users were directed to browse the American Kennel Club site."

Interestingly, it seems like even knowing that their eye movements were being recorded didn't affect the habit.

Side note: the main article is actually interesting, if you can manage to tear your eyes away from George Brett's groin."

Adding features does not necessarily increase functionality -- it just makes the manuals thicker.