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+ - Nokia confirms, announces, Nokia X Android smartphone->

Submitted by squiggleslash
squiggleslash (241428) writes "Despite some industry skepticism, Nokia has indeed been working on an Android smartphone and finally unveiled the Nokia X today. As rumored, it's not a Google Play compatible device, running instead a Google-less AOSP build with a Nokia app store, and Windows Phone style shell. The budget phone will also not be marketed in North America. The Media seems convinced Microsoft — who are in the process of aquiring Nokia — will kill the project, but it's hard to see why Nokia would be working on such a project at this time if Microsoft had plans to do this."
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Comment: so long (Score 1) 1521

by Masloki (#37235712) Attached to: Rob "CmdrTaco" Malda Resigns From Slashdot
Thanks for being there through high and low, thick and thin, real and deliriously ludicrous. Best of luck in all of your endeavors! (My UID story is a tad different...around the time slashdot enabled registration, the news on TV was "internet sites are trying to steal your identity!!!11!" So, best not to register... Over time, I read more /. and watched less tv and have been better for it).
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+ - US Almost Nukes Itself? (Again??)->

Submitted by macduffman
macduffman (1087955) writes "Although not the first time we've heard about nuclear near-misses, the latest one makes this dyslexic agnostic wonder if there really is a doG. Speaking in direct violation of Defense Dept. regulations, several officials have confirmed that a B-52 was accidentally flown over several states in the US last week, complete with a nuclear payload. From the article:

A B-52 bomber was mistakenly armed with six nuclear warheads and flown for more than three hours across several states last week, prompting an Air Force investigation and the firing of one commander, Pentagon officials said Wednesday. Rep. Ike Skelton, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, called the mishandling of the weapons "deeply disturbing" and said the committee would press the military for details.
Probably the most alarming thing is that this was an accident. The most important question: who let Jar Jar fly the B-52, anyway?"

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Clear Channel Continues To Cut Away At Ad Spots->

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A couple of years ago, Clear Channel announced that it would limit the number of commercials its stations aired in a bid to stay competitive with other modes of listening to music, like satellite radio and iPods (yes, they do compete). Clear Channel's experiment, however didn't have the brightest results as fewer commercials translated to lower profits, despite efforts to charge more on a per ad basis. Still, even as the company was reporting lower revenue, it promised to maintain its limited number of ads. Now it looks to be going further in this direction, as one of its stations in Dallas will go completely commercial free. Instead of running 30 second spots, the station will make money by having companies sponsor blocks of time, with the promise that their product will be talked about in some way. Again, the station will probably see a revenue hit, but what choice does it have? As long as competition continues to take its toll on Clear Channel's bottom line, it might as well take an aggressive, proactive stance. It's also likely that the company will be criticized for not drawing a bright line between content and advertising, since the DJs will be talking about the sponsor company. But the company will be clear that the company is a sponsor of the programming, which should ameliorate these concerns. Furthermore, there's always been a blurry line separating advertising and content, as the best advertising is that which makes for good content in its own right. As long as the company is being forthright, this should be a worthwhile experiment.
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