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+ - MasterCard lubes up PayPal with Digital Wallet Fee->

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head_dunce writes "MasterCard Inc, one of the largest payment networks, said earlier this year that it plans a new fee for digital wallet operators like PayPal starting in June.

Historically, Visa and MasterCard viewed PayPal's success in the online world cautiously, but they were also happy because the service generated extra e-commerce transactions that ultimately got processed through their networks.

At a conference last month, Chris McWilton, president of MasterCard's U.S. Markets, complained that PayPal "rides for free" on other companies' business models."

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+ - Honda Gives Free Solar Installations->

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head_dunce writes "In a first for an automaker, American Honda Motor Co.will offer free home solar systems to customers, hoping the incentive will help its green reputation and make solar power more affordable.

  "Honda and Acura customers and dealerships will be able to install solar power with little or no upfront cost, depending on the customer's choice of plans. Customers will be given a choice to pre-pay for their solar electricity or pay a monthly payment that will be lower than the cost of their current utility bill, with insurance, repairs and monitoring service included," according to the company.

Customers in SolarCity's 14-state area are eligible: Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas and Washington. Interested customers can visit www.HondaSolarCity.com and get a free web or phone consultation.

The total cost of installation and equipment is typically $10,000 to $20,000 for a residential solar system, the spokesman said."

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+ - Dear Bill Gates, Glyn Moody, and Gartner analysts: it's time to eat crow.->

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head_dunce writes "Now that Red Hat has officially posted more than a billion dollars in revenue, ($1.13 billion to be exact), the company's PR department sent this funny list of quotes predicting doom. For instance, "We think of Linux as a competitor in the student and hobbyist market but I really don't think in the commercial market we'll see it in any significant way." Bill Gates, 2001."
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+ - First $1 Billion Open Source Company->

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head_dunce writes "According to this article "Red Hat will announce that it has officially crossed the billion dollar line in when it releases its Q4 and fiscal year earnings statements on March 28th." I just hope they are right with their prediction, because the rest of the article really doesn't have a clue what Red Hat really does. — Anyway, congrats to the guys at Red Hat!"
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+ - Fermilab poised to hit the off switch->

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head_dunce writes "At Fermilab in Batavia Illinois the Tevatron accelerator, an underground loop that accelerates protons for the head-on collisions that have provided breakthrough science, will be shut down at 2pm Friday.

"There is some sadness, yes, because it's the end of an era," said Fermilab Director Pier Oddone. "On the other hand, it's a celebration because the Tevatron had a life of 2 1/2 decades and it was a very adventurous and daring life.""

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+ - First billion dollar open source software vendor-> 1

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head_dunce writes "Red Hat is coming out way on top in this economy. Total revenue and subscription revenue for this quarter is up 28% year-over-year. Jim Whitehurst, President and Chief Executive Officer of Red Hat said, "Based on the strong first half results, we believe Red Hat remains well positioned to finish fiscal 2012 as the first billion dollar open source software vendor.”"
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Comment: Boating and Shooting! (Score 1) 347

by head_dunce (#34350224) Attached to: Anxiety and IT?
You need to get away from the screens. In the summer, nothing relaxes me like going for a boat ride - even if it's just a little row boat - it's a great way to disconnect from the world from a while. You're on your own when you're on the water. In the winter, I love taking my shotgun out to the local gun club and shooting trap (clay pigeons.) Video games can be fun, and you can try and boot up the old "Duck Hunter" but all that does is give you more time behind a screen... you can pick up a shotgun for less than a PS3 and really get out some aggression trying your best to break clay.

Keep experimenting with different hobbies that get you outside and away from screens. With boating and shooting, you really don't need another person to do them with - which is nice when you just need a break from the world for a while.

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