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SA's Largest Telecomms Provider vs. a Pigeon 149

Posted by samzenpus
from the may-the-best-bird-win dept.
dagwud writes "Just a few days after this Slashdot article, South Africa's largest telecoms provider, Telkom (which has been taking flak for years for its shoddy and overpriced service), is being pitted against a homing pigeon to see which can deliver 4GB of call centre data logs quickest over a distance of around 80km (50 miles). According to the official website, the race is set to take place September 10."
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Antarctic Ice Bridge Finally Breaks Off 505

Posted by timothy
from the invest-in-arizona-beaches dept.
GreennMann writes "An ice bridge linking a shelf of ice the size of Jamaica to two islands in Antarctica has snapped. Scientists say the collapse could mean the Wilkins Ice Shelf is on the brink of breaking away, and provides further evidence of rapid change in the region. Sited on the western side of the Antarctic Peninsula, the Wilkins shelf has been retreating since the 1990s. Researchers regarded the ice bridge as an important barrier, holding the remnant shelf structure in place. Its removal will allow ice to move more freely between Charcot and Latady islands, into the open ocean."
Google

+ - New Gmail Custom Time available immediately

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lthown
lthown writes "Google labs has just released a new feature for G-mail that will likely push it over the top in the web mail wars: Gmail Custom Time. "Be on time. Every time.*" Check out one of the testimonials: "I just got two tickets to Radiohead by being the 'first' to respond to a co-worker's 'first-come, first-serve' email. Someone else had already won them, but I told everyone to check their inboxes again. Everyone sort of knows I used Custom Time on this one, but I'm denying it." AWESOME! read more about it at http://mail.google.com/mail/help/customtime/index.html"
Portables

+ - HTC refuses to fix defective, misadvertised device-> 6

Submitted by Shadow7789
Shadow7789 (1000101) writes "After months of complaints by customers, claiming poor video performance on a plethora of recent devices (which were advertised as multimedia devices), HTC has decided to announce that it will not be providing fixes for the affected devices, instead claiming that the "overall value of its devices based on their combination of functionality and connectivity exceeds their ability to play or render high-resolution video.""
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