writes "The recently announced expansion of Google Fiber into another Kansas City suburb has gotten a lot of press, and rightfully so. Google Fiber is coming to Olathe, Kansas, which is a town of about 125,000 residents. It sits roughly 30 minutes outside of Kansas City. Most importantly, though, the move shows that Google wasn’t kidding when they said Fiber was not just an experiment, and they hope to expand elsewhere. Google’s expansion should put the other major ISPs on notice. Google’s affordable fiber service has been a hit, and that runs contrary to what other providers have claimed about high speed access. Time Warner’s Chief Financial Officer Irene Esteves said that there was no demand for gigabit internet. If Google continues to grow, she and her company may soon have to eat those words."Link to Original Source
writes "Graphene could soon be facing some competition for the unofficial title of “World’s Most Useful New Substance.” Led by Associate Professor Darren Sun, a team of scientists at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University have spent the past five years developing a material known as Multi-use Titanium Dioxide. Their research indicates that it can be used to produce hydrogen and clean water from wastewater, double the lifespan of batteries, create antibacterial wound dressings ... and more."Link to Original Source
writes "Wow! Color me green on this one! I am normally very critical of Apple's business practices, but this one is just perfect all around! Apple now owns and runs enough renewable energy power plants that 75% of their world wide power needs come from renewable sources such as wind, solar, geothermal and hydro.
From the Apple Blog Post: 'Our investments are paying off. We’ve already achieved 100 percent renewable energy at all of our data centers, at our facilities in Austin, Elk Grove, Cork, and Munich, and at our Infinite Loop campus in Cupertino. And for all of Apple’s corporate facilities worldwide, we’re at 75 percent, and we expect that number to grow as the amount of renewable energy available to us increases. We won’t stop working until we achieve 100 percent throughout Apple.'
Any other big power hungry data centers want to step up and join Apple on this one? Im looking at you Google and Rackspace!"Link to Original Source
writes "The FCC’s proposal to create large, public WiFi networks across the nation would do more than bring internet to masses. Such a network could save the free and open internet as we know it. The big telecoms, who are staunchly opposed to the idea, have been pushing to end net neutrality, which is the idea that all data on the net should be treated equally. They seek to create a tiered system where sites that pay more would receive faster service on their networks. Abolishing net neutrality would also allow the telecoms to push their own sites and services ahead of third party competitors. A free public option to internet would change all of that. While the big telecoms would still offer faster speeds, and thus keep some customers, a public option would force them to become more consumer friendly. Internet providers typically have a monopoly in a given town. A free public alternative would create competition, which is almost always better for the consumer."Link to Original Source
writes "Activist Chris Soghoian, whom in the past has targeted zero-day brokers with his work, has turned his attention toward wireless carriers and their reluctance to provide regular device updates to Android mobile devices.The lack of updates leaves millions of Android users sometimes upwards of two revs behind in not only feature updates, but patches for security vulnerabilities."Link to Original Source
An anonymous reader writes "A list of the top 50 films on sports with a description and link to trailer for each"Link to Original Source
writes "Mr. Andrea Rossi says he has dominated the technology and at the engeneering point of view, there's no modification needed. He has a 'commercial product', ready to sell.
There's a discordance on the scientific environment. Is it a fraude or is it a true new revolutionary technology that will change our energetic reality?"Link to Original Source
An anonymous reader writes "People have been drinking alcohol in social settings for at least as early as the dawn of civilization, stretching back to around 11,000 years ago."