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+ - Ebola outbreak continues to expand->

Submitted by symbolset
symbolset (646467) writes "In the realm of "stuff that matters", the current outbreak of the world's second deadliest disease continues to expand. 63 new cases are reported in the last week, and suspected cases far afield of the hot zone are reported.

Many reports of a lack of personal protective equipment and medical professionals abandoning their posts are in recent reports. The local populace is developing processes to prevent containment.

Ebola remains the second deadliest infection only because rabies victims have only one survivor reported after onset of symptoms, ever."

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+ - Western Africa Ebola Outbreak Continues->

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symbolset (646467) writes "The ongoing outbreak, the first Ebola outbreak in Western Africa, continues unabated after four months. Today's report from Sierra Leone, where 8 patients were "rescued" from care this week and taken into the community: suspected cases have tripled in the last three days. All affected countries have new patients in this latest report."
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+ - Google Fiber to expand in Kansas City area->

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symbolset (646467) writes "Google Fiber has announced plans to expand their footprint in the Kansas City area, and begun accepting sign ups. In addition to expanding the coverage area, 23 neighborhoods who failed to qualify in the first round are offered a second chance to rally enough interest. The rollout is expected to be completed by the end of this year — a much faster pace than has been seen previously. Google claims to have pulled over 6,000 miles of fiber in Kansas City at this point."
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+ - Flappy Bird author suffers from success, kills game->

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symbolset (646467) writes "The somewhat reclusive developer of inexplicable runaway hit Flappy Bird has announced that he "cannot take this anymore" and will be removing the game from app stores in 22 hours, as of 2:02 PM EST today.

The game purportedly only took a couple days to make and has been bringing in over $50k/day in ad revenue. What do you think — is too much success a bad thing?"

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+ - Utah cable companies want to prevent broadband growth by law also->

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symbolset (646467) writes "On the heels of the smackdown received by cable lobbyists in Kansas, Ars reports out of Utah that the cable companies aren't giving up hopes of preventing competition through legislation. The bill called Interlocal Entity Service Prohibition would prevent a regional fiber consortium from building infrastructure outside the boundaries of its member cities and towns — a direct attack on Google's work in Provo and the UTOPIA network. Utah is the third state to be involved in the Google Fiber rollout of gigabit fiber to the home."
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+ - Kansas to nix expansion of Google Fiber and municipal broadband-> 1

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symbolset (646467) writes "Consumerist is reporting on a bill to restrict municipal support of broadband expansion. Purportedly to ensure a "level playing field" to encourage commercial expansion in this area, these bills are usually referred to as oligopoly protection acts. Everywhere they have been implemented expansion of new broadband technology stops. In this specific case no municipal entity in Kansas will be able to enter the same sort of agreements that enabled Google Fiber. From the bill:

Except with regard to unserved areas, a municipality may not, directly or indirectly: (1) Offer to provide to one or more subscribers, video, telecommunications or broadband service; or (2) purchase, lease, construct, maintain or operate any facility for the purpose of enabling a private business or entity to offer, provide, carry, or deliver video, telecommunications or broadband service to one or more subscribers.

More details at Muninetworks.org and GigaOM"
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+ - IDC: PC shipments decline worse than forecast, no recovery expected->

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symbolset (646467) writes "Zach Whittaker over at ZDNet covers an IDC report. In it the 2013 9.7% forecast decline in PC shipments is advanced to 10.1%. Further, IDC's longer-term forecast turns quite grim: contracting 23% from 2012 levels by 2017.

There is also a projection of future Windows tablet sales, and a statement that total Windows tablet sales for 2013 are expected to be "less than 7.5 million units"."

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+ - Official: Microsoft to acquire Nokia Devices and Services->

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symbolset (646467) writes "REDMOND, Washington and ESPOO, Finland – Sept. 3, 2013 – Microsoft Corporation and Nokia Corporation today announced that the Boards of Directors for both companies have decided to enter into a transaction whereby Microsoft will purchase substantially all of Nokia’s Devices & Services business, license Nokia’s patents, and license and use Nokia’s mapping services.

Under the terms of the agreement, Microsoft will pay EUR 3.79 billion to purchase substantially all of Nokia’s Devices & Services business, and EUR 1.65 billion to license Nokia’s patents, for a total transaction price of EUR 5.44 billion in cash. Microsoft will draw upon its overseas cash resources to fund the transaction. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2014, subject to approval by Nokia’s shareholders, regulatory approvals and other closing conditions."

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+ - Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant Leaking Out Of Control-> 2

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symbolset (646467) writes "In a public press conference viewable on Arirang news Tepco general manager Masayuki Ono said today the situation is bleak: "We understand that this discharge is beyond our control and we do not think the current situation is good." As the groundwater the melted reactor cores are steeping in rises, the press expects the level to crest over the existing barriers and resume spilling into the sea in a matter of weeks."
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