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+ - Digg.com Being Scrapped By Betaworks->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Betaworks is scrapping Digg.com, but not entirely. A new ad campaign launched via Twitter at ReThinkDigg.com promises to "make Digg a startup again" and "create a new v1 from scratch," essentially "baptizing" the site from its negative press it has accumulated over the years. But other than piggybacking on the site's rank to generate new hype and revenue, what's the point? Is Digg really even relevant anymore following all the sock-puppeting and "pay for Diggs" schemes?"
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The Internet

+ - Which HTML5? - WHATWG and W3C Split->

Submitted by mikejuk
mikejuk (1801200) writes "The two organizations currently responsible for the development of HTML have decided on a degree of separation and this means that in the future there will be two versions of HTML5 — the snapshot and the living standard.
In plain terms this means that the W3C will continue to work on the HTML5 specification. WHATWG on the other hand will continue its work with HTML5 as a "Living Standard". The idea of a living standard is that it never settles down and is always being added to and refined. The task of the browser makers and the programmers using HTML5 is to try to keep up.
Overall this doesn't seem to be a good development. It will no longer be possible to say exactly what HTML5 is — the W3C's snapshot or the living standard of WHATWG. My guess is that Chrome and Firefox will adopt as much of the new stuff as possible and Microsoft will simply pick which bits most suit its corporate interests.
So in the future you will need to choose what HTML5 means to you."

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Crime

+ - 14 Dead, 50 Injured In Denver Theatre Shooting->

Submitted by beaverdownunder
beaverdownunder (1822050) writes "A masked gunman has shot dead at least 14 people and wounded up to 50 others at a premiere showing of the new Batman movie in Colorado.

A man wearing body armour and a gas mask began shooting during the screening at a mall in the Denver suburb of Aurora.

One person has been taken into custody as police sweep the theatre and determine whether a second person was involved."

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Android

+ - Apple wins mobile patent on displaying lists, documents->

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walterbyrd
walterbyrd writes "The company yesterday was granted Patent no. 8,223,134 for "Portable electronic device, method, and graphical user interface for displaying electronic lists and documents." According to the patent's description, the technology relies upon a touch-screen display and includes both the function for displaying lists and documents, and how they look on a mobile product."
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Windows

+ - Brilliant move by Microsoft->

Submitted by ninjacut
ninjacut (1938862) writes "http://youtu.be/dpzu3HM2CIo
Its a brilliant move, set the standard for Windows 8 tablet so the OEM folks can shake up their act to earn their share.

The pro is natural for existing Windows 7 users, even if some of the 700 million decide the number will be huge.

Not to forget USB, Flash support which the iPad does not have.

This will heat up competition, so good for all the users."

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Microsoft

+ - Microsoft Unvailes New Ipad Challenging Tablet ->

Submitted by SchrodingerZ
SchrodingerZ (2576405) writes "Microsoft today unveiled its newest piece of technology; The Surface Tablet, a tablet computer meant to challenge the popular Ipad computers created by Apple. The company showed off a tablet that is about the same weight and thickness as an iPad, with a 10.6-inch screen. "The device has a built-in “kickstand” that allows it to be propped up for watching movies, and a thin detachable cover that will serve double duty as a keyboard." The tablet will run a version of Microsoft 8 with the intention of companion hardware being used for innovations on the product. The presentation of the new tablet was to the way in which Apple traditionally opens a new product; giving the media only a few days notice and withholding the exact location of the announcement until only hours before presenting. The announcement thus far has not affected Microsoft stock."
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Comment: Re:APPLE should buy them (Score 3, Insightful) 124

by twistedemotions (#38163652) Attached to: Microsoft Just Can't Quit Yahoo

Apple doesn't have spiders crawling the Net or a big index of results already built up.

As far as know, since the Microsoft/Yahoo search deal, Yahoo doesn't have those things either. Microsoft handles that for them. Yahoo Search is now just a front end for Bing.

I suppose Apple could come up with a similar deal with Microsoft for iSearch. It's Yahoo's variety of other properties and brands that have the value now.

PlayStation (Games)

Sony Finally Turning a Profit On PS3s 117

Posted by Soulskill
from the catching-up-with-moore dept.
When the PS3 launched in 2006, estimates pegged the price of producing the consoles to be as much as $250 more than the price at which they were sold. Production costs have dropped since then, but there have been several price cuts as well. Now, almost four years later, Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida says they're finally turning a profit on the hardware. "This year is the first time that we are able to cover the cost of the PlayStation 3,' Yoshida said. 'We aren't making huge money from hardware, but we aren't bleeding like we used to.' In May, Sony began shipping new PlayStation 3 consoles with smaller and more cost-effective graphics chips. Now, Yoshida said, Sony is looking at replenishing retail stock that has been running on empty since January rather than cutting the price. 'When we bring the cost of hardware down, we are looking at opportunities to adjust prices if we believe that will increase demand,' he explained. 'At the moment, we are trying to catch up our production.'"
Science

Why Time Flies By As You Get Older 252

Posted by kdawson
from the like-a-banana dept.
Ant notes a piece up on WBUR Boston addressing theories to explain the universal human experience that time seems to pass faster as you get older. Here's the 9-minute audio (MP3). Several explanations are tried out: that brains lay down more information for novel experiences; that the "clock" for nerve impulses in aging brains runs slower; and that each interval of time represents a diminishing fraction of life as we age.

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