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Microsoft is ending its years-long run as the Consumer Electronics Show keynote kick-off event. Its 2012 keynote, which should highlight Windows 8 will be its last and next year will also mark the software giant's last trade show booth at the event. Microsoft made the surprise announcement Wednesday in a brief blog post by Corporate Vice President for Corporate Communications Frank X.
Given the central role that food plays in human welfare and national stability, it is shocking—not to mention short-sighted and potentially dangerous—how little money is spent on agricultural research. In total, only $3 billion per year is spent on researching the seven most important crops. This includes $1.5 billion spent by countries, $1.2 billion by private companies, and $300 million by an agency called the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). Even though the CGIAR money is only 10 percent of the spending, it is critical because it focuses on the needs of poor countries. Very little of the country and private spending goes toward the priorities of small farmers in Africa or South Asia.
The world of entertainment mourned and remembered Steve Jobs with social media mentions. In 2011, perhaps no news story was bigger than the death of Steve Jobs Social media was used heavily to organize protest around the world Mysterious hacker groups rose to prominence in 2011
“I don’t want to say we’re making our own Facebook. But, we’re making our own Facebook,” said Ed Knutson, a web and mobile app developer who joined a team of activist-geeks redesigning social networking for the era of global protest. They hope the technology they are developing can go well beyond Occupy Wall Street to help establish more distributed social networks, better online business collaboration and perhaps even add to the long-dreamed-of semantic web — an internet made not of messy text, but one unified by underlying meta-data that computers can easily parse.
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Apple, Inc. , announced its new iPhone today -- a powerful updated model called the iPhone 4S, but a disappointment to investors and the tech world because it wasn't a completely-new iPhone 5 people had come to expect. Apple stock, which had been up on a down day, dropped more than 4 percent as the product rollout went on at Apple's headquarters in Cupertino, Calif. -- never mind that the 4S had many of the features widely expected in an iPhone 5. Top 5: The iPhone, from debut to deluxe machine.
YouTube has announced the launch of a Kenyan domain, YouTube Kenya (http://www.youtube.co.ke) that will now offer some of the most informative and entertaining video content from around the world through a local interface that promotes the content most relevant to Kenyans.
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FORTUNE -- It's not easy being CEO.
Meg Whitman (left) will replace Leo Apotheker as Hewlett-Packard's CEO. NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Hewlett-Packard's board on Thursday ousted CEO Leo Apotheker after just 11 months on the job, replacing him with Meg Whitman .