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Conventional Windows wisdom seems to hold that every other version of Windows is terrible and needs to be fixed by whatever version comes after that. Does this mantra sound familiar? Windows XP, good. Windows Vista, bad.
Fox News ran a piece recently about the 1957 test of a nuclear-tipped air-to-air missile . The rocket detonated two to three miles over the heads of a few volunteers, assembled for the purpose of showing a skeptical American public that such weapons, needed to hold the communist Soviet Union at bay, were safe to use above U.S. soil. That we had such weapons in our military inventory until 1988, but don’t today, speaks of the rapid pace of technological innovation and its unforeseen consequences. It also reveals a generation gap—tell a 25-year-old that the US deployed air-to-air tactical nuclear weapons in their lifetimes and they will likely stare at you with disbelief. Shortly after I joined the US Army in 1983, I was trained on how to determine the size and distance of a detonating nuclear weapon and its “radiation downwind hazard.”
Molycorp, Inc. announced the start-up of its new Project Phoenix heavy rare earth concentrate facilities at Mountain Pass, CA, which will produce heavy rare earth concentrate from freshly mined Mountain Pass ore that will then be processed into high-purity, custom-engineered heavy rare earth products in Molycorp’s globally integrated production facilities. Additionally, Molycorp announced that its on-site combined heat and power (CHP) plant will begin feeding low-cost, high efficiency electrical power and steam to its Mountain Pass facilities. Molycorp's CHP plant is fueled by clean-burning natural gas fed to the facility by a recently completed natural gas lateral supply line that connects the facility to a nearby interstate natural gas pipeline operated by Kern River Gas Transmission Co.
Congress has failed to stop it, and for more than a decade generic drug makers and big-name pharmaceutical companies have been winning court rulings that allowed it. Until this month. On July 16, a federal appeals court in Philadelphia issued a decision that the arrangement is anticompetitive on its face. It potentially sets up a confrontation before the United States Supreme Court.
Winda Benedetti , NBC News – 239 days After a miserable past week of bad news piling atop more bad news, Zynga -- the giant of Facebook gaming companies -- has been hit with a lawsuit. A New York law firm has accused the company of insider trading and filed suit against the maker of games such as "FarmVille," "CityVille," and "Mafia Wars." The lawsuit, filed in federal court by the firm Newman Ferrara, accuses Zynga CEO Mark Pincus and other top brass of violating federal securities laws. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of only one particular person -- shareholder Mark Destefano -- but names "all others similarly situated" which means it's headed toward becoming a class-action lawsuit. (You can read the lawsuit in full here .)
Share 300 black teens at a Walmart in Jacksonville, Florida can be seen: throwing produce (like watermelons) running around the store destroying merchandise breaking security equipment The youths are allegedly part of a party that was broken up earlier in the day. They ended up at the Walmart. According to News4 Jax , no arrests have yet been made.
Google and Facebook upped their lobbying to record levels in the second quarter of the year, public records show. Facebook spent $960,000 in lobbying from April to June of this year, up from $320,000 during the second quarter of 2011. The company spent $650,000 in the first quarter of 2012, records show.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Microsoft posted its first quarterly loss in its 26 years as a public company on Thursday as it declared a struggling online ad business a bust and prepared for one of the biggest product updates in its history. The software company had warned two weeks ago that it would take a $6.2 billion charge in the April-June quarter because its 2007 purchase of online ad service aQuantive failed to help it compete with Google Inc. The amount reflected the bulk of the $6.3 billion acquisition cost.
Tune in to CNET's live blog from the Google I/O keynote starting at 9:00 a.m. PT. SAN FRANCISCO--Google will be kicking off its annual developers conference here on Wednesday, and the company is expected to have lots of juicy news. The Google I/O conference offers third-party developers a chance to mix-and-mingle with Google engineers. In the past, the company has used the event to highlight and announce new products and initiatives.
Even now, it’s still shocking how the remarkably low distribution costs of the web can change a founder’s fate overnight. Many startups are duds, and most grow at a clip that’s just not fast enough to justify an interesting valuation. But once in awhile, a company comes along and just nails it.
Apple has requested permission from a US federal district court to file a motion for preliminary injunction against the sale of Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S III handset. Samsung recently announced that the device would launch later this month, and Apple is wasting no time trying keep that from happening. Apple's motion was entered on Tuesday, according to FOSS Patents, just ahead of a scheduled hearing regarding a preliminary injunction against Samsung's Galaxy Nexus smartphone. The company says the Galaxy S III infringes on a patent related to its Siri-powered unified search—the Galaxy S III has a similar feature called "S Voice"—as well as a patent related to "data detectors." Apple was granted an import ban against HTC smartphones over this same "data detectors" patent.
Samsung may have pulled off an incredible feat by getting five major US carriers to pick up nearly-identical versions of the Galaxy S III , but if Apple has its way the launch won't go as smoothly as we've been expecting. The Cupertino-based company has filed a motion requesting Judge Koh to have Samsung's headline Android smartphone blocked in the US before it starts shipping later this month. Specifically, Apple has requested that the judge add the Galaxy S III to its current motion for a preliminary injunction against the Galaxy Nexus , the hearing for which is set for tomorrow. Apple argues that the Galaxy S III is similar enough to the Galaxy Nexus to be bundled in the same motion, and if it gets its way it won't have to submit a new request and — more importantly — it may block Samsung before it gets its new devices into customers hands.