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1 hr ago | The Wichita Eagle

NASA's Maven spacecraft reaches Mars this weekend

This weekend, NASA's Maven spacecraft will reach the red planet following a 10-month journey spanning 442 million miles. If all goes well, the robotic explorer will hit the brakes and slip into Martian orbit Sunday night.

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Related Topix: Space, NASA, Cape Canaveral, FL

5 hrs ago | KMIZ

IOS 8: How to get it -- and whether you should

Apple's new operating system isn't the radical upgrade that iOS 7 was, but it has a handful of new features that look promising. IOS 8 will let apps display useful information in the "Today" screen, including sports scores and weather updates.

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Related Topix: iPhone, Cable & Satellite, Media, Radio, Siri, iPod, Ipad, Computers, iCloud

5 hrs ago | The New Zealand Herald

Senate: China hacked military contractor networks

U.S. Senate investigators are blaming China for almost a dozen successful hacker break-ins of computer networks belonging to Pentagon contractors. A yearlong investigation announced Wednesday by the Senate Armed Services Committee identified at least 50 intrusions since 2012 against unspecified contractors working for the U.S. Transportation Command, or Transcom.

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Related Topix: Computer Security

9 hrs ago | WLOX-TV Biloxi

Scots' inventions are fuel for independence debate

The land that gave the world haggis and tartan has produced so much more, from golf and television to Dolly the Sheep and "Grand Theft Auto." If Scotland splits from Britain after a referendum this week, it can stake a claim to inventions that transformed modern life, from surgical anesthetic and penicillin to TV, the telephone and even the flush toilet.

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Related Topix: Europe, World News, United Kingdom, Inventions, Rockstar North, Rockstar Games, Video Games, Grand Theft Auto

10 hrs ago | The Wichita Eagle

Alibaba post-IPO structure gives insiders control

Control over Alibaba Group will stay in the hands of founder Jack Ma and other company veterans after the Chinese e-commerce giant goes public on the New York Stock Exchange in a record busting share sale. A group of 27 managers dubbed the "Alibaba Partnership" will have the power to nominate a majority of board members, a structure that was unpalatable to Hong Kong's stock market and resulted in Alibaba deciding to list in New York.

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Related Topix: Alibaba, Control Group, Internet

Tue Sep 16, 2014

Brandon Sun

Business Highlights

American investors are clamouring to buy a stake in Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, which is launching what may prove the biggest initial public stock offering ever. China's explosive economic rise has delivered virtually nothing to most stock investors.

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Related Topix: Internet, Alibaba, Financial Markets, University of Florida, Drugs, New York

The Fresno Bee

Wisconsin DOJ never launched GPS program

Republican Gov. Scott Walker's 2013-15 state budget proposal called for providing $3 million for DOJ-issued grants to local police and government units to cover GPS tracking for people subject to domestic abuse and harassment restraining orders. The plan got a cool reception from Republicans on the Legislature's powerful budget committee, however.

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Related Topix: US News, GPS, Wisconsin, Scott Walker, US Governors, Domestic Violence (Domestic Abuse), Law

KNEB-AM Scottsbluff

NASA to Announce Which Company Wins Space Taxi Contract

Now, after an expensive and ferocious four-year competition, NASA will announce on Tuesday if Boeing, Space X or Sierra Nevada will be the one to build the spacecraft to replace the space shuttle. The winning design will end U.S. dependence on the Russian Soyuz for transportation back and forth to the International Space Station.

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Related Topix: Space, NASA, US Physical Therapy

SFGate

NASA announcing commercial crew winners

On Tuesday, NASA will announce which one or two private companies wins the right to transport astronauts to the International Space Station . The deal will end NASA's expensive reliance on Russian crew transport.

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Related Topix: NASA

Click Orlando

NASA to announce private space shuttle deal

NASA will make a "major announcement" later Tuesday about its plans to partner with the private sector to transport astronauts to the international space station. The space agency said it will hold a news conference at Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 4 p.m. ET to discuss "the return of human spaceflight launches to the United States," according to a brief statement on its website.

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Related Topix: NASA, Space

KMIZ

Join social media's 'country club' for $9,000

Would you enjoy social media more without all those pesky 99-percenters complaining about their mortgage payments and high cable bills? To join, users must pony up $9,000 for dues and a membership fee, then another $3,000 per year after that. If it all seems like a joke -- an elaborate ruse in an age when Facebook, Twitter and a host of other social networks are free -- the man behind the idea assures you it is not.

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Related Topix: Startups, Facebook, Social Software, Internet

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NASA announced Monday, on World Ozone Day, that the ozone layer is on the mend and expected to recover by the middle of the century. The ozone layer in the stratosphere protects life on Earth from the sun's harmful ultraviolet radiation.

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Inside Bay Area

Palo Alto startup teams with Macy's, Bloomingdale's for same-day delivery

Palo Alto startup Deliv is teaming up with Macy's and Bloomingdale's to test same-day delivery for products purchased on their websites, parent company Macy's announced Monday. The department stores are joining the growing ranks of retailers trying to compete with superfast delivery options offered by e-commerce sites like Amazon.com .

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Related Topix: Retail, Federated Department Stores, Amazon, Internet, Media, IT Services, Audible

The New Zealand Herald

Alibaba investors beware: History not on your side

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba is about to launch what may prove the biggest initial public stock offering ever. Yet anyone who expects to get rich from buying into China's high-growth story will be betting against history.

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Related Topix: Alibaba, Internet, University of Florida, Travel, Asia Travel, Beijing, China Travel, China Travel

Mon Sep 15, 2014

The Bennington Banner

Apple: U2 album accessed by 33 million users

The company issued a statement Monday from Senior Vice President Eddy Cue with the first usage numbers for the surprise "Songs of Freedom" release by the company. Apple gave the album to 500 million iTunes account holders last week during the company's iPhone 6 unveiling news conference.

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Related Topix: Apple, Startups, iPod, iCloud

CIO

PC confusion to linger on Intel's quick jump to Skylake

Laptop and desktop buying decisions may get confusing in 2015 as Intel introduces PC chips based on two different architectures-Broadwell and Skylake-in the same year, something the chip maker rarely does. Mainstream PCs with chips based on the Broadwell architecture-Intel's fifth-generation Core processors-will ship in the first quarter next year.

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Related Topix: Startups, Intel, CPU

SFGate

NASA inspector blasts asteroid protection program

On Monday, the space agency's inspector general released a report blasting NASA's Near Earth Objects program. The program is set up to hunt and catalog comets, asteroids and relatively large fragments of these objects that pass within 28 million miles of Earth.

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Related Topix: NASA, Space

680News

Art from to marketing tool: U2′s freebie continues evolution of music business, LP format

Since U2 stunned the music world by delivering a surprise album at Apple's iPhone 6 unveiling and making it available to a half-billion iTunes users for free, they've gotten an avalanche of publicity. But who's listening to it? The answer is still unclear.

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Related Topix: Marketing, Spotify, iPod touch App, iPad App, iPhone and iPad App, iPhone App, iPhone, iPod, Apple, Startups, iCloud

WHDH

One man trying to bring Broadway into 21st century

When John Travolta shocked theater fans by mangling the pronunciation of Idina Menzel's name at the Oscars, one person saw a gift in the slip - Damian Bazadona. Bazadona, the president and founder of the advertising and marketing firm Situation Interactive, had been hired by Menzel's new show "If/Then" to create some buzz and here it came, one horrible syllable after another.

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Related Topix: Theater, Arts, Marketing, Social Software, Wi-Fi

KMIR 6

Hong Kong rethinks rules after Alibaba IPO loss

Alibaba's choice of New York over Hong Kong for its blockbuster IPO was a blow for the Chinese financial center. Now, the city's stock market is starting to rethink rules that stopped it from accommodating the Chinese e-commerce giant's unique management setup.

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Related Topix: Alibaba, Internet, World News, China, Emerging Technology, Search Engines

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