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The 404 1,511: Where we choose business ethics (podcast)
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How Twitter killed the movie web site, the best way to request time off work by exploiting your kids, advancing surveillance technology in the workplace (read: spies), and a totally real new startup wants to mail you quarters every month to do laundry.

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Apple Gets Ready to Tell Consumers Why They Want a Smartwatch
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Apple reportedly is preparing to ship multiple versions of a smartwatch this coming fall, as competition increases in the wearable technology space. Its long-rumored smartwatch reportedly will be available in multiple screen sizes and will include more than 10 sensors that will allow it to track the wearer’s health and fitness metrics, among other information. […]

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BlackBerry Z30 Gets Another Price Cut; Rs 30,000 After Cash Back
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BlackBerry India has now reduced the price of its Z30 handset even further by dishing out a cash back offer for the same. The premium handset will now be available for Rs 30,000 after a minimum cash back of Rs 5,000 in exchange of your older handset. The cash back would obviously depend on the […]

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Darpa seeks pop-up wall-in-a-can
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Andrew Magill The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa) is on the hunt for technology or a material that could be packed into a cylinder and rapidly deployed to block access to a specified area. The brief — titled Block Access to Deny Entry (BlockADE)—suggests it could be a “web, wall, blockade or barrier” […]

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That Time Jason Biggs Played the Creator of Bitcoin on TV
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Ever since the advent of streaming TV, I’ve always had a show that I put on in the background during chores. Recently, that show has been The Good Wife, which I picked pretty much solely because it was streaming for free with Amazon Prime. Little did I know that I had stumbled upon the Best […]

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Continuous System For Converting Waste Plastics Into Crude Oil
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rtoz writes: A MIT spinout company aims to end the landfilling of plastic with a cost-effective system that breaks down nonrecycled plastics into oil, while reusing some of the gas it produces to operate. To convert the plastics into oil, this new system first shreds them. The shreds are then entered into a reactor — […]

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Researchers Develop Camera Iris With No Mechanical Parts
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Researchers from the University of Kaiserslautern in Germany have devised a static equivalent of the bulky iris diaphragms in smartphone cameras with the use of ‘smart glass’. Instead of using mechanical blades to control the size of the aperture, the technology allows switching between transparent and opaque states, thereby controlling the amount of light incident […]

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Father of “net neutrality” runs for office, wants to block Comcast/TWC merger
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Tim Wu. Stanford Center for Internet and Society Tim Wu, the Columbia Law School professor and author who coined the phrase “network neutrality,” is running for lieutenant governor in New York. If he wins, Wu will try to block Comcast’s attempted purchase of Time Warner Cable. While the merger is being reviewed by federal regulators, […]

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Boris: Look on ‘London’s digital tentacles’, ye mighty, and despair!
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Mayor in overstatement non-shocker as tech chinwag week starts London mayor Boris Johnson and ex-New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg have today opened the inaugural London Technology Week.…

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