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May 21, 2008

LOTD for May 21

Filed under: Uncategorized — gokamoto @ 7:14 pm

Biotech company in California will have 5 auctions to allow people chances to clone their dogs, with the auctions starting at $100k.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/21/us/21dog.html?_r=1&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss&oref=slogin

Israeli jailers use a custom-built computer program to interpret the barks by the guard dogs. The computer program has been so successful for Israeli prisons that the company now has 100 customers in Israel, including farmers:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080519/ap_on_hi_te/israel_canine_communication

Looks like a new process could make titanium much cheaper soon:
http://www.physorg.com/news130511435.html

Article about how selling off property rights in space would spur space development:
http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/ideas/articles/2008/05/18/my_space/

The UK is considering a plan to store ALL phone calls, e-mails, text messages, and Internet use for ALL of the people in their country!
http://technology.newscientist.com/article/dn13942-uk-may-store-all-phone-calls-and-emails.html

Retired University of Tennessee professor was indicted on violating ITAR rules by using a Chinese grad student without informing the government:
http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5j9haPUZblDkeUsIiqe29kIkehfSQD90POA3G0

Two BAE executives were detained at the Houston Airport because US officials allege that BAE has a big bribery slush fund:
http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/05/19/business/EU-FIN-COM-Britain-BAE-Systems.php

Israel is looking to make a flying unmanned car to serve as a robotic ambulance that will pick up injured soldiers in the field:
http://blog.wired.com/defense/2008/05/the-potential-o.html

The DoD’s work on “intelligent” robotic limbs kind of sounds like the old TV show “6 Million Dollar Man” come to life:
http://www.worldpoliticsreview.com/article.aspx?id=2142

This company has a new product that could be a solution for pilots that need relief during long flights:
http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080512/NEWS02/805120317/1007/RSS02

Jet-powered bicycle available for $650:
http://gadgets.boingboing.net/2008/05/20/own-your-own-pulse-j.html

Interesting that the more UAVs we use the less useful information we might get because there is just too much data to process:
http://blog.wired.com/defense/2008/05/defense-secreta.html

The company that makes the Opera browser has been collecting info on sites that its users visit. Very interesting to see the difference in web surfing patterns in the US, India, and Russia:
http://web20.telecomtv.com/pages/?newsid=43205&id=e9381817-0593-417a-8639-c4c53e2a2a10&view=news

Neat new technique could allow airplanes to repair themselves, even during a flight:
http://www.epsrc.ac.uk/PressReleases/SelfRepairingAircraftCouldRevolutioniseAviationSafety.htm

Banks use spyware and other surveillance techniques to monitor their employees:
http://technology.newscientist.com/article/dn13934-banks-turn-to-spyware-over-roguetrader-fears.html

Christian Dior is releasing its $5k cell phone, just like Prada and D&G already have done. I didn’t realize that Dolce & Gabanna sold about $350 mil worth of D&G gold Razr phones last year!
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB121131274855707901.html

This guy analyzes why Apple is changing its policy from being able to buy 3 iPhones per person at AT&T stores to being able to buy only 1 iPhone per person:
Infoworld article

AT&T has just about finished its HSUPA (3G) build-out, just in time for the 3G iPhone:
Press release

Some large investors are backing Icahn in his attempt to force Yahoo to sell itself to Microsoft:
http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-yahoo21-2008may21,0,1979731.story

The government might cap early termination fees:
http://news.wired.com/dynamic/stories/C/CELL_PHONE_FEES?SITE=WIRE&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2008-05-21-07-36-16

Interesting how this entrepreneur feels that Apple has taken away the profitability of TV companies and Google has taken away the profitability of print media:
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/news/e3i0a20bf2d051d830ee7c6ef8d9e101375

Neilsen reports that MySpace and Club Penguin have not been growing compared to last year (Club Penguin is actually down 7%), but LinkedIn grew 361% and Facebook grew 56%:
http://www.mediaweek.com/mw/content_display/news/digital-downloads/metrics/e3if545c66bc7e570546795a7101399a8f1

The One Laptop Per Child Project announced their 2nd-generation $75 laptop:
Infoworld article

Yao Ming does a LOT of charity work for China charities and donated $70k to an earthquake relief fund…and then was sharply criticized for not donating more. The Internet criticism got so bad that Yao apparently had to raise his donation to $280k (2 million yuan):
http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20080519/wl_asia_afp/chinaquakereliefstars

12-year-old boy was charged with drunken driving after crashing his stepfather’s pickup truck. He had a 10-year-old friend as a passenger and was lucky not to be hurt after jumping a guardrail and crashing down a steep hill into a forest:
http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D90OTF6G0&show_article=1

Interesting article on how some pro athletes have had the “curse of the celebrity girlfriend”
http://thebiglead.com/?p=5877

Manhattan restaurant sells a burger for $175 that is topped with gold:
http://www.9news.com/news/watercooler/article.aspx?storyid=92192

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