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August 25, 2009

LOTD for August 25

Filed under: Uncategorized — gokamoto @ 9:14 pm

Report predicts that *half* of the people in the US could get the swine flu this fall and winter, hospitalizing up to 1.8 million people and causing up to 90,000 deaths:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/08/24/AR2009082401733.html?wpisrc=newsletter&wpisrc=newsletter&wpisrc=newsletter

There are 890 million people on the African continent and an estimated 500 million of them are suffering from neglected tropical diseases! These debilitating and sometimes deadly diseases produce profound physical and mental deficits in children:
http://homelandsecuritynewswire.com/single.php?id=8596

Paleontologist who served as a scientific advisor for the Jurassic Park movies in trying to bring back a dinosaur *without* using DNA. He wants to hatch a dinosaur straight from a chicken egg by making a few genetic tweaks to chicken embryos:
http://www2.macleans.ca/2009/08/20/the-quest-to-build-a-dinosaur/

MIT researchers have built a school of swimming robotic fish that swim just like real fish, allowing them to maneuver in places that current underwater robots cannot go:
http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2009/robo-fish-0824.html

Chinese companies are trying to dominate the green energy market–they are the main reason why the price of solar panels has dropped by half. As part of this plan, a Chinese company is selling solar panels in the US for less than the cost of materials, assembly and shipping:
http://www.starbulletin.com/news/nyt/20090825_Chinas_solar_charge_undercuts_US_industry.html

South Korea’s first space rocket blasted off Tuesday, but it failed to place a satellite into the designated orbit:
http://www.asd-network.com/press_detail_B.asp?ID=22644&NID=284998

A Federal Appeals court overturned the 2007 decision that ruled that Novell owned the Unix code, so SCO can now pursue their $1 billion copyright infringement case against IBM:
http://www.infoworld.com/t/unix/judge-overturns-2007-unix-copyright-decision-869?source=IFWNLE_nlt_daily_2009-08-25

RIM bought browser company Torch Mobile–this means that the BlackBerry will get the Webkit-based Iris browser and other phone platforms will not be getting it in the future:
http://www.fiercedeveloper.com/story/rim-acquires-browser-development-firm-torch-mobile/2009-08-24

It has already been confirmed that Torch Mobile will no longer support Windows Mobile or Windows CE:
http://crackberry.com/research-motion-acquires-torch-mobile

33 advertisers have decided not to advertise on Glenn Beck’s show after he called Pres. Obama a racist:
http://tv.yahoo.com/news/article/tv-news.en.ap.org/tv-news.en.ap.org-20090824-us_tv_beck_s_advertisers

Only Dish Network and Comcast have signed up to carry the NFL RedZone channel so far:
http://www.mediaweek.com/mw/content_display/news/cable-tv/e3ia76573c6f2d502a10f50e2936e78d18a

The print magazine Entertainment Weekly will feature a full-motion video ad with sound. One of their pages will have an extremely thin screen and speaker imprinted into the page. Only subscribers living in New York and LA will get the special video ads:
http://www.telecomtv.com/comspace_newsDetail.aspx?n=45417&id=e9381817-0593-417a-8639-c4c53e2a2a10#

Woman posted an expletive-laden rant about her boss to her Facebook page…that type of stuff probably happens all the time. Unfortunately for her, she forgot that she had recently added her boss as a friend in Facebook so he could see everything she wrote! She had two weeks left in her 6-month probation period, so her boss was able to fire her right away without having the hassle he would have had if her probation period was over:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1206491/Woman-sacked-Facebook-complaining-boss-forgetting-added-friend.html

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