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Orangutans use iPads at National Zoo

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

CNET: Apple's iPad is proving to be popular among a different, and hairier, type of consumer. The Smithsonian's National Zoo recently kicked off Apps for Apes, a program that lets orangutans use the iPad as a way to stimulate their lives.

 

Former Microsoft executive says CEO Ballmer culls internal rivals to retain power

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Reuters: Microsoft Corp Chief Executive Steve Ballmer is not the right leader for the world's largest software company but holds his grip on it by systematically forcing out any rising manager who challenges his authority, claims a former senior executive.

 

Southwest Airlines tries out $40 boarding fee

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Los Angeles Times: Southwest Airlines introduced an early-boarding option for a $40 fee, which would guarantee passengers would be one of the first 15 on the plane.

 

Dish to close 300 more Blockbuster stores

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

PC Magazine: Brick-and-mortar Blockbuster retail stores have been disappearing for more than a decade now, but get ready to say goodbye to a few more. Dish Network this week announced that it will shutter another 300 locations.

 

Even if it enrages your boss, online speech is protected

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

The New York Times: In a series of recent rulings and advisories, labor regulators have declared many such blanket restrictions illegal. The National Labor Relations Board says workers have a right to discuss work conditions freely and without fear of retribution, whether the discussion takes place at the office or on Facebook.

 

Anheuser-Busch releasing new higher-alcohol content beers

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Friday, January 18, 2013

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Anheuser-Busch is producing two new beers that tap into the brand-familiarity of Budweiser and Beck, but have higher alcohol content. They are Budweiser Black Crown and Beck's Sapphire.

 

TSA removing controversial X-ray scanners

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Friday, January 18, 2013

AP: The TSA is getting rid of body scanners that produce a naked image of airport travelers.

 

Prius C the greenest car

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Friday, January 18, 2013

Sustainable Business Oregon: The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy ranked the Prius C the greenest car for 2013.

 

Subway faces social media criticism

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Friday, January 18, 2013

AP: Subway is facing widespread criticism after a man posted a photo to the fast food chain's Facebook page with a footlong sandwich next to a tape measure indicating 11 inches.

 

Google to develop new headquarters at London's Kings Cross

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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Reuters: Google Inc. is developing a new UK headquarters which could be worth as much as 1 billion pounds ($1.6 billion) when finished, the latest overseas property deal for the cash-rich U.S. Internet group.

 

Facebook Messenger app allows free calls

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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Washington Post: Facebook's Messenger app now allows U.S. users place free voice calls over WiFi.

 

Regulators around the globe ground Boeing 787s

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Thursday, January 17, 2013

The New York Times: Regulators around the globe on Thursday ordered the grounding of Boeing 787s until they could determine what caused a new type of battery to fail on two planes in recent days, resulting in an emergency landing Wednesday and a fire last week.

 

Hostages reportedly escape Islamist captors; some may have been slain

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Thursday, January 17, 2013

The Los Angeles Times: The Algerian news agency reported Thursday that as many as 45 hostages, including Americans, had escaped from a natural gas complex a day after Islamic militants seized the installation in retaliation for French airstrikes against Islamist rebels in neighboring Mali.   

 
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