Jan 20th

NBC to Stream Super Bowl Live

By Dave Simmons
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NBC to Stream Super Bowl Live
 
NBC Universal announced on Tuesday it will offer eleven hours of streaming video for free on Superbowl Sunday, including the big game.  According to a press release, coverage will include pre-game, the halftime show and even an episode of “The Blacklist” after the game.  The free coverage will be accessible on PCs and tablets, but not on smartphones, because the NFL has an agreement in place with Verizon Wireless for exclusive access to streaming video of NFL games.  The free content will be available on NBC.com or via the NBC Sports Live Extra app for tablets, and there will also be links to the live stream posted on SuperBowl.com and NFL.com.  The broadcast will begin at noon eastern time on Superbowl Sunday, February 1st, and run until 10 PM.
Jan 16th

Hackers Seize NY Post Twitter Feed, Report Chinese Attack on US

By Kelly Curtis
Hackers Seize NY Post Twitter Feed, Report Chinese Attack on US
 
Cyber criminals hacked into the Twiiter account for the New York Post on Friday, posting bogus reports about a Chinese attack on a US warship and a Fed plan to set interest rates to negative.  All the tweets were deleted within a few minutes of being posted, and the hackers appeared to have been locked out of the account.  Twitter officials declined to comment, saying it does not comment on individual accounts over privacy and security concerns.
Jan 16th

Alice In Chains to Perform at Halftime of NFC Championship

By dallaseste
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Alice In Chains to Perform at Halftime of NFC Championship

The NFL's Seattle Seahawks announced Friday that Alice In Chains will perform at halftime of Sunday's NFC Championship game between the Seahawks and the Green Bay Packers. The team also announced that the National Anthem will be performed by 2005 American Idol runner-up Katherine McPhee, who currently stars in the CBS dramatic series Scorpion. 
Jan 16th

Ex-Googler Predicts Engineer Exodus After Bonuses

By Kelly Curtis
Ex-Googler Predicts Engineer Exodus After Bonuses
 
A former Google employee posted a Tweet late Thursday indicating that “tons of engineers” would be moving on from the tech giant now that holiday bonuses have been handed out.  The tweet came from current Beeswax CEO Ari Paparo, a former Googler who left the tech giant to form his own start-up several years ago.  Of course, workers leaving larger firms for startups is nothing new, as each year typically brings a certain amount of just such an exodus.  And Google does see this type of employee departures each year, but a variety of factors have Paparo, and others, expecting this year's employee loss at Google to be much larger than that in recent years.
 
Jan 16th

Scientists Say 2014 Was Hottest Year Ever

By Betty
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Scientists Say 2014 Was Hottest Year Ever
 
2014 was the warmest year ever, according to a report issued this week by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.  The study also shows that the 10 warmest years since 1880 have occurred since 1998.  The news is likely to provide additional pressure to world leaders to take action to cut back on greenhouse gas emissions, widely believed responsible for the bulk of the warming.  According to the study, temperature records were achieved around the world in 2014, compounding on a trend that has been accelerating for several decades.  Since 1880, the average temperature on Earth has increased by about 1.4 degrees Fahrenheit, with the majority of that warmup coming in the last three decades.
Jan 16th

Long-lost Mars Lander Found

By Ronnie
Long-lost Mars Lander Found
 
European Space Agency officials announced on Friday that the British-built Beagle 2 Mars lander had been found more than a decade after it was presumed lost.  According to the report, scientists made the discovery after examining hundreds of photographs taken by a high resolution camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.  The fate of the Beagle 2 lander had been unknown since Christmas Day, 2003, when it was supposed to land on our red cosmic neighbor and begin transmitting data back to Earth.  Scientists had assumed the craft had been destroyed either on approach to Mars or while attempting to land, because it never started transmitting.  According to the photographs, the lander did make it to the Mars surface, but never fully deployed or started sending comunications.  The news came as something of a relief to scientists that worked on the Beagle 2, ending eleven years of wondering what had happened to the spacecraft.
Jan 16th

Tour Dates and Ticket Info Now Available Straight from Google

By Dave Simmons
Tour Dates and Ticket Info Now Available Straight from Google 


Google introduced a change to its search website Thursday that will make it easier for music fans to find tour dates and retrieve ticket information.  In the past, fans searching for tour dates would have to type in “Soundgarden Tour Dates”, for example, and then click on one of the results to obtain the info they wanted.  As of Thursday, tour dates and ticket info will be displayed on the Google site.  The Mountain View, California-based tech giant has reportedly been working on the process for several years.  In addition to finding and negotiating with partners on the tour dates feature, they've also been developing HTML code and a widget to allow partner sites to feed the information directly into Google results.
Dec 4th

Jobless Claims Slip Back Below 300,000

By Mike Goldman

Jobless Claims Slip Back Below 300,000

Initial claims for unemployment assistance fell back below 300,000 last week, after climbing above that threshold for the first time in almost three months in the week prior. According to a report issued Thursday by the US Labor Department, first-time filings fell by 17,000 in the week ended November 28 to a seasonally adjusted 297,000. With the latest report, claims have now been under 300,000 for eleven of the past twelve weeks. The trend is encouraging to economists, as it suggests employers are holding on to more of their workers and even considering ramping up hiring as the economy continues to improve. In year-over-year terms, the so-called four-week moving average of claims has dropped nearly 10 percent, suggesting the trend is becoming long-term.

Nov 20th

Existing Home Sales Edge Up for 2nd Straight Month

By Frank Galvano
Existing Home Sales Edge Up for 2nd Straight Month
 
The National Association of Realtors reported Thursday that existing home sales jumped for a second straight month in October to their fastest pace in 13 months.  According to the report, sales of pre-owned homes climbed 1.5 percent in October to a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 5.26 million units.  That marks the fastest pace since September 2013, and marks the first year-over-year improvement in sales pace since last October.  The NAR also upwardly revised its estimate for September's sales pace to a 5.18 million unit clip.  Thursday's report encouraged economists already buoyed by low interest rates and an improving job market, prompting many to forecast year-over-year sales increases in the coming months.
 
Nov 4th

Spain Passes "Google Law" Charging Search Engines for Publishing News

By Kelly Curtis
Spain Passes "Google Law" Charging Search Engines for Publishing News

Spain last week became the latest nation to pass legislation aimed at charging news aggregators and search engines each time they display news content originally reported by another publisher.  Known as the "Google law," the law was passed last week and goes into effect January 1st, though the law does not yet contain specifics about how much Google and other Internet search engines will be required to pay.  The law was lobbied for heavily by the AEDA, a collective of Spanish news organizations, who claim that Google's news search results equates to republishing news content and costs the news outlets revenue.  A similar complaint was made earlier this year by several German publishers.  Google's German division responded by removing summaries and thumbnail images from search results, showing only headlines linked to the original publishers' stories.  The same issue made headlines late last year in France, but legal proceedings were avoided when Google agreed to help news outlets to increase Web-related advertising revenues and fund digital publishing innovations.  In response to the ruling in Spain, a Google spokesman said the company was disappointed with the decision, but will gladly assist news services in the country in any way they can.  While no specifics have yet been revealed concerning how much Google and other search engines will be charged for publishing news content, those details will likely be announced in the coming weeks as the law goes into effect in just 8 weeks.

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