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    Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo Makes History with 1st Rocket-Powered Flight

    http://www.space.com/20870-virgin-ga...st-flight.html

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    Microsoft IllumiRoom - Extended Demo

    A new, extended look at Microsoft's game-enhancing projection technology, IllumiRoom.


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    The Day NASA's Fermi Dodged a 1.5-ton Bullet


    On March 29, 2012, the science team for NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope learned that a defunct Cold-War spy satellite would pass too close for comfort on April 4. The two spacecraft were expected to occupy the same point in space within 30 milliseconds of each other, which meant that Fermi had to get out of the way.
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    http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/GL...let-dodge.html

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    Secret Bitcoin mining code added to e-sports software sparks outrage

    http://arstechnica.com/security/2013...parks-outrage/

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    Google Glass: Let the evil commence

    Summary: Glass has now been 'jailbroken' with a well-documented exploit. So what can you (or others) do with a hacked headset? Apparently, a whole lot.


    http://www.zdnet.com/google-glass-le...ce-7000014733/

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    Staples becomes first major US retailer to sell 3D printers with $1,299*Cube

    http://www.theverge.com/2013/5/3/429...ube-3d-printer

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    Are you gonna get one?

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    Senate to vote on proposed Internet sales tax law



    The U.S. Senate is expected to vote on a long-debated Internet sales tax law Monday, paving the way for millions of consumers to start paying sales tax on online purchases.

    The legislation would allow the 45 states (and the District of Columbia) that currently chargesales taxes to require large online retailers to collect tax on purchases made by their residents. The law would only apply to online sellers that have sales of at least $1 million in states where they don't have physical operations, like a store or a warehouse.



    The bill has a good chance of becoming law. It already received broad support in the Senate during earlier procedural votes, and now must pass Senate muster a final time. After that, however, it will need to be approved by the Republican-controlled House. Proponents argue that the proposal would not create a new tax, but rather enforce the collection of taxes already charged at brick-and-mortar retailers. Some House Republicans may view that as a tax increase.



    If the bill is enacted, academic studies estimate thatmore than $12 billion in additional sales taxes will be collected from online purchases each year.



    Related: What an Internet sales tax would cost you
    Under current law, online sellers are only required to collect tax in states where they have a physical presence. Otherwise, consumers who shop online and don't pay a sales tax at the time of purchase are supposed to pay the tax to their home state. But estimates are that only about 1% of buyers comply with those widely unenforced laws.



    "We think this will help level the playing field," said Stephen Schatz, a spokesman for the National Retail Federation, one of the bill's largest supporters.



    Close to 30% of online shoppers surveyed by advisory firm AlixPartners recently said they would shop more at brick-and-mortar retailers if the tax became reality. Nearly half, though, said that an Internet sales tax would have no effect on their online shopping habits, according to the survey of about 2,500 consumers.



    Related: Internet Sales Tax: What you need to know
    After years of opposition, Internet giant Amazon.com (AMZN, Fortune 500) is also supporting the bill, in part because the company is already collecting sales tax in nine of thestates where it has warehouses.


    Many other online retailers remain opposed to the legislation, saying that the sales tax would hurt business and create an administrative nightmare because they would have to determine tax rates for different states and localities at checkout.Anti-tax group, Americans for Tax Reform, has also come out strongly against the legislation, which it says "can only be viewed as a tax increase."



    Meanwhile, eBay (EBAY, Fortune 500), which has loudly opposed the tax, is lobbying for a broader exemption for small businesses.
    "The solution is simple," CEO John Donahoe said in a letter to eBay users. "If Congress passes online sales tax legislation, we believe small businesses with less than 50 employees or less than $10 million in annual out-of-state sales should be exempt from the burden of collecting sales taxes nationwide."


    First Published: May 5, 2013: 3:55 PM ET


    http://money.cnn.com/2013/05/05/news...net-sales-tax/
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    Obama administration bypasses CISPA by secretly allowing Internet surveillance

    http://rt.com/usa/epic-foia-internet-surveillance-350/
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    Patient-Specific Human Embryonic Stem Cells Created by Cloning


    http://www.scientificamerican.com/ar...reated-cloning

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    Google and NASA Launch Quantum Computing AI Lab

    http://www.technologyreview.com/news...puting-ai-lab/

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    Military Robots Will Patrol World Cup

    http://mashable.com/2013/05/16/milit...ots-world-cup/

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    Teenager takes Google's self-driving car and makes it $71,000 cheaper

    http://www.dvice.com/2013-5-18/teena...-71000-cheaper

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    Joseph Farman, 82, Is Dead; Discovered Ozone Hole

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/19/sc...hole.html?_r=0

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    -Yahoo Buying Tumblr for $1.1 Billion

    Analysts say Yahoo appeared to be overpaying for a business that has never posted a profit, makes a fraction of Yahoo's sales, and may not contribute significantly to revenue for years.

    http://finance.yahoo.com/news/yahoo-...121242692.html



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