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9/11 attack to be shown in a new light, with footage from space

The 9/11 attacks on the United States, and primarily New York City and the World Trade Center buildings was a world-changing event. But to see it taking place from space would've been a completely new angle, something that a British news channel will be revealing to the world in the coming weeks.

 

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Channel 4, a public service TV station based in the UK, has announced it will show footage from September 11, 2001 that was captured from the International Space Station (ISS) by the only American on-board the ISS at the time, Frank Culbertson. Culbertson was notified that something had happened in New York, and was quick to work out that he would be passing over the city soon.

 

He told Space.com last year: "I zipped around the station until I found a window that would give me a view of New York City and grabbed the nearest camera. The smoke seemed to have an odd bloom to it at the base of the column that was streaming south of the city. After reading one of the news articles we just received, I believe we were looking at New York around the time of, or shortly after, the collapse of the second tower".

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Russia Today anchor quits live on air over invasion of Ukraine

Russia Today America anchor, Liz Wahl, resigned on air during her broadcast on Wednesday, stating that she could no longer work at the Kremlin-funded network after Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

 

Wahl said that she feels "many ethical and moral challenges," especially since her grandparents fled to the US during the Soviet era, "ironically to escape the Soviet Union". She continued: "Personally I cannot be part of a network funded by the Russian government which whitewashes the actions of Putin. I'm proud to be an American and believe in disseminating the truth, and that is why after this newscast I'm resigning".

 

 

RT America flew to defensive maneuvers, calling Wahl's on-air resignation a "self-promotional stunt". In a statement to BuzzFeed, RT America said:

 

Ms. Wahl's resignation comes on the heels of her colleague Abby Martin's recent comments in which she voiced her disagreement with certain policies of the Russian government and asserted her editorial independence. The difference is, Ms. Martin spoke in the context of her own talk show, to the viewers who have been tuning in for years to hear her opinions on current events, the opinions that most media did not care about until two days ago. For years Ms. Martin has been speaking out against U.S. military intervention only to be ignored by the mainstream news outlets - but with that one comment, branded as an act of defiance, she became an overnight sensation. It is a tempting example to follow.

 

When a journalist disagrees with the editorial position of his or her organization, the usual course of action is to address those grievances with the editor, and, if they cannot be resolved, to quit like a professional. But when someone makes a big public show of a personal decision, it is nothing more than a self-promotional stunt.

 

We wish Liz the best of luck on her chosen path.

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Bitcoin exchange chief found dead in Singapore, suspected suicide

Autumn Radtke, a Bitcoin exchange boss, was found dead in her apartment in Singapore on February 28. Radtke had previously worked with Silicon Valley tech giants, including Apple, on developing digital payment systems before taking up a position with First Meta.

 

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Douglas Adams, the non-executive chairman of First Meta, released a statement on behalf of the company, where he said: "The First Meta team is shocked and saddened by the tragic loss of our friend and CEO Autumn Radtke. Our deepest condolences go out to her family, friends and loved ones. Autumn was an inspiration to all of us and she will be sorely missed".

 

Radtke posted an essay two weeks before her death, titled "The Physcological Price of Entrepreneurship" where she stated in the piece that "everything has it's price".

11-percent of Americans think HTM is actually a STD

A recent study conducted by a coupon website is lending some valuable insight this morning into how much knowledge Americans have about tech-related terminology. Published by the LA Times, the study consisted of 2,393 men and women of 18-years of age or older, and were asked a series of questions about several common terms used in every day technology. As someone who lives and breathes tech, the results were quite shocking to say the least.

 

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When asked what HTML was, 11-percent thought that it was a sexually transmitted disease rather than the coding language that powers the internet. HTML stands for HyperText Markup Language, and is the main markup language for creating web pages and other information that can be displayed in a web browser such as Chrome, Internet Explorer or Safari.

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Companies fined for using emergency alert tone for a movie trailer

The FCC was not too happy when they found out that the Emergency Alert System was used in a Movie trailer 'Olympus has Fallen' about an attack. Viacom, NBC Universal and ESPN was slapped with a $1.9 million fine for running this trailer. The trailer was aired on multiple channels with the two-tone emergency signal. Because of the trailer being shown in more than one channels, people felt that it was misleading and were not happy about it.

 

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One the complaints read,"This is misleading and had our entire family running to the TV to find out what was going on, only to find it was a commercial". FCC added that 'Frivolous, casual, or other uses of EAS Tones for reasons other than their defined purpose can desensitize viewers to the tones and thereby undermine the effectiveness of the system in the event of an actual emergency.'

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Don't mess with Zelda fans: Man stabbed with Master Sword in dispute

Anyone who has ever played any of the games in the Legend of Zelda franchise has dreamed of wielding the legendary Master Sword to combat the forces of evil. A new police report out of Harris County, Texas, shows that one man did in fact wield the Master Sword and actually used it to stab the estranged husband of his current girlfriend.

 

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According to deputies, a man named Eugene Thompson was at his home with his girlfriend when the woman's estranged husband arrived at the home around 10PM on Saturday night. When the husband entered the home, he began to chase Thompson around the house, at which point Thompson grabbed his replica of the famed Master Sword to protect himself. During the altercation, deputies say that the husband ran into the sword causing it to enter his body.

 

The excitement does not stop there though. The wounded husband was then thrown out of the house only to return by physically breaking the door back down and reentering the house. At this point, the two men fought over the sword and the husband was stabbed yet again in the chest and leg. Out of a scene from a movie or cartoon, the harshly wounded husband managed to retreat to outside of the house where he grabbed a flower pot and then proceeded to smash it over the boyfriend's head.

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Ellen breaks Twitter records at the Oscars thanks to celebrities

Ellen broke Twitter during the Oscars, thanks to a celebrity-filled selfie that she took at the event itself. Ellen's post to Twitter broke the social network temporarily, where history was made for Twitter.

 

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Shortly after Twitter went down, DeGeneres said: "We got an email from Twitter and we crashed and broke Twitter. We have made history". Bradley Cooper, star of American Hustle, took the picture, which was posted up to Ellen's Twitter account. He took the picture using the front-facing camera on a Samsung smartphone.

 

You can see a number of celebrities in the shot, including Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Lawrence, Brad Pitt, Meryl Streep, Angelina Jolie and more. The selfie saw an amazing, record-breaking 3 million re-tweets. The previous record was from US President Barack Obama, with his "Four More Years" re-election victory shot. Obama saw over 780,000 re-tweets, but now DeGeneres' re-tweet has blown that out of the water.

Bill Gates is once again the richest man in the world says Forbes

Forbes has just released its annual report that list the richest people in the world. If everyone is accounted for, the list shows that there are 1,565 people on Earth with a net-worth of $1 billion or more, with the entirety of the list totaling $6.4 trillion. In 2011, The Atlantic reported that the combined wealth of the world was a staggering $200 trillion, meaning that this list from Forbes accounts for about 3.2-percent of the entire world's wealth.

 

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Microsoft's founder and worldwide philanthropist Bill Gates has returned to the top of the list with more than $76 billion in net-worth, while Carlos Slim Helu, Amancio Ortega, Warren Buffet and Larry Ellison round out the top five.Michael Bloomberg, Larry Page, Jeff Bezos, Sergey Brin, and Mark Zuckerberg make up numbers 16, 17, 18, 19, and 21. Carl Icahn, Steve Ballmer, Phil Knight, and Michael Dell made the top 50 with more than $17.5 billion each.

 

It's been four years since Bill Gates was last listed as the richest man in the world, and when you consider that he has already given away more than $28 billion through The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the staggering amount of wealth Gates has earned in his life is simply mind boggling. To put that into perspective, it would take someone who earns $25 per hour about 1,120,000,000 hours or 46,635,685 days, or 10,647 months, or 127,769 years of hard work before they would even earn the amount of money Bill Gates has given away.

Keurig will use DRM in new coffee machines to stave off refill market

Keurig's single cup coffee system is one of the hottest trends in both the home and office today, and as a result hundreds of third-party K-Cup refill brands have popped up all over the US and Canada. Much like the inkjet printer market or even gaming consoles, the profit is not in the main system, but is in the refills of coffee, ink, or game licenses. With refill competitors offering refills that are cheaper by up to 25-percent Keurig is not making as much money as it would like.

 

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It appears that Keurig is looking to remedy this problem in a similar way that the software industry has attempted to thwart off piracy. In official documentation from an on-going lawsuit between TreeHouse Foods and Keurig, the plaintiff (TreeHouse Foods) says that Keurig is working on a DRM system that would only allow its K-Cups and officially licensed refills to work with the system. While no information was given on exactly how this DRM system will work, I expect that it will be RFID tag based.

 

During its quarterly earnings call, Keurig's CEO confirmed that it was working on a system that will not work with unlicensed refill cups, and that the next generation of coffee machines from the company will be "game-changing." Industry analyst suggest that the Keurig 2.0 will launch this fall, and that if a DRM system is introduced customers can expect a rise in price for both the machines and the "official refills." What do you think about this? Is Keurig shooting themselves in the foot, or will officially licensed refill cups make you more apt to buy a Keurig?

Google's Barge is moving from San Francisco to Stockton

The mysterious Google Barge is moving, from its position in the San Francisco Bay, to Stockton, California. Google has been in trouble with local authorities, so it is now moving the floating (future) showroom.

 

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The company had a 35-day window to move its Barge, after the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission gave the company a little over a month to get it settled. Without a permit, Google could face charges of up to $30,000. Google still decided, even with near limitless funds behind it, to move its Barge.

 

The vessel should be making a move sometime next week, but let's hope that we hear more about what is going on inside of it soon.

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