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German Dominance in Doubt after Summit Defeat

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Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Category: World

From www.spiegel.de

"Are you trying to take us hostage?" Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt said indignantly. Then the German chancellor spoke up and said: "That′s not helpful." It′s a sentence Angela Merkel reserves for serious situations.

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As the heat rises, so do worries about violent crime

Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Category: Crime

From articles.philly.com

The correlation between increasing temperatures and crimes of aggression is remarkably clear, said Scott Sheridan, a Kent State University researcher who led a major study of crime in Cleveland. "You end up with an almost perfect line," he said.

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Number of Serious Web Vulnerabilities Dropped in 2011

Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Category: Internet

From www.securityweek.com

Based on the raw data, there were only 79 substantial vulnerabilities discovered on average in 2011. To compare, there were 230 vulnerabilities on average discovered in 2010, 480 in 2009, 795 in 2008, and 1,111 in 2007.

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No more Flash for Android

Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Category: Technology

From blogs.adobe.com

The easiest way to ensure ongoing access to Flash Player on Android 4.0 or earlier devices is to use certified devices and ensure that the Flash Player is either pre-installed by the manufacturer or installed from Google Play Store before August 15th.

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The Unspoken Secret of Silicon Valley’s Success

Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Category: Innovation

From pandodaily.com

If capital is mobile and favors investors, shouldn’t that mean VCs would be investing overseas? One of the most curious things about Sand Hill Road is how unwilling most venture capitalists are to invest outside of a 30-mile radius of their office.

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The Rise of Innovative State Capitalism

Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Category: Business

From www.businessweek.com

Rising powers such as Brazil and India have used the levers of state power to promote innovation in critical, targeted sectors of their economies, producing world-class companies in the process. Despite its overspending on some state sectors, the Chinese government has nevertheless intervened effectively to promote skilled research and development in advanced industries.

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"Son of Concorde" to fly London-to-Sydney in 4 hours?

Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Category: Innovation

From www.gizmag.com

A joint announcement from aerospace giants Boeing and Lockheed Martin along with business-jet specialists Gulfstream is expected at the imminent Farnborough Air Show, suggesting a collaborative effort between the three corporations.

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SF tries to curb panhandling with puppies

Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Category: Innovation

From www.sfgate.com

Starting Aug. 1, the city - in a program believed to be the first of its kind in the country - will attempt to lure panhandlers to give up their cardboard signs and metal cups in exchange for a small stipend to foster problematic puppies at the city′s Animal Care and Control, making them ready for adoption.

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The halakhic condom " a solution for Orthodox women?

Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Category: Religion

From www.haaretz.com

Orthodox women who are “halakhically infertile” cannot conceive because they adhere to Jewish laws about when they can and can’t have sex with their husbands. These women abstain from sex for five days during their periods and then another seven additional days, after which they visit a mikveh, or ritual bath, and rejoin their husbands.

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Face.com App Allowed Facebook, Twitter Account Hijacking

Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Category: Internet

From www.wired.com

Luckily for Face.com, the vulnerability was publicized after it was fixed. But users should be aware. Anytime you grant access to your Facebook, Google or Twitter accounts to an outside app, there’s always a hazard that your accounts could be at risk.

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Extracting Audio from Pictures « media preservation

Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Category: Technology

From mediapreservation.wordpress.com

The first commercially available gramophone discs were manufactured and released in Europe in the summer of 1890, and numerous examples are available for listening (here, for example). In addition to these, a few experimental gramophone discs from 1887 and 1888 survive at the Smithsonian Institution and elsewhere, but attempts to play these haven’t been very successful, and no intelligible or identifiable content has been recovered from them to date.

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Here comes the rain: why we secretly love it when it′s wet

Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Category: Britain

From www.guardian.co.uk

Of all the symptoms of the decline of British civilisation, none is more poignant than the building of a retractable roof over Wimbledon′s centre court in 2009. The idea was to keep the rain off and the tennis on.

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Should New York City Expand Its Network of Trash-Sucking Vacuum Tubes?

Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Category: Technology

From motherboard.vice.com

When urban planners were trying to turn New York’s Roosevelt Island from a haven for the disabled and the mentally ill into a liveable city, they got utopian. Lying beneath their plans was an unusual technology: a series of tubes that literally suck garbage from buildings at speeds up to 60 miles per hour to a central collection point, where the trash is taken off the island by truck or barge.

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