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Gas prices going up

Crude oil prices are surging again as commodities traders respond to the continued tension between Iran, Israel and the United States. According to NBC Nightly News, the fear of any kind of military action in the Middle East drives up the price of fuel despite no real shortage of supply. Just recently, the price of gasoline rose three-and-a-half percent and is up 42 cents from one year ago.

As winter subsides into spring, consumers should gear up for another pricey summer with gas prices expected to peak just in time for weekend getaways. But before you cancel your vacation plans, consider these tips for saving on fuel.

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Look up gas prices in your area and pinpoint the least expensive options on your route by using GasBuddy.com. The site also offers a mobile app that uses GPS to provide current gasoline prices per gallon based on your location. Another option is the CheapGas app which guides you to the least expensive gas station in your proximity, an invaluab…

The Prince of Wales' private estate and financier Jacob Rothschild are among a group

The Prince of Wales' private estate and financier Jacob Rothschild are among a group of investors who plan to invest more than 65 million pounds ($103 million) in a clean technology start-up focused on producing energy from organic waste matter.
The new company, Tamar Energy, will develop a network of over 40 anaerobic digestion plants to generate 100 megawatt of green electricity over the next five years, the consortium said on Wednesday.
The investor group is led by Rothschild's London-listed RIT Capital Partners and Fajr Capital, along with the Duchy of Cornwall, Lord Rothschild's Family Interests, and supermarket group J Sainsbury, among others.
Anaerobic Digestion is the conversion of organic waste material into biogas by bacteria. The methane-rich biogas can then be used either in a local generating plant to produce electricity, or cleaned and injected into the gas grid.
According to a report published last September by green energy consultancies, there are already 21…

working transistor from a single phosphorus atom

This in an incredible nanoengineering breakthrough, Australian and American physicists created a working transistor from a single phosphorus atom. The development could one day lead to quantum computers, which would be substantially smaller and faster than those of today.
The achievement is noteworthy for another reason: It challenges Moore’s law, which states that the number of transistors that can be placed on an integrated circuit will double roughly every two years. (More on that in a second.)
The physicists accomplished this feat by embedding the atom into a bed of silicon covered with a layer of hydrogen atoms. The New York Times reports, “Phosphine gas was then used to deposit a phosphorus atom at a precise location, which was then encased in further layers of silicon atoms.”
The achievement, conducted by scientists at the University of New South Wales and at Purdue University, were published in Nature Nanotechnology.

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Student jailed for Facebook hack

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A British student, who hacked into Facebook's internal network risking "disastrous" consequences for the website, was jailed for eight months on Friday in what prosecutors described as the most serious case of its kind they had seen.
Glenn Mangham, 26, a software development student, admitted infiltrating Facebook from his bedroom at his parents' house in York in northern England last year, sparking fears at the U.S. company that it was dealing with major industrial espionage.
"This was the most extensive and flagrant incidence of social media hacking to be brought before British courts," said Alison Saunders, London's Chief Prosecutor. "Fortunately, this did not involve any personal user data being compromised."
Facebook first became aware of a security breach in its internal network in April and called in the FBI. The U.S. agents established the source of the hacking was based in Britain and British police rai…

Great Barrier Reef

Australia will carry out a comprehensive assessment of development pressure on the Great Barrier Reef to help preserve the world's largest coral reef system, ministers said Saturday.
The assessment will take into account how development along Australia's northeast coast is affecting the reef, Environment Minister Tony Burke said in a joint statement with the Queensland state government.

In 2010, part of the reef was damaged when a Chinese-owned coal ship, the Shen Neng 1, ran aground on it.

The assessment would be the largest of its type ever conducted in Australia and would examine planning applications for rapidly developing Queensland, they said.

The state is an important exporter of commodities as well as a major tourist destination. The reef is one of its main tourist attractions and is visible from space.

"Rather than always dealing with one application at a time this allows an assessment of the region as a whole," Burke said in the statement. "…

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Royal Dutch Shell in Artic

Royal Dutch Shell's bid to drill in the Arctic this summer took another step forward on Friday when the U.S. Interior Department approved its oil spill response plan for the Chukchi Sea.
Shell's response plan would allow the company to rapidly contain a massive spill in the challenging Arctic environment, the department said.
"After an exhaustive review, we have confidence that Shell's plan includes the necessary equipment and personnel pre-staging, training, logistics and communications to act quickly and mount an effective response should a spill occur," said James Watson, head of the department's Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement.
The department said Shell's plan would include a fleet of specially designed ships surrounding the drilling site with equipment able to recover about 80,000 barrels of oil per day in the event of a blowout.
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Shell welcomed the acceptance of the response plan. The company has been working to get its…

Apple TV

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Image via CrunchBase Apple CEO Tim Cook offered some hints about the direction of Apple TV, as part of his much-circulated Feb. 14 keynote at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference in San Francisco.
After cautioning that he “wouldn’t want to go into detail about future stuff,” Cook conceded that “we need something that could go more main market for it to be a serious category.” In the past, he’s referred to Apple TV, whose latest iteration is a palm-sized device that facilitates streaming content to the user’s television set, as a “hobby.”
Indeed, Apple apparently regards the initiative in its current form as something less than its other devices. “The reason we call it a hobby is that we don’t want to send a message to you or our shareholders that we think that the market for it is the size of our other businesses,” he said, according to an edited transcript published by Fortune. “We don’t want to send the signal that we think the leg of that stool is of eq…

Groupon Now

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Image via WikipediaGroupon Inc Chief ExecutiveAndrew Mason said on Thursday that the company's location-based service Groupon NOW will likely not be a material contributor to results in the next one or two quarters.
Groupon NOW is a relatively new service that differs from Groupon's main daily deal business. Groupon subscribers can check on nearby deals that are happening in the next one or two hours, based on their location.

Mason said customers of the company's daily deals are using Groupon NOW too. However, the CEO stressed that the new service will likely take time to grow.
Related articlesGroupon CEO: 'We've cracked the code' (zdnet.com)Andrew Mason: Groupon To Begin Offering Deal Personalization Abroad Later This Quarter (techcrunch.com)

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NASA shutting down mainframe

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Ever on the cutting edge amongst government agencies, NASA announced it has shut down its last mainframe to complete its move to smaller, distributed systems running Linux and other systems.
In a Feb. 11 blog post, NASA CIO Linda Cureton wrote that NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center powered down an IBM Z9 mainframe the agency acquired in 2004. However, as the agency began to modernize it moved off the mainframe environment and soon came down to one.
In response to questions about why NASA decided to get rid of the final piece of IBM big iron, Cureton said:
“We only kept the mainframe around to support applications that we knew would soon be retired. In that case, it was more cost-effective to keep the as-is architecture in place rather than migrate to a server environment. When we were in the position to retire the applications, retiring the mainframe made sense.
“There had been no new application development on the mainframe here for a while. Our larger business app…

Enbridge pays First Nations for pipeline study

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Image via Wikipedia An aboriginal organization leading the fight to prevent oil tankers on the British Columbia coast once took money from Enbridge Inc., the company hoping to build the pipeline from Alberta to the West Coast port of Kitimat.

Coastal First Nations executive director Art Sterritt said Monday his organization received $100,000 from Enbridge, but that didn't translate into support for the company's proposed $5.5-billion pipeline project.

Sterritt estimates Enbridge has provided up to $1 million to B.C. First Nations to study the pipeline. Most First Nations contacted by The Canadian Press would only say they accepted money from the company, but wouldn't confirm amounts.

The Burns Lake Indian Band confirmed that a previous chief and council accepted $60,000 from Enbridge to study the pipeline, which stretches 1,177-kilometres from Bruderheim, Alta., to Kitimat, B.C.

Coastal First Nations, an alliance of 10 First Nations from the north and central…

EU to vote on Tar Sands

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Image via WikipediaEuropean Union officials are expected to vote on February 23 on a draft law that would label fuel produced from tar sands as more polluting than that from other forms of oil, according to a draft agenda seen by Reuters.
The proposal from the EU's executive to include tar sands in a ranking designed to enable fuel suppliers to identify the most carbon-intensive options has stirred up intense lobbying by Canada.

Home to the world's third-largest oil reserves, almost all of which are in the form of tar sands, also referred to as oil sands, Canada has argued the EU is unfairly discriminating against it.

Previous EU meetings have repeatedly failed to get as far as a vote, but the agenda for a fifth meeting of the fuel quality committee later this month schedules a vote on an amendment to the Fuel Quality Directive proposed by the European Commission.

EU sources close to the talks said a stalemate is likely, with no majority either way.

That would mean t…

Iran blocks email

Most computer users in Iran were blocked from accessing email, social networking and other services in recent days, U.S.-based Internet experts said on Monday, raising fears the government is extending the reach of its surveillance on ordinary citizens.
Internet service providers presumed to be acting at the Iranian government's behest began blocking the most common form of secure connections on Friday, according to the outside experts and Iranian bloggers. Traffic rebounded to normal levels on Monday.

The cutoff apparently affected all encrypted international websites outside of Iran that depend on the Secure Sockets Layer protocol, which display addresses beginning with https, according to Earl Zmijewski of Renesys, a U.S. company that tracks Internet traffic worldwide.

Google, which uses SSL for its Gmail service, reported that traffic from Iran to its email system fell precipitously.

Gmail use, which typically drops by about 80 percent at night, dropped by roughly 9…

high school may have cancer cure

High school senior Angela Zhang, of Cupertino, Calif., has done research that could someday lead to a cure for cancer. Her work earned her $100,000 in a national Siemens science competition.
Zhang told ABC News, “I created a nanoparticle that’s kind of like the Swiss Army knife of cancer treatment in that it can detect cancer cells, eradicate the cancer cells and then monitor the treatment response.”
This is her proposed treatment: She mixes cancer medicine in a polymer that attaches to nanoparticles, which are then used to attach to cancer cells. Those nanoparticles can be detected on an MRI so doctors can see exactly where the tumors are.
She then thought that targeting the tumors with an infrared light would melt the polymers, release the medicine and kill the cancer cells — all while leaving the healthy cells intact. E voila! It almost completely eradicated the tumors in mice.
It remains to be seen whether the method works in humans, and that process will take years, but the tec…

Oracle buys Taleo

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Image via CrunchBaseOracle's Feb. 9 acquisition of enterprise talent management provider Taleo Corp. for $1.9 billion is a clear indicator of the all-purpose IT giant's commitment to becoming a major-league player in the enterprise cloudservices business.

For $46 per share, Oracle is now the proud owner of the world's second-busiest software as a service (SaaS) solution provider. Only Salesforce.com records and stores more daily transactions than Taleo, which has a bit more than 5,000 customers and focuses on small and midsized businesses and large enterprises.

Salesforce recently topped the 100,000-customer level—with about 30 million users—and has done as many as 120 million transactions in a day.

Dublin, Calif.-based Taleo is fast becoming the human resources department's best friend. Its cloud serves more than 20 million users and processes as many as 68 million transactions a day. The company's customer base is growing by 37 percent annually for packa…

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Bostock and three other directors will step down

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Image via CrunchBaseYahoo Inc Chairman Roy Bostock and three other directors will step down as the struggling company ploughs ahead with an internal overhaul, including discussions on dealing with its stakes in China's Alibaba Group and Yahoo Japan.
The corporation - once a Web powerhouse but now agonizing over a range of options to revive flagging growth - on Tuesday said it appointed former Rovi Corp CEO and International Business Machines Corp veteran Alfred Amoroso and ex-eBayCOOMaynard Webb as independent directors.
Yahoo's board has come under fire from investors impatient with the company's persistent inability to effect a turnaround, and frustrated with the apparent indecisiveness of stakeholders over how to handle its investments in Alibaba and other prized Asian assets.
"We have engaged with potential investors and reviewed proposals concerning an equity investment in the company, although at this time there have not been any proposals which have been deemed…

Smartphone sales surpassed those of PCs

Smartphone sales surpassed those of PCs for the first time ever, during the fourth quarter of 2011, according to research firm Canalys. What's more, smartphones also outsold PCs—even with the inclusion of tablets, such as the AppleiPad, into the mix.
In all, vendors shipped 158.5 million smartphones during the quarter, up 57 percent from 101.2 million units during the same quarter a year ago, compared with 120.2 million PCs. Smartphones led for the full year 2011, as well, on shipments of 487.7 million units to 414.6 million PCs. Of those PC units, 63.2 million were tablets.
"Smartphone shipments overtaking those of client PCs should be seen as a significant milestone," Canalys analyst Chris Jones said in a statement. "In the space of a few years, smartphones have grown from being a niche product segment at the high-end of the mobile phone market to becoming a truly mass-market proposition."
Helping "tremendously," he added, are smartphones at the low…

Consumer Preview of Windows 8

Microsoft is prepping to release its Consumer Preview of Windows 8 (also known as the beta) sometime in the next few weeks. And although many details of the upcoming operating system have already been revealed, a few new leaks suggest that the company has some radical new alterations in store for users.
Chief among these, possibly, is the loss of the Start button that long occupied the left-bottom corner of the Windows desktop. According toThe Verge, which cited anonymous sources “close to Microsoft’s Windows 8 development,” the Start button that first appeared in Windows 95 is gone, having been replaced by a “hot corner” and a “thumbnail-like user interface” that offers previews of “where you will navigate to after clicking on the new visual element.”
Either touch or mouse input will activate this new interface. In contrast to past versions of the operating system, Windows 8 will feature a start-screen of large, colorful tiles linked to applications—the better to touch, in the case o…

bleak picture of the security issues

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Recent reports painted a bleak picture of the security issues plaguing industrial control systems, but the situation is exacerbated by the fact that administrators are naïve about the dangers, researcher said.
Researchers presented some alarming findings about the state of security for supervisory control and data acquisition systems at the Kaspersky Security Analyst Summit on Feb. 3. SCADA systems are used across varied industries such as oil, water systems, electric grids, controlling building systems, and the basic security model underlying these systems is completely inadequate, they said.
Two researchers decided to try to find 100 bugs in 100 days in industrial control system software, Terry McCorkle, an industry researcher, told attendees at the conference. As they began their research, it quickly became evident the team had underestimated the severity of the problem.
"Ultimately, what we found is the state of ICS security is kind of laughable," McCorkle said.
The bugs…

Merchant account guidelines

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Image via WikipediaAvoiding Credit Card Processing scams and protect your business
Credit card processing scams are unfortunately one of the fastest growing cyber crimes occurring today. These scams occur when businesses sign up with a new merchant account processing company only to discover that the credit card information being sent to the new company is getting stolen or misused, and/or they are being overcharged on transaction fees. Fortunately, there are ways that business owners can protect their business in 2012 from these scams.
A business owner should start by reading one of the many credit card processing companies guideline websites. Since this is a relatively new field, credit card processing companies review websites rely largely on customer reviews of merchant account processors. Companies that are actually scams are usually identified within weeks on these websites.
There are several steps that a business can take, however, if they are considering doing business with a …

Microsoft’s Bing search engine likes Facebook

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Facebook’s initial public offering will hand the social network billions of dollars to spend on future projects, and turn many of its employees into millionaires or billionaires.
It will also intensify competition with Google, which desperately wants to establish an outsized presence in the social-networking realm. Google+, the search-engine giant’s attempt to out-Facebook Facebook, reached 90 million user accounts by mid-January 2012—a fraction of Facebook’s 845 million users, true, but also a number likely to increase as Google continues to pour in time and resources.
Analysts and pundits have pointed to Google’s variety of services—and an increasing willingness to share individual user data across them—as a potential point in the company’s favor as it battles Facebook. But that advantage isn’t an asymmetrical one: Facebook can rely on its deepening relationship with Microsoft to provide some added heft outside its walled, everything-blue garden.
Microsoft’s Bing search engine likes…

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Evidence mounting of a school system in decline

Mozilla has released Firefox 10.0

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Image via CrunchBase In keeping with its rapid release cadence, Mozilla has released Firefox 10.0 for Windows, Mac and Linux. While the latest browser version features relatively few cosmetic changes, there are some under-the-hood additions that could prove vital for developers trying to create next-generation Web experiences.
In the desktop version of Firefox 10.0, Mozilla has hidden the forward button until the user navigates back. It has fixed some bugs, including one that sometimes crashed the browser when the user attempted to move bookmarks. But the bigger story here is the new built-in developer tools.
“With Page Inspector, developers can peek into a page’s structure and layout without having to leave Firefox,” read a Jan. 31 posting on The Mozilla Blog. In addition, a new tool called Style Inspector lets developers more easily edit Websites, and Scratchpad “now uses the Eclipse Orion code editor to provide syntax highlighting and other features that make it easier and simpler …

Apple Inc has hired Dixons Chief Executive John Browett

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Image via WikipediaApple Inc has hired Dixons Chief Executive John Browett, who revived the British electronics retailer by emphasizing customer service, to lead the iPadmaker's global retail expansion.
Apple chief Tim Cook, making his first high-profile hire since taking the helm of the world's largest technology company, lured the well-regarded industry executive to fill a critical post once held by Ron Johnson, another outsider who left Target Corp to join Apple in 2000.
Johnson resigned from Apple last November to join retailer J.C. Penney Co Inc as chief executive.
Browett, Dixons' CEO since 2007, was previously chief executive of Tesco Plc's successful online shopping site. He will oversee Apple's retail strategy and the expansion of its stores around the world, from the current total of around 300.
The executive, credited with freshening Dixons' image with innovative marketing -- including an advertising campaign featuring Darth Vader -- joins Apple as t…