At last weeks I/O conference, Google’s Larry Page didn’t speak like a CEO. He spoke like a politician. [Read more]
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A few days ago I landed in England and, expecting little, slipped an old UK SIM card into my phone. I’d bought it when living in London five years ago, and hadn’t used it in over a year. But to my amazement it was still active — as was the money I’d added to its pay-as-you-go account sixteen months earlier…and then I received a friendly text message informing me that my data costs were now L1 per 100MB. Another SMS popped up when I emerged from the Channel Tunnel in France a few days later, informing me it would cost me 8p to send texts and 7p per minute to receive calls.
Can you imagine any of that happening with an American phone company?
Remember when the internet was hailed as the “information superhighway” and then we all realized it was just some pot hole-filled, five-lane freeway overrun with humanity’s virtual flotsam and jetsam? Well, now there’s a venerable virtual institution to gather the best cultural bits that float to the top, make’em freely accessible and archive it all for the perpetuity of the digital age. Beginning today, the Digital Public Library of America, a non-profit organization two years in the making, is going live to the public in a beta launch. Featuring historical works culled from six state libraries and various cultural outposts (including the likes of the New York Public Library, the Smithsonian, the National Archives and Records Administration, as well as Harvard University), the site will primarily offer users the ability to search its vast archives (about 2.4 million resources at present) and browse virtual exhibitions, but will also host any dedicated third-party apps built using its open data set. So, there you have it, folks — a highbrow antidote to the rampant disinformation made possible by Google search.
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From curing blindness to building safer bridges to specialized 3-D that can save lives, American innovators are taking on science’s biggest challenges.
The White House cybersecurity executive order, to be unveiled Wednesday by President Obama’s top security officials, will be the most comprehensive plan yet for confronting electronic attacks on America’s computer networks.
On the morning of January 31, 1961, in south Florida, a 5-year-old chimpanzee — dubbed “Ham” by his handlers — ate a breakfast of baby cereal, condensed milk, vitamins and half an egg. Then the unassuming 37-pound primate went out and made aeronautic history. Check out the full slideshow at LIFE.com.
Pinnacles National Monument in California was signed into law as the United States’ 59th and newest national park, now bearing the name Pinnacles National Park.
The Organization for Economic and Cooperation and Development (OECD), a forum of the top 34 developed economies, has released an annual education report, and guess what? The U.S. has once again ranked poorly in relation to many other developed countries. An article at TechCrunch argues that we needn’t worry because it doesn’t matter: “However, the report implies that education translates into gainful market skills, an assumption not found in the research. For instance, while Chinese students, on average, have twice the number of instructional hours as Americans, both countries have identical scores on tests of scientific reasoning.
‘The results suggest that years of rigorous training of physics knowledge in middle and high schools have made significant impact on Chinese students’ ability in solving physics problems, while such training doesn’t seem to have direct effects on their general ability in scientific reasoning, which was measured to be at the same level as that of the students in USA,’ wrote a team of researchers studying whether Chinese superiority in rote scientific knowledge translated into the kinds of creative thinking necessary for innovation.”
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Sally Ride, the first American woman to fly in space, has died. She was 61.
Sally Ride, America’s first female astronaut, dies at 61.
North America’s oldest Bornean orangutan dies after cancer battle.
The greatest natural threats don’t necessarily have rippling muscles or poisonous fangs. America’s 9 most dangerous invasive species are often the most unassuming.
The effort combines a variety of data-driven approaches.
Data scientists at Yahoo are using prediction markets—along with polls, sentiment analysis on Twitter, and trends in search queries—to create the mother of all political prediction engines. The project involves Web-based prediction markets like Intrade, in which large numbers of people bet on the outcomes of elections.
North America’s biggest dinosaur has been unearthed. And it looks like it once called New Mexico home.
Since Viola Labs’ start in 2001, the vast majority of the company’s sales have been in Asia and Europe, but Viola is just starting to have a higher profile here in the U.S.
The chief technology officer of RSA discusses the fallout from this year’s cyberattack on his company.
Bret Hartman’s life changed after he got hacked in March this year—and so did the perception of America’s vulnerability to cyberattacks in the minds of many experts. As chief technology officer of computer security company RSA, Hartman was used to working with companies that learned the hard way that they were unprepared for a cyberattack. But in March, RSA become such a victim. Hartman learned that attackers had infiltrated the company’s network to steal data that could be used to in turn attack clients relying on RSA security software. There are unconfirmed reports that defense companies Lockheed Martin and L-3 Communications were attacked as a result.
An anonymous reader writes “America’s new CIO Steven VanRoekel wants to revamp the federal government and make it as agile as a startup. But first he has to get rid of bugs like the Department of Agriculture’s 21 different e-mail systems. From the article: ‘“Too often, we have built closed, monolithic projects that are outdated or no longer needed by the time they launch,” he said. As an example, he mentioned the Defense Department’s human resources management system. Dubbed the “Defense Integrated Military Human Resource System,” the project was meant to take seven years to develop. Instead, it took 10, cost $ 850 million and had to be scrapped after 10 years of development in 2010 because it ended up being useless.’”
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Sony's PlayStation Vita portable game console will go on sale on Feb. 22 in the Americas and Europe, Jack Tretton, President and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment of America, announced at Web 2.0 Summit.