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Hyundai Betting On Hydrogen Fuel Cells

July 3, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Hyundai Betting On Hydrogen Fuel Cells

Despite minimal market adoption, Hyundai Motor Co. said that hydrogen fuel cell vehicles represent the future of eco-friendly cars more than all-electric vehicles. Hyundai, the largest carmaker in South Korea, began selling its Tuscon Fuel Cell SUV last year, but only 273 out of a target 1,000 vehicles were purchased or leased. Most of the Tuscon Fuel Cell vehicles, which retail for $76,000, were purchased in Europe and California, according to reports confirmed by Hyundai America. Over the next... 

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Microsoft Display Ads Business Going To AOL

July 1, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Microsoft Display Ads Business Going To AOL

Microsoft Corp that it will hand over its display advertising business to AOL Inc and sell some map-generating technology to ride-hailing app company Uber, as it scales back on unprofitable operations. The moves mean Microsoft will focus on its growing search advertising business based on its Bing search engine, and displaying maps on its Windows devices rather than generating the maps themselves. Microsoft, which employs hundreds of people in its display ad business around the world, said those... 

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Amazon Adds More Countries To List Of Places It Will Offer Loans

June 30, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Amazon Adds More Countries To List Of Places It Will Offer Loans

Amazon.com Inc will rollout its business loan program for small sellers later this year in eight new places including China, where credit is becoming a key factor in competing for new vendors and grabbing market share. Until now, the e-retailer has offered the service only in the United States and Japan. Amazon Lending, founded in 2012, now plans to offer short-term working capital loans in other countries where it operates a third-party, seller-run marketplace business, the head of Amazon Marketplace,... 

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Yahoo Still Plagued By Sluggish Growth

June 30, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Yahoo Still Plagued By Sluggish Growth

Yahoo’s share gains since November from a partnership with Mozilla may be a clue about whether the search company can gain new users through the just-announced contract to change Internet Explorer’s and Chrome’s default search through installations of Oracle’s Java. Although the news of the Yahoo-Oracle partnership got the lion’s share of attention, CEO Marissa Mayer also used last week’s shareholder meeting to mention the Mozilla pact. The five-year contract... 

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NASA, Microsoft Team Up On Holographic Glasses

June 29, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
NASA, Microsoft Team Up On Holographic Glasses

The International Space Station is going to feel a little bit more like Star Trek. NASA announced that it is collaborating with Microsoft to enable astronauts onboard the orbiting space station to use the company’s virtual reality headset. Two pairs of Microsoft’s HoloLens computerized eyeglasses are scheduled to be sent to the space station when SpaceX launches its seventh commercial resupply mission on June 28. “HoloLens and other virtual and mixed reality devices are cutting... 

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Astronomers Discover Comet-Like Alien Planet

June 29, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Astronomers Discover Comet-Like Alien Planet

A Neptune-size planet appears to be masquerading as a comet, with a gargantuan stream of gas flowing behind it like a comet’s tail. The bizarre find is the first of its kind ever discovered by astronomers. The strange, cometlike planet, known as GJ 436b, is orbiting a red dwarf star and is about 22 times as massive as Earth. Astronomers detected the giant gas cloud around the planet using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and Chandra X-ray Observatory. “I was astonished by the mere... 

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HBO To Offer Episodes Of New Shows On Facebook

June 26, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
HBO To Offer Episodes Of New Shows On Facebook

Premium cable network HBO said it would make available the premiere episodes of two new comedy series on Facebook, underlining the growing popularity of the social networking site as a video platform. The popularity of web videos have led to U.S. networks experiment with new platforms to attract new viewers. With about 1.44 billion monthly active users, Facebook has become a sough-after outlet for companies looking to market their products via online videos, the fastest growing category of Internet... 

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Are Helium Filled Planets Abundant In The Milky Way?

June 26, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Are Helium Filled Planets Abundant In The Milky Way?

Alien worlds with helium skies might be fairly common throughout the universe, researchers say. One such helium-rich exoplanet might have already been discovered about 33 light-years from Earth, scientists added. In the past two decades or so, astronomers have confirmed the existence of more than 1,800 extrasolar planets. Among these exoplanets are strange worlds called warm Neptunes — planets that, at 10 to 20 times the mass of Earth, are about the mass of “cold Neptunes” such as Uranus... 

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Facebook Allowing Users Without An Account To Use Messenger

June 26, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Facebook Allowing Users Without An Account To Use Messenger

Facebook Inc has begun allowing users without an account to sign up for its Messenger app with a phone number, the social media company said on Wednesday, in another move to broaden the app’s reach and make it a standalone platform. Earlier this year, Facebook opened up Messenger to developers, and Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg said he wanted to connect users directly with retailers, restaurants and other businesses. With the latest update, users will be prompted by an option that... 

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Community Solar Farms Projected To Grow By 500% This Year

June 25, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Community Solar Farms Projected To Grow By 500% This Year

Community solar farms, which chunks out clean energy to a group of shareholders, have emerged as the next largest solar market in the U.S. Over the next two years, community solar in the U.S. is poised to see its market size increase seven-fold, and by 2020 it will be expanding by half a billion watts annually, according to a new report by GTM Research. One of the benefits of a community solar farm is that it offers consumers who don’t even own a home (such as renters) the ability to go solar. Community... 

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Ford Creates Global Team To Focus On Self-driving Cars

June 25, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Ford Creates Global Team To Focus On Self-driving Cars

Ford Motor Co is finally ramping up its efforts to roll out self-driving cars, according to company executives. The U.S. automaker will expand advanced safety technology, including automatic braking, across its global vehicle lineup over the next five years, they said. Such systems, the precursors of fully autonomous vehicles, enable hands-free operation of cars under certain conditions by automating such basic functions as steering, braking and throttle. Ford has lagged behind competitors, notably... 

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Astronomers Find Gigantic Black Hole

June 25, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Astronomers Find Gigantic Black Hole

A heavyweight black hole in the heart of a distant galaxy has the mass of 140 million suns, according to new measurements. A vivid video by the National Radio Astronomy Observatory describes how researchers “weighed” the black hole at the center of the barred spiral galaxy NGC 1097. Many galaxies have huge black holes in their centers, and these objects affect the galaxies’ growth and evolution. The galaxy NGC 1097 is 47 million light-years away from Earth, too far to determine... 

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Oracle To Extends Cloud Offerings, Takes On Amazon

June 24, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Oracle To Extends Cloud Offerings, Takes On Amazon

Oracle Corp founder and Executive Chairman Larry Ellison announced that his database company is expanding its cloud-computing offerings, bringing Oracle into more direct competition with Amazon.com Inc. “We’re prepared to compete with Amazon.com on price,” said Ellison in a webcast presentation, after announcing that Oracle would offer online storage and capability for customers to run their applications entirely in Oracle’s cloud. The expansion is a major new step for... 

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Globular Clusters Appear To Be Ancient Stars

June 24, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Globular Clusters Appear To Be Ancient Stars

Globular clusters are densely packed collections of ancient stars. Roughly spherical in shape, they contain hundreds of thousands, and sometimes millions, of stars. Studying them helps astronomers estimate the age of a region of space or figure out where the center of a galaxy lies. There are about 150 known globular clusters in the Milky Way galaxy, according to Georgia State University’s HyperPhysics website. All are estimated to be at least 10 billion years old, and contain some of the oldest... 

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Facebook Gaining On YouTube In Video Ad Race

June 23, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Facebook Gaining On YouTube In Video Ad Race

Facebook is catching up to YouTube as a destination for big companies to market their products via online videos, the fastest growing category of Internet ads, a report published on Monday said. The competition for video viewers opens up a new front in the clash between the two web giants that already compete in other types of advertising given their appeal to young and international consumers, Ampere Analysis said in a study. London-based Ampere predicts a new advertising “arms race”... 

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