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Former Microsoft manager wants to create pot brand

SEATTLE -- A former Microsoft executive plans to create the first U.S. national marijuana brand, with cannabis he hopes to eventually import legally from Mexico, and said he was kicking off his business by acquiring medical pot dispensaries in three U.S. states.<p>Jamen Shively, a former Microsoft …

Cannabis

British Chambers of Commerce raises UK economy forecast

<b>A major business group has upgraded its long-term growth forecasts for the UK economy over the next three years.</b><p>But the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) warns that growth is still too weak and that the economy faces domestic and overseas challenges.<p>The BCC said it expected output to increase by …

Economics

Obama Presses Congress On Student Loan Rates

President Obama surrounded himself with college students at the White House on Friday and warned that the cost of student loans is about to go up.<p>Interest rates on government-backed college loans are set to double July 1 — unless Congress agrees on a fix before then. Obama has threatened to veto a …

Qriously raises $3.5M for hyper-accurate 'askvertising'

Polling platform Qriously has just grabbed itself a nice $3.5 million sack o’ change from Spark Capital and Accel Partners for its own special brand of mobile ads.<p>Hang on to your hats: It’s called askvertising, or, as Qriously would spell that made-up word, asQvertising.<p>(Yes, they capitalize the Q. …

360Heros on Kickstarter: Capture HD 360° video & photos with 3D printed designs

May.29, 2013<p>You've seen 360-degree, panoramic photos before. But a 360-degree video that's controlled through your mouse and keyboard is still new. …

NASA funds 3D food printer, pizza is the first item on the menu

Last week we had lab-grown burgers; this week it's powdered pizza. NASA's gotten in on the synthesized food action by awarding a $125,000 grant to Anjan Contractor, head of Systems & Materials Research Corporation, to develop a 3D food printer. The first device Contractor plans to build under the …

Tesla Motors To Triple Its Electric Car Supercharger Network By The End Of 2013

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk has announced the company will triple its Supercharger network of chargers that power its flagship Model S sedan electric cars in the United States and Canada by the end of 2013.<p>The company’s nine existing Superchargers, which are free to use and are designed to deliver a …

Tesla

Exclusive: Former WikiLeaks Employee James Ball Describes Working With Julian Assange

Former WikiLeaks employee James Ball gives his behind-the-scenes take on working with Julian Assange.<p>It’s now been more than three years since the …

DARPA builds an Android-based, low-cost ground sensor (video)

This isn't an ignominious box you're looking at -- it's the potential future of military sensors. The device is DARPA's first reference design for a ground sensor based on ADAPT (Adaptable Sensor System), a modular Android processing core that does the hard work for surveillance gear. The mobile …

Startup city: Berlin as tech magnet

After Lucas von Cranach founded a soccer community app in the city of Bochum, Germany, in 2008, he grew to realize that a move to Berlin was the best way forward for his company, motain GmbH.<p>"We needed to change the mindset of our company, and bring in international staff, and it is easy to …

World Economic Forum
Apps

iPad sales grew three times faster than the iPhone

John Gruber noted this interesting snipping from Mary Meeker’s <i>Internet Trends</i> deck.<p>44: iPad has grown three times faster than iPhone did. This might be the most overlooked/underestimated fact about Apple today.<p>You can see the full deck below.<p><i>KPCB Internet Trends 2013 from Kleiner Perkins Caufield &</i> …

Despite opposition, Google will make critical security exploits public after seven days

Google’s security researchers are well known for uncovering vulnerabilities in other people's products. Standard operating procedure is to give the affected company sixty days before publishing the problem, keeping things under wraps until a fix can be shipped out. But when it comes to critical …

All Your Worst Fears About Google Glass Are Coming True, and It's All Your Fault

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>It only took about six weeks for developers to take all of the theoretically creepy things the …

5 privacy questions Microsoft should answer before the Xbox One releases

This post has not been edited by the GamesBeat staff. Opinions by GamesBeat community writers do not necessarily reflect those of the staff.<p><b>HAL</b>: I think you know what the problem is just as well as I do. <b><br>Dave</b>: What are you talking about, HAL? <b><br>HAL</b>: This mission is too important for me to allow you to …

Tesla: We'll Hurry Up (On Superchargers), But You'll Wait A Bit For A Cheaper Car

In a wide-ranging interview at the D: All Things Digital conference, Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk let slip some details from this morning’s official media announcement. He promised the company would accelerate the rollout of its high-speed charging stations, tripling coverage by the end of next month and …

Mirror's Edge 2 spotted on EA website

The evidence for Mirror's Edge 2 continues to mount. A help page for Mirror's Edge 2 was spotted on Electronic Arts' own website today, continuing to suggest a sequel to the 2008 free-running game is soon to be announced.<p>The page has since been removed, but NeoGAF was able to capture an image …