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Starwatch: The October night sky

The Plough is swinging from left to right below Polaris in the N at our map times as the Milky Way arches high above through Cassiopeia and Cepheus. The Summer Triangle (Vega, Deneb and Altair) stands in the W having been high on the meridian at dusk while Taurus and the Pleiades are climbing in …

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasts off from California | Reuters

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, California (Reuters) - An unmanned Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from California on Sunday to test upgrades before commercial satellite launch services begin later this year.<p>A Falcon 9 rocket carrying a small science satellite for Canada is seen as it is launched from a …

Space Exploration

Scientists want to turn smartphones into earthquake sensors

For years, scientists have struggled to collect accurate real-time data on earthquakes, but a new article published today in the <i>Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America</i> may have found a better tool for the job, using the same accelerometers found in most modern smartphones. The article …

FYI: Do Cloned Wild Animals Have Instincts?

Let's ask Betsy Dresser, the senior vice president of research at the Audubon Center for Research of Endangered Species in New Orleans, who has raised several litters of small African wildcat clones. "Oh yes, the clones are very much wild animals with wild instincts," she says. "They bite and …

Former Windows Head Sinofsky Joins Andreessen Horowitz as Board Partner

Steven Sinofsky, the high-profile Microsoft exec who most recently led its flagship Windows efforts, will be joining Andreessen Horowitz as a board …

With Facebook’s new Login, Facebook Platform is all about mobile now

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>If you closely look at Facebook’s (s fb) recent moves, you can make two simple observations — first, the company is …

Apple buys another popular public transit app to build out Maps

As part of a series of mapping startup purchases, Apple has acquired Embark, a popular public transit app that's used in cities across the US. Former <i>Wall Street Journal</i> reporter Jessica Lessin revealed the purchase today, saying that Apple had confirmed the buy but did not give further details. …

Keith Rabois: Google Glass Has 'Zero Chance' of Being Mainstream

Khosla Ventures’ partner Keith Rabois appeared on Bloomberg TV today to talk about a variety of things, but there’s one particular piece that caught our ear. In the nearly eight minute conversation, he said that there was ‘zero chance’ of Google Glass ever becoming mainstream.<p>Glass is Google’s …

BlackBerry puts quantity over quality, lets one developer own a third of its app store

BlackBerry 10 is far from a "thriving ecosystem," and the company is doing little to fix it<p>"BlackBerry has a thriving ecosystem with BlackBerry 10." That's what CEO Thorsten Heins said this May at a developer conference before revealing that users had a choice of 120,000 apps from its still-young …

Uber Filing in Delaware Shows TPG Investment at $3.5 Billion Valuation; Google Ventures Also In

According to a Delaware filing by Uber Technologies, it has sold stock in the fast-growing privately held transportation service to private equity …

Venture Capital

Technology companies fight for funds as venture capitalists look elsewhere

Investors reluctant to take further stakes in perceivedly volatile sector until earlier ventures such as Spotify start to pay off<p>European technology companies are trapped in a funding bottleneck as venture capital firms refuse to reinvest in the sector until they see a return from earlier …

Unlocking your cellphone is still illegal, and the FCC still doesn't like it

Making cellphone unlocking legal may not be the hot-button issue it was earlier this year, after over 100,000 people signed a White House petition and prompted a response from President Obama. But the FCC wants phone companies, Congress, and phone users alike to remember that the issue is still far …

Why did Appcelerator buy Singly? Because it wants to be the next Oracle

With Appcelerator’s purchase of the API management company Singly today, one thing is clear: Appcelerator’s ambitions lie far beyond its early business helping people to create mobile apps — it wants to be a key component of the mobile ecosystem for every developer.<p>By nabbing Singly, Appcelerator …

Facebook isn't making you depressed, but the internet is

Status update: the link between Facebook and depression isn't so simple<p>Another day, another "Facebook makes you miserable" headline. For the last few years, the social network, which now claims nearly 700 million daily users worldwide, has been the subject of an endless stream of stories in the …