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Technology News Archive - May 13, 2008

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A cold-weather robot designed to care for frozen biological samples is one of four finalists in the running for the annual MacRobert award.

Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) (MSFT) launched its WorldWide Telescope late Monday, bringing the free Web-based program for zooming around the universe to a broad audience.

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If the brainstorms of these MIT students are any indication, phones will soon challenge the Internet as a source of innovation.

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As cars become entertainment centers and data-gathering devices, the amount of information they're collecting about you is rapidly growing. And guess who might be interested?

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In a deal that could be announced as early as Tuesday, cable network HBO is expected to begin selling its shows through Apple Inc.’s iTunes digital entertainment service, according to a Reuters report this week and initially reported by Portfolio.com.

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Even before Weixiao Huang received his doctorate from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, his new transistor captured the attention of some of the biggest American and Japanese automobile companies. The 2008 graduate’s invention could replace one of the most common pieces of technology in the world—the silicon transistor for high-power and high-temperature electronics.

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Billionaire investor Carl Icahn is reportedly loading up on Yahoo's stock in preparation for a possible attempt to shove aside the Internet icon's board in hopes of bringing back Microsoft.

Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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