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Sea Launch: 15 Years Later

Posted by Sam Churchill on March 28th, 2014

Sea Launch, the rocket launching platform installed on a modified oil drilling platform, celebrated this week the 15 year anniversary of the successful maiden launch of the DemoSat spacecraft that occurred on March 27, 1999. It was Sea Launch’s inaugural launch. The payload for the first mission was a dummy, designed to mimic the mass […]

Interactive Sculpture Illuminates TED’s 30th Anniversary

Posted by Sam Churchill on March 24th, 2014

Unnumbered Sparks is an interactive net sculpture that spans 745 feet between the Fairmont Hotel and Vancouver Convention Centre in Vancouver BC. Passersby can control it via their smartphones, notes The Verge. Artists Janet Echelman and Aaron Koblin collaborated to create Unnumbered Sparks, for TED’s 30th anniversary. Spectators connected to the project’s Wi-Fi can use […]

Cloudy Horizon for Amazon, Microsoft, Cisco, etc.

Posted by Sam Churchill on March 24th, 2014

Cisco plans to offer cloud computing services, pledging to spend $1 billion over the next two years to enter the cloud services market currently led by Amazon’s AWS service. The Cisco global Intercloud would be hosted across a global network of data centers, and offer an expanded suite of value-added application- and network-centric cloud services […]

The Duopoly’s Worst Nightmare

Posted by Sam Churchill on March 24th, 2014

Last year AT&T doled out $15.9 million for lobbying, says PublicIntegrity.org, on a range of issues. The Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks lobbying spending, reports AT&T spent the 11th largest amount of all companies that year, while Verizon ranked 18th. The four biggest carriers together spent $37.3 million in 2013 trying to influence lawmakers […]

Small Carriers Enter the Twilight Zone

Posted by Sam Churchill on March 20th, 2014

AT&T’s takeover of Leap Wireless (Cricket), approved last week by the FCC and the carriers, leaves U.S. Cellular and other regional carriers with an uncertain future, says Fierce Wireless. T-Mobile’s 2013 purchase of MetroPCS (9 million subscribers) and the AT&T purchase of Leap/Cricket Wireless this week (5.2 million subscribers), has taken out the 4th and […]

Web 25 Years Old Today, NSA Weaponizes It

Posted by Sam Churchill on March 12th, 2014

March 12 2014 is the World Wide Web’s 25th Birthday. On this day in 1989, Sir Tim Berners-Lee filed the memo that led to the creation of the Web. Sir Tim Berners-Lee believes an online “Magna Carta” is needed to protect and enshrine the independence of the medium, reports The Guardian. Speaking exactly 25 years […]