Top Stories: Thursday June 16, 2011

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Opting Out | The first of the Indie labels says "thanks but no thanks" to iTunes Match

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World's Largest Radio Telescope Being Built in China, Hopefully Not For Evil

I've just reread the entire plot of Goldeneye thanks to China's Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST), and am now concerned some serious shit might go on down here once it's completed in 2016. It'll not only be the world's largest, but it will also be the world's most sensitive... More »

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The Panasonic Toughbook Android Tablet Is a Rugged Beast

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Panasonic's venerable Toughbook line is introducing a 10.1-inch Android tablet. Unlike the sissy tablets everyone else is putting out, the Toughbook will be secure, rugged, durable and, hell, even come with a matte screen. Not much is currently known about the Toughbook Android Tablet—it'll... More »

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Kobo Touch E-Reader: You'll Want to Love It, But...

The Kobo Touch is a lighter, smaller, even more minimal E-reader than its closest known relative, the Simple Touch Nook. And in some areas of performance, the Kobo outguns it and the Kindle 3. More »

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A More Magical Metal Kone for Brewing Coffee

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The coffee produced by Coava's Kone is different: a crazy hybrid that "gives you the control of a Chemex and the tannic cup you get from a French press," says the NYT's Oliver Strand. More »

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How IBM Technology Jump Started the Holocaust

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The Nazis' persecution of Jews was brutal, methodical, and horrifyingly efficient. However, their perverse efforts were only realized with the assistance of a Hollerith Machine - IBM's custom-built tabulation system. More »

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Q&A: Talking with IBM's Personal History Keeper

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IBM turns 100 today, but since Willard Scott hasn't paid tribute yet we'll do our part to wish America's most innovative company the happiest of birthdays. More »

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Find Out if Your Passwords Were Leaked by LulzSec Right Here

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Another day, another giant LulzSec data dump. This time, the target's not the US government or a big company, but a sprawling list of 62,000 internet strangers (and their login data). More »

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UT-1 Trencher Lays the Fattest Pipe in the Deepest Places

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The world record for deepest dive using Scuba gear stands at 330m. Impressive, but when laying transatlanic telecommunication lines 2000m down, leave the humans on the surface and send in an ROV Trencher. More »

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I Think There's a Filter On Your Filter On Your Filter On Your...

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Sometimes, you just want a crazy-amount of vignetting. Lensrentals stacked up 50 UV filters, and mounted them to a Canon 5DMkII with 300 f4 lens, then actually took photos with them. More »

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Facebook is Armed With HTML5 and Gunning For Apple

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Facebook is secretly working on an HTML5-based version of its social network that will target iOS devices. Internally, it's called Project Spartan. The project's goal is to undermine Apple's App Store with a web application that can infiltrate millions of iOS devices. More »

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I like the idea of iCloud but there better be a way to control what gets pushed to my iPhone and iPad. I don't want every single song on my computer on my phone. I just don't need to carry around all of my Christmas music all year long.