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Electronic Drum Trousers Take Young Engineer Prize

Drummer and engineer Aseem Mishra got tired of lugging his drum kit to gigs. Naturally, he fashioned a pair of musical jeans to take its place. The pants -- sorry, trousers -- have eight sensors woven into the fabric, and are hooked up to a backpack with circuitry and speakers. Each sensor corres...

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Facebook Efforts to Stop 'Likejacking' Fall Flat

After an increasing number of "likejackings," Facebook has finally started to address the problem. But the solution is haphazard at best, say security experts. Likejacking -- the process spammers use to make users click a "like" button hidden beneath some especially tantalizing linkbait -- has becom...

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Priority Inbox Algorithm Co-Opted to Make Better Gmail Ads

Google announced today that it'll be instituting some changes to tailor the ads that appear in your inbox to your interests. Using the algorithm set up for Priority Inbox, Google can now better understand what is actually relevant to a user. The company is basically implementing the same technology ...

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Amazon's Cloud Drive Ruffles Music Industry

Grab some popcorn and pull up a chair because this is gonna be good. Amazon just edged ever closer to world domination by offering a free cloud service that lets customers access their music from a range of devices. It's basically a huge eff-you to the record labels, with whom Amazon is still in ...

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Facebook Changes Mind, Shuts Down Palestinian Intifada Page

Retreating from its previous stance, Facebook yesterday announced that it had pulled a page calling for a Third Palestinian Intifada. Israeli Cabinet Minister Yuli Edelstein wrote Mark Zuckerberg last week to request that the page be shuttered, but Facebook initially refused to do so; the company...

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Your New Addiction: 'GIRP'

We don't like this game at all. To make the beleaguered character climb out of what looks like a pretty nasty dungeon, you have to hit different letters (to move his hands) while pounding on the shift or CTRL keys just so (to flex his muscles, of course). To be frank, we hate 'GIRP.' Our puny han...

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Music Site Settles Beatles Suit for $1 Million

BlueBeat, a site that sells streaming music by a range of artists, just settled a federal lawsuit that a bunch of pissed-off record labels had brought against it for selling and streaming Beatles songs. The songs were posted about a year before Apple released them on iTunes and were sold for just...

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Sorry, Fellows: The iPad 2 Marriage Proposal Has Been Done

A fellow drops on one knee, hands a girl an iPad 2 with a wedding proposal engraved on the back, and the rest is history. After all, you know what they say: diamonds may be forever, but fresh-off-the-assembly-line iPads are a girl's best friend. They do say that, don't they? This latest techy pro...

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Zynga and Gaga Form Not-So-Terrible Alliance

You have to hand it to Lady Gaga; she's pretty tapped into tech. Her latest venture is a partnership with Zynga, in which she's donating $1.5 million for earthquake relief via its in-game funding drives. The partnership is not particularly surprising on either end. Gaga has been making the te...

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Flying Robots Juggle With Frightening Accuracy

Zurich-based roboticists have developed a type of flying robot that plays hacky sack with other robots demonstrates an unprecedented level of communication and control. The quadrocepters may not look like much (as a sawed-off badminton racket makes up its playing surface), but they do sport ...

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