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Morning Xtra: Amazon Buying Netflix? BlackBerry Debuts Social Network

Highlights from this morning's other big tech headlines.... Rumors are circulating that Amazon is looking to buy DVD and Web-video provider Netflix. Netflix stocks have been soaring in the rumor's wake, but there's no official word yet from either company. [From: Newteevee] BlackBerry is la...

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The Daily Engadget: New LG Chocolate Hotness, Fujifilm's 3-D Camera

Our friends over at Engadget obsessively cover everything new in gadgets and consumer electronics, which is why we compile this daily roundup of their top stuff. For more details on any of these stories, click on the Engadget links in each story below. LG's New Chocolate BL40 Phone Sexes Out on ...

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5 Weapons That Changed the World

History is filled with some great weapons, but generals like to say that wars are won with soldiers, not swords. What do they know? We like to keep abreast of our collective militant pasts, and can certainly think of a couple of devices of war that changed the course of world history. In honor...

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Morning Xtra: Boston iPhone App, Yahoo! Launches 'Search Pad'

See some graffiti in Chowdah Town? A pothole? Exploding hydrant? Use the City of Boston's new iPhone App to snap a photo and spam the mayor's office until it's fixed. [From: Boston.com] Yahoo!'s rolling out a new search tool entitled "Search Pad." It detects when you're doing research and au...

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The Daily Engadget: Sony VAIO W Netbook, Electro-Kitty

Sony Announces VAIO W Netbook After not too long ago writing off netbooks as a "race to the bottom," Sony is calling the kettle black and introducing the VAIO W -- the first device the manufacturer is calling an Internet Notebook (i.e. netbook). Here's hoping this new ultra-portable (10-inch scre...

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Morning Xtra: Sci-Fi Becomes 'SyFy,' iPhone 3GS Jailbroken

The Sci Fi channel is changing its name. Goodbye, Sci Fi; hello, SyFy. The shortened, homophonically named version of the channel will still rock all your favorite programming, but do so with less traditional vowels. [From: Washington Post] Engadget reports that 19-year old hacker-extraordin...

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The Daily Engadget: McDonald's 'McCharge,' iPods to Get Cameras?

Our friends over at Engadget obsessively cover everything new in gadgets and consumer electronics, which is why we compile this daily roundup of their top stuff. For more details on any of these stories, click on the Engadget links in each story below. McDonald's Getting ChargePoint Station fo...

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Morning Xtra: Giant Anti-Missile Blimp, Insider Trading in Pirate Bay Sale?

Cruise missiles fly low and slow, so they're tough to track on horizon-limited radar. Solution: the largest blimp ever made for the U.S. military. [From: Fox News] When trading volume and stock prices of your company explode the week before you announce you're buying Pirate Bay, don't be surprised...

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Morning Xtra: Flickr Opens to Twitter, MacBooks for Maine Students

Maine Students Get MacBooks CNet reports that the state of Maine is continuing its plan to provide laptops to kids by purchasing MacBooks for all public school students in the seventh through 12th grades. Talk about lucky; it's got to be easier learning to type on those sleek MacBooks than on the a...

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Morning Xtra: Clear Selling Private Member Data, Pirate Bay Goes Legit

Clear Selling-Off Sensitive Data You've probably seen those short lines at airport security terminals for Clear pass holders. On June 22nd, the company (which had promised to whisk traveler-members through airports for a fee) suddenly went belly-up, gleefully taking those $199 subscription paymen...

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