Wikipedia and others go dark to protest SOPA

Wikipedia and others go dark to protest SOPA

Wikipedia, the the sixth most visited website on the Worldwide Web, said that it will go dark on Wednesday to protest legislation being proposed in Congress and in the Senate. That legislation, says Wikipedia and other Internet giants, would stifle free expression and unfairly kill websites. A message from Jimmy Wales Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales […]

300 Foxconn workers threaten suicide

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Foxconn Technology Group in China is once again in the forefront of the news for worker treatment. On the heels of several suicides of workers in the last few years, a group of 300 employees threatened mass suicide on Jan. 4. Foxconn’s reputation Foxconn first reached the international stage in 2009 and 2010, when workers […]

Students can earn certificates of mastery from free M.I.T.x classes


In October of 2002, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology signed onto a new system called OpenCourseWave that offered M.I.T. classes for free. A new system, called M.I.T.x, will offer free classes – with an option for a certificate of mastery. Free college courses OpenCourseWave and M.I.T.x both are online learning systems designed to offer high-level […]

Apple granted hydrogen fuel cell patents for phone, laptop batteries

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Battery technology in consumer electronic devices has improved significantly over the years. However, the power demands of modern multimedia mean that battery life is still largely inadequate for consumers on the move. According to Mashable, hydrogen fuel cells that convert oxygen and hydrogen into water, heat and electricity may eventually be the lightweight battery solution […]

PG&E to pay $70 million for pipeline tragedy

PG&E to pay $70 million for pipeline tragedy

Pacific Gas and Electric Co., a northern California utility, has agreed to pay $70 million to the California town of San Bruno for a pipeline explosion that killed eight people in 2010. Company says it’s remorseful The San Francisco-based power company’s president, Chris Johns, released a statement Monday, saying PG&E is sorry and eager to […]


Facebook unfriending on the rise

The social media is apparently becoming a little less social. According to a new study, Facebook users are deleting posts, removing photo tags and unfriending so-called friends at record rates. ‘Pruning’ the social tree The study, released Friday by the Pew Internet and American Life Project, says 63 percent of Facebook users have unfriended other […]


"Good-bye forever, former Facebook friend." Facebook defriendings are on the rise. Image: Ed Yourdan/Flickr/CC BY