Nov. 15th, 2009

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Digital Domain - Apple Wouldn’t Risk Its Cool Over an Ad Gimmick, Would It? - NYTimes.com

Apple has filed a patent for technology that would cause a device to administer periodic tests that would require the user to, in some way, indicate they have paid attention to an advertisement before they can continue using the device. The inventors say that the technology could be used in devices offered for free or a low fee in return for agreeing to view the advertisements, after which the device owner could pay extra to have the advertisements temporarily or permanently removed. Examples of tests included a series of progressively smaller pop-up boxes that must be pressed within five seconds, or entering the current date or name of the advertiser. Apple has declined to comment on the application.
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SPACE.com -- Water Discovery Fuels Hope to Colonize the Moon

Some scientists, including the CEO of the X-prize Foundation, hope that the recent discovery of "significant" quantities of water detected in the LCROSS probe debris will drive a renewed interest in establishing a human presence on the moon.
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Hawaii's famed white sandy beaches are shrinking

One side effect of the rising sea levels is that Hawaii is gradually losing it's white-sand beaches. 

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