Bio-Fuel Powered Electric Triplane Launches On Kickstarter

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Screen Shot 2014-11-27 at 14.49.02 We thought Triplanes disappeared after World War One. But a new startup aims to bring them back in a new hybrid electric aircraft, powered by biofuel. FaradAir is now raising money on Kickstarter to achieve its initial funding goals for its plane. The Bio-Electric-Hybrid-Aircraft or BEHA for short, aims to be the world’s first ‘Hybrid’ eco-friendly aircraft, but won’t… Read More

Europe votes in favor of breaking up Google

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The European Parliament has today approved a non-binding resolution calling for the “unbundling of search engines from other commercial services” in order to ensure “competitive conditions within the digital single market.” This proposal stirred up plenty of discontent when it was revealed a week ago, but it has been affirmed in its original form today, including the controversial unbundling provision. Without the authority to act on this resolution itself, the European Parliament is asking the European Commission and the EU’s member states to ameliorate Google’s dominant and apparently discriminatory position in online search by forcing it to decouple its search and ads businesses. The language is strong, describing search engines as…

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Mobile Marketplace Carousell Raises $6M Series A Led By Sequoia Capital

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Carousell_productphoto Carousell, a mobile app marketplace that lets sellers upload items with a few taps on their smartphones, has raised $6 million Series A funding led by Sequoia Capital. The Singaporean startup’s existing investors, Rakuten Ventures, Golden Gate Ventures, 500 Startups, and serial entrepreneur Darius Cheung, also returned for this round, which brings Carousell’s total raised so far… Read More

Microsoft may have accidentally announced that it’s buying email app Acompli

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Microsoft may have just accidentally announced that it is acquiring email startup Acompli. A post, authored by Microsoft corporate vice president Rajesh Jha, appeared on the company’s official blog today. Titled “blank post please delete,” the post’s body copy gave no information as to its purpose, but its slug — the text in its web address — read “microsoft-acquires-acompli.”

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The US bill to phase out wonky symbols on the back of gadgets is now a law

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The legislation designed to do away with printing various symbols and regulatory compliance numbers on our gadgets in favor of displaying those things within software has been signed into law. President Obama today signed the the E-Label Act, which was introduced by senators Deb Fisher (R-NEB) and Jay Rockefeller (D-W.VA) in July, and quickly made its way through both the House and Senate this fall. It allows manufacturers to put things like FCC symbols, ID numbers, and other labeling in a software menu, instead of physically printed or labeled on a device.

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Microsoft Appears To Pre-Announce Its Purchase Of Email Startup Acompli

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Satya Nadella Whoops. Welcome to literal fait accompli.
A short, unfinished blog listed as written by Microsoft corporate vice president Rajesh Jha hit the RSS wires earlier today. Here’s what it looked like:

 
It led to the following URL: http://blogs.microsoft.com/blog/2014/11/25/microsoft-acquires-acompli/.
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Astronauts on the ISS are feasting on irradiated turkey for Thanksgiving

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While millions of Americans are about to gather around a table topped with turkey, stuffing, and all other sorts of Thanksgiving fare, two in particular are preparing for a much different meal. Almost 300 miles above the Earth’s surface, NASA Astronauts Terry Virts and Barry Wilmore are building a “feast” with their four weightless international colleagues aboard the International Space Station. NASA breaks it down on YouTube:

The orbiting astronauts didn’t have a special meal delivered to them, rather they’ve compiled one with some of the core menu foods that the ISS is stocked with: irradiated smoked turkey, thermo-stabilized candied yams, freeze-dried cornbread dressing, and a cranapple desert. Crew members are allowed to fill…

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‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ trailer will be online on Friday too

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You won’t have to head to the movies to see the trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens on Friday. Star Wars’ official Twitter account sent out a message this afternoon saying that the trailer would be published Friday on iTunes. Lucasfilm initially announced that you would have to head out to one of just 30 movie theaters in order to see the trailer, so this is a big change — and one that may even make a bigger impact. It’s not clear if this was the plan all along, but it doesn’t seem like it. If that’s the case, it’s possible that the trailer is going up early in response to some fans’ disappointment that they’d be unable to see it. No specific time was given for when the trailer will go online.

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