The FAA wants to help US companies do business on the moon

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US companies might be able to use the existing licensing process used for space launches to claim lunar territory, according to documents obtained by Reuters.

In a letter to Bigelow Airspace — a maker of inflatable space habitats — the Federal Aviation Agency says it intends to “leverage the FAA’s existing launch licensing authority to encourage private sector investments in space systems by ensuring that commercial activities can be conducted on a non-interference basis.”

That means that just by setting up a habitat, Bigelow would be able to claim exclusive rights to that territory. Furthermore, any company staking a claim could tap “related areas” for mining, exploration, and other activities.

Nothing is set in stone, however….

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Apple Still The Easy Leader In Ad Revenue On Mobile For 2014, Despite Android Gains

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sma_q4_2014_4 Apple led 2014 in ad revenue by a wide margin, according to a new study by Opera Mediaworks, despite Android reaching an all-time high in terms of ad impressions, and leading the overall market for the year on that score. Android gained at the expense of legacy platforms like BlackBerry and feature phones, however, meaning that while Android grew, Apple didn’t shrink, and iOS-based… Read More

Teenage coders behind Tampon Run take their feminist game to the App Store

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There’s no known antidote to the toxicity of Gamergate, but one good way to recuperate is by directing your attention to the teenage creators behind a game called Tampon Run. Sophie Houser, 17, and Andrea Gonzales, 16, met during a summer program run by the non-profit Girls Who Code. For their final project, the New York City high school students built a game to try to de-stigmatize menstruation by letting players shoot tampons (not guns) at their enemies. The game brought so much attention to its precocious creators (and the taboo subject) that the pair is launching a new-and-improved mobile version in the Apple App Store today.

Not convinced getting your period is all that taboo? Try walking through your office carrying a tampon in…

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Pixie’s new bluetooth beacons make it harder for you to lose your stuff

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Whether you’ve left a wallet in a cab or misplaced something at home, losing your things is a real annoyance. What’s worse is that it feels like a problem we shouldn’t have to deal with in the age of smart devices. Sure, sometimes you can use Find my iPhone, but what about objects that don’t have smart technology inside? About a dozen companies have fashioned solutions for these items — from Tile, to Estimote, to Motorola — but none are perfect. And most of these companies still haven’t solved the biggest problems: size, range, and location accuracy.

Now, a new company called Pixie has announced a product that looks like it can take this market to the next step. It’s called the Pixie Point. The Point is an always-on location tag…

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Batman & Robin is terrible, and here’s why you should watch it immediately

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Does It Hold Up is a chance to re-experience childhood favorites of books, movies, TV shows, video games, and other cultural phenomenon decades later. Have they gotten better like a fine wine, or are we drinking cork?

Did you know that Batman & Robin is one of the worst movies ever made? That it killed Batman until Christopher Nolan resurrected it? Well, I have a confession to make: I love it. Sincerely. I recognize that I’m rare here — it took Netflix just one month to realize it made a grave error in adding the film to its streaming movies stable. But almost 20 years after it very nearly killed all love for superhero movies at the box office, I enjoy (almost) every minute of it. Not because it’s a good movie. It isn’t. I’m not a crazy…

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Twitter’s Promoted Tweets Can Now Run On Other Websites And Apps

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twitter nyse ipo Twitter is expanding the potential audience for its Promoted Tweet ad campaigns by syndicating them to other services, starting with Flipboard and Yahoo Japan. In a blog post about the new ad capabilities, the company notes that tweets can already “flow from Twitter to other mediums seamlessly” — so why not do the same for Twitter’s ads? The post points to a number of… Read More

Amazon’s First Staffed College Campus Store Should Have Retailers Worried

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Amazon@Purdue_4 Amazon is setting down roots in U.S. college campuses, and today it is celebrating the grand opening of its first ever staffed location at one of those schools. Purdue is the site of Amazon’s first campus drop-off and pickup location operated by actual amazon employees, and while it is in part a way for Amazon to expand its presence in the educational textbook market, the more… Read More

Superproducer Rick Rubin reminisces about Kanye West, Johnny Cash, and Slayer on Genius

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The startup formerly known as Rap Genius might currently be on a mission to “annotate the world,” but the site itself is still at its best on home turf: offering up snippets of enlightening musical trivia. Rick Rubin is the perfect example of this: three days ago, the superproducer began annotating songs and albums he’s worked on or simply likes, resulting in an amazing mix of behind-the-scenes insights and straightforward recommendations of favorite tracks and artists from Slayer to Kanye West.

Imagine if other experts of Rubin’s calibre pitched in

We’ve highlighted a selection of his best annotations below, but you can check out his verified profile on Genius for more. The notes are interesting in their own right, of course, but they…

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