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Long-Term and Short-Term Clean Tech Investment Opportunities

Long-Term and Short-Term Clean Tech Investment Opportunities | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
Raymond James Energy Analyst Pavel Molchanov is following clean tech companies around the world that help utilities avoid rolling blackouts, connect solar systems to the grid and produce biofuels that don't compete with ...
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Need to make some money? Here are some bets on who to put your money and time with to create new technology.

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Taking a Stand at the 2013 Pioneer Awards Ceremony - EFF

Taking a Stand at the 2013 Pioneer Awards Ceremony - EFF | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
Taking a Stand at the 2013 Pioneer Awards Ceremony EFF Professor Lessig's emotional, inspirational keynote (video here) highlighted a thematic discomfort with the fact that the winners' good, common-sense work—fighting unquestioned monopolies,...
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This is worth your time to click and review.

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Internet Explorer 11 Release Preview For Win 7 Is Out, 30% Faster Than Others - MakeUseOf

Internet Explorer 11 Release Preview For Win 7 Is Out, 30% Faster Than Others - MakeUseOf | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
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Internet Explorer 11 Release Preview For Win 7 Is Out, 30% Faster Than Others
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After giving Bing a facelift, Microsoft now wants to change how you get to Bing with the new Internet Explorer 11.
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Here is what is happening for those with Windows 7

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Do-Not-Track Show Will Go On at W3C -- For Now - AdAge.com

Do-Not-Track Show Will Go On at W3C -- For Now
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18 announced two new co-chairs to head up the DNT standards process, a now two-year-long slog intended to define a browser-based do-not-track standard.
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Despite a pullout from the process by a key ad industry player, the Worldwide Web Consortium's Do Not Track show will go on, at least for the time being. The W3C's Tracking Protection Working Group has named two new co-chairs, replacing Peter Swire who left recently to join the Obama administration.

The notable pullout of Digital Advertising Alliance Managing Director Lou Mastria looked like the final nail in the W3C's do-not-track coffin. But while DAA is out, its member organizations -- a who's who of ad industry trade associations including the Interactive Advertising Bureau and the Direct Marketing Association -- are still in, though not exactly in spirit.

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The surveillance marketplace - Open Democracy

The surveillance marketplace
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Behind Google and Verizon lies a much more complex landscape of American companies ready to do global business selling surveillance technologies - and stay apathetic to the consequences.
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Apathetic is the key word here!

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Apple releases redesigned iOS 7 for iPhone & iPad with Control Center, AirDrop ... - Apple Insider

Apple releases redesigned iOS 7 for iPhone & iPad with Control Center, AirDrop ... - Apple Insider | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
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Here is an update on Apple.

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Researchers build 'Google Earth' project for the ancient world

Researchers build 'Google Earth' project for the ancient world | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
A new search tool connects UK places with historic maps and documents, from the ancient world right up to 1492. By Samuel GibbsSamuel Gibbs
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This will be exciting to see. I wonder who is going to get to carry those cameras?

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iPhone 5C: why the naysayers are wrong to say Apple is in trouble

iPhone 5C: why the naysayers are wrong to say Apple is in trouble | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
The doommongers misunderstand the nature of Apple's market share when they claim the recent high-cost iPhone launches showed an error of judgment
Remember netbooks? When Apple was too greedy and stupid to make a truly low-cost Macintosh?
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My first moments with the iPad back in April 2010 were mistaken attempts to use it as a Mac. Last year, it took a long overdue upgrade to my eyeglasses before I warmed to the nimbler iPad mini, never to go back to its older sibling.

With that in mind, I will withhold judgment on the new iPhone until I have a chance to play customer, buy the product (my better half seems to like the 5C while I pine for a 5S), and use it for about two weeks – the time required to go beyond my first and often wrong impressions.

While I wait to put my mitts on the new device, I'll address the conventional hand-wringing over the 5C's $549 pricetag ("It's too damned high!" cry the masses).

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Tech companies jostle to attract investors with realistic prices

Tech companies jostle to attract investors with realistic prices | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
Candidates for flotation are not hard to find in the IT sector
Facebook's underwhelming IPO last year may have helped to reduce investors' expectations, making it easier to price technology companies considering a float.
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Here is a little info on tecnology investments.

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TechCrunch Disrupt: Tech Icons Have Social Issues on the Brain - DailyFinance

TechCrunch Disrupt: Tech Icons Have Social Issues on the Brain - DailyFinance | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
TechCrunch Disrupt: Tech Icons Have Social Issues on the Brain
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"This is the first shift in technology ... simultaneously around the world," he added, pointing to China in particular.
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"This is the first shift in technology ... simultaneously around the world," he added, pointing to China in particular. Also, this revolution is happening with far fewer employees than in any other economic inflection point in history, and it's not having much effect on the U.S. gross domestic product.

"If you're not like us," Moritz declared to the crowd, "it's tough."

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NSA Revelations Cast Doubt on the Entire Tech Industry - Wired

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NSA Revelations Cast Doubt on the Entire Tech Industry
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“If these claims are true, and the NSA introduced backdoors into global security standards, this seems like a clear perversion of democracy,” Castro added.
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Calling the NSA spy endeavor a backdoor is a huge understatement. 

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Top 5 iPad Apps that Inspire Design in Education ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Top 5 iPad Apps that Inspire Design in Education ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
RT @katpam3: Top 5 iPad Apps that Inspire Design in Education ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning http://t.co/OvnAVkNV8w #edchat
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These look like some interesting Apps for creative teachers,

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Around the World in 80 Clicks - Technology Life - Technology makes better Life

Around the World in 80 Clicks - Technology Life - Technology makes better Life | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
Around the World in 80 Clicks - Contains pictures and stories of travels throughout the world. Mailing list, links, surveys and e-cards. (Around the World in 80 Clicks - Around the World in 80 Clicks - Contains...
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Enjoy the trip in 80 clicks!

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Chris Hughes on the making of a viral presidential campaign - PandoDaily (blog)

Chris Hughes on the making of a viral presidential campaign - PandoDaily (blog) | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
Chris Hughes on the making of a viral presidential campaign PandoDaily (blog) At last night's Pando Monthly, New Republic publisher and Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes said he found Barack Obama “inspirational,” which is why Hughes took a leave of...
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This is about the power of the internet to connect people to shape history by colllective efforts.

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Cisco Unveils New Router Family For Service Providers - CRN.in

Cisco Unveils New Router Family For Service Providers - CRN.in | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
Data Center Knowledge Cisco Unveils New Router Family For Service Providers CRN.in Cisco unveiled a new series of routers aimed at helping service providers scale their networks to accommodate the growth in Internet traffic being driven by mobile...
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This effort will be welcome if Cisco can make this happen.

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Apple Files for iTunes Radio Trademark - Patently Apple

Apple Files for iTunes Radio Trademark - Patently Apple | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
Apple Files for iTunes Radio Trademark Patently Apple International Class 042: Scientific and technological services and research and design relating thereto; industrial analysis and research services; computer programming; design and development...
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Move over Pandora.

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Tech group asks 21 countries to disclose surveillance requests - TechCentral.ie

Tech group asks 21 countries to disclose surveillance requests - TechCentral.ie | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
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Tech group asks 21 countries to disclose surveillance requests
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The GNI helps tech companies navigate government pressure that may conflict with privacy and free speech.
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Let's watch how this turns out!

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Harnessing Technology at its Finest! - Awareness Times

Harnessing Technology at its Finest! - Awareness Times | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
Harnessing Technology at its Finest! Awareness Times She then led a distinguished high-level Panel to discuss the topic of President Koroma's excellent and inspirational lecture which was “Harnessing the African Diaspora in Building Capacity in...
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Technology for inspiration is always a great idea!

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iPhone 5c review: cheerful if not cheap, but built for the future

iPhone 5c review: cheerful if not cheap, but built for the future | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
Adding LTE for all bands means that the new plastic-cased iPhone 5c is built for the future - and its lower price, compared to a newer iPhone, won't hurt sales
The nicest phone I've ever held was a Nokia Lumia 800 - the company's first Windows Phone.
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Nokia.....YES! I agree! Only the 808 Pureview is what I was holding but it wasn't at the time a Windows phone.

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Behind the padlock: How secure Web connections work - NBCNews.com

Behind the padlock: How secure Web connections work - NBCNews.com | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
Behind the padlock: How secure Web connections work
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If you've ever shopped online, and chances are you have, you've probably noticed, or been told to look for, certain indicators that you have a secure Web connection.
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In case you ever wondered how they secure a Web connection when you shop this is how it works or should work.

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Beware the Twitter IPO hullabaloo – $10bn-plus sounds pricey

Beware the Twitter IPO hullabaloo – $10bn-plus sounds pricey | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
A key attraction is the virtual absence of corporate messages. Facebook seems to be able to bludgeon its users into accepting commercial creep. But isn't Twitter meant to be an antidote to all that?
Apparently, Twitter could be worth $10bn.
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Wow 10 Billion would be impressive if that were to happen. This article sees reason to proceed with caution before investors buy into that idea.

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Chinese Researchers Make An Invisibility Cloak In 15 Minutes | MIT ...

Chinese Researchers Make An Invisibility Cloak In 15 Minutes | MIT ... | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
Look out for mass-produced invisibility cloaks thanks to an entirely new way of designing and manufacturing them out of materials such as Teflon.
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Sounds like somethignfrom the lastest sci-fi movie.

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Networks score early win as judge orders shutdown of streaming TV service ... - The Verge

Networks score early win as judge orders shutdown of streaming TV service ... - The Verge | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
Networks score early win as judge orders shutdown of streaming TV service ...
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This isn't a great win for consumers. 

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Ford Focus Electric launched in the UK

Ford Focus Electric launched in the UK | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
Battery-powered version of best-selling car can travel up to 100 miles on a single charge and reach top speed of 85mph
Sales of electric cars could move out of the slow lane with the arrival of an electric version of the world's best-selling car.
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Move over as Ford enters the electric car market.

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Carbon-Based Cellphones on the Horizon

Carbon-Based Cellphones on the Horizon | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
Researchers are taking steps toward building a cellphone out of carbon nanotubes. These cylinders can be used to either conduct electricity or store energy.
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Here's how future cell phones might be made.

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