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Yahoo Faces $2.7 Billion Judgment in Mexico Over Listings

November 30th, 2012
Yahoo! Inc. (YHOO) faces a $2.7 billion non-final judgment that has been entered against the company in lawsuit in a Mexican court related to a yellow pages listing service.


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Mexican court enters preliminary $2.7 billion judgment against Yahoo

November 30th, 2012
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A civil court in Mexico entered a preliminary $2.7 billion judgment against Yahoo Inc for breach of contract involving a yellow pages listings service, Yahoo said on Friday. Yahoo said that it believes the claims are without merit and that it will vigorously pursue all appeals. Shares of Yahoo were off 1.7 percent at $18.45 in afterhours trading on Friday. The lawsuit ...


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Ouch! Yahoo ordered to pay $2.7B in Mexican lawsuit

November 30th, 2012
The suit, brought by Worldwide Directories S.A. de C.V. and Ideas Interactivas, S.A. de C.V., accused Yahoo of breach of contract related to a yellow-pages listing service. [Read more]



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Europe Joins Free Internet Chorus

November 30th, 2012
The European Union announced on Friday that it would oppose attempts to increase regulation of the Internet at a United Nations conference that will take place next week in Dubai. This move comes as some countries have called for tighter rules on Web service providers and phone operators. The International Telecommunications Union, an agency within the United Nations, is hosting the World Conference on International Telecommunications beginning Monday. The goal of the event is to update the International Telecommunications Regulations, a decades-old treaty.



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CDC reports early-season flu rise, new H3N2v case – CIDRAP

November 30th, 2012

CDC reports early-season flu rise, new H3N2v case
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Nov 30, 2012 (CIDRAP News) – Flu activity in the United States rose substantially last week, hitting the national baseline at the earliest point in the season since the 2003-04 flu season, and the first case of variant H3N2 (H3N2v) since September has ...

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Poseidon Undersea Resorts Finalize Design of Outlandish Submerged Hotel in Fiji

November 30th, 2012

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There appears to be a common thread among current underwater hotel projects—they all take a staggering amount of time to get off the ground. Or, under the sea. Poseidon Undersea Resorts is no exception. Planned for a site 40 feet underwater in a 5,000 acre lagoon near a Fijian island, Poseidon Undersea Resort is slated to be the “world’s first permanent one-atmosphere sea floor structure and world’s first true undersea resort.” It was initially scheduled to open in September 2008, and now, four years later, designs have been finalized for the ambitious submarine-inspired five-star hotel.

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Yahoo ‘ordered to pay $2.7bn’

November 30th, 2012
Internet group Yahoo says it has been ordered to pay $2.7bn to two plaintiffs in a Mexican court ruling.


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Fractal Structures Could Yield Ultralight 3D-Printable Beams That Are 10,000 Times Stronger Than Steel

November 30th, 2012

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If you were to strip away the walls, floors, and insulation, you’d see that most buildings are constructed on a frame of beams. Most beams are made from steel, and while strong, they’re fairly one-size-fits-all. A new study published in the journal Physical Review Letters found that fractal patterns could be used to create 3d printed beams that are lighter and up to 10,000 times stronger than typical steel beams! This combination of material science and 3D printing technology could make it possible to customize beams for a specific load and purpose, reducing waste and cost.

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The process, developed by Yong Mao of the University of Nottingham, UK and colleagues is multi-faceted and requires several iterations of development, but ultimately it mimics structures seen in nature for eons. A fractal is a pattern or structure that is self-similar on all length scales, which basically means an object is made up of thousands of tiny versions of itself. Fractal patterns are seen in nature at all scales – everything from a single fern leaf that resembles the entire plant, to clouds, snowflakes, blood vessels and cauliflowers demonstrate this design.

Yong developed a theoretical framework for building structures where the optimal hierarchical order of the structure depends on the load it needs to withstand. Using this technique, the team constructed such a structure – a simple hollow frame – from a polymeric resin, using a “rapid prototyping technique” – which is an advanced form of 3D printing. Then they evaluated how well it bore the load they wanted to place on it (not very well). Then they analyzed the failure points using sophisticated software and designed a fractal structure that will address the weak points. This process was repeated several times. Each tweak produced a new “generation” of the beam. Third generation beams, about as far as we can hope to go with current tech, are 10,000 times stronger than steel, reports Gizmodo.

A drawback of this kind of fabrication is that imperfections in the material could cause serious problems. “Even a small imperfection at a local scale could have a large impact as there is no extra material that could take the added stress and maybe that is why this kind of fabrication has not been practical to date,” Yong explained to PhysicsWorld. He says that the team is also studying its models make them resistant to such errors. But he is convinced that commercial techniques will improve over the coming year, providing the necessary precision tools. Mao also feels that the recently commercialized technique of 3D printing could really benefit the fabrication of these structures. “We could just upload our different designs to a program and people could download and print off the structures at home,” he continued.

Via Gizmodo

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UK Plans to Retrofit Shipping Containers from Amsterdam Into Housing to Help Fight Homelessness

November 30th, 2012

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Shipping containers offer a surprisingly versatile foundation for small-scale, sturdy homes – they’re readily available, relatively inexpensive, and easy to retrofit. Now the UK is planning to capitalize on cargotecture by transforming recycled shipping containers from Amsterdam into housing to help fight homelessness. The southern coastal regions of Brighton and Hove have seen a growing incidence of homelessness due to skyrocketing rent and housing prices, so the Brighton Housing Trust and developer QED have requested funding to turn 36 shipping containers from Amsterdam into temporary housing for their communities.

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We’ve seen shipping containers transformed into hotel rooms and backyard getaways, and now governments and non-profits are look to cargo containers as a way to combat rising rates of homelessness. If approved by Brighton and Hove City Councils, 36 shipping containers could be on their way from Amsterdam to provide a short-term solution for the local housing crisis. The containers would be transformed into studio apartments complete with kitchens, bathroom pods, and even green roofs, providing shelter for those in need while a longterm plan is drafted. The area already has a number of organizations assisting the homeless including Phase One, which offers life skills courses and and a clinical nurse to aid those with drug dependencies.

Brighton Housing Trust Chief Executive Andy Winter asserted that  “imaginative solutions” were needed to deal with the “desperate” housing situation. He added, “I have to admit that when it was first suggested to me that shipping containers be used for housing I was a bit skeptical. However, having seen what can be achieved, I was quickly won over. The WC and shower unit is exactly the same as my daughter had in her student accommodation and she much preferred it to having to share bathrooms and toilets with other students. Who wouldn’t? What really excites me about this opportunity is that land that might otherwise lie idle for five years will be brought back into life and used to provide much-needed temporary accommodation for 36 men and women in Brighton and Hove.

The shipping containers would be a timely boost to neighborhoods already deeply affected by economic hardship.

Via World Architecture News and The Daily Mail

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Gary Card’s Electric Christmas Tree is Made from Recycled Chevy Volt Parts!

November 30th, 2012

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The electric Chevy Volt may be a pretty cool green ride – but did you know it also makes a great Christmas Tree? Engadget reports that Vauxhaull, the British subsidiary of General Motors, is celebrating the holidays this year with a glowing Christmas tree made from Chevy Volt parts! The electric tree was designed by artist Gary Card, and it will light up the Kings Cross Filling Station until the new year.

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