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Microsoft Buys Skype for $8.5 Billion

Microsoft is set to shell out big bucks - a whopping $8.5 billion - to buy Skype Global, the NY Times is reporting.

According to the report, the deal will allow Microsoft to leverage Skype, which last year had 207 billion minutes of voice and video conversations, on platforms including Xbox 360, Kinect and Outlook.

"Skype is a phenomenal service that is loved by millions of people around the world. Together we will create the future of real-time communications so people can easily stay connected to family, friends, clients and colleagues anywhere in the world," Steven A. Ballmer, Microsoft's chief executive, said Tuesday in a statement.

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‘Gyrating Seats’ Offer A New Way to Feel Nauseous At the Movies [VIDEO]

As a child, I would have been thrilled with this invention....as an adult, not so much.  I'm still trying to adapt to the Wild Thing at Valley Fair.  Could you keep your cookies (or popcorn) down in the movie theater, if you were in a gyrating seat?  According to Adrian Chen:

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Revolutionary New Paper Computer: Flexible Future For Smartphones

Computers continue to amaze me...and now, according to ScienceDaily, we're taking it a step further.  How would you like a phone that is so flat, you can keep in your wallet!

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Software Can Detect Best Sentences for ‘That What She Said’ Jokes

We still don't know who's going to be the new boss on 'The Office' but could Michael Scott's sense of humor be replaced by a computer program?

Chloé Kiddon and Yuriy Brun, two computer scientists at the University of Washington, have developed software that identifies the best sentences to attach the classic amendment "That's what she said."

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radioPup – Listen to B105 on Our New Mobile App

Great news, B105 fans --- there’s a revolution happening in radio and you're a part of it. No longer do you need a radio to listen to the radio. With our brand new radioPup app you can listen to Today's Best Country and All Time Favorites all day, anytime, anywhere, for free --- directly on your smart phone.

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One in Five Smart Phone Users Don’t Use Internet on Their Device

File this under "So why in the world did you buy one?"

A survey by Ipsos OTX of 5,013 adults has found that 19 percent of smart phone owners have never used their device to access the Internet.

Furthermore, 32 percent have never used an app, assuring that their smart phone Internet experience -- for which they are presumably paying a monthly charge for -- is extremely limited.

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New Toilet Invention Makes Bathroom Break a Luxury [VIDEO]

The next time you take a trip to the john, think about how nice it'd be to own Numi, a brand-new toilet with every possible amenity you'd ever need.

Plumbing company Kohler invented the sophisticated, high-tech toilet and it's definitely a porcelain throne fit for royalty.

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Computer Glitch Opens Grocery Store During Holiday

A Pak 'n Save in Hamilton, New Zealand, was supposed to be closed last week to observe Good Friday. Unfortunately, it appears the grocery store's technology never got the memo.

According to reports, a glitch in the store's security system caused its doors to electronically unlock at 1AM Friday morning, leaving them open for an additional eight hours.

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Sony: Hacker Stole PlayStation Users’ Personal Info

If you own a PlayStation and go online to play against others and download video games or movies as part of the PlayStation Network, you should check the activity of the credit card you have on file with that website.
A hacker has obtained the personal information of PlayStation Network account holders and subscribers of the Qriocity streaming service, Sony said in a message to customers Tuesday.

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Highways Made Of Solar Cells Could Be In Our Future

There are Pros and Cons to this concept.  Of course, being from Northern MN, the thought of ice and snow on glass doesn't make sense; however, they say they can mold the glass into shapes that promote run-off.  A Con is that the roadway can light up, causing better night driving.  According to the Energy Eco-System of the Future, the Solar Roadways already have federal funding.

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Always Password Protect Your Wireless Router

Have you ever used a neighbors WiFi connection?  It's considered stealing, much like if you would run an extension cord and plugged into one of their outlets.  If you put it that way, no one would steal a WiFi connection

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Solar-Powered Trash Cans Hit Duluth’s Lakewalk

The City of Duluth just got a little greener.....we're going "green" with new solar powered trash cans on the Lakewalk! This is SO cool!!!

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