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Facebook is reportedly behind “Project Catapult” data center

Facebook is reportedly behind “Project Catapult” data center

Facebook is reportedly the company that's planning on building a $1.5 billion data center in Altoona, Iowa. Before, everything was kept hush-hush, and the only thing we knew about the data center was that it was referred to by officials as the cryptic "Project Catapult". Des Moines Register stated that it spoke with lawmakers about Catapult and discovered that it is Facebook who is behind the project.

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Orbital’s Antares rocket successfully completes its first test launch

Orbital’s Antares rocket successfully completes its first test launch

Orbital Science Corps. Antares rocket completed its first successful test launch today after seeing a series of complications over the last few days. Orbital attempted to test launch the rocket last Wednesday, however, a data cable located at the upper stage of the rocket detached prematurely. It was then rescheduled over and over due to the high winds present at the launch site. Luckily today, everything was cooperating with the test launch.

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Syrian Electronic Army claims credit for CBS Twitter accounts hack

Syrian Electronic Army claims credit for CBS Twitter accounts hack

Yesterday, several of CBS's Twitter accounts were hacked, including its main account, and its accounts for 60 Minutes, 48 Hours, and CBS Denver. The hackers got into the account and tweeted a series of things relating to President Obama and the United States being in cahoots with Al-Qaeda. The tweets also had links that led users to malware-infested sites. While CBS was able to regain access to its accounts, it was unable to figure out who was behind the attacks, until now.

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eBay seeks help from users to fight an upcoming federal sales tax legislation

eBay seeks help from users to fight an upcoming federal sales tax legislation

A new legislation, known as the Marketplace Fairness Act, will allow states to require online retailers to collect and remit use tax on purchases shipped into their states. The new legislation will only affect businesses that generate over $1 million in out-of-state sales, however, John Donahoe, CEO of eBay, says that merchants who generate less than $10 million in sales, and/or have less than 50 employees, should also be exempt.

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Oculus Rift and Omnidirectional treadmill show the future of gaming

Oculus Rift and Omnidirectional treadmill show the future of gaming

Combine the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset with the Virtuix Omni omnidirectional treadmill and you have access to a fully immersive gaming experience. In a video released by Virtuix, a former marine uses both the Omni and the Rift to play Team Fortress 2. The demonstration shows how using the Omni and Rift can make playing games much more entertaining and much more intense.

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Nissan recalls around 20,000 SUVs due to faulty brakes

Nissan recalls around 20,000 SUVs due to faulty brakes

Nissan has issued a recall for around 20,000 of its Pathfinder and Infiniti JX vehicles due to faulty breaks. The front brakes of the vehicles can potentially fail while driving, reducing the braking power of the vehicles. It's recalling the 2013 models of the Pathfinder and Infinite JX vehicles in order to repair the problems. Thankfully, Nissan says that there have been no reports of crashes or injuries yet.

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BlizzCon 2013 tickets become available on April 24th and April 27th

BlizzCon 2013 tickets become available on April 24th and April 27th

Blizzard has announced that BlizzCon 2013 tickets will go on sale April 24th and April 27th. These tickets will give gamers access to Blizzard's annual (minus 2012) BlizzCon event which takes place at the Anaheim Convention Center in Southern California. The event is set to take place on November 8th and November 9th. In those two days, gamers will be able to enjoy a full weekend's worth of events and activities.

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Anonymous calls for “Internet Blackout Day” April 22nd to combat CISPA

Anonymous calls for “Internet Blackout Day” April 22nd to combat CISPA

Tomorrow has been dubbed "Internet Blackout Day" by Anonymous. It has asked that many website owners blackout their websites on April 22nd at 6:00AM GMT in protest against CISPA. The protest will last for 24 hours, and will show the government the "unity and power of the internet they're trying to exploit." Along with making their websites go dark, website owners are asked to display a message on their site as to why they're participating.

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Comcast upgrades speeds for Xfinity Internet Performance users for free

Comcast upgrades speeds for Xfinity Internet Performance users for free

For those of you who are currently subscribed to Comcast's Performance Xfinity Internet speed plans, you're in for a treat. Comcast has decided to upgrade your data speeds at no added cost. Your download speeds will be increased from 15Mbps to 25Mbps, and your upload speeds will be increased from 2Mbps to 5Mbps. Comcast is upgrading its data speeds because it knows that there is a growing trend of consumers using more than one wireless device in their homes to access the internet.

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Lawmakers debate increasing video surveillance in U.S.

Lawmakers debate increasing video surveillance in U.S.

Authorities are debating whether or not video surveillance should be increased in the United States due to their importance in uncovering the suspects of the Boston Marathon bombings. Lawmakers are in talks about the importance of increasing surveillance and how CCTV (close-circuit television) cameras will be able to increase security and protect citizens as well as help authorities track down suspects.

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Hackers take control of several CBS News Twitter accounts

Hackers take control of several CBS News Twitter accounts

It looks like CBS is the latest victim in a series of Social Network account hacks that seem to be prevalent this year. Today, CBS stated that several of its Twitter accounts, including 60 Minutes, 48 Hours, CBSDenver, and its official Twitter account were all compromised earlier today. The hackers used the accounts and tweeted things like, "General Dempsey calls for #Obama's arrest under new anti-terror laws #48hours".

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