Russia has threatened to cut off access to the International Space Station and force the project to a premature close in retaliation over US sanctions, with NASA's orbiting research paying the price for growing international tensions. US plans to extend the ISS' life beyond the planned 2020 cut-off for another four years will be rejected, Russia's deputy prime minister said today, while also blocking the use of Russian rockets for upcoming launches.
The screaming in the stadium is so loud, I can hardly hear the announcer. Enthusiasm spills from the stands in waves; only gets louder when President Obama appears on the big screen for an unexpected address. The Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis isn’t playing host to the Rams as usual, however; instead, the seats are filled with row after row of students from K-3 up to high school age, all here for the FIRST Championship 2014. Brainchild of Dean Kamen - better known perhaps for being the father of the Segway - this is no ordinary robotics competition.
Twitter was recently banned in Turkey over failure to remove certain content, something that resulted in a backlash and, as of yesterday, legal ruling that it must be reversed. It seems the battle hasn't been yet won, however, with YouTube now also being blocked in the region due to an allegedly leaked video revealing possible war plans.
With Facebook’s purchase of Oculus for a cool $2 billion, the tone turned sour almost instantly. The fervor surrounding virtual reality headwear quickly turned to disdain for a social platform few trust but most use. The promise seems gone for Oculus in the eyes of many backers and fans. Betrayal, confusion, and good old fashioned anger paint broad strokes over the acquisition.
iTunes Radio users can now tune into the latest news broadcasts, with NPR announcing that it has become the first news provider on Apple's radio service. The stream will be available 24-hours a day, and with it will come the segments faithful listeners enjoy, including the Morning Edition and All Things Considered.
Embattled former Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox is undoubtedly being hounded by questions from investors and users. The company has seemingly been forced to setup a dedicated call center in Japan in order to take, and hopefully answer, inquiries.
In an agreement with the city of San Francisco, Google has agreed to essentially fund the "free Muni" project for the next two years. With the Municipal Transportation Agency board, Google has spoken about cutting the possibility of shutting down the program entirely - that may very well have happened if Google hadn’t stepped in. Instead, Google has donated $6.8 million to the program which will continue to fund free Muni passes for low- and middle-income youth.