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Space Tourism is still a distant dream

Space Tourism is still a distant dream

If you're anything of an Elon Musk or SpaceX fan, or have just been following the two's high-profile news and announcements, your imagination may have been tickled pink by the prospect of regularly flying into space for leisure or business. In other words, space tourism. But despite the growing body of news around developments in this area, particularly in the design and manufacturing of rockets, recent rocket explosions should have also been a rather tragic wake up call, one that should make us ask again the most important and lingering question of all: are we really ready for non-professional, commercial space travel?

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Kodak and major Hollywood studios strike film supply agreement

Kodak and major Hollywood studios strike film supply agreement

The six big Hollywood studios have struck an agreement with Kodak that will have the latter company provide the film used for both TV and movies. It's no surprise Kodak is pushing for film to remain a relevant -- and integral -- part of the entertainment industry, and as such it has been in talks with everyone involved, ranging from indie artists to major production companies. With these agreements in place, Kodak is free to keep producing film for motion pictures while dabbling in its other endeavors.

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Google snaps up Launchpad Toys, liberates its apps

Google snaps up Launchpad Toys, liberates its apps

Google has acquired the kids-centric company Launchpad Toys, the latter company has announced. Google has confirmed the acquisition, but neither have given any details about what Google paid for the service. This shows an increased push on Google's part to provide more content for younger users, and comes with a certain big perk for Toontastic users in particular: that storytelling tool is now available for free, having previously been a for-pay offering, a change already reflected on the App Store.

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Disney may offer Marvel, Star Wars video streaming plans

Disney may offer Marvel, Star Wars video streaming plans

The recent introduction of Dish Network's Sling TV has rocked the television industry, and for obvious reasons: subscribers can watch live channels like ESPN over their Internet on whatever connected device they have, something that has been long dreamed of by cord-cutters and those tired of traditional cable. Some networks have followed this up with plans to provide streaming subscriptions through which their own content can be streamed -- Viacom, for example, recently revealed that Nickelodeon will be doing just that.

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Twitter and Google tipped in deal on tweets in search results

Twitter and Google tipped in deal on tweets in search results

Twitter and Google have reached an agreement on how tweets will henceforth show up in search results, according to sources that know of such plans. Says these unnamed sources, the first half of 2015 will see tweets cropping up in Google Search results right after they are tweeted. This is a big change up from how it has thus far happened, with results being delayed due to Google having to crawl through the microblogging service's website to identify the tweets.

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Amazon unveils its first staffed pick-up and drop-off location

Amazon unveils its first staffed pick-up and drop-off location

Amazon has a lot of projects up its sleeve, and just as students have settled into their spring semester the company has shifted its focus to colleges and universities. The company revealed yesterday that it has partnered with a trio of colleges under its Amazon Campus initiative, and not long after we heard rumbles that the Internet retailer is eyeing those RadioShack stores that'll soon be up for grabs. Among it all, Amazon has unveiled its first-ever staffed location for order pick-ups and drop-offs, representing a big milestone for the company.

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Google SVP of Knowledge leaving as management restructures

Google SVP of Knowledge leaving as management restructures

Google’s management structure is undergoing more movement, as Senior Vice President of Knowledge Alan Eustace is retiring. According to sources, Eustace is not leaving for another job, but is just plain giving up the day-to-day grind for retirement. His departure marks another major figurehead leaving he company, or otherwise moving to make room for Google’s new management structure. Larry Page has quickly moved Sundar Pichai up the ranks, with a majority of Google’s core service chiefs reporting to him rather than CEO Larry Page.

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Star Wars Humble Bundle summons the Dark Forces

Star Wars Humble Bundle summons the Dark Forces

Today Humble Bundle brings heat with a number of Star Wars-themed games for PC, Linux, and Mac. The team behind Humble Bundle have successfully high-fived the folks who own the rights to these games - previously called LucasArts - and are pushing cash to charity. Users are asked to pay $1 or more - hopefully a lot more - to gain access to a number of rad games from Star Wars history. And what's that - at least one super classic title - Dark Forces, the original 3rd-party Dash Rendar-like character first person shooter back from the dead.

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NASA White House budget up (and down)

NASA White House budget up (and down)

Even with a $500-million-dollar boost compared to last year's total, NASA is only being provided with a potential 0.46% of the Federal Budget. While you'll hear many hearty claps and hoorays at the targets for this budget, this would be another in a long line of drops in percentage-of-total for the federal budget for NASA. The last time NASA received any amount over 1% of the total federal budget was back in 1993. Not that NASA could use the money for anything important like saving humans from an extinction level event, or anything like that.

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