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Here are random stories from around the web that pertain to pretty much anything.

Moose Die-Off Alarms Scientists

October 16th, 2013

CHOTEAU, Mont. — Across North America — in places as far-flung as Montana and British Columbia, New Hampshire and Minnesota — moose populations are in steep decline. And no one is sure why. Twenty years ago, Minnesota had two geographically separate moose populations.

via Pocket http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/15/science/earth/something-is-killing-off-the-moose.html

Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN), the world’s biggest e-commerce company, and HTC Corp. (2498) have been in talks since at least June to develop handsets for sale to users of the Amazon Prime service, according to two people familiar with the talks.

via Pocket http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-10-16/amazon-said-in-talks-with-htc-since-june-on-prime-handset-plans.html

Earlier this year, Verizon told us that they would begin to deploy their recently acquired AWS LTE spectrum before we hit 2014.

via Pocket http://www.droid-life.com/2013/10/15/verizon-begins-deploying-aws-lte-network-80-mbps-download-speeds-to-be-had/

Ever heard of a Zettabyte before? I’m going to use that word a few times in this story, so it will probably help to define it first. You know its smaller siblings, the gigabyte, the terabyte and maybe petabyte and the exabyte.

via Pocket http://allthingsd.com/20131015/cisco-checks-on-the-cloud-and-confirms-its-getting-bigger/

BHUBANESWAR, India, Oct. 15 (UPI) — Typhoon Phailin and flooding in the Indian state of Odisha has affected more than 12 million people and killed 26 victims, rescue authorities said. Flooding from the Budhabalanga river killed five of those victims, the Press Trust of India said.

via Pocket http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2013/10/15/Rescue-teams-evacuate-residents-after-typhoon-in-India/UPI-95001381842722/

José Urbina López Primary School sits next to a dump just across the US border in Mexico. The school serves residents of Matamoros, a dusty, sunbaked city of 489,000 that is a flash point in the war on drugs.

via Pocket http://www.wired.com/business/2013/10/free-thinkers/

Following national criticism and concern, “Guns Save Lives Day” has been moved from its original date of Dec. 14, the anniversary of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, to Dec. 15 of this year.

via Pocket http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/local/Guns-Save-Lives-Day-Moved-from-Dec-14-to-Dec-15-227746111.html

Vertical Bars – ddj 3

October 15th, 2013

I hate vertical bars.

via Pocket http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VpqF1OUZads

Samsung isn’t the first company to build a smartwatch, but there’s no question that the Galaxy Gear is the most highly-anticipated entrant into the category to date. Now that it’s here, does the Galaxy Gear live up to the hype?

via Pocket http://www.geek.com/android/samsungs-galaxy-gear-reviews-arrive-is-2013-the-year-of-the-smartwatch-1572389/

Netflix In Cable Boxes

October 14th, 2013

Netflix is a good app for the iPhone, iPad, and on Android devices. It’s also a key part of Apple TV, and Roku. It’s on Xbox, and Playstation. Netflix is bundled into just about every Internet connected TV. Some TVs even have dedicated Netflix buttons.

via Pocket http://www.businessinsider.com/netflix-in-cable-boxes-2013-10

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (MarketWatch) — Warning: Mother “Earth didn’t replace the dinosaurs after they died” in the last great species extinction, reports Nobel physicist Robert Laughlin. She “just moved on and became something different.

via Pocket http://www.marketwatch.com/story/climate-report-proves-humans-are-the-new-dinosaurs-2013-10-12?link=sfmw

According to a local CBS station, the collision happened at the top of Cheat Mountain in Randolph County. The train was the Tygart Flyer, operated by Durbin & Greenbrier Railroad. Two of the train’s cars were knocked over.

via Pocket http://www.businessinsider.com/train-hits-logging-truck-in-west-virginia-2013-10

Kanye West taught a master class on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” this week. Were you listening?

via Pocket http://www.kansascity.com/2013/10/11/4546366/on-jimmy-kimmel-live-bold-truths.html

So Windows sometimes does this thing when your computer freaks the heck out, displays a blue screen, and then reboots or fails in some other way. Called the Blue Screen of Death, it’s long been a cultural meme among nerds about the shortcomings of Windows.

via Pocket http://techcrunch.com/2013/10/11/the-comical-irony-that-ios-7-users-are-suffering-from-blue-screens-of-death/

Derek’s Dear Jour…

October 11th, 2013

“Episode 2” as in I’m having a second episode and happened to record it, while…

via Pocket https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svSLO4deoA4&feature=youtube_gdata_player

GREENVILLE, S.C. — Just about anybody can make a map and slap it up on the internet these days, and that’s a mixed blessing for professional cartographers. On the upside, they’re mostly happy to see more people taking an interest and getting engaged in mapmaking.

via Pocket http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2013/10/viral-map-respect/

So GTA V has been released on the PS3 and Xbox 360, earned over $1 billion already, and set seven world records in the process. But while Rockstar may be very happy, a certain segment of the gaming market isn’t. That segment is PC gamers.

via Pocket http://www.geek.com/games/intel-confident-gta-v-is-heading-to-pc-1573445/

It’s called “the most horrible drug in the world” — and it’s come to Illinois. Dr. Abhin Singala, a specialist at Presence St.

via Pocket http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/09/krokodil-drug_n_4073417.html

Researchers studying clay balls from Mesopotamia have discovered clues to a lost code that was used for record-keeping about 200 years before writing was invented.

via Pocket http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/11/prehistoric-code-mesopotamia-clay-balls_n_4083903.html

Google Uses Shared Endorsements

October 11th, 2013

Google is updating its Terms Of Service. The new terms will go live on November 11, 2013. What’s changing? How your Google+ profile name and photo might appear in Google products, like reviews and ads.

via Pocket http://www.businessinsider.com/google-uses-shared-endorsements-2013-10