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Webb misses out on quarter-finals

English referee Howard Webb is overlooked for the World Cup quarter-finals in South Africa.

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  • Automated Language Deciphering By Computer AI

    eldavojohn writes “Ugaritic has been deciphered by an unaided computer program that relied only on four basic assumptions present in many languages. The paper (PDF) may aid researchers in deciphering eight undecipherable languages (Ugaritic has already been deciphered and proved their system worked) as well as increase the number of languages automated translation sites offer. The researchers claim ‘orders of magnitude’ speedups in deciphering languages (more…)

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  • ICC rejects Howard presidency bid

    The International Cricket Council rejects former Australian Prime Minister John Howard as a candidate to be its next president.

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  • itwbennett writes “After months of rumors, Hulu officially announced its $9.99/month Hulu Plus service. Invites will soon start rolling out in weekly batches. So what will you get for that $9.99? ‘Full access to a bunch of current shows (Hulu lists 40 but adds ‘and more’ to that list) as well as complete series collections of some older titles such as The X-Files, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and the wonderful and mostly-ignored Eli Stone,’ writes blogger (more…)

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  • FA waits to make Capello decision

    Fabio Capello will have to wait another two weeks to find out if he will remain as England manager after the team’s World Cup exit.

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  • kaulike writes “The European Space Agency’s GOCE satellite, launched in March 2009, has provided a spectacular, highly detailed map of our favorite gravity well. This map shows the normalized surface of the earth as defined by gravity, showing the relative altitude differences from the average for each surveyed point. The article provides the helpful metaphor that a ball resting on this surface would not roll anywhere, even though there would be visual (more…)

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  • Best Phone For a Wi-Fi-Only Location?

    bendodge writes “I am planning on heading to a university in a remote area with very poor cellular service (the only signal is spotty Verizon voice, no data). However, the entire campus is thoroughly blanketed in Wi-Fi. I am trying to find the best and most economical ‘Wi-Fi phone’ or else hack one together. Belkin/Netgear sell what is essentially a portable Skype device for $180. These folks recommend outfitting an iPod Touch with a mic and VoIP (more…)

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  • Warrington in Bridge injury fears

    Warrington fear England centre Chris Bridge could be out for the season after suffering a shoulder injury against Leeds.

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  • Women Dropping Out of IT

    Women’s eNews has an interesting look at women in tech, with numbers showing that women are bailing out of the IT field at a rapid pace. “Technology jobs are predicted to grow at a faster rate than all other jobs in the professional sector, up to 22% over the next decade, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Compensation is also good. In 2008, women in tech made an average salary of $70,370. … But women’s stake in that rosy outlook is questionable. (more…)

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  • Murray cruises into second week

    Andy Murray gives another impressive display to defeat 26th seed Gilles Simon in straight sets at Wimbledon and reach the fourth round.

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