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Dead Sea Scrolls coming to your couch, thanks to Google

"Google and the Israeli Antiquities Authority have teamed up to digitize the Dead Sea Scrolls and make the scans accessible to anyone with an Internet connection. Google, of course, has been scanning books and documents for years as part of its partnership with libraries around the world. Several million dollars will now fund a special implementation of the technology, as the Dead Sea fragments will all be scanned using a NASA-developed imaging system.

Rollover image on your website? That will be $80,000 (please)

"Dear website owner, congratulations on your excellent site, which includes features covered by our registered patent, #5,251,294. As the description indicates, many of the components on your pages, particularly your menus, rollover images, and shortcuts, are detailed in our claim. We would be delighted to lease these to you at a reasonable royalty rate of $80,000. Please call our offices at your convenience to arrange a payment schedule." | more

Car-Eating Rabbits Invade Denver Airport

"Travelers parking their cars at the Denver International Airport are falling victim to something worse than high fees: rabbits. The rodents seem to love the delicious soy-based wiring compound in cars built after 2002." | more

UFO in NYC: Aliens or balloons in New York sky?

"Crowds in New York have had their eyes to the skies - in an alleged UFO sighting. Dozens of videos posted online show passers-by seemingly staring at a group of unidentified flying objects in the sky over Manhattan. Adding mystery to the event is a prediction by a retired NORAD officer Stanley A. Fulham. In a recent book, he claimed that on October 13th - the day of the sighting - a fleet of UFOs would hover over the world's principal cities. Many witnesses insist that what they saw were, indeed, alien spaceships...

Pope: New technologies confuse reality and fiction

"New technologies and the progress they bring can make it impossible to distinguish truth from illusion and can lead to confusion between reality and virtual reality," the pope said." "The image can also become independent from reality, it can give birth to a virtual word, with various consequences -- above all the risk of indifference towards real life," he said." | more

Grouspawn: New Dating Site Offers $60K for Babies

"Deal-hunting baby-makers, listen up! The wacky and incrementally expanding discount site Groupon has just launched a new dating service called Grouspawn, with an insane marketing ploy. If you can prove that you used a Groupon coupon on your first date, and that said date eventually resulted in a child, you could get a $60,000 grant for the little one's college tuition." | more

Check Out Mark Zuckerberg's House with Oprah

"A lot of people might think Zuckerberg lives in a house with wall-to-wall hottubs and a live-in staff waiting on him hand and foot. The CEO has never before released pictures of the inside of his house. However, this week, as part of his plans to donate $100 million to the Newark school system, Mark invited chatshow queen Oprah and her camera crew to take a look around the house he lives with his girlfriend Priscilla Chan." | more

Pandora Rejects Canada

In short, Pandora's reasons to not setup shop in Canada is clearly based on the 45 per cent of the site's gross revenues or 7.5-tenths of a cent for every song streamed. Although in sharp contrast Radio delivered over AM/FM in Canada pays a rate of 2.1 per cent of revenue, we find this balance unfair. And the Music Industry happily reminds us that Canadians are no good Pirates, but we all know they secretly want to sue file sharing moms everywhere.

Cop Drives 126mph While Texting, Kills Teen Girls

[Cops Wanted!] Job Requirements: Eat Donuts, Shoot Big Guns, Drive Insanely Fast While Texting and Kill Teen Girls. Make Big $$$, Apply Now!!!

EA Says: Ads In Games Work

Next time you have that deep down body thirst, check your games for ads. Maybe we need an applications like Adblock Plus for Games?

"The debate has been going on for some time as to how effective in-game advertising really is. Apparently, it is much more effective than one might think. In fact, Electronic Arts helped boost the sales of Gatorade though the use of EA’s in-game advertising and product placement." | more

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