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Man Drowns Following GPS Instructions Into Lake

"Last weekend a man in La Serena died after GPS directions led him into a lake. Gizmodo cites a Spanish newspaper report that says the man and his friend were led down a rural road that ended abruptly. It was dark, visibility was poor and the man, a foreigner not used to the area, didn't see the end of the road until it was too late. His car dropped into the lake and sank in a matter of minutes.

Best Buy Charging to Install PS3 Firmware Update

"The Best Buy Geek Squad is offering an updated firmware PS3 console for $329.98. While such a service would help those who don't have internet at home, the fact that new games often come bundled with the latest firmware required to play makes it look a little less valuable than it already is." | more

Webcam Turned into Heart Monitor

"Poh’s creation tracks the flow of blood on the user’s face using a modified version of open-source facetracking software. Based on this information, the system can figure out the pulse rate and other factors linked to heart performance. The webcam detects blood flow by looking at the colorization on the different parts of the face. Ming-Zher admitted that the hardest part was teaching his system to adapt to different lighting and image quality levels.

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

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!!!

Microsoft: Blu-ray Will Be Passed By As a Format

Blu-ray will probably be around a bit longer than Microsoft would like, but with external HD's and Internet, who needs an optical disk anyways?

Bill Gates: Internet To Make Universities Obsolete

Can't get into that high-level university? Soon you may be able to get the equivalent, and better, on the Internet for free.

ZoomDuring the Techonomy conference held in Lake Tahoe, California, Bill Gates predicted that the traditional means of getting a higher education at universities--especially the place-based institutions--will dramatically change over the next five years.

"Five years from now on the web for free you'll be able to find the best lectures in the world," he said. "It will be better than any single university."

Each Facebook User Worth $50 to the Company

How much money are you contributing to Facebook by being a user?

Motorola Droid X Confirmed for July

Wednesday Verizon fired over a rather lengthy email announcing that the Motorola DROID X will be available in stores starting July 15. The new phone will cost $199.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate, and will require Verizon's customary 2-year ball and chain (aka contract). As previously reported, this beast will come packed with a 4.3-inch high-resolution screen (854 x 480), a 1GHz OMAP processor, 24 GB of storage (8 GB internal, 16 GB removable), and 3G Mobile Hotspot capabilities (subscription required).

"Nine months ago, we made a commitment to our customers to bring the openness of Android to the Verizon Wireless network," said John Stratton, executive vice president and chief marketing officer for Verizon Wireless. "Since then, we have introduced the top-selling Android phone in the marketplace today – the DROID by Motorola. DROID X takes that commitment to another level with exclusive content, faster processing speeds, and, of course, the reliability of our network."

Starbucks: Free WiFi for Everyone!

Starbucks is giving everyone free WiFi starting July 1.

We've all been there in one way, shape or form. Whether it's frustration that the folks with a collection of five Starbucks cards and 10 free hours of WiFi are hogging all the outlets, or annoyance that there's laptops everywhere and no free seats to just sit and drink coffee, we've all cursed the laptop-toting crowd at Starbucks at some point. Well, it's about to get a whole lot worse.

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