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Why the FCC is targeting VoIP 911 calls

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Most Americans take it for granted that when they dial 911 they will reach a dispatcher who can immediately summon an ambulance, fire truck or police patrol. Because of a range of technical and other problems, VoIP 911 calls are often unreliable, in particular may be misdirected to emergency-services administrative offices.

Doom Comes to Wireless Phones

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Jamdat Mobile announced at the E3 Expo in Los Angeles that it has acquired the rights to a wireless version of the popular videogame Doom from game maker id Software. The company will develop and release the game to coincide with the release of a motion picture version of Doom.

How To Use Your Oven To Surf The Web

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A new broadband networking scheme could have Web surfers plugging their computers into the oven.

Flipper is going wireless

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South African researchers plan to collar dusky dolphins next month with a new tracking device that uses cell phone sim cards.

Messaging spreads office gossip

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One in five people in the UK are using instant messaging at work but the majority of firms are failing to regulate its use.

Planet search postponed to fund Hubble rescue

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NASA will delay two ambitious missions to search for extrasolar planets in order to fund a shuttle mission to upgrade the Hubble Space Telescope, agency chief Mike Griffin told a US Senate subcommittee on Thursday.

TV download sites hit by lawsuits

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The movie industry has turned its legal campaign against net piracy to TV file-sharing sites. It is a shift in focus for the MPAA who say "Protecting the television industry is essential."

Tech Firms Owe Debt to 'Star Wars' Creator

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After filming the first "Star Wars" movie with special effects far from special, George Lucas spent millions to develop a complete digital editing system to populate his sequels with armies of X-wing fighters and Gungan warriors. Then, he virtually gave it away.

Broadcast Anti-piracy Flag Issue Still Alive

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Hollywood plans to turn to Congress in its bid to add anti-piracy technology to digital TVs after an appeals court Friday struck down controversial new Federal Communications Commission rules.

To conquer Venus, try a plane with a brain

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CRUSHING atmospheric pressures, fierce winds, baking temperatures and acidic clouds have quickly destroyed every probe or lander ever sent to Venus. So the prospect of emulating the spectacular success of NASA's Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity on Venus might seem bleak. But there is hope.

FCC's Broadcast Flag Overturned

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Federal court strikes down regs that would limit viewers' ability to record and copy over-the-air hi-def TV programs.

Martian 'divining rod' deploys its first boom

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The first of three radar booms that will search for underground water on Mars has apparently deployed successfully aboard Europe's Mars Express spacecraft, despite fears that the boom would whip back and strike the craft. But the radar will not be functional until its twin deploys, an event currently scheduled for Sunday.

Gartner Discovers Potential IT Biggies

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Gartner, Inc. has highlighted seven technology providers it calls "cool vendors" that are developing emerging technologies to address increasing challenges. "XenSource's technology threatens to loosen Microsoft's grip on the PC market, and open up the PC for non-MS software that runs in conjunction with Windows. It's like an operating system for operating systems."

FCC boss proposes 911 for Internet phones

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U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin Martin has proposed requiring Internet-based telephone services to offer 911 emergency services to customers by as early as the end of September, people familiar with the plan said on Wednesday.

Twelve new moons for Saturn

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During a deep survey of the space around Saturn, astronomers have discovered 12 new moons (small irregular bodies about 3-7km in size) orbiting Saturn, in the opposite direction to its larger moons. This brings its number of natural satellites to 46. The key question is how they became captured by Saturn.

Scientists: Life on Mars Likely

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Not so long ago it was unthinkable for respectable scientists to talk about life on Mars, but now evidence is mounting to suggest biological processes and even life might be operating on the red planet.

Playing catch on tiny scale

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The neutrino, a seemingly magical, highly elusive particle, may hold clues to the Big Bang. A $55 million particle physics experiment in the abandoned Soudan mines of Duluth, Minn. is part of a worldwide effort to unravel it's secrets.

Activists push to recycle 'e-waste'

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When Earth Day dawned in 1970, optimistic environmentalists predicted emerging technologies would help reduce the nation's reliance on coal, oil, insecticides and other pollutants.

But 35 years later, a big part of the problem appears to be technology itself.

Designing a Jetson mobile

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Anthony Prozzi, a designer for Ford Motor, is keeping close watch as yet another new generation of technology-smitten youth grows up. It's this group of future customers he has in mind as he tries to anticipate what they'll want out of an automobile in 2020.

Human cells filmed instantly messaging

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Researchers at UCSD and UC Irvine have captured on video for the first time chemical signals that traverse human cells in response to tiny mechanical jabs, like waves spreading from pebbles tossed into a pond. Cells tugged in one direction sent biochemical signals in the opposite direction in the form of a signature pattern of fluorescent light.

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