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Codecademy, Google and DonorsChoose team up to get more girls studying Computer Science

Codecademy, the New York-based startup behind the learn-to-code platform of the same name, has teamed up with Google and online charityDonorsChoose to get more high-school girls interested in and studying computer science. Google.org, the philanthropic arm of technology giant Google, has pledged $1 million to the cause. When a student completes one of the courses specially designed by Codecademy, they’ll receive ...

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Microwave helmet ‘can spot a stroke’

Scientists say they have devised a helmet that can quickly determine whether a patient has had a stroke. It could speed diagnosis and treatment of stroke to boost chances of recovery, the scientists say. The wearable cap bounces microwaves off the brain to determine whether there has been a bleed or clot deep inside. The Swedish scientists who made the ...

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France is the first World Cup team to be awarded a goal using goal-line technology

France has the honor of being the first soccerfootball team to be aided by FIFA’s new goal-line technology, after it was used to award a goal in yesterday’s World Cup 2014 match against Honduras. While the initial shot from French forward Karim Benzema struck the post and didn’t cross the line, the whole of the ball did go over after it ricocheted off unfortunate Honduras ...

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8 personal branding hacks to help increase your online visibility

Becoming interesting isn’t just about learning how to become a good conversationalist. You need stories to tell. And the way you communicate those stories on the Internet is through content. Personal branding online is not about you, it’s about your content. I realized it early in my career. In every job and at every stage of my life, I had unique content that ...

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Google buying Skybox Imaging for satellite photos and to beam internet access to Earth

Today Google announced that it had signed an acquisition agreement for Skybox Imaging, a satellite company, for $500 million in cash. In a blog post Google explained the acquisition: Skybox’s satellites will help keep Google Maps accurate with up-to-date imagery. Over time, we also hope that Skybox’s team and technology will be able to help improve Internet access and disaster relief — ...

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Google is to start building its own self-driving cars

Google is to start building its own self-driving cars, rather than modifying vehicles built by other manufacturers. The car will have a stop-go button but no controls, steering wheel or pedals. Pictures of the Google vehicle show it looks like a city car with a “friendly” face, designed to make it seem non-threatening and help people accept self-driving technology. Co-founder ...

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Glenn Greenwald to Publish Names of US citizens that NSA Spied On Illegally

Two weeks ago, it was revealed that NSA has been reportedly intercepting and accessing routers, servers, and other computer networking hardware to plant data gathering “backdoors” and other spywares before they were exported and delivered to the international customers. Now, the journalist Glenn Greenwald is set to publish a list of names of those U.S citizens who have been illegally spied on by ...

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Twitter tries out ‘mute’ feature for irritating tweets

Twitter is trialling a feature in its mobile apps that allows users to mute accounts that are becoming irritating. Unlike the block function, which is designed to stop communications with an undesirable user completely, muting is intended to be temporary. It will mean users can block out people who, for example, live tweet football matches every weekend, or post about ...

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