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TomTom does the dream-job-onna-island bit

Yet another competition for a dream job on a tropical island has sprung up: now satnav biz TomTom is offering two weeks of mapping and holidaying to five groups of five people this summer.
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Britain's military techies honoured with new combat IT awards

Military techies have been honoured for the first time in an awards ceremony for British soldiers that provide the IT infrastructure necessary to modern warfare and peacekeeping missions.
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Dead Apple titan Steve Jobs, a flippin' in his grave

QuotW This was the week in which Apple supremo Tim Cook managed to spin Steve Jobs' constant flip-flopping on new product ideas sound like a good thing.
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White AMERICANS will have become MEKON brain-men by 3000AD

Certain Americans' heads are getting larger at a "dramatic" rate, say researchers at the Forensic Anthropology Center at the University of Tennesse, citing a 6.8 per cent increase in skull length in the past 100 years across their sample.
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R is ready for big data

Statistical analysis has been around since mainframes were introduced to academia and corporations back in the 1960s.
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Google gobbles retail reputation ranker

Google has beefed up its online retailing smarts by acquiring KikScore, a US company that ascribes scores to e-commerce businesses based on their level of reputation and trustworthiness. The acquisition, for an undisclosed sum, is a Google acquire- and-shutdown special with the service being discontinued from June 28. Under the terms of the deal Google bought KikScore’s service, platform, technology and other assets but will not be taking on staff or management.
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SETI experiment succeeds: fails to find aliens

If there are sentient aliens on the “habitable zone” planet circling Gliese 581, they’re not calling out to us. That’s the conclusion of Western Australian astronomers, who have released the results of a targeted SETI-hunt using Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI) to sniff out radio signals from the distant red dwarf.

Facebook open sources production code

Facebook has released Folly, a collection of what it describes as “reusable C++ library artifacts developed and used at Facebook.”