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Does Your Local Mechanic Take Bitcoin?

about 1 year ago

What's the Latest Development? A tiny but growing number of small businesses are offering customers the option to pay for their purchases using Bitcoin. One owner, specialty grocer Adam Sah, says that two months after he began accepting the digital currency in late April, at least one customer ...

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Getting Wi-Fi To Rural Areas Via Balloon

about 1 year ago

What's the Latest Development? Last weekend, as part of its Project Loon, Google launched 30 balloons, which together helped provide basic broadband-like Internet access to 50 or so testers in the Christchurch area of New Zealand. The balloons hover about 12 miles above the Earth -- well out of ...

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Sign Of The Cat: The Cougar Is Back

about 1 year ago

What's the Latest Development? A century after becoming all but extinct east of the Rocky Mountains, cougars -- also known as mountain lions, pumas, and panthers, among other names -- are on the move, as evidenced by an increasing number of sightings in 11 Midwestern states as well as in ...