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President Obama creating task force to save bee population from collapse

The Obama administration is taking steps to save bees from extinction. In a memorandum released on Friday, the White House is seeking to create a new task force to investigate the effects of new insecticides on bees and other crucial pollinators. The group will have 180 days to produce a strategy to curb the rapid die-off scientists have observed in the last decade.

The memorandum directs the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to research how neonicotinoids, a special class of insecticide, is linked to bee colony collapse. The USDA has already reported that 31 percent of commercial US bee colonies died off or disappeared in 2012, and the trend has continued since then, causing alarm among food producers who depend on bees to…

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Google CEO: people won’t ‘collapse in terror’ when someone uses Glass in a bathroom

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Google CEO Larry Page has again moved to reassure consumers over the privacy implications of Google Glass. Speaking at the company’s annual shareholder meeting, Page told investors that privacy fears will fade as people begin to integrate wearable technology into their lives, noting “it is not that big a concern.” Comparing Glass use to taking a photo or video on a smartphone, the Google chief said “you don’t collapse in terror that someone might be using Glass in the bathroom just the same as you don’t collapse in terror when someone comes in with a smartphone that might take a picture.”

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Wii U sales collapse with ‘well under’ 100,000 sold in January

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Nintendo has already cut its forecasts for the Wii U after sales failed to meet expectations, and we’re now seeing the extent of the console’s poor performance in the US. The NPD group has released its report for January video game sales and, while it isn’t providing specific hardware numbers, a Gamasutra source says that the Wii U sold “well under” 100,000 units. Nintendo previously announced that it sold 460,000 systems in December, suggesting that demand has dropped off considerably among customers who hadn’t already decided to buy the console at launch.

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