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Richard Branson’s plan to explore the world’s deepest oceans is scrapped

Sir Richard Branson’s lofty ambitions to explore the limits of earth — in both directions — have been put on ice. After Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo crashed during testing earlier this year, company representatives have confirmed that Virgin Oceanic’s goal of diving to the deepest part of the ocean has been put on indefinite hold.

Virgin Oceanic set out a grand goal when it was first announced in 2011. The project aimed to use an 18-foot deep-sea submarine to “fly” along the floor of the world’s deepest oceans. The plan was to carry out five dives — one each to the deepest points of all five of our planet’s oceans — in the space of two years. Branson himself intended to pilot the sub’s second mission, to the Puerto Rico trench in the…

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Obama’s immigration plan comes up short for Silicon Valley

President Barack Obama last night announced sweeping plans to overhaul the nation’s immigration system, including provisions that would make it easier for foreign-born entrepreneurs and engineers to stay in the US. The initiative, implemented under the president’s executive authority, promises to stop deportation and provide work permits for nearly 5 million undocumented immigrants. It also includes minor tweaks to streamline the green card process for visa holders, but Silicon Valley executives have expressed dismay that the plan doesn’t do more to keep skilled foreign workers in the US.

“I will make it easier and faster for high-skilled immigrants, graduates and entrepreneurs to stay and contribute to our economy, as so many business…

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Tim Wu says Obama’s net neutrality plan is “bold, courageous, and just obvious”

It’s huge news today that President Obama has come out in support of strong net neutrality and open internet rules based on Title II of the Telecommunications Act. But while the basics are simple, there’s lots to understand underneath the surface, so I called Tim Wu, the man who originally coined the phrase net neutrality, for some quick insight. Here’s our conversation, lightly edited for clarity.

So what’s your first take on the news?

“It takes someone who’s not deep in the game to say this is the obvious thing”

Well, the President has gone all in. He’s taken a look at it and said, “Why are we doing these half measures?” Why not just do the most obvious thing, which is a bright line net neutrality rule using the strongest authority…

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Plan BEY Kicks Off a Creative Empire in Beirut: One team builds a cluster of imaginative new establishments in a rising neighborhood

Plan BEY Kicks Off a Creative Empire in Beirut


by Caroline Kinneberg Beirut is a city defined by its contrasts and constant evolution. One neighborhood where this becomes most apparent is Mar Mikhael. Previously a jumble of car repair shops, the area now overflows with trendy restaurants and bars. In December 2010…

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Plan to split California into six states fails to get on the 2016 ballot

The enormous state of California will not be split up into six individual states as part of an initiative that might have made it onto the November 2016 ballot. That proposal failed to get enough votes today, reports The Los Angeles Times, making an earthquake the more likely candidate for creating divisions in the most populous state in the US. The idea was pitched by venture capitalist Tim Draper late last year as a way to give certain regions of the state better political representation. In a proposal to the California Attorney General, Draper said the state had become “ungovernable” due to the uneven spread of “enormous and diverse economies.”

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French company Iliad wants to buy T-Mobile and ruin Sprint’s grand plan

We may soon see a bidding war for T-Mobile. French telecom company Iliad has put in a $ 15 billion, all-cash bid for the company that would give it a controlling stake of 56.6 percent. The news throws a huge wrench into the months-long narrative that Sprint is preparing to buy its smaller competitor. T-Mobile parent Deutsche Telekom and Sprint have already reached a tentative agreement that would ultimately combine the third and fourth place US carriers, according to previous reports. But Iliad gives T-Mobile another path in taking the fight to its rivals. The Wall Street Journal first reported Iliad’s interest in T-Mobile on Thursday afternoon.

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Samsung’s Milk Music gets $3.99 monthly premium plan to skip unlimited songs

Samsung’s streaming internet radio service Milk has been free of advertising since its launch, though as part of a new update has added the option to pay to skip more tracks and download music to play without an internet connection. The new “premium service” (spotted by Android Police) runs $ 3.99 a month, and upgrades users from six song skips per hour to unlimited. Users also get a sleep timer, as well as the option to turn its curated station DJs on or off. Samsung accidentally outed its premium service back in April inside an infographic posted on its corporate blog, though the feature was described only as a way to remove advertisements, which free users still do not hear.

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How Apple and Google plan to reinvent healthcare

Mike Dittenber had always wanted to go skydiving. There was only one problem: “At my heaviest I clocked in around 330 pounds,” says Dittenber, a technical writer from Michigan. “That’s above the weight restriction for a tandem jump.” During a doctor’s visit last spring, he got some more bad news. “I had delayed getting a physical for a while, but eventually I had to. Turned out I was borderline diabetic and right on the cusp of hypertension.” His doctor warned him that if he didn’t get his…

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Parking spot startup vows to fight San Francisco’s plan to shut it down

An Italian startup that lets people buy and sell city-owned parking spots to one another plans to ignore efforts to crack down on its business and those who use it. Monkey Parking today said will keep offering a way for people in public spots to “sell” their spot to another user of the service before vacating it, something that has typically been an open market for any nearby driver who happens upon it. Earlier this week, San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera sent out cease-and-desist letters to Monkey Parking and two local startups, warning them that that handoff between drivers was illegal and could net up to a $ 300 ticket. Herrera also warned that the company could be subject to $ 2,500 fine for each of those violation as part of…

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The FCC’s plan to overhaul rural broadband escapes court battle

A plan to bring partially-subsidized, high speed broadband to approximately 7 million households is back on track today following a federal appeals court ruling. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver rejected challenges from a number of telecommunications companies on a plan by the Federal Communication Commission to bring high-speed internet to residents in rural parts of the US.

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