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Having failed to buy Yahoo, Microsoft buys itself instead

I guess they need to do something with all the spare money they have, so they’re buying their own shares. BBC NEWS | Business | Microsoft unveils $40bn buy-back

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In times of recession: eat chocolate

That’s the conclusion I draw from the news today that Thorntons has revealed annual profits have risen nearly 20% to £8.5m. Although the Thorntons PR spin is “There’s room for pleasure and a little bit of indulgence in everyone’s life”, … Continue reading

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Summer was officially crap

As if we didn’t already know it. “This August has been the dullest in the UK since records began – with just 105.5 hours of sunshine, against an average for the month of 165 hours.” BBC NEWS | Magazine | … Continue reading

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How to swat a fly

“The research suggests that the best way of swatting a fly is to creep up slowly and aim ahead of its location.” Well, duh. I bet those researchers spent months trying to work out how to get the last ship … Continue reading

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Official Scrabble to come to Facebook

A piece I’ve written for Inside Facebook on the official version of Scrabble to be released by EA and Mattel. It’s Official – You’ll Soon be Able to Play Scrabble on Facebook

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Fry-ups are good for you

That’s the obvious conclusion from this BBC news article. Although this “discovery” is somewhat less than startling: “Dr Jakubowicz reported that the big breakfasters said they felt less hungry, particularly in the mornings.” BBC NEWS | Health | Big breakfast … Continue reading

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Floyd inflatable pig goes missing

A reward has been offered for a giant inflatable pig which floated into the Californian desert during a concert by Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters. This isn’t one of Roger Waters’s best quotes: “Waters said ‘that’s my pig’ as it … Continue reading

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Plane touches wings to runway on landing

I may have gone off air travel after watching this plane attempting to land in Hamburg today and scraping its wings along the runway:

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Thirsty people and blood donors to pay more to drive

“A new generation of road camera which can deduce how many people are in a car is to be tested for the first time.” “The new camera developed at Loughborough University can see how many people are in a car … Continue reading

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Breaking news: the back side of Mercury is just as boring as the front

I’m sure it’s “revolutionary” (or not, because otherwise they wouldn’t have had to fly past it…) that we now know what the back side of Mercury looks like, but it doesn’t seem to be too attractive or different from any … Continue reading

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