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    Microsoft said it has reached an agreement to acquire the handset and services business of Nokia for more than $7.1 billion, in an effort to transform Microsoft’s business for a mobile era that has largely passed it by. Microsoft will also license Nokia's patent portfolio. 32,000 Nokia employees will join Microsoft as part of the deal.
    Stephen Elop, the chief executive of Nokia and a former Microsoft executive, will rejoin Microsoft, setting him up as a potential successor for Steven A. Ballmer, who has said he will retire as chief executive of Microsoft within 12 months after a successor is found. It was my favourite phone, Nokia!!
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    Students and teachers celebrated Monday at Dickinson High School in Milltown, Dela. They built a LEGO tower that’s 11 stories high! The tower measures 112 feet and 11.75 inches and is officially the tallest LEGO tower in the world, as affirmed by Guinness World Records. Students throughout the Wilmington, Delaware school district built sections of the tower, made up of about 500,000 donated Lego bricks.
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    After Phoenix resident Tim Lake had an Amazon package stolen from his front porch, he embarked on a tongue-in-cheek crusade to bring the thief to justice, complete with a sarcastic wanted poster and a mock-tearful appearance on local television.
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    Ever wanted to take pictures like an astronaut? Now's your chance. There's an original Hasselblad 500EL Electric Camera kit has appeared on eBay. Just like the ones that were used on the lunar Apollo missions. Anyhoo, back to this camera on eBay. This IS actually the same camera as the ones used by NASA astronauts. However, after Hassy produced it for NASA in 1969, it was given as a gift to the then-President of Hasselblad, and then regifted to the company’s Head Canadian Distributor. It’s been sitting in a private collection… until now. The pack comes with everything you could need from lenses to promotional booklets, and the camera is both in working order and excellent condition. According to Setadel, less pristine versions have sold for over $100,000, so this is technically a pretty good deal.The gear itself has custom enhancements that make the pieces easier for astronauts to use, namely larger knobs and controls that can be handled while wearing large and bulky spacesuit gloves. Hasselblad NASA Moon camera on eBay for $75,000, the auction ending tomorrow. No bids yet!
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    A baby Zonkey, a cross between a Zebra and a donkey, named Ippo has been born at an animal reserve in Florence, Italy.  The father is a zebra that was adopted by the animal reserve after he was rescued from a failing zoo. The mother is a Donkey of Amiata, an endangered animal species. Serena Aglietti, one of the employees at the reserve, said in a statement, "Ippo is the only one of her kind in Italy."
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    A team of paleontologists have discovered the fossilized remains of a 72 million-year-old dinosaur tail in a desert in Coahuila, Mexico. The 5 meter long (16 feet) tail was the first ever found in Mexico.
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    At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan a Proton-M rocket with DM-03 upper stage, carrying three Russian Glonass-M navigation satellites(fortunately unmanned) went out of control, exploded and crashed at 8:38 AM local time, July 2 2013.
    The rocket propellant used is the hypergolic oxidizer dinitrogen tetroxide with the toxic and carcinogenic fuel unsymmetrical dimethylhydrazine, which leads to the brown smoke, massive fireball, and inevitable environmental contamination during the crash.
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    Apple iOS 7 is currently available as a beta for developers, Apple will release the final version of iOS 7 in the fall. The new iOS 7 will be announced in September at the same time as the new iPhone 5S. It looks like Apple iOS 7 has already been jailbroken by developer Ryan Petrich who posted a photo online from a jailbroken iPod Touch running Apple iOS 7 Beta on Twitter last night.
    He didn’t say too much about it. In fact, he didn’t acknowledge the jailbreak at all. He simply wrote “System version too new?” in reference to an error he received when attempting to run Activator.
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    Recently, a creature was caught by Mars rover Curiosity. The creature in the photo looks like a lizard or rodent, or it may be just a rock. As there is a little amount of water on Mars, it's possible to find such desert animals wandering around.
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    YouTube has added a feature that lets you make any video into a slow-mo video. You can now select a slow motion feature on your videos from the YouTube editor, have a look at the videos below which shows YouTube videos with and without the feature.
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    The Yahoo board has approved a deal to pay $1.1 billion in cash for the blogging site Tumblr, according to The Wall Street Journal. Yahoo has now officially confirmed that it is buying blogging platform Tumblr for $1.1 billion mostly in cash. Yahoo have said that Tumblr will keeps its independence, and Tumblr founder David Karp had the following tom say about the Yahoo takeover of the company. Founder David Karp, he wrote:
    We’re not turning purple. Our headquarters isn’t moving. Our team isn’t changing. Our roadmap isn’t changing. And our mission – to empower creators to make their best work and get it in front of the audience they deserve – certainly isn’t changing.”
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    The world’s first 3D-printed plastic handgun created by Cody Wilson of nonprofit organization Defense Distributed.
    "Wilson’s weapon is almost entirely plastic: Fifteen of its 16 pieces have been created inside an $8,000 second-hand Stratasys Dimension SST 3D printer, a machine that lays down threads of melted polymer that add up to precisely-shaped solid objects just as easily as a traditional printer lays ink on a page. The only non-printed piece is a common hardware store nail used as its firing pin."
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    The newly redesigned $100 note will begin circulating on October 8, 2013.
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    "A runner’s videocamera captures the first explosion at the Boston Marathon on Monday. At least three people are dead and over 140 people injured following the blast."
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    A Dragon Bridge over the Han River in Da Nang was opened for traffic last week. Work began on the Dragon Bridge in July 2009, which is 666 metres long and 37.5 metres wide, with six lanes for traffic. Costing VND1.7 trillion (around £55m, $85m), on special occasions, the dragon is capable of releasing bursts of fire from its mouth and can spit water.
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    Heidi Coxshall, 30, and Paul Bellas, 42 from Jersey, married as Shrek and Princess Fiona from the Shrek animated films. Their four-year-old son Leo dressed as Donkey on the day.
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    Multimillionaire Dennis Tito has created a nonprofit group called Inspiration Mars and green-lit a program to send a single couple on a 501-day trip around the red planet and return to earth, beginning in January 5th, 2018. The mission is described as "high-risk", which is to be expected when you lock a married couple in a cramped capsule for a year and a half. Under the audacious but bare-bones plan, the spacecraft would blast off less than five years from now and pass within 100 miles of the Martian surface. The cost was not disclosed, but outsiders put it at more than $1 billion.
    "A celestial harmony makes such a plan feasible -- a once-every-15-years alignment of Earth and Mars wherein a modest craft can shoot there and back with minimal fuel.
    The risks of this mission soar beyond those NASA would allow, said Tito adviser Jonathan Clark, a former NASA space doctor now at the Baylor College of Medicine.
    Beyond low Earth orbit, cosmic radiation rises dramatically, upping the risk of cancer. If illness or injury occur, there is no hospital for millions of miles, no chance to abort, and no escape.
    The nearly 18-month trip will cover 818 million miles.
    Time spent within 60,000 miles of Mars: 10 hours."
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    The sculpture made from 850 yellow sky lanterns is 300m long(about 1,000 feet in length) stretches from the junction of Upper Cross Street and South Bridge Road to Sago Street, was installed in Singapore’s Chinatown.
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    Meteorite explosions in the skies of Russia's Urals region has sparked panic in three major cities. Witnesses said that houses shuddered, windows were blown out and cellphones stopped working.
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    A stretch of Australia's Sunshine Coast has been blanketed in sea foam, swept ashore by the remnants of a tropical cyclone that struck Australia last week. (Jan. 28)
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