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EA, Zynga, Microsoft Support Challenge to Defense of Marriage Act

Three companies with major involvement in video games—EA, Zynga and Microsoft—have joined some 40 other companies, including the Gap, Google and Starbucks, along with several cities, including New York, Boston and Los Angeles, in filing a brief to support a legal challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act. The Act, signed into federal law in 1996, defines marriage as between a man and woman, restricting tax and health benefits from gay couples. The companies say the law is discriminatory, hurts morale and is onerous to comply with.

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Google deploying planes over cities for 3D maps

Google Inc is deploying a fleet of small, camera-equipped airplanes above several cities, the Internet search company’s latest step in its ambitious and sometimes controversial plan to create a digital map of the world.

Google plans to release the first three-dimensional maps for several cities by the end of the year, the company said at a news conference at its San Francisco offices on Wednesday.

Google declined to name the cities, but it showed a demonstration of a 3D map of San Francisco, in which a user can navigate around an aerial view of the city.

"We’re trying to create the illusion that you’re just flying over the city, almost as if you were in your own personal helicopter," said Peter Birch, a product manager for Google Earth.

Google’s head of engineering for its maps product, Brian McClendon, said the company was using a fleet of airplanes owned and operated by contractors and flying exclusively for Google.

Asked about potential privacy implications, McClendon said the privacy issues were similar to all aerial imagery and that the type of 45-degree-angle pictures that the planes take have been used for a long time.

Google has used airplanes to collect aerial photos in the past, such as following the 2010 San Bruno, Calif. gas-line explosion, but the latest effort marks the first time the company will deploy the planes in a systemic manner to build a standard feature in one of its products.

By the end of the year, Google said it expects to have 3D map coverage for metropolitan areas with a combined population of 300 million people. The first 3D cityscape will be available within weeks.

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Re:Fresh 25 - Very Blunt Stories

Another brand new Re:Fresh to tickle your Sunday. Today we’ll talk about cannibals, The Dutch, a Marine who got discharged for his comments on Facebook, and how discounted Subway subs could bring down the Romulus, Michigan police department. We’ll also talk about Apple’s recent security problems, the ousted Secret Service agents new job offer and the Wal-Mart Mexico bribery scandal. That’s not even half of the show! Tune in & check it out.

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Google, Facebook Spent Record Amounts On D.C. Lobbying In Q1 2012

More dollars were poured into the Beltway from technology companies in the first quarter of 2012. As shown through previous lobbying spends, each quarter, Facebook and Google continue to spend more and more on lobbying efforts in Washington D.C. In the most recent disclosure reports filed in the U.S. Senate’s lobbying database, both of the companies hit all time highs in terms of lobbying dollars.

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Re:Fresh 24 - Four Twenty Holiday Extravaganza!

It’s our 4/20 special recorded on April 20th 2012. We talk about President Obama’s recent trip to Columbia and America’s domestic drug policy, discuss Anonymous’ #OpCannabis, new changes to Michigan’s medical marijuana law and the Tupac hologram. We also read some tweets we’ve gotten, give some Tiwtter shutouts to our listeners and check out some porn parody movies….I kinda forget what else happened.  Pretend it’s 4/20 all over again and everyday all the time.

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Google Cloud Print can now “print” to an Android device or local FedEx store

Although modern computing devices and software offer much richer ways to consume, manipulate, and share content, there are still people who prefer to put their documents and images on slices of dead tree. Google introduced a service called Cloud Print in 2010 with the aim of helping said people print physical copies of their files from smartphones and Chromebooks.

Google Cloud Print got an update today with several new features, including improved Android integration and the ability to print a file to a local FedEx office. Google also announced that Canon has joined the lineup of hardware vendors who natively support the service.

Google Cloud Print allows users to associate their Google account with a printer, making it remotely accessible over the Internet. This feature works out of the box with “cloud-aware” printers that support Google’s protocol. It can also be used with “legacy” printers by using a software intermediary that runs on a computer. Canon, Epson, Kodak, and HP support the feature on some models.

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“We wouldn’t share this with Google for even $1 million,” says Bekrar. “We don’t want to give them any knowledge that can help them in fixing this exploit or other similar exploits. We want to keep this for our customers.”

Those customers, after all, don’t aim to fix Google’s security bugs or those of any other commercial software vendor. They’re government agencies who ­purchase such “zero-day” exploits, or hacking techniques that use undisclosed flaws in software, with the ­explicit ­intention of invading or disrupting the computers and phones of crime suspects and intelligence targets.

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Re:Fresh 19 - It’s Still Warm

Meth heads burn down a tree older then the Jesus, a crapload of stories about Anonymous and their exploits (lulz), somebody’s selling whale meat and you might be shocked to know who it is, and the Girl-Scouts attract the rage of the right. We talk about the mobile game HoboHunt, see how the PlayStation Vita is doing, talk about more stoner shit and Archer gets a 4th season.

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