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Monday, July 16, 2018

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"Solar City Tower," a technological wonder built atop the island of Cotonduba will be the welcome symbol to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. 

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It will be seen by the game visitors and participants as they arrive by air or water.  The tower captures solar energy. It will supply energy for all of the Olympic city, as well as for part of Rio.  

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Now that Facebook has filed its paperwork to go public, we're getting our first real glimpse at the inner workings of the world's largest social networking website.   Let's set aside the potential for Facebook's valuation to get out hand. We're still several weeks away from actual deal pricing and retail investor reactions.

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Facebook is not going public because it needs to raise money, but by going public the company is giving its early investors a way out and its not going to be cheap.

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Treasure hunter Greg Brooks of Sub Sea Research in Gorham, Maine found a World War II shipwreck filled with platinum, now worth billions of dollars.  The wreckage of the SS Port Nicholson was found 50 miles off the east coast of the United States.   He says official records show it was carrying boxes of platinum bars - payment from the Soviet Union for US war supplies.  He thinks he's got underwater video footage that proves it. If the claim proves true, it could be one of the richest sunken treasures ever discovered.  But an attorney for the British government expressed doubt the vessel was carrying platinum. And if it was, in fact, laden with precious metals, who owns the hoard could become a matter of international dispute.

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The SS Port Nicholson was torpedoed and sunk by a German U-boat (submarine) in 1942, in an attack that killed six people.  The Atlantic was one of the main battlegrounds in World War II, because Britain and the Soviet Union relied on all sorts of supplies from the US.  Most of these came by ship and they could be easily attacked by German warships and U-boats.  Platinum is a precious metal that is usually more valuable than gold. 

 

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The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is the technology industry's annual mega-convention, bringing together more than 140,000 attendees to Las Vegas to see the latest and greatest products, services, and applications for your smart-phones. Some of the most innovative products found at CES 2012 include:

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LG OLED TV

For years, the future of TV display technology was said to be OLED (organic light-emitting display) technology, which offers excellent performance (absolute black levels, ultra-fast panel and excellent viewing angles) without the need for back-lighting. The technology is already used in many cellphone displays, but--after years of teasing 24- and 30-inch models--both LG and Samsung came to CES 2012 with full-size 55-inch OLED TVs that they're pledging to release before the end of the year.

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Following is a chronology of the development of the Internet: 

 

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