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The Arc de Triomphe, Paris, as seen in Google Street View
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Google fined €100,000 by French privacy watchdog

Google have received their first fine for illegally gathering and storing users’ personal data while using Google Street View vehicles. Google “mistakenly” gathered data from unsecured personal WiFi networks in more than thirty countries, including Ireland - something which was officially admitted to in October 2010.
NASA Goddard satellite image of Pacific as tsunami passes
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NASA issues satellite imagery of tsunami hit Sendai, Japan & Pacific

NASA has dispatched its array of Earth monitoring satellites over the Japanese mainland to capture images of the devistation caused by Friday's earthquakes and resulting tsunamis. One image, which was recorded 24 hours after the 8.9 magnitude megaquake by NASA's MODIS Rapid Response Team, shows large sections of the eastern Japanese coast still inundated with tsunami flood water. A fire, surrounded by flood water, can also be seen raging in the top centre portion of the image.
Japanese Sandai Earthquake
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NASA shows location & intensity of Japanese earthquakes, aftershocks and foreshocks

NASA’s Earth Observatory has issued a map documenting the number of earthquakes, foreshocks and aftershocks that have rocked Japan this week. According to NASA the tsunami that resulted from the 8.9 magnitude quake occurred 24.4 kilometers (15.2 miles) below the seabed, 130 kilometers (80 miles) east of Sendai. The earthquake was preceded by a number of smaller foreshocks which began on March 9, including one that measured 7.2 on the Richter scale.
Programme for Government 2011
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Is Ireland’s new government taking Cloud Computing advice from Microsoft?

The new Irish government plans to establishment the country as a “leader in the emerging I.T. market of cloud computing”, just as Microsoft suggested it should.At the beginning of the year Microsoft Ireland published the results of a survey by Goodbody Economic Consultants which looked at the potential benefits of The Cloud to Ireland. The report suggested that private and public bodies in the country need to act quickly to reap the benefits of the cloud computing.
Ben Parr, co-editor of Mashable
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Fifth Dublin Web Summit kicks off tomorrow evening #dws5

The fifth Dublin Web Summit in an increasingly successful series is due to start tomorrow, March 8, with another distinguished list of speakers due to address the event at the Chartered Accountants House on Dublin’s Pearse Street. Prominent speakers include Ben Parr, co-editor of Mashable, Stefan Glaenzer, founder of Last.fm, and Dan Cobley, Google’s European marketing director.
CSO Journey of a census form Credit: Cesus.ie
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How the 2011 Irish census works #infographic

With only a short time to go to the 2011 census night on April 10 the Central Statistics Office has released an infographic explaining how this year’s form was created.According to the graphic over 2 million census forms will be printed this year, these will be delivered to every home in the country from 440 regional offices. After the April 10 census night the forms will be collected, scanned and analysed for publication by the CSO from July.
International Space Station
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Image of the International Space Station as it orbits sky over Ireland

With clear skies forecast for this week across much of Ireland an excellent opportunity presents itself for amateur astronomers to catch a glimpse of the International Space Station as it orbits earth and passes over Ireland. One such sighting opportunity occurred at 19:53 this evening, and although slightly unprepared, I managed to capture this light trail as the space station hurtled past.
National Botanic Gardens in Dublin, Ireland
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Explore the National Botanic Gardens in Dublin with Google Street View

Last year Google made available 80,000 kilometres of panoramic imagery of Irish streets and roads to access freely in Google Street View. Along with the Google car, Google utilised the Trike to capture difficult, inaccessible areas of special interest. Today we see one such release as images of the National Botanic Gardens in Dublin are introduced, allowing path-by-path exploration of the beautiful plant collection.
Dublin Bus real-time passenger information display
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Dublin Bus begins roll-out of real-time passenger information system

Dublin City Council, in conjunction with Dublin Bus, have begun the roll out of a real-time passenger information service in Ireland’s capital yesterday, with electronic information signs becoming operational at ten Dublin-north bus stops. It is expected that two-hundred and fifty signs will become operational by the end of the summer, and four-hundred and fifty by the end of the year.
Steve Jobs via Wikipedia
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Apple’s Valentine’s present – will it announce iPad2 next week [Rumor]

Apple will announce details of the iPad2 on Valentine’s day, ahead of an April 2011 release, if rumors reported by the Apple fan blog Apple Insider are true. According to Apple Insider, Apple will announce details of the pending release of the second generation iPad at a special event next week. The event has apparently been called to formally launch iOS 4.3 and its new in-app subscription model.
Attached AIB ATM skimming device
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Gardaí warn of sophisticated AIB ATM skimming scam in operation

Gardaí and the National Consumer agency today warned ATM consumers to careful of very convincing skimming devices that have been found attached to AIB ATMs. Devises have been found fitted over the newer-style AIB ATMs which convincingly mimic the design of the distinctive green AIB ATM card slots. The only give away that the skimming device are attach is the square ‘handle’ on the top of the card slot.
Freesat
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Channel 4’s 4HD available on Freesat this April

Freesat, providers of subscription-free satellite TV, have today announced that Channel 4’s 4HD will be arriving on Freesat this April, bringing the total number of high definition channels available on the service to four. Currently BBC One HD, BBC HD, and ITV 1 HD are offered.
NASA image of Tropical Cyclone Yasi
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NASA satellite image shows the huge scale of Tropical Cyclone Yasi

NASA has mobilised its Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) Terra satellite to track the massive Tropical Cyclone Yasi, which is currently heading for Australia’s Queensland cost. According to NASA the tropical cyclone is approaching Cairns, Queensland, at about 165kmph (90 knots) and is due to make landfall early tomorrow morning Queensland time.
QR code in Today FM advertisement in the Irish Daily Mail (24/01/11)
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Are QR codes ready for mainstream adoption?

Although the editorial content of the Irish Daily Star isn’t particularly interesting in my opinion, one half-page advertisement on page fourteen of yesterday’s publication caught my attention. The advertisement contained nothing more than an image of one man’s bald head with a note saying “Warning: Coming to a head near you”, and cleverly a QR code placed neatly in the top-right-hand corner. So once again we ask the question - are QR codes popular enough to use in mainstream media?
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