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/ 16 May 2008

Olympics in sight after Pistorius wins appeal

Double-amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius won his appeal on Friday and can compete for a place in the Beijing Olympics. The Court of Arbitration (CAS) for Sport ruled that the 21-year-old South African is eligible to race against able-bodied athletes, overturning a ban imposed by the International Association of Athletics Federations.

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/ 14 May 2008

What do you want your phone to do?

What do you want your cellphone to be able to do? A Massachusetts Industry of Technology professor put that question to about 20 computer-science students this semester when he gave them one assignment: design a software program for cellphones that use Google’s upcoming Android mobile operating system.

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/ 28 April 2008

Meme genies and a meeting of minds

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston usually plays host to the world’s leading scientists, Nobel laureates and technological pioneers. But at the weekend it was overrun by more than 500 self-professed ”internet geeks”. They were attending ROFLCon, a web symposium which attempted to answer conundrums such as why so many people like watching animated hamsters dance.

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/ 20 November 2007

Part prison, part holiday camp

No prizes for guessing the least popular and most hassled men at Camp Striker near Baghdad. That would be the staff at Magic Island Technologies, who last week switched off the camp’s free wi-fi internet access. It may surprise to some to know that there is any internet access at an army camp inside a warzone.