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Jetport sees large increase in passengers leaving from Portland

The totals were up 6.7 percent over the same month in 2013, while the ‘load factor’ for flights also increased.

‘Olympics’ engage Danforth students in community

Students at East Grand School in Danforth tackle community service projects as part of school’s Academic Olympics.

FBI Drone Deployment Timeline

An anonymous reader writes “The FBI insists that it uses drone technology to conduct surveillance in ‘very limited circumstances.’ What those particular circumstances are remain a mystery, particularly since the Bureau refuses to identify instances where agents deployed unmanned aerial vehicles, even as far back as 2006. In a letter to Senator Ron Paul last July, the FBI indicated that it had used drones a total of ten times since late 2006—eight criminal cases and two national security cases—and had authorized drone deployments in three additional cases, but did not actually fly them. The sole specific case where the FBI is willing to confirm using a drone was in February 2013, as surveillance support for a child kidnapping case in Alabama. New documents obtained by MuckRock as part of the Drone Census flesh out the timeline of FBI drone deployments in detail that was previously unavailable. While heavily redacted—censors deemed even basic facts that were already public about the Alabama case to be too sensitive for release, apparently—these flight orders, after action reviews and mission reports contain new details of FBI drone flights.”

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Camden schools to keep custodians

CAMDEN, Maine — The Camden-Rockport school system will retain its custodians. The School Administrative District 28 board voted unanimously Wednesday night to forego outsourcing its custodial services to a private company even though the board chairman said it would save up to $370,000 over three years. The board received a …

Poof! Speakers Disappear at Bang & Olufsen’s Concept Store

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If Admiral Ackbar had anything to say about Bang & Olufsen‘s new concept store in Midtown Manhattan, it would be, “It’s a trap!”

That’s because the high-end audio-visual company has designed its store as a lure. In the window are the shiny, seemingly affordable products from the company’s sister brand, B&O PlayHeadphones, wireless speakers and earbuds are prominent … and beckoning.


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The front of the Bang & Olufsen concept store features products from the B&O Play brand.

Image: Mashable, Will Fenstermaker

But that’s just stage one. Once an interested passerby enters, Bang & Olufsen snares them with the second zone: a wall where beautiful high-end speakers appear out of nowhere. Individual sections of the wall revolve to beautifully reveal models, such as the BeoLab 18 and BeoLab 17, and — thanks to Wi-Fi — with no wires in sight. Read more…

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Pinterest’s “Choose Your Own Adventure” Could Be A Travel Product

Pinterest_travel.jpg Pinterest’s upcoming news event, dubbed “Choose Your Own Adventure,” may not be directly related to the company’s efforts in the personalization space, but rather the announcement of a consumer-facing travel product, we’re hearing. The launch will be aimed at attracting more men to Pinterest’s service, which is today overwhelmingly female. Read More

Samsung Saw Opportunity in Steve Jobs’ Death, Emails Reveal

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It’s not a smoking gun in legal terms, but a series of emails that leaked out of the ongoing Apple v. Samsung trial Wednesday certainly didn’t show the South Korean tech giant in the best possible moral light

The email thread between several Samsung executives begins on October 4, 2011, the day Apple launched the iPhone 4S. Michael Pennington, then the company’s VP of sales for North America, complained that “it continues to be Samsung’s position to avoid attacking Apple directly, due to their status as a large customer” (of Samsung processors), according to court documents uploaded here by the Wall Street Journal here [PDF]. Read more…

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GoPro Project Claims Technology Is Making People Lose Empathy For Homeless

EwanPalmer (2536690) writes “A project involving GoPro cameras and people living on the streets of San Francisco has suggests technology is making people feel less compassionate towards the homeless. Started by Kevin F Adler, the Homeless GoPro project aims to ‘build empathy through a first-hand perspective’ by strapping one of the cameras onto homeless volunteers to document their lives and daily interactions. One of the volunteers, Adam Reichart, said he believes it is technology which is stopping people feel sympathy towards people living on the street as it’s easier to have ‘less feelings when you’re typing something’ than looking at them in the eye”

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Yahoo Nominates One Of Its Co-Founders, A Stock Guru, And A Former Walmart CEO To Its Board

Screen Shot 2014-04-16 at 4.33.46 PM Call it Yahoo’s version of the butcher, the baker, and the candlestick maker. The venerable Internet firm today announced a trio of nominations to its board that could round out the sort of folks keeping tabs on its focus. Most interesting among the nominations is David Filo, a Yahoo co-founder. Read More

Ad Company Tremor Video Now Offers Automated Campaign Optimization Across Screens

tremor video Tremor Video, a video ad company that went public last year, has announced a new product that should take a lot of headache and uncertainty out of running ad campaigns across desktops, tablets, smartphones, and Internet-connected TVs. Cross-screen advertising is a big buzzword (buzzphrase?) right now, but Tremor CTO Steven Lee said that when it comes to running a campaign, there’s still a… Read More