Engineers for Australian cellphone provider Telstra say they recently found what was disrupting the mobile data network in several neighborhoods: a man's beer fridge. Technicians say an electric spark in the motor evidently created enough radio frequency noise to interfere with the network.
Zynga, the social game maker behind the popular FarmVille franchise, is struggling. It was late getting into the mobile phone market as gamers moved away from computers. It plans to layoff 18 percent of its workforce by the end of summer.
After nearly 30 years, the New Mexico landfill that famously was used to bury the game console maker's mistakes — the biggest being the game E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial — will be dug up by game developer Fuel Industries, which hopes to make a documentary about the project.
It's the fourth annual gathering of techies, open data believers and health policy wonks. Kojo broadcasts live from the Health Datapalooza in D.C. and explores new ways to harness government data to improve our health.
The book club regulars gather to chat about the best-sellingA Walk in the Woods, writer Bill Bryson's 1998 account of a hiking trip along the Appalachian Trail. Plus, journalist Deborah Blum joins the club to talk about the best science books to stash in your beach bag (or backpack).
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