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Birth of a hornet

This slab of steel can fly at speeds of 1,190 mph. Watch how it’s birthed in this time lapse video.

Would you admit it if you had?

Be honest: have you ever responded to a spam e-mail? Do you know anyone who has?

It’s getting better all the time!

Some folks spend their waking hours exchanging Tweets. Others check in every now and then. Whether you’re one or the other, Tweetboard makes keeping up so much easier. It’s a message-board type application that runs on your website and displays on each page as a non-intrusive side-tab that you, or your site visitors, “slide out” on-demand and in real time. Best of all, it reformats Tweets into threaded conversations with unlimited nesting.

News you can use. Now.

From Facebook to Flickr to Twitter to Blogs, “do it yourself” media is outperforming the mainstream press. “Tweeting Under Fire” disaster researcher Jeannette Sutton shows how we create our own media during crises: accurate, real-time, and ahead of the curve.

Putting Google’s best face forward

Google is in PR overdrive as it finds itself in the midst of a rite of passage for powerful technology companies – regulators are intensely scrutinizing its every move, as they once did with AT&T, IBM, Intel and Microsoft.

Some analysts say that government opposition, here or in Europe, could pose the biggest threat to Google’s continued success. You may recall that last November, the Justice Department derailed an important partnership between Google and Yahoo over concerns it would cement Google’s dominance and reduce competition. Google now faces three new government antitrust investigations.

But on the other hand

Is it true that though Google may dominate search, it is but a small player in all the other businesses its entered? Meet someone who is paid to say Google isn’t so great.

Keeping an eye on the weasels of the world

The Watcher’s Council is a group of bloggers that rounds up and votes on the best of the blogs every week. And the envelope, please. This week’s winners are:

The Anchoress introduces us to “Auto-Tune the News”

News and politics … to a beat. “What is it about Couric and the way she reads news that makes her so perfectly suited to this?”

Don’t play with your food!

Here’s someone who ignored his Mom’s admonition!

Curiosities

A collection of amazing photos worth clicking through.

Twenty-five things about to become extinct in America: Dial-up Internet access isn’t the only thing going the way of the horse and buggy!

For serious campers only, these beasts or beauties (depending on your perspective) are the way to go. Click next to view more hot shots.

Most viewed political vids this week on You Tube

Here are the Top Three to get you started:

A community salutes its hero

And finally, take a few moments to watch hundreds of grateful Americans salute a hometown hero, Staff Sgt. John Beale.

This video was sent to me from a Georgia native who wrote, “Killed in action in Afghanistan the week before, the body of Staff Sergeant First Class John C. Beale was returned to Falcon Field in Peachtree City, Ga., just south of Atlanta, on June 11, 2009. The Henry County Police Department escorted the procession to the funeral home in McDonough, Ga. A simple notice in local papers indicated the road route to be taken and the approximate time. This was filmed during the procession by a State Trooper. The video was the idea of Georgia State Rep. Steve Davis.

“Nowadays one can be led to believe that America no longer respects honor and no longer honors sacrifice outside the military,” the reader wrote. “Be it known that there are many places in this land where people still recognize the courage and impact of total self-sacrifice. Georgia remains one of those graceful places. … Only watch this if you wish to have some of your faith in people restored. Please share widely.”

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