Stratasys buys Makerbot 3-D printing company for $400 million

Stratasys announced Wednesday that it will acquire Makerbot, effectively merging two of the biggest names in the 3-D printing industry. The $403 million deal will allow Stratasys (SSYS) to compete more in the consumer 3-D printing space. Makerbot makes less expensive systems for hobbyists, though they’re not exactly cheap — the Makerbot Repolicator 2 sells for $2,199. “Makerbot has impressive […]

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Farm failure bill portends problems for immigration in the House

Momentum in the Senate may be building for passage of a comprehensive immigration reform bill after a border security deal was announced this week, but House GOP opposition to immigration legislation remains the biggest roadblock to a bill getting to the president’s desk, and that opposition only appears to be hardening. Senate immigration deal includes tougher border security The messy […]

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PRISM 2.0: US Air Force Hunts Dirty Electrons With Big Data

Imagine turning the eye of the once-clandestine PRISM electronic surveillance program operated by the National Security Agency from people to electric power? The U.S. Air Force has recruited a team of engineering and software companies to develop a new energy management system for Eglin Air Force Base in Florida that brings the benefits of big data to enhancing the military’s […]

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Company Unmasks Anonymous Web Visitors For A Price. Then Shuts Down.

Imagine you visit a company’s website, do not log in, fill out any forms, volunteer your email address or otherwise identify yourself. After you leave the page, someone calls you to offer the company’s goods or services. Creepy, or clever marketing? Generating such customer leads is the business of Relead, a Santa Monica, Calif. site. “Convert anonymous web visitors into […]

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Apple arrives (late?) to music streaming with iTunes Radio

A pioneer in sales of digital music, Apple on Monday became a late entrant in the booming music-streaming wars. When its iTunes Radio feature launches this fall along with a new version of Apple’s mobile operating system, it will go head-to-head with established competitors such as Pandora and Rdio, as well as other tech heavyweights in Facebook-affiliated Spotify, Twitter Music […]

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Apple banned from selling some iPhones and iPads after Samsung patent win

Apple won the biggest battle in its endless patent war with Samsung, but now it’s Samsung’s turn to be victor. A trade agency ruled Tuesday that several older Apple products violate a Samsung patent and can’t be sold within the United States. The International Trade Commission’s long-awaited ruling bans Apple from importing or selling the AT&T (T, Fortune 500)-compatible models […]

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Domino’s tests drone pizza delivery

In perhaps the first bit of “technological research” to involve flying pepperoni, Domino’s has developed a drone capable of delivering pizzas. While the idea is likely just a PR stunt, a Domino’s (DPZ) franchise in the United Kingdom posted a video on Monday of the unmanned “DomiCopter” actually delivering two pizzas in the company’s signature Heatwave bags. A spokesman for […]

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