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Facebook announces ‘graph search’ feature

Facebook has announced that it will be transforming its search engine into what is called a “graph search”.

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Third Street Brewhouse born in Cold Spring

A new look, a new product and a new way of doing business.

These ideas are shaping the concept of Third Street Brewhouse, a division of the Cold Spring Brewing Company.

Since the launch of the new business concept in early June, the craft beer manufacturer has been the much needed jump start the Cold Spring Brewing Company has needed.

Cold Spring Brewing Company was brewing a mediocre beer in outdated equipment, said vice president and general manager Doug DeGeest.

And he was sick of it.

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Prices vary between local grocery stores

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If you’re a poor college student with a poor diet, you might be able to chalk it up to your grocery store.

In a survey of over 50 items between the Coborn’s Superstore in the Southside neighborhood and Cash Wise East across the river, Coborn’s charges an average of more than 10 percent more for produce, meat, household goods and more.

Fresh fruit and vegetables cost an average of over 14 percent at Coborn’s, and personal care items average even higher.

“Coborn’s and Cash Wise have different operating models,” said Emily Coborn,  communications manager at Coborn’s, Inc. “They’re essentially different grocery chains, even though they’re owned by Coborn’s.”

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“Bing It On” challenge

Microsoft’s Bing.com is hoping to have heard the phrase “Google it” for the last time. Last Thursday the rival search engine decided to show the world what they believe to be the little-known truth about surfing the web: Bing is better than Google as a search engine.

According to Bing, the Microsoft search engine was chosen over Google nearly 2:1 in blind comparison tests. These tests were conducted by independent research company Answers Research in San Diego, CA, who asked nearly 1000 Americans aged 18+ to type in 10 search queries of their choice into both Bing and Google and choose whether they preferred the left side, right side, or neither, according to Bing.com. To remove bias, the search results were stripped away of branding of any kind, including advertisements, knowledge graphs, or social searches.

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Curiosity rover lands on Mars

The Mars rover Curiosity will land on the surface to help discover new ventures.

Scheduled to touch down on the surface at 8:31 p.m. on Aug. 5 , this will be the fourth rover sent to the Martian surface and ninth mission to the system in ten years.

Curiosity has several goals while operating as the Mars Science Laboratory.

It will feature an onboard biology lab used to analyze soil samples. This will be used to analyze geological features of the planet and attempt to detect any biosignatures of previous life. It will also be used to understand how minerals were formed on the surface.

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Social media helps SCSU, students connect

SCSu has jumped at the opportunity to connect with students and staff using social networking sites.

Websites like Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin are some of the most popular sites on the internet right now. Facebook boasts 600 million users alone, a num- ber that is steadily rising.

The SCSu Facebook page is an effective tool for students to stay connected with their school and vice versa. The page features news stories pertaining to student interests, as well as faculty and alumni interests.

One recent story is SCSU alumni and Minnesota Wild center Matt Cullen’s donation to the Sanford Health Foundation.

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Google sets their eyes to the future with their ‘Project Glass’

For the technologically “plugged in”, chances are by now you’ve heard of Google’s big announcement “Project Glass”.

For the uninitiated, “Project Glass” is Google’s attempt to bring heads-up displays to the masses through small glasses.

Announced alongside a promotional concept video and concept photos of models wearing futuristic glasses, “Project Glass” quickly grabbed the attention of the technologically geared en masse.

The concept video showed a person going through his daily life — except this time he’s aided by pop-ups, directions and live-chat all appearing seemingly smoothly from the background to the focus of his attention.

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Student Research Colloquium slated for April 17

SCSU will host the 15th Student Research Colloquium on campus Tuesday, April 17. The SRC is the annual event wherein the university allows students to present their research. It is open to faculty, graduate students and undergraduate students from SCSU and other regional universities.

SRC helps the students, faculty and members of the community to get along and participated in various kind of activities which range from scientific to artistic. There are creative arts, mathematics, business, social science, humanities, physical and life sciences and engineering research in the event.

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Businesses forced to adjust to Facebook Timeline

Whether they like it or not, businesses and organizations have been switched over to the new Timeline format of Facebook.

The change, which took effect last week, makes room for a large cover photo and changes the format of the page’s News Feed.

With the official rollout came a bug: the images that appeared on some pages weren’t the ones assigned by their author. According to Tony Bradley of PC World, the images displayed on his page didn’t even belong to him.

The bug has apparently been removed as Timeline becomes compulsory for all organization fan pages.

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“Girls Around Me” uses foursquare to find users based on gender

Until last week, checking in may have given you more than you bargained for.

Thanks to the iPhone app Girls Around Me, Foursquare users could scan their surroundings for male or female check-ins. They could then view pictures and information of the checkers-in and decide where to go based on what they saw.

Foursquare recently revoked the app’s API access for violating its data aggregation policy.

Going a step further, the app is no longer available from the iTunes App Store.

The developer defended his app, but said that he takes the privacy of users seriously and will develop an app that better suits users’ need without violating privacy.

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