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IE9 beta released, and a cure for short-sightedness

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Bausch and Lomb is looking at using contact lenses to cure myopia.

Sleep well, IE users

Internet Explorer has come out with a beta for IE9.  TechCrunch has the lowdown:

...the new browser is built for speed, takes advantage of the latest HTML5 and other modern Web technologies, and has a relatively simple UI. And the IE9 browser will only work on Windows computer, with Bing loaded as the default search engine.

Bing as your search engine might not be bad if you're nervous about your private data, following Gawker's revelation (h/t TechCrunch) that a Google employee abused his access to users' accounts.  Privacy keeping you up at night?  The TED Blog has, I kid you not, a talk about how to sleep.

High speed rail

High speed rail in California is attracting potential investment from Japan.  Next Big Future says Governor Schwarzenegger has visited Tokyo to talk up the plan.

Population trends

While New York's population has leveled out, our neighbor to the north is growing.  Canada is expected to have 47 million people by 2036, according to Next Big Future.

Contact lens technology

There might be an option for myopics (actual people with myopia, not people who make bad decisions) to treat their vision problems at night with contact lenses - rather than wearing corrective lenses during the day.

Broadband cost

Technology Review wants to know why broadband service isn't getting cheaper or better.  It's one piece of technology that isn't following Moore's Law:

broadband internet prices have remained nearly stagnant since 2004, despite the explosive pace of adoption since then - from approximately 20 percent of U.S. households in 2004 to more than 65 percent today.

Safety first

GM still has this notion that it's a good idea to let people play with Facebook in their cars.  While driving.  Information Week has details about OnStar testing its new Facebook utility.

Rock and/or roll

Mashable has a list of ways to use Twitter to promote your band.  Chastely, there’s no mention of crowdsourcing groupies.

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