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Cisco’s New Router: Trouble for Hollywood – viagra dosage 8599, more about 1972540, viagra 60mg 00.html?xid=rss-business&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+time%2Fbusiness+%28TIME%3A+Top+Business+Stories%29&utm_content=Google+Reader” target=”_blank”>Time: Cisco’s CRS-3 router made a bit of a splash when it was announced on March 9, but the power of this new device hasn’t yet sunk in. Consider: The CRS-3, a network routing system, is able to stream every film ever made, from Hollywood to Bombay, in under four minutes. That’s right — the whole universe of films digested in less time than it takes to boil an egg. That may sound like good news for consumers, but it could be the business equivalent of an earthquake for the likes of Universal Studios and Paramount Pictures.

Coming in 2010, USB Enabled XBOX 360 – Rumors are that Microsoft will enable connectivity to USB mass storage devices, in the 2010 Xbox 360 (possibly as early as May 2010) system update and will allow users to save and load game data from USB devices.

Password Stealing Virus for  Facebook– BOSTON (Reuters) – Hackers have flooded the Internet with virus-tainted spam that targets Facebook’s estimated 400 million users in an effort to steal banking passwords and gather other sensitive information.

Hobbit Film Starts Shooting in July – UPDATE: Ian McKellen’s site was quietly updated on Wednesday, March 17th to now say that filming will start in July, one month later. The director Guillermo del Toro is now living in Wellington, close to the Jacksons’ and the studio in Miramar. Ian McKellen, who is returning as Gandalf in the two films based on J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit , has confirmed a report from earlier this year about the start of filming on his official website . The site says: THE HOBBIT’s, two films, start shooting in New Zealand in June. Filming will take over a year. Casting in Los Angeles, New York City and London has started. The script too proceeds. The first draft is crammed with old and new friends, again on a quest in Middle Earth. Guillermo del Toro will direct the two…

How Old is the Cabbage – Here’s something that every supermarket shopper wishes was currently available. The Fresh Code is an intelligent barcode that doubles up as a graph, indicating the freshness of the vegetable that you’re checking out. The less fresh it is, the less the barcode is displayed, and when you don’t see a barcode, you’ll know that it’s not worth buying. It’s a cool concept, not to mention that when the barcode has disappeared, the cashier won’t be able to tag it to the point-of-sales machine, so they can’t really force you to buy old fruit or vegetables either. Neat huh?

Droid 2.1 Due Out Friday – Verizon has dropped the bomb on Droid users and they’re all peeing their pants right now with excitement because the much anticipated 2.1 update is just around the corner. Expect some really cool “enhancements” like pinch to zoom support, 3D Gallery app, Weather and News app, voice to text entry and Live wallpapers just to name a few.  Verizon is expected to roll out the Droid 2.1 update in batches of 250,000 at a time starting tomorrow. Cross your fingers!

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Go Speed Racer Go! – TomTom data suggest that most drivers tend to stay within a few miles per hour of the speed limit on major roads. In 31 out of the 46 jurisdictions, average freeway speeds ranged between 65 and 70.1 mph.

TomTom found the fastest drivers, on average, in Mississippi, where interstate drivers average 70.1 mph, or a hair over the maximum posted limit. The company doesn’t have speed data from some sparsely populated states, including Montana, where drivers may be moving faster than those in Mississippi, says Nhai Cao, senior product manager for TomTom’s SpeedProfiles database.

Virginia drivers clock in at a law-abiding 65 mph. The slowest drivers—drumroll, please—are in Washington, D.C. Freeway traffic in the nation’s congested capital crawls at an average of 46.4 mph, according to TomTom’s data. That may explain the eagerness of Virginia residents who work inside the Beltway for the freedom to go faster when they finally see some open road.

Hawaii is the slowest state, with highway drivers traveling at an average 52.7 mph.

Fat Guy Wins AgainExcessive cardio is linked with heart disease, according to some recent studies examining marathon runners and markers for coronary risk

Here’s the summary:  “they recruited 102 active marathon runners. To be a marathon runner … required at least 5 marathons in the past 3 years. Many had run dozens or more in their lifetime. Anyone with a known history of heart disease or diabetes was excluded … There were 102 totally asymptomatic age-matched controls, also with no history of diabetes, who had no significant history of vigorous exercise.”

“12% of asymptomatic marathon runners had evidence of myocardial damage on LGE … [4% of sedentary controls had abnormal LGE]” This metric was not technically significant, p < .08, but it certainly trends in the right direction and is probably worth investigating.

“The more marathons run, the higher the likelihood of heart disease. The number of marathons run was an independent and significant predictor of the likelihood of myocardial damage.”

Bald Guy Wins This Time – Baldness ‘could be good for your health’ say scientists.

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