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by Norm Gregory on September 16, 2009

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Behind the snags, drama, hype: Meet the Boeing 787

Boeing Co’s long-delayed and hotly anticipated 787 Dreamliner is a case study in the growing pains that can accompany engineering innovation. ● More from: Business News | Reuters

Jimmy Carter: Wilson’s outburst “based on racism”

Former President Jimmy Carter said Tuesday that U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson’s outburst to President Barack Obama during a speech to Congress last week was an act “based on racism” and rooted in fears of a black president. ● More from: nydailynews

Big dip for ‘Leno’ but still solid ratings

“The Jay Leno Show” did not maintain its lofty debut ratings, as expected, but the show still performed solidly in its second night despite seeing a large viewership decline. ● More from: Media Life Magazine

‘Jay Leno’ on top despite drop

‘Big Brother’ finale solid while ‘Melrose Place’ falls

Boosted by a strong lead-in from the season opener of “The Biggest Loser,” NBC’s “The Jay Leno Show” held up fairly well in its second outing, dropping sharply as expected from its big premiere but still prevailing in its timeslot. The night also saw a solid finale for “Big Brother 11″ on CBS and declines for CW’s “Melrose Place,” which was coming off its modest bow of the previous week. ● More from: Variety

The Beatles are fab for business

The band’s sonically upgraded CDs sold 235,000 copies during their first two days in stores. ● More from:

The future is now for electric cars

The race is on among the world’s auto companies to make electric cars go farther on a single charge, bring the price down to compete with gas-powered vehicles, and give drivers more places to recharge them than just the family garage ● More from: The Boston Globe

Blockbuster may close hundreds of stores

Movie and video game retailer Blockbuster Inc. indicated in a regulatory filing that it may close as many as 960 stores by the end of 2010, including closings in 2009. ● More from: Kansas City Business Journal:

Seattle schools may lower grade-point requirement for graduation

Seattle Public Schools may do away with a nearly decade-old requirement that all students earn a C average to graduate, and an even-older policy that athletes maintain a C average to play on school teams ● More from: Seattle Times Newspaper

Hey, it’s a whale-meat shish kabob

EPA estimates that big cruise ships generate about 21,000 gallons of sewage (black water) a day and about 170,000 gallons of gray water. ● More from:

iMac and MacBook Updates Coming Within Weeks?

Tech Trader Daily reports on a note to clients from research firm Wedge Partners predicting the release of updated iMac and MacBook models within the next several weeks. The refresh is expected to bring a significant redesign to the iMac, while the MacBook is likely to see only limited enhancements on the design front. ● More from: Mac Rumors

Kindle growth: 442 books a day has been steadily growing its digital book offerings since launching its Kindle store in late 2007. Just how fast is the collection growing? For the month of August, the company added 13,713 titles, an average of 442 electronic books per day, according to blog kindle, which has been tracking the numbers. That’s a pretty healthy increase, although some of Amazon’s competitors have really jacked up their e-book tallies by dipping into free public domain books from Google. ● More from:

iTunes 9: Smart Playlists Are Now Smarter

Smart Playlists in iTunes have always been a powerful way to create specific playlists to meet your needs, from creating a rotating fresh playlist for syncing to an iDevice to creating a specific playlist for a party. Being able to say “give me my music that hasn’t been played in the last month, that is of at least 320kbps and is rated 5 stars” is pretty sweet. ● More from:

Is Comcast and TimeWarner’s “TV Everywhere” TV for everyone?

A great big swath of cable television entertainment will soon be available over the Internet, Time-Warner and Comcast announced this morning. The two companies are working out a set of “broad principles,” they say, that will make it possible for consumers to access their fare “free online and on demand.” ● More from: Ars Technica

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