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* Well, of course I’m going to remind you once again about a terrific upcoming event in our Last Thursdays Unwired Coffee Series at Lawrence Technological University. On Thursday, March 28 it’ll be “How To Get A Tech Job In Detroit.” Yours truly will moderate a panel of experts on the topic. Scheduled to appear are Allen Coleman, Chief Operating Officer, Strategic Staffing Solutions; Nathan Hughes, Co-Founder of Detroit Labs; Matt Mosher, Co-Founder and CEO, hiredMyway.com; Margaret Pierce, Director of the Department of Career Services, Lawrence Technological University; and Molly Rose, Senior Technical Recruiter, Secure-24. The meeting will be held at the University Technology and Learning Center Gallery at LTU, 21000 W. 10 Mile Road in Southfield. Registration and networking begin at 7:30 a.m., and the discussion and question-and-answer session will be held from 8 to 9 a.m.
* In climate news, well, this will be a welcome switch: Government forecasters say much of the United States can expect a warm spring (but also, unfortunately, persistent drought). The National Weather Service said Thursday above-normal temperatures are predicted across most of the Lower 48 states and northern Alaska.
* Will TV news helicopters be replaced by drones?
* South Korea says that a Chinese address is the source of its recent cyberattack.
* Speaking of our great and good friends the Chinese, the extensive NASA Technical Report Archive was just taken offline, following pressure from members of U.S. Congress, worried that Chinese researchers could be reading the reports.
* The U.S. government is expanding a cybersecurity program that scans Internet traffic headed into and out of defense contractors to include far more of the country’s private, civilian-run infrastructure. As a result, more private sector employees than ever before, including those at big banks, utilities and key transportation companies, will have their emails and Web surfing scanned as a precaution against cyber attacks.
* Legislation allowing states to collect sales taxes on goods sold over the Internet made its way to the Senate floor on Thursday – a sign that a decades-long struggle by states to tax businesses beyond their borders could end this year.
* Google has launched an Evernote-like service called Keep to help you store your notes.
* Here’s new information on how whales’ ancestors left land behind to return to the water.
* New data from a European Space Agency satellite show that the Big Bang occurreed about 80 million years before previously thought. The data also also provides ancient evidence supporting core concepts about the cosmos — how it began, what it’s made of and where it’s going.
* Hope Twitter had a fantastic seventh birthday.
* The BBC came under attack from hackers that appear to be sympathizers of Syrian President Bashar Assad on Thursday and warned its staff about attempts to compromise the broadcaster’s email network.
* A new trojan specifically for Macs has been discovered that installs an adware plugin. The malware attempts to monetize its attack by injecting ads into Chrome, Firefox, and Safari (the most popular browsers on Apple’s desktop platform) in the hopes that users will generate money for its creators by viewing (and maybe even clicking) them.
* Apple is a lot greener than it used to be, the company said Thursday. The iPhone and Mac maker published a new annual environmental report this morning that tracks some of the improvements it has made. The key takeaway: 75 percent of the energy it needs at its corporate facilities is renewable, and the number is even higher at some of its data centers and its headquarters.
* Researchers at Hewlett-Packard Co. have developed a way to put glasses-free 3D video on mobile devices with a viewing angle so wide that viewers can see an object more fully just by tilting the screen.
* A new Verizon app untethers text messages from your cell phone, allowing you to send and receive texts from several devices, including PCs and tablets.