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Matt’s Favorites: A Golf Fave, And Much More

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So what’s the lastest news on the road from the wide wild wonderful world of technology? I’m ever so glad you want to know… here goes!

* This isn’t exactly tech, but it’s one of my favorites. The fourth annual charity golf scramble to benefit the Juanita Reaves Free Clinic on Detroit’s west side (18917 Joy Road, to be precise) will be held Friday, June 21 at the fun Pheasant Run Golf Course, 46500 Summit Parkway in Canton Township. Enjoy a fun-filled day on the course with emcee Matt Roush, technology editor at WWJ Newsradio 950 (hey, I know that guy). Golfers receive breakfast, lunch and dinner, unlimited beer and pop on the course (okay, so now the truth is revealed about why I like this one, besides the great cause), realtime PDA scoring and a group photo. Register at www.joysouthfield.org. Sponsorships range from $150 to $7,500. A single player is $130 ($50 for dinner only). The event is hosted by the Joy-Southfield Community Development Corp.

* Oh, and greetings from Gaylord, by the way, my way station for the night on my way Up North to Marquette and the first interviews of the 2013 Tech Report Spring Tech Tour. The Holiday Inn Express here is comfy, and once the guy upstairs from me finished what sounded like a handball game around midnight, very quiet. Blazing fast Internet too – 37 milliseconds ping, 28.14 megabits per second download, 3.06 megabits upload. Pretty durn good for the middle of nowhere.

* The Large Hadron Collider collaboration at CERN discovered a known difference between matter and antimatter, contradicting a long believed theory that they were more similar. The research was part of the Large Hadron Collider beauty (LHCb) experiment which focuses on studying a particular particle called a “beauty quark.” (And never forget, as my former boss Paul Keep used to say, there are three kinds of matter — matter, antimatter, and it-doesn’t-matter.)

*Google has agreed to change how it displays search results in Europe — including a better labeling of its promoted content and displaying links to competitors — to appease concerns it might be abusing its dominant market position, the European Union’s antitrust body said Thursday.

* Sorry, Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Brighton: The Senate will almost certainly kill a controversial cybersecurity bill, recently passed by the House, according to a U.S. Senate Committee representative. The comments were first reported by U.S. News on Thursday. Staff and senators are understood to be “drafting separate bills” that will maintain the cybersecurity information sharing while preserving civil liberties and privacy rights.

* Speaking of Google, requests by governments worldwide to remove content from Google’s services have hit an all-time high, according to a recent report the search giant.

* Even as Amazon keeps spending to expand operations, its first quarter results, announced Monday, beat analysts’ earnings expectations. Net income dropped 37 percent to $82 million, or 18 cents a share. That still topped analyst expectations of 9 cents a share. Sales climbed 22 percent to $16.1 billion just a smidgen below consensus expectations of $16.2 billion.

* It sounds like a monster from a Victorian penny dreadful: a revolting, stinking mass of gelatinous glop lurks under the streets of London, threatening the citizenry. What’s to be done? Burn it with fire! Well, use it as an alternative energy source. Fat and oil that accumulate in the city’s drains and sewers — forming large clogging masses called “fatbergs” — are to be harvested and used to generate electricity at the largest plant of its kind in the world.

* Amazon.com may be working on device that would stream online video to television sets, like Apple TV or Roku. According to Bloomberg, the retail giant is working on a television set-top box that could deliver TV shows and movies to its customers’ homes.

* Well that was quick. After just 2 minutes, tickets for Apple’s upcoming annual developers conference in San Francisco are gone.

* Here are breathtaking pictures of some of the mysteries of the universe photographed by the Hubble Space Telescope.

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