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A federal appeals court on Thursday rejected a portion of the Federal Communications Commission's 2008 rule governing U.S. media ownership, overturning a move by the FCC that made it easier for companies to own broadcast TV stations and daily newspapers in the same market.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third District sent the rules back to the commission to be reworked, reports the Wall Street Journal.

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By John Voelcker

Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it, said the philosopher Santayana.

And there seems to be a very real chance that Europe is heading toward a variety of multiple and incompatible electric-car charging standards.

That's a path the U.S. rejected a decade ago. And it's one that would inconvenience all European buyers of plug-in cars.

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The era of epic manned space flight may be over, but the era of personal aircrafts may be just beginning.

Or so believe some Americans, and some officials in Europe, who have just sunk a little over $6 million dollars into a research project on "personal aerial vehicles."

The European Commission has established a project called "MyCopter" to investigate the feasibility of such personal aircraft.

"It is now a question of when we'll get personal aerial vehicles, not if we'll get them," project leader Heinrich Buelthoff of the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics tells the New Scientist. The Institute is based in Tuebingen, Germany.

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By Bengt Halvorson

No question about it, Portland, Oregon, is an early-adopter market for electric vehicles, and one of the leading EV markets in the U.S.

The Rose City, as it's nicknamed, is already home to the first -- and only, with the Vacaville, California charger down--publicly accessible Level 3 quick-charging station in the U.S., allowing more than 500 volts DC and up to 125 Amps, and capable of charging the 2011 Nissan Leaf from 20 percent capacity up to 80 percent in just under 30 minutes.

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Facebook pulled the wraps off its "awesome" product launch Wednesday, showcasing a new video chat feature that allows users to call anyone in their network without the recipient of the call having to install video software.

When unveiling the service Wednesday morning at Facebook's Palo Alto Headquarters, CEO Mark Zuckerberg placed the emphasis on the ease of use of the new feature -- so easy he said, that even grandparents can use it to initiate calls to their grandchildren online.

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Algae holds great promise as a source of biofuel: it's rich in oil like corn, but it can be cultivated without competing for land with food crops, and researchers are developing energy-efficient ways to process it.

Recent tests have demonstrated that algae is a viable fuel for long-distance flights, and for use in naval helicopters. But questions still loom over the private sector's ability to produce sufficient quantities for widespread, routine use.

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