How Cutting-Edge Technology & Science Are Powering The Future TPM Idealab

Another day, another data spill.

This time, the story concerns Fitbit, a San Francisco start-up that makes a personal fitness tracking device.

Users of the service wear the small device to track their physical activities. They can also enter information on the service's website about other aspects of their lives, such as their diet and, yes, their sex lives (e.g., logging how "vigorous" each encounter was).

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A team of researchers from University of Toronto Engineering is developing a way to manufacture inexpensive solar cells in the form of a paint-on coating.

The new paintable solar cell could be applied to a variety of surfaces, including building materials. It could also be used to run portable electronic devices such as laptops.

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The process of making net neutrality enforceable took a tiny step forward Thursday when the Federal Communications Commission sent off its semi-final draft of proposed rules to the White House for approval.

The FCC has to send its rules to be vetted by the White House Office of Management and Budget as the agency is requiring high-speed internet service providers to collect data. The OMB's role is to co-ordinate and consult between government agencies to address any concerns that the collection requirements might be too onerous.

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