Obama tries to sell jobs plan, end gridlock

RICHMOND, Virginia (Reuters) – President Barack Obama began an uphill battle on Friday for support for a $447 billion jobs plan he hopes will rescue a faltering economy and his own re-election prospects.

Office 365, Google Docs go down again, could give pause to the cloud-wary

Outages are becoming a distressing fact of life for Microsoft’s cloud e-mail customers, and users of other cloud services such as Google Apps. Two weeks of e-mail glitches plagued Exchange Online customers using Microsoft’s Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS) in May. Office 365, the successor to BPOS which launched in late June, suffered an e-mail outage in August and then again last night and this morning.

Google Docs suffered an outage this week, and Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud infrastructure-as-a-service platform was plagued by outages and lost customer data in April and August.

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Two-million-year-old South Africa fossils show links to man

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – A well-preserved set of 2-million-year-old fossils shows a part-human, part-ape species had hands similar to man, sophisticated ankles that helped in movement and a surprisingly tiny but advanced brain, a report released Thursday said.

British Rapper Buys First Pair Of Nike Air Mags For $37.5K


Just… wow. It was sort of a given that Nike’s limited edition, McFly-inspired Air Mag sneakers would be fetching pretty pennies on eBay, but TMZ reports British rap act Tinie Tempah spent more than he thought he would on the first pair up for grabs. The cost of his impulse decision: a cool $37,500.

Mr. Tempah, a reputed Back To The Future nut and sneaker geek, received the sneakers and a nifty “plutonium” carrying case for his trouble.

Meanwhile, prices for the long-awaited sneakers on eBay run quite the gamut: the cheapest pair to be found at time of writing is size 7, and is sitting pretty at $4,000. At the top end of things is an especially popular pair of size 12s, with an $8,100 price tag. All auctions will be open for another 6 or so hours, so these prices will probably climb ever higher, but you need not worry if your size disappears. Nike is listing 150 pairs a day for 9 more days, so you still have a few chances to buy the kicks of your dreams.

All proceeds will benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation, so rest assured that any purchases made will serve a dual purpose: not only will they (temporarily) assuage the shoe-lust felt by sneaker aficionados with too much money, they’ll also be helping a good cause.

Wilbur Ross’s IAC IPO delayed until 2012 -report

NEW YORK, Sept. 9 (Reuters) – The initial public offering
of billionaire Wilbur Ross’ auto parts supplier International
Automotive Components Group has been put off until at least
January due to the…

NinjaVideo illegal downloading site operators indicted: ICE

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A federal grand jury has indicted five individuals involved with the website NinaVideo.net with conspiracy and copyright infringement, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said on Friday.

John Wiley eyes greater share of e-book sales: CEO

(Reuters) – Publisher John Wiley & Sons Inc said it is planning a major digital push to grab a bigger slice of the lucrative e-book market, which is witnessing an explosive growth, fueled by the popularity of tablets and e-readers.