@egoldstein, I’m willing to go back to the basics to play along. What does clicking on Like do here at Amplify? I see that if the people I follow like a post, it shows up in RSS (I don’t use Amplify RSS daily as it is always crowded) So what happens when I like someone’s post? Thanks. http://amplify.com/u/bt2mf

Lavish Indian wedding celebrations continue - Filthy rich has a new meaning in India

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A helicopter was among the gifts for the groom in what is being described as one of India’s most expensive weddings.

The week-long nuptials of Lalit Tanwar to his bride Yogita Jaunapuria are lavish and attended by thousands.

Thursday’s Indian newspapers say that the wedding was celebrated with 100 dishes and 12 giant TV screens to broadcast proceedings.

The Hindustan Times reported that 2,000 guests were invited to the pre-wedding ceremony last week and each was given a silver biscuit, a safari suit and $500 (£307) in cash, while at a different ritual the bride’s family welcomed the groom with gifts worth $5m (£3m).

There was even a reported gift of $5,500 (£3,381) for the groom’s barber.

Guests mingle at the wedding venue of newlyweds Yogita Jaunpuria and Lalit Tanwar
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How the rich soaked the rest of us

The astonishing story of the last few decades is a massive redistribution of wealth, as the rich have shifted the tax burden

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Over the last half century, the richest Americans have shifted the burden of the federal individual income tax off themselves and onto everybody else. The three convenient and accurate Wikipedia graphs below show the details. The first graph compares the official tax rates paid by the top and bottom income earners. Note especially that from the end of the second world war into the early 1960s, the highest income earners paid a tax rate over 90% for many years. Today, the top earners pay a rate of only 35%. Note also how the gap between the rates paid by the richest and the poorest has narrowed. If we take into account the many loopholes the rich can and do use far more than the poor, the gap narrows even more.

One conclusion is clear and obvious: the richest Americans have dramatically lowered their income tax burden since 1945, both absolutely and relative to the tax burdens of the middle income groups and the poor.

Cadillac Eldorado 1950s
When the Cadillac Eldorado made its debut in the 1950s, wealthy Americans were paying a top rate of tax of 90%; today, the top rate of tax is 35%.
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TwitPic makes $1,600 every time Charlie Sheen tweets an image

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The company best poised to capitalize on Sheen’s move to social media would be TwitPic.com, a Twitter-based image sharing website founded in 2008 by Noah Everett. TwitPic.com – one of many photo sharing sites utilized by Twitter users – is clearly Sheen’s service of choice; it has been the medium for six of Sheen’s eleven tweets at press time. Sheen’s first photograph – which features the actor posing with chocolate milk, a Naked juice bottle, and a porn star – has racked up 1.2 million views in less than 24 hours. By contrast, one of TwitPic.com’s most recognizable photos, of US Airways Flight 1549 on the Hudson River, has received only 656,000+ views in its considerably longer lifespan.

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Are “groups” & “chat” making a comeback?

Groups and Chat seem to have sneaked back in through the back door of mobile user adaptability.  Is this is a real deal or a fad? Well, get on the bandwagon while it is hot!

Here are four recent stories.

Blogging Startup Posterous Throws In The Towel, Reinvents Itself As Mobile App
Facebook set to unveil new group chat feature
Forget Facebook and use The Fridge to plan your spring break
New Chat Thing Convore Is Google Wave Minus the Suck

How To Block Targeted Ads From Following You Around

Not sure how effective this is.

Maybe you’ve seen this before: You’re shopping around for a DVD, book, or gadget on Google and later that same item shows up in an ad on another website.

It’s annoying. And it means companies are tracking your browsing history to show you targeted ads.

How can you stop it? Lifehacker has an extensive column on the subject, but we’ll tell you one way to help get rid of it.

Several major online advertising companies have joined together to give users the option to avoid targeted ads while browsing.

If you want them to stop tracking your browsing history, head over to aboutads.info, a site that will let you opt out of ads from 60 different companies.

The site adds a cookie to your browser that will keep your history a secret. Just check the box next to each company you want to block and click “submit.”

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Stanford researchers develop new wireless technology for faster, more efficient networks

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Radio traffic can flow in only one direction at a time on a specific frequency, hence the frequent use of “over” by pilots and air traffic controllers, walkie-talkie users and emergency personnel as they take turns speaking.

But now, Stanford researchers have developed the first wireless radios that can send and receive signals at the same time.

This immediately makes them twice as fast as existing technology, and with further tweaking will likely lead to even faster and more efficient networks in the future.

"Textbooks say you can’t do it," said Philip Levis, assistant professor of computer science and of electrical engineering. "The new system completely reworks our assumptions about how wireless networks can be designed," he said.

Cell phone networks allow users to talk and listen simultaneously, but they use a work-around that is expensive and requires careful planning, making the technique less feasible for other wireless networks, including Wi-Fi.

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Yes, The Khan Academy IS the Future of Education

Damn, I’m really surprised, the quality of this software has shot up tremendously. There’s so much fun and learning, all for free. It’s the real too good to be true but it is true :) Watch the video at the source.

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I’m just going to come out and say it: the Khan Academy is the best thing that has happened to education since Socrates. The brainchild of Salman Khan, the Khan Academy became famous by teaching simple math lessons for free through over 2000 YouTube videos. Now, after millions in donations and an expansion of the company, the academy is so much more. The website for the Khan Academy already had exercises you could use to test your understanding of the videos you just watched, but in the past few weeks the website has exploded with wonderful new features.
Khan Academy
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Hunters spot 90 potential new planets

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Online stargazers have reported 90 potential new planets to Oxford University’s planet seekers’ website.

Planethunters.org was set up by Oxford’s Department of Physics to test NASA’s Kepler project which is searching for planets in the ‘Goldilocks zone’, the region around a star in which planets can have liquid water and are neither too hot nor too cold for life to exist.

Kepler planets
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Barack Obama affirms his Christianity

Hmm…hmm…

US president told national prayer breakfast in Washington that he prays for the Middle East – and his 12-year-old, Malia

It’s fair to say that Barack Obama has more on his plate than most people. But today Obama admitted that when he kneels to pray for help, it is not always on the weightiest affairs of state.

The US president told the national prayer breakfast in Washington that he prays for peace in the Middle East – and that he also asks for God’s assistance with his 12-year-old daughter, Malia.

"Lord, give me patience as I watch Malia go to her first dance, where there will be boys. Lord, let her skirt get longer as she travels to that place," Obama recounted.

Obama’s speech today was laced with Biblical references in his most public affirmation of his faith. With many Americans under the illusion that he might be a covert Muslim, Obama explained: “I came to know Jesus Christ for myself and embrace him as my Lord and Saviour.”

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Pakistan village renamed in honour of UK charity

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A village in Pakistan devastated by flooding has been renamed Midlands after a West Midlands charity raised money to help rebuild it.

Walsall-based Midland International Aid Trust raised £113,000 to help the 20 million people thought to be affected by the monsoon floods last year.

The village of Lal Pir, now named Midlands, had been cut off by water.

Mohammed Aslam MBE, the trust’s founder, has been visiting the country to oversee how the aid is spent.

Mr Aslam, 71, originally from Kashmir, said he wanted to make sure every penny of aid went to the people living in the region.

Villagers In Lal Pir rebuilt their homes with tools provided by the Midland charity
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Homegrown terrorists are not just Muslims - POLITICO.com

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Today’s terrorists do not share a particular ethnic, educational or socioeconomic background. Recently, when state law enforcement agencies were asked to identify terror groups in their states, Muslim extremist groups ranked 11th on a list of 18.

Law enforcement agencies identified neo-Nazis, environmental extremists and anti-tax groups as more prevalent than Muslim terrorist organizations. The sophisticated explosive device found along a parade route in Washington on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, an act of domestic terrorism clearly motivated by racist ideology, should prove that other groups are just as willing and able to carry out horrific attacks on Americans.

Men pray in the prayer hall at the Islamic Cultural Center of New York. | AP Photo
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Call to Tweet - No Internet required - #egypt

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anyone can tweet by simply leaving a voicemail on one of these international phone numbers (+16504194196 or +390662207294 or +97316199855) and the service will instantly tweet the message using the hashtag #egypt. No Internet connection is required. People can listen to the messages by dialing the same phone numbers or going to twitter.com/speak2tweet.
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White Space Wireless Broadband Coming Soon

Seems like a major development for the future of broadband access. Hopefully.

Today we’re one step closer to a world with “super Wi-Fi.” In an order released yesterday afternoon, the FCC conditionally designated nine companies, including Google, as administrators for a white spaces database and outlined some important ground rules for its operation.
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Thomas Edison’s 1911 Predictions for 2011

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Edison makes some amazing predictions about a future of golden automobiles, the discontinuation of gold as currency, the rise of steel and the death of the steam engine.

What will the world be a hundred years hence?

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