Tech 2.0 for Wednesday, January 23, 2013

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Updated: 1/23/2013 9:33 am

A new company says it's getting ready to mine asteroids in space. Deep Space Industries says it aims to begin sending unmanned "scout probes" to asteroids as soon as 2015. Larger spacecraft capable of bringing back 50 to 100 pound samples from prospective targets could be blasting off by 2016. The company wants to travel about 31 million miles into space to mine asteroids for metals, water and other compounds that could be used to manufacture fuel to power spacecraft. Tuesday's announcement comes nine months after the unveiling of a similar project by Planetary Resources. It hopes to get its first unmanned probes into space by the end of 2013.

Watch your online advertising. That's the message the gambling industry's main lobbying group is sending to casinos. The American Gaming Association has issued a revised code of conduct that expands the responsible advertising section to include social media and Internet promotions. Among other things, the code demands that casinos refrain from advertising to children and from appearing to guarantee success. It also states that ads should include a toll-free help line and stick to accepted standards of good taste.

Microsoft uses Dell products, but it may soon have the power to shape decisions at the PC maker. Microsoft is in talks to invest one to three billion dollars in Dell. This is seen as a move to take the company private. If the company is bought at its $23 billion market value, Microsoft would have a four to 13-percent stake in the company.

Mining asteroids takes another step 4ward and they may use Firefly to classify their ships!

@FrederickLutz - Company Plans to Use 'Firefly' Spaceships to Mine Asteroids for Minerals"

Deep Space Industries will send 'FireFly' ships to prospect for mineable asteroids in 2015 -

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#Microsoft preparing to join #Dell buyout

Microsoft's potential Dell alliance may further strain relations with PC manufacturers |

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