How Many Pages It Takes to Print the Entire Internet

May 11, 2015 243

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — It’s the ultimate estimation game: How many pieces of paper would it take to print the entire Internet?

Two British scientists have arrived at the approximate number of pages they say it would take to create a hard copy of everything on the Internet.

The answer: 136 billion standard 8 1/2 by 11-inch pieces of printer paper.

Using Wikipedia as a baseline, the scientists at the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom estimated 4,723,991 English pages exist on the site.

From there, they determined the average number of pages each would require to print is 15, putting a hard copy of the English version of the encyclopedic website at 70,859,865 paper pages.

With approximately 4.54 billion pages on the Internet, the team doubled their Wikipedia rule to approximate that it would take approximately 30 pieces of paper per web page to be printed.

The result is 136.2 billion pieces of paper.

At 500 sheets of paper per ream and each tree yielding 17 reams, it would take 16 million trees to print a hard copy of the Internet.

The results were published in the Journal of Interdisciplinary Science Topics.


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CEO Books European Vacation for 6,400 of His Employees

May 11, 2015 278

iStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) — It helps to have a boss who’s a billionaire.

The CEO of Chinese conglomerate Tiens Group booked an all-expenses paid vacation for 6,400 of his best salespeople in France.

Billionaire Li Jinyuan paid for the vacation for about half of his staff. The trip commemorated the company’s 20th anniversary.

Li, 56, booked nearly 5,000 rooms in Cannes and Monaco, plus 140 Parisian hotels, the BBC reported. Li, who founded Tiens Group in Tianjin, China, also treated the group to a private tour of the Louvre museum in Paris and a performance of the Moulin Rouge cabaret.

France’s foreign affairs minister, Laurent Fabius, met Li on Wednesday in Paris. The group made a stop in Nice the next two days.

The conglomerate works in biotechnology, e-commerce, tourism and health management, the Tiens website states.

The visit preceded the annual Cannes Film Festival, which starts this week in the resort town.

The trip ended on Friday with a parade on France’s Cote d’Azur. With the employees wearing matching blue or white t-shirts and hats, the tour group spelled out “Tiens’ Dream is nice in the Cote d’Azur.”


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Rare Steve Jobs’ Business Cards Auctioned Off

May 11, 2015 229

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(SAN RAFAEL, Calif.) — A fan of legendary Apple CEO and co-founder Steve Jobs spent $10,050 on his old business cards.

The “vintage” cards were sold at a charity auction on Thursday for The Marin School, an independent high school in San Rafael, California, 60 miles north of Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino.

The cards were “caressed and carried by the man himself,” the description states, between 1980 and 1984 when he was president of NeXT Inc. and board chairman of Apple and Pixar.

The Walt Disney Company, ABC News’ parent company, bought Pixar in 2006.


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Saving Money Is as Easy as Pulling the Plug

May 11, 2015 254

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — All those electronic appliances you have in your home can be wasting energy and a lot of money, even when they’re not turned on.

As the Natural Resources Defense Council reports, just having these device plugged into a socket consumes energy. The Council estimates that it’s costing Americans something in the neighborhood of $19 billion annually.

That’s $165 per U.S. household every year for what’s termed “idle load” — that is, electronic appliances plugged in but not turned on.

The solution is as easy as pulling the plug, although many Americans probably think that takes too much effort.

Here are places to get started: TVs, computers, modems, printers, audio and video devices, radios, alarm clocks, aquariums, household fans, washing machines, dishwashers and, of course, lights.


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While a College Degree Is Helpful, Most Unprepared for What Comes Next

May 11, 2015 214

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Americans still overwhelmingly believe in the value of a higher education, a recent survey reports.

With college graduations in full swing, the Gallup-Lumina Foundation poll says that 96 percent of Americans agree that it’s “very” or “somewhat” important” for adults to go beyond high school in order to get a degree or certificate.

However, even a diploma doesn’t guarantee people’s lives will be easier in the minds of most, since only 13 percent surveyed contend that college grads are well-prepared for success in the workplace.

Three years ago, 19 percent felt this way, an indication that today’s institutions are failing students when it comes to giving them the skills needed to do well in a career.

The Gallup-Lumina Foundation also reports that just six percent of survey respondents with college degrees strongly agree that college grads are prepared for the workplace.


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Lyft Driver’s Passion Project Gives Passengers Handwritten, Heartfelt Notes

May 11, 2015 274

Lyft Me Up San Francisco/Zia Ahmed(SAN FRANCISCO) — Passengers in Zia Ahmed’s Lyft car may only get in for a ride, but when they get out they walk away with something so much more meaningful.

“I was always chatting with the people I’d be giving rides to,” Ahmed, a Lyft driver in San Francisco, told ABC News. “They all have interesting stories to tell, and I wanted to capture that so I’d caption a few notes of our chat after they got out.”

After a while though, it dawned on him that he’d much rather have the passengers jot down a brief note themselves.

“I started asking them to write little notes down. Quite literally anything,” said Ahmed. “But then people were focusing me, saying ‘Ok, I’ll write something to Zia,’ but I didn’t want to be the focus. I wanted them to share with each other. They could leave a message for the next passenger.”

The idea took off, spiraling into what is now called “Lyft Me Up San Francisco.”

“Everybody would be glued to their cell phones or tablets or laptops and I wanted to take them out of that for one second to have a normal human conversation,” he explained about his project, which now has more than 2,000 handwritten, poignant and inspirational entries.

Each passenger leaves a special note of advice, encouragement, inspiration, fact or even a joke, for the next passenger, who Ahmed says is “always ecstatic to receive it.”

“I have this gorgeous physical diary I actually hand people,” he said. “People get so excited. They take it really, really seriously.”

Sometimes people are hesitant however, overwhelmed by being asked to write what they feel should be a profound note to a complete stranger. When that happens, Ahmed said, “I just tell them guys, ‘The point of this to write something about yourself. If you write about yourself, that’s no pressure.’”

Ahmed has gotten so many beautiful entries he couldn’t name a favorite, but read one aloud that particularly struck him.

“He’s dressed up in all complete white with this massive beard,” Ahmed recalled of the man who journaled the entry. “He writes, ‘Respect Sikhs. They wear turbans, dress for God and live with universal truth. They are persecuted all the time mistaken for terrorists but in their heart of hearts they love everyone and see everything as Gods beautiful creations.”

More than anything, Ahmed said he wants to capture the culture of the San Francisco Bay area.

“It’s a fabulous place with amazing people,” he said. “I want to capture people at this specific time in history. On a broader scale, I want to tell these short stories. They are beautiful little snippets from people’s lives saying amazing things.”

Ahmed is hoping to turn these beautiful notes into a book so more than just his passengers can be inspired by the joy they bring. He’d also love to eventually expand his project, working with other drivers across the country to gather messages from their riders.

“Most of my passengers say, ‘This literally just made my day,’” he explained. “I’ve had people in my car weeping and bawling from a break up or something, but then I drop the book on them and they’re super happy — just ecstatic.

“I genuinely like meeting all these people and learning about them,” he added. “I really like the fact people get so happy to have written messages.”


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First Urban Edible Cricket Farm Set to Open in Los Angeles

May 10, 2015 276

KABC-TV(LOS ANGELES) — They may be creepy and crawly to some, but a group of entrepreneurs in Los Angeles believes that crickets are set to become the next food craze.

The three 25 year olds behind Coala Valley Farms have transformed a portion of a building inside an industrial park in the Van Nuys section of Los Angeles into a farm where crickets are being raised in climate-controlled nylon tents.

The group believes that relying on crickets instead of traditional livestock can save on a large amount of water in drought-stricken California.

“You know a pound of beef from a cow takes 1,700 gallons of water. Here it’s only one gallon,” Maximillian Cunha told ABC News station KABC-TV.

Crickets raised at the facility are ground into a fine powder, which can be added to many recipes for shakes, pasta, or event protein bars.

“You can eat the whole cricket as well, but let’s take baby steps and let’s start with the powder first,” Elliot Memel told KABC-TV.

The group hopes to have their farm officially operational in a few weeks, and will launch a Kickstarter campaign on Monday to support that effort.


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For Teen, Success Is Extra Sweet With Mom as Business Partner

May 10, 2015 302

Hong Cao(NEW YORK) — Andrea Cao is still in high school but she may have given her mom the best gift of all: the ability to quit her job.

This story begins four years ago when Hong Cao would come home from working 12-hour shifts as a hospital nurse tired and aching. Cao said she would ask her daughter Andrea, now 14, to rub her back.

“She was tired of doing what I asked her to do,” Cao told ABC News. “Initially, she said, ‘Why don’t you do it yourself.’ I said, ‘How can I touch my back?'”

Andrea told her mother she was determined to find a solution.

Cao said she brushed it off but soon the two became serious, fiddling with various materials, including PVC pipes, wood, metal and various plastics to create a contraption with a hook shape.

After settling on a mold, “we opened the phone book and found a manufacturer and made a first order of 20,” Andrea said.

“I went door to door selling them — anywhere I could: my church, my school. I was dealing them out of my backpack,” she said. “My mom thought I was crazy.”

Cao used the product they would later name the Q-Flex, but Andrea had even bigger ambitions to grow their business. She asked her mother if they could audition for ABC’s hit TV show Shark Tank.

“I dragged her to the open call, wrote up the pitch myself. We went through the rounds and made it to the show,” Andrea said.

With one hook, the mother-daughter duo managed to reel in two sharks — getting a joint $25,000 investment from Barbara Corcoran and Mark Cuban in exchange for 25 percent equity in Q-Flex.

Sales skyrocketed after the show aired — and with that the mother-daughter duo had to make even bigger decisions together as equal business partners.

“We have a lot of disagreements but we try to solve them in a peaceful way,” Cao said with a laugh.

One example: After the show aired, they offered free shipping for the entire month on Q-Flex orders.

“I disagreed with that,” Andrea said, “But my mom and Barbara wanted to do it. In the end obviously my mom won but that’s OK. We got over it.”

Amazon Exclusives, the a new digital storefront that seeks to bring up-and-coming brands, partnered with the mother-daughter duo earlier this year, helping them to attract new customers and fulfill a growing pile of orders.

After putting an order form in the teacher’s lounge, Andrea said she racked up around $1,000 in sales.

“Basically any free time I have in class, I check emails, do customer service, take care of PR,” Andrea said.

As for her mother, she was able to quit her job in March and enjoy newfound flexibility in her work days — all thanks to a common problem Andrea helped solve.

“It’s amazing working with my mom,” Andrea said. “She does so much and is my inspiration.”


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Bird Flu Creates Egg Shortages at Minnesota Grocery Stores

May 9, 2015 241

ra3rn/iStock/Thinkstock(MINNEAPOLIS) — Minnesota grocers are scrambling to get eggs after three of the state’s largest egg supplier operations were hit hard by the bird flu.

So far, more than 1.7 million chickens have had to be killed because of the virus.

Grocer Curt Kersten said he’s “scrambling” to fill his shelves.

“We have to go through a different supplier to get the eggs. So right now we’re calling a day ahead of time to make our orders with our egg company and they’re getting eggs with another supplier whose flocks haven’t been affected,” he said.

Kersten added that there are no jumbos in this egg shortage, and he’s selling them by the dozen or less.

“They’re limiting the supply that each store can get and try to make it so that all stores can have some eggs for the customers when they come in,” Kersten said.


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Two Men Arrested, Accused of Breaching Systems at Hosting Website Photobucket

May 9, 2015 383

jrwasserman/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Two men accused of breaching the systems of image and video hosting website Photobucket were arrested and indicted on conspiracy and fraud charges, the Department of Justice announced Friday.

Brandon Bourret, 39, and Athanasios Andrianakis, 26, were each arrested on Friday at their homes, the DOJ said, without incident. Between July 2012 and July 2014, the two “knowingly conspired to commit acts and offenses against the United States, namely computer fraud and abuse, access device fraud, identification document fraud and wire fraud,” a DOJ press release says. The two aimed to make money by selling passwords and unauthorized access to private and password-protected information, images and videos.

Bourret and Andrianakis allegedly developed, marketed and sold a software application that allowed users to circumvent privacy settings on the Photobucket website and to access and copy users’ private and password-protected information.

“It is not safe to hide behind your computer, breach corporate servers and line your own pockets by victimizing those who have a right to protected privacy on the Internet,” said U.S. Attorney John Walsh. “The U.S. Attorney’s Office is keenly focused on prosecuting those people for their theft — and for the wanton harm they do to innocent Internet users.”


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