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ActivEngage's Top Stories From Around The Web: Dec 14-20

ActivEngage is all about innovation - we’re constantly learning more about our dealer partners and internet trends to maintain our reputation as the most trusted brand in live chat. And innovation is the theme this week - in the past few days, Google bought an army of robots, China landed a rover on the moon, and windshield wiper technology is now obsolete. Read on for more! 

  1. Cairo Sees Snowfall for the First Time in 112 Years

The Arabic word for “snow” has been trending on Twitter as the capital of Egypt - known for being arid and stuffy year-round - sees its coldest winter on record in over a century. Think about it - the last time the country saw snow, King Tut’s tomb was still buried.

  1. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is Doing a Sandman Movie With Neil Gaiman

In nerdy news this week, the cult classic series Sandman is being adapted to the big screen, so I can cross that off the bucket list. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is slated to play Morpheus, the personification of dreams, in a crazy metaphysical revenge fantasy. There’s a lot to live up to.

  1.  DealerTrack to Buy in $1 Billion Deal

News broke late Thursday that DealerTrack Technologies is primed to purchase digital website hosting giant in a deal that leverages $620 million in cash and 8.7 million common shares. DealerTrack has stated that it will still use the name in the marketplace due to brand recognition.

  1. The “Affluenza” Defense

A Texas teen was sentenced to 10 years probation after instigating a fatal car accident with a blood alcohol content of 0.24, three times the legal limit. Why the mild sentence? A psychologist in the trial said that the teen was too spoiled and therefore not accountable for his actions. Calling it a case of “affluenza,” Ethan Couch’s lawyers said that he was a product of too much privilege. I can’t even write anymore about this because it makes me sick.

  1. U.S. Army and GM Announce Fuel Cell Testing Agreement

To cut development costs, the U.S. Army has decided to embark on a joint project with General Motors to develop more efficient hydrogen fuel cells. These fuel cells will be quickly recharged, extremely fuel-efficient, and quiet. 

  1. Google Buys Major Military Robot Maker

Internet search giant Google bought robot manufacturer Boston Dynamic earlier this week, but isn’t saying much about its intended use. BigDog, a headless quadruped canine, might be used for exploration purposes in rugged terrain, while PETMAN is a kind of automated safety suit. What do you think Google plans for this acquisition?

  1. Bitcoin Plummets as China’s Largest Exchange Blocks New Deposits

Bitcoin, the Internet’s favorite form of cryptocurrency, hit a huge roadblock this week as China’s central bank refuses to acknowledge Bitcoin’s legitimacy. This speculation caused the value of one bitcoin to drop from $1,242 to $480.

  1. China Lands Jade Rabbit Robot Rover On Moon

Speaking of China, the country’s space exploration program announced on Saturday that it had successfully launched a landing module to the moon. A rover named “Jade Rabbit” now roams the lunar surface - a significant technological landmark. 

  1. MacLaren Working to Replace Windshield Wipers with Sound Waves

How cool is this? MacLaren, known for its Formula One racers, wants to replace the standard windshield wiper blade with a sonic system to clear water and debris from your car. Similar to those on a jet airplane, this system would use high frequencies to clear the windshield surface - eliminating the need for drag-producing wiper arms.

  1. Algae Converted to Crude Oil in Under an Hour

Perhaps the most surprising technological advancement of the week came from the Department of Energy, which reports that conversion of algae into crude oil is possible and inexpensive. Best of all, this conversion (which normally takes nature millions of years) can be done in a single hour. The future of biofuel is looking bright!
What did we miss? Tweet the stories we missed to @activengage (and follow us while you’re there) and subscribe to the feed for weekly updates!

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