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May 14, 2013 12:14 PM by AP(PHOTO COURTESY: MGN ONLINE)

Cyber Corner for May 14, 2013

CELL PHONE COMPANIES BAND TOGETHER TO FIGHT TEXTING AND DRIVING

NEW YORK (AP) - They usually fight with each other over who can lure in the most customers. But these days, the nation's four largest cell phone companies are teaming up to try to keep their customers alive and well - by launching a campaign against texting and driving. The ad campaign is unusual in two respects. It unites firms who are usually bitter rivals. And it also represents companies waging a campaign warning against dangers posed by their own products. For a time, cellphone companies fought against laws barring cellphone use while driving. But now the big four - AT&T, Sprint, Verizon and T-Mobile - are starting to tell customers they'd be wise to keep their attention on the road, rather than on their phones.


GAMING ACADEMY IS OPENING

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Video games are big business. Now some of those in that business are trying to find the next batch of leaders in that industry. The University of Texas and video game titans are going to be opening a gaming academy starting next fall. The Denius-Sams Gaming Academy will focus on training students to become game development team leaders. The curriculum will be run by Warren Spector, a 30-year industry veteran known for work on "Ultima" and "System Shock." He and Paul Sams, chief operating officer of Blizzard Entertainment, will serve as part-time instructors. There are only 20 spots available next year for the academy. Students who get in receive a tuition waiver and a $10,000 stipend to assist with fees and housing expenses.


SPACE ODDITY IN SPACE

CYBERSPACE (AP) - David Bowie may have dressed like he came from outer space. But the latest rendition of his song "Space Oddity" has really come from space. One of the astronauts on the International Space Station has cut a music video - a customized version of "Space Oddity." And now that he's back home, the clip of Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield can be seen on YouTube. It's believed to be the first music video made in space.

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