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Microsoft is killing off the Internet Explorer brand

microsoft IECue the dirge for Internet Explorer, Microsoft’s much maligned browser.  Soon the brand will be (mostly) no more.

Microsoft has hinted that Internet Explorer brand was going to be scrapped. Now it’s official.

Chris Capossela, Microsoft’s head of marketing, made the announcement Monday at the Microsoft Convergence conference.  Microsoft is placing its bets on its new and speedier flagship browser codenamed Project Spartan.

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U.N. Opens New Investigation Into Crash That Killed Dag Hammarskjold

UN investigation into death of Dag HammarskjoldThe plane had flown deep into the African night on a mission for peace. Finally, it drew near its destination in the copper mining region of what is now northern Zambia. The crew radioed for permission to descend, for what should have been a routine landing. Then there was nothing.

On the night of Sept. 17 to 18, 1961, the plane, a Transair Sweden DC-6B named Albertina, was carrying Dag Hammarskjold, the secretary general of the United Nations, and 15 other people. Mr. Hammarskjold was on his way to meet with Moise Tshombe, the leader of a bloody secession movement in Katanga, a province of the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo with vast deposits of strategic minerals, including uranium and cobalt.

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A Very Special Pi Day: 3/14/15

Pi dayHappy birthday, Einstein! But this is also Pi Day, and a very special Pi Day at that.

Why so special? The date is 3/14/15, the first five digits in the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter.

And—get ready for this—at 26 minutes and 53 seconds after 9 a.m., we will pass a date and time represented by the first 10 digits of π. Very exciting! If you miss it, there will be one more chance at 9 p.m. After that, you’ll have to wait another 100 years for that auspicious moment to happen again, assuming that we will still be writing our Julian calendar dates as we do in America.

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Catholic Church Claims It Can Refuse To Pay Victims Of Sex Abuse Because Of Religious Freedom

Timothy DolanThe Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee sought to insulate $55 million of its funds from lawsuits brought by victims of priestly sex abuse, according to a letter penned by then-Archbishop of Milwaukee Timothy Dolan, so it transferred those funds into a separate trust set up to care for the archdiocese’s cemeteries and mausoleums.

Once the sexual abuse victims sought those funds in a bankruptcy proceeding, however, the archdiocese claimed that it had a religious liberty right not to use that money to compensate victims of abuse.

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International Women's Day 2015: Top 15 inspirational quotes on women empowerment

Women's DayThe world will celebrate International Women's Day (IWD) on 8 March and this year's theme is Make It Happen.

IWD has been observed since the early 1900s and was established by Socialist International, in their meeting in Copenhagen in 1910. The following year, the first International Women's Day was observed in several countries, including Austria, Denmark, Switzerland and Germany, according to the International Women's Day website.

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China detains five rights campaigners who planned Women's Day protest

China detains women's rights activistsChina is holding at least five women's rights activists in detention after they planned a demonstration ahead of International Women's Day, which falls on Sunday, rights lawyers said.

Rights groups say China's government is taking an increasingly tough line against freedom of expression. The detentions have also coincided with China's annual parliamentary session.

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Israel Fires on Gaza Fishing Boats — Kills One

Gaza fishing boatsThe Israeli navy opened fire on boats off the coast of the Gaza Strip on Saturday, killing one Palestinian fisherman, Gaza hospital officials said.

Citing security concerns, Israel keeps a naval blockade on Gaza, which is ruled by the Islamist Hamas movement, and has designated a six nautical-mile fishing zone off the enclave’s coast.

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