Palm to release Pre 2
The Palm Pre is a really good smartphone -- with a nice, stable interface and a great capacity for multitasking. But it hasn't gotten a strong footprint in the US phone market, competing with the iPhone, Blackberry, and Android phones. But it's good to see that HP, which recently bought out Palm, hasn't abandoned smartphones and is instead charging ahead with new developments. More competition in this sector will continue to be great for consumers.
Russian bears are grave-robbing for food
The summer was so bad for traditional foods that bears are foraging in graveyards for corpses
Classical music plus rock performance styles: Is it "crossover classical"?
A group called Bond plays classical and classic-influenced music on strings. Good for them, popularizing classical styles.
Delta says it'll buy some Boeing 787s -- in ten years
Not good news for Boeing, since Delta is one of the largest carriers around. Why anyone would want to be in the airplane-making business (except for its sex appeal) is a mystery: It's characterized by big orders (and big non-sales) from fickle customers, with huge lead times, and a mess of problems from suppliers and labor.
Ryne Sandberg won't be returning to the Iowa Cubs next year
But if he changes his mind and wants to return to the organization for spring training, Phil Hendry says "that would be great". Sandberg did a good job with the Iowa Cubs this year, but Mike Quade really lit some fireworks with a stellar coaching job at Chicago after Lou Piniella left.