Well, Fridays tend to be a slow News Day for Tech. However, as always, we've looked across the web and found today's Top Five Headlines - with one possible, fake news exception. Can you spot it?
29-Year-Old Deaf Woman Hears Her Voice for the First Time [VIRAL VIDEO] - Mashable
Sloan Churman was born deaf. For 29 years, she has relied on reading lips and, to a very limited extent, hearing aids. Two months ago, she received Envoy Medical';s Esteem Implant, which utilizes ear drum vibrations to bring hearing back to its users. The reaction, captured by her husband on video, is nothing short of extraordinary. Her pure joy is contagious.
How The Las Vegas Casino Companies Became The Champions Of Online Poker In America - Forbes
In December 2008, with their stock prices crashing and their companies struggling under mountains of debt, the captains of the U.S. casino industry headed to the Las Vegas offices of IGT for a critical board meeting of the American Gaming Association. There were some huge egos in the room and the topic under discussion was whether their powerful lobbying group would change its position on Internet gambling. For years the industry had essentially opposed it, fearing cannibalization of the casino business and that the dark corners of cyberspace would be impossible to regulate. Some in the room, however, like Gary Loveman, chief of Harrah';s Entertainment, were pushing for a new policy. Loveman found himself vigorously opposed by billionaire Steve Wynn, who won the battle since the AGA';s bylaws required unanimity. "I jokingly say I was neutered on Internet gaming," says Frank J. Fahrenkopf, Jr., the chief of the AGA. "But the rest of the world was not waiting for the casinos or Congress."
Some Apple stores temporarily closed, reasons unknown - CNET
SAN FRANCISCO-Walking through the Marina District section of town here yesterday, I tried to find the local Apple Store, thinking I could determine why my MacBook Pro was having battery issues. The only problem? The store, which I've been to many times, was curiously nowhere to be found.
Will Amazon Buy Palm for Its Patents? - NY Times
To protect Fire, will Amazon buy Palm? Shares of Amazon fell about 2 percent in the first hour of trading on Friday, amid speculation that the online retailer might be angling to buy Palm, the fallen mobile device business that Hewlett-Packard bought last year for $1.2 billion.
Dunder Mifflin launches iPad killer, The Pyramid - Venture Beat
Are you ready to unleash the power of the Pyramid?