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Oso CEO wins one of three Lemelson prizes

URBANA — Oso Technologies is collecting oh, so many prizes.

On Monday, its CEO and co-founder, Eduardo Torrealba, won the $30,000 Lemelson-Illinois Student Prize for innovation.

UI volunteers help Clark-Lindsey Village residents with tech issues

By F. AMANDA TUGADE/For The News-Gazette

Business calendar March 1, 2013

Monday, March 4

'Are You Ready to Buy a Home?' 6 p.m., Habitat for Humanity, 119 E. University Ave., C. Topics in this 2013 homeownership community education class include: "How Do You Buy a Home?"; "Mortgage Payment and Other Costs of Ownership"; "How Much Can You Pay for a House?" Free. Call Michelle Stallmeyer at Habitat for Humanity, 819-5113, to register.

Reluctant Townie: Six strikes and you're out, apparently

This week, the United States' five largest Internet providers — AT&T, Cablevision, Comcast, Time Warner and Verizon — implemented their long-threatened, er, promised Six Strikes program. The move purports to be an educational tool to combat Internet piracy but is really just a way for your provider to charge you extra fees.

Tom Kacich: Unmanned drones a concern at local level

Unmanned drones are an issue not only at the national and international level but also in Illinois and even Champaign County.

And an official with the American Civil Liberties Union believes they will become a greater concern as the use of inexpensive, technologically advanced radio-controlled planes and helicopters, as well as more expensive drones, expands.

Champaign school district adds online registration help

CHAMPAIGN — Parents getting ready to register their children for kindergarten in the Champaign school district have a new online tool that may help them.

Vermilion to hear concerns on wind turbine ordinance

DANVILLE — In response to a request for a moratorium on any new wind farm construction, Vermilion County Board members decided Thursday night to schedule a public hearing, giving local residents the chance to voice any concerns they might have with the county's current wind turbine ordinance, particularly setback distances.

Comcast boosting speeds of its Internet plans for free

CHICAGO — Comcast will increase the speeds of its Blast and Extreme 50 Internet plans in March for no additional cost, the company announced Tuesday.

The Blast plan will increase its maximum download speed from 25 Mbps to 50 Mbps and its maximum upload speed from 4 Mbps to 10 Mbps.

Volition's 'Red Faction' franchise up for sale -- again

CHAMPAIGN — The "Red Faction" video-game franchise will go up for sale — again.

THQ Inc., which sold off many of its assets in a bankruptcy-related auction in January, announced Tuesday that it plans to sell off several remaining assets, including the "Red Faction" franchise.

Rich Warren: A reader wonders about best online streaming movie source

You want your movies, and you want them now. Not when the mail arrives. Not when the cable channel deigns to show them. Thus, this reader query: