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Head's up: Satellite that mapped globe's gravitational field to crash to earth -- somewhere

Will you be watching the skies over the next couple days? Turns out that a European satellite that mapped earth s gravitational field will succumb to gravity. It is expected to crash back to earth in a fiery ball in the next few days. Problem is, no one seems to know where it will end up.

It could be almost anywhere on the globe:

Blockbuster closes as Twitter goes public, but is this progress? That's debatable

Today is one of those rare days when we see the shifts in technology in stark relief: Blockbuster, the blue-hued ode to home entertainment, is closing the last of its 300 video rental locations. Meanwhile, Twitter goes public today with an initial stock price of a share. But good luck trying to buy it at that price. Are the technological changes we are witnessing are for the better? Is the creative destruction bringing progress?

Consider: Now when we settle in for a movie at home, we can tweet about it, instead of just sitting back and enjoying it. So where do you stand?

Neighbor documents alleged dog abuse with smartphone video, and pit bull owner is charged

It might be the single greatest weapon against animal abuse: It s the smartphone in your pocket. Consider this case from Las Vegas. A man saw a neighbor repeatedly abusing a white and black-spotted pit bull. Allegedly, the dog owner would swing the dog around by its mouth.

Worse, he allegedly would beat it with a rock and even a hammer. But the neighbor s reports didn t go anywhere until he captured the alleged abuse with his smartphone.

See the video here and read the fallout from the case.

Texas-sized island of Japanese tsunami debris headed toward U.S.? Not so says NOAA: How did this myth get reported?

Chalk it up as an urban legend that got reported internationally by some in the mainstream media: The notion that a floating island of debris the size of Texas is headed for the U.S., all of it spawned by the 2011 Japan tsunami in the Pacific Ocean.

Find out why the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration took the unusual step of correcting the record and easing clean-up concerns on the West Coast.

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