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Friday, September 10, 2010

Day of Remembrance and Service


Nine years ago, nearly three thousand Americans lost their lives on September 11, 2001.
Like many Americans, I was shocked and horrified by the attacks on our country.
But I was also inspired by the heroism and selflessness of so many of my fellow
Americans in the wake of this tragedy.

From the brave men and women of Flight 93 who sacrificed their own lives
to save the lives of others, to the first responders who rushed without hesitation
to help those in need, to the young men and women who chose to join our A
rmed Forces following the attacks - these tragic events united Americans in
a remarkable spirit of solidarity and compassion.

It’s that spirit of selflessness and service that inspired the first September 11th
National Day of Service and Remembrance last year. On this day all Americans
can honor the brave men and women who lost and risked their lives by
serving others in their community.

Tomorrow, I will be volunteering with Mission Serve, an initiative bringing
together civilian and military communities through service and volunteerism.
Working alongside active duty members of the military, wounded warriors,
veterans, military spouses and students, I’ll help renovate a community center
at a retirement community for veterans in McLean, Virginia.

You can join me in participating in the National Day of Service by finding
a service opportunity in your area on Serve.gov:

Whether you help clean up a local park, participate in a food drive,
or help out in a local soup kitchen or school, volunteering strengthens
our communities and our country. The National Day of Service presents
an opportunity to take time to make a difference in your area and make
a commitment to serve your community throughout the year.

On the anniversary of this tragic day in our history, I hope you will
join me in honoring all those who put the needs of others before
their own by serving in your community.

To all Americans mourning the loss of their loved ones on September 11th,
the President and I extend our sincerest condolences. Your courage
and sacrifice is an inspiration to all Americans.

Sincerely,

Michelle Obama
First Lady of the United States

Liberace Museum to close after 31 years



Google TV, voice commands and free language translation services



Google Inc. Chief Executive Officer Eric Schmidt, seen here, said, “You should expect that other TV manufacturers would love to have this product. It’s free.” Photographer: Michele Tantussi/Bloomber
Google Inc. Chief Executive Officer Eric Schmidt said the company plans to extend its Web television service from U.S. viewers to global consumers in 2011.
Google has an agreement with Sony Corp. to launch Web TV in the U.S. this fall, while Samsung Electronics Co., the world’s largest television manufacturer, said today it may make sets run by Google’s software to compete with Sony and Apple Inc. in the market for TVs that access movies, shows and games online. Schmidt declined to say which other manufacturers will integrate Google Web TV into their televisions.

Soon Google Android and Internet users will be able to change channels on their TV by using their voice, including changing input settings and Internet searches. In a few months Google will offer a translation program for Android allowing users to speak into their phone and have the phone read back the translation.
More at Wall Street Journal.com

Bloomberg News Service.




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