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Today's top headlines: Europe rejects ACTA; new iPad – smaller than the Higgs boson? Written by Nina Fowler on 4. July 2012

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Here’s the news we think is worth reading today, served up in bite-size form…

Happy Independence Day: SOPA’s Cousin ACTA Fails To Make The Vote In Europe. Can this really be the end?

ACTAThe European Parliament just rejected the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), by a nearly-unanimous margin of 478 votes against to 39 in favor. Read more on TechCrunch.

Scientists pretty sure they’ve discovered the Higgs boson

Large Hadron ColliderExperiments at CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research) have revealed what looks a lot like the Higgs boson, the elusive so-called “God particle” said to give size and shape to the entire universe.
Read more at BBC News.

Apple plotting Smaller, cheaper iPad To Vie With Google Nexus

iPadOK, it’s not subatomic, but it still poses a threat to the handheld tablets being developed by Microsoft and Google: Bloomberg reports Apple is working on an iPad “mini” closer in size and price to Google’s Nexus 7 and Amazon’s Kindle Fire, both of which have seven-inch screens and cost $199.

Point Nine, Blumberg, Mountain Super Angel invest a million in pet food startup E-Petworld

puppyFurniture and online dating are among the hot digital battlegrounds in Germany right now – could pet products be next? e-Petworld Gmbh, the holding company of e-commerce sites (for dogs) and (for cats) just closed a seven-figure investment round.
Read more on Gründerszene (article in German).