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MakerBot will continue to independently produce products, such as its popular Replicator 2. Facebook has never been direct about the number of servers it has, but today at the GigaOM Structure conference, one of its executives let slip that it runs "hundreds of thousands of machines. The robot, which is capable of working autonomously, will search for signs of life in soil samples. A complementary satellite will monitor the planet's atmosphere for unusual gases. Jeff Dean, a Google Fellow who helped develop some of the web giant's most innovative infrastructure projects, says focusing on one problem at a time is crucial for success To close the deal Sprint just needs a shareholder okay and the FCC to complete its review. The question is, though, if SoftBank's interest in Sprint is waning now that Dish has successfully courted Clearwire. Twitter and Viacom have announced a partnership that demonstrates the social media site's growing reach. Former Apple executive Tim Bucher has hired away some key technical leaders from Netflix, Apple, YouTube, Amazon and Intel for a new stealth hardware startup. The enterprise software industry of today could learn a lot from the consumer desktop software industry of the 1990s. Always wanted to get a chance to remix a Public Enemy track? Now you can, thanks to a cooperation between the hip hop pioneers and BitTorrent. A consortium of schools including the Big 10 universities is reportedly questioning partnerships with private ed tech companies and considering creating their own online education network.