Friday, October 20, 2017

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FCC creates new data roaming policies
The FCC has some new rules for major mobile providers. They must now allow smaller providers to access their data networks. These new rules would help smaller providers offer their customers nationwide data service

Russia ponders Skype, Gmail, Hotmail ban
The Russian security service wants to ban Skype, Hotmail and Gmail. Apparently, the service sees their use as a security threat. However, the Russian government says it doesn’t share the same belief

IE9: Microsoft is back in the browser game
After three weeks, CNET News’ Stephen Shankland concludes IE is competitive if not perfect. Microsoft has truly returned to the browser market.

Microsoft to fix 64 security issues
Microsoft will release 17 security updates tomorrow. This newest set of fixes will patch 64 vulnerabilities. Multiple Microsoft products will be patched, including Windows and Internet Explorer

Google Abandons Street View in Germany
Google Street View is a nifty tool when you’re wondering what that place you’re heading to will look like. It’s also fun for when you want to take a virtual stroll. Unfortunately, the mapping tech hasn’t always received the warmest reception, In Germany, it bordered on hostile. Now Google’s stepping back

New Intel chip heading to tablets
Company is shipping a processor destined for tablets from Lenovo and Fujitsu, as it faces the daunting task of trying to compete effectively against ARM’s chip design


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20 Years of Linux down, and the best is yet to come
The movers and shakers of Linux gather in San Francisco to celebrate Linux’s 20th anniversary and to look to its future.

YouTube to drop $100 million for original content
Google is planning to spend $100 million to create original programming for YouTube. YouTube will get dedicated channels for this new programming. Some of these channels are expected to get several hours of new content per week.


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Federal Web sites may go dark in shutdown
Any noncritical federal Web site should display a notice that it "is unavailable" during a shutdown, White House says. will likely stay up.

Google, DOJ sign deal to approve ITA acquisition
The Web giant comes to terms with trustbusters over its plans to buy travel data company ITA, agreeing to compete fairly and abide by other rules

Google’s Chrome OS for tablets: More confusion for Android army?
Google’s source code indicates that the company is working on a tablet version of the Chrome OS and such a move could confuse the Android army, which has banked on Honeycomb.

Scientists create thought-controlled computer
Scientists have developed new technology that reads your thoughts. The device uses electrodes on your brain to understand what you’re thinking. This could eventually help those who’ve lost the ability to speak.


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Judge stops Google digital library
Recently, a federal judge halted Google’s plan to digitize every book in the world. Some see the ruling as the death of a universal digital library. Still, others maintain hope that a better solution will prevail

Woz: iPad is for normal people, not engineers
In keynote session at Storage Networking World, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak reportedly explains his belief that tablets aren’t for engineers, but for real, normal, ordinary people.


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Early version of Windows 8 leaked
A pre-release version of Windows 8 has leaked onto the Internet. The release of the next Windows is expected in 2012. The leak shows off some of the possible features. Most notably, the Ribbon interface may have a more prominent role

Pandora gets subpoena in grand jury app probe
Online music service Pandora has disclosed in a government filing that a grand jury has subpoenaed the company for a case involving mobile apps, though the company is not a specific target.

Disney movie criticized as creepy
Disney’s newest animated movie is giving moviegoers the creeps. Mars Needs Moms falls into what animators call the uncanny valley. This is the point where animation begins to look photorealistic. The near realism makes flaws even more noticeable.

The new Ubuntu Desktop: Unity
With the Ubuntu Linux 11.04 beta, we’re getting our first look at Ubuntu’s new Unity face.

When your apps spy on you
Leo Laporte was just ranting about how Color uses the iPhone’s microphone to listen to ambient surroundings.


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Google kicks off the Larry Page era: 5 challenges ahead
Google officially welcomes Larry Page as its CEO on Monday and the years ahead should be very interesting.

Google Goggles raises privacy concerns
Google Goggles’ upcoming facial recognition feature has many people worried. It allows users to find information about a person by taking their photo. Google says it won’t be available until privacy policies are put in place.

Taking back Android: Should Google be controlling the ecosystem?
The Android ecosystem is becoming unruly and Google naturally wants to step in to preserve its quality – but is that Google’s role in the bigger picture?

Microsoft’s Windows 8: Can a mashup of various features work well?
There’s good news on the Windows 8 front: Microsoft may be learning from its more nimble units such as Xbox and Windows Phone 7.

Breach exposes Chase, Capital One, TiVo customers
Epsilon, which manages e-mail communications for TiVo, JP Morgan Chase, Capital One Financial, the Kroger grocery chain, and other clients, says it suffered a security breach that revealed data on some of its clients’ customers

FCC eyes AT&T merger with T-Mobile
FCC Commissioner Michael Copps is against AT&T’s bid to buy T-Mobile. He’s concerned that it would give the mobile carrier too much power. If the merger is successful, AT&T would become the nation’s largest mobile provider.


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Microsoft exec: Tablets won’t last
One of Microsoft’s top executives doesn’t think tablets will be around much longer. He says tablets are only good for consuming content, not creating it

What’s happened to Honeycomb?
The first Android 3.0 tablet, Motorola’s Xoom, has been available for more than a month now. Others companies have been talking about their Honeycomb tablets, but none are shipping in the U.S

Why Microsoft is taking on Google in Europe
Two American companies battling across the pond may seem odd, until you look at the European record of enforcing its competition laws

Giving up Facebook is like giving up smoking
I gave up a social media ‘addiction’ for a week to get my essays written. Turns out, it’s a lot like giving up smoking: difficult at first, but slowly gets easier.

Tickets for sold-out WWDC fetch a high price
Tickets for Apple’s annual developer conference, which sold out in less than a day, are now going for quite a price premium on places like eBay


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Music labels look for rights violations in Amazon cloud
Online retailer appears to have gone to lengths to avoid violating copyright laws, and the company has begun negotiations to obtain licenses for new services. That could take time. Meanwhile, we’ve yet to hear from Apple and Google.

How Amazon has outsmarted the music industry (and Apple)
Amazon just brought back the best of the late, lamented Lala service that Apple killed. Yes, the recording companies are whining already.

Mobile carriers track your location
Your cell phone tracks your location every minute of the day. One German politician sued his mobile carrier. He wanted to see how often he had been tracked. His location was recorded more than 35,000 times in six months


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Racy email exchange goes viral
Here’s a lesson about the dangers of email. Two friends had a racy exchange about a particularly attractive woman. Somehow, the messages went viral. The men’s employers learned of the messages. Now they may soon be jobless.

Microsoft to file antitrust complaint against Google
In EU complaint, the tech giant says Google is engaging in anticompetitive behavior in search, online advertising, and smartphone software

Google picks Kansas City for high-speed fiber network
Google brings high-speed fiber Internet infrastructure to Kansas City. Next stop: the rest of America.

Windows 8: Beta collectors waiting with bated breath for a leak
In the past few days, rumors of a possible leak of one of the newer Windows 8 internal builds have been gaining steam.

Paul Allen: Gates, Ballmer tried to ‘rip me off’
Microsoft’s co-founder plans to release a new book entitled "Idea Man: A Memoir by the Cofounder of Microsoft." And his recollection of events involving Bill Gates isn’t too glowing


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Browser Wars
When it comes to browsers, we’re a little spoiled. New versions of the major players–IE9 and Firefox 4–bring serious competition to favored upstart Google Chrome 10. And don’t count out Safari 5 and Opera 11, as they, too, are keeping up the pressure on our top choice.

Google settles FTC charges over Buzz
As part of its agreement to end Federal Trade Commission investigation, Google agrees to establish a "comprehensive privacy program" after Buzz privacy flap.

Has Google learned Microsoft’s antitrust lessons?
While the Internet giant and trustbusters prepare for a year of hearings and court battles, some legal experts are struck by the similarities of what Microsoft faced a decade ago and Google faces today.

Today Cloud Drive, tomorrow a tablet – Watch out Apple, Amazon is after you!
Amazon’s launch of Cloud Drive and Cloud Player yesterday shows just how serious the company is about offering up a challenge to Apple’s media dominance

Beyond iPad: Top 10 tablets to watch this year
The tablet space is going to get smoking hot this year, with some compelling devices hitting the market that will crank things up. These are the top 10 tablets to watch this year.

Hackers seek intellectual property
Security firms are warning companies to guard their intellectual property. They say that this sensitive information is the new target for hackers. They say companies must be more proactive with cyber security.

NASA nixes 3-D camera on Mars rover
NASA will not include a 3-D camera on its next Mars rover. It says there isn’t enough time to create and test the camera. Avatar director James Cameron was helping to create the previously space-bound camera.


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Facebook tests real-time ads
Facebook is testing a new dynamic system for displaying ads. It monitors users’ actions and then displays ads based on them. For example, after posting an update saying you’re hungry, you may see restaurant ads

Jack Dorsey rejoins Twitter exec team
The co-founder, who has since gone on to co-found Square, is returning to the company as "executive chairman."

Time Warner takes heat for iPad app
Time Warner’s new iPad app is causing a ruckus. The app allows users to stream TV broadcasts to their iPad. Programming networks claim this violates their content agreement with Time Warner

Great first run by Amazon with its Appstore for Android
After 10 minutes of using it I have no desire to go back to the Google App Market

The first great Android Tablet: Nook Color
The first really great Android tablet may already be here: Barnes & Noble’s Nook Color.

Is the Windows Phone 7 NoDo update getting blown out of proportion?
Microsoft is rolling out the promised NoDo Windows Phone 7 update as promised in early 2011, yet many of us are talking it up like it is a major problem that is way behind schedule


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Microsoft gobbles up IP addresses
Microsoft has purchased more than 650,000 IP addresses for $7.5 million. That’s about $11 a piece. Microsoft hopes to get as many IPv4 addresses as possible before they become unavailable.

Google, Yahoo, Skype targeted in attack linked to Iran
Ingenious attack traced to Iranian networks led to fraudulent digital certificates that could impersonate major Web sites including Google, Yahoo, and Skype.


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2010: The year Apple also became a chip company
The market share numbers for chipmakers Intel and Advanced Micro Devices changed little in 2010. But the entry of Apple into the market is proving to be highly disruptive

Red Hat: Nearing $1 billion in revenue; Not bad for free software
Red Hat delivered a strong fourth quarter and is on track to be the first pure play open source company to hit $1 billion in annual revenue

Google not ready to share Honeycomb source code
The source code for Google’s Android 3.0, the tablet version of the OS known as Honeycomb, will only be shared with a specific few hardware partners, the company said

Open source’s UI handicap explains Google’s Honeycomb move
Google is reportedly holding back Android 3.0 Honeycomb code from open source developers in a move that’s causing a good bit of angst. Can open source do UI

Zombie PC Prevention Bill to make security software mandatory
South Korea’s recently proposed Zombie PC Prevention Bill, aims to fight botnets with common sense – by making security software mandatory on users’ PCs.


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Judge creates roadblock for Google’s digital library
A federal judge has thwarted Google’s plans to digitize every book in the world. The judge says such an undertaking would give Google a "de facto monopoly." Google hopes to continue the project eventually and bring millions of books online

Showtime to pull some shows from Netflix
Showtime is pulling some of its content from Netflix. Specifically, it’s removing shows that are still airing. This includes the series Dexter and Californication. However, Showtime is still giving Netflix shows that are no longer running

Firefox 4 doubles IE9’s 24-hour download tally
Such 24-hour download statistics don’t make or break a browser, but no matter how you slice it, 4.7 million is a really big number.


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Windows Phone 7 update is out
Microsoft has released a long-awaited update for Windows Phone 7. The update, named NoDo, lets users copy and paste. Microsoft says the update also makes the software faster.

Samsung reboots tablet strategy and beats Apple on price
Samsung dominated the first day of CTIA Wireless 2011 with its announcement of two new tablets that could finally give the Apple iPad a run for its money.

American propaganda revealed in Libya
A former member of the Dutch military has intercepted American propaganda in Libya. The U.S. military dispatched a secret plane that hijacks local airwaves. The plane has been broadcasting warning messages to Libyan ships.

Apple sues Amazon over app store
Amazon has opened its own mobile app store. Amazon is calling it the Amazon Appstore. Apple says the name infringes on its App Store. It’s suing Amazon for copyright infringement.

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