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Street Corners, Internal Organs, Watery Depths: Google Is Watching

Now you and your friends can play "Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?" with Google's new mobile technology called "Latitude," but you, or they -- all of you, as a matter of fact -- can be Carmen. All of your movements can be geographically tracked through cell tower signals, and everyone you let...

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Obama, Obama, Recession, Recession, Obama

The Obama techies had their fingers on the switch on Tuesday, and at precisely 12:01 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, they threw it. The Bush administration's WhiteHouse.gov underwent a Cinderella-like transformation and joined the Web 2.0 era. There's a White House blog now, if you can imagine that, and...

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Separation Anxiety: Obama and His BlackBerry, Apple and Steve Jobs

There's been a fair amount of snickering over the possibility that Barack Obama will have to give up his BlackBerry after his swearing-in next week, with the implication that it's just a personal habit he'll have a hard time breaking, like quitting smoking. Apparently, the security risks associated ...

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Redmond Grinch Steals Cybercrooks’ Christmas, Straight-Talk Express Breaks Down in Cupertino

Looks like Santa visits cybercrooks too. Their present this year was a big, fat security hole in many widely used versions of Microsoft's Internet Explorer. The critical vulnerability allowed remote code execution if an Explorer user visited a specially crafted, malicious Web page. That translated i...

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Android Emancipation and the Sweet Smell of WiFi: The Week in Tech

If you want a G1 Android phone but you can't bear the thought of using a carrier with pink logo, help is on the way. You can now get a version of the HTC handset that's both SIM-unlocked and hardware-unlocked. But in order to get one -- and, yes, they really are limiting quantities to one per custom...

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Planetary Goo and the Threat of Vegetarianism

About 30 years ago, we Earthlings sent a probe to check out Mercury, the tiny planet closest to the sun, and concluded that it was just a big hot rock. But after poking around on the moon and Mars for a few decades, we decided to take another look at Mercury. Messenger, the probe that has now passed...

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Twittering Grannies, STD Greetings and Triboluminescence: The Week That Was

Technology has become the newest foundation of family values. According to a study by the Pew Internet and American Life Project, families that use technology tend to have better communication. Where once they gathered 'round the old Westinghouse to listen to one of FDR's fireside chats, families no...

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IBM Nixes Standards Shenanigans; Plus: Flying Lipstick-Wearing Pigs!

IBM has had enough of the silliness that goes on at some of the standards bodies it belongs to. So Big Blue now has a new policy: No shenanigans. Setting standards for hardware, software, communications protocols, document formats -- is a job that's way too important to be done in the dark, says IBM...

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Ninja Assassins, E-Mail Hackers and a Digital Media Pile-On

If you're a ninja assassin, a terrorist, an illegal street racer, or any other variety of violent outlaw, you shouldn't look to YouTube for training anymore; you won't find any there. The Google-owned video sharing site has revised its policies to specifically forbid videos that offer instructions o...

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Network Held Hostage, Cyberterror Battle Plan, Evil Genius Wannabe

A City of San Francisco systems administrator is a living testimonial to the importance of preventing any one person in an organization from having too much power. Terry Childs, who is now in jail, holds in his brain the passwords that will let city officials access San Francisco's Fiber Wide Area N...

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Internet Angst, Identity Crisis, Relationship Drama: Recapping a Neurotic Week

A vulnerability in the Internet's domain name system left essentially the entire Web open to widespread attack, but the technology community worked to patch the flaw before it could be exploited. Dan Kaminsky, a security researcher, noticed that the DNS was vulnerable to domain cache poisoning, and...

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The Downside of Ambition: Mozilla’s Crash, Teen Hacker’s Arrest

To kick off the final version of its newest Web browser, Firefox 3, Mozilla created a lot of hoopla about its goal to set a new world record for the most copies of an application downloaded in a single 24-hour period. That really wasn't very difficult, because there was no official record for that b...

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Extreme Makeover Napster, AOL and OLPC Edition

Sure, there's "Weeds" and "The Office," but the studios sure didn't throw open the vaults and let Netflix have its way with their film libraries. Still, Netflix has scored a coup with the launch of its $99 Netflix Player by Roku, a set-top box meant to do battle with Apple TV for dominance atop your...

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The World’s Smartest End Table, Smoking Your Phone, Document Standards Gone Wild

Last year, Microsoft successfully mated a touch-screen PC with one of those old Ms. Pacman games you might see at your typical dive bar. Thus the Microsoft Surface -- the world's smartest end table -- was born. At first, it spent most of its time finger painting and identifying objects placed on top...

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Apple’s ‘Malware’ Tactics, Motorola’s Split, BitTorrent’s New Friend

Mozilla's Firefox has a loyal following of people who say it's a lot better than the leading browser, Microsoft's Internet Explorer. But Mozilla CEO John Lilly looks like he also has a close eye on Apple's Safari browser, which commands a mere fraction of Firefox's market share even though it's avai...

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SXSW Crowd Grows Restless, Developers Flock to iPhone SDK, EA Gets Hostile

Things got a little heated at the South by Southwest conference in Austin. During Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's keynote, in which he was interviewed by Business Week writer Sarah Lacy, the crowd became frustrated with the way the discussion was going -- or not going. Audience members turned to ...

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IT Managers School Microsoft, Yahoo Explores Options, Androids Debut

When Microsoft couldn't get Windows Vista to work properly, users made the backward upgrade popular by switching back to the more stable and faster Windows XP. In its latest not-so-deft move, the software giant alienated many of the corporate IT managers it depends on by leaving them out of the loop...

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Gates’ CES Swan Song, Intel Investigated, ‘Spam King’ Dethroned

Easing into the role of full-time philanthropist, Microsoft chairman Bill Gates delivered his final keynote address at the annual International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week, giving the audience an earful of predictions for the next decade. High-definition video will become ubiqui...

Survey: Open Source Developers Welcome GPL v3 Draft 3

Open source software provider OpenLogic last week announced the results of a survey focusing on the most recent draft of the GPLv3. The survey results indicate that OpenLogic Expert Community members are positive toward the most recent GPLv3 draft. Seventy-one percent of respondents who currently us...

Sun Unveils GlassFish V2 Beta for Web 2.0 and SOA Development

Sun Microsystems on Monday announced the immediate availability of the GlassFish V2 Beta. Sun also unveiled its new Web Developer Pack as well as the creation of a Java Specification Request 311. GlassFish V2 Beta adds the enterprise features found on Sun's Java System Application Server Enterprise ...

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