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Pint-Sized Gadgets: When Smaller Is Better

It's not every day you hear scores of men arguing over whose is the smallest. But in the modern world of mobile computing, it's a conversation that's becoming increasingly common. The nature of today's business environment means needing to stay connected wherever you are. From ultraslim notebooks to...

Yang’s No Longer Playing Hard to Get but Is Microsoft Playing?

In what's become the equivalent of watching a fish flop around outside of water, Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang has now come forward with a new plea for Microsoft to purchase his struggling company. Just hours after Google announced it was pulling out of its planned search advertising partnership with Yahoo, ...

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Messenger Finds Blue Goo on Mercury

The results are in, and NASA's latest fly-by of Mercury is shedding new light on the solar system's smallest planet. The Messenger space probe zipped around Mercury early in October, examining parts of the planet never before explored. The latest mission is the second of three passes Messenger will ...

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Weird Science: Peeling Scotch Tape Produces X-Rays

Here's a fun fact for your cubicle-side coffee chat: That Scotch tape on your desk is good for more than just sticking together pages of a TPS report. Turns out it can also generate X-rays. Scientists at the University of California in Los Angeles have found that plain old office tape can create eno...

Android Market Gears Up for Battle

Google's Android Market is seeing some changes in the final hours before the phone's debut. Many of the apps that had been added to the storefront disappeared this week, and a handful of big-name offerings popped up in their places. Imeem, Shazam and MySpace are among the services with applications ...

Android: The Good, the Bad and That Pesky Kill Switch

Google's first Android phone has finally made its way into long-waiting hands. The T-Mobile G1 device, expected to be in stores within the coming week, is drawing mixed reviews from early users. The closest thing to a sweeping overview might be that it is a powerful device with a few flaws but plent...

OpenOffice 3 Debuts to Server-Crashing Demand

The third full OpenOffice suite is out in the wild and attracting plenty of attention. OpenOffice.org 3.0 was released Monday -- and already, demand has been high enough to overwhelm the download servers and cause them to crash. The software suite, designed as an open source alternative to Microsoft...

Yahoo Analytics Comes Late to Market but Promises Fast Data

Yahoo is getting into the analytics game with the launch of a new traffic measuring tool. Yahoo Web Analytics builds on the IndexTools system acquired by the company in April. The rebranded platform is currently available in beta mode only to registered Yahoo Small Business customers and a small sub...

Better Late Than Never, Yahoo Debuts Zimbra-Powered Calendar

Yahoo has unveiled a new dynamic calendar service powered by open source developer Zimbra. Yahoo Calendar offers standard Web 2.0 information-sharing options along with an updated drag-and-drop interface and a handful of unique options. The program is available in beta to Yahoo users as of Wednesday...

SCIENCE

Scientists Win Physics Nobel for Particle Theory Advances

An American physicist from Chicago is celebrating a Nobel Prize win for an advanced physics concept he helped formulate more than four decades ago. Yoichiro Nambu, an 87-year-old scientist with the University of Chicago, was one of three recipients of the highly esteemed honor, announced Tuesday. Th...

Facebook’s Other Founder Goes Off to Found Some More

One of Facebook's two cofounders is jumping ship to start his own Internet company. Dustin Moskovitz announced he'll leave the social networking site in about a month. He and colleague Justin Rosenstein, a Facebook engineering manager who previously worked at Google, will launch a new enterprise sof...

Is Sprint Looking to Disconnect From Nextel?

Sprint may be a step closer to selling off its Nextel business. Latin American carrier NII holdings has expressed interest in a purchase, according to The Wall Street Journal -- which cites "people familiar with the matter" as revealing the news. Several private-equity firms such as Cerberus Capital...

SPACE

NASA Craft to Make Second, Closer Swing Past Mercury

NASA is poised to take a closer-than-ever look at the closest planet to the sun. The space agency's Messenger spacecraft will zoom over Mercury's surface in the wee hours of the morning on Monday, coming within 124 miles of the rocky ground. The move marks NASA's second scan of the surface in its fi...

Microsoft Adds More Goodies in Bid to Hook Searchers

First came cash. Now, Microsoft is offering up prizes to try to get to you to use its Live Search product. The company announced the start of a new SearchPerks initiative Wednesday. The program awards frequent flyer-style points for Live searches that can then be redeemed for various gifts. It's the...

SPACE

SpaceX Private Rocket Blazes Post-Shuttle Trail

A man who made his name by founding PayPal has now made history by launching a small, low-cost rocket into space. Elon Musk, who heads up space exploration company SpaceX, successfully sent a Falcon 1 rocket into orbit over the weekend. It marked the company's fourth attempt and first success in lau...

TiVo Makes the PC Its Second Home

TiVo is teaming up with Nero to bring a new video recording solution to the PC. The companies announced Nero LiquidTV/TiVo PC on Monday. The product will offer TiVo functions from a computer, without the need for a set-top box. The system will be marketed toward both existing TiVo users and families...

McAfee Makes Enterprise Bid With $465M Secure Computing Buy

Virus protection giant McAfee is expanding its security empire with the acquisition of Secure Computing. The company announced plans for the purchase Monday morning. It'll pay $465 million, or $5.75 per share, in the merger. The move will no doubt help expand McAfee's suite of security-related produ...

Secret International Antipiracy Deal Spurs FOIA Lawsuit

A battle is brewing over a secretive intellectual property agreement being negotiated by the U.S. and several other nations. Leaked documents indicate the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement would allow multiple countries to enforce each others' intellectual property laws. That, some fear, could pos...

The PC Guy Is Real, and He’s Ready to Rumble

Microsoft's moving on to a new phase of its Windows ad campaign, and Jerry Seinfeld won't be joining the adventure. A new series of ads premiering Thursday shifts to a more direct brand and product focus -- a sharp change from the eccentric, image-oriented spots Seinfeld had helped orchestrate. In c...

Who Wants to Buy an Android?

After years of development, Google's first Android-powered phone is finally here -- well, almost. T-Mobile is expected to unveil the HTC Dream at a closed media event Sept. 23, with the device rumored to hit store shelves by mid-October. The question, then, is whether the Dream -- and the Android co...

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