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The Growing Trend Toward Shrinking Devices

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...

Net Radio Royalties Have Pandora Teetering on Brink

The future of Internet radio may be in jeopardy. Pandora -- one of the largest online radio services -- is on the verge of shutting down, its founders told the Washington Post. The problem? Royalty hikes put in place last year are costing the company most of its income. And it's not alone. The feder...

Chapter 2 in Yahoo’s Summer of Drama

Yahoo is starting its first full week with an updated board of directors and a fresh outlook for the future. Former Viacom CEO Frank Biondi Jr. and former Nextel CEO John Chapple -- both recommended by outspoken shareholder-turned-board-member Carl Icahn -- were officially appointed to leadership ro...

Open Source Wins Landmark Legal Validation

Open source developers now have newly clarified protection, thanks to an appeals court ruling over the validity of their licenses. A judge with U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled Wednesday that programmers who "engage in open source licensing" and copyright their work do "have the r...

Yahoo’s Fire Eagle Soars Out of Beta

Yahoo is helping make location more global with the launch of its new Fire Eagle platform. Fire Eagle lets users update their location in one centralized place, then have that data broadcast to a number of services. The launch opens up new possibilities for developers. Because the platform is open, ...

Lenovo Bulks Up With Latest Laptop Release

Lenovo's going big with its latest laptop offering, the 17-inch W700 ThinkPad Workstation. The 8.3-lb. machine boasts a high-resolution WUXGA display and a host of powerful features to boot. The W700 -- starting at $3,500 -- is without doubt targeted at engineers and other users who need high-perfor...

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TrueAnthem: Shaping the Future of Free Music

These days, when you hear about downloading music for free, it's usually bad news: a lawsuit from a label, a threat from an ISP, or a crackdown from the government. Now, though, a new startup is turning the tables and encouraging fans to grab all they want -- without paying a single dime. TrueAnthem...

Subway Hack Gets ‘A’ From Professor, TRO From Judge

An attempt to stop a group of MIT computer engineers from exposing a security flaw in Boston's transportation system may be backfiring. The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority filed a suit to prevent the students from discussing their findings at Defcon 16, an annual hackers' conference takin...

SCIENCE

City-Sized Collider Set for Smashing Debut

A machine poised to make science history is now ready to launch. The Large Hadron Collider -- a giant machine built 330 feet below the France-Switzerland border -- is scheduled to fire up for the first time next month, on Sept. 10. The LHC, as its name suggests, works by smashing tiny particles call...

New Google Appliance Stuffs 10 Million Docs Into Pizza Box

Google is amping up its corporate search tool by more than tripling its capacity compared to previous models. The newly launched Google Search Appliance boasts the ability to index up to 10 million documents with a single, bright yellow server. The development -- Google's fifth offering in the Sear...

Prize Power: How Competition Inspires Tech Innovation

Bob Weiss knows a thing or two about dreams. "I grew up with the promise that if one wanted to go to space, they would get the chance," said Weiss, president of the X Prize Foundation. The trouble was that nobody kept the promise. "It became obvious that the only people that were going to space were...

SPACE

Brackish Soil Sample Suggests Martian Dirt Is Toxic

A new discovery made on Mars throws a curve ball at the question of whether life ever existed on the Red Planet. NASA's Phoenix Lander has uncovered a harshly reactive salt called "perchlorate" in soil samples taken from the ground. The finding stands in stark contrast to the original belief that M...

Firefox Wraps Tail Around Ogg Video Format

Mozilla is making a move toward open Web standards with its upcoming Firefox 3.1 release. The software -- now available in test builds -- will support the Ogg Theora video codec, the company revealed at its summit in British Columbia last week. The inclusion of the Ogg Theora codec means users will ...

IBM Unveils Hogwarts-Inspired Personal Memory Vault

Forget about forgetfulness: IBM scientists have come up with a high-tech way to help you remember every name, face and phone number you encounter. The technology -- named "Pensieve," in a nod to the magical memory machine from the "Harry Potter" series -- uses data from your mobile devices to build...

Netflix Digs Another Trench for Movie Streaming With New LG Player

Movie fans will soon have yet another way to get online content through their televisions. Netflix has signed a deal to offer video streaming through a new LG Blu-ray DVD player. The device marks Netflix' third online-to-TV partnership and will be the industry's first Blu-ray system to offer instan...

Rotor-Powered ‘Jet Pack’ May Propel Solo Fliers to New Heights

Flying isn't just for superheroes anymore. A personal aviation machine that made its debut at an air show in Wisconsin this week is raising the profile of solo flying devices. The machine -- named the "Martin Jet Pack" -- lets you soar into the skies for as long as 30 minutes and reach altitudes of...

SPACE

Virgin Galactic’s Mothership Ready to Haul Tourist Rocket to Space

Don't book that cruise just yet -- the vacation to outer space is a step closer to becoming reality. Virgin Galactic unveiled its White Knight Two carrier this week, starting the countdown to the world's first airline to take tourists to the stars. White Knight Two -- designed by Burt Rutan and fund...

XM, Sirius Pick Up Marriage License

The two giants of satellite radio are about to become one. The FCC has approved the merger of XM and Sirius, ending a year-and-a-half struggle to finalize the deal. The move will give the newly combined company unprecedented power in the world of satellite communications; however, it will come wit...

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MediaForge: Finding the Way of the Widget

If you told Rhett Frandsen 10 years ago he'd end up being a professional widget-maker, he probably would have called you crazy. "Back then, widgets were only something you read about in your economics book," Frandsen laughed. "Until Apple coined the phrase, everybody had sort of agreed upon the fact...

TiVo, Amazon Put a Little ‘Buy Buy’ in the ‘Boop Boop’

The company that pioneered the concept of skipping past television commercials is now introducing a new kind of TV-based advertising. TiVo has joined forces with Amazon to create an interactive system that will let viewers buy products featured on TV shows -- right from their remotes. TiVo Product P...

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