Privacy Gets A Senate Hearing
A recent Senate hearing showed some well-informed congressman making intelligent comments about the problem of privacy and the Internet today. But while the attention to privacy was promising, any actual privacy legislation out of Congress would probably make privacy issues worse, not better.
GAO Launches Mobile Website
Responding to the growing trend of accessing content on mobile devices, the Government Accountability Office reports are now accessible to BlackBerry, iPhone, Android and other mobile device users.
Amazon Launches $139 Wi-Fi Kindle
The Wi-Fi only electronic reader and a $189 third generation model of the original Kindle with Wi-Fi and 3G are Amazon's latest bid to spur digital book sales.
Radio Shack Revenues Top $1 Billion
An emphasis on mobile products, including a successful wireless kiosk program in Target stores, helped drive $53 million in profits for the second quarter.
Google Ramping Games Business
Discussions with online gaming companies and a job listing for a games project manager suggest Google is prepping its Facebook-competing social network.
Microsoft Launches Office For Mac 2011 Video
The marketing video highlights user interface enhancements, including a new ribbon that presents users with the commonly used controls, the template gallery and email improvements.
Facebook Launches Q&A Service
Facebook Questions, launched in a limited beta, allows crowdsourcing of answers to questions on any topic from the 500 million users of the social network.
Slideshow: Top 10 Tech Newsmakers Of 2010
These individuals and companies involved in the most significant news stories so far this year. Here's of list of the people and businesses who are making waves in the tech pool.
EVO Drives Sprint Nextel Subscriber Growth
Despite reporting a $720 million quarterly loss, the wireless provider's announcement of a net customer gain after three years of subscriber attrition drove its stock up 4%.
Amazon Sells Out Of Kindles
The growth rate of Kindle sales has tripled since Amazon lowered the price to $189; customers can still order the electronic reader, but estimated delivery dates are not available.
LG Posts 33% Second Quarter Loss
Lackluster performance of handset division, higher R&D and marketing costs responsible for depressed financial performance, says company.
Nvidia Loses Patent Fight With Rambus
The International Trade Commission will issue a Limited Exclusion Order against Nvidia barring the company from importing products that infringe on Rambus patents.
Apple Updates Mac OS X
The update includes the fixes in the v10.6.4 update released June 15, plus a few compatibility and performance-related graphics issues specific to the latest iMacs.
BlackBerry 6, Windows Phone 7: Will You Stand In Line?
Are Research In Motion and Microsoft chasing the glory of consumer acceptance and compromising their relative success in the enterprise? That's the risk of following Apple and Google, rather than leading with strength and innovation.
Facebook, Twitter Influence Purchases
A Gartner study of social networks influence on purchasing decisions finds they have become important shopping tools for both retailers and consumers.
Google Docs Gets Smartquote Controls
Google on Tuesday is adding two new features to Google Docs: The ability to translate documents into one of 53 languages and the ability to remove smartquotes.
Apple Refreshes iMac, Mac Pro
The Magic Trackpad, a wireless navigation device, and a 27-inch LED Cinema Display were announced in addition to the Mac updates.
Rolling Back The DMCA
Probably one of the most damaging things to happen to technology in the last twenty years was the passage of the DMCA. But a recent decision by the Copyright Office and Librarian of Congress has rolled back some of the reach of the nefarious DMCA.
The End of Closed iPhones?
Go ahead and pick the iPhone's digital lock. The U.S. Copyright Office says that's okay. In a surprise decision, the Copyright Office granted the Electronic Frontier Foundations' request for three exemptions from the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) anticircumvention provisions.