Virginia Tech Aftermath: Technology In Times Of Crisis
In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Virginia Tech Aftermath: Technology In Times Of Crisis
2. Today's Top Story
- News Sites See Surge In Internet Traffic Following Virginia Tech Tragedy
- Virginia Tech Shooting: Showing Support After Tragedy
- Beware Online Scams About Virginia Tech Tragedy
3. Breaking News
- Intuit TurboTax Users Have Until Midnight Thursday To Pay Taxes
- Mainstream Desktops Headed For Quad-Core Chip Boost
- Barclays Bank Fights Back Against Phishing Scams
- Microsoft, Lenovo Disclose Joint Research Effort
- BlackBerry Shutdown Sends Danger Signal For RIM
- Yahoo Exec: It's Not Who's Hot, It's Companies That Last
- Vendors Vow To Make Web 2.0 More Useful For Businesses
- Intel Chairman To Host Fly-Fishing Trip For eBay Winner
- Hackers Attack PowerPoint More Than Microsoft Word
- WAKKA, WAKKA, WAKKA, Microsoft To Host Pac-Man World Championship
- After AT&T Drops Telecom Italia Bid, Italy's Leader Looks For Italian Option
- Google Maps Taps Ajax To Syndicate Automated Feeds, Mashups
- BlackBerry E-Mail Service Crashes, RIM Tries To Bring It Back To Life
- IBM, Yahoo Search Tool Goes International
- Intel Outlines Mobile Road Map
- Microsoft, Adobe, Yahoo Tout Web 2.0 Hybrid Apps
- Intel Earnings Hold Strong Against The Competition
- Hitwise Predicts Which Web 2.0 Firms Will Win
4. The Latest Personal Tech Blog Posts
- Learn About Second Life For Developers And Business At The Life 2.0 Summit Late This Month
- Copyright Royalty Board Puts Internet Radio On Death Watch
- Will Battery Life Delay The iPhone?
- Linden Lab To Open Source Second Life Servers
- Will Dell Buy Palm?
- Now Hear This: More On Internet Radio
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- Smart Load Shedding Ensures Uptime
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1. Editor's Note: Virginia Tech Aftermath: Technology In Times Of Crisis
Technology plays an increasingly important role in times of crisis, and that has rarely been more evident than in the aftermath of the killings at Virginia Tech.
As we've seen over the years, technology can inform, calm, inflame, help to heal, and provide moving testimonials to those who have suffered from tragedy. Earlier generations gathered around the TV set to learn about the murder of President John F. Kennedy. Now, new technologies have provided new ways for people to communicate crucial information and come together to grieve.
Earlier this week, Virginia Tech students -- among the most tech savvy around -- used cell phones and text messaging to warn one another that a killer was loose on campus. Some used cell phones to call home to tell their parents what was happening and that they loved them. Student cell phone videos and newspaper blogs covered the tragic events in real time.
One graduate student, Jamal Albarghouti, reported live from the scene on CNN International and had his video viewed millions of times on the Internet.
Shortly after that, Virginia Tech students used social networking sites like Facebook, MySpace, and LiveJournal to let friends and family know they were OK.
IBM, Yahoo Search Tool Goes International
The new version of OmniFind Yahoo Edition enterprise search software supports searches in Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese, French, Italian, and several other languages.
Intel Outlines Mobile Road Map
The company unveiled plans for processors for notebooks, ultramobile PCs, and smaller computers that Intel calls "mobile Internet devices."
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Copyright Royalty Board Puts Internet Radio On Death Watch
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Will Battery Life Delay The iPhone?
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Linden Lab To Open Source Second Life Servers
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Will Dell Buy Palm?
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Now Hear This: More On Internet Radio
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