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Content by Thomas Claburn
Thomas Claburn
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posted in August 2010

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Watching The TV Wars
Commentary  |  8/31/2010
Very soon, the Internet and the TV will merge and technology companies will force media companies to adopt a more reasonable pricing scheme for entertainment content.
Google Voice Problems Limited
News  |  8/31/2010
Isolated reports of failures do not reflect a widespread collapse of the service, Google says.
Google PowerMeter Promises Social Recognition For Saving Energy
News  |  8/31/2010
Forget about saving energy to help the planet. Try turning out the lights to win badges and humble your friends.
Google Corrects IBM's Security Math
News  |  8/31/2010
IBM has fixed a security report it issued last week that misstated Google's security vulnerabilities.
Google Buys SocialDeck
News  |  8/30/2010
The deal promises to strengthen Google's social competency and to address issues of app discoverability.
BlackBerry Ban In India Postponed
News  |  8/30/2010
RIM's engagement with Indian government officials may keep BlackBerry users from losing e-mail and instant messaging service.
Google Planning YouTube On-Demand Video
News  |  8/30/2010
A deal with Hollywood studios could help Google TV succeed.
Google Fights E-mail Overload With Priority Inbox
News  |  8/27/2010
Gmail has gained an automated, trainable filter that attempts to segregate important e-mail messages.
The Rare Earth Element Crisis
News  |  8/27/2010
A Congressional Research Service report considers whether U.S. dependency on foreign sources of rare earth elements threatens the defense and technology industries.
FTC Settles Fake iTunes Reviews Case
News  |  8/27/2010
The deal calls for the removal of the fake iTunes app reviews created by Reverb Communications.
Video Patent Holders Forswear Fees
News  |  8/26/2010
MPEG LA says that its H.264 Internet video technology will remain free.
Google Expands Real-Time Search
News  |  8/26/2010
A new home page for real-time search results underscores Google's focus on timely information.
Top 10 Most Hated Tech Mascots Ever
Slideshows  |  8/25/2010
Mascots are marketing personified. When they're good, they're grrreat, as Tony the Tiger, one of the world's more successful mascots might say. When they're lame, uninspired, annoying or perplexing, they might end up on a list like this. Mascots are particularly important in the technology industry, because so many tech products and services are intangible and would benefit from an evocative symbolic representative. It's hard to imagine Linux without thinking about penguins. As for the mascots t
Gmail Offers Free Phone Calls
News  |  8/25/2010
With technology from its acquisition of Gizmo5, Google is taking on Skype and the rest of the telecom world.
Apple, Google, Nokia Face Mobile Ad Patent Lawsuit
News  |  8/24/2010
A maker of Internet kiosks claims that it owns the right to deliver personalized ads in public places.
Google's Android Licensing Scheme Cracked
News  |  8/24/2010
Developers should obfuscate their code and take steps beyond those explained in the Android Market Licensing reference implementation, Google advises.
3D TV Must Be Stopped
Commentary  |  8/23/2010
Of all the bad ideas on the technology scene -- and there are plenty -- 3D television is one of the worst. Like the gasoline-powered turtleneck sweater that comedian Steve Martin extolled decades ago, it's an unnecessary invention.
Online Impersonation Ban Proposed
News  |  8/23/2010
A bill poised to become law in California seeks to ban 'e-personation,' but critics see the proposed law as an unnecessary limitation on free speech.
Google Buys
News  |  8/23/2010
Using's visual search technology, Google will be able to expand its non-text search capabilities.
Facebook Places Privacy First
News  |  8/20/2010
Instead of stepping haplessly into yet another privacy quagmire, Facebook came with guides and a map to avoid problems.
Google Chrome Web Store Open For Developers
News  |  8/19/2010
To get ready for the Chrome Web Store's planned launch later this year, developers can now start uploading information about Web apps they wish to sell.
Facebook Places A Bet Against Google
News  |  8/19/2010
With its new location sharing capabilities, Facebook aims to redraw the local search map.
Google Lets Users Search Docs Using Gmail
News  |  8/18/2010
Thanks to a Gmail Labs experiement, Gmail users now have the option of searching their Docs and Sites files along with their messages.
Google Chrome OS Tablet Brings Ties With Verizon
News  |  8/18/2010
The Chrome Web Store is set to open in October, with Chrome OS hardware following shortly thereafter.
Google App Engine Gets Tune-Up
News  |  8/17/2010
A new version of App Engine has been released, promising multi-tenant apps, faster image serving, and expanded quotas.
Android Developers Bemoan Paid App Limits
News  |  8/17/2010
Android apps can only be sold in 13 countries, leaving developers wondering why Google isn't doing more to help them profit on its platform.
Viacom Appeals YouTube Copyright Ruling
Commentary  |  8/16/2010
Viacom last week fulfilled its promise and appealed the summary judgment granted to YouTube in June. If Viacom wins, companies allowing users to submit content could be forced to take a more active role in watching out for copyright infringement.
Google Denounces 'Baseless' Oracle Lawsuit
News  |  8/13/2010
The lawsuit seeks the destruction of Android software for violating Java patents and copyrights that Oracle acquired from Sun.
Google Chrome Beta Update Gets Faster
News  |  8/12/2010
Users of Chrome's beta version now have access to Autofill and improved synchronization capabilities.
Google Flexes Cloud Muscle Through Android Apps
News  |  8/12/2010
With help from its considerable computing infrastructure, Google is delivering new mobile applications that make it easier than ever to find and manipulate online information.
EU Joins FTC Inquiry Into Apple
News  |  8/11/2010
Concerns about the competitive impact of Apple's developer rules have spread to Europe.
Police Raid Google's South Korea Office
News  |  8/10/2010
Investigators are seeking information about the unauthorized WiFi data collection that Google acknowledged in May.
Street View Privacy Fix Turns People To Ghosts
Commentary  |  8/9/2010
Some people believe that they're entitled to privacy when in public. To such people, Google's Street View cars, which drive around taking pictures of public streets, represent a privacy threat. Now two UC San Diego computer scientists believe they have a way to conceal individuals from Google's prying lenses.
Google Gets Green Light In Maryland Schools
News  |  8/9/2010
More and more educational institutions are willing to consider Google Apps.
Google Wave Washed Out
News  |  8/4/2010
Google says it will stop development on Wave, its real-time communications and collaboration platform, a scant three months after making it available to the public, though the technology will live on in other products inside and outside the company.
Google Places Lets Business Owners Strike Back
News  |  8/4/2010
Those with Google Places business listings now have a way to respond to disgruntled customers.
AT&T Exclusivity Tops iPhone 4 User Dislikes
News  |  8/4/2010
In keeping with Apple's assessment of 'antennagate,' most iPhone 4 users are satisfied with the device, though less so than the iPhone 3GS.
Google Researchers Outline Pseudonym Sign-On
News  |  8/3/2010
Privacy worries about single sign-on identity providers could fade if Google's PseudoID system gets implemented.
Amazon, Apple E-Book Deals Face Inquiry
News  |  8/2/2010
Arrangements between the two companies and major publishers have prompted worries about anti-competitive pricing.
Google Promises More Crashes With 'Chrome Canary Build'
Commentary  |  8/2/2010
Google has long maintained three distribution channels for its Chrome Web browser: A stable channel, a beta channel, and a developer channel, representing points on the continuum of code stability. Convinced that its developer channel isn't sufficiently buggy, Google is introducing the Google Chrome Canary Build, for those who really want to live on the edge.
BlackBerry Messaging Ban Coming In UAE
News  |  8/2/2010
Frustrated by their inability to spy on BlackBerry users, telecom regulators in the United Arab Emirates plan to shut down BlackBerry text messaging, e-mail and Web browsing.

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