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Thomas Claburn
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posted in September 2008

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Apple Mac Pro Computers Toxic?
Commentary  |  9/30/2008
Jason O'Grady, writing for ZDNet, has me worried. He says that, according to a French newspaper, "Mac Pro owners run the risk of getting diseases as dangerous as leukemia (blood cancer) simply by using their computer."
Google Share Plunge To Be Erased By Nasdaq
News  |  9/30/2008
The search engine's canceled trades were triggered by erroneous orders that were routed to Nasdaq from another market center, officials said.
Tech Sector Could Star In U.S. Economic Salvation
News  |  9/30/2008
Universal broadband, spending on energy technologies, and alternative technologies could encourage the growth needed to come back from the Wall Street bailout, analysts conclude.
Snow Seen On Mars
News  |  9/30/2008
The Phoenix Mars Lander detected snow falling from the Martian clouds about 2.5 miles above the planet's surface.
Glide America Mixes Politics With Social Networking
News  |  9/29/2008
The service also offers what it's calling the People's Rolodex, a list of federal government contacts that users can add to their existing online contacts.
SpaceX 'Falcon 1' Marks New Era For Space Industry
News  |  9/29/2008
Falcon 1 is carrying a simulated payload, a hexagonal aluminum alloy chamber that weighs 364 pounds and stands about 5 feet tall, designed specifically for the test mission.
Google's Charity, At Your Expense
Commentary  |  9/25/2008
Google on Wednesday launched a contest to solicit ideas about how to help humanity. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but would-be contest participants should think carefully before acting selflessly.
Google's Larry Page Calls FCC White Space Test 'Rigged'
News  |  9/25/2008
The test back in August determined whether a prototype device for transmitting Internet traffic over the unused white space in the TV spectrum could interfere with microphones.
'Networked Workers:' Connected, Distracted, Stressed
News  |  9/24/2008
A new Pew Study suggests 62% of the workforce is more likely than the average American adult to own a cell phone, laptop, and a BlackBerry, Palm, or other PDA.
Digg Gets $28.7 Million In Funding, Plans Major Expansion
News  |  9/24/2008
The social news site's CEO says the company will double its staff and enhance its international appeal by launching the site in multiple languages.
Google Founded By Sergey Brin, Larry Page... And Hubert Chang?!?
News  |  9/24/2008
Chang claims that he collaborated on Google's original PageRank algorithm and should be recognized as a company founder.
The Android Platform Will Curb Apple's Arrogance
Commentary  |  9/23/2008
Google and T-Mobile have finally brought the first Android-powered mobile phone to the market, and not a moment too soon. Apple's iPhone needs some competition.
Facebook Users With Lots of Friends More Likely To Be Narcissists
News  |  9/23/2008
University of Georgia researchers analyzed Facebook users' pages to measure the relationship between an inflated sense of self-importance and the number of friends and wall posts on the social network.
Adobe Introduces Creative Suite 4
News  |  9/23/2008
The company said its latest professional media production software includes six distinct bundles because the distinction between Web sites and interactive experiences is blurring.
Apple, AT&T Sued For iPhone 3G Flaws
News  |  9/23/2008
The N.Y. lawsuit also claims the 3G iPhones demand too much power from the 3G bandwidths and AT&T's infrastructure is insufficient to handle the number of iPhones sold.
Google's Sergey Brin Starts Blog, Reveals Predisposition For Parkinson's
News  |  9/19/2008
The co-founder said he discovered the risk though, a consumer-oriented genetic testing company that his wife Anne Wojcicki co-founded.
Petzl Headlamp Singes Head
Commentary  |  9/18/2008
Petzl America, in conjunction with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), on Thursday issued a safety alert for its "MYO" and "MYO Belt" headlamps.
EPA Gets Poor Marks For E-Waste Oversight
News  |  9/18/2008
The recycling of electronic devices, particularly CRTs, may expose workers and their local environment to toxic materials.
Palin E-Mail Hacker Claims Google Search Helped Find Password
News  |  9/18/2008
Though the posted account is no longer available, some content of the Alaska governor's messages has been republished on several blog sites.
Amazon Expands The Cloud With Content Delivery Service
News  |  9/18/2008
The service is similar in concept to networks operated by Akamai and Limelight, which use low latency, high speed data transmission to distribute digital content.
Google, General Electric Push Renewable Energy, Grid Technology
News  |  9/17/2008
The companies are promoting development of hybrid electric plug-in vehicles and the electrical infrastructure necessary to support the so-called "smart grid."
Sarah Palin's Yahoo Mail Account Hacked
News  |  9/17/2008
The summary lists five screenshots of Palin's Yahoo Mail account, three text files with contact information and related data culled from the account, and two photos of Palin's family.
Google Lifts Ban On Controversial Christian Institute Ads
News  |  9/17/2008
Religious organizations can now use Google AdWords, as long as their ads don't shock people.
NSA Offers Security Advice For Macs
Commentary  |  9/16/2008
The National Security Agency (NSA) has posted Security Configuration Guidelines for Apple's Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) operating system.
T-Mobile To Introduce 'G1' Google Android Phone Sept. 23
News  |  9/16/2008
The handset made by HTC promises to reinvigorate the smartphone market and provide a mobile application platform to rival Apple's iPhone.
EU To Examine Google-Yahoo Ad Deal
News  |  9/16/2008
The European Competition Commission has joined the growing number of groups concerned that the arrangement will hinder competition in online advertising.
Amazon's IMDb Now Showing Free Movies
News  |  9/16/2008
The site has begun showing more than 6,000 feature films and television shows submitted by CBS,, Sony Pictures Television, and more than 500 independent filmmakers.
Apple's Safari Gets Gears
Commentary  |  9/15/2008
Gears is now available for Apple's Safari Web browser, making Google's bridge to the offline world more broadly accessible.
Google Launches Pre-Emptive Lawsuit Against Memory Maker
News  |  9/15/2008
In 2006, Google considered business proposals from Netlist to supply it with server memory hardware for some of its servers but ended up buying from a different supplier.
Apple Patent Describes 'Throw' Command
News  |  9/12/2008
The patent application suggests that on the desktop, the user would select an object and then enter "CTRL-T" followed by an "Up-Arrow" command to launch a file toward a sort bucket.
Firefox 3.1 Adds 'Porn Mode' Private Browsing
News  |  9/12/2008
The launch of Google's Chrome browser appears to have prompted Firefox's developers to be less leisurely in bringing the feature to market.
Google Buys South Korean Blog Company TNC
News  |  9/12/2008
Tatter and Company is similar to Automattic, a company that makes software to complement and extend the open source WordPress blog publishing platform.
Google Mobile Search Now Knows Where You Are
News  |  9/11/2008
The revised software provides a slightly better location-based search experience than Google Mobile Search on Apple's first-generation iPhone, the company said.
User-Generated Content Gets Easier For Gamers
News  |  9/11/2008
Interactive environments from EA's Spore, Second Life, Microsoft's Popfly, and Minor Studios' Atmosphir are helping non-technical types build and engage with other players.
InformationWeek 500: Consumer Goods Companies Make The Best Of Bad Times
Features  |  9/11/2008
Kimberly-Clark uses business intelligence tools to keep costs down in a trying economy.
Google Maps Street View: A Tool For Pedophiles?
Commentary  |  9/10/2008
A group called Stop Internet Predators claims that Google Maps Street View endangers children. I find that loopy.
Spore Players Revolt Over DRM Install Limit
News  |  9/10/2008
Electronic Arts says it's unfazed by's users, claiming the protection is necessary to prevent people from copying its game and distributing it online.
InformationWeek 500: Retailers In The Know Get Productivity Boost
Features  |  9/10/2008
Many retailers expect to see the delivery of better BI tools to more employees faster this year.
Apple iTunes, iPod Touch, QuickTime Get Security Fixes
News  |  9/10/2008
The Mac-oriented fix addresses a misleading warning dialog box that "incorrectly informs the user that unblocking iTunes Music Sharing doesn't affect the firewall's security."
Google Offers Web Searchers, Chrome Users More Privacy
News  |  9/9/2008
The previous 18-month retention policy has been whittled down to address regulatory concerns.
Microsoft Patch Tuesday Brings Four Fixes
News  |  9/9/2008
All of the bulletins address vulnerabilities rated "critical," which means that remote execution of malicious code is possible.
TechCrunch50: Startups Get Schooled
Commentary  |  9/9/2008
As I was watching the TechCrunch50 conference Webcast this morning, the session on collaboration turned brutal.
Justice Dept. Hires 'Super Lawyer' For Possible Google Antitrust Fight
News  |  9/8/2008
The Department of Justice has been reviewing the proposed ad deal that Google and Yahoo announced in June for possible antitrust action.
Google Is Everywhere
Commentary  |  9/8/2008
Google is everywhere. The "search, ads, and apps" company has designs on the air, sea, and land.
Ad Industry Group Opposes Google-Yahoo Partnership
News  |  9/8/2008
The Association of National Advertisers' letter to the DOJ warns against limited competition and advertiser choice, concentrated market power, and higher ad prices.
RealNetworks Offers 'Licensed' DVD Copying
News  |  9/8/2008
The legality of the RealDVD application, which allows users to save DVD content on a computer's hard drive, remains questionable.
Working At Google
Commentary  |  9/5/2008
What's it really like to work at Google? If you haven't worked there (and I haven't), it's harder than it might seem to get a straight answer.
Google Chrome Reflects A Desktop In Decline
News  |  9/5/2008
After 10 years as a company, Google is making the Chrome browser key to the coming of age of cloud computing, or software as a service.
Microsoft Plans Four 'Critical' Security Bulletins Next Week
News  |  9/5/2008
The four bulletins are titled "Windows Media Player Bulletin," "Windows Bulletin," "Windows Media Encoder Bulletin," and "Office Bulletin."
Another Google Chrome Security Flaw Identified
News  |  9/5/2008
The "SaveAs" problem is a critical buffer-overflow vulnerability that could allow a hacker to perform a remote attack and take complete control of the affected system.
Google Chrome's Shine Dimmed By Bugs
News  |  9/4/2008
Issues include laptops failing to sleep while Chrome runs, network errors related to proxies, lack of SSL client authentication support, and inability to remove Most Visited sites entries.
Google Fixes Chrome's End User Terms Of Service
News  |  9/4/2008
The old Terms of Service agreement was seen by many in the Internet community as Google being evil by asserting ownership over its users' work.
Google Chrome Faces Long Road To Enterprise Adoption
News  |  9/3/2008
IT admins want to be aware of Chrome because it could infiltrate companies the way instant messaging did, through users determined to use the software they like, without IT approval.
Google Chrome Swallows Pop-Up Ads, Advertisers Still Get Billed
News  |  9/3/2008
The browser actually loads pop-up ads even though they won't be seen unless users choose to maximize the pop-up ad windows that Chrome has minimized.
Mozilla Fires Back At Google: Our JavaScript Engine Runs Faster
Commentary  |  9/3/2008
Everyone's running speed tests to see how Google's new Chrome browser measures up.
Google's Chrome Browser Not Yet Secure
News  |  9/3/2008
In theory, Chrome should be more secure than other browsers because, rather than being a single-threaded application, each tab is handled by its own sandboxed process.
Google Chrome: More Or Less Privacy?
Commentary  |  9/2/2008
Google's new Chrome browser may end up being more secure than the current crop of browsers, thanks to its sandboxed multiprocess architecture. But it's not yet clear whether it will be more private.
Google's Chrome Goes For Maximum Speed
News  |  9/2/2008
Faster Web browsing leads to more searches, which shows up on Google's bottom line, Google co-founder Larry Page suggested.
Google Introduces A Browser Called Chrome
News  |  9/2/2008
As an alternative to Microsoft IE and Firefox, Chrome can have multiple Web applications open in different browser tabs without cross-application security risks, Google says.

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