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Google Earth Reveals the Devastation in Haiti

Sat, 16 Jan 2010 08:46:47 +00002010-01-16T08:46:47Z

Google responded to the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti earlier this week by working with satellite imagery company GeoEye to quickly make images of the destruction available in Google Earth and Google Maps. The images were taken at approximately 10:27 a.m. Eastern time on Wednesday, and could prove to be a helpful tool for aid organizations attempting to survey and assess the damage to Haiti's infrastructure.

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Google Begins Replying to More Nexus One Complaints

Sat, 16 Jan 2010 08:45:33 +00002010-01-16T08:45:33Z

Google appears to be trying to boost its customer support for Nexus One customers, posting replies to many more queries on its online forum.

Google has come under fire since the launch of the Nexus One after hundreds of messages were posted with complaints or questions about the phone. Many customers said that after calling T-Mobile they were referred to HTC, the phone's maker, or the reverse. Google does not have a customer-service phone line, and customers sending e-mails were being told to wait one or two days for a reply.

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PC Shipments Jump in the Fourth Quarter, IDC Says

Sat, 16 Jan 2010 08:44:11 +00002010-01-16T08:44:11Z

Worldwide PC shipments soared during the fourth quarter, driven by historically low PC prices and an increased demand for laptops and netbooks, analyst firm IDC said Wednesday.

Shipments totaled 85.8 million units during the fourth quarter of 2009, growing 15.2 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2008. The unexpected growth signals a possible end to the struggles the PC industry has gone through during the recession, IDC said in a statement.

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Wow, Did That Go on Sale? Famous Tech Vaporware

Sat, 16 Jan 2010 08:42:54 +00002010-01-16T08:42:54Z

Each year, the nation's largest geekfest, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), is full of hype, overhype, and beyond the valley of the hype. Remember the Internet Refrigerator?

And each year the hype (and overhype, and b.t.v.o.t. hype) inevitably leads to disappointment: Vendors dangle many alluring prototypes and product rumors in front of the assembled tech journalists and geeks during the week in Las Vegas, but many of the products never appear or arrive far later than scheduled and in a competely different format. Evidently, much of what is dangled in Vegas stays in Vegas.

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Some Barnes & Noble Nook Buyers Get $100 Voucher

Tue, 22 Dec 2009 11:57:36 +00002009-12-22T11:57:36Z

Barnes & Noble is giving $100 gift certificates to Nook e-reader buyers who placed orders for the devices to be delivered before the holidays and now won't receive them until after the Christmas. The company had hoped that most preorders from November would be delivered by December 24, but says that some won't arrive on time.

Unveiled in late October, the Barnes & Noble Nook has seen several delays and is already out of stock across the country. The $259 e-book reader is the main competitor to Amazon's Kindle device, and it has received mixed reviews due to several software slowdowns.

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Ford Plans Wi-Fi On Board

Tue, 22 Dec 2009 11:56:45 +00002009-12-22T11:56:45Z

Ford, one of the failing auto industry's big dogs, announced it will nerd-out and bring Wi-Fi to a line of its vehicles. Starting in 2010, SYNC-equipped Ford cars and trucks will use not only currently available communications technologies (such as hands-free calling, audible text messages, and real-time traffic), they will also be "rolling Wi-Fi hotspots." This is perfect for when your school-age offspring needs to hop on the Internet for last-minute research, or -- more likely -- for businesspeople hacking out e-mails without paying much attention to the road.

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GAO: FCC Needs to Better Monitor Mobile Carriers

Fri, 11 Dec 2009 17:00:09 +00002009-12-11T17:00:09Z

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission needs to improve its oversight of mobile telephone carriers, because the agency has no way to measure the outcomes of the tens of thousands of complaints it receives each year, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) said in a report released Thursday.

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IDC: 1 Billion Mobile Devices Will Go Online by 2013

Fri, 11 Dec 2009 16:58:32 +00002009-12-11T16:58:32Z

The growing demand for online applications could push the number of mobile devices accessing the Internet past 1 billion by 2013, IDC said in a survey issued on Wednesday.

The explosion in the number of Internet-capable mobile devices will grow with the number of mobile users seeking access to online services, which could top 900 million by 2013, IDC said. Some of the popular online activities through mobile devices today include accessing news and search engine Web sites, downloading multimedia files and exchanging e-mail and instant messages.

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Facebook Privacy Changes Draw Mixed Reviews

Fri, 11 Dec 2009 16:57:01 +00002009-12-11T16:57:01Z

Facebook's revamped privacy settings will push more user data onto the Internet and, in some cases, make privacy protection harder for Facebook users, digital civil liberties experts said.

While acknowledging that many of the changes unveiled Wednesday will be good for privacy, Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) Attorney Kevin Bankston said the social-networking giant is also removing some important privacy controls that it should have kept.

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Google Rules Search, Yahoo and Bing Lag Behind

Fri, 11 Dec 2009 16:55:44 +00002009-12-11T16:55:44Z

While Microsoft's Bing might be getting a lot of attention, Google is still king of all things search.

Google's search rivals have been pulling out the stops over the last several months trying to take a chunk out of its market share, but so far it's not working, according to numbers released today from Experian Hitwise, an online market tracker.

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