Sunday, May 30, 2010

Technical News - 30 May 2010

  • New Ebola Drug 100 Percent Effective In Monkeys

    May 30, 2010

    TrisexualPuppy writes "A team of scientists at Boston University has created a cure for the Ebola Virus, first discovered in 1976. After setting the correct dosages, all monkeys tested with the vaccine survived with only mild effects. No tests have been performed on humans yet, as outbreaks happen infrequently and are difficult to track. Quoting NPR: '[The drug] contains snippets of RNA derived from three of the virus' seven genes. That "payload" is packaged in protective packets of nucleic acid


  • Spain Socialists face deep crisis as support dives

    May 30, 2010

    By Paul Day MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's Socialist government grappled with a deepening political crisis on Sunday, with reforms of a "dysfunctional" labor market hanging by a thread and its chances of survival beyond the autumn looking shaky.



  • Google and AdMob Ready to Take on Apple iAd

    May 30, 2010

    With the AdMob purchase complete, Google and Apple are ready to go head to head in mobile advertising.

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    Google - AdMob - Apple - Searching - Search Engines


  • Colombia vote pits Uribe ally against ex-mayor

    May 30, 2010

    BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombians voted on Sunday for a successor to President Alvaro Uribe in an election pitting a veteran government minister who waged war on leftist rebels against an eccentric former mayor vowing to battle corruption.



  • China Readies Internet Blackout for Tiananmen Square Anniversary

    May 30, 2010

    An anonymizer network used to bypass Internet filters has identified an uptick in Chinese censorship in anticipation of the anniversary of the revolt.

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    Tiananmen Square - China - Asia - History - Tiananmen Square 1989


  • No technical fault in Libya jet crash: investigators

    May 30, 2010

    TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Investigators have so far found no evidence that mechanical failure caused an Airbus aircraft to crash in Libya this month killing 103 people, a Libyan commission studying the crash said.



  • Czech centre-right parties start coalition talks

    May 30, 2010

    PRAGUE (Reuters) - Czech center-right parties began talks on forming an austerity-minded coalition government on Sunday after their surprisingly decisive election victory over leftists who advocated higher welfare spending.



  • iPhone Gets a Boost in Asia

    May 30, 2010

    Asia is leading global iPhone growth, according to researchers at AdMob.

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    IPhone - AdMob - Smartphone - Handhelds - Apple


  • GeoLocal: The Rise of Location-Based Services (Graphic)

    May 30, 2010

    Geo-targeting and location-based services are all the rage these days, with a core group of startups already fighting for market share. But Facebook, Google and Twitter are hot on their heels. Here's a look at who offers what, and how they aim to make money.



  • Senators Question Removal of NASA Program Manager

    May 30, 2010

    Hugh Pickens writes "The NY Times reports that one day after the removal of NASA's head of the Constellation Program, Senator John D. Rockefeller IV, chairman of the Committee that oversees NASA, and Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, the committee's ranking Republican, have asked NASA's inspector general to look into whether the NASA leadership is undermining the agency's moon program and to 'examine whether this or other recent actions by NASA were intended or could reasonably have been expected to


  • New China rules rule out torture in confessions

    May 30, 2010

    BEIJING (Reuters) - Embarrassed by a murder victim who turned up a decade after his "killer" was convicted, China's security and judicial authorities issued rules on Sunday to make it harder to convict suspects based on confessions secured under duress.



  • General McChrystal says Afghan insurgents trained in Iran

    May 30, 2010

    KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan insurgents are being trained inside Iran and given weapons to fight security forces, the commander of U.S. and NATO forces said on Sunday, joining a rising drumbeat of criticism of Iran's role in the country.



  • Gulf residents eye slow fix for historic oil spill

    May 30, 2010

    VENICE, Louisiana (Reuters) - BP Plc's "top kill" oil well plug failed on Saturday, practically killing any optimism among Gulf coast residents that the mammoth spill fouling their coast and fishing industry will end any time soon.



  • Bangladesh blocks Facebook over prophet drawings (AP)

    May 30, 2010

    Bangladeshi Muslim protesters shout slogans as they burn a Swedish flag during a protest against social networking website facebook for holding a competition on caricatures of Prophet Mohammed, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Friday, May 28, 2010. According to news reports, Swedish artist Lars Vilks has angered many Muslims by drawing highly blasphemous caricature of the Prophet. (AP Photo/Pavel Rahman)AP - Bangladesh has blocked the social networking website Facebook over a page urging people to draw images of Islam's Prophet Muhammad, joining Pakistan to become the second South Asian nation to ban the popular site over religious concerns.



  • Report: U.S. Justice Dept Inquiry of Apple Goes Beyond Music

    May 30, 2010

    Apparently recently announced Justice Dept inquiry into Apple business practices is more expansive than first reported -- and may involve investigation into multiple Apple media sectors...



  • China Suicides: Is Apple Headed for a Consumer Backlash?

    May 30, 2010

    As Apple released the iPad today across Europe and Japan, a key supplier in China continued fortifying factory buildings with anti-suicide nets and bracing against a growing tide of public criticism about working conditions after 10 apparent employee suicides this year — including one this week



  • BP Says "Top Kill" Operation Has Failed

    May 30, 2010

    MrShaggy sends a quote from a CBC story: "BP has scuttled the 'top kill' procedure of shooting heavy drilling mud into its blown-out oil well in the Gulf of Mexico after it failed to plug the leak. BP chief operating officer Doug Suttles told reporters on Saturday that over the last three days, the company has pumped in more than 30,000 barrels of mud and other materials down the well but has not been able to stop the flow. 'These repeated pumping[s], we don't believe will likely achieve success


  • Bangladesh blocks Facebook over caricatures

    May 30, 2010

    DHAKA (Reuters) - Bangladesh has blocked the Facebook social networking site because of "objectionable" materials it contained about the Prophet Mohammad and the country's political leaders, a telecoms regulatory official said on Sunday. The government move followed publication of caricatures of the Prophet deemed hurtful to the religious sentiments of the country's majority Muslim population, the official said. He said the ban, imposed late on Saturday, was expected to be temporary.


  • Bangladesh 'blocks Facebook' site

    May 30, 2010

    Bangladesh temporarily blocks Facebook over satirical images of the Prophet Muhammad and the country's leaders, reports say.


  • K-Lite Mega Codec Pack 6.00

    May 29, 2010

    The K-Lite Codec Pack is a collection of DirectShow filters, VFW/ACM codecs, and tools. Codecs and DirectShow filters are needed for encoding and decoding audio and video formats. The K-Lite Codec Pack is designed as a user-friendly solution for playing all your audio and movie files.


  • K-Lite Codec Pack 6.00 (Full)

    May 29, 2010

    The K-Lite Codec Pack is a collection of DirectShow filters, VFW/ACM codecs, and tools. Codecs and DirectShow filters are needed for encoding and decoding audio and video formats. The K-Lite Codec Pack is designed as a user-friendly solution for playing all your audio and movie files. With the K-Lite Codec Pack you should be able to play all the po...


  • How To Take a Big Vendor To Small Claims and Win

    May 29, 2010

    snydeq writes "Gripe Line's Christina Tynan-Wood offers good news for those harboring grievances about faulty software or unfair licensing practices: it is in fact possible to take a big vendor to small claims court and win. But, as one woman's fight against Adobe demonstrates, detailed evidence and a deep understanding of the laws in question are essential to obtaining justice against big vendor lawyers. 'Evidence is the key factor,' explains one legal expert. 'Often the evidence people present


  • How Big is a Yottabyte? (Pic)

    May 29, 2010

    btw it costs a hell of money...



  • Guy Who Copied Digg Slams Digg For Copying Twitter

    May 29, 2010

    One of the founders of Reddit, a Digg-clone, openly criticized Digg founder Kevin Rose yesterday for his plans to implement “me-too” features into the new version of the service.



  • $2.95 - The Price For All Your Personal Details

    May 29, 2010

    For a $2.95 one year subscription, Spokeo.com allows anyone to find all of the public information about you in one place. How safe is your identity in the Internet Age?



  • Weekend Update 5.29.10- The Countdown to D8 Edition

    May 29, 2010

    We’re in the final countdown for the D8 conference, which will kick of this Tuesday with Steve Jobs, live on stage and unscripted. The pillows are being fluffed, the furniture arranged, and the festive D8 crew bowling shirts distributed. You do not want to miss this. But before we can bring you all the D8 awesomeness, we should, as always, do a little wrap up what was a fairly wild week in tech news, Weekend Update style.

    As promised, Kara began Boom Town this week with another Steve Jobs blast from the past, this time at D5. It’s all been a big countdown to Steve’s upcoming interview live on stage at D8, this coming Tuesday. Its not just Jobs though. Head on over to the D8 site to see the full roster of tech execs in line for Kara and Walt’s hot seat. Midweek, Kara got a little video time with Keith Lee, CEO of Booyah! games, makers of My Town, the checkin-based social game that dwarfs foursquare with 2 million users. They just completed a healthy round of funding and, apparently used the money to buy a giant Princess Leia doll… watch the video. Kara ended the week on one of her favorite subjects: who is leaving Yahoo (YHOO) this week? Looks like Tapan Bhat, head of the front page, has left the building. Kara got the exclusive skinny.

    John was at the Digital Daily ticker machine the moment the big story hit. Let us mark this down in our calenders as the week Apple (AAPL) became worth more than Microsoft. How do you top a story like that? Well, John does it by following the saga of the social network editor that everyone is loving to hate right now. John gave a blow-by-blow of the privacy changes that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg laid out for his staff. Verdict? Less bad, maybe. To end the week, John covered some of the expectations around the international release of the iPad. Everyone will be watching to see if it outsells Macs, and then will proceed to stump about what that means for Apple.

    Twitter came in for a landing all over Media Memo on Monday. Peter opened with a post trying to make sense of their new “ain’t no such thing as a free lunch” profit model. The media shuffle is always in Peter’s cross-hairs, and this week’s installment was about Forbes buying up True/Slant. Wait… was that a media company acquiring something? Not selling it off? Peter ended his week with a cautionary tale to all this season’s commencement speakers. Don’t plagiarize your speech. Or, if you do, don’t do it from YouTube. Nothing is more humiliating than being exposed virally.

    Walt stepped out of the writer’s chair for Personal Technology this week and gave Geoffrey Fowler a shot at the keyboard. He turned in an insightful piece on the complicated world of e-bookstores, and some useful advice on how to navigate their ins and outs.

    The whole AllThingsD crew is feverishly preparing for D8 this weekend, and even the lowly Weekend Update crew will be getting on a plane bound for LA. We’re packing plenty of sunscreen and no-doze. Those shouldn’t interact badly… right?


  • 'Top kill' fails to stop flow of oil in Gulf of Mexico

    May 29, 2010

    Despite golf balls, tires, 30,000 horsepower of pumps and 30,000 barrels of dense drilling mud chock full of barite, BP's so-called " top kill " operation failed to stop the disastrous oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico and was abandoned on the afternoon of May 29. The idea was to muscle the oil back into the well with a steady stream of mud--a technique that has worked on land. [More]

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    Gulf of Mexico - Drilling fluid - BP - Energy - Business


  • 5 Google Chrome Extensions for more Safe browsing!

    May 29, 2010

    No doubt, Google Chrome is fast and secure web browser! But it never hurts to bolster your defenses, and there are many good chrome extensions for doing just that over in the official Google Chrome Extensions Gallery.



  • Report: DOJ inquiry of Apple goes beyond music

    May 29, 2010

    News that the Justice Department has been asking about Apple's business practices in the music sector hit last week. It appears other media sectors may be included too.


  • BP fails to plug oil well with 'top kill' method

    May 29, 2010

    Next option is to try to capture the oil from the well rather than plug it. The best option for stopping the flow remains drilling a relief well, which is expected to take months.


  • Intel Overclocks New Core Processors for Speed Boost

    May 29, 2010

    Intel on Friday released new Core i5 and Core i7 desktop processors that can be overclocked, giving users the flexibility to ramp up the clock speed to boost application performance.



  • A slimmer Kindle coming in August?

    May 29, 2010

    The next-generation e-book reader will be thinner and come with a sharper picture, two people familiar with Amazon's plans told Bloomberg.


  • Sony's New Flexible OLED is Thinner Than a Strand of Hair

    May 29, 2010

    Flexible gadgets are undeniably sexy - but Japanese electronics giantSony wasn't content stopping there. For their newest display, theydecided to also throw in ultra-thinness (just 80μm or a bit thinnerthan a human hair) and the energy-saving power of OLEDs into the mix.



  • The Future of Surveillance, When Automated Brains Keep Watch

    May 29, 2010

    Finding enough eyeballs to watch thousands of screens simply isn't practical, yet modern automated systems can fill the gap with a surprising degree of intelligence.The Automated Warning and Response Engine (AWARE) from Abeo Technical Services is one such system. It replaces the traditional banks of screens with a single view...



  • Google Chrome 5 [Review]

    May 29, 2010

    The real news is that with Chrome 5 Google's browser is finally available for Mac OS X and Linux.



  • M.I.A. puts reporter's phone number on Twitter

    May 29, 2010

    M.I.A., renowned for a little feistiness, decides she doesn't like the cut of a journalist's jib--or perhaps it was the New York Times article.


  • Grab big pics off Google Images the easy way

    May 29, 2010

    Use Google's Images search to grab big pictures for desktop wallpapers and the like? A new Firefox extension might save you some time.


  • Apple's iPad goes global

    May 29, 2010

    LONDON/PARIS (Reuters) - Fans mobbed Apple Inc stores in Europe and Asia as the iPad went on sale outside the United States on Friday, with some shoppers having queued all night to buy one of the coveted tablet computers.


  • Figuring land use into renewable-energy equation

    May 29, 2010

    Academics study land requirements for different energy sources and find that they vary greatly, but the biggest challenge is siting power plants and new transmission lines.


  • Is Optical technology coming of age?

    May 29, 2010

    This scenario seems to be changing for sure as more and more computers are outrunning their electrical wiring. Printers, hard drives and Screens are getting more demanding by the day in terms of speeds and processing capability.



  • Not Fooled: Ignoring Privacy Is Facebook's Business Model

    May 29, 2010

    After a slew of loud criticism, Facebook have rolled out new, more understandable privacy controls. Change your settings to ‘friends of friends’ and it will apply to all your interactions with Facebook. Aapplications and external websites will now have to ask permission for access to any sort of private data.The only problem? It won’t matter.



  • Robots infiltrate fish schools, garner followers

    May 29, 2010

    Researcher Maurizio Porfiri is developing robotic fish that can lead schools of real fish. One possible application is to use the machines to keep fish away from dangerous areas.


  • Top-rated reviews of the week (photos)

    May 29, 2010

    Here are a few of CNET Reviews' favorite items from the past week, including the Diddybeats high-end in-ear headphones, the LG Fathom smartphone, the 2010 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG, and more.


  • Foursquare Nearing 1 Million Checkins Per Day

    May 29, 2010

    A tweet from Foursquare yesterday revealed that the company is doing “10+ checkins per second.” We did the math and at 10 checkins per second, Foursquare is processing about 36,000 checkins per hour — putting the daily checkin total somewhere around 864,000.



  • Bill of rights

    May 29, 2010

    Who pays for calls made when your phone is stolen?

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