Friday, April 22, 2011

New About Google - 22 April 2011

  • Long label names in Gmail
    April 21, 2011

    Today we’re making a small change that makes it easier to handle long label names: you can now add and edit label names up to 225 characters. The old limit was 40 characters, which wasn’t enough for some people who had switched from Outlook or accessed Gmail through IMAP.

    Label names can get really long, especially when you use Nested Labels. When that happens, Gmail will shorten them if necessary to avoid cluttering your view.

    You can always mouse
  • Wordpress Plugin for Webmaster Tools verification
    April 21, 2011
    Webmaster Level: All

    For webmasters with self-hosted Wordpress blogs, there’s now a Webmaster Tools site verifcation plugin for Wordpress that completely automates our verification process! You can install it directly from the “Install Plugins” control panel built into your Wordpress blog, or you can download the ZIP file from the Wordpress plugin site. This plugin can only be used by self-hosted Wordpress blogs; it can’t be installed on blogs hosted on

    With verified ownership of your site in Webmaster Tools, you can receive
  • The DOs and DON’Ts of Google Summer of Code: Mentor Edition
    April 21, 2011

    This is the final post in a series of three posts on the DOs and DON’Ts for Google Summer of Code students, mentors, and organization administrators. This post deals with mentors; the first post dealt with students and the second post with organization administrators.

    The role of a mentor is to monitor the progress of each accepted student and to mentor them as the project progresses. Based on our experience with Google Summer of Code, we’d like to share these tips and antipatterns with you to raise awareness and help mentors avoid the same mistakes that have been made by many others. For even more advice, check out the mentor/admin guide.

    Be an active member of the community you are mentoring for.
    One of your goals should be to integrate your student in the project
    community. You can do this best if you are a part of it yourself.
    Introduce the student to the people in your community and your
    communication media. Also familiarize the student with the rules and
    norms that your community abides by and that they might not be aware of
    yet. Apply as a mentor only after interacting with the community.
    Apply as a mentor to organizations where you don’t contribute. Every year, a surprising number of people request to become mentors for nearly every organization in Google Summer of Code simultaneously. In general, this is treated as spam and you will be blacklisted for doing it. One of the goals of Google Summer of Code is
    to introduce the student to the community. You may be an expert in the
    code, but the goal is to integrate code and transform students into
    long-term contributors; if you don’t know the community, both of these
    are much harder.
    Focus on one student.
    New mentors should concentrate on doing an amazing job mentoring one
    student instead of spreading themselves too thinly. Even experienced
    mentors should take caution when thinking about mentoring two
    projects—it’s not unusual for both projects to be mentoring-intensive.
    If that happens, you may not have the time to do your students justice,
    and it’s unfair to fail students because of your own difficulties. This
    is one reason backup mentors are critical.
    Take on too many students. Mentoring
    more than one student in your first year is a recipe for failure. Even
    if it’s your second year, this advice still stands, as the amount of
    time needed to mentor a student varies wildly between students,
    projects, ideas, etc. People mentor multiple students successfully each
    year, but many people fail at it every year too. If you have experience
    and still want to mentor two or more students, plan to set aside time
    during your full-time job because your free time probably won’t be
    Communicate frequently with your student and org admin(s).
    You’ll need to answer to both your org admin and student— make their
    lives easier by being available when they need you. Most admins will
    periodically check in to make sure all your organization’s projects are
    on track; if you don’t respond in a timely manner, they may think your
    project is failing. Your student often has a regular stream of
    questions, some of which can’t be answered by Google, so be available
    to avoid wasting your student’s time and delaying the project.
    Some students will need constant access to their mentors. If you intend
    on being out of touch for even a relatively short period of time, even
    just a few days, let your student know ahead of time. Arrange it so
    that your student is able to reach a backup mentor during this time and
    having the student know about this backup mentor from the beginning of
    the project is also good advice. Although disappearing mentors are less
    common than disappearing students, they do happen. This can really put
    a strain on your org admin who has to replace you on short notice,
    maybe near a deadline.
    Set aside at least 5 hours a week for mentoring.
    The student has to do the actual work over the summer but you’ve
    committed to help them along the way. Depending on how much help your
    student needs, this can be a significant task. Set aside at least 5
    hours per week for mentoring unless you are certain the student is well
    integrated and supported by the whole community. And even then, plan
    for road-blocks along the way that you need to help with.
    Underestimate mentoring effort.
    Mentoring takes time. No, really, it does. You might be lucky and have
    a student who needs little mentoring, but you probably won’t. If you
    don’t have at least a few hours per week over the course of the
    program, you have two options. You can either choose not to mentor or
    you can team up with another member of your team as a back-up mentor.
    Be aware that ‘a few hours’ can grow quite significantly if you or the
    student overestimated their abilities, underestimated the project, or
    they need more significant help than you planned.
    Give your student frequent feedback on performance.
    Let the student know whether you are happy or unhappy with his
    performance. Chances are he can’t properly judge his own performance
    and abilities yet. Make sure your student sees failure coming a mile
    away; it should never be a surprise. You also want to ensure your
    student knows his work is high-quality, if it is. Give feedback
    regularly. This goes both ways—ask your student if he is happy with
    your mentoring and where you might be able to improve.
    Provide zero feedback, then abruptly fail the student.
    The student depends on feedback from the mentor. This includes
    situations where things don’t go as planned. If it is the student’s
    fault, he should learn about it as soon as possible to be able to
    correct it, and more importantly, avoid repeating it. Failing your
    student by surprise is almost guaranteed to end up with bad feelings on
    both sides and can result in appeals to Google. It’s equally bad for a
    student to spend the summer frightened that they’re doing a terrible
    job because you haven’t told them that they are actually doing fine (or
    better). Communicate.
    Ensure your student’s code is ready to integrate.
    Seeing code shipped in a release and then used by thousands of people
    is the ultimate motivation to continue being an active part of your
    community for many people. You should help and motivate your student to
    go those few extra steps and get their summer’s work into a release.
    You can jump-start this with small tasks and bug fixes before
    application time, or in the community bonding period. This way you can
    ensure your student has some code committed before even starting the
    project. Encourage students to keep code in a state where you can still
    integrate it if they leave the project immediately after, or even
    Google Summer of Code.
    Fail to ship your student’s code. Your student might not have gotten the code into a state that’s ready to release or integrate by the end of Google Summer of Code.
    Do not wait too long with this—if the goal isn’t the next release, it
    may never happen. Committing the result is an expectation worth
    setting, so ensure your student understands this from the beginning of
    the project. If your student forks or branches early and doesn’t track
    any changes to trunk it can be hard to integrate. If your student
    develops in a non-agile style where the code doesn’t work at all unless
    the whole project works perfectly, the same problem can arise.
    Prevent your student from going down dead ends with code.
    Your student will make mistakes and wrong decisions. It is your job as
    his mentor to intervene when he is stuck or heading in the wrong
    direction. Do this early.
    Google Summer of Code
    is too short for anything else. This requires you to keep a close eye
    on what he is doing. Some teams prefer short daily meetings to make
    sure everyone is on top of things and know what everyone else is
    working on. It’s also important to reinforce good practices so the
    student can continue to use them.
    Review your student’s code for the first time at the end of the summer.
    Your student might be a genius and a mind reader but chances are that
    he isn’t. He probably won’t create an excellent design, write perfect
    code and deliver stunning documentation independently. He’s probably
    never done a project of this size before. If you don’t find problems
    early, they pile up and lead to a failed project with nobody to blame
    for it but yourself.
    Promote your student’s independence.
    When your student encounters a problem and comes to you or the
    community for help, ask her to suggest a potential solution as well.
    This encourages your student to learn how to do research and to fully
    understand problems and how to get into the mindset of solving them. It
    also makes it much more likely that her questions are well-informed,
    giving the community a much better impression of your student. When
    possible, direct your student to participate directly in the community
    rather than acting as a conduit, because close ties to the community
    make it more likely that she will want to stay involved with the
    community after the summer.
    Get between your student and the community or the code.
    It’s easy to fall into the trap of writing tricky code or solving every
    difficult problem for your student. This prevents students from gaining
    skill and confidence by solving their own problems, or at least making
    progress toward a solution. One of the best ways to ensure your student
    disappears at the end of the summer is to never invite her into the
    broader community of your organization. Without social ties, students
    are much more likely to move on to other things and leave your
    organization behind.

    Making Google Summer of Code the best possible program requires preparation and a commitment to excellence from all participants. Now that we’ve provided suggestions for mentors, org admins, and students, you should know how to avoid the most common problems at every level. Whatever role you would like to play in Google Summer of Code or a similar program, read everything you can so you are fully prepared for the experience. Good luck, and have fun in your endeavors.

    By Donnie Berkholz, Lydia Pintscher, and Kevin Smith, Google Summer of Code Administrators for Gentoo & X.Org, KDE, and XMPP Standards Foundation, respectively

  • Life in a Day - coming to theaters this summer
    April 21, 2011
    On July 24, 2010, thousands of people around the world uploaded videos of their day to YouTube to take part in Life in a Day, a historic cinematic experiment to create a documentary film about a single day on earth. From over 80,000 submissions, executive producer Ridley Scott and Oscar winning director Kevin Macdonald have crafted a 90-minute feature film that paints a surprising, moving and entertaining portrait of the world today.

    The movie premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January, and was simultaneously live streamed here on YouTube
  • More powerful collaboration
    April 21, 2011
    Until now, CSE has had a simple collaboration feature that lets the owner of a custom search engine invite friends or colleagues to contribute sites, and assign labels to these sites. This was useful in expanding the scope of a search engine, but beyond expanding indexing, it limited what collaborators were able to do.

    Starting today, we’re replacing the current collaboration options with more powerful shared administration features. Through Admin accounts, a new tab in your control panel, you can now invite collaborators to become shared administrators
  • Prediction API: Every app a smart app
    April 21, 2011
    By Travis Green of the Google Prediction API Team.

    If you’re looking to make your app smarter and you think machine learning is more complicated than making three API calls, then you’re reading the right blog post.

    Today, we are releasing v1.2 of the Google Prediction API, which makes it even easier for preview users to build smarter apps by accessing Google’s advanced machine learning algorithms through a RESTful web service.

    Some technical details of the Prediction API:
    • Chooses best technique from several available machine learning

  • Android for Good at Google I/O 2011
    April 21, 2011
    By Zi Wang of the Android Team

    Do you have an unlocked Android device that you no longer need? If you’re coming to Google I/O, you can make a world of difference by donating it to Android for Good.

    Android for Good evolved from a program at Google started by one passionate engineer with an idea to help the developing world through technology. A small team collected Android devices from Googlers around the world and organized their donation to groups including Grameem’s AppLab Community Knowledge Worker Initiative in Uganda, Save
  • SketchUp Pro Case Study: Peter Wells Design
    April 21, 2011
    Peter Wells is a Glendale, Wisconsin-based independent remodeling designer serving Milwaukee and the southeastern part of the state. Working through builders or direct with homeowners, Wells creates award-winning residential design solutions for kitchens, bathrooms, lower levels and additions. He belongs to the local NARI chapter & his new company is in its fourth year of production.
    In the remodeling business, every new project brings its own unique design challenge. Solutions often have to be submitted with in very short window of

  • Oklahoma, where the wind comes sweepin’ down the plain
    April 21, 2011
    Rodgers and Hammerstein weren’t kidding when they wrote what is now Oklahoma’s official state song. The gusts on the plains are fierce, which makes the Sooner State a great place to harness clean, renewable wind energy. Our commitment to greening our energy supply is also strong, which is why we’ve just signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) for wind energy—our second in less than a year—in Oklahoma.

    The purchase is similar in size and structure to the agreement we signed last July for wind energy in Iowa, but this time we will be applying
  • More predictions in autocomplete
    April 20, 2011
    I work on a team that develops autocomplete—the feature that provides predicted searches while you type. When you combine autocomplete with Google Instant, you can really accelerate your searching. Because it is so important to your search experience, we’ve been looking for ways to provide predictions for even more queries. Today we’re improving the predictive powers of autocomplete, helping you search for things even when no one else in the world has.

    One of the main ways autocomplete works is by looking at the most popular searches on Google
  • Former student pays it forward as a mentor for Google Code-in
    April 20, 2011

    Charlie Gordon was a student participant in the Google Highly Open Participation Contest, an earlier version of Google Code-in that pairs high school students with mentors in open source projects. Here he discusses his recent experience as a Mentor for the 2010-2011 Google Code-in.

    There were so many great stories from Google Code-in that it's hard to pick out just a few. I'm always so excited to get young people involved in open source - I remember how excited I was when I participated in the Google Highly Open Participation Contest

  • Check out the latest from the Developer Sandbox at Google I/O 2011
    April 20, 2011
    By Dusty Reid and Christine Songco of the Google I/O Team.

    With Google I/O 2011 less than a month away, we wanted to give you a preview of the partners who will be present at our Developer Sandbox. Starting today, you can visit the Developer Sandbox page on our website for a preview of who will be exhibiting at Google I/O 2011. Think of the Sandbox as a place where you can get real-life case studies and hands-on time with developers who use Google technologies to build products. We have 128 partners participating across 10 product
  • New Interface Wednesdays: New report available by country
    April 20, 2011
    Have you ever wanted to understand your AdSense performance based on where your users are? Now you can do just that with the countries report.

    To report by country, simply navigate to the Performance reports tab. In the navigation sidebar, click on the "Countries" report. This report will show your site's earnings by visitor country.

    Please note that the countries report won't contain historical earnings data prior to when this feature is made available in your account. You can view earlier click and impression data by countries, but historical
  • Here Comes The Bride… or Bridezilla!
    April 20, 2011
    It is wedding season again! Many brides-to-be are planning their big day. For anyone that has planned a wedding or been a part of a wedding party, you know how many details must be executed flawlessly. Some less fortunate bridesmaids have witnessed what can happen if any details fall apart. Good thing Google has created a way for brides-to-be to keep organized through!

    As a retailer, you connect with budding brides (and grooms) early in wedding planning process, and have the opportunity to keep brides from becoming bridezillas

Technical News - 22 April 2011

  • Microsoft: 350 million licenses of Windows 7 sold in 18 months
    April 22, 2011
    Microsoft officials said on April 22 that the company has sold 350 million Windows 7 licenses in the 18 months the product has been available.
  • Husqvarna Automower app promises to make lawn mowing 'easier'
    April 22, 2011
    The iPhone can do a lot of amazing things with the plethora of apps available for iOS. Now it can help mow the lawn...sort of.
  • Congressman asks Jobs to respond about consolidated.db
    April 22, 2011
    This has been a rough week for Apple. Despite announcing record Q2-2011 earnings (again), news broke about a potential privacy concern in Apple's iOS 4. Now the Fed wants answers.
  • BlackBerry PlayBook; a good reason to buy a BlackBerry smartphone
    April 22, 2011
    The BlackBerry PlayBook is a fun device with a slick user interface and powerful operating system. It is made better with a BB smartphone so I now want RIM to release their new 6.1 models.
  • Amazon slashes HTC Thunderbolt price to $130 on contract
    April 22, 2011
    Do you want a 4G LTE smartphone from Verizon Wireless but can't afford the Droid Charge? Amazon has an HTC Thunderbolt waiting for you.
  • Amazon's Web Services outage: End of cloud innocence?
    April 22, 2011
    Cloud computing is learning the harsh reality of resiliency as Amazon Web Services' outage has crossed its second day. Meanwhile, startups and a host of other AWS customers are in uncharted...
  • Nintendo DS Lite discontinued at GameStop
    April 22, 2011
    If you're still interested in picking up a Nintendo DS Lite, you better try to get one as soon as possible because these handheld gaming consoles are as good as gone.
  • Apple Q2'11: Record revenue, profit and iPhone sales
    April 22, 2011
    Apple announced another quarter of record results for Q2 2011, ending March 26, 2011 with revenue growth of 83 percent, profit growth of 95 percent and record iPhone sales.
  • T-Mobile dropping $100 off LG G-Slate until April 27
    April 22, 2011
    T-Mobile is running a special promotion for the launch of the LG G-Slate. But it's for a limited time, and there's only one possible way to take advantage of it.
  • The 3D scam: Reject and repeat
    April 22, 2011
    The entertainment industry keeps trying to push 3D on consumers. A lot of smart people have already caught on to the fact that it's scam, and it's time for more consumers to join the boycott.
  • Verizon expands LTE coverage; Droid Charge ships next week
    April 22, 2011
    Verizon Wireless is readying next week's launch of the Samsung Droid Charge, and now six additional markets will be able to support the 4G smartphone as well.
  • Now it's Samsung's turn to sue Apple
    April 22, 2011
    Days following a lawsuit fired by Apple at Samsung, Samsung now responds with a lawsuit of its own.
  • This week in Mobile News Manor #16: PlayBook and LTE
    April 22, 2011
    This is a peek into a technology writerââ¬â¢s home office, aka Mobile News Manor, discussing gadgets, apps, best practices using same, and ebooks. This week was PlayBook time.
  • Is it better to have youth or experience in IT? [Poll]
    April 22, 2011
    The TechRepublic forums have lit up recently over the issue of whether youth or experience is the more essential asset for a career in IT. Take a look at both sides of the story and vote in the poll.
  • Is the 'cloud' green or not? Greenpeace scrutinizes 10 giants
    April 22, 2011
    Just in time for Earth Day, the non-profit organization turns up the heat on some of the biggest cloud data center operators in the business, encouraging them to consider more renewable energy...
  • Novell Identity Manager 4 Standard Edition
    April 22, 2011
    Identity Management tool that targets the needs of medium size organizations.
  • Is the PlayBook just 'a blip' in the BlackBerry radar?
    April 22, 2011
    Has it really been a rough year for the BlackBerry manufacturer? Considering it's only May, it hasn't been too bad. But it's time to re-adjust the focus.
  • Nokia, RIM: Sidekicks walking through the valley of the shadow of death
    April 22, 2011
    Nokia and Research in Motion should collaborate on their respective corporate slogans. In fact, the companies could just share a slogan: "Just wait 'til 2012!"
  • Use It Better: How to Unload Your Old Gadgets
    April 22, 2011
    The beautiful thing about disposing of your old electronics is that doing the right thing gives you more than a rosy feeling; it can actually pay you. The trick is to hand off your own gear immediately, while it still has some value.
    For example, suppose you had a 32-gigabyte AT&T iPhone at the time the Verizon iPhone 4 came out. You could have sold it to online buy-back site for $430, which would have easily covered the AT&T fee for terminating your contract early. Similarly

  • Gadgets Are Garbage—So Here's How to Keep Them Out of the Landfill
    April 22, 2011
    Every now and then the public rises up to make an industry clean up its environmental act. As a result, car companies now offer hybrids, electrics and alternative-fuel cars. Beverage companies are making their bottles with a lot less plastic. New laws have reduced the chemicals that cause acid rain by 76 percent since 1980. And so on.
    One industry in particular, however, continues to leave a disastrous eco-wake, because no such public pressure exists: consumer electronics.

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  • U.S. court reinstates Blackwater Iraq shooting case
    April 22, 2011
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. federal judge erred in dismissing all charges against five Blackwater Worldwide security guards accused of killing 14 Iraqi civilians in 2007, an appeals court ruled on Friday.

  • Cloud computing market: $241 billion in 2020
    April 22, 2011
    The global cloud computing market will grow from a $40.7 billion in 2011 to $241 billion in 2020, according to Forrester Research.
  • Social media open up Singapore political debate (AFP)
    April 22, 2011
    A computer user looks at a website on management consultant Tin Pei Ling, 27, the youngest candidate of the ruling People's Action party (PAP) in the May 7 parliamentary elections in Singapore.(AFP/Roslan Rahman)AFP - When the ruling People's Action Party (PAP) introduced a fresh-faced 27-year-old woman as one of its candidates for next month's elections, it was hoping to generate buzz among young voters.

  • Kindle app updated for Android Honeycomb tablets
    April 22, 2011
    The latest version of the Kindle app for Android devices offers a virtual bookshelf to let people browse for books and a new layout for magazines and newspapers.
  • Tit for tat? Samsung sues Apple in Europe, Asia
    April 22, 2011
    Samsung has responded to Apple's patent lawsuit by filing its own lawsuits against the company on Friday in South Korea, Japan, and Germany. Samsung's lawsuits don't directly address Apple's suit filed earlier this week in the US, though they do accuse the iPhone maker of violating a number of Samsung's patents related to how devices communicate with cell towers.
    According to Samsung, Apple has infringed on patents on how to reduce transmission errors, reduce power during data transmission

  • Licensing Problem Silences Internet Radio Stations
    April 22, 2011
    SEWilco writes "Hundreds of Internet radio stations that use for services have been affected by a shutdown triggered by SoundExchange, who claim lack of payment of royalty fees. Apparently SoundExchange has a new president, and this might be a factor in acting on several years of missing payments. In the meantime, SWCast radio stations suffer after paying to legally broadcast."
    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

  • Syrian protests
    April 22, 2011
    How organisers keep up movement's momentum online
  • Amazon Readies an Android Tablet
    April 22, 2011
    Analysis: A device could ship as soon as summer, reports suggest.

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  • Earth and environment science projects favored by entrants in Google Science Fair
    April 22, 2011
    The fuel of the future isn't gasoline, ethanol or even hydrogen--it's education. Specifically, the science and engineering education that will enable a fresh group of smart young people to tackle the world's ongoing energy crisis. Solve the energy crisis and you go a long way's toward solving a host of environmental problems: pollution, environmental health risks, climate change, to name just a few. [More]

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  • Death toll in Syria protests on Friday at least 25
    April 22, 2011
    AMMAN (Reuters) - Security forces shot dead at least 25 pro-democracy protesters in Syria on Friday, human rights campaigners said.

  • Playstation Network 'suspended'
    April 22, 2011
    Millions of gamers have been left unable to play online as the Playstation Network remains unavailable after more than 20 hours.
  • FTC: kids thwarted 87% of the time on M-rated game purchases
    April 22, 2011
    The Federal Trade Commission has released a report tracking compliance with established rating systems across multiple forms of media, and the results follow past trends: video games are the best-regulated form of media in terms of keeping adult content away from children. The easiest form of media for children to buy? Music CDs with the parental advisory label.
    Video games didn't just eke out a win, either—the difference in rating compliance between games and other

  • No Iraq request for keeping U.S. troops: Admiral Mullen
    April 22, 2011
    BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq has not requested an extension of an end-2011 deadline for the United States to withdraw its troops, the top U.S. military officer said on Friday, following talks with Iraq's prime minister.

  • Police use Apple iOS tracking data for investigations (Digital Trends)
    April 22, 2011
    Digital Trends - This week, security researchers revealed that Apple’s iOS 4 mobile operating system, which runs on the highly popular iPhone and iPad devices, constantly tracks and stores users’ approximate location information without their knowledge or consent. It has now been learned that law enforcement agencies have known about the secret iOS tracking for at least the last year, and have used the data to aid criminal investigations, according to CNet.
  • Q1 VC Funding: The Bubble Before The Bath?
    April 22, 2011
    To some investors, the mood is reminiscent of 1995, when the initial public offering of Netscape set off the dot-com craze, leading to a technology bubble. That bubble popped in 2000, littering the tech field with failed companies and red ink.
    — “In Silicon Valley, Investors Are Jockeying Like It’s 1999,” The Wall Street Journal, April 19, 2011
    Depending on your outlook, the latest venture capital numbers are either further evidence of a recovery or froth growing around an expanding bubble.
    Investment in U.S. venture-backed companies rose 35 percent in the first quarter, according to some new metrics from Dow Jones VentureSource. VCs doled out some $6.4 billion spread across 661 deals. That’s a 35 percent increase in investment year-over-year and a 5 percent increase in the number of deals done. Which is encouraging, particularly since the median sum of VC funding raised in the first quarter was $5 million, up from $4.4 million a year earlier and roughly on part with the 2009 median.

    One caveat: this first quarter spike in funding size was driven largely by a few big money deals. Digital music outfit Beyond Oblivion, for example, pulled in $77 million in early-stage funds.
    “Investment in consumer-focused Web companies is taking off but only for a select few,” says Dow Jones VentureWire’s Scott Austin. “A handful of large rounds are boosting the total amount of capital invested, but the median amount raised by consumer companies is a reasonable $4 million. That’s not far off from the first quarter of last year and is less than half of the median round sizes we saw in 2000 leading up to the implosion of the dot-com bubble.”

  • Learning from Amazon's cloud collapse
    April 22, 2011
    Call it Cloudgate, Cloudpocalyse or whatever you'd like, but the extended collapse of Amazon Elastic Cloud Compute (EC2) is both a setback for cloud computing and an opportunity for us to figure out how to stop it from happening again.

  • Great deal: Amazon selling HTC ThunderBolt for $129.99 thru April 25 (Digital Trends)
    April 22, 2011
    Digital Trends - Thinking of switching to Verizon, but waiting for that 4G LTE network? AmazonWireless has a deal for you. The mobile division of Amazon is currently selling the HTC ThunderBolt 4G for $129.99 to all new customers who sign up for a plan on Verizon. Those looking to upgrade and renew their contract aren’t as fortunate. The renewal price is $199.99. Those who are interested will, unfortunately, have to act fast. It expires at midnight (PDT) on Monday, April 25.
  • New, more powerful Nintendo console for $400?
    April 22, 2011
    The combo of AMD's R700 GPU and a triple-core IBM PowerPC CPU could allow the Wii's successor to accommodate games that are visually superior to those for Xbox 360 and PS3, IGN reports.
  • Apple To Beat Google On Cloud Music
    April 22, 2011
    yogidog98 writes with this excerpt from a Reuters report: "Apple Inc has completed work on an online music storage service and is set to launch it ahead of Google Inc, whose own music efforts have stalled, according to several people familiar with both companies' plans. Apple's plans will allow iTunes customers to store their songs on a remote server, and then access them from wherever they have an Internet connection, said two of these people who asked not to be named as the talks are still confidential
  • Greenpeace Chides Apple for 'Dirty Data'
    April 22, 2011
    Apple's new $1 billion data center in North Carolina is a power hog, the environmental group charges.

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  • Google talks to Spotify to power music service
    April 22, 2011
    The Web titan is unhappy with the terms some record labels are asking to license music for a cloud service, so it's considering whether to partner with Europe's Spotify.
  • The Royal Viral Wedding
    April 22, 2011
    The Unfollowed Me virus spreads over Twitter, Google Offers is launched in Portland, and the royal wedding has gone so incredibly viral that we figured we should talk about it, too.
  • LibreOffice Development on Track After Oracle Move
    April 22, 2011
    The Document Foundation on Friday announced a second beta for LibreOffice 3.4, the offshoot of the codebase, one week after Oracle said it would...

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  • Final Hours of Portal 2 App Chronicles Game's Development
    April 22, 2011
    Portal fans have been patiently waiting for a sequel to their favorite puzzle adventure game for years, and it finally debuted this week on all major platforms...

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  • Amazon Denies Skynet's Involvement In AWS Outage
    April 22, 2011
    An anonymous reader writes "Amazon has officially denied that the recent outage of its EC2 and Elastic Block Storage cloud platforms was the result of an attack from Cyberdyne Systems' Skynet sentient computer system, declaring humanity safe after all. 'From the information I have and to answer your questions,' a spokesperson explained, 'Skynet did not have anything to do with the service event at this time.'"