Saturday, July 9, 2011

Technical News - 09 July 2011

  • HP TouchPad is staying, I am in it for the long haul
    July 9, 2011
    Since picking up the HP TouchPad on launch day I have been swamped with one question: am I going to keep it or return it during the grace period?
  • Notes from the Ground: Launch Day Wrap-Up
    July 9, 2011
    Atlantis Launch Notes: July 8, 9:00 P.M.
    What a day it was. One to which I’ll dedicate lots of long-term memory neurons. It started tough, though--at 3:30 A.M., with a four-hour trip to the Kennedy Space Center 45 miles away. On the day that my still sleepy eyes would witness a spaceship rocket into the heavens, they would first have to focus for two hours on the bleak behind of a tour bus moving at 0.5 kilometer per hour (slower than the crawler-transporter that hauls the shuttle to the

  • Ford wins a rare corporate foothold on Google+
    July 9, 2011
    Google won't let corporations use Google+ until later this year--unless like Ford Motor Co., they get there through an early testing program.
  • Independent South Sudan "free at last"
    July 9, 2011
    JUBA (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of South Sudanese danced and cheered as their new country formally declared its independence on Saturday, a hard-won separation from the north that also plunged the fractured region into a new period of uncertainty.

  • Sony Announces End For MiniDisc Walkman
    July 9, 2011
    Beloved of concert tapers for their small size, shock resistance, and long battery life, MiniDisc recorders never much caught on with the general public. I remember playing with one in the early '90s — before high-quality solid state stereo recorders were affordable — and looking forward to the day that I would have one of my own. Playback-only decks were available, but understandably (in retrospect) never became big sellers; when MiniDisc was introduced, CDs were still a recent comer
  • Murdoch flies to London to tackle phone-hack crisis
    July 9, 2011
    LONDON (Reuters) - Rupert Murdoch was expected to fly to London to tackle a scandal engulfing his media empire while journalists prepared the last edition of a best-selling weekly they say he has sacrificed to protect plans to expand his television business.

  • Week in Apple: pirates versus iTunes Match, yet more iPhone rumors
    July 9, 2011
    It was a short holiday week in the US, but we were still flush with new iPhone and iPad rumors. Ars also dug into some of the legal issues that might be involved with iTunes Match and music piracy, and we discussed exactly how much time iPhone users spend playing games in a month. If you need to catch up, here's the roundup:
    WSJ: next iPhone to be "thinner and lighter" than iPhone 4: Sources for the Wall Street Journal claim that Apple's next-gen iPhone will have a "thinner and

  • Twitter's Promoted Tweets Returning; Follower Beware
    July 9, 2011
    The secret to avoiding advertisements clogging your Twitter timeline is to not follow companies. However, this tactic may not last for long

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  • Facebook Trapped In MySQL a 'Fate Worse Than Death'
    July 9, 2011
    wasimkadak writes with this excerpt from GigaOM: "According to database pioneer Michael Stonebraker, Facebook is operating a huge, complex MySQL implementation equivalent to 'a fate worse than death,' and the only way out is 'bite the bullet and rewrite everything.' Not that it's necessarily Facebook's fault, though. Stonebraker says the social network's predicament is all too common among web startups that start small and grow to epic proportions."
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  • Road Trip Pic of the Day, 7/9: What is this?
    July 9, 2011
    If you know what today's picture is, you could be eligible to win a prize in the CNET Road Trip Picture of the Day contest.
  • Rebels brace for attacks as Gaddafi threatens Europe
    July 9, 2011
    DAFNIYA/AL-QAWALISH, Libya (Reuters) - Rebel fighters braced for further attacks on Saturday from forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi after the Libyan leader staged a show of support at home and threatened to strike his enemies abroad.

  • UCLA Hospital Hit With HIPAA Fine On Celeb Records
    July 9, 2011
    Trailrunner7 writes "The University of California at Los Angeles Health Services has agreed to pay a $865,000 fine and pledged to tweak their infrastructure after potentially violating the HIPAA regulation when several employees apparently accessed the health records of various celebrity patients at the hospital without valid justification. This is the third major HIPAA fine issued by the Department of Health and Human Services in 2011, following a fine of $4.3 million for Cignet and a penalty of
  • How this app developer flexed its muscles to get featured by Apple and the App Store (Appolicious)
    July 9, 2011
    Appolicious - While there is no shortage of workout apps available for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, few if any offer the variety, flexibility and 3D model animations of iMuscle.
  • Leon Panetta says al Qaeda's defeat "within reach"
    July 9, 2011
    KABUL (Reuters) - New U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta arrived in Afghanistan on Saturday, saying he believed the strategic defeat of al Qaeda was within reach if the United States could kill or capture up to 20 remaining leaders of the core group and its affiliates.

  • Army's Huge SAP Project 'At High Risk'
    July 9, 2011
    itwbennett writes "The Army's $2.4 billion SAP project is delayed, over budget, and, once implemented may not even meet its original objectives, according to a recent auditors' report. For its part, the Army is less concerned with the auditors' findings about the project that will manage a $140 billion annual budget and serve nearly 80,000 users once it is complete: 'The Army believes the risks identified in this report are manageable and do not materially impact the [project's] cost and schedule
  • Apple Store Artist Raided By Secret Service
    July 9, 2011
    An anonymous reader writes "Artist Kyle McDonald wanted to create something that captured people's expressions as they stared at computers. So the 25-year-old artist installed a program on computers in two New York Apple Store locations that would automatically take a photo every minute of whoever was standing in front of the computer. McDonald then uploaded the photos to his Tumblr blog, 'People Staring at Computers,' made a video with the photographs, and set up 'an exhibition' at the Apple stores
  • Experts Skeptical about Potential of Rare-Earth Elements in Seafloor Mud
    July 9, 2011
    There in the mud, just waiting to be scooped up, is a natural resource deposit potentially worth billions and billions of dollars. It contains chemical elements needed by automakers, by manufacturers of consumer electronics and by green technology developers--elements for which China currently holds a global near monopoly . [More]

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  • All aboard the Orient Express (photos)
    July 9, 2011
    Road Trip 2011: Many may not know that the present day version of the famous train experience includes a series of special day trips in England. CNET climbs aboard one of the world's most luxurious trains.
  • Top-rated reviews of the week (photos)
    July 9, 2011
    Here are a few of CNET Reviews' favorite items from the past week, including the Logitech Tablet Keyboard for the iPad, Pioneer's SP-PK21BS speaker system, and the AiAiAi TMA1 Professional DJ Monitoring Headphones.
  • Luxury aboard the Orient Express' British Pullman
    July 9, 2011
    Road Trip 2011: CNET gets a taste of the best that can be had on a train--the Venice-Simplon Orient Express' British Pullman, an 11-carriage exercise in luxury and good times.
  • How to get rid of the Google+ Gchat zombies from HELL
    July 8, 2011
    Are you getting annoying chats coming out of the blue from your Google+ contacts? Here's how to fix it.
  • Obama: political sacrifices needed for debt deal
    July 9, 2011
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Saturday political sacrifices will be needed by both Democrats and Republicans to break a budget impasse and avoid a looming debt default.

  • Japan's Kan says nuclear clean-up could take decades
    July 9, 2011
    TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan said Saturday it will take decades to clean up and decommission the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant after the world's worst atomic accident since Chernobyl.

  • Why UK FM Needn't Be Killed For Broadband
    July 9, 2011
    superglaze writes "Alarmed by rumours of the UK telecoms regulator Ofcom considering a shut-down of FM radio in order to give more spectrum over to broadband, ZDNet UK's Rupert Goodwins has proposed another idea: the reuse of the mostly disused 'Band I' and the creation of a new, national open mesh network — a plan that could bring internet connectivity to everyone at very low cost."
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  • VIDEO: Laser makes road crash image in 3D
    July 9, 2011
    Police in England are to use 3D laser scanners at the scene of serious road accidents, so they can clear crashes more quickly.

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