Sunday, July 10, 2011

Technical News -10 July 2011

  • Exclusive: EU calls emergency meeting as debt crisis
    July 10, 2011
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Council President Herman Van Rompuy has called an emergency meeting of top officials dealing with the euro zone debt crisis for Monday morning, reelecting concern that the crisis could spread to Italy, the region's third largest economy.

  • Road Trip Pic of the Day, 7/10: What is this?
    July 10, 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.
  • Gaddafi forces shell rebels south of Libyan capital
    July 10, 2011
    AL-QAWALISH, Libya (Reuters) - Forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi let loose a heavy artillery bombardment on Sunday to try to push back rebel fighters who had taken a village about 100 km (60 miles) south of Tripoli.

  • One dead and 167 people saved after Russian boat sinks
    July 10, 2011
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - At least 167 people were rescued after a boat believed to have been carrying 173 sank on Sunday in Russia's Volga River, an Emergencies Ministry official told Reuters. One woman was confirmed dead.

  • Beware: Facebook Scams Use Casey Anthony and Video Chat as Bait
    July 10, 2011
    Attackers prey on the inherent trust of social network contacts, and the demand for breaking news to spread two new Facebook scams.

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  • Murdoch arrives in London brandishing last phone-hack paper
    July 10, 2011
    LONDON (Reuters) - Media baron Rupert Murdoch flew into London on Sunday to tackle a telephone-hacking scandal that has sent tremors through the British political establishment and may cost him a multi-billion dollar broadcasting deal.

  • Verizon Powers a Third of iPhone 4s, Analysts Say
    July 10, 2011
    Verizon is slowly but steadily gaining ground in the race for the most iPhone users, say Localytics researchers.

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  • LinkedIn, Weak Ties and the Serendipity of Magazine Content
    July 10, 2011
    Haydn Shaughnessey posted recently about "Why LinkedIn Deserves to be The Number 1 Social Network," and pointed to the theory of "weak ties" as a way of explaining how LinkedIn was different from Facebook—and why that difference matters. Weak ties are the social "degrees of separation" beyond the people we actually know. Haydn makes the point that, "Facebook is primarily about knowing who you know, connecting with people who are already in your social circle
  • Harm from Fukushima Radiation: A Matter Of Perspective
    July 10, 2011
    A leading biophysicist has cast a critical light on the government's reassurances that Americans were never at risk from Fukushima fallout, saying "we really don't know for sure." When radioactive fallout from Japan's nuclear disaster began appearing in the United States this spring, the Obama Administration's open-data policy obligated the government
  • Have American Businesses Been Stranded By the MBAs?
    July 10, 2011
    theodp writes "In his new book, Car Guys vs. Bean Counters: The Battle for the Soul of American Business, legendary car-guy Bob Lutz says to get the U.S. economy growing again, we need to fire the MBAs and let engineers run the show. The auto industry, writes TIME's Rana Foroohar, is actually a terrific proxy for a trend toward short-term, myopically balance-sheet-driven management that has infected American business. In the first half of the 20th century, industrial giants like Ford, GE, AT&
  • Bigger isn’t necessarily better in the mobile world (Appolicious)
    July 10, 2011
    Appolicious - I’ve been writing and/or joking a lot lately (sometimes it’s even hard for me to tell the difference) about how I want to wear some teched-out gadget filled tuxedo that combines style with tech innovations that would make my life easier.
  • Do Doctors Make the Best Hospital Administrators?
    July 10, 2011
    A recent paper in the journal Social Science and Medicine shows an interesting association when it comes to the management of hospitals. According to its findings, there is a strong association between having a physician manage a hospital and the hospitals ranking. Among the specialty hospitals under review in the study, those that are run by physicians rank about 25% higher on the U.S. News and World Report's "Best Hospital List" than those run by non-physicians.
  • Sorry, Apple, You Don't Own 'App Store'
    July 10, 2011
    A judge denies Apple's petition for an injunction preventing Amazon from using the term "app store."

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  • Panetta Says Defeat of Al Qaeda 'Within Reach'
    July 10, 2011
    Hugh Pickens writes "Newly installed Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, on an unannounced trip to Afghanistan, says the United States was "within reach of strategically defeating Al Qaeda" and that the American focus had narrowed to capturing or killing 10 to 20 crucial leaders of the terrorist group in Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen. Panetta, who rarely spoke on the record as CIA director, offered few details to bolster his assessment but intelligence officials say that computer files retrieved from
  • Obama faces new obstacles in high-stakes debt talks
    July 10, 2011
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will seek to salvage high-stakes debt talks on Sunday after Republicans pulled back from a joint effort to craft a broad $4 trillion deficit-reduction deal as part of a plan to avoid a government default.

  • Pakistan urges U.S. to share intelligence on Zawahri
    July 10, 2011
    ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistani called on the United States on Sunday to share information about new al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri after U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said he believed that Osama bin Laden's successor was in Pakistan.

  • What's driving rise in music sales?
    July 10, 2011
    Was it the death of LimeWire, lower prices, Adele's skyrocketing popularity, or Amazon's big discount of Lady Gaga that halted a seven-year decline in album sales?
  • VIDEO: Students compete at troubleshooting
    July 10, 2011
    Students from all over the world are trying to use mobile, PC, and gaming technology to solve problems in areas such as health and the environment.
  • When software offends: The Pantyshot package controversy
    July 9, 2011
    When an open source software package with the name Pantyshot appeared on The Python Package Index (aka "The Cheese Shop") it started a controversy around names, censorship and gender in the open...
  • Boehner says debt talks scaled back over tax rift
    July 10, 2011
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A broad $4 trillion deal on U.S. deficit reduction appeared out of reach on Saturday as Republican leader John Boehner cited a rift with the White House on taxes and proposed pursuing a more modest package.

  • NUTS: Hackers Target Government, Apple and Samsung Continue Battle
    July 10, 2011
    Hackers continued their wave of attacks, targeting several politicians including President Obama, while Apple attempts to put a stop to Samsung's sales in the U.S.
  • Facebook Helps Israel Blacklist Air Travellers
    July 10, 2011
    Jeremiah Cornelius writes "According to a report by the Associated Press, protesters have been stopped in their tracks after Facebook aided Israel in cracking down on the group of activists from the UK, France, and Belgium who planned their event using the popular social networking site. Facebook allowed government agents to track the activists activities and then create a black-list of people who participated in the planning of the protests. The black-listed group was then forwarded to airlines
  • Why Did IBM Survive?
    July 10, 2011
    Kevin Kelly has an interesting article on the life expectancy of organizations on the occasion of IBM’s 100th birthday. He cites IBM’s four page ad in the New York Times: Nearly all the companies our grandparents admired have disappeared. Of the top 25 industrial corporations in the United States in 1900, only two remained on that list at the start of the 1960s. And of the top 25 companies on the Fortune 500 in 1961, only six remain there today.... In fact, the situation is even grimmer
  • Google's Blogger is here to stay
    July 9, 2011
    Despite the rumors, it looks like Google+ won't be responsible for the demise of the Blogger brand.
  • Debian, SFLC Publish Patent Advice For Community Distros
    July 9, 2011
    An anonymous reader writes "The Debian Project is pleased to announce the availability of the Community Distribution Patent Policy FAQ, a document meant to educate Free Software developers, and especially distribution editors, about software patent risks. The FAQ has been prepared by lawyers at Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC) at the request of and with input from the Debian Project. While the document does not constitute legal advice, it provides insights on dealing with software patents, which
  • Firefox 6.0 Beta 1
    July 9, 2011
    The Web is all about innovation, and Firefox sets the pace with dozens of new features to deliver a faster, more secure and customizable Web browsing experience for all.

  • uTorrent 3.0 Build 25440
    July 9, 2011
    ĀµTorrent is a small and incredibly popular BitTorrent client.

  • The View
    July 9, 2011
    NASA managers look on from Firing Room Four of the Launch Control Center as space shuttle Atlantis lifts off from Launch Pad 39A on Friday, July 8, 2011, in Cape Canaveral, Fla. The launch of Atlantis is the final flight of the Space Shuttle Program. Image Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
  • Millions of Jellyfish Invade Nuclear Reactors
    July 9, 2011
    oxide7 writes "A nuclear reactor in Japan was forced to shut down due to infiltration of enormous swarms of jellyfish near the power plant. A similar incident was also reported recently in Israel, when millions of jellyfish clogged the sea-water cooling system of a power plant."
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  • Facebook plugins most used, Google +1 button passes Twitter buttons
    July 9, 2011
    BrightEdge has released its July 2011 report comparing the adoption of links and plugins for social networks offered by Facebook, Google, and Twitter.
  • Man has QR code tattooed onto chest (really?)
    July 9, 2011
    A man claims to have created the world's first animated tattoo, which comes alive when a QR code seared into one's chest is scanned with an iPhone. It makes for interesting viewing.
  • HP fiddles while Apple innovates
    July 9, 2011
    Hewlett-Packard is a company with deep roots in Silicon Valley. But you would never know it. Most of the device innovation comes from its Valley neighbor, Apple.
  • Google+ is multiplying some notification e-mails
    July 9, 2011
    Users of Google's social-networking service, still in beta and mostly closed to the public, are tweeting complaints about getting the same e-mail notification multiple times--like 20 times or more.
  • Atlantis inspects heat shield en route to station
    July 9, 2011
    HOUSTON (Reuters) - Space shuttle Atlantis' crew spent Saturday inspecting the craft's heat shield for damage as they prepared to pay the last visit to the International Space Station in U.S. space shuttle history.

  • Climate impact threatens biodiesel future in EU
    July 9, 2011
    Europe's world-leading industry is now on the verge of being legislated out of existence after the studies reveal biodiesel's indirect impact cancels out most of its benefits.
  • 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?
  • Major grocery chain gets rid of self-checkout
    July 9, 2011
    The technology that allows customers to check themselves out of supermarkets may be on the way out after Albertsons decides it's too impersonal. Other chains may follow suit.
  • 3-D Printing and Minecraft - Together At Last
    July 9, 2011
    Longtime readers, and especially followers of my Twitter feed, know that I have a somewhat unhealthy obsession with the sandbox game Minecraft. Additionally, I've provided quite a bit of coverage here at this blog about the promises of 3-D Printing.
  • Results of IBM's CIO Study -- Data is King
    July 9, 2011
    IBM published the results of their latest C-Suite study, titled The Essential CIO – Insights From the Global CIO Study, in May 2011 after talking to more than 3000 CIOs.
  • What Oracle wants from storage
    July 9, 2011
    Oracle bought Sun which had previously bought an independent storage company, STK. Oracle's new storage strategy: storage is a feature of the Oracle application.
  • Why LinkedIn Deserves to be The Number 1 Social Network
    July 9, 2011
    LinkedIn has taken its time to achieve stellar status but as comScore pointed out this week the business network site reached the number 2 spot for social networks in the USA in June (as measured by unique visitors), overtaking former social network darling, MySpace. LinkedIn slumbered for years when it was seen as a cv bulletin board for job seekers, but the recession boosted it all the way to an IPO.  It will come into its own even more if it extends our capacity to develop our non-existent
  • Court: It's OK to use GPS to track cheating spouse
    July 9, 2011
    Panel of judges in New Jersey rules that it is perfectly permissible for a wife to track a husband whom she suspects to be a cheater, with the help of GPS.
  • Apple loses playlist patent suit, must pay $8M
    July 9, 2011
    Federal jury in Eastern Texas rules against Apple in a case accusing the iPod maker of infringing on patents for downloadable playlists.
  • Robots take the big screen in NYC next week
    July 9, 2011
    The Robot Film Festival July 16-17 in New York will feature shorts about robots, robot entertainers, and the Botskers red-carpet awards ceremony.
  • 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

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