Sunday, August 7, 2011

Technical News -07 August 2011



  • Google+ 'Real Names' Enforcement Panned
    August 7, 2011
    Microsoft researcher and Harvard Berkman Center fellow Danah Boyd didn't mince any words recently when evaluating Google's efforts to enforce a "real names" policy on Google+

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  • South deep in heat and storms break out Northeast
    August 7, 2011
    HOUSTON (Reuters) - The southern United States stood mired on Saturday in an unrelenting heat wave that promised more of the triple-digit temperatures that have roasted the region for weeks.

  • Verizon workers go on strike
    August 7, 2011
    The landline phone company and its workers in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states are too far apart in their contract negotiations, and union leaders call their first strike in 11 years.
  • ECB eyes decision on Italy bond buys to ease debt
    August 7, 2011
    FRANKFURT/PARIS (Reuters) - The European Central Bank will decide later on Sunday whether to buy Italian bonds to try and prevent the euro zone debt crisis from widening, while global policymakers conferred on the twin financial crises in Europe and the United States.

  • iPad Restaurant App Reviews
    August 7, 2011
    Whether you're looking for a meal on the road or just want to shake up your restaurant rut at home, this latest installment of the iPad Chronicles looks at some apps that can help.

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  • Buffett unit bids $3.2 billion for Transatlantic
    August 7, 2011
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - A unit of Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc jumped into the bidding war over Transatlantic Holdings Inc, offering to buy the reinsurer for $3.24 billion.

  • Former Cisco Engineer Indicted on Hacking Charges
    August 7, 2011
    A former Cisco engineer at the center of an extradition controversy has been indicted by a federal grand jury on computer hacking charges.

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  • Yemen President Saleh leaves Saudi hospital: sources
    August 7, 2011
    RIYADH/SANAA (Reuters) - Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh left hospital in Saudi Arabia on Sunday, government and medical sources said, two months after suffering severe injuries in an assassination attempt at his palace compound in Sanaa.

  • Syria tank assault kills at least 38 in eastern city
    August 7, 2011
    AMMAN (Reuters) - Syrian troops killed at least 38 people in a tank assault on the eastern city of Deir al-Zor on Sunday, activists said, despite a direct U.N. appeal to President Bashar al-Assad to stop using military force against civilians.

  • HP Drops Price Again For Its WebOS-Based iPad Challenger
    August 7, 2011
    oxide7 writes with this selection from IBT: "Hewlett Packard reduced the price of its TouchPad tablet computer again, highlighting the uphill battle manufacturers will need to overcome as they go head-to-head against the dominant Apple iPad line of tablets. Much of a tablet's success is based on the ecosystem of apps that is available to the end-user. HP is far behind Apple or even the No.2 tablet platform, Google's Android."
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  • iOS 5 Beta 5 Released to Developers
    August 7, 2011
    There are plenty of places to turn to learn about the pros and cons of iOS 5. Here's some of the latest chatter

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  • Microsoft Readies 22 Patches for Windows, IE Next Week
    August 7, 2011
    Two of the 13 bulletins for August's Patch Tuesday are rated "critical," the highest threat ranking in Microsoft's four-step system, while nine are called "important."

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  • China's Ai Weiwei back on Twitter after release (AFP)
    August 7, 2011
    Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei has returned to Twitter following a long silence after his release from detention in June when he was barred from giving media interviews as part of his bail conditions.(AFP/File/Peter Parks)AFP - Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei has returned to Twitter following a long silence after his release from detention in June when he was barred from giving media interviews as part of his bail conditions.


  • Road Trip Pic of the Day, 8/7: What is this?
    August 7, 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.
  • Dollar to drop on S&P move
    August 7, 2011
    LONDON (Reuters) - The dollar may fall and Treasury yields rise on Monday in response to the United States losing its top-tier credit rating from Standard & Poor's but any selling is likely to be tempered by the euro zone's escalating debt crisis.

  • S&P's Beers says risks on downside for future U.S. rating
    August 7, 2011
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of Standard & Poor's sovereign ratings, David Beers told "Fox News Sunday" he did not expect "that much impact" when global markets open on Monday due to what he called a "mild deterioration" in the U.S. credit standing to AA-plus from top-tier AAA.

  • iPhone Case Offers a Hand -- Literally
    August 7, 2011
    This iPhone design comes with a fake -- but convincing -- hand attached to its back, finally enabling iPhone lovers to hold hands with their smartphone of choice.

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  • KDE Plans To Support Wayland In 2012
    August 7, 2011
    An anonymous reader writes "During the 2011 Desktop Summit plans were brought up by a KDE developer to support KDE on the Wayland Display Server, which is dubbed the successor to X11. The KDE Wayland support is expected to come in three phases, with the first two phases expected to be completed next year during the KDE SC 4.8 and 4.9 development cycles. Farewell X?"
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  • Xcom Global's MiFi a lifesaver in Europe
    August 7, 2011
    Road Trip 2011: For CNET reporter Daniel Terdiman, being able to pull out a dependable mobile hot spot all over Western Europe made filing content simple, and avoided one of the biggest headaches for those traveling on business.
  • A beginner's guide to telecom jargon, part 4
    August 7, 2011
    CNET looks at even more flavors of 4G, and explains why seasons mean more to companies than just hot summers and cold winters.
  • 10-year-old hacker finds zero-day flaw in games
    August 7, 2011
    A young hacker known as CyFi detailed an entirely new class of vulnerability in mobile device games at DefCon 19.
  • Twitterfone – Send Voice Message To Twitter
    August 7, 2011
    Twitter once started as pure text micro-blogging, then comes Twitxr with image tweeting.

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