Sunday, September 11, 2011

Technical News - 11 September 2011

  • Americans mark 10th anniversary of September 11 attacks
    September 11, 2011
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Americans on Sunday remembered the horror of September 11, 2001, and the nearly 3,000 people who died in the hijacked plane attacks as authorities worked to ensure the emotional 10th anniversary was peaceful.

  • Egypt, Israel seek return to normal after storming
    September 11, 2011
    CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt and Israel said on Sunday they wanted a return to normal diplomatic activities after the Israeli ambassador flew home following the storming of the embassy in Cairo during violent protests.

  • Marking 10 Years Since 9/11/2001
    September 11, 2011
    10 years ago today, coordinated terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C. killed nearly 3,000 people. It wasn't the first terrorist attack directed against the U.S., or even on U.S. soil, but it was the deadliest, and came at a time of relative peace. Probably most people reading this remember where and how they heard the news. We've often discussed the consequences of the attack: security cordons, ID checks and metal detectors where none existed before, a reexamination of how U.S. policy affects international perception and attitudes, and the encroachment of surveillance policies and technology, to name a few. Today, we don’t want to inundate you with links to tributes and retrospectives, so we’ll offer the only thing we can: a look back at how the day unfolded here. Our thoughts are with everyone who lost friends and family members.
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  • Four arrested in Sweden for suspected terror plans
    September 11, 2011
    STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Sweden's National Security Service (SAPO) said on Sunday it had arrested four people on suspicion of planning a terror attack on Gothenburg, the country's second-largest city.

  • Russia's embassy in UK says hackers hit website
    September 11, 2011
    LONDON (Reuters) - Russia's embassy in London said on Sunday its website crashed in a suspected hacking attack just before Prime Minister David Cameron begins the first visit by a British leader to Moscow since the 2006 killing in London of a Kremlin critic.

  • Remembering 9/11
    September 11, 2011
    Please take a few minutes to scroll quietly through this list. Maybe you knew some of them. Maybe you didn't. That doesn't matter.
  • Gaddafi defenders stall advance on Libyan town
    September 11, 2011
    NORTH OF BANI WALID, Libya (Reuters) - Battle-hardened Libyan combatants joined the fight to capture a desert town from well-armed loyalists of Muammar Gaddafi on Sunday after the head of Libya's interim council warned that the ousted leader still posed a threat.

  • Adobe to ship critical Reader, Acrobat patches
    September 11, 2011
    Adobe plans to release "critical" patches to cover code execution vulnerabilities in its flagship Reader X and Acrobat X software (Windows and Mac).
  • Tropical Storm Nate comes ashore on Mexico's Gulf coast
    September 11, 2011
    TUXPAN, Mexico (Reuters) - Tropical Storm Nate came ashore on Mexico's Gulf coast on Sunday and could dump as much as 10 inches of rain over the state of Veracruz.

  • Critic Pans Apple's New Campus As a Retrograde Cocoon
    September 11, 2011
    theodp writes "LA Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne isn't exactly bullish on Apple's proposed new headquarters, which will hold 12,000 Apple employees in its 2.8 million sq ft. Described by Apple as 'a serene and secure environment' for its employees, Hawthorne says the new campus 'keeps itself aloof from the world around it to a degree that is unusual even in a part of California dominated by office parks. The proposed building is essentially one very long hallway connecting endlessly with itself.' Corporate architecture of this kind, adds Hawthorne, seems to promote a mindset decried by Berkeley prof Louise A. Mozingo. 'If all you see in your workday are your co-workers and all you see out your window is the green perimeter of your carefully tended property,' Mozingo writes, and you drive to and from work in the cocoon of your private car, 'the notion of a shared responsibility in the collective metropolitan realm is predictably distant."
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  • Hackers break into Linux Foundation
    September 11, 2011
    LinuxFoundation.org, Linux.com, and their subdomains are down for maintenance due to a security breach that was discovered on September 8, 2011.
  • Truck bomb wounds 77 foreign troops in Afghanistan
    September 11, 2011
    KABUL (Reuters) - A suicide bomber driving a truck of firewood attacked a NATO base in central Afghanistan, killing four civilians and injuring 77 foreign troops a day ahead of the tenth anniversary of the Sept 11 attacks, NATO and Afghan officials said on Sunday.

  • After Shock and Awe
    September 11, 2011
    Since the attacks of September 11, Congress has approved nearly $1.3 trillion for military spending. Much of that money has gone into mounting Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and Operation Iraqi Freedom. But some of the funds have been used to dream up and develop futuristic-sounding military devices such as exoskeletons.
    Scientific American looked at some of these new and emerging technologies.
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  • A beginner's guide to telecom jargon, part 7
    September 11, 2011
    A look at chipsets, Enhanced 911, and why breaking up is hard to do (for companies).
  • Decade after 9/11, Afghans languish in Pakistan
    September 11, 2011
    HARIPUR/ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (Reuters) - When Ghulum Nabi's father heard U.S.-backed troops toppled Afghanistan's Taliban after the September 11, 2001, attacks, he rushed to their family home in an Afghan refugee camp in Pakistan to spread the news.

  • Analysis: Stark ECB exit hits shaky euro zone at worst time
    September 11, 2011
    PARIS (Reuters) - The resignation of the top German official at the European Central Bank could hardly have come at a worse time for euro zone policymakers as they grope for a way out of the deepest crisis in the single currency's 12-year history.

  • HD Transfer of Star Trek: TNG To Arrive This Year
    September 11, 2011
    psychonaut writes "Digital Bits have confirmed through sources at CBS Paramount that CBS are working on a high-definition transfer of Star Trek: The Next Generation. A four-episode Blu-Ray sampler disc is to be released later this year; the episodes featured will be the two-part pilot 'Encounter at Farpoint,' 'Sins of the Father,' and fan favourite 'The Inner Light.' On 2 September, LeVar Burton tweeted that he had stopped by CBS Paramount Television City to check the progress and was 'mindblown' by the conversion. TrekCore has an article with further details and an analysis of some of the technical hurdles involved in remastering these episodes."
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  • Where should virtualization vendors focus their efforts?
    September 11, 2011
    Virtualization vendors have lost focus on the most important aspects of computing and continue to focus on the one aspect that isn't important. Security, applications and infrastructure should be...
  • Windows Phone 7, Day 10: Outfitting My "Mango" with Apps
    September 11, 2011
    The mobile OS itself has to capable enough, but when push comes to shove it is the apps that I use to on a day to day basis that make or break my smartphone experience. Today I am trying to load up my "Mango" with the same set of apps I use on my iPhone.

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  • Testing your website before launching: how to let content drive design
    September 11, 2011
    In this post we discuss several useful online tools for performing tests on your website copy before starting the design process.


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  • NUTS: Sprint Tries to Block AT&T, Apple Gives Samsung Headaches
    September 10, 2011
    Sprint joined the Justice Department in suing AT&T in an attempt to block the carrier's merger with T-Mobile, while Apple and Samsung continue to battle it out in court around the world.
  • Firefox 7.0 Beta 5
    September 10, 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.


  • North Korea Forced US Reconnaissance Plane To Land
    September 10, 2011
    First time accepted submitter ToBeDecided writes "A U.S. military reconnaissance plane was reportedly forced to perform an emergency landing during a major military exercise near the North Korean border in March. As revealed by the South Korean defense ministry, a strong signal transmitted from the north disrupted GPS in the area surrounding the position of the RC-7B aircraft. Without information about their position, the pilots were forced to abort their mission and return to South Korea. This raises the question whether the U.S. military would be able to perform operations in North Korea given how fragile their equipment seems to be."
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  • Google+, Day 29: Five Things I Like Most About Google+
    September 10, 2011
    As I wind down the 30 Days With Google+ series, I dedicate today to profiling my top five favorite things about the Google social network.

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  • Presented By: Prepare for Tomorrow, Today, with Cisco
    September 10, 2011
      The way the world consumes and shares data will dramatically change in the next five years. Is your network ready to handle the load? Prepare for the future of the network with Cisco.
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  • Ten years later
    September 10, 2011

    The events of September 11, 2001 changed the lives of so many people around the world. In the years since that day, thoughtful online efforts have provided an outlet for grief, for learning and a means for healing. Virtual spaces have helped us to remember the victims and honor the courage of those who risked their lives to save others.

    On this 10th anniversary, we wanted to note a few of these virtual places:

    9/11 Memorial
    • On Monday September 12, the 9/11 Memorial will open to the public within the original footprint of the twin towers. Our relationship with the 9/11 Memorial team dates back to 2009, when we collaborated to build their Make History site. This web archive lets people place and share their photos and videos in geographical context, collectively piecing together the history that was witnessed, one photo or video at a time.
    • The 9/11 Memorial has also produced a commemorative album called Ten Years On, a musical tribute featuring well-known musicians and performers. The album has inspired a video archive project on YouTube of the same name which encourages people to submit video tributes to those affected by the events of 9/11.
    The New York Times
    • YouTube also worked with The New York Times on a YouTube Channel featuring archived news broadcasts and personal stories and reflections from the public.
    Mountain Lakes (NJ) Volunteer Fire Department
    • John Reilly, a software executive and Deputy Chief of the Mountain Lakes (NJ) Volunteer Fire Department, built First-Responder to help community organizations like fire departments and EMS corps increase their emergency preparedness and respond more effectively to crises. This open source application uses freely available web tools to map critical resources and contingency plans, dispatch and track first responders, and interoperate with mutual aid organizations during emergencies.
    It’s been an honor to see these tools being built using our platforms and products—and humbling to see them come to life.


  • Global Mall Operator Starts Reading License Plates
    September 10, 2011
    First time accepted submitter skegg writes "Westfield Group, one of the largest shopping centre (mall) operators in the world, has launched a find-my-car iPhone app. The system uses a series of license plate reading cameras dotted throughout their multi-level car parks. Westfield said police could also use it to find stolen or unregistered vehicles. (Hello, slippery slope.) Initially launched in just one Sydney centre, it will be rolled-out to others if the trial is successful."
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  • Evernote considers IPO options: 'No rush' from Zynga's book
    September 10, 2011
    Evernote is taking a tip from Zynga, the viral Facebook game maker, by looking at public floatation options, but not before the market steadies.
  • The Wandering Tax Pro's 9/11 Tribute
    September 10, 2011
    September 11, 2011
  • Windows 7 startup time will get faster too
    September 10, 2011
    Windows 7's startup time can be snappy with the right storage technology, and this should improve with Ultrabooks due later this year.
  • Netflix suddenly works on most Android devices
    September 10, 2011
    Latest version of streaming service's app now works on all FroYo and Gingerbread phones.
  • Facebook more crucial than having a toilet--survey
    September 10, 2011
    A survey by London's Science Museum discovers that having access to Facebook ranks just below having running water in people's list of life priorities.
  • Scientists build WiFi hunter-killer drone and call it SkyNET... Viene Tormenta!
    SkyNET: a 3G-enabled mobile attack drone and stealth botmaster


  • Amazon/Kindle Part 7: The End Of The Road For Outsourcing?
    September 10, 2011
    With rising costs in Asia, and extraordinary risks, outsourcing is reaching the end of the road. Unfortunately, the road is one-way. And at the end of the road, there is a cliff.
  • The Absurdity of Homeopathy and the Danger of Too Much Skepticism
    September 10, 2011
    The rise of alternative medicines has a great deal to do with our modern day wall of separation between science and spirituality.
  • Why the Flip creator went into grilled cheese
    September 10, 2011
    Rafe Needleman interviews Jonathan Kaplan, CEO of The Melt, and before that, creator of the Pure Digital Flip cameras.
  • FBI Investigates Hacking of NBC News Twitter Account
    The Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating the Friday afternoon hacking of NBC News' Twitter account , the news organization reported on Saturday .


  • New glue could make stacked computer chips 1,000x more powerful
    September 10, 2011
    IBM and 3M have announced that they're working on a new type of adhesive that they want to use to glue computer processors together into stacks. If they can make it happen, this could mean an entirely new generation of chips which are a thousand times more powerful than anything we have now.


  • Android app gives you free Web access via texting
    September 10, 2011
    Smozzy gives T-Mobile users free Web access. If you can tolerate slow browsing, you might be able to ditch your data plan.
  • Sprint getting the iPhone, with unlimited data, canceling employee vacations
    September 10, 2011
    Sprint is expected to get the next iPhone when it is launched, and will offer it with an unlimited data plan unlike AT&T and Verizon. Sprint is also canceling employee time off for the expected...
  • Which Way For Google Plus? Two Social Startup CEOs Discuss [Video]
    September 10, 2011
    I talked recently on video with two CEOs of social media start-ups, BranchOut CEO Rick Marini and Klout CEO Joe Fernandez, to get their thoughts on Google+.
  • Obama/Air Force One flight plan shows up on blog
    September 10, 2011
    As 9/11 memories loom large, Japan learns that an air traffic controller at Tokyo airport posted a detailed flight plan for Air Force One during President Obama's visit to Asia last November, report says. Controller apparently posted data simply to show his friends.
  • How to Transcend Post-9/11 Homeland Insecurity
    September 10, 2011
    Is "Elevated" worse than "High," or is it the other way around? Hell, I can't remember. Need the iPhone app for that I guess.
  • Google Street View's naked lady
    September 10, 2011
    An image of a naked woman in her Miami garden is spotted on Google Street View. This morning, it has finally been blurred out.
  • Flash now available for iDevices
    Today, at the IBC trade show in Amsterdam, Adobe unveiled Flash products that allow iPhones and iPads, along with iPod Touch users to play Flash content. Read more here.

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