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  • News: XXX Pricing Set, Businesses Claim Domain Extortion

    As the world's largest Internet registrar announced its rates for the XXX adult entertainment domain set to appear in December, reports began appearing of businesses complaining about being forced to buy domain names they have no desire to buy.

  • News: Search for substrings in Safari

    Blogger Pierre Igot was frustrated with the search behavior in Lion's Safari. Back in Snow Leopard's version of Safari, if you hit Command-F (or selected Edit -> Find) and then entered a string of text, the program would find any instance of that text in the current webpage: It would match the search string whether it was a whole word or just part of one. But in Lion's Safari, search didn't work the same way: It matched strings that were whole words or that appeared at the beginnings of words, but didn't find them within words. So, for example, searching this page for man in Snow Leopard would find my last name in the byline above; in Lion, by default, it doesn't.

  • News: SpyEye Source Code Is a Double-Edged Sword

    The source code of the SpyEye malware development kit is now available thanks to Xyliton and the Reverse Engineers Dream Crew (RED Crew). At face value, this is great news because it helps the security industry understand and combat SpyEye, but there is also a down side.

  • News: Minecraft Pocket Edition Hits Android App Store

    So, Minecraft. Or more specifically, Minecraft in your pocket: the long awaited (since it was announced at the end of May, at least) Minecraft Pocket Edition is now up for grabs -- provided you've got $6.99 to spare, and you're one of the folks who picked up Sony's Xperia Play.

  • News: Twitter adds photo function to API

    Twitter has added a native function to its API for attaching images to posts, designed to make it easier for third-party developers to include photos with their applications' messages, or "tweets."

  • News: Apple ships OS X Lion on USB thumb drive

    Apple today started selling Lion on a USB flash drive for $69, more than double the price of the downloaded version.

  • News: UK says Google needs further privacy improvements

    Google was praised on Tuesday by the U.K.'s data protection watchdog for strengthening its privacy policies but the agency said the company still needs to improve.

  • News: Samsung tablet ban lifted in all EU countries but Germany

    Samsung is again free to sell its Android-based Galaxy Tab 10.1 in all European Union countries except for Germany, after a court in Düsseldorf changed its injunction enacted last week.

  • News: Ban on Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 sales is lifted

    An injunction that prevents Samsung from selling the latest iteration of its tablet PC, the Galaxy Tab 10.1, in Europe has been partially lifted by the court that imposed it.

  • News: Apple releases $69 USB Lion Installer

    Broadband-choked masses, rejoice: You too can enjoy Lion, Apple’s newest Mac operating system, as the company on Tuesday released an official $69 USB thumb drive installer.

  • News: FCC Investigates BART Over Cellphone Shutdown

    The Bay Area Rapid Transit agency closed four San Francisco subway stations on Monday during protests sparked by cellular signal shutdowns. The demonstrations were against BART's decision last week to temporarily suspend cellphone service at several stations in order to disrupt plans for a protest after a fatal shooting by the transit police in July.

  • News: Motorola workers likely thrilled by Google's buy

    A survey of employees at Google and Motorola finds higher level of job satisfaction at Google. Page gets high marks, Motorola's Jha much lower.

  • News: Outsourced and fired, IT workers fight back

    On the day they were fired early last year, about 40 IT employees at Molina Healthcare Inc. had been gathered in a conference room for what they were told would be a planning meeting. At the same time, laptop computers were being collected from the assembled workers' desks.

  • News: How AirDrop makes file-sharing simple

    Moving a file from one computer to another remains as big a pain today as it was decades ago when network file-sharing first became common. To move a file from Computer A (your MacBook Pro, say) to Computer B (a colleague’s or family member’s Mac mini, for instance), you have to ensure both machines are on the same network or visible to each other over the Internet. Then you start up File Sharing in the Sharing preference pane, and make sure the other person has the correct permissions to access the folder or volume containing the file. Then, on the other machine, that person (it could be you) selects the networked file server, enters login credentials, and navigates to the file to copy it.

  • News: NBN CIO: The IT leadership strategy of Australias new telco

    NBN Co has a head start that would leave many telcos green with envy. Armed with $27 billion in government funding, and at least $9 billion from debt markets, the two-yearold National Broadband Network wholesaler has the resources and backing that could catapult it ahead many of its decadesold equivalents. That’s not to say the challenge before the organisation isn’t any less daunting; within the decade NBN Co is set to change broadband in Australia. The monopoly wholesaler is bound by carefully worded legislation to provide equal access to many of those it will compete with on a shiny fibre-to-the-home network, and satellite and wireless offshoots. Best of all, the company is starting with a clean slate.

  • News: Mobile Advertising: The Next Generation

    You're in the market for a new car, and at a bus stop you see an ad for one of the models you’ve been considering, inviting you to scan a QR (Quick Response) code with your smartphone. Your phone then downloads and launches an app that projects a 3D image of the car that you can manipulate to view from different angles, along with balloons that highlight salient features.

  • News: Bug Bounties: Why Paying Hackers Makes You Safer

    Would you pay a burglar to break into your own house? Most smart people would probably say no, but smart tech companies are increasingly saying yes. Companies like Google are offering serious rewards to hackers who can find ways to break into their software.

  • News: Motorola Purchase Changes Nothing and Everything for Android

    Google shook the mobile and tech industries on Monday morning with the news that it has agreed to purchase Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion. The move is seen primarily as a play to acquire Motorola's formidable patent catalog, but it may not be enough to protect Android against ongoing patent litigation which raises some question about what the underlying strategy might really be.

  • News: Firefox 6.0 adds clutch of useful security tweaks

    The latest accelerated release for Firefox, version 6.0, arrives this week but what can users expect in advance of the more significant changes promised for version 7.0 later this year? The answer for now is better security.

  • News: ICO: Google must improve privacy policies

    The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has urged Google to tighten its privacy policies.



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