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posted in December 2008

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Treasure Hunter Claims Google Maps Treasure Find
News  |  12/31/2008
A 39-year-old musician and filmmaker from Los Angeles has been fighting representatives of an estate in Refugio County, Texas, for the right to excavate.
Microsoft Scrambling To Thaw Zune Freeze
News  |  12/31/2008
The incident is unlikely to help Microsoft gain ground against Apple's iPod, which accounts for about three-quarters of the digital music player market.
YouTube Gets More HD Video
News  |  12/19/2008
In a move likely to pique the interest of video news organizations, YouTube also added three new video landing pages.
Google Street View Panned By Japanese Privacy Group
News  |  12/19/2008
Such concerns have arisen more from the data Google gathers through its search engine.
Life On Mars Looks More Likely
News  |  12/19/2008
NASA's next mission to Mars, the Mars Science Laboratory rover, could help determine once and for all whether life existed on Mars, or continues to do so.
Spore Comes To Life With Creature Sculptor
News  |  12/18/2008
The partnership with Z Corp. allows for on-demand 3-D resin models derived from in-game graphics files.
Apple Sued Over Apple TV
News  |  12/18/2008
EZ4Media's lawsuit alleges that Apple TV, Airport Express, and Apple Macintosh personal computers infringe four of its patents.
Hitting Google Where It Hurts
Commentary  |  12/17/2008
Since the beginning of the month, both Microsoft and Yahoo have been hitting Google where it hurts: in its privacy policy.
Mozilla Firefox 3.05 Updates User Rights
News  |  12/17/2008
The change addresses criticism from the free and open source software community that Mozilla was asserting rights through the Firefox EULA that were incompatible with the GPL.
No Steve Jobs Keynote, Apple Leaving Macworld
News  |  12/16/2008
The company said it has been steadily scaling back its presence in recent years at trade shows like NAB, Macworld New York, Macworld Tokyo, and Apple Expo in Paris.
Innovate Or Try Again
Commentary  |  12/15/2008
"If we don't innovate, we're going to die." That's how Robert Egger, creative director at Specialized Bicycles, put it last year in the Google-sponsored Innovate or Die Pedal-Powered Machine Contest.
Yahoo Opens Mail, Toolbar To Social Networks
News  |  12/15/2008
Based on the company's development software -- Y!OS -- the revamp represents an attempt to reinvent itself as a social network.
Google Chrome For Mac Is Available (Sort Of)
Commentary  |  12/12/2008
If you use Mac OS X and are dying to try Google's Chrome browser, you can, provided you have the technical chops to compile your own applications and the patience to deal with programs that crash a lot. The partially completed code is available at the Chromium Web site.
Internet Explorer Has Fewer Software Bugs Than Firefox, Chrome
News  |  12/11/2008
The testers found 168 bugs in IE, 9% of which were deemed to be "showstoppers."
Google Chrome Goes Gold With 1.0 Release
News  |  12/11/2008
With improved speed and stability over the beta released in September, Chrome is hoping to grab a larger chunk of the browser market from Internet Explorer and Firefox.
Obama, Palin Top Google Year-End Zeitgeist List
News  |  12/10/2008
The company's brain scan of the world's Internet users rendered in search queries includes some controversial topics as well.
Transparent Memory Chips Promise See-Through Gadgets
News  |  12/10/2008
Clear, flat-screen televisions represent one such possible device, assuming the research can be applied to other electronic components.
Vint Cerf's Twitter Account Was A Fake
News  |  12/10/2008
Despite the recent MySpace-hoax suicide tragedy, online impersonation and fictitious identities remain a legally vague area.
Google Native Client Salts Microsoft's Wounds
News  |  12/9/2008
If Google's NaCl open source research project becomes a robust system, the performance gap between desktop and Web applications could all but vanish.
Google's Gmail Gets To-Do List
Commentary  |  12/8/2008
Just in time to help you with your holiday shopping, Google on Monday said that it had added a lightweight to-do list called Tasks to Gmail.
Firefox 3 Beta 2 Update Highlights Private Browsing Mode
News  |  12/8/2008
The update also features enhancements to the Clear Private Data tool, which helps make it easier to remove data related to online activities.
Microsoft Reduces Search Data Retention To Six Months
News  |  12/8/2008
That's three months less than the search data retention period observed by Google, which adopted a nine-month period in September.
The Greatest Google Merchandise
Commentary  |  12/5/2008
Google on Thursday said it would supply Gmail stickers to anyone who sends in a self-addressed stamped envelope. It's an offer the company may come to regret.
Google's Chrome Team Mulls Local File Restrictions
News  |  12/5/2008
Google engineers are looking at extending Chrome's restrictions on local Web pages to further tighten the Web browser's security across a broader set of protocols.
Net Neutrality Foe Charges Google With Bandwidth Freeloading
Commentary  |  12/4/2008
"Google uses 21 times more bandwidth than it pays for," charges Scott Cleland in a report issued under the aegis of Precursor, a telecom research and consulting firm. Cleland also runs NetCompetition.org, a group opposed to Net Neutrality legislation, which Google supports.
Google, Facebook Fight To Connect Friends
News  |  12/4/2008
The promise of exposure to larger audiences could give publishers and advertisers a hard time deciding which social network to work with.
Blocking Online Ads May Save Energy
News  |  12/3/2008
Using Firefox 3.04, with AdBlock Plus and NoScript, a browser add-on that blocks client-side scripts, researchers realized a power savings of 11 watts, based on average readings.
Apple Axes Antivirus Help Page
News  |  12/3/2008
The company has removed an online help document that advised customers to use multiple antivirus products to keep their Macs secure.
Vlingo Mobile Search App Available For iPhone
News  |  12/2/2008
Its voice-recognition technology puts Vlingo in competition with Google Mobile App for iPhone users who want a voice-powered mobile search app.
Internet, TV Deemed Bad For Kids' Health
News  |  12/2/2008
The strongest association identified is between media exposure and obesity.
Apple's Ban On iPod Sync Software Stymied By Wikileaks
News  |  12/2/2008
The iPodHash project is an effort to open the iPod and iPhone to third-party media software other than Apple's iTunes.
Apple Recommends Antivirus Software For Mac OS X
News  |  12/2/2008
As Apple's computers have become more widely used, malware authors have been targeting its products like iTunes, QuickTime, and the Safari Web browser.


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