02 June 2012

Amelia Earhart's last days on a Pacific atoll

Amelia Earhart: New evidence tells of her last days on a Pacific atoll
Christian Science Monitor
New information gives a clearer picture of what happened 75 years ago to Amelia Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan, where they came down and how they likely survived – for a while, at least – as castaways on a remote island.

Christian Science Monitor

Facebook Offer to Let Users Vote on Policies Sparked by Activist
By Christina DesMarais, PCWorld Jun 2, 2012 7:28 AM Facebook is giving its nearly 1 billion users a chance to vote on whether they prefer some of the social network's old policies or proposed new ones, but that doesn't mean the company is open to ...

Risk of boomerangs a reality in cyber war
By RICHARD LARDNER, AP WASHINGTON – The Obama administration is warning American businesses about an unusually potent computer virus that infected Iran's oil industry even as suspicions persist that the United States is responsible for secretly ...


Windows 8, Windows Store Need Tweaking to Change PC Users' Expectations
Microsoft is the first to say it's actively applying feedback from its Release Preview of Windows 8 and the Windows Store. Which is good. Early shoppers still want more. Microsoft released its Windows 8 Release Preview May 31, a follow-up to the ...

Microsoft Sets Do Not Track as Default in Internet Explorer 10
Company executives say they are erring on the side of privacy, but the decision draws the ire of advertisers. Microsoft, as it has done with the current version of its Internet Explorer Web browser, is enabling support of the Do Not Track effort with ...

Apple iOS 6, iCloud Refresh to be Main Focus of WWDC: Report
Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference doesn't start until June 11, but the rumor mill is already in full tilt. As the world awaits Apple's latest Wordwide Developers Conference (WWDC), to be held June 11-15 at San Francisco's Moscone West, ...

Mobile-Phone Makers End Deadlock on Standard for New SIM Cards
By Francois de Beaupuy on June 02, 2012 Mobile-phone makers agreed on a new standard for smaller SIM cards, overcoming a deadlock in which Finland's Nokia Oyj (NOK1V) and Apple Inc. (AAPL) (AAPL) had competing proposals. The so-called “fourth form ...

After stop at NYC airport, shuttle goes to sea
Wall Street Journal
AP NEW YORK — The prototype space shuttle that arrived in New York City by air earlier this spring is on the move again, this time by sea. The Enterprise has been parked at Kennedy Airport since it flew from Washington to New York atop a 747 jet.

Judge bars Apple from turning court into reality distortion field
By Philip Elmer-DeWitt June 2, 2012: 11:21 AM ET FORTUNE -- If you're following the smartphone patent wars and have never run into Judge Richard A. Posner before, you're in for a treat. The federal judge who drew Apple v. Motorola is one of America's ...

What to Expect From E3 2012
The biggest gaming conference of the year, E3, is set to begin next week on Los Angeles. Typically where huge game consoles and popular games are announced, the conference is sure to bring with it at least a few blockbuster titles and advances in ...

Dumped: Rio's odious garbage mountain reborn as new energy source
Sydney Morning Herald
ONE of the world's largest open-air landfills, a vast, seaside mountain of trash where thousands of people have made a living sorting through the debris by hand, is closing this weekend after 34 years in putrid service. Long a symbol of ill-conceived ...

Sydney Morning Herald

Google helps Chinese web users evade censored keywords
Economic Times
BEIJING: Google has begun to offer help to web users in China with suggestions about banned words, which were viewed foul by the country's strict censors. Until now, users who searched for banned or sensitive words received a "webpage not available" ...

Smartphone Usage Helps Twitter Double Over The Last Year – Pew Study
Daily Disruption
Some 15% of online adults use Twitter as of February 2012, and 8% do so on a typical day. Although overall Twitter usage has nearly doubled since the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project first asked a stand-alone Twitter question in ...

Windows 8 tablets from Acer and Toshiba will challenge iPad's dominance
Washington Post
June 1 (Bloomberg) -- Acer Inc., Toshiba Corp. and Asustek Computer Inc. will unveil tablets running Microsoft Corp.'s Windows 8 operating system next week, people with knowledge of the matter said, challenging the dominance of Apple Inc.'s iPad.

Facebook smartphone? Dumb idea
Sydney Morning Herald
Opinion If you're looking for a cheap, ad-heavy phone based on a dubious business model, you should rejoice. THERE are two ways to make money in the smartphone business. There's Apple's way: 1) Make premium products that people clamour for; ...

Sydney Morning Herald

Google Ordered to Change Search Results by European Union
There have been rumors for some time that Google will be hit by antitrust proceedings by the European Union. It seems those rumors have come to fruition after news today that the EU's antitrust chief has given the search engine until the 2nd July to ...


ICS accounts to 7.1 percent of global Android population
The Driod Guy
If you are an Android developer, or just a very loyal fan who loves the mobile operating system by Google, here is something to be more proud of. The latest version of Android, the Android 4.0.x, very popularly known as the Ice Cream Sandwich, ...

The Driod Guy

Over-55s pick passwords twice as secure as teenagers'
New Scientist
People over the age of 55 pick passwords double the strength of those chosen by people under 25 years old. That's according to the largest ever study of password security, which also found that most of us choose passwords that are less secure than ...

Authors file class action lawsuit
Aiken Standard
By LARRY NEUMEISTER, AP NEW YORK -- A federal judge in New York has granted class certification to authors challenging Internet search leader Google over its plans for the world's largest digital library. Judge Denny Chin ruled in a written decision ...

Google offers virtual tours of famous sites worldwide
Bend Bulletin
MADRID — A virtual stroll among the ruins of Pompeii or into the temples of Kyoto is available to anyone with an Internet-connected device through Google's new World Wonders project. The company is offering virtual tours of 132 famous sites in 18 ...

Transit of Venus: US National Parks Set to Observe Rare Sight
Our Amazing Planet
When Venus interposes itself directly between Earth and the sun for the last time in more than a century, national parks across America will be prepared to observe the historic event. Many will have special filtered telescopes set up for safe viewing ...

Google Points Finger at Microsoft, Nokia
Wall Street Journal
By JOHN LETZING Google Inc. said it filed an antitrust complaint Thursday in Europe arguing that Microsoft Corp. and Nokia Corp. are using proxy companies to brandish patents and hurt the prospects of Google's Android mobile-phone software to the ...

AT&T dreams of a phone plan with no voice, no text: just data
Globe and Mail
AP The CEO of AT&T Inc. said Friday that cellphone plans that count only data usage are likely to come in the next two years. In such a scenario, phone calls and texts would be considered as just another form of data. Randall Stephenson didn't say AT&T ...

Globe and Mail

NIST: Cloud reliability, information security remain 'open issues'
A new publication from the National Institute of Standards and Technology summarizes major classes of cloud computing technology and their benefits, but also notes 23 "open issues" regarding the cloud computing technology overall.

Stoner on pole for Catalunya MotoGP
Sydney Morning Herald
AP World champion Casey Stoner took pole position ahead of MotoGP leader Jorge Lorenzo in Saturday's qualifying session for the Catalunya Grand Prix. Stoner, who won at the Catalunya Circuit for the second time last year, set a quickest lap time of 1 ...

Microsoft revamps search engine Bing
Times of India
Microsoft rolled out a revamped Bing that includes insights from Facebook and Twitter in the biggest overhaul of the search service since its launch three years ago. SAN FRANCISCO: Microsoft rolled out a revamped Bing that includes insights from ...

Judge clears Google of Java copyright infringement
by James Niccolai and Chris Kanaracus, IDG News Service A district court judge has ruled that the Java APIs in Android are not eligible for protection under US copyright law, marking a defeat for Oracle in a high-stakes lawsuit against Google.

Leap Wireless To Sell Prepaid IPhone Next Month
Wall Street Journal
(Updates to add details about network coverage and phone availability in 12th paragraph, along with closing stock prices in 19th paragraph.) By Thomas Gryta Of DOW JONES NEWSWIRES NEW YORK (Dow Jones)--Leap Wireless International Inc. (LEAP) will start ...

iPhone 5 Predictions: The Best And Worst
Jeff Bertolucci 06/01/2012 Apple's next iPhone will likely arrive in September or October. As the rumor machine cranks into high gear, we sort the solid predictions from the silly. As the unveiling of Apple's next iPhone draws nigh, the rumor mill is ...

The Future of Facebook Is in India
By Peter Savodnik on May 31, 2012 By 2015, India will have more Facebook (FB) users than any other country on Earth—tilting the social networking action away from the West and toward one of the fastest-growing emerging markets on the planet.

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