27 July 2012

Twitter suffers second outage in 5 weeks

Twitter suffers second outage in 5 weeks
* Questions about reliability arise again * Rising volumes a factor By Gerry Shih SAN FRANCISCO, July 26 (Reuters) - A data center glitch brought down Twitter for roughly 2 hours on Thursday, as the micro-blogging service suffered its second widespread ...

Google to broadband providers: 'Here's how you build a superfast network.'
As some broadband providers grumble about the cost of network upgrades and threaten data caps on subscribers, Google shows them, through its Kansas City Google Fiber project, how to offer subscribers 1Gbps broadband service at an affordable price. by ...

Magid on Tech: Streaming future still bright for Netflix
San Jose Mercury News
Netflix shares stumbled this week after the Los Gatos-based company reported Tuesday that it added only 530000 new streaming customers while losing 850000 customers who had been renting DVDs. I don't give investment advice and have no idea what the ...

'Highly confidential' iPad, iPhone prototypes revealed in court documents
Apple Insider
By AppleInsider Staff Court documents pertaining to Apple's upcoming jury trial against Samsung have revealed a number of very early iPad and iPhone design prototypes, some of which bear resemblance to mock-ups of the company's rumored next-generation ...

12 things you need to know about Apple v Samsung
Here's what you need to know ahead of the jury phase of the Apple vs. Samsung patent trial By Martyn Williams IDG News Service - The stakes are high for both Apple and Samsung Electronics as they prepare to kick off their much-anticipated ...

Exploding termites: Aging termites become suicide bombers, finds study (+video)
Christian Science Monitor
As it ages, a species of tropical termite develops a 'backpack' filled with toxic chemicals that explodes when the insect is threatened. By Wynne Parry, LiveScience Senior Writer / July 26, 2012 The picture shows a soldier, two white workers and two ...

Christian Science Monitor

At last, scientists provide photographic evidence of sneezing monkeys
Christian Science Monitor
The discovery of sneezing monkeys, a rare, snub-nosed monkey species first spotted just two years ago, highlights the need to improve wildlife management in China. By Jeanna Bryner, LiveScience / July 26, 2012 A group of monkeys whose nostrils are so ...

Christian Science Monitor

Google Earth's 3D imagery now available on iPad, iPhone
Los Angeles Times
Google Earth's 3D imagery is now available for the iDevices. Or at least some of them. If you have an iPad 2, an iPhone 4S or the latest iPod touch, then you can enjoy swooping virtually through detailed 3D landscapes, like the one of downtown Los ...

Facebook: Over 955 million users, 543 million mobile users
In first-ever earnings report, company points to more than 955 million monthly active users, over 552 million daily active users in June 2012, and more than 543 million monthly active users on mobile. by Emil Protalinski Monthly active users (MAUs) ...

Grapevine: NASA images show ice melt in Greenland
Fox News
Gay rights supporters are in a fast food fight with Chick-fil-A after the president of the company proclaimed it is unapologetically in favor of traditional marriage. Dan Cathy recently said "guilty as charged," when asked about supporting what he ...

Crysis 3 gets 20 minute interactive gameplay video
Crytek and Electronic Arts have released a new Crysis 3 gameplay video, but this one isn't like the run-of-the-mill gameplay trailers we're used to. You see, not only is this trailer nearly 20 minutes long, but it's also interactive.


'Dishonored' interactive trailer lets you choose your plan of attack
"Daring Escapes" is a new interactive trailer that lets you choose how you would escape a situation in the forthcoming steampunk-themed action role-playing game "Dishonored." The idea behind the

Why Mountain Lion Just Became the Ultimate Cord-Cutting OS
Wired News
By Roberto Baldwin The TV show Eureka on a MacBook and a big-screen TV. Photo: Peter McCollough/Wired Mountain Lion, the latest version of Apple's OS X desktop operating system, went public Wednesday to the delight of Mac users everywhere.

Stuxnet: 'Moral crime' or proportionate response?
Delegates at the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas are sharply split on the merits (or otherwise) of malware like Stuxnet that can be used offensively to take down infrastructure. Stuxnet was the first malware that was publicly acknowledged to have ...

Out of Africa: Startling New Genetics of Human Origins
Scientific American (blog)
By Gary Stix | July 26, 2012 | I love population genetics for its ability to peer back into human history through the medium of DNA's ATCGs. One of the stars of this discipline is Sarah Tishkoff, a standout in African genetics, someone who will readily ...

Scientific American (blog)

Apple's Black Hat Talk Draws Crowd, But Breaks Little Ground
Bloomberg (blog)
By Jordan Robertson Attendees arrive during the Black Hat conference at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas on Wednesday. A few minutes into Apple's much-anticipated presentation at the Black Hat hacking conference in Las Vegas, it became clear that the ...

Bloomberg (blog)

Companies, governments urged to go on the offence to defend cyberspace
Sydney Morning Herald
Computer security champions have been urged to hunt down and eliminate hackers, spies, terrorists and other online evildoers to prevent devastating Internet Age attacks. The first day of briefings at the prestigious Black Hat computer security ...

Sydney Morning Herald

Why is Verizon in bed with Time Warner and Comcast?
Los Angeles Times
Stop by a Verizon Wireless store in California and about two dozen other states, and you may encounter a sales pitch not for Verizon's own land-line phone, Internet and TV services but for those of a competitor such as Time Warner Cable or Comcast.

Los Angeles Times

New Kid on K Street: The Internet Association
E-Commerce Times
By Vivian Wagner Already among the most powerful and influential companies in the world, several Internet giants have decided to band together to press their agendas in Washington. The big unknown is whether consumers will benefit or should be very ...

Hacker uses NFC to pwn Android phones
Esteemed hacker Charlie Miller, who made a name for himself embarrassing Apple engineers with his iOS hacks, has returned with a big, juicy target in his sites: the Near Field Communications technology used to send mobile payments over smartphones.

Valve's Gabe Newell discusses the frontiers of gaming, from wearable ...
Gabe Newell (pictured top right) is the chief executive and co-founder of Valve, the award-winning game publisher and creator of the Steam digital distribution service for games. He is one of the visionaries of the game business, and his predictions ...


Social Review App Stamped Gets Update, Celeb Backing
PC Magazine
By Stephanie Mlot Startup Stamped this week unveiled version 2.0 of its iOS app, which, according to Business Insider will make it more like Pinterest and less like Yelp. Last spring, a team of ex-Googlers created a mobile app that makes restaurant and ...

Skydiver Leaps from 18 Miles Up in 'Space Jump' Practice
by Mike Wall, SPACE.com Senior Writer A daredevil leapt from a balloon more than 18 miles above the Earth today (July 25), moving one step closer to a so-called "space jump" that would set the record for the world's highest skydive.

Google Talk bug resolved
UPDATE: Google says it has solved the problem. "The problem with Google Talk should be resolved. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience and continued support. Please rest assured that system reliability is a top priority at ...


YouTube Targets Budding Talent With London Creator Space
PC Magazine
By Adario Strange YouTube success stories are now common in the United States. Some have managed to make a living from their video blogging, while other landed big-time Hollywood careers. But across the pond, the same success stories are far more rare.

Tech's 9 Biggest Party Boys
Huffington Post
As one New York Times tech columnist recently put it, "The newly minted rich are obsessed with outperforming their rivals. One industry party I attended had a jungle theme. This included a real, 600-pound tiger in a cage and a monkey that would pose for ...

The Technology, And The People, Behind This Year's Olympics
With regards to the tech, NBC has prepared redundancy after redundancy, and has used technology to make little things like the Atlantic Ocean significantly less of a burden. Some key video feeds are named for the British royals: Will is carried across the ...

Internet Association tech lobbying group: Google, Facebook, Amazon
By Brad Reed
Samsung: Apple wouldn't have sold a single iPhone without stealing our tech Zach Epstein; Apple tells Samsung its technology is nearly worthless Zach Epstein; Apple post huge Q2 miss; EPS climbs to $9.32 on $35 billion in revenue Zach ...
BGR: The Three Biggest Letters In Tech

Must Have Tech For Musicians On The Road - hypebot
By Natalie Cheng
When musicians are on the road, they appreciate technology that's portable. You never know when inspiration will strike and you find that you need something to compose a song. With today's technology, musicians can document their travels ...

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