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Google to end China censorship after e-mail breach

January 12, 2010 4:01 pm | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Google Inc. will stop censoring its search results in China and may pull out of the country completely after discovering that computers hackers had tricked human rights activists into opening their e-mail accounts to outsiders.The change-of-heart announced Tuesday heralds a major shift for...

VMware to buy Zimbra from Yahoo

January 12, 2010 3:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

VMware Inc. said Tuesday it has agreed to buy the software company Zimbra Inc. from Yahoo Inc.Zimbra makes software for collaborating on projects and sending e-mail. VMware said it is acquiring all of Zimbra's intellectual property, while allowing Yahoo to continue using the company's...

E-mail leak has Google threatening to leave China

January 12, 2010 2:01 pm | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Google Inc. will stop censoring its search results in China and may pull out of the country after discovering that computer hackers had tricked human rights activists into opening their e-mail accounts to outsiders.The change-of-heart announced Tuesday heralds a major shift for Google, which...

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Tough first year for Yahoo's tough-talking CEO

January 12, 2010 1:01 pm | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Carol Bartz spent much of her first year as Yahoo Inc.'s chief executive rallying the troops and clearing the decks, often sounding like a salty drill sergeant as she vowed to whip the downtrodden Internet company back into shape.For all the tough talk, Yahoo remains on shaky ground as Bartz...

Big, social, Island-dwelling birds live longest

January 12, 2010 12:53 pm | by Cornell University | News | Comments

Research may help explain underlying evolutionary principles that shape life spans for many organisms, including humans.

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EU antitrust chief-to-be backs high fines

January 12, 2010 12:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Union's designated antitrust commissioner said Tuesday he considered the EU's high fines an effective deterrent to cartels or monopoly abuse.Joaquin Almunia will take one of the EU executive's most powerful posts if EU lawmakers approve him later this month. He will succeed Neelie...

Report calls for research on nanoparticles in food

January 12, 2010 11:24 am | News | Comments

A global scarcity of scientific research on using nanotechnology in foods means food safety authorities are unable to properly regulate products that may be beneficial or harmful, a British science panel said on Friday. The science and technology committee of Britain's upper house of parliament said in a report that use of nanoparticles in food and food packaging is likely to grow dramatically in the next decade, but too little is known about their safety.

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Florida airport gets commercial spaceport license

January 12, 2010 11:17 am | News | Comments

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - The sky's no longer the limit for Cecil Field airport in Jacksonville, Florida. The airport was awarded a federal license on Monday to fly commercial space vehicles being designed to ferry tourists, researchers and others beyond Earth's atmosphere.

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Blindness groups, ASU settle suit over Kindle

January 12, 2010 11:11 am | News | Comments

Two organizations representing the blind have settled a discrimination lawsuit against Arizona State University over its use of Amazon's Kindle e-reader device. Arizona State is among several universities testing the $489 Kindle DX, a large-screen model aimed at textbook and newspaper readers.

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CES show attendance rebounds after dip in 2009

January 12, 2010 11:06 am | News | Comments

In another sign of the tentative economic recovery, the country's largest trade show saw at least a small increase in attendees, after a large drop a year ago. According to preliminary figures, The International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas had more than 120,000 attendees last week, the Consumer Electronics Association said Monday.

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New organization combats distracted driving

January 12, 2010 11:01 am | News | Comments

The Transportation Department and safety advocates joined Tuesday to announce the creation of FocusDriven, an organization dedicated to raising public awareness about the dangers of driving while talking on cell phones or texting on handheld computers.

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Electronic Arts lowers 2010 guidance as sales weaken

January 12, 2010 10:39 am | News | Comments

Video game publisher Electronic Arts Inc. cut its full-year guidance on Monday, as ongoing weakness in its game disc sales didn't ease up over the holidays as the company had hoped. The news sent shares down sharply in extended trading.

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Analyst firm says tech sector to recover in 2010

January 12, 2010 10:28 am | News | Comments

The tech downturn is over and a recovery is on the way after a "dismal" 2009, as companies resume spending on computers and software, according to a new analysis. Forrester Research Inc. was set to report Tuesday that it expects global spending on technology products and services to grow 8.1 percent in 2010, to more than $1.6 trillion. U.S. spending is expected to rise 6.6 percent, to $568 billion.

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Hot gadgets at show: Wireless charging, iPhone TV

January 12, 2010 10:15 am | News | Comments

At the International Consumer Electronics Show last week, 3-D television, electronic readers and little laptops captured much of the attention. There were plenty of other interesting ideas on display, too, from 3-D printing to a wireless cell phone tether. Here are some of the gadgets most worth keeping an eye out for this year, and some that best deserve an arched eyebrow of amusement.

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F5 says SEC won't recommend backdating charges

January 12, 2010 10:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

F5 Networks Inc. said Tuesday it has gotten notice from the Securities and Exchange Commission saying the agency won't recommended bringing any charges related to a stock options backdating investigation.After its own investigation of stock-option practices in 2006, the company found it had to...

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