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Book Alliance To Challenge Google

August 24, 2009 10:31 am | by Patricia Resende | Comments

Google is being challenged by a trio of tech powerhouses in an attempt to stop the Internet search giant from moving forward with its Google Books project. Google Books allows users to search, view and purchase books that Google has digitized and made available online.

FCC Examines Wireless Industry

August 24, 2009 7:44 am | by Jennifer LeClaire | Comments

As Apple and AT&T file responses to a Federal Communications Commission inquiry into why Apple recently rejected Google Voice from its App Store, the FCC is launching a broader investigation into several aspects of the wireless industry. The FCC's move may be in response to growing consumer upset over wireless industry practices, such as price structures for texting and data plans. The FCC and Congress also recently examined exclusive smartphone deals between handset makers and wireless carriers. AT&T and Apple's iPhone were also included in that probe.

SKorea Seeks Jail for Disgraced Cloning Scientist

August 24, 2009 5:30 am | Comments

Prosecutors demanded a four-year prison term Monday for a South Korean scientist disgraced in a cloning scandal that shook the international scientific community and led to his trial on fraud and other charges. Hwang Woo-suk was fired from the prestigious Seoul National University after purported breakthroughs

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NASA Embraces Pop Culture

August 24, 2009 5:23 am | by MARCIA DUNN | Comments

When Discovery flies to the international space station this week, it will deliver a new treadmill named for a TV comedian and pick up a Buzz Lightyear toy. In another month, a wealthy circus performer will rocket to the space station. Add that to all the Twittering astronauts and NASA suddenly has a fresh, hip look that is attracting audiences that may have ignored the space program in the past. "More normal folks," the chief of NASA's space operations, Bill Gerstenmaier, says of NASA's newer audience.

Apple Denies 'Rejecting' Google Voice for iPhone

August 24, 2009 5:14 am | Comments

Apple Inc. told federal regulators Friday that it blocked the Google Voice program from running on the iPhone because it alters important functions on the device - yet Apple denied that it has rejected Google's application outright. "Contrary to published reports, Apple has not rejected the Google Voice application, and continues to study it," Apple said in a letter to the Federal Communications Commission.

Will Antitrust Probe Keep Microsoft, Yahoo Apart?

August 24, 2009 5:11 am | Comments

Yahoo Inc. and Microsoft Corp. hope that by joining forces, they can tilt the balance of power in Internet search away from Google Inc. First, however, Yahoo and Microsoft have to convince regulators that their plan won't hurt online advertisers and consumers. As the U.S. Justice Department reviews the proposed partnership, approval figures to hinge on this question

U.S. wants to define broadband, opens wireless inquiry

August 21, 2009 5:52 am | by Reuters | Comments

U.S. telecommunications regulators on Thursday sought public comment on how to define "broadband," a step that could impact how the industry delivers Internet services to consumers.

Microsoft, Yahoo, Amazon to Fight Google Book Deal

August 21, 2009 5:32 am | Comments

The fight against a legal settlement that would give Google Inc. the digital rights to millions of copyrighted books is starting to resemble a heavyweight brawl in the library. Microsoft Corp., Yahoo Inc. and Amazon.com Inc. are joining a coalition that hopes to rally opposition to Google's digital book ambitions and ultimately persuade a federal judge to block or revise the Internet search leader's plans.

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LED display technology gets a twist

August 21, 2009 5:22 am | by Reuters | Comments

U.S. researchers said on Thursday they have found a way to make large-scale flexible display screens that can be stretched to fit the contours of a bus yet are transparent enough so riders can see out windows. The thin, light screens might be used to make

Plastic Semiconductor Nears Reality

August 20, 2009 10:00 am | Comments

Plastic that conducts electricity holds promise for cheaper, thinner and more flexible electronics. This technology is already available in some gadgets -- the new Sony walkman that was introduced earlier this summer and the Microsoft Zune HD music player released last week both incorporate organic light-emitting electronic displays. Until now, however, circuits built with organic materials have allowed only one type of charge to move through them. New research from the University of Washington makes charges flow both ways.

MySpace Scoops up Popular Facebook app iLike

August 20, 2009 6:12 am | Comments

Social networking hub MySpace said Wednesday it is acquiring iLike, a popular music application on rival Facebook, in the first move by new management to expand after a series of drastic cuts and writedowns. The $20 million agreement to purchase iLike confirmed rumors that had circulated this week. ILike, which has 55 million users, will remain headquartered in Seattle

Administration Plans to Wind Down Clunkers Program

August 20, 2009 6:07 am | Comments

The Obama administration is developing plans to wind down the popular Cash for Clunkers program and could announce by Friday when the incentives will no longer be available. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said Wednesday the department would announce within 48 hours how it intends to discontinue the program that offers car buyers rebates of $3,500 or $4,500 for trading in older vehicles for new, more fuel-efficient models.

Company Introduces World’s First Video Print Ads

August 20, 2009 5:55 am | by by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

Advertisers are always thinking up new and inventive ways to deliver their message. The smart ones stay ahead of the curve. A great example is the abundance of illegal movie/ TV show torrents floating around the internet. Smart networks countered this trend by offering their programming for free on their respective websites, and inserting ads at pre-defined “commercial breaks.”

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Land Warrior System Aims to Reduce Collateral Damage

August 19, 2009 7:47 am | by by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

War just ain’t what it used to be. Today’s threat comes not from rival nation-states, but from stateless entities. This has fundamentally changed the nature of warfare, as the concept of “total war” has become irrelevant. If “collateral damage” is lawful, “so long as it is not excessive in light of the overall military advantage anticipated from the attack,” then urban combat necessitates a change in tactics

Microsoft's Bing wins share from Google, Yahoo

August 19, 2009 6:42 am | by Reuters | Comments

Microsoft Corp's Bing search engine continued to make small gains on rivals Google Inc and Yahoo Inc in the U.S. Internet search market in July, according to the latest data from research firm ComScore.

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