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Analysis: Why Twitter apologized over NBC Olympics flap

August 3, 2012 4:04 pm | by Erin Geiger Smith, Reuters | News | Comments

(Reuters) - The microblogging site Twitter has been so abuzz about NBC's tape-delayed coverage of the Olympics that the #nbcfail hashtag was created last week as a way to consolidate criticism of the network.

Reuters blogging platform hacked, false Syria blog posted

August 3, 2012 4:02 pm | by Reuters | News | Comments

(Reuters) - Thomson Reuters said the blogging platform of the Reuters News website was compromised on Friday and a false posting purporting to carry an interview with a Syrian rebel leader was illegally posted on a Reuters' journalist's blog.

Apple seeks severe punishment for Samsung lawyer's actions

August 2, 2012 2:08 pm | by Dan Levine, Reuters | News | Comments

(Reuters) - Apple Inc asked a U.S. judge on Thursday to punish Samsung Electronics Co Ltd for a Samsung attorney's conduct by ordering that the South Korean company has infringed Apple's phone design patents, according to a court filing.

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Writing graphics software gets much easier

August 2, 2012 9:04 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

A new programming language for image-processing algorithms yields code that’s much shorter and clearer -- but also faster

Sharp to start shipping iPhone screens to Apple this month

August 2, 2012 9:02 am | by Reuters | News | Comments

(Reuters) - Japan's Sharp Corp. said it will start shipping screens destined for a new Apple iPhone that is widely expected to be released in October ahead of the pre-Christmas shopping season.

FTC wants to extend rules on child online privacy to reflect changes in digital world

August 2, 2012 8:59 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal regulators want to update rules aimed at protecting children's online privacy to account for newer developments such as Facebook and mobile games. A 1998 law requires websites to obtain parental consent before collecting personal information from children under 13. But the digital world has changed greatly since then.

Full-on tech, social media turn avoiding Olympic spoilers into a sport of its own

August 2, 2012 8:58 am | by LEANNE ITALIE Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) -- Mandy Hauck turned 25 on Wednesday, but she's avoiding Facebook and her happy birthday messages to steer clear of Olympic spoilers about her favorite sport, fencing.

China's Twitter: Democracy accelerant or the best surveillance tool Beijing ever had?

August 2, 2012 8:57 am | by ALEXA OLESEN Associated Press | News | Comments

BEIJING (AP) -- China's Twitter was raucous Thursday with horn-tooting over Beijing's gold rush at the London Olympics, a digital reflection of the nation's exuberant mood - embellished with flashing emoticons. Earlier passions have been ignited on the site by a deadly high speed rail crash and outrage over factory pollution.

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Verizon Wireless settles FCC probe into blocking of Internet-sharing apps for $1.25 million

August 1, 2012 8:42 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer, The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) -- In the first move of its kind, the Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday said it's accepting a $1.25 million settlement from Verizon Wireless to end an investigation into whether the company asked Google Inc. to withhold so-called "tethering" software for Internet sharing.

Lawyer for Twitter says website erred by pointing out reporter's tweet to NBC

August 1, 2012 8:40 am | by Jay Cohen, AP Sports Writer | News | Comments

LONDON (AP) -- Twitter is acknowledging a mistake in how it handled a tweet by a Los Angeles-based journalist that included the email of the NBC Olympics president.

Do you have what it takes to be a Roundtable expert?

July 31, 2012 4:30 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

We here at ECN love to hear what you have to say, so for our October issue we’re opening up the Roundtable discussion to our faithful readers. Typically, the Roundtable is an editorial section consisting of short commentary by five or six experts in a particular vertical market. Check out the most recent Roundtable from August here.

Enough with the Twitter Olympics

July 31, 2012 3:38 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

It’s official, people: Twitter has taken over the Olympics. Yes, we all know about Ryan Loche and Michael Phelps. Even the Queen’s granddaughter (a silver medalist) is popping up in the Olympic news, but let’s focus on what’s important during this competition: Twitter. It seems for every story you read about the craziness of antiquated gymnastic rules and disappointing defeats, there is a story about Twitter.

Microsoft relaunches Hotmail as social-friendly Outlook

July 31, 2012 2:50 pm | by Bill Rigby, Reuters | News | Comments

Microsoft Corp unveiled a revamped, Facebook-friendly version of its free, online email service on Tuesday in an attempt to reverse market share losses to Google Inc's fast-growing Gmail.

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Power chips help conserve energy, speed adoption of universal charging

July 31, 2012 11:48 am | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments introduced power management controllers that are said to save standby power to help smart phone users consume less electricity with their 5-W cube adapters, even when they are left plugged into the wall. The new UCC28700 primary-side controllers will

PCI/104- Express boards are designed for CAN and LIN

July 31, 2012 11:06 am | Product Releases | Comments

IXXAT completed its PCI-Express Series, consisting of several PCI-Express boards and a PCI-Express-Mini card, with two new variants based on the PCI/104-Express standard. The new boards are designed specifically for use in compact industrial computers and mobile systems.

Olympics fans find ways to circumvent NBC's online control

July 31, 2012 8:41 am | by Liana B. Baker and Yinka Adegoke, Reuters | News | Comments

(Reuters) - It took Jason Legate, a Walnut Creek, California-resident, all of 10 minutes to connect his computer to a London-based server and access BBC's coverage of the Olympics Saturday, thereby circumventing NBC's lock on coverage in the United States.

Public can explore time-lapse videos of Earth with new tool from Carnegie Mellon and Google

July 30, 2012 4:01 pm | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

PITTSBURGH—Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute, working with colleagues at Google and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), have adapted their technology for interactively exploring time-lapse imagery to create a tool that enables anyone to easily access 13 years of NASA Landsat images of the Earth's surface.

Twitter suspends reporter's account for NBC tweet

July 30, 2012 3:59 pm | by Gerry Shih and Matthew Keys, Reuters | News | Comments

(Reuters) - Twitter Inc and NBC Universal's move to suppress a British reporter's tweets related to the network's Olympics coverage may have backfired after the incident became fodder for Twitter chatter around the world on Monday.

Networcsim hoping to broaden wireless revolution

July 30, 2012 9:26 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

A Tennessee company has licensed award-winning software from Oak Ridge National Laboratory that will help industries install wireless networks more cost-effectively in challenging environments such as mines, offshore drilling platforms and factory floors.

Don't tweet if you want TV, London fans told

July 30, 2012 9:23 am | by Avril Ormsby and Paul Sandle, Reuters | News | Comments

(Reuters) - Sports fans attending the London Olympics were told on Sunday to avoid non-urgent text messages and tweets during events because overloading of data networks was affecting television coverage.

Analysis: Critics assail 1980s-era hacking law as out of step

July 30, 2012 9:21 am | by Grant McCool, Reuters | News | Comments

(Reuters) - A 1984 U.S. anti-hacking law passed when computer crime was in its infancy is under fire for potentially going too far in criminalizing the actions of employees who violate workplace policies.

In 360-degree vistas, Google Street View delivers road trips through 5 Calif. national parks

July 30, 2012 9:17 am | by TRACIE CONE Associated Press | News | Comments

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) -- Imagine being the only driver on a two-lane asphalt highway as the stark desolation of Death Valley National park passes on each side and the crystal blue sky stretches up from the horizon.

Olympic viewing: In social media age, NBC's millions of critics make opinions known instantly

July 30, 2012 9:15 am | by DAVID BAUDER AP Television Writer | News | Comments

In the age of social media, NBC now has millions of television critics who make their opinions known about every aspect of Olympics coverage instantly.

2 South Koreans arrested in theft of data from 8 million cellphone customers

July 30, 2012 9:13 am | by HYUNG-JIN KIM and YOUKYUNG LEE Associated Press | News | Comments

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korean police said they arrested two men who allegedly stole the personal details of about 8 million mobile phone subscribers and sold the data to marketing companies in one of the country's biggest hacking schemes.

Apple, Samsung face off in federal court over patents to iPhones, iPads

July 30, 2012 9:12 am | by PAUL ELIAS Associated Press | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Two tech titans will square off in federal court Monday in a closely watched trial over control of the U.S. smartphone and computer tablet markets.

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