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‘What Is the Real Value of Copyright?’ Q&A With BitTorrent CEO Eric Klinker

Once the pariah of the media world, peer-to-peer software has come a long way since the days of Napster and college kids with hard drives stuffed with pirated music. Now, current P2P software provider BitTorrent boasts 80 million users, which, as CEO Eric Klinker is quick to point out, is somewhere...

‘Hypertexting’ Lumped In With Other Risky Teen Behaviors

Once upon a time, the word "hypertexting" referred to the process of linking one page of text to another through a specific Internet protocol. Now, public health researchers are using it to describe the practice of sending mobile phone text messages in the extreme: "hyper," as in lots, and "texting"...

Microsoft Wants to Cordon Off Botnet-Infected Computers

Microsoft's vice president of trustworthy computing, Scott Charney, has put the call out for a collective, coordinated approach to protecting the public from, among many other threats, botnets. The worldwide Internet community would do well to apply a public health approach to battling the viruses a...

Ready for ‘Facebook,’ the Verb?

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg came forward to clarify rampant rumors that his company was working with a mobile handset manufacturer to make a Facebook-branded smartphone. The problem is, he didn't address the question. In an interview this week with TechCrunch, Zuckerberg asserted that people can me...

Buddies or Stalkers? Gadgets That Really Know Us Are Coming

The brave new world of technology will include devices that change our whole relationship to them and, perhaps, to the world around us. That's according to Intel CTO Justin Rattner, who outlined the future of "context-sensitive" computing at his keynote address to IDF this week. The new class of con...

E-Skin for Robots Could Lead to Touchy-Feely Prosthetics for Humans

Robots can be made made strong, robots can be made tireless, but a big problem with robots so far is that they can't be made to have a sense of touch as humans do. The same issue challenges designers of prosthetic limbs. Imitating the motor movements of joints and muscles is one thing, but imitating...

Tablet Skirmish Heats Up With Toshiba Entry

Toshiba has announced its own entrant into the tablet market with the Folio 100, which will run on the Android 2.2 operating system. Sporting a screen just over 10 inches, the device will be larger than other early competitors to Apple's iPad tablet computer, such as the Dell Streak. The Folio will ...

India to Give RIM’s Data-Monitoring Solution a Whirl

BlackBerry maker Research In Motion has struck a deal with officials in India that will allow it to continue to operate in the country, for now. According to a statement by the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs, the two parties will conduct a 60-day trial of access methods that RIM has proposed so tha...

IBM’s X-Force: No Telling How Many Unpatched Web Threats Are Out There

During the first half of 2010, more than 4,300 new disclosures of software security issues came to light. That's according to the mid-year report issued by IBM's special X-Force security research team. What's perhaps a bit more disturbing is how many of those vulnerabilities remain unfixed. More tha...

Mastering Places Privacy Can Be Tricky, Facebook Critics Charge

Facebook rolled out its Places feature this week to much fanfare -- so much, in fact, that the official Facebook Blog has an update note posted that users who are unable to access the service should try back soon to see if they can check in. The app, available on the iPhone as part of Facebook for i...

OPINION

Facebook and the Scammers: We Know Better

Once again this week, users of the enormous social networking service Facebook have fallen prey to unscrupulous people scamming them for information and money. It's beginning to be a familiar story: A seemingly innocuous link is sent from a friend, a company asks for personal information, and myst...

Bogus Dislike Button Plagues Hapless Facebook Users

How many times have we all seen comments like this on a Facebook status update: "Not like, but dislike," or "I'd press Dislike if there was a button." It's a common complaint about the social networking site's comment options; one can press the "Like" button to give a thumbs-up to a friend's post, b...

Speedy Chrome 6 Beta Ventures Onto Bumpy Broadband Road

Google released an updated version of its Chrome Web browser into beta this week. Chrome 6 sports increased speeds and a user interface with multiple changes, said James Hawkins, Google software engineer, in a post to the Google Chrome Blog. "Compared to our previous beta release, our newest beta hi...

Critics Charge Craigslist Functions as Bulletin Board for Child Prostitution

Richard Blumenthal, attorney general of Connecticut, has called for classified advertisement service Craigslist to shut down its adult services section. In addition, Blumenthal stated that he intends to call for his fellow state attorneys general to make similar demands of Craigslist. No particular ...

Android Draws Its Bow on Apple

By the year 2012, there will be more smartphones running the Android OS than Apple's iOS. That's according to iSuppli, which projects that 75 million Android-based smartphones will be in use two years from now. Android will have a 19.4 percent share of the global market for smartphones, says iSuppli...

Intel Demos Light Over Silicon

Microprocessor maker Intel has announced that it has developed a research prototype that it says is the world's first silicon-based optical data connection with integrated lasers. The link can move up to 50 gigabits of data per second -- about as much data as that contained in an entire HD movie. Cu...

Twitter Hopes to Retire ‘Fail Whale’ With Custom-Built Data Center

Twitter has announced that it will be working toward consolidating management of its data centers within its own organization. The company's first custom-built data center, located in the Salt Lake City area, will fire up later this year. Twitter will keep its relationship with NTT America to mainta...

Facebook Nation: Millions and Millions of Worried People

Facebook is expected to announce sometime this week that it has topped half a billion users. That's 500 million globally. For a website that began life in the humble environs of a college dorm room, it's quite a milestone. However, many of those users are concerned about how their information is bei...

Droid X Struts In as iPhone Buckles

Consumers who have put off buying their first smartphone or upgrading an aging one are facing a more complicated decision as of Thursday. Into a market already very heated with the recent launches of Apple's iPhone 4, carried exclusively by AT&T, and HTC's EVO 4G Android, via Sprint, comes Motorola...

New Rules Lay Out ‘Meaningful Use’ Requirements for Electronic Health Records

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has released its final version of rules that define the parameters under which physicians and hospitals can qualify for funding to upgrade their electronic medical records systems. Included are new definitions for what will constitute "meaningful use"...

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