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Google’s +1 button will begin appearing on some ads in the company’s Display Network starting Tuesday. The buttons actually began appearing in AdWords search ads in late May. The move to display was announced in September, with the idea that you or your friends in your Google network can show that you like or want to recommend a display ad.
Comparing devices that rely on fundamentally different ecosystems isn’t always productive. For the user that is entrenched in the iOS system, with hundreds of apps to their name, there is little chance that they are going to be switching over to an Android device any time soon. And for those that have all of their data wrapped up in Google’s services, extracting it and switching may feel like it just isn’t worth it. But there are many out there that are still on the outside looking in.
A computer virus has infected the cockpits of America’s Predator and Reaper drones, logging pilots’ every keystroke as they remotely fly missions over Afghanistan and other war zones. The virus, first detected nearly two weeks ago by the military’s Host-Based Security System , has not prevented pilots at Creech Air Force Base in Nevada from flying their missions overseas. Nor have there been any confirmed incidents of classified information being lost or sent to an outside source. But the virus has resisted multiple efforts to remove it from Creech’s computers, network security specialists say. And the infection underscores the ongoing security risks in what has become the US military’s most important weapons system.
ABU DHABI // A dramatic fall in traffic accidents this week has been directly linked to the three-day disruption in BlackBerry services. In Dubai, traffic accidents fell 20 per cent from average rates on the days BlackBerry users were unable to use its messaging service. In Abu Dhabi, the number of accidents this week fell 40 per cent and there were no fatal accidents. On average there is a traffic accident every three minutes in Dubai, while in Abu Dhabi there is a fatal accident every two days. Lt Gen Dahi Khalfan Tamim, the chief of Dubai Police, and Brig Gen Hussein Al Harethi, the director of the Abu Dhabi Police traffic department, linked the drop in accidents to the disruption of BlackBerry services between Tuesday and Thursday. Email, Messenger and internet functions were unavailable to users in the Middle East, Africa and Europe after a crucial link in the BlackBerry network failed.
Sure we all know that the Samsung Galaxy Nexus event is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. local time Wednesday in Hong Kong, but what time is that for you? Confusion always sets in around event times, so we wanted to make this super simple for you. North America Hey, rest of the world. We didn't forget about you.
The tributes to Dennis Ritchie won’t match the river of praise that spilled out over the web after the death of Steve Jobs. But they should. And then some. “When Steve Jobs died last week, there was a huge outcry, and that was very moving and justified. But Dennis had a bigger effect, and the public doesn’t even know who he is,” says Rob Pike, the programming legend and current Googler who spent 20 years working across the hall from Ritchie at the famed Bell Labs . On Wednesday evening, with a post to Google+ , Pike announced that Ritchie had died at his home in New Jersey over the weekend after a long illness, and though the response from hardcore techies was immense, the collective eulogy from the web at large doesn’t quite do justice to Ritchie’s sweeping influence on the modern world.
(Cross-posted on the Google Mobile blog ) Beaming a video with a single tap or unlocking a device with only a smile sounds like science fiction. Now, you can actually do these things (and more) with a phone that fits in the palm of your hand. Wednesday morning in Hong Kong—together with Samsung—we unveiled Galaxy Nexus, the first phone designed for the latest release of Android 4.0, also known as Ice Cream Sandwich.
4chan founder Christopher Poole (aka "moot") says that Google and Facebook "do identity wrong," and that people should not be tied to just one identity on the web. In a passionate speech at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco, Poole claimed that Internet users should have a choice as to whether they want to stay anonymous on the web or use their real identities. The argument comes as Facebook and Google push to remove anonymity from the web. “Google and Facebook would have you believe that you’re a mirror, but we’re actually more like diamonds," Poole told the audience. "Look from a different angle, and you see something completely different… Facebook is consolidating identity by making us more simple than we truly are." Poole continued, explaining that to some people, he's a son, and to others he's a hacker or a friend.
Ubuntu 11.10, codenamed Oneiric Ocelot, prowled out of the development forest earlier this month. In our review of Ubuntu 11.04, released back in April, we took a close look at the strengths and weaknesses of the new Unity shell and compared it with GNOME 3.0. In this review, we're going to revisit Unity to see how much progress it has made over the past six months. We will also take a close look at the updated Software Center user interface and the transition from Evolution to Thunderbird.
Managers work to get their employees to do what they did yesterday, but a little faster and a little cheaper. Leaders, on the other hand, know where they'd like to go, but understand that they can't get there without their tribe, without giving those they lead the tools to make something happen. Managers want authority. Leaders take responsibility.
Robin Milner gave a presentation “Is Informatics a Science?” at a conference at ENS, 10 December 2007, where he discussed the challenge of better understanding relationships between models in computer science – how they “explain” (specify, refine, implement, abstract, realise) each other. I don’t believe he captured these thoughts in a journal or conference paper, but the ENS presentation follows an earlier similar 2006 presentation (for which there is a transcript) on “ Scientific Foundation for Global Computing ” .
Editor’s note : The following is a guest post by Penelope Trunk, writer and founder of Brazen Careerist . In a meeting last week one of our investors, fed up with a recent pivot , said, “Guys, this is not a science project.” Everyone in the meeting who actually works at the company said, “Yes, it is.” Because a startup is a science project. A startup is not just a smaller version of a big business. A startup is a company that doesn’t know what business it’s in.
In May Linux finally saw the release of kernel version 3.0 , an evolutionary update to the popular open-source platform that was nearly 15 years in the making. Today, version 3.1 is making its debut, once again primarily offering small tweaks like better support for Intel's Ivy Bridge and Cedar Trail chips and improved power management. But there are some new features getting baked in, including support for NFC and drivers for Wiimotes.
Why I'm treating startups more critically lately I've noticed that lately I'm treating startups much more critically. Today I chewed into an entrepreneur who was pitching me a new thing that was sort of like Oink, or maybe it was Foursquare, or maybe it was Foodspotting.
Posted by Alan Green, Software Engineer Today we're rolling out the new Reader design, and the Google+ features that we mentioned just over a week ago . Before the day's over, all Reader users will be able to enjoy the following improvements: A new look and feel that's cleaner, faster, and nicer to look at.