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HP Says It Still Plans To Ship WebOS On PCs And Printers. Web Surfing Makes You Work Better, Study Says. Celebrity Google+rs do need steenkin' badges. Wiki war: 3500 unpublished leaks destroyed forever as Assange hits out. Former WikiLeaks staffer and one of the founders of OpenLeaks, Daniel Domscheit-Berg, holds his book Inside WikiLeaks.

Wiki war: 3500 unpublished leaks destroyed forever as Assange hits out

Photo: AP WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's former right-hand man has irrevocably destroyed 3500 unpublished files leaked to the whistleblower site including the complete US no-fly list, five gigabytes of Bank of America documents and detailed information about 20 neo-Nazi groups. Is “Jupiter” the Future of Windows…PC, Phone &Tablet? Is Silverlight really dead, or is it the future of Microsoft’s Windows 8 and Windows Phone?

Is “Jupiter” the Future of Windows…PC, Phone &Tablet?

This is a question weighing on the minds of legions of Microsoft developers right now – developers who were once promised that Silverlight was the answer to their cross-platform, cross-browser compatibility woes, only to be later informed that JavaScript and HTML5 will be the tools used to build Windows 8 applications. HTML5 is also supported in the IE9 browser, coming soon to Windows Phone “Mango,” due out this fall. Does that mean HTML5, then, is the future of the Microsoft platform? Maybe not. A new, unannounced platform called “Jupiter” may soon have Microsoft developers leveraging their existing skills to write applications for both Windows 8 and Windows Phone. Innovation in turbulent times. News organizations have an innovation problem.

Innovation in turbulent times

Especially print media. As they gingerly wade into digital, their ability to foster innovation becomes more critical than ever. In today’s fast-changing landscape, they should view innovation as their main weapon against direct competitors and emerging players such as tech startups,. Unfortunately, print media appears ill-equipped to innovate. Skype To Acquire Year-old Group Messaging Service GroupMe. Does Skype have Groupon envy? When GroupMe began as a hackathon project last year, one of the first things founders Steve Martocci and Jared Hecht did was secure an ad from a Brooklyn, N.Y. bowling alley for half-off bowling for people looking to watch the Lost finale.

Does Skype have Groupon envy?

Twitter Just Got the Respect it Deserves. If you’re one to check your analytics on a daily basis you may have noticed a pretty sharp increase in referrals from Twitter’s “t.co” domains.

Twitter Just Got the Respect it Deserves

We noticed it almost immediately on Wednesday but naively didn’t pay much attention. A few days later and with the t.co domain suddenly our number no 1 domain source of referral traffic, it was time to pay some attention to exactly what had happened. What Happened In the simplest of terms, from last Wednesday, all links (longer than 20 characters) posted on Twitter.com or any Twitter client have been wrapped with a t.co URL.

Facebook, Twitter Drew Record Numbers Of U.S. Visitors In July. ComScore’s July traffic numbers are out and similar to June’s findings, Facebook and Twitter both saw record traffic in terms of U.S. unique visitors in the month.

Facebook, Twitter Drew Record Numbers Of U.S. Visitors In July

In July, Facebook saw a whopping 162 million unique visitors, compared to 160.8 million unique vistors in June, and 157.2 million uniques in May. Twitter also posted record traffic in its five year history; with 32.8 million unique U.S. visitors in July, up from 30.6 million unique visitors in June, and 27 million unique vistors in May. As we’ve noted in the past, the steady increase in traffic is a big deal for Twitter, which splits traffic between its own mobile clients and the many third-party clients that are used to access the network. And Twitter just completed the switch from the old web interface to its redesigned, feature-rich web app.

Humble indie fumble: an XBLA horror story. The Adventures Of Shuggy is by all accounts a buoyant little platform-puzzler with ever-changing mechanics and a cheery sense of its own nonsense.

Humble indie fumble: an XBLA horror story

To deal in crude numbers: on this website it rated an enthusiastic seven, and we were trailing a little below the critical average. But then there are those other numbers – the ones that really matter: sales. For all the goodwill towards it, the game has barely troubled the charts since it became available for download on XBLA in June. The Battle for Tripoli's Internet. As dawn broke in Libya on the morning of Sunday 21 August, it appeared that the battle for control of Tripoli was underway.

The Battle for Tripoli's Internet

Rebel hackers seize Libyan domain name registry. High performance access to file storage As fighting rages around Colonel Gaddafi's compound in Tripoli, hackers have taken the fight online to the country's domain name registry nic.ly.

Rebel hackers seize Libyan domain name registry

The site's homepage now hosts an image of the rebel flag and the message "bye bye Gaddafi", as well as the date 17 February, the day Libyan protestors started demonstrations and were shot at by security forces, computer security firm Sophos reported. The hackers' flipped bird (click to enlarge) Heavy fighting is being reported in the streets of Tripoli today after rebels seized large parts of the city on Sunday.