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Google Travel Search Takes Flight With First ITA Travel Product. Google has made what amounts to a promising downpayment on more ambitious travel search tools with its new Flight Search, debuting today. Launching initially for a select group of US cities Google users will have access to an expanded range of airline search options and a much more verticalized experience than has been available in the past on Google. This is the first product to emerge from Google’s controversial acquisition of travel software company ITA, which closed in April and included concessions and guarantees to existing ITA customers such as Kayak, Microsoft, Orbitz, Hotwire and TripAdvisor. The past five months have been spent on integration of the ITA team and technology in Boston. This Flight Search beta product breaks no new ground for online travel but points the way toward something more ambitious for Google.

Find my car, find your car, find everybody’s car; the Westfield’s iPhone app privacy smorgasbord. When news came through recently about the Bondi Westfield shopping centre’s new “Find my car” feature, the security and privacy implications almost jumped off the page: “Wait – so you mean all I do is enter a number plate – any number plate – and I get back all this info about other cars parked in the centre? Whoa.” If that statement sounds a bit liberal, read on and you’ll see just how much information Westfield is intentionally disclosing to the public. Intended use. How the Google Motorola Deal Went Down. Tony Avelar/Bloomberg NewsFrank Quattrone, chief of Qatalyst Partners. It took less than seven weeks, but it became more expensive quickly. From the first discussions in early July to a formal announcement on Aug. 15, Google moved swiftly this summer to secure a $12.5 billion takeover of Motorola Mobility, according to a filing submitted on Tuesday.

Apple's cash is already burning a hole in Wall Street's pockets. The $76 billion Apple reported last quarter could grow to $136 billion by the end of 2012 Click to enlarge. Source: Morgan Stanley. Intel announces Haswell microarchitecture for 2013 CPUs with improved power efficiency. At IDF today, Intel announced the successor to its yet-to-be-released Ivy Bridge architecture, codenamed Haswell.

Intel announces Haswell microarchitecture for 2013 CPUs with improved power efficiency

Paul Otellini Makes The Case For Intel. AMD Showcases World's Fastest CPU. Mashable Expanding Its Coverage. I’ve Got An Awesome New Job. Reimagines Windows, Presents Windows 8 Developer Preview: BUILD conference attendees and developers get first access to new operating system. Editor’s Note – Sept. 13, 2011 –The release was updated with information about BUILD attendees receiving a Samsung prototype PC with Windows 8 Developer Preview.

Reimagines Windows, Presents Windows 8 Developer Preview: BUILD conference attendees and developers get first access to new operating system.

LOS ANGELES — Sept. 13, 2011 — Today at its developer-focused BUILD conference, Microsoft Corp. showcased a detailed preview of the next major release of Windows, code-named “Windows 8.” The company also detailed new tools for developers to help write applications for more than 1 billion people around the world who use Windows every day. “We reimagined Windows,” said Steven Sinofsky, president of the Windows and Windows Live Division at Microsoft, in his keynote address to the thousands of developers in attendance.

Everything You Need to Know About Today's Windows 8 News (Updating) Microsoft Windows 8 Complete Guide. During a lovely September week in 2011, Microsoft Windows 8 was announced and launched for developers. The event this launch occurred at was what Microsoft was presenting as a welcome to Windows 8, especially in regards to the 5,000 developers at BUILD, launching the platform with there eyes directly fixed on applications, the whole situation a large opportunity for developers. This is the beginning of Windows 8 as it exists in a sense that there's no product launch here from Microsoft, instead there's an opportunity for 3rd party developers to get on board here right at the start of the next-wave OS.

What lies beneath is a living document which takes what Microsoft Windows 8 is at the start here in 2011 and how it will evolve over time. Three years ago was when Windows 7 launched, since then 450 million copies have sold. Inside September 2011, the amount of users using Windows 7 has finally trumped the amount of users using Windows XP on the consumer market. Sorry Apple, Windows 8 ushers in the post-post-PC era. Microsoft executives took to the stage at the annual BUILD developer conference on Tuesday to give the world its first real look at the future of the Windows operating system. Microsoft to developers: Metro is your future. Here's the good news for Microsoft developers attending Build: Silverlight and .Net are not dead. Facebook Officially Launches Smart Lists, and Special Friend Lists That Influence the News Feed.

Facebook today officially launches several improvements to its Friend Lists feature that can be used to define privacy settings and filter the news feed, including some changes that leaked last week. As we covered in depth then, users now have automatically created, populated and updated Smart Lists of their family, co-workers, classmates, and local friends. Additionally, users can now add friends to an “Acquaintances” list whose members will appear less frequently in the news feed, and a “Close Friends” list of people who will appear more frequently in news feed and whose updates will trigger notifications.

By building or starting these lists for users, Facebook may be able increase adoption of the Friend Lists feature, leading users to control their privacy more nimbly, increase the relevance of their news feeds, and share a wider range of content with more specific audiences. Bookmarks, Smart Lists, and Special Lists Notification Overload and Privacy Concerns. Is Digital Killing the Luxury Brand? High-end fashion brands have a problem.

Is Digital Killing the Luxury Brand?

Let’s call it the “Kreayshawn quandary,” after the young Bay Area rapper made famous by the Internet and her hit song “Gucci, Gucci,” which has gotten over 16 million views on YouTube.