Catching Up (9.20)
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It was about 20 years ago that I first discovered what a telephone line and a computer could do when they came together.
There’s an interesting back-and-forth going on at Thingiverse , a site founded by Makerbot to share 3D projects.
Amazon EC2 and other cloud services are expanding the market for high-performance computing. Without access to a national lab or a supercomputer in your own data center, cloud computing lets businesses spin up temporary clusters at will and stop paying for them as soon as the computing needs are met.
By now, the story of patent trolls has become well-known: a small company with no products of its own threatens lawsuits against larger companies who inadvertently infringe its portfolio of broad patents. The scenario has become so common that we don't even try to cover all the cases here at Ars.
4:47 p.m. | Updated to clarify that the rankings in the report were condensed. Internet speeds in the United States have long trailed those in other countries like South Korea.
For our international readers, this post is also available in Chinese , French , German , Italian , Japanese , Portuguese , Russian and Spanish ( Latin America , Spain ). - Ed.
<img class="alignright size-medium wp-image-40863" title="APIs Explorer" src="http://www.wired.com/images_blogs/business/2011/09/APIs-Explorer-300x255.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="255" /> Google+ is opening up. The service that the enthusiastic and curious once begged to join is now open to anyone with a Google account, except those unfortunate Apps users ( what’s up with that?
That is the essence of a civil complaint that federal prosecutors filed on Tuesday.
Amazon's Kindle forums are aflutter as a few users are now seeing that the promised library lending feature for Kindle is live in some areas -- Seattle at the very least. Amazon announced in April that it would be bringing the service, but since then has stayed quiet besides posting an information page detailing how the lending would work . If you're not familiar with how Amazon intends to handle ebook lending, here's the short version: your local library has a limited number of licenses for ebooks, which you can borrow for a set period of time; the service will be US-only.