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By Chris Brooke UPDATED: 01:01 GMT, 19 January 2010 A man was arrested and held in police cells for seven hours as a suspected terrorist after making a joke on Twitter about blowing his local airport sky high. Paul Chambers, 26, tapped out the comment to amuse friends because his planned trip to Ireland was under threat due to heavy snow at Robin Hood Airport in Doncaster. ‘C**p! Robin Hood Airport is closed,’ he tweeted. ‘You’ve got a week and a bit to get your s*** together, otherwise I’m blowing the airport sky high!!’.
In July 2008, Yahoo announced a radical new product called BOSS, or “Build Your Own Search Service” that lets developers tap into Yahoo’s core search index with an unprecedented amount of flexibility.
Google is stepping up its forays into the energy world. The Internet search company, which consumes vast amounts of electricity to run the computers in its data centers, created a subsidiary last month called Google Energy. It then applied for approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to be allowed to buy and sell power much like utilities do. Google said it did not have specific plans to become an energy trader and that its primary goal was to gain flexibility for buying more renewable energy for its power-hungry data centers. “We want to have the ability to procure renewable energy to offset power usage of our operations,” said Niki Fenwick, a Google spokeswoman. Ms.
Google introduced the term “superphone” to the world yesterday when they unveiled the Nexus One Google phone . Right from the beginning of the hour+ presentation, Google execs were referring to the Nexus One as the first “superphone,” a term not previously widely used (of note – GigaOm has a reference to the term last summer).
Two days ago, the knives came out in full view between Apple and Google. On the same day that Google launched its latest Nexus One Android phone, Apple announced the $275 million acquisition of Quattro Wireless, a mobile advertising platform. It was as if Steve Jobs was sending Eric Schmidt a very public message: You mess with my business, and I’ll mess with yours.
[Luxembourg] Jamendo , a community of free, legal music published with Creative Commons licenses, is actively looking to sell to or merge with another company, TechCrunch Europe has learned. Jamendo CEO Laurent Kratz has confirmed rumors that had made their way to Twitter earlier this week. The reason is fairly simple: Jamendo is running out of money after failing to raise a follow-up round of venture capital.
Internet start-up ventures ply their wares at LeWeb conference in Paris Entrepreneurs hope their innovations can match success of Twitter or Facebook Inventions range from Wi-Fi bathroom scales to 3D instant messengers Paris, France (CNN) -- With more than 2,000 Internet movers and shakers, the LeWeb conference in Paris is an ideal spot for start-up ventures to hoping to attract the investment and attention that will propel them to Twitter or Facebook-style success. A series of stalls across the venue -- a giant arts complex converted from a disused morgue -- saw fresh-faced entrepreneurs demonstrating gadgets and applications they insisted will change the way we interface with the Internet. These might just be the inventions that everyone will be talking about next year or they could simply slip below the radar. Either way, all will face the same question still being leveled at today's household names -- can they make money?
Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but blatant theft of code, design, and UI elements is just not cool, especially when the infringing party is the biggest software company in the world. Yes, we’re talking about Microsoft.
The Skiff Reader has a flexible sheet of steel foil that makes it durable. A host of pioneering electronic readers are being introduced this week at CES The Plastic Logic Que and Skiff Reader are skinny, with lightweight plastic screens EnTourage's eDGe device is an e-reader and a netbook in one Free software called Blio turns almost any laptop or netbook into an image-rich e-reader Las Vegas, Nevada (CNN) -- The first generation of electronic readers had little more than black-and-white text. The second generation had black-and-white text, simple graphics and Web connectivity. Glimpses of the third generation are on display this week at the International Consumer Electronics Show, where manufacturers are previewing e-readers with color screens, interactive graphics and magazine-style layouts. You won't be able to get your hands on them for a month or two, at least.
Google and Yelp are in advanced acquisition negotiations, we’ve confirmed from multiple sources. And while the deal isn’t done, we’ve heard that it’s very likely to close. The price is supposedly at least $500 million. Yelp was founded in 2004 as a way to let users leave reviews on local businesses. Comscore puts worldwide traffic at nearly 9 million monthly unique visitors, and it has been growing fast – the company says it’s real numbers are more like 25 million monthly uniques.
Businesses and brands have already caught onto the immense power of the social stream that runs through Twitter and Facebook to track the pulse of conversations around consumers.
LOS ANGELES – Former “Happy Days” star Scott Baio claims he has been barraged with death threats and accused of being a racist after posting an unflattering photo of Michelle Obama on Twitter along with the caption “WOW He wakes up to this every morning.” Outraged users reportedly responded with angry Tweets
Later today at CES, Glide will be debuting its extension for the Google Chrome browser , which it claims turns the software program into a full operating system. The extension, which is also available for Internet Explorer 7+ and Firefox 3.0+, can already be downloaded here . What Glide does is extend the most popular Internet browsers with a suite of applications that can interact with multiple remote Windows, Mac and Linux desktops and mobile platforms.
Twitter co-founder and CEO Evan Williams has just announced on the company's blog that they have acquired Mixer Labs, creator of the GeoAPI . Mixer Labs is primarily a service for helping developers build geolocation apps. According to the announcement , Twitter has made the Mixer Labs team part of the company and is moving them to Twitter's headquarters in San Francisco. The team will work on Twitter's recently added geolocation features and APIs. Mixer Labs has a variety of location-based products that are likely attractive to Twitter. They include Reverse Geodecoder (find a city or location with latitudes and longitudes), Places Finder (complex, local geo-queries) and Media Layers (players other media, like Twitter, into a geo-specific context).