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Infographic: How Google acquired its ancillary empire.

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Google is most famous for two in-house products, its search and AdSense products, but they’ve acquired a lot of talent and technology along the way to both bolster those two core products, but add a lot of other possibilities along the way. In fact, the sheer volume of them makes it easy to forget just […] [Read More]

Google’s real-time search experiment.

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Search engines are great for finding out data, but they can lag when breaking news happens. After all, they have to index data before they can actually provide results to it. Google has released its attempt into the wild, an area that other search engines, like Bing, have been dabbling in for awhile, and even […] [Read More]
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What’s included in Hulu Plus?

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Now that the beta for Hulu Plus is live and charging people for access to more video, what does that mean for your $10 per month, at least for now? It means you can get more shows, but more importantly more episodes of existing shows. A research firm pulled the data together into a nice […] [Read More]
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iTunes Readies TV Show Rentals.

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It is not surprising that Apple continues to dabble in media, given their success via the iTunes Store in the music, movie and TV space with downloadable content. They’ve also offered movie rentals as part of their mix, which could be watched on a PC, iPhone, iPod, iPad or TV. The latest rumblings is that […] [Read More]
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UPDATED: Chatroulette taken offline; new version coming?

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The service Chatroulette, which connected two random people with webcams and gained notoriety in the mainstream media, has gone offline, with a note saying a new version of the site will be launched tomorrow. The site, while past its initial 15 minutes of fame, still was drawing regular traffic, and many Internet memes had come […] [Read More]

Dimensions puts perspective on historical incidents.

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If the Chernobyl accident happened in New York City, how much of the U.S. would the toxic cloud that resulted cover? This and numerous other “what-if” scenarios help offer perspective to a number of different disasters, creations and paths. You can see how far a B-12 bomber was able to travel in its day, how […] [Read More]

Infographic: The kids are texting, alright.

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A co-worker the other day thanked me for advice I gave when I was still selling wireless phones. She asked about a text messaging plan for kids, and I said, “Get unlimited. It may not be your kids, but their friends will hit the phones and your bill will skyrocket without it.” Her kids caught […] [Read More]

School district cleared of criminal charges in spying case.

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I previously shared the story of a school district accused of snapping pictures of students on their laptops in various scenarios that some parents found unacceptable. The school system had claimed that they only snapped pictures when they believed the laptop was stolen; they later agreed to notify parents of students whose laptops’ cameras were […] [Read More]

I’m sorry, I can’t hear you over my bag of Sun Chips.

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Sun Chips recently introduced a new compostable bag that’s better for the environment. It’s a nice touch, but an unfortunate side effect is the bag is loud. How loud? An Air Force pilot claims it’s louder than his plane. A test measured the bag’s noisiness at 95 decibels, almost 20 decibels above a normal bag […] [Read More]

Text message friends via E-mail.

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It was a fun parlor trick working in the wireless industry when I proved to people I could text to them from my E-mail account. Most people don’t know there’s a backdoor that allows you do to such a thing, and with that allows you to avoid a text messaging plan when sending them that […] [Read More]
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