Archive for January, 2009

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Google Releases M-Labs, ISP’s Hiss

January 30, 2009

Google HQ

Google recently released a new tool called M-Labs to combat recent measures ISP’s have taken to throttle it’s customers connection.  Google’s Vint Cerf released a statement saying “”When an Internet application doesn’t work as expected or your connection seems flaky, how can you tell whether there is a problem caused by your broadband ISP, the application, your PC, or something else?”. Head over to Google’s M-Labs and see how your ISP is treating you. M-Labs.

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Superbowl Ads To Have Online Component

January 30, 2009

Superbowl

Are you ready? It’s almost here! The Superbowl….ads that is. The advertisements running along the Superbowl are almost as celebrated as the game itself. This year, not only will the same wild ads be in full swing, but a big push for an online component will be as well. Check out the scoop here.

P.S. Go Steelers!

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Another Tech Sector Loss, NEC To Cut 20,000 Jobs

January 30, 2009

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NEC Corp has announced that they will be cutting 20,000  jobs from its workforce worldwide.  NEC posted a net loss of $1.46 billion from October – December. Sony and Toyota, as well as a number of other big name Japanese Companies have cut a good number of jobs as well. How deep does this economic spiraling hole go? Check Wired for the nit grit.

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First Picture of President Obama With His BlackBerry

January 30, 2009

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If you remember our last posting on this subject, Obama got to keep his precious BlackBerry despite Whitehouse caution. This image was snapped today clearly showing President Obama with a BlackBerry 8830. What other kind of tech is the new Obama Whitehouse implementing? Source.

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Swiss Cops Use Google Earth, Find Marijuana Fields

January 30, 2009

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The AP reporting that Swiss police “stumbled across a large marijuana plantation while using Google Earth”. They later stated that the Google Earth leading bust lead to the arrests of 16 other people. The marijuana farm was surrounded by a corn field and was believed to have produced 7 tons of hashish and marijuana. Wired has the full story.

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Mars Rover Glitching, Beginning Of End?

January 29, 2009

Mars Rover

It looks like earths favorite little martian robot, Mars Rover, is experiencing a few technical difficulties. It recently failed to record and save daily activities. NASA scientists are trying to iron out the problem but have yet to come up with a good explanation of what’s happening. Is this the beginning of what is ultimately the end of the Rover? UPI has the full story.

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Digital TV Still Set For Feb. 17th

January 29, 2009

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The transition from “over the air waves” analog to “through your wall” digital has been less than ideal. First the date was set, then it wasn’t, then it was postponed, then it wasn’t again? It’s all a bit confusing, but all you need to know is the transition from analog to digital is still set for Feb. 17th. Wired has the full story.