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Google Pushes Desktop Into Linux Territory

In addition to its versions for Windows and Mac, Google has launched a Linux version of Google Desktop. The application lets users search both the Web and their own PC hard drive for Gmail, Web history, music, photos and other files. "Since some Linux users are program developers, Google Desktop was...

IBM Dominates Super High-End Mind-Blowing Computing

For four years now, IBM's Blue Gene/L has remained king of the hill as far as supercomputers are concerned, according to listings from TOP500 Supercomputer Sites, an organization that ranks the world's most powerful systems. On Wednesday, Blue Gene/L again appeared at the top of the TOP500 list. IBM...

Google Earth Outreach Zooms In on Global Problems

Google launched a new program Tuesday that's designed to help nonprofit organizations around the world illustrate and share the work they do. Called "Google Earth Outreach," the program helps organizations get the resources, software and training they need to create compelling stories through Google...

Samsung Churns Out 1.8-Inch Flash Hard Drives

Samsung Electronics is now mass-producing the industry's first 1.8-inch solid state drives at a whopping 64 gigabytes, making the high-density flash-memory-based drives suitable for widespread ultra-portable laptop use. "Flash-based memory drives represent the future of the laptop market," Rob Ender...

Mandriva CEO: We Will Not ‘Pay Protection Money’

As Microsoft's saber-rattling patent infringement claims continue to resound throughout the open source world, Linux distributor Mandriva is the latest player to stand up to Microsoft and draw a line in the sand. Last fall, Microsoft and Novell signed a multi-faceted patent-protection agreement, whi...

Nvidia’s Mad Scientists Spark Up Supercomputing Processors

The world of high performance computing is expanding every day, particularly in the fields of geosciences, molecular biology and medical diagnostics, where scientists are increasingly turning to supercomputers to crunch massive amounts of data via complex simulations and applications. Graphics proce...

Google Aims to Jump-Start Plug-In Hybrid Cars

Google's latest idea takes it off the information superhighway and onto the world's real-life streets with it's new RechargeIT initiative. Promoted by its philanthropic arm, Google.org, the new initiative aims to reduce CO2 emissions, cut oil and gasoline use, and stabilize the electrical grid by ac...

Privacy Watchdog Tags Google Worst on Web

A London-based privacy advocacy group, Privacy International, has ranked the world's No. 1 search engine company worse in protecting customer privacy than any of nearly two dozen other major Internet-based companies. "Throughout our research, we have found numerous deficiencies and hostilities in Go...

C-Suite Shakeup Rattles Monster Stock

Monster Worldwide, the parent company of leading online job recruiter Monster.com, shook up its management team Wednesday, and in the process has shed a little stock value. Shares lost about a dollar over most of the Thursday, rebounding a little from a low of $44.40. The news that seemed to spark ...

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New EPA Policy Muddies the Water, Charge Critics

The Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have issued new joint guidance for their field offices for the protection of wetlands and bodies of water that are protected under the Clean Water Act. The new guidelines come in the wake of last year's Supreme Court decision o...

Zune, MSN, Xbox Spark Microsoft’s New Ignition

Microsoft has launched a music promotion effort designed to promote new music artists through its Zune, MSN and Xbox-focused electronic outlets. Dubbed "Ignition," Microsoft says the program will provide a steady stream of new music through online access to exclusive content, free song and video dow...

GPL ‘Last Call’ Aims to Make MS-Novell Deal Last of Its Kind

The Free Software Foundation has released the "last call" draft of version 3 of the GNU General Public License. The near-final draft simultaneously paves for the way for the controversial Microsoft-Novell Suse Linux distribution pact while at the same time inhibits similar deals from occurring again...

5 Telcos Get a Shot at $20B in Government Contracts

The U.S. General Services Administration has announced the winners of is second largest contract to provide next-generation telecom services to federal agencies: AT&T, Level 3 Communications, Qwest Communications, Sprint Nextel and Verizon. The five companies all have the right to compete for Ne...

Microsoft Puts Surface on the Table

Microsoft has taken the touchscreen PC concept in a new direction, amping it up with a 30-inch screen, giving it five eyes and turning it horizontal to create a coffee table that can sense multiple touches at the same time. Based on Windows Vista and called "Microsoft Surface," the new computer can ...

Novell: GPLv3 Could Be Risky Business

Public companies are required to note possible risk factors that investors need to be aware of, and one of the risk factors reported by Novell notes the uncertainty of the effects of the new and upcoming GNU General Public License, according to the company's annual United States Securities and Excha...

Managed Copy Spec for High-Def Discs May Be on the Horizon

Recent press reports have indicated that a managed copy specification -- supported by the Advanced Access Content System that provides the copy-prevention system on HD DVD and Blu-ray discs -- may be nearing reality. Details, however, are few and far between. The AACS has acknowledged that it is tal...

Tech Giants Put Heads Together on Tinier Chip Processing

A group of semiconductor firms have opted to extend their partnership to develop high-performance, energy-efficient chips down to the 32 nanometer scale. Led by IBM, the alliance works under the concept of the Common Platform model that lets the group jointly develop semiconductor technology as well...

Behind the Curtain of the MySpace Legal Drama

The super-popular MySpace social networking site has been buffeted by a storm of negative press over the actions of several state attorneys general and their recent requests for sex offender information. The whole mess has unfolded like a bad soap opera -- and it must be particularly baffling for My...

Microsoft to Teach Open Documents to Speak Chinese

As new open source document standards emerge, Microsoft continues to expand interoperability options for its Microsoft Office customers. Microsoft has launched an open source project with Chinese organizations to support interoperability with Microsoft Office and the Chinese UOF standard, the compan...

Mozilla Adds Mobile Content App ‘Joey’ to Menagerie

Mozilla Labs, the division of Mozilla focused on developing new technology, is working on a new Firefox browser add-on that will let a mobile phone user collect interesting Web content, aggregate the content in Firefox, and then access it via a mobile phone. The project is called "Joey," named after...

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