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+ - What Happened To Google+?

Submitted by SquarePixel
SquarePixel (1851068) writes "Google's own social network Google+ was supposed to the holy grail of social networking and Facebook replacement. It has however changed nothing in the social network game and has become "just-an-another-google-property". Why has Google+ failed to take off and are you using Facebook or Google?"

Comment: Few things (Score 5, Insightful) 260

by SquarePixel (#41893605) Attached to: iPad Mini Costs $24 More To Make Than Kindle Fire HD

First of all, Apple makes its own OS and applications while Amazon just uses Android. On top of that Amazon has always tried to keep their price down so they can sell more ebooks. Apple tries to make profit by selling their devices. These two things combined, I don't think the $100 price difference is that much. It's almost surprisingly low.


+ - Good Old Games Adds Mac OS X Support->

Submitted by SquarePixel
SquarePixel (1851068) writes "The nostalgic games seller Good Old Games has added Mac OS X support to its platform and a catalog of games. "During its much-ballyhooed news-a-thon, GOG drew back the curtain on a new version of its service tailored to Macs, which brings with it 50 games (eight of which you receive free just for signing up) and some rather tempting deals. Speaking of, there’s this insane 32-game pay-what-you-want Interplay special leading the charge in celebration of GOG’s fourth anniversary"."
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+ - Comparing 'Angry Birds' pigs to the 'Bad Piggies'-> 1

Submitted by SquarePixel
SquarePixel (1851068) writes "In theory, the pigs of Angry Birds should be no different from those featured in Bad Piggies, Rovio's recently released spinoff. But according to Wired's Rhett Allain, there are some differences — most notably, their size. Using Newtonian physics to calculate their real-world size, Allain determined that each pig in Bad Piggies would have a girth of about 96 centimeters. That's 83 percent the size of the original Angry Birds pigs, which measured at around 1.16 meters wide. The slingshot, in case you were wondering, would stand at about 4.9 meters tall."
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+ - Google Facing Regulation From Both Sides of the Atlantic->

Submitted by SquarePixel
SquarePixel (1851068) writes "Over the next few months, Google could find itself in trouble with regulators on both sides of the Atlantic. Not only are European regulators set to decide next week whether to take Google to court over its ranking of search findings, but last week reports surfaced that the Federal Trade Commission soon might pursue an anti-trust case of its own against the Internet search giant."
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Linux Forcibly Installed On Congressman's Computer In Act of Terrorism 343 Screenshot-sm

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the rms-detained-on-hooliganism-charges dept.
fermion writes with news of Windows computers being forcefully liberated: "The campaign headquarters of Michael Grimm, a U.S. House of Representatives member from New York, were vandalized. What has not been reported everywhere is that Linux was installed on one of his computers, erasing data in the process. Is this a new attack on democracy by the open source radicals, or it is just a random occurrence?" From the article: "'In fact, one officer said to me today they see this as a crime against the government, because I am a sitting United States congressman and they take it very seriously. You know, especially in light of what happened with Gabby Giffords, we're not in the world today where we can shrug things off,' Grimm said. ... [GNU/]Linux, an open-source operating system, was installed on Grimm's computers, erasing the hard drive contents, which included polling and voter identification data. But staff had backed up the hard drive contents hours beforehand. Grimm and his staffers said the vandalism — cement blocks were thrown through the office's windows — is a cover-up for the attacks on the computers."

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