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+ - Are We Ready for the Post-Snowden Internet?->

jcenters writes: Edward Snowden's revelations about NSA spying have rocked the world, but could they break the Internet? With countries growing more distrustful of American Internet companies, it's possible that they will close off their digital borders, demanding that Internet companies host services locally. Such balkanization could change the Internet for the worse.
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+ - How OS X 10.9 Mavericks Breaks Gmail-> 1 1

jcenters writes: Joe Kissell reports on the broken way Mail.app works with Gmail accounts in OS X 10.9 Mavericks. You now have to enable the "All Mail" IMAP inbox in Gmail, which forces Mail.app to re-download every message in the account. Seemingly a way to address Google's non-standard IMAP implementation, the new Mail.app seems to break AppleScripts, unread counts, and Smart Mailboxes as well.
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Comment: Re:Why not mention Apple? (Score 1) 140 140

One of my high school teachers, a fairly forward-minded guy, had one of those Apple cameras. It was AWFUL. The photos were extremely washed out, and the color gamut was all messed up. Anyone unfortunate to be in the frame would up looking like a vampire, with washed out skin tones and red eyes.

Comment: Wishful Thinking (Score 2, Insightful) 394 394

This is just wishful thinking on the part of the manufacturers. "Consumers want power! They want specialization!" No, that's almost exactly the opposite of what consumers want, which is low cost and flexibility. Rather, uber-powerful, single purpose devices are the manufacturer's wet dream. They've been pushing that idea since the '90s, and if anything, the opposite has happened. Phones and gaming consoles are now more like general-purpose PCs than ever.

If netbooks die, it won't be due to "technology changes," it'll be due to Microsoft and Intel doing everything in their power to kill them off, despite high consumer demand. This is a short-sighted, greedy move on their part, and if they don't offer what consumers want, then someone else will move in that will. This is why I think Chrome OS, despite its simplicity, will be huge. If nothing else, it'll light a fire under Microsoft's and Intel's feet.
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+ - FCC May Regulate iPhone App Store->

jcenters writes: In a sit-down interview with the Los Angeles Times, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowsi discusses everything from net neutrality to applying decency rules to new mediums. However, the most interesting revelation came when asked if the FCC is planning to tell Apple what it can and cannot block from its App Store.

"We'll tackle the authority issues when we get to that point. It's one of those things that we're looking at and we're going to think about, in a thorough way," Genachowski said.

That's a far cry from ‘no.’

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+ - How Social Networks Won Obama the Election->

jcenters writes: John Mancini, of Infonomics Magazine and Digital Landfill, has posted an interesting presentation explaining how social networks helped Barrack Obama win the White House.

"They didn‘t view their online presence as an adjunct to the campaign, it was the campaign," Mancini says.

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+ - Obama Signs Green Government Mandate->

jcenters writes: President Obama signed an executive order today ordering federal agencies to reduce emissions and resource usage.

"As the largest consumer of energy in the U.S. economy, the Federal government can and should lead by example when it comes to creating innovative ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase energy efficiency, conserve water, reduce waste, and use environmentally-responsible products and technologies,â Obama said.

Wonder if this will apply to the military?

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+ - Study Says Govt. Should Invest in Rural Broadband-> 2 2

jcenters writes: A study released Friday by the Knight Commission states that the federal government should invest in broadband access for rural communities. The 7-member commission, which features Google's Marissa Mayer, cites a gap in school attendance and test results in students who have broadband access at home, and those that do not. MIT's Henry Jenkins says that the lack of broadband access creates a "participation gap," that leaves the poor at an even greater disadvantage.

Should the federal government invest more in the spread of broadband? Should it stop waiting for the private sector and implement its own "last mile" solution?

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