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Report: Air Force Kills Plans for iPad Order
PC Magazine
By Leslie Horn The US Air Force has cancelled its plans to order thousands of iPads to be used as electronic flight bags, NextGov has learned. Earlier this month, reports surfaced that the Air Force's Air Mobility Command would buy anywhere between 63 ...
Air Force Unit Cancels iPad ProcurementInformationWeek
Air Force Drops Plans for iPad Flight Bags Over Security ConcernsThe Mac Observer
Air Force Special Operations cancels iPad buyNextgov
Bizjournals.com-Apple Insider-The Verge
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Social Networks

+ - Little Pinterest Could Eclipse Facebook, Google+->

Submitted by Lucas123
Lucas123 (935744) writes "Photo-sharing site Pinterest has grabbed much of the recent social networking buzz away from Google+ and Facebook, proving that you don't need to be a social network behemoth to generate interest, according to analysts. Pinterest, still an invitation-only website, is a pinboard-styled service that basically allows users to post a collection of collections, offering a look into the worlds of fashion, travel, cooking and religion, as much as it offers a view of the people who are sharing their passions. Users can comment on posts and re-pin (re-post) items for others to follow. The difference between Pinterest and its predecessors — Reddit, Del.ici.ous, Digg and others — it seems, is purely visual."
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Comment: Re:No meat to this story (Score 1) 290

by slugicide (#39095917) Attached to: Google Chrome: the New Web Platform?
What are these "history of privacy violations" incidents you're referring to? The "Criticism of Google" page on Wikipedia has a couple of things, but, really, if you are looking at what could have gone wrong versus what actually has, you'd have to fucking admit that they've done a great job looking after their customers. Now, Facebook on the other hand...
PC Games (Games)

Minecraft Reaches Beta Status, Price Goes Up 279

Posted by Soulskill
from the another-notch-in-the-belt dept.
Eric writes "After over a year of development, Minecraft has hit Beta status today. Minecraft was developed for about a week before its public release on May 17, 2009. With the new milestone, the price of the game has increased to €14.95; when Minecraft moves beyond beta status, it will sell for €20.00. The beta is more focused on polish and content. The aim is to add proper modding support via a stable API, some kind of non-intrusive narrative to help drive the game experience early on, and a late-game goal. Updates will be less frequent, so as to make sure stability is maintained thanks to more extended testing. Despite this, there have already been two beta releases: client and server Beta 1.0 followed quickly by client 1.0_01."
Open Source

Netflix Touts Open Source, Ignores Linux 481

Posted by samzenpus
from the practice-watch-you-preach dept.
Julie188 writes "If Netflix loves open source, where's the Linux client? Last week's post from Netflix on its use of open source has gotten a lot of coverage from the tech press. Too bad nobody's called the video giant out on its hypocrisy: They benefit greatly from open source, but really don't care to let their customers do the same."
Google

Google Wave Looking To Join Apache Software Foundation 79

Posted by samzenpus
from the part-of-the-gang dept.
MMacFadden writes "The Google Wave team has officially submitted the open source version of Wave to the Apache Software Foundation as a candidate Incubator project. Google hopes that the wave technology will continue to grow, supported by the new open source community (which is made up of Google and non-Google employees alike). Here is the proposal itself."
Social Networks

Open-Source Social Network Diaspora Goes Live 266

Posted by timothy
from the go-west-where-the-land-is-free dept.
CWmike writes "Diaspora, a widely anticipated social network site built on open-source code, has cracked open its doors for business, at least for a handful of invited participants. 'Every week, we'll invite more people,' stated the developers behind the project, in a blog item posted Tuesday announcing the alpha release of the service. 'By taking these baby steps, we'll be able to quickly identify performance problems and iterate on features as quickly as possible.' Such a cautious rollout may be necessary, given how fresh the code is. In September, when the first version of the working code behind the service was posted, it was promptly criticized for being riddled with security errors. While Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg may not be worried about Diaspora quite yet, the service is one of a growing number of efforts to build out open-source-based social-networking software and services."
Iphone

Woz Says Android Will Dominate 416

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the staring-into-the-crystal-ball dept.
cloudcreator writes "Woz [said] that Android smartphones, not the iPhone, would become dominant, noting that the Google OS is likely to win the race similarly to the way that Windows ultimately dominated the PC world." Update: 11/19 04:54 GMT by T : Apparently, Woz's words were taken slightly out of context.
The Internet

Apple the No. 1 Danger To Net Freedom 354

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the but-we-like-the-shiny dept.
CWmike writes "Columbia law professor Tim Wu, who coined the term 'net neutrality,' now says that Apple is the company that most endangers the freedom of the Internet. Wu recently published the book The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires, in which he details what he calls 'information empires' such as AT&T, NBC, Facebook, and Google. He told The New York Times, 'It's largely a story of the American affection for information monopolists and the consequences of that fondness.' When asked whether the Internet could similarly be controlled by large companies, he told the Times: 'I know the Internet was designed to resist integration, designed to resist centralized control, and that design defeated firms like AOL and Time Warner. But firms today, like Apple, make it unclear if the Internet is something lasting or just another cycle.' Asked which companies he feared most, Wu replied: 'Right now, I'd have to say Apple.'" Wu has been in the news a bit lately.
Google

How Hulu, NBC, and Other Sites Block Google TV 338

Posted by Soulskill
from the user-agent-what dept.
Shortly after the launch of Google TV, it became clear that several networks and services were blocking access. Reader padarjohn points out a blog post from Lauren Weinstein explaining the blocking mechanisms being used and wondering why it's being tolerated. "Imagine the protests that would ensue if Internet services arbitrarily blocked video only to Internet Explorer or Firefox browsers! Or if Hulu and the other networks decided they'd refuse to stream video to HP and Dell computers because those manufacturers hadn't made deals with the services to the latter's liking." Various workarounds are being used to get around the blocks.
Government

Income Tax Quashed, Ballmer To Cash In Billions 650

Posted by Soulskill
from the all-about-the-benjamins dept.
theodp writes "Washington's proposed state income tax not only prompted Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to spend $425,000 of his own money to help crush the measure at the polls, it also inspired Microsoft to launch a FUD campaign aimed at torpedoing the initiative. 'As an employer, we're concerned that I-1098 will make it harder to attract talent and create additional jobs in Washington state,' explained Microsoft general counsel Brad Smith. 'We strongly support public education, but we're concerned by key details in I-1098. This initiative would give Washington one of the top five highest state income tax rates in the country. I-1098 would apply this tax rate to all income, including capital gains and dividends, and would not permit any deductions for charitable contributions.' Nice to see a company take a principled stand, backed by a CEO who's not afraid to put his money where his company's mouth is, right? Well, maybe not. Just three days after the measure went down in flames, Ballmer said in a statement that he plans to sell up to 75 million of his Microsoft shares by the end of the year to 'gain financial diversification and to assist in tax planning.' Based on Friday's closing price of $26.85, the 75M shares would be valued at approximately $2 billion. All of which might make a cynic question what was really important to Microsoft — public education, or a $2B state income tax-free payday for its CEO?"
Google

Google Sues US Gov't For Only Considering Microsoft 407

Posted by Soulskill
from the do-not-pass-go dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Late last week, Google sued the US government for putting out a Request For Quotation for the messaging needs of the Department of the Interior that specified only Microsoft solutions would be considered. Google apparently had spent plenty of time talking to DOI officials to understand their needs and make sure they had a solution ready to go — and were promised that there wasn't a deal already in place with Microsoft. And then the RFQ came out. Google protested, but the protest was dismissed, with the claim that Google was 'not an interested party.'"

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