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Submission + - Spotify wins iPhone App Store approval (goodgearguide.com.au)

angry tapir writes: "Apple has approved a streaming music application from Spotify for use on the iPhone, even though the program will compete with Apple's own iTunes service. Spotify is an advertising-supported music service that lets end-users stream music to their computers free of charge. The service is available in the U.K. and by invitation in countries including Sweden, Norway, Finland, France and Spain. Users can opt to pay for a version of the service without ads."
Google

Wolfram Alpha vs. Google — Results Vary 255

wjousts writes "Technology Review has an article comparing various search results from Wolfram Alpha and Google. Results vary. For example, searching 'Microsoft Apple' in Alpha returns data comparing both companies stock prices, whereas Google top results are news stories mentioning both companies. However, when searching for '10 pounds kilograms,' Alpha rather unhelpfully assumes you want to multiply 10 pounds by 1 kilogram, whereas Google directs you to sites for metric conversions. Change the query to '10 pounds in kilograms' and both give you the result you'd expect (i.e. 4.536 kg)."
Security

Submission + - Kaminsky's slides from Black Hat

harlows_monkeys writes: Dan Kaminsky has released his slides from his presentation at Black Hat. The presentation goes beyond the details of the attack (which were guessed and leaked earlier) and goes into the things you can do with it, alone and in combination with other flaws. The scope is breathtaking, and goes way beyond just sending browsers to the wrong site.
Transportation

Submission + - General Motors: Driverless cars ready by 2018

Gregor Stipicic writes: " Cars that drive themselves — even parking at their destination — could be ready for sale within a decade, General Motors Corp. executives say. "This is not science fiction," Larry Burns, GM's vice president for research and development, said in a recent interview. GM plans to use an inexpensive computer chip and an antenna to link vehicles equipped with driverless technologies. The first use likely would be on highways; people would have the option to choose a driverless mode while they still would control the vehicle on local streets, Burns said. He said the company plans to test driverless car technology by 2015 and have cars on the road around 2018. "
Announcements

Submission + - Steve Furber gets a CBE (bbc.co.uk)

bjorniac writes: Steve Furber, one of the creators of the legendary BBC Micro computer and innovator behind the revolutionary ARM processor received a CBE in the New Year's Honours List. He now joins the revered ranks of Kylie Minogue and Michael Parkinson.
Government

Submission + - Queen Elizabeth launches YouTube channel (bbc.co.uk)

l-ascorbic writes: "Following in the footsteps of politicians and corporations, the British Queen has launched a channel on YouTube. It will be used to share videos of her recent and historical appearances, as well as her traditional Christmas Day speech. A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman said it was hoped the site would make the 81-year-old monarch's annual speech "more accessible to younger people and those in other countries". To this end, the speech will also be made available as a podcast, for those who need their royal fix when on the move."
Microsoft

Submission + - Microsoft buys online mapping company Multimap (reuters.com)

DeeQ writes: Microsoft Corp said on Wednesday it has acquired Multimap, one of Britain's top online mapping companies.

"This acquisition will play a significant role in the future growth of our search business and presents a huge opportunity to expand our platform business beyond the U.K. and globally," said Sharon Baylay, general manager of the Online Services Group at Microsoft.

Cellphones

Submission + - Canadian charged $85,000 for internet access.

TihSon writes: It seems Bell Mobility in Canada is trying to set a world record for robbing their customers blind. Canadians are used to being shafted by their mobile telcos, based on the rates we keep paying we almost seem to crave it, but this poor bugger got a bill for $85,000 in just over a month simply for passing data from his phone to his computer. Considering what he used his mobile for isn't all that crazy a thing ... it's not like he was running a server farm on the thing ... Bell might want to consider rethinking it's rates. The fact this bill was expected to be taken seriously, and the fact they allowed it to get this far out of hand in the first place, says a lot about how Bell sees its customers in the grand scheme of things.
Programming

Submission + - Adobe Flashes New Media Products (eweek.com) 1

eweekhickins writes: Adobe introduced a new family of products offering streaming media and real-time communication capabilities, making it easier for publishers to create and disseminate a higher-quality media experience. The new products offer industry standard H.264 video capabilities and High Efficiency AAC (HE-AAC) audio support. They also feature increased protection for streaming high-quality video and for the delivery of interactive media applications that work consistently across multiple browsers and operating systems.

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