Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
First Official Description of GDrive — Brain Ussery noticed an interesting reference to GDrive in a file used by Google Pack. The file includes “localized information which is sent to translators”. — The product category for GDrive is “online file backup and storage” and there are two lines that describe the application:
Discussion: Pocket-lint.co.uk, Thanks:atul
Amy-Mae Elliott / Pocket-lint.co.uk: Official Google GDrive reference spotted
Brian Ussery / beu blog:
GDrive — “Online file backup and storage... GDrive provides reliable storage for all of your files, including photos, music and documents... GDrive allows you to access your files from anywhere, anytime, and from any device - be it from your desktop, web browser or cellular phone”.
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
With an official description, Google Drive is more real than ever — Almost everyday now brings a new hint into what Google is planning for its “GDrive” online storage service. Today, a piece of code found in the Google Pack software bundle includes both a product category and description for GDrive.
Discussion: Digital Inspiration
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Is Dell's Phone Called The MePhone? (DELL) — We've received a few tips from someone who claims to be close to Dell (DELL) about the company's entry into the smartphone market. We don't know if they're true, but they're not unreasonable, so we decided to share them for discussion.
Discussion: VentureBeat, wmpoweruser.com, Reuters, 9 to 5 Mac and Computerworld Blogs
Chauncey Dupree / 9 to 5 Mac: Dell readying the iPhone competitor : ‘MePhone’
Mike Elgan / Computerworld Blogs: Dell to sell build-to-order cell phones?
Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
Dell Builds Prototype Android and Windows Mobile Phones, May Finally Sell Them — Stop me if you've heard this one: Dell might go into the smartphone business. OOOLLLDDD? But today the WSJ reports Dell's closer than ever, with prototypes built in two different styles and two competing platforms.
Discussion: Electronic Pulp
David Gonzales / Electronic Pulp: Dell supposedly prepping MePhone smartphone for launch soon
Wall Street Journal:
Dell Readies Smartphone Offering
Dell Readies Smartphone Offering
Discussion: GigaOM, Unwired View, Tech Check with Jim Goldman, Silicon Alley Insider, BloggingStocks, Engadget Mobile, Phone Arena, Newsome.Org, MobileCrunch, Electronista, msmobiles.com, Telecompetitor, Between the Lines, WMExperts, MacDailyNews, AndroidGuys, Crave, Pocket PC Thoughts.com, Phone Scoop, wmpoweruser.com, atmaspheric, textually.org and Mobility Site
Om Malik / GigaOM: Dell's Smart Phone Seems Real This Time!
Brad Molen / Unwired View: Confirmed: Dell Working on Smartphone
Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman: Dell Goes Handheld, Again
Douglas McIntyre / BloggingStocks: Dell (DELL) moves into smartphones—who cares?
Thomas Ricker / Engadget Mobile: WSJ: Dell “preparing a move into cellphones as early as next month”
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch: Re-Rumor: Dell dippin' their toes in the smartphone game
Edward J. R. / msmobiles.com: Windows Mobile phone from Dell coming next month
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines: WSJ: Dell eyeing smartphone biz
Phil Nickinson / WMExperts: Dell (again) rumored to have a smartphone
Leslie Katz / Crave: The gadget blog: More details on Dell's supposed smartphone
Nurhisham Hussein / Pocket PC Thoughts.com: A Dell smartphone? Pinch Me!
Rich Brome / Phone Scoop: Dell Developing Smartphones
Jonathan Greene / atmaspheric: Dell Prepping a Smartphone?
Stephen Shankland / Webware.com:
Google fakes out Hotmail for Chrome support — Google has added a patch to its latest beta and stable versions of Chrome to make the browser work better with Microsoft's Hotmail site. — With the patch, Chrome tells Microsoft's site it's actually Apple's Safari browser …
Discussion: Obsessable, Google Operating System and Switched, Thanks:indiatweets
Stephen Schenck / Obsessable: Chrome, Firefox found vulnerable to clickjacking attacks
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System: Chrome's New Tab Page in Firefox
Tim Stevens / Switched: ‘Clickjacking’ Threat Hits Firefox and Chrome
Mark Larson / Google Chrome Releases:
Stable, Beta update: Yahoo! Mail and Security Fixes — Google Chrome's Beta and Stable channels have been updated to 126.96.36.199. (Note, we won't have a different release for the Beta channel until we have something Beta-worthy come out of the Dev channel in February.)
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped, Zero Day, Google Operating System and Lifehacker
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped: Google Chrome Spoofing User Agent at Hotmail
Ryan Naraine / Zero Day: Google plugs ‘high-risk’ holes in Chrome browser
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System: Chrome Ad from Google Japan
Warning: Dependence on Facebook, Twitter Could Be Hazardous to Your Business — You've probably heard how much the micro-blogging service Twitter can help your business, or that being on social networking site Facebook can boost your company's profile. But what you might not have considered …
Zuckerberg: Facebook's “intense” year — Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook's CEO, in a tie? Oh my. — If you know Mark you know he's a pretty casual dresser. Usually seen in T-shirt, jeans, and sandals. — But not here at the World Economic Forum where we walked around downtown Davos …
Discussion: Alexander van Elsas's Weblog …, Thanks:louisgray
Alexander van Elsas / Alexander van Elsas's Weblog …: On Apple, Facebook, Google, Whuffie and why customer lock-in sucks
Yariv Adan / Google Data APIs Blog:
Bringing OpenID and OAuth Together — We are happy to announce an important enhancement to our recently launched OpenID endpoint. Google now supports the “Hybrid Protocol”, combining OpenID federated login together with OAuth access authorization. Websites can now ask Google to sign …
Discussion: ProgrammableWeb, ReadWriteWeb, VentureBeat, ElasticVapor and TechCrunch
Andres Ferrate / ProgrammableWeb: Google Combines OpenID and OAuth in new Hybrid Protocol
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch: OpenID + OAuth: Two Great Tastes That Taste Great Together
John / Plaxo's Personal Card:
Introducing Two-Click Signup, an initiative to improve the user …
Introducing Two-Click Signup, an initiative to improve the user …
Chris Messina / FactoryCity: Inaugural Jelly! Talk this Friday: OpenID vs Facebook Connect
Dave Morin / Facebook Developers:
Facebook Connect and Apple's iPhoto '09 — At Facebook, we think that photos are one of the most powerful ways to connect and share with friends. Since 2005, Facebook Photos has given users a chance to share rich experiences with their friends who are on and off Facebook.
Discussion: Download.com editors, The Social, Neowin.net and atmaspheric
Jasmine France / Download.com editors: Up close and personal with iLife '09—photos
Caroline McCarthy / The Social: Facebook Connect syncs up with iPhoto
Andrew Lyle / Neowin.net: Facebook Connect in iPhoto
Jonathan Greene / atmaspheric: Facebook Connects with iPhoto '09
Swiss police spy marijuana field with Google Earth — ZURICH, Switzerland - Swiss police said Thursday they stumbled across a large marijuana plantation while using Google Earth, the search engine company's satellite mapping software. — Police said the find was part of a bigger investigation …
Discussion: Gizmodo, TECH.BLORGE.com, GPS Obsessed, Ars Technica, CrunchGear and InformationWeek
Adrian Covert / Gizmodo: Swiss Police Uncover Hidden Marijuana Farm Using Google Earth
Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear: Google Earth used in Swiss marijuana bust
Eric Krangel / Silicon Alley Insider:
Rumor: Sony PS4 Plans Leaked, And It Targets Casual Gamers (SNE) — Take this one with a massive dose of skepticism, folks: A site we're not familiar with called gamingfront.net claims to have a leaked report from inside Sony (SNE) explaining the technical specs and thinking behind the so-called PS4, successor console to the PS3.
Kevin Poulsen / Threat Level:
Fannie Mae Logic Bomb Would Have Caused Weeklong Shutdown — A logic bomb allegedly planted by a former engineer at mortgage finance company Fannie Mae last fall would have decimated all 4,000 servers at the company, causing millions of dollars in damage and shutting down Fannie Mae for a least a week, prosecutors say.
Discussion: Data Center Knowledge, The Register and loose wire blog
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge: Disaster Averted at Fannie Mae Data Center
Dan Goodin / The Register: Feds: IT admin plotted to erase Fannie Mae
Jeremy Wagstaff / loose wire blog: The Hazards of Recommending
Matt Rosoff / Digital Noise:
Microsoft: More Zunes coming in 2009 — Remember that teenage trick of sticking your fingers in your ears and saying, “I can't hear you”? That's how I felt on Thursday morning when I talked to Adam Sohn, the marketing director for Zune. — I don't mean that Microsoft is oblivious to reality …
Discussion: blogs.ft.com and Anything But iPod
Richard Waters / blogs.ft.com: Microsoft's Zune: “Only resting”
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Retail stinks, but Amazon doesn't; E-tailer delivers strong fourth quarter — Amazon managed to get stronger even as retailers across the U.S. struggled amid weak holiday sales. — The company reported fourth quarter earnings of $225 million, or 52 cents a share, on revenue of $6.7 billion, up 18 percent from a year ago.
Discussion: Business Week, The Register, TechFlash, tinyComb, paidContent.org, Andrea on Amazon & …, Business Wire, Tech Trader Daily, VentureBeat, Tech Beat and WebProNews
Heather Green / Business Week: Amazon's Amazing Fourth Quarter
Cade Metz / The Register: Amazon expands as etail shrinks
Eric Engleman / TechFlash: Amazon surprises with Q4 results, beating estimates
Jason Wilk / tinyComb: How Amazon Will Fare Today...
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily: Amazon Q4 Tops Estimates; Stock Rallies
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat: Amazon defies retail downturn
Peter Burrows / Tech Beat: Amazon Blows Away Fourth Quarter Earnings Expectations
Mike Sachoff / WebProNews: Amazon Q4 Sales Up 18 Percent
The Economy According To Mint — Aaron Patzer is the CEO and founder of Mint.com, a personal finance site that helps 900,000 consumers keep track of their spending. Mint's data is a snapshot of the consumer economy. In the guest post below, Aaron parses the data to tell us what the economy looks like from consumer's eyes.
Jart Armin / Internet Evolution:
Dutch Treat: Pay for Some Content, Pirate the Rest — There may be an upside to illegal file sharing: The Institute for Information Law in the Netherlands reports that the average downloader buys more DVDs, music, and games than people who never download. Illegal downloaders represent 45 percent …
Discussion: Beyond Search, open and Slashdot
Stephen E. Arnold / Beyond Search: Search of Some Type Delivers For-Fee Content
Glyn Moody / open: More Evidence that File Downloaders Buy *More*
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Google apologizes for killing Bambi's mom — Google recently reported strong earnings despite a weak economy, it continues to gain search market share and its Android platform is set to take the mobile world by storm this year. It doesn't seem so unreasonable to wonder if anything can stop Google.
Discussion: Google LatLong, Sydney Morning Herald, HotHardware.com News, Maximum PC all and Gizmodo
Michael Santo / HotHardware.com News: Google Kills Bambi
Andy Salisbury / Maximum PC all: Found on Street View: Google Maps Truck Hits a Baby Deer
Frank Caron / Ars Technica:
Pandora open-source handheld console inching closer to debut (updated) — The long-awaited Pandora open-source handheld has inched one step closer to completion, as the OpenPandora team has put on display the nearly finalized case design. We review what we know about Pandora to date, and what the project is hoping to accomplish.
Discussion: OSNews, The Unofficial OpenPandora … and SlashGear
Thom Holwerda / OSNews: OpenPandora Gets Release Date, New Video Published
Chris Davies / SlashGear: Pandora open-source console gets first video demo
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Adding YouTube Annotations Just Got Easy. I've Got A Bad Feeling About This... For better or for worse, YouTube has just made it easier to add annotations to your videos. Annotations, which were introduced to the site last June, consist of little grey popups that can include standard text boxes …
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb: YouTube Makes Annotating Videos Easier
Neil McAllister / Fatal Exception:
The case against Web apps — Five reasons why Web-based development might not be the best choice for your enterprise. — For most of us, especially given these tough economic times, for the Web to have become the platform of choice for enterprise application development seems like a no-brainer.
Timothy / Slashdot: The Case Against Web Apps
Michael McWhertor / Kotaku:
Rumor: Layoffs Hit Disney Interactive, Turok Sequel Canceled — Disney is the latest in a long list of companies planning to pare down its workforce, with cuts and consolidations affecting Disney Interactive Studios. Layoffs are said to have already hit Turok developer Propaganda.
Discussion: Joystiq, Virtual Worlds News, GamesIndustry.biz, Blue's News, videogaming247 and GoNintendo
Xav de Matos / Joystiq: Disney Interactive hit with layoffs, consolidates studios
RawmeatCowboy / GoNintendo: CONFIRMED - Disney Interactive Studios cuts staff
Staska / Unwired View:
Microsoft patents the interface to transform your phone into a PC — The power of modern smartphones in many ways equals and even surpasses the power of a desktop PC of just few years ago. You know, things like CPUs faster then 800 Mhz, hundreds of megabytes of RAM, tens of gygabytes of storage, dedicated graphics accelerators, etc;.
Discussion: Mobile Tech Addicts, Technologizer, WMExperts, SlashGear, The Toybox, wmpoweruser.com and CrunchGear
David Worthington / Technologizer: Microsoft Patent Transforms Smartphones into PCs
Phil Nickinson / WMExperts: Microsoft considering turning your phone into a full-fledged PC
Andrew Nusca / The Toybox: Microsoft patents interface to transform phone into PC
Colin Barras / New Scientist:
Cheap, super-efficient LED lights on the horizon — Incandescent tungsten-filament light bulbs face a global switch-off as governments push for energy efficient fluorescent lamps to become the standard. But the light could soon go out on those lamps too, now that UK materials scientists …
Soulskill / Slashdot: LED Lighting As Cheap As CFLs Invented
Joe Hall / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
Twitter is a Cash Cow in the Making — We have been talking a great deal lately about how Twitter should be monetizing their service. Most of this talk comes after news that Twitter secured $20 million in venture capital, to push its total valuation to $250 million.
palm pre @ CES '09 (Part 2) — Part 2 of mobiledivide's palm prÄ" interview series from CES '09 is with Peter Skillman. Peter is the VP of Design at Palm, Inc. and naturally our conversation revolved around the design choices he and his team at Palm made with the palm prÄ".
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, PreCentral.net, Engadget, PalmAddicts, MobileCrunch and Edible Apple
Cleve Nettles / 9 to 5 Mac: More Palm Pre Pr0n
Chris Ziegler / Engadget: Palm's VP of design shows off Pre features, scoffs at N95
Andy J. S. / PalmAddicts: More of Palm PrÄ"'s features shown off in video
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch: Palm Pre hiding two neat little features: Drag to unlock, Spacebar triggered shutter
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
$2.99 Printed PhotoBooks Now Available On Facebook: HotPrints — Anyone who has turned digital photos into a printed photo book via Apple iPhoto or any of a variety of competitors knows how great they are. They make a perfect gift, if you can afford the $20 - $30 they generally cost to create, plus shipping.
Beatrice Oltean / MSDN Blogs:
Live Search autosuggestions come to Firefox — We're happy to report that we've officially integrated Live Search into Firefox by popular demand. — The Live Search add-on for Firefox gives you auto-suggestions from Live Search right in the browser while you're typing your query.
Discussion: Port 25, BetaNews, CNET News, LiveSide and Search Engine Land
Alessandro Catorcini / Port 25: Live Search Add-in for Mozilla Firefox Released
Angela Gunn / BetaNews: Microsoft releases Live Search add-in for Firefox
Stephen Shankland / CNET News: Microsoft adds fancy search option for Firefox
Kip Kniskern / LiveSide: Live Search Add-in for Firefox: adds Auto Suggest
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land: Live Search “Auto Suggest” Add-On For Firefox Released
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
Comcast's Crossed Wires — I'm somewhat concerned to learn that the RIAA may be enlisting broadband providers, such as AT&T and Comcast, to police their networks for content theft. While I don't condone software and media piracy, I'm uncomfortable with Comcast tracking my every move online.
Discussion: P2P Blog and Davis Freeberg's Digital …, Thanks:davisfreeberg
Janko Roettgers / P2P Blog: Comcast messes up on DMCA notice, leaves little hope for three strike recourse