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And in winter, poor families can gather around our CPUs for heat

The main course at the 15th World Congress on Information Technology going on in Austin this week is warm altruism on a bed of self interest. Intel and AMD are using the conference to promote their expanded efforts Read More →

Things must be going well — Steve's humming "My Way" again

The search continues for an irresistible force to match up against the immovable object that is Steve Jobs. The latest contender to fall into a weeping heap after trying to budge the Apple chief is the record industry, specifically the Read More →

What's the word for lap dog?

Google's running into a vocal backlash in China, and it has nothing to do with its cooperation in state censorship. No, the issue that has galvanized thousands of Chinese to sign an online petition is the search sovereign's choice Read More →

So we should start to see the blog-search aggregation sites any time now, right?

New blog search engine Sphere went live today, trying to shoulder through Technorati, Feedster, Ice Rocket and others to become a major sifter of blogorrhea. TechCrunch reports Sphere is trying to distinguish itself with an algorithmic approach Read More →

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Stephen Colbert's speech at the White House Correspondents Association dinner Saturday. Read More →


"The ATM card is a huge step forward because it's all about making the experience more immersive, and now that we know we have easy access to our money, it's going to give people even more confidence in the system. Read More →

It's a quantum-encoded password, but I've got some secret black-hat mojo that should break it in a minute

The Wall Street Journal has done us all a wonderful service by compiling a dozen film clips showing portrayals of the Internet in the movies, depictions that for the most part leave anyone with a modicum of understanding of Read More →

We use a three-star rating system; five stars seemed unnecessarily complex

Yahoo has launched a consumer tech site, and all you need to know is that if you're reading this, you're probably not in the target audience. Yahoo Tech offers a pretty and pretty simple roundup of reviews, how-to advice Read More →

Google tries to rattle Microsoft over default line

Generally, when someone starts barking at Microsoft over some marked territory, there's an automatic inclination to root for the underdog. But when the mutts in the pit are evenly matched, there's nothing to do but lean back and enjoy the Read More →
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