After months and months of waiting, Google has finally launched their new Cloud storage product "Google Drive". This comes after Amazon and Apple, have already had a cloud storage product, Dropbox and Box.com have very robust and popular cloud storage services. How does Google's stack up?
It hasn't been long since Hollywood took a backhanded bitch slap with the SPOA and PIPA legislation defeat thanks to the Internet at large . Now there's new legislation making its way through Congress called CSIPA aims to give the government and let Internet companies share more of your information about cyber security threats and could endanger privacy. Hollywood is happy it's not them in the cross hairs again.
Many stalkers are sad today, because last week, a company that had created the "Girls Around Me" app, that showed you women in your near by vicinity, was pulled from the iTunes App Store. It was based on information gathered from Foursquare and Facebook. When users complained about this app, Foursquare blocked it, now the developer has pulled it, and he's kind of called the kettle black.
The drama of the U.S. Government's take down of file sharing website Megaupload continues. A small start up in Ohio is filing a motion against the Government to get it's files back, of local sports videos and an unfinished documentary it was producing of a local girls soccer team's season.
Yesterday was not a happy day at Yahoo in Silicon Valley. The first of 2,000 employees were let go with an apologetic letter from CEO Scott Thompson. This is all part of a restructuring of the company to change course and go in a new direction.
The other day I came across an article about Dead Drops. These are offline file sharing networks, that are publicly accessible and open to everyone. They're basically just a USB flash drive, embedded into a wall, building or some other structure. You just walk up to it, hook your laptop or netbook to it, and start sharing. And there's a dead drop here in Capital Region.
Lately I've been on a Star Trek kick. I've been watching some old episodes of Enterprise and The Next Generation. So when I came across a story about a Canadian man building a real working Tricorder, I had to check it out. The really interesting part about it is, he's doing it open source, so anyone can take his work, and build their own, or improve it.
The drama from the MegaUpload.com take down by the F.B.I. continues. Back in January I talked about the take down of the website and who may be next. No one seems to be have been targeted yet, as most of the other sites have locked file access to the file owners, it seems less likely someone will be going down soon. But MegaUpload owner Kim Dotcom has released some interesting information in his defense. And the United States military is part of that defense, along with other agencies of the U.S. government.
So let's say you're on the verge of losing your Internet connection. It's going to be taken away unless you give something up. What would you give up to keep your Internet? A hot shower, or maybe your favorite beer? What about sex? Some Americans would give all that up to just keep their Internet connection going.
Felix Baumgartner is planning to do something no one else ever has- to freefall from the edge of space, open a parachute and land safely on the Earth. But there is one pesky thing in his way- the speed of sound. He will reach the speed of sound on his freefall without an aircraft. He'll just be wearing a "space suit". A test jump by Felix from 70,000 feet was a success. From here, they move closer to the real goal.
Even with the economy on the upswing, the tech sector is still feeling a little pinch. Yahoo was laying off staff, and now AOL has just let go most of it's team for their instant messenger service. AIM was the standard which most others used to make themselves stand out. But with these lay offs, what does it mean for the those of us still using the service?
Suing a tech company for patent infringement, is almost commonplace now. You can almost say it's a business strategy with how some companies strategy for survival, when faced with collapse, is to sue other companies for infringing their patents, to hopefully force a settlement for a big payoff in license fees. This may be the case with Yahoo filing suit against Facebook, with Yahoo reportedly getting ready to let a lot of people go. Has Yahoo become a patent troll?
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