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New laser shoots beams of night – New technology actually designed to reduce light

A laser that doesn’t produce light would ordinarily be a failure. After all, the first two letters of laser stand for light amplification, not light reduction.

But a new laser created by scientists at the National Institutes of Standards and Technology and JILA, a joint institute of NIST and the University of Colorado at Boulder, shoots beams of night instead of beams of light. The “dark pulses,” as the NIST scientists ominously call them, create areas absent of light.

The research could improve fiber optic communications. Pulses of light fade or degrade over long distances to cause noise and errors. Dark pulses don’t have the same drawbacks, which should improve the transmission and detection of light through fiber optic cables.

Read more here…(msnbc.com)

WORLIZE ANNOUNCES PRIVATE BETA AND INITIAL FUNDING FOR SOCIAL GAMING PLATFORM

June 16, 2010 – E3, Los Angeles, CA. – Worlize, Inc. today announced the private beta launch of the first user-created social gaming and chat platform for Facebook and social networks including Twitter, MySpace and OpenSocial. The much anticipated new 2D platform, slated for launch in Fall 2010, brings together a new world of interactivity for users, including the ability to play and create their own areas and games. The company has also secured initial funding from private individuals across the gaming and technology spectrum, with investors including Worlize’s newly named CFO, Greg Diller.

Within Worlize, beginners have point-and-click access to customizable plug-and-play games, including puzzles, time management and strategy casual games, card and board games, as well as MMORPGs. For advanced users and game developers the company will release the Worlize API in late Summer 2010 to allow the creation of highly interactive areas and games within the platform. The Worlize Platform is currently in Private Beta. To request a beta invite please log-on tohttp://www.worlize.com.

“We feel users are tired of the restrictive and formulaic approach that social and gaming platforms have adopted. As with web pages or blogs, it is time users have the ability to define their casual gaming and social experiences,” commented CEO and Founder, Brian McKelvey. “Worlize breaks down the walls currently in place, redefining and enhancing online social experiences for users.”

Full Article Here(Worlize.com)

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Apple iPhone 4 Pre-Ordering Is a Total Disaster

The iPhone 4’s first pre-ordering day has been a total disaster. AT&T’s online system has collapsed, there are account security breaches, Apple’s online upgrades are down, andstores are now using pen and paper to process sales.

Major update: Exclusive: iPhone 4 order security breach exposes private information.

The photo of the line above was taken in NYC, but it has been happening all over the country. It is not even to pick up the phone itself, but to pre-order it. People are giving their credit card information to be put on a list to have a place in another line on June 24, when the iPhone 4 actually goes on sale.

Read more here(Gizmodo.com)

No, The Internet Won’t Make You Stupid

Nick Carr is worried the Internet is making us stupid. It’s not so much our preoccupation with LOLCat photos or videos of fat girls flying off of swings that concerns him as it is the way we read and consume information on the Internet itself. He thinks the Internet is rewiring our brains, perhaps for the worse, and he’s written a book to warn us all about it called The Shallows: What The Internet Is Doing To Our Brains. Carr also finds links to be too distracting.

Carr raises some good points worth contemplating, but his arguments also strike me as incredibly self-serving. After all, he is an author who makes money writing books. Of course he is going to argue that they make you smarter than the Web, with all of its neurological distractions. Carr is the master of technological alarmism. It sells his books and provokes debate, and this time is no exception. Harvard psychology professor Steven Pinker wrote in the New York Times on Friday that “cognitive neuroscientists roll their eyes at such talk,” and NYT Bits blogger Nick Bilton marshaled some other counter-evidence as well. Carr then responded to Pinker’s Op-Ed at length, claiming that Pinker has an “axe to grind here” because Carr’s point that experiences can change the brain on a cellular level “poses a challenge to Pinker’s faith in evolutionary psychology.” Of, course, Carr has his own axe to grind. Remember, he’s the one pushing the new book.

Read more here…(TechCrunch.com)

Report: FTC will investigate Apple

The Federal Trade Commission will open an investigation into whether Apple is illegally using its position in the mobile software market to harm competitors, according to several published reports.

On Friday afternoon, both Bloomberg News and The Wall Street Journal reported that the FTC had opened a formal probe.

At issue is Apple’s recent tweaking of its App Store rules. In May, Apple made changes that prohibit certain developer tools from being used to create applications for the iPhone and iPad, and on Monday effectively blocked Google’s AdMob and other non-independent mobile ad networks from accessing applications on the iPhone.

The probe will look at whether Apple is using its highly successful App Store to hurt competitors. When Apple changed the rules on which tools could be used to write apps sold in the App Store it raised eyebrows, as the shifts seemed to specifically target Adobe, with whom Apple recently had a public fallout.

The new rules blocked developers using other platforms that allow them to make one application that runs on multiple devices–for example, not just on Apple’s iPhone, but on competitors’ devices as well. Adobe’s Flash platform and Novell’s MonoTouch are both developer tools that fall into this category.

Then, earlier this week, Apple banned developers from using advertising in their iPhone applications that shares analytic data with “an advertising service provider owned by or affiliated with a developer or distributor of mobile devices, mobile operating systems or development environments other than Apple.”

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Shots Fired! Steve Jobs’ Not So-Sneaky Diss Moments

Steve Jobs may seem like a harmless guy, always smiling in his black mock turtleneck. But push him the wrong way and the hate in his blood can turn ether-eal. During last week’s 2010 Digital 8 Conference, Jobs fixed his aim at a number of rival companies, including China’s most-hated (but America’s favorite) search engine, Google. Only this time, he spoke about G’s latest foray into television. He was at his brazen best. Remember the Steve who used to save most of his vitriol for commercials and ads? Yeah, well that went the way of his pancreatic cancer. These days, Steve has no qualms shutting down anyone who even comes near his path to world domination. Just look at some of our favorite recent, not-so-sneaky disses thrown by Mr. iRunThisTechGame…

Read more here….(Complex.com)

Sugar on a Stick hits 3.0, teaches us about a new kind of fruit

Strawberries go great with shortcake. Blueberries? They make one heck of a pie. But, when we learned about the latest release of the Sugar Learning Platform, we had to go look up just what a Mirabelle is. Turns out it’s a small, orange plum that really has nothing to do with Sugar’s Fedora underpinnings, but certainly sounds healthier than Google’s versioning schemes. Mirabelle has just been given the Sugar on a Stick treatment, and as with previous releases this one can be loaded to DVD or thumb drive and booted to give a taste of XO without requiring any repartitioning. Sugar on a Stick is now an official Fedora spin, distributed on the Fedora site in both 32- and 64-bit flavors at the other end of that source link below.

What exactly is Sugar on a Stick?

Read more about this (Via Engadget)

Apple’s Worst Security Breach: 114,000 iPad Owners Exposed

http://gawker.com/5559346/apples-worst-security-breach-114000-ipad-owners-exposed

Apple has suffered another embarrassment. A security breach has exposed iPad owners including dozens of CEOs, military officials, and top politicians. They—and every other buyer of the cellular-enabled tablet—could be vulnerable to spam marketing and malicious hacking.

The breach, which comes just weeks after an Apple employee lost an iPhone prototype in a bar, exposed the most exclusive email list on the planet, a collection of early-adopter iPad 3G subscribers that includes thousands of A-listers in finance, politics and media, from New York Times Co. CEO Janet Robinson to Diane Sawyer of ABC News to film mogul Harvey Weinstein to Mayor Michael Bloomberg. It even appears that White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel’s information was compromised.

It doesn’t stop there. According to the data we were given by the web security group that exploited vulnerabilities on the AT&T network, we believe 114,000 user accounts have been compromised, although it’s possible that confidential information about every iPad 3G owner in the U.S. has been exposed. We contacted Apple for comment but have yet to hear back. We also reached out to AT&T for comment. A call to Rahm Emanuel’s office at the White House has not been returned.

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Digg’s Looking For A New CEO

Posted by Zee Follow Zee on twitter on June 8th, 2010

On April 5th, Kevin Rose replacedJay Adelson as CEO of Digg.com.

There were a whole scope of rumours as to why the shake-up was happening, the most significant being disagreements between Rose and Adelson about the direction of the company. Theofficial statement came from Adelson who said it was a good time to do step down because of an”entrepreneurial calling” and now that Digg was well past “start-up” phase, it was time to move on.

Rose founded Digg in December 2004 and with Adelson stepping into the shoes of CEO in 2005, Kevin’s responsibilities gradually diminished as he focused more on angel investments and other projects. Today in an episodeof The Random Show with Tim Ferris, Rose elaborated some more on what exactly went down. Rose says he was frustrated with the lack of product innovation at Digg and that was the primary incentive behind his decision to become CEO.

Rose went on to give a pretty detailed overview of his experiences so far, the role seems to be taking its toll. Words like “nightmare” and “stressed” cropped up, but he does retract – if only slightly – with “it feels really good.” The most significant stress he says is “keeping 90 people on the same page as to what’s going on in the company.” Understandable considering the company had barely a tenth of the number of employees back in 2004.

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Twitter to Change Links and How They Are Displayed [UPDATED]

In an effort to remove the obscurity of shortened links and to prevent malware and phishing attacks, Twitter has begun the rollout t.co, its official URL shortener, along with some major changes to how the microblogging platform handles links.

In a blog post aptly titled Links and Twitters: Length Shouldn’t Matter, Twitter’s Sean Garrett announced that the company is taking a new approach to URLs. Not only will all links on Twitter.com and Twitter apps be “wrapped” in t.co links, but how they are counted against the 140 character limit. These change will occur throughout the summer.


What’s Happening with t.co


The first change is the auto-wrapping of links with the t.co short URL. This URL will replace twt.tl, which the company has been using to shorten links in direct messages for several months. However, you won’t see t.co appear very often, if at all, on Twitter.com or your favorite Twitter app, because the company is changing how links are treated on the platform.

Whenever it’s possible to display a longer link, Twitter will display that URL information so that users aren’t fooled by obscure links that turn out to be malware. Twitter’s example is http://www.amazon.com/Delivering-Happiness-Profits-Passion-Purpose/dp/0446563048/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1275966329&sr=8-1%22, which links to Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh’s new book. In a text message, you’d see the link automatically turned into a t.co link (due to the SMS character limit), but on Twitter.com, it will display either part of the link (amazon.com/Delivering-), the page title, or the entire link. What will exactly be displayed has yet to be decided.

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