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The New York Times wants the government to start regulating Google’s search business.

To be fair, the Times admits that forcing Google to get approval every time it tweaks its search algorithm — as it does constantly — would be impractical and stifling.

But, that aside, the Times thinks “it is worth exploring ways to ensure that the editorial policy guiding Google’s tweaks is solely intended to improve the quality of the results and not to help Google’s other businesses.”

No, it really isn’t.

A few reasons why that is a terrible idea:

  • Google doesn’t have a monopoly on search. It currently has two serious competitors in Yahoo and Microsoft’s Bing, or perhaps one and a half, since Bing will be powering Yahoo searches from now on. Google’s search share is around 63%, well under the standard thresholds for antitrust concerns.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/no-the-government-should-not-regulate-googles-search-algorithm-2010-7#ixzz0tqUpYAFz

RIP Facebook Gifts

Facebook is winding down its “Gift Shop” feature, the company announced today. Facebook Gifts will stop operating on August 1, although gifts you’ve received previously will remain on your wall.

It’s a surprising move from FacebookFacebook, who stands to become a significant player in online transactions thanks to Facebook Credits. Given that gifting is a great advertisement for the benefit of making transactions on Facebook, we can only imagine that giving Gifts is wildly unpopular. Facebook Credits perhaps doesn’t need a helping hand, either: The rapid rise of Facebook gameshas assured the success of the Credits scheme.

If you’re into gifting on Facebook, you still have a few options: Birthday Cards and Pieces of Flair to name a couple.

Read more here…

Verizon iPhone Rumor Refuses to Die

If you want an iPhone, AT&T is the only wireless game in town. And if you think Apple is shooting itself in the foot by limiting the iPhone to a single network, the numbers suggest otherwise. The Cupertino company on Wednesday said there have been more than 600,000 pre-orders for the new iPhone 4, the largest number of pre-orders Apple has ever taken in a single day. Be that as it may, why then do rumors persist that Apple’s iPhone is coming to Verizon?

More info here…(hothardware.com)

MIA NEEDS A DATE!! COULD YOU BE THE LUCKY ONE?!?!

I know this is a MAJOR shocker! But yes folks it’s right! This beautiful podcast host is lacking in the “lots and lots and lots of dates” department! Can you help her?

Want a chance with her? Start by following her on Twitter and Facebook!

Whats that? Need more content from Mia before you decide to take her out? Well check out below!

Partial Musical hits by Mia:

Bad Romance by Lady Gaga (performed on the Apptastic iGame Review Episode 16)

All by Myself (performed on the Apptastic iGame Review Episode 16)

On the wings of love! (performed on the Apptastic iGame Review Episode 16)

I’m so excited and I just can’t hide it (performed on the Apptastic iGame Review Episode 16)

And who could ever forget the memorable time Mia Holtzman guest hosted on the Apptastic iGame Review for the first time ever?

NEED SOME BREAD BUTTERED?

Technology Tips by Mia (This genius girl blesses us with INSANE amounts of knowledge every week!

Come get yo tips!

Ok, so the jig is up, this is all just for fun, she don’t actually need a date, but we here at Tech Jives enjoy giving her a hard time about things!

Have you seen this man? Click picture for more information…

Facebook Facts (some of which) You Probably Didn’t Know

Love it or hate it, you have probably heard of Facebook. You have visited the site, seen if it’s for you, and made the decision to either try it out or dismiss it as a fad or worthless time-drain.

Regardless of your feelings, here are some facts that are interesting to some, unknown by most, and will enhance your knowledge of the largest social network in the world.

  1. Facebook was originally bankrolled by a co-founder of Paypal for $500,000
  2. There is evidence that founder Mark Zuckerberg stole many of the ideas and much of the code from ConnectU. They sued Facebook and settled for an undisclosed amount.
  3. 400,000,000 people log into their profile at least once a month
  4. Half of those people log in every day.
  5. 70% of Facebook users live outside of the US.
  6. 44.1% of Denmark has an active Facebook profile.
  7. Only Google gets more traffic.
  8. Yahoo! tried to buy Facebook in 2006 for $1,000,000,000.
  9. 8,300,000,000 hours are spent on Facebook monthly.
  10. The fastest growing demographic in America on Facebook: Women 55+.
  11. FAD is a mental disorder – Facebook Addiction Disorder. FAD. Ironic.
  12. Court notices and summons sent through Facebook are legal and binding in Australia.

Click here for a visual of those facts as well as more info…(Socialblade.com)

3-D Without the Glasses – A new type of display from Microsoft produces multiple images and tracks the viewers’ eyes.

Today’s 3-D movies are far more spectacular than the first ones screened more than 50 years ago, but watching them–both at the movie theater and at home–still means donning a pair of dorky, oversized glasses. Now a new type of lens developed by researchers in Microsoft’s Applied Sciences Group could help make glasses-free 3-D displays more practical.

The new lens, which is thinner at the bottom than at the top, steers light to a viewer’s eyes by switching light-emitting diodes along its bottom edge on and off. Combined with a backlight, this makes it possible to show different images to different viewers, or to create a stereoscopic (3-D) effect by presenting different images to a person’s left and right eye. “What’s so special about this lens is that it allows us to control where the light goes,” says Steven Bathiche, director of Microsoft’s Applied Sciences Group.

3-D technology has seen a renaissance recently. Thanks to the success of movies like Coraline, Up, and Avatar, Hollywood is spending more money than ever to give audiences a stereoscopic experience. And electronics manufacturers are racing to replicate the 3-D theater experience in the home. The market for 3-D-capable televisions is expected to grow from 2.5 million sets shipped in 2010 to 27 million in 2013, according to the research firm DisplaySearch. However, the glasses required to watch 3-D video is a turnoff for many would-be early adopters.

Read more here… (TechnologyReviewer.com)

Google Seeks Consolidation of Wi-Fi Snooping Cases

Peppered with lawsuits over its collection of Web traffic data from wireless networks, Google wants all the cases consolidated into one, and for that single case to be heard by a court near its Mountain View, California, headquarters.

Artwork: Chip Taylor

In a motion this week with the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, Google requests that the eight “Wi-Fi” lawsuits, as well as any future ones, be rolled into one at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Google argues that all complaints make similar allegations and that consolidating pretrial proceedings will be convenient for all parties involved, including the courts.

“All of the complaints in the Google Wi-Fi Cases assert claims under the federal Wiretap Act. Some cases involve other, similar claims, including state law claims subject to preemption arguments under federal law. All of the complaints make very similar factual allegations, and thus any necessary discovery will be of common facts,” the motion reads.

Read more at here…(PCWorld.com)

Are We Too Complacent About Cloud Computing? [VIDEO]

Let’s have a little midweek reality check: Almost all of us have almost no control over our own computing.

And for most of us, that fact causes very little mental or emotional distress.

Sure, we might raise hell when a few blogs get contentious about Facebook privacy, and we might shake our heads whenGoogleGoogle gets caught collecting user data from its Street View vehicles. But even when it comes to our business practices, very few of us know or care about what it really means to have control over our online activities, identities and data.

And why should we care? Letting others control our computing is inexpensive, convenient and mostly safe… right? Have a look at what Richard Stallman has to say. He started the Free Software Foundation, and he knows a thing or two about what users should be able to do with their own apps and programs.

As a refresher in Free Software 101, Stallman believes the following four tenets hold true for all software you’d need to use to perform everyday work:

  1. Information, such as computer software, should be freely accessible.
  2. The information should be free to modify.
  3. The information should be free to share with others.
  4. The information should be free to change and redistribute copies of the changed software.

Read further and watch video here…

Make Windows leaner, cleaner and faster

Here’s the shocking truth: dubious default settings, wrong configurations and wasteful processes are sapping many of your PC’s valuable resources. And what’s to blame? Windows.

Windows is deceptive. After you’ve installed it, the OS happily connects to the internet, downloads all the necessary drivers, configures itself and there you go – one stable PC all ready to roll. It couldn’t be easier or more convenient.

But the problem is, Windows doesn’t come optimised for performance. And it’s much the same story for most of your applications: they’re all set up to work, not roar along.

So what’s the answer? We say take control and don’t trust Windows’ default settings. Sure, they’ll yield a machine that is stable and dependable, and to a degree that’s the point. That’s what the average user wants, and it’s what Microsoft and PC makers need. By keeping configurations nicely conservative they’ll keep PCs the world over ticking along happily and calls to their technical support divisions low.

But we aren’t average users. We’re demanding users who want to squeeze every drop of performance out of our computers. So, join us as we declare war on default settings and automatic configurations. Take control of your PC and release its full potential!

Read more: http://www.techradar.com/news/software/operating-systems/make-windows-leaner-cleaner-and-faster-693833#ixzz0qHMLlk2O