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Google Loses Street View Trespass Case, Pays (Very) Small Settlement

Google Street View may not cause mental anguish, but it could be considered trespassing. At least, that’s the lesson to learn from the experience of Pittsburgh couple Aaron and Christine Boring, who have successfully sued Google for trespassing after they found pictures of their house on the service despite living on a private …

Two Minute Video: Samsung Netbook Tops 10-inchers

Buying a netbook is a tricky proposition. By nature, netbooks are fraught with tradeoffs and shortcomings in order to offset low price points and portability. Samsung’s 10-inch NF310 netbook gets a whole lot right without suffering from too many drawbacks.

While most 10-inch netbooks sport cramped 1024×600 resolution screens, the …

Will Influx of Netflix Instant Streaming Break The Internet?

The addition of Netflix’s streaming only plan has had many people excited. With a good portion of their movie and TV catalogue online, paying $7.99 for immediate unlimited legal, crystal clear video is barely nothing compared to cable plans and buying a television. The anticipated increase of Netflix online subscribers has some people …

Gmail "Mute" Function Gets Smarter

So Gmail has a mute function—THIS IS NOT NEWS! What’s newsworthy is that there’s a new experimental Gmail Labs feature called Smart Mute that makes the mute function actually work well.

The standard mute function prevents message threads that you designate as mute-worthy from reappearing in your inbox each time some buffoon hits …

Bad Company: How Poor Service Upped One Site’s Google Rank

For website owners, a spot on the first page of Google’s search results for a given query is the holy grail. Google uses a proprietary algorithm to determine a site’s influence on the web and assigns it a “Page Rank,” named after Google co-founder Larry Page.

Though the full details of how the Page Rank system works are a …

Interview: Warren Spector Talks “Epic Mickey”

It’s probably no surprise that the man who’s orchestrated Mickey Mouse’s grand return to the video game stage is an animation buff of massive proportions. But, in the interview that follows, Warren Spector lets slip that the iconic mouse isn’t even his favorite Disney character. On the eve of the release of Disney Epic Mickey, the …

World AIDS Day: For Awareness, Charities Turn To Social Media

Telethons no more: Non-profits around the world are working to raise AIDS awareness via social media.

Silent For A Cause:

The Digital Life Sacrifice campaign, lead by singer Alicia Keys, is raising money for the Keep A Child Alive fund, which provides support to people affected by HIV/AIDS in Africa and India. To raise finances, …

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