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Google silences podcast app Listen, disbands Team tool

Google has announced another cull of services it reckons won't be missed, including Google Listen. Podcast finder and playback utility Google Listen is among software axed by the web advertising giant, as there are plenty of other podcast apps available in the company's online Play store. "People now have access to a wider …

Samsung denies sniffing around RIM

A blog which reported Samsung was looking to buy RIM triggered a jump in the Canadian company's shares, before Samsung had the chance to deny it was interested in the company. The shares in RIM went up by 8 per cent on the story, which claimed the only thing preventing a sale was RIM's CEO holding out for more money. …
Bill Ray, 18 Jan 2012
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Guardian shuts local blogs

The Grauniad is shutting three local news blogs and likely laying off the three reporters concerned. The blogs were aimed at Cardiff, Edinburgh and Leeds and had a reporter, or "beatblogger", for each. The sites launched in early 2010 and were meant to develop: "new models for journalism and social engagement through a mix of …
John Oates, 28 Apr 2011
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Gizmodo faces visit from cops over 'found' iPhone

A tech blog that paid five grand to the finder of a prototype iPhone is under police investigation, as it seems buying found property is against the law. Gizmodo paid $5,000 to the chap who found a next-generation iPhone in a bar, and the blog made merry with the device before returning it to Apple - after forcing Cupertino to …
Bill Ray, 26 Apr 2010
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TechCruncher sues former pad partner

The ongoing saga of the CrunchPad JooJoo couch-potato media pad took another sharp turn Thursday when TechCrunch blogmeister, beer-can recycler, and self-reported CrunchPad JooJoo papa Michael Arrington filed suit against his former partners at Fusion Garage. As a Friday blog post by Arrington makes clear, he remains as " …
Rik Myslewski, 12 Dec 2009
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Web service automates WordPress password cracking

Hackers have developed a distributed Wordpress admin account cracking scheme that poses a severe risk for the security of blogs whose owners select insecure passwords. PHP scripts located on a virtual server run bruteforce (password guessing) attacks on targeted sites. Many sites can be attacked at the same time by the system …
John Leyden, 30 Nov 2009
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FCC reaches out to Twitterati

The Federal Communications Commission has launched both a blog and a Twitter feed. Amazingly, the latter has already attracted 952 followers, despite having only two tweets so far. But there are already three blog entries, the first of which explains that the blog won't be commenting on everything the FCC does: like most …
Bill Ray, 19 Aug 2009
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Kanye West doesn't have a f***ing Twitter, OK?

American rapper and record producer Kanye West has issued a shouty missive against Twitter for allowing a bogus account carrying his name to amass more than one million followers on the microblogging site. The star, who is not known for his zen-like calm or restraint, ranted on his blog yesterday in which he accused Twitter of …
Kelly Fiveash, 13 May 2009
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Social networking and blogs more popular than email

More people visit social networking sites or blogs than use web-based email, according to a new study by Nielsen Online. The media bean counter claims over two-thirds of the world's population frequent what it calls "member communities," which includes both social network and blogging sites. Member communities make up the …
Austin Modine, 9 Mar 2009

Microsoft leaks cloudy OS name

Another day, another cloudy name for Windows arrives, this time it’s all about Strata, apparently. Microsoft temporarily flashed the name Windows Strata on its Professional Developers Conference (PDC) website, before removing the moniker yesterday after a few blogs zeroed in on it. Image courtesy of blogger Kit Ong MS head …
Kelly Fiveash, 9 Oct 2008
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Cnet blogger squadron discovers long lines at Apple retail stores

Early this morning, three different Cnet reporters blogged from three different retail stores in the San Francisco Bay Area. And two others blogged from more retail stores in New York City. Announcing the plans to cover the retail stores, Cnet's Tom Krazit, a veteran of the online tech-news outfit, promised that the team of …
Cade Metz, 11 Jul 2008
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Technorati knocks itself out. Again

Technorati, the comically inept search engine, has redesigned itself again - knocking itself out in the process. The site was down when bloggers checked in yesterday. More importantly, the latest redesign is a tacit admission that it's given up on its original mission - indexing the world's weblogs. Technorati now claims to …
Andrew Orlowski, 25 May 2007
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Technorati stung by ad-friendly vibe

Technorati has announced its first acquisition in a deal giving publishers and advertisers fresh ways to make money from social networks and media. Technorati, which claims to track 72 million blogs, has purchased news and content aggregation and ranking start-up The Personal Bee. Berkeley, California-based Personal Bee will be …
Gavin Clarke, 12 Apr 2007

BOFH: The PFY punts for smut

Episode 11 "We should get a server for podcasts," the Boss announces, breezing into Mission Control under the influence of a new idea. "What for?" the PFY asks. "So we can deliver podcasts and video to our staff and customers." "What podcasts?" "Podcasts about what's happening in the company." "Where are these podcasts at the moment …
Simon Travaglia, 23 Mar 2007

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