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Google unveils magazine reading application

SAN FRANCISCO — Google on Thursday released a magazine reading application for smartphones or tablet computers powered by Android or Apple software. The California Internet titan worked with more than 150 publishing partners for the US launch of “Google Currents,” which is also integrated with the Google+ online social network…

U.S. calls for Internet freedom amid India plan

WASHINGTON — The United States called for freedom of expression on the Internet after the India said it planned to find ways to ban offensive content before it is posted. India vowed to pursue the restrictions after major Internet firms such as Facebook and Google — nearly all of them…

Google seeks EU approval for Motorola Mobility deal

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – World No. 1 Internet search engine Google is seeking EU regulatory clearance of its planned purchase of handset maker Motorola Mobility Holdings, the European Commission said on its website on Monday. Google unveiled the $12.5 billion deal to boost its patent portfolio in August, seen as a defensive move against rivals such as Apple Inc..…

Samsung holds final talks on Google TV venture

Samsung Electronics is holding final talks with Google about launching a television using the US search giant’s software platform next year, an executive of the South Korean company said Tuesday. Yoon Boo-Keun, president of the visual display division, declined to elaborate on the timing of the launch saying only that Samsung would not unveil the new model…

Nokia to launch Windows tablet mid-2012: report

PARIS (Reuters) – Cellphone maker Nokia plans to launch a tabletthat runs on Microsoft’s Windows operating system in the summer of 2012, the head of Nokia France told Les Echos newspaper in an interview published on Wednesday. Nokia has said using Microsoft Windows 8 for tablets could be an interesting opportunity for the company but it has not yet unveiled any launch…

Arab Spring, Obama, China: Nobel committee chair speaks out

The Norwegian Nobel Committee met Friday to pick the 2011 peace prize winner, with the committee chair telling AFP this year’s choice was a relatively easy one, amid speculation Arab Spring actors could win. “It has not been particularly difficult this year (to decide on a winner),” Thorbjoern Jagland said…

YouTube service disrupted

SAN FRANCISCO — YouTube service stumbled on Thursday, leaving some visitors frustrated that they couldn’t watch videos at the popular website. “We know some of you are having trouble watching YouTube videos,” the Google-owned online video venue said in a message fired off on Twitter. “Our engineers are working on…

Facebook shutting down online Deals program

Facebook is ending a Deals program launched in April which offered online bargains like Groupon, LivingSocial and other companies. “After testing Deals for four months, we’ve decided to end our Deals product in the coming weeks,” the Palo Alto, California-based social network said in a statement. “We think there is…

‘Anonymous’ launches social networking website AnonPlus

SAN FRANCISCO — Infamous hacker group Anonymous launched Monday its own social network after being rejected by Google’s freshly-launched online community. “Today we welcome you to begin anew,” the hacker alliance said at the website anonplus.com, which it described as a platform to distribute information. “Welcome to the Revolution –…

Words Are For The Birds

The main reason I hate the Supreme Court's overreliance on the use of dictionaries?  Dictionaries aren't meant to be prescriptive, they're meant to be descriptive.   Suppose a contract requires that a party google something as a part of its services to the other party.  Did they mean that the…

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