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Google Censors the Internet on Their Own

posted Saturday Jan 29, 2011 by Scott Ertz

Google Censors the Internet on Their Own

One of Google's biggest problems has been the relevancy of their search results. Apparently, someone at Google HQ decided that the best way to solve that problem was to start censoring the results available in Autocomplete and Instant. The first target of their wrath? The word "torrent."

Starting this week, a search for any word combination containing "torrent" will not return results for instant search and will not autocomplete in standard search. In addition, other terms have been removed, such as "RapidShare" and "Megaupload." This comes as pressure from RIAA and MPAA has apparently gotten so strong that the company that abandoned China over censorship laws caved.

BitTorrent Inc. and RapidShare are not pleased about this move. Hit the break to read their reactions.

Facebook Forces Crafty Creators to Use Credits as Their Currency

posted Saturday Jan 29, 2011 by Nicholas DiMeo

Facebook Forces Crafty Creators to Use Credits as Their Currency

Facebook always seems to find a way to put itself into the news. This time, with their not-so-beloved Facebook Credits currency system. In the past, we have talked about companies like Zynga that were trying to be coerced to solely use Facebook Credits. It now appears that the idea will actually hold water. Amidst a time where Facebook is looking to prove itself to investors and analysts that it is a commercially viable and money-making creature, the company has made it a mandatory policy beginning July 1, 2011 that all games use Facebook Credits as the only way to include real money purchases into games. Developers will still be able to use their in-game currencies but only as an exchange, i.e. Facebook Credits for Farmville Coins.

This change applies to Canvas games only and games used with Facebook Connect do not have to make the change.

Why does this move have such an impact? Follow the break to learn more.

Will Facebook Fall On Its Face?

posted Thursday Jan 27, 2011 by Jon Wurm

Will Facebook Fall On Its Face?

Take a look at the progression of popular social media sites from Friendster to Facebook, and you will find that despite the thousands and thousands of competitors out there, a select few will compete for the top spot. If you remember Friendster then you will probably remember MySpace taking them down and later Facebook devouring them along with all the others. In fact Facebook beat MySpace down so badly they changed their logo and were forced to revert to their only remaining strength, social media. Today, they are the 2nd most visited website in the world behind Google and boast over 500 million users. So why will Facebook fail with so much going for it?

Hit the break to find out why.

HP-Palm WebOS Notebook, Netbook Training + More WebOS Tablet News

posted Tuesday Jan 25, 2011 by Nicholas DiMeo

HP-Palm WebOS Notebook, Netbook Training + More WebOS Tablet News

You know, having your entire company's mobile device fleet operate on the webOS platform and following the HP-Palm merger from the beginning has made us pay close attention to what's been going on with our favorite mobile operating system. Not only did we bring you news last year that we should be seeing an HP-Palm webOS Tablet sometime in the near future but we also presented you news that HP-Palm wanted more webOS devices as well. Well now snooping through the HP website led me to the webOS Central, which contains webOS 10x training videos for stores carrying those products. A problem that has plagued Palm from the beginning was differentiating themselves and presenting it in a way that the average consumer can understand. Luckily, the HP merger has done a lot of good for the Palm brand and this training site certainly is one of the benefits.

The site contains videos starting with webOS 101, which is a basic overview and explanation of the platform, and also includes a lot of subliminal messages hinting towards more devices to come with webOS on them (which we've all pretty much expected already). The exciting part about it is that some of the videos explain a world in which a mobile phone, tablet and netbook could all live as a "friendly little product family".

Want to learn more about the webOS Central and see some cool pictures of a possible webOS tablet that could be announced at the HP-Palm Feb 9th event? Click after the break!

Hotz in Hot Water with Sony but Microsoft Cools Him Down

posted Sunday Jan 23, 2011 by Nicholas DiMeo

Hotz in Hot Water with Sony but Microsoft Cools Him Down

Let's all raise our glasses to a guy known as George "Geohot" Hotz. Some of you may know this infamous Internet deviant as one of the key guys who hacked the Apple iOS and aided in showcasing the jailbreaking process to the masses.

More recently, some of you may know him as the guy that Sony has taken to court. After learning about Sony's move to take out OtherOS functions to further secure the PS3, Hotz decided enough was enough and released exploits and security flaws that allow a user to reinstall OtherOS. Hotz has even disclosed the PS3's security codes, which was finally the straw that broke Sony's back, and has caused Activision to take action on the PlayStation Network.

So, what does all this bad news mean for Hotz? Hit the break.

Apple's CEO Steve Jobs Takes Leave Again, Citing Medical Conditions

posted Sunday Jan 23, 2011 by Nicholas DiMeo

Apple's CEO Steve Jobs Takes Leave Again, Citing Medical Conditions

This week, Steve Jobs announced that he will be taking an indefinite medical leave from the company for a third time since being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2003.

In 2004, Jobs left the company to undergo a difficult surgery that proved successful, which removed a tumor in his pancreas. This surgery is common for people with the same condition that Jobs has but the downside is that it removes part of the pancreas and digestive tract system. These removals can lead to other problems later on, like the weight loss that we were able to visually notice in 2008.

In 2009, Jobs left again, for what we later learned was a liver transplant procedure and that happened right before the last Macworld (no, really). This time, the announcement of the new iPad looms around the corner and the iPhone is headed to Verzion and Steve Jobs has to once again leave the reigns of the company to someone else in his absence.

For more on this news, follow the break.

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