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Google's Street View Cars Now Refueled and Good-to-go

posted Sunday Jul 11, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

Google's Street View Cars Now Refueled and Good-to-go

Google's Street View cars are back up and running and will be going to town in Ireland, Norway, South Africa and Sweden next week, after Google finally explained its processes to the respective countries' regulators. All of the WiFi collection equipment have been stripped out of all the cars globally, which included all hardware and software.

"Our cars will no longer collect any Wi-Fi information at all, but will continue to collect photos and 3D imagery as they did before," said Google Geo engineering vice president Brian McClendon in the blog post.

More of the backstory and the future of Google's Street View process is after the break.

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China Opens Their Great Walls to BlackBerry

posted Sunday Jul 11, 2010 by Scott Ertz

China Opens Their Great Walls to BlackBerry

Research in Motion, makers of BlackBerry phones, has been having a little trouble figuring out where they go next. They used to be the most popular device for business and email, but have quickly been losing ground to the iPhone, Android and Palm phones that have all understood better what communication should look like and feel like on a modern mobile device.

RIM has also tried to move into the consumer smartphone market with almost no success. The Storms have been slightly better received than Microsoft's Kin. All of this information still leads me to announce that on July 9th, RIM's stock rose over 7%.

Hit the break to find out why.

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Woman Sent to Jail for Texting Threats to Herself

posted Sunday Jul 11, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

Woman Sent to Jail for Texting Threats to Herself

The normal person who was having a bad day or didn't like themselves would just be sad, angry or depressed. The normal person would maybe post a Facebook status about it or even keep a journal and write these feels of sorrow down.

It seems, however, that 25-year-old Jeanne Mundango Manunga did not feel any of those options were appropriate for her. Manunga felt that she should make people believe it was others who disliked her. Specifically, she decided those two people would be her sister-in-law and her ex-boyfriend.

Check after the break to find out what happened.

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OnLive Going Online Slowly

posted Sunday Jul 11, 2010 by Scott Ertz

OnLive Going Online Slowly

We have spoken about creative online gaming solutions many times over the 3 years we have been here at PLuGHiTz Live! From BringIt to Virgin Games to OnLive, there have been a lof of ideas. This week, I am going to revive the OnLive topic because their service is getting closer to being a full reality.

OnLive is a service that allows you to play games (like Assassin's Creed II) without having to download or install the game. It, in essence, is trying to give Steam and our sponsor Direct2Drive a run for their money, claiming the model is out-dated. The problem is that their model doesn't seem to work right.

Hit the link for details on what is wrong and a video of the evidence.

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NASDAQ Shows Some Silver in Times Square

posted Sunday Jul 11, 2010 by Scott Ertz

NASDAQ Shows Some Silver in Times Square

Everyone has seen the NASDAQ ticker display. It is the backdrop for all NASDAQ news throughout the world and it is hard to miss at the NASDAQ MarketSite in Times Square. Well, the screen we all know and love is getting a visual and technological makeover with the help of Microsoft Silverlight.

Brad Vopni, Senior VP at NASDAQ OMX said,

At NASDAQ OMX, we take pride in the speed and reliability of our products. That's why we were delighted to see how quickly and easily we could use Silverlight to build powerful and rock-solid applications. With Microsoft's Silverlight technology, we were able to create graphics that reflect the real-time changes that happen in the stock market and we redesigned the stock ticker at the NASDAQ MarketSite with higher-quality graphics. The technology is nimble and extensible, giving us a platform upon which to build future products while taking advantage of existing Microsoft software already in place at the NASDAQ MarketSite.

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Microsoft Searching for Next of Kin

posted Sunday Jul 11, 2010 by Scott Ertz

Microsoft Searching for Next of Kin

It was an astonishing 48 days of nonstop advertising from Microsoft, Sharp and Verizon for their newest media baby, the Kin One and Kin Two. At the end of the 48 days, however, Microsoft has pulled the plug on its project citing poor sales. With over 2 years of development and million and millions of dollars in marketing, how could Microsoft kill its creation in just 6 weeks?

A Microsoft rep said in a statement,

We have made the decision to focus exclusively on Windows Phone 7 and we will not ship KIN in Europe this fall as planned. Additionally, we are integrating our KIN team with the Windows Phone 7 team, incorporating valuable ideas and technologies from KIN into future Windows Phone releases. We will continue to work with Verizon in the U.S. to sell current KIN phones.

Hit the break for what went wrong.

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