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Weekly Tech NewsChinese schools deny links to Google attacks
Two days after a New York Times report linked two Chinese schools to hack attacks on Google and other Silicon Valley companies, both schools are denying those claims.
Security experts traced the attacks to computers at Shanghai Jiaotong University and Lanxiang Vocational School, The New York Times reported Thursday. But on Saturday...Read More...Contest uses art to bring scientific concepts to life
Sometimes the grand ideas behind science's most important and intriguing concepts are so abstract they can be difficult to understand. One of the main goals of the International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge, sponsored by the journal Science and the National Science Foundation, is to help bring these scientific concepts to life through stunning visualizations.
The photographs, illustrations, video, and...Read More...Google (finally) nabs On2 video codecs
Google has completed its acquisition of video compression outfit On2 Technologies. On Friday, according to brief statements from the two companies, On2 shareholders voted to approve a deal valued at approximately $124.6 million.
That's roughly $18 million more than the...Read More...Open source - the once and future dream
For some, Oracle's $5.6bn purchase of Sun Microsystems was good news for open source. After all, a mega tech vendor has acquired a hugely popular open-source database product and project: MySQL.
But at the same time, as the European Union's anti-trust probe wore on, costing Oracle's chief executive $100m a month, and...Read More...Opera cuts cord on first open-source baby
Opera has freed its first open source project, moving code for its Dragonfly debug tool onto the popular BitBucket hosting service.
Dragonfly - a website debug tool similar to Mozilla's Firebug - was always intended as an open source project. From its inception in 2008, it carried an open source BSD license. But until this month, the code...Read More...Microsoft finally debuts Euro-choose-a-browser screen
Microsoft has unveiled its EU-mandated Web browser choice screen, and will start rolling it out next week.
Redmond's deputy general counsel Dave Heiner warned Explorer users "what to expect", in a not at all grudging blog posting.
He said...Read MoreToshiba outs new super-charged battery tech
Toshiba revealed a number of battery innovations at its press conference in London this week, with both SCiB and methanol fuel cell chargers getting their first airing in the UK.
First up was the company's fuel cell charger. Looking a bit like a DAB radio, the charger is...Read More...The Blazing Backlash Against Buzz
Google would like you to know that it's very, very sorry that its new Buzz social network treated your social life like Procter & Gamble treats bunny rabbits. It's all a big misunderstanding. And by the way -- no one was actually harmed, no personal data was leaked, and you're the one who's confused, Google CEO Eric Schmidt said at the World Mobile Congress this week.
The big complaint about Buzz -- which started making headlines a day or so after Google rolled it out last week -- was that it could...Read More...Word 2011's Ribbon Will Tie Mac Users in Knots
Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) was under no obligation to build a ribbon component, similar to the one premiered in Office for Windows, for the Mac. That's especially true given the fact that the menu bar is such a prominent element of the Mac user experience. Ever since System 7, the menu bar -- which remains fixed to the top of the screen -- indicates which application is active. In Windows, applications have their own menu bars, if they have...Read More...Nanotech 'Trojan Horse' Sneaks Drugs Into Cancer Cells
Good things come in small packages, as the saying goes, and nowhere is that more true than in nanotechnology.
Research in the field has recently led to several new strategies for employing nanotechnology in the fight against cancer, and -- so far, at least -- the results are promising.
'Like a Trojan Horse'
One of the hardest parts of fighting cancer is...Read More...
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