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Music Beta by Google to launch without licenses

Google's long-awaited cloud-based music player, Music Beta by Google, will launch today at the company's Google I/O conference, according to Billboard. The service will be free for US users lucky enough to get an invite from Google, with priority given to those with the Verizon version of the Motorola Xoom tablet and to attendees of the I/O conference. Unfortunately, Google didn't come to a license agreement with the major music publishers -- much like Amazon failed to get publishers' blessings with the launch of the Amazon Cloud Drive -- so Music Beta is essentially just a massive remote hard drive.

Written by Brennon Slattery11 May 11 02:53

Greenpeace: Apple the top environmental offender in tech

Apple has long prided itself on the environmental consciousness behind its products, and consistently aims to get greener. But according to Greenpeace's report measuring the amount and type of energy consumed by top tech companies' data centers, Apple is doing a poor job with its energy consumption.

Written by Brennon Slattery23 April 11 04:07

Google Map Maker launches in the US

Google Map Maker was released almost three years ago, allowing users in 183 countries to modify the online maps we've become reliant upon. Now Google has extended the reach of Map Maker to include the United States and added new features such as street-level perspective on places with Street View imagery, editable points of interest, and powerful search options that can see small details like railroad tracks.

Written by Brennon Slattery20 April 11 00:57

Wii 2 on the way: Nintendo is growing up

Almost five years after the Nintendo Wii launched, broke sales records, and revolutionized gaming with the introduction of motion-sensitive controllers, the console is slated to get a successor by E3 in June 2011.

Written by Brennon Slattery16 April 11 00:44

Bing closes gap on Google's search engine lead

Bing, Microsoft's little search engine that could, has taken 30 per cent of the U.S. search market share, posing a serious threat to Google's dominance in the field.

Written by Brennon Slattery13 April 11 00:44

Is Google being anal about Android OS?

It might be time to say good-bye to the days of Android as an open-source platform. After sealing Honeycomb from developers in an effort to combat subpar Google-branded products from entering the market, Google is now quietly implementing "non-fragmentation clauses" into its Android license arrangements, according to Bloomberg Businessweek.

Written by Brennon Slattery01 April 11 04:08

Google Seals Honeycomb from Developers: A Good Call

Though Google has several good reasons to play keep-away with Android 3.0, the move to restrict developers from Honeycomb's source code is seen by some as a contradiction of its open source philosophy.

Written by Brennon Slattery26 March 11 02:05

iPad 2 goes on sale today: Buy online or wait in line?

Friday is iPad 2 launch day and that could mean bedlam for consumers eager to get their hands on Apple's new and improved tablet. At 4:00 AM EST, the iPad 2 became available for purchase online, but it carries an average shipping wait time of two to three weeks. It'll also be available at over 10,000 different retail locations starting at 5:00 PM EST.

Written by Brennon Slattery12 March 11 03:54

Hackers expose Safari's flaws in five seconds

When it comes to browser security, Internet Explorer usually gets ridiculed and beaten up the most. And though Microsoft's IE8 was quickly unraveled at Pwn2Own, Apple's Safari 5 was hugely embarrassed by getting hacked in five seconds flat.

Written by Brennon Slattery11 March 11 05:01

Zuckerberg adopts dog, gives him Facebook page

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his longtime girlfriend, Priscilla Chan, adopted a puppy named Beast and have given him a Facebook fan page.

Written by Brennon Slattery09 March 11 04:04

Charlie Sheen Web 2.0 Blitz: Revolutionary or Nightmare?

In traditional media, having your TV show go from No. 1 to being shut down indefinitely is bad news, especially when paired with allegedly drug-induced public rants. But on the Web, it spells winning (or, more aptly, #winning) and it's that wave of Internet success that actor Charlie Sheen rides today.

Written by Brennon Slattery04 March 11 06:24

California school district battles truancy with GPS

Students with a tendency towards truancy in California's Anaheim Union High School District are being assigned GPS units to make sure they're going to school on time, according to The Orange County Register.

Written by Brennon Slattery22 Feb. 11 07:11

Facebook goes gay-friendlier

Facebook, the online representation of modern society, is a-changin' with the times by adding two new options to its list of relationship statuses: "in a civil union" and "in a domestic partnership."

Written by Brennon Slattery19 Feb. 11 02:58
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