Monday, November 15, 2010

Tech News Today

'Unforgettable' iTunes announcement tomorrow
Apple is advertising an "exciting announcement" at 7 a.m. PT concerning iTunes that it claims will make Tuesday a day that you will never forget.

News organization lifts photos from Twitter
A French-based news agency is defending its use of photos taken from Twitter. It also sold the photos through Getty Images. The agency claims that Twitter's terms of service give them rights to the photos.

Why film studios are betting on Web again
Hollywood could have snubbed Netflix, ditched Hulu and stuck with traditional distribution. Instead, they're licensing content for Web TV and taking on former partners, including theaters owners.

Teachers predict textbooks will be obsolete
A study shows that 70 percent of teachers value using computers in class over textbooks. Additionally, the teachers say that students are seriously disadvantaged if they don't have Internet access

You've got Facemail! Now what?
Facebook's rumored 'Gmail killer' email service is on the way. Cringely says Facebook's inevitable decline will soon follow.

Twitter joke lands man in jail
Thousands of Twitter users are showing support for a man who was jailed over a tweet. The man joked that he would blow up the airport if his plane was delayed. Many say that his free speech was violated

Is Google being evil and stealing your Web pages with Google Preview?
If feature creep goes so far that you wind up in front of the Supreme Court, you've got too many features.

Kinect hacked for use with computers
Microsoft's new motion controller for the Xbox 360 has been hacked. The Kinect uses cameras to translate body movement to in-game controls. Drivers have now been made that will let PCs and Macs use the Kinect

Microsoft vs. McAfee: How free antivirus outperformed paid
How effective is free antivirus software? I had a chance to see a real, in-the-wild example just this month, and the results were, to put it mildly, unexpected.

Note: Cross posted from ComputerNutz.


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