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Want to Build a Smartphone App but Don’t Know Code? Microsoft Makes an App for That

Microsoft has been paying developers to build apps for its beleaguered Windows Phone operating system. Now the company has a better idea.

Posted on Aug 6, 2013 READ MORE



Violent Video Game Ban Blown to Smithereens

The Supreme Court overturned California’s ban on violent video games; social networking sites may be effectively enhancing our social lives; and a case of public urination in Oregon forces a city to flush its reservoir. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jun 28, 2011 READ MORE



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Personal Data Farmed Out by Facebook Apps

No matter how strict Facebook users may be with their settings, their bid for privacy can be compromised by third-party software developers who make those annoying apps that let users play games with each other—and, apparently, share their personal information with advertisers.

Posted on Oct 18, 2010 READ MORE


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Facebook CEO Sniffs at Ownership Lawsuit

Here’s some palace intrigue from the inner chambers of the Facebook empire that could threaten the whole enterprise: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is denying the legitimacy of a contract, allegedly signed in 2003 ... (continued)

Posted on Jul 26, 2010 READ MORE



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Google Gives Microsoft a New Reason to Lose Sleep

Google’s inexorable drive toward world domination took a major leap forward Tuesday when the company unveiled plans to build its own operating system. Google says it is designing the long-rumored OS, called Google Chrome OS, “to be fast and lightweight, to start up and get you onto the Web in a few seconds.” Wouldn’t that be nice?

Posted on Jul 8, 2009 READ MORE


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Keith Allison

China to Censor Online Porn, Possibly Basketball

Starting July 1, every computer sold in China will come bundled with software designed to block access to pornographic sites and whatever else parents—and, critics fear, the government—want to keep at bay. As one of the software’s developers explains, “If a father doesn’t want his son to be exposed to content related to basketball or drugs, he can block all Web sites related to those things.”

Posted on Jun 8, 2009 READ MORE


Murder, Spies & Voting Lies

Patty Sharaf’s new documentary “Murder, Spies & Voting Lies,” featuring election integrity journalist Brad Friedman, tells the story of Clint Curtis, a computer programmer who says a prominent Florida Republican asked him in 2000 to create software that could be used to rig the vote. Al-Jazeera’s Riz Khan takes a closer look.

Posted on Oct 29, 2008 READ MORE


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White House photo / Paul Morse

Software Scans for Spin in Speeches

Humans may be susceptible to methods of persuasion that play on the emotions and circumvent logic, but computers are another story. Enter a software program that purports to detect “spin” in politicians’ speeches by using a complex (albeit man-made) algorithm to hunt for truth-stretching words and phrases.

Posted on Sep 18, 2008 READ MORE


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Microsoft Wants a Billion New Customers

Microsoft has given itself less than eight years to find another billion PC users. To help meet that goal, the company has pledged to sell $3 bundles of Windows XP and Office software to governments that provide schools with free computers. That’s about 2 percent of the cost of Office alone.

Posted on Apr 19, 2007 READ MORE


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The Water Torture--Facsimile of a woodcut in J. Damhoudre's "Praxis Rerum Criminalium:"

CIA Blogger Fired for Anti-Torture Post

Christine Axsmith, a software contractor for the CIA, was fired when she posted a blog entry to the agency’s closed network stating her opposition to torture. The post started like this: “Waterboarding is Torture and Torture is Wrong.” Such a sad confirmation of our government’s dismal human rights policies that so obvious a statement qualifies as grounds for termination.

Posted on Jul 21, 2006 READ MORE


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