Ex-Cisco employee pleads guilty to second-degree murder in ‘Google Maps case’

Ex-Cisco employee pleads guilty to second-degree murder in ‘Google Maps case’

Ex-Cisco engineer Brad Cooper, whose first-degree murder conviction for the 2008 strangulation slaying of his wife Nancy was overturned last year based on disputed Google Maps-related evidence, today pleaded guilty to second-degree...

09/22/14

FTC shuts down $11M online diploma mill

FTC shuts down $11M online diploma mill

The Federal Trade Commission on Friday pulled the plug on an online high school diploma mill that allegedly raked in $11 million since opening its virtual doors in 2006.

09/22/14

Yes, Twitter should do text

Dave Winer, he of RSS fame and a blogger since the beginning of time, has issued a plea to Twitter this morning that makes so much sense it should be reality by this afternoon. His headline: “It wouldn’t kill Twitter to do text.”

09/19/14

Amazon to use a neighbor’s data center to heat its new Seattle high-rise

Amazon to use a neighbor’s data center to heat its new Seattle high-rise

If waste heat could be considered the lemon of data center output then Amazon and a Seattle partner have come up with a way to make lemonade.

09/19/14

The government’s galling gambling hypocrisy

A Delaware man came close to winning $100,000 on a $5 lottery bet, but this isn't a tale of tough luck, it's an illustration of the mind-numbing hypocrisy that underlies government policies toward gambling.

09/17/14

Clippy saw this one coming

Clippy saw this one coming

The image above is making the rounds on Twitter this morning. It's not commentary on today's news.

09/15/14

Former White House spokesman 'live tweeting' his recollections of 9/11

Former White House spokesman 'live tweeting' his recollections of 9/11

He’s chosen an odd format for the task, but former White House spokesman Ari Fleischer’s ongoing string of tweets today about his recollections of being at the side of President Bush on 9/11 makes for compelling reading nonetheless.

09/11/14

Man arrested on drug charges after butt-dialing 911 ... and this happens a lot

Man arrested on drug charges after butt-dialing 911 ... and this happens a lot

A Tennessee man is facing minor criminal charges after his butt-dialing 911 allowed police to overhear a restaurant conversation in which he allegedly discussed visiting a drug dealer. And it turns out this kind of thing happens way...

09/10/14

Hyperbole alert: Apple news to be ‘historic’

Hyperbole alert: Apple news to be ‘historic’

ABC News last night on its broadcast and this morning on its website is promising us that today’s gadget announcements by Apple will be “historic.” Historic how?

09/09/14

How could I have missed Jenna Elfman?

How could I have missed Jenna Elfman?

I failed to recognize actress Jenna Elfman last week after watching (multiple times) and writing about a YouTube video chronicling AT&T’s old “You Will” television ad campaign, which aired in 1994, or a few years before "Dharma &...

09/08/14

Netflix looking to hire a ‘Chaos Engineer’

Netflix looking to hire a ‘Chaos Engineer’

Here’s a job offering you don’t see every day (asterisks mine): “Netflix is hiring a ‘Chaos Engineer’ … Basically, somebody to go in and f**k s**t up to prove we can recover. Ping me for details!”

09/05/14

Software should save lives by increasing vaccinations in developing countries

Software should save lives by increasing vaccinations in developing countries

New biometric software developed by Michigan State University researchers and funded by the Gates Foundation promises to increase vaccination rates in developing countries by allowing for better record-keeping.

09/04/14

20 years ago, AT&T ad campaign ‘predicted’ technology that was well on its way

A YouTube compilation of a 20-year-old AT&T ad campaign dubbed “You Will” is getting pass-along traffic today. It’s a fun look at the company’s predictions for a range of technologies that would become the likes of GPS, online books...

09/03/14

Doing my part to keep the TI-84 Plus on top

Doing my part to keep the TI-84 Plus on top

Purchased over the weekend, a pair of brand new Texas Instruments TI-84 Plus graphing calculators sit on my kitchen island, still encased in what I assume will be annoyingly difficult to crack plastic packaging. My children start...

09/02/14

6 Apple ‘geniuses’ allegedly stole 600 iPhones

6 Apple ‘geniuses’ allegedly stole 600 iPhones

Six Apple store employees in Florida are facing charges over an alleged scheme that would see them replace more than 600 stolen iPhones with new devices taken from store inventory.

08/14/14

The most ironic hold music ever

It was the second time I had called the office of my father’s primary care physician this morning. And the second time I was put on hold for longer than I would have liked.

08/12/14

When software fails a bunch of future lawyers

This should go without saying: If you sell software that law students depend upon to become full-fledged lawyers, you had better make sure it works when those students need it most, in other words when they take their bar exams.

08/12/14

Wikipedia link censorship shows Bonnie & Clyde might have had ‘right to be forgotten’

Wikipedia link censorship shows Bonnie & Clyde might have had ‘right to be forgotten’

The Wikimedia Foundation, caretakers of Wikipedia, has given us an enlightening look at the type of individuals who are benefiting from the misguided “right to be forgotten” campaign being imposed by European censors on Google and...

08/06/14

Video documents 'audacious' protest flight over massive NSA data center in Utah

Video documents 'audacious' protest flight over massive NSA data center in Utah

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has released a seven-minute video documenting the reasoning behind and preparation for that June 27 launch of a protest airship over the National Security Agency’s sprawling data center in Bluffdale,...

08/05/14

‘Right to be forgotten’ goes predictably wrong

‘Right to be forgotten’ goes predictably wrong

Google says lots of Europeans are not telling the truth, the whole and or anything resembling the truth when they ask to have search results about themselves “forgotten.” Who could have predicted such an outcome?

08/01/14

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