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Entries by Bianca Bosker from 12/2010

FCC Prepares For Net Neutrality Vote

Posted 12.01.2010 | Technology

WASHINGTON — A proposal to prohibit broadband providers from blocking or discriminating against Internet traffic flowing over their networks has...

Bidding War For Twitter Raises Valuation To Nearly $4 Billion

Posted 12.01.2010 | Technology

The bidding has gotten more intense from what we're hearing. Russian firm DST, among others, submitted offers to invest valuing the company above $3 b...

Google Editions eBook Venture Set To Launch This Year

Posted 12.01.2010 | Technology

Google's long-delayed venture into digital book sales has cleared the final few hurdles and execs say Google Editions will be up and running before th...

Amazon Charging Users For Free eBooks

Posted 12.01.2010 | Technology

eBooks may be cheaper than their hardback counterparts, but that doesn't mean you should assume you're getting a good deal. As the Washington Post rep...

Verizon 4G Network To Launch Sunday

Posted 12.01.2010 | Technology

NEW YORK — Verizon Wireless says its new "4G" wireless broadband network will start accepting customers on Sunday in 38 cities. Initially, only...

StumbleUpon CEO Garrett Camp On The Downside To Getting Our News On Facebook

Posted 12.01.2010 | Technology

We've got search engines, decision engines, and internal-combustion engine. But when was the last time you tried a discovery engine? If you're intrig...

Google To Punish No-Good Sites With Revised Search Rankings

Posted 12.01.2010 | Technology

Google's method of ranking of search results took a hit last week in a chilling New York Times piece . The article exposed a merchant who gamed Google...

Mark Zuckerberg '60 Minutes' Interview To Air Sunday

Posted 12.02.2010 | Technology

NEW YORK — CBS says Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg will appear in his first television interview since the feature film about him and the crea...

Gowalla 3 Integrates Check-Ins From Foursquare, Facebook

Posted 12.02.2010 | Technology

If you can't beat 'em, include 'em. That seems to be the thinking behind Gowalla 3, the latest update to the location-based social networking service...

YouPorn, Perez Hilton Exploit Bug To Obtain Your Browsing History

Posted 12.03.2010 | Technology

At the UC San Diego Deptartment of Computer Science and Engineering, a group of computer science researchers recently conducted a study that found pop...

Amazon Invests $175 Million In Living Social

Posted 12.03.2010 | Technology

SAN FRANCISCO — Amazon.com Inc. said Thursday that it invested $175 million in social coupon service LivingSocial – the latest sign that t...

Christians Hit Back At Apple For Blocking 'Anti-Gay' App

Posted 12.03.2010 | Technology

Christian leaders are crying foul over Apple's decision to pull an iPhone app opposing gay marriage from its app store for being "offensive to large n...

Cartoons From The 80s, 90s Take Over Facebook Profile Pictures

Posted 12.03.2010 | Technology

Judging from the slew of searches for terms like "cartoon characters from the 80s," "Ren and Stimpy," and "Rugrats," it looks like the Facebook profil...

X 37B Spacecraft Returns After 7-Month Trip

Posted 12.03.2010 | Technology

LOS ANGELES — The U.S. military's secretive X-37B unmanned spaceplane slipped out of orbit and landed itself in early morning darkness Friday at...

Google Vows Quicker, Tougher Copyright Enforcement

Posted 12.03.2010 | Technology

SAN FRANCISCO — Google Inc. is promising to do a better job of weeding out copyright violations on the Internet. As part of a crackdown announc...

Groupon Google Deal OFF: Groupon Rejects Offer, Sources Say

Posted 12.03.2010 | Technology

SAN FRANCISCO — Google Inc.'s attempt to buy local-coupon site Groupon Inc. appears to have failed for now, according to published reports. Gro...

China Officials Ordered Google Hack After Finding Unflattering Search Results, Cables Show

Posted 12.05.2010 | Technology

BEIJING — Contacts told American diplomats that hacking attacks against Google were ordered by China's top ruling body and a senior leader deman...

New Facebook Profiles Unveiled (PICTURES): See The Redesign

Posted 12.05.2010 | Technology

Facebook is getting a facelift. The social network is announcing a new look for users' Facebook profiles, a change that is especially significant g...

'Apple City,' Apple's New Campus, To Be Designed By Norman Foster

Posted 12.06.2010 | Technology

El Economicnista reports (English)that renowned British architect Norman Foster is hard at work designing Apple's new campus in Cupertino.  ...

Visited Porn? Web Browser Flaw Secretly Bares All

Posted 12.06.2010 | Technology

SAN FRANCISCO — Dozens of websites have been secretly harvesting lists of places that their users previously visited online, everything from new...

Tumblr DOWN For 13 Hours And Counting

Posted 12.06.2010 | Technology

UPDATE 5:58PM ET: Tumblr says that the site will be back up soon. "The recovering database cluster is online and healthy. We're incrementally openi...

Small Firms See First Jobs Gain In 2 Years: Survey

Posted 12.06.2010 | Business

(REUTERS) - Small U.S. businesses saw their payrolls grow in November for the first time in more than 2-1/2 years, although the gain was small, acco...

How Mark Zuckerberg Fooled '60 Minutes'

Posted 12.06.2010 | Technology

Leave it to 60 Minutes to pass off Facebook's utterly meaningless redesign of the site's profile pages as some kind of "exclusive" worth leading a seg...

Pfizer CEO Jeffrey Kindler Unexpectedly Replaced

Posted 12.06.2010 | Business

Pfizer Inc. abruptly replaced its CEO and chairman Sunday, saying Jeffrey B. Kindler was retiring after 4 1/2 years leading the world's biggest drugma...

Bernanke Says Fed May Take More Action To Curb Joblessness

Posted 12.06.2010 | Business

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke said the economy is barely expanding at a sustainable pace and that it's possible the Fed may expand bond pur...