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Entries by Bianca Bosker from 01/2012

Google's 2012 Election Hub Uses Fresh Stats To Track Candidates' Success

Posted 01.03.2012 | Technology

Gallup, meet Google. The web giant has launched a hub for the 2012 election that tracks the popularity of presidential candidates using search tren...

Scott Thompson Named New Yahoo CEO

Posted 01.04.2012 | Technology

SAN FRANCISCO — Yahoo's previous turnaround attempts have flopped under three different leaders with dramatically different backgrounds – ...

Twitter's Blank Slate Problem

Posted 01.07.2012 | Technology

I recently helped a friend sign up for Twitter, coaching him on the site's features and how to populate his feed. He is a voracious reader, never leav...

Microsoft At CES 2012: New Phones, Same Struggle For Customers

Posted 01.09.2012 | Technology

LAS VEGAS -- The first time a Microsoft chief executive delivered the keynote at Consumer Electronics Show, the annual industry expo that has become t...

CES 2012: Eric Schmidt Envisions A Home Where Every Gadget Knows You

Posted 01.10.2012 | Technology

LAS VEGAS -- Google wants to do a little remodeling over at your place. Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt said the company's Android software...

Pandora Founder Tim Westergren Wary Of Facebook's Approach To Sharing

Posted 01.11.2012 | Technology

LAS VEGAS -- Internet radio site Pandora was one of the first companies to embrace Facebook's instant personalization push, a controversial feature th...

Carmakers Count On Tech To Transform Autos Into Companions

Posted 01.12.2012 | Technology

LAS VEGAS -- The most striking innovation on display this week at the Consumer Electronics Show, the world's largest consumer tech tradeshow, came not...

From MP3 To Empathy: Your Next Phone Could Love You

Posted 01.15.2012 | Technology

A friend's father recently traded in his prehistoric Motorola flip phone for Apple's iPhone 4S. In no time, his family was forced to open its arms to ...

Students Panic Ahead Of Wikipedia Blackout: 'How Am I Going To Do Homework?'

Posted 01.17.2012 | Technology

"omfg NO wikipedia is closing tomorrow HOW AM I GOING TO DO HOMEWORK" That question, posed by @LucieLovesYah on Twitter, is weighing heavily on stu...

SOPA Showdown: What's Next In The Battle Between Hollywood And Silicon Valley

Posted 01.18.2012 | Technology

As controversial anti-piracy legislation lost key supporters amid online protests Wednesday, some experts said the best course of action for major med...

Google CEO Larry Page: Identity Is A 'Deep, Deep Part Of What We're Doing'

Posted 01.20.2012 | Technology

Watch out: Google is getting personal. CEO Larry Page emphasized that Google is determined to deliver online experiences tailored to each individua...

Facebook's New Apps: When A Life Stream Becomes A Life Flood

Posted 01.21.2012 | Technology

This week, Facebook held a quiet coming-out party for a new class of "frictionless" apps that will automatically share on Facebook any action you take...

RIM CEOs Out: Jim Balsillie, Mike Lazardis Replaced By Thorsten Heins

Posted 01.23.2012 | Technology

After a bruising year and growing calls for their resignation, Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis, the co-chief executives and co-chairmen of BlackBerry...

RIM's New CEO Thorsten Heins Says No 'Drastic Change Needed' To Revive Company

Posted 01.23.2012 | Technology

Sure, Research in Motion's stock price has plummeted, its market share is dwindling, and its offerings are an afterthought. But that doesn't mean anyt...

Code For America Opens 'Civic Accelerator' In S.F.

Posted 01.24.2012 | Technology

The nonprofit Code for America plans to open a first-of-its-kind "civic accelerator" in San Francisco, a program designed to house, mentor and fund st...

Google Privacy Policies Get Major Revamp

Posted 01.24.2012 | Technology

Google announced changes to its privacy policies that will allow the web giant to merge user data collected across multiple services, an update that p...

WotWentWrong Will Explain Why Your Date Was Such A Delinquent

Posted 01.25.2012 | Technology

There's no shortage of sites to help you find a date. But what about what comes next? The recently-launched WotWentWrong, more break-up app than da...

Twitter To Censor Tweets In Some Countries

Posted 01.26.2012 | Technology

Twitter, according to its official description, promises to offer up the "latest information about what you find interesting." There's now a caveat...

Facebook Targets Online Spam With Help From Washington State

Posted 01.26.2012 | Technology

SEATTLE (AP) -- Facebook is partnering with Washington state to combat a type of spam called "clickjacking" that is plaguing the social networking sit...

Twitter Boycott Planned To Protest Twitter's Censorship Plan

Posted 01.27.2012 | Technology

Twitterers have a message: Tomorrow, turn off the tweets. Users of the social media site are planning a Twitter boycott to protest the company's ne...

Wanted By The FBI: A Global Social Media Monitoring System

Posted 01.27.2012 | Technology

The FBI has something new on its most wanted list: A way to monitor, map and analyze social media intelligence around the world in real time. ...

Facebook IPO Could Value It Among Top Companies

Posted 01.27.2012 | Technology

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RIM CEO Thorsten Heins' 'Significant' Plans For BlackBerry

Posted 01.27.2012 | Technology

By Sinead Carew and Nicola Leske NEW YORK (Reuters) - Research in Motion's Thorsten Heins plans to waste no time in his new job. The Bl...

Google Says 'Search Plus Your World' Going Well, Critics Should Give It Time

Posted 01.29.2012 | Technology

Two weeks ago, Google launched Search Plus Your World. Since then, Google has faced strong criticisms that SPYW is making its search relevancy worse...

Twitter's New Censorship Policy Welcomed By Thailand

Posted 01.30.2012 | Technology

BANGKOK — Thailand is welcoming Twitter's new policy to censor tweets in specific nations where the content might break laws. Technology minist...