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Entries by Jose Antonio Vargas from 12/2009

"The Other City" -- The Story of AIDS in Washington and AIDS in America

| Posted 12.01.2009 | Politics

As we mark World AIDS Day, here are facts about Washington, D.C., home to the first African Americans in the White House: At least 3 percent of the city's population is HIV-positive. A little more than 7 percent of all residents age 40 to 49 carry the virus. For the record, President Barack Obama is 48 and First Lady Michelle Obama is 45.

Bearing Witness 2.0 -- On Twitter Feed, A Man Tells His Story of Living With HIV (w/ TRANSCRIPT)

| Posted 12.02.2009 | Technology

On Twitter, we are each other's witnesses, one tweet at a time. Chris MacDonald-Dennis gave new meaning to that Tuesday night when within two hours -- firing off about 100 tweets in succession, totaling some 2,100 words and chronicling the narrative and arc of his 40-year-old life, from his childhood as a biracial kid in working class Boston to dealing with being gay adult man in America -- he came out as HIV-positive on his Twitter stream.

The Future of Mobile is Local -- Look at Yelp

| Posted 12.07.2009 | Technology

The future of mobile? Local, local, local -- and that's exactly what the Yelp-Android marriage unequivocally signals.

"Avatar": Future of Tech in Movies?

Posted 12.13.2009 | Technology

Many in the movie industry -- [James] Cameron, [the director of "Avatar"] among them -- assume processes he uses in the film, especially the technique...

TRANSCRIPT: Q&A with Al Gore

| Posted 12.14.2009 | Technology

This is an excerpt of a wide-ranging, three-hour interview with Al Gore, touching on the impact of technology and the Internet in politics; the state of the mainstream media and the left and right blogosphere; the role of the Web in his crusade on climate change, among others topics.

The Goracle -- Al Gore, the Internet and the Future of American Politics

| Posted 12.14.2009 | Technology

Is there another American political figure who's been so right, so prescient, about so many things -- and, in turn, so loathed by a consistent vocal opposition? No, there's only one Al Gore.

With The Rise of Social Media, No Privacy for Tiger Woods

| Posted 12.16.2009 | Technology

What do Google CEO Eric Schmidt, the Supreme Court of the United States and golfing giant Tiger Woods have in common? Privacy. More specifically, how we define privacy in our texting, tweeting, Facebooking, YouTubing, Googling era.

With "Avatar," Technology Has Never Looked So Human in Film (VIDEO)

| Posted 12.21.2009 | Technology

Technology has never looked so human in film. James Cameron has created a wholly believable, realistic world, at once marking a new cinematic era and expanding the possibilities of film in our technology-dependent, digital entertainment-driven 21st century. From here on out, movies will be divided into two epochs: B.A. and A.A. Before "Avatar," After "Avatar."

Twitter: "An Information Network," Says Co-Founder

Posted 12.23.2009 | Technology

Biz Stone told BoomTown that he wants everyone to start calling Twitter -- which has close to 60 million unique monthly visitors globally -- "an infor...

Top 10 iPhone Apps for Dog Lovers

Posted 12.27.2009 | Technology

Man's best friend is well catered for on the App Store with a pack of apps angled at the dog owner, ranging from functional to fun. ...

The Rise of Gov 2.0 -- All ABout Data, Mobile and GPS

Posted 12.28.2009 | Technology

Welcome to a movement the tech crowd is calling "Gov 2.0" -- where mobile technology and GPS apps are helping give citizens like Craig Newmark, founde...

Happy Holidays, Amazon: Kindle Is Most Gifted Item Ever

Posted 12.28.2009 | Technology

Amazon's Kindle e-book reader hit a watershed moment on Christmas Day, when, for the first time ever, customers purchased more Kindle books than physi...

What Do You Define As Obsolete?

| Posted 12.28.2009 | Technology

Technology only spins forward, continually rendering what were once digital necessities to the growing tech junk pile. But what's defined as technologically obsolete depends on whom you ask. What do you define as obsolete?

Top Moments in Tech/Politics of the Decade (PHOTOS)

| Posted 12.29.2009 | Technology

Irrevocably, politics changed in the past 10 years because of technology in general and the Internet in particular. So here, in no particular order, are the decade's top moments in tech and politics.

Better Airport Scanners Delayed By Privacy Fears

Posted 12.29.2009 | Technology
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WASHINGTON — High-tech security scanners that might have prevented the Christmas Day attempt to blow up a jetliner have been installed in only a...

A Facebook Milestone: For First Time, Most Visited Site In U.S.

Posted 12.29.2009 | Technology

According to analytics firm Hitwise, Facebook was the "most visited site in the United States on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day." This is a huge mile...

Growing Patent War: Nokia v. Apple

Posted 12.29.2009 | Technology

Nokia's patent war with Apple is getting ugly. The Finnish mobile giant just filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission, alleging ...

A Year in Google -- And What 2009 Says About Its Future

Posted 12.29.2009 | Technology

When historians look back on 2009, they'll be forced to acknowledge Google's role in shaping the future of how we search, how we browse, how we commun...

Virtual Economy In U.S. Set To Make Billions

Posted 12.30.2009 | Technology

Virtual goods such as weapons or digital bottles of champagne traded in the US could be worth up to $5 billion in the next five years, experts predict...

REPORT: Hackers Crack Secret Mobile Phone Code

Posted 12.30.2009 | Technology

Computer hackers this week said they had cracked and published the secret code that protects 80 per cent of the world's mobile phones. The move will l...

Full Body Scanners: At What Cost To Privacy?

Posted 12.30.2009 | Technology

At what cost to privacy? That's the big question in everyone's mind following the attempted airline bombing on Christmas Day. Technology has given way to expensive, highly detailed and some argue unnecessarily intrusive full body scanners.

2010: Twenty-Ten, Not Two-Thousand-And-Ten

Posted 12.31.2009 | Technology

When you first exclaim "2010" out loud, as you ring in the New Year later tonight, say "twenty-ten" not "two-thousand-and-ten." Why? Because the for...

REPORT: Digg To Aggregate What's Hot On Social Media

Posted 12.31.2009 | Technology

Digg founder Kevin Rose dropped a morsel of information about a major overhaul to the social news website that's been a long time coming...Instead of ...

R-U-Buzzed?: iPhone App Tells When You're Too Drunk To Drive

Posted 12.31.2009 | Technology

DENVER -- Heather Poli wasn't quite sure how to react when her friend's cellphone informed her she was drunk. The 27-year-old ad-agency worker had bee...

WATCH: Top Technology Movies Of The Decade

Posted 12.31.2009 | Technology

James's Cameron's "Avatar," which has humanized the use technology like no film before it, "inaugurates the next generation and raises the bar," Roger...