Eagle-eyed observers have found what some believe is an as-yet-unannounced social service from Microsoft.
The Web site, socl.com, was discovered by Fusible yesterday. According to the blog, the site discussed a "social search" service, called Tulalip, that would allow users to "find what you need and share what you know." Much of the site did not work, according to Fusible, but the blog was able to determine that Microsoft was behind it.
Following that report, Search Engine Land discovered a few more details about Tulalip, including the service's Facebook and Twitter sign-in buttons. Search … Read more
Google's second-quarter outlay on land, technology, and buildings suggests the search giant may be planning further data centers.
In total, Google spent $917 million on capital expenditures in the second quarter, the company reported in its quarterly earnings yesterday. The "majority" of the money went on "land and building purchases," the company said.
The news marks the first time Google has specifically broken out land purchases in an earnings release since the third quarter of 2005.
There are, perhaps, several million people who can't live without Lady Gaga's YouTube account. Which says as much about the world as it does about those people.
So when echoes reached me today that her Ladyship's account had been suspended, I was worried there might be a spate of stress-related illnesses occurring randomly across the globe.
Time Out Tokyo reported that the account had been suspended because some monster in the midst of the Gaga Empire had uploaded a 10-minute video from a Japanese TV show called "Smap x Smap," which sounds like a boundless dollop of scintillation.
Yes, it was Gaga performing in this video. But no, she allegedly wasn't in possession of the copyright of this video. So, without official comment from YouTube, or the TV station--FujiTV--no one could be entirely sure what had happened. The official notice on the site reportedly said: "This account has been suspended due to multiple or severe violations of YouTube's Copyright Policy."
However, poised claws were being pointed in the direction of a creatively named company called Media Interactive, which has allegedly been behind some other Japanese musical removals from YouTube.… Read more
Now, a new study out of Columbia University suggests another Internet-related side effect: All that Googling we're doing may be impacting our memory (which might not be a bad thing if it helps us forget all the scary things our online lives are supposedly doing to us).
The good news is our dependence on Internet searches isn't necessarily shrinking our cerebral cortexes or making us forget where we put our car keys. Instead, it's changing the way our brains organize and retain information, according to the study.
"Since the advent of search engines, we are reorganizing the way we remember things," Betsy Sparrow, a Columbia University assistant professor of psychology, said in a statement. "Our brains rely on the Internet for memory in much the same way they rely on the memory of a friend, family member, or co-worker."
In other words, the Internet has become a primary form of what psychologists call "transactive memory," or externally stored recollections that we know where to access when we need to. … Read more
Too busy to keep up with the tech news? Here are some of the more interesting stories from CNET for Thursday, July 14.
After much anticipation, Spotify has launched in the United States. And here at CNET, we are smitten with Spotify's service. The CNET staff gave the service five thumbs-up. Sean Parker of Napster fame--and a Spotify investor--says Spotify signals a golden age of music. Business Insider republished a post from his Facebook page, where he wrote: "For a decade I have waited for a music service that could rekindle my excitement about music...Spotify is the … Read more
Some Netflix customers are holding out hope that the Web's No. 1 rental service, will reverse a decision to raise prices, according to a CNET poll. Comments made last night by Netflix spokesman Steve Swasey, however, didn't sound encouraging.
"These are our prices," Swasey said when asked whether Netflix might change its mind or reduce the amount of the price increase.
An unknown number of Netflix subscribers have taken to the Web to bash the company for doing away with a hybrid price that covered the rental of streaming video and discs. Customers who used to … Read more
Google's latest social-networking experiment is officially 10 million users strong.
That number, which appeared earlier this week as a third-party estimate, was confirmed today by Google CEO Larry Page, who spent the first few minutes of the company's second-quarter earnings call talking up Google+ and its features.
"I'm super excited about the amazing response to Google+ which lets you share just like in real life," Page said in a statement ahead of the call. Page then kicked off the call by talking up the new property, saying that it's a good representation of the … Read more
Google reported earnings today after the market closed, besting analysts' expectations for revenue and for earnings per share.
The search giant earned $2.5 billion on revenue (after traffic acquisition costs were removed) of $6.92 billion. Deducting the cost of covering employee stock, Google's earnings came in a $8.74 a share.
According to First Call, analysts had expected $7.86 for earnings per share on revenue of $6.55 billion.
In the year-ago period, Google earned $1.8 billion on revenue after traffic acquisition costs of $5.09 billion were removed.
Google chief executive Larry Page noted … Read more
The FBI has launched an inquiry into allegations that employees of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. tried to illegally hack the phones of September 11 victims.
An FBI spokesman told CNET in a phone conversation today that the agency "is aware of the allegations and we are looking into it."
Until earlier this week, the U.S. had remained out of the scandal in Britain surrounding News Corp. over cell phone hacking. However, the Daily Mail in the U.K. reported on Monday that News Corp.-owned News of the World, a British tabloid, had contacted a private … Read more