I know this isn't the most important issue affecting the world right now. But I can't take it anymore. It's a really good time for TV right now, and Twitter is totally ruining it. "Lost" is back on, "Survivor: Heroes and Villains" is one episode in, the Olympics are not even one night old as I write this. And Twitter, bless its little heart, has spoiled each and every one of them for me at some point this week.
While it doesn't break any new ground, MTV's half-hour special, "Sexting In America: When Privates Go Public," is a good reminder for teens that taking and sending nude pictures is never a good idea.
The show will air at 9 p.m. PST and EST on Sunday--Valentine's Day.
The program, which is aimed at teens, explores the consequences--to one's emotions, reputation, and legal standing--in posing for, taking, distributing, or forwarding nude pictures by cell phone or computer.
The show features 19-year-old Ally, who was 16 when she sent a nude picture to an ex-boyfriend … Read more
As if seeking new worlds to conquer, Google announced forays into new territories this week.
In an attempt to convince the social media addicts of the world to spend more time on Google's sites than on competitors like Facebook or Twitter, the search giant unveiled Google Buzz--an ambitious attempt at organizing Web content by relevancy and applying it to social media. Google Buzz marries the Gmail Web interface with status updates and media-sharing technology, all while generating valuable data in the process.
An astounding amount of social-media content is produced every day, across Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube, and … Read more
As we approach Valentine's Day, a lot of people are thinking about how to find that special someone. To do that, online dating services are among the first places many turn.
Online dating can be safe and effective. There are many happy couples who met online using either a dating service, a social-networking site like Facebook, or even an interactive online game like World of Warcraft.
But, as with many things in life, it's important to be cautious.
Based on conversations with cyberdating expert Julie Spira and BitDefender security expert Alexandru Catalin Cosoi, there are two main things … Read more
I have come to terms with the truth: however hard I try, there are some things (and people) I will never understand.
Please let me present Marios Symeonidis. He decided to go on a trip to New Zealand. I can understand that. New Zealand is pretty. It doesn't have many inhabitants. And some of the locals like to perform blissfully threatening dances before rugby matches.
According to a Monday report by Reuters, Symeonidis decided to wander up Mount Ruapehu with a friend. I understand this too. There is some great skiing up on Ruapehu.
Our intrepid tourist then encountered … Read more
Both Motorola and Research In Motion are leading their respective markets, according to market researcher ComScore. But Apple is coming on strong.
ComScore's latest data from September through December shows that Motorola was the top cell phone vendor in the U.S. with 23.5 percent market share. It was followed by LG, Samsung, and Nokia, with 21.9 percent, 21.2 percent, and 9.2 percent market share, respectively.
Motorola led the pack, but its market share still declined 1.4 percent between September and December. Samsung had the strongest increase with 0.8 percent growth over the … Read more
SAN FRANCISCO--The "gospel according to Goldberg." Turns out it can't be found in a local synagogue, Jewish deli, or Rube Goldberg device, though a couple of us puzzling through treasure hunt clues Saturday night were stubbornly stuck on those ideas.
If you're thinking more along the lines of churches and singing nuns, we want you on our team next year.
The Goldberg gospel was just one hint in the Tech Search Party, a semi-geeky scavenger hunt set in San Francisco's Noe Valley and organized to benefit the neighborhood's Alvarado Elementary School, which needs a technology boost. One-third of the classrooms there don't have working computers; many that do work are held together with duct tape, according to Tim Smith, the event's creator.
About 250 people descended on the normally quiet little Noe with flashlights (or flashlight apps) to solve as many clues as possible in two hours and score prizes like Geeknet gift certificates, Electronic Arts games, a date with Kara Swisher of AllThingsD (PR teams only), and, of course, bragging rights.
Smartphones were essential to the endeavor, as Web searches were needed to decipher clues like "cost $45,499 in year of Beverly Cleary's birth" (answer: the San Francisco Library in Noe, which was built in 1916), or 1:3.226 (answer: the grade of the steepest street in San Francisco: 22nd between Church Street and Vicksburg).
My team, the "Noe-it-Alls" (a runner-up for best team name, I might brag), joined 50 other teams with names like "Several Sassy Sleuths," "Is Our Children Learning?" and "Indominable Immersion Mamas" (Alvarado offers language immersion programs).
On hand were family and friends of Alvarado students; random geeks who learned of the event via Twitter or were recruited from lines for the Google and Apple commuter buses that swing through Noe Valley to take employees to work; candidates for San Francisco supervisor; and even Tyler Hinman, winner of the 2009 American Crossword Puzzle Tournament. The "Scribble Monkeys" team included CNET's Rafe Needleman of Webware fame and former CNET.com Editor in Chief Steve Fox.
My team consisted of Tom and Rayna, parents of Alvarado students and owners of a Palm Treo and Motorola Q, respectively; Jonathan, who brought along his semi-functional Motorola Razr from 1913; and me, with my little ol' Samsung Alias 2. Needless to say, Rayna and Tom did the Web searching. … Read more
The apology from Toyota President Akio Toyoda is being interpreted by the U.S. media as a uniquely Japanese thing.
Let me say up front that I lived in Japan for 10 years. I made every effort to become proficient in Japanese, as it was crucially important for me, as a journalist, to be as fluent in the language as possible. That does not make me a Japanese expert, (as others who have spent much less time there claim to be, by the way) but language is the best window on a culture--and it does give me some extra … Read more
A paper warrant is nice for obtaining private Internet communications, but police want something a bit quicker.
Cybercrime investigators--frustrated by the speed of traditional methods of faxing, mailing, or e-mailing companies these documents--are pushing for the creation of a national Web interface linking police computers with those of Internet and e-mail providers so requests can be sent and received electronically.
CNET has reviewed a survey released at a federal task force meeting that says law enforcement agencies are virtually unanimous in calling for such an interface to be created. Eighty-nine percent of police surveyed, it says, want to be able … Read more
The mobile operating system Symbian has been completely open-sourced, comfortably within the two-year time frame set for the migration project in 2008.
On Thursday, the Symbian Foundation--the not-for-profit industry group set up by Nokia and other manufacturers to open up and give away the OS--said all Symbian source code, comprising 108 packages, was now available for free under the Eclipse license and other open-source licenses.
According to the foundation, the transition of the Symbian code from proprietary to open source marks the largest such migration in software history.