Too busy to keep up with the tech news? Here are some of the more interesting stories from CNET for Friday, July 15.
The social network wars continue. Google is taking on Facebook and its using its philosophy of openness to convince users to stay. Facebook hasn't been making it easy for users to export their data. With the Google platform, users can take their data elsewhere with just a couple of clicks.
The U.S. International Trade commission ruled that HTV violated two of Apple's patents. In other related Apple news, Apple's A6 chip is in pilot production at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company--not with the usual manufacturing partner Samsung.
Privacy groups might get some relief from the controversial full-body scanning machines. The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today that the Transportation Security Agency must stop installing the body-scanners without following proper procedures. However, the court rejected claims that the scanners violate the Fourth Amendment's prohibition on "unreasonable" searches.
In case you missed this yesterday, a new study says Google is rewiring our brains. We used to rely on our friends and family for our memory, but now we depend on a search engine to organize and recall information. The study found that we forget the things we think we can find online, but remember the things we think we can't. That said, we are more likely to remember where we found the information on the Internet, rather than remembering the information itself.