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Thursday Afternoon (2 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 4-December-2008  17:23:49 (GMT +10) - by matthudson

Google is scaling back the number of experimental projects. Schmidt told the Journal that Google is "not going to give" an engineer 20 people to work with on certain experimental projects anymore. "When the cycle comes back," he said, "we will be able to fund his brilliant vision." The newspaper report came as Trip Chowdhry, an analyst for Global Equities Research, said he expects Google to post revenue of $US15.71 billion ($A24.36 billion) this year, $US15.23 billion next year and $US14.57 billion in 2010.

Apple's laptops are set to get liquid cooling. On November 27, the United States Patent and Trademark Office published patent application number 20080291629, originally filed by Apple on May 22 of last year and entitled "Liquid-cooled portable computer." The application's abstract describes a "computer system" that "includes a power source that is coupled to a heat pipe, where the power source includes an integrated circuit" and in which a "pump...coupled to the heat pipe is configured to circulate the liquid coolant through the heat pipe."

London is becoming the next piracy battle zone. The Motion Picture Association, U.K. Film Council, UK Intellectual Property Office, Federation Against Copyright Theft, London Councils, Trading Standards and the Police are teaming up to eliminate DVD piracy in London before the 2012 Olympics. Intellectual Property Minister David Lammy endorsed the launch of the ambitious ‘Fake Free London’ project, noting that the police will be required to enforce already-existing laws.

Does you web browser disappoint you? We asked three of our writers to take some lesser-known browsers out for a spin and see how they do. They chose six candidates: Camino (for the Mac), Maxthon (for the PC), OmniWeb (for the Mac), Opera (both the Mac and the PC versions) and Shiira (for the Mac). Which is the best? It all depends on what you need from a browser.

Britney Spears is more popular than Obama. Of the billions of searches carried out on the portal, Yahoo.com, over the last year, Mr Obama was third behind Spears and World Wrestling Entertainment. Mr Obama was, however, the most searched-for politician during 2008. The subjects of the most sought-after news stories were hurricanes, Caylee and Casey Anthony, and election 2008.

Cnet show us the way the Vietnamese unlock iPhones. Every obstacle presents an opportunity. I saw this firsthand in Hanoi. The obstacle in question: the iPhone 3G. Since its launch, it has proven a much tougher nut to crack than the original iPhone. Without a viable software-based unlock solution, the only way to make the phone work with any GSM carrier has been the use of a proxy SIM. Put this piece of very thin circuitboard in the iPhone 3G atop the carrier's SIM, and you can make calls and text on a new network.

uTorrent is switching to UDP. In a new alpha version of the popular BitTorrent client µTorrent, uTP has been made the default instead of TCP. uTP sends the actual downloads over the UDP protocol rather than TCP. The existing version 1.8.1 also supports uTP, but it's not enabled by default. This simple swapping of the transport protocol that sits between the IP layer and the application has gotten our friends over at The Register all worked up.

Businesses are turning to old computers to get cheap XP licenses. In recent times, there have been quite a few reports about some enterprises having professed their liking for Windows XP. The consumers and enterprises that have vowed to abstain from Windows Vista, or plan on running old software owned by them, are scampering for used XP-toting PCs.

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