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Tuesday Afternoon (5 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 3-February-2009  13:26:41 (GMT +10) - by Agg

This entire newspost is from glasnt. Thanks, glasnt!

In a somewhat surprising turn of events, it seems that eBaumsWorld, a website often accused of stealing content from creators for their own profit, has been bought out - and Mr Eric Bauman and Co have been uncermoniously fired. I guess the reason I am so upset with this is not because we were fired, but how we were fired. We've ran this company for 11 years and we were treated with zero respect. Worst of all, they provided us with NO real reason why we were all terminated.

Google have explained that human error over the weekend caused every page on Google become flagged as potentially dangerous. Google was quick to correct the problem, which is not related to any activist group saying that the internet in general is dangerous. If you did a Google search between 6:30 a.m. PST and 7:25 a.m. PST this morning, you likely saw that the message "This site may harm your computer" accompanied each and every search result. This was clearly an error, and we are very sorry for the inconvenience caused to our users.

Also in Google news, Gmail has been extended to be available offline to users, using the Google Gears extension. Joyce Sohn, a spokeswoman for Mountain View, Calif.-based Google, noted in a company blog post that the updated service would allow users to read, write and archive e-mail messages while flying in an airplane. Using this technology, Google can really call this service an email client. Previously, users had to be online to be able to do anything to their mail. Now, just like in Outlook and Thunderbird, users can queue messages to send emails at a later date. However, I'm yet to work out when I'm not online, let alone on an airplane without wireless.

The sacred union of Adobe Flash and Apple's iPhone, even with the continuous begging and prodding from the tech savvy from around the world, with promises of flowers and choclates upon their engagement, seems never to be. "It's a hard technical challenge, and that's part of the reason Apple and Adobe are collaborating," Narayen told Bloomberg Television at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Collaborating they may be, but Steve Jobs, Apple's "father" and mentor, never thought that Flash was good enough for his little baby.

Today's timewaster comes from Professor Erno Rubik, creator of the Rubik's Cube. His new logical puzzle is the Rubic 360, a three-dimensional puzzle that will be officially released in Germany on Feburary 5th. But I'm sure someone can find a prerelease version of the new craze somewhere. How do you transfer toys over the internet again?

BTW, if you liked this news post from glasnt, you can hear more from her in the recent unofficial episode 28 of the OCAU Podcast.



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