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IT Daily News Oct 15, 2011

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Google Labs shuts down, the end of an era

By now, the news has spread across the internet about Google deciding to close down its Labs project in an effort to reorganize and refocus their energies. Looking back across the past nine years that Labs has been in operation, there has been some exciting things that have come out of the effort to experiment with different ideas. There have also been some misses as well, which is to be expected when riding on the edge of innovation like that. Observing the announcements about Labs and the reshuffling of leadership in Google, as well as hearing some whispers from inside of the company itself, it makes me wonder if this is the signalling of the end of an era at Google. With the ever-changing landscape of technology, the rise of the Android mobile division, and the current legal fights that Google is embroiled in, it could be understandable that there may be a shift going on. more...



Researchers add a dash of salt to hard drives for capacities up to 18TB

Running out of disk space for your movies and music? There's good news from Singapore. Researchers at the Institute of Materials Research and Engineering have found a way to increase the density of hard disk storage by six times over current drives, all thanks to salt. While he was a graduate student at MIT, IMRE's Dr. Joel Yang developed a new electron-beam lithography process which uses sodium chloride to enhance the developer solution. He and his research team at IMRE, in collaboration with researchers from the National University of Singapore and the Agency for Science, Technology, and Research's Data Storage Institute have refined the process, and have been able to fabricate magnetic storage media with a density of 3.3 terabits per square inch. more...



Apple to hold private memorial for Jobs Sunday: source

(Reuters) - Apple Inc co-founder and technology visionary Steve Jobs will be memorialized at a private service at Stanford University on Sunday, a source with knowledge of the event said. more...



Apple's Siri service not working for some

The crowning feature of the iPhone 4S appears to be experiencing hiccups during its first day on the job. Some users are reporting that the service is not connecting. more...



Analysis: BlackBerry outage could accelerate shift to iPhone

(Reuters) - John Stuart has been chained to his BlackBerry for years, first as a systems manager for Wall Street bank Morgan Stanley and then as chief information officer for Beverly Hills Wealth Management. more...



Swedish court confirms jail for Pirate Bay cofounder

Cofounder of the Pirate Bay Gottfrid Svartholm has had his court sentence confirmed after he failed to show up for a court hearing. Now all the court has to do is find him.… more...



US Companies Pushed to Disclose Cyberattacks

Public companies may need to look more closely at their exposure to cyberattacks after new guidelines were released this week by the U.S. Securities and Exchange... more...



Google Working To Launch Music Store Soon

Google is working to follow up its cloud music service with an MP3 store capable of competing with Amazon and Apple. The NY Times reports that "According to numerous music executives, Google is eager to open the store in the next several weeks," but it's unclear "whethe more...



New Firefox interface to speed up Firefox on Android

A native Android interface should make Firefox faster and use less memory--but Mozilla is sacrificing add-on compatibility for the performance boost. more...



India Tells U.S.: H-1B Process Too Slow

Authorities lodge U.S. Trade department complaint, say immigration process for tech workers is overly cumbersome. more...



Google Translate for Android Gets Multilingual Treatment

Google improves Translate for Android's Conversation Mode, making it available in 14 different languages. This means speakers of different languages to have their conversations translated over the phone. - Google Translate for Android, the mobile application of the popular machine translation softwa... more...



New Xoom's Pretty Much the Old Xoom With a Prettier Price

Motorola is trying for another bite at the Apple, so to speak. It has launched its Xoom Family Edition tablet -- a product clearly designed with aspirations to take on the iPad. Going on sale exclusively at Best Buy, Xoom Family is an Android 3.1-powered device with a 10.1-inch widescreen HD displa...[ more...



EU billions for broadband plan

The European Commission is set to propose investing almost €9.2bn (£8bn) in a rollout of super-fast broadband. more...

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