Google's semi-controversial Street View technology is once again making headlines, this time because of a heavy-handed fine imposed by France's data privacy regulator. According to an AFP report, France fined Google 100,000 euros today, or about $142,000 in U.S. currency, for collecting private information. It's the biggest fine ever handed out by the National Commission for Information Freedom (CNIL) since the organization obtained the power to do so in 2004.
Every tech should have a wireless dongle in his/her emergency kit, and if you don't have one already, D-Link hopes you'll consider one of its new fun-sized models. D-Link's Wireless N 150 Pico Adapter (DWA-121) and Wireless N USB Adapter (DWA-131) both sport a compact design that makes for easy storage and can be plugged into a laptop or desktop without sticking out like a, well, typical dongle.
Google Chrome's streamlined user interface isn't the only trend sweeping through the browser scene. According to a draft document published by Mozilla programmer Rob Sayre, Mozilla is planning an accelerated release schedule for Firefox, which will include different versions with varying levels of stability.
Internet cafes are prevalent throughout China, and that poses a problem for a country that wants complete control over accessing the Web. China keeps a tight leash on Internet cafes, and in the past six years, government authorities have swooped in and shut down more than 130,000 of them.
The Opera Software team on Thursday made available its next generation browser in beta form. Opera 11.10, or "Barracuda," as it's codenamed, jumps on the minimalistic UI bandwagon by introducing a streamlined interface. The Opera team is also talking up an enhanced Speed Dial that provides clearer previews and can dynamically show live content for websites.
Sometimes you have to take the bull by the horns and hope like hell you don't get gored. That's the lesson Netflix is learning as it tries to compete with cable channels like HBO and Showtime, both of which attract viewers with original series like "The Sopranos" and "Californication." It appears likely Netflix will also try its hand at producing an original television series of its own, and spend a lot of money doing so.
Barring any last minute bug discoveries or anything else that would cause a delay, the final version of Mozilla's Firefox 4 browser should be ready to download on Tuesday, March 22nd. That's according to Mozilla's Damon Sicore, who posted a note on Firefox's official forum saying there's really no point in moving forward with another Release Candidate.
It took Twitter 3 years, 2 months, and 1 day to log its one billionth tweet. Now, Twitter users whip out 1 billion Tweets each week. We know this not because we counted them all, but because Twitter revealed these and other mind boggling stats in a blog post. To say that Twitter is growing at a record is an understatement.
We know, we know, the Internet police will have to pry Chrome/Firefox (Opera/Safari?) from your cold, dead hands. But for what it's worth, the final version of Internet Explorer 9 just dropped from Redmond and is ready for download. If you're already sitting pretty with the Release Candidate, you may be able to upgrade without having to reboot your system (we've had mixed results), you know, just like the other browsers allow. Otherwise, a reboot will be in order. Is it worth it?