On today's podcast:Storm Worm botnet numbers via Microsoft.OLPC launches XO laptop in U.
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Via David Stephenson, I found this article about Toronto public health officials using Facebook to find a woman who had been possibly infected with rabies. The ironic part is that the City of Toronto bans the use of Facebook, so she had to get special permission to use it.
Unisys is under fire over data breaches at the Department of Homeland Security. Unisys maintains that it did nothing wrong.
At this point 3D hasn't been a mainstream part of the social Web, mostly confined to virtual reality environments like Second Life. SceneCaster, which will debut at DEMOfall 07 this week, takes the concept that Flickr and YouTube has done well--Web 2.
Dell has confirmed plans to broaden its retailing footprint--this time with China's largest consumer electronics retailer, Gome. In a statement Monday, Dell confirmed published reports (Techmeme, Reuters) that it would sell its PCs through Gome.
Notable headlines:Garett Rogers: Two new Gmail features in the queue. New version of Gmail being tested.
RSS and Atom have brought some order out of chaos. The information that you subscribe via those protocols magically arrives in your feed reader, but it's still overload when you track several hundred feeds.
The One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project is looking to buy one, give one promotion to boost adoption rates and bring its XO laptop to the U.S.
TechCrunch is reporting that November 5 Google, in another fit of competitive expansion (check out Google's funding of a trans-Pacific undersea multi-terabit cable), plans to lift the veil on its answer to Facebook. It was foretold in the 'Tech Talk' video presentation by Google’s Ben Darnell to new Google employees that escaped from the hive and outlined plans to add a social fabric a la Facebook to its applications in coming months.
Robin Harris' post on whether flash memory will ever replace disk? got me thinking about the false dichotomies we often see in IT.