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How Google turned employees into philanthropists in 2012

December 31st, 2012
A new effort that used technology to boost giving resulted in big donations to hunger-related charities this holiday season. [Read more]



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Facebook Opens Messaging Dollar Store

December 21st, 2012
Facebook announced Thursday that it is testing a system that will let users send prioritized messages to people who aren't among their contacts by paying $1. The initial test, part of an effort to monetize its user base, involves a small group of people. Currently, any messages Facebook members send to non-contacts go into a folder labeled "Other."The paid messages in this pilot program will go instead to a user's primary inbox. During this experimental phase, the message routing feature will only be available to individuals within the U.S.



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YouTube’s Capture App Opens Direct Route for Video Uploads

December 18th, 2012
YouTube on Monday launched Capture, an app for iPhone and iPod touch that lets people share their videos instantaneously. The new app is Google's first foray into instant video sharing from mobile devices and an effort to bring more homemade video content into its ecosystem by streamlining the sharing process. Capture allows for instantaneous creation and sharing, making it possible to record an event, edit the video, put in background music, and post it to YouTube in a matter of seconds.



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Cornell Soothes Stressed Out Students by Installing Grassy Lawn in the Olin Library

December 17th, 2012
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In an effort to spruce up mental health during the crucial—and stressful—week of finals, Cornell professors decided to give students a little nature therapy. Rolled out amidst two rows of comfy easy chairs and side tables, students are invited to kick of their shoes and wiggle their toes in the grass. Extra potted snake plants flank the bottom of each chair, with signs that caution not of a wet floor, but to watch for snakes!

Students can also sit or lay down in the middle of the indoor lawn, harkening the relaxed days of summer- rather than the cold winter of Ithaca. Thanks to the research of the Human Ecology department, the school decided to show students their findings, rather than report on them. Thus, the miniature library lawn was installed, to show studying students just how beneficial nature can be to their stress levels and moods.

Last year, the university installed a small lawn in their Mann Library for students who studied there. The Olin Library students will enjoy the indoor grass until winter break.

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Yahoo adds 1 director as 2 board members exit

December 14th, 2012
Yahoo adds 1 director as 2 board members exit Associated Press Copyright 2012 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Updated 12:26 pm, Thursday, December 13, 2012 The overhaul is part of an effort to bring in new ideas as Yahoo Inc. tries to revive revenue growth and snap itself out of a malaise that has left its stock ...


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Facebook Overhauls Privacy Controls

December 13th, 2012
Facebook is trying to make its privacy controls easier to find and understand in an effort to turn the world's largest social network in to a more discreet place.

The fine-tuning announced Wednesday will include several revisions that will start rolling out to Facebook's more than 1 billion users during the next few weeks and continue into early next year.

The most visible, and perhaps most appreciated, change will be a new "privacy shortcuts" section that appears as a tiny lock on the right-hand side at the top of people's news feeds. This feature offers a drop-down box where users can get answers to common questions such as "Who can see my stuff?" and "How do I stop someone from bothering me?"

Other updates will include a tool that enables individuals to review all the publicly available pictures identifying them on Facebook and suggestions on how to request that an embarrassing or unflattering photograph be removed. Facebook also plans to plant a privacy education page at the top of its users' news feeds within the next month or so to help them better manage their online identities.

This marks the most extensive overhaul of Facebook's privacy controls in about 15 months.

The new controls are an implicit acknowledgment by Facebook that the nearly 9-year-old service hasn't always done the best job providing its users with easily accessible ways to corral the information and photos being posted on the Web site.

Facebook's critics suspect the social network deliberately obfuscated its privacy controls as part of a scheme to expose as much personal information as possible to help the company attract more advertisers.

But that has never been the case, according to Samuel Lessin, Facebook's director of product management. "Our number one priority is to not surprise users with our controls," he said.

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Apple and Google making joint bid for Kodak patents, report says

December 8th, 2012
An Apple-Google joint effort to procure Kodak's patents could auger a somewhat less litigious atmosphere in the future. [Read more]



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McAfee hospitalized in Guatemala after asylum denied

December 6th, 2012

Software company founder John McAfee is hospitalized after being denied political asylum in Guatemala and his lawyers say they were making a last-ditch effort to keep him from being flown back to Belize for questioning about the killing of a fellow American expatriate.



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Google+ adds Communities, hits 135 million active users

December 6th, 2012
The latest feature in Google+ marks an effort to make the social network more popular as a destination. [Read more]



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LG said to be switching to its own smartphone chip designs

December 4th, 2012
The South Korean electronics giant will unveil its first in-house effort next month at CES, the Korea Times reports. [Read more]



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