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Al Jazeera Uses Drupal and the Cloud to Handle Traffic Spikes

As Egyptians took to the streets and overthrew former President Hosni Mubarak, millions of people throughout the world turned to Al Jazeera for coverage. The global interest in events in the Middle East drove record levels of visitors to the news agency’s Web servers. Traffic to Al Jazeera’s site increased by 1,000% and that to […]

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Internet Archive Partners With 150 Libraries to Launch an E-Book Lending Program

The Internet Archive, in conjunction with 150 libraries, has rolled out a new 80,000 e-book lending collection today on OpenLibrary.org. This means that library patrons with an OpenLibrary account can check out any of these e-books. The hope is that this effort will help libraries make the move to digital book lending. “As readers go digital, so are our […]

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The Daily vs. Flipboard: One of These is The Future of Newspapers…

Last week Rupert Murdoch’s iPad-only newspaper The Daily was launched. The Daily is a newspaper app available to U.S. users on the iPad for 99c per week (the first 2 weeks are free; non-U.S. people can download it for trial via this method). The Daily has been touted as the “future of the newspaper” by News Corp. Audrey […]

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At a Cafe? I Can Hack Your Facebook, Twitter, Etc…With a Firefox Extension

Whenever you connect to an unsecured WiFi network, you’re taking a chance, but now it’s easier than ever for someone to gain access to all of your social network login information. A new Firefox extension calledFiresheep makes it simple for anyone to see that you’re connected to the network, grab your login information for any […]

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Bicycling Directions, Trails Come to Google Maps

There’s nothing worse for a bicyclist than finding yourself a mile in to a two-mile stretch of shoulder-less, busy, highway-speed traffic with no alternative route. Before today, this was a common occurrence if you went to trusty Google Maps to get bicycling directions, but starting today, that has all changed. Google has added bicycling directions, lanes and […]

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Text books in electronic format: CaféScribe

Students buy an eBook either on CafeScribe’s online store or in its offline store. They then read it via a PC and Mac software program called MyScribe. CafeScribe Features Notes in MyScribe are done as overlays, so that they stay in context. Notes can also be shared, including in groups, which according to Isabella Hinds […]

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Google Launches App Inventor: DIY App Creation Tool for Android

Google launched “App Inventor,” a do-it-yourself mobile app creation tool that lets anyone build their own Android applications without needing to know how to program or even write a line of code. Instead, using an online interface, would-be developers visually design the app’s interface and interactions, using drag-and-drop blocks that specify what the app should […]

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YouTube Gets a Cloud-Based Video Editor

If you have found yourself like I recently have – stuck with video on an iPhone and a netbook, but no real way to edit it – then fret no more, because YouTube has added an editor. While the YouTube Video Editor is certainly nothing to compete with the likes of Final Cut Pro or Premiere, it has […]

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Memeo Launches “GDrive” with Google’s Blessing

Memeo, the company behind a host of backup, sharing and synchronization tools and mobile applications, has just launched Memeo Connect 2.0, an updated version of its earlier desktop-to-cloud synchronization service for Google Docs. Like its progenitor, Memeo Connect still offers drag-and-drop uploads, but in the latest release, the application’s operating system integration has been dramatically improved. Most […]

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Microsoft Rolls Out Office Web Apps

Microsoft rolled out Microsoft Office Web Apps on Skydrive to users in the U.S., U.K., Canada and Ireland yesterday. Users can login with their free Live accounts and create and edit Word 2010, PowerPoint 2010, OneNote 2010 and Excel 2010 documents in their browsers, and store them in the cloud. Users don’t need an Office 2010 […]

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DeHood: A Location-Based Social Network for Your Neighborhood

The current crop of location-based social networks mostly focus on getting users to check in and share tips about local venues like restaurants, stores and coffee shops. DeHood, which officiallylaunched earlier today, wants to bring a bit more value to its users by going beyond check-ins. The new location-based social network wants to bring a local […]

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How To Use Google Wave for Live Blogging

This an article you can find at ReadWriteWeb. They had been Live Blogging during Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook privacy press conference. They decided to put this theory into practice and live blogged the event with Wave. The reaction to the experiment was overwhelmingly positive, so they decided to share how they did it : How It’s Done […]

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UrbanSpoon Challenges OpenTable With iPad-Based Restaurant Reservations Service

Restaurant review site UrbanSpoon is slowly moving into OpenTable’s territory. About half a year ago, the company launched a very limited test of a basic reservations tracking system for restaurants in the Seattle area. At that time, however, restaurant owners could only use UrbanSpoon to tell their customers whether they had last-minute openings. Now, however, UrbanSpoon is […]

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All Google Services To Be Available on Google Apps Later This Year

This post is part of our ReadWriteCloud channel, which is dedicated to covering virtualization and cloud computing. The channel is sponsored by Intel and VMware. As you’re planning your Cloud Architecture, check out this helpful resource from our sponsors: Using a Data Center Relocation To Create A Virtual Infrastructure. At Google Atmosphere last month, Google Apps President […]

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Peace Corps Devs Win Web Award for Remix Site

Who knew the Peace Corps were Web developers? Certain African farmers did anyway. Now, with its AfricaRuralConnect project the recipient of an Interactive Media Council Outstanding Achievement Award, a lot more people know it too. ARC is a product of the National Peace Corps Association and provides a platform for Africans in the business of agriculture, and those […]

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