Monday, the US will observe an Independence Day holiday so this will be a three-day weekend (four for some people). Here are some selected links to tide you over:
- Do Users Really Want Social News From Google?
GigaOM looks at the recent changes in Google News and notes, “The intent seems to be to create a kind of personalized Google newspaper, but is that what users really want?”
- IBM is moving to Firefox as its default browser
IBM blog says, “While other browsers have come and gone, Firefox is now the gold standard for what an open, secure, and standards-compliant browser should be.”
- MIT researchers promise an Internet that’s 100x faster and cheaper
InfoWorld reports, “The trick to such dramatic performance gains lies within routers that direct traffic on the Internet, according to Vincent Chan, an electrical engineering and computer science professor at MIT, who led the research team.”
- The Fifth Wave Of Computing
Forbes blogger Trevor Butterworth observes, “… misfortune seems a far more certain fate for those in the media who fail to respond to the fifth wave of computing–the massive ramping up of the mobile Internet and the evolution of mobile phones into “life devices” through 3G, cloud computing, GPS and second generation barcoding.”
- Intel to focus on how computers will be used in the future
Computerworld reports, “Chip maker creates new research lab to study how people want to experience technology.”
- Microsoft announces InstaLoad battery technology: never insert a battery the wrong way again
Microsoft patents device that lets you insert a battery in any orientation.