Salesforce.com continues to build out its Chatter social networking and collaboration software, with upcoming “social intelligence” capabilities that will allow users to find information through new Topics and Expertise categories. Chatter is built into Salesforce.
The largest bitcoin exchange said Thursday it is fighting an intense distributed denial-of-service attack it believes is intended at manipulating the price of virtual currency, which has seen volatile price swings in the past few days. Mt. Gox, which is based in Tokyo, said the attacks have caused its worst trading lags ever and caused error pages to be displayed to traders, according to a post on Facebook.
During fall of last year, Disney made a huge splash in the entertainment world and acquired LucasFilm. After the new ownership subsequently announced that it would complete the last Star Wars trilogy, people wondered what would happen to the merry band of game developers known as LucasArts. Disney isn’t averse to weird crossovers, as it showed with the Kingdom Hearts franchise, and they do also own Marvel.
Facebook is holding an event at its Menlo Park headquarters Thursday to show the world its “new home on Android.” No one is certain what exactly Facebook’s “new home” will be, but we’ve got a few a few solid hints. Although Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has always indicated — as recently as a few months ago — that a phone has “always been the wrong strategy” for Facebook, it looks like a phone may be just what we’ll see the company announce on Thursday.
The new BlackBerry Z10 smartphone can share with friends and family what you’re watching on the web, but it could potentially unmask embarrassing videos you want no one to know about, including porn. A report that circulated the web earlier this week noted the Z10′s deeper integration with BlackBerry Messenger allows those in your contacts to see which songs and videos you’re playing. According to a screenshot posted to the Crackberry forum, contacts can see updates such as “listening to pornhub.
Though the print and radio industries have both suffered from the rising popularity of online advertising, one industry remains immune: television. U.S.
The plug-in hybrid trend must be getting serious when Porsche jumps into the ring. The German car manufacturer announced on Wednesday the Panamera S E-Hybrid, its first plug-in hybrid. True to the Porsche tradition, this four-door sedan is no slouch in the performance department, with its parallel hybrid gas/electric combo power plant creating a respectable 416 hp.
IDG News Service – Dell will release Windows tablets later this year that could potentially include devices with screen sizes larger than 10 inches. The products will be a refresh of Dell’s current tablet offerings, said Steve Lalla, vice president and general manager of mobile products and solutions at Dell, in an interview. Dell is exploring designs with different screen sizes to its current 10-inch models, he said, though it was unclear if those new sizes will be among the products released later this year.
Computerworld – Within days, NASA’s robotic rovers and orbiters working on Mars will go silent. Starting today, communication with all machines working on Mars will become spotty — and within about a week should stop all together, according to Richard Zurek, chief scientist in the Mars Program Office at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. NASA is dealing with a solar conjunction, which is when the Sun is almost directly in the path between Earth and Mars, knocking out communications between the two planets.
IDG News Service – U.S. lawmakers need to make significant changes to a controversial cyberthreat information sharing bill because the legislation could be used to give federal intelligence agencies backdoor wiretapping powers, the Center for Democracy and Technology said.