Netflix Allows Americans to Share Viewing Choices with Facebook Friends

Netflix You no longer have to ask your friends what they are watching on Netflix. Instead, you can now simply peer over their digital shoulder. Netflix announced Wednesday that it will begin offering United States customers the ability to connect their Netflix account to Facebook to see what their friends are watching on the video rental service. They will also… Read more →

$13 txtr Beagle e-reader will cost $69 in the US

When it comes to value for money, nothing can really beat the Kindle as an e-reading device at the moment. At $69 it offers a great screen, storage for over a 1,000 books, and a battery life of about a month. But everyone can be tempted by a bargain, and that’s what the txtr Beagle priced… Read more →

Researchers Find 25 Countries Using Surveillance Software

Thor Swift for The New York Times Bill Marczak, left, and Morgan Marquis-Boire have been studying government use of surveillance software. Last May, two security researchers volunteered to look at a few suspicious e-mails sent to some Bahraini activists. Almost one year later, the two have uncovered evidence that some 25 governments, many with questionable records on human rights, may… Read more →

Acer boosts RAM, battery life for new C7 Chromebook laptop model

While Google originally touted the Chromebook as a laptop platform that wasn’t based around specs, recent models have been upping the spec ante like good-ol’ Windows notebooks (most notably the luxe Google Chromebook Pixel). Though still keeping things fairly affordable, Acer has just announced a new version of its C7 Chromebook family that improves on… Read more →

Ubuntu, Shuttleworth & rolling releases

Canonical, Ubuntu Linux’s parent company, has an ambitious plan with a short time-frame: One operating system for computers, smartphones, tablets and TVs by early 2014. One problem with this is how do you get there fast enough and one answer, rolling releases, has got developers upset. Now, Canonical and Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth has a… Read more →

Amazon Web Services: A triumph of marketing over reality

Consider this sales pitch: I’m going to offer you cloud services from a big-name provider. I want to replace your private clouds and perhaps even your datacenters. I’m going to be cost-effective, flexible, and continually expanding my infrastructure to support worldwide cloud integration. And to top it off, the history of my product shows that… Read more →

Google Elbows Into the Cloud in Seattle Expansion

Google said Tuesday that it was doubling its office space near Seattle, just miles from the campuses of Amazon and Microsoft, and stepping up the hiring of engineers and others who work on cloud technology. It is part of Google’s dive into a business known as cloud services — renting to other businesses access to its enormous data storage and… Read more →

French Regulators Seek Inquiry Into Skype

The regulator, known by its French acronym Arcep, said that it had, “on several occasions,” asked Skype Communications, which is based in Luxembourg, “to declare itself an electronic communications operator,” and that the company had not acted. A company acting as a telecommunications operator incurs certain obligations, the French agency said, notably that “of routing emergency calls and putting in… Read more →