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Twitter buys social algorithm firm Julpan, and with it a little Aussie ingenuity

Twitter's new toy, Julpan, is but one example of Aussie ingenuity.
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Twitter buys social algorithm firm Julpan, and with it a little piece of Aussie ingenuity.
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Google flight search lists New York's World Trade Center as a destination

The day after Google's flight search tool went live, news outlets stumbled across a potentially very embarrassing gaffe — the site lists New York's World Trade Center as a flight destination.
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As this story went live, Google's new flight search tool offered New York's World Trade Center — destroyed by an airliner in the 9/11 attacks — as a flight destination. Google can explain.
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Yahoo shares rise after CEO Carol Bartz fired

“I am very sad to tell you that I’ve just been fired over the phone by Yahoo’s Chairman of the Board,” Carol Bartz wrote.

Despite security concerns, Israel approves Google Street View

Israel is one of the last places on the planet to allow Google to photograph its streets.
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A man rides a bicycle with a camel effigy on Jerusalem's Jaffa street on May 26, 2011 during a street entertainment activity. (Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images)

As if missiles were raining down on the south of the country, and as if Israel’s social protesters hadn’t just amped the ante by taking over an abandoned municipally-owned building in central Tel Aviv, and as if the police hadn’t come in to evict the squatters at dawn, causing an uproar, this week the Law, Information and Technology Authority at Israel’s Justice Ministry finally sanctioned Google’s request to operate its “Street View” here.

Razi Barkai, Israel Army Radio’s grand old man of morning radio news, presented this development from the sputtering point of view of a crotchety codger: “Why? Why would anyone even want to do this? Who cares? Who wants to look at this? What — like I want to see my favorite Dizengoff Street shoe store on Google instead of than just walking over? Or some guy riding his bike? Who has time for this?”

GlobalPost in Jerusalem: Glenn Beck heads to the Holy Land

The last question can be debated, but the younger, hipper media correspondent on air with Barkai was left to weakly respond “It’s actually a very popular feature, you know, pretty much everywhere.”

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Rick Perry dominates the Googlesphere

News about Rick Perry was dominating Google and other search engines on Tuesday, much of it simply focusing on his high profile since announcing his candidacy Saturday for the GOP presidential nomination. Amid a mixed bag of news about Texas governor and the latecomer to the Republican presidential race, was an LA Times report on Perry's campaign donors faring well in his home state. 

Chinese firm launches first Android-based MIUI smartphone (VIDEO)

The launch of Xiaomei's MIUI smartphone in Beijing comes a day after Google Inc. announced a $12.5 billion bid for Motorola Mobility.

Amazon launches free web-based Kindle Cloud Reader

The reader allows users to read books from the cloud or download for offline reading, using HTML 5.

Internet Explorer IQ story called a hoax

A story about a Canadian research firm that supposedly performed online IQ tests and concluded that Internet Explorer users had lower IQs than those using other browsers has been revealed as a hoax.
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Dean Hachamovitch, Microsoft corporate vice president of Internet Explorer, announces the launch of the latest version of the browser, Internet Explorer 9, at SXSW March 14, 2011 in Austin, Texas. (Microsoft/Getty Images)

A story about a Canadian research firm that supposedly performed online IQ tests and concluded that Internet Explorer users had lower IQs than those using other browsers has been revealed as a hoax.

The story was reported by GlobalPost, along with such high-profile tech and news sites as Business Insider, CNN, Mashable, Forbes and the Seattle PI.

According to the story, research by bogus Canadian firm AptiQuant showed that Chrome, Firefox and Safari advocates had a higher level of intelligence than those for whom the Microsoft browser was the program of choice. It said it based its findings on a survey of 100,000 internet users.

Questions about the authenticity of the story were raised after it was established that ApTiquant appeared to have only set up its website in the past month.

Thumbnail images of the firm’s staff on the website also matched those on the site of French research company Central Test, although many of the names had been changed, the BBC reports.

The BBC contacted Central Test who confirmed that they had been made aware of the copy but had no knowledge of ApTiquant or its activities.

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China implicated in massive cyber attack targeting US

"Even we were surprised by the enormous diversity of the victim organizations and were taken aback by the audacity of the perpetrators," Dmitri Alperovitch, McAfee's vice president of threat research, wrote in the report.

Google "shocked" at success of Google+

After reporting a week ago that Google+ was already up to 10 million users, someone at the search engine has told Business Insider that Google is shocked — though pleasantly so — by that figure.
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Herman Van Rompuy, president of the European Union, Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook Inc. and Eric Schmidt, chairman of Google Inc. arrive for the internet session of the G8 summit on May 26, 2011 in Deauville, France. (Chris Ratcliffe/AFP/Getty Images)

After reporting a week ago that Google+ was already up to 10 million users, someone at the search engine has told Business Insider that Google is shocked — though pleasantly so — by that figure.

Just like us outsiders, he said that doubters inside the company worried their co-workers were about to release yet another Buzz-like dud.

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