Will Facebook Jump the Shark by Leaping Into Handsets?

Facebook’s entry into the smartphone handset business is being reported like it’s a done deal. It’s a deal, however, in which critics say Facebook has more to lose than gain. The Facebook phone project already has a code name, “Buffy,” a reference to the famed vampire slayer of film and television, according to a recent […]

Xbox 360 Goes Metro With New Dashboard

Microsoft will release an update to the Xbox 360 dashboard for all Xbox Live members on Dec. 6. The update is reportedly modeled after Microsoft’s new Metro user interface, which is used for Windows Phones and will be part of Windows 8. It will offer new personal and social features, cloud storage, Beacons, enhanced family […]

Linux Mint Is a Refreshing Palate Cleanser

The Linux community and Linux users are at odds over the transition from GNOME 2 to GNOME 3 as the backbone desktop environment for the OS. Ubuntu’s developers muddied the situation with its newcomer Unity desktop alternative. Given the situation, Linux Mint may offer the best solution if you need time to adjust to the […]

Facebook Whittles Down 6 Degrees of Separation to 4.74

Six degrees of separation may be good enough for most people, but for Facebook members, it’s only 4.74 degrees, according to a study conducted jointly by the social networking giant and the University of Milan. Conducted earlier this year, the study examined all 721 million active Facebook users, who had 69 billion friendships among them, […]

Time to Embrace Simpson-Bowles

Tom Friedman says President Obama should admit “that he made a mistake in spurning his own deficit reduction commission, chaired by Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson, and is now adopting Simpson-Bowles — which already has Republican and Democratic support — as his long-term fiscal plan to be phased in after a near-term stimulus. If he […]

Who Will Go Negative on Romney First?

Alex Castellanos: “Month after month, dollar after dollar, debate after debate, we’ve seen we’ve Mitt Romney at his best, yet failing to pull away from the field. Romney is still leaving the door open to those who have fallen to the ‘B’ tier. He is giving all his opponents the opportunity to get back into […]

Johnson Threatens Third Party Bid

Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson — “left out of all but two of the seemingly endless Republican presidential debates” — tells the Santa Fe New Mexican that he’s seriously considering running for the Libertarian Party nomination for president. Said Johnson: “I feel abandoned by the Republican Party. The Republican Party has left me by […]

Gonzalez Will Not Run Again

Rep. Charlie Gonzalez (D-TX) said he won’t seek re-election, the San Antonio Express-News reports, “a decision that will end the congressional tenure of a Democratic family whose name has been synonymous with the city of San Antonio for more than half a century.” “Gonzalez, who sued the state over a redistricting plan that carved downtown […]

FCC Chair to Put AT&T/T-Mobile Merger on the Grill

The proposed AT&T/T-Mobile merger hit another obstacle Tuesday when the chairman of the FCC called the deal harmful to consumers. AT&T will have to prove otherwise if FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski gets his way. He’s asked that the other commissioners approve an administrative hearing on the issue, expressing concern that the $39 billion deal would […]

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