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Google Technology: Linux, Shards, MapReduce, and the GFS

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Here's a no non-sense look at google's technology without a lot of jargon and terms to sizzle your brain. "The company wrote its own file system, called Google File System, which is optimized for handling large, 64 megabyte blocks of data. Significantly, the file system was designed to assume that a failure, such as a failed disk or unplugged network cable, can happen at any time."

Illicit drug sales booming online

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"The worldwide trade in illegal drugs sold over the internet has surged, according to the UN's drug watchdog. Dangerous drugs are being sold without prescription in a virtual marketplace that is difficult to control, says the International Narcotics Control Board."

Yahoo! goes Hollywood

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"Watch out, Hollywood. There's a new player in town. Yahoo!, the Internet portal created a decade ago by a pair of Stanford University computer geeks, is getting serious about muscling in on the entertainment business."

Big Bullies

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"A Dutch Web site claimed victory in a David-and-Goliath battle against Microsoft Corp. this week after the software vendor's AntiSpyware program flagged the Dutch company's home page as malicious content."

"Microsoft has agreed to compensate and apologize to the operator of Dutch directory site..."

Greetings From the Most Connected Place on Earth

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Joel Strauch, of PCWorld, has written an interesting article on the proliferation of broadband connectivity in South Korea. He says, "When my wife and I arrived here last fall to teach English, we stepped into perhaps the most Internet-crazed country in the world. What tipped us off? Well, one example is that South Korea has a high school where students train in the game Starcraft like Texas high schoolers practice football."

EBay eyes open source

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Following a path laid by open source developers, eBay may open up some of its source code in order to quicken the pace of application development and open up new business opportunities.

Hey Coool, a Virtual Tour

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The Detroit News is carrying all the news of the entries in this year's Detroit Auto Show. In fact they even have virtual tour. Shooo, saves me a trip to Michigan! Tongue

Latest On the Browser Wars

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Charles Cooper at news.com shares some of his experiences at the RSA Conference and thoughts on the IE - Firefox war. He says, "So there I was trying my best to get a midlevel Microsoft manager to take the bait. 'Does Microsoft now feel confident it's found a way to slow the rise of Firefox--maybe even win back some lost customers?' Instead I was left high and dry."

Coolest Homepage Yet!

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Am I the only one who thinks this is the coolest homepage yet? Click on the software link to find that he is indeed one of us. Big Grin

Will Nutch Nudge out Google?

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There's a new open source web crawler/indexer on the horizon. Will Nutch give Google a run for it's money? Time will tell I suppose, but those are pretty big shoes to fill. I'm skeptical. Read Steve Mallett's article here speculating that it is possible given enough resources.

Suicide Pact in Yahoo Chat Rooms

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The San Francisco Chronicle is reporting that "an Oregon man has been arrested on suspicion of soliciting women and children on the Internet for a Valentine's Day mass suicide on the lawn of his parents' home." CNN is covering this too.

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