? Episode 283
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  • There is a rumor with pictures and some startling video taken last week that Steve Jobs may have only weeks to live. He has been seen looking as thin as any can be and still be upright. He also walks in a very unsteady manner and can barely open his car door and maneuver inside. Neurologists that have seen the videos and photos are offering speculations based on his disease that he has five more weeks of life.
  • After Google was scammed by JC Penny a few weeks ago by allowing them to be the top ranked business for searching most household goods, Google has made big changes to its search engine algorithms. So called "low quality" content websites that have no meaning to them other than to rank in search engine searches will no longer be a part of Google's search engine results. This is great news for consumers and web surfers because they will now get much more accurate results for what they're searching for.
  • Love stinks for a Naperville IL man who had an online girlfriend for the past two years, and wired her over $200,000 to various banks in Nigeria and the other parts of the world. Then he found out that she never existed. The man called police when the "girlfriend" claimed she was kidnapped and additional money was needed to be sent for ransom. The man called police in London, where she purportedly was kidnapped, and the police discovered it was all an online scam. The man said he never suspected it was anything other than legitimate.
  • As many as 150,000 Gmail users have been confronting that scary scenario throughout the past day. Around 3:00 pm ET Sunday, Google began "investigating reports of an issue" with its popular e-mail service. Over the next few hours, it confirmed that a small fraction of Gmail users were experiencing disruptions. Google says on its status dashboard that less than "less than 0.08%" of its user base is affected. But for a service with an estimated 193 million users, that tiny sliver adds up fast. And those affected are spooked.
  • Dedicated portable gaming devices may have some stiff competition these days, but that hasn't stopped Nintendo from launching the 3DS in Japan. With less than half a million units for sale and a somewhat paltry launch line-up, how did the handheld fare? Quite well, actually. Initial reports from Japanese business publication Nikkei (translated by Andriasang), claimed that Nintendo's handheld sold out its entire initial run of 400,000 3DS units in its first two days of availability. But it looks like the real numbers are slightly lower, though still impressive. Gaming magazine Famitsu (translated by Kotaku) is reporting that the device sold 371,326 units over the weekend. So there still may be a few units kicking around for those who didn't camp out over the weekend. It shouldn't be too long before the 3DS starts flooding shelves once agin, though, as Nintendo is planning to have 1.5 million units ready for Japan by the end of March.
  • When Facebook users click Like on a third-party site, a story -- complete with headline, blurb, and thumbnail photograph -- appears on their wall. In addition, users can choose to comment. In the past, only a link to a story appeared in the recent activity section of users' walls unless users chose the "Like with Comment" option. Under Facebook's latest change, Like, Share, and Recommend buttons all result in the same thing: A full story, headline, and picture.
  • Iphone 5 rumors. Previous rumors have the iPhone 5 sporting a 4-inch "edge-to-edge" screen, which some are interpreting to mean that it will have a smaller bezel or border. With so many of the new Android smartphones having more generous screens than the iPhone, some consumers--including many CNET readers--are hoping that the next iPhone will have a larger screen. It's also worth pointing out that a recent rumor suggested the next iPhone and iPad will ditch the home button for onscreen gesture commands. But as you can see from this photo, there's a spot for the home button. If you're looking for a track record on iDealsChina's rumors, it's hit and miss. In 2008, this Chinese reseller of Apple parts claimed on its Web site that an iPhone Nano was in the making (ironically, those same rumors of a smaller iPhone are making the rounds now). But it did better with posting images of some molds for iPhone 3G cases prior to that model's launch.
  • Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc., which began selling its Xoom tablet computer last week, said sales have started "relatively well" at Verizon Wireless and it plans to introduce tablets with other carriers this year. Motorola Mobility will introduce models this year based on Google Inc.'s Android software that are smaller than the 10-inch Xoom, Chief Executive Officer Sanjay Jha told analysts at a conference today in San Francisco. He didn't name any of the carriers that will offer the new models. Jha plans to offer a variety of tablet sizes and features to counter the wide appeal of the market-industry leading Apple Inc.'s iPad, which comes in a single 9.7-inch format. Motorola Mobility is negotiating to supply tablets to a range of companies that want to use the Xoom because of how it can be adapted to specific needs, Jha said.
  • Security researchers at Sophos Labs have discovered a naughty new trojan that's in the process of beta testing attack capabilities against the growing population of Mac users. The trojan exploits open back doors in OS X to gain a good deal of access to the system. It can be transmitted through a variety of vectors, including torrent files or seemingly legitimate download programs. It could also be, in the future, delivered via the exploitation of browser flaws to perform "drive by downloads". Once inside, the Trojan gets down to business, allowing the attacker to have their way with their Apple victim. The attacker can plant text files on the desktop, force URLs to open, run shell commands, and pop up fake password windows in a phishing attempt.
  • A new company by the name of SocialEyes will look to enter the video chat market, taking on favorites such as Skype and Apple's FaceTime. SocialEyes' video service, currently available in beta, uses Facebook Connect as its engine and connects users with people that have similar interests based on their Facebook profile. It also allows users to talk with more than one person at a time, chat via instant message and share information and links with multiple friends simultaneously. Users will be able to record messages, whether the receiving person is online or not. Skype and FaceTime, by contrast, are more akin to traditional phone service.

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