David vs. Goliath In The Search Engine Wars

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From TPM’s Carl Franzen:

Google’s core product — its web search engine — has been hit with a barrage of criticism for changes Google made in the way it displays search results, putting content from Google’s social network, Google Plus, up front and center, even when it doesn’t seem to make sense. Add to that concerns from users and regulators over Google’s new privacy policy, and Google search has had a difficult 2012 so far, to say the least.

In contrast, the fortunes of a relatively unknown search engine focused on privacy, called DuckDuckGo, have never been better.

DuckDuckGo, which promotes its simplicity and strict privacy protections over competitors, has experienced a record surge in traffic over the past three months, up 227 percent to nearly 1.5 million unique searches daily.

DuckDuckGo’s founder Gabriel Weinberg said that he knew the tide was turning when his four-year-old search engine saw a million searches per day on February 14.

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Forgot Password?

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A question I’m often asked. But, if this research bears fruit, that will never be a problem again.

From the NY Times’ Digital Domain:

IMAGINE sitting down at your work keyboard, typing in your user name and starting work right away — no password needed.

That’s a vision that the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, part of the Defense Department, wants to turn into a reality. It will distribute research funds to develop software that determines, just by the way you type, that you are indeed the person you say you are.

More HERE.

Pogue’s Take on the iPhone

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or as I call it, my toddler’s phone.

I’m with AT&T. So far, so good. The Verizon debut doesn’t mean anything to me. A few years ago, after a horrible experience with a Verizon rep — and her equally obnoxious supervisor — I canceled my Verizon service “forever.” That same day I switched carriers and haven’t looked back. I’m sure Verizon doesn’t miss my eighty five bucks each month. I don’t miss them either.

It’s here. After almost four years of speculation, the iPhone will finally come to Verizon’s network on Feb. 10.

And to answer everyone’s question, the Verizon iPhone is nearly the same as AT&T’s iPhone 4 — but it doesn’t drop calls. For several million Americans, that makes it the holy grail.

I took the Verizon iPhone to five cities, including the two Bermuda Triangles of AT&T reception: San Francisco and New York. Holding AT&T and Verizon iPhones side by side in the passenger seat of a car, I dialed 777-FILM simultaneously, and then rode around until a call dropped.

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Energy in a Box

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From CNET News, the story of Bloom Energy:

Start-up Bloom Energy says it can deliver a power plant in a box. What is it and how does it work?

The Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company, which is generating some serious buzz this week, will officially announce on Wednesday what it calls the “Bloom box.” In an interview Sunday on CBS News’ “60 Minutes,” CEO K.R. Sridhar said the goal is to get businesses, and eventually consumers, off the transmission line grid and deliver power at a much lower cost with low emissions.

What is the Bloom box?
It’s a fuel cell. (See photo.) While that’s nothing new–as Greentech Media editor Michael Kanellos says, fuel cells have been around since the 1800s–it’s Bloom Energy’s secret sauce that makes it special. Kanellos said that the solid oxide fuel cell patents point to a “yttria stabilized zirconium” material. This formula is used to fabricate an ink-coated floppy-disk-size ceramic tile (with an ink-based anode and cathode) made from ‘beach sand.”

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Another White House Screw-Up!

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The State of the Union vs The Mac Tablet Unveiling

(Editor’s Note: If you have trouble reading the dialogue, put your glasses on. If that doesn’t work, DOUBLE CLICK on the IMAGE to ENLARGE).

(2nd Editor’s Note: HEY, Mashable readers! This is the first cartoon I drew using my new Wacom refurbished tablet — not bad for 45.00 dollars. It was a little strange and easy at the same time. Thanks for stopping by!).