Daily news roundup

  • Video Games Conquer Another World: Retirees [NYT]
    "Older Americans are increasingly turning to video games that rely on quick thinking as a recreational alternative."
  • Users warned on Windows cursors [BBC]
    "Microsoft is warning users about a flaw in Windows animated cursors that could leave users open to attack."
  • US 'no longer technology king' [BBC]
    "The United States has lost its status as the world's engine of technology innovation, the World Economic Forum says."
  • IBM developing wiki how-to tool [CNET]
    "Wikipedia-like tool aims to help people automate repetitive tasks performed on the Web, such as filling out forms or paying bills."
  • ETech provides peek inside Microsoft labs [CNET]
    "Mobile browser, game that challenges kids to program are among the new technologies that Redmond researchers unveiled at the ETech conference."
  • Hacking Apple TV [Macworld]
    "sooner than Apple TVs start arriving on retail shelves did intrepid users start taking them apart."
  • ICANN votes against .xxx domain [AP]
    "The agency that sets the Internet addressing guidelines influencing how people navigate the Web defeated a proposal Friday to give adult Web sites their own ".xxx" domain."
  • Google goes back to pre-Katrina maps [AP]
    "Google's popular map portal has replaced post-Hurricane Katrina satellite imagery with pictures taken before the storm, leaving locals feeling like they're in a time loop and even fueling suspicions of a conspiracy."
  • Data theft believed to be biggest hack [AP]
    "A hacker or hackers stole data from at least 45.7 million credit and debit cards of shoppers at off-price retailers including T.J. Maxx and Marshalls in a case believed to be the largest such breach of consumer information."

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