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Ada Lovelace Fans Salute Gals in Tech, Smartphone Use Continues Meteoric Rise

Highlights from this morning's other big tech headlines....
  • When discussing the top names in tech, Gates, Jobs, Schmidt, and Wozniak typically dominate the conversation. The pioneers of computing, science and technology aren't limited to that old boys club, though, and this week hosted a celebration of the top women in technology. Ada Lovelace Day, named for the writer of possibly the world's first computer program, honors females who have made significant contributions to science, including Marie Curie, Hedy Lamarr and Grace Hopper. [From: The BBC]
  • CTIA recently released statistics that indicated universal increases in wireless activities, including astounding texting numbers. Mobile advertising firm AdMob also conducted its own wireless research and determined that smartphone traffic increased an amazing 193-percent from February 2009 to February 2010. [From: CNN Money]
  • Authorities busted uber-hacker Albert Gonzalez last summer for his alleged role in a monstrous retail store hacking scheme that involved over 130 million compromised credit card numbers. After pleading guilty to various charges, the 28-year-old has been sentenced to a 20-year prison term and has been ordered to surrender a veritable treasure trove of $1.65 million in cash, Rolex watches, a luxury car and jewelry. [From: CNET]
  • The early death proclamations of the electric car may have been somewhat premature. According to Consumer Reports, 26-percent of U.S. shoppers stated that they would consider a plug-in vehicle when making their next automotive purchase. [From: Wired]
  • YouTube comments typically devolve rapidly into spiteful and childish spats, rendering the section completely worthless. The site is implementing a new feature that may help with that predicament, though, with a system similar to Facebook's 'Top News' feature, with the option to like or dislike certain statements. [From: Read Write Web]
  • Google's recent decision to withdraw from China has prompted an internal response from the nation's government. In a letter issued to domestic Web sites, the Chinese government has outlined its (censorship) requirements, which include only using "Central Government main media content," and that certain material from "experts and scholars" must first be granted "permission ahead of time." From: The Washington Post]

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