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Google Denies Working on A Freaky Facial Recognition App

Updated after the break. Internet intrigue! A CNN story by Mark Milian reported that Google is working on a facial-recognition app that would be deployed in a manner similar to Google Goggles -- snap a picture of someone's face, and it leads back to their Google profile, more or less. We were all about to scream, "GOOGLE TO DESTROY LAST VESTIGES OF PRIVACY (AGAIN)" when suddenly we saw all...

CNN Election Set Flooded with iPads, Augmented Reality

Yesterday's midterm elections gave Americans an opportunity to get out and have their voices heard in Washington. For CNN, on the other hand, the election circus was just another opportunity to show off more of its unbelievably unnecessary graphics. In 2008, the network underwhelmed us with holographic teleportation and multitouch displays. The stars of last night's election coverage? iPads and...

Google TV Inches Closer to Reality With HBO, Twitter, Netflix Partnerships

Today Google TV got its own website to call home. While largely an exercise in marketing hype, the new site offers the first serious glimpse of Google TV apps in action. You'll be able to get your social network on, thanks to an official Twitter app, but more exciting are the apps offered by content partners that blur the line between Web and television. The 'NBA Game Time' app, for instance,...

Adobe to Reveal Plans for Flash 3D, Hezbollah Condemns Firing of CNN Tweeter

Highlights from this morning's other big tech headlines.... Next fall, Adobe may be further distancing itself from HTML5, as an Adobe blog has claimed that the company will reveal details concerning a "Flash Player 3D" at October's Max 2010 conference. [From: Mashable] Hezbollah has come to the defense of fired CNN editor Octavia Nasr, saying that the Twitter-provoked incident represents...

20-Year CNN Vet Octavia Nasr Tweets About Hezbollah Cleric, Gets Canned by Network

Here is this week's Reason That Twitter Should Be Banned. In yet another high-profile overshare, Octavia Nasr, the Lebanese-born Senior Editor of Mideast Affairs for CNN, was fired Tuesday for posting a single tweet about the passing of one of Hezbollah's most influential clerics. She wrote: "Sad to hear of the passing of Sayyed Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah... One of Hezbollah's giants I respect a...

Closed-Captioning Slow to Spread to Web Video

As online video has exploded over the past decade, one group has been left behind: the hearing impaired. According to The New York Times, advocates like deaf actress Marlee Matlin are pushing to make closed-captioning mandatory for online video providers. In the 1990s, Congress mandated that all TV sets and TV shows have closed-captioning technology. But, legislation hasn't kept pace with...

CNN Carelessly Reveals Al Gore's E-Mail in Separation Announcement

We're sure Al Gore is drafting his thank-you letter to CNN right now as we speak. The 24-hour news channel carelessly revealed the former Vice President's e-mail address to the entire Web-viewing public. In an article covering the announcement of Al and Tipper Gore's separation, the network linked to a PDF copy of the e-mail announcing the break up. While CNN took care to black out the text of Al...

CNN's 360 Camera Puts 'You' on the Ground in Haiti

Sometimes, technology can actually bring us closer to our fellow man, rather than isolate us, as critics often claim it does. Google illustrated this perfectly by using constantly updated imagery from powerful satellites to give us perspective on the scope of the destruction in Haiti. Now CNN, with the help of Immersive Media, is offering the same unfiltered glimpse into the tragedy, from a...

Emo Teen Uses YouTube to Fight Back Against 'Juggalo' Bully

The Internet and social networking may have given bullies a new venue through which to torment their targets, but what they often forget is that it has also given their victims a new avenue through which to seek recourse. Alexis Xanders realized this and took video someone had recorded of her being harassed, and ultimately punched in the face, and posted it on YouTube and CNN's iReport. The...

New CNN Site Brings Video, Oprah, and Facebook to News Junkies

Since it first launched in 1995, CNN's Web site has always delivered a broad variety of news to a broad audience. The site's design -- generally jam-packed with dozens of headlines that might be catnip to news junkies, but can be overwhelming to more casual browsers -- has generally reflected that content stream. On Monday, however, CNN.com will launch a new design (its first since 2007) that...

CNN iPhone App Officially Hits iTunes

The highly anticipated CNN iPhone app has officially hit the App Store. The $1.99 app provides all of the expected benefits of CNN, on the go, including the day's top headlines, segmented into easily navigable categories, as well as high-quality videos of breaking stories. The app also provides a host of interactive and personalized features. The My CNN function automatically locates your...

CNN Pulls Racy Pam Anderson PETA Ad From Airport Network

After that notorious homemade video, it's hard to call any other video featuring Pamela Anderson "racy." But, the animal-loving Anderson's new PETA advertisement stirred up so much controversy that CNN has reportedly pulled it from its airport network. Hollywood blog The Wrap reports that CNN was concerned about youngsters viewing the 'Cruelty Doesn't Fly' promo, which was scheduled to show in...

Iran Protests via Twitter, CNN Is Silent

Twitter, Facebook, live-blogging: they're no longer just social media networks. Instead, they're becoming legitimate sources of news information where ordinary people can not only participate in the reportage of news stories, but make headlines as well. On June 13th, incumbent Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad defeated Mir Hossein Mousavi in a landslide victory characterized voting...

Ashton Kutcher Pranks CNN Over Twitter Triumph

After beating the cable news channel in a race to one-million Twitter followers last month, celebrity tweeter-extraordinaire Ashton Kutcher harkened back to his 'Punk'd' days on Wednesday, making good on his promise to prank the losing CNN. Kutcher unfurled a banner with his Twitter name, "@aplusk" across the CNN logo at the company's downtown Atlanta headquarters. Accompanied by a film crew that...

Save Money: Ditch Your TV Without Missing Your Favorite Shows

We're all feeling the pain of the economic crunch, and being frugal is quickly becoming the newest national fad. One area that would be easy for many Americans to start cutting costs would be on entertainment, yet subscriptions for satellite and cable TV have not dropped off. But unless you absolutely have to watch live sports you can ditch the pricey TV packages for free or cheap Web-based...