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Shortmail: “Twitter For Email”

A new mail program called ‘Shortmail’, dubbed as “Twitter for e-mail”, will now scale down the communication overload by restricting messages to 500 characters.

The program also aims to make some conversations more public and therefore more social.

Acer Releases Android 3.1 For Tablets In Germany

If you have an Iconia Tab A500 and an unbridled passion for running the latest Android software, we’ve got good news for you. Acer’s 3.1 update for the Iconia Tab A500 is now available for our German friends.

The UI and various visual interfaces have been made smoother and faster, with the new interface promises to be easier to see, understand, and use. There will be support for wider range of USB devices.

Murdoch Group In Hacking Crisis

Rupert Murdoch’s media company News International was in turmoil on Tuesday with its United Kingdom chief executive Rebekah Brooks facing calls to resign or be sacked following fresh revelations in the long-running phone-hacking scandal surrounding its tabloid newspaper, the News of the World (NoW), relating to the period when she was its editor.

With a police investigation under way, closely scrutinised by politicians and pressure groups, Rupert Murdoch’s newspaper group was braced for fresh allegations to emerge.

Google Ready To Launch A New Travel Search Site

Rumor has it that Google is getting ready to launch a new travel service with data gained in its $700 million acquisition of ITA.

Google’s move into the airfare search game shouldn’t be too big of a surprise–the search giant made a $700 million deal to purchase flight data aggregation company ITA Software back in July 2010.

Coming Soon : PCs That Argue Back

The computer crashes and we respond angrily at the flickering screen. But we may soon risk being shouted at by the machine we have just cursed.

Scientists are building a voice-activated device that can interact with people in a “natural and intelligent way”. Artificial intelligence will help it become familiar with a user’s voice, with the ultimate goal of understanding a human and speaking and behaving like them.

Sony Music Ireland Website Got Hacked

Sony Music Ireland said its web site was hacked Monday after three bogus news stories appeared on the homepage. It was the latest in a string of attacks on Sony dating back to the infiltration of its PlayStation and Qriocity networks in April.

One fake article at the Sony Music Ireland site had the headline “Tragedy Strikes The Script” and reported the death of two band members. Sony issued a statement that said the band members are indeed fine. The hackers also posted fake articles about Rebecca Black, R Kelly and “X Factor” contestants.

Twitter Acquires Social Startup, Backtype

Twitter announced today that it has acquired a San Francisco startup called Backtype. The company helps publishers measure the impact of their social media use, and although the deal is quite interesting, financial details were not mentioned.

Twitter states that the acquisition would help them create tools for their publishing partners. Fortunately for BackType, they will not have to relocate further than an in-city move, as both companies are based in San Francisco.

Windows 8 Was Microsoft’s Idea

Microsoft has had a clever marketing scheme for Windows 7. Have you ever seen those commercials that go something along the lines of “My name is Mark, and Windows 7 was my idea.” Shoot, they even have those commercials in other languages (I’ve seen one in French).

Well, although that strategy may have worked out with Windows 7, it looks like Microsoft decided to take the reigns for Windows 8. No clue if this is related to any worry over a potential future lawsuit over a successful windows feature, or if Microsoft just wanted the street cred, but here’s an e-mail from Microsoft to a customer just trying to share their input.

Toshiba Qosmio 3D Gaming Laptop

These days, you’ll find some people who want to experience the joys of 3D viewing without wearing silly looking glasses. Toshiba has outed an interesting solution to meet your demands with its Qosmio F750 laptop.

Featuring the latest processing chips from Intel, a Core i7 processor and an Nvidia GeForce GT 540M graphics card, you can be sure to get in some 3D first-person-shooter gaming on this machine as well.

Google Pay-Per-View Video App Almost Ready!

Android phone and tablet users will soon get their very own app that will let them watch videos on demand. The new Google Video service will compete with current companies Netflix and Hulu in the entertainment industry.

While Hulu will still be the #1 choice for streaming the latest television shows, and Netflix will be good for those occasional independent films, Google Videos are expected to fill the entertainment gap for the average consumer.