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AOL You've Got News app offers a slick reading experience in Google Chrome

AOL -- who happens to own Download Squad and Switched -- has been all over Google Chrome this year. They've already released a handful of extensions like Lifestream, SHOUTcast, and Offsite for Chrome and now they're offering up their first app in the Chrome Web Store. Harkening back to days of yore, it's You've Got News. Unlike the New York Times app Seb showed you, You've Got News is a...

Paper.li adds Facebook support, now lets you create newspapers out of Facebook searches

Paper.li, the online app that automatically creates a daily 'newspaper' out of the links shared by the people you follow on Twitter, has added Facebook support. The scope of the Facebook integration isn't yet as broad as with Twitter, partly because of Facebook's more complicated privacy controls. What you can do right now is create a 'newspaper' based on a public search term, like...

New York Times Chrome Web app hands-on: jaw-droppingly awesome

Truth be told, I've never been sold on the whole Web apps paradigm. They're just websites! Very pretty websites, but ultimately... just websites. But it seems I was missing the point: while they're websites to you and I, publishers and developers see them as something else entirely. They see Web apps as beautiful, standardized, cross-platform tools for dissemination of their content and, of...

FeedStore for Chrome lets you catch up on Google Reader news while offline

Back in May, Google axed the offline mode in Google Reader. I didn't use it that often, but it was a nice way to catch up on tech news while I made the 6-hour trek to Winnipeg from my home in the North. Thankfully, there's a new Google Chrome extension called FeedStore which brings back offline reading. Just install the extension and you're ready to go. FeedStore adds an icon to your browser...

Torrent-loving sci-fi drama Pioneer One landing soon with new episodes

The folks behind Pioneer One have been busy since the show's pilot release back in June, and it seems as though their hard work is beginning to pay off. The pilot was a campy success, having won Best Drama Pilot at the New York Television Festival -- but it won instant pseudo-historical status as well. It was the first science fiction drama series to be produced entirely off of donation-funding...

Newswall is an artsy feed reader application

Apparently, Apple isn't the only company being emulated these days. Newswall is a feed reader that seems to be heavily influenced by Microsoft's tile-like Windows Phone 7 interface (Metro). Newswall displays a long list of tiles, each with a striking image, and each tile represents one news item from an RSS feed. When you hover over an item, a bubble with a synopsis pops up. Clicking an image...

Digg now has a staff-picked Breaking News section

Digg has announced that it's adding a Breaking News module to its service. The module can be seen on the right side of the Top News, My News and Upcoming pages on Digg. Right now it shows five stories at a time, with one of them being highlighted as a Hot Story. The new section will also allow Digg to aggregate stories on a particular topic. Unlike the rest of Digg, where users control the...

Google Web Clipboard feeds Chrome freshly synced copypasta

Google's newest official Chrome extension is sure to get a lot of use in the coming months. Assuming you've got extension-syncing enabled in a capable version of the browser, Web Clipboard brings a fully synced clipboard to Chrome, and it's pretty nice for an initial -- though somewhat buggy -- release. It copies both plain text and HTML within any Chrome tab, and secures the data on Google...

Newsmap visualizes Google News, offers interesting differences between countries

With the rapidly increasing amount of data in our lives, visualization has become a new trend. Text has its limits, both cranially and in its ability to display large amounts of information. Visual tools have begun to emerge: Microsoft has Pivot, Firefox is trialling Panorama -- heck, almost every browser and operating system now visualizes data in some way or another. Newsmap, however, is...

Australian cops get social too - serve intervention order through Facebook

We've seen British police use Twitter to show how busy they are these days, but it looks like the cops in Victoria, Australia have one-upped them in the social-networking arena. Victoria police were forced to use Facebook yesterday to serve an intervention order to a troll who had made locating him in real life too difficult for them. Australian paper The Age is reporting that officers had...

New York Times iPad app updated with more sections, free until early 2011

The New York Times iPad app hasn't exactly been selling anyone on the future of newspapers with its extremely selection of content. Well, that's starting to change with the latest edition, which includes more sections of the paper, and even some of the Times blogs. On top of the larger number of stories, the app also includes more videos and photo slideshows. The design has also improved a bit,...

HTCSense.com is live, does sync, remote lock and more

HTCSense.com is now available for owners of the upcoming HTC Desire HD and Desire Z smartphones. It's meant to be an online dashboard for your device and includes features such as contacts and SMS sync, remote locking and wiping, app recommendations and more. The service has some neat tricks up its sleeve. There are two ways of locating your device in case you've misplaced it: you can either...

Facebook Mobile harvests entire address books, leaves soiled contact lists in its wake

While it's by no means a new feature, people are starting to notice what Facebook Mobile's Contact Sync actually does, and it's not pretty. At the very least, it will trash your phone's address book by overwriting it with Facebook contact info and profile pictures. More disturbingly, while it's doing that it sends your phone's entire address book to Facebook, to be hashed and badly matched up...

Facebook to allow users to download their data

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced two big changes today, the newly revamped Groups being one of them. The second is that users will now have the ability to download all of their Facebook data, anytime they wish, as a big ZIP file. Expect the new feature to hit your account settings in the next few days. The option to download your data will show up in your Account Settings, just below the...

Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat RC now available, full release coming soon!

The team at Ubuntu decided to make today a fun Friday, releasing Ubuntu 10.10 RC (Maverick Meerkat) for users to play with over the weekend. The full stable release is due to release on October 10th, so if you don't feel like running the outlandish risk of using a beta version, sarcasm intended, then you don't have long to wait for the real deal. Changes and additions in this version are plenty,...