YouTube Goes Down on Thursday Morning

YouTube went down on Thursday morning for about an hour or two, according to reports. Google confirmed the outage.

The site reportedly displayed the same "Http/1.1 Service Unavailable" error it did on March 2, when the site went down for a short period. Then, videos embedded in other sites failed to play, although embedded YouTube videos apparently played during this outage, according to Mashable and reports on Twitter.

Wikipedia Site Fails After Servers Overheat

Wikipedia experienced major service outages today that took the popular free reference site down for roughly 2 hours, beginning at around 1:00 PM EST.

According to a Facebook blog post, the outage has been attributed to overheating at the site's European data center.

The servers shut down, which ultimately led to more issues:

Internet Explorer 9: An Early Look

Speed and standards. Those two words sum up the goals of Microsoft's just-released Platform Preview of its upcoming Internet Explorer 9 browser. I have to stress that there's a good reason for calling it a "platform preview" rather than a "beta"—the code you can download from ie.microsoft.com/testdrive is not a full browser program by a long shot—there's no Back button, let alone bookmark manager, history feature, toolbars, or any of the other features we've come to expect in modern Web browsers.

AMD, Intel Bringing More Cores to More Servers

Tuesday's big chip news was the introduction of Intel's new six-core Xeon 5600 chip, along with new servers based on the chip from Dell, HP, and IBM.

Microsoft Ideas for Making PCs Safe

In his keynote at the RSA conference Tuesday, Microsoft's Scott Charney, corporate vice president of their Trustworthy Computing Group, raised several ideas for improving the general security of users on the Internet. One was to bring outside administration to consumer PCs.

Enterprise PCs have lots of security problems, but they are much better protected than consumer PCs in part because such companies have IT departments that can administer PCs and exercise authority over them, for instance forbidding users to run certain software and pushing security patches to their PCs.

TI's Amazing 3D Phone Display

If you're going to watch Avatar on the move, why not watch it in 3D?

At the Mobile World Congress on Wednesday, TI showed off a tablet-sized device with a 3D display that doesn't require glasses, running on an existing TI OMAP3 chipset. The company also promised high-def, 3D movies with its new OMAP4 chips.

The 3D demo showed images and video in 3D by using a standard 120-Hz LCD with a special overlay film from 3M that can direct images either towards your left or right eye.

Sony Launches First 3D Blu-ray Player

Sony on Wednesday announced the launch of the BDP-S740, the company's first 3D-ready Blu-ray player. A firmware upgrade available this summer will will let users view 3D content with the player. The BDP-S470 also lets users stream content from Amazon, Netflix, YouTube, Slacker, NPR, Sony, and more.

Adobe Calls Apple Uncooperative

Adobe chief technology officer Kevin Lynch this week defended Flash as superior to HTML 5 and accused Apple of being uncooperative as it relates to putting Flash on the iPhone or iPad.

"We are ready to enable Flash in the browser on [the iPhone and iPad] if and when Apple chooses to allow that for its users, but to date we have not had the required cooperation from Apple to make this happen," Lynch wrote in a blog post.

Apple's upcoming iPad tablet, which was unveiled last week, will not include Flash support.

Microsoft Presents Office 2010 RC

Microsoft has made the release candidate (RC) for its Office 2010 productivity suite available to a select few in its tech adoption program, the company confirmed Wednesday.

"Microsoft made a release candidate available to members in the technology adoption program (TAP)," a spokesman said. "This is one of Microsoft's planned milestones in the engineering process; however they do not have plans to make this new code set available broadly."

Office 2010 was made available to the public last November at the company's Professional Developers Conference (PDC).

Fujitsu Claims Rights to iPad

Apple may have a fight on its hands for the iPad trademark, according to a report.

The New York Times reported Thursday that Fujitsu Ltd. believes it owns the rights to the iPad name, based on a real-time, portable inventory-management device called the iPAD, that debuted in 2002, and received an update in 2006.

The Fujitsu version of the iPad is a point-of-sale device, running the PXA 270 processor with Microsoft Windows CE .NET 5.0, together with a 802.11 b/g radio and Bluetooth v1.2, according to Fujitsu.

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