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March 15th, 2010
09:20 AM ET

Google may leave China

Google China headquarters in Beijing

Google China headquarters in Beijing

CNN

Google appears to be getting closer to shutting down its strictly monitored search engine in China, according to news reports.

The reports, which cited people close to the situation, indicate that Google advertisers in China are being advised to switch over to rival Baidu Inc., out of fears that Google could abandon the country.

Following a targeted cyber attack on Gmail accounts emanating from China in December, Google announced on Jan. 12 that it intended to give all of its users open access to the Internet.

Google has since been negotiating with the Chinese government, as such a move would clash with China's censorship laws. Those laws forbid access to Internet sites that criticize the government, display pornography or promote certain religious material.

A spokeswoman for Google declined to comment specifically on the negotiations, but reiterated the company's intentions to remain an open-access site and said Google will soon make an announcement on the outcome of its dealings with China.

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Filed under: China • Technology
March 10th, 2010
10:47 AM ET

Video: 3-D role in building up America

Tom Foreman | Bio
AC360° Correspondent

A 3-D imaging company becomes a worldwide leader in its industry despite difficult odds. Tom Foreman reports.


Filed under: Technology
March 8th, 2010
08:09 PM ET

Lifesaving Tweets: Malaria nets distributed in Senegal


Courtesy: MHallahan/Sumitomo Chemical

Joneil Adriano
AC360° Producer

“Social networking media is going to change the world!”

How many times have you heard that in the past year?  Probably too many to count – especially if you’re an avid AC360° viewer who uses Twitter and Facebook regularly.

But I bet even the most jaded techies among you will feel good about this story:  This past January, the folks at Malaria No More and their partners distributed the first of more than 89,000 malaria nets in the Saraya and Velingara health districts in Senegal.

“The most effective tool for preventing malaria in Africa is a $10 mosquito net. A family can sleep under it, and it protects them from the mosquitoes that spread malaria at night,” explains Malaria No More CEO Scott Case.

By distributing those nets, Case’s group hopes those parts of Senegal could become some of the first in the entire continent to reach “Universal Coverage” – where every single person is able to sleep under a mosquito net.

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Filed under: Impact Your World • Joneil Adriano • Malaria • One Simple Thing • Technology
February 17th, 2010
11:06 AM ET

Corporate giants have too much power

Dispute over e-book prices between Amazon and the publisher are a power play, says Barry C. Lynn.

Dispute over e-book prices between Amazon and the publisher are a power play, says Barry C. Lynn.

Barry C. Lynn
Special to CNN

Late in January, the book publisher Macmillan told Amazon it wanted to raise the prices of its books sold through the online retailer. Amazon made clear it wanted to continue to set prices for Macmillan's books, as it does for most books it sells.

To make sure the publisher understood it was serious, Amazon cut the links that enable people to buy Macmillan's books via Amazon's Web site. For more than a week, you could still see Macmillan books on Amazon; you just couldn't order one.

Even though the two companies have since struck a truce, the showdown should deeply concern anyone who cares not merely about the health of this vital industry, but about concentration of political power in America.

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February 3rd, 2010
11:23 AM ET

Video: 3-D role in building up America

Tom Foreman | BIO
AC360° Correspondent


Filed under: Technology • Tom Foreman
January 29th, 2010
12:01 PM ET

The President and the iPad

Tom Foreman | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

Here’s a political riddle: What’s the difference between President Obama and the iPad?

One is a bright, techie marvel, full of great promise that everyone has a lot of questions about. The other is a new type of computer.

When President Obama rolled out his State of the Union address this week, millions of Democratic loyalists heaved a sigh of relief. It was the return of Super-Candidate. Just as he appeared to be in dreadful shape, like Spiderman he jumped up from the pavement, and whipped out a web of wonder. In the soaring phrases of his campaign, he laid out a broad plan of revitalization. He called for a new spirit of bipartisanship. And most of all he talked about creating jobs, jobs, jobs.

Talk, however, is part of his problem these days. Much of what he said this week was an echo of what he said shortly after taking office. And the cynicism of voters about such grand schemes has clearly deepened in twelve months.

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January 27th, 2010
04:36 PM ET

Financial Dispatch: Apple, Toyota, Obama (oh my!)

Andrew Torgan
CNN Financial News Producer

Lot’s of ground to cover today: a massive car and truck recall, the latest must-have gadget, a Fed meeting, and what is arguably the most important address of President Obama’s short time in office. So let’s take it all I order of occurrence.

First up, Toyota said late Tuesday it is asking dealers to suspend sales of eight models, and is halting production of those models, after a recall to correct a problem that could cause the gas pedal to stick.

About 2.3 million vehicles will be affected by the recall. That's about 500,000 more vehicles than Toyota sold in all of 2009.

In issuing the recall, the automaker said it had not yet found a way to fix the problem, but wanted owners to be aware of the potential issue.

The recall affects Toyota's 2009-2010 RAV4, Corolla and Matrix; 2005-2010 Avalon; certain 2007-2010 Camrys; 2010 Highlander; 2007-2010 Tundra and the 2008-2010 Sequoia (click here for what to do if your car is on the list).

Toyota owners with questions should call Toyota's customer service line at 800-331-4331.

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Filed under: Andrew Torgan • Barack Obama • Housing Market • Technology
January 27th, 2010
01:58 PM ET

Apple unveils the iPad

John D. Sutter
CNN

Apple CEO Steve Jobs on Wednesday unveiled the iPad, a tablet computer that he called "a truly magical and revolutionary product."

"What this device does is extraordinary," Jobs said. "It's the best browsing experience you've ever had. Way better than a laptop. Way better than a smartphone."

The tablet will act as a sort of missing link between a smartphone and laptop. The model Jobs demonstrated at an invitation-only event in San Francisco operated without a hardware keyboard, with Jobs typing on its glass screen.

It has a nearly 10-inch screen, runs existing apps from the Apple apps store and is available in 16-gigabyte and 64-gigabyte versions, according to Jobs.

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Filed under: 360º Follow • Technology
January 26th, 2010
12:14 PM ET

Jobs and population: Too many people for the planet

Editor's Note: This article continues our series excerpted from AC360°'s contributor David Gewirtz's upcoming book, How To Save Jobs, which will be available this month. Over the next few months, we'll be excerpting the first section of the book, which answers the question, "How did we get here?". Last time, we looked at offshoring as a national security risk? This time, we begin our look at jobs and population. To learn more about the book, follow David on Twitter @DavidGewirtz.

David Gewirtz | BIO
AC360° Contributor
Director, U.S. Strategic Perspective Institute

As more and more workers in countries like China and India aggressively enter what we’d consider the middle class, availability of scarce resources like energy and even food may become a problem for all of us.

People in China and India are doing everything they can to move their populations into the middle class, so their populations reflect more of the relative economic strength evident in America and Europe. In exploring the relationship between jobs, “middle-classing” of developing nations, and population, I was curious what the world would look like if a newly “middle-classed” China and India consumed resources like America and Europe do.

Energy consumption

I decided to take my computer science degree out for a spin and build an economic model. I based the first phase of the model on energy consumption, because energy is a finite resource. Courtesy of the International Energy Agency, I learned that about 13 billion tons of oil equivalent (oil and other resources that make energy) is consumed worldwide.

Today, the United States consumes about 2.3 billion tons of that, or about 18.3 percent of the world’s total supply.

China consumes slightly more than we do, at about 2.6 billion tons of go-juice. What makes China particularly interesting is that it's consuming more and more each year. While our demand increases only 0.34 percent annually, China’s demand is increasing at 8.68 percent. Even the rate of increase is increasing. Back in 2000, China’s demand only increased by 2.46 percent.

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Filed under: David Gewirtz • Economy • Energy • Environmental issues • Oil • Technology
January 25th, 2010
06:45 PM ET

Financial Dispatch: Stocks inch higher

Andrew Torgan
CNN Financial News Producer

Stocks on Wall Street managed some slight gains today as investors weighed worries about the bank sector, the likelihood of Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke being confirmed for a second term and a troubling report on the housing market.

The Dow added 23 points or 0.2%. The S&P 500 added 5 points or 0.5% and the Nasdaq also gained 5 points or 0.3%.

Stocks plunged last week after President Obama proposed new limits on banks and talk swirled that Bernanke's term may not be renewed. In three sessions, the Dow, S&P 500 and Nasdaq all slumped 5%.

But those worries were tempered today at the start of a busy week for economic and earnings news. This week brings a Fed meeting, the first reading on fourth-quarter GDP growth, the president's State of the Union address and profit reports from a slew of major companies – including DuPont, Johnson & Johnson, and Travelers.

First out of the gate with earnings this week is Apple, which reported another strong quarter after the closing bell on the back of its current product lineup, which includes iPhones, iPods and Macintosh computers.

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Filed under: Andrew Torgan • Economy • Finance • Housing Market • Technology
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