Stories by Jon Gold

Social predators still gaming the system on Facebook

Despite an increasingly severe crackdown by the ubiquitous social network, malicious activity and spam on Facebook are still both widespread and profitable, according to Barracuda research scientist Daniel Peck.

Raspberry Pi hits the shelves - briefly

The first wave of Raspberry Pi computers -- credit card-size devices that are designed to serve as teaching aids -- shipped this weekend after a series of delays. However, manufacturer RF Technologies is already out of stock again.

Dell's buying frenzy might not be over yet

While Dell's recent string of new acquisitions probably won't continue at the same breakneck pace that has been seen over the past several weeks, experts agree that the company is in the midst of a major strategic shift.

OpenStreetMap posing surprise threat to Google Maps

The announcement last week that the Wikimedia Foundation will switch from Google Maps to OpenStreetMap for its cartographic needs marks the latest in an increasingly long line of high-profile defections.

Mozart on the mousepad

If you like the idea of going to an orchestra concert but hate the thought of having to watch flesh-and-blood musicians perform (two words: spit valve), an event called SLEO may have you covered.

Dell's acquisition a Wyse one, analysts say

Dell's announcement on Monday that it had finalized an agreement to acquire thin client maker Wyse allows the company to fill a portfolio gap that had been exploited by competitors such as HP, according to industry experts.

New IBM CEO in middle of Masters golf controversy

Two long-standing traditions at Augusta National Golf Club are on a collision course just a week before the institution's biggest event of the year. The host of the Masters, one of professional golf's most prestigious competitions, has never admitted a female member -- but the club's partnership with IBM has historically meant that the CEO of that company is offered one of the iconic green membership jackets.

Open-source designs for your very own tricorder now available online

Ever wanted to wave a tricorder at something, furrow your brow, and announce, "captain, I am picking up an odd concentration of signals in this area?" If you have - and what Star Trek fan hasn't? - you might want to give Peter Jansen's tricorder project a look. The Canadian designer recently released full specifications for two versions of his own hand-held multi-sensor.

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