Combing through hundreds of blog posts and news articles daily, Dirk Klingner, our technology-trend watcher, sifts through the noise to bring you the tech news most important to consumers. If you have a tip on a story you want to share, leave a comment below.Google to become broadband operator to test the great net neutrality debate (FierceBroadBandWireless)
...While Google's goals are several fold, I believe its primary goal is to showcase what an open access network looks like. On the company's blog, Google said it will include new deployment techniques to offer this open access capability. Google has always been the major champion of open access in both the wireless and wired world and has long prodded the FCC, to no avail, for a testbed fiber network as part of the FCC's broadband initiative.
Target gift cards now can be mobile (New Mexico Business Weekly)
...The Minneapolis, Minn.-based retailer Monday announced the launch of the Target Mobile GiftCard that allows customers to save gift card information to a secure account on the Target.com mobile site. If customers have a mobile phone that can connect to the Web, they can use it to display a bar code for the store’s registers.
How computers took over our cars (BBC)
Toyota's recall of its Prius model this week wasn't down to a mechanical fault but a software glitch. Increasingly, computers are in control of our cars, says Paul Horrell, and that is changing our relationship with the open road.
Street View hits the slopes at Whistler (Google Lat Long Blog)
...but I couldn’t help myself from wondering if there was a way to help you get even closer to the action. If our Street View cars can help you experience the Champs-Élysées and the Street View trike can transport you to Stonehenge, why can’t we take you up 7,000 feet to the Whistler ski runs? I started brainstorming with a few of my teammates just a couple of months ago, and we came up with the perfect solution: ...Yes, you are indeed looking at a snowmobile equipped with our full Street View camera system.
Using Robots To Get Saks Web Orders Out A Day Faster (StorefronBackTalk)
When Saks CIO Michael Rodgers was tasked with trying to accelerate the $3 billion apparel chain’s Web order deliveries, he knew needed help, and he opted for a non-traditional form. Rodgers made arrangements to command an army of 700 robots—each one capable of transporting a half-ton of merchandise at a time.
Lighter Side: Dinner for one - funny dog version (todaysbestvideo1)