DAILY FIVE (12/17)

17 December 2010

1. FCC could shape next phase of smartphones, Financial Times, Richard Waters
It has been around for fewer years than you can count on the fingers of one hand but the open wireless internet already feels like a birthright. For anyone with a touchscreen smartphone, it’s outlandish to think you couldn’t download any app – or tap into any internet service – you wanted.

2. Yahoo Plans to Shut AltaVista, Other Sites, Wall Street Journal, Amir Efrati
Yahoo Inc. said it is planning to shut down several “underperforming” and “non-core” Web properties, including the venerable search site AltaVista, as it continues a years-long turnaround effort. Sites that could be affected by the moves include Delicious, a so-called social bookmarking service, search site AlltheWeb, and online news aggregator Buzz, according to an internal company slide that was posted on the Web on Thursday.

3. Google Maps The Human Body, InformationWeek, Alison Diana
Google, which gave people a closer perspective of the world through Google Earth and Street View, on Thursday brought people a new way to view themselves with the beta release of Body Browser, a three-dimensional model that lets users zoom in and out of the human form, remove layers, and explore the body.

4. 2010 Was a Boom Year in Chip Sales, All things Digital, Arik Hesseldahl
When 2010 ends, worldwide sales of chips will have grown by their largest single-year increase ever, the market research firm iSuppli says in its latest survey of the global semiconductor market. Chip sales grew to $304 billion, up from $229.5 billion in 2009, the most significant year-to-year increase on a dollar basis ever, and at 32.5 percent, the second-largest on a percentage basis

5. Google Launches Maps 5.0 for Android, Mashable, Stan Schroeder
Google Maps 5.0 – the new version of the app that was recently demoed at the Le Web Conference as well as D: Dive into Mobile conference – is now available for download in the Android Market.Two big new features in this release are 3D view and offline rerouting. The 3D view uses vector graphics to dynamically draw the map on the screen of your device

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