April 1st, 2009 is a dreaded date in the world of business. Most of press releases that go out are dated on March 31st, 2009 at 23:59, even if you receive the press release during your lunch break. Yet, April 1st is first day of the second quarter, which is an ever-so-important date in business, such as the recent example by Fujitsu AG. We bring you the list of five pretty good stories. For starters, what would be a Fools Roundup without the makers of TISP, a brilliant internet service?
Yes, Google came in full force, as usual, introducing the Cognitive Autoheuristic Distributed-Intelligence Entity (CADIE). CADIE brings a lot into the world of e-mail, for example, so you should go to your Gmail preferences and set it on.
BSN* Verdict: Can't wait for this as a new anti-spam filter. Roll it on!
The Guardian *hearts* Twitter
We always knew that Brits were a technologically advanced nation, but we were caught off guard by the announcement that The Guardian, a newspaper stronghold announced that the paper is moving on with times - and becoming a Twitter publication. Employed experts claimed that most of the stories could be said in 140 characters or less.
BSN* Verdict: Given the topics covered by The Guardian, we would agree with the experts.
YouTube 180-Degree Experience
YouTube decided not to lag behind their bosses, and introduced a completely new YouTube viewing experience. Looking at the videos in this new, 180-Degree fashion might propel a new step in human evolution.
BSN* Verdict: College students at parties won't notice the difference anyways.
ElcomSoft 100% Password Cracker
This one is scary… if we already know that a single Radeon 4870X2 card can create an attack of 31500 passwords per second - what can anyone do to defend against the Tambourine? You've read correctly – mad Russians who are designing password-cracking software applications for organizations such as Interpol and three-letter agencies in the US, made a new step and deployed a whole new technology.
BSN* Verdict: GPGPU is dead; Intel can rejoice and cry at the same time – with Tambourine algorithms, CPUs are just not effective enough.
Bit Torrent Wins, Warner Bros acquires The Pirate Bay
In a move that proves that movie industry is all about the consumer, Warner Bros stepped forward and acquired The Pirate Bay. TPB will start distributing legal content and evolve into a leading online content sharing service, squashing Apple iTunes & AppStore and Valve's Steam.
BSN* Verdict: Good work guys, now can we get some normal pricing for applications, given that torrenting means sharing our own bandwidth? For a 25% discount, I'll give ya' my 20Mbps upstream ;)
We end with two honorable mentions. Yahoo's Ideological Search is a refreshment needed in the world of politics, while it is good to hear that Internet reboots today at 2359 UTC.
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