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Kickstarter and the future of creative crowdfunding

Kickstarter offers a venue for creative entrepreneurs and small manufacturers to create innovative products that may not have otherwise seen funding. Here's a look at what makes the service so successful, and where it might go in the future.

Google rolls out automatic translation for all Gmail users

Over the next few days, Google plans to bring Gmail's Labs translation service to all Gmail users. The service enables users to automatically translate email in other languages into their own language. The company is also retiring eight Gmail Labs features.

FTC hires outside attorney in Google antitrust case

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has hired an outside litigator to lead its antitrust investigation of Google, a possible sign that the FTC is preparing to file a lawsuit against the company.

TechHive: Hands on with SkyDrive

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Microsoft has revamped SkyDrive, its cloud-storage service. Is it better than Dropbox? Here's what Lex Friedman found when took the new SkyDrive for a spin.

Shutterfly only bidder for Kodak Gallery customer accounts

Online photo service Shutterfly has emerged as the only bidder for the customer accounts and images of Kodak Gallery online photo services business.

Google begins penalizing search 'over-optimization'

Google is making a change to its search algorithm to penalize what the company's head of Web spam called "over-optimization" and instead favor websites with high-quality content and less refined search-engine optimization.

New Dropbox learns to show and share

Dropbox, the Internet-hosted file-synchronization service, updated its desktop, mobile, and Web app software on Monday to allow any file or folder stored in a user’s sync folder to be shared with other people via a Web-accessible link.

Berners-Lee: Demand your data from Internet companies

In speaking out against a proposal in the U.K. to allow government intelligence to monitor digital communications, Tim Berners-Lee has said that the problem with companies like Facebook and Google is not that they collect vast troves of data about their users, but that they don't share with them what they learn from it.

Amazon cloud set stage for rapid Pinterest growth

The explosive success of the social networking service Pinterest wouldn't have been possible without the easy scalability of the Amazon cloud services, an executive for Pinterest said.

Time to de-Flash your site?

Flash is a problem for iDevices, which makes mobile access to a website problematic. Here's what smart shops are doing about it.

Read It Later renamed Pocket, eliminates price tag, and adds features

Deferred reading app Read It Later has renamed itself Pocket, shed its price tag, and added a variety of new features.

Microsoft to start charging for Bing search API

Microsoft will begin charging developers to use the application programming interface for its Bing search engine.

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 an increasingly long line of high-profile defections.

New iPad complicates life for HTML 5 developers

Apple's new iPad, already a hit with consumers with its high-resolution display, is nonetheless underwhelming some HTML 5 developers.

Yahoo laying off 2000 workers to save $375 million

After weeks of rumors of a pending reorganization, Yahoo announced this morning that the company is laying off about 2000 workers.