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Facebook seeks world champion hacker

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By Laurie Segall @CNNMoneyTech January 4, 2012: 7:11 PM ET
Facebook's first Hacker Cup, held in March, drew 25 finalists from 10 countries.Facebook's first Hacker Cup, held in March, drew 25 finalists from 10 countries.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Think your programming skills are world class? Facebook wants you to prove it at its second annual Hacker Cupchallenge. "Hacking is core to how we build at Facebook," the company said in a blog post announcing this year's competition. "Whether we're building a prototype for a major product like Timeline at a Hackathon, creating a smarter search algorithm, or tearing down walls at our new headquarters, we're always hacking to find better ways to solve problems." Read More

Why 3-D TV still hasn’t caught on

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By Christina Bonnington, WIRED
January 5, 2012 -- Updated 1548 GMT (2348 HKT) | Filed under: Gaming and Gadgets
A journalist compares the 3-D televisions of Samsung (L) and LG (R) after a news briefing in Seoul.
A journalist compares the 3-D televisions of Samsung (L) and LG (R) after a news briefing in Seoul.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • 3-D television now looks like over-hyped technology in hindsight
  • 23 million 3-D TVs were shipped in 2011 worldwide, only 3.6 million shipped in U.S
  • U.S. household penetration for 3-D TVs is at about 3%
(WIRED) -- 3-D television was heralded as the breakthrough technology of the 2010 Consumer Electronics Show. Hot on the heels of James Cameron's eye-opening Avatar, 3-D HDTVs were everywhere on the show floor. One year later, at CES 2011, 3-D was back again -- this time iterating. We saw bigger 3D HDTVs, 3-D displays that didn't require special glasses, and camcorders that captured 3-D content. But where is 3-D now? It's certainly not showing up big on our CES 2012 radar, and now looks like over-hyped technology in hindsight -- especially to those of us who always thought 3-D's natural home was in the movie theater, not the living room. Indeed, a variety of obstacles -- high prices, a lack of 3-D content, and uncomfortable viewing experiences -- have kept 3-D TV adoption in the single digits nationwide. Manufacturers and content providers are working to address these issues, but one has to wonder if 3-D was nothing but a flash in the CES pan -- a technology story rather than anything consumers actually wanted. Read More

Beware the Facebook ‘friend collector’

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By Andrea Bartz and Brenna Ehrlich, Special to CNN
January 3, 2012 -- Updated 2052 GMT (0452 HKT) | Filed under: Social Media
Do you often add long-lost friends or half-remembered college classmates on Facebook? You may be a Friend Collector.
Do you often add long-lost friends or half-remembered college classmates on Facebook? You may be a Friend Collector.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Have a Facebook friend who doesn't respond to your posts? They're likely a "friend collector"
  • Many friend collectors send requests out of curiosity and nosiness
  • Should writers promote their work on Twitter? Yes, but they must do so in a tactical way
Editor's note: Brenna Ehrlich and Andrea Bartz are the sarcastic brains behind humor blog and book "Stuff Hipsters Hate." Got a question about etiquette in the digital world? Contact them atnetiquette@cnn.com. (CNN) -- Perhaps it's the inherently soul-crushing nature of the holiday season, but it seems many of our readers have been beset by quandaries of late. So, being the utterly benevolent souls that we are, we're choosing to devote this week's column to more reader questions. This week we tackle Facebook friend collectors and the eternal query: To tweet or not to tweet? Merry, Happy Whatever, everyone. Read More

Could Chrome overtake Internet Explorer in the browser wars?

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Doug Gross, CNN
By Doug Gross, CNN
January 4, 2012 -- Updated 1426 GMT (2226 HKT) | Filed under: Web
Google Chrome's success has hurt Mozilla's Firefox, another alternative to Microsoft's Explorer.
Google Chrome's success has hurt Mozilla's Firefox, another alternative to Microsoft's Explorer.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Google's Chrome browser continues to gain on market leader Internet Explorer
  • Analysts say Chrome has 27% of the browser market, trailing only IE at 37%
  • Chrome's rise is part of a two-front Google vs. Microsoft duel that includes Web search
  • Gartner analyst: New IE9 may help slow Chrome's rise
(CNN) -- A month ago, Google's three-year effort to push its Web browser, Chrome, took a major step when analysts said it had passed Mozilla's Firefox to become the second-most popular tool of its kind on the Internet. Today, that climb continues and has some tech observers wondering whether Chrome could do the unthinkable and topple perennial leader Internet Explorer from atop the browser rankings. According to Web analytics firm StatCounter, the most popular version of Google's browser, Chrome 15, edged out Internet Explorer 8 in early December to become the world's most used edition of a browser. (For those keeping score, the totals were 23.6% of worldwide browser usage compared to IE8's 23.5%.) When all versions are considered, Chrome accounted for more than 27% of all worldwide browser use at the beginning of December, an increase of about 1.5% over the previous month. That's compared to about 37% for Internet Explorer, which dropped 2% from November, according to StatCounter. Read More

Social media resolutions for 2012

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By Andrea Bartz and Brenna Ehrlich, Special to CNN
January 4, 2012 -- Updated 1231 GMT (2031 HKT) | Filed under: Social Media
It's pretty hard to call those blank-eyed hours of liking and commenting and scrolling through photos as
It's pretty hard to call those blank-eyed hours of liking and commenting and scrolling through photos as "me time."
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • First off: If you're looking for love, avoid posting a terrible profile picture
  • Set a rule that works for you (no FB after 10 p.m., a 15-minute max on browsing time)
  • Find a few minutes to give your buds the benefit of some voice-on-voice action
Editor's note: Brenna Ehrlich and Andrea Bartz are the sarcastic brains behind humor blog and book "Stuff Hipsters Hate." Got a question about etiquette in the digital world? Contact them atnetiquette@cnn.com. (CNN) -- 'Tis the season of fresh resolutions, still glittery with promise before time constraints, reality and your extreme laziness settle over them like a moist gray tarnish. Looking back on 2011, we've dished up some social media advice that could very well stave off that sad day in early spring when you come across your scribbled-down "2012 GOALS," all multicolored highlighters and bubble letters, and weep softly. So, whistles blaring, puffing with unusual optimism and pep, we, your resident netiquette drill sergeants, dispense the following tools to help you achieve your dreams in the big 1-2. I resolve to fall in love. Since that whole join-a-bowling-league advice your mom gave you isn't working out so well (Memo to mothers of the world: Gutter balls, mozzarella sticks and horrifying color-block shoes are not a recipe for love.), you'll probably need to sign up for online dating. Read More