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Tech Roundup: Drunken Email Regrets, MySQL Becomes TheirSQL, and More

Someone keep me from clicking send -- For those addicted to working into the wee hours and complete exhaustion there's a new meaning to morning after regret. That's the feeling people get when they realize exactly what they sent in emails before they finally gave in to sleep. Google has a new tool to address this: Mail Goggles. It works with Gmail and will start asking you math questions as times you can predict you'll be vulnerable. Fail the math and forget sending the email. It seems a bit silly until you realize that Google is once again demonstrating the attraction of identifying modern problems made manifest by technology and then working to solve them. How many other little technical quirks does society as a whole face that some company might address? We don't know; they can't get past their GMail accounts' math tests. [Source: Ars Technica]

And since you're not sending that email -- -- No matter what other developments are at hand, Google also seems to find more ways to make money. Here's one you might have predicted: AdSense for Games. Game publishers will be able to add video, image, or text ads to their wares. So far Google has signed up Konami, Playfish, Zynga, Demand Media, and Mochi Media on the game side and Esurance, Sprint, and Sony Pictures as beta advertisers. But the program isn't going to be open to just any game developer. An online game publisher must have at least half a million game plays and 80 percent of its traffic coming from the U.S. and U.K. On the YouTube front, Google is introducing click-to-buy links related to the content that people are watching and pointing viewers to iTunes or To paraphrase the 80s song: One way or another, they're gonna captcha, they're gonna captcha, captcha, captcha, captcha. [Source: Google Adsense Blog, GigaOM, Google Blog]

Playing with game console pricing -- An NDP Group analyst sees Sony PlayStation 3 as being the big loser in the console market unless it can manage to lose that nearly $400 price. But while the PS3 sales may come in at about 215,000 units in September, the Xbox 360 is expected to hit 320,000 units for the month, the first time it's broken the 300,000 mark. Between the lower price and some new first-party-shooter games, a lot of business may be shifting from Sony to Microsoft. Of course, Nintendo marches ahead, with the Wii and DS models each selling more units than the Xbox 360 and PS3 combined. Why shoot 'em up when you can just walk away with the market share? [Source: GameDaily News]

Heading down to the co-op -- In my admittedly rural neck of the woods, heading to the co-op means you're probably picking up some livestock grain. But Seattle has a relatively new early stage funding organization called the Founder's Co-op. It's a way for successful entrepreneurs to become angel investors in a quasi-organized way. So far the group has made three investments for a total of about $700,000, and it's planning to announce three more in the next few weeks. Not only do the start-ups get cash, but access to the extended networks of the investors. They're spreading the love -- of money. [Source: TechCrunch]

MySQL becomes TheirSQL -- David Axmark, who co-founded MySQL and was the driving force behind the database following an open source model, has resigned from Sun Microsystems; his last day there is November 10. Sun bought MySQL back in January, so Axmark has lasted about ten months. After spending $1 billion on MySQL, it is losing some of the most visible ties to the developer community, which Sun wanted to grow. Michael "Monty" Widenius, another co-founded, is reportedly also considering leaving Sun as well, which puts the company into an interesting situation. What pushed Axmark over the edge? He wrote "I HATE all the rules that I need to follow, and I also HATE breaking them" in his resignation letter, with expense reports and changing his email to an "@sun" address also irksome. Of course, given the money from the acquisition, he probably needn't worry about expense reports -- nor the expense costs -- ever again. Source: Computerworld]

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