Daily Dispatch: Google launches Secure Search; QVC ramps up mobile commerce

    Consumer Reports News: May 24, 2010 12:28 PM

    Combing through hundreds of blog posts and news articles daily, Dirk Klingner, our technology-trend watcher, sifts through the noise to bring you the tech news most important to consumers. If you have a tip on a story you want to share, leave a comment below.


    Google Secure Search (Google Operating System)

    Google launched a new version of Google Search that uses an encrypted connection to Google's servers. "With Google search over SSL, you can have an end-to-end encrypted search solution between your computer and Google."

    Pricing mistake costs Zappos more than $1.6 million (TechFlash)

    ...In a blog post, Zappos said a pricing engine mistake at its website 6pm.com capped all items on the site at $49.95 for six hours early Friday morning, resulting in a loss of more than $1.6 million.

    "Evil" App Displays Cell Numbers Of Unwitting Facebook Users (TechCrunch)

    ...Evil uses the graph API to search for groups about lost phones. It picks them at random, extracts some of the phone numbers, and then shows them. However, in an act of mercy not usually associated with "evil", it replaces the last three numbers with XXX.

    QVC expands m-commerce to Android, Blackberry (DMNews)

    ...Among the applications' new features are the abilities to view customer ratings and reviews and filter search results by category. The Android and iPhone apps also allow a high-definition feed of QVC's live broadcast.

    Lighter side: Popular Science: Archive Gallery: 138 Years of Inventions that Time Forgot (PopSci)

    A dog-powered car, a plastic bike sail, and a merry-go-round rowing machine are just a few of the quirkier inventions documented in PopSci's archives


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