Sparrow: Long Live Email

Sometimes email feels like a tired old habit that we just can't shake. On the other hand, we're often overwhelmed with the variety of communication options: Twitter, Facebook, Skype, and so on. Many mail services have popped up in recent history that bring new things to the table: first Google with its enormous (at the time) storage space, and now Facebook, who dares to blur the line between social networking and email. But what if we could rejuvenate the 30-year-old dinosaur on the desktop? What if email was hip and bearable?

Sparrow's main user interface

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Facebook Announces Integrated @facebook.com Email

Facebook is launching an @facebook.com email service today. In short: users who opt-in to the service will receive an @facebook.com email address based on their Facebook user name. Messages sent to that address will seamlessly integrate into Facebook chat, messages, etc. Facebook is also launching an updated iPhone app today alongside the product launch.

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Oracle, Apple Team Up for OpenJDK for Mac

Not too long ago Apple announced that the version of Java ported to Mac would now be deprecated. This brought into question the future of Java on Mac OS X.

The worries have subsided now that Apple has announced it is collaborating with Oracle for an implementation of Java SE 7 on Mac OS X. While Oracle will be providing the future versions of Java for Mac, Apple will be contributing a large portion of code, including a 32- and 64-bit Java virtual machine.

More information from Apple, and on the OpenJDK site.

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Google Buzz to Declutter Social Networks, Maybe

Upon logging into their Gmail accounts today, many users will find a splash page prompting them to try out Google's newest toy: Buzz.

What's the Buzz?

Whispers about Google Buzz have been floating around for a few days, and Google officially announced its existence and roll-out plans yesterday. But this certainly isn't Google's first foray into social networking - their social site Orkut has been around for a number of years, and is especially popular in Brazil. And Google Wave, a collaboration and communication product that is still in its infancy, hasn't really taken hold. All of this calls into question Google's direction in the social networking arena.

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Future of NASA's Manned Spaceflight

Mention "manned spaceflight" and the iconic images of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the surface of the Moon probably come to mind.

Constellation Program logo

The recently-announced United States budget for fiscal year 2011, proposed by President Barack Obama, includes the elimination of all funding for a key program that was expected to be the future flagship program for NASA.

The Constellation program, which came into being thanks to former President Bush's initiative titled "Vision for Space Exploration," will no longer receive funding. Constellation was the first step in many towards sending humans back to the Moon and, eventually, to Mars.

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