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Star Apps: Jim Rash and Nat Faxon

Jim Rash and Nat Faxon have the creative synergy that collaborators kill for. Although Rash is famous for his Dean Pelton role on NBC's "Community" and Faxon, for starring on Fox's "Ben and Kate" as well as film roles in "Zookeeper," "Bad Teacher," and "Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story," when the two work together, it's Oscar-worthy. The two won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for co-writing "The Descendants," in 2012.

Thankfully, the duo have joined forces once again, this time to write … Read more

Free desktop viewing and sharing

TeamViewer is an app that lets you connect to other Macs and PCs via the Internet to share desktops, transfer files, walk through presentations, and control other computers remotely. It's even free for noncommercial use, making it a great choice for your pro bono troubleshooting for friends and family, or for just accessing your own Mac from the road.

The interface is simple: you just open TeamViewer and you're prompted to either create a session or wait for one. A unique ID and password is created for each session, and you need TeamViewer on both computers (if you'… Read more

Free books for your Kindle

Links from Thursday's episode of Loaded:

Amazon.com launches a library lending program for its Kindle e-reader

Toshiba's tablet will come out in June in Japan and shortly thereafter abroad

eBay purchases geolocation service Where

Google launches Earth Builder for cloud storage of geographic and geospacial data

Gamefly wins its case against the U.S. Postal Service

Buzz Out Loud 1216: Geek soap operas (podcast)

Between the legal drama playing out in the South Bay (Gizmodo raid! Dubious warrants! Potential counter-suits!) and the latest developments in the Infinity Ward/Activision internal drama (Involuntary labor! Withholding royalties and bonuses!), it's pretty much the Days of our Lives around here. Also, no Hulu in the UK, and Comcast gets a big, steaming pile of poo from its users. But at least it's Golden Poo.

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Microsoft inks patent licensing deal with HTC http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2010/apr10/04-27mshtcpr.mspxRead more

Suse Studio: Linux customization for the masses

One of the great promises of software is its infinite malleability: software can be whatever you want, so long as you have the skills necessary (and legal rights) to modify it.

Despite this promise, software has long sought to replicate physical goods: mass-produced with customization, if any, coming post-sale by a system integrator or other consultant. This has helped churn out billion-dollar software companies such as Oracle, SAP, and Microsoft, but it has failed to satisfy customer demand for a tailored fit.

I'm therefore hugely impressed by Novell's Suse Studio, an innovative way to enable both standardization and … Read more

Amex, Royal Bank of Scotland, NatWest customer details sold on eBay

Over 1 million American Express, Royal Bank of Scotland, and NatWest customers' details have been sold on eBay.

The details were stored on a server, bought for just over 35 British pounds ($64) by Andrew Chapman, an IT manager from Oxford, England, last week. Chapman told CNET News sister site ZDNet UK on Tuesday that the server, a network attached storage (NAS) box, contained unencrypted backups of CDs.

"A professional organization holding this kind of data should have tested the disks to make sure (the information) was destroyed," said Chapman.

The computer had been used by data-archiving firm Graphic Data to store the details on behalf of RBS, of which NatWest is a subsidiary. Details included names, addresses, bank account numbers, telephone numbers and customer signatures.

RBS said on Tuesday that it was in the process of investigating the incident. … Read more