Did prosecutors in the Casey Anthony murder trial search the wrong Web browser for evidence on her computer?
It’s a question posed by Orlando television station WKMG, which reported last week it had uncovered a Google search about suffocation methods that attorneys for the state of Florida never presented during the 2011 trial of Anthony, who was acquitted of murdering her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee.
The station’s report found that on the day Caylee died, someone using Casey Anthony’s home computer had searched Google for “fool-proof suffication” (misspelling the word “suffocation”) after Casey’s father, George Anthony — whom defense attorneys cited as a possible murder suspect — testified that he had left for work.
But according to WKMG, investigators didn’t catch this evidence because they used search data from Internet Explorer, a Web browser installed by default on computers running Microsoft Windows.
The search query uncovered last week was made through Mozilla Firefox, an alternative Web browser.
After being shown the search data, trial prosecutor Jeff Ashton told WKMG, “It’s just a shame we didn’t have it.”
Casey’s defense attorney, Jose Baez, told the station that he was aware of the search at trial and “really believed that (prosecutors) were going to sandbag us with it.”
Web dominates post-Thanksgiving shopping
More people shopped online last Monday than on any other day in the history of the Web, according to research by IBM.
Cyber Monday, the Internet’s annual equivalent of Black Friday, saw sales climb more than 30 percent over the same day in 2011.
Hundreds of online retailers discounted prices and offered specials, with customers spending an average of $185 on orders.
Department store websites saw the biggest increase in sales from last year, but the real winners of the day may be mobile devices. The number of orders completed with smartphones and tablets nearly doubled from Cyber Monday 2011, IBM said.
Gadgets were the most popular purchases, with tablets, laptop computers and digital cameras among the top items sold through online retailer Buy.com.
The growth of Cyber Monday is part of a larger trend among consumers who are turning to the Internet for holiday shopping. Online sales on Black Friday this year crested past $1 billion for the first time, according to Internet research firm comScore.
Google to sell self-branded laptop?
Google could be preparing to launch a laptop computer under its own brand name, if rumors out of southeast Asia hold true.
Taiwanese newspaper China Times reported last week that Google is working with parts suppliers in the region to build a laptop that could ship before the end of the year.
The newspaper reported that the computer will feature a touchscreen display with Google’s Chrome OS operating system, which is designed with programs focusing on Internet browsing and Web-based applications.
Google already offers two sub-$300 Chrome OS laptops called “Chromebooks” which are sold under the Samsung and Acer brand names.
But Google has recently stepped up development of devices under its own brand. The company this year has released a smartphone, the Google Nexus 4, and two tablet computers, the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10.