AMNews: Bebo Revamps User Interface, Google Goes Solar, ShairPort Hack, iPad 2 3D

Ailing social networking platform Bebo has launched a newly revamped version in a bid to attract users that are fed up with Facebook. Under the new ownership of Criterion Capital Partners, the platform has revamped the entire user interface to offer a less congested news feed and a Facebook-like comments system.

Cloud start-up Zixi

has received $4 million in its first round of funding led by Boston-based private investment firm Schooner Capital. Zixi offers technology that allows users to broadcast high-quality HD live and on-demand video over the cloud.

Google

on Monday announced that it is planning to invest $168 million in Brightsource Energy Inc.'s Ivanpah thermosolar energy project, located in California's Mojave Desert. Upon being fully functional, presumably in 2013, the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System will reportedly become the largest solar project in the world.

It took some very clever engineers

from the Engineering Human-Computer Interaction Research Group to convert the display of the iPad 2 into a glass-free pseudo 3D one. The team used the front facing camera of the iPad 2 with some smart software hacking to create what it calls Head-Coupled Perspective or HCP.

The ShairPort hack

, developed by Australian James Laird, allows any copy of iTunes running on the local network to stream music to any desktop computer. Laird managed to crack Apple's AirPlay by dismantling his girlfriend's AirPort Express device and examining its ROM, which stores the details of the device's firmware.