Thursday, March 31, 2011

Technical News - 30 March 2011


  • Foxconn posts $218 million full-year net loss
    March 31, 2011
    It seems that making stuff for other companies isn't as profitable as it once was. Foxconn, which builds gadgets ranging from motherboards to iPhones, has posted a $218 million full-year net loss,...
  • What are you doing for 'World Backup Day'?
    March 31, 2011
    It's World Backup Day 2011. Do you know where your backups are?
  • Microsoft to file antitrust complaint vs. Google in EU
    March 31, 2011
    Microsoft will file a complaint with the European Commission alleging anticompetitive behavior in Europe's search market.
  • Nintendo 3DS: Record-breaking sales or marketing fail?
    March 31, 2011
    The 3DS is Nintendo's latest magical feat of gaming, but has shoddy marketing harmed sales or has it actually helped them?
  • Windows 8 M3 build contains new wallpaper, twin UI bits, and more
    March 31, 2011
    Windows 8 information keeps trickling out slowly. Here to add to the mix is a new wallpaper and some additional information.
  • HP assigns Colorado data center to green-tech testing duties
    March 31, 2011
    Let's be real. It is sort of difficult to test the side-by-side claims of one green data center practice or technology against another. So, Hewlett-Packard is trying to make it a bit easier for...
  • Time to celebrate World Backup Day 2011
    March 31, 2011
    Today is April Fools Day eve, so to speak, but among techies, it's become known as World Backup Day. If you don't want to look like a fool when your computer crashes, keep reading.
  • Samsung 'keylogger' is a GFI VIPRE antivirus false-positive
    March 31, 2011
    I've confirmed that the 'keylogger' that Samsung was accused of shipping with certain notebooks yesterday by NetworkWorld is, in fact, a false-positive result by GFI VIPRE antivirus software.
  • DataStax Brisk: Marrying big data tools Hadroop and Apache Cassandra
    March 31, 2011
    What happens when a company marries big data and analytics? DataStax Brisk.
  • Five battery life savers for HTC Thunderbolt (and other Androids)
    March 31, 2011
    The HTC ThunderBolt may be breaking land speed records with its 4G LTE connection, but all that speed seriously drains the battery. Here are practical tips for squeezing out more battery life.
  • Apple's iPad and tablet parade will boost IT spending, says Gartner
    March 31, 2011
    Sales of media tablets such as Apple's iPad, Samsung's Galaxy Tab and an army of other competitors from RIM, Motorola and Hewlett-Packard will give global IT spending a boost, says Gartner.
  • Your Avatar, Your Guide: Digital Doubles Can Improve Social Skills—or Create False Memories (preview)
    March 31, 2011
    Your favorite coffee shop is crowded with harried people, and you are standing shoulder to shoulder in a slow-moving line. Each jostling shift of the crowd aggravates your severe social anxiety. You start gasping for air; your heart quickens and you want to run.
    But you force yourself to stay. You manage that feat only because you are not actually there. You are living this experience through your avatar, an animation that represents you in a virtual environment. In reality, you have never made

  • Ouattara controls Ivory Coast's San Pedro port
    March 31, 2011
    ABIDJAN (Reuters) - Forces loyal to Ivory Coast's Alassane Ouattara seized the major cocoa port of San Pedro overnight, continuing an offensive that has seen them take swathes of the country to try to oust leader Laurent Gbagbo.

  • Fresh new perspectives for your blog
    March 30, 2011
    (Cross-posted from Blogger Buzz)

    Today we’re previewing five new dynamic templates in Blogger that you’ll soon be able to customize and use for your blog. These new views use the latest in web technology, including AJAX, HTML5 and CSS3, to deliver a host of benefits to you and your readers:
    • Infinite scrolling: read more posts without having to reload or click to a second page
    • New layouts: different views suited to different types of blogs
    • Speed: download images as you view them, not

  • Fresh new perspectives for your blog
    March 30, 2011
    Today we’re previewing five new dynamic templates in Blogger that you’ll soon be able to customize and use for your blog. These new views use the latest in web technology, including AJAX, HTML5 and CSS3, to deliver a host of benefits to you and your readers:
    • Infinite scrolling: read more posts without having to reload or click to a second page
    • New layouts: different views suited to different types of blogs
    • Speed: download images as you view them, not all at once in advance
    • Interactivity

  • Music industry will force licenses on Amazon Cloud Player—or else
    March 31, 2011
    Amazon's decision to launch its new Cloud Player without securing additional music licenses has been described as a "bold move" by many observers. It takes serious guts for Amazon to simply declare that it doesn't need licenses—especially when even casual observers know the music industry thinks otherwise. Still, this isn't a one-dimensional issue. The law has yet to deal much with services like Amazon's, record companies fantasize about huge revenues in streaming services,

  • A New Palestinian Movement: Young, Networked, Nonviolent (Time.com)
    March 31, 2011
    Time.com - Rejecting the past, young social-networking rebels embracenonviolence
  • Will you commute via 'personal rapid transit?'
    March 31, 2011
    Imagine stepping onto a cold, windy platform at 2 in the morning and waiting just a few seconds for the transit car to show up.

  • U.S. support order, defection could buoy Libya rebels
    March 31, 2011
    NEAR BREGA/BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - Libyan rebels massed for a counter-attack against Muammar Gaddafi's forces in the east on Thursday, both buoyed by and wary of news of covert U.S. support and his foreign minister's defection.

  • ePals ups its game with Learning Pages partnerships
    March 30, 2011
    Does ePals represent an even better value, despite an actual per-student cost, than free collaboration services from the likes of Google? It's getting harder to dismiss its "Premium Services."
  • Apps are a baseball fan’s best friend (Appolicious)
    March 31, 2011
    Appolicious - I remember sports before apps. When going out for the night meant not knowing the score of the game until you woke up the next morning. When clever fanatics would use the tiniest opportunity at important social gatherings to sneak out to their car and check the score of the game.
  • Google's App Engine Gets New Search Feature
    March 31, 2011
    The Python SDK (Software Development Kit) for Google's cloud platform App Engine has a new search feature that can be used to build notification, monitoring, or...

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  • Google Wants You to 'Like' +1: But Will You?
    March 31, 2011
    Google is gunning to get you to '+1' Websites you like. Here's the problem with that plan.

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  • Microsoft files EU competition complaint against Google (Reuters)
    March 31, 2011
    An employee rides her bike past a logo next to the main entrance of the Google building in Zurich July 9, 2009. REUTERS/Christian HartmannReuters - Microsoft Corp stepped up its rivalry with Google Inc with a formal complaint to EU antitrust regulators, claiming Google systematically thwarts Internet search competition.


  • Microsoft files EU competition complaint against Google
    March 31, 2011
    SEATTLE/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp stepped up its rivalry with Google Inc with a formal complaint to EU antitrust regulators, claiming Google systematically thwarts Internet search competition.

  • Amazon may be pursuing music streaming licenses for Cloud Player, despite earlier reports (Digital Trends)
    March 31, 2011
    Digital Trends - You may have read yesterday that Sony Music isn’t a big fan of Amazon’s newly launched Cloud Player. The beef is that the online retailer’s new cloud service offers music streaming to users even though it never actually went about the process of negotiating for licenses to do so. Amazon contended that streaming licenses are not necessary, since the content is coming from each user’s personal storage space in the cloud-based network, making it analogous to a remote external
  • Japan disaster sparks social media innovation (AP)
    March 31, 2011
    In this image released by Chris MacKenzie, an illustration titled 'Copter Lift' used in 'Quakebook,' designed by contributor Chris MacKenzie, is shown. A British teacher living in Abiko city, just east of Tokyo, is leading a volunteer team of bloggers, writers and editors producing 'Quakebook,' a collection of reflections, essays and images of the March 11 earthquake that will be sold in the coming days as a digital publication. Proceeds from the project will go to the Japanese Red Cross, said the 40-year-old, who goes by the pseudonym 'Our Man in Abiko.' (AP Photo/Chris MacKenzie) NO SALES, MANDATORY CREDITAP - As Japan grapples with an unprecedented triple disaster — earthquake, tsunami, nuclear crisis — the Web has spawned creativity and innovation online amid a collective desire to ease suffering.


  • NTT DoCoMo Increases Investment in India
    March 31, 2011
    NTT DoCoMo to invest $176 million [m] in Indian joint venture

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  • Google snubs city that named itself Google
    March 31, 2011
    What more could a city do?

  • Kick Butt, Zhou Hongyi
    March 31, 2011
    I’ve interviewed literally thousands of businesspeople in China since I opened our Shanghai bureau in 2003 and took up the job of compiling our annual Forbes China Rich List. Because the pace of networking in China is so fast and the pool of entrepreneurs that we try to track is so huge, some faces blur out after only days. By contrast, Zhou Hongyi made a lasting impression when I talked to him several years ago. 
  • Verizon plans 100G deployment on US network
    March 31, 2011
    The network segments include Chicago to New York, Sacramento to Los Angeles and Minneapolis to Kansas City
  • Convert Your Facebook Profile into a Business or Fan Page
    March 31, 2011
    Facebook users can now convert their personal profiles into business or fan pages.

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  • Debris Prevents Robots From Entering Stricken Nuclear Plant
    March 31, 2011
    Tokyo Electric Power is looking to send radiation-hardened robots into the wrecked Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, but obstacles literally stand in the...

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  • Planned Google app would identify faces
    March 31, 2011
    Google plans to introduce a mobile application that would allow users to snap pictures of people's faces in order to access their personal information, a director for the project said this week.

  • Mobile SEO a must in 2011
    March 31, 2011
    By now people would have heard the term "Mobile SEO" but some still thinks of doing SEO to non-mobile friendly sites should take care the conversion part of consumers using mobile devices. Certainly not, I suggest starting a separate mobile site with mobile formatted digital content if you don’t have one.

    According to comScore, Mobile search was 9 percent of all queries in 2010 and could grow to 20 percent by 2012. So do you want to be one of the people missing those 20 percent Mobile search

  • Government mulls UK net controls
    March 31, 2011
    Websites deemed to be helping people infringe copyright could be blocked under plans being considered by the government.
  • China's Baidu to shut e-commerce platform
    March 31, 2011
    SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Baidu Inc, China's largest search engine, will shut its online e-commerce store, Youa, and migrate its users to other platforms, it said on Thursday.

  • Mitsubishi to Resume Making Chip Packaging Resin After Quake
    March 31, 2011
    Mitsubishi Gas Chemical will restart production of a resin vital for chip packaging early next month, at a factory that was damaged by the March 11 earthquake in...

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  • Former FDA Chemist Named in Insider Trading Cases
    March 31, 2011
    On March 29, 2011, the United States Department of Justice unsealed a criminal complaint in the District of Maryland that charges Gaithersburg, MD residents Cheng Yi Liang, 57, and his son, Andrew Liang, 25, with conspiracy to commit securities and wire fraud, securities fraud and wire fraud relating to their trading in the securities of five companies:
  • Baseball apps that score on opening day
    March 31, 2011
    The baseball season starts today. For iPhone, iPad, Android phone, or BlackBerry, there's an app to help you follow your favorite team, keep score at games, or construct a killer fantasy lineup.
  • eBay reveals its iPad 2 sales data
    March 31, 2011
    The online auction site has enabled the resale of a daunting number of tablets in two weeks.
  • Music labels look for rights violations in Amazon cloud
    March 31, 2011
    Online retailer appears to have gone to lengths to avoid violating copyright laws, and the company has begun negotiations to obtain licenses for new services. That could take time. Meanwhile, we've yet to hear from Apple and Google.
  • Vodafone Buys out Indian Owner in Mobile Joint Venture
    March 31, 2011
    Vodafone says it is buying out Indian partner, Essar Group, in mobile joint venture

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  • China report claims Google-linked firms broke tax rules
    March 31, 2011
    BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese authorities found three companies linked to Google Inc broke tax rules and are investigating possible tax avoidance, a Chinese state-run newspaper said on Thursday, raising the risk of fresh pressure on the Internet search giant.

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