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  • CIO backgrounder video: Why packaged implementation solutions matter
    April 15, 2011
    As high rates of IT project failure continue unabated, CIOs should examine alternative approaches to pure time and materials implementation contracts.
  • Oracle licensing: just say no
    April 15, 2011
    It's Oracle negotiating season once again and the advisors are out i force. Is what they're saying right or are there better approaches?
  • Solar's up! 3 new, noteworthy California projects
    April 15, 2011
    I don't normally write about all the solar projects going live in a given week or month, because then this blog would have to become solar-tech pastures. But three on-site projects have just gone...
  • This week in Mobile News Manor #15: Verizon 4G Mobile Hotspot rocks
    April 15, 2011
    This is a peek into a technology writerââ¬â¢s home office, aka Mobile News Manor, discussing gadgets, apps, best practices using same, and ebooks. This week Verizon's 4G Mobile Hotspot landed, twice.
  • Can the BlackBerry PlayBook appeal to non-BB owners?
    April 15, 2011
    Research in Motion is jumping into the tablet market with the BlackBerry PlayBook launching on April 19th. But this isn't any tablet, and RIM might have trouble selling this device to...
  • Video: Supersonic F/A-18C Hornet bursts into flame on aircraft carrier flight deck
    April 15, 2011
    Here's a shoutout to everyone on the crew, and especially the intrepid pilot who came home safely and brought his injured bird in for an incredible landing.
  • Can iPhone Meal Snap photo app magically tell what's in your meal? We put it to the test.
    April 15, 2011
    Meal Snap is accurate enough to amaze your friends, and give you a rough idea what you're about to eat.
  • Quiz: Are you a smartphone guru?
    April 15, 2011
    Smartphones today are as powerful as our computers were just a couple years ago and continue to amaze us. Take the following quiz to see if you can consider yourself a smartphone guru.
  • Five questions: Cisco CIO Rebecca Jacoby talks data centers, apps, collaboration
    April 15, 2011
    Cisco CIO Rebecca Jacoby will launch the company's latest data center in Texas. We caught up with Jacoby to talk about data centers, collaboration and managing applications.
  • Intel to release three Sandy Bridge Pentium processors on May 22
    April 15, 2011
    Once the backbone of Intel's desktop processor lineup, the Pentium brand has since become a value line, sitting between the budget Celeron family and the better performing Core i3 series. Now the...
  • Marvell DragonFly VSA
    April 15, 2011
    PCIe board for industry standard system that can accelerate storage I/O performance ten times.
  • Oracle negotiations 101: Is there any leverage?
    April 15, 2011
    Oracle is widely seen as the toughest vendor in negotiations with technology buyers, but there are a few tactics to use to cut deals. And most of them revolve around helping out Oracle's sales...
  • Motorola's Atrix: Potential thin client for corporations with Citrix assist
    April 15, 2011
    Motorola's Atrix is promising on many levels, but there's still a mental hurdle involved with any potential thin client. However, the Atrix and its successors could be a promising corporate...
  • All Languages Linked To Common Source
    April 15, 2011
    Old Wolf writes "A New Zealand evolutionary psychologist, Quentin Atkinson, has created a scientific sensation by claiming to have discovered the mother of all mother tongues. 'Dr Atkinson took 504 languages and plotted the number of phonemes in each (corrected for recent population growth, when significant) against the distance between the place where the language is spoken and 2,500 putative points of origin, scattered across the world (abstract). The relationship that emerges suggests the actual
  • Pickpocketing or voluntary auctions? The wireless spectrum standoff
    April 15, 2011
    Federal Communications Commission Chair Julius Genachowski was on the road this week, giving the stump speech for the FCC's "looming spectrum crisis" tour. The bottom line is that smartphone demand is skyrocketing and that wireless broadband providers need more licenses down the line. Therefore, both carriers and regulators regularly eyeball the appetizing 300MHz of spectrum mostly reserved for over-the-air television broadcasters.
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  • Couple Sends Record Player Wedding Invitations
    April 15, 2011
    kfogel writes "Karen Sandler (a lawyer at the Software Freedom Law Center) and Mike Tarantino (a professional musician) are getting married in May. They've sent out the coolest wedding invitation ever: a beautifully packaged flexidisc record where the invitation itself is the record player. The song was written by Mike, is performed by Karen and Mike together, and FTW is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license. The person who designed the invitations — a friend of
  • Skype for Android has a Nasty Vulnerability
    April 15, 2011
    Names, e-mail addresses, phone numbers, contacts, and chat logs are all reportedly ripe for the picking in Skype's Android app.

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  • T. Rowe Price funds report stakes in Facebook (Reuters)
    April 15, 2011
    Reuters - A number of T. Rowe Price Group Inc mutual funds reported owning stakes in Facebook Inc, valuing the fast-growing social media firm at $25 per share.
  • U.S. stages "most challenging" missile-defense test
    April 15, 2011
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military said it succeeded in its "most challenging" missile intercept test yet, using Lockheed Martin Corp and Raytheon Co hardware to shoot down an intermediate-range ballistic target over the Pacific.

  • G20 tackles global economy; China unswayed on yuan
    April 15, 2011
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The world's big economies on Friday tried to overcome their differences and flesh out a plan to make the world economy less prone to booms and busts.

  • Cost surge under new Google CEO unnerves Street
    April 15, 2011
    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google Inc's stunning 54 percent spending surge in the first quarter spooked investors already worried its new CEO may take his eye off the bottom line to chase revenue growth.

  • Google Apps updates...something for everyone or about time?
    April 15, 2011
    What seems like fluff in Google Apps updates really is just a response to user requests, most of which are aimed at making Google Docs more like Office. But is that really necessary?
  • Rocket salvo hits Misrata; allies say Gaddafi must go
    April 15, 2011
    TRIPOLI (Reuters) - A fresh hail of government rockets crashed into Misrata on Friday after Western allies denounced a "medieval siege" of the city and vowed to keep bombing Muammar Gaddafi's forces until he stepped down

  • BofA profit drops; foreclosure delays hurt bank
    April 15, 2011
    CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (Reuters) - Bank of America Corp posted an unexpectedly sharp drop in first-quarter profit as higher expenses from delayed home foreclosures weighed on its mortgage business.

  • Android Draws Antitrust Complaint in S. Korea
    April 15, 2011
    Google’s been slapped with another antitrust complaint abroad, this time in South Korea.
    Daum Communications and NHN—which runs Naver, the country’s leading search engine—today called for South Korea’s Fair Trade Commission to investigate Google for allegedly limiting access to local search engines on Android smartphones.
    About seven out of ten new phones sold in country run Android, which offers Google’s search engine as a default, and Daum and NHN claims that’s stifling competition.
    “Smartphones using Google’s free Android operating system have Google’s search engine installed as a default navigation tool and are systematically designed to make it virtually impossible to switch to another option,” NHN said in a statement. “This limits opportunities for companies offering similar services to compete on a level playing field, restricts consumers’ choices and discourages the growth of the mobile internet market as telecoms operators and handset makers will not be encouraged to offer differentiated products and services.”
    Google denied the accusations.
    “Android is an open platform, and carrier partners are free to decide which applications and services to include on their Android phones,” the company said. “But we absolutely do not require carriers or manufacturers to include Google Search on Android-powered devices.”

  • Wii 2 on the Way: Nintendo is Growing Up
    April 15, 2011
    Almost five years after the Nintendo Wii's debut broke sales records, the console is expected to see a successor.

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  • Etc: Two South Korean sites have filed a Fair Trade Commission complaint against Google for supposedly limiting access to Android phones.
    April 15, 2011
    Two South Korean sites have filed a Fair Trade Commission complaint against Google for supposedly limiting access to Android phones.
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  • Core inflation rises mildly, earnings fall
    April 15, 2011
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Rising food and gasoline prices lifted U.S. consumer inflation as expected in March, but underlying inflation pressures remained contained, a government report showed on Friday.

  • iOS, Android gobbling Nintendo DS market share
    April 15, 2011
    Flurry Analytics says the DS's share of the mobile gaming market is headed sharply downward as consumers turn to smartphone-centric games like Angry Birds.
  • Tornadoes overnight leave at least six dead
    April 15, 2011
    LITTLE ROCK, Ark (Reuters) - Violent storms ripped across Oklahoma and Arkansas overnight, killing at least six people including a 6-year-old child, and cutting a path of destruction through several towns, authorities said on Friday.

  • Google Brags About Android Market Stats
    April 15, 2011
    Google claims 3 billion apps have been downloaded from its market, in little more than two years.

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  • E-Book Sales Have Tripled In the Last Year
    April 15, 2011
    destinyland writes "The Association of American Publishers revealed today that e-book sales have tripled in the last year. Sixteen publishers reported that in February e-book sales totaled more than $90.3 million, a 202.3% increase over e-book sales in February of 2010. Meanwhile, sales of adult hardcover books have dropped 43%, while mass-market paperback sales dropped 41.5% (earning just $46.2 million and $29.3 million, respectively). The book publishing association acknowledged that readers have
  • Stream Classical Music From Naxos Music Library
    April 15, 2011
    We’ve talked a bit about streaming music services here in recent times. My colleague Christopher Breen wrote about four streaming music services, and senior...

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  • Mozilla eyes changes 'to keep our users safe'
    April 15, 2011
    In the wake of problems involving faked certificates, the browser maker wants certificate authorities to adopt a standard on baseline requirements to ensure trustworthiness.
  • Sony milestones: 50 million PS3s, 8 million Moves
    April 15, 2011
    Company is still far behind Nintendo in console shipments and Microsoft in motion-accessory shipments.
  • Video game sales slip 16 percent
    April 15, 2011
    Though game software took a hit in March, sales of consoles and accessories were up, according to NPD. Also: the Nintendo 3DS enters the fray.
  • A warm welcome to the 'world's first 3D porn movie'
    April 15, 2011
    A packed house in Hong Kong bathes in the joy of the world's first 3D porn movie, the artistically stimulating "3D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy."
  • Google denies Panda hit on rival
    April 15, 2011
    Google has defended recent changes to its search system - the so-called "Panda"update - that reduced the prominence of some popular websites.
  • Saba - global formal & informal learning
    April 14, 2011
    I met with Bobby Yazdani, CEO & President of Saba Software earlier this week at their Redwood Shores California headquarters. A substantial global company with 1400 customers and more than...
  • Mexico's Alfa buying rest of Alestra from AT&T
    April 15, 2011
    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico industrial conglomerate Alfa said on Friday that it would become the sole shareholder of Alestra with the purchase of AT&T Inc's 49 percent stake for undisclosed terms.

  • Dose Detectives: Device Analyzes Radiation Exposure through Teeth and Nails [Slide Show]
    April 15, 2011
    Workers at the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant fighting to keep additional radioactive iodine, cesium, strontium and other harmful elements from being released into the environment are monitored daily for exposure to radiation. The same is true of the police and firefighters scouring the area within 10 kilometers of the plant for missing people. [More]

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  • Cisco, Wi-LAN sign patent license agreement
    April 15, 2011
    (Reuters) - Canadian patent licensing company Wi-LAN Inc said it signed a new patent licensing deal with Cisco Systems Inc, which will give the top network equipment maker a multi-year license to all of Wi-LAN's patent portfolio.

  • Twitter more robust than it may seem
    April 15, 2011
    In the beginning was a word, sketched on a legal pad. And the word was Status.

  • South Korean portals file competition complaint against Google
    April 15, 2011
    SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's top internet portals filed a complaint on Friday with antitrust regulators against Google Inc, alleging the search giant was unfairly stifling competition in the domestic mobile internet search market.

  • MeeGo sees interest from others after Nokia shift
    April 15, 2011
    TAMPERE, Finland (Reuters) - Mobile handset makers like LG Electronics are moving toward adopting Linux-based MeeGo operating systems after Nokia abandoned it and opened the way for rivals, one of the project's leaders said.

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