Thursday, May 26, 2011

Technical News - 26 May 2011


  • Hedge fund manager wants Microsoft's Ballmer to go: Why it wonââ¬â¢t happen
    May 26, 2011
    A famous hedge fund manager wants Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to go and let someone else lead the company, but the chance of that happening are slim.
  • Tips: How to save server, data center power
    May 26, 2011
    Whether your company is trying to go Green or just save a little green, cutting back on the power used by your server room or datacenter can help. Bill Detwiler shows you five practical...
  • Can Citrix take control of the cloud?
    May 26, 2011
    Citrix looks to extend their access from the client to the cloud
  • Why I abandoned Twitpic photo-sharing
    May 26, 2011
    Despite my respect for Twitpic and its obvious value, I will no longer use the service due to terms of use that I consider unreasonable.
  • Yahoo Mail integrates Facebook, Twitter in overhaul; can it compete with Gmail?
    May 26, 2011
    Yahoo recently announced plans to revamp and roll out fresh updates for its free email service in the coming weeks. It's starting to make good on that promise with the integration of Facebook and...
  • Lenovo's emerging markets strategy paying off
    May 26, 2011
    Lenovo's fourth quarter was a mixed bag relative to expectations, but its strategy to protect its home turf---China---and mature markets such as the U.S. while attacking emerging markets appears...
  • Report: Japan best at using IT to support green national agenda
    May 26, 2011
    OK, so the first question I had when reading the new Low-Carbon ICT Leadership Benchmark from the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) was this: "Uh, where is the United States?"The...
  • Google is selling pre-Honeycomb tablets short, they work fine
    May 26, 2011
    Every day I hear from people who inform me that tablets running pre-Honeycomb versions of Android are not "real tablets". My own experience with tablets running Froyo, Gingerbread, and Honeycomb...
  • After server issues, Amazon aims for Lady Gaga do-over
    May 26, 2011
    The e-commerce giant used its server meltdown as a marketing opportunity and acknowledged that Lady Gaga "definitely melted some servers." Amazon also promised that "this time we're ready."
  • Comcast testing out IPTV service at MIT to compete better against online video rivals
    May 26, 2011
    Comcast may be the 800-pound gorilla of pay TV providers, but that size doesn't help it move as nimbly as smaller rivals and upstarts when it comes to taking advantage of changes in the...
  • HP builds Paul McCartney's digital library; sets precedent for other artists?
    May 26, 2011
    Hewlett-Packard picked up a rather unique task recently - it was handpicked to build a cloud-based digital library for Paul McCartney.
  • Why I haven't unsubscribed from Sony's PlayStation Network
    May 26, 2011
    Following the nightmare that was the global security breach in Sony's PlayStation Network, many PS3 owners gave up. Some even started selling off their games and consoles. But I'm not giving up....
  • Five easy steps to become an innovation-killer
    May 26, 2011
    The fuel that powers 21st century organizations is innovation. The problem is that most companies regularly do things to snuff out innovation wherever it rears its head. Here are five of the main...
  • Mac OS X has you covered ... really?
    May 26, 2011
    Let's remind ourselves of the bold security claims Apple makes about Mac OS X.
  • Virtual Storage Tiering
    May 26, 2011
    NetApp Virtual Storage Tier automates moving data to the appropriate type of storage device.
  • Apple's malware challenge: Usability as its security world changes
    May 26, 2011
    Apple's security reality is changing right before our eyes and the company's response will be telling. The toughest challenge will be shutting down hackers while keeping its trademark usability in...
  • The Increasingly Irrelevant Desktop OS
    May 26, 2011
    Virtualization and cloud-computing will save the desktop operating system but we really just need a way to launch applications.
  • B&N clarifies NOOK battery life stats
    May 26, 2011
    So, the other day Barnes and Noble announced that their updated NOOK ebook reader had battery life of two month and hailed it the 'longest battery life of any eReader.' But what kind of usage is...
  • Skype hit by global service crash
    May 26, 2011
    Skype has moved quickly to fix sign in and service problems that hit users all around the world.
  • Judge voids controversial Wisconsin union law
    May 26, 2011
    MADISON, Wisconsin (Reuters) - A Wisconsin judge on Thursday voided a controversial Republican-backed law restricting the collective bargaining rights of public sector unions.

  • Einhorn To Microsoft CEO: Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown (And Don't Come Back)
    May 26, 2011
    Add Greenlight Capital President David Einhorn to the list of folks calling for Steve Ballmer’s head. Speaking at the annual Ira Sohn Investment Research Conference in New York on Wednesday, Einhorn said it is time for Microsoft’s board to replace Ballmer as CEO, saying the company cannot thrive under his “Charlie Brown management.”
    “Ballmer’s problem is that he’s stuck in the past,” Einhorn said. “He’s allowed competitors to beat Microsoft in huge areas, including search, mobile-communications software, tablet computing and social networking. Even worse, his response to these failures has been to pour tremendous resources into efforts to develop his way out of these holes.”
    A brutal assessment of Ballmer’s leadership, likening him to the world’s quintessential loser. But as Einhorn noted, the company has been slow to venture into new markets under his direction (tablets) and losing share in others where it has fumbled the ball (mobile).
    “It’s time for Microsoft’s board to tell Steve Ballmer, ‘All right, we see what you can do, let’s give so-and-so a chance,’” Einhorn said. “His continued presence is the biggest overhang on Microsoft’s stock.”
    And that may well be the case. The problem is that Einhorn’s Greenlight holds just 9 million Microsoft shares, which is 0.11 percent of those outstanding. Meanwhile, Ballmer himself holds 333 million (3.95 percent ) and Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates, who put Ballmer in the CEO spot, owns 560 million (6.65 percent). Good luck convincing Microsoft’s two largest shareholders that one of them needs to go.
    At $24.69, Microsoft shares are up more than 2 percent as I write this.

  • EVO 2 console will bring Android gaming to your TV (Digital Trends)
    May 26, 2011
    Digital Trends - Mobile games are all the rage right now, but given the option, would you really want to play Angry Birds on your television? Envizions Computer Entertainment Corporation is banking on yes, as it announced today the planned fall release of its EVO 2 console, which repackages Android for a significantly larger small screen.
  • Lagarde to visit China, Brazil, no dates set yet
    May 26, 2011
    PARIS (Reuters) - French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde plans to visit emerging countries such as China and Brazil soon to garner support for her bid for the top IMF post, but no dates have been set yet, aides said on Thursday.

  • Amazon offers Lady Gaga album again for 99 cents (AFP)
    May 26, 2011
    US singer Lady Gaga is pictured in Cannes, France on May 11. Amazon is giving Lady Gaga fans another crack at her new album for 99 cents after suffering server meltdown the first time.(AFP/File/Martin Bureau)AFP - Amazon is giving Lady Gaga fans another crack at her new album for 99 cents after suffering server meltdown the first time.


  • Options market gets first crack at LinkedIn Friday (Reuters)
    May 26, 2011
    Reuters - Investors who believe LinkedIn Corp is overvalued after its explosive debut last week may get their first crack at proving that Friday, when options in the stock are set to be listed on U.S. exchanges.
  • Economy struggling to regain speed
    May 26, 2011
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Unexpectedly weak consumer spending kept the economy stuck in a slow growth gear in the first quarter and would likely struggle to regain speed amid signs of a slowdown in the pace of job creation.

  • Mac Malware Evolves - No Install Password Required
    May 26, 2011
    An anonymous reader writes "The latest versions of the Mac Defender malware attacks no longer require users to enter their admin credentials (username and password) upon install. A threat called 'Mac Guard' installs itself into areas of the Mac OS X system that only require standard user privilege. On Windows the criminals did this to avoid UAC warnings, and have copied this trick to their Mac OS X releases."
    Read more of this story at Slashdot.



  • Forty killed in Yemen fighting as civil war looms
    May 26, 2011
    SANAA (Reuters) - More than 40 Yemenis were killed in pitched street battles in the capital Thursday as fighting aimed at ending President Ali Abdullah Saleh's three-decade-long rule threatened to ignite civil war.

  • Top war crimes suspect Mladic arrested in Serbia
    May 26, 2011
    BELGRADE (Reuters) - Bosnian Serb wartime general Ratko Mladic was arrested in Serbia on Thursday after years on the run from international genocide charges, opening the way for the once-pariah state to approach the European mainstream.

  • Hedge fund star Einhorn calls for Microsoft's Ballmer to go
    May 26, 2011
    NEW YORK/SEATTLE (Reuters) - Influential hedge fund manager David Einhorn has called for Microsoft Corp Chief Executive Steve Ballmer to step down, saying the world's largest software company's leader is stuck in the past.

  • Security researcher finds 'cookiejacking' risk in IE
    May 26, 2011
    An independent security researcher says the browser is vulnerable to hackers gaining access to a person's cookie files and then logging on to password-protected sites.
  • Arab Web clampdown hurts own economies: Google's Schmidt
    May 26, 2011
    DEAUVILLE, France (Reuters) - Arab leaders were wrong to block Internet access in an effort to quell popular revolts as such moves only hurt their own economies, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt said on Thursday.

  • Amazon tries again with 99-cent Lady Gaga album
    May 26, 2011
    The over-the-top pop star "definitely melted some servers" on the first go-round on Monday, Amazon says. "This time we're ready."
  • Skype Offers Instructions to Fix Mac Connectivity Issues
    May 26, 2011
    Some Skype users found that they couldn't log in or stay connected. But those using Skype on iOS and Android devices were fine, as were some people using different desktop editions of the client.

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  • PayPal Co-Founder Gives Out $100,000 To Not Go To College
    May 26, 2011
    Paypal co-founder Peter Thiel says the key to quicker business innovation is skipping college. His foundation is handing out $100,000 to 24 people under 20 to drop out of college for two years and start companies. From the press release: "As the first members of the 20 Under 20 Thiel Fellowship, the Fellows will pursue innovative scientific and technical projects, learn entrepreneurship, and begin to build the technology companies of tomorrow. During their two-year tenure, each Fellow will receive
  • Acer Starts Making Laptops at New Factory in China
    May 26, 2011
    Acer, the world’s second largest PC maker, opened a factory in the Chinese industrial city of Chongqing on Thursday and expects it to produce 30 percent to 40...

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  • Google Maps Adds Buttons, Gets Foursquare Feel
    May 26, 2011
    The 'check-in' and 'rate and review' buttons feature prominently on each locale's page and make it easy to check in and give a star rating with just two taps.

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  • Lenovo quarterly net profit more than triples
    May 26, 2011
    HONG KONG (Reuters) - Lenovo Group Ltd, the world's No.4 PC brand, more than tripled its fourth-quarter net profit, beating forecasts on robust demand from commercial customers and making up for a slowdown in the consumer sector.

  • Intel might make chips based on non-Intel cores
    May 26, 2011
    LONDON (Reuters) - Intel would consider making silicon for rivals, saying that any proposal to use its manufacturing capacity to make chips based on a non-Intel processor core would trigger an "in-depth discussion."

  • Sony sees profit this fiscal year, despite PSN breach
    May 26, 2011
    LCD TV sales will push Sony's profits to more than $963 million in the fiscal year that ends next March, the company predicts. That stands in stark contrast to the most recent year.
  • New Google Tool To Find Trend Correlations
    May 26, 2011
    Kilrah_il writes "In 2008 Google found correlation between seasonal flu activity and certain search term, a finding that allowed it to track flu activity better and more rapidly than previous methods. Now, Google is offering a new tool, Google Correlate, that allows researched to do the same for other trends. 'Using Correlate, you can upload your own data series and see a list of search terms whose popularity best corresponds with that real world trend.' Of course, Google reminds us that correlation
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  • Top fund manager: Ballmer must go
    May 26, 2011
    Greenlight Capital hedge fund manager David Einhorn sees Microsoft's CEO as "the biggest overhang on Microsoft's stock" and says it's time to let someone else take over.
  • Lenovo's fourth quarter a mixed bag
    May 26, 2011
    Reporting earnings of $42 million on sales of $4.88 billion, the PC maker seems to be doing well enough in emerging markets while also holding its own in mature markets.
  • Sony offers sign-up page for identity-theft protection
    May 26, 2011
    PSN and Qriocity users can now go to Sony's site to sign up for an identity-theft protection service. They need only to input an e-mail address to receive an activation code.

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