Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Technical News - 8 June 2011


  • EU to probe Facebook over facial recognition feature
    June 8, 2011
    The European Union is unhappy with the fact that Facebook turned on Tag Suggestions, a facial recognition feature, by default without notifying users first.
  • Microsoft codename watch: Add 'Vancouver' to city-inspired list
    June 8, 2011
    It's (a bit past) time for my latest update to my Microsoft codename tracker. Among the new entries is Microsoft 'Vancouver,' a new SQL Azure-related codename, from what my contacts tell me.
  • PaaS based on Drupal, Ruby on Rails announced
    June 8, 2011
    Red Hat isn't the only open source provider pursuing the Platform-as-a-Service market for developers.This week,àAcquia and Engine Yard announced they have joined forces to create a cloud...
  • Nintendo's Wii U to be fueled by a custom AMD chip, IBM processor
    June 8, 2011
    While the Wii U console itself did not take center stage on Tuesday, Nintendo is slowly shedding light on the technology powering the device.
  • Talend brings unified data integration platform to public clouds
    June 8, 2011
    Talend, an open-source middleware provider, today announced Talend Cloud, a unified integration platform for the cloud and hybrid IT environments.
  • HP stirs the pot with new Converged Infrastructure offerings
    June 8, 2011
    There is a lot of attention on Converged Infrastructure - and HP has raised its profile in that market with three new offerings, blogs Richard Fichera.
  • Mondopad 55-inch HD tablet combines apps, cloud-based video conferencing
    June 8, 2011
    Blurring the line between what should be called an HDTV with a touch screen and a tablet, the 55-inch Mondopad HD tablet for cloud-based video conferencing has been unveiled.The idea for...
  • Unstructured data: the elephant in the Big Data room
    June 8, 2011
    Unstructured data is still ungovernable, a new survey finds. But enterprises are going to have to reckon with new forms of information in its many forms. As part of my work with Unisphere...
  • Did Apple launch an enterprise Trojan Horse?
    June 8, 2011
    iMessage could be a Microsoft and BlackBerry killer. But is this a pie in the sky idea?
  • Epson and Thinxtream's PrintJinni app now prints from the cloud
    June 8, 2011
    Epson and Thinxtream's collaborative PrintJinni mobile printing app is catching on with the current hot trend of the moment: cloud computing.
  • Study: Most Americans want gamification at work
    June 8, 2011
    Surprise, surprise: many Americans enjoy some kind of casual gaming at work. But this could actually be a good thing for businesses all around.
  • Could and should there be a Microsoft-branded Windows 8 tablet?
    June 8, 2011
    Could there be a Microsoft-branded Windows 8 tablet coming to market next year? Sure. But should there be? I'd argue no.
  • LivingSocial adds instant deals with $1 lunch specials
    June 8, 2011
    The daily deal site war is ramping up, and instant deals are becoming the new craze. LivingSocial has responded by pleasing both customers' stomachs and wallets at the same time with $1 lunch deals.
  • Virtualization: A Manager's Guide is now available
    June 8, 2011
    I've been working with the good folks over at O'Reilly Media to create an ebook.à It just came live on their system!à It is a book aimed at introducing the concepts of virtualization, what...
  • Hands-on with the Powermat wireless charging system for HTC EVO 4G
    June 8, 2011
    Anything that helps me cut the cords in my office is welcome, and the Powermat wireless charging system I am using with the HTC EVO 4G is a real boon.
  • Apple creates a health kit for overweight, out-of-shape designers
    June 8, 2011
    Is Apple's latest internal campaign an attempt to combat weight/health issues within the company? See Apple's design + health kit here.
  • Rumor: Microsoft planning own-brand tablet
    June 8, 2011
    According to the reports, Microsoft is in talks with Texas Instruments and Taiwan-based OEMs/ODMs to produce the own-brand tablets.
  • Microsoft acquires Prodiance to integrate risk-management into future Office releases
    June 8, 2011
    Microsoft announced on June 7 its acquisition for an undisclosed amount of enterprise risk management (ERM) software vendor Prodiance.
  • Grab a Windows Phone 7 handset for $0.01 (plus new plan)
    June 8, 2011
    Several readers have sent this in so I thought I'd pass it on ... grab a Windows Phone 7 handset from Verizon, Spring or T-Mobile for $0.01 (plus new plan).
  • Oracle wants big cut of Android damages as Google's IP headache gets worse
    June 8, 2011
    Oracle is seeking major damages in its lawsuit against Google over Android in a move that reflects how the search giant's intellectual property headaches may just continue to get worse. Should...
  • OPEC oil talks collapse, no output deal
    June 8, 2011
    VIENNA (Reuters) - OPEC talks broke down in acrimony on Wednesday without an agreement to raise oil output after Saudi Arabia failed to convince the cartel to lift production.

  • Judge Prevents 23,322 Filesharing Does From Being Sued For Now
    June 8, 2011
    An anonymous reader writes "The Judge overseeing the US Copyright Group's lawsuit against 23,000 individuals sharing 'The Expendables' has shut the door on progress. In a ruling made yesterday, the judge has ordered the US Copyright Group to show cause as to how all 23,322 fall under his Court's jurisdiction. Considering the US Copyright Group's failure in the past to show cause on jurisdiction, this could be the beginning of the end."
    Read more of this story at Slashdot.



  • Qaeda's Zawahri says U.S. facing Muslim rebellion
    June 8, 2011
    CAIRO (Reuters) - Al-Qaeda's second-in-command Ayman al-Zawahri said the United States faced a Muslim rebellion following the death of Osama bin Laden, according to a video recording posted on YouTube and monitored on Wednesday.

  • Zynga said to favor small IPO float: report (Reuters)
    June 8, 2011
    Reuters - Zynga Inc, which is preparing for an initial public offering, is said to favor selling just a small part of itself in its IPO, according to a report in Bloomberg.
  • Zynga said to favor small IPO float: report
    June 8, 2011
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Zynga Inc, which is preparing for an initial public offering, is said to favor selling just a small part of itself in its IPO, according to a report in Bloomberg.

  • Senators seek crackdown on "Bitcoin" currency (Reuters)
    June 8, 2011
    Reuters - Two senators are pressing federal authorities to crack down on an online black market and "untraceable" digital currency known as Bitcoins after reports that they are used to buy illegal drugs anonymously.
  • Senators seek crackdown on "Bitcoin" currency
    June 8, 2011
    ST. LOUIS (Thomson Reuters Accelus) - Two senators are pressing federal authorities to crack down on an online black market and "untraceable" digital currency known as Bitcoins after reports that they are used to buy illegal drugs anonymously.

  • Microsoft readying own Windows tablet?
    June 8, 2011
    Sources cited by Taiwan's DigiTimes say Redmond is thinking of unveiling its own Windows 8-branded tablet with help from TI and various Taiwanese component makers.
  • Apple, Google cloud can help curb online piracy: U.S.
    June 8, 2011
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Services developed by Apple Inc and Google for people to store photos, music and data online may do more to combat online piracy than regulation can, a U.S. official said on Wednesday.

  • What Happened to the Office?
    June 8, 2011
     I admit it: I love YouTube. It has some of the most inane programming in the world. That video where the closet door falls on the little kid while she’s doing the stuffed animal dog show is brutal, but it’s absolutely hysterical. Recently, I was sitting in SFO and my flight was delayed, so I watched this Internet drama unfold again and again. I looked up and realized that they had closed the door of my plane. I stood there dumbstruck as it pushed away from the gate.
  • Sonic Generations chases the past, with positive results
    June 8, 2011
    Sonic fans live in the past to a great degree. They complain that each new release fails to live up to their rose-tinted memories of the original Sonic games, and in many cases they're right. This has presented a problem though, as Sega is now wrapped up in the Quixotic task of trying to appease fans who think the original titles were in fact much better than the reality. We're firmly into self-devouring snake territory when it comes to modern Sonic titles.
    This became apparent

  • E3 2011 trailer: Check out the Nintendo Wii U in action (Digital Trends)
    June 8, 2011
    Digital Trends - It was the talk of the E3 when it was debuted, and will likely remain so for the rest of the week and beyond.  If you missed the news, yesterday Nintendo stole the show with the debut of its new console, the Wii U.
  • Apple now world's largest semiconductor buyer
    June 8, 2011
    The company spent $17.5 billion on semiconductors last year, a leap of nearly 80 percent from 2009, says IHS iSuppli. Yes, it does have something to do with all those iPhones and iPads.
  • Weiner latest NY lawmaker caught in sex scandal (AP)
    June 8, 2011
    Rep. Anthony Weiner's admission that he sent raunchy texts and photos to several women online places him in a rogue's gallery of Empire State elected officials better known for their sexual shenanigans than legislative accomplishments. From Left: Rep. Vito Fossella, R-N.Y, U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., Rep. Chris Lee, R-N.Y., and New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer. Photos from left are from Dec. 8, 2008, June 6, 2011, Feb. 9, 2011 and March 12, 2008.(AP Photo/FILES)AP - Add Rep. Anthony Weiner to the growing list of New York politicians caught in headline-grabbing sex scandals. The disclosure by the married seven-term Democrat that he sent raunchy texts and photos to several women online placed him in a rogue's gallery of Empire State elected officials better known for sexual shenanigans than legislative accomplishments.


  • Nintendo's big Wii U
    June 8, 2011
    Facebook launches automatic facial recognition for photo tagging, Google releases Chrome 12 to the masses, and Nintendo announces its next-generation console, now called the Wii U.
  • Web companies test Internet's readiness for future
    June 8, 2011
    LONDON (Reuters) - Web companies including Google, Facebook and Akamai are joining forces on Wednesday to test the Internet's readiness for a future in which billions more people and devices will be connected.

  • Why Copyright Holders Love iTunes Match And Pirates Hate It
    June 8, 2011
    Steve Jobs presented a web storage service called iCloud this week that marked cloud computing's transition to the mainstream. But a debate is already raging about what some of iCloud's features could mean for the future of digital music and video.
  • A Microsoft-Branded Windows 8 Tablet? Doubt It.
    June 8, 2011
    Microsoft is considering another run at the hardware business, this time with a tablet PC of its own making.
    That’s the rumor, anyway.
    Supply chain sources tell occasionally reliable Taiwanese trade mag DigiTimes that the company has approached Texas Instruments and a few other OEMs about manufacturing a Microsoft branded Windows 8 tablet. It’s not clear whether this would be a reference design or a full blown consumer offering, though given Microsoft’s mixed success in the hardware market and appetite for OEM licensing fees, I’d argue its probably the former.
    The latter is simply too risky. Microsoft’s had a number of high-profile failures in the hardware market already and there’s certainly a chance of adding another with an ill-starred run at the increasingly competitive tablet market. Add to that the fact that doing so would irk, if not alienate the hardware vendors from which it hopes to collect licensing fees and the entire excercise seems foolhardy at best. It’s never wise to compete with your customers.
    Microsoft hasn’t commented on the rumors, though spokesman Frank Shaw had this to say in an early morning tweet today, “Nothing like starting the day with a hot steaming cup of speculation.”

  • Investors, Workers: Strong Fuel Economy Standards Will Fuel America's Economy
    June 8, 2011
    Capital doesn’t flow in a vacuum. And big investors are telling us that’s exactly what we have right now with uncertain U.S. energy policies.
  • Can Sentigo's Wall St. Scanner Make You a Better Investor?
    June 8, 2011
    With the thousands of information sources available to investors, you may have wondered whether there is a way to analyze it all and help you figure out what stock to buy that will make you money tomorrow.
  • Fitch may cut U.S. to "restricted default" in August
    June 8, 2011
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - The United States probably wouldn't be able to maintain its prized AAA sovereign ratings status if it suffered even a "technical" default on its debt, Fitch Ratings said on Wednesday.

  • Apple Plans New Spaceship-like Campus
    June 8, 2011
    itwbennett has a story that might answer the question of what Apple is doing with the billions they have in the bank. "Apple CEO Steve Jobs on Tuesday presented plans for a new Apple campus to the Cupertino City Council. The office building will look 'a little like a spaceship landed,' said Jobs. It will also be just 4 stories tall, is big enough to house all 12,000 Apple employees (with room for growth), and will generate its own energy." Keep reading to see the riveting town council meeting.

  • FBI director says to boost focus on cyber threats
    June 8, 2011
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The FBI plans to sharpen its focus on the increased threat of cyber attacks over the next two years, FBI Director Robert Mueller said on Wednesday, in the wake of a recent attack on Google's email system.

  • SunPower: After Weak Outlook, Multiple Analyst Downgrades
    June 8, 2011
    SunPower, which yesterday issued disappointing profit guidance, today was hit with a wave of analyst downgrades.
  • Mobile Developers Still Choosing Android Over iOS
    June 8, 2011
    Android widened its lead on iOS as the format in which developers chose to code for, with Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 in fourth place.

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