Sunday, September 18, 2011

Technical News - 18 September 2011


  • Libyan forces renew battle for Gaddafi towns
    September 18, 2011
    BANI WALID/SIRTE, Libya (Reuters) - Libyan interim government forces bent on seizing Muammar Gaddafi's remaining strongholds fell back after another chaotic attack on the desert town of Bani Walid on Sunday, but renewed their battle for the deposed leader's birthplace of Sirte.

  • UBS details rogue trades that lost bank $2.3 billion
    September 18, 2011
    ZURICH (Reuters) - Swiss bank UBS on Sunday increased the amount it said it had lost on rogue trades to $2.3 billion and gave details of how a trader concealed his risk exposure by creating fictitious positions in its systems.

  • Artificial Blood Vessels Created On a 3D Printer
    September 18, 2011
    rallymatte writes "A team at Fraunhofer Institute in Germany has managed to create artificial blood vessels with a 3D printer that may come to be used for transplants of lab-created organs. From the article: 'To print something as small and complex as a blood vessel, the scientists combined the 3D printing technology with two-photon polymerisation — shining intense laser beams onto the material to stimulate the molecules in a very small focus point.'"
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  • Greek cabinet meets to decide more austerity steps
    September 18, 2011
    ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou chairs a cabinet meeting on Sunday to decide on more austerity measures to secure continued funding under an international bailout.

  • Google preparing for Senate hearing
    September 18, 2011
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Google's Eric Schmidt, the online search giant's point man for all things Washington, goes before a Senate panel this week to argue the company is not a rival-abusing bully, but in fact is struggling to stay on top.

  • Facebook Could Be Eyeing Deeper TV, Music Partnerships
    September 18, 2011
    The moves would be in line with a long string of feature changes since Google+ came onto the social scene in June. And the latest buzz comes ahead of the F8 Facebook Developer Conference to be held Thursday in San Francisco.

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  • Israel To Join CERN As First Non-European Member
    September 18, 2011
    First time accepted submitter WorldPiece writes "More accurately, first non-European full member. This comes with some opposition from groups pushing to boycott Israel academia in response to the Israeli government's policies. 'It is a vital part of our mission to build bridges between nations. This agreement enriches us scientifically and is an important step in that direction,' CERN's Director General Rolf Heuer, a German physicist, told the signing ceremony."
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  • AT&T's LTE Network Debuts Today in 5 Cities
    September 18, 2011
    The battle with Verizon heats up as AT&T brings its faster LTE wireless service to Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio.

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  • Google preparing for Senate hearing (Reuters)
    September 18, 2011
    Reuters - Google's Eric Schmidt, the online search giant's point man for all things Washington, goes before a Senate panel this week to argue the company is not a rival-abusing bully, but in fact is struggling to stay on top.
  • Make sure you’re as LinkedIn as possible to your business (Appolicious)
    September 18, 2011
    Appolicious - As a columnist here at Appolicious, I use the LinkedIn iPhone app almost as much as I check my Twitter feed. It’s a great way for me to connect with app developers and discuss projects they’re working on, or to see if they might be worth writing about.
  • Cell Phone as Working Condition Fringe
    September 18, 2011
    My job as a tax partner in a large regional accounting firm is not one that involves life or death urgency.  It just seems that way to some people.  Like my last managing partner.  One Saturday that did not fall in either tax season (January 1 to April 15) or second tax season (August 1 to October 15), I was either out of cell phone range or had the phone turned off.  I returned home to several messages of increasing frustration and urgency about some client matter that could not be acted on until Monday.  It was on his mind and it was bothering him, though, so it was pretty irresponsible of me to not be there for him.  So if you get a job and you are excited to find that your employer is providing you with a "free cell phone", you may want to ease up on the celebrating.  A "free cell phone" may not cost you as much money as a "free cat", but you may end up paying for it other ways.  The IRS seems to be aware of this reality as evidenced by guidance issued to auditors in IRSMEMO 20110914, which addresses employees being reimbursed as opposed to being issued phones.
  • Strauss-Kahn to give TV interview after assault case
    September 18, 2011
    PARIS (Reuters) - Dominique Strauss-Kahn will speak to his nation in a TV interview on Sunday for the first time since a New York sex assault case ended his IMF career and wrecked his chances of running in France's 2012 presidential election.

  • Apple Pulls 'Jew or Not Jew' App from French App Store
    September 18, 2011
    The developer protests that the controversial app that identifies the religion of celebrities and public figures is "intended for fun."

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  • The (Big) Problem With RIM
    September 18, 2011
    An anonymous reader writes "Research in Motion, by all accounts, had a terrible week. But things might get even worse. The Canadian technology company posted dismal quarterly earnings numbers, missing revenue and sales targets, while margins continued to shrink. Co-CEO Mike Lazaridis conceded the PlayBook had been thwarted by a lack of apps and content, not necessarily by a weak platform. Like Apple with its iOS, and Microsoft with Windows, creating a successful platform will be dependent on the eco-system it supports, but RIM hasn't shown ability to foster that." Speculation has begun as to whether or not RIM will wind up having a PlayBook firesale in the same vein as the TouchPad.
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  • Burma's Suu Kyi too busy to tweet
    September 18, 2011
    Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, deprived of internet access during her long detention, says she is too busy to use Facebook and Twitter.
  • Merkel party faces new election loss in Berlin
    September 18, 2011
    Berlin (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives face a heavy defeat in a regional election on Sunday that would extend their losing streak to six states this year and weaken her hand before a crucial euro zone vote in parliament.

  • Clinton's philanthropic summit to push for jobs
    September 18, 2011
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Former U.S. President Bill Clinton will push corporations and non-profit groups at his philanthropic summit this week to create jobs as the U.S. unemployment hovers at 9.1 percent and poor nations worry that the economic crisis will stall their labor growth.

  • Happiest Vs Most Hated Jobs: Is Bureaucracy A Bad Thing?
    September 18, 2011
    Among the many fascinating comments on my articles,  The Ten Happiest Jobs, and The Ten Most Hated Jobs, one of the most interesting was: Interesting commentary — good information, though the language you use to describe the “hated” jobs might be a little overstated at times. “Imprisoned in hierarchical bureaucracies. … hey see little point in what they are doing. The organizations they work for don’t know where they are going, and as a result, neither do these people.” Is bureaucracy a bad thing, per se? Are the people who lead bureaucracies always incompetent?
  • Facebook Now Recommends People to Subscribe to
    September 18, 2011
    Facebook subscribe
    The new subscribe feature of Facebook seems to have lot in common with Twitter but with one key difference - if you follow someone on Twitter, you get to see all their shares whereas if you subscribe to someone on Facebook, you only see stuff that they have specifically made 'public.'
    Today, Facebook has added a new feature where they recommend you other public Facebook profiles to subscribe to and these recommendations are probably based on your existing subscriptions (see screenshot). Twitter too has a similar recommendation engine which offers suggestions based on who you are currently following.
    Twitter has a valid reason to worry here. They just touched 100 million users while Facebook has a 750+ million user base and people spend more time on Facebook than any other site on the web. Twitter only recently added support for multimedia while Facebook does a far better job at rendering shared content with rich snippets and inline previews.
    I created my Twitter account some five years and it has taken me all this time to reach a few thousand followers. I enabled subscriptions for my Facebook profile a few days ago and the number of subscribers has already crossed the first thousand mark. That's just because of the sheer reach of Facebook.
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    Digital Inspiration @labnolThis story, Facebook Now Recommends People to Subscribe to, was originally published at Digital Inspiration on September 18, 2011 under Facebook, Internet.



  • Ask Slashdot: Clever Cable Management?
    September 18, 2011
    sooth... writes "What clever ways have network administrators found to cleanly sort varying length patch cables within IDFs, BDFs, and MDFs or simply wiring closets? Pictures or examples are welcome." Since not everyone is a network administrator, let's expand this to include efficient or clever management of other cables. How do you route your computer cables (internal or external), your entertainment center cables, or any other corded setup?
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  • VIDEO: Which games will be festive favourites?
    September 18, 2011
    Christmas may be months away but video game enthusiasts are already looking forward to the release of a raft of new titles.
  • Suggestions for a younger developer
    September 18, 2011
    Every now and then, I get asked by developers who are just getting started in the trade if I have any suggestions to help them out—favourite language, tips and tricks, and the like.

    None of these things matter, really, but there are a few things I wish I had known when I started out that have nothing to do with the mechanics of software development.


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  • Xbox TV Launch Planned Before End of Year
    September 17, 2011
    An anonymous reader writes "Microsoft has confirmed plans to launch its TV service over Xbox Live by this holiday season. Negotiations with content partners are still underway, but options for live TV will include both news and sports. 'Microsoft believes the key differentiator between Xbox as a TV platform and the sea of failed competitors will be its voice and motion search tool. Utilizing the Kinect attachment, users will be able to navigate through content with voice commands. The search function will be powered by Bing.' The company also wants to tie Xbox Live's social experience into viewing video content. Steve Ballmer said, 'You should have any entertainment you want with all the people you care about, really simply and on any screen.'"
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  • Dirt Cheap PlayBook May Mean A Tablet Price War Is Coming
    September 17, 2011
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    The BlackBerry PlayBook is a disaster, and not just because sales have collapsed. The Waterloo, Ontario-based company sold shipped 200,000 of the tablet computers last quarter, down from 500,000 during the earlier quarter. No, it's worse than that. BlackBerry can't afford to exit the tablet
  • FrostWire 5.1.5
    September 17, 2011
    FrostWire, a Gnutella Peer-to-Peer client, is a collaborative effort from many Open Source and freelance developers located from all around the world.


  • Stunning Photos of Vesta from Dawn
    September 17, 2011
    The JPL has released some absolutely beautiful photos of the asteroid Vesta from NASA's Dawn Mission. The probe, which launched in 2007, reached Vesta a few weeks ago, and will be spending about a year there before it departs on its three year journey to the dwarf planet Ceres, also located in the asteroid belt.
  • What's your dream smartphone?
    September 17, 2011
    CNET's Bonnie Cha has seen a lot of smartphones in her day, and they're all starting to blur together. Find out what she would like to see next and share your idea of your dream smartphone.
  • Windows 8 Developer Preview Video Tour
    September 17, 2011
    ZDNet Senior Technology Editor Jason Perlow walks through the new Metro UI and legacy compatibility features in the Windows 8 Developer Preview.
  • NUTS: IPhone 5 Expected Mid-October, Google Preps for Patent War
    September 17, 2011
    The iPhone 5 is expected in mid-October, as Apple sends master builds of iOS 5 to carriers, while Google loaded up on IBM's patents to fight its patent wars.
  • This week in Google: Planes, parties, and patents
    September 17, 2011
    The week ending September 17, 2011 saw Google unveil Google Flights, throw its community volunteers a party, and add new accessibility features to Google Apps.
  • Is Google's CEO nonplussed by Google+?
    September 17, 2011
    Larry Page doesn't seem to have used his own social network (at least publicly) for a month. Does this mean he's bored of it? Or does it mean that social networking isn't as important as some people think?
  • Facebook adding Spotify, MOG, Rdio, Rhapsody, and more?
    September 17, 2011
    Code in the sites of several music services indicates they could be preparing to integrate with Facebook, as the social network gets ready for its F8 developers conference set for next week.
  • Windows 8 on Intel will be tough to beat
    September 17, 2011
    Products based on Intel processors running Windows 8 should continue to claim the lion's share of Windows shipments in 2013 and beyond.
  • The America Invents Act and the individual inventor
    September 17, 2011
    commentary The newly signed patent reform law offers incentives to folks other than big corporations. The "micro entity" element encourages individual inventors to get back in the game.
  • Feeding the meter for public space (audio slideshow)
    September 17, 2011
    Artists and activists collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into temporary public places.
  • 'Under New Management' Banner Heralds Bold New Era For Cell Phone Store
    SMYRNA, GA—Foretelling a brave new epoch in Cumberland Mall T-Mobile store history, a grand "Under New Management" sign was triumphantly unfurled across the retailer's front window Saturday morning. Sources said the 2-by-4-foot weatherized...


  • Facebook, Hulu to strengthen ties, report says
    Announcement at Facebook's upcoming F8 conference could involve 'the potential for users to see what their friends are watching on Hulu and share video content between their personal networks,' the New York Post reports. Read this blog post by Edward Moyer on Digital Media.


  • Facebook to announce Hulu partnership (rumor)
    September 17, 2011
    Facebook and Hulu will strengthen their ties at f8 next week, and even Netflix could get some love, according to a new rumor.
  • Tomorrow, Pirates Write History Again
    Tomorrow, the German Pirate Party is expected to be voted into Parliament in Berlin. This is the second time the nascent political movement will be felt worldwide — the first being in 2009, when the Swedish party took seats in the European Parliament.


  • Arrested UBS trader's anguished Facebook posts
    September 17, 2011
    A UBS trader accused of perpetrating a $2 billion fraud at the bank, revealed some of his inner fears on Facebook.
  • Americans do climate change flip-flop, but skeptics are more skeptical
    September 17, 2011
    Severe weather and vehement global warming denials apparently have got more Americans thinking about climate change,
  • Parking garage operator plans nationwide electric vehicle charger rollout
    September 17, 2011
    Car Charging Group will install ChargePoint Network technology from Coulomb Technologies at more than 2,200 Central Parking and USA Parking System locations.
  • Is A Facebook Smartphone Coming?
    September 17, 2011
    As the biggest social network across the Internet, Facebook has a lot of people to reach. And the current usage evidence shows that people really want to let their friends what’s going on even when they’re not near a computer—so that means mobile devices. The result: Facebook has plans for its own smartphones in the works. We don’t know yet if the handsets themselves will carry Facebook branding.
  • Is There More Actual Hacking or More Reporting of Hacking?
    September 17, 2011
    Now that we’ve all seen the recent explosion of articles in the media following different types of hacking, people are beginning to wonder what exactly is going on. Even before this year, hacking had been more of an armchair affair with distant actors, corporations and foreign powers stealing information from one another. Nowadays, we hear about police action against teenagers in the US and UK, game networks being crashed, and governments getting sensitive documents released into the public.
  • EMC's Pat Gelsinger Conversation on SiliconANGLE.tv at VMworld 2011
    September 17, 2011
    A regular on theCube, EMC President and COO Pat Gelsinger stopped by to discuss the changing culture of his company, and what it’s going to take to catch up to Flash storage trends (full video below).

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