Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Technical News - 21 September 2011

  • Obama seeks to save Mideast policy from U.N. debacle
    September 21, 2011
    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - President Barack Obama steps onto the world stage on Wednesday seeking to head off a looming U.N. showdown over Palestinian statehood and pull his Middle East policy back from the brink of diplomatic disaster.

  • Obama to meet Palestinian leader amid U.N. crisis
    September 21, 2011
    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday to urge him to drop plans to ask the U.N. Security Council to recognize a Palestinian state despite U.S. and Israeli objections.

  • Existing home sales jump 7.7 percent in August
    September 21, 2011
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Existing home sales rose more than expected in August to the fastest annual pace since March as falling prices and low interest rates drew more buyers into the market, the National Association of Realtors said.

  • Justification For Canadian Copyright Reform Revealed
    September 21, 2011
    An anonymous reader writes "Michael Geist has used the Canadian freedom of information act to obtain a secret ministerial document on Canadian copyright reform that provides the government position on virtually every controversial issue from last year's Bill C-32. The government has no good explanation for its DMCA approach and calls provisions requiring the destruction of course materials part of an 'essential balance.' On the US piracy watch list, it says 'Canada does not recognize the validity of the Special 301 process and considers it to be flawed. The Report does not employ a clear methodology in its country ranking, as it relies on industry allegations rather than empirical evidence and analysis.'"
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  • Aruba Slips As Mizuho Downgrades On Margin Worries
    September 21, 2011
    Aruba Networks shares are trading lower Wednesday morning after Mizuho Securities analyst Joanna Makris cut her rating on the stock to Neutral from Outperform, citing concerns about the wireless networking equipment company's margins.
  • Netflix, Discovery in streaming deal for TV shows
    September 21, 2011
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Netflix Inc and Discovery Communications Inc reached an agreement to bring episodes of popular TV adventure shows including "Man vs. Wild" and "River Monsters" to the streaming service, the companies confirmed on Wednesday.

  • Verizon Sets HTC Rhyme's Price, Launch Date
    September 21, 2011
    HTC is emphasizing the Rhyme's design materials, curves and size, as well as its three colors: Clearwater, Hourglass and Plum.

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  • U.S. men leave Iran jail, head to airport
    September 21, 2011
    TEHRAN (Reuters) - Two U.S. men who have been held as spies in Iran for more than two years left their Tehran jail on Wednesday, accompanied by Omani officials who, according to a diplomatic source, drove them to an airport. Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal have been in Iranian custody since their arrest on July 31, 2009 on the border with Iraq where they say they were hiking.

  • RIM sitting on 800,000 PlayBooks, report says
    September 21, 2011
    That's bad news for Research in Motion, which only shipped 700,000 PlayBook tablets to its retail partners over the past two months.
  • General Mills profit beats, affirms 2012 view
    September 21, 2011
    (Reuters) - General Mills Inc reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit on Wednesday, as price increases helped it contend with the much higher ingredient and fuel costs that ate into its margins.

  • Spanish Competition Regulator Investigates Microsoft
    September 21, 2011
    Spain's National Competition Commission is investigating whether Microsoft has unjustifiably prevented or limited resale of software licenses, in breach of...

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  • UBS CEO Gruebel says has board's backing
    September 21, 2011
    SINGAPORE (Reuters) - UBS chief executive Oswald Gruebel said he had the support of the Swiss bank's board ahead of its first meeting since announcing rogue trading had cost it $2.3 billion, news that promoted calls for tougher regulation of investment banks.

  • China bans dog-eating "carnival" after online uproar (Reuters)
    September 21, 2011
    Reuters - The Chinese government has banned a traditional carnival in the east of the country in which dogs are eaten after being chopped up alive in the street following a public uproar that the festival was cruel, state media reported on Wednesday.
  • Huawei's MediaPad to Arrive in US by Year's End
    September 21, 2011
    Huawei's 7-inch tablet will be launched in the U.S. during this year's fourth quarter, according to a company spokeswoman.

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  • How Unions Can Help Innovation
    September 21, 2011
    President Obama is the most union-friendly president in decades, but his pro-labor tilt has hurt U.S. job creation. Consider how in just the last few months, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has discouraged companies from investing in the United States and hiring American workers. In just the past year, the NLRB has forbid Boeing from opening a plant in South Carolina, which would employ around 1,000 people; amended unionization rules that all but legalize “card-check,” which was so anti-business it couldn’t even pass a Democratic Congress; and, just last month, required that employers litter their workplaces with guidelines for unionization.
  • Kindle Library Borrowing is Now Online
    September 21, 2011
    In a move designed to prevent me from doing anything productive for awhile, Amazon has announced that its library borrowing services for the Kindle are now online. So now Kindle and Kindle-app owners can borrow e-books from any local library that has e-book borrowing services through Overdrive.  
  • Meet the Diablo III Public Beta, Officially Live Now
    September 21, 2011
    Blizzard surprise-launches the Diablo III public beta, including full access to the hack-and-slash roleplaying game's first act.

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  • Apple to debut iPhone 5 on October 4: report (Digital Trends)
    September 21, 2011
    Digital Trends - This may be the last iPhone 5 rumor you ever hear: Apple will hold its next big event on October 4, reports John Paczkowski at AllThingsD, who spoke with “sources close to the matter.” During the event, the company’s new chief executive, Tim Cook, will unveil the iPhone 5.
  • Microsoft Ousts IE Mobile Manager For Revealing Nokia Phone Details
    September 21, 2011
    suraj.sun writes with an article in CNet concerning the axing of a Microsoft employee for revealing a few too many details about the upcoming Nokia Windows Phone. From the article: "...Joe Marini, who worked as a Seattle-based principal program manager on the Windows Phone team, tweeted: 'I just got a chance to try out one of the slickest looking #Nokia phones I have ever seen. Soon, you will too!' The tweet contained a Windows Phone 7 hashtag, #WP7. Marini sent subsequent tweets about the device, including one that rated it an '8' and another that said 'the camera was good, but I didn't have optimal lighting.' ... Marini stepped down after being informed that he would be let go for violating Microsoft's social-media and blogging policy (PDF) "
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  • Gamers 'play in real life'
    September 21, 2011
    Some video gamers are so immersed in their virtual world they end up trying to use gaming experiences in real life, according to researchers at Nottingham Trent University
  • Facebook Revamps News Feed, Annoying Users
    September 21, 2011
    Facebook has gotten rid of its two-tabbed interface, integrating users' 'Top Stories' and 'Most Recent Stories' into one big News Feed.

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  • RIMM: Quanta Reportedly Cuts PlayBook Production
    September 21, 2011
    Taiwan-based contract manufacturer Quanta Computer has reportedly cut production of the Research In Motion PlayBook tablet due to a large decrease in orders, DigiTimes reports, noting that the company as part of the move is cutting about 1,000 workers at a plant in northern Taiwan.
  • French papers team up to break Apple stranglehold
    September 21, 2011
    PARIS (Reuters) - Apple's tight control over media content on its iPad is about to fall foul of some of France's most powerful newspapers and magazines, which hope that by teaming up they can stop the technology giant from dictating the terms of their distribution.

  • T-Mobile's sub-$100 smartphone and tablet sale, Sept. 24 only
    September 21, 2011
    Get the 4G BlackBerry Bold 9900 or the 8.9" G-Slate for just $100, post-rebate with contract, at T-Mobile's 'Yes, Every Smartphone Is On Sale, Sale' this Saturday.
  • Android still hot but many eyeing Windows Phone 7
    September 21, 2011
    Though Google's mobile OS is the top choice among mobile phone consumers, almost half are considering Microsoft's Windows Phone 7, says NPD Group.
  • Google goes to Capitol Hill: Messaging wars next
    September 21, 2011
    Google's Eric Schmidt will be grilled by a Senate committee, but the real messaging wars have already started.
  • Exclusive: Facebook seeks exec to build Hollywood, media ties
    September 21, 2011
    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook is looking to hire a big-name executive to cultivate relationships and strike deals with the film and music industries to bolster its media offerings.

  • Nikon unveils its first mirrorless cameras
    September 21, 2011
    TOKYO (Reuters) - Nikon unveiled its first mirrorless cameras on Wednesday, beating its arch rival Canon to the nascent market for small, interchangeable-lens cameras, where other manufacturers have met with mixed success.

  • Adobe Flash Player 11 Will Have an Eye on Gaming
    September 21, 2011
    The final versions of Flash Player 11 and Air 3 will be released in early October, and the new version of Flash comes with a hardware-accelerated 3D rendering engine.

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  • Why supply chains are about to be flipped
    September 21, 2011
    The supply chain will be undergoing significant tweaks as emerging markets fuel economic consumption around the world.
  • The big Windows 8 tablet challenge
    September 21, 2011
    Windows 8 is much more than a tablet OS, and that may be its downfall in the hot mobile market.
  • Facebook looks to Hollywood as F8 nears, report says
    September 21, 2011
    The social network is reportedly aiming to hire an exec to handle its relations with Hollywood. And tomorrow's F8 event should offer some answers about Facebook's media plans.
  • Wolfson buys Australian company
    September 21, 2011
    Edinburgh-based Wolfson Microelectronics acquires the Australian software company, Dynamic Hearing, in a deal worth £3.3m.
  • Apple granted 40 patents in China: report
    September 21, 2011
    HONG KONG (Reuters) - Apple Inc has been granted 40 patents in China, which will help the maker of iPhones and iPads gain more intellectual property protection in the country, the China Daily reported on Wednesday.

  • Using social media to screen jurors
    September 21, 2011
    After approximately a week of poring over 145 jury questionnaires, prosecutors and defense attorneys for Dr. Conrad Murray are due in court tomorrow to discuss removing jurors whose answers they believe should immediately disqualify them from hearing the case.

  • Zimbabwe Facebook trial collapses
    September 21, 2011
    The case collapses against a Zimbabwean man accused of subversion because of an alleged Facebook post on the prime minister's page praising Egypt's uprising.
  • Google's Schmidt faces Senate grilling today
    September 21, 2011
    Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt is ready to speak before the U.S. Senate's antitrust subcommittee, and already some excerpts from his testimony have emerged.
  • Are celebs the newest targets for hackers?
    September 21, 2011
    The naked celebrities seem to be everywhere lately.

  • Sterlite to deploy broadband system for BSNL
    September 21, 2011
    This contract, valued at about Rs 114 crores, is part of a total bank of new orders valued at about Rs 560 crores that Sterlite has received since July 1, 2011
  • Android's 20 most useful smartphone apps of 2011
    September 21, 2011
    To help you sort through the deluge of apps, here's a list of 20 tried-and-true Android smartphone apps that are worth your time to download.
  • Nearly half of college students prefer Internet to friends, dating (study)
    September 21, 2011
    Being connected to the Internet is becoming more important than friends and even dating for a staggering percentage of college students and young professionals, according to a new report from Cisco.
  • Babbage designs to be digitised
    September 21, 2011
    A project to construct one of the earliest computers, based on sketches by Charles Babbage, has received a major boost.
  • Rad Science: Getting to Know Tomorrow's Nuclear Scientists
    September 21, 2011
    Nuclear scientists of tomorrow look and act a lot like any other group of young adults. [More]

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  • 'We are not going to get the iPhone 5 this year," says T-Mobile CMO
    September 21, 2011
    Did T-Mobile really admit it won't be carrying the iPhone 5, before the next-gen phone is even announced?
  • iPhone 5 to debut Oct. 4, ATD says
    September 21, 2011
    Apple's flagship smartphone should appear 13 days from now and go on sale a few weeks after, All Things Digital says.

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