Thursday, September 22, 2011

Technical News - 22 September 2011


  • Chinese brands: when will they succeed?
    September 22, 2011
    By Marc Worth, CEO, Stylus
  • Oracle, Google Fail to Reach Settlement in Android Case
    September 22, 2011
    Two days of face-to-face mediation talks between Oracle CEO Larry Ellison and Google CEO Larry Page over the companies' Android mobile OS lawsuit have yet to...

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  • Google's 'Bait & Switch' Deception Exposed at Hearing
    September 22, 2011
    Yesterday’s Senate antitrust hearing on Google exposed Google’s core antitrust vulnerability, that Google has perpetrated what maybe the largest “bait and switch” scheme ever.
  • Netflix To Sell Streaming Biz To Amazon, Analyst Theorizes
    September 22, 2011
    Now here's a theory I haven't heard before. Wedbush analyst Michael Pacther this morning floated the notion that the real goal of the Netflix decision to split the business in two was to prepare for the sale of the streaming business to Amazon.com. That is a stunning, career-enhancing call if he happens to be right.
  • Is HP competing for "worst board ever" honors?
    September 22, 2011
    (Reuters) - If the board of Hewlett-Packard Co is not already ranked as one of the worst in corporate America, there are some who think it could be a contender.

  • HP may oust CEO, hire eBay veteran: source
    September 22, 2011
    (Reuters) - Hewlett-Packard Co's board convened on Wednesday to consider ousting Chief Executive Officer Leo Apotheker after less than a year on the job and replacing him temporarily with former eBay CEO Meg Whitman, a source familiar with the matter said.

  • AT&T sees 2012 looking similar to 2011
    September 22, 2011
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - AT&T Inc Chief Executive Officer Randall Stephenson said that his 2012 outlook for the U.S. economy looks similar to 2011 as he does not see a big recovery any time soon.

  • Borrowing Kindle E-Books: A Hands-On Guide
    September 22, 2011
    You can take notes, highlight passages and so on, and Amazon will hold on to that information so If you return the book and then take it out again (or purchase a copy), all your info will still be there.

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  • UK's NHS Will Drop Delayed E-Records Project
    September 22, 2011
    Centralized, electronic medical records are touted as a means of increasing efficiency and patient safety. The "centralizing" and "turning electronic" phases, though, have some very rough edges. An anonymous reader writes with this excerpt from the Guardian about one such digitization project in the UK: "An ambitious multibillion pound programme to create a computerised patient record system across the entire NHS is being scrapped, ministers have decided. The £12.7bn National Programme for IT is being ended after years of delays, technical difficulties, contractual disputes and rising costs."
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  • HP may oust CEO, hire eBay veteran: source (Reuters)
    September 22, 2011
    Leo Apotheker, CEO of Hewlett-Packard Co., speaks at a media event in Beijing, June 29, 2011. REUTERS/China DailyReuters - Hewlett-Packard Co's board convened on Wednesday to consider ousting Chief Executive Officer Leo Apotheker after less than a year on the job and replacing him temporarily with former eBay CEO Meg Whitman, a source familiar with the matter said.


  • Jobless claims fall but recession still feared
    September 22, 2011
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Americans filed fewer new claims for jobless benefits last week, but the decline was not enough to dispel worries the economy was dangerously close to falling into a new recession.

  • The Role of NFC, QR Codes and Microsoft Tags in Intelligent 1:1 Marketing
    September 22, 2011
    Marketers typically define the word “trigger” as some kind of measurable change in customer behavior or a specific action, event or dialogue that influences a customer response.
  • Gunpoint hands on: an intelligent indie spy thriller—with breakable glass
    September 22, 2011

    Tom Francis writes for PC Gamer, and he's creating Gunpoint in his spare time. He is apparently doing this just to make the rest of us feel bad about not crafting tense, enjoyable indie games for our own enjoyment. This is his first game, and he's had to teach himself how to code. Francis' goal may be to make James Franco appear lazy.
    Gunpoint puts you in the shoes of a spy with preternatural jumping abilities, and it's your job to break into a series of buildings, steal files from a computer, and then escape. You can jump on top of the guards to knock them out, or grab them and go through a window to deliver a killing blow. If they see you, they pull their gun and shoot you dead. This unforgiving mechanic is one of the joys of the game.
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  • Warnings mount on euro crisis as G20 gathers
    September 22, 2011
    FRANKFURT/OTTAWA (Reuters) - Seven world leaders demanded Europe take more decisive action against its debt crisis and a European Central Bank study warned on Thursday that the entire euro currency project was now in peril.

  • Yahoo: 80% Chance It Gets Acquired, Analyst Says
    September 22, 2011
    Not quite a sure thing, but getting close.
  • YouTube Adds 2D-to-3D Conversion Tool
    September 22, 2011
    The software turns any 2D video uploaded by a users into a 3D film with the click of a button.

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  • Sony's 'No-Sue' Defense: AT&T Got Away with It, So We Can Too
    September 22, 2011
    Sony's says defense of 'no litigation' clause in PlayStation Network terms of service is because U.S. Supreme Court considers language 'enforceable'.

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  • UBS trader faces new charge, makes no bail request
    September 22, 2011
    LONDON (Reuters) - UBS trader Kweku Adoboli faced a new fraud charge when he made a brief court appearance in London on Thursday for a hearing over alleged unauthorized trading which the Swiss bank has said cost it $2.3 billion.

  • China's manufacturing slows as U.S., Europe stall
    September 22, 2011
    BEIJING (Reuters) - China's manufacturing sector contracted for a third consecutive month in September while a measure of inflation picked up, suggesting the world's No.2 economy may not be able to provide much of a counterweight to flagging U.S. and European growth.

  • Logitech Chops FY 2012 Guidance; Shares Hit The Skids
    September 22, 2011
    Logitech shares are trading sharply lower this morning after the maker of remote controls and PC peripherals reduced its guidance for the fiscal year ending March 2012.
  • "No boots on our ground": Pakistan warns U.S.
    September 22, 2011
    ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan would not tolerate any incursion on its territory by U.S. forces targeting militant groups, the country's interior minister said on Thursday, calling for Washington to provide the intelligence Islamabad needs to take them out itself.

  • Apple's iPad to have 'free run' in holiday shopping season
    September 22, 2011
    Garter says that until Android can get its hardware, software and services act together, the tablet market belongs to Apple's iPad.
  • Mexico drops terrorism charges in Twitter case (AP)
    September 22, 2011
    AP - A Mexican man and woman who had been charged with terrorism for allegedly setting off a panic by tweeting rumors about nonexistent drug cartel attacks were freed Wednesday after prosecutors dropped the charges.
  • Alcatel-Lucent Boosts Copper Broadband To 100Mbps
    September 22, 2011
    Mark.JUK writes "Telecommunications giant Alcatel-Lucent has today become the first-to-market with VDSL2 Vectoring technology which, it claims, will push the top broadband internet access speeds of existing copper telephone lines over 100Mbps and without needing to bond multiple lines together. Vectoring is essentially a 'noise cancellation' method (similar, in principal, to the technology found in some headphones) that works to cancel out background noise / interference (i.e. crosstalk) and can thus boost performance and reach (coverage) by between 25% and 100%."
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  • Updated HP ultraportable with 128GB SSD now $664
    September 22, 2011
    Hewlett-Packard is selling a redesigned ultraportable with a new AMD processor and 128GB solid-state drive at a price that makes it worth a look.
  • The Fox News/Google Debate live tonight on YouTube: GOP candidates answer your questions
    September 22, 2011
    Since we announced the Fox News/Google Debate on September 1, people across the country have submitted more than 18,000 questions to the Fox News YouTube channel on topics ranging from immigration reform, to health care, to foreign aid to social security. Tonight, the Republican presidential candidates will answer those questions in the Fox News/Google Debate, which will be live-streamed on YouTube and broadcast on Fox News Channel starting at 9pm ET. We’ll also have an online pre-debate show starting at 8:30pm ET, featuring Fox News’s Shannon Bream and Chris Stirewalt, and Steve Grove, YouTube’s Head of News and Politics.

    Even if you’re watching on TV, you can visit youtube.com/foxnews during the debate to vote on real-time polling questions and submit live commentary. Throughout the evening, we’ll share Google politics-related search trend information and public data that will provide context to the issues discussed. Fox News moderators will ask specific questions that were submitted by citizens through YouTube, and we’ll be looking at overall trends that emerge from the questions in aggregate. To give you an idea, here’s a look at the most popular words people used in their submissions (the bigger the word, the more often it was used).


    Flex your democratic muscle and tune in to youtube.com/foxnews tonight at 8:30pm ET for a political debate that puts you in the driver’s seat of the discussion.


  • Anonymous planning 'Day of Vengeance' on Sept. 24
    September 22, 2011
    A letter posted on Pastebin says Anonymous will combine cyberattacks with peaceful protests on September 24 "at High Noon."
  • Al Gore Says New iPhones to Launch in October
    September 22, 2011
    PCWorld tracks down reports of Vice President Al Gore spilling the beans on Apple's anticipated October launch of a new iPhone.

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  • Google busts itself for distributing malware
    September 22, 2011
    Who says Google favors its own properties? When the company's Safe Browsing service checked Google.com, it found that 50 pages resulted in malicious software being downloaded and installed without...
  • Oracle Removes Java Signatures, Breaking Webstart
    September 22, 2011
    sproketboy writes "It seems Oracle has decided in their infinite wisdom to remove digital signatures from the Java projects that they put into the open source community. Of course this breaks any application out there depending on Java Webstart using these libs. Looks like Java3D and JAI are currently affected — probably other APIs are as well. Oh Oracle! What are we supposed to do with you?"
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  • Citrix Analyst Meeting - killer demo
    September 22, 2011
    Citrix showed the power available when a supplier can deploy a well-integrated set of access virtualization, application virtualization and processing virtualization products.
  • Teradata's Aster analytic database gets appliance treatment
    September 22, 2011
    Teradata is adding an appliance option for its Aster analytic database, giving it another potential weapon against rivals such as Oracle's Exadata, EMC's Greenplum and SAP's HANA.
  • Windows 8: First steps with the dual personality on tablets
    September 22, 2011
    I installed Windows 8 on a touch tablet sold with Windows 7 onboard, and while I like the Metro interface the dual personality of the new OS is not natural.
  • WD launches 1 TB Mac-only My Passport and Passport Studio hard drives
    September 22, 2011
    WD beefs up My Passport Studio hard drive with dual FireWire ports for creative professionals, while keeping My Passport 'ultra-compact and lightweight' for frequent flyers.
  • Teradata launches new database, Aster appliance
    September 22, 2011
    Teradata rolls out new database with columnar support along with an Aster Data appliance.
  • TalkTalk tops UK complaints list
    September 22, 2011
    TalkTalk is the most complained about provider of broadband and phone services, according to the latest data from Ofcom.
  • Should good leaders embrace uncertainty?
    September 22, 2011
    At IBM's Think global leadership summit in New York, MIT Media Lab director Joichi Ito urged corporate leaders to embrace serendipity.
  • How to lead the world (in eight easy steps)
    September 22, 2011
    What does leadership mean in an age of globalization? A panel of experts debated theory and reality at IBM's Think global leadership summit on Wednesday.
  • YuMobile Kenya to route int'l calls via Tata Comm
    September 22, 2011
    Essar Telecom Kenya (yuMobile), a unit of Essar Group, will route all its international voice traffic through Tata Communications’ network.
  • Q&A on Nasa satellite crashing to Earth: where will it hit?
    September 22, 2011
    Nasa's Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS) is expected to hit Earth on Friday but scientists have no idea where the six tonnes of space junk will fall.
  • The internet of things and yet another revolution
    September 22, 2011
    Is the internet of things the new Geocities?
  • Up for sale Hulu: Now with more than 1 million paying subscribers
    September 22, 2011
    Hulu has reached a crucial 1 million paid subscriber marks, but plans to sell the company appear to be unshaken.
  • Why Facebook needs a hit
    September 22, 2011
    As it prepares to host its annual conference Thursday, Facebook is in a funk.

  • Join us Thursday for Facebook's F8 (live blog)
    September 22, 2011
    At Facebook's F8 conference, big changes are expected to be unveiled. Join CNET for live coverage as we report from the scene.
  • TrendPoint appliance watchdogs data center cooling efficiency
    September 22, 2011
    The EnviroCube, which began shipping in volume this summer, is also being represented by optimization companies Schneider Electric and CA.

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