Friday, October 14, 2011

Technical News - 14 October 2011


  • Motorola Mobility sets date for vote on Google deal
    October 14, 2011
    (Reuters) - Motorola Mobility scheduled a November 17 meeting for shareholders to vote on its proposed $12.5 billion sale to Google Inc.

  • Wall Street sit-in goes global Saturday
    October 14, 2011
    LONDON (Reuters) - For an October revolution, dress warm. That's the word going out - politely - on the Web to rally street protests on Saturday around the globe from New Zealand to Alaska via London, Frankfurt, Washington and, of course, New York, where the past month's Occupy Wall Street movement has inspired a worldwide yell of anger at banks and financiers.

  • The top technology trends for the next three years
    October 14, 2011
    Forrester publishes its annual research on top technology trends. Brian Hopkins provides more color on the trends.
  • VIDEO: End date for analogue TV set
    October 14, 2011
    Analogue TV signals will no longer be broadcast after 24 October 2012 as the UK completes its conversion to digital television.
  • Dutch Court Rejects Samsung Patent Claims Against Apple
    October 14, 2011
    UPDATE: A judge at the district court in the Hague on Friday rejected claims that Samsung had made against Apple regarding four patents.

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  • The Inevitable Steve Jobs Vs. Dennis Ritchie Discussion
    October 14, 2011
    While we mourned the death and remembered the life Apple CEO Steve Jobs last weekend, Dennis Ritchie -- the developer of the software that created the Apple we know -- died alone. The New York Times obituary summarized Ritchie's impact quite well and included this:
    The Unix operating system ... serves as the foundation of operating systems, like Apple’s iOS, in consumer computing devices.
    So it is inevitable that the comparisons would begin. But give credit to Lucas Mearian at Compterworld for creating a thoughtful analogy instead of knee-jerk morality tale.
    After witnessing the media fervor and outpouring of praise on social networks by tens of millions for Jobs, and nothing close to that for Ritchie, one name came to my mind: Nikola Tesla. ...

  • Impressed by FBI trojan, Germans write their own—and national scandal ensues
    October 14, 2011

    It has been pretty chaotic in German Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet ever since the Chaos Computer Club dumped some alarming technology news in her lap. Turns out that the German government's "lawful interception" application, supposedly designed only to monitor IP telephone calls, is just a little more powerful than the police let on.
    Berlin-based CCC released its analysis of Germany's "Quellen-TKÜ" ("source wiretapping") trojan on Saturday. The results weren't pretty. Despite a constitutional court ban on the use of malware to crack PCs, the state-sanctioned malware's makers didn't even bother to add technical barriers ensuring that the code would only be used for tapping Internet telephone conversations.
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  • Batman Arkham City in Reviews: No Surprises Here
    October 14, 2011
    Batman Arkham City ships next week, but praise for the game is already pouring in.

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  • Herman Cain's 9-9-9 Plan Straight Out of SimCity?
    October 14, 2011
    Rarely does the world of politics cross over into my little video game corner here, much less something as significant as the presidential race, but I woke up today with a note in my inbox that claimed candidate Herman Cain’s 9-9-9 tax plan might have had gaming inspiration.
  • Fans queue for iPhone, despite criticism
    October 14, 2011
    TOKYO/LONDON (Reuters) - Apple Inc's new iPhone went on sale in stores across the globe on Friday, prompting thousands to queue around city blocks to snap up the final gadget unveiled during Steve Jobs' life.

  • Fans queue for iPhone, despite criticism (Reuters)
    October 14, 2011
    Keenen Thompson and Jessica Mellow (R) surf the web while waiting in line to buy an iPhone 4S at the Apple Store on 5th Avenue in New York, October 13, 2011. iPhone 4S sales in stores begin October 14 in Japan, Australia, France, UK, Germany, Canada and the United States. REUTERS/Brendan McDermidReuters - Apple Inc's new iPhone went on sale in stores across the globe on Friday, prompting thousands to queue around city blocks to snap up the final gadget unveiled during Steve Jobs' life.


  • What Is Up With Eric Schmidt's Revisionist History of His Relationship With Steve Jobs?
    October 14, 2011
    Last week, Om Malik wrote a post called "Schmidt, Seriously!" which struck me between the eyes like a thunderbolt.
  • Warner Brothers to film screenplay that started as a Reddit comment (Digital Trends)
    October 14, 2011
    Digital Trends - A story that began as a Reddit comment thread is being turned into a feature film by Warner Bros. Entitled Rome, Sweet Rome, the historical science fiction tale was written on Reddit by author and two-time Jeopardy! champion James Erwin.
  • IRS Auditing Google
    October 14, 2011
    theodp writes "Bloomberg reports that the IRS is auditing how Google shifted profits offshore to avoid taxes. According to Bloomberg, Google cuts its tax bill by about $1 billion a year using a technique that allocates profits to a unit managed out of a law firm in Bermuda, where there is no corporate income tax. In 2009, the most recent year for which records are available, this subsidiary collected 4.34 billion euros (about $6.1 billion) in royalties from a Google unit in the Netherlands. A spokesman for Google, whose stated mission is 'to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful,' called the IRS probe 'a routine inquiry' and declined to comment further."
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  • Google jumps as investors cheer mobile growth
    October 14, 2011
    (Reuters) - Shares of Google Inc jumped over 7 percent on Friday, a day after the internet search giant said robust growth at its mobile business and a strong emerging market lifted its third quarter, allaying worries that a slowing Europe was hurting business.

  • Google jumps as investors cheer mobile growth (Reuters)
    October 14, 2011
    A photo of the Google Inc. logo is shown on a computer screen in San Francisco, California July 16, 2009. REUTERS/Robert GalbraithReuters - Shares of Google Inc jumped over 7 percent on Friday, a day after the internet search giant said robust growth at its mobile business and a strong emerging market lifted its third quarter, allaying worries that a slowing Europe was hurting business.


  • Etc: Bloomberg has published a piece about the "shadowy world of iPhone cases" that tells the story of iPhone case makers relying on rumors in order to beat each other to market.
    October 14, 2011
    Bloomberg has published a piece about the "shadowy world of iPhone cases" that tells the story of iPhone case makers relying on rumors in order to beat each other to market.
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  • BlackBerry blackout is new threat to brand (AP)
    October 14, 2011
    In this photo taken Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011, a Blackberry subscriber holds a Research in Motion Blackberry in Ottawa. BlackBerry services buzzed back to life across the world Thursday, Oct. 13, after a three-day outage that interrupted email messages and Internet services for millions of customers.(AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Adrian Wyld)AP - The longest BlackBerry outage in many years left customers outraged this week, threatening to cost the granddaddy of all smartphones more business when it's already struggling to keep up in a crowded marketplace.


  • Six Reasons to Buy an iPhone 4S Right Now
    October 14, 2011
    The iPhone 4S is finally available. Here are six reasons to take the plunge and upgrade right now.
  • Microsoft Office 365 and SQL Azure updates: What's on tap
    October 14, 2011
    Microsoft is set to begin rolling out new updates to its Office 365, SQL Azure and Dynamics CRM Online services in the coming weeks/months.
  • Bing and Yahoo Sponsored Results Lead to Hard-to-remove Rootkit
    October 14, 2011
    Searching for Flash Player on Bing and Yahoo can lead to rogue pages distributing a hard-to-remove rootkit, according to security researchers from antivirus...

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  • Customers Sue Frontier Over Broadband Surcharge
    October 14, 2011
    Four customers of Frontier Communications have filed a class action lawsuit against the broadband and digital voice provider over a US$1 to $1.50 mystery charge...

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  • Retail sales rise as consumer sentiment slips
    October 14, 2011
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Retail sales grew at the fastest pace in seven months in September as consumers shook off concerns about a weak stock market and political gridlock, giving a bit more momentum to the economic recovery.

  • Ericsson growth seen slowing, outlook cloudy
    October 14, 2011
    STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - The third quarter could mark the end of a hot streak for Ericsson as a combination of a global slowdown, tough competition and an increase in low margin business cloud the outlook for the world's top mobile equipment firm.

  • TiVo Jumps On Key Ruling In AT&T Patent Case
    October 14, 2011
    TiVo shares are trading higher Friday morning following a key ruling late yesterday in the company's patent infringement suit against AT&T. The case alleges that the set-top box DVRs AT&T uses for its uVerse TV service violate TiVo's intellectual property rights.
  • iPhone 4S fans line up for Siri, Woz
    October 14, 2011
    With the memory of Steve Jobs looming large, the iPhone 4S goes on sale Friday -- the first model of the groundbreaking phone to hit the market without the iconic co-founder at Apple's helm.

  • Up Close with iOS 5: Photos and Camera Changes
    October 14, 2011
    Given the iPhone's popularity as a camera, it's no surprise that Apple would look to boost the photography features contained in its mobile OS. But what's new in the Camera and Photo apps with iOS 5? Macworld's Jason Snell has the answers.

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  • Samsung loses Dutch bid to ban Apple products
    October 14, 2011
    AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - A Dutch court on Friday turned down Samsung Electronics' request for an injunction against all of Apple's mobile products that use 3G telecommunications technology, denying it revenge over a similar move by Apple.

  • iPhone 4 Launch Day: The Buzz So Far
    October 14, 2011
    Crowds prompt analysts to predict sales of 4 million by the end of the weekend.

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  • Facebook is not 20 times the size of Google+; it's even bigger
    October 14, 2011
    Google+ just passed 40 million users and Facebook last month passed 800 million users. The problem is that one number is total sign-ups and the other is active accounts. Can you guess which is which?
  • Dutch court rejects Samsung's bid to get Apple products banned
    October 14, 2011
    Both companies have been ordered to each other's legal costs.
  • iPad 3 going into production for early 2012 launch?
    October 14, 2011
    Apple's iPad 3 is ready for production, and will start being manufactured in the fourth quarter, a new report claims.
  • So, who's going to buy the iPhone 4S?
    October 14, 2011
    A new survey from Retrevo says that 44 percent of iPhone 3/3GS owners are eyeing the new phone but 42 percent of iPhone 4 owners also have it on their shopping list.
  • Skype is officially now a Microsoft division
    October 14, 2011
    Skype is officially now part of Microsoft, as of October 13, with the closing of the $8.5 billion acquisition.
  • Steve Wozniak is first in line for iPhone 4S
    October 14, 2011
    A line began to form at the Apple Store here on the eve of the iPhone 4S release, as is often the case around the world during the company's product launches.

  • Apple's iPhone 4S preorder pop means smaller lines, less fanfare
    October 14, 2011
    The buzz for the iPhone 4S is lacking in the lines outside Apple stores. Why? A lot of people preordered the device online.
  • Lady Gaga bans Lady Goo Goo song
    October 14, 2011
    Lady Gaga has won a High Court bid to stop Lady Goo Goo, an animated character from an online game, from releasing a single, its makers say.
  • iPhone 4S cases from Case-Mate and Belkin
    October 14, 2011
    It's time for a new case for your shinny new iPhone 4S, and both Case-Mate and Belkin have you (and your phone) covered.
  • BlackBerry's outage post-mortem: Where did it all go wrong?
    October 14, 2011
    Just as the BlackBerry maker will be looking for answers to its four-day global outage, so are users. Why was the situation handled so badly?
  • Google to gain from growing mobile focus: analysts
    October 14, 2011
    (Reuters) - Google Inc is likely to emerge as a "top mobile play," according to Wall Street analysts, with several raising their price targets on the stock, some by as much as 10 percent.

  • 12 SEO Starters Questions Answered
    October 14, 2011
    Here are the lists of common questions I see in my Google Analytics. Below is the straight answer to the questions that would help the SEO starters.

    (1) How to get pages indexed on Google, Yahoo & Bing?

    Add your site to the below URL's


    In addition configure your site to Google & Bing Webmaster tools

    Google Webmaster tools - www.google.com/webmasters
    Bing webmaster tools - www.bing.com/toolbox/webmaster/

    (2) How to list your website with Google in one day?

    Add your site to Google (www.google.com/addurl) and also configure your site to Google Webmaster tools (www.google.com/webmasters). Use www.yourdomain.com to check whether your site is included in Google.

    And if you are expecting to list you site for the site keywords then it would take time. Google lists the site based on the website popularity and website structure. This is a long term process.

    (3) How to make sure your content is SEO ready?

    You can check the keyword density of the content WRT to your service or products. Compare your content with your competitors. Write content for your visitors and not for search engines.

    (4) How to submit website to Google, Yahoo & Bing search engines?

    Go to the following URL's to submit your website


    (5) How to use Meta tags to improve Google ratings?

    Use unique Meta tags for pages and the Meta tags should be explaining all about the page. Meta description is more important and Meta keyword is least important.

    (6) Is there any difference on how Google ranks h1, h2, h3, h4, h5 & h6?

    H1 to H6 tags are used to show the importance of the page body headings. H1 is large in font size and H6 is small in font size.

    (7) What are the basics of SEO html?

    Unique title for pages, Meta tags, H tags, < p > tag and Alt attributes.

    (8) What is difference between Google analytic and webmaster tool?

    Google Analytics shows your site's visitor’s information and Google webmaster tools show your site performance information.

    (9) What search words will work?

    Based on your site theme, you can find using the below free tools

    Yahoo search clues - http://clues.yahoo.com

    (10) Does use of title attribute in improve search rankings?

    Title attribute will help Google spiders to know more about the link relevancy towards the pointing content page.

    (11) Does Google look at the first 3 words for search titles?

    Google spider’s looks are the pages title to know what the content is all about. Importance is given to the titles based on the page relevancy. Top content are give more importance includes Title words, Meta description and body content.

    (12) Can Google see dropdown as keyword stuffing?

    If the dropdown text helps users to understand better then it will not fall under keyword stuffing.


  • Apple's iPhone 4S arrives in stores worldwide (photos)
    October 14, 2011
    An online purchasing frenzy moved to the real world today as the iPhone 4S went on sale in stores around the globe today. Here are some of the sights.
  • iPhone 4S first weekend sales could hit 4 million
    October 14, 2011
    Apple could sell as many as 4 million iPhone 4S handsets during its launch weekend, according to one analyst cited in a story by Bloomberg.
  • Xbox 360 once again dominates console market
    October 14, 2011
    Research firm NPD says total physical sales hit $1.16 billion last month, down 6 percent compared to the same period last year.

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