Friday, November 11, 2011

Technical News - 11 November 2011


  • London Traders Must Record Their Mobile Trades Starting Monday
    November 11, 2011
    London Traders will have to stick to their desks for business or have mobile phone recording in place beginning Monday.
  • Universal, Sony stun in EMI deal wins
    November 11, 2011
    (Reuters) - Vivendi's Universal Music Group and Sony won the auction for EMI's recorded music and music publishing operations, trumping bids by archrivals Warner Music Group and BMG Music Publishing at the 11th hour.

  • Universal, Sony stun in EMI deal wins (Reuters)
    November 11, 2011
    Reuters - Vivendi's Universal Music Group and Sony won the auction for EMI's recorded music and music publishing operations, trumping bids by archrivals Warner Music Group and BMG Music Publishing at the 11th hour.
  • Polaroid's new Z340 camera returns to its roots with a digital twist (Digital Trends)
    November 11, 2011
    Digital Trends - Sure, any photos we snap these days can be online in a matter of seconds, but Polaroid still believes in the power of a physical print delivered almost as quickly as we can upload a photo.
  • Analysis says $79 Kindle costs $84 to make (AP)
    November 11, 2011
    AP - A recent analysis from IHS iSuppli determined that Amazon's $79 Kindle e-reader, which is the online retailer's cheapest Kindle thus far, costs $84.25 to make.
  • Apple: iPhone 4S Sells Out In Hong Kong; Siri Is Learning Mandarin
    November 11, 2011
    Apple's new store in Hong Kong sold out of the iPhone 4S in just three hours, according to Ticonderoga Securities analyst Brian White, citing a Chinese language news site. White adds in a research note that his own checks find that Apple authorized resellers in Hong Kong also quickly sold out, despite the fact that the Siri voice recognition software does not currently understand Mandarin.
  • Record Breaking Modern Warfare 3 Earns $400M in 24 Hours
    November 11, 2011
    The moment has arrived. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 has delivered on its promise to be the biggest product launch of all time, as its 24 hour sales figures have finally come in.
  • Internet scam targets state securities regulators
    November 11, 2011
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - An organization of state securities regulators, whose goal is to protect investors from fraud, says it has been the victim of an attempted Internet scam.

  • Internet scam targets state securities regulators (Reuters)
    November 11, 2011
    Reuters - An organization of state securities regulators, whose goal is to protect investors from fraud, says it has been the victim of an attempted Internet scam.
  • Sprint locking down iPhone 4S SIMs
    November 11, 2011
    Starting today, Sprint will be locking down the SIM, allowing customers to only unlock it for international use.
  • Facebook and FTC Close To Reaching A Settlement Over A 2009 Privacy Complaint
    November 11, 2011
    Two years ago, Facebook changed its privacy settings in a major way. Prior to December 2009, the only information that was public for all users on Facebook were their names and their networks (college, city, workplace, etc.). After the transition, users’ names, profile photos, gender, and hometown all suddenly became “publicly available information.” Additionally, the default privacy settings after the roll-out were such that users' photos, events calendars, and walls suddenly became visible to everyone. This meant that, unless they noticed and changed the default settings, people's formerly private photos suddenly became public. Even Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg seemed to be confused by the change, resulting in his formerly-private Facebook page becoming uber public.
  • The next Xbox is codenamed ‘Loop,’ will feature heavy Kinect integration and be smaller and cheaper than the 360 (Digital Trends)
    November 11, 2011
    Digital Trends - A new report from the blogger MS Nerd claims that the next generation of Xbox is deep in the development stages, is operating under the code name “Loop,” and the blogger has issued details on the system’s hardware.
  • And the iPhone 4S Battery Drain Phenomenon Continues (The Atlantic Wire)
    November 11, 2011
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  • German Court Rules That Free Software Can Be Modified as Users Wish
    November 11, 2011
    A major challenge to the principles of free software was thrown out of a German district court on Tuesday.

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  • Too Much Social Networking Could Lead to Big Brother Fears, Agency Says
    November 11, 2011
    Europe’s biggest cyber security agency, ENISA, has warned that social networking could lead to a feeling of being continuously under surveillance and paranoid...

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  • Amazon, eBay: Nomura Picks Up Coverage, Cautious On Both
    November 11, 2011
    Nomura analyst Brian Nowak this morning picked up coverage of both Amazon.com and eBay with Neutral ratings. In short, he wouldn't buy either one of them right now.
  • Will Adobe's HTML5 Strategy Help Developers?
    November 11, 2011


    snydeq writes "Fatal Exception's Neil McAllister sees Adobe's shift toward HTML5 as a boon for developers only if the company secures its place in the Web developer tools market — but initial signs suggest that this won't be the case. 'The opportunity for Adobe now lies in filling the gaps in today's IDEs, code editors, and graphics software with new tools that can help designers and developers more easily take advantage of the multimedia capabilities of HTML5,' McAllister writes. 'Unfortunately, however, it sounds like Adobe is going to drop the ball. In this week's meeting with financial analysts, the company said its emphasis is not on building great tools but on subscription pricing, Web-based content creation software, and — most important of all — growing its digital marketing, advertising, and analytics businesses. That's right: Adobe wants to be Google. It's too bad because Web developers could really use an Adobe right now.'"
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  • Best iOS e-reader app updated and pronounced dead on the same day
    November 11, 2011
    A great eReader has its swan song on iOS 5
  • Sony Looks to Trump Apple in Race for Next-Gen TV, CEO Says
    November 11, 2011
    Apple hasn't announced a next-gen TV plan, but that hasn't stopped Sony from promising to trump Apple's TV efforts.

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  • PC shipments could drop 10% due to hard drive shortages
    November 11, 2011
    The widespread flooding in Thailand that disrupted operations at hard disk drive factories will lead to significantly declining PC shipments, say market analysts. Thailand accounted for 40 to 45 percent of worldwide HDD production in the first half of 2011, but flooding has impacted more than a dozen factories, according to IDC.
    Much of the PC production for the fourth quarter of 2011 occurred before the flooding, or can be completed with existing drive inventory. But overall PC production will still decline this quarter and drop even further in the beginning of 2012, with normal operations not expected to return until the second half of next year, IDC said. "PC shipments will decline between 2.2 percent and 3.4 percent in the fourth quarter from a year earlier, down from a prior forecast for 5.1 percent growth," Bloomberg reported, quoting IDC numbers. "In the first quarter, shipments may drop by 1.8 percent to 13.4 percent. IDC had projected a gain of 8.2 percent."
    Goldman Sachs is also projecting PC shipment declines of 3 percent year-over-year in the current quarter, and an 8.5 percent drop in the first quarter of 2012, according to Bloomberg. Goldman Sachs further said Microsoft's profit and sales will decline because fewer Windows PCs will be sold. IDC noted that hard drive prices are rising "as demand exceeds supply and manufacturers face increased costs for components, expedited shipments, and shifting of production to new locations." Pricing won't stabilize until June.
    The smaller hardware vendors are likely to lose out. "In response to the crisis, priority will be given to the large PC manufacturers that drive HDD shipment volumes as well as to the high-margin products used in enterprise servers and storage," IDC research vice president John Rydning said in a press release. In the PC category, the biggest impacts will be on emerging markets, netbooks and entry-level consumer PCs.
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  • Teaching 'Strategic Project Management' at University College London
    November 11, 2011
    Although the technical aspects of project management are important, they are not sufficient to ensure real success. For that, we need a more strategic approach.
  • Jenny CEO Talks About Dropping Craig and Adding Mariah
    November 11, 2011
    Following the press conference in New York City this week where weight loss company, Jenny, announced its new brand and their partnership with recording artist, Mariah Carey, we spoke with recently appointed CEO, Dana Fiser, about how these changes are leading to the company’s growth.
  • German court rules users can modify free software
    November 11, 2011
    A major challenge to the principles of free software was thrown out of a German district court on Tuesday.
  • Olympus used inflated deposits to mask losses: Nikkei
    November 11, 2011
    (Reuters) - Investigations into scandal-hit Olympus Corp revealed an elaborate scheme for concealing losses on risky bets behind a facade of inflated bank deposits and securities holdings, The Nikkei reported.

  • Telecom Italia confirms targets as 9-month core earnings rise
    November 11, 2011
    MILAN (Reuters) - Telecom Italia stuck to its guidance on Friday after nine-month core earnings rose as Italy's biggest telecoms operator slightly improved its position in the fiercely competitive domestic market.

  • Senate defeats effort to block Internet rules
    November 11, 2011
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - New U.S. Internet traffic rules cleared a hurdle on Thursday, surviving an attempt by the Senate to block them from taking effect later in the month.

  • Telefonica 9-month net weak as tough market bites
    November 11, 2011
    MADRID (Reuters) - Spanish telecoms giant Telefonica stuck doggedly to ambitious shareholder return targets on Friday even while 9-month profit fell a more-than-expected 69 percent in what the group described as a "challenging" operating environment.

  • Chipmaker Nvidia's quarterly results beats Street
    November 11, 2011
    (Reuters) - Nvidia Corp's third-quarter results beat estimates as the chipmaker refocused on smartphones and tablets in a tepid personal computer market, although its revenue forecast was a bit lower than expected.

  • Private equity takes two approaches to Yahoo: sources
    November 11, 2011
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Private equity firms including KKR and TPG Capital are looking to potentially buy minority stakes of up to 20 percent in Yahoo Inc with an eye to eventually taking over the whole company, people with knowledge of the situation said.

  • iPhone User Calls 911 5 Times to Report Broken Phone
    November 11, 2011
    The computer programmer was found to be intoxicated and uncooperative and arrested by police; another case of drunken dialing?

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  • "Call of Duty" has $400 million in sales on day 1
    November 11, 2011
    (Reuters) - Activision Blizzard's "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3" video game racked up more than $400 million in sales on its first day in stores in the United States and the United Kingdom.

  • Facebook near privacy settlement with FTC: report
    November 11, 2011
    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook is finalizing a settlement with federal regulators over changes to its privacy policies enacted two years ago, the Wall Street Journal reported.

  • Apple releases iPhone battery drain software fix
    November 11, 2011
    (Reuters) - Apple Inc on Thursday released a software update for its iOS 5 operating system to fix complaints on the performance of the new iPhone 4S battery.

  • What Bill Gates Says About Drug Companies
    November 11, 2011
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    Most of what Bill Gates said to me over the course of two interviews found its way into the cover profile of him I wrote for the most recent issue of Forbes. But one set of ideas didn't really make it: his unique and thoughtful perspective on the pharmaceuticals industry. Few outsiders have
  • At $400 million, Modern Warfare 3 launch the biggest yet
    November 11, 2011
    Activision says the game generated more than $400 million and sold 6.5 million units in its first 24 hours on store shelves, easily beating its predecessors.
  • Did Hell freeze over? Not yet, but it's getting cold!
    November 11, 2011
    Dave Johnson sets the record straight: the rise of Macs in the enterprise stems from employees having better computer hardware at home than they do at home.
  • Boost for new net address scheme
    November 11, 2011
    Efforts to shift the internet to a new addressing system have been boosted by US internet service provider Comcast.
  • Get a Samsung Galaxy Tab 7-inch tablet with 3G for $249.99
    November 11, 2011
    Amazingly, this is a new unit, not a refurb. And shipping is on the house. Plus, today only, get a truly killer deal on Laplink PCmover Professional.
  • Apple, Lenovo set for head-on collision in China
    November 11, 2011
    Morgan Stanley's latest Apple data points in China illustrate why new CEO Tim Cook is so hot for the world's largest consumer market. Lenovo won't roll over though.
  • Sony Racing Apple To Develop 'a New Kind of TV'
    November 11, 2011


    PolygamousRanchKid writes with an excerpt from SlashGear about Sony's efforts to reinvent the television set — a task many suspect Apple is focused on as well. Quoting: "'There's a tremendous amount of R&D going into a different kind of TV set,' CEO Howard Stringer told the WSJ (in a paywalled article). ... [W]hat Apple and Sony agree on is that the traditional TV paradigm must evolve if the segment is to become profitable again. A new model is 'what we’re all looking for,' Stringer confirmed, suggesting that 'we can’t continue selling TV sets [the way we have been]. Every TV set we all make loses money.'"
    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

  • VMware fits work phone into personal phone
    November 11, 2011
    The software company is tinkering away with Verizon and Telefonica to help make it easier for you to bring your own smartphone to work.
  • Facebook 'plans privacy overhaul'
    November 11, 2011
    Social network Facebook will ask users to opt into future changes to the way it uses their personal information, the Wall Street Journal says.
  • Education at ScienceOnline2012
    November 11, 2011
    As I mentioned before, ScienceOnline is a conference that explores the ways the Web changes the way science is communicated, taught and done. As always, there will be a nice track of sessions focusing on the “taught” part. Here they are:
    Blogging in the undergraduate science classroom (how to maximize the potential of course blogs) (discussion) – Jason Goldman and John Hawks
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  • Poor sales of Chromebooks won't stop Google from promoting Chrome OS
    November 11, 2011
    If it weren't for Android, Google would have a pretty lousy record when it comes to working with hardware manufacturers. Google TV has been a bust to date (though the latest update may help...
  • 'Cable digitisation, a huge opportunity for Cisco'
    November 11, 2011
    Cable digitisation will address the digital divide in the country and is a huge potential for our service provider business, said Sanjay Rohatgi from Cisco

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