20 December 2011

AT&T cancels T-Mobile deal

AT&T cancels T-Mobile deal
AT&T cancels plans to buy T-Mobile--It ends its quest after strong government resistance, will pay T-Mobile a $4 billion breakup fee, and sets a roaming arrangement instead (InfoWorld)

AT&T asset sale stalls as T-Mobile deal sours
AT&T's strategy to sell off assets until regulators looked more fondly at its T-Mobile USA acquisitions have stalled, it's reported, with the carrier simply unable to shed sufficient weight to sway the deal in its favor. Execs at the two carriers had ...


BT Sues Google Over Android-Related Patents
PC Magazine
By Chloe Albanesius British Telecom (BT) has filed suit against Google, arguing that the search giant's Android operating system infringes on six of its patents. The suit covers a variety of Google services, including Google Maps, Google+, Google Music ...

Voice-controlled Apple TV, other services being pitched to TV execs
Ars Technica
By Jacqui Cheng | Published December 19, 2011 9:05 AM Apple has reportedly revealed a few more details to TV executives about its Apple TV efforts, discussing things like a voice- and movement-controlled interface, and the ability for new devices to ...

Google+ Overhauls Photos, Stream Control and Notifications
Using Google+? Add Mashable to your circles. You'll get the latest about new Google+ features and tips and tricks for using the platform as well as top social media and technology news. Google has added several new features to Google+ and improved old ...

It's about time! Time Warner Cable gets HBO Go, Max Go
by Don Reisinger December 19, 2011 6:50 AM PST Time Warner Cable customers just received their holiday gift early: after a long wait, they'll soon have access to HBO Go and Max Go. HBO launched HBO Go last year. The offering allows HBO subscribers on ...

IBM: Mind reading is less than five years away. For real.
by Daniel Terdiman December 19, 2011 6:00 AM PST Follow @GreeterDan The world is changing fast--maybe faster than we ever thought. And within five years, science fiction is going to turn into non-fiction. We'll be able to read each other's minds, ...

Hung Jury Ends Microsoft, Novell WordPerfect Trial
Former WordPerfect owner Novell lost out on as much as $1.3 billion last week when jurors involved in its antitrust lawsuit against Microsoft had deadlocked after much deliberation. Novell sued Microsoft in 2004 claiming that the Windows maker had ...


Apple Working on Wearable Computer Prototypes
The Mac Observer
Apple is apparently working on designs for wearable computers, and has even gone so far as to build prototypes. Anonymous sources claim a small team at the company's Cupertino headquarters are working on the devices along with concepts for other ...

Ecosystems shift as climate changes
TG Daily
By 2100, nearly 40 percent of land-based ecosystems - forest, grassland or tundra, for example - will have moved from one type to another. According to a modeling study from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the California Institute of Technology, ...

How A New Court Ruling Upends Facebook's Sponsored Story Strategy
A court decision in October said Facebook users couldn't sue over being placed in ads because their endorsements had no economic value. Now the same court appears to have reversed itself, a development that could spell trouble for the social network's ...

India's Rajasthan Opens Bidding for 200 Megawatts of Solar Farms
By Natalie Obiko Pearson - Mon Dec 19 07:33:46 GMT 2011 India's Rajasthan state started accepting bids from developers to set up 200 megawatts of solar power projects in an area that has the country's second-most solar radiant exposure. ...

Review: Should you buy Star Wars: The Old Republic?
World of Warcraft could soon be feeling a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of subscribers suddenly cried out and started heading for a galaxy far, far away. Star Wars: The Old Republic is an impressive and easy to play new competitor that ...


Windows 8 to feature image sign-on system
BBC News
Microsoft has revealed details of a login system for the next version of Windows based around pictures a user stores on a touchscreen device. Only when parts of an image are tapped or touched in the right order will a user be able to access a device. ...

BBC News

Tests show PS Vita games load slower in digital form
The PS Vita is available for those that pre-ordered in Japan and the folks at Kotaku Japan got their hands on the new portable to give it a go. They took digital and retail version of the games and compared how quickly the games loaded for each version ...


Samsung hauls Apple into court over emoticon patent :-(
By John Leyden • Get more from this author Samsung has opened a new offensive in its ongoing patent dispute with smartphone arch-rival Apple. Fresh claims, filed in Germany, charge Apple with violating a pair of patents relating to the implementation ...

Want Google Wallet? No need to root your Galaxy Nexus.
By Kevin C. Tofel Dec. 19, 2011, 7:48am PT No Comments You'll need a smartphone running Android 4.0.2, which just began rolling out a few days ago. Since my Galaxy Nexus didn't see this update, I flashed it myself over the weekend as Google has ...


'Portal 2,' 'Skyrim' top a thrilling year in games
Sydney Morning Herald
It's a good time to be a gamer, as studios continue to release thrilling adventures with clever stories, tight gameplay and spectacular production values. So many fine games have been released in 2011 _ particularly in the last few months _ that you'd ...

iPad Factory Explosion Hospitalizes 23
The Mac Observer
An explosion at factory owned by Pegatron subsidiary Riteng Computer Accessory Company has injured up to 61 people and left 23 hospitalized. The factory, which hasn't opened for production yet, was apparently prepping to make back panels for the iPad 2...

The Mac Observer

Army National Guard Enlists Verizon to Provide Networking Solution
Bradenton Herald
/PRNewswire/ -- Reliable communications are critical to the Army National Guard's mission to deploy and maintain forces across the nation and around the world. To help the guard meet its wide-ranging domestic and national defense missions, the National ...

Seagate chops warranty on some HDDs
Seagate has announced that it is chopping the warranties that it offers on some of its hard drives down to size. Seagate says that the reason it is cutting warranty length is to be consistent with the industry. Other major HDD makers like Western ...

Scientists focus on methane, permafrost in fight against global warming
The State Column
A study released earlier this month finds that melting permafrost is likely to increase the effects of global warming, prompting scientists to travel north in an effort to determine what effect increasing permafrost melt will have on the environment. ...

The State Column

GPS III ready for assembly
DENVER, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- The pathfinder spacecraft for Lockheed Martin's next-generation GPS is ready for final assembly, integration and testing at a new facility in Colorado. The Global Positioning System III, under development for the US Air Force, ...

The Top 10 tech trends for 2012
By Pete Cashmore, Special to CNN Bendable interfaces will let you zoom in, zoom out and scroll around a page by twisting your phone or tablet. Editor's note: Pete Cashmore is founder and CEO of Mashable, a popular blog about tech news and digital ...

Google's Doodles Website Gets a Facelift
Google has revamped its Doodle website to allow users to view some of their favourite Doodles starting from the very first one posted in 1998. Google co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page created the first Google Doodle to mark the Burning Man ...

French presidential officials caught illegally downloading music
ZDNet (blog)
By Zack Whittaker | December 19, 2011, 4:40am PST Summary: French presidential officials have been caught illegally downloading copyrighted material; ironic, as the officials could have broken the French 'three strikes' laws twice over. ...

Battlefield 2143 hinted in Battlefield 3
By George Wong on 12/19/2011 05:58 PST While there's no doubt that we'll be seeing another Battlefield game next year, we don't know which part of the Battlefield series it's going to be. Well, according to some reports online, it might sequel to the ...


Final Fantasy XIII-2 DLC new screenshots and price revealed
Square Enix today released some brand new screenshots for their role-playing game Final Fantasy XIII-2. These latest screenshots of the game shows costume set for the two main characters in the game, Serah Farron and Noel Kreiss. ...


Twitter stalking is protected free speech, judge rules
By Andrew Couts A San Francisco judge has declared cyberstalking on Twitter and blogs constitutionally-protected free speech, reports The New York Times. The ruling is a victory for the First Amendment. But like all things worth fighting for, ...

Six Ways Kim Jong Il Sucked at Technology
By Sam Biddle
The Supreme Dear Leader is dead—and while it's been a morning of hysterical weeping for us at Gizmodo, we can't help but look back at the five star dictator's life. And boy, did his country blow at tech.

The 5 Most Significant Solar Panel Technology Advances of 2011 ...
By tessant
Solar photovoltaics (PV) continue to be expensive in capital costs, needing close to $11000 per kilowatt of power production. This high initial cost has.
Solar Feeds

NASA Selects 300 Small Business Research And Technology ...
By Staff Editor
“NASA's partnerships with small businesses and universities through these programs brings spacetechnologies to the marketplace, helping start-ups and small businesses create new jobs and grow our economy while meeting NASA's current ...

The Science and Technology of Gaming Continues to Evolve » Blog ...
Many gaming technology companies hire scientists and engineers for consultation and make them sign Non-Disclosure Agreements so that they won't take the same inforamtion to the competition. “We made a big mistake five years ago when ...
The Science and Technology of...

The potential of most gaming technology development companies, if ...
“Starting up a new gaming technology development company'” queried Reveles Gahlman, an industry veteran and founder of Zelda Sledz LTD, “you'll need lots of capital, talent, luck, and financial discipline to see your project through.” Indeed ...
Northern Europe Looks to The...

SiliconCore Technology Introduces Breakthrough 1.9mm Fine Pitch ...
SiliconCore Technology, a silicon based technology provider, announced its breakthrough 1.9mm pitch LED display panel technology for indoor applications. Such fine pitch designs have not been possible until now due to several limitations, ...

BT sues Google over Android | Technology | guardian.co.uk
British Telecom claims Google's Android mobile operating system infringes a number of the company's patents. By Charles Arthur.

Iran may have captured U.S. stealth drone by hacking its GPS ...
Read 'Iran may have captured U.S. stealth drone by hacking its GPS' from our blog TechnologyNews Blog on Yahoo! News. The CIA and the U.S. military may ...

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