23 April 2012

Facebook buys AOL patents from Microsoft

Facebook pays Microsoft $550 million for AOL patents
By Alexei Oreskovic and Diane Bartz | SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook will pay Microsoft Corp $550 million in cash for hundreds of patents recently sold by AOL, the social networking company's latest move to bulk up its intellectual property in the ...

Vodafone to Acquire Cable and Wireless Worldwide for $1.7 Billion - NYTimes.com: "Vodafone Group agreed on Monday to buy Cable and Wireless Worldwide, an acquisition that will add a fixed telephone line network and services for businesses to Vodafone’s wireless operations." 

New and Improved SkyDrive Is a Threat to Dropbox
By Tony Bradley, PCWorld Microsoft is shaking things up with SkyDrive. The new features and capabilities move it out of the Microsoft-centric shadows and pit it more directly against Dropbox, and possibly the imminently rumored Google Drive.

Intel unveils 'Ivy Bridge' processors
By Agam Shah IDG News Service - Intel on Monday announced its first third-generation Core processors code-named Ivy Bridge, which are faster and more power efficient than Core processors now used in laptops and desktops. The initial Ivy Bridge lineup ...

Analyst Says Next iPhone Could be the Thinnest Yet
PC Magazine
By Angela Moscaritolo Rumors surfaced late last week that the next iteration of the Apple smartphone will use new in-cell touch panels, reducing the weight and overall thickness of the device. Now, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has issued a ...

Privacyscore for Facebook Offers Users Insight Into Apps
Facebook's Privacyscore browser tool offers users a quick way to gauge the discretion of an app before allowing it access to their Facebook profiles. Some apps share more information than others. Every Facebook application has its own privacy policy, ...

Samsung Mock Apple, Hypes 'Next Galaxy' In New Teaser Video
Wired News
By Nathan Olivarez-Giles Samsung is marketing its next Galaxy smartphone as a device that will stand out from all others. Credit: Samsung via YouTube Samsung's marketing machine is in full-swing, churning up hype for the company's next Galaxy-branded ...

Adobe Serves Up Creative Cloud Buffet
Blending cloud and desktop software offerings, Adobe makes the latest upgrade to its Creative Suite products available as an all-you-can-eat buffet, for a monthly fee. The Adobe Creative Suite 6 upgrade would have been big news for designers and Web ...

Russian scientists hunting white whale -- really
Fox News
"Iceberg," the only all white adult ORCA bull in the wild. Despite the unusual coloring, Iceberg has been found to live in an ordinary family unit called a pod, scientists said.YouTube / Far East Russia Orca Project MOSCOW – A team of Russian ...

Lack of Google Voice app for Windows Phone isn't just inconvenient
Google has yet to release an official Google Voice app for Windows Phone. That leaves Google Voice users stuck without support and potentially vulnerable to security problems. by Danny Sullivan April 23, 2012 8:55 AM PDT Follow @dannysullivan But a ...

Meteor shower: Lyrids make big boom in trek through Earth's skies
Los Angeles Times
By Michael Muskal There is something about bright lights and loud noises that attract the child in all of us. And when they come from the heavens, they're fodder for even our adult selves. Over the weekend, the Lyrids made their annual spin through the ...

Anonymous the Biggest Security Worry in IT, Bit9 Survey Says
However, respondents say the biggest risks are in attacks from cyber-criminals or nation-states, like Russia and China, the company found. The hacker group Anonymous seems to be getting into the heads of IT professionals, according to a new survey by ...

FBI: Check For DNS Changer or Lose Internet Access
Tom's Guide
The FBI wants Web surfers to check their PC or Mac for DNS Changer before the servers are switched off on July 9, cutting off their Internet access. The FBI is now calling on web surfers to check their PC or Mac for the DNS Changer trojan before July 9 ...

Apple earnings: Will big numbers rev its stock again?
Apple reports its second quarter results tomorrow, and bigger sales of iPhones and iPads could help the company's recently-declining stock recover. by Josh Lowensohn April 23, 2012 10:57 AM PDT Follow @Josh Apple reports its second quarter results ...

Death of DARPA's Superfast Hypersonic Glider Explained
by Tariq Malik, SPACE.com Managing Editor An ultra-fast US military drone that streaked across the sky at 13000 mph met its demise in the Pacific was doomed by the excessive heat of hypersonic travel, which literally peeled away the drone's metal skin, ...

Flashback returns: Is Apple dropping the ball?
By Woody Leonhard | InfoWorld Gregg Keizer reported yesterday that the Flashback Trojan horse -- which was supposed to be going the way of the dodo -- has hardly skipped a beat. Dr. Web, the Russian company that three weeks ago figured out how to count ...

iPhone 5 to have 'nano' companion
Now that we're within a half-year of the next Apple iPhone being launched, the iPhone 5 rumors, tips, and secret confirmations are flying – today's being a whole bonus model for the masses. It's the “iPhone nano” that we're hearing about today, ...


ASUS Transformer Pad TF300 vs Prime Hands-on
We've had enough time now with the ASUS Transformer Pad TF300 that it's finally time to put it to the test – a hardware-to-hardware comparison with its predecessor the Transformer Prime. What you're going to see is that the first-ever tablet with an ...

Lamborghini Urus unveiled at Beijing International Motorshow 2012
The annual Beijing International Automobile Show kicked off on Monday, with a record 1125 vehicles vying for the attention of the world's biggest car market. Lamborghini, keen to cash in on the Chinese taste for bigger cars, unveiled the Urus, ...

Google targets $20 billion local TV ad market
By Daniel Frankel Apr. 23, 2012, 1:55pm No Comments Google, which is already making a play for the TV dollars spent by big national brands with investments into what it calls premium video, is now targeting small- and medium-sized video advertisers, ...

Dropbox adds link file-sharing; Welcome to the Megaupload club
ZDNet (blog)
By Zack Whittaker | April 23, 2012, 12:12pm PDT Summary: Dropbox has painted a giant target on its back by simply offering one additional feature to its file-storage service: a link-generating button to enable public file-sharing.

Two Explanations For Loud Boom, Bright Light In Sky
KCRA Sacramento
TUOLUMNE COUNTY, Calif. (KCRA) -- There are two different explanations emerging for what may have been behind a bright light and loud boom reported in the sky Sunday morning -- adding mystery to the event. Some experts said the particles thought to ...

NimbleTV streams cable TV to any device, legally
ZDNet (blog)
By Ricardo Bilton | April 23, 2012, 11:23am PDT Summary: NimbleTV, a new start-up that takes existing cable TV packages and streams them online, isn't the future of television that everyone is waiting for. Nor is it trying to be.

Flatworld Sues Apple Claiming Touch-based Patent Infringement
The Mac Observer
Apple has been hit with a lawsuit from a company called Flatworld over claims that the iPhone, iPad and Mac maker is infringing on its touch-based device control patent. Flatworld lists most of Apple's hardware in its lawsuit including iOS devices, ...

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Asteroid mining: Is there money to be made in space?
The Week Magazine
James Cameron, Google's top brass, and Ross Perot's son are betting big that there's platinum in the heavens. Are they delusional or brilliant? Artist's conception of an asteroid belt: A new company is looking to space for the next big source of ...

Mythical HTC Droid Incredible 4G appears, disappears
Verizon's new leak may prove that the latest HTC Droid Incredible isn't a mere mirage. by Brian Bennett April 23, 2012 9:25 AM PDT Follow @boliverbennett Looks like the rumored HTC Droid Incredible 4G is getting more tangible every day.

Microsoft releases Skype for Windows Phone
Washington Post
Microsoft promised a full version of its Skype for Windows Phone software in April back when the original beta was released at Mobile World Congress earlier this year. The company delivered on that promise Sunday by releasing version 1.0 of Skype for ...

Apple, C. Ore. Officials Make Data Center Tax Deal
ABC News
Apple Inc. has agreed to pay local governments $150000 a year and get a 15-year property tax exemption for the data center it is developing in Central Oregon. In an agreement with Prineville and Crook County, Apple also commits to minimums of 35 jobs ...

Gabe Newell Says Valve-Apple Meeting Didn't Happen
Apple CEO Tim Cook and Valve head Gabe Newell did not actually meet last week as rumored, according to a new podcast interview with Newell. He squashed the week-old rumor in an interview with the fine folks at Seven Day Cooldown, who were kind enough ...

Cadillac pushes pedal on self-driving car
Cadillac is working on Super Cruise technology that will handle braking and steering for highway driving, an approach which could serve as a foothold for broader use of self-driving cars. by Martin LaMonica April 23, 2012 6:17 AM PDT Follow @mlamonica ...

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