12 April 2012

ICANN sells internet gTLDs for $185,000+ each

Icann's internet suffix application deadline looms
BBC News
Organisations wishing to buy web addresses ending in their brand names have until 00:00 GMT on Thursday to submit applications. For example, drinks giant Pepsi can apply for .pepsi, .gatorade or .tropicana as an alternative to existing suffixes such as ...Canon and Google are among the companies to have said that they paid the $185,000 (£116,355) fees required to take part in the process. . . . successful applicants also face $25,000 in costs per year to maintain the addresses.

BBC News

US Alleges E-Book Scheme
Wall Street Journal
By THOMAS CATAN, JEFFREY A. TRACHTENBERG and CHAD BRAY The US accused Apple Inc. and five of the nation's largest publishers Wednesday of conspiring to raise e-book prices, in a case that could radically reorder the fast-growing business.

Review: Warming up to photo-sharing app Instagram
BusinessWeek
By ANICK JESDANUN I was skeptical, even horrified, when I first heard about the photo-sharing craze Instagram more than a year ago. As a journalist trained to reject alterations in words and pictures, I didn't get the concept of a social network built ...

Motorola Mobility Can't Act in Microsoft Case in Germany
BusinessWeek
By Susan Decker on April 11, 2012 Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) (MSFT) said a US judge ruled that Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. (MMI) (MMI) can't seek to ban the software maker's products in Germany until he decides on a breach-of-contract dispute between...

Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2
PC Magazine
It's always baffled me that the huge Android ecosystem has never created a successful iPod Touch ($199, 5 stars) competitor. As Apple has proven, there's a huge market—in the tens of millions of units—for a "phone without a phone," able to run all the ...

Mystery of how stars shed major pounds may be solved
msnbc.com
When middleweight stars near the end of their cosmic lives, they shrug off their outer layers, shedding up to half their mass. But just how the stars manage to dispel so much material has been a mystery, though a new study may hold clues to closing the ...

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F-secure releases free Flashback removal script for OS X
CNET
The new free tool adds to the growing community effort to help affected Mac users remove the malware from their systems. by Topher Kessler April 11, 2012 4:24 PM PDT The Flashback malware for OS X has been one of the largest attacks to date on OS X, ...

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1)
PC Magazine
Samsung improves its flagship Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) tablet by upgrading it to Android 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich" and dropping the going price to $399.99 (list). While the Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) is saddled with an awkward name, and its benchmarks aren't ...

Wavii delivers morsels of news, five words at a time
Reuters
By Gerry Shih | SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Five years ago, Twitter's critics dismissed the idea that news could be transmitted in 140 characters. Now, Gabriel Aoun thinks it can be done in just five or six words. Aoun, a 29-year old entrepreneur in ...

Yammer buys OneDrum for Office collaboration tools
Computerworld
By Chris Kanaracus IDG News Service - Enterprise social networking vendor Yammer said Wednesday it has purchased OneDrum, maker of software that allows users to work on Microsoft Office documents and other files collaboratively.

German scientists link two labs with 'universal quantum network'
Register
By Richard Chirgwin • Get more from this author German researchers have demonstrated a technique that allows them to create entanglement between atoms in different places, using photons to put the atoms into an entangled state.

VMware Brings Source Code to Cloud Foundry Birthday Party
Wired News
By Robert McMillan The Cloud Foundry project celebrated its first birthday Wednesday and its parent, VMware, brought something special to the party: a big slice of open-source software. It's called Bosh and it's the software that VMware engineers are ...

Wired News

Vic Gundotra: How we claim 170M Google+ users (Reporters' Roundtable)
CNET
Google's Vic Gundotra and Bradley Horowitz discuss how Google counts Google+ users, why the service was just redesigned, and their favorite features. by Rafe Needleman April 11, 2012 3:48 PM PDT Follow @rafe Google launched a redesigned version of the ...

HTC Titan II Review
SlashGear
Over at AT&T you've got two giant choices for hero phones if you want to run with Windows Phone Mango – the Nokia Lumia 900 and the HTC Titan II. Your choices will be based on what you like the phone's hardware to look like, how nice the camera is, ...

Safety Regulator Reviews Jeep Engine Fires
Wall Street Journal
By JEFF BENNETT US safety regulators are investigating new complaints of engine fires in 2010 Jeep Wrangler vehicles and have asked Chrysler Group LLC for information on other model years. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it ...

Amazon's new Appstore feature could be patent suit bait
CNET
Amazon's new in-app purchase feature in its mobile-application store has made developers on Apple's and Google's platforms targets before, and it could happen again here. by Josh Lowensohn April 11, 2012 2:52 PM PDT Follow @Josh Amazon's latest ...

Facebook 'Groups for Schools' Takes Site Back to Its Roots
PC Magazine
By Mark Hachman Remember when Facebook was Thefacebook, a site whose access was restricted to Harvard, Stanford, Yale, Columbia, and other Ivy League schools? With Facebook Groups for Schools, Facebook has gone back to basics.

WD Ships Scorpio Blue Hard Drives for Ultrabooks.
X-bit Labs
by Anton Shilov Western Digital on Wednesday introduced two new hard disk drives that are designed specifically for ultra-slim notebooks. The company believes that new WD Scorpio Blue LPVT-series 7mm HDDs are the lowest power consumption on the market...

72 Hours Later, Nokia's Big U.S. Launch Marred By Growing Pains
Wired News
By Christina Bonnington The company released its premier handset, the Lumia 900, on Easter Sunday — a day on which many stores were closed for the holiday. After launch, it was discovered that a software issue is plaguing a number of new Lumia 900 ...

Wired News

Intel says 75 ultrabook models in the works
msnbc.com
When you think of laptops that are extremely thin and light, the MacBook Air is generally the first one that comes to mind. Apple's svelte aluminum notebook has been the most successful at bridging the gap between form and function, but it's not the ...

msnbc.com

LG Google TV 2.0 takes on future Apple TV this week
SlashGear
In what might be a surprise move for many not following extremely closely LG's involvement in the Google TV platform, the manufacturer has been tipped this week as coming with Google TV 2.0 to the USA as soon as this weekend.

SlashGear

RIM Warns Lucrative Fees May Decline
New York Times (blog)
By IAN AUSTEN | April 11, 2012, 7:15 pm Oliver Lang/dapd, via AP OTTAWA — Unlike other smartphones, BlackBerrys have always been the gift that keeps on giving, at least for Research in Motion, the company that makes them. Every month, wireless carriers ...

New York Times (blog)

IBM PureSystems Melds Hardware and Software Patterns
Server Watch
By Sean Kerner (Send Email) Many enterprises today build out server systems is by first buying hardware and then figuring out how to get software properly configured to run on it. It's a model that IBM is now aiming to change with the debut of its ...

Transfer Windows Phone photos to a Mac
CNET (blog)
If you're looking to transfer all of your precious photos from your Windows phone to your your Mac, you'll need to seek out Microsoft's free software to make things happen. by Donald Bell April 11, 2012 3:55 PM PDT Follow @donald The Nokia Lumia 900 ...

Verizon could save $1 billion with new $30 upgrade fee
VentureBeat
Verizon has been the last holdout on charging upgrade fees for some time now, but this morning it caved and announced existing customers would have to pay a $30 fee when moving to a new phone subsidized by a two-year contract. It's not a huge fee, ...

VentureBeat

Claim: Advanced dinosaurs may rule other planets
TG Daily
It sounds like the plot to a science fiction story, but new scientific research hypothesizes that "advanced dinosaurs" may have evolved on other planets in the universe. According to Dr. Ronald Breslow, the advanced versions of T. rex and other ...

TG Daily

Microsoft, Accenture Wrap Azure Cloud Deal
InformationWeek
Accenture becomes the first consulting company to offer customers a single contract to build, deploy, and manage applications on the Azure platform. By Charles Babcock InformationWeek Microsoft has signed a deal with Accenture that makes the IT ...

Google Takes Its Flipboard Competitor Currents Global
TechCrunch
Last December, Google launched Currents, its attempt at challenging popular mobile apps like Flipboard and Zite. Since then, the company has added about 400 new publishers and over 14000 self-published editions to its lineup .

SAP Adds New-Gen Mobile Capabilities With Syclo
eWeek
The German enterprise middleware and database specialist also reveals that its new HANA in-memory database will become available for virtually all its products. SAN FRANCISCO -- SAP, one of the international masters of the on-site enterprise ...

Tech savvy Clinton embraces 'Texts From Hillary' web parody
Washington Post
Hillary Rodham Clinton has a tech-savvy sense of humor, and she wants you to know it. The secretary of state is firmly embracing an Internet parody that purports to show her texting various politicians and celebrities, shooting them down with snappy ...

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