10 April 2012

Insta-Rich: $1 Billion for Instagram

Insta-Rich: $1 Billion for Instagram
Wall Street Journal
By SHAYNDI RAICE And SPENCER E. ANTE Facebook is acquiring the popular photo-sharing app Instagram for $1 billion in cash and stock. The deal would rank as Facebook's largest to date. Don Clark has details on the News Hub.

Wall Street Journal

AOL sells patents to Microsoft in $1.1B deal
Washington Post
The companies did not say which patents are part of the deal, but a technology company as old as AOL certainly has patents that could prove useful for Microsoft as patent lawsuits continue to rage between some of the industry's largest companies.

Report: Apple Testing New Chip for Next-Gen iPhone
PC Magazine
By Damon Poeter Apple is reportedly handing out next-gen iPhone testing units internally. The prototypes have a variation of the A5X processor that powers the new iPad and Apple is supposedly using pre-iPhone 4/4S-generation casings "to throw off leaks ...

Google Readying 7-Inch Tablet for Late Summer Release
eWeek
Two-and-a-half years after failing with its first connected smart device, Google is doing it again—this time with a tablet PC. This one will be a co-branded Android tablet with Asustek Computer of Taiwan. Well, that one crashed and burned.

eWeek

Analyst cuts AAPL rating on iPhone subsidy backlash, estimates $1B earnings miss
Apple Insider
By Mikey Campbell BITG Research's Walter Piecyk cut his rating of AAPL stock from "buy" to "neutral" in a note to investors on Monday, saying that telecoms are growing weary of paying high subsidies for the iPhone with returns that don't match Apple's ...

AT&T to sell most of Yellow Pages to Cerberus
Boston.com
By Peter Svensson AP Technology Writer / April 9, 2012 NEW YORK—AT&T Inc. on Monday said that it had agreed to sell a majority stake in its Yellow Pages business to the private-equity firm Cerberus Capital for $950 million. The sale is part of AT&T's ...
German Courts at Epicenter of Global Patent Battles Among Tech Rivals
New York Times
Motorola Mobility has asked a court in Mannheim, Germany, to stop Microsoft from distributing its Xbox game consoles and Windows 7 operating system software because they employ a video streaming technology that Motorola claims to own.

Lenovo Targets iPad With 9.7-Inch IdeaTab Android Tablet
PC Magazine
By Angela Moscaritolo Lenovo is prepping a new Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich tablet called the IdeaTab S2109, which includes a screen similar to the one Apple used on older versions of the iPad. The forthcoming tablet will have a 9.7-inch display, ...

Anonymous Blamed for Attacks on USTelecom Group Websites
BusinessWeek
By Eric Engleman and Todd Shields on April 09, 2012 The hacker-activist group known as Anonymous led attacks on the websites of two technology trade associations for supporting cybersecurity legislation, the organizations said.

Check Out This Awesome Rube Goldberg Machine
PC Magazine
By Damon Poeter Remember the elaborate, warehouse-filling contraption that was the star of OK Go's video for "This Too Shall Pass"? If you got a kick out of that, you'll love the latest, greatest example of mechanical complexity for its own sake ...

Commodore founder Jack Tramiel dies at 83
Washington Post
Jack Tramiel, a huge figure in computer history and founder of Commodore, died on Sunday at the age of 83, according to Forbes. Tramiel was both a visionary and controversial figure as the founder of Commodore International and former chief executive...

Mozilla Builds Video Chat Using Nothing But Web Standards
Wired News
By Scott Gilbertson Mozilla recently showed off a demo of a video chat app built entirely from web standards. Most of the demo runs on top of the proposed Web Real Time Communication (WebRTC) standard, the W3C's answer to the audio and video streaming...

Easter store closures cut into Lumina 900 phone's sales debut
The Seattle Times
By Janet I. Tu The Nokia Lumia 900 phone is being advertised heavily in AT&T stores, including this one in New York City. No comments have been posted to this article. Promises of big marketing pushes have been made, promo events in New York, ...

T-Mobile Training For The HTC One S Begins, April 25th Release Date Looking Likely
TmoNews
By David Beren April 9, 2012 6:53 pm EST Comments (30) So you want to see the HTC One S? Well, so do we and now we've got a bit of teaser info as T-Mobile employees begin training in preparation for launch. We're not learning anything new per se, ...

TmoNews

Radiation from Japan found in kelp off US West Coast
AFP
LOS ANGELES — Radioactive iodine was found in kelp off the US West Coast following last year's earthquake-triggered Fukushima Daiichi nuclear meltdown, according to a new study. It was already known that radioactive iodine 131 (131-I), carried in the ...

AFP

Is This How Google Gets to $1000?
DailyFinance
By Alex Planes, The Motley Fool One of the most interesting bits of viral news last week involved yet more far-out Google (NAS: GOOG) technology. It wasn't self-driving cars or an automated house, or even a moon-roving robot -- though the famously ...

Hybrid vehicle ownership has been on decline, study finds
Washington Post
Gas prices are shooting through the roof, and electric cars don't appear quite ready for primetime yet. That leaves a big opportunity for hybrid vehicles, but drivers who have already purchased one aren't necessarily ready to buy another yet.

US space companies prepare for space station docking
BBC News
Two US rocket companies are readying the first private space missions to the International Space Station (ISS). SpaceX and Orbital both have multi-billion dollar Nasa contracts to supply cargo to the station, filling the void left by the retirement ...

BBC News

Java updates for Flashback avoid OS X Tiger and Leopard
CNET
Apple has fixed the vulnerability through which the Flashback malware attacks Mac systems, but only in supported versions of OS X, not Tiger and Leopard. by Topher Kessler April 9, 2012 4:50 PM PDT To help tackle the recent Flashback malware threat,...

How Edward Muggeridge became Eadweard J. Muybridge
Christian Science Monitor
Eadweard J. Muybridge, the subject of Monday's Google doodle, had at least five names over the course of his life. How did he arrive at Eadweard J. Muybridge? By Chris Gaylord / April 9, 2012 The man behind Monday's Google doodle, Eadweard J. Muybridge ...

Christian Science Monitor

Apple's 'iPad' is the only tablet people know
CBS News
NEW YORK — Apple is on the verge of doing what few others have: change the English language. When you have a boo-boo, you reach for a Band-Aid not a bandage. When you need to blow your nose, you ask for Kleenex not tissue.

CBS News

AT&T lets you unlock your iPhone
Los Angeles Times
By Michelle Maltais Your personal leash can now be untethered. As of Sunday, April 8, if you have an iPhone that is off contract with AT&T, you can unlock the phone. You have to be eligible, with an account that is current (no outstanding fees).

New York Telephone Booths To Get a 'SmartScreen' Digital Makeover
ABC News
You have to feel slightly bad for telephone booths -- not only have cell phones made them relatively useless but as a result, they tend to get sorely neglected. But the life of a phone booth is about to get much better in New York City.

ABC News

'Community' star is Nintendo's latest pitchman
msnbc.com
Stay up to speed with news and reviews on video games for the PC, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii, Xbox 360, Android, iPhone, iPad, Facebook and more. Nintendo has yet another celebrity spokesperson, this time for the 3DS. Unlike previous spots, featuring ...

msnbc.com

Changes in Social Status Seen in Monkeys' Genes
New York Times
Social stress is known to have adverse health effects on both humans and primates. Now, researchers report that it also affects the immune system of female rhesus macaques at the genetic level. “Social stress seemed to have a relatively strong and ...

OnLive changes its Windows on iPad licensing to appease Microsoft
ZDNet (blog)
By Mary Jo Foley | April 9, 2012, 6:46pm PDT Summary: OnLive, the company providing hosted a hosted Windows desktop on the iPad and Android, has taken steps to comply with Microsoft licensing terms. OnLive has changed its back-end infrastructure ...

Court Revives Trademark Suit Against Google
Wall Street Journal
By AMIR EFRATI Google Inc. suffered its second legal setback in two weeks as a US appeals court on Monday vacated part of an earlier court decision dismissing a trademark-infringement lawsuit filed against the Internet-search company.

RIM Says Sales to U.S. Government Are Rising
Datamation
Bloomberg BusinessWeek: Enterprise sales of BlackBerry smartphones have plummeted recently, but its RIM says US government sales are on the rise. In the most recent quarter, RIM's US sales dropped 57 percent; however, RIM's Scott Totzke said the news ...

Windows 8: The Wounded Bear From Redmond Awakens
Forbes
Edward A. Zabitsky is CEO of ACI Research, an institutional equity research firm focused on the telecom sector. This piece was originally distributed to his clients earlier Monday. If there is one company in the world that understands how to slay a ...

Will Google Tablet Sales Frag or Defrag the Android Market?
PCWorld
By John P. Mello Jr., PCWorld Apr 9, 2012 9:58 AM For consumers who don't live and breathe Android, the market can be confusing. There are dozens of phone models, many running different versions of the Android operating system.

Pre-1492 Amazon farmers didn't use controlled burns
msnbc.com
Farming without fire in tropical regions, like indigenous populations did in Pre-Columbian times, may be the key to both feeding people and managing land more sustainably. For hundreds of years before Columbus arrived in Central America, ...

Tech Startup Market Hot Again?
By Anita Campbell
In it he outlines that investors are hungry to invest in tech startups, even without business plans — and very different from his experience in 2009. .... Technology Resources For Small Businesses Answers Your Cloud and Tech Decisions. 1 ...

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