18 April 2012

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How the DOJ's Publishing Lawsuit May Spell the End of Digital Rights Management
By Brad Stone and Felix Gillette on April 18, 2012 In the days following the announcement of the US Department of Justice lawsuit against publishers accused of colluding with Apple to raise e-book prices, much of the US publishing industry decamped to ...

VW's Audi buys Ducati to expand brand portfolio
| BERLIN, April 18 (Reuters) - Volkswagen's Audi division said it agreed to buy Italian motorcycle maker Ducati, adding a 12th brand to the German auto maker's portfolio of passenger cars, trucks and ultra-luxury vehicles. The 20-member supervisory ...

With Instagram Deal, Facebook Shows Its Worth
New York Times
By EVELYN M. RUSLI In early April, Facebook bought the photo-sharing service for $1 billion, agreeing to pay roughly 30 percent in cash and 70 percent in stock, according to people briefed on the negotiations. At that level, Facebook is pegging its own ...

New York Times

Nokia's elusive recovery rekindles strategy doubts
By Tarmo Virki | HELSINKI (Reuters) - When Stephen Elop bet Nokia's future on a deal with Microsoft, he was hit with a barrage of criticism. After a year of respite, the chief executive is again being haunted by a decision that is costing the shrinking ...

Oracle skewers Google as Android trial opens
Fox News
April 18, 2012: Google CEO Larry Page walks into a federal building in San Francisco. Oracle called Page to the stand Tuesday, and he's to return Wednesday on the third day of the trial. On Tuesday, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison acknowledged he wanted to ...

Flashback Malware Eradication Campaign Slower Than Expected
Efforts to remove infection from Apple computers is not as effective as security experts had hoped. By Mathew J. Schwartz InformationWeek The campaign to eliminate the Flashback malware from Apple OS X devices has seen the number of infected machines...

Space shuttle will be hoisted from plane in crane ballet
NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver, at podium, speaks to those in attendance at Apron W after the 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft with space shuttle Discovery mounted on top rolled to a halt at Washington Dulles International Airport, Tuesday, ...


BlackBerry maker looks to Asia for income, inspiration
San Jose Mercury News
By Jeremy Wagstaff JAKARTA -- The launch in India of a new BlackBerry by Research In Motion is not just a nod to its lower-end users who love it less for its security, push email and seamless roaming than for its simplicity and its Messaging.

Internet founder: Government snooping is a 'destruction of human rights'
This week, as US activists urge Internet users to protest CISPA, the cybersecurity bill moving through Congress, an Internet founder spoke out against a similar bill under consideration in the UK. In an interview with the Guardian, Sir Tim Berners-Lee ...


Apple, Amazon receive poor grades in Greenpeace clean cloud report; Apple ...
Washington Post
Greenpeace released a report April 17 that looked at how “green” the cloud computing operations were for 14 major players in the industry. According to Greenpeace, some cloud data centers use as much electricity as 180000 homes would use.

As extreme weather events increase, so does acceptance of climate science
Christian Science Monitor
A new survey finds that a majority of Americans believe that weather in the United States is getting worse, and they are linking it to global warming. By Jeanna Bryner, LiveScience Managing Editor / April 18, 2012 Brian Key salvages items from his ...

Christian Science Monitor

Sergey Brin REALLY ADMIRES Apple, Facebook
By Kelly Fiveash • Get more from this author Open is a word so overused and abused that it is now impossible not to switch off when yet another tech titan or politico comes along with their very own interpretation of what the term should actually mean.

AT&T adding HTC One X smartphone in May
By Brett Molina, USA TODAY The first smartphone from HTC's One line will debut on AT&T May 6, the wireless carrier announced. This is also the first device on AT&T's network that will launch with "Ice Cream Sandwich," the new version of Google's ...


Late Night: Conan O'Brien, Andy Richter lend their voices to 'Halo 4'
Los Angeles Times
On Tuesday night, Conan O'Brien lived the fantasy of millions of gamers with a behind-the-scenes look at the hotly anticipated "Halo 4." He met with 343 Industries executives Frank O'Connor and Kiki Wolfkill, who showed him "top secret footage" from ...

Verizon plans spectrum sale to win approval for cable deal
Verizon Wireless said it would sell off some of its 700 MHz wireless spectrum if regulators approve its $3.6 billion bid to buy AWS spectrum from cable operators. by Marguerite Reardon April 18, 2012 10:22 AM PDT Follow @maggie_reardon Verizon Wireless ...

Will Windows Phone 8 makers be more free to tweak the OS?
A purported agenda item for an upcoming Microsoft summit on the new mobile OS points to customization opportunities as one of the key topics. by Lance Whitney April 18, 2012 9:24 AM PDT Follow @lancewhit Will Windows Phone 8 be more open to ...

Apple Cooking Up Samsung Settlement Benefits Both
US District Court Judge Lucy Koh has ordered a settlement conference between Apple (AAPL) and Samsung (SSNGY). The settlement conference will be moderated by a magistrate judge. Both Apple and Samsung have agreed that their chief executives and general ...

Forecast Takes The Hassle Out Of Ambient Check-Ins Without Draining Your Battery
There are a number of different schools of thought about how useful Foursquare-like check-ins really are. Forecast, especially, is taking a very different approach from most of Foursquare's competitors by emphasizing where you are going to be later in ...

The Lost Steve Jobs Tapes
Fast Company
A treasure trove of unearthed interviews, conducted by the writer who knew him best, reveals how Jobs's ultimate success at Apple can be traced directly to his so-called wilderness years. BY Brent Schlender | April 17, 2012 If Steve Jobs's life were ...

Fast Company

AT&T boosts data levels in pre-paid packages
By Mia Lamar AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) boosted the amount of data offered in packages for pre-paid customers, highlighting the telecommunication's giants aims to better compete in the fast-growing prepaid market. The company said customers using its pre-paid ...

Is it Science or is It Fraud?
Mother Jones
A couple of weeks ago I published a chart showing that conservative trust in science has plummeted over the past few decades, while liberal and independent attitudes have remained fairly steady (liberals with high trust levels and indies with low trust ...

Mother Jones

Deformities in Gulf Seafood Found After BP Oil Spill
Popular Science
By Dan Nosowitz Posted 04.18.2012 at 1:20 pm 1 Comment Deformed Gulf Shrimps On the left is a Gulf shrimp with growths, while on the right are a group of shrimps without either eyes or eye sockets. Left: Keath Ladner. Right: Erika Blumenfeld/Al Jazeera ...

PLANET-SWAP shock: Stars grabbed dirtballs from other clusters
By Brid-Aine Parnell • Get more from this author Space boffins have suggested that billions of stars in our galaxy have captured roaming rogue planets as they tootle through the cosmos. Artist's impression of a rogue planet tootling through the ...

Ford releases electric vehicle handling recommendations
April 18, 2012—Ford Motor Co. on Tuesday released the recommended handling and storage procedures for its electric and hybrid-electric vehicles that are equipped with high-voltage batteries. Ford's recommended electric vehicle procedures include proper ...

Shells made dinosaurs egg-stinct, scientists say
Fox News
Did eggs prove to be the ultimate dino downfall?Royal Tyrrell Museum The fact that land-bound dinosaurs laid eggs is what sealed their fate of mass extinction millions of years ago while live birthing mammals went on to thrive, scientists said ...

IKEA moves into consumer electronics with China venture
By Anna Ringstrom | STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Sweden's IKEA IKEA.UL, the world's largest furniture maker, is set to enter the consumer electronics market with products developed in co-operation with China-based TCL Multimedia (1070.HK), IKEA officials said ...

Gmail outage much broader than originally reported
By Juan Carlos Perez | IDG News Service In its latest update about the problem, Google said that the hour-plus long outage affected "less than 10 percent" of Gmail's user base, much more than the original estimate of "less than 2 percent.

Google Drive Lives: Google Drive App Found
If you needed any more proof that Google Drive was alive, look no further than this screenshot of the OS X app. I've been able to download and run the app and it is currently idle, sitting quietly in the corner, unable to connect to the mothership.


Video: NASA Captures Solar Flare Footage
Chicago Tribune
A solar eruption caused a solar flare Monday, but it wasn't pointed at Earth NASA captured a solar eruption leading to a solar flare around 1:45 pm EDT Monday. Solar flares can wreak havoc on man-made satellites in space, shutting down GPS services and ...

HTC One X update bumps software version to 1.28
By Edwin Kee on 04/18/2012 09:53 PDT So those living Stateside who cannot wait to get their hands around the HTC One X from AT&T (which will be released this coming May 6th), here is a bit of good news while you wait. No, the release date is not going ...


TechFaster Launches Technology News Aggregator Curated by 'Techies'
Albany Times Union
Why, with various news aggregators and RSS feeds, do techies need another tech news source might you ask? Stanton's answer is simple: “Technology news should be handpicked by experts, not algorithms. There is simply no substitute for flesh-and-blood ...

NY Tech Meetup's rising voice
Crain's New York Business
Mr. Rasiej attributes the growth to the fact that technology, once the province of West Coast chipmakers, is now playing to New York's prodigious strengths in developing and distributing content. “It's no longer about techies,” said Mr. Rasiej.

Italy remains infertile ground for startups that promise much-needed growth ...
Washington Post
A French-American entrepreneur with startup experience, Lumer secured Italian venture capital and found a core group of tech experts at wages lower than he could expect to pay in technologycenters. But as the number of users grows and the business ...

U.S. Wireless Seen Contracting After Consumer IPhone Binge: Tech
San Francisco Chronicle
April 18 (Bloomberg) -- The US wireless market, long the fastest-growing sector in the telecommunications industry, looks like it's headed for a wall. Sales of wireless contracts, the most lucrative segment of the business because it locks in monthly ...

Fracking causes earthquakes, studies confirm - Technology ...
A gas flare burns at a fracking site in rural Bradford County, Pennsylvania. The U.S. Geological Survey is set to release findings Wednesday that a "remarkable" ...

Tech titans testify in federal court
San Jose Mercury News
Oracle intends to rely heavily on Google's own internal emails to prove Google's top executives knew they were stealing a popular piece of technology to build the Android software that now powers more than 300 million smart phones and tablet computers.

Is Twitter trying to end the tech patent wars?
(Mashable) -- Twitter announced an internal patent agreement on Tuesday that it says will empower designers and engineers -- as well as hopefully begin a movement to quell the techworld's rash of patent infringement lawsuits.

The TSA Blog: New Technology Will Check Travel Documents
By Blogger Bob
We just started testing the technology at Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) and will also test at Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) and Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU) in the coming weeks. Each airport ...
The TSA Blog

Illegal prison cellphones being disabled in Calif
CBS News
LOS ANGELES — A private company that owns the pay phones in California's prisons will pay millions of dollars to install technology that prevents inmates from using smuggled cell phones to make their calls instead. The deal with Global Tel Link ...

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