17 May 2012

Facebook IPO - insiders signal they will unload stakes

Facebook IPO: As insiders signal they will unload stakes, the public wonders ...
Washington Post
May 16 (Bloomberg) -- Facebook Inc. investors such as Accel Partners and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. increased the number of shares they're selling in the social network's initial public offering, boosting the sale to as much as $16 billion.

Chrome 19: The Best Web browser just keeps getting better
ZDNet (blog)
By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols | May 16, 2012, 3:47pm PDT Summary: A new edition of Chrome appears, and, yes, once again, it's better than the last version and it's much better than the competition. With Chrome 19 you can sync tabs between PCs and ...
 
ZDNet (blog)

Facebook's 11 Biggest Technology Bets
InformationWeek
What other key technology pieces will Facebook use to grow its business? By Thomas Claburn InformationWeek When Facebook stock goes on sale later this week, investors will be making a bet on open Web technologies and open hardware infrastructure.
Verizon Wireless to Curb Unlimited Data Plans
Wall Street Journal
By GREG BENSINGER Verizon Wireless is taking another step to snuff out unlimited data plans, a move that will likely lead to higher bills for millions of customers of the largest US wireless carrier. A top executive from the carrier said Wednesday it ...

Saverin: I'm a 'global citizen,' not tax dodger
CNET
Facebook's co-founder, who recently renounced his US citizenship, says the decision had nothing to do with the blockbuster IPO and taxes. by Steven Musil May 16, 2012 4:25 PM PDT Follow @stevenmusil Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin, ...

Porsche's 78 mpg supercar takes shape
Fox News
Earlier this month the first prototypes for the 2014 Porsche 918 Spyder started testing at secret locations around Europe, and today Porsche has released its own batch of photos of one of the prototypes and confirmed some of the car's final specs.

Electronic Arts And Activision Blizzard Settle 'Call Of Duty' Suit
Wall Street Journal
By Ian Sherr Of DOW JONES NEWSWIRES SAN FRANCISCO (Dow Jones)-- Activision Blizzard Inc. (ATVI) and Electronic Arts Inc. (EA) have settled their lawsuit over the hit "Call of Duty" war simulation franchise of games. Santa Monica, Calif.

Facebook IPO doesn't mean the end of privacy
CNET
Privacy experts say that just because the company is going public, doesn't mean that it's game over for user privacy. In fact, it might shine a brighter light on privacy concerns. by Seth Rosenblatt May 16, 2012 3:51 PM PDT Follow @b1g1nj4p4n Despite ...

Google shifting its Android strategy, seeks to fix fragmentation
Los Angeles Times
By Salvador Rodriguez Google is changing the way it approaches the production of new Android smartphones, seeking to end fragmentation among phones running the many different versions of its OS. For its upcoming line of Nexus smartphones and tablets, ...

iPhone 5 Will Sport a 4-Inch Display: Report
eWeek
Apple has sold tens of millions of iPhones with 3.5-inch displays. However, the trend is toward smartphones with 4-inch displays and a new report suggests Apple will go with a bigger screen when the iPhone 5 debuts later this year.

Geoengineering experiment cancelled due to perceived conflict of interest
The Guardian
A controversial geoengineering experiment to simulate the cooling effect of volcanoes has been cancelled due to concern over a perceived conflict of interest with some of the researchers. The experiment would have injected 150 litres of water into the ...

Evernote for Android gets a sexy makeover
CNET
The beloved note-management tool now looks way, way better on Android than it does on iOS. by Rick Broida May 16, 2012 2:07 PM PDT Follow @cheapskateblog The latest version of Evernote for Android brings some much-needed improvements to the interface.

Samsung accounts for 40% of Android smartphone sales
BetaNews
By Joe Wilcox The figure is so important, I'm breaking it out from the long analysis posted mid-afternoon about the smartphone market consolidating around Apple and Samsung. The South Korean electronics giant is doing to Android on smartphones what ...

BetaNews

Here's How Bad Android's Fragmentation Problem Is [GRAPHIC]
Mashable
When Google first launched Android, the open-source operating system came with the promise that it could power almost any device. That's created a proverbial cornucopia of mobile devices that consumers have to choose from, but it's also led to the ...

iCloud upgrade has Ping-like aspirations
SlashGear
The next upgrade for Apple's iCloud may well have the company moving into the social networking realm once again with photo sharing in the same vein as ultra-popular photo application Instagram. This report comes from the Wall Street Journal whose ...

SlashGear

Solar eclipse visible from 154 national parks Sunday
Christian Science Monitor
Sunday's solar eclipse will be the first visible in the US this century. The annular eclipse will be best seen from 33 national parks, including the Grand Canyon. By Nola Taylor Redd, OurAmazingPlanet Contributor / May 16, 2012 On Sunday, ...

Christian Science Monitor

Toyota using Nintendo DS as GPS remote control
SlashGear
The Nintendo DS is finding all sorts of uses outside of gaming, from school use to museum touring. And now the handheld can fill a new role in Toyota vehicles. In Japan, Toyota has begun offering a game card called Kuruma de DS, which allows DS owners ...

SlashGear

iPhone architect presents Electric Imp
SlashGear
It's time to take a peek at some brand new use-cases for a company that's been brewing some magic for a bit over a year – Electric Imp, headed by CEO Hugo Fiennes, former Apple hardware team manager and iPhone architect. This fellow co-founded this ...

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SpaceX Launching Student Experiments and Emblems on 1st Space Station Flight
Space.com
by Robert Z. Pearlman, collectSPACE.com Editor Students' science experiments are about to make history, launching to space on the first attempt by a US commercial company to send a spacecraft to the International Space Station (ISS).

Paralyzed woman uses thoughts to move robotic arm
Reuters
By Julie Steenhuysen | CHICAGO (Reuters) - Using just her thoughts, a 58-year-old paralyzed woman instructed a robotic arm to grasp a cup of coffee and guide it to her mouth where she sipped from a straw, the first drink she has been able to serve ...

The Pirate Bay Taken Down by DDoS Attack
PC Magazine
By Chloe Albanesius The Pirate Bay is under fire from an unknown attacker in a distributed denial of service (DDoS) strike that has lasted at least 24 hours. In an early morning post to its Facebook page, The Pirate Bay announced that it was "under a ...

Apple Makes a Large Order for DRAM Chips Crippling Samsung's Market
ValueWalk
By Kenny Winnigan After Apple placed a significant order for DRAM Chips with struggling Korean company Elpida, Samsung's stocks dropped significantly. According to Taiwan's DigiTimesan online trade news site, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (LON:BC94) ...

ValueWalk

Comcast Launching Skype Video Calling for $9.95 a Month
PC Magazine
By Angela Moscaritolo Cable provider Comcast on Wednesday started rolling out a new service that will bring Skype video calling to customer's living rooms. The service, called Skype on Xfinity, will allow customers to make and receive Skype video and ...

'Information' To 'Knowledge Agent': Google Changes The Way It Does Search
KUHF-FM
Besides presenting relevant links, Google will now provide information about your searches. Currently, Google said its engine knows 3.5 billion facts. by Eyder Peralta What a search result may look at on Google now. The search giant said the move was ...

Google+: No Comments?
PCWorld (blog)
By Ed Oswald, PCWorld May 16, 2012 4:00 PM Google+: No Comments?Google+ now has more than 100 million users, but data shows that once we're signed up for Google's social networking site, we lose interest in it quickly. The average post has less than ...

Oracle Releases Documents in Court Case With HP Over Itanium
eWeek
The exhibits, which include emails, shows HP trying to convince Intel to continue developing the high-end Itanium chip platform. Emails and other documents released by Oracle show Intel executives eager to end development of the controversial Itanium ...

New "Halo 4" Multiplayer and Limited Edition Details Reveal the Most Fleshed ...
Complex.com
By Michael Rougeau | May 16, 2012 | 6:42 pm | Permalink Microsoft today released the first details on Halo 4's "Infinity Multiplayer", claiming it will "redefine" the franchise, as well as the game's limited edition release and accompanying live-action ...

Android and iOS drive mobile app explosion [infographic]
BGR
One year ago, less than 40% of mobile subscribers in the United States had a smartphone. That number has increased dramatically, however; according to Nielsen, one in two mobile subscribers now owns a smartphone. Driven mostly by the rise of Android ...

Unified Communications Still Fragmented
CIO
The technology may get a big push from mobile adoption, but integration among multiple UC components is still a tough slog. By Bob Violino Computerworld — Unified communications (UC) technology has garnered a fair amount of attention, much of it due to ...

Apple's Patent Win Delays Shipments of Two HTC Smartphones
Wired News
By Nathan Olivarez-Giles Shipments of the HTC One X have been blocked by US Customs enforcement. Photo: Ariel Zambelich/Wired If you're looking to buy an HTC One X or Evo 4G LTE smartphone, you might have to wait awhile.

'Twitter, Facebook don't want to work with us'
Times of India
Google's search engine is facing some serious challenge. With social networks getting more important and people looking for answers instead of information, competitors like Microsoft's Bing and WolframAlpha are creating lots of buzz.

Website search tech start-up raises $1.5M - Chicago Tribune
Elicit, a Chicago-based startup that makes technology to improve searching within websites, said Tuesday that it has raised $1.5 million in its first round of ...
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