04 May 2012

Facebook sets price range for IPO

Facebook sets price range for IPO
Los Angeles Times
By Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times Facebook Inc. takes its show on the road next week to build support for an initial public offering that it said could value the company at as much as $96 billion — eclipsing the first offerings of search giantGoogle ...

British, US researchers say patch on 425-year-old map yields new clue to fate ...
Washington Post
CHAPEL HILL, NC — A new look at a 425-year-old map has yielded a tantalizing clue about the fate of the Lost Colony, the settlers who disappeared from North Carolina's Roanoke Island in the late 16th century. Experts from the First Colony Foundation ...

Microsoft and Barnes & Noble: An e-book marriage
Microsoft (MSFT) is investing $300 million for a 17.6 percent stake in a new subsidiary that combines Barnes & Noble's (BKS) Nook e-reader and college bookstore businesses. The transaction, which will turn the software maker into a direct competitor of ...

Rumored iPhone 5 to feature a 4-inch screen, new Dock connector?
Apple's upcoming smartphone will come with a 4-inch screen, due mainly to a thinner, taller body, according to Apple-focused site iLounge, citing an unnamed source. The site's source claims Apple's new iPhone will be 10mm taller than the iPhone 4S, ...


Video-chatting is popular among 12- to 17-year-olds, study finds
Los Angeles Times
Pew Research Center says 37% of Internet users in that age range communicate using applications such as Skype, Google Talk and iChat. That stereotypical image of the American teenager glued to the phone needs an update.

Recommended: Zombie ants fight fungus with fungus
Quantum fluctuations in science, space and society, from quarks to Hubble and Mars. Served up by Alan Boyle, msnbc.com science editor. E-mail Alan, or connect via Facebook, Twitter or Google+. This zombie ant has been taken over by a brain-manipulating ...

Europe's more stringent view of online privacy
San Francisco Chronicle
Jacob Kohnstamm has emerged as a central figure in the simmering international debate over digital privacy - and as a consistent critic of major US Internet companies. Kohnstamm is chairman of both the Dutch Data Protection Authority and the Article 29 ...

Rio de Janeiro stripping away 'visual pollution'
The Associated Press
By FLORA CHARNER, AP – 2 minutes ago RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Officials in Rio de Janeiro are trying to make one of the globe's most beautiful cities even more stunning. Some 50 workers began tearing down billboards in front of iconic Guanabara Bay on ...

Is iPhone 4S obsolete?
By Joe Wilcox I repeatedly ask you questions in headlines, because I ask myself. This one is top of mind following today's Samsung Galaxy S III announcement. My eyes bugger at the differences in size, features and most importantly benefits -- the ...

CEO Mark Zuckerberg outlines Facebook's 5 core values in letter to potential ...
Washington Post
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg outlined five core values for Facebook in a letter to potential investors. The letter appeared in regulatory filings Facebook filed in February for its initial public offering of stock. Here is that portion of the letter: ...

Jury note raises possibility that verdict won't be reached in 1st round of ...
Washington Post
SAN FRANCISCO — A federal court jury is having a difficult time reaching a verdict in a complex copyright infringement trial pitting Oracle against Google. A question posed late Thursday in a note from one of the 12 jurors raised the specter of an ...

Shares of BlackBerry maker hit eight-year low
The Seattle Times
Shares of Research in Motion Ltd. hit an eight-year low Thursday and have fallen more than 15 percent in the past three days, after the company unveiled a prototype BlackBerry with new software. By ROB GILLIES Associated Press No comments have been ...

Magazine slams Facebook's 'labyrinthian' policies
San Francisco Chronicle
Facebook isn't clear enough in telling its 150 million users in the United States how to protect personal information, according to Consumer Reports. About 13 million of those users haven't set online privacy controls, indicating that many people can't ...

LG Optimus LTE2 revealed
It's kind of hard for any smartphone – heck, for any product whatsoever – to make any sort of splash today with Samsung's Galaxy S III taking the entire mobile spotlight for anyone who cares anything about the interesting. But nevertheless, LG decided ...


Apple still exploring haptic touch for iPhones, iPads
The brain power in Cupertino, Calif., seems to have no end as another patent application has surfaced that shows Apple's interest in haptic technology for its touch-screen iOS devices. by Joe Aimonetti May 3, 2012 4:00 PM PDT Haptic technology allows ...

Amazon's Kindle Fire sales fall as iPad lead grows
San Francisco Chronicle
TABLETS Kindle Fire hurt by iPad demand Amazon.com's Kindle Fire sales slumped in the first quarter as Apple's iPad widened its lead in the tablet market to 68 percent, according to IDC. The Kindle Fire, which runs on Google's Android operating system, ...

Report: Apple Could Spend $500 Million to Develop Liquidmetal Alloy
PC Magazine
By Damon Poeter Apple could spend upwards of half a billion dollars over the next few years to develop Liquidmetal for use in device casings and computer enclosures, according to one of the scientists who invented the alloy. "I estimate that Apple will ...

Dolby Labs gets Microsoft Windows 8 nod
SAN FRANCISCO — Dolby Laboratories Inc. shares soared Thursday after the company said its digital audio encoding program will be included in Microsoft Inc.'s Windows 8 operating system. Dolby also reported stronger-than-expected second-quarter results.

Greenland glaciers speeding up, but not as fast as worst-case scenario
By Deborah Zabarenko, Reuters WASHINGTON -- Some of Greenland's glaciers are moving about 30 percent faster than they did 10 years ago, contributing to rising global sea levels, but that still may not be enough to reach the most extreme projections for ...

Elder Scrolls MMO Will be Released for Mac, Too
I own a Mac. Considering I work in something close to a creative profession, it's not a hard guess. But, by necessity, this means that I'ma console gamer. My laptop can handle Civilization, The Sims, Blizzard titles, and not a whole lot more.

'Super Moon' to light up night sky
This weekend, the full moon will be closer to Earth than at any other time this year. NBC's Brian Williams reports. >> warning of a bit, bright, and harmless object in the sky on saturday night. this weekend, the full moon will be closer to the earth...

Logitech introduces light-powered protection for the iPad
Logitech has announced the expansion of both its solar and tablet accessories lineups with the Logitech Solar Keyboard Folio. Made for the new, third-generation iPad as well as the iPad 2, the ultra-slim, book-style case and keyboard offer stylish ...

Judge again orders Apple, Samsung to streamline claims in iPad patent case
By Stephen Lawson IDG News Service - Apple and Samsung Electronics have until Monday to further boil down the number of claims to be considered in the sweeping intellectual-property lawsuit concerning their smartphone and tablet products, ...

How To Bring Back Windows Phone Marketplace On Zune
Before you continue reading, we warn you this how-to involves quite a bit of PC knowledge, and a registry editor. Well, that was fast, after Microsoft recently completely removed the Windows Phone marketplace browser from the Zune program, ...

Exclusive: $99 Xbox 360 + Kinect bundle launching next week with two-year ...
The Verge
By Tom Warren on May 2, 2012 10:57 am 328Comments Microsoft is planning to launch a $99 Xbox console package with a monthly subscription as early as next week, according to our sources. The software giant will offer the 4GB console with a Kinect sensor ...

Solar System's Death Glimpsed in White Dwarf Stars
Wired News
By Dave Mosher Four dead planetary systems, each lit by the burned-out core of a star that once resembled the sun, provide a harrowing forecast for Earth's eventual demise. Astronomers used the space-based Hubble telescope to probe the chemical ...

Wired News

Esa selects 1bn-euro Juice probe to Jupiter
BBC News
By Jonathan Amos Science correspondent, BBC News The European Space Agency (Esa) is to mount a billion-euro mission to Jupiter and its icy moons. The probe, called Juice, has just been approved at a meeting of member state delegations in Paris.

BBC News

How to Muddy Your Tracks on the Internet
New York Times
Legal and technology researchers estimate that it would take about a month for Internet users to read the privacy policies of all the Web sites they visit in a year. So in the interest of time, here is the deal: You know that dream where you suddenly ...

Spotify Releases iPad App at Last, With New Sonic Exploration Features
Wired News
By Evolver.fm By Eliot Van Buskirk, Evolver.fm When we finally saw Spotify's new iPad app in the company's New York City offices this week, we breathed a sigh of relief on behalf of all the breathless Spotify fans who have been demanding its release.

Wired News

Black Ops II Day 1 Preorders Already Beating MW3's
Escapist Magazine
Every year, the annual Call of Duty outperforms its predecessors and every year, gamers, journalists and analysts alike wonder if the franchise's success has peaked. When will the yearly Call of Duty sell fewer games than the one that came a year...

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