04 May 2012

Yahoo: mounting pressure over CEO's falsehood

Yahoo faces mounting pressure over CEO's falsehood
San Jose Mercury News
By Steve Johnson and Pete Carey FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2010 file photo, PayPal president Scott Thompson speaks at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco. Yahoo Inc., confirmed Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012, it has picked PayPal chief Scott Thompson as its next ...

Views under the Palm - johnmpoole.com: Loeb Demands Yahoo Board Fire CEO: "This is the Third Point Letter to Yahoo's Board -- May 4 Release . . . ."

Tech world is out for blood -- Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson's
The former PayPal president is under attack by Yahoo investors and the tech world for allegedly inflating his college credentials. His official Yahoo bio said he earned a bachelor's degree in accounting and computer science from Stonehill College, ...

Yahoo CEO's resume overstated his technology background
Network World
Loeb charged that the diploma embellishment "undermines [Thompson's] credibility as atechnology expert and reflects poorly on the character of the CEO who has been tasked with leading Yahoo! at this critical juncture." Loeb's allegation came a day ...

Facebook at 99 Times Profit Exceeds 99% of S&P 500 Index: Tech
San Francisco Chronicle
Google Comparison "If you compare it to the number of employees, compare it to the earnings, the valuation is still several times greater than other flagship technology companies," said Ray Valdes, an analyst at Gartner Inc. in San Jose, California.

Technology and the Loss of Intimacy
Huffington Post (blog)
In the age of technology, are we losing contact with each other? Sure, there is the superficial contact of emails, texting, and even phone calls -- but are we sacrificing face-to-face time for quick communication? For the majority of us, ...

EBay puts down roots in NYC with data-focused tech center — Tech ...
By Ryan Kim
The commerce and payments company is announcing that it has leased an entire floor in the Flat Iron district where it will house 200 people in a new technology center of excellence over the next couple of years. The office at 625 6th Avenue ...

New York Tech: Where Are the Big Exits? | PandoDaily
By Erin Griffith
Amid all the Bloomberg-endorsed New York tech rah rah-ism, there's a less talked about thread that everyone here is aware of: Aside from Doubleclick, which went public in 1998, New York has yet to have a big, blockbuster, billion-dollar exit.

FBI Wants Backdoors in Facebook, Skype and Instant Messaging
Wired News
By Kim Zetter The FBI has been lobbying top internet companies like Yahoo and Google to support a proposal that would force them to provide backdoors for government surveillance, according to CNET. The Bureau has been quietly meeting with ...

Wired News

Oracle V. Google Jury Deadlocked?
If the jury cannot reach a verdict, the judge might weigh in on the question of whether APIs can be copyrighted. By Thomas Claburn InformationWeek After deliberating for more than three days, the jury tasked with determining whether Google's Android ...

The Elder Scrolls Online Gets Teaser Video
PC Magazine
By Chloe Albanesius One day after tipping the massively multiplayer online (MMO) version of its Elder Scrolls franchise, Bethesda Softworks today posted a teaser video for the upcoming online gaming experience. The one-minute video (below) is light on ...

'iPad 2,4' comes with better battery life
Washington Post
We've already heard that the price-slashed $399 iPad 2 features a new 32nm A5 processor, and that it could theoretically lead to better battery life. Well, the test results are in from Anandtech, and it turns out that iPad 2 buyers will indeed be ...

iOS app success is a lottery: 60% (or more) of developers don't break even
Ars Technica
By Chris Foresman | Published May 4, 2012 12:15 PM There is no shortage of stories about lone developers who made an app for the iPhone or iPad and had runaway success. But in the real world, the majority of app makers struggle to break even, ...

Ars Technica

Billboards liken belief in climate change to mass murder
By Wendy Koch, USA TODAY So much for reasoned debate! The Heartland Institute, a controversial group known for trying to discredit climate science, has unveiled billboards that compare people concerned about global warming to mass murderers such as ...


iPhone fire on Australian plane caused by shoddy screen replacement
Apple Insider
By Daniel Eran Dilger An investigation into the cause of an iPhone 4 that began glowing and emitting "dense smoke" on a flight landing in Sydney, Australia last fall has traced the problem to a battery punctured by a screw misplaced during a botched ...

Apple's iPhoto finally credits OpenStreetMap data
The open-source mapping project yesterday says Apple has finally acknowledged the use of its data in its iOS iPhoto app. by David Meyer May 4, 2012 11:45 AM PDT Apple has finally acknowledged the use of OpenStreetMap data in its iOS iPhoto app, ...

Nokia being sued by investor for fraud after share price tumbles
Ars Technica
By Peter Bright | Published May 4, 2012 1:31 PM Nokia has been hit with a class-action lawsuit for failing to turn around its smartphone business in six months and reporting substantial losses for the first quarter of this year.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 review
By Clay Hamilton I really like reviewing products, but don't have the time or patience to measure battery life or benchmark the CPU, etc. I'm more interested in how a product like Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 fits in the scheme of things. How it suits real people.


Facebook IPO Pitch: Can It Win Big Investors? [VIDEO]
Looking ahead toward its much-anticipated IPO later this month, Facebook has produced a 30-minute video pitch to show big-time investors why sinking money into a publicly traded Facebook will be a good idea. It's an interesting take on the normal ...

$99 Xbox: Microsoft's killer move
By JP Mangalindan, Writer May 4, 2012: 2:46 PM ET Microsoft won't confirm if it will indeed sell its Xbox for $99 plus a subscription fee. If it did, it could upend the race to dominate the living room. FORTUNE -- Since the Magnavox Odyssey sold for ...


Miyamoto Thinks PS Vita Needs More Games
Escapist Magazine
With the launch of the PS Vita earlier this year, Sony and Nintendo have squared off for the second round of the Handheld Wars. Despite Sony's efforts to unseat his company from its longtime handheld throne, Nintendo guru Shigeru Miyamoto thinks the ...

Micron Gains on Speculation It May Target Elpida Assets Cheaply
Micron Technology Inc. (MU) rose as much as 6.5 percent on speculation that the memory chipmaker may try to acquire the assets of Elpida Memory Inc. cheaply after a potential rival dropped out of the bidding. SK Hynix Inc. (000660), ...

5 of the biggest myths about the moon dispelled
The biggest full moon of the year will rise Saturday as Earth's only satellite swings into its perigee, or closest approach to Earth. This so-called "supermoon" will appear extra big and extra bright. In honor of the moon's big show, we're dispelling a ...


New iPhone Rumors Are Boring Already
By Jared Newman | @OneJaredNewman | May 4, 2012 | + Remember when the littlest iPhone rumor would send the tech blogosphere into a frenzy? Those days are apparently over, as a recent scoop by iLounge demonstrated. iLounge's story about Apple's next ...

Target to stop selling Amazon Kindles in its stores
By Matt Hamblen Computerworld - Target plans to stop selling Kindle e-readers in its brock-and-mortar stores after seeing buyers test the devices in its showrooms only to later buy them online from Amazon. Target's decision was reported this week in ...

'Jetman' Soars Over Rio de Janeiro: Big Vid
Discovery News
May 7, 2012 -- Swiss adventurer and aviator Yves Rossy, also known as "Jetman," flew over the spectacular skyline of Rio de Janeiro. He launched himself by jumping out of a helicopter and then engaged the pack's four jet engines.

Preview: 'Call of Duty: Black Ops II'
Chicago Tribune
GamerLive.tv It's been rumored for ages, and badly hidden after bits and pieces were revealed on the Internet - including a Target pre-sale tag and registered domain names. But now it's no longer a secret: Activision is working on "Call of Duty: Black ...

Increasing Speed of Greeland Glaciers Gives New Insight for Rising Sea Level
EP Magazine
Changes in the speed that ice travels in more than 200 outlet glaciers indicates that Greenland's contribution to rising sea level in the 21st century might be significantly less than the upper limits some scientists thought possible, a new study shows ...

Did a Copying Mistake Build Man's Brain?
A copyediting error appears to be responsible for critical features of the human brain that distinguish us from our closest primate kin, new research finds. When tested out in mice, researchers found this "error" caused the rodents' brain cells to move ...

Gene mutation explains dark-skinned blonds
Mother Nature Network
The genetic mutation, located on a chromosome that controls hair pigment, seems to have arisen independently and persisted in the Melanesian population. By Stephanie Pappas, LiveScienceThu, May 03 2012 at 2:12 PM EST GENETIC REASONS: A blond-haired ...

Mother Nature Network

Dolby Shares Surge On Windows 8, Online Streaming
Investor's Business Daily
By REINHARDT KRAUSE, INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY Posted 02:05 PM ET Shares in audio technology developer Dolby Laboratories (DLB) surged on Friday on a revived Windows 8 deal with Microsoft. The stock was up 17%, near 44, in early afternoon trading ...

share & play
Rovio has added a new feature to Angry Birds on Facebook that could see the game crop up in more places across the Web. Dubbed Share & Play, the initiative allows players to embed an Angry Birds level into another person's Facebook Timeline, a blog, ...

NIST Develops Laser Feedback Method for Nudging Nanoparticles Just Enough
IEEE Spectrum
The example of the Lycurgus Cup, as a paradigm of nanotechnology, has always bothered me. Yes, the glass of the cup changes colors depending on the light because of the presence of nanoparticles. But the effect was known to the Romans, and while they ...

IEEE Spectrum

Drag-to-edit keyboard could a killer feature for the iPad
For what it is, the iPad has a very solid keyboard. Sure, some people complain about the lack of tactile feedback or gripe about the limits of a four row layout, but at the of the day it's quite usable. Where the iPad keyboard really lacks is control...

LG reveals first Android smartphone with 2GB RAM
Today LG revealed the Optimus LTE2 which is the first smartphone to feature 2GB of RAM, double that of most high-end phones. LG obsesses with Samsung, the same way that Samsung obsesses with Apple, so it's no surprise the Korean handset maker quietly ...

Some HTC One X AT&T pre-orders arriving early
The Verge
By Chris Welch on May 4, 2012 01:17 pm 24Comments AT&T is set to launch the HTC One X on Sunday in the US, but we've gotten word that at least one of our lucky readers has received an email indicating his pre-order is out for delivery right now.

IBM: The rapidly changing role of top security executives
Network World
By Michael Cooney, Network World Security issues are exerting a ton of pressure and monetary concerns on the executives in charge of keeping corporate networks and assets safe. Those were some of the conclusions in a study of 138 security executives ...

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