20 June 2012

Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange Seeks Asylum

Wikileaks Founder Turns to Chavez Ally Ecuador for Asylum
By Randall Woods and Nathan Gill on June 20, 2012 Julian Assange sought asylum in Ecuador's Embassy in London yesterday to avoid what he says are US efforts to punish him for releasing diplomatic secrets through his WikiLeaks website.

Samsung, LG bet on new display to revive TV sales
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – South Korean TV manufacturers are making billion dollar bets on a new display technology that promises an even thinner screen and imagery of eye-popping clarity. It might prove to be a costly last gasp of innovation from an ...


Patch Now--Internet Explorer Flaw Under Attack
There are multiple exploits circulating online that attack a known flaw in the Internet Explorer browser that Microsoft has already issued a patch for. By Charles Ripley, Content Works Jun 20, 2012 6:14 AM Have you applied Microsoft's fixes and updates...

Apple infringes on Samsung UMTS patent, Dutch court rules
By Loek Essers IDG News Service - Apple was found guilty of infringing on a UMTS related patent owned by Samsung and must compensate Samsung for an undetermined amount, a Dutch court ruled Wednesday. The court ruled that Apple infringes on Samsung's ...

Microsoft tablet risks alienating its longtime partners _ PC makers
Washington Post
NEW YORK — With the unveiling of the Surface tablet, Microsoft is heading into unusual territory: competing with its partners, the very same companies that make Windows PCs. But Microsoft has little to lose, since PC manufacturers are having little ...

Summer Solstice: Dog Days arrive
Washington Post
Wednesday marks the summer solstice for the northern hemisphere, the day with the longest period of sunlight, and the first official day of summer. A heat advisory has been issued for the Washington area through Friday as high humidity levels and ...

Secret military satellite heads into space
Running two days late, a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket blasts off on a classified military mission -- the second of four planned this year by the secretive National Reconnaissance Office. by William Harwood A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 ...

Adobe Flash update crashes video on Firefox
by Vincent Chang | 19 June 2012 5:53pm SGT We filed a crash report, but Adobe and Mozilla are still working on the fix. For the past few days, we had noticed a regular stream of notifications on our Firefox browser, telling us that the "Adobe Flash ...


Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra M5 officially coming to US as a pair of 14-inch ...
Washington Post
Ever since Acer promised an ultrabook that could play Battlefield 3, we've been waiting for the other shoe to drop. Today, it has — the new Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra M5 is officially coming to the United States as a pair of 14-inch and 15.6-inch ...

Former Googlers Unveil MightyText, iMessage for Android
PC Magazine
By Angela Moscaritolo A pair of former Google workers have launched a new Android app called MightyText, which synchs your phone's texts and calls to your computer in real-time. The app, described as Apple's iMessage for Android, lets users send and...

Struggling BlackBerry maker RIM makes job cuts in bid to save at least $1 billion
Washington Post
TORONTO — Struggling BlackBerry maker Research In Motion says it has started laying off employees as part of a restructuring plan aimed at saving about $1 billion this year. RIM said in May that there would be “significant layoffs” this year.

Review: Samsung Galaxy S III
Washington Post
The Samsung Galaxy S III is the latest salvo in the war between Android and iOS, and it's a doozy. Lighter and thinner than the iPhone 4S, the Galaxy S III also packs a 4.8-inch screen, dual-core processor, impressive camera and a handful of extra ...

Swype makes your keyboard smarter, again
Swype just announced the newest version of its type-faster-better keyboard for Android smartphones, currently in beta. The promise of the software? The more you use it, the smarter it gets. Swype replaces the tap-tap-tap of smartphone text entry with ...


Amazon Expands Appstore to Europe — Is Kindle Fire Next?
The online retailer announced Wednesday that developers could begin submitting apps for distribution in the UK, Germany, France, Italy and Spain later this summer. Further global expansion is planned in the near future, Amazon said in a release.

US, Israel created Flame to target Iran's nuclear program, sources confirm
They might not be surprised by the answer. According to anonymous Western officials, Flame was the work of the governments of the United States and Israel, reports The Washington Post. The goal of Flame was just as researchers had initially suspected: ...


App Annie launches analytics for Google Play Android apps
App Annie, a provider of app-store analytics, announced today that it has launched its free and premium products for Google Play, the Android App Store. That should result in improved analytics information and all-important intelligence for ...


Physics Community Afire With Rumors of Higgs Boson Discovery
Wired News
By Adam Mann One of the biggest debuts in the science world could happen in a matter of weeks: The Higgs boson may finally, really have been discovered. Ever since tantalizing hints of the Higgs turned up in December at the Large Hadron Collider, ...

Wired News

NY judge: US can seize dinosaur skeleton
CBS News
NEW YORK — One of the more unusual arrest warrants in US history was issued Tuesday when a federal judge authorized the Department of Homeland Security to seize a dinosaur from an art storage company. There's no need for handcuffs though.

Waze app update adds real-time gas prices, fuel discounts
The latest update to the Waze navigation app adds live updating fuel prices that, like its crowd-sourced traffic data, is supplied and updated by other drivers. by Antuan Goodwin There's already a lot to like about the Waze, the social GPS and live ...

Microsoft Surface tablets: Did a table just shrink down to a tablet?
ZDNet (blog)
By Mary Jo Foley | June 20, 2012, 6:06am PDT Summary: Do Microsoft's new Surface Windows tablets share much in common with their original Surface table namesakes? So when Microsoft announced plans for not one, but two Surface tablets on June 18, ...

Gmail Adds Custom Themes, Background Images
By Ian Paul, PCWorld Jun 20, 2012 5:39 AM Google's Gmail is getting personal with a new feature that lets you customize the visual theme and background image with your own photos, an online photo or a selection of featured images from Google+.

Facebook Drops Credits, Adds In-App Subscriptions
PC Magazine
By Chloe Albanesius Facebook this week announced plans to ditch its Credits platform in favor of local currencies and allow app developers to offer in-app subscriptions. Starting in July, users can sign up for recurring subscriptions in addition to ...

Apple and Google under fire for invading privacy with new maps
Daily Caller
By Melissa Quinn - The Daily Caller Be careful: Google and Apple are watching – and Democratic Senator Charles Schumer is not happy about it. The two companies have revealed the use of military-grade spy planes bought to take pictures of streets, ...

Daily Caller

Gemini: HP's attempt to get a like from Facebook and friends
ZDNet (blog)
By Jack Clark | June 20, 2012, 8:56am PDT HP is in a tough position when it comes to cloud customers, and its low-power high-density Gemini server acknowledges that. Gemini, with its ability to support multiple processors of multiple generations via...

IBM Rides Supercomputer Crown To $223
International Business Machines' (NYSE:IBM) Sequoia is the worlds fastest supercomputer, overtaking Fujitsu's K-Computer currently installed at the RIKEN Advanced Institute for Computational Science in Japan. The Sequoia supercomputer was created for ...

Tending the Body's Microbial Garden
New York Times
For a century, doctors have waged war against bacteria, using antibiotics as their weapons. But that relationship is changing as scientists become more familiar with the 100 trillion microbes that call us home — collectively known as the microbiome.

Surface Tablet Hands On; Retina MacBook Teardown; Language App Duolingo
PC Magazine
By Angela Moscaritolo Tablet news continued to dominate tech headlines on Tuesday, as the first impressions of Microsoft's new Surface slate started rolling in. Weighing in at 1.49 pounds, Microsoft's Surface isn't much heavier than the original iPad, ...

Dolphin launches Engine browser beta, claims it's got what it takes to be ...
By Mat Smith posted Jun 20th 2012 11:20AM Dolphin reckons the beta version of its new browser is the fastest HTML5 browser on Android. While the app looks largely unchanged, its creators have added in a raft of enhanced features behind the scenes, ...

These Robot Fingers Can Feel Objects Better Than a Human Can
By Keith Wagstaff | @kwagstaff | June 20, 2012 | + Of course, we're not talking about “feel” as in experiencing emotion, so you can continue yelling insults at your Roomba guilt-free. We're talking about feeling with fingers that, eerily enough, ...

Sharp unveils the enormous 90-inch AQUOS LED
Expanding both the size and price of the largest HDTV in the AQUOS line, Sharp's new 90-inch television is likely out of reach for the majority of American consumers. Announced at an event in New York City earlier today, the television manufacturer ...


Google exec: technology wave leaving many behind
''Technology does not produce miracles, but connectivity, even in modest ... Israel is a high-techpowerhouse and hosts research operations for many of the ...

FIFA president says goal-line technology needed
... powerful man in soccer called goal-line technology a "necessity" Wednesday ... The incident added fuel to the drive to give refs high-tech decision making aids ...

TSA's new scanner technology questioned
The TSA wants to purchase technology that automatically validates boarding passes and identifies fake documents. Administrators say the system, known in ...

The Health of LA's Tech Ecosystem Relies On a Few Large ...
By Michael Carney
Michael Carney has spent his career exploring the world of early stage technology as an investor and entrepreneur and has participated in building companies in multiple countries within North and South America and Asia. Ultimately, he is an ...

Microsoft's new tablet: The unseemly chortling of the ... - Fortune Tech
By Philip Elmer-DeWitt
The Surface is greeted with guffaws and catcalls from a camp that ought to know better FORTUNE -- "I can sort of understand announcing without a ship date. But I can't understand announcing without prices,"
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