21 August 2012

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Apple stakes claim to being most valuable public company ever
Los Angeles Times
Apple is now the most valuable public company in history. Let's say that again: Most. Valuable. Company. Ever. Amazing. The tech giant's stock has once again hit a new high, giving it a market value of about $622 billion in intraday trading.

A Ford sets record at Pebble Beach auction; a Mercedes falls short
Los Angeles Times
A prized 1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster, one of a handful of such cars by the German automaker left from prewar Nazi Germany, was sold Sunday for $11.77 million at an auction in Pebble Beach, Calif. However, vintage car history was made ...

Los Angeles Times

SimpliVity's OmniCube Ties Data To VM, Not Hardware
By Deni Connor Startup SimpliVity came out of stealth mode Monday with the announcement of OmniCube, an all-in-one virtual machine system for mid-size businesses. The box assimilates server, networking, and storage arrays with snapshot, deduplication, ...

HTC invests $35m in social, cloud enterprise apps firm
Summary: The Taiwanese phone giant plans to acquire close to one-fifth of a US firm to boost its software offerings in the smartphone space. By Zack Whittaker for Between the Lines | August 20, 2012 -- 16:59 GMT (09:59 PDT) HTC will invest $35.4 ...

Cosmonauts ready space station for new module
By Irene Klotz | CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - Two veteran spacewalkers floated outside the International Space Station on Monday to prepare the orbital outpost for a new module and beef up its living quarters against micrometeorite and debris ...

Presumed Droid Razr HD videos appear before vanishing
A number of tutorial videos for the next geenration devices of the Motorola Droid Razr series surface online only to disappear soon after. by Scott Webster A semi-official look at the Droid Razr HD. A handful of tips and tutorial videos for a Motorola ...

Double Robotics builds 'body' for iPad videoconferencing
A Segway-like kit will bring iPad-based telepresence to offices and elsewhere by year's end for $1999. by Eric Mack This clothed Double was spotted in the offices of OpenTok. Communicating with someone's head via FaceTime on an iPad is great, ...

Barnes & Noble Opens UK Web Storefront
Wall Street Journal
By JEFFREY A. TRACHTENBERG Barnes & Noble Inc., which has lagged behind its rivals in expanding overseas, said Monday it will launch a British online storefront in October. The online store, available at www.nook.co.uk, will sell digital books and ...

Wall Street Journal

Sony's New 'Stacked' Image Sensors Enable Smaller Devices, More Pixels
By Jay Alabaster, IDG News Sony, which makes the camera modules used in the latest smartphones from Apple and Samsung, said Monday it will begin sales of a new image chip that is nearly half the size of current models. Sony's new images sensors, ...

Nexus 7 sales could hit 8M by year's end, analyst says
By Matt Hamblen Computerworld - Google could sell between six million and eight million of its $199 Nexus 7 tablets by year's end, according to a new estimate. That's more than double the three million Google expected to sell by the end of 2012, ...

GOODBYE, MARISSA MAYER: Yahoo's Top New York Sales Executive Just Left The Company
San Francisco Chronicle
Yahoo ad sales boss Wayne Powers has quit the company for a new job at Condé Nast's Advance Publications, AllThingsD's Peter Kafka reports. Powers was hired by new Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer's interim predecessor, Ross Levinsohn, back when Levinsohn's job ...

Report: Internal Hulu Memo Points to Big Shakeup
PC Magazine
By Stephanie Mlot An internal Hulu memo obtained by Variety points to big changes at the online video website. As reported on Sunday by Variety, a three-page July document from Hulu parent companies News Corp. and Disney discusses how they plan to ...

StatCounter: Windows Phone Will Blow Past BlackBerry By November 2012
At least three major research firms believe that Windows Phone will overtake iOS by 2015, but peering that far into the mobile ecosystem's future is damn near impossible. We can, however, get an idea of what will be happening in the next few months, ...


World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria – preview
The Guardian (blog)
Change is inevitable in MMOs, but ends up cheesing off pretty much everyone for different reasons. In particular, veterans resent watching months of level grinding and hard earned booty devalued on the promise of new players that often fail to ...

The Guardian (blog)

iPhone 5 Tsunami! Apple to Sell $144 Billion of Them, Analyst Says
If Craig Berger's numbers are to be believed, the next iteration of Apple's game-changing mobile device — commonly (though not officially) known as the iPhone 5 — will blow its predecessors out of the water. Berger is an analyst from FBR Capital ...

Three New Grand Theft Auto 5 screens prove Rockstar doesn't have to do much to ...
Rockstar Games has once again shown that all they have to do is release a few screenshots for Grand Theft Auto 5 to slap down all other game-related news for one day. In traditional Rockstar fashion, the screenshots are more of a tease than anything,...


Popcap announces Plants vs. Zombies 2, seed sprouts late spring 2013
It's... ALIVE! ... and about time too. Popcap's quirky Plants vs. Zombies tower defense game was released in late spring of 2009, and the wait since has been excruciating. Today's the day, though, as Popcap has announced the upcoming release of Plants ...

AI Can Automate Worm Sorting
Laboratory Equipment
Research into the genetic factors behind certain disease mechanisms, illness progression and response to new drugs is frequently carried out using tiny multi-cellular animals such as nematodes, fruit flies or zebra fish. Often, progress relies on the ...

Laboratory Equipment

Curiosity's Flight Director's Family Switches to Mars Time
Laboratory Equipment
AP, Alicia Chang Since the landing of NASA's newest Mars rover, flight director David Oh's family has taken the unusual step of tagging along as he leaves Earth time behind and syncs his body clock with the red planet. Every mission to Mars, ...

Laboratory Equipment

Soft-Shell Robot Comes Complete With Cloaking Abilities
Cephalopods, like the octopus and cuttlefish, might not have the mass appeal of sharks or baby penguins, but they're not any less amazing. When threatened (or hunting) these sea creatures are able to summon up instant camouflage, bathing their exterior ...

General Dynamics to buy Fidelis Security Systems
Washington Post (blog)
By Marjorie Censer Falls Church-based contracting giant General Dynamics said today it will buy cybersecurity company Fidelis Security Systems, its fourth acquisition of the year. Fidelis, which has about 70 employees at locations in Waltham, ...

Apple Up 21% since May 17 while Facebook is Down 58% Why?
By Joshua C. Rarrick There seems to be two trends in the market that everyone is talking, tweeting, posting, and blogging about. These two trends are on opposite ends of a broad spectrum, and they involve two of everyone's favourite and least company.


Hands-on with the Synaptics ForcePad for Windows 8
Forget about touch pads and clickpads, the latest way to interface with your laptop is the pressure-sensitive ForcePad. by Dan Ackerman Gearing up for the shift to Windows 8, Synaptics wants PC makers to switch to an entirely new kind of touchpad, ...

McLaren Stages Global Unveil of Dramatic 12C Spider at Gooding & Company ...
Sacramento Bee
By McLaren Automotive MONTEREY, Calif., Aug. 20, 2012 -- /PRNewswire/ -- McLaren Automotive showed the second model in its growing range of high performance sports cars, the new 12C Spider, for the first time in public at this weekend's Pebble Beach ...

Should Big Bang step aside for Big Chill?
Futurity: Research News
"Think of the early universe as being like a liquid," says theoretical physicist James Quach. "Then as the universe cools, it 'crystallises' into the three spatial and one time dimension that we see today. (Credit: CarbonNYC/Flickr) U. MELBOURNE (AUS) ...

Rumor Roundup: A drop of logic in an ocean of nonsense
by Chris Rawson Aug 20th 2012 at 11:00AM This week's rumors brought us more of the usual: iPhone component leaks, predictions of a supposedly forthcoming iPad mini without a shred of reputable evidence to support them, and more analyst fever dreams of ...

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