19 December 2012

Google and EU Progress Toward Deal

Google, EU Progress Toward Deal - WSJ.com
Wall Street Journal
BRUSSELS—Google Inc., looking to resolve twin antitrust probes of its business practices in the U.S. and Europe, received positive signals Tuesday from the European Union about prospects for a deal next year. The bloc's antitrust chief, Joaquín Almunia, ...

Instagram users in uproar over plans to sell their pics
Computerworld
Computerworld - Instagram has alerted its users to a change in its Terms of Use policy, and users are in an uproar about it. The popular photo-sharing app, which was recently acquired Facebook, said in its new policy that it has the option to license users' ...

AT&T, Sprint Expand 4G LTE Networks | News & Opinion | PCMag.com
PC Magazine
Wireless carriers AT&T and Sprint both expanded their respective 4G LTE networks today, just in time for consumers around the nation to unwrap new smartphones this holiday season. AT&T fired up its ultra-fast 4G LTE network in five cities, and expanded ...

Capcom releases Street Fighter x Megaman for free | The Download Blog ...
CNET
Capcom dropped a Christmas gift to the public today: the free release of Street Fighter X Megaman. It's still in all its 8-bit glory and makes my 6-year-old gamer spirit tingle with nostalgia. SFxMM is a fan-made game cover of Megaman, an old 8-bit platformer ...

AppleInsider's free iPhone app now available for download from the App Store
Apple Insider
AppleInsider today is pleased to announce its first mobile application for Apple's iOS platform: the AppleInsider app for iPhone and iPod touch, available as a free download exclusively from the App Store. Download the official AppleInsider iPhone App ...

You have a friend request from the Ayatollah
Fox News
Just when you thought it was strange for your mom to have Facebook; Imagine getting a friend request from Iran's highest hard-line clerical leader. Ironically, the man who forbid an entire country to go on social-networking sites and even ordered violators to ...

Cisco Buys BroadHop for Network Policy Management
eWeek
The deal is aimed at carrier networks, and fits in with Cisco CEO John Chambers' promise of a more aggressive acquisition strategy. Cisco Systems is bolstering its offerings for carrier networks with the acquisition of BroadHop, which offers policy control and ...

eWeek

CERN scientists nearly positive on 'God particle' discovery
Computerworld
Computerworld - Wrapping up the Large Hadron Collider's first three years of work, scientists are nearly positive they've found the elusive Higgs boson, also known as the "God particle." Scientists at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, ...

Google's cloud-based music-matching service has arrived... and it's free
Ars Technica
Price isn't the only difference—Google has higher quality files and no "sin tax." by Cyrus Farivar - Dec 18, 2012 8:40 pm UTC. Media Innovation · 31. This is what Ars editor Cyrus Farivar sent to Google Play this morning. Cyrus Farivar. Google has announced ...

Ars Technica

Apple Gets Price Cuts from Wal-Mart and Wall Street
Wired
If you are an Apple disciple now is a time of internal conflict. Retailers like Best Buy, Wal-Mart, Radio Shack and Target just cut the price of a brand new iPhone 5 by $50 or more. So you can get the latest shiny phone for less. Meanwhile, Wall Street analysts ...

Microsoft and Motorola's closing arguments in patent trial | Microsoft Pri0 | The ...
The Seattle Times
Should Microsoft pay Motorola $1.2 million or more than $100 million annually for use of certain Motorola patents in producing Windows and Xbox products? Those poles-apart figures are what Microsoft and Motorola, respectively, have presented to a federal ...

Facebook Said To Have Sexting App In The Works
ReadWriteWeb
Guess who just might be the newest addition to the sexting community? Facebook. That's right, the nearly 9 year old company is growing up. Big time. ReadWritesocial. Previous Next. Previous; Show; Next. Facebook Said To Have Sexting App In The Works ...

ReadWriteWeb

The UN's Global Warming Forecasts Are Performing Very, Very Badly
Forbes
For nearly a week, a leaked draft of next year's “Fifth Assessment Report” on climate change, by the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), has been burning up the blogosphere. Since it's everywhere, I'll take my liberties and ...

Forbes

Amid hybrid mpg rating controversy, Ford talks to EPA about fuel economy ...
Digital Trends
Ford is talking to the EPA while the agency reviews data from Consumer Reports that says the Fusion and C-Max Hybrids' mpg claims were exaggerated. Ford is talking to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) about fuel economy ratings, Bloomberg ...

Hulu Plus hits three million subscriber milestone
Digital Trends
Working to improve Hulu Plus on the Web and home theater hardware over the past year, the streaming video company is continuing to attract new subscribers. Detailed within a post published earlier today on the official Hulu blog, the subscriber base to the ...

Leap Motion giving 10000 developers free units
SlashGear
Leap Motion, the start-up company that created an innovative gesture-control technology, is expanding its developer program and releasing a new software development kit, as well as giving a whopping 10,000 developers free Leap units over the next two ...

SlashGear

Facebook to debut auto-play video ads in 2013
Register
Facebook users have a new form of advertising to look forward to in 2013, when the social network will begin inserting full-motion video ads into their news feeds. According to a report by Ad Age, Zuck & Co are so hell-bent on pulling in big bucks from TV ...

Apple, Samsung shares bounce on legal outcomes
USA TODAY
SAN FRANCISCO -- Apple's stock scored a slight rebound Tuesday after rival Samsung withdrew pursuit of European sales bans against the company. Shares of Apple rose 2.6% to $532 in midday trade following Samsung's decision to drop pursuit of the ...

Why Did Government Santa Tracker, NORAD, Ditch Google For Microsoft?
TechCrunch
Microsoft got an official Christmas present from the big man himself. No, not Santa–Uncle Sam. The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), which has delightfully perpetuated the myth of a flying present-giver on Christmas Eve since the ...

TechCrunch

New Android malware makes spam-texting more economical | Mobile security ...
InfoWorld
A spammer botnet agent dubbed SpamSoldier that uses infected Android phones to send a barrage of SMS spam messages is making its rounds, and according to security company Cloudmark, the malware marks a new evolution in malicious mobile ...

Samsung unveils new Galaxy Grand with a massive 5″ screen and a puny ...
VentureBeat
Samsung unveiled its new Galaxy Grand smartphone today, and yes, it is a phone with a massive 5″ screen. Unfortunately, while the size of the screen may be grand, its quality isn't. The Grand will run Android 4.1.2 — Jelly Bean, the latest and greatest from ...

VentureBeat

Far Cry 3 Review: Entertainment for a Price
TIME
Just so we're all on the same page, I'm part of the cult that really liked Far Cry 2. So while I'd like to review Far Cry 3 as a separate entity, the reality is that I can't separate my feelings about these two very different games. Far Cry 2 was like cinéma vérité in ...

TIME

Will Apple Maps Find Solutions To Its Problems In Foursquare Data?
Huffington Post
In an effort to improve its widely-criticized iOS Maps app, Apple is reportedly in talks with Foursquare about partnering to share maps data. According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple senior vice president Eddy Cue has been meeting with Foursquare ...

Apple Pushes iOS 6.0.2 to Fix Wi-Fi Bug
The Mac Observer
iOS 6 Apple released iOS 6.0.2 on Tuesday. The patch notes say simply that the update, "Fixes a bug that could impact Wi-Fi." The update isn't showing up for everyone just yet, though it is listed on Apple's Support site. When it does show up for individuals, ...

The Mac Observer


Marissa Mayer, Tim Cook are finalists for Time's Person of the Year award
San Jose Mercury News
Two Silicon Valley CEOs are among eight finalists for Time Magazine's Person of the Year award, the publication revealed Tuesday. Yahoo (YHOO) CEO Marissa Mayer and Apple (AAPL) CEO Tim Cook join political luminaries like U.S. President Barack ...

Paralyzed Mom Controls Robotic Arm Using Her Thoughts
ABC News (blog)
After years of paralysis, the one thing Jan Scheuermann wanted was to feed herself. Now, thanks to a mind-controlled robotic arm, Scheuermann has done just that. Stricken with spinocerebellar degeneration since 1996, Sheuermann, 52, has progressively ...

ABC News (blog)

If Mayan's are wrong expect cool and wet weather in Valley
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin
Your weather forecaster had to muster some extra motivation to write this week's column given that the world is supposed to end at 3:11 a.m. Friday, according to an ancient Mayan calendar prediction of a cataclysmic event. A galactic alignment of the Earth, ...

Dead Sea Scrolls Go Digital - NYTimes.com
New York Times (blog)
The Dead Sea Scrolls were buried in caves for centuries, and then enmeshed in controversy over scholarly access since their discovery in the late 1940s. But as of today, some 5,000 high-resolution images of the scrolls are readily available online, thanks to ...

Ford boosting production of small diesel engine for Transit | Auto news | Detroit ...
Detroit Free Press
Ford announced today it is increasing production of its small diesel engine to supply North American demand for the Transit commercial van. Ford's Struandale Engine Plant in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, will increase capacity by 31,000 engines a year of the ...

Mysms text message sync app launches for Android tablets
Android Community
Back in October we began hearing that mysms was working on a native tablet app and as of today, that app has come available in Google Play. The app is called mysms Tablet and it has launched as version 1.0 and with a special introductory pricing. mysms ...

Android Community

ARM Launches Venture to Beef Up Smartphone Security
Wall Street Journal
LONDON—U.K. microchip designer ARM Holdings PLC launched a new joint venture business aimed at beefing up security on smartphones and tablets. Named Trustonic, the venture launched Tuesday joins the technology and software needed to provide a ...

Floridians vote on new license tag | December 18, 2012 | Lloyd Dunkelberger ...
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
There is not expected to be a recount, but the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles announced today that voting from the public has ended for a new motor vehicle license design that could be on Florida's cars and trucks by 2014.

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Internet sex rumors spark riot in Sweden
UPI.com
GOTHENBURG, Sweden, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- Gothenburg, Sweden, high school students, outraged over sexual Internet rumors, barricaded a school in protest and rioted in a shopping mall, police said. The turmoil began after a user of the Internet message ...

GM to unveil Cadillac ELR at Detroit auto show
Lansing State Journal
DETROIT — General Motors confirmed speculation Tuesday that it would reveal its Cadillac ELR on Jan. 15 at the North American International Auto Show here. At an event earlier in the fall, GM North America President Mark Reuss hinted that the automaker ...

Following Sandy Hook Shooting, LA Mayor Moves Annual Gun Buyback to Day ...
Complex.com (blog)
L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa held a press conference expressing his condolences to everyone affected by the Sandy Hook shooting, saying that a conversation about gun control is necessary now more than ever. Villaraigosa took a proactive approach, ...

Complex.com (blog)

Lumia boom no proof of Nokia turnaround
The News International
HELSINKI: It's too soon to bet that Nokia's (NOK1V.HE) on the road to recovery after its new Lumia smartphones were sold out in many stores across Europe and America, as retailers say supplies have been short ever since their launch. The Lumia 920 and ...

The News International

NASA ends moon mission by crashing twin probes
CW39 NewsFix
A 15 month-long moon mission ended Monday in a fashion that was nothing short of out of this world. Twin spacecraft's Ebb and Flow have been flyin' around the moon since September 2011, finding all sorts of new information, like what's below its surface ...

Facebook: 'No merit' to claim we broke German privacy law
Register
Facebook has hit back at a watchdog that claimed the website broke German law by requiring users to reveal their real names. The independent privacy protection agency ULD in Kiel, north Germany, yesterday ordered an end to the social network's policy on ...

Review: Here Wii go again | Information, Gadgets, Mobile Phones News ...
Herald Sun
The latest reviews, tips and advice to help you get the most from your favourite device. A NEW console takes Nintendo games to the next level, writes Jennifer Dudley-Nicholson. NINTENDO has a lot to live up to in its latest console. The original Wii from ...

Israeli embassy removes Facebook post
Irish Times
The Israeli embassy in Dublin has apologised for a post on its Facebook page which said if Mary and Jesus were alive today they would "probably end up being lynched in Bethlehem by hostile Palestinians". The post, which was made on the Israel in Ireland...

Irish Times

Toyota Fined $17.35 Million Over Failure To Properly Report Recalls
Newsome Law (blog)
In the wake of another troubled year of recalls for one of the world's leading automobile manufacturers, Toyota has agreed to pay a maximum fine of $17.35 million to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration after it was reported that the company...

Newsome Law (blog)

IBM: Computers Are Going to Start Making a Lot More Sense
TechNewsWorld
Fully functioning human replicants complete with all the usual sensory capabilities may exist only in the realm of science fiction -- but that doesn't mean computers are doomed to sensory deprivation. Within the next five years, advances in cognitive computing ...

Consumer Reports: Windows Phone 8 devices are winners
Computerworld (blog)
The pros at Consumer Reports have confirmed what reviewers have been saying: The first batch of Windows Phone 8 devices are winners, rating highly in every category, and in just about a virtual tie with the iPhone 5. Based on my review of the HTC ...

Ecuador volcano blasts lava high above crater
Salon
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Volcano monitors say Ecuador's Tungurahua volcano shot lava a half mile (1 kilometer) above its crater overnight and blasted hot rock and gas nearly 2 miles (3 kilometers) down its flank. The regional director for the government's ...

Toyota RAV4 Slumping Toward Redesign in Market It Created
Bloomberg
Toyota Motor Corp. (7203)'s RAV4 was an oddity when it went on sale in the mid-1990s: a tiny, low-priced alternative to hulking sport-utility vehicles such as its own 4Runner and Ford Motor Co. (F)'s Explorer. It was a hit. Now it lags behind Honda Motor Co.

Twitter Now Has More Than 200 Million Monthly Active Users
Mashable
"There are now more than 200M monthly active @twitter users," the tweet read. "You are the pulse of the planet. We're grateful for your ongoing support." The social network hit 100 million monthly active users last September, just more than five years after the ...

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