07 December 2012

US now 'totally unified' in opposition of UN Internet governance

US now 'totally unified' in opposition of UN Internet governance
Summary: The U.S. House of Representatives has unanimously approved a resolution to oppose U.N. intent to govern and regulate the Internet at its WCIT-12 conference in Dubai, currently underway....


Amazon and Google start e-book sales in Brazil
SAO PAULO | Thu Dec 6, 2012 8:08am EST. SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc and Google Inc both opened their digital bookstores in Brazil on Thursday, hot on the heels of e-book offerings by local booksellers in a fast-growing online retail market.

Trainers teach dogs to drive cars
Fox News
Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks -- a trainer in New Zealand is teaching man's best friend to drive -- really! MyFox Tampa Bay reports that the SPCA in Auckland thought it would be a good way to showcase how smart rescue dogs are and ...

Ford Resurrects Lincoln: What This Luxury Relaunch Really Means
2013 Linclon MKZ (Courtesy Lincoln) Ford (F) unveiled a surprise this week: It's relaunching the Lincoln brand. The company is committing more than $1 billion for a slew of new Lincoln models, a robust promotional campaign, and even a Super Bowl ad -- a ...

BMW Concept 4 Series Coupe previews mid-range lust magnet
You can tell a lot about a company from its concepts, and judging by the Concept 4 Series Coupé, BMW is ready to go big in mid-range sports models. Slotting in just about the 3 Series, and continuing BMW's even-numbered specialist model strategy, the ...


Andreessen-Horowitz injects $30M into encryption startup CipherCloud
If you're only protecting your enterprise's perimeter, you're not doing enough. Cloud encryption company CipherCloud, which just announced a $30 million first round of funding from Andreessen-Horowitz today, knows that it's the data inside that ...


Instagram move affects Twitter photo display on platforms
BBC News
Instagram has removed support for a feature on Twitter that ensures photos are properly displayed on the site. Twitter's cards feature meant pictures were uncropped as part of a tweet, but now some users say certain images are being cut off. Instagram's chief ...

BBC News

MetroPCS Chief Says Stock Undervalued, Sees More Mergers
MetroPCS Communications Inc. (PCS) Chief Executive Officer Roger Linquist said the company's stock is undervalued as investors focus too much on its pending merger with Deutsche Telekom AG (DTE)'s T-Mobile USA unit. MetroPCS stock, which has ...

Microsoft strategy 'killing' Surface sales
Detwiler Fenton, a Boston-based wealth management firm, said yesterday in an analysis that Microsoft may sell 500,000 to 600,000 Surfaces by Christmas, far below its previous expectation of one to two million. The report described a lack of distribution as ...


Nasa unveils 'black marble' images of the world
The cloud-free pictures, taken with a high-resolution visible and infrared imager aboard a Nasa and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration satellite, capture the night lights of Earth in unprecedented detail. The sensor can capture the equivalent of ...

New Facebook rules aim to force developers back onto the social network
Facebook isn't happy that some game developers are launching titles outside of the social network with Facebook's social integration options built in -- so much so, that it has launched two new policies that aim to bring them back. Up to this point, video game ...


Casio G-Shock: The Smartwatch Craze's Less-Crazy Cousin
Casio has come up with a more traditional and less ambitious answer to high-tech smartwatches like the WIMM One, Sony SmartWatch and Pebble. It's called the G-Shock GB6900AA, and it uses Bluetooth to connect with an iPhone 4S or iPhone 5. It doesn't ...


Jeff Gelles: Debate in Washington focuses on Internet privacy protection
Philadelphia Inquirer
How much privacy can anyone expect while surfing the Internet? How much special protection should be provided to children and their families? Those are key questions underlying a little-noticed proceeding in Washington that could have major ...

StarWatch Consumer | Blockbusters now selling mobile phones; feds investigate ...
Kansas City Star
Blockbuster diversifies. Dish Network Corp.'s Blockbuster will begin selling mobile phones in its movie-rental stores as a test for Dish's planned entry into the wireless business, according to a Bloomberg News report. Blockbuster recently started selling ...

MetroPCS announces the Samsung Galaxy Admire 4G: 3.65-inch screen, LTE ...
Perhaps it's because the holiday season is well upon us, but MetroPCS decided now was the perfect time to welcome Samsung's Galaxy Admire 4G to its growing portfolio of wallet-friendly handsets. With today's introduction of the overhauled Admire, the ...

Astronomers discover youngest still-forming solar system yet seen
The Space Reporter
Astronomers have discovered an infant solar system that appears to be the youngest still-forming solar system yet found. The baby star, which is more than 450 light-years from Earth in the constellation Taurus, is encircled by a swirling disk of dust and gas.

The Space Reporter

Will Philippines negotiator's tears change our course on climate change?
The Guardian (blog)
When a senior diplomat at global talks breaks down in public, it is a signal that other countries must pay attention. It happens rarely, but it can have a dramatic effect. On Thursday, it happened in a full plenary session of the COP18 climate talks at Doha.

NASA on verge of losing its edge, report says
Los Angeles Times
Years of trying to do too many things with too little money have put NASA at risk of ceding leadership in space exploration to other nations, according to a new report that calls on the space agency to make wrenching decisions about its long-term strategy and ...

Fun Rumour: Is This The New Apple iPhone 5S?
I wouldn't say I am wholly convinced by this particular little rumour, a possible sighting of Apple's next phone. What is being called, but probably won't be if it is released, the iPhone 5S. Via a French site the Mail has pictures which may or may not be that next ...

Why Facebook Just Turned Your Subscribers Into 'Followers'
It's been more than a year since Facebook introduced the Twitter-like "subscribers" feature, letting you follow public updates from people you aren't friends with. Well, a year is a long time to go without changing any feature at the rapidly iterating social network ...

App Revenue Dominated by 25 Developers, Mostly Games
PC Magazine
Hoping to strike it rich with your app? Let's hope you have the next Angry Birds on your hands, because according to new stats, approximately 50 percent of app store revenue is earned by just 25 developers. Canalys examined U.S. app revenue for the first 20 ...

Court Decision Upholding FCC Data Roaming Order Is Boon to Small Carriers
NEWS ANALYSIS: A U.S. Appeals court finds that the Federal Communications Commission had the legal authority to require data roaming by customers of other competing mobile carriers. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of ...


Verizon Patents a DVR That Knows What You're Saying, Doing
PC Magazine
Your cable box is listening. And judging. Yes, that set-top box has become self aware and will be listening to your fights, phone calls, and pillow talk in order to serve up targeted ads. Well, not quite. But it might one day become a reality, according to a newly ...

Avoid Bill Shock With AT&T's Personalized Video Bills
PC Magazine
Understanding your wireless bill can sometimes be a confusing and frustrating task. But now AT&T is aiming to help customers make sense of what they owe. The carrier has launched a new video bill service for wireless customers offering a personalized ...

Windows Phone 8: Challenger Keeps Fighting
Microsoft exec Greg Sullivan takes a deep dive into Windows Phone 8 on the most recent episode of InformationWeek Valley View. By Fritz Nelson · InformationWeek. December 05, 2012 10:20 AM. Informationweek.com run-of-site player, used to publish ...

A long, long time: N.J. astronaut set for 2 years of training, then a year in space
The Star-Ledger - NJ.com
WEST ORANGE — Astronaut Scott Kelly has several concerns as he prepares to set an American record by spending a year in orbit aboard the International Space Station. The West Orange native said he is thinking about the isolation, the confinement, the ...

The Star-Ledger - NJ.com

Missing 'Find Duplicates' feature in iTunes 11 to be restored
Some of the features Apple has removed from iTunes will see a return, but others may indicate changes to come elsewhere in Apple's product lines. Topher Kessler. by Topher Kessler. December 5, 2012 11:26 AM PST. The latest version of Apple's music ...

Review: Sand, surf, blood in thrilling 'Far Cry 3'
The Associated Press
The travel brochure that enticed Jason Brody and his friends to book their spring break-style trip to the Rook Islands probably left out the pillaging pirates, aggressive bull sharks and lunging leopards. The picturesque setting of "Far Cry 3" (Ubisoft, for the Xbox ...

Australian PM spoofs Mayan doomsday prediction
In a spoof video posted online by an Australian radio show, Prime Minister Julia Gillard says the Mayan prediction of the end of the world on Dec. 21 is right. "My dear remaining fellow Australians. The end of the world is coming. It wasn't Y2K, it wasn't even ...

Apple iPad's share of tablet market slips as demand grows, IDC says
Los Angeles Times
First, the good news for Apple: The tablet market continues to surpass all projections as the iPad and iPad Mini are exciting consumers. That's according to IDC, which on Wednesday released its latest projections for tablet shipments this year Wednesday.

AT&T on track for record smartphone sales in 4th quarter
Computerworld - AT&T is on pace to sell a record number of smartphones in the fourth quarter, with strong sales of the iPhone 5 and Android phones such as the LG Optimus G and HTC One X, AT&T Mobile CEO Ralph de la Vega said today. AT&T sold 6.4 ...

New space pics show 'battered' moon
BBC News
Scientists know more about the early history of the Moon, thanks to new data from two Nasa satellites. The Ebb and Flow satellites - known together as the Grail mission - have mapped the slight differences in gravity across the Moon's surface. The results ...

BBC News

Mean-Spirited Jokes About the World's Oldest Dinosaur
Vanity Fair
“Just when you thought dinosaurs couldn't get any older, the oldest dinosaur has been found in Africa, a new study says. The fossils push back the dawn of the dinosaurs to around 240 million years ago—about 10 to 15 million years earlier than previously ...

Vanity Fair

Social media continues to grow, exits 'infancy'
According to the Nielsen and NM Incite's 2012 Social Media Report, social networking is no longer a considered a passing trend as consumers are spending more time on social networks than on any other category of sites. Social media graph.jpg ...


United States and European Union Closing In on Google: Settlement or Antitrust ...
Windows IT Pro
Regulators from both the United States and the European Union (EU) are wrapping up extensive antitrust investigations of online advertising giant Google. The only question now is whether Google settles these cases or is formally charged with abusing its ...

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