11 May 2013

Why would Facebook buy Waze?

Facebook is making the same mistake Apple did--taking on Google Maps--

Why Facebook would buy Waze: To fight Google ...
Maybe -- but only because maps would be Facebook's best way to route around Google and make money from mobile search. Founded in 2007, Waze makes a navigation application for iPhone and Android used by roughly 45 million people. The app's ...

What Nook Could Buy Microsoft
Nook took a beating during the holidays, slashing prices in the face of increased consumer preference for devices such as Apple's iPad and Amazon's Kindle Fire. Even so, the Barnes & Noble e-book ecosystem still boasts millions of users. Microsoft ...

Apple Wins Order on Google Documents in Samsung Case
U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul S. Grewal in San Jose, California, ordered Google within two days to disclose what terms it's using to find documents Apple has requested in pretrial information sharing, and to tell Apple which Google employees those ...

Go on Microsoft: Give Office for iOS, take iTunes for Windows 8
Computerworld (blog)
By Jonny Evans. May 10, 2013 8:34 AM EDT. Microsoft [MSFT] is doomed in its attempt to slowApple [AAPL] iPad sales by denying iOS users a mobile version of Office as the iPad maker controls the most searched for app on the Windows 8 store -- iTunes.

Boston drops Microsoft for Gmail
Boston Globe
Boston has dropped its longstanding e-mail system, Microsoft Exchange, for Google Apps, the search giant's suite of software for businesses and government, following the lead of a growing number of big cities, federal agencies, and large companies that ...

Amazon clearance for agriculture is 'economic own goal' for Brazil
The Guardian
Brazil is at risk of scoring an economic own goal if it continues clearing Amazon forest for herding and soya production, according to a new study that has potential implications for global food security. In recent decades, the conversion of vast ...

Android is crushing Apple and Microsoft in the mobile device market
Presented this way, it is clear that Android is crushing Apple and Microsoft in the mobile device market, putting the squeeze on not only Microsoft, but Apple too, the company that sparked the smartphone and tablet revolutions in the first place. While ...


Apple deluged by police demands to decrypt iPhones
Last year, leaked training materials prepared by the Sacramento sheriff's office included a form that would require Apple to "assist law enforcement agents" with "bypassing the cell phone user's passcode so that the agents may search the iPhone ...

Google's YouTube Channels to Feature 'Sesame Street' to UFC (1)
Google Inc. (GOOG)'s YouTube video site will begin selling subscriptions to film and TV services over the Internet, creating paid channels with more professional content to compete with Netflix Inc. (NFLX). On-demand content from the initial 30 ...

The Google Glass Wink Feature Is Real | TechCrunch
By Jordan Crook
Rumors have been circulating that Google Glass may have a feature that lets you wink to take a picture. Within the kernel source code, developers have discovered that the feature does exist deep in the code, but for most users of Google ...

Apple Still Negotiating With Sony and Warner Over iRadio Royalties ...
By Jordan Golson
Apple is still in negotiations with Sony and Warner over its iRadio streaming music service, reports the Financial Times. Apple had offered roughly 6... ... Microsoft Updates Office for Mac 2011 With Office 365 Compatibility, Bug Fixes (67) ...
MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors...

Microsoft touts Yammer's growth: Sales up 259% YoY, 312 new ...
By Alex Wilhelm
. . .“[Microsoft] specified that to calculate the revenue spike, Microsoft considered only sales of standalone Yammer licenses, and left out revenue coming in from Enterprise Agreement volume licensing deals involving the ESN product.” Put another way, the above 259% ... Amazon is infamous for releasing ratio data as well. Yammer integration across Microsoft ... Google Launches Button to Save Files on the Web to Google Drive...
The Next Web

Google Ordered to Answer Apple's Android Questions in Samsung ...
By John Paczkowski
A U.S. magistrate judge has granted Apple's request for an order forcing Google to reveal the search terms it's using to compile the Android documentation Apple has requested as part of the discovery process in the company's second patent ...

Android at Google I/O 2013 | Android Developers Blog
By Android Developers
Google I/O 2013 is less than a week away, and the full session schedule - featuring 34 Android sessions (and 3 codelabs) - is now available. We have great Android content spread across three packed days - covering everything from design, ...
Android Developers Blog

Official Blog: A picture of Earth through time - Google Blog
Insights from Googlers into our products, technology, and the Google culture ... of the BrazilianAmazon and urban growth in Las Vegas from 1984 to 2012: ...

New Nexus 7 to be highlight of Google I/O as 'iPad mini 2' faces ...
Noted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes Google will unveil a next-generation Nexus ... and a smartwatch to compete with the likes of Apple, Microsoft and Amazon.

Cylance Tech Blog | Google's Buildings Hackable
It turns out, Google is using Tridium Niagara for various Building Management Systems (BMS) in their Google Wharf 7 building. For those that don't know what ...

An easier way to save files to Google Drive - Google Developers Blog
Starting today, Drive users can use the "Save to Drive" button to do exactly that. The “Save to Drive” button is an easier way to save files directly from a website. If you have your own website, you can improve the experience for your site visitors by adding the “Save to Drive” button to your page using two easy lines of HTML....

Carbon Dioxide Level Passes Long-Feared Milestone
New York Times
The level of the most important heat-trapping gas in the atmosphere, carbon dioxide, has passed a long-feared milestone, scientists reported on Friday, reaching a concentration not seen on the earth for millions of years.

A Possible Weekend Home-Repair Project…In Space
Wall Street Journal
Canada's Chris Hadfield is in his final days as commander of the International Space Station, but it's not shaping up to be a relaxing finale to his mission in space. The commander of the Expedition 35 team is preparing his crew for a possible weekend ...

Nokia unveils Lumia 928 in attempt to break into US market
The Guardian
Nokia has unveiled a new high-end smartphone, the Lumia 928, which it will sell exclusively through the second-largest US carrier, Verizon, aiming to expand its share in the premium market after years in which it has fallen behind rivals Samsung and Apple.

The Guardian

FCC Advances Plan for Faster In-Flight Wi-Fi
New York Times
WASHINGTON — It may soon be easier and faster to surf the Web at 30,000 feet. Related. Bits Blog: Many Air Passengers Never Turn Off Electronics, Survey Finds (May 9, 2013). The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday proposed auctioning ...

New York Times

Amazon smartphone rumored to have 3D capabilities. How have others fared?
Washington Post
The lure of 3D video has drawn many gadget makers. In the post-“Avatar” world, it seemed like a good idea to bring that sort of realism into living rooms and pockets around the world. But, it hasn't quite managed to catch fire with general consumers. Not that ...

Microsoft Develops a Set-Top Box for Streaming Video
Wall Street Journal
As videogame fans await the unveiling of Microsoft Corp.'s next Xbox console, another piece of hardware is lurking for the company. Microsoft has been developing designs for a simple set-top device for streaming video and other entertainment options, ...

No iTunes for Windows 8? Who cares? What's really needed is Spotify.
Computerworld (blog)
Don't wring your hands about Apple refusing to build an iTunes app for Windows 8. Who needs it? What you should be hoping for is a Windows 8 Spotify app, because it's the present and future of digital music, while iTunes is the past. Tami Reller, chief ...

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