14 August 2013

Chrome rules the desktop; Who would buy BlackBerry?

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Unbelievable how Google's Chrome browser has taken over the desktop globally (read more at the following links) --
Chrome rules the web
Source: Economist
http://www.economist.com/news/business/21583288-what-googles-browser-has-common-queen-victoria-chrome-rules-web

All Things D: Why Would Anyone Buy BlackBerry Now? - Canada Real Time - WSJ: "BlackBerry’s precipitous downfall, mercilessly hurried along by Google and Apple, has left it with seemingly little opportunity for recovery, and ever-dwindling options for redemption. Much as the company’s leadership would like the world to view its announcement of a strategic review as yet another new beginning, it’s looking increasingly like one more chapter in the same sort of long, sad ending that felled Palm – another pioneer taken off guard by an industry disruption it recognized too late, and ruined by its own hubris."

BlackBerry Has Put Up The 'For Sale' Sign, But Who Would Buy It? - Forbes: "Stadtler sees private equity buyers as brokers in this sense, buying BlackBerry on the cheap and cutting costs, before acting as agents to license its software services and IP to other buyers in the industry."

Once Dominant, BlackBerry Seeks to Avoid Oblivion - NYTimes.com: "The abrupt decline of BlackBerry illustrates how consumers and investors demand almost instant change these days, especially from tech companies. And the window for redemption for a tech company that misses a step can be tiny indeed. Four years ago, BlackBerry had 51 percent of the North American smartphone market"

BlackBerry turns back to old OS for 9720 smartphone
PCWorld
BlackBerry has launched the 9720 smartphone running the 7 OS in a bid to stay relevant in the growing low end of the smartphone market. The launch of the new device comes as BlackBerry on Monday formed a committee to explore strategic alternatives for ...

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: Microsoft Bing-bang-bungles local search - Computerworld: "Talk about having things both ways! A few months ago in its "Scroogled" ad campaign, Microsoft was complaining about how Google uses your search terms and Gmail contents to deliver targeted ads. Now, Microsoft is touting how Windows 8.1 uses your search terms to deliver targeted ads, even when you're doing searches on local drives."

Obama’s “reform” panel to be led by Clapper, who denied spying to Congress | Ars Technica: "Obama made promises that he would "work with Congress" to produce better oversight, but he treated the recent leaks about NSA spying as more of a PR problem than anything else . . . Obama maintained that the programs were not being abused. Notably, the president didn't suggest he would reduce the amount of surveillance taking place in any way."

The NSA Is Commandeering the Internet - Bruce Schneier - The Atlantic: "It turns out that the NSA's domestic and world-wide surveillance apparatus is even more extensive than we thought. Bluntly: The government has commandeered the Internet. Most of the largest Internet companies provide information to the NSA, betraying their users. Some, as we've learned, fight and lose. Others cooperate . . . I have one message to the executives of those companies: fight."

DOJ Decided To Ratchet Up Case Against Aaron Swartz Because He Spoke Out Publicly About Being Innocent | Techdirt: "from the vindictive-doj dept - . . . Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen Heymann, who was running the prosecution against Swartz, apparently admitted that he really only ramped up his efforts against Swartz to punish Swartz and the organization he founded, Demand Progress, for having the audacity to discuss the case publicly and explain why Swartz believed he didn't do anything wrong. "

First 100 Pages of Aaron Swartz's Secret Service File Released | Threat Level | Wired.com: "After half-a-year of delays and roadblocks, the U.S Secret Service today released the first 104 pages of agency documents about the late coder and activist Aaron Swartz, including a brief report on Swartz’s suicide less than three months before his scheduled trial."

Hyperloop—a theoretical 760 mph transit system made of sun, air, and magnets
Ars Technica
The proposed design for the “Hyperloop,” an ultra-fast transit system that would run between San Francisco and Los Angeles, was revealed today in a 56-page PDF document on Elon Musk's Tesla Motors website. Musk, the founder of SpaceX and Tesla ...

Evernote inks deal with Telefonica to build presence in Latin America
ZDNet
Evernote is extending the global reach of its portfolio of productivity apps through a new deal with telco giant Telefonica. Read this. Evernote Business goes live across Europe · Read more. The team behind the popular note-taking service announced the ...

“Internet of Things” Devices - Technology Review
They might offer convenience or potential cost savings, but Internet-connected home appliances may also create security risks.
Web - MIT Technology Review

Facebook Acquires “Mobile Technologies”, Developer Of Speech ...
By Josh Constine
Facebook's latest acquisition could help it connect users across language barriers. It has just announced that it's acquired the team and technology..
TechCrunch

Fitbit gets another $43M for wearable fitness technology — Tech ...
By Ki Mae Heussner
San Francisco-based fitness tracking startup Fitbit has raised $43 million in a Series D round of funding led by Softbank Capital.
GigaOM

New Education Technology Hooks Zombie Fans On Math, Science ...
The latest technology from Texas Instruments uses classic Hollywood themes like zombies, superheroes and space to engage students in maths and sciences.
Top Stories - NY1

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