04 September 2013

Google, eBay, Walmart, Same-day Delivery

Move over Amazon --

Google puts pressure on eBay, expands same-day delivery - SiliconValley.com: "Google and eBay are jumping into the hypercompetitive brick-and-mortar retail industry to fend off Amazon, the retail colossus that is forging ahead with its own same-day delivery tests. By offering their services to struggling retailers and capturing shoppers who buy everything from cars to toilet paper online and want it delivered to their front door within hours, Google and eBay may corner one of the few retail markets Seattle-based Amazon hasn't already taken."

Amazon Pairs Print and Digital Books With New Program - NYTimes.com: "On Tuesday, the company plans to announce a new program, Kindle MatchBook, that lets its customers buy the electronic versions of books they have already purchased in print form for either $2.99, $1.99, $0.99 or free. That’s far less than the $11 or more that Amazon typically charges for standalone purchases of the latest Kindle titles."

HTML5, MongoDB, iOS Top List of Job Search Keywords: Indeed: "The keyword "HTML5" is apt to be golden on the resumes of job hunters versed in the technology. According to employment site Indeed.com's latest job trends report, "HTML5" is the fastest growing keyword found in online job postings. No mere buzzwords, the top 10 job search keywords on Indeed.com reflect the most popular trends in the industry right now and are related to Web development, mobility, big data and the cloud. Employers are looking anywhere and everywhere for talented individuals who are versed in big data technologies such as Hadoop and MongoDB."

Microsoft buys Nokia handset business for €5.4bn | Technology | theguardian.com: "Having started in 1865 with a pulp mill in the Finnish town of Tampere, Nokia reinvented itself repeatedly, shifting to rubber boot production early in the 20th century, and then making its first telephone exchange in the 1970s. Its first mobile phone appeared in 1981. Rumours that Microsoft intended to buy Nokia had been floated since Elop joined the company. Reaction to the deal was mixed. "Microsoft buying Nokia looks like doubling down on the current failing strategy, without changing the dynamics that are preventing success," cautioned Benedict Evans at Enders Analysis."

Apple sends out invites for September 10 iPhone event
CNET
It's unclear at this point if Apple will also be offering a live video stream of the event. It didn't do so at last year's iPhone press conference, but proceeded to run live video for its October iPad Mini event, as well as its Worldwide Developers ...

Amazon: Get cheap e-book versions of real books you already own
Washington Post
For those who like both hard copies and e-versions of books but don't want to spend twice the value of their libraries, Amazon has launched a new program that's aimed at giving you the best of both worlds — without stretching the limits of your book ...

ValueAct Hedge Fund's Huge Microsoft Victory
Forbes
Microsoft Microsoft called it a cooperation agreement and made the announcement late on Friday, just prior to the Labor Day weekend and some pretty big deal making news, but there is no masking the huge victory that hedge fund ValueAct has scored in ...

Microsoft's Nokia Deal Will Crush Licensing for Windows Phone
Businessweek
At a high level, it may sound as if Microsoft's (MSFT) $7.17 billion deal to buy Nokia's (NOK) devices and services business is similar to Google's (GOOG) $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola in 2011. As such, Microsoft will still be licensing its ...

Microsoft swallows Nokia's handset business for $7.2 billion
Reuters
He is being discussed as a possible replacement for Microsoft's retiring CEO Steve Ballmer, who is trying to remake the U.S. firm into a gadget and services company likeApple before he departs, though it has fallen short so far in its attempts to ...

Apple tech uses specific gestures to unlock apps, device functions
Apple Insider
The technology, detailed in a patent awarded to Apple on Tuesday by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, deals with so-called "access inputs" that determine what apps, device services and functions can be accessed by a user. Apple's U.S. Patent No.

Android KitKat unveiled in Google surprise move
BBC News
The news comes as a surprise as the firm had previously indicated version 4.4 of the OS would be Key Lime Pie. The decision to brand the software with the name of Nestle's chocolate bar is likely to be seen as a marketing coup for the Swiss food and ...

Microsoft Seeks Stronger Hand in Phone Business
Wall Street Journal
Upon Steve Ballmer's resignation as Microsoft CEO, the new chief executive will face a company with a much different complexion with Nokia's cellphone business now in the fold. Joann Lublin reports. Microsoft Corp. made a case Tuesday for its $7 billion ...

Apple invites media to event next week, new iPhones expected
San Jose Mercury News
CUPERTINO -- Apple (AAPL) invited media members to a Sept. 10 event on Tuesday, which is expected to include the launch of two new models of the iPhone, the company's iconic smartphone. The media invitation included several differently colored ...

Zero hurricanes at midway point, but threat remains for busy Atlantic hurricane ...
Fox News
Nearly one year after superstorm Sandy devastated the Northeast, this year's hurricane season has reached its halfway point without a single storm forming. Still, federal forecasters are warning of an unusually active and potentially dangerous few months to ...

Frog once believed deaf hears with its mouth
Christian Science Monitor
When a Gardiner's frog wants to listen, it doesn't shut its mouth. It opens it. Skip to next paragraph. In Pictures Don't Fear the Leaper: A world of frogs. Related stories. Are you scientifically literate? Take our quiz · How efforts to save itty-bitty endangered frogs ...

Eastern Red Cedar Trees Recovered After Clean Air Act
Science World Report
It turns out that the Clean Air Act may have had more benefits than expected. Scientists have discovered that this piece of legislation helped red cedars recover from decades of sulfur pollution and acid rain. The findings spell hope for the future and show just ...

Deadly skin-eating fungus is wiping out fire salamanders
Science Recorder
An international team of scientists has identified a new and deadly species of fungus that has ravaged fire salamander populations in forests of the Netherlands since 2010. The fungus, called Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans, destroys the amphibians' skin ...

Industrial Age Soot Caused Glacial Retreat In Alps Despite Europe's 'Little Ice Age'
Headlines & Global News
Coal burning may during the industrial age may have caused glacial retreat in the European alps. (Photo : Wikimedia Commons). Soot from Europe's rapid industrialization in the last 1800s to 1900s most likely caused glacial retreat in the Alps. The rapid melt ...

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