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Yelp Settles FTC With FTC Over Child Privacy Violation Charges

September 19, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Yelp Settles FTC With FTC Over Child Privacy Violation Charges

Yelp has agreed to pay $450,000 to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to settle charges that the firm accepted registrations to its services from children under 13 through its apps. The FTC had earlier on Tuesday lodged a complaint against the service that connects people with local businesses, stating that it had violated a number of rules, including the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. Before 2009, users could only register through the website, where Yelp had a screening mechanism... 

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Amazon Expands Kindle Lineup, Increases Pricing

September 19, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Amazon Expands Kindle Lineup, Increases Pricing

Amazon.com Inc continued its push into hardware with the debut of six new or upgraded devices, including a high-end $199 e-reader called the Kindle Voyage and its cheapest-ever touch-screen tablet. The No. 1 U.S. online retailer also revamped its basic Kindle e-reader to include a touch screen. It will cost $79, about 15 percent more than the current basic model. Other new devices unveiled on Wednesday are a $99 Kindle Fire HD tablet, which includes a smaller, six-inch screen as well as a tablet... 

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Can Dell Make A Profitable Low Cost ARM Server?

September 19, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Can Dell Make A Profitable Low Cost ARM Server?

Michael Dell, founder of Dell, has said the company may use ARM for its mainstream servers. Speaking at the Dell Solutions Summit in Brussels, Dell said: “If ARM works, really works, and costs less, we will use ARM.” This is a bit of a poke in the eye for the company’s relationship with Intel. The company has just released the 13th generation of its PowerEdge server suite, based on Intel’s newest Xeon chip, the E5 2600 v3. Dell said that as ARM moved to 64-bit architecture; it became more... 

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Toshiba Decides To Boot The PC Brand

September 19, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Toshiba Decides To Boot The PC Brand

Toshiba is cutting its PC workforce by about 900 people and sales bases by more than half as part of its restructuring of its struggling consumer PC operations. The big idea is to focus on business clients rather than consumers who are still hanging on to their old machines. Toshiba will withdraw from certain consumer markets but it would not specify which ones. It said it will cut its sales bases around the world from 32 to 13 during its 2014 fiscal year, which ends March 31. The outfit did not... 

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Did The Milky Way Galaxy Form From Colossal Crashes?

September 19, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Did The Milky Way Galaxy Form From Colossal Crashes?

The history of the Milky Way has a new wrinkle. Scientists used radio telescopes like the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array — a vast array of receivers in Chile — used to probe galaxies within 40 million to 600 million light-years from Earth. After observing dozens of merging galaxies, astrophysics found that many galactic collisions will create disc galaxies similar to the Milky Way, a surprising finding. Their observations of carbon monoxide in 37 colliding galaxies showed pancake-shaped... 

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Ericsson Exiting Modem Business

September 19, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Ericsson Exiting Modem Business

Ericsson, the world’s largest mobile network equipment manufacturer, is shutting down its modem business, shutting a loss-making unit with the departure of about 1,000 staff. The decision comes amid falling prices of modems, rising demands on research and development and a shrinking market as more smartphone makers buy modems and processors, which Ericsson does not make, together. The Swedish company had said it would evaluate the future of the business within 18 to 24 months of taking it on... 

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IBM Launches Watson Analytics

September 18, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
IBM Launches Watson Analytics

In an effort to expand its Watson analysis technology, IBM is trying out a new service that can answer questions business managers might have about their data. IBM has launched a beta of Watson Analytics, an interactive Q&A service designed to answer questions and highlight trends within sets of enterprise data. The service “is about putting powerful analytics in the hands of every business user,” said Eric Sall, IBM vice president of marketing for business analytics. Traditional... 

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Ohio Wooing Amazon For Billion Dollar Data Center

September 18, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Ohio Wooing Amazon For Billion Dollar Data Center

State and local officials in Ohio are attempting to woo Amazon.com Inc with tax breaks and other perks to convince the No. 1 U.S. online retailer to build a $1.1 billion data center in central Ohio and create 120 jobs, according to public records. The records offer a rare look at the typically tight-lipped company’s growth plans for its popular cloud computing division, Amazon Web Services, founded in 2006. There are 10 AWS data centers, called regions within the company, around the world,... 

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AMD and Ubuntu Working Together On Canonical

September 18, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
AMD and Ubuntu Working Together On Canonical

AMD has joined with Ubuntu Linux vendor Canonical to make it easier for users to deploy an Openstack private cloud. The partnership comprises of the Seamicro SM15000 server, the Ubuntu LTS 14.04 Linux distribution and Openstack, which includes a set of tools to build more flexible and reliable private clouds. “The AMD and Canonical collaboration overcomes the complexity of deploying OpenStack technology and provides an out of the box experience making it possible to deploy a private cloud in... 

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Boeing, SpaceX Teaming Up To Build ‘Space Taxis’

September 18, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Boeing, SpaceX Teaming Up To Build ‘Space Taxis’

NASA will join forces with Boeing and SpaceX to build commercially owned and operated “space taxis” to transport astronauts to the International Space Station, ending U.S. dependence on Russia for rides. The U.S. space agency also considered a bid by privately owned Sierra Nevada Corp, but opted to award long-time aerospace contractor Boeing and California’s SpaceX with contracts valued at a combined $6.8 billion to develop, certify and fly their seven-person capsules. Boeing... 

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Does Lexar Have The Fastest SD Cards?

September 18, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Does Lexar Have The Fastest SD Cards?

flash storage vendor to claim the title of the fastest SD card. Just a day after we reported on the Sandisk Extreme Pro microSDXC UHS-I card, the Micron subsiduary has announced the Lexar Professional 2000x SDHC/SDXC UHS-II range. The new UHS-II standard cards offer transfer speeds of up to 300MBps, with write speeds of 260MBps, making them up to three times the speed of the Sandisk UHS-I card. “UHS-II technology really raises the bar in terms of performance. The latest UHS-II additions to... 

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Is Adobe’s Subscription Plan Working?

September 18, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Is Adobe’s Subscription Plan Working?

Adobe has posted a 46 per cent year-on-year drop in net profits, placing its strategy of shifting customers to cloud subscriptions into doubt. For two years, the company has tried to stop punters making one-off purchases of software and move them on to Creative Cloud subscriptions. It worked well initially but it seems that the results are not that good with Adobe blaming higher operating expenses and weaker profit margins for the sharp dip in profits. Revenue from Adobe’s digital media business,... 

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IBM New Training Program Results In Pay Cut For Enrolled Employees

September 17, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
IBM New Training Program Results In Pay Cut For Enrolled Employees

IBM has started a new training program that will cut the pay of participating employees by 10%. According to an IBM internal memo dated Sept 12th. The memo sent to affected employees begins by telling the worker that an assessment has revealed “that some managers and employees have not kept pace with acquiring the skills and expertise needed to address changing client needs, technology and market requirements.” It then tells the recipient that “you have been identified as one of... 

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Google Targeting New Mexico To Test Internet Delivery Drones

September 17, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Google Targeting New Mexico To Test Internet Delivery Drones

Google is gearing up to test Internet delivery by drone high above New Mexico, according to a government filing. The company has asked the Federal Communications Commission for permission to use two blocks of frequencies for the tests, which are scheduled to last about six months and begin in October. They will be conducted above an area of more than 1,400 square kilometers in the center of New Mexico to the east of Albuquerque. “Google recently acquired Titan Aerospace, a firm that specializes... 

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Is PayPal Taking Shots At Apple Pay?

September 17, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Is PayPal Taking Shots At Apple Pay?

Paypal has taken out some full page newspaper ads that try to lure users away from Apple Pay and back to its long-standing alternative. eBay-owned Paypal has already swiped at Apple Pay in a blog post, but it wasn’t very critical. It asked consumers a number of questions about how they might choose a payment provider, and reminded them of the things that they should consider before deciding to embrace Apple Pay. That was on 9 September, at which time the firm kicked off a marketing campaign,... 

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