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The third busiest Atlantic storm season officially drew to end on Tuesday

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Image via WikipediaThe third busiest Atlantic storm season officially drew to end on Tuesday but the U.S. shoreline and its key energy producing hubs were mostly untouched by any of the year's major storms.
Local weather conditions that developed during the season thwarted meteorologists predictions that as many as five storms would strike the U.S. coastline.
"There's no way we could tell that we would see that," said William Gray, who founded Colorado State University's Tropical Meteorology Project.
The 2010 season spawned 19 named storms, tying for the third most active season with 1897 and 1995, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center. Of those storms, 12 became hurricanes, tying the second highest season in 1969. There were five major hurricanes in 2010.
Most forecasters had predicted between 14 and 21 named storms, eight to 12 of which were expected to be hurricanes, with as many as six of those major hurricanes.
Only one tropical storm, Bonnie, made…

High risk check processing at eComTechnology

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Comcast customers from Boston to Washington, D.C., lost Internet access late Sunday

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Image via CrunchBaseComcast customers from Boston to Washington, D.C., lost Internet access late Sunday evening due to an issue with the DNS servers.
Comcast subscribers up and down the East Coast lost Internet access on Nov. 28. While the company said access was restored, there were still a handful of users reporting issues as of Monday morning.Comcast's customer service initially reported an "Internet-related issue" on Twitter under the account Comcastcares late Sunday evening before following up with, "Internet outage larger than just Boston."
The network outage appeared to be widespread, "primarily located in New England/Greater Boston and DC/Beltway areas," Comcast spokesperson Charlie Douglas told eWEEK. According to various reports from affected users, the region included New Hampshire, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, Maryland, Virginia and Washington D.C.
Twitter complaints started around 8 p.m.
Based on the Twitter feed, Comcast appeared…

Some say price cuts on Google TV Sony Blu-ray players and TVs indicate the service is in trouble

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NEWS ANALYSIS: Some say price cuts on Google TVSonyBlu-ray players and TVs indicate the service is in trouble. Toshiba and Vizio may launch Google TV products at the Consumer Electronics Show.
Media are lining up on the Web to sound the death knell for Google TV, the marriage between Web and channel surfing that spawned some pricey hardware products from Logitech and Sony.Google TV is the search engine's bid to successfully wed television programming with Web surfing. Users may watch TV, surf the Internet and access Web applications from Android 2.1-based companion boxes, Blu-ray players and companion boxes.
TechCrunchnoted that Sony has dropped the price of its Google TV-enabled Blu-ray player from $399 to $299.
PC Magazine learned Sony also pared its Google TV set prices. The 46-inch, Google TV-enabled Sony TV is now $1,199, down $200. The 40-inch set is available for $898, a $100 discount.
However, the discounted TVs and Blu-ray players, available at sonystyle.com, Sony Style stor…

62% wouldn't use Facebook as primary email

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More than 62 percent of over 3,680 participants in a recent online poll said they wouldn't use Facebook Messages as their primary e-mail service.
Some 17 percent of respondents in the poll, conducted by the Wall Street Journal, said they would use Messages as their main e-mail, while 20 percent said they weren't sure.
Facebook Messages launched Nov. 15 to funnel e-mail, instant messaging and SMS text messages to one @facebook.com e-mail alias so that users can manage their communications through a single inbox.
The model, as envisioned by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, eschews e-mail's traditional address entry, subject lines, carbon copies and blind carbon copies for a simpler, faster messaging model.
Some view the service as a threat to Google's Gmail, Yahoo Mail and Microsoft Live Hotmail, and perhaps even as a replacement for Microsoft Outlook or IBMLotus Notes in some cases of business use.
While the poll—in which one reader commented, "Personally, I don't…

Early discounts may have taken some of the shine off Cyber Monday

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Early discounts may have taken some of the shine off Cyber Monday but the key online holiday shopping day is still expected to attract bargain hunters who may not have had their fill over the weekend.
Cyber Monday -- a term coined five years ago for the day many people return to work after Thanksgiving and make online gift purchases on their computers -- remains a prime shopping day online. But its novelty has now been partially eclipsed by e-commerce promotions earlier in the season, including on Thanksgiving itself.
Retailers from BestBuy.com to Walmart.com and Staples.com have even opted to offer Cyber Monday deals one day early, on newly coined "Cyber Sunday."
The key is versatility, online experts say, as well as making sure shoppers heading to the Web always find something to inspire them to click on a sale.
John Thompson, senior vice president and general manager of BestBuy.com, said Cyber Monday remains a "really viable marketing concept," but smart retaile…

WinRAR compression at eComTechnology

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Apple had a hit with the iPhone 4

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Image by marcopako  via FlickrApple had a hit with the iPhone 4, despite some controversy. With the approach of 2011, however, the question becomes what features will end up in the next iPhone.
Apple’s annual iPhone refresh has become a calendar-marking event in the tech world, surrounded by weeks of intense scrutiny as tech blogs and pundits dissect the new device’s hardware and software capabilities. Each new iPhone attracts millions of buyers, further reinforcing the company’s position in the smartphone market—despite increased competition from the likes of Google Android.The iPhone 4, launched in June, fulfilled its buzz and sales expectations. Despite some well-publicized antenna issues, Apple executives reported that demand for the device strained the company’s manufacturing capacity. “My phone is ringing off the hook for people who want more supply,” Chief Operating OfficerTim Cook told analysts and investors listening to Apple’s July 20 earnings call. “We’re selling everything…

google to show content ratings

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Google Nov. 24 said it will start showing content ratings for all applications on Android Market in the next few weeks.
Applications will be categorized according to All, Pre-teen, Teen, and Mature, with specific details on the rating levels located at the Android Market Help Center.
For example, according to the ratings guide:
"Apps that include references to drugs, alcohol or tobacco products or their use should be rated Teen or above. Apps that focus on the consumption or sale of drugs, alcohol or tobacco should be rated Mature. Illegal activity or content that is targeted at minors is not allowed in Android Market.
There are no changes to Android Market's content policy, but it's clear Google is taking a page from Apple's book with its own App Store, which has itself been a little inconsistent.
Apple has banned several apps for not adhering to content policies, sometimes erring on the side of caution.
Related articlesGoogle to add content ratings to Android Market

A Swedish appeals court on Friday upheld a ruling against three men behind file sharing website Pirate Bay

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Image via CrunchBaseA Swedish appeals court on Friday upheld a ruling against three men behind file sharing website Pirate Bay, cutting their prison sentences and raising the fine.
The case was brought by Swedish subsidiaries of leading music and film companies, including Sony BMG, Universal Music, EMI and Warner Brothers as the industry continues to fight against the sharing of film and video over the Internet.
"The appeals court, like the district court, finds that the service Pirate Bay has facilitated illegal file sharing in a way which is punishable for those who carried out the service," the court said in a statement.
A lower court had last year sentenced four men linked to what is one of the world's biggest file sharing websites to one year in jail and a fine of 32 million crowns ($4.57 million).
The Svea appeals court said in a statement it had reduced the prison sentences by varying degrees, but raised the fine to 46 million crowns ($6.57 million).
The new judgm…

Average temperature has increased over the last 160 years

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Image via WikipediaThe global average temperature has increased over the past 160 years, but short-term trends in temperature and sea ice seem to be at odds with each other and need more research, the UK Met Office's Hadley Center said.
In a report on long and short-term climate trends, the Hadley Center found several factors that indicate a warming world and said 2010 has been one of the warmest years on record.
The report drew on the work of more than 20 institutions worldwide and used a range of measurements from satellites, weather balloons, weather stations, ocean buoys, ships and field surveys.
The report showed increases in air temperatures above both land and sea, increases in water temperature and humidity, sea level rises and the shrinking of Arctic sea ice.
"The average temperature over the first decade of the 21st century was significantly warmer than any preceding decade in the instrumental record, stretching back over 160 years," the report said.
Despite va…

As demand for cloud-based storage soars

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Image via CrunchBasestorage providers are boosting limits to attract and retain users.
More online storage companies are increasing storage limits for free accounts in order to attract new users and to keep existing ones from switching elsewhere.The latest storage service to boost storage limits for free accounts from 2 GB to 5G is Pro Softnet, with its IDriveOnline Backup product. Mobile Media also said its Jupiter Files hosted online storage platform, expected early first quarter of 2011, will offer "unlimited storage capabilities" for free. Box.net started it all Oct. 28 by increasing its free account storage from 1 GB to 5GB, followed shortly by Sugar Sync Nov. 11. DropBox is hanging on to its 2 GB limit for free accounts for now, and Carbonite and Mozy offer only free trials.
Box.net CEO Aaron Levie wrote in a blog post at the time that hard drive efficiency has improved "nearly 400 percent" since 2006, allowing Box.net to store five times the amount of data in…

Malware authors have been very busy this year.

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Image via WikipediaMalware authors have been very busy this year.
How busy? According to Panda Security, 20 million new strains of malware have already been created this year – the same total as in all of 2009. The shortened lifespan of the malware combined with the increased number of variants demonstrate a shift in the cyber-crime landscape, where many variants are now being created to infect a small number of systems before they disappear, the vendor said.
 “Since 2003, new threats have increased at a rate of 100 percent or more," said Luis Corrons, technical director of PandaLabs, the company's research arm, in a statement. "Yet so far in 2010, purely new malware has increased by only 50 percent, significantly less than the historical norm."
“This doesn’t mean that there are fewer threats or that the cyber-crime market is shrinking,” he said. “On the contrary, it continues to expand, and by the end of 2010 we will have logged more new threats in Collective Intel…

Richard Branson's Choices

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The British mogul on parting with his beloved Virgin Records to help save Virgin Airlines, and contemplating a merger with another carrier As told to Diane Brady
Bryce Duffy for Bloomberg BusinessweekI had been running Virgin Records since I was a teenager. By 1992 the record company had just signed Janet Jackson and the Rolling Stones, which felt like an accomplishment. We had tremendous acts: Genesis, Peter Gabriel, the Culture Club, the Spice Girls, the Sex Pistols, and Lenny Kravitz.
At the time, British Airways had launched what became known as the "dirty tricks" campaign to try to drive our airline out of business. We were small and the lengths they went to in trying to get rid of us were considerable. The only way to get British Airways to call their tanks off of our front garden was to get a billion-dollar check by selling the record company. [British Airways apologized and ultimately paid 500,000 pounds in damages to Branson and another 110,000 pounds to Virgin.]
As …

Oracle will be banking the largest U.S. copyright infringement award on record -- $1.3 billion

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Image via WikipediaOracle will be banking the largest U.S. copyright infringement award on record -- $1.3 billion -- from longtime enterprise application rival SAP after a federal court jury on Nov. 23 concluded that amount was fair restitution in a 3-year-old copyright infringement lawsuit.
Oracle, in its lawsuit filed in 2007, claimed that SAP -- through an affiliate division -- illegally downloaded more than 8 million instances of its customer-supportsoftware and hundreds of thousands of pages of supporting documentation from one of its Web sites, then used those tools to lure some 350 customers away from Oracle and over to SAP.
SAP took corporate responsibility for its affiliate's actions in a court document filed Oct. 28 and officially apologized on Nov. 16. There was no immediate indication that SAP would appeal the decision.
"We are, of course, disappointed by this verdict and will pursue all available options, including post-trial motions and appeal if necessary,"…

Environment groups have condemned President Yoweri Museveni's order to allow an investor to build a golf course in Uganda's biggest national park

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Image via WikipediaEnvironment groups have condemned President Yoweri Museveni's order to allow an investor to build a golf course in Uganda's biggest national park, saying it would disturb wildlife and hit tourism.
Museveni earlier this month told the state-run Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) to allow the Madhvani Group to build the golf course and a swimming pool in Murchison Falls National Park, which straddles the River Nile.
Tourism is a major foreign exchange earner for the east African economy which attracted about 800,000 foreign tourists in 2009, data from the Uganda Bureau of Statistics shows.
"Uganda has laws that clearly describe what investment projects can be undertaken in nature reserves," Frank Muramuzi, executive director of the National Association of Professional Environmentalists (NAPE), told Reuters.
Museveni rejected UWA objections to the project, saying there was no evidence the facilities would harm the park's ecosystem and they would draw…

eCheck processing for internet merchants

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Whether your storefront is a Web address or a street address, you're banking on sales of products and services to keep your business thriving and that means you need bona fide payments, whether by e-check, electronic funds transfer (EFT) or other means.
We do high risk eCheck and Automated Check Handling (ACH.)
Merchants eComTechnology currently accepts are:
General ecommerce merchant accounts, Online Pharmacy merchant accounts (Certain Restrictions Apply), Online dating merchant accounts , Voice over IP merchant Accounts, Web Hosting accounts, Downloadable Software Merchant Accounts, Prepaid Phone Card Accounts, Vitamin and Herbal Product Merchant Accounts, TMF Merchant Accounts, High chargeback’s/refunds merchant accounts (using our customer service solutions)
With eComTechnology's eCheck and ACH payment processing, financial transactions between you and your customers are instantly verifiable, hassle-free and secure. And reporting is streamlined, instantaneous and user-frie…

Avistar provides a high-definition video conferencing solution to businesses

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Avistar provides a high-definitionvideo conferencing solution to businesses looking to maximize their video conferencing abilities.
Businesses have been promised affordable, reliable and easy-to-use video conferencing for years. Most solutions on the market, however, turn out to be more hassle than they are worth. Avistar has been able to deliver where others have not with Avistar C3, a family of products that brings high-definition, multiparty video conferencing to most any business desktop.
Unlike cloud-based or cloud-hosted solutions, Avistar C3 uses a client/server approach to build a video conferencing system. That approach gives a business full control over how, when and where to deploy video conferencing and also provides a means to do in-house conferencing (desk-to-desk, conference-room-to-conference-room) without passing out any information over a public Internet connection. What’s more, that approach eliminates the “on-demand” and subscription fees associated with hosted vide…

Facebook accounts for 25% of page views

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Image via CrunchBaseFacebook.com accounted for 25 percent of page views in the United States for one week in November, up from 16.7 percent this time a year ago.
The social network, which grew 60 percent from a year ago, also logged 1 in 10 U.S. Internet visits, according to researcher HitWise. Google notched 7 percent of visits.
The page view traffic, almost four times that of No. 2 destination YouTube and five times that of Google, isn't a big deal on its face. It's the other stats' ramifications for the online ad market that are huge.
Facebook also leads in online engagement time. comScoresaid in September U.S. Web users in August spent 41.1 million minutes on Facebook, compared with 39.8 million minutes on all of Google's Websites.
Google for years has been the top destination in traffic, page views and minutes spent online, buoyed by its own search engine, Gmail and the popular YouTube video-sharing Website.
Facebook's rise may make it the top target for adver…

Environmental groups have one last chance to convince Canada’s nuclear-energy watchdog to reject

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A radioactive materials diposal area at the Bruce PowerNuclear facility located in Tiverton, Ontario.Environmental groups have one last chance to convince Canada’s nuclear-energy watchdog to reject a plan to haul 16 decommissioned radioactive steam generators across the Great Lakes on their way to Sweden for recycling.
About 80 organizations from across Canada, the United States and Sweden are submitting their final pleas Monday to the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, insisting its panel should reject a plan by Bruce Power to ship about 1,600 tonnes of radioactive waste through Canada’s Great Lakes.
The commission gave environmentalists 30 days to file final comments.
Critics say the route would set a "dangerous" North American precedent as the largest shipment to travel on the Great Lakes. The generators would then move through the St. Lawrence Seaway and across the Atlantic Ocean.
Most are asking that Bruce Power provide more time and resources so they can conduct their…