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Royal wedding takes stats to new levels

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Image via CrunchBaseThe royal wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana attracted a huge television audience from virtually every corner of the world in pre-Internet year 1981. As one might expect, the IT communication flow around the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (William and Kate) wedding on April 29 brought one-day international messaging and shared video to a whole new level.
Facebook says more than 6.8 million people publicly commented on the wedding within the first 12 hours of the event. That number passed the 10 million mark by the end of the day.
Millions more people followed the London pageantry in live streams on their desktop, laptop and mobile PCs while commenting on social media sites.
Livestream, which partnered with The Associated Press, UK Press Association, CBS and Entertainment Tonight for its live stream, said it surpassed its own record with, at one point, more than 300,000 concurrent live streams.
Yahoo said it experienced its largest traffic for a live video ev…

Merchant Account Guidelines

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eComTechnologyMerchant Account Guidelines
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The Ins and Outs ofCredit Card Processing Application Approval
When I look at our competitors’ sites (it is always worthwhile to know what competitors are doing), I marvel at their astonishingly high percentage of credit card processing application approvals. It is commonplaceto see the banner, “Over 98% approvalrating.” It remains incredulous to me that 98 out of 100 applications receive a positive determination when there exists criteria/factors that may easily jeopardize an application’s “passing grade,” outlined below:
The merchant’s personalcredit rating: Many business owners are surprised, and at times, disgruntled, to discover that their personal credit rating is obtained and evaluated by underwriters. It may help merchants to realize that a such a risk assessment is performed because granting credit card processing capability is tantamount to providing a loan, or at least a short term line of cr…

Amazon.com Inc apologized to customers for an outage at its Web hosting business

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Image via CrunchBaseAmazon.com Inc apologized to customers for an outage at its Web hosting business that caused some websites to crash, saying it would credit them for their inconvenience.
Although Amazon.com is best known as one of the world's biggest shopping sites, it is also one of the largest provider of Web hosting services, an area where it competes with Google Inc, Microsoft Corp and several smaller companies.
On April 21, services to some of its customers were disturbed because of technical problems that the company disclosed in a lengthy document released on Friday.
The company said in a blog posting of nearly 5,700 words that the bulk of its customers had their systems restored by April 24, but that a small amount of data had yet to be recovered.
"We want to apologize," the company said in the blog posting. "We know how critical our services are to our customers' businesses, and we will do everything we can to learn from this event and use it to drive i…

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racing to lay the groundwork for the faster networks

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Image via WikipediaRogers Communications Inc. (RCI.B-T34.88-0.43-1.22%)is leapfrogging its competitors to launch the next generation of high-speed wireless technology in four major Canadian cities by the end of the year, promising that Internet access on mobile devices will be as fast as on home and office computers.
Canada’s major telecommunications companies have been racing to lay the groundwork for the faster networks, known as Long Term Evolution (LTE), which can quickly stream video and other data-heavy wireless traffic.
Telus Corp. has said it will launch the service in 2012. BCE Inc., which owns phone giant Bell Canada, is running test trials in Montreal and Hamilton, but has not yet announced roll-out plans for the service. But Rogers appears to have jumped ahead of its rivals, however, with its announcement Wednesday that LTE will be available in four cities by the end of 2011.“We’re putting a stake in the ground – LTE is going to be the gold standard going forward, that’s whe…

Cities with nation's best overall air quality were Honolulu and Santa Fe, New Mexico,

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Image via WikipediaThe nation's 25 most smoggy cities improved air quality over the last year, but half the nation's residents still live with unhealthy levels of air pollution, according to an American Lung Association report released on Wednesday.
Weighing the pluses and minuses in U.S. air quality over the past year, the "State of the Air 2011" report concluded that the U.S. Clean Air Act, the federal law aimed at limiting pollution in the nation's skies, is working.
"The progress the nation has made cleaning up coal-fired power plants, diesel emissions and other pollution sources has drastically cut dangerous pollution from the air we breathe," Lung Association President Charles Connor said in a statement.
The most dramatic improvement has been controlling ozone, commonly known as smog. The report found all 25 cities most polluted by ozone had cleaner air than they did last year,
Still, the report found that 154.5 million people, just over half the …

Sony Corp warned that hackers had stolen names, addresses and possibly credit card details

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Image via WikipediaSony Corp warned that hackers had stolen names, addresses and possibly credit card details from the 77 million user accounts of its video game online network, in one of the largest Internet security break-ins ever.
The Japanese electronic giant pulled the plug on the network on April 19 after finding out about the breach in its popular PlayStation Network, a service that produces an estimated $500 million in annual revenues.
Sony did not tell the public about the stolen data until Tuesday, hours after it had unveiled in Japan its first tablet computers.
Sony's delay in announcing the theft sparked an online furor from users, almost 90 percent of whom are based in Europe or the United States, and could push some users to rival Nintendo's Wii and Microsoft'sXBox gaming devices.
"If you have compromised my credit information, you will never receive it again," read one message on the PlayStation Network blog from a user under the name Korbei83.
"T…

Apple Inc. denied it is tracking the movements of its iPhone customers

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Image by marcopako  via FlickrApple Inc. denied it is tracking the movements of its iPhone customers, but said it will provide a software update that stores less location information on phones in response to public outcry over privacy issues.
"Apple is not tracking the location of your iPhone," the company said in a statement on Wednesday. "Apple has never done so and has no plans to ever do so."
Still, the company said its iPhones keep "a database of Wi-Fi hotspots and cell towers around your current locations... to help your iPhone rapidly and accurately calculate its location when requested."
Some of that location information is stored on each iPhone, and is backed up in iTunes, meaning that it would be possible for someone with access to a person's computer to retrieve information about their movements.
In response, Apple plans to release a new software update that would cut the size of the wireless hotspot location database stored on its iPhones…

Barnes & Noble’s Nook Color now boasts some tablet-like features

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Image via CrunchBaseBarnes & Noble’s Nook Color now boasts some tablet-like features: An integrated email app, support for Adobe Flash Player, and access to apps like Angry Birds. Does that make the device more of a challenge to Amazon’s Kindle, or to the flood of Android-based tablets hitting the market?
The new features include access to 125 apps, enhanced audio and video for certain titles, improved magazine navigation, and a social-networking app that lets readers swap books and recommendations. What takes the Nook Color from e-reader territory to the border of the Land of Tablets, however, is the app that consolidates Web-based email into a single in-box, and support for Adobe Flash Player. Barnes & Noble plans on making the update (officially known as Version 1.2.0) available over the next week as an automatic download.
The Nook Color retails for $249, far cheaper than many tablet PCs currently on the market. That could draw serious readers who want the ability to check …

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Big Brother, or Big Google, also collects geo-location information

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Image via WikipediaIn some ways, all the uproar about Apple saving location data on its iOS device users is old news. Guess what? Big Brother, or Big Google, also collects geo-location information from its mobile, Android-powered devices. It’s like anything else in computing: geo-location can provide great services and resources, but it can also be abused.
Take, for example, a woman who was recently robbed in Texas. Using her stolen iPhone, police officers were able to quickly find not only her stolen phone, but her wedding ring as well. Yea!
On the other hand, say another woman is in an abusive relationship and goes to a friend’s house or to a “safe-house” shelter. Her husband tracks her down using her smartphone and literally drags her back “home.”
That last case isn’t fiction. My friend Angela, a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP) tells me, “I teach tech-safety courses for domestic-violence survivors. This scenario has a probability of 1. In the two years I’ve been t…

Business, government and public safety agencies could be better prepared for natural

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Image via WikipediaBusiness, government and publicsafety agencies could be better prepared for natural or man-made disasters with the help of AT&T Remote Mobility Zone, the company said. The offering provides mobile voice and data services in the absence of wireless coverage. Designed to support essential communications, the Remote Mobility Zone allows organizations to set up their own cell sites during a disaster scenario. AT&T claims it is the first carrier to supply a customer-deployable model for mobility recovery to help with disaster recovery and business continuity efforts.The Remote Mobility Zone is also suited for organizations that operate in remote locations where AT&T holds licensed spectrum, but in which wireless coverage may not be available. AT&T Mobility Vanguard Services LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of AT&T, can install permanent cell sites for customers that work in these areas, providing mobile voice and data service."In the pivotal first …

Google will pay damages on patent infringing

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Image via WikipediaGoogle must pay $5 million in damages for infringing on a Linux patent owned by defunct company Bedrock Computer Technologies LLC, according to a jury verdict in the Eastern District of Texas court April 15.
The patent is for methods and apparatus for information storage and retrieval using a hashing technique with external chaining and on-the-fly removal of expired data.
Bedrock—which filed its patent-infringement suit in 2009 against Google, Yahoo, MySpace, Amazon.com, PayPal and others—successfully argued that Google violated its patent by using its linked list storage, search and information-retrieval technology in Linux servers.
Patent analyst Florian Muellersaid Bedrock identified its patented technology in a portion of the Linux kernel. Google and many other Internet companies use this technology in Linux servers housed in their data centers.
Google took a defiant position in a statement e-mailed to eWEEK April 21, vowing to continue to defend against such at…

Wal-Mart Stores Inc has begun testing an online grocery delivery service

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Image via CrunchBaseWal-Mart Stores Inc has begun testing an online grocery delivery service in San Jose, California, a company spokesman said on Saturday.
The world's biggest retailer had been rumored to be considering dipping its toe into online grocery delivery for the past few years.
The "Walmart To Go" test allows customers to visit Walmart.com to order groceries and consumables found in a Walmart store and have them delivered to their homes, the spokesman said.
Products include fresh produce, meat and seafood, frozen, bakery, baby, over-the-counter pharmacy, household supplies and health and beauty items.
No other details were immediately available.
The online grocery business has proven difficult to succeed in given the perishability of fresh food and the industry's small profit margins, analysts have said.
If WalMart decides to stay and expand in the online grocery delivery business, its competition would include Peapod and Amazon Fresh.
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Flash bug in Adobe Reader patched

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Image via CrunchBaseAdobe patched a critical Flash bug in Adobe Reader a few days earlier than expected. Rogue PDF files exploiting the bug have recently been detected in the wild, Adobe said.
This is Adobe’s second out-of-band update to address a Flash Player zero-day vulnerability in the past month. After a round of frenzied patching in March, Adobe updated Flash Player again on April 15. While the company had had initially promised updates for Adobe Reader and Acrobat the week of April 25, it beat its own deadline by delivering the patch on April 21.
The update is for users with Adobe Reader X (10.0.2) for Macintosh, Adobe Reader 9.4.3 for Windows and Macintosh, Adobe Acrobat X (10.0.2) for Windows and Macintosh, and Adobe Acrobat 9.4.3 for Windows and Macintosh installed.
Adobe Reader on Android is not affected and will not be patched. Adobe Reader X for Windows blocks the Flash code from executing because of its Protected Mode sandbox technology. As a result, Adobe will patch Rea…

Foxit PDF Reader

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Foxit Creator at eComTechnology today starting at $29.00
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Now with Foxit Reader, you don't have to endure such pain any more. The following is a list of compelling advantages of Foxit Reader:
Incredibly small: The download size of Foxit Reader is just a fraction of Adobe Reader.
Breezing-fast: When you run Foxit Reader, it launches instantly without any delay. You are not forced to view an annoying splash window displaying company logo, author names, etc.
Annotation tool: Have you ever wished to annotate (or comment on) a PDF document when you are reading it? Foxit Reader allows you to draw graphics, highlight text, type text and make notes on a PDF document and then print out or save the annotated document.
Text converter: You may convert the whole PDF document into a simple text file.
High security and privacy: Foxit Reader highly respects the security and privacy of users and will never connect to the Internet without users' permi…

Earth Day

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Image via WikipediaThe annual effort to raise public awareness about the environment and inspire actions to clean it up marks its 41st anniversary on Friday, coinciding with the Christian Good Friday and Judaism's celebration of Passover.
In an effort dubbed "A Billion Acts of Green," organizers are encouraging people to observe Earth Day 2011 by pledging online at act.earthday.org/ to do something small but sustainable in their own lives to improve the planet's health -- from switching to compact fluorescent light bulbs to reducing the use of pesticides and other toxic chemicals.
"Millions of people doing small, individual acts can add up to real change," said Chad Chitwood, a spokesman for the umbrella group coordinating efforts.
There will be hundreds of rallies, workshops and other events around the United States, where Earth Day was born, and hundreds more overseas, where it is now celebrated in 192 countries.

A blowout at a Pennsylvania natural gas well late Tuesday could heighten concerns about the safety

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Image by Getty Images via @daylifeA blowout at a Pennsylvanianatural gas well late Tuesday could heighten concerns about the safety of a controversial process to extract gas from shale rock.
The accident comes at a sensitive time for energy drillers, exactly one year after an explosion that led to the massive BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill, and just as regulators mull whether to allow the technique in New York state.
The well in Bradford County, operated by Chesapeake Energy, spewed thousands of gallons of drilling fluid used in hydraulic fracturing, county emergency management officials said.
The process, also called fracking, releases natural gas from shale rock by blasting it with water, sand and chemicals.
Local residents were evacuated from Leroy Township, about 25 miles from the New York border, though Chesapeake said no one was hurt.
"An equipment failure occurred during well-completion activities, allowing the release of completion fluids," Chesapeake said in a statemen…

RIM making a play for Nortel patents

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Image via CrunchBaseResearch in Motion may be getting ready to make a play for the Nortel Networks wireless networking patents Google has agreed to buy for $900 million.
Bloomberg said RIM, which has been hemorrhaging smartphone market share to Google's Android platform and Apple's iPhone, is weighing whether or not to outbid Google for the 6,000 patents and patent applications.
The publication also said RIM, fellow smartphone makers and other technology companies may also band together to top Google's offer. Apple, Microsoft, Nokia, are also among those who might bid as much as $1 billion for the patents to trump Google considering the technology at stake.
RIM declined to comment for this story.
Nortel Networks, which filed for bankruptcy in 2009 and is trying to raise capital to pay off creditors, agreed to sell its wireless networking, and other technology patents to the search engine April 4.
The deal is structured as a stalking horse asset sale, which means other compa…

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