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Japan's Sony Corp, Toshiba Corp and Hitachi Ltd will merge

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Japan's Sony Corp, Toshiba Corp and Hitachi Ltd will merge their liquid-crystal
display operations using $2.6 billion of government-backed funds to fend off
growing competition from rivals in South Korea and
Taiwan.
The merged entity will be the world's largest maker of small panels used in
smartphones and tablet PCs, leapfrogging leaders Sharp Corp of Japan and Samsung Electronics of
South Korea and keeping at bay the likes of Taiwan's AU Optronics.
Sony, Toshiba and Hitachi were all making losses on small panels until last
year so the merger will allow them to focus on their main operations.
However, the 90-percent government-owned fund, set up in 2009 to promote
innovation in Japanese industry, could come under fire for using public money to
prop up a volatile business in its biggest investment to date.
The Innovation Network Corp of Japan (INCJ) will invest about 200 billion yen
($2.6 billion) in the merged unit, taking a 70 percent stake. The…

Amazon.com Inc may sell as many as 5 million tablet

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Amazon.com Inc may sell as many as 5 million tablet computers in the fourth quarter, making the largest Internet retailer the top competitor to Apple Inc in this fast-growing niche of the consumer PC market, Forrester Research said on Monday.
Amazon.com has to price its tablet "significantly" below competing products and have enough supply to meet demand, but if the company can pull this off it can "easily" sell 3 million to 5 million units in the final three months of 2011, Forrester's Sarah Rotman Epps predicted.
Apple has sold almost 30 million iPads since launching its tablet in April 2010. Rival products from companies including Samsung Electronics Co, Research in Motion and Motorola Mobility have failed to mount a serious challenge to that early lead. This month, Hewlett-Packard scrapped its TouchPad after sales languished.
"Thus far, Apple has faced many would-be competitors, but none have gained significant market sha…

NetEnrich introduced its Small Business Services package

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Remote IT infrastructure management specialist NetEnrich introduced its Small Business Services package, designed to support IT solution providers who deliver managed services to small and midsize businesses. The technology that powers the SBS framework is NetEnrich's Agent, with built-in discovery capabilities to identify infrastructure and application instances, track and record actions performed by NetEnrich, and report on Standardized Operating Procedures (SOPs) completed as defined by ITIL service standards.
In addition, NetEnrich provides an ISO 27001-certified Network Operations Center (NOC), which is staffed 24/7 with the capability to perform full remediation and vendor technical coordination when necessary. The services are designed for small businesses with 50 or less employees, five servers and five network devices, the company noted in a release.
Available from the Ingram Micro Services Division, NetEnrich's remotely managed SBS platforms work to free up time fro…

Areas surrounding Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant could remain uninhabitable for decades

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 Areas surrounding Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant could remain uninhabitable for decades due to high radiation, the government warned on Saturday as it struggles to clean up after the world's worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl.
Japan faces the daunting task of decontaminating large areas of land around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex, which is still leaking low levels of radiation nearly six months after an earthquake and tsunami triggered a nuclear meltdown.
In a meeting with local officials on Saturday, the government estimated it could take more than 20 years before residents could safely return to areas with current radiation readings of 200 millisieverts per year, and a decade for areas at 100 millisieverts per year.
The estimates, which merely confirm what many experts have been saying for months, are based on the natural decline of radiation over time and do not account for the impact of decontamination steps such as r…

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Apple Inc will release a cheaper iPhone 4 within weeks

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Apple Inc will release a cheaper iPhone 4 within weeks, jeopardizing profit
margins to win lower-end customers from rivals such as Nokia in China and other emerging
markets.
Asian suppliers have begun making a lower-cost version of the hot-selling
smartphone with a smaller 8-gigabyte flash drive that will arrive around the
same time Apple unveils its much-anticipated iPhone 5, two sources with
knowledge of the matter told Reuters.
The world's most valuable technology company has long stuck to the higher end
of a booming mobile device arena, but is now seeking out new markets to sustain the
rip-roaring pace of growth that has enthralled Wall Street.
It is in talks with leading Chinese carriers China Mobile Ltd and China
Telecom Corp Ltd, both of which are eager to carry the device that defined the
smartphone market when Apple launched it in 2007.
"A lower-priced version of iPhone 4 seems to be a necessary evil at this
point in the iPhone adoption cycle, especially in…

hundreds of thousands of dead fish, and sweating workers bent to scoop the carcasses from the water.

A rotten stench hung over a 60-mile stretch of Louisiana's Pearl River as boats
trawled through thick layers of hundreds of thousands of dead fish, and sweating
workers bent to scoop the carcasses from the water.
The fish, including federally protected Gulf sturgeon as well as catfish and
flounder, died after a paper mill in Bogalusa, Louisiana, released a high
concentration of waste material into the river on August 9.
"This is really sickening," said St. Tammany Parish President Kevin Davis,
unable to hide his disgust at the view from Crawford Landing, 40 miles northeast
of New Orleans.
The liquid material, which mill owner Temple-Inland Inc. refers to as "black
liquor," effectively sucked the oxygen from a large section of the river,
killing every breathing organism within its reach, including the fish. Davis put
the number of fish killed at hundreds of thousands.
More than 400 people worked from boats and the river banks over the weekend
to clean up the river in 90-…

Prevailing attitudes in Germany were already decidedly green

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It won't be easy to run a national railway on renewable energy like wind, hydro and solar power but that is what Germany's Deutsche Bahn aims to do for one simple reason: it's what consumers want.
Deutsche Bahn says it wants to raise the percentage of wind, hydro and solar energy to power its trains from 20 percent now to 28 percent in 2014 and become carbon-free by 2050.
"Consumers in Germany have made it clear they want us all to get away from nuclear energy and to more renewable energy," Hans-Juergen Witschke, chief executive of Deutsche Bahn Energie, said of the railway's attention-grabbing revised targets that exceed the government's already ambitious national aims.
"It's what customers want and we're making it happen," Witschke said in an interview with Reuters. "The demand for green electricity keeps rising each year and that'll continue."
Prevailing attitudes in Germany w…

Thousands of opponents of a $7 billion pipeline that would boost U.S. dependence

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Thousands of opponents of a $7 billion pipeline that would boost U.S. dependence
on Canadian oil sands plan to get arrested in protests over the next two weeks
that they hope will help persuade the Obama administration to kill the
project.
The State Department is set to issue a final environmental impact report this
month on the Keystone XL pipeline project that would bring oil sands petroleum
from Alberta to Texas refineries. The department hopes to make a final decision
on the TransCanada Corp line by the end of the year.
Beginning on Saturday, protesters from all of the country's 50 states plan to
linger in an area outside the White House where they are likely to be arrested,
organizers say. They plan to conduct the civil disobedience citing what they see
as the pipe's risks to the environment in waves of 100 people a day.
Bill McKibben, an environment writer and leader of the protest, said the
Keystone project would likely be President Barack Obama's biggest …

Coal fired plants

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Canada moved ahead on Friday with new regulations for cutting emissions from
coal-fired power plants as environmental groups decried one project that they
said won a speedy approval just in time to avoid the tighter
rules.
Environment Minister Peter Kent said the regulations, aimed at gradually
phasing out coal-fired power generation as a way to meet the federal
government's greenhouse gas commitments, will force developers to reduce
emissions to levels that are comparable to high-efficiency gas-fired
plants.
That means new coal-fired plants will have to employ expensive, nascent
technology, such as carbon capture and storage.
"We are taking action in the electricity sector because we recognize the
potential for significant emissions reductions," Kent said in a statement. "We
are committed to build on our strength in the electricity sector and to lead the
world in clean electricity generation."
The regulations will be published on August 27, …

Catbird, a specialist in security and compliance for virtual, cloud and physical networks

Catbird, a specialist in security and compliance for virtual, cloud and physical networks, announced plans to add
VMware vShield controls to Catbird vSecurity through a partnership with VMware.
The integration will give Catbird vSecurity customers the ability to deploy the
VMware vShield App as an integrated component of Catbird’s security and
compliance solution for virtualized infrastructure.
“This partnership brings together VMware
and Catbird virtualization technology and security solutions to deliver
world-class protection to virtualized and cloud-based computing environments,”
said Edmundo Costa, Catbird's CEO.
With the addition of VMware vShield into
vSecurity’s Control Center, customers will be able to set up and deploy VMware
vShield Security Groups to control network access between virtual machines in a
virtual data center.
Catbird’s TrustZones policy enforcer will include full VMware vShield controls
to help monitor and quarantine out-of-compliance assets, helping reduce the risk
of…

buzzing about the flaws in the Secure Sockets Layer system

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Security researchers are buzzing about the flaws in the Secure Sockets Layer system and the fact that a significant portion of the Internet is vulnerable to attack. At the recent Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas, there were several reports and panels addressing various issues.
Based on the PKI (public key infrastructure), the SSL protocol has grown "organically" to become nearly ubiquitous within the world's largest organizations to keep Internet communications secure, Jeff Hudson, CEO of Venafi, told eWEEK.
However, less than a fifth of Websites claiming to have SSL deployed correctly redirect traffic, according to a report released by Qualys at Black Hat. Of the nearly 250,000 sites with SSL turned on that were surveyed, only 51,000 were properly redirecting to SSL for authentication, according to the report from the Qualys community project, SSL Labs. The remaining 80 percent of the sites may or may not redirect to SSL, makin…

nicknamed "Happy Feet" by locals

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 A young Emperor penguin that captured global attention when it washed up on a New Zealand beach after straying thousands of kilometers from home will be head back to the subantarctic aboard a research vessel and in a specially designed cage.
The Wellington Zoo, where the bird -- nicknamed "Happy Feet" by locals -- has been living since June, said on Wednesday the penguin would be on the research vessel Tangaroa when it leaves on August 29 for a fisheries survey.
The penguin will be released from the ship about four days out at sea, en route to its final destination.
"The NIWA team are looking forward to having this extra special guest onboard the vessel with us for the journey," Rob Murdoch of NIWA, the research organization that operates the vessel, said in a statement issued by the zoo.
"Happy Feet has captured the hearts of New Zealanders and people across the world, and we're pleased to be able to help safely return him t…

Google Aug. 16 is doubling up on an existing Google Toolbar feature

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Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) Aug. 16 is doubling up on an existing Google Toolbar feature that adds content relevant to Web pages by making it an extension for its Chrome Web browser. When Chrome users are browsing a Web page, such as a news article, or retailer Website, the Google Related extension may display content relevant to the context of the Web page in a bar at the bottom the screen. Google said not all Web pages will include related content. This bar remains minimized until users hover over it. Users can click to select the results, which will then launch into the browser window so that users needn't open new browser windows or tabs. Moreover, users can share Web pages they like by clicking the increasingly ubiquitous +1 button. "Whether you're reading a news article, shopping for a new pair of shoes or visiting your favorite musician's Website, Google Related works in the background to find you the most interesting and relevant co…

National Coupon Month this September

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In celebration of National Coupon Month this September, ILoveCouponMonth.com--an online source for coupon information, statistics and savings tips created by CouponSherpa.com --shares 30 tried and true, plus some unexpected, places to find coupons for a month-long of savings.
Founded by the Performance Marketing Association in September 1998, National Coupon Month recognizes the impact coupons have had on consumer buying habits. Happily, coupons have become even more pervasive since 1998 and are now available just about everywhere you look, whether it be via the Internet, social media, smartphone or bank statements.
In fact, such digital coupons are galloping to the fore. According to research released June 1 by eMarketer, 88.2 million consumers will use digital coupons as an important part of their shopping experience in 2011. That's 47 percent of adult Internet users, a statistic that's destined to rise in the near future. The study also revealed 92.5 millio…

Billionaire Warren Buffett urged U.S. lawmakers to raise taxes on the country’s super-rich

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Billionaire Warren Buffett urged U.S. lawmakers to raise taxes on the country’s super-rich to help cut the budget deficit, saying such a move will not hurt investments.
“My friends and I have been coddled long enough by a billionaire-friendly Congress. It’s time for our government to get serious about shared sacrifice,” The 80-year-old “Oracle of Omaha” wrote in an opinion article in The New York Times.



Good counsel from Warren Buffett
Mr. Buffett, one of the world’s richest men and chairman of conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway Inc, said his federal tax bill last year was $6,938,744 (U.S.).
“That sounds like a lot of money. But what I paid was only 17.4 per cent of my taxable income - and that’s actually a lower percentage than was paid by any of the other 20 people in our office. Their tax burdens ranged from 33 per cent to 41 per cent and averaged 36 per cent,” he said.
Lawmakers engaged in a partisan battle over spending and taxes for more than three months before agreeing on Aug. 2 …

Apple will host its next big event Sept. 7

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Image via CrunchBaseApple will host its next big event Sept. 7, according to the latest rumors.
Every September for the past few years,
Apple has unveiled the latest updates to its line of iPod media players. The
Japanese Website Kodawarisan is predicting that Apple will host
this year’s event Sept. 7 (by which time it’ll be Sept. 8 in Japan), and use it
to announce a new line of iPods.
In addition, Kodawarisan claims Apple will
launch the iPhone 5 sometime in the late September/early October timeframe. The
Website seems unclear on whether the smartphone’s initial announcement will come
during the Sept. 7 event, but apparently told the blog MacRumors that its
information came from a knowledgeable (and unnamed) source.
Rumored features of the iPhone 5 include
Apple’s A5 processor, an
8-megapixel camera, and a larger screen.
Tech publications have generally focused on
September or October as a possible launch date for the iPhone 5. AllThingsD, speaking to unnamed sources “with
knowledge …