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Italy fines Apple

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Italy's anti-trust body has fined units of U.S. technology group Apple Inc a total of 900,000 euros for failing to adequately inform customers about their rights to product guarantees and assistance.
The authority said Apple Sales International, Apple Italia and Apple Retail Italia did not properly inform customers that they were entitled to two years of free assistance under Italian law. Three Apple spokesmen contacted by Reuters weren't immediately available for comment.

Information provided about an extra guarantee scheme, the "AppleCare Protection Plan," encouraged customers to buy the service without clearly explaining that it overlapped with the free assistance required by law, the competition authority said.

Steps for going green in 2012

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12 Simple Steps for Going Green in 2012
As we ring in the new year, here are twelve steps that we can all take to reduce our impact on the environment


Washington, D.C.----As we head into 2012, many of us will be resolving to lose those few extra pounds, save more money, or spend a few more hours with our families and friends. But there are also some resolutions we can make to make our lives a little greener. Each of us, especially in the United States, can make a commitment to reducing our environmental impacts.
"The global community, and particularly people living in industrialized societies, have put unsustainable demands on our planet's limited resources," says Robert Engelman, President of the Worldwatch Institute, a global environmental research organization based on Washington, D.C. "If we expect to be able to feed, shelter, and provide even basic living conditions to our growing population in years to come, we must act now to change."…

Internet Poker coming back

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The Obama administration cleared the way for U.S. states to legalize Internet poker and certain other online betting in a switch that may help them reap billions in tax revenue and spur web-based gambling.
A Justice Department opinion dated September and made public on Friday reversed decades of previous policy that included civil and criminal charges against operators of some of the most popular online poker sites.
Until now, the department held that online gambling in all forms was illegal under the Wire Act of 1961, which bars wagers via telecommunications that cross state lines or international borders.
The new interpretation, by the department's Office of Legal Counsel, said the Wire Act applies only to bets on a "sporting event or contest," not to a state's use of the Internet to sell lottery tickets to adults within its borders or abroad.
"The United States Department of Justice has given the online gaming community a big, big present," said I. Nelso…

The Internet expanded by 2.3 percent

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Image via Wikipedia The Internet expanded by 2.3 percent in the third quarter over the second quarter, VeriSign reported in its latest report on domain registrations. There were 4.9 million more domains at the end of September than there had been in June, the report found.
Almost 220 million domain names were registered across all top-level domains at the end of the third quarter, VeriSign found in its quarterly Domain Name Industry Brief released Dec. 22. Registrations have grown by more than 18 million, or 8.9 percent, since the third quarter of 2010, and by 4.9 million, or 2.3 percent, since the second quarter, VeriSign found. The increase was driven primarily by growth in country-code top-level domains (ccTLDs), the company said.
The ccTLD market grew 2.7 percent over the prior quarter and 9.8 percent from last year, according to VeriSign. There were 86.9 million ccTLDs by the end of September. The top 10 top-level domains, in order of size, were .com, .de, .net, .uk, .org, .info,…

One billion holiday wishes

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One Billion Holiday Wishes


Washington, D.C.----The holidays are a time for putting others before ourselves. And with the recent news that the world's population has surpassed 7 billion, there are a lot more "others" to consider this year. Nearly 1 billion people in the world are hungry, for example, while almost the same number are illiterate, making it hard for them to earn a living or move out of poverty. And 1 billion people----many of them children----have micronutrient deficiencies, decreasing their ability to learn and to live productive lives.
"As our global community continues to grow, so does the need to consider----and act on----the challenges we all face," says Robert Engelman, President of the Worldwatch Institute. "Far too many women, children and men are living with less than they need and deserve."
Fortunately, there are thousands of organizations working tirelessly in communities at home and abroad to fix these p…

LightSquared demands FCC ruling

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When LightSquared, the company that promises to create a national satellite network for Long-Term Evolution data traffic, suddenly sprang into action at the end of December to demand that the Federal Communications Commission confirm its right to use frequencies that interfere with GPS, it was more than just the company’s usual aggressive behavior.

It is, in fact, an effort to get the FCC to act on the company’s license application in advance of the signing of the Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2012. This bill, which has been approved with strong bipartisan support in both houses of Congress, contains a provision that prohibits the FCC from approving LightSquared’s operation if it interferes in any way with the use of GPS by the military.

“Such approval, in view of the recent test results of the LightSquared network’s effect on GPS receivers, would be prohibited by our legislation,” said Rep. Mike Turner (R-Ohio), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee&…

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Go Daddy fighting privacy legislations

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"Fighting online piracy is of the utmost importance, which is why Go Daddy has been working to help craft revisions to this legislation - but we can clearly do better," said Go Daddy CEO Warren Adelman. "It's very important that all Internet stakeholders work together on this. Getting it right is worth the wait. Go Daddy will support it when and if the Internet community supports it."
In addition, the company has also taken down blog posts where it outlined its support for portions of the bill.
Introduced by Rep. Lamar Smith, SOPA quickly became a source of controversy. It would allow the Justice Department to seek an order making allegedly piratical Web sites virtually vanish from the Internet. The legislation has created a divide amongst several major technology companies with support from businesses like Adobe, Comcast, Dell and Sony, with opposition from Google, Facebook, Twitter, Zynga, eBay, Mozilla, Yahoo, AOL, and LinkedIn.
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Decommissioning Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant will take three or four decades

Decommissioning Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant will take three or four decades, Japan's government said on Wednesday as it unveiled plans for the next phase of a huge and costly cleanup of the tsunami-wrecked complex.
The plant, 240 km (150 miles) northeast of Tokyo, was destroyed on March 11 by a huge earthquake and a towering tsunami which knocked out its cooling systems, triggering meltdowns, radiation leaks and mass evacuations.
After months of efforts the government said last week that the reactors, in operation since the 1970s, were in a state of cold shutdown, signaling it was ready to move to a longer-term phase to eventually decommission the plant.
In the next cleanup "road map" revealed on Wednesday, removal of spent fuel from the facility will begin within the next two years, the government said, with removal of melted fuel debris from the damaged reactors starting within 10 years.
It said all kinds of technologies must still be developed before the pla…

Twitter stake, bought jointly by Alwaleed and his Kingdom Holding Co

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Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, the Saudi billionaire and an investor in some of the world's top companies, has bought a stake in microblogging site Twitter for $300 million, gaining another foothold in the global media industry.
Alwaleed, a nephew of Saudi Arabia's king who was estimated by Forbes magazine this year to have a fortune of over $19 billion, already owns a 7 percent stake in News Corp and plans to start a cable news channel.
Twitter was a key means of communication for protesters in the Arab Spring revolts this year, violence that threatened Saudi Arabia until the kingdom unveiled a populist $130 billion social spending package.
The Twitter stake, bought jointly by Alwaleed and his Kingdom HoldingCo investment firm, resulted from "months of negotiations," Ki
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Related articlesSaudi Prince Alwaleed buys $300m stake in Twitter (electronista.com)

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higher oil output level

For the first time in three years, OPEC nations agreed Wednesday to a higher oil output level despite continuing uncertainty in the global economy.
But analysts said the new output level of 30 million barrels a day would have little impact on world oil prices. Thanks to overproduction by some members, the cartel is already producing that much oil.
"OPEC's decision today to raise the official target for the cartel's oil output to close to the current level of production will make no real difference on the ground," Julian Jessop, chief global economist at Capital Economics, wrote in a note Wednesday. "The bigger picture is that the latest demand forecasts from both OPEC and the International Energy Agency still look too high and that oil prices have further to fall."
OPEC's last official production target was just under 25 million barrels per day set in 2008. The world currently produces just under 88 million barrels of oil per day, according to the U.S. …

SandForce is targeting one of the most important SSD markets

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Image via Wikipedia Data center hardware continues to become more specialized for cloud deployments.

SandForce, which makes solid-state chips that interact with volume flash memory to deploy both primary and I/O-intensive data storage applications, on Dec. 12 released a new multi-level cell (MLC) flash SSD that it claims is the first such processor optimized specifically for use in cloud systems.

What difference does it make to a processor if the system it runs happens to be either a cloud or a standard on-site deployment?

The answer is that different workloads have different processing performance requirements, and cloud-related workloads most often require higher performance and endurance because more data tends to be moved from one place to another in geographically dispersed systems.

"As the SSD market matures, architectures are being developed to satisfy the specific needs of various market segments," said Jim Handy, SSD analyst for Objective Analysis.

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Fluids used to drill for natural gas likely polluted an aquifer in Wyoming, U.S.

Fluids used to drill for natural gas likely polluted an aquifer in Wyoming, U.S.
regulators said on Thursday, offering the first evidence since 1987 that
chemicals used in fracking have contaminated drinking water
supplies.
The draft report of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's investigation
into the polluted aquifer could have wide implications on a booming industry
that has promoted hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, as way to boost U.S. gas
and oil production and slash imports. It contradicts industry claims that
fracking fluids have never contaminated drinking water.
The agency said "the best explanation" for the pollution was that fluids from
underground hydraulic fracturing migrated up from fracking operations and
contaminated the aquifer. "The presence of these compounds is consistent with
migration from areas of gas production," it said.
EnCana Corp of Canada, which owns the natural gas field in Pavillion,
Wyoming, slammed the report. "The …

nuclear power plant said today it was considering dumping water it treated for radiation contamination into the ocean

The operator of Japan's crippled Fukushimanuclear power plant said today it was considering dumping water it treated for radiation contamination into the ocean as early as March, prompting protests from fishing groups.
Tokyo Electric Power, (Tepco) the utility operating Fukushima's Daiichiplant hit by a powerful tsunami in March in the world's worst nuclear accident in 25 years, said it was running out of space to store some of the water it treated at the plant due to an inflow of groundwater.
"We would like to increase the number of tanks to accommodate the water but it will be difficult to do so indefinitely," Tepco spokesman Junichi Matsumoto told reporters, adding the plant was likely to reach its storage capacity around March.
The admission is a setback for the utility which appeared to be making progress in its cleanup after building a cooling system that no longer required pumping in vast amounts of water. It also built a system, drawing on French, US and J…

Certifications can still lead to higher salaries

Certifications can still lead to higher salaries, but for IT professionals, business skills are becoming just as
valuable, according to the third-quarter IT Skills and Certification Pay Index
report from Foote Partners.
In the report, released Nov. 29, Foote
Partners found that only 5 percent of the certified skills in its index saw a
pay increase from last year, compared with 13 percent of noncertified skills.
The third-quarter study showed that
salaries of professionals with IT certifications and those with specific
business skills were flattening, similar to the trend observed in the second-quarter skills and certification report.
Foote Partners monitor approximately 2,200 employers and more than 120,000 jobs
to compile the report each quarter.
Overall, pay for noncertified skills
declined slightly in the third quarter, continuing the slide first observed last
quarter after more than a year of steady gains, according to Foote Partners. Pay
for IT certifications continued declining,…

beta version of Microsoft Security Essentials

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There is a beta version of Microsoft Security Essentials available that promises to perform better than the current version.
Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) is the company’s free anti-virus and anti-malwareapplication, and it works really well. I use it for all my personal computers, and I have been recommending it to all my family and friends for the past couple of years. I like it better than other free anti-virus applications because it does a much better job of operating in the background without disrupting what is going on in the foreground. Beta released The Security Essentials home website has a new link where you can download a beta versionof the application. MSE has not changed much since its initial release, so a face-lift along with some functional enhancements is longImage via Wikipediaoverdue.