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Google racked up 40 acquisitions for $1.6 billion through the first three quarters of 2010

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Google racked up 40 acquisitions for $1.6 billion through the first three quarters of 2010, a frenetic pace of more than four per month that recalled the buying binges of Cisco Systems in its M&A heyday.
The search engine, which revealed the numbers in a 10-Q filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission Oct. 29, shelled out $983 million of its M&A spend on three companies for talent and technology.
Google said it bought 37 other acquisitions for approximately $626 million in cash through Sept. 30.
The three large buys included mobile ad provider AdMob ($681 million); social software maker Slide ($179 million) and video software maker On2 Technologies ($123 million).
The bulk of the deals, which eWEEK profiled here, included mostly smaller talent acquisitions related to social software, where Google is facing a very real threat to its Internet dominance from Facebook. The social network has 500 million-plus users.
Google bought social search provider Aardvark, widget mak…

gobal handset market grew 14%

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Image via CrunchBase IDC estimated that the global handset market grew 14.6 percent during the quarter, with a total of 340.5 million shipments, which Strategy Analytics put the figure slightly lower, at 327 million.
Again, according to IDC, market leader Nokia shipped 110.4 million handsets, to claim 32.4 percent market share and was followed by Samsung, with shipments of 71.4 million units for 21 percent market share. Third-place LG shipped 28.4 million units, for 8.3 percent of the market, and Apple, jumping ahead of RIM to claim fourth position, shipped 14.1 million units to claim 4.1 percent market share—and post a remarkable 90.5 percent year-on-year growth.
Fifth-place RIM, with 3.6 percent of the market, shipped 12.4 million units, for a year-on-year growth of 45.9 percent. While IDC reports that RIM shipped a record number of units during the quarter, and showed particular growth in Latin America, in the U.S., Strategy Analytics highlighted that its “relatively weak touchphone

18 months for pirated software

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Image via Wikipedia A Texas man was sentenced to 18 months in prison for selling more than $1 million worth of pirated software via the Internet.
Todd Alan Cook, of Wichita Falls, Texas, was sentenced Oct. 29 and received a fine of $599,771 in addition to the prison time. Cook pleaded guilty to criminal copyright infringement in March, authorities said, admitting to his role in a scheme that also involved his father, Robert Cook, and another individual.
The elder Cook also pleaded guilty in March, and is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 3.
According to authorities, the group operated from July 2006 to May 2008 and sold large volumes of counterfeit software through several Websites they controlled. The group promoted their scheme by purchasing advertising for their sites from major Internet search engines, authorities said.
The case is part of the U.S. Department of Justice’s ongoing initiative to combat online commercial counterfeiting and piracy. Including Todd Cook’s guilty plea, autho…

three main goals of the group are

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Image via Wikipedia Intel, Dell, EMC, IBM and Fujitsu are linking up to help start a new industry group with the goal of hammering out a common standard for PCI express motherboard cards.
 The three main goals of the new SSD Form Factor Working Group are to design a common connector specification, develop a form factor based on 2.5-inch hard drives, and support a hot plug capability, Intel Director of Technology Initiatives Jim Pappas told a conference-call audience on Oct. 27.
 PCIe (Peripheral Component Interconnect express) cards are used in PCs, servers and storage arrays as a motherboard-level interconnect (to link motherboard-mounted peripherals) and as an expansion card interface for add-in boards.
 The PCIe standard is designed to replace the older PCI, PCI-X, and AGP standards.
 PCIe 2.1 is the latest standard for expansion cards that is used on personal computers. This electrical interface is used in a variety of standards, most notably the ExpressCard laptop expansion card i…

Adobe under attack

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Image via CrunchBase Adobe’s security response team is scrambling to respond to new zero-day attacks against a computer hijack vulnerability in two of its most widely deployed products: Flash Player and Adobe PDF Reader.
The flaw, which is currently being exploited in the wild with booby-trapped PDF documents, affects Windows, Mac, Linux and Solaris users. The zero-day attacks are currently targeted Windows users.
Here’s a summary of the problem:
A critical vulnerability has been identified in Flash Player 10.1.85.3 and earlier versions for Windows, Macintosh, Linux and Solaris; Adobe Flash Player 10.1.95.2 and earlier versions for Android; and the authplay.dll component that ships with Adobe Reader 9.4 and earlier 9.x versions for Windows, Macintosh and UNIX, and Adobe Acrobat 9.4 and earlier 9.x versions for Windows and Macintosh. This vulnerability (CVE-2010-3654) could cause a crash and potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system.
Adobe has posted an adviso…

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enthusiasm for solar panels could overload the country's ageing electricity grid

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Image via Wikipedia HARNESSING the sun's energy could save the planet from climate change, an approach that Germany has readily adopted. Unfortunately, this enthusiasm for solar panels could overload the country's ageing electricity grid.
Solar power is intermittent and can arrive in huge surges when the sun comes out. These most often happen near midday rather than when demand for power is high, such as in the evenings. A small surge can be accommodated by switching off conventional power station generators, to keep the overall supply to the grid the same. But if the solar power input is too large it will exceed demand even with all the generators switched off. Stephan Köhler, head of Germany's energy agency, DENA, warned in an interview with the Berliner Zeitung on 17 October that at current rates of installation, solar capacity will soon reach those levels, and could trigger blackouts.
Subsidies have encouraged German citizens and businesses to install solar pane…

Limewire has been ordered to shut down by a federal judge

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Image via CrunchBaseLimewire has been ordered to shut down by a federal judge who argues that the file-sharing service "intentionally encouraged direct infringement." By all appearances, this could represent the endgame of music companies' four-year effort to take Limewire offline.
Indeed, Limewire's Website seems dead, its landing page covered with a plus-sized legal notice: "Limewire is under a court-orderedinjunction to stop distributing and supporting its file-sharing software. Downloading or sharing copyrighted content without authorization is illegal."
Meanwhile, Limewire executives attempted to put a positive spin on developments.
"The injunction applies only to the Limewire product. Our company remains open for business," George Searle, CEO of Limewire, wrote in an Oct. 26 posting on Lime Company's corporate Website. "We remain deeply committed to working with the music industry and making the act of loving music more fulfilling f…

Rogers profit drops 24%

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Image via Wikipedia Rogers Communications Inc. shares fell more than 7%, or $2.95 to $38.36, after the company reported a significant miss in its third-quarter results Tuesday, led by a 24% drop in profit.
 For the period ended Sept. 30, Rogers earned $370-million (64¢ a share), compared with $485-million (79¢) in the same period last year.
 Analysts surveyed by Bloomberg had forecast a much-higher $459-million profit (78¢) for the quarter.
 Revenues of $3.12-billion, up 3% on the previous year, also missed expectations. Analysts had predicted sales of $3.18-billion.
Adjusted to factor out unusual items, Rogers earned $476-million (83¢), down 6% from the previous year yet beating out analyst forecasts of $456-million (79¢).
"The third quarter 2010 results demonstrate continued steady growth in new subscribers, revenues and free cash flow, and the return of significant amounts of cash to our shareholders through dividends and share buybacks," Nadir Mohamed, chief executive wit…

PayPal Oct. 26 said at its developer conference it is launching a micropayments platform

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Image via CrunchBase PayPal Oct. 26 said at its developer conference it is launching a micropayments platform that will allow consumers to purchase goods and content online.
Facebook is PayPal's marquee customer for PayPal for digital goods, which when it launches later this year will enable the payment platform's 90 million users to pay for games, music or video content from Websites in two clicks.
PayPal also counts Autosport.com, FT.com, GigaOM, Justin.tv, Ooyala, Plimus, Tagged, Tyler Projects and Ustream as customers already using its PayPal for digital goods platform.
Speed to payment is the key here, as PayPal has learned from years as eBay's payment engine that consumers who find paying online frustrating will abandon purchases.
"The decision to purchase digital goods and content usually happens on impulse, so the act of paying needs to be as quick as that impulse," said Sam Shrauger, PayPal's vice president of global product strategy, in a statement.

Android Manager WiFi is the closest you'll get to an "iTunes for Android"

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Related articlesAndroid Manager WiFi Lets You Sync Your Phone Wirelessly (appscout.com)Android Manager Wi…

High Risk Credit Card Processing at Ecomtechnology

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Image via Wikipedia eComTechnologyprovides merchant account and credit card processing services to businesses; working with not only traditional businesses but high risk and high volume businesses as well. eComTechnology is known and established with International Business and Banking Services providing greater flexibility with banking services and getting the right match for the business and location.
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integrated e-mail security to cloud providers that offer Open-Xchange groupware as a service

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Image via CrunchBase Open-Xchange, a provider of business-class open sourcecollaboration software, and SpamExperts, a provider of e-mail security solutions for Internet service providers and Web-hosting companies, announced an agreement to deliver integrated e-mail security to cloud providers that offer Open-Xchange groupware as a service.
The fully managed ISP solutions by SpamExperts can be installed directly on the servers of the service provider -- or run as a hosted cloud service on redundant SpamExperts servers in 10 secure data centers around the world, while updates, 24/7 monitoring and regular maintenance help ensure filtering accuracy at all times. A quarantine system, full API, reporting and many more functions allow full control of e-mail flows and integration into existing systems.
"With the combination of Open-Xchange and SpamExperts, SAAS providers can deliver greater value to their SMB customers, while differentiating themselves in the competitive market by offerin…

Google Android reaches 100,000 apps

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 Google used the Android DevelopersTwitter page to announce today that it has formally reached 100,000 apps in its Android Market. That's a milestone Apple's App Store hit back in 2009--it's now well over over 250,000, so Google still has a ways to go in order to catch up.
The Android Market, which has been open since October 2008 hit 80,000 back in September
Related articlesAndroid Market Hits 100,000 Apps (appscout.com)Google reach 100,000 apps in Android Market (slashgear.com)

Adobe Systems announced the Adobe Digital Publishing Suite

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Image via CrunchBaseAt its annual Adobe MAX developer conference, Adobe Systems announced the Adobe Digital Publishing Suite, providing publishers with a set of turnkey hosted services and viewer technology to create, publish, optimize and sell digital content direct to consumers, through content retailers or leading mobile marketplaces.
The new Adobe Digital Publishing Suite is built on the foundation of Adobe Creative Suite and Adobe InDesign CS5 software, and it enables the design and delivery of publisher-branded reading experiences, paired with flexible commerce models and support for deep analytics reporting, Adobe said in a press release outlining the technology. Adobe announced the new Adobe Digital Publishing Suite at Adobe MAX 2010 in Los Angeles on Oct. 25.
Using InDesign CS5, PDF, HTML5 and the Digital Publishing Suite, publishers will be able to author both fixed and adaptive layouts, natively build new levels of interactivity directly in InDesign, distribute and monetize…

Federal Communications Commission claims the allocation of 500MHz of new spectrum for mobile broadband will stimulate $120

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  Image via Wikipedia Concerned about the current crunch on spectrum, the Federal Communications Commission claims the allocation of 500MHz of new spectrum for mobile broadband will stimulate $120 billion in near-term value and hundreds of billions of dollars for the U.S. economy over time. Spectrum is leveraged by wireless communication devices, including smartphones and tablet computers. Data consumption on these mobile devices has seen a major rise in adoption; more people are using them to surf the Web, send text messages, play video games and shoot video.
Data use on these devices and applications has triggered a dearth in spectrum the FCC would like to see addressed sooner rather than later because it takes anywhere from six to 13 years to provision.
"The explosive growth in mobile communications is outpacing our ability to keep up," claimed FCC ChairmanJulius Genachowski.
"If we don't act to update our spectrum policies for the 21st century, we're going…

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Amazon, Facebook, social gaming giant Zynga, Comcast, Liberty Media and Allen & Company Oct. 21 joined venture capital fund KPCB

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Image via CrunchBase Lost in the sound and fury over Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers' (KPCB) creation of the sFund was the fact that investor Facebook stands to gain the most from the new venture.
Amazon, Facebook, social gaming giant Zynga, Comcast, Liberty Media and Allen & Company Oct. 21 joined venture capital fund KPCB to invest $250 million in the sFund to finance new social applications and Web services.
KPCB partner John Doerr said the sFund's raison d 'etre is to help foster the third great wave of innovation after the rise of personal computers in the '80s and the Internet and Web browser in the '90s.
"The third wave is based on the convergence of mobile and social and cloud computing," said Doerr, who announced the sFund with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and Zynga CEO Mark Pincus at Facebook's head quarters Oct. 21.
The sFund is a tremendous launching pad for the type of startups Facebook loves to buy: small, …

Adobe Systems is warning users about a critical bug in Shockwave Player

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Image via CrunchBaseAdobe Systems is warning users about a critical bug in Shockwave Player that impacts both Macintosh and Windows computers.
The company issued an advisory about the bug Thursday. According to Adobe, the vulnerability exists in Shockwave Player 11.5.8.612 and earlier, and could be exploited to cause a crash and potentially allow an attacker to hijack a vulnerable system.
At the moment, Adobe said it is now aware of any attacks exploiting the bug, though details of the vulnerability have been disclosed publicly. According to an advisory by Secunia, the vulnerability is caused due to an array-indexing error in the handling of a certain record value in a "rcsL" chunk and can be exploited to use an arbitrary dword in memory as a function pointer via a specially crafted Director file.
Secunia advised Shockwave Player users to avoid untrusted Web sites, while Adobe recommended users ensure their machines are fully patched.
“We are currently working on determining…

Technology giant Dell announced the release of a line of XPS notebooks

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Kindle Wireless Reading Device, Wi-Fi, 6" Display, Graphite - Latest GenerationImage via CrunchBaseTechnology giant Dell announced the release of a line of XPS notebooks aimed at mobile entertainment enthusiasts. Available in 14-, 15- and 17-inch screen sizes, the notebooks offer JBL and Waves sound design, HD video featuring graphics from Nvidia and Skype certification with HD video streaming Web cams. Available through Dell’s Web site, starting prices for the new XPS laptops are $899 for the XPS 14, $849 for the XPS 15 and $949 for the XPS 17.
All are 3D TV ready and include Nvidia’s 3DTV Play software, which allows users to connect their Dell XPS notebooks to 3D HDTVs and play PC games in 3D, watch Blu-ray 3D movies, and browse 3D photos and videos in stereoscopic 3D. The XPS brand joins the Inspiron and Alienware families in rounding out Dell's consumer portfolio. The notebooks come standard with silver anodized aluminum display back and palmrest, or can be personalized w…

developers and businesses can now apply for a free EC2 [Elastic Cloud 2] usage tier to use for a full year

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Image via Wikipedia Amazon.com, which jumped way out ahead in the cloud computing trend in 2006, is putting out an offer to potential software development customers that will be hard for many of them to pass up.
The Seattle-based company's Web Services division announced Oct. 21 that developers and businesses can now apply for a free EC2 [Elastic Cloud 2] usage tier to use for a full year.
These people also will be allowed to utilize a new free usage tier for Amazon S3 [Simple Storage Service], Amazon Elastic Block Store, Amazon Elastic Load Balancing, and AWS data transfer.
Of course, if an application is developed and running on EC2 after a full year has elapsed, then Amazon's standard pay-as-you-go pricing goes into effect.
A key ownership point in all this: Applications developed on the Amazon cloud are not beholden to Amazon and can be moved elsewhere, if desired.
"Developers are free to stop using the service at any time. As with all of our services, there are no lon…