Tuesday, May 31, 2011

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Monday, May 30, 2011

Sir Paul McCartney's new cloud storage/access system has launched

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Eight months after it began an ambitious project to digitize a lifetime worth of music, artwork, photos and various other property of one of the world's most renowned musicians, Hewlett-Packard revealed May 26 that Sir Paul McCartney's new cloud storage/access system has launched and is open for business.
McCartney's publishing companyMPL Communications, is handling the day-to-day business of using the cloud-stored content for publishing, licensing, sales--and even giveaways, if McCartney so chooses.
McCartney has been one of the world's most-renowned entertainment content creators for two generations. Like many people, his personal collection has been stored all these years on old-school media that's considered at risk.
Not anymore. All of the former Beatle's personal content--home movies, videos, photographs, documents, unreleased music, paintings and numerous other items--are stored in perpetuity on the new private cloud system designed, built and maintained by HP.
"This is quite an undertaking, and the process is ongoing--and will be for awhile," Scott Anderson, HP's entertainment marketing manager, told eWEEK. "We believe there are more than 1 million assets in this library; there are shelves and shelves of boxes containing all sorts of things, personal and business. It all will eventually be digitized."
McCartney has one of the most comprehensive libraries of any artist, much of which has never been viewed before. His library includes images, artwork, paintings, film and videos, as well as master recordings of some of the most popular songs ever composed.


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Sunday, May 29, 2011

Android executives reeled off several eye-popping statistics

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Android executives reeled off several eye-popping statistics about their
open-source smartphone platform at Google I/O earlier this month.
Attendees learned there have been more than 100 million
Android activations worldwide, with 450,000 Android developers combining to pump
200,000 applications into the Android Market. One stat Google didn't tout? How
many of those apps were paid apps as opposed to simply ad-supported apps.

Mobile analytics firm Distimo crunched the numbers and found that the bulk of
Android developers simply aren't making a lot of money from applications they
publish and sell in the Android Market.

Distimo found that only two of the 72,000
paid apps in the Android Market have been downloaded more than half a million
times worldwide to date. Conversely, six of the 211,000 paid iPhone apps in
Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) App Store generate the same number of downloads from April
1 to May 19 in the United States alone.

For a telling snapshot, Distimo looked at
the paid games segment. Only five paid games in the Android Market sport more
than 250,000 downloads worldwide, whereas 10 paid game apps in the App Store
racked up more than 250,000 downloads in the United States alone in two
months.

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Saturday, May 28, 2011

World Match Tour

World Match Racing Tour
Peter Gilmour squeezes through to the Quarter-finals of Match Race Germany © Photo Chris Davies/WMRT
Last Flight Heroics Decide Match Race Germany Quarter-Finalists
27 May, 2011 – Langenargen, Germany: An epic make or break day at Match Race Germany saw Francesco Bruni top the scoreboard after the final flight of the final Qualifying Session while debut Tour Card Holder Johnie Berntsson and Bjorn Hansen were amongst the casualties to go home.
It was an intriguing conclusion to the Qualifying Sessions here which had been plagued by a lack of wind. Against a backdrop of lashing rain and a peak of 20 knot winds, Bruni (ITA) Bruni Racing stamped his mark on Match Race Germany by beating Damien Iehl (FRA) French Match Racing Team in the final flight of qualifying to earn his place direct to the Semi-Finals.
Just one defeat in the final Qualifying Session for Bruni and a solitary defeat for Iehl set up a thrilling last flight decider between the two. Both held two losses each to their names. After a smooth start from both teams, it was Bruni who won the first cross and he tacked to cover. Iehl did a great job of working to boat windward and as they got to the first mark Iehl luffed head to wind to shoot around it. However Bruni had more momentum which carried him around Iehl’s bow and allowed him to set his spinnaker first. The Italian never looked back after that, extending his lead to the finish and with it earning a bye-pass of the Quarter-finals.
Commenting on that last race, Bruni said, “That was no easy match but we controlled it well from the start. Damien was under pressure and we got the right side of the start line which we wanted and had the boat speed to win the race. We feel great because Damien has been the best so far."
Looking ahead, Bruni had every reason to be optimistic: “We’re sailing well and I have a good feeling with the boat. She [Bavaria 40S] is very difficult to sail but I like heavy boats - they match my match racing style. We haven’t won a Qualifying Session on the World Match Racing Tour and if you can win one it’s best to win it here as you go straight through to the Semis. The crew worked hard today so tomorrow we will relax and see what the others are doing.”
For interviews and further analysis on the last Qualifying Session of Match Race Germany, go to www.wmrt.com
Standings After the Third Qualifying Session: Francesco Bruni (ITA) Bruni Racing 9-2 Damien Iehl (FRA) French Match Racing Team 8-3 Jesper Radich (DEN) Adrian Lee & Partners 8-3 Phil Robertson (NZL) WAKA Racing Team 7-4 Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Match Racing Team 7-4Peter Gilmour (AUS) YANMAR Racing 6-5 Eugeney Neugodnikov (RUS) Team Synergy 6-5 Eric Monnin (SUI) Team Okalys Corum 5-6 Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Berntsson Sailing Team 4-7 Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Mekonomen Sailing Team 4-7William Tiller (NZL) Full Metal Jacket Racing 2-9 Stefan Meister (GER) 0-11

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    Wednesday, May 25, 2011

    Rolex Volcano Race

    capri
    A NEW RACE IS BORN
    The star-studded international fleet, for the first edition of the Rolex Volcano Race, was given a rousing send off in the medieval quarter of Gaeta. This morning, representatives from each of the competing yachts were given a memento of the occasion by the Mayor of Gaeta, Antonio Raimondi. The Marina Militare orchestra entertained the ensemble in the Piazzale Caboto with a recital, including a standing ovation to the Italian National Anthem.
    Dockside, the Rolex Volcano Race fleet was a magnificent sight, the flags of Britain, Denmark, France, Hungary, Italy and Portugal where fluttering in the building breeze. Warm sunshine greeted the large crowd lining the dockside and the clouds, high above the surrounding mountains, were a welcome sight to weather experts, as Andrea Casale, tactician on DSK Pioneer Investments, explained.
    “Classic sea breeze conditions are developing, the race does not start until later this afternoon and we can expect the sea breeze to have fully set in by the start. It is something that Italian sailors are very used to. We expect to have good wind nearly all the way to Ponza and we expect to be there well before dusk. Our weather models are showing that the wind will continue through the night. We could be passing Capri by midnight.”
    As the start of the Rolex Volcano Race drew near, the magnificent fleet of Mini Maxi and Maxi Yachts hoisted their sails and were jostling for position in the starting area. This may be the first ever edition of this new and exciting race, but it was a veteran who was first to cross the line. Ernesto Gismondi’s Wally 65, Edimetra judged the line to perfection. However, it was not long before the powerful Swan 90, DSK Pioneer Investments, helmed by Danilo Salsi, took an early lead, closely followed by Andres Soriano’s Mills 65, Alegre. The first mark was positioned just off the old port of Gaeta and it was Alegre that took up the lead, just ahead of DSK Pioneer Investments. Unfurling a colossal Code Zero, Alegre’s sleek silver hull shot past the medieval battlements, accelerating at an alarming speed.
    Behind the two leading boats, a close battle was taking place. French Swan 601, aRobas, skippered by Gerard Logel was leading the pack, closely followed by Hungarian Reichel Pugh 60, Wild Joe with the Italian Wally, Edimetra very much in contention.
    The wind held steady, as the fleet surged its way past Punta Gaeta, to a turning mark before heading out to sea. Alegre extended their lead on the fleet and after just three and a half hours of racing Alegre were about five nautical miles from Isla di Ponza, the first archipelago of island that mark this spectacular course.
    Ponza is the largest of the Pontine Islands, which are the remains of extinct volcanoes, they are an extraordinary group of islands in the Tyrrhenian Sea, noted for the dark and ragged basaltic rocks. The islands also have dramatic Faragliones or giant sea stacks made of solid rock. As the fleet approach these in fading light, navigators will be keeping a sharp lookout for these dramatic natural hazards.
    As the competitors in the Rolex Volcano Race settle into their first night at sea, keeping the yacht in good breeze will be vitally important. By the light of just the moon and stars, the signs of wind are far less visible. Racing at night brings on the importance of teamwork, it becomes harder to see what changes in the wind are ahead, and reacting together becomes vitally important.
    Tomorrow marks the start of the inshore regatta, Rolex Capri Sailing Week, an annual fixture on the turquoise waters of Capri, providing spirited competition early in the Mediterranean racing season. Hosted by the Yacht Club Capri, the regatta provides four days of highly competitive racing for a number of classes. The strikingly picturesqueisland of Capri provides a stunning backdrop to the on-the-water racing action in the Bay of Naples. Swan 45, Earlybird owned by Henrik Brandis won the World Championship in 2010. Several Italian Swan 45s will be competing with the German entry, including the highly experienced Vittorio Ruggiero who will be helming Swan 45,Talj. Other classes include Comet Yacht and ORC classes.
    The Rolex Capri Sailing Week is organised by the Yacht Club Capri in conjunction with the International Maxi Association and the Yacht Club Gaeta for the Rolex Volcano Race.
    How to Follow Event
    Further information on the Rolex Capri Sailing Week/Rolex Volcano Race and tracking may be found at www.yccapri.com and www.internationalmaxiassociation.com
    To receive daily reports and to download high-resolution images, copyright free for editorial purposes, register online at www.regattanews.com
    Regular updates for media regarding the Rolex Capri Sailing Week / Rolex Volcano Race will be available on the regattanews Facebook and Twitter feeds. This includes significant news as well as fresh images and audio files that have been posted to the www.regattanews.com.
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    Tuesday, May 24, 2011

    Norway wants to channel billions of dollars to renewable energies in developing nations

    Norway wants to channel billions of dollars to renewable energies in developing nations, building on a scheme to protect tropical forests to which Oslo has been
    the biggest donor, officials said.
    With cash to spare as the world's number six oil exporter, Norway wants
    governments and private investors to join a plan it calls Energy+ to promote
    green energies such as solar or wind power to combat climate change.

    "Energy+ is an initiative to promote access to energy and low-carbon
    development" in developing nations, according to an internal document from the
    Ministry of International Development obtained by Reuters.

    Developed countries promised in 2009 to raise climate aid to $100 billion a
    year from 2020, to help developing nations curb emissions of greenhouse gases
    and adapt to impacts such as floods, droughts, heatwaves and rising
    seas.

    Few rich countries have outlined plans for how they will increase aid until
    2020 as budget cuts bite in many nations and shorter-term domestic worries about
    jobs and mounting state debt eclipse concerns about global warming.

    "We are trying to see if we can learn from rainforest conservation to set up
    a similar international scheme for environmentally friendly energy," Environment
    and International Development Minister Erik Solheim told Reuters.
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    Monday, May 23, 2011

    An increasingly farcical game of cat-and-mouse between Britain's media and celebrities

    DAVOS/SWITZERLAND, 29JAN10 - David Cameron, Le...Image via Wikipedia
    An increasingly farcical game of cat-and-mouse between Britain's media and celebrities, Twitter users and the judiciary prompted Prime Minister David Cameron to promise a review of the country's privacy laws on Monday.
    For weeks British media have been fighting the growing use by the rich and famous of "super injunctions" -- English court orders which prevent publication of unwelcome stories and prohibit journalists from even reporting that a ban is in place.

    A newspaper in Scotland, which has its own legal system, ran a photograph on Sunday of a top player with an English soccer club over an article calling it "unsustainable" to bar reporters from naming the man identified in hundreds of Twitter postings as among celebrities using court orders to stifle sex scandals.

    Rival fans taunted the player during a weekend match, adding to the furor over his efforts to maintain his anonymity.

    Cameron, in a television interview, said: "It is rather unsustainable, this situation, where newspapers can't print something that everyone else is clearly talking about.

    "The danger is that (court) judgments are effectively writing a sort of new law, which is what parliament is meant to do," he added, laughing off a question about whether he knew which soccer star was at the center of the newspaper row.
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    Sunday, May 22, 2011

    Sprint and Google Voice resulting in overage fees

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    Sprint customers who have linked their Google Voice account with their smartphones are experiencing some unexpected overage fees, according to the help forums for both companies.
    Google Voice, the search engine's free call management service, lets users associate calls and text messages made to any phone with a special number.
    Google and partner Sprint cut a deal in March to let Google Voice users associate their numbers with Sprint phones so that subscribers can receive Google Voice calls.
    This deal, which was formallyactivated earlier this month, was a somewhat surprising move on Sprint's part, considering that the country's four top carriers feared Google Voice would render them as simply dumb pipes carrying data.
    Sprint lets users choose to make calls either with the caller ID showing their Sprint phone number or their Google Voice number. The second option is giving people fits.
    ZDNet noted that Sprint and Google Voice users reported that when they chose to show Google Voice as their outgoing number to other Sprint mobile subscribers they call, the recipients are being whacked with overage charges.
    One Sprint/Google Voice user noted on the Google Voice help forum:
    "When I call other Sprint customers (for example, my family) the call is still free for me (it's considered mobile-to-mobile) but for them, it's a landline call. This quickly eats into the allowance they have for Anytime minutes. Obviously, I understand why this is happening, but Sprint needed to fix this before the switch happened, because I am already having to deal with overage charges."
    The problem is that Google Voice numbers are treated as landlines by the national number database, so it doesn't matter if the Google Voice call originated from a Sprint smartphone.
    The Sprint caller doesn't get punished for this because he or she gets free mobile minutes for these calls. However, Sprint, which leverages the national database to find if a number is a landline or mobile, counts the phone as a landline.
    None other than Google Voice co-founder Vincent Paquet confirmed this issue in the forum, noting that the calls don't count as free mobile-to-mobile calls for recipients. In other words, they get charged. 

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    Saturday, May 21, 2011

    LinkedIn IPO shocks

    Image representing LinkedIn as depicted in Cru...Image via CrunchBaseLinkedIn's opening IPO price of $83 May 19 shocked the
    high-tech world and spawned another wave of dot-com bubble paranoia that had
    investment experts such as Henry Blodget cringe.
    LinkedIn had raised over $100 million from
    Sequoia Capital, Greylock Partners and Bessemer Venture Capital Ventures, while
    Morgan Stanley, Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, and J.P. Morgan were the lead
    book-runners for the IPO. Their clients saw an amazing 84 percent return on
    their investments.
    LinkedIn stock reached its zenith of
    $122.70 that Thursday before closing at $93.86, valuing the company at just
    under $8.9 billion. This came only two months after LinkedIn traded at $35 secondary markets such as
    SecondMarket.
    All this for a professional social network
    with 100 million users that made profit of $15.4 million in 2010 on sales of
    $243 million from a blend of recruitment services, online advertising, and
    premium subscriptions.
    LinkedIn's gaudy IPO numbers, spurred by
    giddy investors, recall the days when Pets.com and TheGlobe.com were
    ridiculously valued in the dotcom gold rush before crashing and burning.
    Most financial analysts are aghast and
    running scared. Normally, bullish tech analysts told eWEEK they were also
    surprised at LinkedIn's performance.
    They believe LinkedIn is showing a market
    desperate for a social network to publicly trade in. Now people wonder what Facebook, Twitter, Groupon,
    currently estimated to be worth $75 billion, $10 billion and $6 billion,
    respectively, would be worth if they opened up trading to the masses.
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    Friday, May 20, 2011

    The 2011 Atlantic hurricane season will be "above normal",

    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administratio...Image via WikipediaThe 2011 Atlantic hurricane season will be "above normal", spawning six to 10 hurricanes of which around half could become
    major, the government's weather agency forecast on Thursday.
    However, as the 2010 season showed -- it was very active but the U.S.
    coastline escaped a hit -- a high frequency of storms does not always translate
    into more destructive landfalls.

    In its first forecast for the season that begins on June 1, the National
    Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) anticipated 12 to 18 named storms,
    a somewhat lower level of activity than the 2010 Atlantic hurricane
    season.

    Six to 10 of those storms were seen developing into hurricanes, of which
    three to six could become major at Category 3 or above, with winds of more than
    110 miles per hour (177 km per hour), the agency said.

    "NOAA's forecast team is calling for an above-normal season this year," NOAA
    Administrator Jane Lubchenco told a news conference outside the agency's
    Satellite Operations Facility.
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    Thursday, May 19, 2011

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    Wednesday, May 18, 2011

    China's landmark Three Gorges Dam project provides benefits to the Chinese

    China's landmark Three Gorges Dam project provides benefits to the Chinese
    people, but has created a myriad of urgent problems from the relocation of more
    than a million residents to risks of geological disasters, the Chinese
    government said on Thursday.
    The statement from China's State Council, or cabinet, marked a rare
    acknowledgment of the issues that have shadowed the world's largest dam, an
    engineering feat designed to tame the Yangtze River that snakes from the Tibetan
    plateau to Shanghai.

    "At the same time that the Three Gorges project provides huge comprehensive
    benefits, urgent problems must be resolved regarding the smooth relocation of
    residents, ecological protection, and geological disaster prevention," the
    statement said, which appeared on the government's website
    (www.gov.cn).

    Premier Wen Jiabao presided over the meeting that produced the statement,
    which also said problems existed for down-river transport, irrigation and water
    supplies.

    Problems emerged at various stages of project planning and construction but
    could not be solved immediately, and some arose because of "increased demands
    brought on by economic and social development," the statement said.

    The government said it would continue to address the problems caused by the
    dam, and vowed to set-up disaster alert systems and increased funding for
    environmental protection.

    Enormously expensive and disruptive, the dam has cost over 254 billion yuan
    ($37.47 billion) and forced the relocation of 1.3 million people to make way for
    the reservoir.
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    Tuesday, May 17, 2011

    LinkedIn doubled its revenue last year to $243.1 million


    Image representing LinkedIn as depicted in Cru...Image via CrunchBase
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    LinkedIn Corp, which runs a social network for professionals, said the pricing of its initial public offering was increased by 30 percent, as investors clamour to ride the social networking wave.
    The new pricing range of $42-$45 per share, up from a previously expected $32-$35, values the 9-year old company at a little over $4 billion.
    At about 17 times LinkedIn's 2010 revenue, the IPO is still cheap compared with 78 times for Renren Inc, the Chinese site often likened to Facebook and which made a successful U.S. debut earlier this month.
    LinkedIn doubled its revenue last year to $243.1 million and posted a net income of $15.4 million.
    Companies like Facebook, TwitterGroupon and Zynga have whetted investor appetite and made social media one of the hottest sectors around. Their shares, traded in markets for private investors, command multi-billion-dollar valuations.

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    Monday, May 16, 2011

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    Sunday, May 15, 2011

    France to host technology titans

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    French President Nicolas Sarkozy will host technology titans, including
    Facebook, Google and Amazon, at a summit to debate how governments can encourage
    innovation on the Internet, while taming its excesses.
    The forum, which is to be held on May 24-25 in Paris, is part of Sarkozy's
    year-long tenure as the president of the G8 group of major economies.

    Sarkozy wrote on his Facebook page on Friday that the social networking
    site's founder Mark Zuckerberg, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt and Amazon's Chief
    Executive Jeff Bezos would be attending.

    The talks will focus on Internet regulation, its economic impact, fostering
    innovation, and protecting intellectual property rights online.

    They come at a time when the U.S. and Europe are adopting divergent
    regulations on hot-button tech issues such as privacy online, net neutrality,
    and antitrust protections. A large gap has also emerged between the flourishing
    innovation-based economy of Silicon Valley and the low-growth Old Continent,
    which European leaders would like to address.

    The conclusions of the forum will be presented at a May 27-28 summit of G8
    heads of state in the French seaside resort of Deauville.
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    Saturday, May 14, 2011

    A new bill to give the federal government the power to shut down Websites

    Official photo of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT)Image via WikipediaA new bill to give the federal government the power to shut down Websites
    “dedicated to infringing activities,” is currently making the rounds in the U.S.
    Senate. The bill, if passed, would give the government the power to shut down
    piracy sites.

    “Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of
    Intellectual Property” or PROTECT
    IP
    , is a revised version of the controversial "Combating Online Infringement
    and Counterfeits Act," or COICA, that was introduced and killed last year.

    The revised legislation would allow the government to obtain court orders to
    require ISPs, search engines, ad networks and online payment processors to stop
    supporting sites with pirated content.

    The Patriot IP act, which a bipartisan group of 11 senators introduced May
    12, would allow the government to bring lawsuits against piracy sites and force
    search engines like Google and Bing from displaying links to those sites in
    their results pages.

    “Both law enforcement and rights holders are currently limited in the
    remedies available to combat Websites dedicated to offering infringing content
    and products,” said Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont, the bill’s main sponsor.

    Unlike the ill-fated COICA, PROTECT IP defines targeted sites narrowly and
    would target sites selling or distributing counterfeit goods online, including
    fake pharmaceuticals, music and movies.

    "This bill has a new name, but it's mostly more of the same," Sherwin Siy,
    deputy legal director of Public
    Knowledge
    , wrote on the group's blog. Siy was concerned that the bill, as
    written, would still give the government the power to take action against sites
    that aren’t actually hosting pirated content, but are just seen to “enable or
    facilitate” infringement.

    The Justice Department would also be able to get injunctions to force
    Internet service providers to turn off DNS, or Domain Name System, services to
    these sites, effectively making them inaccessible in the U.S. The injunctions
    wouldn’t affect international providers, so the sites would still be accessible
    abroad.
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    Friday, May 13, 2011

    Facebook adopted a warning service

    Image representing Facebook as depicted in Cru...Image via CrunchBaseFacebook adopted a warning service to help users avoid clicking on dubious internet links, with a website ratings system developed by a Finnish startup.
    The new warning service by Helsinki-based Web of Trust (WOT) helps Facebook boost security for its more than 500 million users, amid growing concerns of online scams, spam and malware.
    WOT's software calculates the reputation of 31 million web pages and updates the ratings twice an hour, based on feedback from some 20 million users.
    With the new feature, an improvement to its existing safety-scanning system, a click on a link to a low-reputation website prompts a warning message. The ratings are based on the input of some 20 million people and data from information security companies that blacklist harmful websites.
    Facebook declined comment on the volume of security attacks and the value of the deal with WOT was not disclosed.
    Facebook declined comment on the volume of security attacks and the value of
    the deal with WOT was not disclosed.
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    Thursday, May 12, 2011

    Visa Inc, the world's largest credit and debit card processing network

    Basic creditcard / debitcard / smartcard graph...Image via WikipediaVisa Inc, the world's largest credit and debit card processing network, is building a digital wallet that people can use to pay for things online or with their phones instead of with traditional cards.
    The network said on Wednesday it is working with several large U.S. and international banks to develop the wallet. Its partners include US Bancorp, PNC Financial Services, Regions Financial, BB&T Corp, Toronto Dominion's TD Bank and the U.S. arm of Barclays PLC.
    The "digital wallet" will store the banks' customers' credit and debit card account information, both for Visa cards and other cards. People can use the wallet to pay for things online or in stores, Visa said.
    The network will also have to convince merchants to put a new "one-click" button on their websites, so that potential customers can use their Visa digital wallets to buy things by clicking the button instead of by manually entering all of their account information every time they want to make an online purchase.
    Banks, mobile phone operators and networks like Visa are all trying to gain a foothold in the small but high-potential market for U.S. mobile payments. Last week Isis, a separate mobile payments venture run by three of the top four U.S. carriers, said it had modified its initial goals and was now open to working with Visa and MasterCard as it introduces its own mobile wallet.
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    Wednesday, May 11, 2011

    $20. a month google chrome laptops

    Google Chrome IconImage via WikipediaWhile businesses will have the offer of integrated Google Chrome hardware and software at $50 per month, students will be able to have theirs for under half the price, a senior Google executive said.

    $20 a month is very little for those who are less economically viable, or for many who simply want a dedicated device for their academic work. It will allow many students to simply switch off when they are not using their Chrome laptop.

    Many students will already have Google Apps for Education in their university environment, though many more will be with Microsoft’s Live@edu service.
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    How FCC Plans to Reverse Title II Action in December

    How FCC Plans to Reverse Title II Action in December By:  Wayne Rash  |  November 21,2017 The FCC plans regarding net neutrality, set ...