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Page Speed Service is geared to give Google more control over Websites

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Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) July 28 moved to extend its sphere of influence by offering Websites the opportunity to accelerate the loading of their Web pages by 25 percent to 60 percent.
Web page loading speed is a huge deal for publishers because their visitors won't stick around if a Website stutters while rendering content. However, some industry watchers believe this new Page Speed Service is geared to give Google more control over Websites.
Here's how Page Speed Service works. Publishers will sign in and point their Website's DNS (domain name system) entry to Google. Page Speed Service pulls content from publishers' servers, rewrites the pages to make them faster and serves them to users via Google's servers.
"Your users will continue to access your site just as they did before, only with faster load times," explained Ram Ramani, a Google engineering manager. Ramani added that publishers don't have to worry about compressing images,…

The bet on Google TV has cost Logitech dearly

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The bet on Google TV has cost Logitech dearly, as the peripheral maker fired its CEO after returns of the Google TV-powered Revue box outstripped its sales.
Logitech lost $30 million for the first quarter, as sales of its digital home products, including the Revue box and its corresponding remote control keyboards, fell 53 percent, resulting in a $34 million charge.
To improve matters, Logitech slashed the price of its Revue companion box from $249 to $99 to accelerate adoption of Google TV by "removing price as a barrier to broad consumer acceptance."
That's one-third of the box's launch price last October, when the Revue debuted and quickly earned complaints for serving a buggy Google TV service.
Google TV uses Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android operating system and Chrome Web browser to deliver users Netflix, Amazon Instant Video and other applications through televisions.
Worse than the cost-cutting was this nugget about the Revue

Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android operating system rose to 39 percent U.S. market

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Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android operating system rose to 39 percent U.S. market share through June, up from 38 percent in May, according to Nielsen.
Apple's iOS-based iPhone is still in second place, but rose to 28 percent from 27 percent in May and 26 percent in April.
While Android leads by dint of massive exposure across multiple OEMs selling handsets in the United States and all over the world, Apple remains the top smartphone maker in the United States with that 28 percent share.
HTC is No. 2 with 20 percent in the United States, including 14 percent of Android phones and 6 percent of Windows Mobile/Windows Phone 7 gadgets.
Motorola is No. 3 with 11 percent of all Android phones. Samsung follows at a total of 10 percent U.S. share, with 8 percent of Android phone sales and 2 percent of Windows Mobile/WP7 sales.
In other Nielsen smartphone market share updates, Research In Motion's (NASDAQ:RIMM) BlackBerry continued to lose share for June, accounting …

World Match Tour St Moritz

Richard and Iehl Can Still Take World Match Racing Tour Title Says CoachJuly 28, 2011 – London, UK: France can still win its first match racing world title in 17 years, according to the country’s elite performance coach. Marc Bouet, coach to the French Match Racing Team duo of Mathieu Richard and Damien Iehl, said the pair are still capable of victory in the World Match Racing Tour, the world’s premier match racing series.
Both skippers have shown sparks of brilliance on the racecourse this season but have yet to find the consistency needed to take the overall title. Currently languishing in seventh and eighth on the World Match Racing Tour leaderboard with only three events left, the pressure on Richard and Iehl to pull off some big results is ever increasing.
Bouet has admitted his boys, who currently trail overall leader Francesco Bruni (ITA) Bruni Racing by 28 and 24 points respectively, haven’t been performing well enough on the Tour so far this season – but says they are still c…

HP Pavilion dm1-3010nr Entertainment PC with 4GLTE

Network operator Verizon Wireless announced the HP Pavilion dm1-3010nr Entertainment PC with 4GLTE (Long-Term Evolution) will be available online via Verizon’s Web site starting July 28. Previously announced at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show and powered by Verizon’s 4G LTE network, the Pavilion dm1-3010nr allows customers to stream high-definition content, play games, video chat and download music, photos and videos within seconds rather than minutes via the 4G network connection. The Pavilion dm1-3010nr will be available online at for $599.99, and customers will have the option to choose one of the following mobile broadband data plans: a $50 monthly access plan for 5GB monthly allowance or an $80 monthly access for 10GB monthly allowance. Measuring less than 1.2-inches thin, the Pavilion dm1-3010nr boasts CoolSense Technology, which combines advanced hardware and intelligent cooling software for a notebook that feels cooler. With 4G LTE, customers can expect download speeds …

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IBM Cloud Services

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IBM has announced new cloud-based collaboration services to help U.S. federal government organizations adopt social computing. The new set of social collaboration services, delivered on IBM's Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA)-compliant Federal Community Cloud, addresses the administration's drive to adopt a "cloud-first" policy which is designed to help the government improve its overall IT efficiency and delivery of services to citizens, IBM said in a press release. IBM's new cloud services include social software such as wikis, microblogs, communities, staff profiles, instant messaging, web conferencing and email. IBM’s services also support popular mobile devices including Android phones and tablets, Apple iPhone 4 and iPadBlackBerry, and Nokia Symbian platform. Industry analyst firm IDC ranked IBM first in the social platforms market share for 2009 and 2010. Accessing social software as a cloud service can help federal …

Google+ has racked up more than 20 million users

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ComScore said Google+ has racked up more than 20 million users, including 5 million in the U.S., in the first three weeks since the search engine launched the social network as an alternative to Facebook. The researcher culled estimates from unique visitors who arrived at Google+ from June 29 through July 19, said Andrew Lipsman, vice president of industry analysis at comScore. "As of July 19, comScore showed Google+ at just about 20 million visitors worldwide, an extraordinary number in just its first three weeks," Lipsman said, adding that the figure represents an increase of 82 percent from the previous week and 561 percent vs. two weeks prior." The Google+ U.S. audience paced the field, surpassing 5 million visitors, up 81 percent from the previous week and 723 percent from two weeks earlier. But Google+'s global growth is impressive to Lipsman, who noted that while the U.S. leads in Google+ audience, India is No. 2 with 2.8 mil…

Audi MedCup Series Sardinia

Whatever the weather does, and there is no shortage of breeze this morning with the wind back from the NW’ly Mistral sector, it promises to be a long, exciting and probably pivotal day at the Audi MedCup Circuit’s Region of Sardinia Trophy Regatta. The windsare expected to be between 12 and 18kts from the NW. building through the afternoon.
Having lost a race yesterday, the 52 Series programme today is to run one windward-leeward race followed by the 25-30 miles coastal race to Poetto beach and back out to sea, finishing in the harbour of Cagliari.
The Soto 40’s will also race with a start sequence a little after midday. They will race two windward-leewards, and as a bit of added spice their second race will finish in the harbour.
So for the 52 Series especially there are a lot of points on the board today. Audi ALL4ONE lead the regatta by six points and so need to patch together a good windward-leeward and coastal race, which carries the 1.5 points multiplier to be sure of holding a …

American blogger who stumbled upon a near flawless fake Apple Store

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 An American blogger who stumbled upon a near flawless fake Apple Store in China has become an Internet sensation after her post went viral and triggered a feisty debate about piracy in the world's second largest economy.
The 27-year-old, who goes by the name "BirdAbroad", said her story about the fake store in the southwestern city of Kunming had attracted nearly 1 million hits over the past three days after it caught the imagination of the world's media.
A search on Google showed nearly 1,000 media outlets picked up the story and pictures of the fake store, with the topic one of the most talked-about subjects on Twitter and Chinese Internet sites.
"I originally put the post up not because it was news that Western brands get ripped off in China, but because these Apple stores had taken the fakery up a serious notch to the point where it's practically a work of art in itself," the blogger, who works for an international health organi…

data loss continues to be prominent among small businesses.

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Carbonite Inc., a provider of online backup solutions conducted a survey showing data loss continues to be prominent among small businesses. In April 2011, Carbonite surveyed more than 125 small businesses with between two and 20 employees to study their disaster recovery and data backupmethods. The Carbonite-sponsored study indicated 48 percent of American small businesses with between two and 20 employees had experienced data loss, up from 42 percent when Carbonite surveyed small businesses in December 2010.
The top causes of small business' data loss included hardware/software failure (54 percent), accidental deletion (54 percent), computer viruses (33 percent) and theft (10 percent). Although 31 percent of small business owners surveyed agree that backing up their company's computers is a hassle that takes time away from running their business, the research indicated that physical devices were the most prominent backup methods used by small businesses. …

Kerio Technologies announced the latest version of its IP PBX (VOIP) solution

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Unified communications, collaboration and security solutions specialist Kerio Technologies announced the latest version of its IP PBX (VOIP) solution for small to medium-size businesses. Operator 1.1 offers a Web-basedGUI, which has advanced drag-and-drop capabilities for interface configuration; contextual help; and a configuration assistant. As with other Kerio products, the system can be configured and managed remotely from within an Internet browser.
Kerio has also incorporated enhanced security mechanisms into Operator 1.1, including dynamic protection against password guessing and the ability to monitor and address abnormal use of any extension within the system. Operator 1.1 pricing starts at $600 for a five-user server license. The Kerio Operator Box 1210 with a 20-user license is priced at $2,000, and the 3210 with a 40-user license is priced at $3,000. Additional user licenses are at $24 each.
Operator 1.1 is available as a software appliance, with its ow…

Verizon Wireless is turning on its wireless network in 28 additional markets this week

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Verizon Wireless is turning on its wireless network in 28 additional markets this week, bringing the 4GLong-Term Evolution (LTE) network to a total of 102 cities across the country. Consumers and businesses can choose from nine 4G devices – including three smartphones, a tablet, two hotspots and three USB modems – to connect to the network, the company noted.
The new areas where Verizon’s 4G LTE network will be available Thursday include Decatur and Huntsville, Ala.; Colorado Springs, Colo.; Lakeland and Sarasota-Bradenton, Fla.; Augusta, Ga.; Hilo, Honolulu, Kahului-Wailuku and Lahaina, Hawaii; Carbondale, Ill.; Wichita, Kan.; Louisville, Ky.; Baton Rouge and Hammond, La.; Springfield, Mass.; Greensboro/Winston-Salem/High Point and Raleigh-Durham, N.C.; Toledo, Ohio; Tulsa, Okla.; Portland, Ore.; Wilkes Barre/Scranton, Pa.; Charleston, S.C.; Chattanooga and Knoxville, Tenn.; Olympia and Tacoma, Wash; and Charleston, W.Va. The company is also expanding its 4G LTE ne…

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Department of Defense unveiled a cyber-security strategy

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Even as the Department of Defense unveiled a cyber-security strategy, a senior military official said it was "way too predictable," and that the Pentagon needs to prepare offensive counter measures to deter cyber-attacks Deputy Defense Secretary William Lynn July 14 released the Pentagon's "Strategy for Operating in Cyber-Space," outlining five "strategic initiatives" on how the military will operate online. The strategy focused on how the defense department will defend its networks and those of key infrastructure from cyber-attacks, said Marine General James Cartwrightvice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, in a press briefing just before Lynn's speech at the National Defense UniversityWashington, D.C. The Pentagon needs to talk about stronger offensive measures in the "next iteration" of the strategy that would deter intrusions, Cartwright said. Under the current strategy, there are no penalties…

Android's next build of 3.2

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Google's Android team is adapting the next build of its Android 3.2 "Honeycomb" tablet operating system to let Android tablet owners choose two modes with which to access phone apps not originally intended for the larger tablet form factor.
The idea is to boost the paucity of apps available for existing Honeycomb tablets, such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10, Toshiba Thrive and Acer's Iconia Tab 500.
"To keep the few apps that don't resize well from frustrating users with awkward-looking apps on their tablets, a near-future release of Honeycomb is introducing a new screen compatibility mode to make these apps more usable on tablets," wrote Scott Main, Google's lead tech writer for the Android developer Website.
When Android 3.2 arrives later this summer, any app not written to target the original Android 3.0 Honeycomb specifications will include a button in the system bar that allows users to toggle between two application viewing m…

Attention streaming movie marathoners

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Attention streaming movie marathoners: There are major changes coming your way. This month Netflix announced they'll be increasing their plan pricing. The trend of rising prices for streaming content is a growing one. Cell phone providers like Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile are all planning to eliminate unlimited data plans in favor of tiered pricing. With experts predicting most cell phone users won't be hit by the changes for a few years, Netflix is taking most of the heat.
The Netflix Changes
Here are the basics of the Netflix changes. Instead of having DVD rentals and streaming movies priced together, each portion will be priced as a separate plan. For most users, this will increase the monthly bill by $6-10. Price changes will take effect September 1.
Customer Backlash
Understandably, cash-strapped consumers are not thrilled about price increases. The official blog post announcing Netflix's changes has generated more than 12,000 comments. Most appear t…