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European roaming charges

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The European Commission, European lawmakers and governments agreed to reform mobile roaming fees, allowing consumers to pay less for calls, texts and mobile Web services when travelling abroad, in a measure that could hit telecom industry profits.
The deal announced on Wednesday is expected to be approved by the European Parliament in May and would take effect in July.
The reform, which had been hotly opposed by many of Europe's biggest telecom groups such as Telecom Italia (TLIT.MI) and Telefonica (TEF.MC), includes caps on the prices charged to consumers that will decline annually until 2014.
But perhaps more significantly, it also aims to increase competition by allowing consumers to choose their mobile operator when they cross borders. In effect, European policy makers are trying to create a new market for roaming services instead of requiring people to use their home-country operator.
To do so, they have slashed by 50-90 percent the wholesale rates that operator…

WinRAR compression utility tool at eComTechnology

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WinRAR compression utility tool at eComTechnology
Multi-user licenses and languages Government and educational institutions discounts available Purchase WinRAR at eComTechnology today.
… is a powerful compression tool with many integrated additional functions to help you organize your compressed archives.
… puts you ahead of the crowd when it comes to compression. Consistently creating smaller archives, WinRAR is often even faster than the competition. This will save you disc space, transmission costs AND valuable working time as well.
… has a graphic user interface, supports drag & drop, and can also be integrated to your context menu.
… is ideal for multimedia files. WinRAR automatically recognizes and selects the best compression method. The special compression algorithm compresses multimedia files, executables and object libraries particularly well…. is also ideal, if you are sending data through the web. Its 128 bit password encryptionand its authenticity signature technology

New funding for Cleantech

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The tide is finally turning for Canada’s early stage companies who are in desperate need of funding.
As has been well documented, over the past few years Canadian venture capital has severely dried up, particularly in life sciences and clean tech. These industries just don’t have the same buzz as plain vanilla technology right now, and small companies who need private capital to commercialize their research have, for the most part, been left out in the cold.
But over the past few weeks, there have been some very encouraging signs that things are starting to turn around. On Monday, Toronto’s MaRS Discovery District, the city’s big innovation hub, announced it has launched a new $30-million clean tech fund in collaboration with the private sector.
That announcement came on the same day that Merck invested $35-million in a new Quebec biosciences fund, working alongside Lumira Capital and Teralys Capital in hopes of raising $50-million in total.
“Finding that first million or two has alwa…

Microsoft combating online fraud

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Microsoft Corp claimed a victory in efforts to combat online banking fraud, saying it had confiscated several servers used to steal login names and passwords, disrupting some of the world's most sophisticated cybercrime rings.
The software maker said on Monday that its cybercrime investigation group also took legal and technical actions to fight notorious criminals who infect computers with a prevalent malicious software known as Zeus.
By recruiting computers into networks called botnets, Zeus logs the online activity of infected machines, providing criminals with credentials to access financial accounts.
"We've disrupted a critical source of money-making for digital fraudsters and cyber thieves, while gaining important information to help identify those responsible and better protect victims," said Richard Boscovich, senior attorney for the Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit, which handled the investigation in collaboration with the financi…

Leak in North Sea could take six months to halt

A cloud of explosive natural gas boiling up from the North Sea out of a leak at Total's evacuated Elgin platform forced another shutdown off the Scottish coast on Tuesday as the French firm warned it could take six months to halt the flow.
Dubbed "the well from hell" by an environmentalist who said the unusually high pressure of the undersea reservoirs made it especially hard to shut off, the loss of oil and gas output from Elgin - as well as the prospect of a big repair bill - helped drive Total's share price down six percent on the Paris bourse.
As Shell pulled its bigger Shearwater facility offline too and an air and sea exclusion zone was declared around the forlorn Elgin rig, 150 miles east of Aberdeen, green campaigners denounced dangers in the technically challenging deep drilling that energy companies have undertaken around the globe to exploit the high prices created by insatiable demand.
The Elgin well, pumping some three percent of Britain's gas output…

lawmakers have warned employers against requesting Facebook passwords

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Facebook and lawmakers have warned employers against requesting Facebook passwords while screening job applicants, a controversial practice that underscores the blurring distinction between personal and professional lives the era of social media.
The practice has reportedly grown more commonplace as companies increasingly regard profiles - or embarrassing photos from wild nights out - as windows into a prospective employee's character.
On Friday, Facebook Inc's Chief Privacy Officer, Erin Egan, posted a note warning that the social networking company could "initiate legal action" against employers that demand Facebook passwords.
Also, lawmakers in several states and in Washington said they would introduce bills to prohibit companies from vetting employees by demanding access to private accounts.
Leland Yee, a California state senator, told Reuters on Friday he introduced legislation that would prohibit companies in the state from soliciting Facebook passwords from j…

new payment solutions for UK and Australia

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Expanding Reach to The United Kingdom and Australia



We are proud to announce that we have launched Paysafecard and POLi as the newest additions to our Alternative Payments portfolio.

Paysafecards are sold in more than 20,000 stores in the U.K and over 230,000 locations in 16 countries across Europe, and processing Paysafecard transactions on your website is without risk, as the payment is guaranteed and there are no chargebacks.

eComTechnology offer services that allow you to target consumers in North America, Europe and Asia.

Put one button on your site, click on it and be taken to 50+ payment options, it is that easy!

-not uncommon for us to see our clients experience a 30% or more increase in their sales.

-a great solution for start-ups and a solution for established merchants to increase sales.

-payment solutions are GEO-IP based, which means that automatically each payment page is translated into the consumer’s local language and a local phone number and email address is …

(ICANN) depends on its U.S. government contract

A controversial attempt to expand Internet addresses far beyond the likes of .com, .org or .net has provoked a rare threat from the U.S. government to withdraw a key license from the body that runs the Internet's core functions.
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) depends on its U.S. government contract to coordinate the unique addresses that tell computers where to find each other, without which the global Internet could not function.
But this month the government warned that the non-profit body's rules against conflicts of interest were not strong enough and only temporarily extended ICANN's contract - which it has held since its formation in 1998 - instead of renewing it as many in the industry had expected.
A failure to secure the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) contract would severely damage ICANN's ability to implement its address expansion program, the most radical move in the organization's history.
The conflict of int…

IT skills shortage in Europe

European policy makers have identified a large shortfall in computing and IT skills among young people that threatens to dent Europe's ability to compete and could exacerbate youth unemployment in the coming decade.
While young Europeans may be good at using mobile smartphones and playing video games, they lack basic digital skills that could make them more easily employable in a rapidly digitizing economy, research from the European Commission shows.

The Commission estimates the shortfall of school leavers and graduates with required IT and digital skills could hit 700,000 by 2015, a deficit that will particularly affect leading digital economies such as Britain, France and Germany.

The findings add to concerns about growing unemployment across Europe, where 24 million people are out of work. Youth unemployment is a particular concern, with more than 50 percent of young people unemployed in Spain and Greece.

"Young people need to appreciate the professional aspects …

Apple to overtake Intel

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Intel Atom logo 2008 (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Apple is on track to overtake Intel as the world's top mobile processor company, research firm In-Stat is expected to announce in an upcoming report, according to Infoworld.
Apple uses its proprietary information in building the A4, A5 and A5X processors used in its iPhones and iPads—or rather, provides the brains to the brawn of Samsung's foundry, at least in some cases. PCs are now Intel's major domain; but with global PC shipments seeing sub-2-percent growth last year, while smartphone sales soar and tablet sales remain on a track to overshoot PC sales, Apple could handily beat out Intel.
The report notes that Intel last year shipped 181 million processors for a 13.9 percent market share, while Apple shipped 176 million, for a share of 13.5 percent.
"Apple's continued success of the iPhone and iPad, as well as the stronger growth rates of the smartphone and tablet markets than PCs" will help it …

Facebook pre-roadshow

Facebook Inc is taking the next step on its IPO journey and has summoned research analysts from Wall Street banks to its Menlo Park headquarters early next week for a pre-roadshow briefing to discuss the finer points of its business and books.
The world's largest social network, which is racing toward what would be Silicon Valley's largest ever initial public offering, will not disclose new information during the meeting with analysts.

Instead, it will outline its strategy and answer questions on how to analyze its operations and help analysts build models on its financials, two sources told Reuters on condition of anonymity because the meeting is not public.

Called a "due diligence meeting", such pre-roadshow pow-wows are standard fare for future debutantes.

It is not clear how many analysts have been invited. One source said analysts from five to 10 of the largest banks underwriting Facebook's IPO will likely attend the meeting.

Microsoft's security leak

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Microsoft's process for sharing information about security vulnerabilities in its products came under fire Friday after a roadmap for exploiting a severe, recently discovered flaw appeared on a hacking website in China.
The guideline, known as "proof-of-concept" code, most likely leaked from one the more than 70 security companies that get advance warnings from the company about major new holes, according to the researcher who found the flaw.

Microsoft said it was investigating the disclosure and "will take the necessary actions to protect customers and ensure that confidential information we share is protected pursuant to our contracts and program requirements."

"The details of the proof-of-concept code appear to match the vulnerability information shared with Microsoft Active Protections Program partners," said Yunsun Wee, Microsoft's director of its Trustworthy Computing effort.

Announced in 2008, Microsoft's program alerts securit…

Pinterest climbing into the top favourites

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Christina Gomez has carefully displayed her dream cribs, rockers and mobiles on Pinterest, the increasingly popular online bulletin board. Never mind that she doesn't have a baby.
"Ah, Pinterest - where I dress my unborn children and decorate my imaginary mansion," the San Antonio political consultant said - on Twitter - when asked about the website.

Gomez is addicted. And she's not alone. The social site where users can "pin" images and follow others' collections has surged in recent months to become the 16th most-visited site in the United States, according to the Web information company Alexa. That's a higher rank than CNN.com.

Pinterest CEO Ben Silbermann, who grew up in Iowa collecting bugs and stamps, said on Tuesday that his goal is to help people discover things that they didn't know they wanted. He said there are plenty of people trying to tell you what you want via billboards, catalogs or Internet ads.
Related articlesPintere…

Check processing for Pharmacy

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Nettalk, can finally put your land-line phone

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By Robert Richardson

Nettalk, can finally put your land-line phone to rest for many of you! This one is simple with a few different options and easy installation.

Free local & long distance calling to U.S. and Canada and free calls to any other DUO worldwide.

Your own U.S. or Canadian phone number, depending on where you purchased the DUO.
Free voicemail to email and caller ID.
One price for the year can cover all calls in Canada and the United States at $59.95 and with each additional year for $39.95.
You get everything you need in the box, all you need is a phone. There is even a free app for your 3G/WiFi phone.
This is a great way to add a second phone or get rid of your land-line for good. Experience the most versatile digital phone service. Unlike others, the netTALK DUO is flexible enough to connect directly to your computer or directly to your Internet connection, so you don't have to rely on a computer for phone service, which works best for me. You down …

transmit up to 1 terabits per second of data

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Image via CrunchBaseIBM researchers continue to work with light in hopes of solving challenges in the rapidly evolving tech world. The latest example is a new prototype optical chip that they say can transmit up to 1 terabits per second of data, a number that could have huge implications in enterprise data centers and supercomputing environments.
The Holey Optochip, which IBM researchers will present March 8 at the Optical Fiber Communications Conference in Los Angeles, offers a boost in bandwidth that would mean, at 1T bps, the ability to download 500 high-definition movies. It would take about an hour to transmit the entire Library of CongressWeb archive through the chip, according to IBM.
IBM scientists created the Holey Otpochip by taking a standard 90-nanometerCMOS chip and putting 48 holes in it. The holes allow optical access through the back of the chip to 24 receiver and 24 transmitter channels, according to IBM. The result, the scientists said, is a very compact, high-perfor…

Intel Temptations

Google cut cloud storage rate

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google_heatrow_051125 (Photo credit: warrantedarrest) One day after Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) Web Service slashed its cloud infrastructure prices for the nineteenth time, Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) has chopped the rates for its Cloud Storage software product, which lets developers sock away great chunks of data on the search engine company's servers.
Google first introduced Cloud Storage at Google I/O in May 2010. The service leverages the RESTful application programming interface (API) and Google's storage and networking infrastructure to store data and code from cloud computing projects while they are being built. The service provides storage for computation, static content hosting, Web applications, as well as the classic backup and recovery scenarios.
Enterprise storage providers have also integrated Google Cloud Storage to provide a Web-based alternative to their existing services. For example, Panzura allows global businesses to store, collaborate and back up files in t…

credit card processing for merchants

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We deal with following business and others too.
ADULT, GAMING, PHARMACY, TRAVEL SERVICES, MULTI-CURRENCIES, HIGH AVERAGE TICKETS, CREDIT/DEBT COLLECTIONS, POOR CREDIT, ELECTRONICS, MAIL ORDER, TELEPHONE ORDER, HIGH RISK, HIGH VOLUME, TIMESHARES, REAL ESTATE, HERBAL SUPPLEMENTS, FINANCIAL CONSULTING, TELEMARKETING, DATING WEBSITES, EBOOK DOWNLOADS, SOFTWARE DOWNLOADS, SEO SERVICES, EVENT TICKETS, PREPAID DEBIT CARDS, CALLING CARDS, VOIP SERVICES, TELECOMMUNICATIONS, MLM MARKETING, DIRECT SELLING, BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES, FFL DEALERS, ANNUAL CONTRACTS, MAGAZINE SALES, VACATION RENTALS, GENERIC DRUGS.
Whether in Asia, United States,…

Iceland's former prime minister went on trial

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Image via WikipediaIceland's former prime minister went on trial Monday as the first world leader to face criminal charges over the 2008 financial crisis that affected much of the world economy.
Geir Haarde became a symbol of the bubble economy for Icelanders who lost their jobs and homes after the country's main commercial bank collapsed in 2008, sending its currency into a nosedive and inflation soaring.
Prosecutors opened the case at the Landsdomur, a special court being convened for the first time in Iceland's history. The trial is expected to last until mid-March, with the court taking another four to six weeks to deliver its verdict.
Mr. Haarde is accused of negligence for failing to prevent the financial implosion from which the small island country is still struggling to recover.
The former prime minister has rejected the charges, calling them “political persecution.”
Related articlesIceland's ex-PM tells court he is innocent (sfgate.com)

Acute shortage of skilled labour

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Image via Wikipedia As Canada drags itself through a slow-motion recovery, one of the most pressing issues facing executives across the country is an acute shortage of skilled labour.
The most recent C-Suite survey of Canadian corporate executives shows that despite the high level of unemployment, companies just can’t get all the people they need to fill the skilled positions that are available.
Two-thirds of executives say they are having difficulty finding qualified employees, and one-third say the labour shortage is so severe it is preventing their company from growing as quickly as it could.With a federal budget coming this month, the executives say they want Ottawa to temper spending cuts with some new investments in skills training, and to open up immigration laws to allow more foreign workers to fill empty jobs.
The problem extends far beyond the oil patch. Executive from the Maritimes to Ontario’s high-tech heartland to Western Canada share similar difficulties in matching emp…

NASA hacked

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Image via Wikipedia NASA said hackers stole employee credentials and gained access to mission-critical projects last year in 13 major network breaches that could compromise U.S. national security.
National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationInspector GeneralPaul Martin testified before Congress this week on the breaches, which appear to be among the more significant in a string of security problems for federal agencies.

The space agency discovered in November that hackers working through an Internet Protocol address in China broke into the -network of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Martin said in testimony released on Wednesday. One of NASA's key labs, JPL manages 23 spacecraft conducting active space missions, including missions to Jupiter, Mars and Saturn.

He said the hackers gained full system access, which allowed them to modify, copy, or delete sensitive files, create new user accounts and upload hacking tools to steal user credentials and compromise other N…

Google Wallet

Google Wallet is going to be available on as many as 10 new Sprint (NYSE:S) phones in 2012, according to the creator of the mobile payment service.
Wallet is an application users may download from Google's Android Market. The program works in concert with near-field communication (NFC) sensors, allowing users to tap and pay for goods at checkout counters in retail stores such as Macy's and American Eagle Outfitters.
Wallet has seen little adoption because it has only been available on Sprint's Android-based Samsung Nexus S smartphone since the service launched in New York and San Francisco last September. Sprint will support Wallet on its Samsung Galaxy Nexus when that handset is available later this year.
The payment service has also experienced some bad press after security researchers last month revealed how Wallet can be hacked. Osama Bedier, vice president of Google Wallet and payments, argued that Wallet is very secure.
It was Bedier who promised at Mobile World Congre…

Android OS malware

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Image via CrunchBase Malware that specifically targeted mobile operating systems increased in 2011 as smartphones became more popular with enterprise users, as well as consumers. These cyber-criminals also developed affection for the Google Android OS, which saw the biggest jump in malware during the past 12 months, according to a new report from Juniper Networks.

Malware targeting the Android mobile operating system grew by a whopping 3,325 percent in the last seven months of 2011, according to the 2011 Mobile Threat Report, which Juniper released Feb. 15. Android malware accounted for about 46.7 percent of unique malware samples that targeted mobile platforms, followed by 41 percent for Java Mobile Edition.

Overall, mobile malware more than doubled in 2011, growing by 155 percent across all platforms, which included Apple's iOS, Research In Motion's BlackBerry and Symbian. New malware samples targeting Java Mobile Edition increased by a little less than 50 percen…

Zemanta Power User – Robert Richardson of eComTechnology

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Zemanta Power User – Robert Richardson of eComTechnology Posted by Ryan Lee, under power users on February 29th, 2012
President of eComTechnology We’re pleased to present Robert Richardson of eCom Technology as our featured Power User for this week! Happy readings
Who are you?
eComTechnology an ISO/Agent that focuses its services on merchant accounts and online payment processing services worldwide. We are operating our business realizing that the best way to be successful is to make our top priority our customers’ complete satisfaction. We look forward to helping you with all of your credit card processing needs whenever you need them.
We understand the importance of providing Internet merchants, whether standard e-commerce or high risk and offshore, with services that offer the most reliable and secure transaction features and credit card processing available on markets today. That’s why online merchants worldwide turn to eComTechnology for safe, real-time and cost-effective payment …

merchant account guidelines

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Image via WikipediaAvoiding Credit Card Processing scams and protect your business
Credit card processing scams are unfortunately one of the fastest growing cyber crimes occurring today. These scams occur when businesses sign up with a new merchant account processing company only to discover that the credit card information being sent to the new company is getting stolen or misused, and/or they are being overcharged on transaction fees. Fortunately, there are ways that business owners can protect their business in 2012 from these scams.
A business owner should start by reading one of the many credit card processing companies guideline websites. Since this is a relatively new field, credit card processing companies review websites rely largely on customer reviews of merchant account processors. Companies that are actually scams are usually identified within weeks on these websites.
There are several steps that a business can take, however, if they are considering doing business with a …

WinRAR for large email

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WinRAR compression utility tool at eComTechnology
Multi-user licenses and languages Government and educational institutions discounts available Purchase WinRAR at eComTechnology today.
… is a powerful compression tool with many integrated additional functions to help you organize your compressed archives.
… puts you ahead of the crowd when it comes to compression. Consistently creating smaller archives, WinRAR is often even faster than the competition. This will save you disc space, transmission costs AND valuable working time as well.
… has a graphic user interface, supports drag & drop, and can also be integrated to your context menu.
… is ideal for multimedia files. WinRAR automatically recognizes and selects the best compression method. The special compression algorithm compresses multimedia files, executables and object libraries particularly well…. is also ideal, if you are sending data through the web. Its 128 bit password encryptionand its authenticity signature technology

Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) is offering up to $1 million in rewards

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Image via CrunchBase Acting on the notion that it is harder to find exploits than security bugs, Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) is offering up to $1 million in rewards to those who find full and partial exploits in the popular Web browser.
The awards, which will be doled out at the Pwn2Own hacking contest at the CanSecWestCanSecWest security conference in Vancouver next week, also include a free Chromebook for every participant who submits an exploit.
The payouts include $60,000 for a full Chrome exploit covering user account persistence using only bugs in Chrome. Google is offering $40,000 for partial Chrome exploits covering persistence using at least one bug in Chrome itself, and other bugs, such as a WebKit bug combined with a Windows sandbox bug.
The company is further paying $20,000 for consolation awards, to those who find flaws in Flash, Windows or a driver, which may threaten any Web browser if exploited
The idea is not only to help Google hunt and squash bugs in Chrome, which has more…

850,000 new Android handsets and tablets activated

Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) said it is seeing 850,000 new Android handsets and tablets activated each day, a mark that should rise to 1 million daily activations in a couple months.
Andy Rubin, creator of Android and senior vice president of mobile and digital content for Google, made the announcement in a blog post published to accompany his presence at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona Feb. 27.
The 850K number in itself isn't significant. What's significant is the growth trajectory Android has been on, considering that Rubin said he was seeing 700,000 Android activations as of Dec. 20.
If Android's device growth rate holds, Rubin & Co. should be trumpeting 1 million daily activations in April. The platform has also seen a year-over-year growth rate of 250 percent, with the Android device total amounting to more than 300 million units worldwide.
Google's Android Market, which had 150,000-plus apps at MWC in 2011, now has more than 450,000 apps. That's only 100,…