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Times of London – Sony “on the brink” to make drastic cuts

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Sources telling the Times of London have said that Sony “is on the brink" of a corporate overhaul that could see job cuts, several factories closing and changes to the manufacturing and management process; even though the company told Reuters that no plan existed. “We do not plan to announce additional restructuring measures at this time," a spokesperson told Reuters. “We don’t have any such plan.” The restructuring – with […]

Google, Baidu targeted in new Chinese crackdown on “vulgar” sites

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Officials from the Chinese Government have launched a crackdown on 19 popular websites that have been described as “vulgar”, which includes websites Google and the leading search engine in China, Baidu. Also affected by the crackdown include Sina, Sohu, Netease and Tianya. A group within the Internet Society of China claimed that searches on both Google and Baidu brought up results that linked to pornographic or obscene content; with officials […]

RIAA ditches evidence-gathering firm after changing strategies

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The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has dumped the company that it used to gather evidence against 35,000 people for illegally uploading music as part of its five-year-old strategy against piracy, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal. The company, MediaSentry, searched the internet for evidence against people that they claimed were sharing large amounts of music. However, several people and civil-right advocates have complained that the […]

Facebook no longer friends with Power.com, sues them

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Facebook has decided to sue Power.com, a Brazilian start-up that combines a number of social networks into one portal; for copyright and trademark infringement under US and California law, unlawful competition and violations on several laws, including the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and the CAN-SPAM Act. Filed in the US District Court in San Jose, California; it claims that it has suffered “irreparable and […]

New Palm to have large touchscreen, slide-down keyboard?

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RUMOUR MILL : CrunchGear is reporting that a source has told them that the latest smartphone from Palm will be launched on Thursday. Running on the new Nova operating system, it is expected to have a full QWERTY keyboard that will slide-down from the touchscreen. According to the source, the phone’s new OS has been described as “amazing” and that there will be a “full software bazaar” on launch day. […]

New trojan blocks access to Pirate Bay, Mininova

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A new trojan, identified by Sophos as Troj/Qhost-AC, has been found in the wild after popping up on several torrent sites a few weeks ago, according to Torrent Freak. However, it is a very unusual trojan as it does not install spyware, like others, but  rather blocks access to The Pirate Bay and Mininova, the two most popular torrent sites. The trojan in question originated from a keygen supplied with […]

Microsoft plans to cut costs, says huge layoffs “grossly exaggerated”

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According to a report made by CNBC, Microsoft is set not to make any layoffs in 2009, but instead embark on a significant cost-cutting initiative, rumoured to begin as early as this month, to offset a slowdown in sales around the world. Sources, talking to Jim Goldman from CNBC, have also said that Microsoft will cut costs by not renewing contract employees and through “attrition”. It has also laughed off […]

17-inch MacBook Pro to get new look, loses removable battery

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RUMOUR MILL : After upgrading the 15-inch MacBook Pro, and the 13-inch MacBook, with the new Unibody look; Apple is set to upgrade the 17-inch MacBook Pro with the new look, but will no longer have a removable battery pack, similar to that found on its iPod and iPhone line. While the news of the redesign is not new, the removable battery is – since almost all laptops feature a […]

Twitter hit with phishing scams

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Popular microblogging tool Twitter has been targeted under a new phishing scheme to get your Twitter password. Several users, according to Download Squad, are reported to have received a Direct Message that includes a link to a Blogspot link claiming to be a “funny blog about you!”. Once clicking on it, you get redirected to a fake Twitter login page that grabs your password on the blog. The Twitter team […]

Wikipedia owner raises needed funds for operations until June

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The Wikimedia Foundation, known for being the operator of Wikipedia and the owner of the open-source software behind it MediaWiki, has announced that it has raised the necessary funds to operate the popular and free encyclopaedia until the end of June. Though asking for only $6 million; more than 125,000 have raised more than $6.2 million since July 1st. This is partly due to a personal letter made by founder […]

New Mac Minis to get two display standards?

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RUMOUR MILL : AppleInsider is reporting that the rumoured Mac Mini update will see not only a mini DisplayPort connector, first seen in the new MacBooks and MacBook Pros, but will also see a Mini DVI connector – and we thought that was dead. While the reason has not been clear yet, this is the first one (according to AppleInsider) to have two display standards since the PowerPC G4 in […]

The real reason why the Zune died on December 31 – faulty code

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On December 31, the final day of the year of 2008, gave users of the Microsoft Zune some frustration after the player would not turn on. Now, a person from zuneboards.com has claimed that he has found the problem that caused the mass shutdown – and it has to do something with the time. “The function keeps subtracting either 365 or 366 until it gets down to less than a […]

Did Microsoft leaked Windows 7 to the pirates?

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Everyone knows that Windows 7 got leaked onto BitTorrent sites across the world and everyone seems to enjoy the little sneak peaks about the successor to Windows Vista. However, could it be just a marketing leak conjured up by Microsoft itself? Microsoft Watch seems to think so; saying that the leak’s timing was perfect – in a marketing perspective. And since it was during the holidays; geeks, bloggers an journalists […]

Internet Explorer losing ground – continues to fall below 70 percent

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New data from Net Applications have shown that Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, the dominant browser around the web, is continuing to drop below 70 percent, to have a market share of 68.15% for the month of December, down from a 69.77% from November. Firefox’s market share increased to 21 percent, while Safari continues to grown to capture a share of nearly 8 percent. Opera, however, has the same market share it […]

The ABC goes mobile with its new WAP site

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After a load of talk that the ABC is considering launching a mobile version of their website (and with the advertising talk – since it was technically allowed to put ads online); the ABC has finally did it. Still in beta, don’t expect it to last. According to the main site, it’s going to shut it down on January 9. But if you want it to continue – then go […]