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+ - University of Florida drastically cuts Computer Science department.->

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MrCrassic
MrCrassic writes "To address troubling budget concerns, the University of Florida has outlined in its Budget Cut Plan a strategy to drastically cut funding and teaching and advisory positions from its Computer Science department. From the PDF:

Under this proposed plan, all of the Computer Engineering Degree programs, BS, MS and PhD, would be moved from the Computer & Information Science and Engineering Dept. to the Electrical and Computer Engineering Dept. along with most of the advising staff. This move would allow us to support these degree programs using the existing faculty support staff in other depts. Roughly half of the faculty would be offered the opportunity to move to ECE, BME or ISE. These faculty would continue to support the graduate and research mission in the Computer Engineering degree track.

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+ - Bankruptcy Lawyers Predict Student Debt 'Bomb'-> 1

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MrCrassic writes "From the article:


As more and more young people graduate from college with mounds of unresolved loan debt, financial experts and bankruptcy attorneys are calling the progressively worsening dilemma the "next debt bomb." According to a new survey conducted by the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys (NACBA), 81 percent of bankruptcy lawyers report that the number of prospective clients with student loan debt has increased "significantly" or "somewhat" in the past few years.

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Google

+ - Cable TV might be in Google's future.->

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MrCrassic
MrCrassic writes "If Google TV left you unsatisifed, their next pet project might be for you. From the article:


The Web giant has considered adding TV services to a previously announced high-speed Internet service in Kansas City, Mo., and Kansas City, Kansas, the Journal said, citing people briefed on the company's plans. Google has reportedly hired cable TV executive Jeremy Stern to lead talks with media companies such as Disney and Time Warner.

Is anyone even more afraid of Google's impending takeover of the world?"
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Google

+ - Google Buzz buzzing away.->

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MrCrassic
MrCrassic writes "It looks like the glory days of Google Buzz have finally come to an end. Google has formally announced the termination of this service to concentrate their efforts on Google+. From the article:

In a few weeks we’ll shut down Google Buzz and the Buzz API, and focus instead on Google+. While people obviously won't be able to create new posts after that, they will be able to view their existing content on their Google Profile, and download it using Google Takeout.

Other products, such as the Google Labs website (http://labs.google.com) and Jaiku, will also be on the chopping block. Makes you wonder."
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+ - Amazon Kindle Fire surfaces.->

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MrCrassic
MrCrassic writes "It looks like another competitor has joined the fight for tablet market share. Amazon released specs and pics of its newest offering, the Kindle Fire, which is bound to turn heads at $199. However, I wouldn't sell your Nook Color or iPad just yet.
From the article:


The Kindle Fire doesn’t have an embedded camera or a microphone. The device offers Wi-Fi connectivity, though not 3G access, and comes with a 30-day free trial of Amazon Prime, the company’s $79-a-year membership service that includes streaming video and free two-day shipping.

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HP

+ - Meg Whitman to become HP CEO.->

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MrCrassic
MrCrassic writes "Looks like HP needed yet another remodeling, as they are tapping Meg Whitman to take Leo Apothaker's chair by this afternoon. From the article:

Former eBay CEO Meg Whitman is poised to be named CEO of Hewlett-Packard later today after the markets are closed, said multiple sources close to the situation. The full board of HP, which is meeting today in Silicon Valley, has not officially voted on move and the situation could certainly change, sources said it is nearly a done deal.

Cringely got this one right."
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+ - 1/5 telecommuters work less than one hour per day.->

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MrCrassic
MrCrassic writes "Working at home isn't vacation...or is it? From the article:

Almost one in five Americans who work from home only clock in for an hour or less a day, according to a survey, while a third stay in their pyjamas. Forty per cent of telecommuters say they work between four and seven hours, 17 per cent are doing the bare minimum and just 35 per cent are working eight or more hours, the CareerBuilder survey of 5,299 people revealed. ... Stay-at-home workers also said getting dressed for the day was far too strenuous: 41 per cent of women and 22 per cent of men – a third in total – stayed in their PJs.

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HP

+ - webOS Developer Layoffs Begin at HP->

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MrCrassic
MrCrassic writes "Looks like it might be the beginning of the end for webOS presence at HP, as The Register just announced that they laid off 525 webOS developers. From the article:

HP is laying off up to 525 staff from its global webOS hardware biz, according to reports. The tech titan confirmed last month it is shuttering the unit that produced the ill-fated TouchPad and Pre3 devices. “As communicated on 18 August, HP will discontinue the development of webOS devices within the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2011, which ends 31 Oct 2011,” an HP spokesperson told AllThingsD in the US.

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+ - iPhone 3GS users can potentially downgrade to 3.0 ->

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MrCrassic
MrCrassic writes "iPhone users that accidentally upgraded to 3.1 may possibly be able to downgrade using hosted ECID and SHSH hashes, as described here.

From the iPhone Dev-Team blog:

Now, there are ways to ensure that even after taking an official 3GS update (which you really shouldnÃâât do!), that youÃââll nonetheless be able to revert to a jailbreakable 3GS (this is NOT true for the unlock, see NOTE #1 below). WeÃââve been explaining these methods (like the iTunes /tmp technique) over the last few weeks, and thereÃââs been some great discussion and feedback for the methods in the comments.

Having said all that, we realize that some of you updated your 3GS to 3.1 anyway. If you want to come back to the world of the jailbreak (but NOT the sim unlock, sorry!) then saurikÃââs new ÃâÅ"on fileÃâ server may be able to help. HeÃââs got all the details in a new article so do check it out.

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Education

+ - What are my options for studying IT as a grad?

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MrCrassic
MrCrassic writes "Like many students this year, I am graduating and heavily considering my options for graduate school. My career path is already set, so with that covered, I'm looking into researching ways in balancing my career with furthering my education. As an undergraduate, I wanted to choose a program that would allow me to continue building on my technical skills, while letting me explore other possibilities, so I went with Computer Engineering. However, I'm much more certain now that I want to stay in IT as a systems administrator (for now), which I'm discovering is a bit outside the purview of a graduate program in this field.

I'm thinking about getting a Master's degree in Information Systems, which seems to be more aligned with the kind of work that I'm doing. I've thought (and am still thinking about) about going the Computer Science route, but I'm unsure if I really want that broad of an education at the moment. However, MIS seems too specific and too directed towards the managerial aspect of IT, which I really want to avoid right now (though I know that the money looks good in that area).

So I come to the bastion of all that is science and technology (or something like that). For those that were in similar straits, what options did you choose and why? Are you folks happy with your decision, or is there something that you would have changed? Additionally, should I decide to go down the Comp. Sci. track, how can I expect to use that knowledge in practically and vocationally improving my ability as a systems administrator?

Thanks in advance."
Google

+ - Google and others planning wireless network

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MrCrassic
MrCrassic writes "It seems that Google might have a little more than Android up its sleeve; the search giant, along with Intel, Time Warner, and other tech conglomerates, have formed an alliance dedicated to constructing a nationwide wireless data network.

From the article:

A who's who of technology and telecommunications companies announced Wednesday that it intended to build the first of a new generation of nationwide wireless data networks.

The consortium includes a disparate group of partners: Sprint Nextel, Google, Intel, Comcast, Time Warner and Clearwire.

The partners have put the value of the deal at $14.5 billion, a figure that includes radio spectrum and equipment provided by Sprint Nextel and Clearwire, and $3.2 billion from the others involved.

They expect the network, which will provide the next generation of high-speed Internet access for cellphone users, to be built in as little as two years, but there is no timetable on when it will be available to users and the price is not determined. The partners are seeking to beat Verizon Wireless and AT&T Wireless to the market.""
Microsoft

+ - Microsoft withdraws deal with Yahoo.

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MrCrassic
MrCrassic writes "It seems that a disagreement on a good share price drove Microsoft away from a buyout of Yahoo. From the article:



"Microsoft hiked its offer to $33 a share, but Yahoo was holding out for $37 a share, the source said. The two sides met face to face again Saturday, but remained far apart.

Although price was a key issue, Microsoft also had strategic concerns and saw it as unlikely to achieve a friendly integration process. According to a source close to Microsoft, Yahoo founder and CEO Jerry Yang had "unrealistic expectations."
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Handhelds

+ - First Blackberry Store Opens.->

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MrCrassic
MrCrassic writes "RIM is now trying to enter the self-retail market by opening up its first store in Farmington Hills, Michigan. The purpose of the store seems to be oriented towards (obviously) selling Blackberry devices as well as accessories and other RIM-provided services. The stores will also guide new Blackberry users into getting familiar with the technologies used by it.

From the article:

The store is an exclusive deal between Ontario-based Research In Motion, BlackBerry's parent company, and Wireless Giant, which is headquartered in Madison Heights. The retail center offers BlackBerry phones, accessories, add-on software applications and activation from AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless. The five-member staff also will train users at the store or on work sites.
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Google

+ - Verizon Might Deliver Google Phone->

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MrCrassic
MrCrassic writes "There are talks floating around surrounding Google's possible talks with Verizon and possibly T-Mobile to establish an agreement for the carrier to deliver phones carrying Google's speculated mobile operating system.

According to the article, one of the main hurdles slowing down the product are concerns about user privacy and advertising, one of Google's well-renowned strengths. With over 6 million customers potentially at their disposal, could this be "the deal" that establishes Google's hegemony in the internet sphere?

From the article:



After opposing Google Inc.'s moves to dramatically reshape the wireless industry, Verizon Wireless is now in serious discussions with the Internet company over carrying phones tailored to a new Google operating system, a person familiar with the discussions said.

Within two weeks, Google is expected to announce new software and services that handset makers could use to build customized Google-powered phones. The company needs wireless operators to sign onto the project in order to get Google-powered mobile devices in front of consumers by the middle of next year.
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Microsoft

+ - Microsoft Wins Deal for Stake in Facebook-> 1

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MrCrassic
MrCrassic writes "It seems that Facebook will start to grow some Microsoft roots, as the company has just won a tight bid for a minority stake in Facebook. Part of the agreement indicates that Microsoft will have some control over advertisements posted on the social network. From the article:



The Microsoft agreement comes after intense lobbying by Microsoft and Google Inc. for Facebook's hand. In recent weeks executives including Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer have courted the three-year-old Palo Alto, Calif. company, which this year expects a profit of $30 million on revenue of $150 million, according to people familiar with the company.


What could this possibly mean for the future of Facebook? How closely will Microsoft hold what seems to be one of the fastest-growing social networks on the Internet, and what more could they contribute to it?"

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