Xacid writes: "On a 1 p.m. press conference on Friday afternoon, Dish Networks is expected to announce a new Blockbuster-branded streaming video service to compete with Netflix. This shouldn't come as a big surprise. Dish bought Blockbuster out of bankruptcy back in April and has undoubtedly been waiting for the right time to bring the brick-and-mortar brand back into the fray. With Netflix flailing in its efforts to quell a customer rebellion and spin off its DVD-by-mail business into the confusingly rebranded Qwikster service, that time is definitely now. Though the details about how exactly a Dish/Blockbuster service will work remain blurry, everyone has their own speculative ideas about how to beat Netflix while its down. "
Xacid writes: An attorney for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange sought on Tuesday to block his extradition to Sweden over sexual assault allegations, arguing that Swedish authorities' case is flawed. Defense attorney Ben Emmerson said that Assange's case rests on several points — among them that the European arrest warrant issued against him inaccurately described what happened and that, given that the 40-year-old Australian is only wanted for questioning, extraditing him would be disproportionate. Link to Original Source
Xacid writes: "The United States Air Force successfully launched a new battlefield reconnaissance satellite Wednesday night (June 29), a spacecraft designed to deliver fast and accurate images and information to American soldiers on the ground.
The ORS-1 satellite blasted off atop a Minotaur 1 rocket at 11:09 p.m. EDT (0309 GMT) from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility and Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport on Wallops Island, Va. The rocket launch lit up the late-night sky, with reports of skywatchers seeing the Minotaur 1 rocket from hundreds of miles away, including sightings from New York City and Washington, D.C." Link to Original Source
Xacid writes: "AT&T and Deutsche Telekom have entered into a definitive agreement for the sale of T-Mobile USA for $39 billion in cash and stocks. The combined customer base of this upcoming behemoth will be 130 million humans, though the agreed deal will have to pass the usual regulatory and closing hurdles before becoming complete. The two companies estimate it'll take them 12 months to get through all the bureaucracy — if they get through, the proposed network merger will create a de facto GSM monopoly within the United States — but we don't have to wait that long to start discussing life with only three major US carriers. AT&T envisions it as a rosy garden of "straightforward synergies" thanks to a set of "complementary network technologies, spectrum positions and operations.""
I'm going to go out on a limb and suggest that perhaps this wont be welcomed with open arms to the Slashdot crowd. Personally, I'm a bit disappointed as I was just recently considering switching to T-Mobile to get away from AT&T. Damned if you do, damned if you don't, I suppose. Link to Original Source
Xacid writes: "No one – least of all someone like myself who has experienced the existential terror of California’s regular tremors and knows the big one is coming here next – would minimize the grief, suffering, and disruption caused by Japan’s massive earthquake and tsunami.
But if one can look past the devastation, there is a silver lining. The need to rebuild a large swath of Japan will create huge opportunities for domestic economic growth, particularly in energy-efficient technologies, while also stimulating global demand and hastening the integration of East Asia." Link to Original Source
Xacid writes: "Apple Inc. has changed how purchases inside iPhone and iPad games are authorized after customers complained that their kids were racking up hundreds of dollars worth of charges. The issue was that after a user entered his or her iTunes password on a device, the device didn't prompt for the password again for 15 minutes. Any purchases, whether in the iTunes store or inside kid-friendly games such as "The Smurf's Village," went through without a new password prompt. This meant that parents who handed over their iPhones or iPads to their kids were sometimes shocked by large purchases of "Smurfberries" and other virtual bling." Link to Original Source
Xacid writes: "Looking to spend some quality time with Google Android, but don’t feel like plunking down the cash for a smartphone and then shelling out more money each month for a data plan? I already told you about one relatively affordable option this week: The Archos 5 Internet tablet which starts at just $250. But Taiwanese PC maker Foxconn has an Android-powered tablet that cuts that price in half twice."
Interesting competitor to the iPad. Definitely not a prize fighter, but certainly a viable option for those looking for a similar device on a budget.