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Submission + - Apple kills Google Voice apps on the iPhone 5

molnarcs writes: "Apple pulls Google Voice-enabled applications from its App Store citing duplication of functionality. This includes both Google's official Google Voice and third party apps like Voice Central. Sean Kovacs, main developer of GV Mobile says that he had personal approval from Phillip Shiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing last April. TechCrunch's Jason Kincaid suspects AT&T behind the move."
The Courts

Submission + - Pirate Bay Guilty

Ragein Maniak writes: "Just minutes ago the verdict in the case of The Pirate Bay Four was announced. All four defendants were accused of 'assisting in making copyright content available'. Peter Sunde: Guilty. Fredrik Neij: Guilty. Gottfrid Svartholm: Guilty. Carl Lundström: Guilty. All receive 1 year in jail. Check out Torrent Freak for more info"
Media (Apple)

Submission + - Investors unimpressed with Apple while fans rave (

Technical Writing Geek writes: "Steve Jobs gave it his best, delivering a new must-have gadget called the MacBook Air, deals with a full house of compliant Hollywood studios, and more bells and whistles on his existing products and services in a 90-minute speech than most technology companies do in a year.

But Wall Street was not impressed; shares of Apple (AAPL) got hammered, falling more than 10 points during the course of the keynote despite the impressive sales figures Jobs rattled off: 4 million iPhones, 5 million copies of the Leopard operating system, 4 billion songs, 125 million TV shows, 7 million movies.

Lack of a real plan dooms Apple"


Submission + - You can have a phone do whatever you want it to do (

algodon07 writes: Today we see the launch of Android SDK, the open source platform for mobile phones. Nick Sears the co-founder of Android said that it was too difficult to get products out to the consumers in a timely fashion and they thought the missing link was not having an open platform. That was the motivation for the development of Android.
The Almighty Buck

Submission + - Escaping the Malthusian Trap (

Hugh Pickens writes: "The New York Times is running a story on Dr. Gregory Clark's book "A Farewell to Alms" that explains how the Industrial Revolution came about after thousands of years when most people on earth lived in abject poverty, first as hunters and gatherers, then as peasants or laborers. Dr. Clark, an economic historian at UC Davis, contends that prior to the industrial revolution, the economy was locked in a Malthusian trap — each time new technology increased the efficiency of production a little, the population grew, the extra mouths ate up the surplus, and average income fell back to its former level. After researching medieval economic data for the past 20 years, Clark has come to the conclusion that the surge in economic growth that occurred in England around 1800 came about because of the new behaviors of nonviolence, literacy, long working hours and a willingness to save that he says were transmitted either culturally or genetically. According to Clark, between 1200 and 1800, the rich had more surviving children than the poor and this caused constant downward social mobility as the poor failed to reproduce themselves and the progeny of the rich took over their occupations. Around 1790, a steady upward trend in production efficiency first emerged that made possible England's escape from the Malthusian trap and the emergence of the Industrial Revolution."
User Journal

Journal Journal: iPhone Nightmare

I'm on the telephone waiting for Belkin right now. I've spoken to Apple support twice on the phone, AT&T twice on the phone,twice in the store, and have emailed both. At this point, I've received no help from any of them. This is my story:


Cheap Paint-able Solar Cells Developed 254

Invisible Pink Unicorn writes "Researchers at New Jersey Institute of Technology have developed an inexpensive solar cell that can be painted or printed on flexible plastic sheets. According to the lead researcher, "Someday homeowners will even be able to print sheets of these solar cells with inexpensive home-based inkjet printers. Consumers can then slap the finished product on a wall, roof or billboard to create their own power stations." The team combined carbon nanotubes with tiny carbon buckyballs (fullerenes) to form snake-like structures. Add sunlight to excite the polymers, and the buckyballs will grab the electrons. The article abstract is available through the Journal of Materials Chemistry, with an illustration of the technology."

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