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Submission + - Apple turns the flamethrower on Android (theregister.co.uk) 1

iamapizza writes: An analysis on El Reg talks about the details of Apple's patent offensive, "... and it's clear that while HTC is the target, it's Google's Android that has got Cupertino so annoyed. ...

The ITC filing starts out with a page saying how wonderful Apple is — backed up with three later pages explaining what a great American company Apple is — which is contrasted with a single paragraph describing HTC as a manufacturer, importer and seller of mobile communications devices," which is something Jesusphone owners will wholeheartedly agree with, but which also reveals an underlying implication that the Android is a serious threat to it.

Submission + - Bloggers Now Eligible For Press Passes In NYC (mediapost.com)

RobotRunAmok writes: Wendy Davis, in Online Media Daily, is reporting that the New York City Police Department announced Tuesday that bloggers and others who publish on the Web will now be eligible for press credentials. The move comes as a result of a lawsuit filed in 2008 by three Web journalists who were denied press passes. In New York, journalists with press passes are typically allowed to cross police barricades at public events.
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Submission + - Western Digital Enters World of Solid State (pcper.com)

Vigile writes: The solid state disk market keeps crowding but the Western Digital SiliconEdge Blue SSD marks the first offering from a player that currently dominates the market of traditional spindle-based hard drives. It was a year ago this month that WD purchased SiliconSystems for $65m, a small enterprise level SSD vendor that has developed its own storage controller. Western Digital obviously made the move to prepare the company for the inevitable situation it finds itself in today: solid state has surpassed traditional media in performance and will likely soon become the mainstream storage choice for computers. PC Perspective has put the first consumer-level SSD option from one of the kings of HDDs through the wringer and found the drive to be a solid first offering with performance on par with the some of the better solutions in the market while not quite fast enough to take away the top seating offerings from Intel and others. Western Digital has seen the writing on the wall; the only question is when the other players in the hard drive market will as well.

Submission + - Twitter earned Dell $9 million (pcpro.co.uk)

Barence writes: Dell has claimed that direct sales of its products through Twitter and Facebook earned it $9 million in 2009, as the company urged small business to make best use of social networks. "We interact with 3.5 million people through Twitter, Facebook, blogs and Flickr, and we generated 9 million in direct sales through Twitter and Facebook. These are powerful tools," said Stephen Felice, president of Dell's small and medium business group. "But, we don't just use them for generating sales... Social media offers a cheap way to form a really personal relationship with customers."

Submission + - Argos emails expose customer credit-card details (pcpro.co.uk)

Barence writes: UK high street retailer Argos has compromised its customers' security by sending their credit-card details — including the vital security code — in unencrypted emails. The company has been including the customer's full name, address, credit-card number and three-digit CCV security code in order confirmation emails, which are sent once a customer has placed an order on the Argos website. Although the credit-card details don't appear in the text of the email itself, they are contained — in plain text — in the HTML code of the order confirmation. Argos has refused to confirm how many customers have been affected.

Submission + - HBO greenlits Game of Thrones (thrfeed.com)

Spovednik writes: The Hollywood Reporter and many others report, that HBO officially picked up George R.R. Martin's Game of Thrones for a ten-episode series. Fans rejoicing all over the world. Pilot cast includes Sean Bean, Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey and Richard Addy, among others.

Comment Re:Obligatory 1984 Reference (Score 5, Funny) 311

And because it's Britain, there isn't much to worry about. The project will be delayed by 8 years, overrun its budget by about 12 Million GBP. They'll come up with a crap logo for it as they did for the Olympics, and within a few hours of launch, the drones will malfunction and start tasering trees; eventually the whole project will be scrapped for health and safety reasons, I mean, what if the tree falls on someone while it's being tasered?

Comment Took you this long? (Score 1, Flamebait) 512

"Following Google's announcement ending support for Internet Explorer 6, I find myself wondering whether we (Web developers) really need to continue providing support for IE6 and IE7..."

What a shame. It took a move by a large company like Google to get you to wonder about supporting IE 6, rather than reaching this conclusion through your own experience and common sense. Of course, this shame is also a blessing, as I'm hoping that it will get others like you to question the same, and hopefully companies will all follow suit.

Comment Re:Ah, yes, one of the modern evils... (Score 1) 533

In my town to satisfy a push for more cycle paths they simply painted a picture of a white cycle at the head of all the sidewalks . . . chaos and injury ensued. No back tracking though - just some back-slapping about implementing a 'green' transportation policy!

You were lucky. In my town, they painted a picture of a white cycle on the bus that was waiting to hit you. And they covered the bus in sharp spikes just in case you had the luxury of brakes.

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