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Submission + - Microsoft and Nokia sign partnership (guardian.co.uk) 2

ifchairscouldtalk writes: Mobile phone maker Nokia announced a broad strategic partnership with Microsoft in the effort to rebuild its fortunes, troubled by stiff competition from Apple and Android phones. Nokia CEO Stephen Elop said that Windows Mobile 7 will be Nokia's primary smartphone platform. Although Nokia will not immediatly abandon Symbian powered phones and MeeGo is said to be part of a "longer-term market exploration", Alberto Torres, who has led the development of MeeGo, is leaving the company. Shares in Nokia fell by more than 10% in early trading in Helsinki.

Comment Misleading news (Score 5, Informative) 391

The video was NOT removed as soon as it was brought to Google's attention.
According to the prosecutors the video remained online for two months even though web users had already asked for it to be taken down.

It is also worth mentioning that Google execs will not serve jail time because in Italy sentences of less than three years are commuted for people without criminal records.
Google

Submission + - Google execs convicted in Italy for bullying video (reuters.com)

ifchairscouldtalk writes: A court in Milan found Google Italy employees guilty of privacy violations for allowing the publication of an Internet video showing a handicapped teenager being bullied. The video remained online for two months even when some web users posted comments asking for it to be removed. The three were sentenced to six months in jail but they will not serve jail time because sentences of less than three years are commuted in Italy for people without criminal records.

Comment Re:This is what linguists have been waiting for (Score 1) 197

The funny thing is that I can't really be defined as an American liberal. Mine was intended to be a joke, without any of the political malignancies you and others found in it. To put it blunty: the guy, no matter his political views and decisions, couldn't deliver a proper speech and was frequently involuntarily funny ("Is Our Children Learning?").
I could have joked about the syntax of 13-years-olds online which may turn out to be much less complex than that of any other primates, but I'm not sure it would have been equally funny, especially considering that teenagers are not world leaders addressing respectable audiences...

Comment Re:This is what linguists have been waiting for (Score 1) 197

No, I'm sick and tired of the extended partisan hatred: Dems against Nixon, Reagan and W, Republicans against the Clintons (although it all seems to have shifted towards BHO).

The partisan vituperation against most sitting presidents in the past 40 years is also really frickin' old.

Believe it or not, I wasn't expressing a political judgement on the former US President. More simply, one on Bush the public orator whose frequent mistakes were, frankly, rather embarrassing.

Comment Re:Kindle killer? (Score 2, Insightful) 260

Personally I'm not so sure that it is the belated international availability which dwarfs the iconic status of the Kindle. The iPhone too was only available for the US market for a long while. Certainly, the unavailability of a product doesn't help its popularity, but many other factors (not all imputable to Amazon itself), contribute to the somewhat limited extent to which people around the world have reacted to the "revolution" which Amazon was hoping to bring with its device.

Comment Clipperz.com (Score 1) 1007

I use clipperz, a free and anonymous online password manager which comes in an offline version too. It is based on open standards, proven encryption technologies, and has no vendor lock-in, and full anonymity.

http://www.clipperz.com/

I like the philosophy behind it and the people who have developed it.

If you use it, please consider a donation =)

Submission + - AIDS Vaccine is partially successful

ifchairscouldtalk writes: "Phase III "RV 144" study in Thailand succeeded in reducing HIV infection rate in trial with 31.2% effectiveness. The study was conducted by the Thailand Ministry of Public Health and used strains of HIV common in Thailand. It is not clear whether the vaccine, which combines AIDSVAX with Aventis Pasteur ALVAC-HIV canarypox vector, known as "vCP1521", would work against other strains in the United States, Africa or elsewhere. Strangely, the vaccine had no effect on levels of HIV in the blood of those who did become infected, providing 'one of the most important and intriguing findings' of the trial, according to Dr Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, which is one of the trial's sponsors."
Communications

Apple Kills Google Voice Apps On the iPhone 541

molnarcs writes "Apple pulls Google Voice-enabled applications from its App Store, citing duplication of functionality. The move affects 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 for his app from Phil Shiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing, last April. TechCrunch's Jason Kincaid suspects AT&T behind the move."
Microsoft

Submission + - Bill Gates quits Facebook (telegraph.co.uk)

ifchairscouldtalk writes: Bill Gates, founder and chairman of Microsoft, which purchased a 1.6% share of Facebook for $240 million in 2007, quit his Facebook profile. Apparently, the more than 10,000 friend requests made it difficult and tedious to determine who he knew and who he didn't. 'It was just way too much trouble so I gave it up,' he said. While the technological revolution has been 'hugely beneficial,' it can also 'waste our time' he warned.
Power

Submission + - Milan Announces World's Largest Solar Roof Array (inhabitat.com)

Mike writes: "Italy's Milano Fiera convention center has announced that it will soon be construction the world's largest rooftop solar array. The massive photovoltaic system will cover 2.9 million sq ft of the roof, and carry a peak capacity of 18 megawatts, totally trouncing the previous record set by Spain's General Motor's facility at 12 megawatts. Capital costs for the system have been estimated to be between $97-111 million, which will be paid by the developer in exchange for the rights to market and sell the electricity produced."

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