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Comment Re:What? (Score 1) 124

Read the article! It's all right there. "Cyber cafes" here are nothing more than unregulated casinos. They answer to no one, have no obligation to any sort of transparency. There places are scum that hide behind an innocent name and try to pass off taking money as charitable donations. Actual cyber cafes are unaffected.

Comment Re:For 1 data point (Score 1) 321

This! There are no good datapoints in the article, the basic premise isn't backed up, and for Gawd's sake, it's a single blog post about a single Fremium site that didn't work. There's no study, no data, and certainly it's impossible to draw a conclusion about a whole industry based on one developer's experience!

Comment Re:Does this surprise anyone? (Score 1) 178

No, the same Friday night Best Buy Canada started liquidating Touchpads, HP Shopping also lowered the price to $99. That same night HP announced the Firesale and the way they would handle it with their partners. On Saturday night Best Buy finally decided to liquidate Touchpads, and sold out their store stock on Sunday.

Prince Says Internet Is Over 450

the_arrow writes "According to the artist currently known as Prince, 'The internet's completely over.' At least that what he says in an interview with the British newspaper Mirror. Quoting Prince: 'The internet's like MTV. At one time MTV was hip and suddenly it became outdated. Anyway, all these computers and digital gadgets are no good. They just fill your head with numbers and that can't be good for you.'"

Google Stops Ads For "Cougar" Sites 319

teh31337one writes "Google is refusing to advertise CougarLife, a dating site for mature women looking for younger men. However, they continue to accept sites for mature men seeking young women. According to the New York Times, had been paying Google $100,000 a month since October. The Mountain View company has now cancelled the contract, saying that the dating site is 'nonfamily safe.'"

HP To Buy Palm For $1.2 Billion 271

necro81 writes "Palm, Inc., which has struggled in recent months after making a splash with its Pre smartphone, will be bought by HP, the world's largest computer maker. The deal has been approved by both companies' boards, and should be wrapped up this summer. HP will get Palm for about $5.70/share (about 20% above today's closing price), or about $1.2 billion. That's a pretty good deal, considering that in the months following the launch of the Pre on Sprint's network, Palm's share price topped $16. But marketing blunders hindered the Pre's more widespread adoption on other carriers, and the company's very existence has recently seemed in doubt."

Comment Re:For $6.5b (Score 1) 526

Service and Tape Drives and Libraries. IBM and Sun combined means that IBM would make all the Enterprise class Tape drives and libraries. StorageTek (acquired a couple years ago) had the Enterprise market for Tapes and Libraries. In addition, this probably fits pretty well with IBM's service market, which also posts some huge numbers. Storage is one of those areas that still has some stupid-huge margins, and IBM gets Sun's share at a firesale discount. IBM's disk + Suns tape = viable competition to EMC.

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