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Businesses

Submission + - Google Earns Only $1.70 a Year per Android Device

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "While Apple generates more than $575 in profit for every iOS device and according to estimates in 2007 Apple earned more than $800 on every iPhone sold through ATT, Horace Dediu reports that Android generated less than $550m in revenues for Google between 2008 and the end of 2011 earning only $1.70 per year per Andriod device explaining how Apple is sucking up two thirds of the profit in the mobile phone business. Dediu's starting point is a settlement offer Google (GOOG) made to Oracle (ORCL) of $2.8 million and 0.515% of Android revenues on an ongoing basis. His assumption is that those numbers represent Google's revenue from Android to date. "If this is the case," writes Dediu. "We have a significant breakthrough in understanding the economics of Android and the overall mobile platform strategy of Google." The primary source of Google's mobile revenue is advertising and ironically, Google seems to be getting more revenue from iOS devices than Android — by a factor of 4 to 1 according to The Guardian's Charles Arthur. Of course profitability is not the only reason Google is in the mobile phone business. "P&L considerations were not the only (or even at all) factors in investment for Google, Having a hedge against hegemony of potential rivals, having a means to learn and develop new business and having a role in defining the post-PC computing paradigm are all probably bigger considerations than profitability," writes Dediu. "My take is that [Android] is not a bad business. But it's also not a great one.""
Censorship

Submission + - Smearing Toddler Reputations via Internet: Free Speech or Extortion? (forbes.com)

retroworks writes: "Crystal Cox, a Montana woman who calls herself an “investigative journalist” was slapped with a $2.5-million judgment last year for defaming an investment firm and one of its lead partners. Cox had taken control of the Google footprint of Obsidian Finance and its principal Kevin Padrick by writing hundreds of posts about them on dozens of websites she owned, inter-linking them in ways that made them rise up in Google search results; it ruined Obsidian’s business due to prospective clients being put off by the firm’s seemingly terrible online reputation. After Obsidian sued Cox, she contacted them offering her “reputation services;” for $2,500 a month, she could “fix” the firm’s reputation and help promote its business. The Forbes Article goes on to describe how she tried to similarly leverage attorneys and journalists reputations. Finding some of her targets were too well established in google rank to pester or intimidate, Cox moved to family members, reserving domain names for one of her target's 3 year old daughter. Forbes columnist Kashmir Hill makes the case that this clearly isn't journalism, and establishes a boundary for free speech online."

Submission + - Russian Telco MTS bans Skype, other VoIP

An anonymous reader writes: MTS, one of the three largest mobile carriers in Russia, have been buying up smaller cable TV and Internet providers across the country, and besides the GSM/3G cellphone service they now also offer cable TV and home broadband Internet access. And their unified TOS (Russian; mirror) for home broadband now says: "3.4.4. The customer may not use the Services for the purpose of transferring voice over the Internet; Skype and other similar software is forbidden." (screenshot). Really, why would you need to phone over the Internet, comrade, when you have a perfectly good cellphone [from MTS, assumingly]?
Apple

Submission + - How Apple conquered enterprise mobility, without t (networkworld.com)

alphadogg writes: When Apple's then-CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the iPod 10 years ago this month, no one, including him, could predict that it would pave the way for Apple to dominate the emerging mobile enterprise. How it did so reveals Jobs' true legacy: not Apple's products, but Apple itself. Just a few years ago, it was rare to find an Apple Mac laptop or desktop anywhere in America's biggest companies. Yet today, according to Apple, over 90% of the biggest companies in America are deploying or at least testing Apple products, specifically the iOS-based mobile devices, the iPhone and iPad, and doing so in large numbers. The two products are transforming mobility in the enterprise, and the iPhone 4S introduced this week promises continued transformation. "Four years ago, what percentage of these [companies] had any kind of corporate relationship with Apple?" asks Dan Kerzner, senior vice president of mobile for MicroStrategy, a business intelligence software vendor. "I would contend it was very small."
Firefox

Submission + - Firefox devs mull dumping Java to stop BEAST attac (theregister.co.uk)

rastos1 writes: In a demonstration last Friday, it took less than two minutes for researchers Thai Duong and Juliano Rizzo to wield the exploit to recover an encrypted authentication cookie used to access a PayPal user account. The researchers settled on a Java applet as their means to bypass SOP, leading Firefox developers to discuss blocking the framework in a future version of the browser.
“I recommend that we blocklist all versions of the Java Plugin,” Firefox developer Brian Smith wrote on Tuesday in a discussion on Mozilla's online bug forum. “My understanding is that Oracle may or may not be aware of the details of the same-origin exploit. As of now, we have no ETA for a fix for the Java plugin.”

Submission + - Netflix apologises again and renames DVD service

parallel_prankster writes: Earlier today Netflix CEO Reed Hastings sent out an email apologizing for a bunch of things like the sudden price hike and the subsequent reaction from his company spokespeople. An excerpt from his email "It is clear from the feedback over the past two months that many members felt we lacked respect and humility in the way we announced the separation of DVD and streaming and the price changes. That was certainly not our intent, and I offer my sincere apology."
Another interesting development mentioned in the email was the renaming of the DVD-by-mail service to Qwikster. Currently the website shows nothing — www.qwikster.com . Also from the email — "The new envelope is still that lovely red, but now it will have a Qwikster logo."
Star Wars Prequels

Submission + - Lucas Ex Machina: I never asked for this (blogspot.com)

stormdesign writes: Deus Ex: Human Revolution now has a rather odd addition to loading screens — a small yet rather annoying (and totally out of context) advert for Star Wars Blu rays. Gamers initially blamed this on a recent title patch — however, it appears these adverts are going live whether users update their game or not so it appears to be built in advertising tech that has (until now) been dormant.
Google

Submission + - Google spawns yet another language - Dart (i-programmer.info)

mikejuk writes: Dart is Google's second programming language following Go and there might even be a third in prospect. Dart is a new structured web programming language which is possibly based on Smalltalk or Newspeak. At the moment information is thin on the ground, but the announcement and more details will be given at the forthcoming GOTO conference on the October 10th.
Google has also registered a number of domains like spotlang.com rasing the possiblity that we may be able to "See Spot Run" quite soon... how many programming languages does one company need!

IT

Submission + - Who has the most underappreciated job in IT? (pcauthority.com.au)

An anonymous reader writes: Most people working in IT have probably had to work excessive overtime at some point in their career. There's even a term — crunch — used to describe the ridiculous hours developers are sometimes required to work to get a title to market. But at what point do the demands of working in IT outweigh the benefits? This story looks at System Administrator Appreciation Day, which is July 29, and which functions as a tribute of sorts to the profession. At the very least, it's an interesting snapshot of what goes on in the bowels of a server room.
Hardware

Submission + - Japan Nabs Top Supercomputer Title in Top 500 (hpcwire.com)

An anonymous reader writes: A Japanese supercomputer took the world title for the fastest computer in the world, after the latest TOP500 list was announced Monday morning at the International Supercomputing Conference in Hamburg, Germany. Fujitsu's K Computer, powered by the latest SPARC64 VIIIfx CPUs and the "Tofu" interconnect delivered a world beating 8.162 petaflops on the Linpack benchmark, vaulting over the now second-place 2.57 petaflop Tianhe-1A supercomputer in China and third-place 1.76 petaflop Jaguar supercomputer in the US.
Security

Submission + - Is this the golden age of hacking? (pcpro.co.uk)

Barence writes: "With a seemingly continuous wave of attacks hitting the public and commercial sectors, there has never been a more prodigious period for hackers, argues PC Pro. What has led to the sudden hacking boom? Ease of access to tools has also led to an explosion in the numbers of people actively looking for companies with weakened defences, according to security experts. Meanwhile, the recession has left thousands of highly skilled IT staff out of work and desperate for money, while simultaneously crimping companies' IT security budgets. The pressure to get systems up and running as quickly as possible also means that networks aren't locked down as tightly as they should be, which can leave back doors open for hackers."
Patents

Submission + - Apple and Nokia end all pending litigation (networkworld.com)

An anonymous reader writes: After nearly two years of back and forth legal proceedings that saw both Apple and Nokia file broad claims of patent infringement against the other, the two tech giants ultimately decided to save a boatload of money in the longrun and enter into a patent licensing agreement.

As part of the deal, the two companies agreed to end all pending litigation, including pending ITC actions and suits filed both in the US and abroad. Under terms of the new patent licensing agreement, Apple will make a one-time lump sum payment to Nokia in addition to paying an on-going licensing fee for using Nokia's patented technologies.

Government

Submission + - LulzSec Hacks The US Senate (itworld.com)

jfruhlinger writes: "LulzSec might not be as famous as Anonymous — they're really best known for hacking sites they like, to prove a point about security — but they may have just raised their profile significantly, posting what appears to be data taken from an internally facing server at the U.S. Senate. However, they fun-loving group might find that the Senate reacts a lot more harshly to intrusions than, say, PBS did."

Submission + - How blogging gives student journalists an edge in (blogspot.com)

FizzaNawaz writes: "At an event in London late last year, three young journalists discussed how blogging helped to kickstart their careers. As reported at the time by Journalism.co.uk, Guardian technology and media reporter Josh Halliday stated that “The most important thing I did at university, including my degree, was to blog and get online. That’s what got me the job.”....."

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