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Submission + - LulzSec, Anonymous call for PayPal boycott (

ideaz writes: Hacker groups LulzSec and Anonymous once again have PayPal in their sights, but this time they won’t be attacking the company’s servers.“We encourage anyone using PayPal to immediately close their accounts and consider an alternative,” the groups wrote. “The first step to being truly free is not putting one’s trust into a company that freezes accounts when it feels like, or when it is pressured by the U.S. government.”

Submission + - Indian Village Renamed (

ideaz writes: A village in India has decided to rename itself and henceforth be known as Nagar (which means town). being an online couponing company that recently raised $12 million and has the lead over Groupon in India in the local ecommerce space. Snapdeal has adopted a remote village in India and enabled clean drinking water facilities for its people by installing manual pumps. To show their gratitude, the village’s residents have decided to rename their village to Nagar, actually taking the company by surprise.

Submission + - MS getting $5 for every Android HTC sells (

ideaz writes: As you might know, Microsoft has been claiming that Android infringes on the company’s intellectual property. As a result of this, HTC and Microsoft signed a deal last year that allowed HTC to keep making Android phones, but it’d have to pay Microsoft a royalty for every device sold.

Submission + - Explosion at Foxconn plant (

ideaz writes: "At around 19:00 in China, Foxconn Chengdu manufacture plant got an explosion, we are not sure actually what cause the explosion and how many casualties had resulted. At the scene, there are currently more than 10 fire engines, ambulances and 10 police cars had arrived on the scene. And, the explosion is happened in an operating room inside Foxconn. Video of the scene after the break."

There are have been reportedly 2 deaths and 3 in critical condition. Source (engadget:


Submission + - TomTom apologizes for selling traffic data (

ideaz writes: TomTom has apologized for selling user data from personal navigation devices to police.

It wasn't exactly a surprise. When Netherlands-based TomTom reported weak first quarter earnings earlier this year, it said it would try to supplement earnings through certain methods like selling traffic data to governments.

Submission + - USCIS Proposes H-1B Electronic Registration (

ideaz writes: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is publishing tomorrow a proposed rule that could save U.S. businesses more than $23 million over the next 10 years by establishing an advance registration process for U.S. employers seeking to file H-1B petitions for foreign workers in specialty occupations. The proposed electronic system would minimize administrative burdens and expenses related to the H-1B petition process—including reducing the need for employers to submit petitions for which visas would not be available under the statutory visa cap.
The proposed rule, which posted to the Federal Register today for public viewing, contains complete details about the registration system and estimated cost savings. USCIS encourages formal comments on the proposed rule through

Submission + - Borders Tells Customers Where To Find Restroom (

ideaz writes: Consumerist reader Sam says he snapped this sign at a store which will be closing in Chicago, telling customers where they can now go to find a bathroom.

Borders filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in mid-February, after struggling for years to compete against and Barnes & Noble, which have cornered the digital and physical book store markets, respectively. As a result, they have been in the process of closing 30% of their stores.

Submission + - Digg founder's next startup: Milk (

ideaz writes: It hasn't been that long since Kevin Rose left Digg, but early details of his new startup are already coming to light.

The company, a development lab focused on solving problems using the mobile Web, is called Milk. Located in San Francisco's Mission District, it has been described as an incubator, but TechCrunch notes that the philosophy behind it is much different than the approach taken by most other Silicon Valley startups.


Submission + - Apple patent hints at 'Spaces' coming to iPad Rea (

ideaz writes: A new Apple patent filing unearthed by Patently Apple points at an interesting prospect for productivity hounds on the iPad: bringing the multi-desktop "Spaces" feature found in Mac OS X to the realm of the touch-screen tablet.

Called "device, method, and graphical user interface for manipulating workspace views," the 2009 application, which went live on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's site yesterday, describes a device with a touch screen that has "a plurality of workspace views." When enabled, the idea is to let users jump around to their various screens with finger gestures, turning the 10-inch screen into a just a window of a larger work space.

The various toggles for surfing around these work spaces are described as gestures, including pinching in various parts of the screen as well as a five-finger tap and pinch.

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Submission + - Pandora Subpoenaed in Probe of Mobile-App Privacy (

ideaz writes: Pandora Media Inc., the largest Internet radio company, said it’s been asked for information as part of a federal grand-jury probe into the way smartphone software developers handle personal data.

Pandora isn’t a specific target of the investigation and similar subpoenas have been issued to other publishers of apps that run on Apple Inc.’s iPhone and Google Inc.’s Android operating system, the company said in a securities filing today.


Submission + - Jailbreakers Cydia Lands Big Advert Deal (

ideaz writes: Unsanctioned, third-party app provider Cydia – sort of the store for those who don’t use iTunes – has landed a brand deal with Toyota. The advertising deal is the first of its kind, where a major brand goes to a non-conforming provider for marketing. The ads being run are part of Toyota’s advertising campaign to push its iPhone user interface app for select Toyota cars.

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