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Submission + - An Apple a Day Keeps the Apps Away (

itwbennett writes: "You've heard the horror stories about the App Store approval process driving developers away, but what really makes it so bad isn't the 6-8 day waiting period or even rejection. What make it so bad is the lack of access to a human problem-solver at who can loosen the stranglehold of Apple's protocol machine, says Matthew Mombrea, who recounts in excruciating detail his company's experience publishing iOS apps, and, worse, updates to iOS apps."

Submission + - DHS Sends Tourists Home Over Twitter Jokes (

itwbennett writes: "In a classic case of 'we say destroy, you say party hard,' the US Dept. of Homeland Security detained a pair of British twentysomethings for 12 hours and then sent them packing back to the land of the cheeky retort. At issue is a Tweet sent by Leigh Van Bryan about plans to 'destroy America,' starting with LA, which, really, isn't that bad an idea."

Submission + - The tech IPO everyone's (not) talking about (

bdking writes: The tech and financial worlds are eagerly awaiting Facebook's expected filing this week for an initial public offering of shares, which reportedly could come by Wednesday. But another tech company nearly everyone has heard of is expected to go public one day later. And is anyone talking about that? No!

Submission + - Wall Street buying into Netflix comeback (

bdking writes: Shares of Netflix soared more than 25% on Thursday after the streaming video company reported fourth-quarter results that showed an end to the subscriber exodus triggered by last July's ill-advised 60% price hike. Netflix also reported a 47% gain in revenue, though international marketing costs drove down earnings by 13%.
Data Storage

Submission + - CIA-backed Cleversafe Announces 10-Exabyte Storage (

Lucas123 writes: Cleversafe, a vendor of an object-based file system that has received backing from the CIA's investment arm, said today that it has developed a storage architecture that can scale to 10 exabytes of capacity. While the current reference configuration is just tens of petabytes in size spread among data centers in eight states, the company said it can store exabytes of data among geographically dispersed data centers under a single domain name, offering administrators a single pane of glass. Of course, building out the storage system would require $705 million just for spindles; in all, it would cost billions of dollars to complete. But, the company said it has Fortune 50 companies, and others, that are interested.

Submission + - Facebook Fighting Its Property Tax Bill (

jfruhlinger writes: "Facebook recently opened a data center in rural Crook County, Oregon, and after being told to assess the center's value in terms of the "real and personal, tangible or intangible," the company was hit with a $390,000 property tax bill. Though local authorities are now backing off, Facebook is still fighting for a clarification of what exactly will be taxed. At heart is a question that should trouble anyone who runs a data center: is the value of the data on your servers, or of your brand itself, something that can or should be taxed?"

Submission + - SOPA and PIPA: What Went Wrong (for the MPAA) (

itwbennett writes: "While most Internet denizens are celebrating the apparent defeat of the twin SOPA and PIPA bills in Congress, proponents of the legislation have been left licking their wounds and trying to figure out how a bill that seemed destined for passage suddenly lost its support. Grant Gross, a veteran reporter who's covered the intersection of tech and legislation for years, thinks that, among other mistakes, the MPAA, with former Senator Chris Dodd at its head, simply underestimated the Web."

Submission + - We Want Thin Gadgets -- And Thick Cases. Why? (

jfruhlinger writes: "If there's one word that gadget-makers can't get into their marketing material enough, it's "thin." Based on their advertising, you'd think consumers would want their gadgetry to be as skinny as possible. But then there's also the fact that cases that make gadgets easier to hold — and, yes, thicker — are a huge money-making industry. What's the dynamic?"

Submission + - College Discovers 12-Year-Old Virus Infection (

itwbennett writes: "The City College of San Francisco discovered a virus just after Thanksgiving that leads back through at least seven variants to an original infection in 1999. In the dozen years since, the virus may have pilfered the personal banking and financial data of 100,000 students and staff. 'We looked in the system and discovered these things were all over the place,' John Rizzo, president of the college's Board of Trustees, told the AP. Apparently to blame is a school culture that requires students to access porn sites to complete homework assignments while also not requiring anyone to change passwords."

Submission + - When a 'gentleman's agreement' is collusion (

bdking writes: Recently released evidence compiled by the U.S. Department of Justice shows that a half-dozen Silicon Valley firms, including Apple, had illegal "no-poaching" agreements designed to avoid bidding wars for top talent, despite a 2010 settlement in which the companies admitted no wrongdoing and incurred no penalties.

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