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Submission + - SPAM: Volkswagen Up India

alexodsouza100 writes: "Volkswagen Up IndiaThe Volkswagen Up is a small car that will be launched in India soon. Volkswagen has said it will launch just a five door version here. The Up is expected to be on display at the 2012 Auto Expo in Delhi in January. The Volkswagen Up displays a mature nature, a fact that most riders will appreciate. The Volkswagen Up would be a four-door version in India and would be positioned slightly below the Volkswagen Polo."
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Iphone

Submission + - iPhone 4S with iOS 5.1 Shows 4G Indicator on AT&T (tekgoblin.com)

tekgoblin writes: "If you are a user that has an iPhone 4S with iOS 5.1 on AT&T you may have noticed your 3G symbol turned 4G. It looks like users on AT&T that are connected to the HSPA+ network are getting the 4G symbol even though it is not a true 4th generation network. Apple and AT&T made this decision because they think that the iPhone 4S is capable of 4G speeds even though it is not true 4G."
Android

Submission + - Microsoft's Incomplete Response To Google Blog (muktware.com) 1

sfcrazy writes: Microsoft did not address any of the major issues raised by Google such as charging $15 per device — more than what Microsoft charges for its own mobile OS.

If Microsoft thinks that the cost of few unknown patents is $15 then the entire cost of Android OS should be some thousands of dollars or more. This is what doesn't make sense.

Brad Smith will make life easier for Linux developers if they specify the patents that they claim Linux/Android infringes upon. Where is that list? Why is Microsoft hiding it and attacking one Linux player after another and demanding such an outrageous price?

Image

4G iPhone Misplacer Invited To Germany For Beer Screenshot-sm 164

eldavojohn writes "You may recall the hapless engineer who left a fairly sensitive iPhone at a bar recently. Well, in a PR stunt, Lufthansa has invited him to visit Germany on their dime after citing his latest Facebook status, 'I underestimated how good German beer is' as well as his obvious passion for German beer and culture. It's not clear if Gray Powell has decided to 'pick up where he last left off' (as the letter puts it). I know what my decision would be."
Businesses

Warner Bros. Acquires Turbine 57

NNUfergs writes with news that Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group has acquired Turbine Inc., creators of Lord of the Rings Online, Asheron's Call, and Dungeons & Dragons Online. Terms were not disclosed, but the Boston Globe claims the price was somewhere around $160 million. "Warner Bros. Interactive has bought a number of game development houses in recent years, in a bid to become a major power in video gaming. In 2007, the company purchased TT Games, a British firm that develops family-friendly products like Lego Star Wars and Lego Batman. In 2009, Warner Bros. bought the assets of bankrupt Chicago game company Midway, maker of the popular Mortal Kombat games. And earlier this year, it acquired a majority stake in Rocksteady Studios, another British developer, which created the hit game Batman: Arkham Asylum. ... Acquiring Turbine will give Warner Bros. total control over all future video games based on author J.R.R. Tolkien's beloved Lord of the Rings novels. Turbine holds an exclusive license to make an Internet-based game based on the books, while last year, Warner Bros. won a license to make non-Internet-based Tolkien video games."
Books

Amazon Pulls Book Publisher's Listings; Ebook Wars Underway? 297

As of last night, Amazon stopped listing all books from Macmillan Publishers, referring searches to other sellers instead. According to the New York Times, this is because Macmillan is one of the companies that now has an agreement to sell ebooks through Apple's new iBooks store, and asked Amazon to raise the price of their ebooks from $9.99 to $15. An industry source told the Times that the de-listing is Amazon's way of "expressing its strong disagreement" with the idea of a price hike. Gizmodo suggests this is the first volley in an Apple-Amazon ebook war. Quoting: "It feels like a repeat of the same s*** Universal Music, and later, NBC Universal pulled with iTunes, trying to counter the leverage Apple had because of iTunes' insane marketshare. Same situation here, really: Content provider wants more money/control over their content, fights with the overwhelmingly dominant, embedded service that's selling the content. Last time, everybody compromised and walked away mostly happy: Universal and NBC got more flexible pricing, iTunes got DRM-free music and more TV shows for its catalog to sell. ... The difference in this fight is that Macmillan is one of the publishers signed to deliver books for Apple's iBooks store. They have somewhere to run. And credibly. That wasn't really the case with record labels, who tried to fuel alternatives to dilute iTunes power, and failed."
Cellphones

E17, Slimmed Down For Cell Phones 166

twitter writes "Want to run Enlightenment on your cell phone? The Rasterman's recent efforts bring E17 to Open Moko FreeRunner and Treo 650: 'According to the Rasterman, when used with his updated illume stack and new Elementary widget set, E17 can now run in just 32MB of RAM, on an ARM9 processor clocked at 317MHz. To prove it, he is distributing a Linux kernel and E17/Illume/Elementary stack for Palm's Treo650. The stack can be launched from PalmOS without touching the device's flash storage, he says.' While Microsoft fumbles with limited 'instant on,' GNU/Linux rules the embedded world and that's the only thing going in the IT market right now."
Education

Jimmy Wales Says Students 'Should Use' Wikipedia 345

An anonymous reader writes "The BBC has up an article chatting with Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales. Wales views the Wikipedia site as an educational resource, and apparently thinks teachers who downplay the site are 'bad educators'. '[A] perceived lack of authority ... has drawn criticism from other information sources. Ian Allgar of Encyclopedia Britannica maintains that, with 239 years of history and rigorous fact-checking procedures, Britannica should remain a leader in authoritative, politically-neutral information. Mr Allgar pointed out the trustworthy nature of paid-for, thoroughly-reviewed content, and noted that Wikipedia is still prone to vandalism.'"

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