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Monday 23 June 2008
Firefox 3 Launches Today, Looks to Set Record
Christo [PCD] , Monday 23 June 2008 - 19:30:52 //

Guinness world record for most downloads in a single day could fall to Firefox 3

Starting today, users will be able to download the final version of Firefox 3. Firefox is the second most popular browser online, behind Microsoft Internet Explorer. Firefox 3 has a laundry list of new features including a promise of significantly increased performance.

Mozilla claims that Firefox 3 will be seven times faster than Internet Explorer and three or four times faster than previous versions of Firefox. Other new features include single-click bookmarking, smart location bar, and improved security features.

Firefox 3 also brings improvements in how passwords are managed, a new download manager, full page zoom and more. One other interesting thing about the pending release of Firefox 3 today is the attempt to set a world record.

The downloading of Firefox 3 via the web is being audited by the Guinness Book of World Records in an attempt to set an official record for the most number of downloads in a single day. Downloads made via FTP will not count towards the record setting attempt.

Mac users have complained that OS X versions of Firefox 3 don’t use Mac user interface and user elements. The first Firefox 3 release candidate came in May 2008 after Mozilla had released several beta versions of the browser.

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Wednesday 07 May 2008
Yahoo is Now Interested in Microsoft Deal After Getting Rejected
Christo [PCD] , Wednesday 07 May 2008 - 20:08:40 //

Yahoo and Microsoft continue in their Hills-esque drama

Yahoo seemingly made its position absolutely clear -- it felt Microsoft's offer of $31 a share, a 62 percent premium on current prices at the time of the offer, was unfair and undervalued the company. It argued that anything less than $37 a share, or roughly a 91 percent premium on the price at the time, would be unsatisfactory.

In the end Microsoft dropped its offer, citing that Yahoo's expectations were unrealistic, while Yahoo tried desperately to reassure employees and shareholders that it had a plan to weather the tough times ahead.

However, it didn't take long for Yahoo to apparently start hoping that Microsoft would consider pursuing it again. In a move like something out of a television drama, the company announced only 48 hours after Microsoft dropped its bid that it would be willing to negotiate for a sub $37 price and that it would be happy to reopen talks with Microsoft.

Chairman Roy Bostock indicated that Yahoo's stubbornness on the $37 dollar price was basically an effort to get a bit more money out of Microsoft and it really didn't hope to get that much. He told the Wall Street Journal, "Listening to shareholders is very important but you'll get lots of points of view...we think a fair value for the company is $37. It was not a take-it-or-leave it statement."

Yahoo is getting blasted by its largest shareholder, Capital Research Global Investors, one of the most respected investment institutions on Wall Street. Gordon Crawford, a portfolio manager with the firm remarked in the WSJ article, "I'm extremely disappointed in Jerry Yang, I think he overplayed a weak hand. And I'm even more disappointed in the independent directors who were not responsive to the needs of independent shareholders."

In a separate New York Times article, Crawford continues to voice his disapproval stating, "I am extremely angry at Jerry Yang and at the so-called independent board."

In regards to Bostock's claims of shareholder support he challenges, "I would love to know who these shareholders are. It’s none of the ones that I talked to today. Everybody I talked to would have sold their stock at $34."

He continues, "I’m hoping that there is such an outpouring of outrage that the board is embarrassed into revisiting this thing, but I’m not optimistic about that."

Henry Blodget with the Silicon Valley Insider writes on the Yahoo's hardball stance and its recent reversal, "In other words, it was just a gambit--which Roy, Jerry et al, expected Steve would quickly counter with a bid of, say, $34-$35 because he was so desperate to buy Yahoo. Oops."

Now it appears that the price has dropped to $34, but it remains to be seen if Microsoft shows any interest in the company after it made up its mind to reject it. Microsoft has said it will remain open to offers, but at this point it has to wonder -- if Yahoo only took this long to drop the asking price $3, how much longer will it really take for Yahoo to drop $3 more to the original asking price? The only thing that seems sure at this point is that there's sure to be more drama between the pair.

[Submitted by Christo [PCD]]

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Saturday 01 December 2007
Google Maps GPS Simulator.
Christo [PCD] , Saturday 01 December 2007 - 07:28:17 //

"A new version of Google Maps introduced this week includes a beta feature dubbed My Location that was designed to simulate the GPS experience on mobile phones and handheld devices that do not include GPS hardware, like Apple's iPhone. Essentially, the My Location feature takes information broadcast from mobile towers near non-GPS equipped mobile phones to approximate the device's current location on the map down to about 10 city blocks. "It's not GPS, but it comes pretty close (approximately 1000m close, on average)," the Mountain View, Calif.-based search giant explained on its website. "We're still in beta, but we're excited to launch this feature and are constantly working to improve our coverage and accuracy." The My Location feature is currently available for most web-enabled mobile phones, including Java, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, and Nokia/Symbian devices."


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Thursday 25 October 2007
Young Love: Microsoft Wins Share of Facebook
Christo [PCD] , Thursday 25 October 2007 - 19:37:40 //

Microsoft has just made a move on one of Silicon Valley's hottest pieces of property.

For weeks, rumors were swirling that Microsoft was wooing Facebook and considering investing in the social networking giant.

True to these rumors, the pair has finally gone public about their new partnership. Microsoft has agreed to fork over $240 million USD to gain a minority share in Facebook. The move gives it only a small percentage – approximately 1.6 percent -- of Facebook's net worth. However, even such a small commitment between these two giants will likely have major ramifications in the software and internet industry.

According to accounts, internet media giant Google was narrowly beat out in intense negotiations by Microsoft.

The move raises Facebook's net worth to approximately 15 billion dollars. Interestingly this means that if each of the 50 million users of the social network had a price attached to them, based on the site's next worth, each would be worth approximately $306.12.

The move grants Microsoft some special benefits. Microsoft gains exclusive rights to sell Facebook advertising. Facebook's advertising reaches an international market of millions, so this very useful. Microsoft has already begun to sell ads on Facebook, as of yesterday. The deal will last until 2011.

Like any good partnership, there is plenty of sharing -- the revenue from the advertisements will be split between Microsoft and Facebook.

Facebook certainly has its own perks, too -- it gets a large cash infusion, which it can use to hire new developers and expand its resources. Facebook announced it plans to expand from its current 300 employees to nearly 700 within a year. It also gets assistance developing a robust advertising system.

The move is definitely a win-win for both parties. Kevin Johnson, president of Microsoft’s Platforms & Services division discussed the excitement about the new pairing:

The opportunity to further collaborate as advertising partners is a big reason we have decided to take an equity stake, and is a strong statement of our confidence in the long-term economics of this partnership. We’re very pleased with the scope and depth of our partnership. It’s a big industry. The equity stake we’re taking is a strong statement of confidence about this partnership. Just sit back and watch how this partnership develops. There’s a lot we’re going to do together.

Facebook was considered one of the most attractive software companies due to its torrid growth. The network has been doubling its user base every six months. Its growth has dramatically outpaced its chief rival in online social networking, Myspace.com.

Mark Zuckerburg, the creator of the network, and its CEO, often draws comparisons to Bill Gates. He also has been the target of some recent suits from former classmates who claim he stole their idea (which may perhaps further increase comparisons to Gates).

Microsoft is not Facebook's only new interest, though. Facebook has just entered into a partnership with Blackberry to make "Faceberry" phones...Blackberry phones preloaded with Facebook access and functionality. Facebook's new software for the Blackberry will make use of its push email system to access user's accounts. Users will even be able to take pictures and create tags for them.

Facebook also recently announced grants of up to $250,000 for software developers who can present new ideas for Facebook applications, as reported at DailyTech.

The future is certainly looking bright for Facebook. With its new partnership with Microsoft, the world's largest tech partnership, an exciting world of possibilities opens up to the network and its users.
[Submitted by Christo [PCD]]

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Largest TV Piracy Site Shut Down, Staff Arrested
Christo [PCD] , Thursday 25 October 2007 - 19:37:25 //

TV-Links.co.uk rankled the media industry for long enough according to British authorities

Marking the first closure of its kind against a UK-based piracy site, TV-Links.co.uk was raided and shut down by British authorities late last week. According to the United Kingdom (FACT), the raid also culminated with the arrests of the site’s 26-year-old webmaster and part of the site’s moderation staff. The raid was carried out through a coordinated effort involving investigators from FACT and the local police.

TV-Links.co.uk provided links to TV shows posted on various video-sharing websites, like YouTube or Google Video. The site didn’t in actually host any copyrighted content – a fact that forum posters throughout the internet have pointed out – and oftentimes the sites that TV-Links linked to did nothing to remove infringing content.

According to FACT, “sites such as TV-Links contribute to and profit from copyright infringement by identifying, posting, organising, and indexing links to infringing content found on the internet that users can then view on demand by visiting these illegal sites.? Kieron Sharp, director general for FACT said that TV-Links is only the first target in a larger “crackdown? on web piracy.

“It's a pity the Gloucestershire Police started with such small fry. There are a couple of multibillionaires called Larry Page and Sergey Brin -- the founders of Google -- who provide vast numbers of links to content that is being illegally distributed,? wrote Jack Schofield, a blogger and commentator for The Guardian. “Indeed … they actually host plenty of illegal content on their own video site, YouTube, which has a UK operation.?

“This effectively makes the entire internet illegal,? wrote ‘Rich’ of The New Freedom. “A man is now in prison because he runs a site where other people can link to low-resolution TV shows, hosted by Google. FACT did not raid Google, they raided a site which merely links to TV shows.?
[Submitted by Christo [PCD]]

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