2012 olympics

2012 olympics

US Women's Gymnastics Team Decides Self-Chosen Nickname 'Fierce Five' Needs Trademark Protection

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Is anyone else out there excited to hear about athletes trademarking nicknames? Anyone? Or is it just another one of those things that seems to go hand-in-hand with buying defensive patents by the bucket-load and fending off onerous members of artists' estates? These IP land grabs seem to be a...
US Women's Gymnastics Team Decides Self-Chosen Nickname 'Fierce Five' Needs Trademark Protection

Samsung pushes NFC at Olympics and in Japan

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Samsung has launched two new initiatives to encourage the usage of NFC mobile payment solutions. The phone and tablet maker has unveiled its official mobile payment app for the upcoming 2012 Olympics and Paralympic Games in London later this year. Samsung also announced that it will work with FeliCa to...
Samsung pushes NFC at Olympics and in Japan

BBC to broadcast 2012 Olympics in 3D

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The BBC has reportedly committed to broadcasting some of the London 2012 Olympics Games in 3D. Events to be aired in 3D include the Olympic Opening Ceremony, the closing ceremony, the men's 100m final, and the nightly highlights program, among others.......
BBC to broadcast 2012 Olympics in 3D
Netflix streaming activity may have dropped 25 percent due to Olympics coverage

Guy Adams Twitter incident showcases social network's growing pains

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British journalist was suspended from service after he criticised NBC's Olympics coverage, and the backlash has been fierceTwitter on Tuesday reinstated the account of a British journalist it suspended for publishing the email address of an executive at NBC, which had been attracting a significant amount of incoming fire over...
Guy Adams Twitter incident showcases social network's growing pains

Iran 'blocks 2012 Olympics site'

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Iranian internet users report that they can no longer access the official London 2012 Olympics website....
Iran 'blocks 2012 Olympics site'

Felix Baumgartner jump: record 8m watch live on YouTube

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Video website attracts biggest audience for live stream to date - but more viewers watch Downton Abbey on TV in UKA world away from the traditional Sunday night viewing pleasures of Downton Abbey, supersonic skydiver Felix Baumgartner's 24-mile fall to earth was watched by a record audience of more than...
Felix Baumgartner jump: record 8m watch live on YouTube

Retail's Future: Facebook Loyalty Cards And Touch Screen Showrooms

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Supermarkets using customers' Facebook accounts as simultaneous discount/surveillance platforms? Vending machines where you can pay by iPhone? Ordering luxury cars and private jets via iPad-like interfaces and sidestepping the salesman? They're all here.Over in Europe, commercial brands are quietly working on technologies to change the way we shop for the...
Retail's Future: Facebook Loyalty Cards And Touch Screen Showrooms

Azure Media Services opens to the public, helping developers deliver streaming video to any device

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Today Microsoft announced the general availability of Azure Media Services, a new set of tools and analytics to help developers build massively scaling media delivery services involving real-time video. For example, Microsoft claims that “Last year several broadcasters used Windows Azure Media Services to stream the London 2012 Olympics.” That in mind,...
Azure Media Services opens to the public, helping developers deliver streaming video to any device

[Video] How to Stream the 2012 London Olympics, With or Without Cable

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There are a lot of ways to get your 2012 Olympics fix. Here's how to do, whether or not you're a cable subscriber....
[Video] How to Stream the 2012 London Olympics, With or Without Cable

London 2012: Gymnastics takes gold for internet memes and gifs

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Gymnastics has come out on top for internet memes of the London 2012 Olympics - but what have been your favourite? Leave your suggestion in commentsIt might comfortably be said that the London 2012 Olympics was the Games the internet meme and gif struck gold.But one sport in particular seems...
London 2012: Gymnastics takes gold for internet memes and gifs

Olympics bans links to its site if you're 'derogatory'

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The rules of the London 2012 Olympics site seem to be somewhat odd, if not inanely unenforceable, if not otherwise objectionable. [Read more]...
Olympics bans links to its site if you're 'derogatory'

How Social Media & Social TV Will Change Super Bowl 2012

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This year's Super Bowl will be more social than ever before. With the rise of social TV and the first-ever 2,800-square-foot social media command center, fans who have trekked down to Indianapolis and people at Super Bowl parties across the country can now opt to have a super-connected experience. This...
How Social Media & Social TV Will Change Super Bowl 2012

£9m cost of eye scanning 'would have been better spent on staff'

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Report on UK Border Agency criticises IRIS scheme and raises questions on progress of e-borders and e-gates Money spent on the UK Border Agency's (UKBA) IRIS biometric scanning system would have been better used for staff, the home affairs select committee has found.IRIS was introduced in UK airports in 2006...
£9m cost of eye scanning 'would have been better spent on staff'

O2 UK offers Samsung Galaxy Note and Galaxy Y in Olympics versions, S Javelin sadly missing

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Are you so enthused with the 2012 Olympics that special tablets and non-stop TV coverage won't fully scratch the itch? O2 UK is letting you flaunt your British competitive pride every time you check Twitter by selling Olympic editions of Samsung's Galaxy Note and Galaxy Y. Either comes with...
O2 UK offers Samsung Galaxy Note and Galaxy Y in Olympics versions, S Javelin sadly missing

Engadget HD Podcast 294 - 04.10.2012

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This week on the Engadget HD podcast it's not all about Netflix -- it just seems that way. The streaming company has new apps out on the Xbox 360 and coming to TiVo, but we're also going to be busy talking about surround sound and possible reasons why more...
Engadget HD Podcast 294 - 04.10.2012

YouTube streaming London 2012 Olympics to Asia and Africa

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YouTube will be streaming the London 2012 Olympic Games to countries in Asia and Africa. The International Olympic Committee's (IOC) YouTube channel will be streaming various live feeds from the games, allowing potential viewers the chance to see the events in countries where it may not normally be broadcast. The...
YouTube streaming London 2012 Olympics to Asia and Africa

Bill Gates buys £110m stake in security group G4S

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Microsoft co-founder reveals 3% of security group which was criticised for chaotic Olympics performanceBill Gates has bought a £110m stake in G4S, the security company trying to rebuild its reputation following its chaotic performance during the London 2012 Olympics.Representatives of the Microsoft co-founder's charity, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation...
Bill Gates buys £110m stake in security group G4S
NBC's Olympics website garners 744 million page views, quadrupling Beijing Games

10 Most Popular Stories Of The Week: Small Biz Branding, Olympic Design, And More

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Infographics without Excel, a finger-sized newspaper printer, and the new Pinterest from the creators of Twitter. Check out these stories and more in this week's top 10. 1. Infographics Become Easy As Pie, With This Disruptive Font Co.Design Cool graphs and graphics without the hassle of Excel. 2. 10...
10 Most Popular Stories Of The Week: Small Biz Branding, Olympic Design, And More

In Age of Twitter, NBC Rewrites Olympic Playbook

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In NBC’s Rockefeller Center headquarters, workers were hustling Friday to transform the “Saturday Night Live” sound stage into a command center for coverage of the 2012 Olympics Games. Much of this is familiar territory for America’s No. 3 network. NBC has broadcast nearly all the summer games to the U.S....
In Age of Twitter, NBC Rewrites Olympic Playbook

Olympic Hurdle: Using Social Media

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The 2012 Olympics are forcing Olympics lovers to consider the unthinkable--staying off the Internet for much of the games' 17-day span to avoid spoilers....
Olympic Hurdle: Using Social Media

Fuel Cell Taxis Unveiled for 2012 London Olympics

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A prototype of London’s future fuel cell taxi fleet was just unveiled at their city hall yesterday and has us a lil’ jealous of their forward thinking plans. The fleet of water emitting “black cabs” will help Londoners meet their goals of being tailpipe emissions free by 2020 and...
Fuel Cell Taxis Unveiled for 2012 London Olympics
NBC recruits Google and ComScore to measure viewership for 2012 Olympics

UK Trying To Censor Parody Video About The 2012 Olympics

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We've discussed for many years how the Olympics has a ridiculously overaggressive approach to attacking free speech for those who criticize or mention aspects of the Olympics without permission. In most locations that host the Olympics, special extraordinary laws get passed against specific expressions around the Olympics that go beyond...
UK Trying To Censor Parody Video About The 2012 Olympics

Visa, Samsung Ink NFC Deal, Galaxy S IV First In Line For Deep Integration; ROAM Is Visa's First 'Ready' Mobile Payment Partner

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Visa is swiftly moving ahead announcing its first partners for its new NFC initiative and push into the wider world of mobile payments — two programs it announced a few days ago that come with a set of APIs to let third parties integrate the credit card giant’s payment services more...
Visa, Samsung Ink NFC Deal, Galaxy S IV First In Line For Deep Integration; ROAM Is Visa's First 'Ready' Mobile Payment Partner
Exclusive: China's online Olympics audience breaks records

Your Complete Social Media Guide to the 2012 London Olympics

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As the 2012 Olympics kick off today, don't rely solely on the TV broadcasts to enjoy the festivities: Thanks to social media, there are plenty of alternatives....
Your Complete Social Media Guide to the 2012 London Olympics

Finger Olympic, NASA Television, Fix-it Felix Jr. and more on this week's top free iOS apps

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Olympic-themed apps are still enjoying the London 2012 Olympics as millions of people turn to their smartphones to get the latest updates, scores or play games inspired by the events. Mauro Garcia’s Finger Olympic game takes the No. 1 spot on this week’s top free iPhone apps chart while NBC Olympics Live...
Finger Olympic, NASA Television, Fix-it Felix Jr. and more on this week's top free iOS apps

Olympics Website Leans on Open Source, Akamai for Winning Results

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Like the athletes themselves, the official website of the London 2012 Olympics gets only one chance to reach peak performance under intense pressure. To meet that demand, the site has been load tested to handle a million unique visitors per hour. Read what else CIO.com columnist Bernard Golden learned from...
Olympics Website Leans on Open Source, Akamai for Winning Results
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