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HTC phones getting PlayStation Suite certification in 2012?

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Anonymous sources have told Pocket-Lint that Sony will be allowing rival smartphone maker HTC to have PlayStation Certification for its devices. An official announcement is expected at MWC at the end of the month, with devices able to play PSOne games and access to the Android-flavor of the Sony...
HTC phones getting PlayStation Suite certification in 2012?

You Think $1 Billion Was Expensive For Instagram? They Originally Asked For $2 Billion

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Facebook raised a lot of eyebrows when it bought Instagram for $1 billion last week. But that's actually a bargain compared with Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom's original asking price of $2 billion. That spectacular number appears in Wall Street Journal, which this evening ran down the details of the intense...
You Think $1 Billion Was Expensive For Instagram? They Originally Asked For $2 Billion

A new app promises to let anyone use social media sentiment to guide them in the stock market

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Derwent Capital Markets raised eyebrows when it launched a hedge fund that used analysis of Twitter to predict movements in the stock market. Now the London-based firm is set to open up its technology for anyone to use via what it’s calling the “world’s first social media sentiment analysis trading...
A new app promises to let anyone use social media sentiment to guide them in the stock market

Copyright Lobby Scores Another Victory in the Piracy Wars as Torrent Site Shuts Down

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If recent crackdowns against file-sharing were meant as a warning shot to other site owners, it has indeed been heard loud and clear. First, sites like FileSonic and FileServe voluntarily scaled back their functionality, while others vocally defended their own practices in the wake of the Megaupload shutdown. Today, popular...
Copyright Lobby Scores Another Victory in the Piracy Wars as Torrent Site Shuts Down

Mystery Samsung phone with Snapdragon S4 pops up in benchmarks, may or may not be Verizon's Galaxy S III

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While pre-release benchmarks have a very hit or miss record for clues as to what future devices will bring, they almost always raise eyebrows. Nowhere is that more true than in a round of NenaMark2 testing uncovered this weekend: a previously unknown Samsung SCH-i535 for Verizon has tipped up...
Mystery Samsung phone with Snapdragon S4 pops up in benchmarks, may or may not be Verizon's Galaxy S III

Oliver North Sold Weapons to Iran. Now He’s Selling 'Call of Duty'

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In case you haven't seen it already, Oliver North is now selling video games. And fear. It's a step down from illegally selling weapons, true, but it's still raising eyebrows. Go on, take a look at these clips. They're part of a "documentary" released by publishers Activision to coincide with the...
Oliver North Sold Weapons to Iran. Now He’s Selling 'Call of Duty'

Amazon Instant Video Comes To iPad

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Amazon Prime members who like to rock an iPad, not the Kindle Fire, now have access to Amazon’s ever-growing collection of movies and TV with today’s launch of the Amazon Instant Video app, which just popped up this morning in the App Store for iPad. As with the desktop and...
Amazon Instant Video Comes To iPad

Microsoft Office coming to both iOS and Android this November, report claims

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According to a story on Boy Genius Report (BGR), Microsoft is preparing to release versions of its popular Office productivity suite for both iOS and Android tablets this November. Its data, gleaned from a ‘reliable source, BGR claims that the version for iOS is exceptionally similar to what The Daily reported...
Microsoft Office coming to both iOS and Android this November, report claims

LG Optimus Vu launches in Korea, gets priced

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LG's 5-inch smartphone has finally arrived -- at least over in Korea. While 4:3 ratio display raised a few eyebrows during its debut at MWC, the IPS display, lightweight frame and stylus has us chasing after a review model to give it the full run-down. Anyone in LG's homeland...
LG Optimus Vu launches in Korea, gets priced

Instagram’s Buyout: No Bubble to See Here

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Instagram’s billion-dollar sale to Facebook raised eyebrows Monday, renewing fears of a new tech bubble. But compared to other major acquisitions since the dot-com bust, turns out it’s a pretty sane deal. To put the acquisition in perspective I pulled together data from a selection of 30 notable internet acquisitions...
Instagram’s Buyout: No Bubble to See Here

DOJ looking into whether Comcast, other TV giants are unfairly (knee)capping Hulu, Netflix

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The Department of Justice may have taken Netflix chief Reed Hastings' net neutrality complaints about Comcast as a lot more than just sour grapes. It's reportedly conducting an investigation into whether Comcast, AT&T and other TV providers are anti-competitive in their data restrictions. The Wall Street Journal cites primary...
DOJ looking into whether Comcast, other TV giants are unfairly (knee)capping Hulu, Netflix

Google: That 2.25 Percent MoMo Patent Royalty Sounds About Right to Us

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Motorola Mobility’s demand that Apple pay it patent royalties of 2.25 percent on sales of some iPhones and iPads raised a lot of eyebrows. But not at Google, which could close its acquisition of Motorola Mobility as early as next week. Evidently, Google has no trouble with that percentage at...
Google: That 2.25 Percent MoMo Patent Royalty Sounds About Right to Us

Why Louis CK and Amanda Palmer are the future of content

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Comedian Louis CK raised some eyebrows earlier this year when he sold downloads of a live show through his website and pulled in more than $1 million in about a week, despite the fact that fans could easily download the content for free. Now, he has done it again:...
Why Louis CK and Amanda Palmer are the future of content

Apple Taps Martin Scorsese And His Eyebrows For The Latest Siri Commercial

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The latest Siri commercial just hit, and like recent ad spots, Apple turned to a celebrity to endorse the lackluster iOS feature. And, also like the other commercials, the dialog between Siri and the user seems a bit more simple, almost mundane, in comparisons to the early Siri commercials....
Apple Taps Martin Scorsese And His Eyebrows For The Latest Siri Commercial

Possible new Mac Pro part numbers tip up, WWDC attendees raise eyebrows

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We're still unsure as to whether or not Apple's rumored Mac update smorgasbord will come to pass at WWDC, but if any of it pans out, it looks to be the almost mythological Mac Pro update. A trio of model numbers for a "K5BPLUS" have popped up that 9to5...
Possible new Mac Pro part numbers tip up, WWDC attendees raise eyebrows

Back up a second: YouTube isn't pumping a further $200m into original content

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Tuesday saw the Wall Street Journal raise eyebrows when it reported that YouTube was set to invest a further $200 million into beefing up its professional content push, just two months after putting an initial $200 million into its ‘channel’ strategy. That cash injection would reflect a serious “doubling down”...
Back up a second: YouTube isn't pumping a further $200m into original content
Tizen shows off new interface and the potential of HTML5 mobile apps
Google building 'firewall' between Android and Motorola after acquisition
Is Comcast prioritizing its Xfinity app over competitors like Netflix?

Firefox For Android Beta Gets Native UI, Improved Performance And Support for Flash

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Mozilla was late to the mobile revolution and is still playing catch-up with Firefox for mobile. It’s starting to look as if Firefox for Android is slowly becoming a competitive player on Google’s platform, though. Today, Mozilla is launching its most radical redesign of its browser for Android in beta....
Firefox For Android Beta Gets Native UI, Improved Performance And Support for Flash

Daily Report: Seeking the Next Instagram

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When Facebook bought Instagram for $1 billion last month, it raised a lot of eyebrows - and questions about which start-ups might be on track for similar success, Jenna Wortham and Nicole Perlroth report in Monday's New York Times. They offer an inherently incomplete list of companies, any one of...
Daily Report: Seeking the Next Instagram

Open Garden lets mobile users cultivate a crowdsourced mesh network

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Internet access is limited by service providers, who act as gatekeepers to the treasures of connectivity. But could crowdsourcing connectivity be the answer to the problem for mobile users? That’s the question startup Open Garden is looking to answer. The San Francisco company, which debuted this week at TechCrunch Disrupt...
Open Garden lets mobile users cultivate a crowdsourced mesh network
Firefox 14 For Android Graduates From Beta, We Go Hands-On

Massive Copyright Infringement Suit Could Collapse Cyberlocker, Studio Warns

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Less than two weeks ago, adult studio Corbin Fisher sued the operators of file-hosting service Oron for a cool $34.8 million, claiming that they induce the sharing of copyright infringing via their service. “Oron is cognizant of its role as the vehicle in which infringers act in concert with one...
Massive Copyright Infringement Suit Could Collapse Cyberlocker, Studio Warns

Prototype 2 – preview

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Activision's upcoming sequel to its 2009 sleeper hit Prototype sees Alex Mercer back in the fray … with a twistWhen news emerged last year that a second instalment for Radical Entertainment's superhero stompfest Prototype was in the pipeline for 2012, it raised more than a few wry eyebrows. After all,...
Prototype 2 – preview

DEMO Report: Startup Creativity Through Variety

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Entrepreneurs demonstrating their latest ideas at the EMO Spring 2012 conference showed that inspiration travels in many directions. The young companies that took the stage Wednesday to kick off the three-day startup fest in Santa Clara, California, demonstrated a surprisingly wide variety of software and Web services. Unfortunately, one...
DEMO Report: Startup Creativity Through Variety
Apple must announce that 'not as cool' Samsung tablet not a copy

Facebook Insiders Cash Shares In, Pre-IPO Hackathon, New Apps

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News updates all day from your Fast Company editors.The additional shares available on IPO that Facebook revealed later yesterday actually won't make Facebook itself any cash--they are actually being sold by existing insider shareholders. This may have raised a few eyebrows in the financial world because selling a stake like...
Facebook Insiders Cash Shares In, Pre-IPO Hackathon, New Apps

Global PC shipments tick up in Q1, raising eyebrows

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To the likely consternation of those convinced that anyone caught with a normal computer is dreadfully behind the post-PC wave, PC sales are up. In the first quarter of 2012, total global PC shipments inched up 1.9%, surprising Gartner, which had anticipated a decline of 1.2%. A total of 89 million...
Global PC shipments tick up in Q1, raising eyebrows

Appfog takes Amazon to task for cloud lock-in

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Lucas Carlson, CEO AppFog Positioning his company as David to Amazon’s Goliath, Appfog CEO Lucas Carlson blasted Amazon Web Services for locking developers into a closed ecosystem. “Amazon keeps innovating new services and on the one hand I applaud them for that. On the other, the higher up they go,...
Appfog takes Amazon to task for cloud lock-in
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