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LibreOffice developer shows prototype Android and HTML5 ports

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The Document Foundation (TDF) announced plans last year to create mobile and cloud versions of LibreOffice. A preliminary iOS porting effort that was undertaken earlier in 2011 demonstrated the viability of the project and showed that the open source office suite could have a future beyond the desktop. In...
LibreOffice developer shows prototype Android and HTML5 ports

Germany Increases 'You Are All Pirates' Tax On Solid State Media By 2000%

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Techflaws alerts us to an announcement by ZPÜ, the organization responsible for setting the levy on storage media in Germany, that fees will rise rather significantly (German original). For a USB stick with a capacity greater than 4 Gbytes, the tax would increase from 8 eurocents (about 10 cents) to...
Germany Increases 'You Are All Pirates' Tax On Solid State Media By 2000%

Boo, the World's Cutest Dog, Calls a Facebook Employee "Mom"

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If you’ve been anywhere near the Web over the past few years, you’ve probably come across Boo. He’s the self-proclaimed “World’s Cutest Dog” — a six-year-old pomeranian with a carefully coiffed hairdo, his own book deal, and nearly five million Facebook fans. He’s especially popular inside of Facebook, too. That’s...
Boo, the World's Cutest Dog, Calls a Facebook Employee "Mom"

The Mobile 15: Our picks for the most innovative companies

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The mobile industry has changed radically in just a few years:  We’ve had the smartphone revolution and the app revolution. And it was only three years ago that the tablet was written off as failed experiment. Now, it is testing the physical boundaries of the internet. What’s next? Faster and cheaper...
The Mobile 15: Our picks for the most innovative companies
EMC follows VMware, rest of world, into OpenStack
Facebook adds another partner to FB Exchange: social ad network RadiumOne

Waterstones deal with Amazon puts Kindle and ebooks instore

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Waterstones will sell Kindle ereaders on sale for the first time and offer free wifi, so customers can buy a book or download it instoreWaterstones has announced a surprise tie-up with Amazon that will enable shoppers to pluck ebooks as well as physical books from its shelves.The companies did not...
Waterstones deal with Amazon puts Kindle and ebooks instore

Thanks To A ‘Conflict Of Interest,’ Target Said To Stop Selling Amazon’s Kindle

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If you were planning to swing by your local Target to buy a Kindle some time soon, you may want to add a little pep to your step. An inside source told The Verge that Amazon’s line of Kindle e-readers and tablets would soon disappear from Target’s store shelves, due...
Thanks To A ‘Conflict Of Interest,’ Target Said To Stop Selling Amazon’s Kindle

ITC Postpones iPhone Ban Decision

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The Joy of TechThe U.S. International Trade Commission was scheduled to issue a final decision in Samsung’s patent infringement case against Apple this week. Instead it issued a postponement. The ITC said Wednesday that it is delaying its ruling on Samsung’s complaint until May 31 while it considers the consumer...
ITC Postpones iPhone Ban Decision

Facebook Already Made Friend Finder Changes Demanded By German Court

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A German court ruling against Facebook this morning is likely moot because the social network has already made most of the changes the court demands. See, back in 2010 a German consumer organization complained Facebook’s Friend Finder inviter feature didn’t adequately inform users their imported contacts would be used to...
Facebook Already Made Friend Finder Changes Demanded By German Court

Megaupload co-founder granted bail, New Zealand judge rules he's not a flight risk

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After being denied twice, Megupload co-founder Kim Dotcom has been granted bail by a New Zealand judge, who ruled he isn't in fact a flight risk. To date, the court's rationale for keeping Dotcom behind bars has been that he might flee to his native Germany in a bid...
Megaupload co-founder granted bail, New Zealand judge rules he's not a flight risk

Here's why Sprint offered $2.1B to buy the rest of Clearwire

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Sprint said it was in discussions with Clearwire( s clwr) to buy the remaining chunk of stock in the company in a deal valued at $2.1 billion. The nation’s third largest wireless carrier is an investor and majority stockholder in Clearwire with 51.7 percent of the stock. This proposed transaction...
Here's why Sprint offered $2.1B to buy the rest of Clearwire
"Steam was broken" without a route to the living room, says Valve's Greg Coomer

The Smart Negotiating Tips Selena Rezvani Just Gave LinkedIn Employees

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Negotiating is tough. But if you want to make it to the top, you've got to learn how to do it effectively, says career expert and author Selena Rezvani, whose latest book is  Pushback: How Smart Women Ask — And Stand Up — For What They Want. Rezvani spoke to...
The Smart Negotiating Tips Selena Rezvani Just Gave LinkedIn Employees

Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G review

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Maybe you've noticed, maybe you haven't, but the Galaxy S 4G no longer exists at T-Mobile. Just one year ago, it replaced the Vibrant -- the carrier's first Galaxy S handset -- and now the Galaxy S 4G has similarly felt the cold embrace of Father Time. Fear not,...
Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G review

Podcast: How the internet of things may make parents less worried but more neurotic

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Parenting is tough. Not only are babies incapable of listening to your rationale pleas for sleep, but they are tiny, fragile things that require your constant vigilance and protection. Or at least that’s the messaging around parenting in the U.S. To support new parents an entire industry of products from...
Podcast: How the internet of things may make parents less worried but more neurotic

From Instagram to MySpace: a guide to hip social startup acquisitions

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The list of tech giants buying up hot web firms is long, but the clear benefits aren'tSo Facebook is buying Instagram for $1,000,000,000 (in a mixture of cash and shares) even though Instagram's revenues don't add up to $0,000,000,1. Why? Because, said Mark Zuckerberg, he wants to "offer the best...
From Instagram to MySpace: a guide to hip social startup acquisitions
Mobile app development: 94% of software developers betting on HTML5 winning

Apple Strikes Back In Jailbreak-Siri Arms Race

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When Siri was announced strictly for the iPhone 4S, the mod community likely took that as a challenge. Before long, the service had been hacked and shortly thereafter ported to a number of potentially compatible devices. The problem, of course, is that Apple gets to decide what devices are compatible,...
Apple Strikes Back In Jailbreak-Siri Arms Race
Google and sponsored search results: is there a "war on free clicks?"

iKamasutra: A Tale Of Sex, Love, And Apple App Store Rejection

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I’ve seen plenty of apps get yanked from Apple’s App Store in my day, but the news of an app called iKamasutra getting that same treatment really has me scratching my head. I won’t rehash the entire story, but here’s the gist of what happened: Apple pulled the iKamasutra from...
iKamasutra: A Tale Of Sex, Love, And Apple App Store Rejection
AT&T should be investigated for ‘fraudulent’ data policies, public interest group says
With Presence app, People Power pulls a pivot

YouTube Star Managers The Collective Buy Web Video Pioneer MetaCafe

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MetaCafe was a Web video pioneer that fell behind YouTube and never caught up. And now it has a new, slightly unconventional home: Hollywood management agency The Collective is buying the video site. I don’t have deal terms, and don’t know what will happen to MetaCafe’s site and staff. But...
YouTube Star Managers The Collective Buy Web Video Pioneer MetaCafe

Why you should have comments, even when they are bad

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If you spend long enough reading blogs — or even newspapers, for that matter — you will eventually come across an essay about how a site is struggling with the question of whether to allow comments, or has decided to shut them down. The latest example of this genre...
Why you should have comments, even when they are bad

Cloud computing to generate 14 million jobs, according to Microsoft-commissioned study

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Research firm IDC, in a study paid for by Microsoft, predicts that cloud computing will generate nearly 14 million jobs globally by 2015 -- based on the premise that companies that move to the cloud will see increased revenue growth and cost savings that will lead them to create jobs....
Cloud computing to generate 14 million jobs, according to Microsoft-commissioned study

Kindle Touch To Debut In Europe On April 27, Still No Kindle Fire In Sight

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For all the benefits that come with living in Europe — sharing a unified currency, easy access to medical care — getting timely access to Amazon’s popular line of Kindle e-readers isn’t one of them. While Amazon begun shipping their WiFi-only Kindles to a handful of new markets this past...
Kindle Touch To Debut In Europe On April 27, Still No Kindle Fire In Sight
Madison Logic launches scary-good lead-gen platform retargeting your customer database
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