Archive for April, 2012

FTC drafts hardcore litigator for Google antitrust grilling

FTC drafts hardcore litigator for Google antitrust grilling

Google faces an intense courtroom grilling over antitrust allegations, with the FTC retaining a notorious litigator in what observers say marks a "watershed moment" for online privacy regulation. The Federal Trade Commission turned to former Justice Department prosecutor Beth A. Wilkinson, famed in legal circles for her lead role convicting Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh, the NYTimes reports, with suggestions that the Google case could have implications on a par with the Microsoft antitrust decisions of the 1990s.

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New Ford Escape EPA rated for 33 mpg with 1.6L EcoBoost

New Ford Escape EPA rated for 33 mpg with 1.6L EcoBoost

Ford has announced the EPA handed down the fuel economy rating for the new Ford Escape with the 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine. The EcoBoost used in the Escape is a 1.6-liter twin turbo engine offering 2 miles per gallon more fuel efficiency than competing products such as the Honda CR-V and the Toyota RAV4 on the highway. The new Escape offers five mpg better fuel economy than the outgoing version of the small SUV.

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“Worse than SOPA” CISPA bill passes

“Worse than SOPA” CISPA bill passes

Luckily for denizens of the internet, SOPA was struck down not too long ago, but there’s another bill which was passed by the House of Representatives that proves just as menacing. It’s called CISPA, and was voted for 248 to 168. The bill would require private companies to hand over information they pertaining to you if requested by any government agency. That includes websites like Google, YouTube, and Facebook.

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Samsung scores record Q1 2012

Samsung scores record Q1 2012

It’s definitely that time of the month: just about company is releasing its Q1 ‘12 financial results, and the trend seems to be that they’re either delivering killer results or floundering. Samsung falls into the former category, announcing that total sales reached ₩45.27 trillion (~$39.9 billion), slightly down from last quarter, but up 22% year-on-year. Operating profit is at an all time high at ₩5.85 trillion (~$5.15 billion), a 98% increase from Q1 2011.

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Samsung knocks Nokia from global phone top-spot

Samsung knocks Nokia from global phone top-spot

Samsung has ousted Nokia from the cellphone top-spot, taking the number one position in handset sales worldwide, according to research firms. New figures from IHS iSuppli and Strategy Analytics confirm that Nokia has finally slipped from its perch at the top of the cellular tower, the company's dwindling sales over the past few quarters driving it down to 22.5-percent marketshare in Q1 2012; in contrast, Samsung took 25.4-percent of the worldwide mobile phone marketshare in the same period, while Apple's stellar iPhone sales recently have pushed the company to 9.5-percent of the global marketshare.

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Magic the Gathering creator goes to Kickstarter for mobile game

Magic the Gathering creator goes to Kickstarter for mobile game

You just can't deny the staying power that a little collectible card game has. Magic the Gathering is still alive and kicking, but the man who created it wants to start something brand new and to be reintroduced to the world through the medium everyone is using these days - mobile. Richard Garfield has launched a Kickstarter campaign in which he is looking for funding for the new project. He's sure to have enough fans to hit his target.

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Olympic athletes sue Samsung over Facebook app

Olympic athletes sue Samsung over Facebook app

No fewer than 18 world-class athletes are fuming over a Facebook app that lets users see how closely they are connected to stars of the Olympic games. The app, powered by Samsung, ties in its products and services to the upcoming 2012 games. It is essentially like Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, but instead of Kevin Bacon it's professional athletes who have won in the Olympics. Now, a dozen and a half of those athletes are suing.

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Square Enix Dragon Quest to go online in August

Square Enix Dragon Quest to go online in August

One of Square Enix's longest-running and most heralded game franchises - and thus one of the most heralded franchises in all of video games - is about to take a step into uncharted territory. Dragon Quest will go all out in a massively multiplayer online game set to make its debut in Japan in just a few months. It's believed that at least some version of the game will make its way to the US, but the question is when that will happen.

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Samsung Galaxy S III name (inadvertently) confirmed by VP

Samsung Galaxy S III name (inadvertently) confirmed by VP

We can't exactly call this breaking news, but for the first time, a Samsung officially has gone on record mentioning the name "Galaxy S III." Yes, even though the Internet has been positively aglow of news stories about the new device, and Samsung has been providing teases for weeks, no one at the company had actually said the name of the impending device. So all this means is that we won't be in for a huge surprise in the naming department.

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