Archive for Mar 30, 2013

Adviser recommends MetroPCS shareholders vote against T-Mobile merger

Adviser recommends MetroPCS shareholders vote against T-Mobile merger

It looks like T-Mobile will be facing an uphill battle come April 12th. On April 12th, the shareholders will be voting on whether or not MetroPCS should form a merger with T-Mobile USA. T-Mobile needs the shareholders to vote for the merger in order to complete the deal. It has already received the go-ahead from the Department of Justice as well as the FCC. However, one proxy adviser is looking to make sure the deal doesn't go through.

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Total value of Bitcoin surpasses $1B

Total value of Bitcoin surpasses $1B

The total value of the P2P currency, Bitcoin, has surpassed $1 billion. On Thursday, the exchange rate for the currency surpassed $92, and there is nearly 11 million Bitcoins currently in circulation. It was only earlier this month that the value of a Bitcoin was worth $49. The currency continued to rapidly rise in value, much to the surprise of both Bitcoin users as well as analysts.

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LivingSocial co-founder leaves the company

LivingSocial co-founder leaves the company

LivingSocial's co-founder and Chief Technology Officer, Aaron Batalion, has decided to leave the company behind in pursuit of something new. Batalion had been with LivingSocial since its creation back in 2007. Back then, LivingSocial was comprised of only 4 members, a number that grew to about 4,000 today. Batalion doesn't have any idea of what he wants to do next, but that he has an "urge to create".

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Authorities investigate CyberBunker “minister” over cyber attacks

Authorities investigate CyberBunker “minister” over cyber attacks

The authorities in the Netherlands and other countries are currently investigating a man whom they say is at the center of the recent cyber attacks against Spamhaus, an anti-spam group. Sven Olaf Kamphuis, who calls himself the "Minister of telecommunications and foreign affairs for the Republic of CyberBunker", started a war against Spamhaus because the anti-spam group blacklisted two of Kamphuis's companies, CB3ROB and CyberBunker.

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Twitter may generate $1b in ad revenue in 2014

Twitter may generate $1b in ad revenue in 2014

Twitter's ad revenue is expected to skyrocket in 2014. The social network has seen a huge rise in mobile advertisement revenue, and is expected to continue on with that momentum throughout the next year. According to eMarketer, 53% of Twitter's ad revenue comes from mobile advertisements alone. That's a huge percentage, especially considering that Twitter generated nothing from mobile advertisements back in 2011.

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David Hayter will not voice Snake in Metal Gear Solid V

David Hayter will not voice Snake in Metal Gear Solid V

David Hayter, who voiced Snake and Big Boss for the Metal Gear Solid series since 1998, will not be returning to voice Snake in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. In fact, David Hayter will not be voicing Snake or Big Boss in any of the future Metal Gear Solid games from now on. Why? Because according to Hideo Kojima, Konami and him are trying to "recreate the Metal Gear series". He stated, "It's a new type of Metal Gear game, and we want to have this reflected it the voice actor as well.

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Facebook gets approval to build a low-key second campus

Facebook gets approval to build a low-key second campus

Facebook has just received the "go-ahead" to build a second campus in Menlo Park. Menlo Park's city council, minus one member, voted 4-0 to allow Facebook to build its second campus. The new campus will be a 433,555 square foot building located on the other side of Facebook's headquarters. It will be located on 312 and 313 Constitution Drive, just west of Bayfront Expressway.

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SpaceX Dragon version 2 will look like an alien spaceship

SpaceX Dragon version 2 will look like an alien spaceship

Elon Musk discussed the design layout of SpaceX's next version of the Dragon spacecraft and it's definitely going to attract stares. The second version of Dragon will be designed to land on the ground rather than in the water like its predecessor. Because of all of the design changes, Musk states that the next SpaceX Dragon spacecraft will look "like a real alien spaceship".

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FCC looks into cell phone radiation, decides to keep limitations same as before

FCC looks into cell phone radiation, decides to keep limitations same as before

Our cell phones go with us just about everywhere: at school, work, in our pocket, in bed. Those who have been around long enough will have heard ever-changing stances on the health safety of the handsets, with some claiming that the radiation causes brain tumors and others claiming that there are no health problems associated with phone use. All was quiet on the health front until last year, when the government said it was time to take another look at acceptable RF levels.

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Ford hit with class action lawsuit over spontaneous acceleration

Ford hit with class action lawsuit over spontaneous acceleration

Ford has been hit with a class action lawsuit by its customers across fourteen states due to an issue with certain models subject to spontaneous acceleration with no way to stop. The lawsuit specifically concerns Ford cars from 2002 to 2010, with claims that the manufacturer deliberately hid the issue from buyers, resulting in the sale of vehicles that aren't worth as much as the consumers paid.

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