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BlackBerry shareholders bail as stock slumps to seven year low

BlackBerry Failure It would seem the raft of new services and product offerings are either yet to bear fruit or have been pointless; because despite all its troubles, BlackBerry maker Research In Motion’s (RIM) shares have hit their worst levels since 2004. The clobbering RIM’s shares took were as a result of RIM finally admitting in an earnings outlook that sales of its much-maligned BlackBerry PlayBook tablet were not all that playful. Despite constantly dropping the price of the tablet, RIM has attempted to ...

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Farmville creator Zynga looks to go big with IPO

Social gaming giant Zynga is finally ready to take its stocks public. The San-Francisco-based company reportedly plans to raise around US$1.15-billion in an initial public offering that would value the company at US$7-billion. The expected IPO figure is significantly lower than the $15 to $20-billion valuation the maker of popular games like Farmville, Zynga Poker and Mafia Wars was reportedly looking for when discussions about an IPO first began in July. But it would, nonetheless, be the largest valuation by ...

Gearburn

Google engineer leaks first phone to get ICS as update

The Nexus S, Google's powerful LTE smartphone, may be the first Android device already out in the market to receive the gift of Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) as an update, this is a according to (rapidly redacted) status updates from employees at the big G. Hackers are also hard at work to get a version out for modders -- more details below. Now, getting back to the Nexus S.

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Russian sites hit by massive hack amidst elections

A group of websites which were reportedly set to expose widespread fraud in Russia’s legislative elections have been targeted in a massive hacking attack. The owners of popular Russian radio station Moscow Echo and election monitoring group Golos, said their websites were under attack, while a number of opposition news sites were also rendered inaccessible. "The attack on the website on election day is clearly an attempt to inhibit publication of information about violations," Moscow Echo editor-in-chief Alexei Venediktov wrote ...

Online journalism

Why online publishers need to think like magazines. Yes, print magazines

News Image I've had a long career in online media. I don't really know much about the print world, except that you get your hands dirty when you page through newspapers. The closest I've come to deadwood publishing is running the internet departments of newspapers. It's a strange world to work in. You're an evangelist, a pioneer and something of a disrupter. That's why I never thought I'd say that online publishers need to start thinking like their print counterparts -- magazines ...

Advertising & Marketing

QR codes: from Hollywood to Shrinky Dinks, they’re here to stay

Skanz QR Bracelets Sitting down for an interview with Tower Heist actor Alan Alda, I was a little surprised to see he was wearing something that’s becoming a familiar sight here in New York -- a QR code bangle. When I scanned it on my iPhone, it took me to his site and instantly gave me information about his new project, a play he’s written about Madame Curie called Radiance, and all the details on the show’s run in LA. In a flash, ...

Google

The quest for inner space — Google’s Floor Plan

Google Locations Google launched its controversial product, Floor Plan, this week on the Android mobile platform to much cheering from those who are easily lost in big, labyrinth type places. A few sceptics of the product have already jumped on the “Streetview is an end to our privacy” bandwagon but most of the PR around the launch of the product has centred around convenience with Search Engine Land going on to ask “How did I live without this?" A few of the big ...

Gearburn

First impressions — Windows 8 Developer Preview

When you have been using multiple versions of Windows over a two decade period, it’s not difficult to write an unbiased review about Windows 8, it’s impossible. Thankfully, this is the Windows 8 Developer Preview, Build 8102, therefore I can rip it apart if it doesn’t meet my ridiculously high standards. It’s Windows, but not quite. How so? Think of it as an exceptionally well crafted alpha version of Microsoft’s latest magnum opus. It’s fast, it’s slick and it makes my heart ...

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Chrome overtakes Firefox, gains on Explorer in browser wars

Google’s Chrome web browser has overtaken open-source darling Firefox as the world’s second most popular browser. That’s according to web analytics company StatCounter. The findings, first reported in the Wall Street Journal, suggest that Chrome now holds 25.7% share of the global market, up 4.7% from the same figures in 2009. Mozilla Firefox’s share, meanwhile, fell to 25.2% from 32.2%. Firefox was the first browser to make any kind of dent in Microsoft’s market dominance. Continuing improvements to the browser ...

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YouTube revamped: new look, simpler design

Google has rolled out a series of changes to its video sharing platform, YouTube, which it hopes will make sharing and watching videos easier for its users. In a blog post, the service claims that it has redesigned the platform with a new look and feel by adding "a fresh coat of digital paint". The new design allows users to browse through various recommended channels. Another new feature gives users the option to customise their homepage’s feed and link their ...

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