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Has the United States already suffered its cyberwar Pearl Harbor?
McAfee claims to have uncovered a long-term cyber-espionage campaign against the U.S. and almost 80 other countries and major companies.

Are you overpaying for smartphone data?
Most smartphone subscribers only use about 20 percent of the data in their monthly plan. But heavy data subscribers are flocking to Sprint Nextel, while light users looking for a good deal are going to T-Mobile.

Yahoo Mail suffers outage; users react
Mail service was down for many, and affected users took to Twitter to complain. Yahoo now says all’s well again, after acknowledging problems for "some users in certain locations."

Robots replace human iPhone and iPad assemblers
Here it comes! Foxconn, the assembler of Apple’s iPhone and iPad, is replacing its employees with robots. It will employ over 300,000 robots by the end of next year. The change is prompted by rising labor costs and employee deaths.

Getting the Internet you’re paying for
Are you getting the Internet speed advertised by your ISP? Would you know if you weren’t? A 2009 report indicates speeds only reached 80 percent of what was advertised. Recent reports say that number has increased to 92 percent. The FCC is developing a new initiative to educate consumers. This will help people make educated decisions on their broadband provider

Is XP finally dying or is it the PCs it’s been running on?
Microsoft really, really wants you to move to Windows 7, but you still really don’t want to leave XP do you? Besides, you’d rather be using a tablet or a smartphone anyway wouldn’t you?

The dirty little secret about tablets
Tablets are the hottest thing currently in the mobile sector, but there is a dirty little secret that Apple and other companies don’t want you to know about them.

 

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Facebook launches security bug bounty program
Facebook has launched a security bug bounty program that rewards security researchers for privately and responsibly informing the company of website vulnerabilities.

Is Apple richer than the entire United States?
Apple currently has a larger spending reserve than the United States Treasury. The United States reported its holdings at $73.7 billion. Apple currently rests at roughly $76.4 billion.

Where did all the Mac malware go?
Mac Defender made life miserable for Apple and its support technicians for the entire month of May, before fading away in mid-June.

10 Great Google Labs Projects That Might Get Axed
Google Labs has been a hotbed for innovation since it opened, but now it’s closing its doors. As Google CEO Larry Page put it, Google needs to put "more wood behind fewer arrows." So what gets chopped in the process? Check out what you are going to miss.

Lenovo IdeaPad K1 tablet: First impressions
Lenovo’s first Android tablet, the IdeaPad K1, is a 10-inch tablet running Android 3.1 along with some customizations designed to help it stand out from the growing Honeycomb crowd.

Intel has big plans for Ultrabooks
Intel is banking on the Ultrabook to breathe new life into the PC, but what exactly makes a laptop an Ultrabook hasn’t been clear. Now Intel is providing more details on how the Ultrabook will evolve.

Amazing energy efficiency gains for TVs
Don’t feel bad using your flat-screen TV. A study shows that new TVs use 60 percent less energy than they did in 2006. This is mostly thanks to advances in backlighting technology

 

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Google to speed up, host customers’ Web sites
With its new Page Speed Service, Google will rewrite your Web page and host it on its own servers. Unlike previous efforts to speed the Web, this one isn’t free.

Terrorist used email and YouTube prior to bombing
Norwegian terrorist Anders Breivik emailed a manifesto less than 2 hours before his attack. Under the alias Andrew Berwick, the email was sent to over 1,000 email addresses. Scotland Yard has received a list of the recipients. It is investigating the addresses for links to far-right political groups.

How to install Snow Leopard on a brand-new Lion-based Mac
Installing Snow Leopard on a Lion machine is harder than you would think. This guide shows you the necessary tricks to make it work.

Amazon’s Kindle tablet doesn’t need to be an ‘iPad killer’ to be a winner
‘Amazon’s Kindle Tablet Will Only Support Two Fingers To The iPad’s Ten’ hyperventilates Ed Sutherland over on Cult of Mac, missing the point entirely.

Nintendo slashes 3DS price to $169.99
Company will cut the price of its 3DS portable in the U.S., starting August 12. Nintendo is lowering the price of its handheld game device in other markets too.

Wave goodbye to free Internet TV
The Internet held so much promise as a new, less expensive distribution platform for the most sought-after films and TV shows. Those dreams are dying.

 

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Apple vs. Android: The way it may go down
The international court ruling that HTC has infringed on Apple’s patents has brought Apple and Android to an important crossroad that will likely impact the mobile segment for a long time.

Amazon, others cave to Apple on in-app purchases today, HTML5 tomorrow
In-app purchase buttons have been disappearing from Apple iOS in recent days as some high-profile players—Amazon, Barnes & Noble and the Wall Street Journal—end direct sales from their respective apps.

Microsoft releases to manufacturing its Mango Windows Phone operating system
On July 26, Microsoft made it official: The "Mango" operating system update for Windows Phones has RTM’d (released to manufacturing).

BlackBerry manufacturer cuts 2,000 jobs
BlackBerry manufacturer RIM is having trouble. It is cutting 2,000 jobs. It also plans to restructure its management. This move is in response to competition from Google’s Android and Apple’s iPhone.

Google revises Google+ real name management policy
Google, in response to the backlash from users over its Google+ name policies, is revising how it handles violations of its naming policies.

Netflix now tone-deaf on public perception
Why not spell out the reasons for the price increase instead of cheering a potential $1 billion payday? Public-relations experts say there’s a better way to deliver bad news to subscribers.

Netflix betting on subscriber fallout in Q3, everyone over it in Q4
Netflix posted solid Q2 earnings on Monday, but naturally, all of the attention was focused on the recent price hikes. Nevertheless, Netflix execs feel confident that all the complaining is just hype

 

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Google becomes big brother, scans users’ computers
Google’s search servers were bombarded with suspicious traffic. It began warning infected users with a notice on its home page on Tuesday. Some are questioning whether having this practice without user permission goes too far.


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Mission complete: Atlantis returns, ends shuttle era
The shuttle Atlantis landed in Florida this morning, closing out NASA’s 135th and final shuttle voyage. It marks the end of an era for American manned space flight.

Former Reddit worker charged with document theft
Aaron Swartz was caught breaking into restricted areas on MIT’s campus. Swartz downloaded over 4 million documents from the scientific archive. He’s been indicted on four counts, including obtaining information from a protected computer. He could face up to 35 years in prison

Google shuts down Google Labs
As Google focuses its resources more on core products that can make it money, the company is shutting down its test bed for more experimental projects.

Spotify: Is it worth all of the fuss?
Spotify, that digital music streaming service that has been all the rage in Europe, finally opened to U.S. customers this month. But is it everything we could have possibly wanted?

 

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16 Arrested as F.B.I. strikes back at Anonymous
In the most visible law enforcement response to a recent spate of online attacks, the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Tuesday announced the arrests of 16 people across the country in connection with strikes carried out by a loose, secretive federation of hackers called Anonymous.

Anonymous to develop new social network
Hacker group Anonymous has announced plans for its own social-networking site. This comes following the suspension of numerous Google+ accounts belonging to Anonymous members. Citing bans from Facebook and Twitter, Anonymous says AnonPlus will be different.

LulzSec returns, this time aimed at Rupert Murdoch
LulzSec, a hacking group that allegedly disbanded, has returned to hack into Rupert Murdoch’s Sun newspaper site.

What was Hollywood’s role in Netflix price hike?
As Netflix customers cast about for answers to why the movie-rental company unexpectedly raised prices by 60 percent, some observers are speculating that Hollywood is in some way forcing its hand.

Is Netflix killing DVDs like Apple killed floppies?
(q&a) Big Champagne CEO argues that Netflix’s price increase is reminiscent of when Apple CEO Steve Jobs removed the 3.5-inch floppy drive from the iMac.

Will Vizio’s VTAB escalate the Android Tablet price wars?
At $349, Vizio’s VTAB could take Android Tablet prices to new, stomach-churning levels for the top tablet OEMs

Rhode Island holds teens accountable for explicit texting
The Governor of Rhode Island signed a bill last week regarding sexting. Minors sending sexually explicit photographs or videos via cell phones can be arrested. Adults may also be charged for possessing child pornography if they receive the material.

Apple deals massive patent blow to HTC, Android in serious trouble?
Late yesterday an ITC judge ruled that smartphone maker HTC has infringed two Apple patents, and it seems likely that every single Android device out there infringes the same patents.

 

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Netflix says FU to its long time customer base.
Netflix has announced new pricing plans today moving forward. The company is increasing the price of its previous $9.99 a month plan with which subscribers were able to get unlimited streaming and one DVD at a time. Now that same plan is going to cost you 15.98 as they will charge 7.99 for the streaming service and 7.99 for the DVD service. It looks like they are going to cede the hard disc rental business to Redbox and the like and try to become streaming only as much as possible.

Netflix price hike creates social media firestorm
It seems that people are unhappy with Netflix and its decision to change the pricing plans and effectively raise the price of the DVD rental plan by 60%.

Angry Netflix subscribers–so, who has a better deal?
We predicted that a lackluster streaming library would get Netflix into trouble, but now that managers have made it more expensive to rent DVDs, the problem is exacerbated


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Android Market app gets overhaul, bookstore
Smartphone app gets a new user interface. Also, Android users can now purchase books, which will be linked to their Google accounts, and rent movies.

Can Google+ be a Facebook Killer?
Google+ is growing fast and it’s winning fan from technology’s cutting edge users, but can it knock off Facebook?

‘We view a tablet as a PC': Microsoft chooses to repeat history
It is beginning to look like Microsoft is about to repeat the Tablet PC history with Windows 8, and that is not a good thing.

The Best Free Web Apps of 2011
Not only are they free, you can run these apps on any computer over the Web—no installation needed. Maybe it’s time to do your work in the cloud. Check out all 99!

 

Netflix says FU to its long time customer base.

netflix-1Netflix has announced new pricing plans today moving forward. The company is increasing the price of its previous $9.99 a month plan with which subscribers were able to get unlimited streaming and one DVD at a time. Now that same plan is going to cost you 15.98 as they will charge 7.99 for the streaming service and 7.99 for the DVD service. It looks like they are going to cede the hard disc rental business to Redbox and the like and try to become streaming only as much as possible. The net effect on the bottom line is yet to be seen, but if most are like my family who now pay 9.99 and maybe send in my DVD every couple of months as it sits on the shelf while I stream, this may be a net loss for them as I cant see paying 16 bucks to do that so I will be dropping 2 bucks a month off my bill, its easy enough to stop by redbox for the one or two new releases a month I may want to see, and if the streaming selection does not improve soon that 7.99 streaming bill may soon disappear as well, especially if Amazon’s free streaming continues to improve.

Press release below

Netflix Inc. announced today it is launching new unlimited DVD-only plans in the U.S. at their lowest price ever– only $7.99 a month for the 1 DVD out at-a-time plan and $11.99 a month for the 2 DVDs out at-a-time plan.

New members can sign up for these plans by going to DVD.netflix.com.

Netflix also announced it is separating its unlimited streaming and unlimited DVD plans in the U.S. to better reflect the costs of each and to give members a choice: a streaming-only plan, a DVD-only plan or the option to subscribe to both.

With this change, Netflix will no longer be offering unlimited plans that include both streaming and DVDs by mail. The unlimited streaming plan will remain at $7.99 a month. The price for getting both unlimited streaming and unlimited DVDs will be $15.98 a month ($7.99 + $7.99).

For new Netflix members, the changes will be effective immediately. For existing members, the new pricing will start for charges on or after September 1.

"Netflix members love watching instantly, but we’ve come to recognize there is still a very large continuing demand for DVDs by mail," said Andy Rendich, Netflix Chief Service and Operations Officer. "By better reflecting the underlying costs and offering our lowest prices ever for unlimited DVD, we hope to provide a great value to our current and future DVD-by-mail members."

Netflix introduced streaming to its popular DVD-by-mail business in 2007. Since then, membership has climbed from 6 million to 23 million in the U.S. as people have embraced the idea of watching instantly an ever-expanding library of movies and TV shows on the hundreds of consumer electronics devices capable of streaming movies and TV shows from Netflix right to members’ TVs.

 

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15 arrested in Anonymous probe
Italian police have arrested 15 people believed to be involved with Anonymous. Anonymous is a hacker group responsible for a recent series of online attacks. Anonymous says the arrests won’t stop its attacks.

Facebook blocks Open-Xchange contact exporter tool
Facebook has blocked another tool that lets you export your Facebook friends so you can import them elsewhere, like to Google+.


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Why Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is so bullish on Bing
Microsoft’s Bing search engine is one of the Microsoft products that Redmond’s shareholders — not to mention many Wall Streeters who watch Microsoft — love to hate.

DOJ: We can force you to decrypt that laptop
The U.S. Justice Department is seeking court order that would require defendant in Colorado mortgage scam case to disclose her passphrase or decrypt the files.

Webcam software leads to raid
The Secret Service has raided an artist’s home. Kyle McDonald installed software on Webcams in an Apple store in New York. The software took photos every minute. If it detected faces, it uploaded the photos to a blog

A walk with Mark Zuckerberg
It’s no easy task to land a job at Facebook. Candidates are subjected to a long process of applications and interviews. But for some, the process is much easier. In fact, it just takes a walk through the woods with founder Mark Zuckerberg

 

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Facebook unveils video chatting, thanks to Skype
The world’s largest social network will allow users to communicate with others via video, thanks to Skype.

Google, Microsoft sued over mapping sites
A Louisiana company is suing Google, Microsoft and MapQuest for copyright infringement. At issue are the sites’ street-level images. Transcenic says it owns patents on capturing and navigating within panoramic images.


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Verizon kisses goodbye to unlimited data plans
Verizon Wireless has confirmed that unlimited data plans for new smartphone customers will be withdrawn on July 7 and replaced with a tiered plan.

Spotify makes it official, announces U.S. launch
The European streaming music service, that has made numerous past promises to enter the U.S. digital music market, is finally on its way.

It’s the end of the road for Office XP
Microsoft will end support for Office XP. Security updates will no longer be available after next Tuesday. It is also ending support for Vista SP1; users who upgrade to SP2 will continue to receive updates

Report: Microsoft wants $15 per Android handset
South Korea’s Maeil Business Newspaper says Samsung is willing to pay $10 per Android handset if Microsoft agrees to a closer alliance on Windows.

Google to rename key brands
According to online reports, Google will kill the Blogger and Picasa brands. They will be renamed Google Blogs and Google Photos, respectively. The move comes as Google is tying more of its services to Google+

 
 
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