Facebook head Mark Zuckerberg was in Moscow on Monday, where officials were pressing him to expand the company's operations in Russia. Russia's communications minister tweeted that Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev urged the social media giant's founder to abandon plans to lure away Russian programmers and instead open a research center in Moscow. Russian Web companies often command larger shares of the domestic market than their U.S. counterparts. Facebook has roughly 9 million users in Russia, while domestic clone VK has around 34 million.
Verizon iPhone 5 owners bit by Apple's Wi-Fi bug won't be charged for any excess cellular data used as a result, the carrier said today. iPhone 5 and iOS 6 owners have been complaining of various problems with Wi-Fi networks. For certain Verizon subscribers, the iPhone would actually use up cellular data while connected via Wi-Fi. In response, Apple rolled out a software fix yesterday, at least for Verizon iPhone 5 users, that lets them update their devices to resolve the issue. The bug could've easily racked up data overage charges for Verizon subscribers unaware that they were consuming cellular data. But Verizon today assured customers that they won't have to pay for the snafu.
Iranian authorities have restored access to Gmail after a weeklong ban on the service, the Associated Press reported. The service was blocked in response to video clips on Google's YouTube site that showed parts of an offensive movie that sparked protests. The ban, the report said, has been lifted because authorities are now able to technically separate Google and YouTube.
Websites tricked users into activating malicious code by clicking on-screen phone numbers, Ravi Borgaonkar, from the Technical University Berlin, said. No Android could tell the difference between actual phone numbers and USSD codes recognised by handsets as instructions to re-set or wipe its memory card, he wrote in a blog post. Android maker Google has issued a fix. Mr Borgaonkar is urging Android phone owners to ensure they have the latest updates. Some of the malware, which activates a factory re-set, appeared to target only Samsung devices, he added.
Apple's Steve Cook has sent a letter of apology to iPhone users who upgraded to IOS 6 or bought the new iPhone 5. The maps program has not lived up to hype so Cook is doing something unprecedented. He is suggesting you use Microsoft's map program, Nokia Maps, or even Google's maps which they just recently removed by default.
3D TVs were supposed to take over 10% of the market by the end of this year, but when you look at how many people are actually watching it the TV makers should take note. Fewer than 115,000 American homes are tuned into 3-D channels at any one time. That's less than a hundredth of the 20.2 million-strong audience that saw television's highest-rated show "NCIS" this week. 3-D viewership is so tiny that The Nielsen Co.'s methods are unable to capture any meaningful data about viewers' programming preferences. Why are people not watching it? 3D glasses for one. Almost 14% can't watch due to eye problems. It's not recommended for children at all. Many people get nauseas.
Satellite TV company Dish Network Corp. is launching a broadband Internet service that's aimed at rural areas that don't currently get high-speed Internet. Dish Network said Thursday that the satellite broadband service, dishNet, will start at $40 per month for people who bundle it with certain Dish's TV programming packages. The new service goes on sale Monday. The company is targeting about 14.5 million Americans who, according to a Federal Communications Commission report, live in rural areas and don't have access to high-speed Internet. In all, about 19 million people in the U.S. don't have high-speed Internet service. The dishNet service will offer download speeds of up to 10 megabytes per second. Dish said this is fast enough for typical Internet uses such as accessing social networks, music or video streaming and Internet telephone services.
The FCC has been holding out on us when they last had the TV spectrum sale. The Federal Communications Commission today moved toward selling television airwaves for use by smartphones, a step intended to raise $15 billion and help meet soaring demand for wireless computing. The agency on a 5-0 vote approved a document that asks about the best ways to conduct auctions of frequencies that would be voluntarily surrendered by TV stations, and sold in turn to mobile providers led by Verizon Wireless. "This is a big deal," FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, a Democrat, said. The auctions, expected to take place in 2014, will free airwaves, raise "very substantial revenue" and help provide funds for a nationwide radio network for emergency workers such as police and firefighters, he said.
During his keynote address at Oracle OpenWorld, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison announced four new cloud-related offerings. The company plans to take on the existing cloud players with an entire suite of cloud products and services. According to The Wall Street Journal, "Oracle will add infrastructure as a service to the Oracle Public Cloud, putting the enterprise software company in competition with pioneers Amazon.com Inc. and Google Inc. The Redwood Shores-based company also announced it will begin building and operating cloud services inside client data centers and a new version of its Exadata database machine with built in memory so it won't have to rely on external storage." In addition, Oracle is updating its flagship database for the cloud. "The next version of Oracle's database will feature support for multitenancy as a critical feature, providing superior security, control and efficiency for software services delivered from the cloud," reported Chris Kanaracus in Computerworld. Ellison called it "the first multitenant database in the world" and noted that it offers a "fundamentally new architecture."
Nokia and Oracle have struck a mapping deal that will give Oracle customers access to the Finnish phone maker's location platform, the companies announced Monday. As part of the agreement, Nokia's Location Platform will be integrated into Oracle Fusion Middleware Map Viewer, described as "a J2EE service for rendering maps and creating mashups using spatial data." The integration will allow Oracle customers to easily include Nokia's maps data into their own Oracle-based business applications. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
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