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BlackBerry 10 Won’t Have a Physical Keyboard BlackBerry 10 Won’t Have a Physical Keyboard
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While RIM’s newest version of the BlackBerry won’t be ready until sometime later this year, they have confirmed that BlackBerry 10 won’t actually have a physical keyboard. While versions of the BlackBerry 10 operating systems will be available on devices …

Nielsen Says Funny Trumps Sentimental Every Time Nielsen Says Funny Trumps Sentimental Every Time

Despite less than ideal economic conditions, consumers are spending money like crazy and if you hope to capture some of that revenue than you have to advertise. One question you might ask is, “How can I invest the least and …

Are You Sharing Too Much Online? [Infographic] Are You Sharing Too Much Online? [Infographic]

People share a lot of information online and the popularity of social sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest reveal that too much sharing can come back to haunt us. Sometimes inappropriate sharing is blatantly obvious, as in an indecent photo, …

Ford’s Keyfree Password Manager Blows the Heads Off Competition Ford’s Keyfree Password Manager Blows the Heads Off Competition
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Ford has been desperately seeking a competitive advantage in creating an exceptional and undeniable driving experience, and their efforts have really paid off with this next innovation. Quite simple in its design, it is a Chrome extension that stores all …

Ford Looks to App Developers and Open-Source Innovation for Futuristic Driving Experience Ford Looks to App Developers and Open-Source Innovation for Futuristic Driving Experience

Ford Motors has been doing everything they can think of to facilitate innovation and a creative spirit in the automotive community. The company has changed their outlook on design and engineering. Their latest effort to spur creative ideas comes in …

Nielsen Says Younger Users Will Adopt 4G Networks Nielsen Says Younger Users Will Adopt 4G Networks

This probably comes as no surprise, but consumers under the age of 34 in the United States are the most likely to adopt 4G technology. From the first quarter in 2011 to the first quarter in 2012, the popularity of …

Twitter to Aggressively Expand Advertising to Over 50 Countries Before the End of 2012 Twitter to Aggressively Expand Advertising to Over 50 Countries Before the End of 2012

Twitter has some mighty ambitious plans to bring promoted tweets and other advertising products to over 50 countries by the end of 2012. Western Europe and Latin America will be among the first to see their tweeters transformed into revenue …

Windows Phone 8 Unleashes a New Wave of Features Windows Phone 8 Unleashes a New Wave of Features

The Windows Phone Team is excited to bring us the new Windows Phone, number 8, as they so cleverly call it. They emphasize they are “resetting” their approach to mobile, whatever that means. Another point they emphasize is that Windows …

Oracle Finally Gives Up on Google Paying Statutory Damages Oracle Finally Gives Up on Google Paying Statutory Damages
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Oracle has finally given up on hoping Google will be made to pay any statutory payments from their Java API patent infringement case regarding the development of the Android Operating Systems. If you remember, back at the end of May, …

Is Facebook Eavesdropping on Your Romantic Relationships? [Infographic] Is Facebook Eavesdropping on Your Romantic Relationships? [Infographic]

Facebook is a great place for reconnecting with people and helping to maintain relationships. In fact, many users are vigilant about keeping their relationship status up-to-date and informing everyone about all the changes that take place in their lives. While …

Go Daddy Goes to India with First International Hire Go Daddy Goes to India with First International Hire

Go Daddy is getting ready to go international and the focus of their new efforts is in India. That’s right, India is a priority in their global expansion plan. Today they announced the hire of Rajiv Sodhi as Managing Director …

LivingSocial Gets Outrageous $23 Million Tax Break LivingSocial Gets Outrageous $23 Million Tax Break

LivingSocial has been doing very well for itself. In fact, it is time for the daily deals provider to expand its operations, and they contemplated moving headquarters outside its current Washington, D.C. home. Fortunately, the D.C. City Council and many …

Ebay Stalls Efforts Forcing Tracking on Top-Rated Sellers Ebay Stalls Efforts Forcing Tracking on Top-Rated Sellers
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It was supposed to start June 20th, but Ebay is stalling on efforts to force top-rated sellers to monitor tracking time for at least 90% of their transactions. According to a release by Ebay’s vice president of seller development, sellers …

Walmart Recognizes Mobile as the Future of E-Commerce Walmart Recognizes Mobile as the Future of E-Commerce

As the popularity of smartphones and tablet computers continues to increase, more and more customers are taking advantage of mobile devices to access online shopping and promotions. Last year alone, U.S. consumers spend almost $200 billion online. Walmart is no …

RIM Trims the Fat with Substantial Job Cuts as they Struggle to Stay in Business RIM Trims the Fat with Substantial Job Cuts as they Struggle to Stay in Business

Research in Motion (RIM) has been struggling for awhile, and has definitely lost its foothold in the marketplace giving way to increasingly popular iOS and Android devices. While their BlackBerry line was once considered an enterprise communication standard, they are …

PayPal Gets a Much Needed Website Makeover PayPal Gets a Much Needed Website Makeover
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No doubt PayPal is a leader in the payment industry, but many thought the website could use a little refresh. Apparently so did PayPal, because today they are expected to unveil a much needed redesign of their main website. According …

Cisco Rebrands Collaboration Apps: Introducing WebEx Social and WebEx Telepresence Cisco Rebrands Collaboration Apps: Introducing WebEx Social and WebEx Telepresence
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Cisco’s Quad app has been rebranded as WebEx Social. Refinements to the app include a new unified post function that makes creating a post as easy as writing an email. Users will now also be able to collaborate using any …

Motorola Solutions to Acquire Psion for $200 Million Motorola Solutions to Acquire Psion for $200 Million

Today, Motorola Solutions Inc. announced plans to acquire Psion Plc. for around $200 million in cash. The deal is expected to close by the end of the fiscal 2012 year. Under the current agreement, Motorola will offer Psion $1.36 per …

Hacker Releases Visa and Mastercard Information Stolen From Chase Bank Hacker Releases Visa and Mastercard Information Stolen From Chase Bank
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According to a hacker who calls himself Reckz, or Jeremy, he has gained access to Visa and Mastercard files through several large banks. He then released the information minus several critical aspects including card number, security code, and expiration date. …

Oracle Reports Fiscal Q4 2012 Earnings Oracle Reports Fiscal Q4 2012 Earnings
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Yesterday, Oracle released their Q4 2012 fiscal results. The company has had a big year and overall, things are looking up. GAAP revenues for the quarter are up 1% to almost $11 billion. Non-GAAP total revenues were also up 1% …

Barnes & Noble’s Fiscal 2012 Year-End Financial Results Barnes & Noble’s Fiscal 2012 Year-End Financial Results

Barnes & Noble, Inc. just released their fourth quarter financial results for the full fiscal year of 2012 ending on April 28th. They also announced that the NOOK operating segment will now feature a separate earnings report and the formerly …

Square Inc. Introduces Loyalty and Rewards System for Customers Square Inc. Introduces Loyalty and Rewards System for Customers
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We’ve been following Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey’s new startup, Square Inc. for awhile now, and most recently we have seen his company grow in size to reach over 2 billion users. The service is currently processing $6 billion in mobile …

Salesforce.Com Acquires ChoicePass Salesforce.Com Acquires ChoicePass

Today, ChoicePass, the employee reward site, announced that it is going to be acquired by enterprise solution provider, Salesforce.com. There haven’t been any financial details of the deal disclosed at this time, but the ChoicePass website will be shutting down …

Gulf States Persecuting Twitter Users for Politically and Religiously Offensive Messages Gulf States Persecuting Twitter Users for Politically and Religiously Offensive Messages

Activists in Bahrain and Kuwait are protesting governments move to crack down on Twitter users who take advantage of the platform to broadcast politically extreme and religiously offensive messages. Twitter has been adopted by many activists in the conservative Gulf …