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Diablo III Free to play this weekend

Posted by: Stefan on: 04/20/2012 10:14 PM [ Print | 0 comment(s) ]

Blizzard Entertainment has announced that Diablo III will be free to play this weekend. Anyone will be free to join, even people who do not have a Battle.net account, which is usually obtained by buying one of the company's games.







Tagged as: Diablo, weekend



Google settles with owner of Gmail.de, gets ownership of the trademark in Germany

Posted by: admin on: 04/18/2012 12:01 AM [ Print | 0 comment(s) ]

In October 2005, Google voluntarily changed the name of its British e-mail service to "Google Mail", following an out-of-court trademark dispute.

The company also had a similar problem in Germany. Daniel Giersch, a German-born venture capitalist said he would fight tooth and nail for his 6-year-old trademark registration of "G-mail...und die Post geht richtig ab" (translation: G-mail...and the mail goes right off).

Back then he was quoted as saying that "Google's behavior is very threatening, very aggressive and very unfaithful, and to me, it's very evil".







Tagged as: Germany, Gmail.de, Google, ownership, settles, trademark



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Microsoft to support ODF 1.2 open document standard in Office 15 and in Office 365

Posted by: Stefan on: 04/26/2012 10:55 PM [ Print | 0 comment(s) ]

Microsoft has demonstrated support for the Open Document Format (ODF) 1.2 standard in a technical preview of the forthcoming Office 15 productivity suite and plans to release a beta version with the feature late this summer.







Tagged as: Microsoft, Office 15, Office, document, standard, support



HTC Wants To Do Away With Physical Qwerty Keyboards On Its Smartphones

Posted by: Stefan on: 04/22/2012 05:08 PM [ Print | 0 comment(s) ]

HTC apparently sees no future in physical keyboards for its phones. Speaking yesterday at a limited press event in Seattle, HTC creative director Claude Zellweger said that HTC is moving away from smartphones with QWERTY keyboards.







Tagged as: HTC, QWERTY



May 17th announced as possible date of Facebook IPO

Posted by: Stefan on: 04/19/2012 11:12 PM [ Print | 0 comment(s) ]

 

According to rumors apparently confirmed by sources from within the company, the date of the Facebook IPO may be May 17th, subject to approval of the documentation by the SEC.

Facebook currently has 845 million monthly active users, nearly half of the world’s two billion internet users. CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg will retain control of the company as he still owns 28 percent of Facebook, according to WSJ. He will continue to remain the single-largest shareholder even after the company goes public, as he will hold 57 percent of the voting power of Facebook shares.







Tagged as: Facebook, announced, possible



Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson To Trim The Fat: "Yahoo Has Been Doing Way Too Much"

Posted by: Stefan on: 04/18/2012 07:06 PM [ Print | 0 comment(s) ]

CEO Scott Thompson today discussed his solution to helping Yahoo grow again. His main ideas: downsizing (Yahoo laid off 14% of its workforce, which worked on its less valuable properties) and focus.

"Yahoo has been doing way too much for too long and was only doing a few things really well," Thompson said. "We need to be clearer going forward about what we won't do."

He apparently plans to have Yahoo focus on some of its core areas like Mail, Finance, News and Sports. The websites which don't "contribute meaningfully," on the other hand, will either be axed or folded into existing products.







Tagged as: Yahoo, Scott Thompson



US Department of Justice files federal antitrust lawsuit against Apple and publishing houses Hachette SA, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin and Simon & Schuster

Posted by: admin on: 04/11/2012 10:09 PM [ Print | 0 comment(s) ]

On Wednesday, the US Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against Apple and several of the largest publishers in the US, on charges of allegedly colluding to fix e-book prices.







Tagged as: Department, Hachette, HarperCollins, Justice, Macmillan, Penguin, Schuster, against, antitrust, federal, houses, lawsuit, publishing



Windows Vista to enter extended support this week

Posted by: admin on: 04/09/2012 10:40 PM [ Print | 0 comment(s) ]

A few weeks ago, Microsoft quietly extended support for the consumer versions of Windows Vista -- as well as Windows 7 -- by five years to synchronize their support lifecycle with that of the comparable enterprise editions.

 







Tagged as: Office, Windows Vista, extended support



Adobe adds silent updates to Flash Player, drops support for Internet Explorer 6

Posted by: admin on: 03/31/2012 09:18 PM [ Print | 0 comment(s) ]

On March 28th, Adobe released Flash Player 11.2, adding silent updating to speed patching of "zero-day" vulnerabilities in the Windows edition.

 







Tagged as: Flash Player, silent, updates, Adobe, Adobe Flash




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