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Apple blocks Palm Pre from iTunes

Apple blocks Palm Pre from iTunes San Francisco - Apple has blocked users of the Palm Pre mobile phone from accessing iTunes, preserving the world's dominant music software as the exclusive domain of its own iPhone.

When Palm launched the Pre in early June it touted the device's ability to sync music, photos and videos with a PC or Mac via iTunes - the only non-Apple mobile device able to do this.

US suspects North Korea was behind cyber attacks

US suspects North Korea was behind cyber attacks Washington - The United States believes North Korea was responsible for a massive cyber attack on government and other websites during the past week, Fox News reported Wednesday.

An unnamed US defence official told Fox the attack targeted dozens of websites, including the ones for the US Defence Department and the Department of State.

The attacks were also directed at South Korean websites, the Yonhap news agency reported. South Korean intelligence believes the attacks originated in North Korea, the report said.

SatNav Launches GPS device PND Moov 300

SatNav Launches GPS device PND Moov 300SatNav Technologies introduced a new SatGuide personal navigation device (PND) Moov 300, loaded with all special features, using advanced technology. The device supports voice prompted directions, a 4.3-inch touch-screen, SatGuide maps, a GPS navigator and audio video player for entertainment purposes.

The device supports the latest WinCE 5.0 version and 64MB Flash memory with 512 MB RAM. It is equipped with SiR FInstantFixII Technology and supports 20 channel receivers. It can be easily installed in vehicles through USB cable.

Largest commercial satellite for cellphones launched

Largest commercial satellite for cellphones launched Los Angeles - A new satellite designed to allow the convergence of cellphones and satellite phones throughout the United States was successfully launched Thursday, mobile communications provider TerreStar announced.

Weighing 6,910 kg, TerreStar-1 is the largest commercial satellite ever and was launched by Arianespace from Kourou, French Guiana on Tuesday.

New Firefox browser released

New Firefox browser released San Francisco - A new version of Firefox was released Tuesday, offering users more speed and privacy and greater compliance with new internet video standards.

The release of Firefox 3.5 came as the open source browser is proving an increasingly formidable challenger to Microsoft's Internet Explorer 8, which once had over 90 per cent market share.

US calls for end to China's controversial internet filter

US calls for end to China's controversial internet filter Washington - US trade officials sent a letter to their Chinese counterparts Wednesday urging them to revoke an order that requires a controversial internet filtering software to be installed on computers.

The Green Dam software, which China will require on all new computers from July 1, could be used to restrict free speech and raises questions about free trade, US Trade Representative Ron Kirk and Commerce Secretary Gary Locke said in a letter to the Chinese government.

Intel and Nokia announce mobile alliance

Intel and Nokia announce mobile allianceSan Francisco - Intel and Nokia on Tuesday announced what they called a "broad alliance" in mobile technology, in a move that will see them work together on chip design and the development of a "new platform" for mobile computing products.

The alliance between the world's largest maker of cell-phones and the world's largest computer chip company comes as smartphones and netbooks are increasingly moving the focus of personal computing to the mobile front.

US concerned that Chinese internet filter could limit free speech

US concerned that Chinese internet filter could limit free speech Washington - The United States questioned the Chinese government's motives for imposing a new mandatory internet filter on all new computers which it believes could restrict free speech, the US State Department said Monday.

US officials from a number of departments met with their Chinese counterparts on Monday in Beijing to voice their concerns, State Department spokesman Ian Kelly said Monday.

BSNL launches IPTV services in Kolkata

BSNL launches IPTV services in KolkataState owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd launched much awaited IPTV service in Kolkata under the brand name 'MyWay', enabling the city's residents to enjoy high quality television programs with broadband internet connection using fixed line and a set top box.

People in 15 cities including Delhi, Kanpur, Varanasi, Dehradun, Hyderabad and Ahmedabad are already enjoying IPTV service while 39 more cities will soon get added in the network.

Tethering Surcharge Rumors denied by AT&T

Tethering Surcharge Rumors denied by AT&T  Till now two iPhone features introduced in iPhone OS 3.0 have not been activated by AT&T: Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS) and tethering.

According to AT&T, rumors saying that AT&T will surcharge its users $55 to activate the tethering capability are fake.  

Pornographic results not to be served by Google in China

Pornographic results not to be served by Google in China  Thursday saw Google executives in China meting the representatives of the Chinese government with the aim to discuss problems with the Google.cn service and its serving of pornographic images and content based on foreign language searches. 

It had come to vision that Chinese government commenced blocking certain Chinese-language results from any country. 

A Google spokesperson informed via an e-mailed statement, "We are undertaking a thorough review of our service and taking all necessary steps to fix any problems with our results."

Google and Facebook roll out Farsi tools

Google and Facebook roll out Farsi tools San Francisco - Google and Facebook both introduced Farsi translation tools on their websites Friday, saying the move was designed to help Iranians communicate with the outside world.

The announcements came after a week in which Iranian protestors against the election results have increasingly turned to the internet, and in particular to social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook, to communicate with each other and the outside world amid a strict media clampdown.

Farsi added to Google Translate services

Farsi added to Google Translate services London - Search website Google. com has added Persian (Farsi) to its Google Translate services Friday, the company said.

The facility would allow opposition groups within Iran to communicate more widely with the outside world through internet and social networking sites in Persian.

"We feel that launching Persian is particularly important now, given ongoing events in Iran. Google is one more tool that Persian speakers can use to communicate directly to the world and vice- versa," said a statement.

Samsung announces its touch-screen Jet S8000 smartphone in U.K.

Samsung announces its touch-screen Jet S8000 smartphone in U.K.  Samsung divulged its touch-screen Jet S8000 smartphone in U.K. with high hopes to defy the Apple's iPhone.

Unlike the Omnia 2, which was also announced at the event, Samsung did have the Jet on hand for reporters to play with.

Jet S8000 will lure customers with its 800MHz processor, which should make it far faster than the iPhone 3G and Samsung's proprietary OS that includes its Dolphin Web browser. The handset is adorned with a 3.1-inch AMOLED screen that can present a striking 800x480 pixels.

Microsoft drags three individuals to court over "click fraud"

Microsoft drags three individuals to court over "click fraud" Microsoft Corp has dragged three individuals to court, accusing them of a sort of "click fraud" by reprehensively using Microsoft's online advertising service for profit.

In the suit, filed in a federal court in Seattle, the company accused three individuals viz. Gordon Lam, Eric Lam, Melanie Suen, of offensively using Microsoft's online advertising service, because of which the company suffered damages worth $750,000.

Opera Software launches alpha version of Unite

Opera Software launches alpha version of Unite Opera Software, a Norway based browser company, has made public an alpha version of Unite, a technology platform that turns a computer into both a client and a server which would permit its users to connect with each other and to share files, photos as well as music without using third-party services.

Jon von Tetzchner, CEO of the company, said, "We are enabling every single computer to be a two-way street on the Internet."

ASUS launches online forum to provide technical support

ASUS launches online forum to provide technical supportASUS, a leading IT firm has announced that it has rolled out an exclusive online forum, the Ask More forum.

The company has introduced this forum with the aim to provide technical support for its motherboards, graphics cards and LCD monitors.

The sources close to the company said that user's queries regarding ASUS motherboards and graphics card, will get quickly resolved by ASUS advisors on this forum.

The sources further added that this forum will also provide detailed information pertaining to technologies used in ASUS component products.

MySpace to lay off 30 per cent of staff

MySpace to lay off 30 per cent of staff Los Angeles  - Social networking site MySpace is to lay of 30 per cent of its staff in a cost cutting measure designed to help it compete with the rapid growth of rivals like Facebook and Twitter.

The company, which is part of media magnate Rupert Murdoch's News Corp, said Tuesday that the cuts would leave it with a workforce of around 1,000 employees. Murdoch bought MySpace for 580 million dollars in 2005, when it was the leading social networking site on the web.

Apple's new iPhone sells out before launch

Apple's new iPhone sells out before launch San Francisco  - Apple's latest edition of the iPhone is matching the popularity of its predecessors.

The company, and its exclusive US carrier, AT&T, said Monday that pre-orders of the phone had sold out, and that customers could face a wait of a week or two after launch day on Friday to get their coveted gizmos.

Microsoft Fixes 31 Flaws in 10 Updates

Microsoft Fixes 31 Flaws in 10 UpdatesMicrosoft released 10 updates to various versions of Windows, fixing a record 31 security flaws in a total of 10 updates.

31 security flaws in a total of 10 updates, is the largest number of vulnerabilities fixed in a single day since October 2003, when the company began issuing regular patches on the 2nd Tuesday of every month.




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