Cisco tries to free up internet traffic jam

January 31, 2012

There is nothing more infuriating than a slow mobile connection. With people bringing their own devices to  workand everywhere else, wireless networks will be working hard to accommodate the mobile traffic flood.  

LinkedIn “alert” shows users still on edge about privacy

January 30, 2012

By Gerry Shih and Himank Sharma

Looks like social media users are getting twitchy about their online privacy rights.

Legendary Cosmo editor gives $30 million to Columbia, Stanford

January 30, 2012

Helen Gurley Brown, the 89-year-old former editor of Cosmopolitan magazine and author of “Sex and the Single Girl” is donating $30 million to Columbia University and Stanford to fund a media and technology institute.

CORRECTED-Neeson’s ‘Grey’ wins box office weekend

January 29, 2012

(Corrects spelling of Ortenberg paragraph 5)

Survival story “The Grey” starring Liam Neeson in a battle against weather and wolves led the box office pack with a better-than-expected $20 million in ticket sales over the weekend.  

from Paul Smalera:

Twitter’s censorship is a gray box of shame, but not for Twitter

January 29, 2012

Twitter’s announcement this week that it was going to enable country-specific censorship of posts is arousing fury around the Internet. Commentators, activists, protesters and netizens have said it’s “very bad news” and claim to be “#outraged”. Bianca Jagger, for one, asked how to go about boycotting Twitter, on Twitter, according to the New York Times. (Step one might be... well, never mind.) The critics have settled on #TwitterBlackout: all day on Saturday the 28th, they promised to not tweet, as a show of protest and solidarity with those who might be censored.

Tech wrap: Apple cares, says CEO Tim Cook

January 27, 2012

Apple has never turned “a blind eye” to the problems in its supply chain and any suggestion it does not care about the plight of workers is “patently false,” Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook said in an email to employees. Cook was responding to a report in The New York Times about working conditions at Apple’s main contract manufacturer, Foxconn, in China, an issue that for years has been a thorn in the company’s side.

Fear not Google’s bid to rock ‘n’ rule your world

January 27, 2012


Stop me if you’ve heard this one:

Big social media company changes its privacy rules. The Internet goes nuts. The tech press fuels the flames. Much hand-wringing and shouts of promises not kept ensue.

Weekend box office forecast: Stormy and ‘Grey’

January 27, 2012
Liam Neeson battles weather and wolves in Alaskan wilderness survival tale “The Grey,” a thriller that hits movie theaters this weekend. Box-office watchers predict the film will lead the pack of newcomers that includes crime drama “Man on a Ledge” and Katherine Heigl comedy “One for the Money.”“Grey” distributor Open Road Films forecasts a domestic opening in the neighborhood of $10 million to $12 million from Friday through Sunday, while outside predictions reach the $14 million range. “Man on a Ledge” and “One for the Money” are expected to ring up less than $10 million each. In “Ledge,” Sam Worthington plays an ex-con who threatens to jump from a hotel ledge. Book adaptation “One for the Money” features Heigl as a woman who joins her cousin’s bail-bond business and must track down a wanted man who happens to be an ex-boyfriend. Lions Gate Entertainment is distributing “Money” the same weekend as “Ledge,” from the company’s newly acquired Summit Entertainment division. Release dates and marketing plans for both were set long before the companies combined earlier this month. Also this weekend, a crop of films look to capitalize on Oscar nominations including “The Descendants,” “The Artist,” “Hugo,” “The Iron Lady,” and “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close.”

Photo Credit: Reuters/Kieran Doherty

Tech wrap: Earnings hit as Apple reigns

January 26, 2012

Quarterly earnings suffered at major technology and telecoms companies in part because of demand for gadgets made by Apple, one day after core suppliers to Apple savored strong earnings results posted by the iPhone and iPad maker on Tuesday.

AT&T CEO spoils for fresh fight with FCC

January 26, 2012

In case you had any illusions about the state of relations between  Randall Stephenson and Federal Communications Chairman Julius Genachowski, the AT&T CEO should have put them to rest by now.