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US Government to Create National Stolen Phone Database with Wireless Carriers

Written on April 11, 2012 by Lulu

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Top wireless carriers Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile, join forces with US Government to create National Stolen Phone Database

Four of the country’s top wireless carriers Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile have merged with US Government to track lost and stolen phones, by creating the “National Stolen Phone Database”.

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Amazon, Planning to Launch Netflix-like Digital Books Service

Written on September 12, 2011 by Lulu

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A report from Wall Street Journal claims that Amazon is planning to launch a Netflix-style service for digital books.

According to a report from Wall Street Journal, Amazon is planning to launch a Netflix-like subscription service for digital books — much to be chagrin of some publishers.

Based on unnamed sources, Amazon is currently talking with several publishers regarding the said program — which would provide access to an online library in exchange for an unspecified annual fee. The sources also claim that the service would be available for Amazon Prime subscribers, and that the proposed library would feature primarily older works with monthly restrictions on the number of books a subscriber could read for free. Publishers would reportedly pocket a substantial fee for signing on to the program, even though some are reluctant to participate for fear that it might downgrade the value of the book business.

Apparently, it is still unclear whether any publishers agreed to participate on the said program.

In case this program will push through, what are your insights for Amazon’s digital books service?

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The iPad 3, Gearing up For an Early 2012 Launch

Written on August 22, 2011 by Adam Eve

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Apple's component suppliers revealed that the company is prepping up the iPad 3 for a trial production by October.

Wall Street Journal reported that Apple has ordered key components – like display panels and chips – for the iPad 3, in hope to launch the device early next year. The next generation tablet is anticipated to sport a 2048 x 1536 high-resolution display.

Based on suppliers, Apple has placed orders for a 9.7-inch screen, and other smaller components have been shipped. Furthermore, one component supplier unveiled that the Cupertino-based company ordered parts for about 1.5 million iPad 3 units in Q4.

Apple gained more than double its profit during the third quarter of last year after shipping 9.3 million iPad in Q3 2011 alone. From $3.25 billion, the company gained $7.31 billion this season.

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Kobo and WSJ Ceased Direct Selling Through iOS Gadgets

Written on July 25, 2011 by Lulu

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Kobo and the Wall Street Journal will stop direct selling through iOS devices, as the two companies follow Apple's new iOS subscription rules.

Kobo, alongside Wall Street Journal, announced on Sunday that they will stop providing links to buying books or subscription through their iPad and iPhone apps. The two decided to follow Apple’s new iOS subscription rules, barring links to something other than iTunes. Purchases for either will now have to go through the web without direct links. Google Books might also be affected, since its app disappeared from iTunes without explanation on weekend.

Apple’s new rules aren’t fatal to the apps’ successes. Kobo explained that much of its purchasing goes through the website. However, the move gives Apple an unfair advantage. Once the Apple’s rule holds, only the iBookstore will be allowed to have the direct purchasing link.

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IFC and Huffington Post Launches Location Layers with Foursquare

Written on July 09, 2010 by Adam Eve

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Start looking at your town through pink glasses with Foursquare's Location Layers. You can now walk down the nearby street and view them the way fans of IFC and Huffington Posts sees them.

The Independent Film Channel and Huffington Post launched a Foursquare layer just this morning. This new campaign aims to let users view the town the way Huffington and IFC sees it. For users of Foursquare, they can now read tips from other users who already visited locations that they are planning to opt-in. It’s as if seeing your destination the way IFC fans sees it.

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