Google Loses Santa To Bing

"Unlike previous years, NORAD (the North American Aerospace Defense Command) has decided to use Bing maps to track Santa's journey as he goes around the world delivering presents. Starting Christmas eve, one will be able to go to the official NORAD Santa tracking site ( and use Bing maps to see where Santa is delivering presents at that time. In previous years, NORAD has always gone for Google maps to track Saint Nick.

Amazon Founder Wishes to Open Retail Stores

"Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has expressed his desire for the world's largest online retailer to open its own retail stores. In speaking with CBS News, Bezos addressed the question of Amazon entering the competitive brick-and-mortar industry. "We would love to but only if we can have a truly differentiated idea. We don't do a me-too product offering very well. When I look at physical retail stores, it's very well served. The people who operate physical retail stores are very good at it."

Disney buying 'Star Wars' maker Lucasfilm for $4.05B

"Disney is paying $4.05 billion to buy Lucasfilm Ltd., the production company behind "Star Wars," from its chairman and founder, George Lucas. It's also making a seventh movie in the "Star Wars" series. The Walt Disney Co. announced the agreement to make the purchase in cash and stock Tuesday. Disney added that "Star Wars Episode 7" is scheduled for release in 2015.

Are We Losing Interest in Computers?

"As part of its financial website, Google allows users to compare search traffic of aggregated industries against the developing price of stock. The search traffic is normalized to the value of 1.0 and the search volume that occurred on January 1, 2004. Don't expect any dramatic revelations or search numbers or even a search volume pertaining to a single company. However, the selection of 27 industries and related search terms may cause some speculation of a changing way how we acquire information.

Dirty IT Job No. 3: Sexy Games Producer

"Dirty IT Job No. 3: Sexy Games Producer. You spend all day staring at pictures of naked women and talking dirty in three languages. Sounds like dream job, right? Not exactly, says Patryk Bukowiecki, a game producer and manager who worked for a maker of "sexy" J2ME mobile games in the late 2000s. There he produced games like Lessons of Passion Blackjack, in which game players engaged in simulated sex talk with scantily clad models.

IT managers stressed out of their minds

"Nearly two thirds of IT managers are so stressed that they are thinking of packing it all and joining a new age commune where they can be calm. GFI Software today announced the results of its new IT Admin Stress Survey, which found that 69% of IT administrators have considered switching careers due to job stress. Apparently dealing with managers, end users, and tight deadlines were cited as the biggest contributors to work-related stress.

Blizzard Cleans House by Letting Go of 600 Employees

"Blizzard sent over a press release announcing that approximately 600 employees will be let go on a global scale. The company determined this was necessary after conducting a review of its business based on current organizational needs. Approximately 90-percent of the affected employees will come from departments not related to game development."

TekSavvy Pricing Increase

I'm actually using TekSavvy for my internet service provider and overall they're great. A reliable service with decent speed, plenty of bandwidth at an affordable price. However, it seems they are jumping on the Rogers/Bell money train and giving way to the CRTC (Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications - Canada's regulator for telecoms, radio and television services) mandate. Rogers (AKA Robbers) and Bell (AKA Hell) both have plans that make them rich and customers poor due to the User Based Billing (UBB).

The Steve Jobs Era Is Officially Over

No, this is no joke he's actually no longer with us!

"We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today. Steve’s brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve. His greatest love was for his wife, Laurene, and his family. Our hearts go out to them and to all who were touched by his extraordinary gifts." ~ Apple’s Board of Directors

Happy System Administrator Appreciation Day

"It's the last Friday in July. Have you hugged your system administrators today? Bought a cake? Picked up the tab for lunch? There's still time to show your thanks for the unsung heroes who keep corporate desktops, servers and networks running. Today is System Administrator Appreciation Day, an annual event thought up by IT pro Ted Kekatos.

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