"Intel has formed an alliance of Fortune 500 companies to set the standards for cloud interoperability. The Open Data Center Alliance is made up of 70 international companies with a combined annual IT spend of $50 billion, Intel said in a statement. It will be steered by 10 multi-nationals including BMW, China Life, Deutsche Bank, JP Morgan, Lockheed Martin, and Shell. Other companies may join the group at the lowest "adopter" level." | more
"Wednesday MySpace finally bowed down to Facebook by officially re-branded itself and launching a new beta website focused on serving the "Gen Y" user as a social entertainment destination. Rather than provide a website for users to generate pages solely focused on themselves, MySpace now allows members to discover content and connect with other fans with similar interests based on music, celebrities, movies, television, and games." | more
"This is either the funniest thing you'll see today -- or it's the most offensive. But every so often an internet video goes so viral that the rest of the world simply cannot ignore it. And sometimes the stars, or subjects of these videos become so popular and so recognized, that they're launched into a some minor realm of celebrity status. And that's exactly what has happened to Antoine Dodson." | more
"Here's a blast from the past: Winamp, that mainstay media player of college dorms and LAN parties since time immemorial (er, 1997 or so) has made the leap from PC to handset with the release of Winamp for Android. This bad boy is available for Android 2.1 and up, and features a playback widget for the Android desktop and Last.fm integration. But that ain't all! If you install Winamp 5.59 beta on your PC, you can sync and manage your libraries via USB or WiFI. Pretty sweet! We only have one questions, really: will it still whip the llama's ass?
"CoolIT Systems is now supporting the new AMD Phenom II X6 1090T processor and ATI Radeon HD 5970 GPU. This video shows off the system and its amazing capabilities, including testing data from CoolIT Systems. This system was launched at the AMD Technical Exhibition in Taiwan on October 18, 2010." | more
"According to the New York Post the Department of Education in New York City has fired three teachers in the last six months for acting inappropriately towards students on Facebook. One teacher, former Bronx teacher, Chadwin Reynolds, is said to have "friended" about six female students. He wrote comments like, "This is sexy," under some of their photos and asked one girl for her phone number.
"The Hobbit has finally got the green light and will be made in 3-D with Sir Peter Jackson in the director's chair. Shooting will begin in February. The announcement was made today jointly by New Line Cinema - which bankrolled The Lord of the Rings, its parent company Warner Bros and MGM." | more
"According to beancounters at Gartner weak consumer spending in the United States was largely to blame. Gartner said PC units grew 7.6 percent, versus its prediction of 12.7 percent. PC shipments rose 11 percent to 89.7 million units in the July-September period, according to industry tracker IDC. That was below its forecast of 13.5 percent. It seems that businesses continued to spend as they upgraded aging PCs, tentative consumers resulted in a tepid back-to-school season in the US. The market rebounded in September but it was not enough.
"Crowds in New York have had their eyes to the skies - in an alleged UFO sighting. Dozens of videos posted online show passers-by seemingly staring at a group of unidentified flying objects in the sky over Manhattan. Adding mystery to the event is a prediction by a retired NORAD officer Stanley A. Fulham. In a recent book, he claimed that on October 13th - the day of the sighting - a fleet of UFOs would hover over the world's principal cities. Many witnesses insist that what they saw were, indeed, alien spaceships...
"The U.S. has by far the highest number of bot-infected computers of any country in the world, with nearly four times as many infected PCs as the country in second place, Brazil, according to a new report by Microsoft. The quarterly report on malicious software and Internet attacks shows that while some of the major botnets have been curtailed in recent months, the networks of infected PCs still represent a huge threat." | more
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