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NY Times to Charge for Online Access

New York Magazine reports that the NY Times appears close to announcing that the paper will begin charging for access to its website, according to people familiar with internal deliberations. After a year of debate inside the paper, the choice has been between a Wall Street Journal-type pay wall and the metered system in which readers can sample a certain number of free articles before being asked to subscribe. [caption id="attachment_2328" align="aligncenter" width="640"]pcfixer can help individuals and businesses set up internet and cloud services The New York Times building[/caption] The Times seems to have settled on the metered system. The decision to go paid is monumental for the Times, and culminates a yearlong debate that grew contentious, people close to the talks... --
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Help Haiti by Text Messaging

[caption id="attachment_2327" align="alignright" width="300"]pcfixer supports use of internet services to provide aid Port-au-Prince, Haiti, January 2010[/caption] After a devastating 7.0 earthquake earlier this week, the Embassy of the United States in Haiti today has made it easier than ever to donate to the Red Cross' relief efforts. Simply text 'HAITI' to 90999 from any mobile phone and a $10 donation will be sent to the Red Cross. The donation will be added to your phone bill at the end of of the month. To learn more, visit the Red Cross or Mercy Corps websites. Courtesy of www.mobileburn.com... --
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Top 10 Tech Gadgets from CES

Three-dimensional televisions, Internet-enabled TVs, touch-screen "tablet" computers, e-book readers and other fun new gadgets were scattered all over the enormous Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. [caption id="attachment_2329" align="aligncenter" width="640"]pcfixer handles all new technology computer repairs The Parrot AR Drone[/caption] CES, which ended on Sunday, is regarded as one of the best trade shows for spotting new technologies before they take off. DVDs, CD players and Blu-ray all were introduced at previous shows. It is the largest event of its kind in the world. As we hunted through thousands of tech displays at the show this year, these 10 products particularly grabbed our attention. It's hard to say which, if any, of the new technologies shown at CES... --
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Microsoft Summarizes its Good Year at CES

Today, Microsoft detailed its plans for the coming year at the Consumer Electronics Show. For the second year, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer served as keynote speaker and kicked things off with plans for XBox 360 enhancements, a new gesture-driven interface for the XBox and a tablet-style Windows PC. [caption id="attachment_2331" align="aligncenter" width="640"]pcfixer technicians are Microsoft Certified for computer repairs Microsoft's Steve Ballmer at the 2010 Consumer Electronics Show[/caption] Ballmer proceeded to tout the company’s successes, which include its recent Windows 7 launch, and also spent time outlining the company's plans for enhancing home entertainment and tying together the “three screens” through which people experience media today (television, PC and mobile devices). All things considered, it has been a good year for Microsoft,... --
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India Censored For Sex

While the Kama Sutra and the Bollywood wet sari scene have been imported from the country, it seems that India is not yet ready to be exposed to the delicate subject of sex on the internet. An investigation has uncovered that several internet companies have very quietly introduced filters, in order to prevent Indian users from accessing sexual content. Yahoo search engine and the Flickr photo-sharing site, which is owned by Yahoo, altered their sites earlier this month, preventing users in India from switching off their safe-search function. The block also applies to users in Singapore, Hong Kong and Korea. Microsoft's Bing has also barred Indian users from searching for sexual content. Users who try immediately receive a notice informing them that their "country or region requires a strict Bing SafeSearch setting, which filters out results that... --
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Google Moving YouTube Toward Gaming?

A patent application from Google has been raising eyebrows today. The application is titled Web-Based System for Generation of Interactive Games Based on Digital Videos. Filed February 19, 2009, it was only published earlier this month, and describes a way to provide “the collaborative generation of interactive features for digital videos, and in particular to interactive video annotations enabling control of video playback locations and creation of interactive games.” When you read through the description, it also becomes clear that the games could and will be built atop videos submitted to a hosting site. This makes it sound as though Google plans to extend their YouTube site into an associated gaming site. This development could mean two very different things. The creation of games that can move in and out of popular videos, or a... --
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Amazon’s Tax Avoidances Shirk Civic Duties

BEFORE finally settling on Seattle as the home of Amazon.com,  founder Jeff Bezos briefly considered placing it on an Indian reservation near San Francisco to avoid collecting taxes. But Mr. Bezos learned that the reservation couldn’t be used as a sales-tax haven after all so he had to look elsewhere. Offering prices free of sales tax to customers in California, the most populous state, was the goal, and that would be possible only if the company were placed elsewhere. Today, Amazon manages to collect sales tax in only five states, which gives it a continuous advantage over companies who have to collect them in all or most states. And competitors aren’t the only ones damaged by Amazon’s stance on sales taxes. Such a stance also means the loss of considerable revenue to states and localities that... --
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Microsoft Loses to i4i

After a three-judge panel on Tuesday upheld patent-infringement charges alleged by a small Canadian company, Microsoft has been ordered to pay more than $290 million in fines, and either stop selling Word or strip its custom-XML editor. The company lost its appeal of an August district court decision which had previously awarded i4i Inc. $200 million and slapped Microsoft with an injunction on selling Word in its current form. Toronto-based i4i manufactures and sells custom-XML add-ons to the ubiquitous word-processing software. It's highly unlikely that Microsoft will stop selling Word, so it must at least alter the software in order to comply with an injunction that will take effect Jan. 11. It also has to pay i4i more than $290 million after additional fees and interest that fattened up the jury-awarded legal penalty. Tuesday's ruling has put an... --
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DECAF renders Microsoft’s COFEE Obsolete

In retaliation against Microsoft's Computer Online Forensic Evidence Extractor (COFEE), which frequently helps law enforcement officials extract data from password-protected or encrypted sources, two talented developers have created what they call "Detect and Eliminate Computer Assisted Forensics" (DECAF), to be used as a counter intelligence tool. It was specifically designed to thwart the Microsoft forensic toolkit. DECAF works by monitoring the computer it's been installed on for any indications that COFEE may be operating on the machine and does everything in its power- which is quite a bit- to stop COFEE from getting through. More specifically, the program goes about deleteing COFEE's temporary files, killing its processes, erasing all COFEE logs, disabling USB drives, and even contaminating or spoofing a variety of MAC addresses in order to muddy its own forensic tracks. DECAF can be directed... --
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Intel’s Anti Competitive Consequences

In an unsurprising move,  the FTC has sued Intel for anti-competitive practices this morning.  It has been a bittersweet year for Intel, but their December has turned into a month many INTC investors would rather forget. The year's highlights include having the fastest CPUs on the market with the Nehalem based i5/i7 processors, Core 2 series still running strong in both desktops and notebooks, and Atom helping to cement their product line in thin and lights. But there were just as many negatives this year for Intel.  The EU fined them a whopping $1.45 billion for anti-competitive practices this Spring, and while Intel is appealing this fine, they still had to fork over the scratch to cover the fine. Adding insult to injury, NVIDIA has also leveled charges against Intel for unfair business practices. Intel has... --
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