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357 articles from THURSDAY 10.5.2012
- THURSDAY 10. MAY, 2012
23:57 Deutsche Telekom Reported Pursuing MetroPCS Deal for T-MobileChange is in the air for the fourth-largest mobile carrier in the U.S.
After T-Mobile USA's merger deal with AT&T went down in flames last year, its parent organization, Deutsche Telekom AG, seems still hungry to unload the money-losing business, lagging behind Verizon Wireless, AT&T Mobility and Sprint Nextel.
So the German conglomerate may be looking to another carrier for a merger. Bloomberg News reported on Thursday that Deutsche Telekom has discussed options with MetroPCS Communications, which is shopping for partners. Otherwise, the Germans may decide to launch an initial public offering of T-Mobile stock or sell off the company lock, stock and barrel, Bloomberg said, citing people familiar with the matter.
As of January, Richardson, Texas-based MetroPCS had 9.5 million subscribers, compared with T-Mobile's more than 33 million.
Humm Is Mum
In a call with reporters Thursday, T-Mobile CEO and president Philipp Humm declined to confirm or deny the merger reports.
"You will understand that we don't comment on speculations," he told reporters.
T-Mobile walked away with a $3 billion "breakup fee" paid by AT&T after federal regulators put the brakes on AT&T's attempt to acquire the smaller carrier, which would have enabled the No. 2 carrier to acquire much needed spectrum.
First-quarter earnings show that T-Mobile gained 187,000 net customers, compared with 99,000 net customer losses in the first quarter of 2011. The company did, however, lose 510,000 branded contract customers, but that is less than it did in the previous quarter and in the first quarter of 2011.
"In the first quarter, T-Mobile USA delivered strong performance across several key metrics -- adding customers, increasing branded [average revenue per users] year-on-year and effectively managing costs to deliver a solid adjusted [operating income before depreciation and amortization] margin," Humm said in a statement.
"While branded contract churn remains a focus, in the first quarter of 2012 we...
23:54 Giant Asteroid Vesta's Planetary Chances Killed by Jupiter
23:51 NASA Astronaut Helps Launch TV's 'Big Bang Theory' Finale Tonight
23:27 Runner's High Hardwired in People—And Dogs
The pleasurable sensation known as "runner's high" may have motivated human and canine ancestors to build endurance, a new study says.
23:24 Cygnus-X: the cool swan glowing in flight(Phys.org) -- Chaotic networks of dust and gas signpost the next generations of massive stars in this stunning new image of the Cygnus-X star-nursery captured by ESAs Herschel space observatory. Cygnus-X is an extremely active region of massive-star birth some 4500 light-years from Earth in the constellation of Cygnus, the Swan.Using Herschels far-infrared eyes, astronomers can seek out regions where dust has been gently heated by stars, pointing them to dense clumps of gas where new generations of stars are forming.
23:24 DNA match fingers suspect 14 years after murderA DNA match led to the arrest of a man accused of murdering a teenaged New York girl 14 years ago in what had been an unsolved case, city prosecutors said Thursday.
23:24 Electric-powered van to make trans-Africa tripAn electric-powered van launched a trip Thursday to cross eastern and southern Africa, in an expedition designed to showcase the endurance of the vehicles and promote green energy use.
23:24 EU caps smartphone roaming prices to fight 'rip-offs'Europeans will pay less roaming charges when using their smartphones or tablets across EU borders from July 1 under new price caps adopted Thursday to end exorbitant bills for consumers.
23:24 New research on seaweeds shows it takes more than being flexible to survive crashing wavesSeaweeds are important foundational species that are vital both as food and habitat to many aquatic and terrestrial shore organisms. Yet seaweeds that cling to rocky shores are continually at risk of being broken or dislodged from their holds by crashing waves with large hydrodynamic forces. So how do such seaweeds survive in intertidal zones? Do they have special properties that make them extremely flexible or particularly strong?
23:24 NY judge wants to hear victims in cyberbully case(AP) -- A judge delayed the sentencing of an eyewear website operator who intimidated customers, saying he first wants to hear testimony from dozens of victims who reported they were threatened with violence, including murder and rape.
23:17 Path Dependence and the Stupidity of LED Light Bulbs
Why are we cramming 21st century technology into a socket designed by Edison?
LED lights, mass produced as tiny individual diodes, can be configured into any shape you can imagine. In the future, they and their successors could cover
23:10 'Jackie' the Ripper: Was the Infamous Serial Killer a Woman?
It's history's most famous unsolved crime spree. In 1888, a serial killer who came to be known as Jack the Ripper gruesomely murdered five prostitutes in London's Whitechapel district. More than 100 men, from Lewis Carroll to Queen Victoria's grandson, have since been labeled suspects, and the guesswork has spawned an entire field of study, known as "Ripperology." Now, a new book turns the speculation on its head, by arguing that Jack the Ripper was actually a woman.
23:01 TV highlights 11/05/2012
23:00 Heat Trickery Paves Way for Thermal ComputersDevices harness heat currents instead of electrical ones
22:50 In praise of … The Antikythera clock | Editorial
The secrets of the world's oldest computer have been unlocked by X-ray imaging
Twenty-one centuries after it sank under water, and one after it was brought back to the surface, the secrets of the world's oldest computer have been unlocked by X-ray imaging. Sponge divers off the Greek island of Antikythera found relics from an ancient ship in 1901. Among them was a calcified lump shot through with gearwheels. Erudite guesswork and microscopic inspection identified these as parts of a complex classical clock. The mechanical engineering compared with a good Victorian timepiece. The ambition was on another scale – this device did not just tick down the hours, but modelled the paths of the moon and sun and indeed the timing of the Olympics. A BBC4 programme on Thursday night retold the tale. Peer-reviewed papers have hailed the Antikythera mechanism, but the wonder was better conveyed by the engineer who rebuilt the workings with Lego, and accurately predicted a solar eclipse due on 8 April 2024.guardian.co.uk © 2012 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds
22:19 Pictures: New Maya Mural, Calendars Debunk 2012 MythSee the rare, newfound Maya artworks and calculations that show mysterious figures and contradict popularly held 2012 apocalypse theories.
22:04 'Spewing' black holes can prevent the births of stars
The most massive and powerful black holes prevent the birth of stars in their galaxy, researchers say.
22:03 Side Effects: The ‘Hunger Games’ Mockingjay: Fiction, for NowWith the growing availability of tools to modify organisms, a creature like the bird imagined in the “Hunger Games” series is not an impossible fantasy.
22:01 Scientists spot unseen planet in Kepler scope dataCAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - Scientists poring over data collected by NASA's Kepler space telescope have discovered a world outside its field of view, demonstrating a new technique for finding planets beyond the Solar System, scientists reported on Thursday. From its vantage point in space, Kepler stares at about 150,000 sun-like stars located a few hundred light years to a few thousand light years from Earth. One light year is about 5.9 trillion miles (9.5 trillion km). The goal is to find Earth-like worlds at the right distance from their parent stars for liquid water to exist. ...
22:01 Ancient Mayan workshop for astronomers discovered
21:58 Archaeologists Unearth Ancient Maya Calendar WritingInscriptions on a wall of what appeared to be a studio for royal scribes in Guatemala may date to the early ninth century, several hundred years older than the examples previously known.
21:51 Microsoft Brings More Zing to Bing with Major UpdateBing has a new zing. On Thursday, Microsoft unveiled what it described as a "major update," the most significant since the search engine's launch three years ago. The rollout will take place over the next few weeks, and the company is working on a mobile-friendly version to complement this desktop browser incarnation.
Among other things, the new Bing is intended to enable recommendations from friends and experts via a new social sidebar. There's also a Snapshot feature for useful, ready-to-do information, and the new three-column design is intended to facilitate decision-making.
More than 'A Graph of Links'
Qi Lu, head of Microsoft's Online Services Division, said in a statement that the Web is now more than "simply finding information by navigating a topically organized graph of links." Instead, Lu said, search must now "empower people with the broad knowledge of the Web alongside the help of their friends."
In research prior to the updates, Microsoft found that 60 percent of users wondered if they had found the best information available for their inquiry, and slightly more than half responded that their search required multiple inquiries and many site visits. The redesign attempts to address those issues by providing more efficient and useful results.
The enhancements include faster traditional Web searches displayed into the new interface, and a separate Snapshot column that contains actionable related information compiled by Bing.
In an example given by Microsoft, a search for "Drake Hotel Chicago" results in a first column of search results, and a second column displays key info -- average room rate, check in/check out fields to find a more exact rate, a map, ratings for the hotel from three leading travel sites, and then relevant ads.
Microsoft said that the Snapshot second column allows users to avoid having to search different travel sites to read reviews, see interior...
21:38 Scientists spot unseen planet in Kepler scope dataCAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - Scientists poring over data collected by NASA's Kepler space telescope have discovered a world outside its field of view, demonstrating a new technique for finding planets beyond the Solar System, scientists reported on Thursday. From its vantage point in space, Kepler stares at about 150,000 sun-like stars located a few hundred light years to a few thousand light years from Earth. One light year is about 5.9 trillion miles (9.5 trillion km). The goal is to find Earth-like worlds at the right distance from their parent stars for liquid water to exist. ...
21:30 Mozilla Slams Microsoft's OS Plan for ARM-Based DevicesMozilla, maker of the Firefox Web browser, is accusing Microsoft of anticompetitive practices in connection with the coming launch of Windows RT, the version of Windows 8 designed to run on tablets and other devices using a non-x86 chip design.
According to Mozilla general counsel Harvey Anderson, RT, also known as Windows on ARM, will prohibit any browser except Internet Explorer from running in the "Windows Classic" environment.
Windows RT is expected to ship is expected to ship on new tablets and PCs powered by ARM processors beginning later this year.
"Microsoft's browser practices regarding Windows 8 Metro signal an unwelcome return to the digital dark ages where users and developers didn't have browser choices," Anderson wrote in a blog post Wednesday.
Looking beyond the immediate tablet opportunity that Microsoft is looking to exploit, Anderson noted that many PC manufacturers also expect to deploy lower-cost ARM-based processors in some of the laptop and netbook models.
"That means users will only have one browser choice whenever there's a Windows ARM environment," Anderson said.
Stifling Browser Competition
With respect to Windows 8 running on PCs with the standard Intel-based x86 chip architecture, Microsoft does plan to give other browsers basically the same privileges it gives IE. But on devices equipped with ARM chips, Microsoft will give IE exclusive access to special APIs that are necessary for third-player developers to build a competitive browser product, said Mozilla Director of Firefox Asa Dotzler.
"There's no way another browser can possibly compete with IE in terms of features or performance," Dotzler said. "This is in direct violation of the promises they made to developers, users, and OEMs about browser choice in documents, which mysteriously disappeared from Microsoft's site."
By making anticompetitive claims about Windows RT right now, Mozilla is clearly hoping that the U.S. Department of Justice and the...
21:24 Giant asteroid got one-two crater-carving punch