An anonymous reader writes “About 10 days after Viacom pulled 26 channels from DirecTV over a contract dispute, the two companies have finally come to an agreement that should have DirecTV fans in need of their MTV rejoicing. While precise details of the newly agreed upon contract weren’t made public, Bloomberg is reporting that the new contract is for 7 years with Viacom set to receive more than $600 million a year from DirecTV. That represents a 20% payment increase from the previous contract and is slightly below the 30% increase, or $1 billion, Viacom was initially pushing for.”
The disturbing part of this dispute, to me, was how Viacom pulled its shows from the internet
in addition to DirecTV. Advertising your side of the story is one thing, but going out of your way to directly frustrate viewers who are interested in your shows seems like bad business.
Source: Viacom and DirecTV Reach New Agreement
First time accepted submitter kongshem
writes “According to Symantec’s annual Internet Security Threat Report, religious and ideological websites have far more security threats per infected site than adult/pornographic sites. Why is that? Symantec’s theory: ‘We hypothesize that this is because pornographic Web site owners already make money from the Internet and, as a result, have a vested interested in keeping their sites malware-free — it’s not good for repeat business,’”
Source: Symantec: Religious Sites “Riskier Than Porn For Viruses”
Categories: slashdot business source, Internet, mdash, pornographic sites, pornographic web, religious sites, security, site, Symantec, Than Porn, time
New submitter Manzanita
writes “The domain of personal analytics, or ‘Quantified Self,’ is rich with interesting things to measure and many hackers have started projects. But they will only take off if it is sufficiently easy to gather and use the data. Stephen Wolfram has collected and analyzed a lot of his personal data over the last 20 years, but that is far beyond what most of us have the time for. What do you find worth tracking? What is ripe for developing into a business?”
Source: Ask Slashdot: Do You Find Self Tracking Useful Like Stephen Wolfram Does?
writes “In today’s edition of David v. Goliath, Apple lawyers have sent cease and desist letters to a tiny health food restaurant in Luxembourg named AppleADay. For their part, the owners of AppleADay, with help from a lawerly friend, have promised that they would continue to sell only food, not computers. Of course, Apple knows as well as anyone that promises are made to be broken, having famously promised Apple Corps, the Beatles’ production company, they would never get into the music business.”
Source: Apple Threatens Bistro Over “AppleADay” Name
Categories: slashdot apple corps, Apple Threatens, AppleADay, business source, cease and desist letters, david, edition, food, health food restaurant, itwbennett, Luxembourg, music business, today
A number of readers submitted rumors about a few announcements HP was to make today. Now that has actually happened and the news looks grim. For starters they are exiting the tablet and phone market
and repositioning webOS for use in appliances and vehicles. While confirming they are in talks
to acquire Autonomy
, they also announced they are considering exiting the PC hardware business
entirely in order to focus on their software business.
Source: HP Spinning Off WebOS and Exiting Hardware Business
writes “Intel’s next consumer CPUs — the Sandy Bridge-E — will ship without a heatsink and fan. These new chips, which will feature up to 15MB of L3 cache and integrated four-channel DDR3 and 32x PCI 3.0 controllers will run very hot — potentially up to 180W TDP. Is Intel unable to cool these extreme chips, or is there another reason for the shift? Curiously, Intel will still offer ‘sold separately’ own-brand cooling solutions for the new chips — so is this merely Intel trying to cut costs for enthusiasts who don’t need a stock cooler — or is this the beginnings of Intel branching out into the cooling business?”
Source: Sandy Bridge-E CPUs Too Hot For Intel?
Categories: slashdot bridge, business source, consumer, cooling solutions, ddr3, E CPUs, heatsink, Intel, mdash, MrSeb, Sandy Bridge, TDP, W TDP
GMGruman writes “Every few weeks, it seems, Facebook is caught again violating users’ privacy. A code error there, rogue business partners there. The truth, as InfoWorld’s Bill Snyder explains, is that Facebook will keep on violating your privacy, no matter what its policies say, what promises it makes, or how shocked it claims to be at the latest incident. The reason is simple: Selling personal information on its users is how it makes money, and Facebook is above all a business.”
Source: Why Facebook Won’t Stop Invading Your Privacy
adeelarshad82 writes “Microsoft officially unveiled its Windows Phone 7 mobile operating system, announcing that it will be available on a total of five devices in the US. Windows Phone 7 handsets from AT&T and T-Mobile will begin shipping in November, while devices from Sprint and Verizon will be available next year. In all, Microsoft announced nine Windows Phone 7 phones, the remainder of which will be available in Canada, Mexico, the UK, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Singapore, and Australia. It will debut in some European markets on Oct. 21. While early signs are encouraging for Windows Phone 7, it is being deemed as do or die for the future of Microsoft’s business.”
Source: Microsoft Unveils Windows Phone 7 Lineup
Categories: slashdot adeelarshad, Australia, business source, Canada, canada mexico, Cellphones, european markets, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Microsoft, Operating, phone, Singapore, Spain, UK, uk germany, US, Windows, windows phone
Apple's foray into the television set-top box business may not have had much traction so far and the company has itself claimed that Apple TV is nothing more than "a hobby".
However, it now appears that Apple may finally be getting serious about the television business.
Source: Next Gen Apple TV To Be Renamed iTV; May Get An App Store And Render 720p Video?
GhostX9 writes “Alan Dang from Tom’s Hardware has just written a speculative op-ed on the future of AMD, Intel, and NVIDIA in the next decade. They talk about the strengths of AMD’s combined GPU and CPU teams, Intel’s experience with VLIW architectures, and NVIDIA’s software lead in the GPU computing world.” What do you think it will take to stay on top over the next ten years? Or, will we have a newcomer that usurps the throne and puts everyone else out of business?
Source: AMD, Intel, and NVIDIA Over the Next 10 Years
Categories: slashdot Alan Dang, AMD, amd intel, arm, business source, GhostX, GPU, Intel, Nvidia, patents, Tom, tom s hardware, vliw architectures