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Articles tagged with: finances

Amazon Launches Textbook Rentals For Cash-Strapped Students

The popular online retailer, Amazon, today launched textbook rentals for the upcoming Fall semester that hopes to put a serious dent in current textbook prices. As many of you know, textbooks are almost always sold by the college itself, but at much higher prices than you can find elsewhere.

Sometimes you only save $10 or $20, but other times you can save over $100 per textbook, which is a significant savings for any cash-strapped college student.

Caller ID On T-Mobile, $50 Per Year??

Okay, so I have to admit Caller ID is cool for a number of reasons. I think first and foremost, caller ID is the perfect tool to figure out whether you should take a call or not (especially if you are in a meeting or on the road).

Secondly, as a human being, I think the majority of us prefer to avoid surprises whenever necessary. If you need an example just think about Christmas when you were a kid and how you wanted to sneak out to the living room at 4AM to check the presents under the tree.

Indian-based Search Engine Raises $10 Million

An Indian-based search engine called Just Dial has just raised $10 million in funding from SAP Ventures and Sequoia Capital. The company was started in 1996 in Mumbai and allows consumers to search for local business through the Internet, phone, WAP, and through text messages.

Using the service, consumers are able to discover new restaurants, retail outlets, or search for plumbers or exterminators. It’s basically an easier-to-use form of the YellowPages in the United States. The service is now used by 57 million unique users spread over 250 Indian towns and cities.

Apple’s Foxconn Reopens After Deadly Explosion

Apple’s supplier, Foxconn has resumed operations at its Chengdu plant in China, after an explosion killed three employees last month. The company has ended its investigation into the incident and has implemented safeguards that it claims will prevent a similar situation from happening.

The company stated that the accident was due to an explosion of aluminum dust in a ventilation duct, and that the company has solved this issue by improving workshop ventilation (as if employee air quality wasn’t reason enough).

Nvidia Swallows Icera For $367M

We have just heard that Nvidia has swallowed Icera for $367 million dollars. This move gets Nvidia’s foot in the door for baseband and radio chips, leaving some to guess that perhaps Nvidia is thinking of making its own phone. With the Icera acquisition, Nvidia will now be able to combine high-end processors, with cell phone communications.

Nvidia believes that Icera can help it double its revenue from each mobile device.

Sony Slammed With 1B Class Action Lawsuit

Sony has no choice BUT to face the music at this point. After revealing financial and personal information of 102 million users, worldwide, the electronics giant has finally been slammed with its first lawsuit. The lawsuit seeks over a billion dollars in damagers and was filed by a Toronto based law firm, McPhadden Samac Tuovi on behalf of a 21-year old Canadian gamer named Natasha Maksimovic.

Maksimovic is demanding that Sony pay for the cost of credit monitoring services for all affected users for the next two years.

Nokia Cuts 7,000 Jobs Due To Bad Quarter

Nokia has been through a lot of waves recently, and today the world knows the outcome. Nokia has announced today it will cut 7,000 jobs as a “result of its Microsoft Windows Phone agreement” and outsourcing Symbian handset software. This represents 12% of the company’s handset employees and will likely save Nokia $1.5 billion dollars.

Nokia’s CEO, Stephen Elop noted that the competitive environment has changed rapidly, implying that Nokia must change with it in order to be successful. The cuts include 4,000 layoffs and 3,000 job shifts to Accenture.

UK eCrime Unit Arrest Men in “SpyEye” Plot

United Kingdom police arrested three men late last week who were tied with the SpyEye malware program that steals banking details. Two of the three men were charged on Friday and appeared in Westminster Magistrates Court in London on Saturday. Of the two, 26 year-old Paul Cyganoc, a Lithuanian living in Birmingham, England was charged with “conspiracy to cause unauthorized modifications to computers, conspiracy to defraud and concealing proceeds from crime.”

The other man, Aldis Krummins was a 45 year-old Latvian living on Goole, England and was charged only with conspiracy to defraud and concealing proceeds of crime. The third man was also 26 years old and whose nationality was not disclosed. He was released by police on bail but is required to…