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Articles tagged with: telecomm

Google To Acquire Punchd

It seems that Google is about to acquire Punchd to improve their Wallet product. The deal, said to be worth over $10 million, would provide Google with a mobile loyalty card system built on the Android and iOS platforms, which would be perfect for Google Wallet.

Google Wallet could definitely use Punchd to improve its current loyalty provisions. Their system relies heavily on NFC wireless, and Punchd’s system relies on QR codes.

Google Temporarily Disables ‘Realtime’ Search

Google Inc. has temporarily shut down a search engine feature that allows users to find real-time updates from Twitter, Facebook, FriendFeed and other social networking sites.

Particularly useful in ‘breaking news’ scenarios, the feature was given its own URL and additional features last summer. Now Google has announced that it’s been taken offline for the time being, noting in a tweet “We’ve temporarily disabled google.com/realtime. We’re exploring how to incorporate Google+ into this functionality, so stay tuned.”

Hacked Fox News Twitter Feed Reports Death Of President Obama

The Fox News Twitter feed has reportedly been hacked Monday, with a series of tweets announcing that President Barack Obama had been assassinated.

According to the Guardian News blog,the first tweet to announce that Obama had been shot dead were sent by @foxnewspolitics at approximately 2am local time to its feed’s 33,000 followers. The tweets were rapidly shared on the internet.

Google Hires 12 Lobbying Firms Amid Antitrust Probe

Facing an antitrust investigation and ongoing congressional scrutiny, Google announced on Friday that it is hiring 12 new lobbying firms.

“We have a strong story to tell about our business and we’ve sought out the best talent we can find to help tell it,” a Google representative said in a statement.

Stolen Xperia Plays Delay Launch

If you’ve been waiting for Sony’s Xperia Play, you may have to keep waiting. The New Zealand launch was delayed not on the fault of Sony, but rather an entire shipment of Xperia Plays were stolen. Could this be the work of the same hackers who destroyed the lives of Sony executives? Kind of makes you think, doesn’t it? Regardless of who stole the shipment, I wonder how they intend to sell all those Xperia’s while the feds closely monitor Craigslist and eBay for Xperia Play sales.