Microsoft Surface Used For Super Bowl Security

January 30 2009No Commented

Categorized Under: Misc. Gadgets

Authorities in Tampa has been using the Microsoft Surface to visualize safety information for Raymond James Stadium, the spot for Super Bowl Sunday. The Surface will be displaying Microsoft Virtual Earth map for region tracking events, incidents, resources, and real-time tasks. All of the tracking using Virtual Earth will be done in real-time.

Check out the video below:
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Netflix Has Stellar 4th Quarter Results

January 26 20093 Commented

Categorized Under: Video

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Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) has released the numbers for their 4th quarter and WOW, are they stellar!  Netflix’s 4th quarter profit climbed 45%.  Netflix’s growth was driven by low prices and streaming video services.

Netflix’s customer base grew by 718,000 in the last three months of 2008.  This is more than double the growth that management expected. Netflix has about 9.4 million customers now.  Netflix launched about 10 years ago and charges about $5 to $17 per month to rent DVDs.

“We are very fortunate to have a great value proposition,” stated Netflix CEO Reed Hastings.  Netflix’s revenue for the fourth quarter is $359.6 million, up from $302.4 million in the same quarter last year.  Netflix’s revenue for 2008 was $1.365 billion.  The company expects to make between $1.58 billion and $1.635 billion in revenues for 2009.

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VeriSign To Acquire Certicom For $73 Million

January 25 2009No Commented

Categorized Under: Cell Phones

VeriSign is planning to buy Certicom about three days after Research in Motion decided to pull out of a hostile bid for the security company.  VeriSign will buy Certicom for $73 million.  Certicom is an elliptic curve cryptography company.  VeriSign plans to enter new markets through the use of Certicom’s ECC public-key encryption technologies.

VeriSign one upped RIM’s deal by $21 million.  RIM proposed $52 million to buy out Certicom from their shareholders this past December.  To counter the bid, Certicom filed a lawsuit to block the bid stating that RIM breached nondisclosure agreements.  This past Monday, a court ruling stated that RIM did in fact breach the agreements and shareholders were unable to accept the offer.

RIM already owns several forms of ECC technology, but the acquisition of Certicom would have made things more cost-effective.  Certicom expects that their shareholders will accept the VeriSign deal and that the transaction will close in March.

[via AP]

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