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::::Seagate to acquire controlling interest in LaCie::::

<div class=&quot;custm_img_blk&quot;><img src=&quot;http://www.techgig.com/files/photo_1338001029_temp.jpg&quot; border=&quot;0&quot; align=&quot;left&quot; /></div><p style=&quot;margin: 0px 0px 16px&quot;>Seagate and Lacie announced an exclusive agreement with the intent for Seagate to acquire a controlling interest in LaCie. Seagate has offered to purchase from Philippe Spruch, LaCie&rsquo;s chairman and CEO, and his affiliate, all of their shares, representing 64.5% of the outstanding shares of LaCie.</p><p style=&quot;margin: 0px 0px 16px&quot;>Following governmental approvals and the close of this transaction,&nbsp;<span style=&quot;text-align: left&quot;>Seagate</span>&nbsp;would commence an all-cash simplified tender offer (followed as the case may be by a squeeze-out procedure) to acquire the remaining outstanding shares in accordance with the General Regulation…

::::MongoDB or MySQL? Why not both?::::

<div class=&quot;custm_img_blk&quot;><img src=&quot;http://www.techgig.com/files/photo_1338000935_temp.jpg&quot; border=&quot;0&quot; align=&quot;left&quot; /></div><p style=&quot;margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline&quot;>Someone please tell me we&rsquo;ve gotten past the either-or debate over NoSQL and relational databases.</p><p style=&quot;margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline&quot;>While NoSQL databases are foundational technologies for web startups &mdash; with most of these young companies opting for<span style=&quot;background-color: transparent&quot;>MongoDB,</span>&nbsp;Cassandra,&nbsp;<span style=&quot;background-color: transparent&quot;>CouchDB</span>&nbsp;or something else to fulfill their database needs &mdash; they might be b…

::::Sign o‘ the Times: IBM, SAP Now Support Microsoft‘s Standardization Move::::

<img src=&quot;http://www.techgig.com/files/photo_1338000662_temp.jpg.pagespeed.ce.sgS5akm0TU.jpg&quot; border=&quot;0&quot; alt=&quot;Image&quot; align=&quot;left&quot; /><p><span style=&quot;text-align: left&quot;>It's perhaps the one way that database interaction can work reliably using any format, any server and any client on the Web today. It happens to be a protocol created by Microsoft. But in a symbol of how Microsoft is now perceived today as just another major player instead of a dominant force, the leading platform makers are joining Microsoft in a formal move to standardize&nbsp;OData, the Open Data Protocol.&nbsp;The reason Microsoft and IBM are no longer fighting over this? The real competition is no longer just amongst these old-line technology companies, but largely between them and a new breed of competitors often based around new mobile devices and consumer platforms.</span></p><div …

::::6 Time Management Strategies for Startups::::

<div class=&quot;custm_img_blk&quot;><img src=&quot;http://www.techgig.com/files/photo_1338000338_temp.jpg&quot; border=&quot;0&quot; width=&quot;300&quot; height=&quot;200&quot; align=&quot;left&quot; /></div><p class=&quot;p1&quot;><span style=&quot;text-align: left&quot;>Many startups seem to be powered solely by excitement over the new business (occasionally mixed with some Red Bull and Starbucks). Startup founders typically devote every waking moment to their companies, and probably even dream about it too. But while pure passion can propel entrepreneurs 24/7 for a while, eventually even the most committed startup teams need to learn to manage their time.</span></p><div id=&quot;more&quot; class=&quot;asset-more&quot; style=&quot;margin: 0px; padding: 0px; clear: both; text-align: left&quot;><p style=&quot;margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px&…

::::College Degrees: More and More, They‘re Just a Piece of Paper::::

<p class=&quot;p1&quot;>&nbsp;<img src=&quot;http://www.techgig.com/files/photo_1338000196_temp.png.pagespeed.ce.yG3PYgAXje.png&quot; border=&quot;0&quot; alt=&quot;Image&quot; width=&quot;300&quot; height=&quot;200&quot; align=&quot;left&quot; /><span style=&quot;text-align: left&quot;>Faking a computer science degree cost&nbsp;Scott Thompson his CEO job. But with one&nbsp;notable exception, most observers thought he was doing OK, under lousy circumstances.</span><span style=&quot;text-align: left&quot;>Sure, the lying was wrong, but apart from that, would Thompson&rsquo;s lack of a computer science degree have hurt his career? Does having the right degree - or any degree - really matter that much any more?</span></p><div id=&quot;more&quot; class=&quot;asset-more&quot; style=&quot;margin: 0px; padding: 0px; clear: both; text-align: …

::::A Five-Year Update: The State of the Web in India::::

<div class=&quot;custm_img_blk&quot;><br /><img src=&quot;http://www.techgig.com/files/photo_1338000097_temp.png.pagespeed.ce.BuF_mXV9gG.png&quot; border=&quot;0&quot; alt=&quot;Image&quot; width=&quot;300&quot; height=&quot;200&quot; align=&quot;left&quot; /><span style=&quot;text-align: left&quot;><div style=&quot;text-align: justify&quot;>Since this 2006 article on RWW about the&nbsp;Top Web Apps in India, a&nbsp;lot has happened in the Indian web industry. Some new entrants have made a mark for themselves and some existing ones have strengthened their market positions, while still others got lost somewhere in between. We take a homegrown look at the changes in India during the past five years.</div></span></div><div id=&quot;more&quot; class=&quot;asset-more&quot; style=&quot;margin: 0px; padding: 0px; clear: both; text-align: left&…

::::How Big Tech Companies Keep Quiet on Big News::::

<img src=&quot;http://www.techgig.com/files/photo_1337999968_temp.jpg&quot; border=&quot;0&quot; alt=&quot;Image&quot; width=&quot;300&quot; height=&quot;200&quot; align=&quot;left&quot; /><p><span style=&quot;text-align: left&quot;>Even as all sorts of questions swirl around&nbsp;last week&rsquo;s initial public offering&nbsp;and&nbsp;this week&rsquo;s release of a camera app&nbsp;that looks a lot like the camera app it paid $1 billion for last month,&nbsp;Facebook&nbsp;has taken its usual quiet stance, issuing as few public statements and offering as few public answers as possible to the questions that business journalists and tech bloggers have been asking.</span></p><div class=&quot;asset-body&quot; style=&quot;margin: 0px; padding: 0px; clear: both; text-align: left&quot;><p style=&quot;margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px&quot;>It&…

::::Microsoft wins ruling against Motorola over texting::::

<div class=&quot;custm_img_blk&quot;><img src=&quot;http://www.techgig.com/files/photo_1337999853_temp.jpg&quot; border=&quot;0&quot; width=&quot;300&quot; height=&quot;200&quot; align=&quot;left&quot; /></div><p>A German regional court ruled in a hearing on Thursday that Motorola Mobility(<span>GOOG.O</span>) infringed Microsoft(<span>MSFT.O</span>) patents by offering the option on its mobile phones to send a longer text in a batch of several messages.</p><p style=&quot;margin: 0px 0px 10px; padding: 0px&quot;>&quot;We're pleased the court agreed today that Motorola has infringed Microsoft's intellectual property, and we hope Motorola will be willing to join other Android device makers by taking a license to our patents,&quot; Microsoft said in a statement, referring to Google's Android operating system for mobile phones.</p><p style=&q…

::::They‘re here. They‘re geeks. Get used to it::::

<div class=&quot;custm_img_blk&quot;><img src=&quot;http://www.techgig.com/files/photo_1337999772_temp.jpg&quot; border=&quot;0&quot; width=&quot;300&quot; height=&quot;200&quot; align=&quot;left&quot; /></div><p>Turns out, geeks are inheriting the earth.</p><p style=&quot;margin: 0px 0px 10px; padding: 0px&quot;>Thanks to ubiquitous consumer electronics and the prominence of technology executives like Facebook Inc's(<span>FB.O</span>) Mark Zuckerberg and the late Steve Jobs of Apple Inc(<span>AAPL.O</span>), it's no longer an insult to be called a geek.</p><p style=&quot;margin: 0px 0px 10px; padding: 0px&quot;>The geek -- broadly speaking, the tech-obsessed, socially-awkward type who spends more time online than offline -- is more respected than ever, according to a survey by Modis, the technology staffing arm of Adecco SA (<span>ADEN.…

::::Citi unit lost $20 mln in Facebook IPO - source::::

<div class=&quot;custm_img_blk&quot;><img src=&quot;http://www.techgig.com/files/photo_1337999701_temp.jpg&quot; border=&quot;0&quot; width=&quot;300&quot; height=&quot;200&quot; align=&quot;left&quot; /></div><p>Citigroup Inc's(<span>C.N</span>) Automated Trading Desk had trading losses of about $20 million from Facebook Inc's(<span>FB.O</span>) botched initial public offering on Nasdaq OMX Group Inc's(<span>NDAQ.O</span>) U.S. exchange, a source with knowledge of the situation said on Friday.</p><p style=&quot;margin: 0px 0px 10px; padding: 0px&quot;>The unit's losses were in addition to claims by market makers Knight Capital Group Inc (<span>KCG.N</span>) and Citadel Securities, which each had losses of $30 million to $35 million.</p><p style=&quot;margin: 0px 0px 10px; padding: 0px&quot;>UBS AG (<span>…

::::Tech Mahindra revenue up 3%::::

<div class=&quot;custm_img_blk&quot;><img src=&quot;http://www.techgig.com/files/photo_1337886699_temp.jpg&quot; border=&quot;0&quot; align=&quot;left&quot; /></div><span style=&quot;text-align: left&quot;>&nbsp;Telecom-focused IT company&nbsp;</span><span style=&quot;text-align: left&quot;>Tech Mahindra</span><span style=&quot;text-align: left&quot;>&nbsp;on Wednesday reported a 3% increase in its revenues for the year ended March 31, to $1.15 billion, thus beating street expectations which were predicting a dip in its revenues due to the flailing telecom sector globally.&nbsp;</span><br /><br /><span style=&quot;text-align: left&quot;>The company's board elevated&nbsp;</span><span style=&quot;text-align: left&quot;>Mahindra Satyam</span><span style=&quot;text-align: left&quot;>&nbsp…

::::4G services: Bharti Airtel to acquire 49% stake in Qualcomm::::

<img src=&quot;http://www.techgig.com/files/photo_1337886579_temp.jpg.pagespeed.ce.9bizkm3RG3.jpg&quot; border=&quot;0&quot; alt=&quot;Image&quot; align=&quot;left&quot; />&nbsp;<span style=&quot;text-align: left&quot;>Sunil Mittal led&nbsp;</span><span style=&quot;text-align: left&quot;>Bharti Airtel</span><span style=&quot;text-align: left&quot;>&nbsp;on Thursday announced that it will acquire 49 per cent stake in Qualcomm's Inc's fourth-generation (4G) broadband venture in the country for $165 million.&nbsp;</span><br /><br /><span style=&quot;text-align: left&quot;>Bharti Airtel will buy a 26 per cent stake held by two Indian partners in the&nbsp;</span><span style=&quot;text-align: left&quot;>Qualcomm</span><span style=&quot;text-align: left&quot;>broadband venture and the remaining by subsc…

::::Microsoft‘s social network So.cl now open to all::::

<img src=&quot;http://www.techgig.com/files/photo_1337886342_temp.jpg.pagespeed.ce.O_G00biv0w.jpg&quot; border=&quot;0&quot; alt=&quot;Image&quot; width=&quot;200&quot; height=&quot;150&quot; align=&quot;left&quot; />&nbsp;Microsoft<span style=&quot;color: #3f3f3f; font-family: georgia; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20px; text-align: left&quot;>&nbsp;has opened up its&nbsp;</span>So.cl<span style=&quot;color: #3f3f3f; font-family: georgia; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20px; text-align: left&quot;>social networking service to the general public, which lets users share and comment on interesting search results and connect with &quot;like-minded&quot; people.&nbsp;</span><br /><br /><span style=&quot;color: #3f3f3f; font-family: georgia; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20px; text-align: left&quot;>It is targeted at students and had earlier been re…

::::Sony launches Xperia U, Xperia P, Xperia Sola in India::::

<div class=&quot;custm_img_blk&quot;><img src=&quot;http://www.techgig.com/files/photo_1337886123_temp.jpg&quot; border=&quot;0&quot; align=&quot;left&quot; /></div><span><div id=&quot;storydiv&quot;><div class=&quot;Normal&quot; style=&quot;margin: 0px; padding: 0px&quot;>Sony&nbsp;Mobile Communications has officially launched three new&nbsp;Xperia smartphones&nbsp;in the country: Xperia U and P, and Xperia Sola. The smartphones were initially unveiled at the Xperia S launch last month.&nbsp;<br /><br />Sony Xperia U has a 3.5 inch scratch-resistant TFT touchscreen with a resolution of 854 x 480 pixels and is powered by a 1 GHz STE U8500 dual-core processor. The smartphone runs onGoogle Android 2.3 operating system&nbsp;(upgrade to&nbsp;Android Ice Cream Sandwich&nbsp;promised). There's a 5 megapixel camera with auto focus, 16x digital zoom and LED f…

::::How India is hurting Dell::::

<div class=&quot;custm_img_blk&quot;><img src=&quot;http://www.techgig.com/files/photo_1337886015_temp.jpg&quot; border=&quot;0&quot; align=&quot;left&quot; /></div><br /><img src=&quot;http://pi.feedsportal.com/r/133516280760/u/53/f/533923/c/33039/s/1fab9f79/a2t.img&quot; border=&quot;0&quot; width=&quot;1&quot; height=&quot;1&quot; /> <span style=&quot;text-align: left&quot;>Weaker performance in India brought down Dell's first-quarter&nbsp;</span><span style=&quot;text-align: left&quot;>earnings</span><span style=&quot;text-align: left&quot;>&nbsp;in the Asia Pacific &amp; Japan (APJ) region as the company's revenue in the region stood at $3.1 billion, down 0.5% sequentially.&nbsp;</span><br /><br /><span style=&quot;text-align: left&quot;>&quot;Demand was down in many countrie…

::::Samsung Galaxy S III: Inspired by Nature, Not Lawyers::::

<img src=&quot;http://www.techgig.com/files/xphoto_1337884794_temp.jpg.pagespeed.ic.H--kn8_CA_.jpg&quot; border=&quot;0&quot; alt=&quot;Image&quot; align=&quot;left&quot; /><p>Samsung&rsquo;s Galaxy S III wasn&rsquo;t designed by the company&rsquo;s lawyers, though they surely approved it. And speculation that it was carefully crafted to dodge Apple&rsquo;s trade dress patent infringement claims is silly.</p><p style=&quot;margin: 0px 0px 0.45em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font: inherit; vertical-align: baseline&quot;>So says Samsung design VP Chang Dong-hoon, who today took exception with claims that the Galaxy S III is &ldquo;the first smartphone designed entirely by lawyers.&rdquo; According to Dong-hoon, the Galaxy S III boasts a design that has gone through hundreds of iterations, all quarterbacked by Samsung&rsquo;s market-leading design team. &ldquo;Our change in smartphone design is…

::::100 Most Valuable Brands: Apple Tops Again; Nokia Disappears::::

<p>&nbsp;<img src=&quot;http://www.techgig.com/files/photo_1337884627_temp.jpg&quot; border=&quot;0&quot; alt=&quot;Image&quot; align=&quot;left&quot; />WPP&rsquo;s Millward Brown published its&nbsp;annual BrandZ study, ranking the world&rsquo;s leading brands, which are increasingly technology companies. According to the research house, four of the top five global brands and seven of the Top 10 are tech firms.</p><p style=&quot;margin: 0px 0px 0.45em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font: inherit; vertical-align: baseline&quot;>At $183 billion, Apple is the world&rsquo;s most valuable brand, a title it claimed last year as well, though at that time the brand was worth $153.3 billion. In the ensuing year, it has grown another 19 percent. IBM ranked second with $116 billion in value. Google, which ranked second last year, this year swapped places with IBM, after its brand value slipped 3 percent year over ye…

::::Morgan Stanley, others make $100 mln profit on Facebook trades - WSJ::::

<div class=&quot;custm_img_blk&quot;><img src=&quot;http://www.techgig.com/files/photo_1337884094_temp.jpg&quot; border=&quot;0&quot; width=&quot;300&quot; height=&quot;200&quot; align=&quot;left&quot; /></div><p>Morgan Stanley (<span>MS.N</span>) and other underwriters have made a profit of about $100 million stabilizing Facebook (<span>FB.O</span>) stock since trading began on Friday, the Wall Street Journal said, citing people familiar with the matter.</p><p style=&quot;margin: 0px 0px 10px; padding: 0px&quot;>Facebook's listing, envisioned as a crowning moment for an eight-year-old company that has become a business and cultural phenomenon, has instead turned into a legal and public relations fiasco for the company and its lead underwriter, Morgan Stanley.</p><p style=&quot;margin: 0px 0px 10px; padding: 0px&quot;>As a lead underwriter, Morgan…

::::Facebook launches Facebook Camera for iPhone, complete with filters and batch photo uploading::::

<div class=&quot;custm_img_blk&quot;><img src=&quot;http://www.techgig.com/files/photo_1337883740_temp.png&quot; border=&quot;0&quot; width=&quot;300&quot; height=&quot;200&quot; align=&quot;left&quot; /></div><p style=&quot;vertical-align: baseline; margin: 20px 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px&quot;>Just after its proposed&nbsp;$1 billion&nbsp;acquisition&nbsp;of mobile photo sharing service Instagram, Facebook has announced Facebook Camera for iPhone this afternoon in a&nbsp;blog post.&nbsp;&nbsp;The app features filters just like Instagram and features the ability to upload a batch of photos at once, where as the regular Facebook app only allows you to upload one photo at a time. Upon first opening Camera, it detects any Facebook accounts already associated with the iPhone so you can begin uploading photos. Facebook Camera for iOS is&nbsp;now available&nbsp;o…

::::As rivals falter, Lenovo has emerging market edge::::

<div class=&quot;custm_img_blk&quot;><img src=&quot;http://www.techgig.com/files/photo_1337883200_temp.jpg&quot; border=&quot;0&quot; width=&quot;300&quot; height=&quot;200&quot; align=&quot;left&quot; /></div><p>With home turf advantage in the world's biggest computer market and a foothold in major emerging economies, China's Lenovo Group (<span>0992.HK</span>) is looking to turn market share into profit, heaping more pressure on U.S. rivals Hewlett-Packard Co (<span>HPQ.N</span>) and Dell Inc (<span>DELL.O</span>).</p><p style=&quot;margin: 0px 0px 10px; padding: 0px&quot;>Concern that global tech spending, particularly in the developed world, is weakening faster than expected has battered Dell shares and prompted HP to axe some 27,000 jobs. To counter weakness in consumer spending in major cities in the world's second-largest economy, Lenovo is…

::::See, where Apple, Samsung phones still can‘t beat BlackBerry::::

<div class=&quot;custm_img_blk&quot;><img src=&quot;http://www.techgig.com/files/photo_1337828102_temp.jpeg&quot; border=&quot;0&quot; width=&quot;300&quot; height=&quot;200&quot; align=&quot;left&quot; /></div><span style=&quot;text-align: left&quot;>Along with firearms, radio and other standard-issue gear, Constable Ken Koke's police cruiser comes equipped with portable technology made by Research In Motion Ltd that he says has become an important tool in policing rural&nbsp;</span><span style=&quot;text-align: left&quot;>Canada</span><span style=&quot;text-align: left&quot;>.&nbsp;</span><br /><br /><span style=&quot;text-align: left&quot;>Koke, with the Chatham-Kent police force in southwestern&nbsp;</span><span style=&quot;text-align: left&quot;>Ontario</span><span style=&quot;text-…