Hackers Declare War Against PayPal

The hacker groups by the name of Anonymous and LulzSec have launched a war against the San Jone based online payment service PayPal. This declaration came after several arrests of the group’s members and PayPal’s refusal to handle financial transaction of Wikileaks.

Recently Anonymous’s spokesman was arrested by cops and this move by the group is seen as a response for that arrest. Anonymous has asked several of its followers and fans to boycott PayPal and to immediately quit their accounts from the E-Commerce giant.

PayPal is owned by eBay and has allegedly helped Law Enforcement agencies to track down hackers. PayPal is the largest E-Commerce company with more than 10 million customers. It froze the account of whistleblower site Wikileaks after later began publishing confidential and classified data of the United States.

This operation is carried out by AntiSec, a collaboration of Anonymous and LulzSec. An unknown member of Anonymous said that,”The first step to being truly free is not putting one’s trust into a company that freezes accounts when it feels like, or when it is pressured by the U.S. government”.

If this movement gathers pace, it may bring down PayPal too and furthermore we can’t be sure that Anonymous will do only peaceful protest without hacking PayPal’s website.

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Mozilla To Launch An OS In Response To Chrome

Mozilla is about to step into the OS market with a brand new open source Operating System. It announced today that it is going to modify its Gecko engine which is the driving force behind its Firefox browser and turn it into an open source OS.

Experts say that this move can be seen as a response to Google’s Chrome OS. Mozilla and Google are traditional rivals in web browsers. This rivalry will surely go on to next level with Mozilla launching its own OS. This OS is known as Boot To Gecko and is still in its premature stage. It will get around 3-4 updates before its source code is ready to roll in the market.

Boot To Gecko will be used as a mobile OS and could be used both on smartphones and tablets. It will feature new APIs for better development and will have Android as a kernel. These APIs will be web based and will let web developers to make calls, send files easily and will provide superb security features which are much needed now a days.

Though this news is absolutely fantastic, experts say that Mozilla could be sued under patent infringement by some companies. This could force Mozilla to fight a long battle as patent infringement laws are strict and if found guilty, it may have to close down its project.

What do you guys think?

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Manufacturers Get A Sample Of Microsoft Mango

Microsoft has decided to provide handset manufacturers with its latest Windows Phone OS, codenamed Mango. This move has been made so that manufacturers could test and then deploy it in their handsets.

This can be seen as the final field trial before the OS rolls out in the market. This version has long been rumored to be the best Windows Phone OS from Microsoft. It is worth noting that Microsoft has recently made a deal with Nokia, according to which the American giant will provide its Windows Mobile platform for the Finish companies future handsets.

This news was first seen on official Windows Phone blog which read as,“This marks the point in the development process where we hand code to our handset and mobile operator partners to optimize Mango for their specific phone and network configurations. Here on the Windows Phone team, we now turn to preparing for the update process.”

Our opinion on this move is that this is the last chance Microsoft has to cash its Windows Mobile Platform. Previous version of its Mobile OS did very poor business. They were not able to survive in the mainstream market. Though Microsoft has made a deal with Nokia, but it is unlikely to boost its sales as Nokia itself is facing crisis at this time.

We’ll keep you posted on this.

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Android Gingerbread Coming To AT&T

Surprise for AT&T users! If you have got an Android phone and are a subscriber of AT&T, you might get an Android Gingerbread update. AT&T has announced that it would start upgrading subscribers to Android 2.3, known as Gingerbread, in the coming weeks.

The upgrade will start with Motorola Atrix 4G and will subsequently come to 6 other handsets. This upgrade was long awaited as AT&T users were not able to upgrade their Android OS. This announcement will definitely prove a bliss for them.

Though this version of Android is not the latest one, but still it will certainly add some cool features which the previous versions were lacking. This version comes with improved GUI, new applications, cool API and many other features.

Usually, Google launches a number versions of its Android platform in a year. This keeps users happy but sometimes it takes a hell lot of time for users to get those updates on their devices.

The updates get such a long time to roll out because every company uses different hardware. And to make that hardware compatible with the current version of Android OS, some modifications are made in the OS. This whole procedure takes a lot of time. Currently, only Google Nexus gets periodic updates for its OS as it is released by Google itself.

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Verizon Lags Behind AT&T In The iPhone Sales

Verizon wireless, which is a joint venture of Verizon and Vodafone, has gone a long way in the iPhone activations but still it lags behind AT&T, which is its number one rival in this sector. No doubt, Verizon’s sales have increased as compared to AT&T, but the total number of its subscribers still remain less than those of AT&T.

When Verizon started selling the iPhone, it was expected that many of AT&T’s customers will shift to Verizon because of the poor service offered by AT&T. Upto some extent, it did happen but it was not enough to beat down AT&T’s sales.

On Friday, Verizon reported that it had activated around 2.3 million iPhones during its second quarter. On the other side, AT&T announced that it had activated 3.6 million iPhones, out of which a quarter were from new customers of its network. So a clear cut difference is there in the sales of both these giants.

There can be many reasons for Verizon’s failure to overcome AT%T. A major reason is that in amidst of a large number of the iPhone 5 rumors, people are deploying a strategy of ‘wait n watch’. If the iPhone 5 is going to be launched in this fall, there is sense in waiting for it instead of buying an existing model.

What do you guys think?

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Google+ App For The iPhone Is Now Available

Good news for the iPhone users! You guys can now access Google+ with an official app available in the app store from your iPhone. This app was being awaited since the launch of Google+ at the end of previous month.

Though, at the launch of Google+, Google said in a blog that iOS app was on its way but since Apple never provides time-line for its app approval proceedings, the final release date was not announced at that time. Now at last, our wait is over.

When Google initially presented the app to Apple, there were rumors that Apple may not approve it. These rumors were based on the fact that Apple has rejected some products in the past that it thinks can pose threat to the iOS and the iDevices.

We already know that Google+ has more than 10 million active users and that too in just two weeks. Now, by adding an iOS app, the number will increase for sure. Till now, only Android users could enjoy Google+ on their phones.

According to Vic Gundotra, the head of google’s social division, “This app may not be available immediately to everyone because of the high nymber of requests from users.”

We’ll keep you updated on this as soon as an update arrives.

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Leak : Microsoft’s Social Search Engine On The Way ?

Though not much of a surprise, but still the news that Microsoft is planning to launch a new social search engine is big. It seems that Microsoft is getting ready to enter the social networking market which is the most used service on the world wide web.

A Web Page was discovered by some users that linked to a service called “Tulalip” which had an introductory message reading,“With Tulalip, you can find what you need and share what you know easier than ever.”

This Web Page was found at Socl.com, which was acquired by Microsoft last year. Since social media is a hot topic these days, it was almost expected from Microsoft to launch a social media platform against its rivals Google and Facebook.

Microsoft is facing a tough time as its Windows mobile platform stands nowhere near the Android in the smartphone market. We think that in order to remain in competition with Google, Microsoft is trying to introduce a competitor for Google+, which already is a huge success despite of it being in field trial stage.

This leak was pulled off from the web within 24 hours and Microsoft responded to queries by saying, “Thanks for stopping by. Socl.com is an internal design project from a team in Microsoft Research which was mistakenly published to the Web.”

What do you guys think? Was the leak staged by Microsoft to get attention or was it really a ‘mistake’.

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