Wednesday, April 20, 2011

AndroidGuys Weekly RoundUp April 11-16

Sorry we haven't had a Weekly RoundUp in awhile, guys. Blame fried hard drives and stupidity on my part. Now, it's time to take a quick look at all that we covered last week! Devices that caught our eye(s):
  • The Toshiba Honeycomb tablet was announced, and is coming to a Best buy near you
  • The Galaxy S 2 is headed to the UK
  • Verizon may be launching a 16GB version of the Moto Xoom
  • We got a closer look at the Sony Ericsson Acro
  • Some Droid Incredible 2 press shots were seen in the wild
  • The Sprint Nexus S 4G became available for preorder
  • Virgin Mobile's Samsung Intercept is getting some Froyo love in the next few weeks
  • We learned that the HTC Evo 4G and Thunderbolt might be getting Gingerbread by the end of Q2
  • Speaking of Gingerbread, the Droid X finally got an official 2.3 OTA
  • LG and AT&T announced the LG Thrive
  • Our own Scott Webster reviewed iGloLED Lights, which can be controlled with an Android device
  • Elonex announced 6 Android tablets available on the cheap in the UK
  • The HTC Flyer went up for preorder in the UK, along with the Samsung Galaxy Pro
  • The Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Galaxy S2 were benchmarked
  • The Samsung Droid Charge was seen in the wild, possibly with LTE capabilities
  • INQ launched the Cloud Touch Facebook handset
  • The Samsung Replenish was announced
  • We heard a rumor that the Rogers' Xperia Arc and Xperia Play may be set for an April 28th release
  • And finally, possibly the biggest news we covered last week, the HTC Sensation, a dual-core, Gingerbread beast was announced for Tmobile and shown off in a promo video.
Now, on to some other miscellaneous news from last week. Livio released a car internet radio app, Esurance Mobile joined the Android app party, some bits and pieces of Honeycomb hit the AOSP repository, and Skype for the HTC Thunderbolt leaked to the internet. AutoDesk announced an AutoCAD app for Android, Andy Rubin was promoted within Google, HTC showed strong Q1 numbers thanks to Android, and Google released new Android tools for Android App Admins.
Finishing up the week, CyanogenMod 7 was recognized on over 100,000 devices in just two days, our own Phil Esposito reviewed Regina Launcher 3D, Sprint enabled carrier billing for the Android Market, and we learned that HTC Sense 3.0 will only run on the latest HTC Sense devices (officially). The Android Market topped 3 billion app downloads, the HTC Sensation ROM was leaked, and we got a chance to sit down with Harold de Kort, the Communications Manager for Sony Ericsson, to ask him a few questions.
Well, that's about all we have time for today, so join me next week as I cover all the latest devices and Android news reported by our awesome AndroidGuys crew!

AT&T Has Strong Q1, Activates 3.6 Million iPhones Despite Loss of Exclusivity

Verizon's access to the iPhone 4 isn't stopping AT&T from adding new customers

Analysts were expecting the worse for AT&T this quarter. After all, earlier this year, Verizon got its hands on the iPhone 4 which led many to believe that AT&T's fun in the sun was coming to an end.
AT&T is having the last laugh today, however. The company reported record smartphone sales for the first quarter. The 5.5 million smartphones sold during Q1 represented AT&T's third highest total ever for any quarter and represented a 60 percent growth year-over-year.
Despite the fact that Verizon now has the iPhone 4, AT&T was still able to activate 3.6 million iPhones during the quarter, with 23 percent of those customers -- 828,000 -- being new customers.
Other notes of interest regarding AT&T's smartphone sales:
  • Blackberry, Android, and Windows Phone 7 devices now represent roughly 40 percent of AT&T's smartphone sales.
  • Of AT&T's 68.1 million postpaid customers, 46.2 million of them are on lucrative smartphone plans
  • 80 percent of smartphone customers or on FamilyTalk or business discount plans
  • 65 percent of postpaid sales for the Q1 can be attributed to smartphones
Other areas of AT&T business also saw notable gains with its Branded Computing Subscribers (aircards, MiFi, tethering, tablets) seeing an increase of 421,000 to reach a total of 3.4 million. Of the 421,000 adds, tablets accounted for 322,000.
“We delivered another robust mobile broadband growth quarter for a very solid start to the year,” said AT&T Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson. “We posted double-digit wireless revenue growth, and we set new first-quarter records in total net adds, connected device net adds and smartphone sales. Growth in tablets and other branded computing subscribers also continues to be strong.
“Mobile broadband networks are driving unprecedented growth and innovation, and AT&T is playing a leading role in bringing these benefits to customers,” Stephenson continued. “That’s why our agreement to acquire T-Mobile USA, which we announced in March, is so important. Combined, the two companies’ spectrum and network assets will allow us to simultaneously address spectrum issues created by this increased demand and improve customers’ network experience as volumes continue to grow.”

Meet Toshiba’s 10.1-Inch Regza Tablet AT300

Toshiba has officially announced a name and price for the 10.1-inch Android tablet that recently surfaced. Everyone say hello to the dual-core Tegra 2-powered Regza Tablet AT300! Featuring a 10.1-inch 1280x800 display and running Android 3.0 Honeycomb, the tablet arrives in Japan in June with price of around $700 (US dollars). The Regza AT300 boasts 1GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, two cameras (5MP rear, 2MP front), an SD card slot, mini USB and USB ports, and Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n) connectivity . The screen for this tablet is said to be an “Adaptive Display” which works better in outdoor conditions, providing a clear image with terrific viewing angles. In terms of software and services, the tablet will integrate with Toshiba HDTV, Blu-ray players, laptops other technology.

Rumor: Apple

If you’re still up in the air about Apple’s thoughts about gaming on the iPad and iPhone, this latest rumor will clear a couple of things up for you. The newest iOS devices could be getting a pretty big boost in the GPU department this time around.
Rumors on the ‘street’ this morning indicate that Apple could be looking to include the OpenCL capable SGX543 in the iPad 2 and iPhone 5.
The basis for the rumor is a couple of hints in the latest iOS 4.3 beta that point to some future upgrades. In this particular case, Apple’s included drivers for the GPU. AppleInsider seems to think that we’ll see two SGX543 cores in the new devices, which would effectively increase the GPU power by 4x the current capacity.

Toshiba to Release Glasses Free 3D Notebook

Can display glasses-free 3D image or video in one window, with 2D content running in another

Like it or not, the 3D fad isn't going anywhere anytime soon.

Yesterday, we gave you a roundup of LG G-Slate reviews. The device captures 3D video, but requires 3D glasses for playback. The upcoming HTC EVO 3D smartphone, though, offers a glasses-free 3D experience, much like the just-announced Toshiba dynabook Qosmio T851/D8CR notebook.

Toshiba unveiled "the world's first glasses-free 3D notebook PC able to display 3D and 2D content at the same time on one screen" today in a press release. Users will be able to watch glasses-free 3D content in one window, while browsing the web, sending email, or performing other 2D duties in another window.

In addition to the glasses-free experience, which Toshiba has accomplished using "face-tracking" and "active lens" functions that use the device's webcam to track a user's eyes, the notebook also has a 2D to 3D function. "With SpursEngine™, a dedicated image processor with advanced performance derived from the multi-core technology of the Cell Broadband Engine™, dynabook Qosmio T851/D8CR boasts 2D to 3D real-time conversion technology that allows users to enjoy high-quality 3D images generated from 2D terrestrial, BS and 110 CS digital broadcasts," the release says.

The Toshiba notebook launches in Japan in late July. No pricing or State-side availability has been announced.

Rumor: Apple to remove the home button from iPad 2 and iPhone 5

ipad 2 iphone 5 buttons 500x180 Rumor: Apple to remove the home button from iPad 2 and iPhone 5
Some rumors seem far-fetched, and while this one does, it’s hard to ignore the fact that Apple has a propensity to remove ports and buttons from their devices with a fervor unlike anyone else. On the surface, removing the home button from their iOS device line up, including both the iPhone 5 and iPad 2, doesn’t seem all that plausible at the moment, but it would surprise very few people if it actually happened.
Boy Genuis Report is claiming that they have a source that has indicated that the home button will in fact be disappearing from the iPhone 5 and iPad 2. The evidence that supports their claims is found in the increased gesture support that’s present in the recently released iOS 4.3 beta software that shipped yesterday.
The rumors don’t end there though. The source also goes on to say PhotoBooth and iLife tools will be made available for the iPad 2 upon its release.
Why do we even need any holes in the iPad and iPhone anyway? Qrunchmonkey on Twitter, who is also the developer of GetScreenNinja, has this to say: “Think about this: An iPad with WiFi syncing, inductive charging and iOS 4.3 wouldn’t need to have any holes or buttons AT ALL.”
That’s some food for thought, outside of the obvious need for speaker holes. Given the current rumors that surround speaker location, it kind of makes sense, doesn’t it? I mean, if we really wanted to get into it, AirPlay could eliminate the need for speakers in the device once the technology is adopted by more dock and audio manufacturers.
What do you think? Is Apple’s next holy war against buttons and holes in their iPad?

Rumor: Apple looking to Toshiba for new iPhone displays

iphone 3g s partial disassemble1 Rumor: Apple looking to Toshiba for new iPhone displaysSharp and Toshiba are rumored to be in competition to for the rights to create iPhone displays. According to a report on Reuters, Apple’s looking to invest $1.21 billion into factories that would produce screens for upcoming devices like the iPhone 5.

Original reports indicated that Toshiba won the right to create the new iPhone screens; however, it sounds like Sharp is denying the story, and asking Nikkan Kogyo, the original publisher of the report, to remove the claims from their website.
It’s also being rumored that Apple’s looking to move some of their parts manufacturing out of Japan following the earthquake and tsunami. It’s believed that Apple’s trying to lower the risk of relying solely on one country or region for their parts, and instead diversify to other countries, including Brazil.
As with any major Apple rumor, the news has had an affect on the stocks of both Sharp and Toshiba — shares of Sharp have tumbled 2.7 percent.

Is Apple Prepping YouTube Killer?

It's the start of video's New World Order.
In the past 10 days -- web video has undergone a massive change of roles and fortunes.
YouTube, Apple, and Cisco have all shifted seats.
Cisco -- most surprisingly -- bailed out. The stunning decision to simply shutter the FlipCam from Pure Digital for 590 million dollars has some scratching their heads. Cisco found out what many have learned --consumer is hard, retail is hard, and video is hard. Put them together and you've got one heck of a puzzle. Sure the Flip is popular, and cool -- but the iPhone 4 makes great HD video and it's a connected device. The Flip -- in it's current incarnation -- requires you to plug it in to sync and upload video. In this world of instant publishing and the always-connected mobile web, Flip was artifact of an earlier time.
Meanwhile, YouTube -- the current kind of the web-video jungle -- made a significant shift shifts as well. Google announced that it would be shutting down Google Video, and has given users a 15 day window to download their content. They recommend that you re-upload it to YouTube. After May 13th, all content will be deleted. Not long ago Google Video was going to be the 'pro' site for quality video, while YouTube was going to be the UGC brand. But, the traffic stayed at YouTube, and Madison Avenue has pretty much stayed on the sidelines - leaving YouTube unable to break into the big time revenues of consumer packaged goods.
2011-04-20-iVideosmaller.jpgIn just the past few days, YouTube has been on a roll announcing a plan to add curated channels (Mashable reports), to add a live video offering, and to partner with leading content creators, sports teams, and celebrities to give them branded channel exposure to the massive YouTube audience.
Why is YouTube making this change? Well, there's a clue if you look back at the roots of MTV. In the early days the music video channel was popular as it played short music videos. The only problem was, the coin of the realm for TV advertising was (and is) the Nielsen ratings, and Nielsen's were reported on the half hour. So, folks channel surfing in -- and out -- of MTV weren't showing up on the meter. MTV's shift toward program blocks, and then programs, was driven by a need to show up on Nielsen, and be purchasable by Madison Avenue.
YouTube has figured this out. Agency buyers want channels, and shows, and brands they trust, and large audiences aggregated around targetable verticals. YouTube will turn its massive audience into a commercial one, and I expect this version of YT to connect with revenue quickly.
Meanwhile -- just as YouTube is shifting gently away from the UGC and Long Tail business -- Apple is making key changes that could signal something significant.
With little fanfare, at NAB last week, Apple dropped the price of its market leading Final Cut Pro editing software to $299. Previously, it was bundled in a creative suite at cost $999 -- effectively keeping it out of the hands of consumers and pro-sumers. This move effectively marginalizes iMovie. FCP was awesome in all its previous incarnations, and the new FCP absorbs a bit of what may have been the best of iMovie. Apple is betting on more content creators to continue to buy tools and make media. Good bet.
Then, Bloomberg reported that Apple is considering a plan to license AirPlay -- its streaming media service, to TV set manufacturers. This puts Apple on a course to have a show-down in the living room with Google, who licenses its Google TV to set manufactures now -- but hasn't been able to make much of a splash with the product so far.
$1 billion data center will be at least five times the size of Apple's largest current server facility, located in Newark, California.
So, the question is -- what requires all those servers to power that Apple needs, and doesn't have.
Let's review.
  • Apple has video capture in iPhones and iPods, and now iPads as well. I hazard to guess that Apple is already the worlds largest producer of consumer video camera in the world.
  • Apple has video editing / post production: Final Cut Pro, Garage Band, Logic Studio, Motion, Soundtrack Pro, and Color.
  • Apple has content retail: iTunes, Apple TV, iPad, iPhone, and Apple computers.
Apple is only missing one thing. The place where consumers and pro-sumers who make video put it. The place where the customers distribute, monetize, and manage the fast growing middle of the web video market. Consumer and pro-sumer video.
Apple needs to build its own, Apple branded YouTube -- and they need to launch it in the next six months.
The rumor mill says they should, and they will.
The name is, or should be, (The folks at Industrial Video in Ohio should be expecting a call any day now).
There's no reason I should have to link to Google to show you video about Apple -- and Apple knows it. The tools for creation and delivery are all in place -- Apple owns them. And while they're at it, expect iPhoto to offer a cloud solution too.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Norton Anti Virus 2011

Norton AntiVirus 2011 leverages a new model of security to attain unmatched detection of new malware and advance far beyond traditional signature and behavior-based virus and spyware detection. Norton AntiVirus 2011 with Anti-Spyware uses extensive online intelligence systems to proactively protect the PC and keep users informed of the security and performance impact of files and applications that they encounter in their everyday online experience.
Following on the success of the Norton 2009 and 10 releases, Symantec has made an ongoing commitment to delivering security products that are fast and light. The Norton 2011 products have maintained an eye on performance, in spite of adding significant new protection technology to the release.
With Norton AntiVirus the very uniqueness of a file and its attributes is what helps us identify it as new malware. More than three years in the making, Quorum tracks files and applications and dozens of their attributes such as their age, download source, digital signature, and prevalence. These attributes are then combined using complex algorithms to determine a reputation. As a file is distributed across the Internet and these attributes change, Quorum updates the reputation of the file. This reputation is especially important when a file is new, likely to be a threat, and traditional defenses are not likely to detect it.
The Norton Insight family of technologies in the new 2011 products uses extensive online intelligence systems to proactively protect the PC and keep users informed of the security and performance impact of files and applications that they encounter in their everyday online experience.
Norton Download Insight - Uses extensive online intelligence systems leveraging reputation to proactively protect your PC. Analyzes and reports on the safety of new files and applications before users install and run them.
Norton System Insight - Provides features and easy-to-understand system information to help keep PCs performing at top speed. Automatic and on-demand application optimization rejuvenates application performance. Provides a view of recent events on the computer, providing the information required to research and analyze PC issues. Performance graphs help pinpoint what's causing a computer to slow down.
Norton Threat Insight - Provides details on threats that have been detected on your PC - including useful information on where it came from (the URL) and when it was initially encountered.
Norton Insight Network - Leverages a cloud-based approach unique to Symantec. Based on the Quorum technology, it takes cloud-based security beyond traditional blacklists and whitelists. It uses a statistical analysis of file attributes based on billions of scans on millions of computers to identify the trust level of a file. This way Norton can identify files to be trustworthy or untrustworthy that would otherwise fall into the grey area of the unknown with only traditional security methods.
SONAR 2 - Sophisticated second-generation behavioral security technology that detects entirely new threats based on their suspicious actions, without the need for traditional fingerprints. Leverages data from the reputation cloud, firewall, network communications (IPS), and file attributes such as location on the PC, origin information, etc., to decide when to detect a program as a threat.
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OnSwipe Introduces Swipe-Friendly Tools for Sites

This year alone, as many as 330 million smartphones and 42 million tablets will be sold worldwide, most of which will have interactive touch screens.
Onswipe gives publishers a way to make their Web sites more touch-friendly. Onswipe gives publishers a way to make their Web sites more touch-friendly.
OnSwipe, a new start-up based in New York, is hoping that publishers will want a way to make their Web sites more touch-friendly and attractive on those devices. Its service is designed to be easy for any publisher to start using within a few minutes, and is compatible with any device that has a touch screen.
“IPhone apps present a beautiful, fluid and fast experience,” said Jason Baptiste, co-founder and chief executive of OnSwipe. “What if you could create the same experience, on the Web, in HTML5?”
Mr. Baptiste officially unveiled the service Thursday morning at an event held in New York by TechStars, a well-known technology incubator that has in the past focused on working with entrepreneurs. OnSwipe is one of the dozen start-ups in the incubator’s inaugural class in New York. The DemoDay event on Thursday was the end of the thirteen-week incubation period and gave the start-ups a chance to present their products before a large group of peers and venture capitalists.
OnSwipe has already attracted the attention of investors: In January, the company raised $1 million in a seed round of financing from several noted venture capital firms, including Spark Capital, Betaworks and Eniac Ventures.
Mr. Baptiste said the company was in the process of raising a Series A round, which is likely to be closed by the summer. OnSwipe plans to make money from its service with a built-in advertising platform.
OnSwipe is also equipped with a social discovery tool that can make recommendations for articles to read and Web sites to visit. The tool is powered by, a link-shortening tool developed by Betaworks, one of the company’s investors.

The Cloud Threat to the Software Business

In an article published Friday I wrote about cloud computing in the corporate world — its slow embrace so far, despite all the marketing hype, and signs that the pace may be picking up.
But in the business market, cloud computing — computer resources and services delivered remotely — will progress at a rate largely shaped by two constituencies: the customers and the major software companies.
The big software suppliers, including I.B.M., Microsoft and Oracle, have all hopped on the cloud bandwagon, but with a twist.
They talk of the cloud transforming the distribution of software, but not much about its potential to upend the economics of the traditional corporate software business. These companies have huge software businesses, relying on large annual sales contracts, licensing and subscription fees, and maintenance charges.
To their customers, the established companies say they offer a safe bridge to the promising yet uncertain world of cloud computing. They are particularly enthusiastic about “private” clouds, which are built inside the data centers of corporate customers but using more efficient cloud software, which companies like I.B.M., Microsoft and others sell on conventional terms.
“The first step most companies are taking is to private clouds,” said Robert Wahbe, a vice president of Microsoft’s server and tools division.
The insurgents in the cloud market, led by Amazon, see private clouds as mainly a means of account control for software’s old guard, holding onto customers and high profit margins.
“Private clouds are essentially the same thing that large, established companies have offered for years as managed services,” said Adam Selipsky, vice president of product management and developer relations for Amazon Web Services, its cloud unit. “It amounts to a rebranding.”
Perhaps, but many customers do find moving toward the underlying cloud technology a big money-saver, even in a private cloud setting.
The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, an $8 billion-a-year enterprise with 4,000 physicians, 20 hospitals and nearly 50,000 employees, has moved much of its computing chores to a private cloud in the last few years.
The efficiency gains are evident, so much so that the center canceled a previous plan to build a new $80 million data center. “We don’t need it now,” said Paul Sikora, vice president of technology services.
In the next few years, Mr. Sikora said, he could see moving the medical center’s e-mail system to an outside cloud services provider. But his concerns about the security and privacy of data held outside the walls of his data center make electronic patient records and payroll systems off-limits for now.
“The economics are compelling, but you give up a lot of control,” he said.
Paul Maritz is chief executive of VMware, a leading supplier of the software that makes it possible to share computing resources in data centers more efficiently and flexibly than in the past, opening the door to the cloud.
“In the long run, companies want to get out of the digital plumbing business, so they can focus on what really differentiates them from competitors,” Mr. Maritz said. “But that has not really played out yet.”

Microsoft’s Kinect: The New Mouse?

Microsoft KinectSteve Marcus/Reuters With the Kinect for the XBox 360, players control game play by using gestures and voice commands. Microsoft wants to incorporate the interface into computers.
REDMOND, Wash. — Behind Kinect, the computer game device that recognizes gestures and voice commands, lies a far larger agenda for Microsoft.
The Kinect technology, according to Craig Mundie, Microsoft’s chief research and strategy officer, is the beginning of a new way of communicating with computers. For the past quarter of a century, computing has mainly meant typing on a keyboard and using a computer mouse to point and click on graphic icons on the screen — the graphical user interface, or GUI (“gooey”).
Kinect, a $150 add-on to the Xbox game console, points the way to a different model, a natural user interface, or NUI, said Mr. Mundie. Increasingly, he insists, the computers that surround us will understand our speech and hand gestures. The machines, in essence, will become a bit more human.
Kinect, Mr. Mundie said, was “the first incarnation of the next big thing in computing.”
That was the main theme of a daylong series of talks and presentations on Monday by Microsoft researchers and executives here at the company’s headquarters. For the last few years, Mr. Mundie has hosted these annual gatherings for a small group of journalists, to offer a glimpse of some of the work-in-progress in Microsoft’s research labs.
The company sold more than 8 million Kinect devices in its first 60 days on the market, starting in November. That success validated the work done on the project by seven different groups within Microsoft labs over the last few years, Mr. Mundie said.
This year, most Xbox sales are expected to include a Kinect device, said Don Mattrick, president of Microsoft’s interactive entertainment business. And Microsoft announced that in the next month or so it would release an initial software developer’s kit for programmers who wanted to make applications using the Kinect technology.
Those bundled Xbox-Kinect sales? Think Windows and Office bundled sales. Ditto for the developers’ tools for Xbox-Kinect, as there are developer tools for Windows and Office. Clearly, Microsoft views Xbox-Kinect as a potentially big, new technology platform that others build on, extending its reach and reinforcing its value — a rerun of the Windows-Office story.
The first set of software developer tools is for academics and enthusiasts, who have already begun hacking Kinect to make home-grown applications. The tools will make it easier for them to write more sophisticated programs. “We’re embracing that community,” Mr. Mattrick said. “This is the next step in the journey.”
Later, Mr. Mundie noted, Microsoft will offer software tools for developers that want to make money from writing applications for Kinect. Microsoft, he added, had not decided what the terms and conditions would be for commercial applications.
During the day, Microsoft scientists showed off research projects that exploited the technology used in Kinect — to recognize physical objects of all kinds, human faces, expressions, gestures and speech.
The potential uses include inexpensive 3-D design and modeling, photo-realistic human avatars and “smart” displays that, for example, might be able to direct two different visual and audio streams to two people sitting in the same room. A couple, for example, might be able to watch and hear two different television shows, streamed from the same set, and without headphones.
The demonstrations were animated by speech or gestures, waving a hand or stroking a screen. “There’s not a button or a switch,” said Peter Lee, managing director of Microsoft’s research lab in Redmond. “It’s just you. The success of Kinect shows a pathway to go forward.”

Google Declines After Biggest Increase in Costs Since 2008

April 15 (Bloomberg) -- Google Inc. shares fell the most since December 2008 after a first-quarter hiring binge and increased marketing led to the biggest jump in operating expenses in three years.
First-quarter operating costs rose 54 percent, outstripping a sales gain of 29 percent to $6.54 billion, the Mountain View, California-based company said yesterday. Profit excluding some items was $8.08 a share, below the average analyst estimate of $8.12 compiled by Bloomberg.
Larry Page, who replaced Eric Schmidt as chief executive officer last week, is ramping up spending to pursue new growth opportunities, including mobile and video advertising. Google boosted hiring by more than 1,900 people during the quarter, part of a plan to add at least 6,000 this year. At the same time, he’s grappling with growing regulatory scrutiny of the company’s market-leading Internet-search business.
“The concern is that the expense discipline may be leaving as Eric Schmidt steps away,” said Clayton Moran, a Boca Raton, Florida-based analyst at Benchmark Co., who recommends buying the stock and doesn’t own it. “The company through the recession had shown significant financial discipline.”
Google declined $47.81, or 8.3 percent, to $530.70 at 4 p.m. New York time in Nasdaq Stock Market trading. The shares have dropped 11 percent this year.
Sales Growth
The $6.54 billion in sales -- a figure that excludes revenue passed on to partner sites -- topped the $6.32 billion average of estimates. First-quarter net income climbed 18 percent to $2.3 billion, or $7.04 a share, from $1.96 billion, or $6.06, a year earlier.
“The investors we have actually understand that we are building businesses for the long term,” Patrick Pichette, chief financial officer, said in an interview yesterday. “They also want growth, which we delivered this quarter.”
Google, while demanding financial accountability internally, continues to invest in areas such as marketing of the Chrome Web browser, Pichette said during a conference call with analysts. The earthquake and tsunami in Japan, meanwhile, crimped ad sales during the quarter. That impact will carry over into the latest period, he said.
The current investments will help fuel future revenue growth, even if they push up costs in the short term, said Larry Haverty, a portfolio manager at Gamco Investors Inc. with more than 60,000 shares of Google.
Making It Work
“They have tremendous technology,” Haverty said during a televised interview with “Bloomberg West.” “I’m confident having watched this thing for 37 quarters that these guys one way or the other are smart enough to turn incremental revenue into profit.”
The company is relying on its Android operating system and last year’s acquisition of AdMob Inc. to tackle the mobile market, putting it in closer competition with Apple Inc. There are now about 350,000 Android devices being activated a day, up from about 300,000 a day in January, Jeff Huber, senior vice president of engineering, said during the call.
Google also is increasingly squaring off against Facebook Inc. in social features and display advertising -- the banners and videos that appear on websites. Google introduced a social- networking service last month that lets users point out search results to friends.
The company had 26,316 employees at the end of the first quarter, up 7.9 percent in December. Research and development costs rose 50 percent from a year earlier, while sales and marketing climbed 69 percent.
Regulatory Challenges
Schmidt, who became executive chairman when Page stepped into the CEO role, is now focusing on external affairs and government relations.
Google faces deepening challenges on the regulatory front. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is weighing a broad antitrust probe, people familiar with the matter said this month. And the European Commission and Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott have begun investigations into whether Google is skewing its search results to favor its own businesses over competitors’ websites.
The heavier scrutiny should be expected as Google gets larger, Pichette said. Regulators have a job to do and the company works closely with government agencies, he said.
In his first week on the job, Page promoted seven of his managers to senior positions, including Andy Rubin, who heads up mobile efforts, and Vic Gundotra, who is in charge of social initiatives, according to a person briefed on the changes. The executives will report directly to Page, the person said.
Keeping Pace
Page’s changes are designed to streamline engineering and product development, placing a single manager in charge of each product group, said Chris Gaither, a company spokesman. Page, 38, said in January that the company needs to maintain its pace as Google becomes larger.
The rising costs show Page is focused on long-term results, even if investors aren’t happy about it, said Sameet Sinha, an analyst with B. Riley & Co. in San Francisco. He recommends buying the stock, which he doesn’t own.
“He’s saying, ‘I’m not afraid of spending,’” he said. “I know it will impact my stock, but I’m more of a product guy and a technologist, and I care more about creating technology and putting it out there. And if it means taking a short-term hit, so be it.”
--With assistance from Doug MacMillan and Emily Chang in San Francisco. Editors: Nick Turner, Stephen West
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A Desktop for Web Computing

Personal computing is steadily migrating to the Web, as people use sites like Facebook and Flickr to store photos, videos, and other files they previously would have stored on a PC. A startup called ZeroPC hopes to provide the desktop for the Web computing revolution--a page that looks and acts like a desktop interface, from which users can access all of their content wherever it is stored online.
A user logging in to ZeroPC is presented with an interface much like Microsoft Windows: icons on a desktop that provide access to files stored in folders and to applications for e-mailing, document editing, and more. But the desktop is delivered using the same technologies used to build interactive Web applications.
ZeroPC's file browser provides a way to manage all of the photos, videos, and other content uploaded to sites including Facebook, Flickr, and Google Docs as if they were in different folders on a local hard drive. A user can, for example, select several photos hosted on Facebook and drag them into a Flickr folder. Behind the scenes, ZeroPC logs in to those services and copies the files between the sites.
"We can help unscatter everything that people have spread across the Web," says Richard Sah, a vice president at ZeroPC, which launched at the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco last week. "To the user, there is no difference between content stored on different sites."
Although Sah and his colleagues hope the new service will attract consumers wishing to consolidate their online lives, ZeroPC will also be pitched at schools in the U.S. and overseas because the service can run on any computer or tablet with a modern browser, reducing the need for hardware and software upgrades, says Sah. A single computer can be used by any number of people to access their accounts.
"For people in developing countries who have to share a computer, it brings a lot of convenience," says Sah. "This can achieve one-desktop-per-child without needing to provide one piece of hardware per child," he adds, alluding to the One Laptop Per Child project, which aims to create low-cost devices to widen access to computing.
ZeroPC was founded by Young Song, who also founded NComputing, a company that provides low-cost boxes that connect a monitor, mouse, and keyboard to a copy of a Windows or Linux operating system running on a remote server. ZeroPC's desktop is less powerful than what NComputing's boxes provide, but it can be distributed and accessed without dedicated hardware.
Companies have tried before to make Web-based desktops, but these attempts were less fully featured than ZeroPC's, because Web standards were less powerful, and there were fewer widely used Web services to link up.
Neverware, a startup in New York City, has built cloud-based software that lets users access the latest version of Windows using outdated computers in schools. The company's founder, Jonathan Hefter, says that services like ZeroPC's and others show that computers needn't become obsolete as fast as is often assumed.
"Whether by using the cloud or a browser, we are all proving that all of these computers out there have not been used to their maximum capacity," says Hefter. "We are bucking the traditional thinking that four years is all you can get out of these machines."
However, although ZeroPC's desktop experience is closely modeled on Windows and is compatible with it, it isn't the same thing, notes Hefter. "By allowing full Windows 7 on old machines, we are extending the current framework that schools use, such as software that only runs on Windows," he says.

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(Reuters) - The owners of three of the largest Internet poker companies operating in the United States were accused on Friday of tricking regulators and banks into processing billions of dollars of illegal Internet gambling proceeds.
Eleven people, including the owners of Full Tilt Poker, Absolute Poker and PokerStars, were charged with violating U.S. anti-Internet gambling laws, according to charges filed by federal prosecutors in Manhattan.
Prosecutors also filed civil money laundering charges seeking to recover at least $3 billion from the companies, which are all based overseas, court documents said.
The Internet domain names of the companies were also seized. Representatives for the companies could not immediately be reached to comment on the charges.
Two of the men were arrested on Friday, one is expected to turn himself in to law enforcement and eight others are not currently in the United States, prosecutors said.
Raymond Bitar, 39, of Full Tilt Poker and Isai Scheinberg, 64, of PokerStars were charged with violating the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act and other laws. Absolute Poker owners Brent Beckley, 31, and Scott Tom, 31, faced similar charges.
The criminal charges outlined a scheme by the company owners and some of their employees to direct the gambling profits to online shell companies that would appear legitimate to banks processing payments.
The charges are part of a crackdown on Internet gambling in the United States, where it has been illegal since 2006.
In March, Wynn Resorts Ltd said it had entered into a partnership with PokerStars, and that they would work for passage of U.S. legislation on Internet poker.
U.S. lawmakers have in the past tried to pass legislation legalizing Internet gambling in the hope of reaping billions in tax revenue.
(Reporting by Basil Katz; Editing by Steve Orlofsky)

Sprint C.E.O. Continues Battle Against Wireless Merger

AT&T’s proposed $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile USA threatens competition and innovation in the wireless industry, Dan Hesse, Sprint Nextel’s chief executive, said on Friday.
“Innovation and customer choice would be seriously affected if the wireless industry is allowed to become a duopoly,” he said, referring to AT&T and Verizon, the two carriers that would dominate the mobile phone market if the deal is approved by federal regulators.
Sprint started campaigning against the acquisition almost immediately after it was proposed last month. The deal would widen AT&T’s lead over Verizon Wireless and leave Sprint a distant third.
AT&T, which has 95.5 million subscribers, would add 33.7 million more by buying T-Mobile. Verizon has 94.1 million subscribers while Sprint has just under 50 million.
Mr. Hesse, speaking in San Francisco at the Commonwealth Club, said Sprint would have trouble competing against a bigger AT&T and Verizon, whose size would be unchanged, because they could use their size to get exclusive access to the newest phones. They would also benefit from cost advantages that come with being bigger companies.
“Whoever the supplier is, you can say, ‘Hey, I’ll take all of your production,’” Mr. Hesse said of his competitors. “They could restrict our access to some of the cool devices.”
Sprint is joined in its opposition to the merger by Consumers Union, the consumer watchdog group that has complained that the acquisition would lead to higher prices for mobile phone subscribers. Companies that make mobile phone apps, among others, may join Sprint in its fight, Mr. Hesse said.
James W. Cicconi, AT&T senior executive vice president, external and legislative affairs, responded to Mr. Hesse’s comments by saying, ”They are way off base” and “totally at odds with his own past statements.” Last year, he said, Mr. Hesse repeatedly described the wireless industry as “competitive.”
“Given that Sprint is a major competitor to AT&T in the hypercompetitive wireless market Mr. Hesse describes, no one should be surprised that they would oppose this merger,” Mr. Cicconi said in a statement.”But it is self-serving for them to argue that the highly competitive wireless market they cited only months ago is now threatened by the very type of transaction they seemed prepared to defend previously.”
AT&T has defended the acquisition by saying that there is plenty of competition in the wireless market like MetroPCS, a smaller carrier, and that buying T-Mobile would give Americans more high-speed mobile Internet access.
The acquisition’s fate is largely in the hands of the Department of Justice, which will review the deal for antitrust issues. The Federal Communications Commission is also conducting a review.
In addition to attacking AT&T, Mr. Hesse unveiled a new phone on Sprint’s network, the Samsung Replenish, which is intended to be more ecologically friendly than many other devices. It is billed as the first eco-friendly phone. (Virgin Mobile has a eco-friendly Samsung phone called the Restore.)
The casing’s plastic content is 34.6 percent recycled. Sprint said that 82 percent of the device can be recycled.

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