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US Immigration and Customs Enforcement drop Blackberry for iPhone, employees get early Christmas bonus

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement drop Blackberry for iPhone, employees get early Christmas bonus

RIM may be banking on the release of BB10 and new devices to rejuvenate the flagging brand, but the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) isn’t waiting around, opting to end their contract after eight years together. ICE stated that RIM “can no longer meet the mobile technology needs of the agency,” and that it intends to purchase over 17,000 iPhones for its personnel at a cost of $2.1 million. Android was also interviewed for the role, but the agency decided that currently, Apple’s closed ecosystem was the best choice, offering “reliable, mobile technology on a secure and manageable platform.” While this isn’t the first group (or likely, the last) to drop the Blackberry, we’re wondering if the remaining million government customers in North America will stay loyal after this official stamp of disapproval. We imagine employees from other agencies might also care to make a case for switching — nothing to do with free iPhones, of course.

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Facebook’s Proposal Over Sponsored Stories Case Rejected By Judge

A district court judge strike Facebook’s proposed settlement over a case that reveals a user’s “Likes” of services and products to their friend’s at the social network. Facebook has been hit by a class-action lawsuit regarding its “Sponsored Stories” feature that publicizes a user’s Likes to their Facebook friends but does not pay the users themselves.

The San Francisco District Judge Richard Seeborg expressed his disapproval of the social network giant’s  settlement of the case by rejecting it yesterday. He said that he had “serious concerns” about it, and he’s still working how the amount to be paid out by Facebook be determined.

Facebook proposes a deal that would give its users more control over how their Likes will be displayed, including a feature that would give an option for those 18 year olds and below to opt out of Sponsored Stories. This ad feature displays–to a Facebook friend–a user’s picture, name, and tagline displaying that a person likes a certain brand or business. The ads initially appeared only at the page’s right columns, but soon moved to member news feeds as part of the “Sponsored Stories” program during January this year.

The proposed deal says that Facebook is required to pay a $10 million attorneys fee for the plaintiffs, and another $10 million donation to nonprofit groups like the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a group that specializes in protecting internet privacy.

Facebook also reveals tweaking its system to give a new user control over Sponsored Stories will cost the company about nearly $125 million dollars in advertising revenue. The revelation leaves Seeborg to wonder why Facebook is only paying $20 million to settle the issue if Sponsored Stories requires such a massive amount to modify.

According to a report by Wired, Seeborg suspects that the plaintiff attorneys “may have bargained away something of value to the class.” The judge is now seeking answers from the lawyers why no money is being given to Facebook users directly.

“We appreciate the court’s guidance and look forward to addressing the questions raised in the order,” a Facebook representative was quoted in a statement.

Based on an observation from wired, if the judge approved the proposal Facebook members in the United States would have sent a notice allowing them to join the case or not. Class members in the case could have objected to the terms too.

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Nokia Lumia devices not generating sales in Europe, say carriers; Would be doing better with Android

The Finnish company Nokia seems to be getting rounds of disapproval from major European carriers. According to Reuters, carriers are not satisfied with the Windows Phone 7-based Lumia line’s presence due to low sales.

They cite lack of adequate marketing by Nokia, glitchy devices, and more as reasons why “no one comes into the store and asks for a Windows Phone,” as told by an executive at one of these carriers. That same executive says Nokia could sell a lot more Lumia devices if they’d gone with Android instead of Windows Phone.

It’s a bad problem for Nokia to have. They’re already losing ground in the market share battle in their main market of Europe at a rapid pace, and they’re next to irrelevant in North America.

With Symbian being phased out they’re going to have to do something to make sure that their deal with Microsoft will eventually prove fruitful. Otherwise, they’ll look like a bunch of Finnish boys peeing their pants in the winter before too long. You guys think Nokia would be in this position at this point if they had originally gone with Android?

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BaconReader App Updated To Version 1.25


One of the best Reddit clients has just gotten a big update which brings some significant improvements. BaconReader has been updated to software version 1.25 and features some performance improvements and scrollable widgets for HoneycombICS devices. Users of the app can also look forward to the following:

  • Beautiful, intuitive interface
  • Full user profile support
  • Color coded comment threads
  • Easy to use, full featured inbox
  • Rageface and look of disapproval support
  • One-tap access to your favorite subreddits
  • Search for new subreddits based on name or keyword and subscribe to them

If you don’t use BaconReader now, be sure to give it a whirl today— especially if you’re an owner of a Honeycomb or ICS device. You can find the app at the Market link below or using the QR code. Let us know how you like the updated version in the Comments section below.

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When It Comes To Your Next Android Device – How Big Is Too Big? [Poll]

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A couple of days ago, we posted a story on the rumored HTC Runnymede that should be dropping soon and our readers immediately took to the comments section letting us (and HTC) know exactly how they felt about the device’s huge 4.7-inch screen. Late last night, Samsung unveiled their new Samsung Galaxy Note with its gargantuan 5-inch SAMOLED Plus display and I could already see some of our readers shaking their heads in disapproval. But that’s just it. Exactly how big is TOO big?

Where exactly is that magical sweet spot when it comes to screen/overall phone size. The boys over at SprintFeed threw up this nice little infographic showing off Sprint’s Android lineup to scale and exactly where each device stands against one another when it comes to the overall size. As you can see, screen size doesn’t always mean the whole device will necessarily be larger (although often times, it does). But that’s just it, most of the time people are referring to a device’s height/width and not really the screen size at all when making statements like “4.5-inches is too big.” (TWSS)

Oh – and don’t forget thickness. Is this not a factor to anyone? Are you an Android chubby chaser? I for one, don’t mind a tall 4.5-inch device as long as its thin. I cannot stand smaller, thicker devices. What about you guys? Is it really the screen size where you draw your line? If so, vote in our poll on which screen is right for you. Maybe it’s the overall size of the device that matters? Then vote for that. Maybe there is a phone currently available with the perfect dimensions/screen size/thinness? Feel free to explain in the comments. Cheers!

Thanks to SprintFeed for pics!

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New York Attorney General to Investigate Proposed AT&T/T-Mobile Deal

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If Sprint’s public and formal disapproval of AT&T’s proposed purchasing of T-Mobile for $39 billion wasn’t enough, New York attorney general  Eric Schneiderman is looking to investigate the matter himself. He states his efforts will be to ensure that the New Yorkers he represents aren’t hit with unfair mobile price hikes due to the deal.

He’s said to scrutinize AT&T and T-Mobile’s reasonings behind the move. AT&T is confident that they can prove to the FCC and to any other unsure souls like Schneiderman that the deal would be better for everyone involved, consumers included.

An official buyout might not be approved for at least another year as the FCC needs to carefully review every detail and determine whether or not the move is healthy for the ecosystem. If an approval is made it might not affect consumers until at least another year after that. [via Reuters]

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