Huawei wins restraining order against Motorola

Huawei is Chinese top IT company, which is famours telecom equipment maker .

Due to report: Chinese telecom equipment maker Huawei Technologies won the first round of a legal battle against Motorola this week.

An Illinois federal district court granted the Chinese manufacturer a temporary restraining order that prevents Motorola Solutions from disclosing confidential information about Huawei’s technology to Nokia Siemens Networks, which has announced plans to buy Motorola’s wireless networks business.

In the temporary restraining order, U.S. District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman barred Motorola from transferring any sensitive information from Huawei to Nokia Siemens. She said she issued the temporary restraining order since the companies are already in arbitration. But she did not grant Huawei’s request that it get five days notice before the deal closes. Instead, she said Motorola and Nokia Siemens should alert the court and Huawei 24 hours in advance of the deal closing.

Read more: CNET


Motorola will be sold ?

This is not a very new news: Nokia Siemens Networks will buy Motorola’s telecom network equipment business for $1.2 billion.

Just for cell phone, some people used Motorola’s cellphones, They were really not good quality or they might not have good design, so, for exmple: me, I will never buy Motorola cellphone. My case is just very little example for the Motorola’s market.

Part of news report:

(Reuters) – Nokia Siemens Networks will buy Motorola’s telecom network equipment business for $1.2 billion, in an effort to add mew customers in markets such as Japan and North America where it has been seeking growth.

The idea is that a bigger Nokia Siemens Networks — a venture of Nokia and Siemens — would compete better than either company could have alone against rivals Sweden’s Ericsson, China’s Huawei and France’s Alcatel-Lucent.

Motorola and NSN have had a hard time battling bigger players to win business with large telephone companies in the cut-throat mobile gear market, which is expected by analysts to decline this year.

RBC Capital analyst Mark Sue said while the sale price was much lower than his expectation for a $2 billion to $3 billion deal, it still made sense for Motorola to sell the assets.

“It’s one of those things they had to do. They’re too small to have a serious impact on the carrier market and it’s a declining business longer term,” he said.

Motorola shares were up 26 cents or 3.47 percent at $7.76 in afternoon trading on the New York Stock Exchange where Nokia’s US shares were up 7 cents, or 0.8 percent.

More information please read reuters


Most Popular Programming Languages in 2010

TIOBE has released the 2010 report of Programming Languages index in January 2011.

Tiobe is a main popular site for ranking programming languages. They uses Google, Yahoo, Live MSN or might Bing search engines to measure the popularity of each programming language.

Here is part data of their report:

Jan 2011  Jan 2010    Programming Language
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1                 1                          Java
2                 2                          C
3                 4                          C++
4                 3                          PHP
5                 7                          Python
6                 6                          C#
7                 5                          (Visual) Basic
8                 12                        Objective-C
9                 8                          Perl
10               10                        Ruby
11               9                          JavaScript
12               11                        Delphi

You can see at present the No. 1 popular programming language is Java, but C# is the only one language that is keeping growing, Python might be another one which is growing but it dropped lots between 2004 and 2005.

For more detail please visit  TIOBE Programming Community Index for January 2011

Skype went down for hours in Dec 22, 2010

2010 Dec 22, the world lead internet phone and video service Skype went down in a global service outstage.

The following content from Skype official blog:

Earlier today, we noticed that the number of people online on Skype was falling, which wasn’t typical or expected, so we began to investigate.

Skype isn’t a network like a conventional phone or IM network – instead, it relies on millions of individual connections between computers and phones to keep things up and running. Some of these computers are what we call ‘supernodes’ – they act a bit like phone directories for Skype. If you want to talk to someone, and your Skype app can’t find them immediately (for example, because they’re connecting from a different location or from a different device) your computer or phone will first try to find a supernode to figure out how to reach them.

Under normal circumstances, there are a large number of supernodes available. Unfortunately, today, many of them were taken offline by a problem affecting some versions of Skype. As Skype relies on being able to maintain contact with supernodes, it may appear offline for some of you.

What are we doing to help? Our engineers are creating new ‘mega-supernodes’ as fast as they can, which should gradually return things to normal. This may take a few hours, and we sincerely apologise for the disruption to your conversations. Some features, like group video calling, may take longer to return to normal.

Stay tuned to @skype on Twitter for the latest updates on the situation – and many thanks for your continued patience in the meantime.

Twitter now valued at $3.7 billion

Twitter finds itself with an extra few bucks to spend thanks to a $200 million dollar fundraising effort that valued the company at $3.7 billion. That’s still a ways below Facebook’s $45 billion estimated value, but still nothing to scoff at — Twitter is only a year into its first serious attempts to become profitable, after all.

More details, please read here(Yahoo)

The “Google Killer” Cuil was killed .

Do you still remember Cuil ?

“Cuil.com is dead.”  No matter it is a truth, but you can check the Cuil official site can not accessed now, it is down. People said: it is no more alive.

So The “Google Killer”was killed. By who ? you can say: The “Google Killer” was killed by Google.

The company had raised $33 million in venture capital in 2007 and 2008.  Cuil launched in July 2008 but a month later their VP Product had bailed. By December 2008 it had little traffic and since then things have only gotten stranger.  — From techcrunch

Toyota recalls 1.13 million Corolla, Matrix cars

Toyota recall come again !

Toyota Canada will recall approximately 136,000 Corollas and 64,300 Matrix models, model years 2005 to 2008, for engine control modules (ECM) that may have been improperly manufactured. No other Toyota or Lexus vehicles are involved in the recall.

On certain vehicles equipped with a 1ZZ-FE engine and two-wheel drive, there is a possibility that a crack may develop on the ECM’s circuit board at certain solder points, or on the varistor, the electronic component used to protect circuits against excessive voltage.

In most cases, if a crack occurs, the “check engine” light may illuminate, harsh shifting could result, or the engine may not start. In a small number of cases, the engine could stop while the vehicle is being driven. Toyota said it is not aware of any collisions or injuries related to this condition in Canada.

The ECM on involved vehicles will be replaced at no charge. Beginning in mid-September 2010, Toyota will mail an interim notification to advise owners of the recall, and a second notice will be sent when replacement parts become available. Owners who have previously paid for replacement of the ECM to address this specific condition should refer to the letter for reimbursement consideration instructions.

For more information, call 1-888-TOYOTA-8 or visit Toyota Canada.

Big News: Google wants to leave from China completely

A unbelievable news came just now : Google is considering to end censoring its search results in China and may pull out of the country completely .

This news from Yahoo:

Google to end China censorship after e-mail breach

By MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer Michael Liedtke, Ap Technology Writer – 1 hr 26 mins ago

SAN FRANCISCO – Google Inc. will stop censoring its search results in China and may pull out of the country completely after discovering that computer hackers had tricked human-rights activists into exposing their e-mail accounts to outsiders.

The change of heart announced Tuesday heralds a major shift for the Internet’s search leader, which has repeatedly said it will obey Chinese laws requiring some politically and socially sensitive issues to be blocked from search results available in other countries. The acquiescence had outraged free-speech advocates and even some shareholders, who argued Google’s cooperation with China violated the company’s “don’t be evil” motto.

The criticism had started to sway Google co-founder Sergey Brin, who openly expressed his misgivings about the company’s presence in China.

But the tipping point didn’t come until Google recently uncovered hacking attacks launched from within China. The apparent goal: gathering personal information about dozens of human rights activists trying to shine a light on the country’s censorship and other secretive policies.

Google officials said they plan to talk to the Chinese government to determine if there is a way the company can still provide unfiltered search results in the country. If an agreement can’t be worked out, Google is prepared to leave China four years after creating a search engine bearing China’s Web suffix, “.cn” to put itself in a better position to profit from the world’s most populous country.

“The decision to review our business operations in China has been incredibly hard, and we know that it will have potentially far-reaching consequences,” David Drummond, Google’s top lawyer, wrote in a Tuesday blog posting.

A spokesman for the Chinese consulate in San Francisco had no immediate comment.

Abandoning China wouldn’t put a big dent in Google’s earnings, although it could crimp the company’s growth as the country’s Internet usage continues to rise. Google, based in Mountain View, said its Chinese operations account for an “immaterial” amount of its roughly $22 billion in annual revenue.

Although Google’s search engine is the most popular worldwide, it’s a distant second in China, where the homegrown Baidu.com processes more than 60 percent of all requests.

Free-speech and human rights groups are hoping Google’s about-face will spur more companies to take a similar stand.

“Google has taken a bold and difficult step for Internet freedom in support of fundamental human rights,” said Leslie Harris, president of the Center for Democracy & Technology, a civil-liberties group in Washington. “No company should be forced to operate under government threat to its core values or to the rights and safety of its users.”

It’s “an incredibly significant move,” said Danny O’Brien, international outreach coordinator at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, an Internet rights group in San Francisco. “This changes the game because the question won’t be ‘How can we work in China?’ but ‘How can we create services that Chinese people can use, from outside of China?'”

Google’s new stance on China was triggered by a sophisticated computer attack orchestrated from within the country. Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., praised Google for disclosing chicanery that “raises serious national security concerns.”

Without providing details, Google said it and at least 20 other major companies from the Internet, financial services, technology, media and chemical industries were targeted. The heist lifted some of Google’s intellectual property but didn’t get any information about the users of its services, the company said. Google has passed along what it knows so far to U.S. authorities and other affected companies.

The assault on Google appeared primarily aimed at breaking into the company’s e-mail system, “Gmail,” in an attempt to pry into the accounts of human right activists protesting the Chinese government’s policies.

Only two e-mail accounts were infiltrated in these attacks, Google said, and the intruders were only able to see subject lines and the dates that the individual accounts were created. None of the content written within the body of the e-mails leaked out, Google said.

As part of its investigation into that incident, Google stumbled onto another scam that was more successful. Google said dozens of activists fighting the Chinese government’s policies fell prey to ruses commonly known as “phishing” or malware. The victims live in the United States, Europe and China, Google said.

Phishing involves malicious e-mails urging the recipients to open an attachment or visit a link that they’re conned into believing comes from a friend or legitimate company. Clicking on a phishing link of installs malware — malicious software — on to computers.

Once it’s installed on a computer, malware can be used as a surveillance tool that can obtain passwords and unlock e-mail accounts.

Google’s unfettered search results won’t necessarily ensure more information will be made available to the average person in China because the government could still use its own filtering tools, said Clothilde Le Coz, Washington director for Reporters Without Borders, a media watchdog group.

“The Chinese government is one of the most efficient in terms of censoring the Web,” she said.

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AP Technology Writers Barbara Ortutay in New York, Jessica Mintz in Seattle and Jordan Robertson in San Francisco contributed to this report.

Another related Google’s official blog as the following:

A new approach to China
1/12/2010 03:00:00 PM
Like many other well-known organizations, we face cyber attacks of varying degrees on a regular basis. In mid-December, we detected a highly sophisticated and targeted attack on our corporate infrastructure originating from China that resulted in the theft of intellectual property from Google. However, it soon became clear that what at first appeared to be solely a security incident–albeit a significant one–was something quite different.

First, this attack was not just on Google. As part of our investigation we have discovered that at least twenty other large companies from a wide range of businesses–including the Internet, finance, technology, media and chemical sectors–have been similarly targeted. We are currently in the process of notifying those companies, and we are also working with the relevant U.S. authorities.

Second, we have evidence to suggest that a primary goal of the attackers was accessing the Gmail accounts of Chinese human rights activists. Based on our investigation to date we believe their attack did not achieve that objective. Only two Gmail accounts appear to have been accessed, and that activity was limited to account information (such as the date the account was created) and subject line, rather than the content of emails themselves.

Third, as part of this investigation but independent of the attack on Google, we have discovered that the accounts of dozens of U.S.-, China- and Europe-based Gmail users who are advocates of human rights in China appear to have been routinely accessed by third parties. These accounts have not been accessed through any security breach at Google, but most likely via phishing scams or malware placed on the users’ computers.

We have already used information gained from this attack to make infrastructure and architectural improvements that enhance security for Google and for our users. In terms of individual users, we would advise people to deploy reputable anti-virus and anti-spyware programs on their computers, to install patches for their operating systems and to update their web browsers. Always be cautious when clicking on links appearing in instant messages and emails, or when asked to share personal information like passwords online. You can read more here about our cyber-security recommendations. People wanting to learn more about these kinds of attacks can read this U.S. government report (PDF), Nart Villeneuve’s blog and this presentation on the GhostNet spying incident.

We have taken the unusual step of sharing information about these attacks with a broad audience not just because of the security and human rights implications of what we have unearthed, but also because this information goes to the heart of a much bigger global debate about freedom of speech. In the last two decades, China’s economic reform programs and its citizens’ entrepreneurial flair have lifted hundreds of millions of Chinese people out of poverty. Indeed, this great nation is at the heart of much economic progress and development in the world today.

We launched Google.cn in January 2006 in the belief that the benefits of increased access to information for people in China and a more open Internet outweighed our discomfort in agreeing to censor some results. At the time we made clear that “we will carefully monitor conditions in China, including new laws and other restrictions on our services. If we determine that we are unable to achieve the objectives outlined we will not hesitate to reconsider our approach to China.”

These attacks and the surveillance they have uncovered–combined with the attempts over the past year to further limit free speech on the web–have led us to conclude that we should review the feasibility of our business operations in China. We have decided we are no longer willing to continue censoring our results on Google.cn, and so over the next few weeks we will be discussing with the Chinese government the basis on which we could operate an unfiltered search engine within the law, if at all. We recognize that this may well mean having to shut down Google.cn, and potentially our offices in China.

The decision to review our business operations in China has been incredibly hard, and we know that it will have potentially far-reaching consequences. We want to make clear that this move was driven by our executives in the United States, without the knowledge or involvement of our employees in China who have worked incredibly hard to make Google.cn the success it is today. We are committed to working responsibly to resolve the very difficult issues raised.

Posted by David Drummond, SVP, Corporate Development and Chief Legal Officer