For the first time in the history of the Internet, non-Latin characters are being used for top-level domains,
the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) said in an online message.
As Chinese and Thai expect their non-latin top-level domain script be approved, Arabic has now become the first non-Latin script to be used as an Internet domain name.

The new top-level domains in arabic are designated for Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. Read More According to Kim Davies of ICANN in a blog post said, "All three are Arabic script domains, and will enable domain names written fully right-to-leff".
So far, Egypt claimed the first non-Latin script Website in a new ".Masr" domain.

ICANN said "Arabic is among the most highly used languages on the Internet today". Users in the (Middle East) will now have easier access to the Internet, with the ability to use their primary language for the entire domain name.

It is up to countries with new top-level domains to launch them in ways that give people day-to-day use, according to Davies.

It is up to countries with new top-level domains to launch them in ways that give people day-to-day use, according to Davies.

Languages with native domain script names in the final stages of the approval process include Chinese, Sinhalese, Tamil and Thai, according to ICANN.

A request by the China Internet Network Information Center for domain names in simplified and traditional Chinese was listed among the non-Latin script address applications that are well along a "fast track" to approval.

Hong Kong and Taiwan were in the queue for top-level domain names in local script, as were Sri Lanka, the Russian Federation, and several other Arab countries.

"The fast track process is working really well for many countries," ICANN's Tina Dam said on Thursday in an online message.

"We are very much looking forward to seeing how the market will adopt and use these (new non-Latin domain names)."

Google has acquired Bump Technologies, the maker of a 3D desktop called BumpTop, Bump announced Sunday.

"Today, we have a big announcement to make: we're excited to announce that we've been acquired by Google!," a note posted to the company's Web site said. "This means that BumpTop (for both Windows and Mac) will no longer be available for sale. Additionally, no updates to the products are planned." Read More Financial details were not disclosed, but the company said it would keep its software available for download for one week. A Google representative confirmed the acquisition but declined to discuss specifics of the deal.

BumpTop debuted in April 2009, three years after a video demo of the freeware replacement desktop captivated YouTube viewers. The software, which runs on top of Windows and Mac OS X, allows files to be thrown into loose piles, tidied into neat stacks, or fanned out like a deck of cards.
Source: CNET News

MAIN One, a Nigerian-owned undersea cable project, has signed an agreement with Seacom and local group eFive Telecoms to build a 400m telecommunications fibreoptic cable “ring” from SA to Nigeria.

With Main One’s fibre ring, bandwidth prices are expected to fall further given increased levels of competition.

The new fibre ring cable will add to the objectives of other undersea cables such as Seacom and West Africa Cable Systems to remove the international infrastructure bottleneck in Africa. Read More Main One runs from Nigeria to London, while Seacom is concentrated on east Africa by linking the region with Europe and India.

The west African region has relied on Telkom ’s Sat3 undersea cable for connection to the rest of the world.

Main One CEO Funke Opeke said Main One’s first phase, a 7000km cable from Nigeria to London, would be launched in June. “We believe that the proposed partnership with Seacom and eFive telecoms is the best way forward,” he said.

The second phase, through a partnership with eFive Telecoms and Seacom, was expected to be completed in 2012.

Lawrence Mulaudzi, eFive Telecoms MD, said despite the global economic markets, “we are confident that there is sufficient appetite to fund quality projects in high- growth sectors such as African telecommunications”.

EFive Telecoms will partner with Nova Capital Africa, an investment banking group, to raise the 400m needed for the construction of the cable.

Seacom CEO Brian Herlihy said a system circling the entire continent was the best way to attain adequate redundancy while offering customers a comprehensive telecommunications connectivity solution.

“The (agreement) shows the determination to find a viable way to extend our system with partners who share our vision for the development of ICT (information and communication technology) on the continent,” he said.

Mulaudzi said the new cable would offer an open access system to customers.

Arthur Goldstuck, MD of research firm World Wide Worx, said Main One would boost competition in the region and provide back-up in the event of a technical failure by another cable.

He said the fibre ring would also enhance communications for South African companies operating in Nigeria, such as the MTN Group .

“Fibre explosion across Africa is going to result in dramatically enhanced communications such as video conferencing, which is a superb solution to the difficulties of travelling in Africa.”

Goldstuck said more fibreoptic network on the continent would push bandwidth prices down, as with the launch of Seacom last year.

Google announced Tuesday that it has acquired Tel Aviv-based startup, Labpixies. No price was announced, but some estimate the acquisition may have cost Google a cool $25 million.

The Google-Labpixies partnership goes back to 2005, when Labpixies was one of the first developers to create web widgets for Google's personalized homepage service, iGoogle. Google and Labpixies also worked together on a number of other OpenSocial based gadgets.

Labpixies creates web and mobile applications for OpenSocial, which runs on a number of platforms, including the iPhone, Android, Orkut, MySpace, Hi5, and My Yahoo. The company also creates web applications for the Facebook platform. Read More
Labpixies is known for its colorful game apps, including Flood-It! Pro, Line-Up 2, and Trio Pro. It also offers a number of utility apps, such as My Stock Portfolio, Weather Bug, Travelocity, and LabPixies Mini Clock.

According to both the Google and Labpixies blogs, there will be no immediate changes to Labpixies. The team will continue to work out of the Labpixies Tel Aviv office.

The Labpixies deal marks Google's eighth acquisition of the year--Google has been more than living up to its promise to buy one small company per month. Earlier this year, Google acquired Microsoft Word online component DocVerse, photo-editing site Picnik, email app maker reMail, social search company Aardvark, video service Episodic, visual search engine Plink, and chip-maker Agnilux.

Apple has bought another chip maker Intrinsity in the event of gaining an edge over its competitors with the fastest mobile chip.

Apple has acquired a small Austin, Tex., company called Intrinsity, known for making zippy versions of a computer chip often found in mobile devices. The deal, which closed late last month and was confirmed by Apple on Tuesday, shows the company continuing to try to gain an edge in the mobile device market by purchasing technology and chip experts.
It is the second time in two years that Apple has purchased a small chip company to gain critical technology for making a faster processor that uses less energy.
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According to analysts, said apple's mobile products will be able to handle tough jobs like playing video better than competing gear while devouring less battery life.

Ever since Steven P. Jobs, Apple’s chief executive, unveiled the iPad in February, analysts in the technology industry have been obsessed with its innards. Chip analysts, in particular, zeroed in on the A4 chip that Apple credited with giving the iPad better battery life and more speed than similar devices.
The widespread speculation has been that the A4 chip relied on technology from Intrinsity to get its added processing power.

The speed of mobile device chips are typically measured in megahertz, and one of the more popular chips on the market usually runs at about 650 megahertz. Intrinsity’s engineers found a way to crank that speed up to 1000 megahertz, which happens to be the same speed as the A4 in the iPad.

Intrinsity has been working with a division of Samsung that manufactures chips on this speedy product. The same division of Samsung built the A4 chip for Apple, according to Chipworks, a firm that reverse-engineers and analyzes technology products.

By acquiring Intrinsity, Apple would be able to keep that 350 megahertz edge to itself.

Apple’s strategy of creating a custom chip for mobile devices runs counter to its approach in computers in which it purchases chips from Intel.