Facebook Holding Event Thursday March 7 To Show Off A “New Look For News Feed,” Could Be Mobile Redesign


Facebook has just issued invitations to press, which promise a new look for News Feed, to be held March 7 at 10 AM PT. The announcement comes on the heels of news from January that Facebook was prepping a radical new look for its mobile news feed, according to a redesign witnessed by our own Josh Constine recently.

In January, Josh wrote about an employee-only redesign he’d seen on an iOS test build that evolved the look of the mobile news feed, including full-screen photo tiles and text overlaid on images. The new look is more in keeping with info streams in other mobile apps, Josh reported, like Google+ and Flipboard.

Facebook’s recent mobile focus has been on improving the backend aspects of its apps for iPhone and Android, and on adding features like free VoIP calling for users in the U.S. and Canada. Now that the underlying tech behind the apps have been greatly improved, bringing benefits for loading and launch times, as well as general performance, it makes sense that the company would turn its attentions to improving the Facebook app’s aesthetic elements.

The last time the Facebook mobile app got a significant visual upgrade was in May of 2012, when the company updated the news feed with a much more media-focused look. According to what Josh saw in January, the new design takes that even further. Below, you can see a mock-up of what we could be in for, albeit with much more spit and polish.

Another recent report suggests some changes to the way Facebook displays information are on the way. ReadWrite said yesterday that Facebook is testing a Timeline redesign, which is rolling out to New Zealand users first. The changes are described as “subtle,” but we could also see this shift detailed at an FB event, if there’s enough of a difference to merit a public explanation for FB users.


Internet’s dad wants to talk to animals

Vint Cerf, who helped build the early Internet, and three other Internet and animal communication experts recently explained how we could connect with animals and help animals talk to each other.Vint Cerf, who helped build the early Internet, and three other Internet and animal communication experts recently explained how we could connect with animals and help animals talk to each other.

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Using mod_spdy With Apache2 On Scientific Linux 6.3

Using mod_spdy With Apache2 On Scientific Linux 6.3

SPDY (pronounced “SPeeDY”) is a new networking protocol whose goal
is to speed up the web. It is Google’s alternative to the HTTP protocol
and a candidate for HTTP/2.0. SPDY augments HTTP with several
speed-related features such as

stream multiplexing and header compression. To use SPDY, you need a web
server and a browser (like Google Chrome and upcoming versions of
Firefox) that both support SPDY. mod_spdy is an open-source Apache
module that adds support for the SPDY protocol to the Apache HTTPD
server. This tutorial explains how to use mod_spdy with Apache2 on
Scientific Linux 6.3.

Greenlight Capital Drops Lawsuit Against Apple Over Preferred Stock Proxy Proposal [Mac Blog]

Bloomberg briefly notes that hedge fund Greenlight Capital has unsurprisingly dropped its lawsuit against Apple over a company-backed proxy proposal that had bundled together several provisions including a move to limit Apple’s ability to issue preferred stock to investors without explicit shareholder approval. Apple CEO had previously called the lawsuit a “silly sideshow” and reiterated that view at Wednesday’s shareholder meeting.

The withdrawal comes after a judge had preliminarily blocked a vote on the issue at Apple’s shareholder meeting, with Apple officially withdrawing the measure from the balloting. Apple has said that it remains committed to addressing the preferred stock issue, but will have to do so at a later date.

Greenlight’s David Einhorn has become very vocal about trying to “unlock more value” for shareholders, and Apple has acknowledged that it is having discussions about how it might accomplish that beyond the existing dividend and share buyback programs initiated last year.

‘Silly Sideshow’ Suit Against Apple Over Shareholder Vote Dropped By Greenlight’s David Einhorn


David Einhorn has dropped the suit filed against Apple over a proposal the company intended to bring to a vote at its shareholder meeting this past week, Bloomberg reports. The proposal included a provision that would require a common shareholder vote before Apple could issue any preferred stock, something Einhorn and his hedge fund Greenlight Capital have been seeking from Apple to unlock more of the value of Apple’s cash pile for shareholders.

A judge sided with Einhorn earlier this week, issuing a preliminary injunction to block Apple from holding its vote on the proposition at its shareholder meeting. That would seem to have been enough to satisfy Einhorn and Greenlight: with the vote off the table and the shareholder meeting out of the way for another year, Greenlight has little to gain by pursuing the lawsuit, except for creating what Apple CEO Tim Cook called a “silly sideshow” that distracts the company they hold a considerable stake in from its actual business.

Apple has said it will “thoroughly consider” Einhorn’s proposal around preferred stock, Cook has said. At the shareholder meeting on Wednesday, he reiterated both the belief that the lawsuit was a “silly sideshow, regardless of how the judge ruled,” and that the company was still “seriously considering” the issue of returning cash to shareholders, according to CNBC.

BPA raises risk for childhood asthma

Researchers at the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health at the Mailman School of Public Health are the first to report an association between early childhood exposure to the chemical bisphenol A (BPA) and an elevated risk for asthma in young children. BPA is a component of some plastics and is found in food can liners and store receipts.

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Salesforce Shares Reach All-Time High As Stock Pops 7.2% In Wake Of Favorable Earnings


Salesforce shares (NYSE:CRM) are trading today at their highest price ever — $181.46 a share. It represents a 7.23 percent increase compared to yesterday’s closing price. Today’s trend is directly related to Salesforce’s fourth-quarter earnings. With revenues up 32 percent year-over-year, the company could become a profit-making venture in the coming year.

Revenue growth shows no sign of slowdown as the company expects to jump from $695 million during Q1 2013 to $882 million to $887 million for Q1 2014. It represents an increase of 27 to 28 percent year-over-year. Salesforce expects the same increase (25 to 27 percent) for the full fiscal year 2014.

Yet, what’s even more significant is that the company managed to nearly resorb its net loss. During Q3 2013, Salesforce reported a net loss of $220 million. With $20.8 million of net loss last quarter and a good revenue outlook, investing in Salesforce could finally pay off.

While other consumer technology companies had a difficult experience with the stock markets (Zynga, Groupon, Facebook), Salesforce isn’t one of those companies. Founded in 1999, Salesforce started trading in 2004.

Valued at just $22 a share in November 2008, Salesforce shares have climbed 825 percent over the past four years — the company’s market capitalization is $26.4 billion. Now that its stock has reached an all-time high, it remains to be seen whether it can still grow at the same pace.

Analyst Says iPhone 5S and Cheaper iPhone Coming in August/September With China Mobile Support

iphone_5_black_whiteTaiwan’s Commercial Times reports [Google translation] on a new research note from Barclays analyst Kirk Yang claiming that Apple is indeed preparing both an iPhone 5S and a lower-cost iPhone for launch in the August/September timeframe.

Yang notes that each of the devices will be available in two models: one supporting the standard frequency-division duplexing (FDD) technology used in most of the world and one supporting the time-division duplexing (TDD) used by China Mobile, the world’s largest carrier. The report claims that Pegatron has received orders for the FDD version of the lower-cost iPhone, while Foxconn will be building the remaining three models.

The report claims that Apple is still weighing production volume for the new phones, working to estimate how much the lower-cost iPhone will cut into iPhone 5S sales and still gauging appropriate volumes for an expansion to China Mobile. Regardless, Apple does expect total iPhone shipments to be higher than last year’s levels.

Yang’s report conflicts with a report yesterday from Macotakara, which claimed that Apple’s lower-cost iPhone is not likely to appear until 2014. It is, however, more in line with a roadmap outlined in January by KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a strong track record in predicting Apple’s plans.

Just over a month ago, iLounge shared some details on Apple’s lower-cost iPhone, noting that it appears something like a hybrid of the iPhone 5 and iPod touch, with rear edge curves reminiscent of the iPod classic. The report claimed that the device will be half a millimeter taller and wider and one millimeter thicker than the iPhone 5 in order to account for the thicker plastic casing.