This week in pictures: Amazon's on fire!
Also: More layoffs at Nokia, Diebold voting machines hacked for cheap, Netflix outbids HBO, Twitter knows when you're sad, and Larry Ellison throws more stones!
Source: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters
Amazon unveils Kindle Fire, its entry into the tablet fray
The $199 Android-based tablet joins a crowded market, but could be serious competition for the iPad, analysts say. Meanwhile, the Kindle Fire's cloud-powered browser raised some privacy concerns.
Will Amazon buy Palm and WebOS from HP?
We're not quite done with Bezos yet. If Palm and WebOS does go sailing up the Amazon, Captain Bezos and crew can then avoid any Android mess over the next couple of years. Read more.
Liar, liar, says Larry Ellison about Autonomy pitch to Oracle
HP buying Autonomy for $10 or $11 billion bucks may be boring, but now that Autonomy CEO Mike Lynch has been called a liar by Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, the excitement quotient has jumped. British IT papers are going all tabloid about it.Read more.
Nokia lays off 3,500 employees
Nokia is planning to lay off an additional 3,500 employees, as the company continues to restructure after announcing its decision to focus on Microsoft's Windows Phone operating system. Read more.
Hacking Diebold voting machines with $10.50 worth of parts
Diebold dominates the voting machine market in spite of multiple security issues raised over the years. The Vulnerability Assessment Team at Argone National Laboratory in Illinois just released information about a man-in-the-middle exploit that can change votes while leaving no trace of the attack. "$10.50 worth of parts and an 8th grade science education" can do the trick. Read more.
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Google Drive: One cloud to connect them all
Long rumored, the "Gdrive" may be here soon. Google, already giving 7.63+GBs to all Gmail users, supposedly will soon offer a cloud storage service, based on what TechCrunch reported in the source code for Chromium, the open-source browser behind Chrome. Read more.
Netflix outbids HBO in deal with DreamWorks: $30 mil per movie
Netflix needs some good news lately, after getting bashed for raising prices and losing their redistribution deal with Starz. The stock headed down, as did customer confidence. Will outbidding HBO for first access to DreamWorks movies boost Netflix? Read more.
Oracle, Google will hold third settlement conference
Oracle and Google will go back to the bargaining table on Oct. 1 to settle their lawsuit over alleged Java patent and copyright violations in the Android mobile OS. Read more.