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France launches vast solar panel array

France on Thursday launched its largest-ever solar energy farm, with an array of panels spread over about 200 hectares (500 acres) in the mountainous southern Alpes-de-Haute-Provence region. With a production capacity of 90 megawatts, the vast photovoltaic park features nearly 113,000 solar panels and was built at a cost of 110 million euros ($137…

BlackBerry may be forced to compensate customers over outage

(Reuters) – BlackBerry maker Research In Motion faced the prospect of a compensation bill from network providers on Thursday as the world’s dominant provider of mobile email struggled for a fourth day with service glitches. RIM said services were starting to improve in all affected regions, reducing disruption for the…

BlackBerry services ‘improve’ after outage

BlackBerry services improved in several regions including Europe, the Middle East and India on Thursday after three days of outages that have incensed users, the system’s under-pressure owners said. Canada-based Research In Motion (RIM) has blamed a backlog of emails from Europe for the glitches which have starved millions of…

Latest BlackBerry woes caused by email backlog

OTTAWA — Three days of BlackBerry outages that spread to North America on Wednesday are being caused by a backlog of emails from Europe, the system’s under-pressure owners said. Facing anger from millions of customers starved of instant access to emails and messaging, Research In Motion (RIM) said it was…

Millions of BlackBerry users cut off for third day

LONDON (Reuters) – Millions of BlackBerry users around the world were left without text communication services for a third day on Wednesday as Research in Motion struggled to fix what it said was a switching failure in its private network. Users in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and India suffered patchy email service and…

Sony halts 93,000 online accounts in new breach

Sony said on Wednesday it suspended 93,000 accounts on its online entertainment networks after detecting a wave of unauthorised sign-in attempts, months after a huge breach forced it to halt some services. The attack took place between October 7 and 10 and succeeded in matching valid sign-in IDs and passwords from about…

Steve Jobs cause of death released as Apple mourns

SAN FRANCISCO — The official cause of death for beloved Apple co-founder Steve Jobs was made public on Monday as a private memorial was planned at the company’s Silicon Valley headquarters for employees. Local public health officials reportedly determined that Jobs was at home in the Northern California city of…

Facebook hits iPad

Facebook on Monday landed on the iPad, releasing software that lets members of the leading online social network connect on Apple’s hot-selling tablet computers. The release of an iPad application is part of a move by Facebook to stay in synch with modern lifestyles that revolve increasingly around Internet-linked wireless…

Apple says iPhone 4s sales over 1 mn in first day

Apple said Monday that pre-orders of the new model of its hit iPhone 4 topped one million units in the first 24 hours. Worldwide advance orders for the iPhone 4S, said to be much faster than its predecessor and with improved video and photo capabilities, set a record for an Apple product,…

Yang eyes Yahoo buyout with private equity

NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – For the last few years, a widely circulated joke about Jerry Yang was that he had the best tan in Silicon Valley from all the time he spent on Stanford University’s golf course. But the jests stopped about six months ago, when the Yahoo Inc…

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