GoDaddy CEO Criticized for Shooting and Killing Elephant

The chief executive officer, Bob Parsons, of the popular Internet services company, GoDaddy Inc., is being heavily criticized today after a video showing him killing an elephant in Zimbabwe made the rounds on the Internet starting early this morning.

In the video embedded below, Mr. Parsons slayed the elephant by firing two shots with a rifle, causing a herd of other elephants to scatter amid the night commotion.

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Small Business Owners Say They’ll Stockpile Cash For Now

The office equipment-maker, Brother International, published the results of its annual Brother Small Business Survey, and the results indicate small business owners feel more confident about the economy compared to the previous year.

When asked whether or not small business owners preferred to invest or stockpile cash, 51-percent of respondents preferred to stockpile cash, versus 47-percent who responded they would rather invest capital towards gaining a competitive advantage over competitors.

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Google Maps Could Be Banned in China As Deadline Nears

google-maps-carGoogle’s volatile relationship with the Chinese government doesn’t seem to be ironing out yet, in fact, it could get worse, as a new deadline from the Chinese State Bureau of Surveying looms that could see Google Maps blocked in the country.

The Chinese government requires Internet mapping websites that operate in China to receive a license to operate in the country through an approval process that is designed to protect national security, including by censoring data, among other practices.

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Former U.S. President Carter Plans Trip to North Korea

Former 39th President of the United States, Jimmy Carter, served in 1977 to 1981.

The former 39th President of the United States, Jimmy Carter, is planning a trip to North Korea, according to the U.S. State Department, and North Korean state media.

Few details have been publically released about the trip, including its purpose, objectives, and duration.

It is believed Carter’s trip is aimed at easing tensions between North and South Korea, where tensions in November 2010 escalated to the shelling of a South Korean island that resulted in the deaths of citizens. Before that incident, North Korea allegedly sank a South Korean ship, killing upwards of forty service men. In both attacks, the South refrained from retaliation, fearing an all-out war in the volatile region.

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Amazon Launches Android App Store, Apple Sues for Trademark Infringement

The world’s largest Internet-based commerce company, Amazon Inc., is venturing into unfamiliar territory by launching a new mobile applications store, Amazon Appstore, for Google Android powered devices on Monday.

Amazon Appstore directly competes with Android Marketplace, the native application store for Android powered devices, but currently only has about 4,000 applications in its index, a number that is likely to grow exponentially in the coming weeks.

Users could access Amazon Appstore directly from their PC browser, or from an Android device.

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Google Points the Finger at the Chinese Government In Latest Cyber Attack

googleIn another apparent attack on its computer systems, the world’s largest search engine, Google Inc., is publically pointing the finger at the Chinese government for allegedly manipulating how some of its services function in China.

It appears many basic functions and tasks within Google’s Gmail email service, including sending messages, using the instant messaging service Gtalk within Gmail, starring or marking messages as read, all appear to be sporadically hindered for users in China.

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AT&T to Acquire T-Mobile for $39bn, In a Stock and Cash Deal

at&tAbout one hour ago, AT&T announced it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire T-Mobile for $39-billion in a cash and stock deal.

Under the terms of the deal, AT&T will pay $25-billion in cash, and the remaining $14-billion in stock to T-Mobile parent company Deutsche Telekom.

The $14-billion worth in AT&T equity will give Deutsche Telekom about 8-percent ownership in AT&T.

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Groupon IPO Could Value Company at $25bn

Bloomberg is reporting Groupon’s valuation could now be pegged at $25-billion, according to confidential sources that spoke to the publication who were familiar with discussions taking place between Groupon and investment banks as the company looks for an initial pubic offering (IPO).

Groupon generates revenue by splitting revenue with merchants that offer deep discount limited-time deals exclusively for Groupon users. Groupon currently has about 75-million users, and the company continues to expand into new markets.

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RIM Revamps Facebook BlackBerry App, Includes Facebook Chat

Research In Motion, the maker of the BlackBerry smartphone, has made available its new Facebook application for BlackBerry devices, available now in beta to a limited number of people through BlackBerry Beta Zone.

The revamped application features a more intuitive user interface that is more consistent with the BlackBerry experience. For example, other system notifications outside of the Facebook app, like new e-mails or BBM notifications, now appear unobtrusively at the top of the system bar.

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RIM Partners with Microsoft for Cloud-based Services

blackberry-playbookThe Waterloo, Ontario-based maker of the BlackBerry smartphone, Research In Motion (RIM), today announced a cloud-based data storage partnership with the world’s largest software vendor, Microsoft Corp.

RIM will use Microsoft servers and software to provide cloud-based storage solutions for clients, as more of them shift their data to the cloud.

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