Al Jazeera is an independent broadcaster owned by the state of Qatar through the Qatar Media Corporation. Al Jazeera has acquired Current TV. The acquisition boosts their reach to around 40 million homes. Current TV is focused on U.S. news. and was co-founded by former United States Vice President Al Gore.
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Reddit has announced that they have hit 37 billion page views and 400 million unique visitors in 2012. Around 30 million posts were shared on Reddit and they received over 4 billion votes in the past year. That is around 133 votes per post.
On New Year’s Eve, the Apple retail store in Paris was robbed. Police were busy monitoring the area around the Champs-Elysees for the New Year celebrations. Armed thieves broke into the store and got a hold of around $1.3 million worth of goods.
Imation Corporation has acquired storage company Nexsan for $120 million. Known for building data storage products, Imation will gain access to Nexsan’s 11,000 customers worldwide along with 200 employees in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. Imation is expecting that Nexsan’s business will strengthen their storage portfolio and expand their value proposition to small and medium-sized businesses along with enterprise storage markets.
Hearst Corporation, the parent company of publications like Car & Driver, Cosmopolitan, Elle, and Car & Driver, claims to have around 800,000 paying digital subscribers. These numbers were announced in a letter to employees at the company by Hearst President David Carey. This figure includes monthly subscribers across all of their titles on iPads, Nooks, Androids, etc. Mr. Carey claims that this figure is “the highest in the industry.”
Kia Motors is going to enhance the UVO in-car entertainment system by teaming up with Google. Google products will appear in the UVO eServices infotainment system, which is debuting in the 2014 Kia Sorento. Google will provide content and search-based solutions that is enabled by APIs. The 2014 Sorento CUV will utilize Google Maps and Google Places to grab driving directions and to find Points of Interest (POIs) in a seamless way. Kia owners can send a POI or destination to their car using the Send2Car feature. Check out Kia’s press release about the new Google features below:
Last year, Samsung added the 17-inch Series 7 Chronos laptop to their line of products. Samsung updated their line of Chronos laptops with Ivy Bridge processors too. The company has released a new video teaser promoting better hardware in the new Series 7 laptops. In the video below, you will notice that there is a mention of a feature called RAMaccelerator. RAMaccelerator promises 50% faster app loading, a full HD display, JBL speakers, and an AMD Radeon HD 8870M GPU.
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XL Group Plc denied insurance coverage related to damages incurred by Fisker Automotive caused by Hurricane Sandy. A total of 338 Karma plug-in hybrid vehicles were damaged as a result of the hurricane. The vehicles were valued at around $33 million. The Fisker Karma vehicles were parked at Port Newark in New Jersey. This shipping facility was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. Fisker filed a complaint this past Friday in the New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan.