We all knew it was only a matter of time before the Department of Justice's Google investigation started turning up some skeletons, but I don't think anyone thought Google would start settling the cases this quickly. The first case to come out of the investigations seems to be about advertising.
It would appear that Google took money from Canadian pharmaceutical companies to advertise their products to US residents. Now, while it is not unusual for Canadian companies to market to US citizens, it is unusual for a US-based advertiser to do so for pharmaceuticals. Why? It is illegal for a person to import non-FDA managed drugs, which is exactly the process these companies were trying to avoid.
How exactly did Google get involved and how much has it cost them? Hit the break to find out.
I have a bit of information for my aspiring game developers - if you want to publish your game on the Xbox LIVE Arcade, don't submit it to the PlayStation Network. If you do, your application for XBLA will be denied. Well, that is all assuming it is published on PSN before XBLA.
Obviously, this is all about getting exclusive content for Xbox, or at least getting the head start on the competition. This isn't the only policy Microsoft has that is similar; even the big publishers are required to have the same content on-disc across all platforms if Microsoft will allow it on their platform. As far as these demands, I understand and approve of them. Microsoft wants to protect their platform and, of course, their users.
To read what Chris Lewis of Xbox Europe has to say, hit the break.
We've talked in the past about Android's Marketplace and overall security problems, and it seems they are not getting better. In fact, Google's attack rate has grown 76% in the past quarter. This is not surprising considering the platform's popularity.
For decades Apple has touted their lack of malware on their computer systems. The case, however, has never come down to the fact that Apples are incapable of being attacked, but instead on the fact that no one owned them and therefore there was no point in attacking them, though that has changed some. Google's platform has become the most popular mobile platform, like Windows for computers, and therefore it has become the platform to attack.
Why has Apple remained unaffected? Hit the break to find out.
It's been a month since FOX announced its 8 day Internet rule and only 2 weeks since it has gone into effect, but the results are already becoming apparent. As most people on the Internet knew before the rule went into effect, the result is, of course, piracy.
People do not use services like Hulu because they enjoy commercials; they do so because it is an easy and convenient way to get content in good quality legally. Hulu, however, is not the only way to get HD video online. There are plenty of sources for downloading video illegally, cutting the studios and broadcasters out of all revenue. That is exactly what is happening with FOX.
Want more on the cause and effect of the decision? Hit the break.
posted Saturday Aug 27, 2011 by Jon Wurm
Earlier this month we said hello to heello who intern said hello to Twitter. Now we're looking into InboxQ, a service that looks to help make Twitter useful instead of directly competing with it.
Some of you may be familiar with Answerly and the Q&A products they have produced over the past several years. The San Fransisco based company, now called InboxQ, managed to obtain funding from VC, Trinity Ventures and two Angel investors last year. As a result, on the 26th of August they debuted their newly focused Q&A product which is meant to link up "experts" who use Twitter and Twitter users who pose questions that are mostly ignored, according to InboxQ. I try to ignore most things that involve Twitter but you wouldn't know it because I write about them all the time.
To see if InboxQ will answer the cry of 100,000 daily ignored questions, hit the break.
The past two weeks have been crazy in the tech world! One thing that shook up the industry was that the captain of the shiny Apple stepped down this week. Steve Jobs has left his position as CEO and has named Tim Cook as the next man to lead Apple into the future. We know that Jobs has had severe health issues as of late, yet he did not indicate the reason for leaving in his letter.
To the Apple Board of Directors and the Apple Community:
I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.
I hereby resign as CEO of Apple. I would like to serve, if the Board sees fit, as Chairman of the Board, director and Apple employee.
As far as my successor goes, I strongly recommend that we execute our succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO of Apple.
I believe Apple’s brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it. And I look forward to watching and contributing to its success in a new role.
I have made some of the best friends of my life at Apple, and I thank you all for the many years of being able to work alongside you.
Apple's board did follow Jobs' recommendations and appointed Cook as new CEO and Jobs will remain on as chairman of the Apple board.
Regardless of where Apple has gone in the past few years, Jobs has always been a visionary and someone who definitely helped lead us into a new frontier in technology. From turning a product launch into a red carpet event to proving that shiny things can sell, regardless of the decade-old features and performance, he always did everything with flash, confidence and made things important even when they weren't. I don't foresee Apple's momentum slowing down (unfortunately), as he has been away from the ship's wheel multiple times lately.
We usually will take on and challenge any and everything Apple does, but for this one time, in this article (this article right here), we will remember Jobs' take on innovation. "Good artists copy. Great artists steal." Well said, my friend.