15 October 2012

FTC out of control, intends to sue Google

The FTC (Federal Trade Commission) has wasted millions of taxpayer dollars pursuing meritless claims against Google--last week the federal agency "leaked" a "draft memo" prepared by its staff to the New York Times which indicates the agency intends to engage in meritless legal actions against Google--but apparently not everyone in Washington is "playing along" with the FTC bureaucrats' game:

Dem warns FTC against suing Google - The Hill's Hillicon Valley: "Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) is warning the Federal Trade Commission that a lawsuit against Google would be disastrous and could prompt Congress to limit the agency's authority. "I believe that application of anti-trust against Google would be a woefully misguided step that would threaten the very integrity of our anti-trust system, and could ultimately lead to Congressional action resulting in a reduction in the ability of the FTC to enforce critical anti-trust protections in industries where markets are being distorted by monopolies or oligopolies," Polis wrote in a letter sent last week to FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz and obtained by The Hill on Monday. Polis argued that the market for online search is already fiercely competitive. He noted that customers search Amazon for shopping results, iTunes for music and movies, Facebook for social networking and Yelp for local businesses. "To even discuss applying anti-trust in this kind of hyper-competitive environment defies all logic and the very underpinnings of anti-trust law itself," Polis wrote."

US lawmaker questions FTC Google antitrust probe - Computerworld: The U.S. Federal Trade Commission should "tread carefully" before bringing an antitrust complaint against Google, a veteran U.S. lawmaker said as news reports suggested the agency is ready to move forward. Representative Jared Polis, a Colorado Democrat, questioned the FTC's reported move toward filing a case against Google. The FTC staff has prepared a recommendation that the FTC sue the company for anticompetitive behavior, according to recent news reports. . . .But Polis, founder of three Internet businesses, said in a letter sent last Tuesday that Google's advertising services help many small businesses reach their customers. "At a time when the national economy continues to stagnate, it's not clear to me why the FTC should be focusing on a product that consumers seem very happy with, search engines," Polis wrote. "Competition is only a click away and there are no barriers to competition; if I created a better search algorithm I could set up a server in my garage and compete globally with Google." Internet users have several other competing services available, he added. His constituents use Amazon.com for shopping, iTunes for music and movies, Facebook for social networking and mobile apps like Yelp to find local business, he said. Internet users could see an antitrust lawsuit against Google or other Internet giants as excessive regulation, Polis added. "Today's giant can be tomorrow's failure without any government intervention," he wrote. "Several years ago, we called firms like AOL, MySpace and Yahoo 'dominant' -- but those firms have struggled to retain consumers online."

Google antitrust suit may have similar impact to Microsoft case in the 1990s
The Guardian
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Acer's high-end Windows 8 all-in-one (hands-on)
CNET
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Microsoft Challenges iTunes With Xbox Music
PC Magazine
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VentureBeat
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Metro: Last Light ditches multiplayer
GameSpot
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DailyTech
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DailyTech

Wii price drops to $129.99, includes Wii Sports and Wii Sports Resort
The Verge
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Sacramento Bee
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Business Insider
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Business Insider

Retailer leaks iPad Mini price list starting at £200
Register
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DailyTech
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DailyTech

SNL Takes On iPhone 5 'Problems' In Skit Pitting Tech Bloggers Against ...
Huffington Post
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Meet X1, the Exoskeletal Robot Suit that Could Make Astronauts Super-Strong
TIME
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TIME

T-Mobile, MetroPCS deal to close by Q2 2013, says parent firm
ZDNet
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Leaked photo shows redesigned iMac logic board
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TechSpot

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TIME
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Notch details Minecraft follow-up 0x10c, releases early footage
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Edge

Accused of infringement? AT&T will take away YouTube and Facebook and ...
Boing Boing
The Mixed Magic of “Looper” (SPOILERS). Looper is an elegant, beautifully rendered time travel story with quality performances and cool action sequences…completely hijacked in its second half by an evil kid who talks like a 50-year-old man. Bong: "Live At ...

Boing Boing

Orionids Meteor Shower Coming Soon
Patch.com
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Chicago Tribune
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Asus Vivo tablets listed in Europe
Fudzilla
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DmC Devil May Cry DLC strongly hinted at, but Capcom promises it won't be on ...
GameZone
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GameZone

Kindle DX no longer available from Amazon, potentially discontinued
Engadget
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Sony Vaio Duo 11 review
ITProPortal
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ITProPortal

Apollo rocks analysis: solar wind made moon water
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CBC.ca
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CBC.ca

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Computerworld (blog)
A daily digest of IT blogs from Richi Jennings—he curates the best bits of the best blogs, ...

Computerworld (blog)

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Kotaku
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Google, "completely wrong," and does it really matter?
ZDNet
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Ubergizmo
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Ubergizmo

'Moparised' Chryslers line up for SEMA
Independent Online
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Independent Online

Wikileaks Requests Website Visitors Donate Cash
Infopackets
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Apple bans iPhone game for tackling Foxconn suicides
Pocket Gamer
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Microsoft Launches Music Service for Xbox, Windows 8
InformationWeek
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PCWorld (blog)
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Amazon buying TI unit likely to draw mixed reviews
MarketWatch (blog)
Apple /quotes/zigman/68270 /quotes/nls/aapl AAPL , Amazon's chief rival in the mobile device space, designs its own chips for its iPhone and iPad products, as does Korean electronics giant Samsung. But Amazon operates at thin margins as it is, and ...

Apple to host October 23 event, iPad mini expected
Reuters
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Amazon says Kindle customers may get credit as part of e-book publishers ...
Washington Post
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Apple's rumored Oct. 23 event may include 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro, iPad Mini
CBS News
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US Google Antitrust Probe Spurs Internet Regulation Debate
TIME
This loosely knit coalition opposing Google includes the FairSearch.org consortium, which is composed of several of Google's competitors, most notably Microsoft, which has been waging a not-so-clandestine campaign against Google for years.

Google doodle celebrates 'Little Nemo' comic
CNN
Web users awoke Monday to find an animated doodle atop Google's search page that commemorates the 107th anniversary of "Little Nemo in Slumberland," a pioneering comic strip by illustrator Winsor McCay. (Again, that's "Little Nemo," kids, not "Finding ...

Amazon curtails sales of Kindle DX
CNET
The e-book reader is still being sold through third parties but is no longer available directly fromAmazon. ... Amazon seems to have pulled the plug on its Kindle DX. A peek at the product's Web site shows that Amazon is no longer directly selling the DX.

How Google and Samsung Can Make a 10-Inch Nexus Tablet Rock
Wired (blog)
The competition is also only increasing, with compelling tablets shipping from Amazonand (soon) Microsoft too. If Google and Samsung are in cahoots for a new Nexus tablet, they need ... Starting at $300 would be a good move for a 10-inch Nexus, but to...

Wired (blog)

Report: Amazon In Advanced Talks To Buy Texas Instruments ...
By Natasha Lomas
Calcalist speculates that the rumoured Apple iPad mini could be the catalyst for Amazon to acquire TI. Amazon's strategy to compete with the iPad has been to launch cheaper, lower-end tablets sold at cost price – but if Apple launches a ...
TechCrunch


Amazon In Talks To Buy TI's Smartphone Chip Business: Report
By Robin Wauters
Amazon.com competitors such as Apple and Samsung Electronics already manufacture their own processors to power their advanced mobile devices, and Texas Instruments has been struggling in this segment under increasing pressure from rival suppliers like Qualcomm, Intel and Nvidia. Others, like Barnes ... Samsung used TI OMAP4 for its Galaxy Nexus purely for Google. All other ...Microsoft Launching Xbox Music on Oct. 16 Ahead of Windows 8 Release · Thumb tacks on a ...
The Next Web

Reddit, Google and StumbleUpon Join the Mashable Media Summit
By Tania Kasongo
We have some great speakers lined up: Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit, will discuss online community monetization, and Bonita Stewart, Vice President, Americas Partner Business Solutions at Google, will discuss the future of HTML5.
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Zero Gravity for All at Google Zeitgeist Partner Conference - Liz ...
By Liz Gannes
Google's big annual Americas partner event takes place this week at a fancy resort in Arizona. We at AllThingsD didn't get the invite, though Google PR tells us to expect videos from the talks to be posted after the fact here and also warned not ...
AllThingsD

Microsoft's Xbox Music service to launch on Android and iOS soon ...
By Janko Roettgers
Microsoft's new Xbox Music service won't just run on an Xbox: The service, which aims to compete with both iTunes and Spotify, is also coming to Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 as well as Android and iOS. That's a significant change of ...
GigaOM

Mac App Store - Apple Configurator
Microsoft Does not charge extra for its Group Policy functionality, and it does SOO MUCH MORE. Is Mike Bombich still with apple, can he Fix it? =) ...
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/apple.../id434433123?mt=12


Samsung official cites serious chip rift with Apple -- report
CNET (blog)
Samsung official cites serious chip rift with Apple -- report. Samsung has probably been the largest single component supplier to Apple and has collaborated with Apple on chip development. That relationship may be coming to an end, according to a report.

Apple signs SBB railway clock license agreement
WatchPro.com
SBB – the owner of the iconic Swiss railway clock design licensed to watch brand Mondaine – has reached a licensing agreement with Apple, after the technology giant copied the clock design for its latest iOS6 operating platform. The announcement was...

WatchPro.com

Nobel pursuit
The Stanford Daily
“What's unique about Brian? Genuine Passion.” Fourth-year graduate student Andrew Kruse works in Brian Kobilka's lab, where everyone agrees that Kobilka, the recent recipient of the Nobel Prize in chemistry, is a one-of-a-kind. “Brian does a lot of work in ...

'Darkstalkers Resurrection' is a nuanced tribute to fans of an arcade classic
The Verge
A lot of nuance went into remaking the second and third Darkstalker games for modern consoles, but not every idea Capcom had for the retro remakes made it into double pack Darkstalkers Resurrection. Among the wish list of things that didn't quite make the ...


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