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Rivals Say Google Plays Favorites - WSJ.com - http://online.wsj.com/article...
"We built Google for users, not websites, and our goal is to give users answers," a Google spokeswoman said in a statement. "Sometimes the most useful answer isn't '10 blue links,' but a map for an address query, or a series of images for a query like 'pictures of Egyptian pyramids.' We often provide these results in the form of 'quick answers' at the top of the page, because our users want a quick answer."
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Android Developers Blog: Android Market Client Update - http://android-developers.blogspot.com/2010...
With a focus on improving discoverability and merchandising, we’ve introduced a new carousel on the home and category screens. Users can quickly flip through the carousel to view promoted applications and immediately go to the download page for the application they want. Developers have been very active in creating great Widgets and Live Wallpapers. To make it easier for users to find their favorites, we’re introducing two new categories for Widgets and Live Wallpapers. Applications that include Widgets and Wallpapers will be automatically added to those new categories. We’ll also be adding more categories for popular applications and games in the weeks ahead. In addition, the app details page now includes Related content, which makes it easier for users to quickly find apps of similar interest.
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Groklaw - Google's Motion to Dismiss Paul Allen's Patent Infringement Complaint Granted - http://www.groklaw.net/article...
Paul Allen's patent infringement complaint against the world and its dog has been dismissed. The court agreed with Google et al that it "lacks adequate factual detail to satisfy the dictates of Twombly and Iqbal" and also "fails to provide sufficient factual detail as suggested by Form 18". The court doesn't agree with Allen's Interval Licensing that the two cases do not apply to patent complaints, but it doesn't even need to go there: "The Court does not find it necessary to determine whether Form 18 is no longer adequate under Twombly and Iqbal because Plaintiff's complaint fails to satisfy either the Supreme Court's interpretation of Rule 8 or Form 18."
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Group finds 5 main flaws with proposed Net Neutrality rules | Tech Policy & Law News - Betanews - http://www.betanews.com/article...
The principle concern these groups have is the Order's omission of "Paid Prioritization," or the ability for service providers to set payment tiers for different types of services and allocate bandwidth accordingly. "Paid prioritization is the antithesis of openness. Any framework that does not prohibit such economic discrimination arrangements is not real Net Neutrality," the letter said. "Without a clear ban on such practices, ISPs will move forward with their oft-stated plans to exploit their dominant position and favor their own content and services and those of a few select paying partners through faster delivery, relegating everyone else to the proverbial dirt road." AT&T's Hank Hultquist openly mocked these groups' knowledge of such issues in August, calling them the "Church of Extreme Net Neutrality," who preach the "old time religion of the dumb network" without taking all facts into consideration.
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Google DoubleClick Caught Serving Malicious Ad | Threat Level | Wired.com - http://www.wired.com/threatl...
The malicious advertisement, for gift cards, originates from a bogus advertising agency called AdShufffle, with three f’s in the name. The name appears to be playing off legitimate advertiser AdShuffle. The malicious ad has appeared on sites for Runnersworld.com and OrganicGardening.com, among other sites that are still being determined. Runnersworld.com and OrganicGardening.com are published by the Emmaus, Pennsylvania-based Rodale Inc. A company spokeswoman said the ads have been taken down.
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Google App Store Limits App Sizes, For Now | News & Opinion | PCMag.com - http://www.pcmag.com/article...
According to Google's Chrome App guidelines, the limit for "packaged" apps is 10 Mbytes. The company does have a way to get around this limit, however, via hosted apps that require a persistent wired or wireless connection.
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Send A Personalized Call From Santa Claus - http://sendacallfromsanta.com/
via Google Voice
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Chrome 8 goes final with PDF viewer, Web Store support | Electronista - http://www.electronista.com/article...
Google today quietly released a finished version of Chrome 8. The stable release adds a new built-in PDF viewer that, like Safari, saves having to use a companion app. The tool is sandboxed to prevent a rogue PDF from compromising the browser and posing a security threat to the rest of the system. Although not directly mentioned, developers have also revealed that Chrome 8 should have the underlying framework for the Chrome Web Store. Google's portal will let users shop for web-based apps, such as Flash games or HTML-based productivity tools, without having to visit separate sites. Access to the store isn't currently active.
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Google Translate beatboxing - http://prostheticknowledge.tumblr.com/post...
Fun Google Translate hack
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Level 3 Communications Issues Statement Concerning Comcast's Actions - MarketWatch - http://www.marketwatch.com/story...
"On November 19, 2010, Comcast informed Level 3 that, for the first time, it will demand a recurring fee from Level 3 to transmit Internet online movies and other content to Comcast's customers who request such content. By taking this action, Comcast is effectively putting up a toll booth at the borders of its broadband Internet access network, enabling it to unilaterally decide how much to charge for content which competes with its own cable TV and Xfinity delivered content. This action by Comcast threatens the open Internet and is a clear abuse of the dominant control that Comcast exerts in broadband access markets as the nation's largest cable provider. "On November 22, after being informed by Comcast that its demand for payment was 'take it or leave it,' Level 3 agreed to the terms, under protest, in order to ensure customers did not experience any disruptions.
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Issuu Gives Up on App Store After Three Rejections: Tech News « - http://gigaom.com/2010...
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Gmail "Call Recording" Feature Rolls Out, Mel Gibson Warned - http://www.gizmocrunch.com/web...
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Google Wave May Become an Apache Project - PCWorld Business Center - http://www.pcworld.com/busines...
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Who says our way is the right way? « BuzzMachine - http://www.buzzmachine.com/2010...
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Google may ship in-house Chrome OS netbook by December | Electronista - http://www.electronista.com/article...
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Tweets write Tim Burton's 'Stainboy' story - Films, Arts & Entertainment - The Independent - http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-en...
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Official Google Blog: Preserving Alan Turing’s papers at Bletchley Park - http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2010...
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Facebook Could Soon Own the Trademark for the Word “Face” - http://mashable.com/2010...
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Cookie Monster lobbies to host 'Saturday Night Live' in video campaign on Facebook, Twitter - http://www.nydailynews.com/enterta...
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Google Donates $100,000 to Save ‘Turing’ Papers - Tech Europe - WSJ - http://blogs.wsj.com/tech-eu...
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Acer to challenge the iPad by releasing Android, Windows tablets - http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile...
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NOT TRUE: Google Street View captures ‘sidewalk birth’ in Berlin - thestar.com - http://www.thestar.com/news...
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Long Live the Web: A Call for Continued Open Standards and Neutrality: Scientific American - http://www.scientificamerican.com/article...
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The most important news and commentary to read right now. - The Slatest - Slate Magazine - http://slatest.slate.com/id...
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