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Google

+ - Google Embarrassed in Australia

Submitted by geek007
geek007 (1051874) writes "Reporters at a Sydney, Australia newspaper discovered an embarrassing flaw in Google's Map product — Google recommends a 10.4 kilometer trip, across the harbor and back, to go the thirty steps from Google's Sydney headquarters to a hotel located across the street. The suggested route would also include a AU$3 bridge toll. Any query for driving directions from areas east, south or west of Google's headquarters will suggest the same detour across the harbor, using a toll tunnel or bridge. Google is blaming MapData Sciences, the Sydney-based company that supplies the mapping data to Google, for the problem. I imagine MapData is working on a fix rather urgently."
Music

+ - I get the "do not disconnect" message on m

Submitted by geek007
geek007 (1051874) writes "The iPod connects to your computer by way of a USB port. All devices that connect using USB must be "unmounted" before you unplug them. The "Do Not Disconnect" message lets you know that you still have to unmount the iPod. Data gets transferred between the computer and the iPod. There is no way for you to know when data is being transfer or if nothing is happening. The only way to know is to properly terminate the connection."
Microsoft

+ - Zune Phone and the Perils of Partnering with Micro

Submitted by geek007
geek007 (1051874) writes "http://gigaom.com/2007/02/01/zunephone/ Zun.k.ed, verb — partnering with Microsoft on an evolving platform, betting the farm (and your future on it) only to find that Zune is going to leave you out in the cold. A few months ago, when Microsoft's integrated digital music and media plans aka Zune came to light, we wondered about the plight of Microsoft partners who spent millions of dollars developing an ecosystem around the Microsoft Windows Media platform, only to find themselves competing with the Barons of Redmond. The word double-crossed came to mind, though I went with a more poetic headline19. It wasn't the first time20 Microsoft had left some of their partners pissing in the wind. CrunchGear has a delicious21 little rumor that indicates that well, it might happen again."

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