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+ - Microsoft Relishes its Role as Accuser in Antitrust Suit Against Google

Submitted by HughPickens.com
HughPickens.com writes: Danny Hakim reports at the NYT that as European antitrust regulators formally accuse Google of abusing its dominance, Microsoft is relishing playing a behind-the-scenes role of scold instead of victim. Microsoft has founded or funded a cottage industry of splinter groups to go after Google. The most prominent, the Initiative for a Competitive Online Marketplace, or Icomp, has waged a relentless public relations campaign promoting grievances against Google. It conducted a study that suggested changes made by Google to appease regulators were largely window dressing. “Microsoft is doing its best to create problems for Google,” says Manfred Weber, the chairman of the European People’s Party, the center-right party that is the largest voting bloc in the European Parliament. “It’s interesting. Ten years ago Microsoft was a big and strong company. Now they are the underdog.”

According to Hakim, Microsoft and Google are the Cain and Abel of American technology, locked in the kind of struggle that often takes place when a new giant threatens an older one. Microsoft was frustrated after American regulators at the Federal Trade Commission didn’t act on a similar antitrust investigation against Google in 2013, calling it a “missed opportunity.” It has taken the fight to the state level, along with a number of other opponents of Google. Microsoft alleges that Google's anti-competitive practices include stopping Bing from indexing content on Google-owned YouTube; blocking Microsoft Windows smartphones from "operating properly" with YouTube; blocking access to content owned by book publishers; and limiting the flow of ad campaign information back to advertisers, making it more expensive to run ads with rivals. "Over the past year, a growing number of advertisers, publishers, and consumers have expressed to us their concerns about the search market in Europe," says Brad Smith, Microsoft's general counsel. "They've urged us to share our knowledge of the search market with competition officials."

+ - New MIT device detect gases produced by decayed meat

Submitted by Jeba Qpt
Jeba Qpt writes: New MIT device with sensor detect gases emitted by decayed meat to determine whether the meat in grocery or fridge are safe to eat or not. There are already devised sensors to detect decayed meat but they are all expensive, large, consumes more power and need experts to operate. But this newly devised sensor device requires only less power, inexpensive and can be easily manufactured. This can be incorporated with smartphones to read the output.

Comment: private tunnel (Score 1) 193

by pamri (#39629913) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Finding a Trustworthy VPN Service?
I have used Private tunnel to connect to Hulu and similar services. It is offered by OpenVPN Technologies, the company behind OpenVPN, is quite fast compared to other offerings and the pricing is based on data usage as opposed to monthly plans, so it works out cheaper if you just want to use it occasionally to watch a few shows.

Comment: Couple of suggestions (Score 1) 175

by pamri (#35815952) Attached to: What Is the Best Way To Build a Virtual Team?
A couple of suggestions from someone who has done that over 5 years.
* Do *have* a mailing list. Nothing beats it reach.
* Have a good ticketing system. We used to let people who are online to pick up tickets from any geo and work on it unless it is something that requires hands on , in which case, we used to pass it on to the local contact.
* Use a good text based chatting solution. Video / audio solutions are good, but text is better for a lot of things, like small talk , sharing links or a way to avoid misunderstanding or misinterpretation that could happen in speaking. I generally prefer IRC for group chat. Setup a proxy server for IRC like https://code.google.com/p/dircproxy/ or have some form of logging and you could let users catch up with whatever happened on the channel while they are away.
* Arrange their timings, such that atleast one person from each geo will have atleast a hours overlap with a person from the geo closest to him. EG:
* Have video meetings r meetings over the phone atleast once a week.
* Get them to put their pictures, phone nos., and responsibilities on a intranet / address book.
* Have weekly meetings in any medium and if you can't have everyone to have their say, let one person from each geo each week talk about any issues they have or something good they did that week.
* Other collaborative software that is good to have : wiki , version control, Calendar (egroupware / google / exchange) , pastebin (share code / error snippets).
News

+ - Adobe Flash Player 10.1 Arrives for Android

Submitted by adeelarshad82
adeelarshad82 writes: Adobe announced that it has released the final version of Flash Player 10.1 for Google's mobile operating system. The app will be available for download via the Android Market for those users who have Android 2.2 (Froyo) installed on their phones. Devices expected to offer the Android update include the Dell Streak, Google Nexus One, HTC Evo, HTC Desire, HTC Incredible, Droid by Motorola, Motorola Milestone, and Samsung Galaxy S. Flash Player 10.1 was also released to support devices based on Android, BlackBerry, webOS, future versions of Windows Phone, LiMo, MeeGo and Symbian OS, and is expected to be made available via over-the-air downloads and to be pre-installed on smart phones, tablets and other devices in the coming months.
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+ - China Restricts Minors from Using Virtual Currency->

Submitted by eldavojohn
eldavojohn writes: If you're under eighteen and you play video games in China, things just got a little worse. Not only is gold farming illegal but starting August 1st, game makers are expected to put in safeties that prohibit you from using virtual currencies. Because doing such a thing may promote "unwholesome" behavior and the new regulations explicitly "forbid content advocating pornography, cults, superstitions, gambling and violence in all online games." The business papers are picking it up as a number of stocks from companies like Tancent — who are heavily based in gaming in China — fell about five percent.
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+ - Court Takes Away Some Of The Public Domain->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: In yet another bad court ruling concerning copyright, a federal appeals court has overturned a lower court ruling, and said that it's okay for Congress to retroactively take works out of the public domain, even if publishers are already making use of those public domain works. The lower court had said this was a First Amendment violation, but the appeals court felt that if Congress felt taking away from the public domain was in its best interests, then there was no First Amendment violation at all. It effectively said that Congress can violate the First Amendment, so long as it feels it heard from enough people (in this case, RIAA and MPAA execs) to convince it that it needs to do what it's done.
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+ - US Suspends Legal Action Against Intel->

Submitted by geek4
geek4 writes: Intel and the Federal Trade Commission have suspended legal proceedings related to the lawsuit filed by the federal regulators against the chip maker while the two sides try to negotiate a settlement.

In a statement released on 21 June, Intel officials said the two sides agreed to file a joint motion to suspend the administrative trial proceedings to give the parties time to negotiate. According to Intel, the motion calls for suspending the proceedings until 22 July.

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