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+ - AppleBot Begins Spidering the Web->

Submitted by starglider29a
starglider29a (719559) writes "Spotted February 26th, the AppleBot has begun spidering the web, building a database for Siri and Spotlight.

Applebot is the web crawler for Apple, used by products including Siri and Spotlight Suggestions. It respects customary robots.txt rules and robots meta tags. It originates in the net block.

User-agent strings will contain “Applebot” together with additional agent information. For example:

Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; Intel Mac OS X 10_10_1) AppleWebKit/600.2.5 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/8.0.2 Safari/600.2.5 (Applebot/0.1)

If robots instructions don't mention Applebot but do mention Googlebot, the Apple robot will follow Googlebot instructions.

Will AppleSearch be 'a feature Apple users want', 'a Google Killer', or 'the Rise of Siri'? You decide..."
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+ - Twitter Marks Clean Sites as Harmful, Breaks Links

Submitted by starglider29a
starglider29a (719559) writes "This morning, a website (which I maintain) that has a Twitter presence encountered an "unsafe" warning when clicking on the tweets. "This link has been flagged as potentially harmful." After scanning the site, its database, checking with Google, and 3rd party site scanners, I found no evidence of harm. At noon, The Atlantic posted this article which describes the same issue with the Philadelphia City Paper.

If they are incorrect, how does Twitter justify this slander/libel (IANAL)? Has Twitter become the "credit score" for sites in that they are now guilty until proven innocent?"

+ - iTunes Killer... dead->

Submitted by starglider29a
starglider29a (719559) writes "It looks like price isn't the most important thing when it comes to music downloads. Once upon a time, Walmart was an 'iTunes-killer' with deeply-discounted, 88-cent MP3s. But discounts meant little compared to integrated iPod and iPhone integration, a superior iTunes user interface, and the tether created by stored credit cards (which Apple does well)."
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+ - Apple's iOS boots Linux from #3 in OS usage online->

Submitted by starglider29a
starglider29a (719559) writes ""Apple's iOS mobile operating system is now the third-most popular platform on the Internet, with a share nearly six times larger than Android's, a Web measurement company said Wednesday.

Collectively the devices that run iOS — the iPhone, the iPod Touch and the iPad — accounted for 1.1% of all hardware on the Internet last month, more than enough to shove Linux off its perch as the third-place operating system on the Web.""

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+ - Google Drops Verizon Wireless As Nexus One Partner->

Submitted by starglider29a
starglider29a (719559) writes "Google Inc. (GOOG) has backed away from a plan to make its Nexus One smartphone compatible with Verizon Wireless, the largest mobile carrier in the U.S.

Google said Monday in a blog post that customers waiting for the Nexus One to be available on Verizon's network should go the carrier's website, where they can order the Droid Incredible, a "cousin" device made by Taiwan's HTC Corp (HTCXF, 2498.TW).

The announcement was seen as a blow to Google's only branded phone, as the device will no longer be available to Verizon's more than 90 million subscribers.

"Nexus One is a flop. Everyone knows that now," said BGC Partners' Colin Gillis."

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+ - Plummer: 'My Sex Injury Made Shatner A Star'->

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starglider29a writes "

Veteran actor Christopher Plummer is livid an injury he suffered during from a one-night stand meant that William Shatner played his part in Henry V — because it made the Star Trek actor a star.

Plummer was lined up to perform in the Shakespeare play in 1956 — but an unplanned romp left him unable to take to the stage... "I woke up alone the next morning... (pain) all around my groin and lower abdomen... I started to whimper like a whipped dog. 'So this is what syphilis is like?' I thought. 'I suppose I deserve it, but Christ, how the hell was I to know?'... He adds, "It began to sink in... Shatner, my understudy, would have to go on... (It) instantly brought back the pain. I screamed for a nurse who jabbed me with more morphine.

"I knew then that the Sob (son of a b**ch) was going to be a 'star.'"

Well, that certainly explains some of the vitriol that General Chang carried in his voice when quoting Shakespeare to Admiral, um, Captain Kirk in Star Trek VI. taH pagh, taH be?"
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+ - Vista browsers to surpass Mac by mid-2008?->

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starglider29a writes "According to browser statistics gathered by, Vista is up to 3.00% in June '07. With Linux at 3.4% and Mac at 4.00% and rising, first order projections place Vista users to surpass Mac users somewhere in mid-2008. This doesn't take into account the publics reaction to Leopard when it is unveiled."
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+ - Voracious Jumbo Squid Invade California->

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starglider29a writes "Jumbo squid that can grow up to 7 feet long and weigh more than 110 pounds are invading central California waters and preying on local anchovy, hake and other commercial fish populations, according to a study published Tuesday.

"Having a new, voracious predator set up shop here in California may be yet another thing for fishermen to compete with," said the study's co-author, Stanford University researcher Louis Zeidberg. "That said, if a squid saw a human they would jet the other way."

The jumbo squid used to be found only in the Pacific Ocean's warmest stretches near the equator. In the last 16 years, it has expanded its territory throughout California waters, and squid have even been found in the icy waters off Alaska, Zeidberg said.

starglider29a says: This would be YA 'look, climate change' article, were it not for the fact that the Squid Expert is named Zeidberg! ROFLCAKES!"

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