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Submission + - AppleBot Begins Spidering the Web (apple.com)

starglider29a 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 17.0.0.0 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...

Submission + - Twitter Marks Clean Sites as Harmful, Breaks Links

starglider29a 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?

Submission + - iTunes Killer... dead (cnn.com)

starglider29a 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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Submission + - Google TV sales "Negative" (wsj.com)

starglider29a writes: In its fiscal first-quarter earnings release, Logitech said demand for the Revue, which works with special Google TV software to allow viewers to navigate Internet content, had been disappointing. The Swiss firm said customer returns of the Revue have outpaced the device's "very modest sales."

Submission + - Apple's iOS boots Linux from #3 in OS usage online (computerworld.com)

starglider29a 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."

Submission + - Apple, Verizon Jan 2011 (scottrade.com) 2

starglider29a writes: According to a Bloomberg report, Verizon Communications will finally begin offering Apple's iPhone on its network beginning in January of 2011.

Submission + - Google Drops Verizon Wireless As Nexus One Partner (wsj.com)

starglider29a 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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