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Submission + - Microsft Kin phone sales look to be 500 units. (

phands writes: It looks like sales of Microsoft's Kin phone have failed totally — a maximum of 500 units have gone off the shelves, according to This is somewhat corroborated by Amazon's US sales ranking, where Kin comes in at #30, but with the price discounted from $349.99 to $0.01. Yes, that's 1 cent.! Amazon's page is here...... How VERY embarrassing — reduced by 100%..... >> Microsoft KIN ONE Windows Phone (Verizon Wireless) by Microsoft 5.0 out of 5 stars (1 customer review) In Stock List Price: $349.99 Price: $0.01 You Save: $349.98 (100%) Of course, this could be an error on Amazon's part, but.........

Comment Re:Unbiased this will not be. (Score 1) 159

Unbiased you are not. Clearly you don't understand what Groklaw is all about, and why stuff like this *MUST* be made public. Groklaw has credibility because it posts truths, uncomfortable or not, and keeps all the shenanigans public. No wonder the malodorous M$ hate it, as does the crew behind the SCO$cam extortion attempt.
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Groklaw Putting Comes v. Microsoft Docs Online 159

An anonymous reader writes "PJ of Groklaw is working on putting the documents from Comes v. Microsoft online, to make them searchable and accessible to everyone. If you don't remember their history, the plaintiffs got these documents from Microsoft during discovery after fighting the lawyers tooth and nail. After realizing how embarrassing the documents were to Microsoft, they put them online and later got a very large settlement from Microsoft by agreeing to take their website down. The web being what it is, these documents had already been mirrored and were later (legally) made available on the Pirate Bay. Now Groklaw has put them online and is looking for people to help transcribe them, so that documents like the infamous Evangelism is War presentation will not be forgotten."

Submission + - Steorn "relaunching" perpetual motion machine (

phands writes: The fine engineers at Steorn are pushing their Orbo "Over Unity" perpetual motion scam again. This time there are public demonstrations. I can't wait — in fact, as I'm very close to where they are demonstrating this, I will drop in and have an awestricken gander.

Google Analytics May Be Illegal In Germany 241

sopssa sends in a TechCrunch story that begins "Several federal and regional government officials in Germany are trying to put a ban on Google Analytics, the search giant's free software product that allows website owners and publishers to get detailed statistics about the number, whereabouts, and search behavior of their visitors (and much more)." Here's Google's translation of the article from Zeit Online (original in German). A German lawyer cited there says that penalties for websites that uses Google Analytics could amount to €50,000 (about $75,000). Reader sopssa adds, "The amount of data Google collects from everywhere on the Internet is indeed huge, and website owners should be using a local open source alternative to keep visitor data private."

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