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Apple

Submission + - Apple Audits Suppliers, a Human Rights Win (eweekeurope.co.uk)

99BottlesOfBeerInMyF writes: Last week Apple published the results of their latest supplier audit (PDF) for human rights abuses. The audit itself is greatly improved from last year including specific problems found and the action taken to correct the problem; including dropping one supplier entirely.

Highlights include ten factories employing child labor, hundreds of workers poisoned by toxins, and a trend towards even more excessively long hours. While many scoff at Apple's innovation in technology, I think we can all agree they are at least innovative on the human rights front, as pretty much the only tech company to repeatedly and openly perform audits of foreign suppliers and publish the results for all to see. Love or hate Apple, we should all applaud this and pressure other companies to do the same.

Software

Submission + - Mac App Store, Success or Not? (sfgate.com)

99BottlesOfBeerInMyF writes: The SFGate reports that the top ranking third party application in the new Mac App Store this month was Pixelmator, a $30 photo editing application that made their first $1,000,000 of sales in 20 days. That averages out to $50,000 a day. I wondered how this compared to the iPhone App Store in terms of potential income for application developers. Looking at historical data from two years ago, we see Bejeweled 2 was a top ranked app in the iPhone Apps store, which sold about 100,000 copies at $3 a piece in a similar amount of time for sales of approximately $300,000; or $15,000 a day.

I guess my take on this is that as an opportunity for profit generation, it looks like there is room for small players to become breakaway successes and earn similar amounts of profit on the Mac App Store as they have on the iPhone App Store. I'm sure some pundit will eventually perform a careful and statistical analysis of revenue/profit generation but, there does seem to be a new source of potential for profit for smaller developers looking to break into the market.

Politics

Submission + - Republicans Create Rider to Stop Net Neutrality (washingtonpost.com)

99BottlesOfBeerInMyF writes: Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Tex.) submitted a rider yesterday to a bill on military and veterans construction projects. The Rider would, "prohibit the FCC from using any appropriated funds to adopt, implement or otherwise litigate any network neutrality based rules, protocols or standards." It is cosigned by six other, republican senators. We all knew this was coming after the last election removed most of the vocal supporters of net neutrality and supplanted them with pro-corporate republicans.
Google

Submission + - Computing Industry Misc. Settles Antitrust Case (justice.gov)

99BottlesOfBeerInMyF writes: Adobe, Apple, Google, Intel, Intuit, & Pixar finally settled their antitrust case over illegal hiring practices according to a press release from the Justice Department. The companies apparently had a formed a cartel with an agreement to not poach employees from one another, an agreement that harmed tech employees looking for work. All companies involved agreed to dissolve those agreements and not enter into any similar agreement with other companies. Hooray for a Justice Department enforcing our antitrust laws for a change. Hopefully they'll look into those Microsoft, RIAA, and MPAA things sometime soon.
Media

Submission + - No HTML5 Hulu Anytime Soon (appleinsider.com)

99BottlesOfBeerInMyF writes: The Hulu Website briefly contained a comment the other day (since removed) explaining why they would not be implementing HTML5 video for their service:

"We continue to monitor developments on HTML5, but as of now it doesn’t yet meet all of our customers' needs... Our player doesn’t just simply stream video, it must also secure the content, handle reporting for our advertisers, render the video using a high performance codec to ensure premium visual quality, communicate back with the server to determine how long to buffer and what bitrate to stream, and dozens of other things that aren't necessarily visible to the end user."

They plan to release a dedicated application for the iPad and iPhone instead, likely a paid subscription service. Perhaps this is a good sign for Web based television as it will move more users away from the single locked down channel from the networks and to more diverse options less interested in extracting subscription fees (like YouTube).

Submission + - Webkit2 (appleinsider.com)

99BottlesOfBeerInMyF writes: Anders Carlsson and Sam Weinig over at Apple just announced Webkit2, a rework of the Webkit engine that powers Chrome and Safari. This new version of Webkit incorporates the same style of split process model that provides stability in Chrome, but built directly into the framework so all browsers based upon Webkit will be able to gain the same level of sandboxing and stability. Appleinsider has a writeup. Both Palm and the Epiphany team are going to be happy about this.

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