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Submission + - Macs Contribute Record-Low 13% To Apple's Revenue (

CWmike writes: "The Mac's contribution to Apple's bottom line fell to an all-time low last quarter, according to data from the company. Once upon a time, the Mac line accounted for as much as half of Apple's income. But in the first quarter, computer sales were just 13% of the company's near-record revenue. So even though the Mac brought in $5.1 billion last quarter — more than double the $2.5 billion in the second quarter of 2007, its share had dropped precipitously. Does that mean the Mac is meaningless to Apple?"

Submission + - 'Drive' Gives Google More Data To Own (

Lucas123 writes: Privacy advocates slammed Google Drive, the cloud storage and synchronization service which was launched yesterday and tightly tied to Google Docs. Marc Rotenberg, executive director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, said the terms of service are bad, but even worse is that Google has made clear it will change its terms of service whenever it wishes. 'After the unilateral changes on March 1, I don't understand why users would trust Google to stand by its terms of service,' he said. Google defended its terms of service saying they are no more onerous than any other site, saying 'what belongs to you stays yours.' But sites such as Dropbox make it clear that they will not use customer data for any purpose other than what is needed to run the service. Google's terms state: 'Our privacy policies have always allowed us to combine information from different products with your account.'

Submission + - Nintendo Reports First Ever Operating Loss (

bonch writes: Nintendo is set to report its first operating loss ever, a deficit of 45 billion yen. Analysts cite shifting trends toward smartphone gaming and the rise of Apple as a foe, but Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata insists the loss is due to economic troubles in Europe and that there would be no change in plans for the Wii U, due for release in the 2012 holiday season.

Submission + - Does the End Justify the Means - The Right of Please to Strip Search (

helmar1066 writes: "On Monday April 2, 2012 the Supreme Court of the United States of America ruled in the case of Florence v. Board of Chosen Freeholders that the police can strip search anyone entering jail (not just prison, but also jail) after being arrested for any offense (murder to drug trafficking to speeding to walking your dog without a leash). Often contraband, such as weapons and drugs, enter the prison system through newly introduced inmates, thus the Justices reasoned that the safety of the inmates and guards outweighs the privacy and rights of the individual. Is this just?"

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