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Comment What Steve Jobs says... (Score 2, Informative) 411

Only Apple fans could possibly be surprised by Wil Shipley's article. Compared to other software and hardware vendors, Apple aren't particularly different in their outlook on keeping users tied to their systems. Steve Jobs said in an interview with Walter Mossberg in the Wall Street Journal (June 2004):

"We don't want to get into something unless we can invent or control the core technology in it. And the more we look at it, for more and more consumer devices the core technology in them is going to be software. More and more they look like software in a box. And a lot of traditional consumer electronics companies haven't grokked [fully understood] software."

Put another way, by controlling the software we can tie users to our products. It's an attitude shared by many other software and hardware companies and obviously Apple doesn't "Think Different(ly)" in this regard.


Submission + - Why spam bloggers love Google

walnut_tree writes: The Guardian reports on Why Google is the choice for sploggers (sploggers = spam bloggers).

"...Google's Blogger is sometimes described as a haven for splogs, with some estimates suggesting that three-quarters of the blogs there are just empty spam."

Anyone who's used Google's blog search is likely to have encountered spam blogs. But why are they more widespread on Blogger than on other blog services?

"Splogs are about making money by unethical means. Their creators design spam blogs to achieve high search engine rankings by filling them with questionable or stolen content that is added automatically. Set up a few thousand splogs, use Google's AdSense ad-serving programme to line the pages of the blog with paid-for click-through adverts, and the money rolls in while polluting search results for everyone else."

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