Miscellaneous

21 November 2014

As Firefox dumps Google for Yahoo, is the clock ticking for Mozilla? The Guardian

Firefox users in the US will no longer see Google from December when searching on the browser, but will be offered Yahoo as their default search engine which outbid Google for the deal.

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17 November 2014

Google to test-fly balloons which transmit internet over Australia The Guardian

Google is bringing its audacious internet-transmitting balloons to Australia.

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The desperate struggle at the heart of the brutal Apple supply chain The Observer

On Monday 17 July 2000, the graphics card company ATI put out a press release telling people to watch out for its Rage and Radeon cards in three new iMac computers to be unveiled by Steve Jobs, then Apple's chief executive, in his keynote at Macworld in New York the coming Wednesday.

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11 November 2014

Book Review: 'How Google Works,' by Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg New York Times

There is a footnote on Page 3 of the new book by Google's executive chairman, Eric Schmidt, and its former vice president of products, Jonathan Rosenberg, that should set readers' expectations suitably low. The authors are describing Schmidt's first years as C.E.O., when the board of directors was consumed with worry about its most formidable competitor, Microsoft. Back then Google employees, the authors write, referred to their archrival by a secret code name: "Finland." It seems like a fresh if somewhat inexplicable detail, until the eye wanders down to the bottom of the page and this disclaimer: "In fact, 'Finland' is a code name for the code name we actually used. If we used the actual code name in this book, it wouldn't be much of a code name, would it?"

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10 November 2014

Twitter's future: How high can it fly? For all its success so far, the social-media firm may not achieve the scale many investors hope for The Economist

Dick Costolo used to be an improvisational comedian. Quick wits can be useful in business too, especially when performing for a testy audience. On November 7th the company he runs, Twitter, celebrated its first anniversary as a public company. In spite of early applause, its reviews among investors have been mixed (see chart). No one can quite decide on its prospects. Some believe it could become the next titan of digital advertising, up there with Google and Facebook, while others think it will be stuck in a niche, albeit a fairly large one, and will ultimately be valued as such.

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07 November 2014

Axel Springer, Losing Web Traffic, Bows to Google on Content Wall Street Journal

German media company Axel Springer has backed off its demands that Google Inc. pay for access to some of its content, bowing instead to the U.S. Internet giant after restricted access caused traffic to plunge.

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31 October 2014

Top literary agent Andrew Wylie calls Amazon 'Isis-like distribution channel' The Guardian

He is the sinister "jackal" of the literary world who counts Salman Rushdie, Philip Roth and Martin Amis among his formidable roster of clients.

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29 September 2014

The Google Formula for Success New York Times

Can Google's winning ways be applied to all kinds of businesses? The authors of "How Google Works," Eric Schmidt, Google's former chief executive, and Jonathan Rosenberg, a former senior product manager at Google, firmly believe that they can.

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26 September 2014

Yahoo Faces Moment of Decision, Again New York Times

Yahoo, more than any other investor, should have benefited from the public market debut last week of Alibaba, the Chinese e-commerce giant.

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25 September 2014

Exposing Hidden Bias at Google New York Times

Google, like many tech companies, is a man's world. Started by a pair of men, its executive team is overwhelmingly male, and its work force is dominated by men. Over all, seven out of 10 people who work at Google are male.

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19 September 2014

Why a company you've never heard of is about to take over the world Salon

The Chinese company Alibaba is going public at 9:30 AM ET on Friday. It is poised to be the largest IPO in history, expected to raise $21 billion. According to Fortune, the offering price will be in the range of $60 to $68 per share.

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16 September 2014

Microsoft Says It Will Pay $2.5b for Company That Created Minecraft New York Times

Microsoft agreed on Monday to buy the company behind Minecraft, the world-building computer game, for $2.5 billion in a cash deal meant to add the immensely popular title to its stock of content.

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15 September 2014

Want lithium-ion batteries to last? Slow charging may not be the answer Computerworld

New research by a California-based team could change the way lithium-ion batteries are charged in consumer electronics products and electric cars, leading to longer lifetimes and more useful batteries.

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11 September 2014

In Games Like Minecraft, Tech Giants See More Than Fun New York Times

Parents like Minecraft because it can be a creative outlet for their children. Teachers like the game because it can bring lessons to life. And Microsoft likes the game so much that the tech giant wants to buy Minecraft's parent company for more than $2 billion.

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28 August 2014

Telstra blamed for high Australian internet prices Australian Financial Review

US-based internet accelerator and security provider CloudFlare has lashed out at Telstra, labelling it one of the world's most expensive internet providers and blamed it for making Australians pay high broadband prices.

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17 August 2014

The internet is broken. You can blame sharks. And Netflix The Guardian

Bad news: The internet ran out of space on Tuesday. Worse news: Sharks are eating what is left.

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So the internet's winners are finally chipping in? About time... The Observer

The generosity of Facebook, Microsoft et al in the wake of the Heartbleed bug only highlights the degree to which the giants of Silicon Valley are willing to shirk their responsibilities

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16 August 2014

Google wraps its trans-Pacific fiber cables in Kevlar to prevent against shark attacks Network World

Google wraps its underwater fiber cables in Kevlar material, at least in part to protect against shark attacks, an official with the company said recently.

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14 August 2014

Edward Snowden: The Untold Story Wired

The message arrives on my "clean machine," a MacBook Air loaded only with a sophisticated encryption package. "Change in plans," my contact says. "Be in the lobby of the Hotel ______ by 1 pm. Bring a book and wait for ES to find you."

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Google, Asian firms laying Trans-Pacific underwater Internet cable ABC News

Google is partnering with five Asian telecom firms to build a $300 million underwater cable across the Pacific Ocean in a bid to meet surging internet use.

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08 August 2014

Building a better web: the internet need not be doomed The Guardian

While Charles Leadbeater's report worries about whether the internet is living up to its potential, both his Better Web report and its funders strike notes of optimism, pointing to progress being made by social enterprises and charities online.

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07 August 2014

New Buying Strategy as Facebook and Google Transform Into Web Conglomerates New York Times

Facebook, Google and other Internet titans have been busy transforming themselves into web conglomerates, making fortunes for the venture capital industry. But is it good for everyone else?

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23 July 2014

Colbert Blasts Amazon, While Taking Amazon's Ad Dollars Wall Street Journal

Television satirist Stephen Colbert over the past few weeks has pointed the finger - sometimes literally - at Amazon.com, blaming the retailer for unfairly dragging Hachette authors into its e-book pricing spat with the publishing house by limiting pre-orders or delaying delivery on many titles.

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19 July 2014

Google's Quarterly Results Show Its Continuing Struggle With Mobile Advertising New York Times

In the court of Internet advertising, sometimes it's hard to be the king.

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07 July 2014

Principles Are No Match for Europe's Love of U.S. Web Titans New York Times

On weekends, Guillaume Rosquin browses the shelves of local bookstores in Lyon, France. He enjoys peppering the staff with questions about what he should be reading next. But his visits, he says, are also a protest against the growing power of Amazon. He is bothered by the way the American online retailer treats its warehouse employees.

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