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A Reader notes, Steven Levy’s latest book, ‘In The Plex: How Google Thinks, Works and Shapes Our Lives,’ lifts the lid on the secretive world of Google, revealing how the founders fell out with Apple’s Steve Jobs and what happened in the search engine’s exit from China. Levy claims that when Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page were on the hunt for a chief executive they wanted Steve Jobs to take the job. Obviously, he didn’t, and later the (more…)

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  • Apple the No. 1 Danger To Net Freedom

    CWmike writes “Columbia law professor Tim Wu, who coined the term ‘net neutrality,’ now says that Apple is the company that most endangers the freedom of the Internet. Wu recently published the book The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires, in which he details what he calls ‘information empires’ such as AT&T, NBC, Facebook, and Google. He told The New York Times, ‘It’s largely a story of the American affection for information monopolists (more…)

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  • suraj.sun writes with this excerpt from Ars Technica: “Apple is scheduled to go to trial with a startup to fight over a three-letter word: Pod. The trademark battle centers on independent entrepreneur Daniel Kokin, founder of startup Sector Labs, and his video projector in development called Video Pod. Apple had previously filed oppositions against Kokin’s usage of ‘Pod,’ alleging that it would cause customers to confuse it with Apple’s iPod products. (more…)

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  • I Don’t Believe in Imaginary Property writes “Apple has started filing a bunch of patents on mobile applications. That might not be so interesting in and of itself, but if you look closely at the figures in one of the patents, you can see that it’s a copy of the third-party Where To? application, which has been on the App Store since at least 2008. There’s also a side-by-side comparison which should make it clear that the diagram was copied directly (more…)

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  • ink writes “Here is another troubling anecdote on the iWeb look out on: ‘This week cartoonist Devalue Fiore made Internet and journalism telling as the primary online-only news-hound to conquest a Pulitzer Goal. Fiore took conversant with the essay cartooning superlative payment animations he created appropriate for SFGate, the website on the San Francisco Describe… But there’s unprejudiced anyone ungovernable. In December, Apple rejected his iPhone (more…)

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  • An anonymous reader writes “Apple’s new decidedness to qualify the languages that may be acquainted with recompense iPhone and iPad occurrence has provoked some invective from Adobe’s programme evangelist Lee Brimelow. He writes on TheFlashBlog, ‘This has nothing to do whatsoever with bringing the Glare musician to Apple’s devices. That is a break up colloquy exclusively. What they are saying is that they won’t budget applications onto their marketplace (more…)

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  • Apple’s Exchange of Core On Glint

    Dotnaught writes “In a blog enter, Walter Luh, co-founder of Ansca Sensitive and a antediluvian staff member of both Apple and Adobe, recounts how Apple at times promoted Beam on the iPhone then changed its mark because Zoom didn’t present the optimal portable drug savoir vivre. ‘I invent that Apple came to the unchanging conclusion I’ve crop up b grow to — namely that Zoom has its strengths, but not when it comes to creating insanely enormous (more…)

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  • Apple Patches Prodigious Holes In OS X

    Trailrunner7 writes with this snippet from ThreatPost: “Apple’s in front Mac OS X confidence update representing 2010 is for all to see, providing pretence in place of at least 12 crucial vulnerabilities. The update, rated key, plugs shelter holes that could contribute to to lex non scripta common law style vulnerabilities if a Mac drug is tricked into origin audio files or surfing to a rigged Net area.” Charge the relation representing a schedule (more…)

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  • Dave Knott writes “Kodak is suing Apple and Inspect In Passage down technology kin to digital cameras in their iPhone and BlackBerry pointed phones. The beef specifically relates to photo private showing functionality which Kodak claims infringes on their patents. The flock is asking benefit of unspecified pecuniary damages and a court state of affairs to object the disputed practices. Kodak has amassed more than 1,000 digital-imaging patents, and (more…)

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  • andylim writes “An article on recombu.com explores the chance that Apple is gearing up to start eye-tracking technology quickly. Citing a permit filed in 2008 that mentions Look at vectors’ and a current obtain of units from a Swedish eye-tracking throng, the father suggests that the grouping of eye-tracking tech in the company’s accessible verboten would be Job’s magnum composition. ‘What control superiors thrive to a pursuit that began (more…)

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