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7 posts • joined 31 Dec 2007

Google extends trademarks-in-ads policy to whole world

Martin Brennan

Kiss of death for Adwords

I am a trademark owner and I pay Google for Adwords. Do I understand this correctly - anybody can now use my trademark in a Google ad regardless of what their site is peddling. Is that right?

Trademarks, hallmarks, standards, weights and measures all simplify and expedite commerce in the civilized world. Its hard to understand this decision by Google - I am sure they don't like policing trademarks but they are biting the hand that feeds them and turning Adwords into junk.

I mentioned the Louis Vuitton example to my wife and without missing a beat she said "Kiss of Death" - I looked at her and she added "for Google".

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Cloud backup drama: Mozy kicks Carbonite after ASA's had a go

Martin Brennan

I wasted many hours trying to use an online backup service. They took my money even though it was supposed to be a free trial. My computer spent five days uploading data with no end in sight. File names were visible over the web - but when I went to open them - it claimed they hadn't actually been uploaded yet . Got my money back but I would like an honest description of what is on offer.

I'm happy to see ASA keep them honest - and yes I agree with Mozy its bad for the rest of them - once bitten twice shy. I'm not going to waste my time again in a hurry.

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OLPC confirms tablet on the way

Martin Brennan

Hasn't this train already left the station. I may be mistaken but didn't Thailand order 800k Android tablets for their students. I can buy a $59 Android tablet today and have it delivered in days. Martin

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Google hooks Native Client into Visual Studio, Eclipse

Martin Brennan

Portable Native Client - no need for Java and Flash?

As I understand it Java and Flash are proprietary. If Portable Native Client is opened up - like Android for instance - does that help eliminate proprietary but - at the moment almost indispensable - web components like Java and Flash.

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Why Microsoft is Acorn and Symbian is the new CP/M

Martin Brennan

JB7 man

Yes I am - glasses - no particular reason - I think I needed a photo with more pixels and that was to hand - Martin

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Martin Brennan

Acorn grew into the new Intel

Surely Acorn spun out into ARM and ARM is the new Intel in this space

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Red Dwarf even more dwarfish

Martin Brennan

Am I missing something?

Why would anybody pay to watch video on a mobile phone?

I can understand why I might pay for mobile internet access - that gives me unlimited video entertainment and information - I just watched an interesting and amusing documentary on the banking system on my wirelessly connected laptop - but why would I pay to watch a rerun on a screen thats 4% of the area of my laptop?

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