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Move over Microsoft: RealNetworks has a GOOGLE problem

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Real Player, that the thing that takes forever to open a video, if it does open the video at all?

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Google! and! Facebook! IDs! face! Yahoo! login! BAN!

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Well it didn't make much sense for Google to be handing rivals their data in the first place.

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Google sticks its servers behind genomics alliance

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Re: Hype

Targeting screen testing could prove to be far more expensive through. Some of those tests right now are selling for hundreds of pounds each, when whole genome testing costs are rapidly decreasing to just a thousand pounds and will become even cheaper in years to come.

Once you map a whole person genome and can understand all portions of that genome querying which drugs is more suitable to your condition is just as simple as entering a search query, or more likely a doctor entering your condition and the computer coming up with the best drug for you base on your genetics, I suppose eventually it may even be able to design specifically for your biology. You could even do simulations on how that genome will react to environmental conditions, if you have enough data and knowledge, which could shock some people into changing their lives.

Google is well inform about future measuring equipment, given that own Motorola whom have developed some impressive sensor technologies itself, and project tango shows that Google is working on getting new sensor measuring technology out into the world. They also own android, which Google clearly intends to become the standard operating system for such devices.

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Google's SECRET contracts: Android lock-in REVEALED!

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I think the article confuse the issues, I think the issue is with the packaging of the apps themselves and have nothing to do with Android directly. Mentioning Android in the article just confuse the issue.

The issue is that someone could argue that by not allowing manufacturers to choose which apps they install, that they are using their effective monopolies or certainly dominance in online video or Search to push Maps and or Google Play and make them more popular than they would otherwise be.

The question is, is Google actually enforcing these provisions to the letter, for example Samsung Fascinate came integrated with Bing and Android Market, which would violate these terms.

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I think the article confuse the issues, I think the issue is with the packaging of the apps themselves and have nothing to do with Android directly. Mentioning Android in the article just confuse the issue.

The issue is that someone could argue that by not allowing manufacturers to choose which apps they install you could argue they are using their effective monopolies or certainly dominance in online video or Search to push Maps and or Google Play and make them more popular than otherwise would be.

The question is, is Google actually enforcing these provisions to the letter, for example Samsung Fascinate came integrated with Bing and Android Market, which would violate these terms.

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Break out the scatter cushions: Google rents out NASA blimp hangar

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Let hope they don't mix up the fuel pumps this time around.

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Chrome lets websites secretly record you?! Google says no, but...

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Except in this case they weren't playing down the problem, the patch was still going through there system and a discussion was underway about whether this patch was compatible with standard specifications, and whether it would provide an experience consumers and businesses want. To release it before this discussion was complete is unfair in my book. Now applying political pressure to make those discussion go your way is completely fair and I can see how briefing the media and showing off the flaw and even bring in fellow security professionals on board to do that, but they didn't need to release the full exploit to do that.

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Anyone else think it irresponsible to publish the code the flaw, sure publicise the flaw to the press, even demonstrate it to them, even provide the code to fellow research but he didn't have to publish the code on GitHub.

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Google gearing up for 4K video frenzy at CES

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Re: 4k

Of cause it an attempt to get everyone buy a new TV again.

An we are only getting this big push on 4K TVs because Smart TVs failed to take off and before that 3D screens failed to take off. 4K is the last roll of the dice for the television industry as 8K is no where near ready and anything above that is a 10 years away at least.

I believe we wouldn't be talking about 4K Televisions if the above two technologies had been commercially successful.

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Google poised to become world's first TREEELLION DOLLAR company?

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Re: Penny stocks

Only if you are caught, most don't.

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David 164

Re: A quick look

Google announce they bought Schaft before it won any awards. An we don't know when Shaft was bought, the company only been around for 2 years and Google been buying up robotic companies for the past year in secret, for all we know Schaft spent half of their life under the ownership of Google.

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Euro satellite to count a BEELLLION stars, find origin of Milky Way

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Re: Long term planning

It the first time I read anything that says whether this craft has the potential to continue its missions beyond 5 years.

Lets hope the powers at be keep up funding for it.

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SHOCK! US House swats trolls, passes patent 'extortion' bill

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Re: Did the Patent "Industry"...

perhaps other groups just out bribed them.

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Google: YouTube fights off HUGE ASCII PHALLUS MENACE

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Re: Get rid of crappy google+

Google Reader got a few million users a month, Youtube gets billions of unique users a month.That why reader was scrapped.

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Bob's army seem to have been crushed on the videos I have watch and read the comments sections on. Seem to get a lot less my sister makes a 7000 dollars a month spam as well.

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London: Hey Amazon, wanna slip your speedy packages down our tubes?

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Re: Reliable IT.

Paris seem to survive just fine with driverless trains, so do the Danish and their driverless copenhagen trains, Gatwick Innovia APM 100, Milan, Toulouse Metro, Nuremberg U-Bahn and many others. An Britain will have driverless cars in Milton Keynes by 2015, getting cars driving on a road is much harder than getting a train to drive itself.

An I am sure our IT will be more reliable than drivers all deciding to take a holiday (strike) for a working week because they don't like the changes.

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Google WILL wriggle away from Euro probe... but THEN what?

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Re: Monopoly

It is a monopoly but monopoly are legal unless they are abuse. So far no one been able to prove Google are abusing theirs in a court of law, in fact Google won every case ever brought against it in the US on the ground that it was abusing its monopoly.

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Google SO CAN scan ALL BOOKS onto its sites - judge

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Re: Absolute power corrupts absolutely

In this case Google had the balls to take on the authors and publishers and deserve the power and the head start it gives them by winning the case. Microsoft was going to launched a similar project but lack the balls to take on the publishers and authors in the court rooms.

A case of He Who Dares, Wins.

Once all the appeals go through and presuming Google win them, they will have open up the way for Microsoft and anyone else with a few hundred million dollars spare to build themselves an electronic library.

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Of cause they can appeal, but each level it get less and less likely they will win

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The publishers can, they made an agreement with Google.

The authors can't because hey they didn't make an agreement with Google and loss. Once all the appeals have been process and presuming Google keeps winning then it likely the authors and Google will be able to come to some sort of arrangement.

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SPACE, the FINAL FRONTIER: These are the images of the star probe Cassini

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Re: priorities

It was balance when this mission was launched, thanks to Bill Clinton presidency.

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'F-CK YOU GOOGLE+' ukelele missy scoops BIG WAD of $$ - for Google

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woooo, 80,000 petition.

The video that earning Google money got more views than that, and Youtube get hundreds of millions of visitors each month. The petition demonstrates how much people really care about Google+ integration and it says they don't care that much about it.

The girl in the video is cute though, which is probably why most people viewed the video.

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GCHQ hijacked LinkedIn profiles to hack Belgian telecoms network – report

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Re: So...

I doubt GCHQ would be stupid enough to leave a "copyrighted by GCHQ" in their code. Linking such Malware back to the UK will be next to impossible. if GCHQ were feeling particularly sneaky I am sure they could have laid a false trails so that it look like it was the Russians, Chinese or even the Israelis that were responsible for the Malware and for subsequent hacks.

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Re: Heads will roll

The US pay GCHQ at least a hundred million pounds a year, according to Snowden. I doubt even the US would want to see that investment go up in smoke. An GCHQ were providing help and services to most EU nations as well, even Germany.

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YouTube co-founder either HATES Google+ or his vid account just got HACKED

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Google management, who decisions have triple the price of the stock they gave you when you sold youtube to them 7 years ago.

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Is it barge? Is it a data center? Mystery FLOATING 'Google thing'

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Re: They're going to do it!

By and Large have also register, Bal0100, ship number 4

Bal0100 Ship - By and Large Llc - San Francisco, California - Ships

http://ships.findthedata.org/l/4473/Bal0100-in-San-Francisco-California

There is no ship number 5 registered so far. An I have tried to find a ship zero, a prototype vessel but so far no luck.

I would hope Google would have added a few more windows to the design if they were meant for Google new corporate headquarters.

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There these two registered to By and Large as mention in the article,

Bal0010

Bal0011

An then By and Large also owns this one as well,

http://ships.findthedata.org/l/4329/Bal0001-in-San-Francisco-California

Bal0001

Cannot find anymore, but its seem Google has secretly built itself a small fleet. All built to the same spec. If Google has built more they are using different code names or holding companies. One would think Google would launched a prototype version using a ready built vessel.

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David 164

Another article.

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57609412-93/google-could-have-a-floating-data-center-in-maine-too/

Google may well already have one operational, a second barge owned by By & Large. The question becomes how many more does Google own.

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Windows 8.1: Read this BEFORE updating - especially you, IT admins

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upgraded, all went perfectly fine.

I am sure in the days and weeks to come there will still be thousands writers writing blogs moaning about something through.

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Re: Not Funny!

I found it extremely funny when I sure it. I am sure the weeks of moans will make me laugh even more.

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French data cops to Google: RIGHT, you had your chance. PUNISHMENT time

David 164

If you mean about changes to data protection act currently going through EU, I doubt they will apply to Google and the changes it made last year, it very unlikely they will make the law retrospective, large parts of it are already facing legal troubles, it apparently incompatible with German constitution for example, Britain and among others are trying to water down the proposals.

If you mean that other EU countries currently running separate enquiries into whether Google breach their own data protection laws, then I say it extremely unlikely that all of them will get past the investigation stage, even few of them will survive the courts, it hard for example to see what Google did wrong under the UK Data protection act of 1998 for example.

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French regulatory authorities have failed repeatedly to get their punishments against Google pass their courts and declared legal. I don't believe this case will be any different.

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David 164

Re: Colour me surprised? No.

No they are arguing that the French law doesn't apply to online services. Given that French data protection law was written and past way back in 1968 they may have a point, depending what the specific language use in the law.

If they are right, the law wouldn't apply to any French online company or indeed any company on the planet until the French updated the laws.

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Google's robot army learns Spanish

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Re: All your translations are belong to us

I don't think it will be that hard for Google to develop a way to analyse a context of the text. It not that hard to tell a poetry from legal document from a love letter and then apply the correct translation or the translation most likely to be use to deal with that document. I did read once that Google were asking users to describe document they want translating, whether it was legal,poetry, formal, informal but I never seen this option on Google translate.

Handling real time voice to voice translation may be trickier to do.

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Boffins have constructed a new LIGHT SABRE. Their skills are complete

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Re: Use The Force, Lukin

Now you mention it, this does sound like the foundational technology Holodecks in Star Trek, it would be a bit chilly in their through.

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Now we know why UK spooks simply shrugged at SSL encryption

David 164

These guys are spooks did anyone expect them not to cheat. If he such a security expert then he should have design his security systems with cheating in mind.

GCHQ, MI6 don't play fair, it not in their job description, they will lie, cheat, bully, and bribe who ever they need to, to achieve their goals, which is in their job description, , something I would have thought a security expert would understand and respect and certainly design into their security systems to prevent. There job description also includes intercepting, decrypting stuff, whole and developing new encryption technologies to hide their own secrets.

""One set of evidence supports the theory is that this is partly about industrial espionage. ""

Which is perfectly legal for GCHQ to do, intelligence act of 1994 give them the legal right to protect the UK economy prosperity. US senators have made accusations in the past about UK stealing US stealth technology, never presented any proof through.

One got to wonder if that just the tip of a very large iceberg. An did the NSA ask American companies to do what itself was doing and routing traffic around UK territories to avoid GCHQ intercepting data.

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Google cripples Chromecast third party replay

David 164

Google never promoted this device as a device able to play local content. I was surprise the API even included such capabilities as it seems quite clear from Google announcement that they wasn't intending to support local content with this device. That was one of the complaints about the device.

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Screw you, Brits, says Google: We are ABOVE UK privacy law

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It not unheard of for multinational companies to argue about where a trial should be heard. An this has been use by claimants in other countries to get their cases heard in UK courts instead of their own courts.

This is showboating by the claimant lawyers, I don't think they would bother with media briefings if they didn't think Google had a good chance of having the case dismissed by the courts on these grounds.

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Larry Ellison: Google is ABSOLUTELY EVIL, but NSA is ESSENTIAL

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how would we know if it has been missed use

May be Ellison would like to us how we would learn whether this data have been misuse, as everyone involve have to swear secrecy and are barred from talking about such programmes.

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Bill Gates's barbed comments pop Google's broadband balloons

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Re: Malaria? Isn't that Bill's monopoly

So the Gates Foundation isn't PR so that he is remembered for something other than running a company that found guilty multiple times of violating antitrust laws?

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Sony unveils latest attempt at an Android SmartWatch

David 164

So just an upgrade, I think Sony needed more innovation if it was to remain competitive, we shall see what the likes of Google, Apple, Samsung come out with in the next few months but it seem like the market for smart watches is still wide open for the taking.

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Google NOT REQUIRED to wipe 'sensitive' search results after all

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Re: Sensible judgement IMHO

Actually I think Google was smart not to answer the letter, if they did acknowledge the letter they be admitting that Article 29 Working Group actually has any powers in law to investigate Google to begin with, which they don't, the EU has no enforcement powers over the data protection.

By allowing this to go down to each country legal systems, Google can then pursue divide and conquer tactics, Google not going to win every court battle but it will win some if not most of them, I certainly see them winning in the UK, if it wins enough, then it can negotiate with the group from a position of strength.

Which is why the group have chosen France to go first, there lower courts judges have normal ruled against Google, they are hoping a early victory will force Google to the negotiating table, it wot because Google have a high success rates in France higher courts and will automatically appeal any decision by the lower court. An the group have probably decided if they cant win in France they not going to win anywhere else.

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David 164

Re: Seems pretty sensible

I do think employment laws needs to be tighten up to prevent potential employers from going on fishing exercises on the internet with candidates names.

Anyone that names a rape victim, which is protected by law, should have a tonne of legal bricks thrown at them anyway, which did happen recently involve in fans of a footballer who named the rape victims being arrested and it could be argue that Google and Twitter and other sites owners, being publishers and all, should have the responsibility to take such content if it turns up on servers they own.

I wouldn't actually mind the same protection being given to anyone who commits a crime under the age of 21, with judges having final say if the crime was committed between ages of 18 and 21.

But this goes into a bigger question, should a private entity be involve in policing the internet, we wouldn't expect a private company to police our streets would we, in fact their active campaign to fight the privatisation of police forces, so why do we expect private corporations to police the web, especially stuff that isn't even on their servers, let alone expecting them to police the whole internet.

I think there is an effort by the government to shift the burden of policing the internet onto private companies with virtually no or very little discussion on whether the public actually want policing duties being carried out by private entities or do that want it carried out by the police force, like most crimes prevention and investigation is done.

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SURPRISE! BT bags more gov broadband cash - this time in Bucks & Herts

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What I don't get is why websites are still calling this super fast, when it a pathetic 2mb they are promising deliver.

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Sony set to launch smartwatch in Shanghai next week

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This is make or break. I don't think Sony can afford another just a minor upgrade, or do I think it would launch such a sustain campaign if it wasn't a little bit more than an upgrade of existing watches. This is there one and probably only chance to dominate this market before Apple, Samsung and possibly Google. An Sony needs to do something to surprise everyone.

After they humiliated Microsoft at E3, perhaps that can spur Sony to achieve another victory by dominating the Smart watch scene.

A 7 day battery life and an OLED bendable display, NFC to allow hooking up to phones easier, integration with other products such as Xperia phones, smart television, PS4. some basics sensors such as a heart beat monitor, heat sensor, a selection of high quality apps to go along with those.

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First Cook, now Intel bigwig pokes Google in the eye over Glass

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Re: Risky? Surely not

They were given to developers, at least most of them were, a few were handed to PR people, and tech influencers to neutralise at least some of the hostility to them in the market.

And some developers gets new hardware months ahead of their competitors, which means they can developed apps on them months before their competitors.

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Re: Another fail

An being British and a supporter of Arm, I hope they never learn.

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David 164

Re: Personally...

Google had a pair or two running at it I/0 and I would take a guest that they may be providing some technical support to the project, they certainly are working together.

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Revealed: Google's plan to float BLIMP NETWORK over Africa, Asia

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Re: Is this before or after

This will help with that by providing them with decent communications systems we can provide them with weather reports, drought warnings, which could increase crops yields.

Cattle farmers can get access to veterinary services, learn how to look after their cattle better, arrange cattle trades over a wider area.

One a wider note these services would be use to better communicate problems with corrupt local officials, report bandits, problems with roads. Better communications allows for better education.

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