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VMware hyper-converge means WE don't NEED no STEENKIN' OS...

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i think we should eventually virtualise the virtualised hardware and any device you plug into anything becomes virtually anything you want it to be.

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Volvo tries to KILL SHOPPING with to-your-car Roam Delivery

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it's not a bad idea. interesting to see if you eventually have UPS trucks following you waiting for you to stop. deploy oil slicks, activate wheel hub spikes, arm missiles. spy hunter.

but certainly many a restaurant is outside a shopping mall and if i know i'm heading out to the restuarant and won't be in for a delivery i don't mind them loading my car up with shopping while i eat. sounds rather convenient to me.

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Facebook pays $19bn for WhatsApp. Yep. $45 for YOUR phone book

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Great analysis, but flawed.

Facebook could get your number tomorrow and you would give it them, like you did with Google and Microsoft recently.

No. The real reason is that as in Asia where social networks spawn from chat apps and everyone uses them, so too if whatsapp where to come out of beta-like product status and be as good as the Asian apps it would also become your social network of choice from pure ease of use.

Of the 450mln users I'd bet they are all just a subset of Facebook users. That means Facebook would lose a huge number of existing customers to it.

So you aimed at the nail in your article, and then completely missed the head by going off tangent and thinking phone numbers was the real reason.

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Facebook gobbles WhatsApp for SIXTEEN BILLION DOLLARS

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Re: Maybe 15.55bln too much

Let me see. In China Whatsapp is not even downloadable and the weixin app everyone uses here is so so so much better than WhatsApp.

But let me think about that: yep, it's a messaging app, with video, text, icons, photos, find people, and social media. It's so simple it makes me no longer use facebook or even want to use it (not least because its banned here but well, by comparison this app is so simple and effortless).

So there it is: your messaging app out here works rather better than Facebook, and Facebook is now looking like bloatware to me. In Japan they use Lime, and Korea uses Kakaotalk, again with the social element that is effortless. So these little messaging apps have messaging and social networking built into them and no bloat. Facebooks redesign should not be to have messaging built into Facebook, but social media built onto messaging.

So that is what Facebook is afraid of. Trouble is, paying for the same customer base as they already have is kind of stupid. Much better investment to have bought up the asian apps customers who arent using facebook - and then "bring them home".

Silly zuckers if you ask me.

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Maybe 15.55bln too much

Just thinking out loud. I'd never pay for WhatsApp ever even though I recall they want 99c a year. I guess I'm included in that 450 million. Not only that but I already use Facebook and don't see WhatsApp as a replacement at all. In fact of all the communication apps I use it is the least featured and pretty naff. No one even uses it the side of the world I am on since there are by far better apps this side of the planet that make WhatsApp look like a beta.

So even if you got 99c from half the customer base who already use WhatsApp and Facebook anyway what the hell is being achieved here?

That values that half of the WhatsApp customer base at about 60 dollars each, or likely more than their entire life left at that price of 99c. Will you be using whatsapp when you are 70 80 or 90?

Someone is fucking stupid at Facebook.

That's all I can say. Sell your Facebook stock now since if this is the calibre of decision making in that organisation your investment is proper being pissed up the wall.

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Dropbox unblocked in China ... for now

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Living in china i've been using dropbox on and off over the last year anyway. I'd rather put my files in china where they actually tell you beforehand that they have the right to look at your shit than in the west where they tell you they don't, but then illegally do it anyway. I'm sick to death of government personnel being able to commit crimes and get away with it purely because the rest of the government who would be responsible for it don't investigate it - the cps - the police - whoever. The point is that here there is at least a pervading honesty about the government. It is well known what they do and don;t do and when they expect you to bend over and take one. In the west it's rape. Over here it's consent, and if i don't agree (as an expat) at least i can go home and get raped.

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MIT scientists craft a storage system fit for THE ENTIRE UNIVERSE

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Re: Oh dear

I think the nsa have an XSD schema they must all comply with.

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Vice squad cuffs vice chairman of Bitcoin Foundation in $1m money-laundering probe

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Hmm

Err, I would somehow think the US dollar is used a hell of a lot more to buy Illicit substances and armaments. Maybe we should capture the vice head of the US treasury too.

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Ex-NSA guru builds $4m encrypted email biz - but its nemesis right now is control-C, control-V

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NSA

Backdoors are so yesterday. Try the front door instead.

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Microsoft seeks patent for blade server chassis

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Genius!

A cupboard with all the wires in the back. What a novel idea! What next, a light bulb you can just insert into a socket without having to wire it up yourself?

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Snowden speaks: NSA spies create 'databases of ruin' on innocent folks

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You Americans give far too much weight to the "founding fathers". They are just people who probably would have done exactly the same thing today if they could have had that power. They are just symbols, and i'll bet each and every one of them had their own Monica Lewinsky tugging at their parts.

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Clink! Terrorist jailed for refusing to tell police his encryption password

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Since the only thing on there was credit card crimes they already knew it, likely the reason they were after him for those crimes. Maybe they just want him to do the extra time.

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Think your brilliant app idea will earn some big bucks? HAH. You fool

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But the real issue I face...

... is that it's impossible to find any apps that let me share voice, photos and text with my friends. If only someone would build that kind of app, and then do it again, and again and again.

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Campaign to kick NSA man from crypto standards group fails

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Open letter

Dear NSA,

If you really are going to store all my data for free then give me a frigging login and password so I can cancel my crash plan account, and while you are at it since I have a bunch of zip files I can t remember the passwords too kindly ensure they are readable to me too.

Regards

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Bill Gates is once again the richest man on Earth

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or to put another way

enough cash to fill 245 Olympic sized swimming pools or 24,294,764 paddling pools.

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First China banned Bitcoin. Now its crooks are using malware to steal traders' wallets

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Re: I am interested how Bitcoin isnt being dealt with on the various pyramid scheme laws

They are divisible to 8 decimal places I believe so 21 million isn't the whole (pardon the pun) part of the story.

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Re: Mark So, what got stolen?

Not sure there is an inherent value in a set of bytes which carries no intellectual property or which is not itself legal tender.

Can a game player who kills another opponent in a game and then steals their virtual gold coins (digital) be prosecuted for theft let alone murder.

If I place a value on air in my vicinity then accuse you of stealing 1 million dollars worth of air I had self valued would it be preposterous or not?

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Man in the browser?

What if it's mobile browser, is that a lad in the trouser attack?

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Picture this: Data-wrangling boffins say they have made JPEGs OBSOLETE

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Re: More worrying

It was so powerful it could capture and deform any number of Internet images so they all fit on Snowdens phone

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Nail on the head

A targeted cat compression algorithm would save enormous amounts of space. Perhaps an 8 bit type field followed by the compressed bytes: field header:0x1 = cat compression 0x2 = gym shot with amateur positive text 0x3 = dinner shot 0x4 = selfie...

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Apple's GOLDEN BLING MOBE still the top selling US handset

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A small and light phone haha! Guffaw!

How come every single nob jockey I see walking around with that little brick of an apple has in the other pocket a correspondingly much larger battery pack. They look like their little phones are forever on life support.

My note 3 and gear last forever and the screen is wow.

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PC market staging a RECOVERY. (Only joking, it's through the floor)

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Re: It's not that there are no new ideas under the sun

I wonder what lots of new things could be done with a pc that you have thought of that they haven't? I really wonder what innovations there are that you speak of? You are full of bullshit. The tablet computing device came from Microsoft 10 years before the iPad, and we have the Kinect, why would they stifle innovation? They have a huge investment in their software, do BMW also stifle innovation by making great cars too? For any one flaw you point out in windows i could find at least 10 in some other piece of software. The Microsoft ate my homework argument is dead buddy, you sound sad.

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Winamp is still a thing? NOPE: It'll be silenced forever in December

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Spotify

Yep, I used to install winamp almost before any other software on any new pc. Now it's kind of obsolete, I don't want to manage mp3s and disks, Spotify does the trick for me. Hats off to them for giving it a clean send off and retiring it: winamp was legendary. Whip the llamas ass for the last time.

But on a side note I think the pc days are about to make a comeback with those new consoles providing the catalyst and tablets do not cut it with me. Just bought me a new gaming rig instead since the games are cheaper, more varied, and the 9800 graphics card rocks!

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Hate data fees but love your HD slab? Here's a better way to pay for bytes

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Once the NSA have scaled their ability to handle a whole populations always on data plans this problem will go away. The operators will get the green light, unlimited plans will be handed out / injected at birth, and you can then be tracked doing everything everywhere all of the time.

Watching "They Live" again? Does he know?

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Microsoft: We're nearly OUT OF STOCK of Surface 2 and Pro 2

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Re: Many unanswered questions on Surface 2

You sir, are IMHO, a nob'ed

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I'm buying one

Sick to death of Ipad now. How many more candy shops, face warps and finger paint programs can the world suffer?

In fact I'm even ordering a new pc as well. It's come full circle. Playtime is over.

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NSA's Project Marina stores EVERYONE'S metadata for A YEAR

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Read as...

All queries of lawfully collected data must be conducted for a foreign intelligence purpose, BUT THAT IS NOT THE CASE WHERE WE COLLECT IT UNLAWFULLY" it said. "We know there is a false perception out there that NSA listens to the phone calls and reads the email of everyday Americans BUT WE DON'T BECAUSE WE OUTSOURCE THAT FUNCTION OR PROGRAM COMPUTERS TO DO IT INSTEAD) , aiming to unlawfully monitor or profile US citizens. It's just not the case BECAUSE THE CASE IS MUCH BIGGER THAT SO WHAT I SAID is just not the case. .

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Outlook.com adds IMAP, OAuth

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Re: At last!

i've waited so long to delete that stupid outlook microsoft / seven app from my android. it is an embarrasment to email in general.

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Senator halts Google's taxpayer-subsidized executive jet fuel deal

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Re: Not such a good deal

I suppose it could pay $82 million for its own private area on the NASA strip. Naaaah!

Yep, that was not a decent deal but then hats off to Google, if you don't need to pay more then why should you?

I do hope Government negotiators salaries are as correspondingly low grade as the deals they manage to pull off on behalf of the taxpayer. One should imagine if they put their combined negotiating powers to the test they might just make minimum wage.

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Furious Frenchies tell Apple to bubble off: Bling iPhone isn't 'champagne'

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Well i think it could be called

Champagne #B5A585 Gold

To remove any ambiguity as to which colour of Champagne is being referred to.

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Lawsuit: Infosys abuses visas to discriminate against US staff

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I think it's true. Probably done in bad taste. All sort's of sh1t happens where i have worked, like wives coming in and having a go at their husbands and colleagues for cheating, someone has a sh1t in the shower at the bank, the usual ass photocopier trick, drunken wheelchair race round the office at midnight.

Writing that on a whiteboard? Hell that's easy!

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Murdoch machinations mean Microsoft must rename SkyDrive

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Drive harder

The SQL

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Siemens to throw CEO overboard after profits slashed a FIFTH time

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Cum on...

... this is not news.

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First burger made of TEST-TUBE MEAT to be eaten on August 5

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Who needs to eat. I am quite prepared to have my food grow in my stomach along with various other products. When i wish to "consume" i'm ready to connect to said device by bluetooth, press a1, or c2, or whatever vending machine code is programmed into it for whichever type of foods can be grown, type the pincode for my bank card to pay for it, and voila, a ready meal made in my belly without all that ridiculous chewing required.

job done. trademarks, copyrights, registrations, patent pendings all mine. woooohhahahahaWOOOOHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

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Comrade! If you dare f$%^ing swear on the internet, WE'LL SHOOT

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i think we should ban all kids from the internet and not let them use scissors or lighters as well. for their own protection.

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Tumblr's iOS fix for clear-text password login howler was WEEKS LATE

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Re: That's terrible!

Yeah, it's not like i can't see my register form post with the following fields in

email

password

remember

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Personally, i think those at the register should know better and actually fix it for the same reason. I don't care for the irony or any of that shit since as users our privacy should be respected regardless of whether we like irony or not.

You should sort that out and fast since a vulnerability is indeed a vulnerability and same passwords do exist for many people. No doubt your apps are just as guilty, but i can;t be arsed to check for you.

Get it sorted.

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Pure boffinry: We peek inside Nokia's miracle cameraphone

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Smacks of self congratulations

If it is all that then fair enough, but this does not read like an unbiased article. It rather feels somewhat "sponsored".

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US judge revives lawsuit vs Baidu and China

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Re: They missed a chance...could have had him arrested and imprisoned,

I think it was a little joke buddy

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'Chinese hack' scoops plan to Oz spook HQ

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Didn't a plane land on the Pentagon a few years back?

Do you not read the news?

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Huawei: 'trust us, we are being transparent'

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We have our orders!

Now buy, goddammit.

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AT&T adds 61¢ 'Mobility Administrative Fee' for users

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All companies should by law only be allowed to charge one fee for a single named service, with administration fees or any fee that is ancillary to the product you thought you were purchasing (since i'm not really in the market for administration) are added at risk of death by lethal injection to the manager who implements it.

It should not matter how much you slice it, compound it, whatever you call it, there should be only one fee + tax. That would result in the only honest pricing i can think of: it answers the single question "well how much does it fucking cost me then, eh?"

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Microsoft floats Azure cloud into China

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unbelievable. how many trade secrets will be copied, the whole lot will then be turned around and resold under some other name, there will be patent wars, a chinese cloud offered in america, it's unbeleivable. why waste your time on this microsoft. if china needs the cloud then let them buy it from microsoft without forcing third party companies (read gov) to operate it. its an affront to all that is good.

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Petshop iPad fanboi charged with filming up young model's skirt

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Re: The Rouge Republic of California

Hmmm, erm, isn't the problem that he didn't pay her money for "this crime". I think if this were a shoot for vogue or some magazine and she was being paid to get the upskirt camera shot that's fine and perfectly legal. It's the exact opposite of where you have a date and you take her out for a decent meal, a few drinks and next thing you know you've sank a few hundred dollars and lo and behold you are in a hotel making your boys proud vs sinking a hundred straight down on a ho and just getting into the action. In that scenario the first method of payment (a decent meal and a glass of wine) for sex is legal but the second method of cold hard cash (used later presumably to buy a decent meal and a bottle of vodka) is not.

Why can't we all just get along?

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Ban Samsung sales in the US? Sorry, Apple: Tech titans say 'No'

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Way back in 96 when I worked for a bank I came out with a ui in vb that also applied real world physics to widget movements including gravity, magnetism and so on. It wasn't that hard or difficult to imagine. In fact it was fucking easy just like newton will tell you when an apple caps your skull.

The hard work was done by the scientists of yore. Writing code to encapsulate their work and applying it to a ui widget and then claiming you invented the laws of nature is shit.

Now sir Isaac really knows what a big fuck off apple feels like. He would not be pleased.

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The Metro experiment is dead: Time to unleash Windows Phone+

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Yes times have changed

Just when they got rid of the desktop on the phone with win mob 6 et Al so the power and form factor of the latest gadgets would almost flip that thinking around and say bring the desktop (with a few slight changes such as the little Google Chrome zoom on mobile) back to the phone and not the phone to the desktop.

Seems they went arse about face.

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Taiwanese uni sues Apple over FaceTime and QuickTime

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i'm kind of hopeful that once the chinese / taiwanese accept

the US patent and copyright system that they empty their coffers of the 4 trillion us dollars they hold and pay for every single ripped off design they ever made. as for the US for coming out with such an absurd system - you get what you deserve. it's a win / win.

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VTOL hybrid flying car promises the skies

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Who'd have thought the robin reliant...

...was so far ahead of it's time? If only my late grandad had known one day he could just attach wings to the damned thing and fly home from the ahem pub.

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Oi, Microsoft, where's my effin' toolbar gone?

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Lame

I read a bit and sorry bud but loser sprang to mind.

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Dear Facebook: I heard the news today, oh boy

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altar vista, baby

I really really really don't want another portal.

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Euro watchdog bares teeth at Microsoft over browser gaffe

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EU lost the plot

I don't see Google home page offering for me to install other browsers. It just says click here to install chrome.

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